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War is profitable.  War is a racket. War must go on.

   "War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small 'inside' group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes."  - General Smedley D. Butler. Double Medal of Honor Winner, became anti-war activist after 30 years as a Marine.

After weeks of lying about the incident, U.S. and allied forces under General McChrystal’s command have finally admitted that Special Operations units killed three innocent Afghan women, two of them pregnant, in a raid on a civilian household in February. Now it appears that Special Ops personnel may have dug bullets from bodies to cover their tracks and prevent the truth from being revealed...

And yet, the forces under McChrystal’s command propose to investigate themselves.

As the upcoming war supplemental "keep the war going" vote approaches, see how much your congressman takes in from the military industrial complex in campaign contributions.

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Originally posted to Ralph Lopez on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 01:42 PM PDT.

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  •  Shooting pregnant women? The Florida (4+ / 0-)

    and Oklahoma Legislatures should be all over this since they don't want any pregnancies terminated.
    Were the special ops people ours or Blackwater?

    •  That is a very important distinction. (1+ / 0-)
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      All too often, we confuse the two.  

      The first group takes the oath of enlistment in which they swear to uphold the Constitution.  They don't get paid a fabulous, but then again, they dont' go into the military for the pay.  Obviously, they are in the chain of command.  

      The second group is mercenary scum who's oath of enlistment consists of signing a contract to kill for a boatload of money.  They are not in the chain of command.  

      I hope someone can clarify if this was our forces or mercenary scum.  

      •  But (1+ / 0-)
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        dancewater

        Both forces are american forces and supported by the USA taxpayer.

        So tell me why the distinction is important ad to whom it is important please.

        Best Wishes, Demena Left/Right: -8.38; Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.36

        by Demena on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 07:02:15 PM PDT

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        •  No, mercenaries are NOT American forces. (0+ / 0-)

          They do not take the oath of enlistment when they sign their "killer for hire" contract.  Nor are they in the military chain of command or subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

          As to who that distinction is important to, it's important to me and million of Americans who do NOT want Chilean death squad members or South African paramilitaries respresenting this country.  

          YMMV.  

          •  They are; (0+ / 0-)

            Mostly American
            Hired by Americans
            Do jobs required by americans
            and are paid by the american taxpayers.

            They are wholly operated and controlled by america.

            Tell me again they are not american.

            As to who that distinction is important to, it's important to me and million of Americans who do NOT want Chilean death squad members or South African paramilitaries respresenting this country.  

            YMMV.  

            Then you should have said and done something about it fifty years ago.

            Best Wishes, Demena Left/Right: -8.38; Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.36

            by Demena on Sat May 01, 2010 at 01:20:28 AM PDT

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      •  they were US special forces (0+ / 0-)

        not Blackwater or other contractors.  The US military went and apologized.... some big-wig, I forget who.

        War cannot be waged to instill any virtue, including democracy or the liberation of women. - Chris Hedges

        by dancewater on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 11:26:26 PM PDT

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  •  This is not a war. (10+ / 0-)

    It is an illegal occupation according to our own and international laws.  We are perpetrating state terror on civilians.

    2.5 trillion dollars have been "borrowed" since the [SS] system was "reformed" in the 80s and they simply don't want to pay it back. - dKos Blogger -

    by Silverbird on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 01:58:14 PM PDT

  •  My Lai Massacre help bring us home (4+ / 0-)
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    from Viet Nam. What will the truth coming out on this incident do?

    www.yesweSTILLcan.org

    by divineorder on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 01:59:43 PM PDT

    •  The media reported the My Lai massacre (7+ / 0-)

      is the difference.  We have the Internet and the responsibility to spread this far and wide on our personal network so people know what the f is going on.  Thanks for the comment, you are right on target.  People reacting as human beings to the horror of war is one way it is stopped.  They learned not to allow things like this get out on the major media, but we've still got the awesome Robert Greenwald over there taking big chances to get the truth, so let's all email this to 10 people.

  •  Wrote about this (2+ / 0-)
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    horrible story @ Booman a few weeks ago.

    Yes, Nato insisted that there was no cover-up....
    Fortunately, there are instances where the truth makes its way to the surface and Nato now has to eat its words.

    Yesterday, the coalition conceded that all five people were, in fact, killed by the raiders. "Despite earlier reports, we have determined that the women were accidentally killed as a result of the joint force firing at the men," said Lieutenant-Colonel Todd Breasseale, a Nato spokesman.
    However, an official familiar with the case maintained that the subsequent legal investigation, which is ongoing, had found no evidence of wrongdoing. "To date, we have found nothing to corroborate any inappropriate conduct of our forces," he said.
    [...]

    Right! Covering up the scene and removing own bullets to make it look as if others were responsible for the killings is simply par for the course - certainly not inappropriate conduct...

    Will the MSM pick up on these stories? Somehow, I have my doubts.

    •  I think the worst part is (0+ / 0-)

      that they left the shooting victims to bleed out, rather than save their lives with medical attention.

      War cannot be waged to instill any virtue, including democracy or the liberation of women. - Chris Hedges

      by dancewater on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 11:28:07 PM PDT

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  •  further fall out from the (0+ / 0-)

    Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - today, large numbers of Afghans protested and chanted "death to America" because a civilian was killed in a night raid, yet again.

    Turns out he was a relative of a Member of Parliament.  

    So, our troops are killing and dying to prop up the corrupt government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and are killing the relatives of that government, and getting the locals so angry they chant "death to America" -  except some of them are probably going to do more than chant.

    War cannot be waged to instill any virtue, including democracy or the liberation of women. - Chris Hedges

    by dancewater on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 11:34:03 PM PDT

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