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Boy does this hit the Nail on the Head, at least in this Part 1.

Robert Parry: After 28 years of drunken optimism and blind nationalism the US wakes up to a grim future

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Robert Parry is an American investigative journalist. He was awarded the George Polk Award for National Reporting in 1984 for his work with the Associated Press. In 1995, he established Consortium News as an online ezine dedicated to investigative journalism. From 2000 to 2004, he worked for the financial wire service Bloomberg. Major subjects of Parry's articles and reports on Consortium News include the presidency of George W. Bush, the career of Army general and Bush Secretary of State Colin Powell (with Norman Solomon), the October Surprise controversy of the 1980 election, the Nicaraguan contra-cocaine investigation, the efforts to impeach President Clinton, right-wing terrorism in Latin America, the political influence of Sun Myung Moon, mainstream American media imbalance, United States Defense Secretary Robert Gates, as well as international stories . Parry has written several books, including Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & "Project Truth." (1999) and Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq (2004).

Originally posted to jimstaro on Fri Oct 03, 2008 at 09:15 AM PDT.

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  •  Boy Jim (4+ / 0-)

    I once asked a Warrant Officer, who was a naturalized citizen from El Salvador, at the Group G2 why we were fighting these people who were mostly peasants who wanted the same things we did: a better future for there kids, education, a decent living.  He told me, and I will never forget this, don't ask about it again if I valued my career.  And I was just a lowly junior weapons sergeant, E6 at the time.

    •  actually, I should add that the conversation (2+ / 0-)

      came about when one of our guys ("military advisor") died when the FMLN attacked an El Salvadorian base camp and while he was manning an M60, a sachel charge landed next to him and blew him in half his helicopter crashed in El Salvador.

    •  Many of us (1+ / 0-)
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      Jeffersonian Democrat

      Have followed the Latin America story for years, just think the School of the Americas for one slant.

      But it was going on before Reagan, though not sure of the Neo-Cons back than. When I was stationed at the Rodman Naval Station Panama we went through one Coup, just after I got there, and an Attempted Coup just before leaving to go to CI/SERE and 'Nam. Noreiga was a top officer back than and well known, but there were always questions about what was going on, and with whom, in Panama and the surrounding area's. We were even training Latin American troops on smallboat handling who were having border skirmishes.

      Dr King was a Community Organizer!! George Wallace was a Governor!

      by jimstaro on Fri Oct 03, 2008 at 09:44:54 AM PDT

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      •  I used SOA materials (1+ / 0-)
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        but the stuff I used was basically the Army Blue Book and other tactics manuals translated into Spanish, I never saw any of the torture stuff, probably out of my pay grade and clearance level.

        Wasn't that when Torrijos was in power?  I understood he was a caudillo, but actually kinda took care of his people like Chavez in a way, until Noriega overthrew him.  Then of course, I participated in overthrowing Noriega.

        We really screwed that entire region for two hundred years, it's no wonder they are telling us to fuck off now.

        •  Yep (1+ / 0-)
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          Torrijos was the Coup, we got caught downtown and had to run like hell out of and across the bridge, even had some shots come our way and we returned with barreta's we were carrying.

          The attempted was when he was out of country, I believe in Mexico, it didn't go over well and quickly ended the next day, Noreiga wasn't a part of the attempt, I think he was jumped up a few grades after it, never really cared till he pops up years later under daddy bush.

          Dr King was a Community Organizer!! George Wallace was a Governor!

          by jimstaro on Fri Oct 03, 2008 at 10:08:39 AM PDT

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  •  It all began with Reagan. (4+ / 0-)

    I remember those years. Evil empire,the religous right, cover-ups, Iran-Contra, big military spending (star wars), movie actor president. I saw it then.

  •  Jim can you post the link? (3+ / 0-)

    I'd like to be able to have that bookmarked

    another good find

  •  Neocons (1+ / 0-)
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    This started under Reagan, and continues today.  Fear and intimidation are the main tools the neocons use.  It looks as though these tactics are wearing a bit then, because people are getting fearful of the neocons.

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