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Painting ourselves blue, grunting like pigs better than flags, well-oiled guns

Monday, September 9, 2013 - 12:01 am

"The U.S. and UK governments have revealed none of the "conclusive evidence" they claim to have that the Syrian government used chemical weapons ... The face that the West presents to the world is the brazen face of a liar." Paul Craig Roberts, official in the Reagan Administration

"Iraq has weapons of mass destruction." George W. Bush

Sen. Joe Donnelly is parading around the state posing as a concerned citizen, worried that the military won’t have enough money to carry on their killing ways. Not enough money?

When is the last time the U.S. military had to hold a silent auction to raise money to send a tomahawk missile to rain death on an innocent child?

When is the last time the U.S. military had to host a charity golf tournament to find the money to build a base in some far flung island?

When is the last time the U.S. military had to write a grant to keep open the prison where humans go to rot in a tortured hell?

I believe the answer is never. But when the military has no further use for these soldiers Donnelly cares so much about, they come home to an indifferent society.

The result is suicide in record numbers, no jobs, no hope of jobs, loss of home, wandering the streets, worried where their next meal would come from.

The good Democrat senator is serving those who serve us or some such thing. The only “us” that a member of the military serves is an American with dollar signs for a brain. Such as I suppose Donnelly, Dan Coats, Marlin Stutzman and most other members of Congress, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, CEOs, defense contractors, mainstream media and millions of Americans whose standard of living and jobs are connected in one way or another to those who enrich themselves off the bloated corpses littered around the globe stretching from Vietnam to Iraq to Afghanistan to Syria, and the millions in the United States who live in poverty and despair.

Is this all that America stands for? Killing and money? I repeat myself. The two are one and the same.

As blogger Nick Pottern writes on the Web list protesting killer drones: “It is apparent that the White House and the Congress are responding to powers other than the American people. Arguably the most powerful influence in Washington is that of the major banks – Bank of America, Capitol One, Chase, Citicorp, US Bancorp and Wells Fargo.

“And the banks, in turn, are connected to all the war factories who, in turn, buy off members of Congress. Members of bank boards are members of war machine boards.” And he adds that former Defense Secretary William Cohen “serves on boards of directors of various firms and groups that give him connections to Bank of America, Citigroup, American Express, CIT Group, Lazard Ltd., Commercial International Bank SAE (Egypt), the National Bank of Kuwait and other financial firms. He is also connected to major military contractors Raytheon, Boeing and Lockheed Martin.”

Last month Cohen appeared on national television with former Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar saying war with Syria is necessary. Lugar, when he was senator, said, “War is necessary. Health care can wait.”

You might recall the two of them took their act on the road to IPFW several years back. And speaking of health care, according to Healthcare-now!, “Obamacare’s architects reap a windfall as Washington lobbyists. More than 30 former administration officials, lawmakers and congressional staffers who worked on the health care law have set up shop on K Street since 2010.”

If Sen. Donnelly really cares about the men and women who go to war in the name of freedom and democracy, he would tell them the truth: that they are risking their lives for the enrichment of a selfish greedy few in wars that are based on lies.

If he cannot find the words I suggest he use those of Indiana’s own Kurt Vonnegut who said in his novel “Cat’s Cradle”: “And I propose to you that if we are to pay our sincere respects to the hundred lost children of San Lorenzo, that we might best spend the day despising what killed them; which is to say, the stupidity and viciousness of all mankind ... perhaps, when we remember wars, we should take off our clothes and paint ourselves blue and go on all fours all day long and grunt like pigs. That would surely be more appropriate than noble oratory and shows of flags and well-oiled guns.”

Terry Doran is a resident of Fort Wayne.