Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pompous Poseur Proselytizing on Protest: Kerry tries to bully Code Pink into silence & fails... Truth will never be silenced



RESIST! CODE PINK, IRAQ, ISIS, SYRIA, WARS AND MILITARISM
By Staff, www.PopularResistance.org
September 17th, 2014


John Kerry's condescending rant last week, in response to CodePink's protest, did little more than prove him to be the jerk most of us on the Left knew him to be....




"I understand dissent. I lived it," says the pompous Kerry.

Obviously not; Or he forgot.


Veterans Against War and Winter Soldier 

John Kerry was cheered as a hero for the "cause" in 1971, when, as a member of  VVAW  or the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (joined in early 1970 and left in 1972), he took testimonies from the first Winter Soldier, held by the VVAW, to DC and spoke as an invited witness giving testimony in front of the Senate Committee of Foreign Relations, Fulbright Hearings of 1971..

From those hearings...





From the transcript:

I would like to talk, representing all those veterans, and say that several months ago in Detroit, we had an investigation at which over 150 honorably discharged and many very highly decorated veterans testified to war crimes committed in Southeast Asia, not isolated incidents but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command....

They told the stories at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country.

We call this investigation the "Winter Soldier Investigation." The term "Winter Soldier" is a play on words of Thomas Paine in 1776 when he spoke of the Sunshine Patriot and summertime soldiers who deserted at Valley Forge because the going was rough.

We who have come here to Washington have come here because we f eel we have to be winter soldiers now. We could come back to this country; we could be quiet; we could hold our silence; we could not tell what went on in Vietnam, but we feel because of what threatens this country, the fact that the crimes threaten it, not reds, and not redcoats but the crimes which we are committing that threaten it, that we have to speak out.

John Kerry observed the Winter Soldier Hearings, hearing the horror of Vietnam through testimonials of those veterans; hearing first hand accounts of the evils committed under arrogant, war-mongering old men ordering young men and women (for there were plenty of women sent to VietNam), into a foreign land - into another nation's civil war - in order to wreck havoc on the land, maim and murder, destroy villages for "pacification," torture and rape men, women and children, for "freedom", "national security" and to stop "them" from coming "here."

Kerry testified as to the absurdity of that mission.  The testimonies from Winter Soldier were read into the record of those hearings.

30 years later, in 2001, Senator John Kerry voted for the  Authorization for Use of Military Force, SJ Res. 23. Upon signing to law, the Bush Administration used that law to justify attacking Afghanistan, spying on Americans and opening Guantanamo Bay Detention Center.











John Kerry never bothered to testify in a Congressional hearing against this war - testify to the absurdity of this mission.  Instead he tried to deny his support for the war.

In 2014, Secretary John Kerry is now part of the agenda of arrogant, war-mongering old men ordering young men and women into a foreign land - into another nation's civil war - in order to wreck havoc on the land, maim and murder, for "freedom", "national security" and to stop "them" from coming "here" (but mostly for profit and Empire).

CodePink Women of Peace

CodePink - strong women and the men who support strong women - is against War; ALL War.


Pink Action Principles


CODEPINK Mission Statement: 

CODEPINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end U.S. funded wars and occupations, to challenge militarism globally, and to redirect our resources into health care, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities.

The following are suggested local group agreements for you to discuss, adapt as needed, and agree to at your first meeting.

We will keep the following agreements present in our organizing:

1. Nonviolence: We are committed to peace, which means both when executing our action(s) AND within our internal structure and relationships.

2. Clear Goals: We will define CODEPINK's unique niche in our community (creative protest, cultivating women's voices, etc.) and set attainable goals for local projects that will further CODEPINK's peace mission. 

3. Communication, Respect, and Integrity: We avow to not let disagreements, hurt feelings, or disappointments, get in the way of our important peace work, and will instead view these challenges as opportunities to practice peaceful and productive communication with each other.  We will keep our criticisms concise, specific, constructive and focused on future improvement.

4. Responsibility and Teamwork: We work as a team, with activists willing to bottom-line, coordinate, and facilitate actions.  We won't let all the responsibility repeatedly fall on one person, and we will not allow ourselves to assume all the responsibility for an action—instead we'll delegate tasks, take on organizing roles, and rotate our leadership positions. We agree to be responsible for something only when we're 100% sure we are going to do it.

5. Diversity and Tolerance: We embrace feminist principals of cooperation, problem-solving, critical thinking, compassion, analysis and processing.  We will speak up against racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, ageism, and other forms of oppression and prejudice.  We will work towards a deeper understanding of our own power and privileges, and seek to cultivate a diverse local group with connections to the array of social justice groups in our cities. We highly recommend that every activist read this piece about recognizing privilege, entitled "Unpacking the Invisible Backpack": www.uakron.edu/centers/conflict/docs/whitepriv.pdf

6. Resource Sharing: CODEPINK does not require official affiliation or traditional “membership” to speak, act, or protest with us.  Anyone who is acting for peace can be CODEPINK!  Our logos, photos, and the downloadable resources on our website are free for local groups to use.  Central staff can help send email alerts and provide local contact info for local organizers.  The central website offers local webpages to groups.  Our ideas and campaigns are freely available to any peace or justice group that wishes to adapt our tactics for their use.  Local groups can endorse or cosponsor local events in the name of their local CODEPINK group without seeking permission from the central staff. Local groups are autonomous and are invited to take on national campaigns as appropriate or interested. We are a grassroots movement with a central organizing team.

7. Appreciation and Caring: We will support each other to take risks and take on key roles in organizing actions, and cultivate a spirit of sustainable activism to prevent burnout.  Support may include delegating work into small portions, providing childcare or encouraging mothers to bring their children to meetings and actions, taking on realizable projects, providing new activist trainings, and modeling healthy civic engagement and personal time. We will build a culture of appreciation, thanking and valuing all the work that people put into our actions and local group, awarding pink badges of courage, and acknowledging donations, cosponsors, and support.

8. Messaging: We will work to make the messages on our banners, flyers, and public statements clear and potent. We will do everything possible to ensure positive media coverage  -- for example, doing press releases, press calls, press liaison at events, talking points for participants, media trainings for group, etc.

9. Global Community: CODEPINK's work to end the war in Iraq is created by over 250 local groups in the US, and over a dozen international groups.  The solidarity between CODEPINK sisters in the US and overseas strengthens our work.  International pressure and raising awareness globally about US militarization is integral to ending the Iraq war.  We will ensure that our campaigns can, when possible, speak to domestic and global tactics for ending the war. 

10.  Long Term Vision: We are in this for the long haul—we know that the US occupation of Iraq will not end until all the troops come home and successful rebuilding of Iraq has begun, as well as the healing of the returning soldiers and the Iraqi people.   In the words of CODEPINK Cofounder Medea Benjamin, “Activism is good for our health and spirits—it keeps us engaged, active, upbeat, and passionate.  It's no fun being depressed alone.  Ending war may take a long time, and we can use that time to inspire ourselves and each other with positive, creative actions that embody the world we want to see!” 


The basics:
Respect each other
Take a risk—try work that is new for you (if you usually make press calls, try painting a banner).
Be flexible. Be willing to change.
Cultivate sisterhood and teamwork.
Commit to nonviolent communication and action.
Build relationships—within your group, with allies, funders, and opponents.
Don't give up.
Start where people are, not where you want them to be.
Clarify what you want to achieve.
Communicate creatively.
Create beauty and share it.
Remember to check egos at the door of the community.
Engage youth.
Have fun!
 

These are suggested agreements that local groups are invited to adapt or choose to use as they see fit.  If you have suggestions for additional or revised agreements, please email your thoughts to locals[at]codepinkalert.org.

As for the current perpetuation of perpetual war, from CodePink's, "Why We Shouldn’t Attack Syria":
THE CHOICE IS NOT WAR OR NOTHING – WE HAVE OTHER OPTIONS
  • We can call for a second UN weapons inspection team, to determine who was responsible for the chemical weapons attack.
  • We can recommend that whoever is found responsible be brought to justice at the International Criminal Court, understanding that timing of such indictments might require adjustment to take into account ceasefire negotiations in Syria.
  • The US (maybe with Russia) can call for a meeting of the signers of the Convention Against Chemical Weapons – to decide collectively how to respond.
  • Most important, we must urgently to help end the war in Syria, starting with a ceasefire and arms embargo on all sides. Russia, Iran, and others must stop arming and funding the Syrian regime. Washington, Saudi Arabia and other US allies must stop arming and funding the armed Syrian opposition. Washington may have to threaten the Saudis and Qataris that if they don’t stop, we will cancel all existing weapons contracts with them.
MILITARY STRIKES ARE ILLEGAL
  • International law, the UN Charter, allows military action only in two cases – immediate self-defense or authorization by the Security Council.
  • Syria hasn’t attacked or threatened the U.S., so there’s no self-defense claim. And the Security Council hasn’t authorized force, and likely won’t. The UN Charter deliberately makes it really hard to get all the major powers to agree on going to war.
  • U.S. law says only Congress can declare war – President Obama has asked Congress for approval, but claims he has the right to go ahead even if they vote no. That would violate the Constitution – and with or without Congressional approval, a military strike would still violate international law.
MILITARY STRIKES ARE IMMORAL
  • Military strikes threaten harm to Syrian civilians – the Pentagon admits cruise missiles aren’t always accurate. And the Syrian government is reportedly moving more military offices to populated areas, increasing the likelihood of civilian casualties.
  • The Obama administration admits its planned “limited surgical strikes” won’t do anything to bring the horrifying Syrian civil war to an end any quicker.
MILITARY STRIKES ARE DANGEROUS
  • Military action will increase the levels of violence and instability inside Syria, within the region, and potentially even globally.
  • Extremist forces in the region have the most to gain from military strikes, which will use the direct US involvement as a recruitment tool and potential target.
  • Syrian civilians could face greater repression by the government in retaliation for US military strikes, as happened in Kosovo in 1999 when many more Kosovars were thrown out of their homes after the US/NATO bombing began.
  • Military strikes could fuel escalation of all five wars underway in Syria: the civil war, the regional power war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the global war of words between the US and Russia, the sectarian war between Shi’a and Sunnis, and the war over nuclear policy between the US/Israel and Iran – all now being fought to the last Syrian.
WHAT HAPPENS THE DAY AFTER?
  • If Syria retaliates against US troops or ships, or US bases in neighboring countries, or Israel, it is almost certain the US response would risk regional escalation and a dramatic expansion of US involvement in Syria’s civil war.
Adapted from “Striking Syria: Illegal, Immoral, and Dangerous” by Phyllis Bennis on Aljazeera

CodePink confronts the war-mongering paradigm and will not be silenced by arrogant, war-mongering old men ordering young men and women into foreign lands in order to wreck havoc on the land, maim and murder, for "freedom", "national security" and to stop "them" from coming "here" (but mostly for profit and Empire).

CodePink is not alone in this confrontation. The US has other intelligent and knowledgeable people shouting the same thing to include war veterans and their supporters who know the horror and stupidity of the perpetual warring for profit and for Empire.


MISSION, VALUES, AND VISION

Our Mission
We work to build a service-member and veteran led movement that ends militarism by transforming ourselves, military culture and American society.

Our Values
1. We value leadership and act with honesty and integrity to build mutual trust.

Leadership development forms the basis of our organizing model. We build our own personal power through transformation and growth as competent leaders, thereby building the power of our organization and movement. We work together from a place of honesty, communicating openly with sincerity and candor. We operate with integrity, holding ourselves accountable and creating mutual trust—the glue that holds our community together.

2. We value our community, treating everyone with dignity and respect.

We are not simply an organization. We function as a community built by our collective experiences as Global War on Terror veterans. As former and current members of the armed forces, we know the values currently underpinning American military culture dehumanize our so-called enemies, as well as ourselves. Everyone deserves dignity and respect; we recognize the humanity of all people.

3. We value solidarity and seek justice with compassion for all those affected by U.S. wars and militarism.

We share common human interests with all those affected by war and militarism. We understand militarism as a value system that prioritizes aggression, violence, and regimentation throughout many sectors of our society. We know that our own transformation is tied to the transformation of those we impact through war. Compassion guides us as we seek transformative justice and build solidarity with those affected by U.S. military intervention.

Our Vision
We strive for a world free of unjust war—a world without the political and economic conditions allowing militarism to exist, and without structural forces pushing our youth, our poor and those facing incarceration into the military; We strive for a society that prioritizes care for its warriors—where all who serve receive adequate benefits and the highest standard of compassionate care regardless of discharge status; We strive for a society that holds political leaders, profiteers, and war criminals accountable for the consequences of their actions; We strive for a political and military culture that embraces full human rights for service-members, veterans and all people; We strive for a political culture that prioritizes nonviolence, open communication, and democratic decision-making over militarism—a culture committed to building peace and preserving life, solving international conflicts through diplomacy and alternative conflict resolution; We strive for a political culture that acknowledges our nation’s moral responsibilities to the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, and all civilians adversely affected by U.S. military intervention. The United States must fully accept guidance from these affected peoples and provide support they find valuable; Finally, we endeavor for our movement to be an ally to the oppressed—a community connected in solidarity with war torn peoples, working across differences for reconciliation, mutual healing and collective liberation
and on Syria, from August 29, 2013:

IVAW'S STATEMENT AGAINST MILITARY FORCE IN SYRIA
published by IVAW National on 08/29/13 7:14pm
posted to: Staff

On August 23rd, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the suspected use of chemical weapons by Bashar al-Assad, and a proposed military response. In his remarks to the nation, Secretary Kerry condemned the use of chemical weapons, calling it a “moral obscenity.” Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) agrees. We believe that US military action in Syria is also obscene. Our vision includes building a movement that is “an ally to the oppressed—a community connected in solidarity with war torn peoples,” including the people of Syria.

We condemn the use of chemical weapons, not only against civilians, but against all peoples in all nations. We know intimately that chemical weapons indiscriminately harm, maim, and kill, while causing long-term health problems and environmental destruction.

As veterans of the Global War On Terror, we are acutely aware that these sorts of indiscriminate and inhumane weapons have comprised our own arsenals throughout history, and that we inherit this legacy. America’s atomic bombs, napalm, and agent orange have killed millions of innocent civilians. For strategic gain, the U.S. actively supported Saddam Hussein while knowing that he was simultaneously using chemical weapons in the Iran-Iraq War. Nevertheless, we were called upon to deploy to Iraq under the false pretense that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.

In Iraq and Afghanistan, we were party to America’s introduction of white phosphorus and depleted uranium and know all too well their disastrous legacy on the people of those countries. We continue to watch our veteran brothers and sisters die of cancer from exposure to these and other substances employed on the battlefield. As veterans, we cannot help but recognize the glaring hypocrisy of America’s leaders as they demand immediate military action against any country that uses chemical weapons.

Our condemnation of chemical weapons is also based on the principle that military violence against civilians by any means is wrong. Whether through Assad’s artillery—or through American bombs, bullets, Tomahawk missiles, and drones—killing civilians for military and strategic gain violates international law and basic human decency.

Many of us are Iraq veterans and know what sacrifices have been made in the name of fighting against illegal weapons, only to find that the justification was a lie. We implore our leaders not to follow the mistakes that led to the Iraq war by violating national and international legal conventions.

But beyond law, the use of military force in Syria would be reckless, dangerous, and morally wrong. It will destabilize the conflict and lead to further civilian casualties. As Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, we have also seen how narrow military actions have devolved into invasions and occupations.

So long as non-military avenues exist, we demand their use before war. According to current opinion-polls, the majority of Americans share our deep opposition to military intervention. As veterans, we know all too well the limitations of military action to bring meaningful resolution, and this is why we now call upon the U.S. and international community to exhaust every available non-military option to ensure that a cease-fire is diplomatically secured in Syria. We firmly believe that the Syrian people have the right to self-determination and that international leaders should work tirelessly to secure a space within which the Syrian people can pursue a lasting reconciliation free of outside interference.


And from John Kerry's former brothers (for the 2 years he was a member), the VVAW:

VVAW: Where We Came From, Who We Are


Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Inc. (VVAW) is a national veterans' organization that was founded in New York City in 1967 after six Vietnam vets marched together in a peace demonstration. It was organized to voice the growing opposition among returning servicemen and women to the still-raging war in Indochina, and grew rapidly to a membership of over 30,000 throughout the United States as well as active duty GIs stationed in Vietnam. Through ongoing actions and grassroots organization, VVAW exposed the ugly truth about US involvement in Southeast Asia and our first-hand experiences helped many other Americans to see the unjust nature of that war.

VVAW quickly took up the struggle for the rights and needs of veterans. In 1970, we started the first rap groups to deal with traumatic after-effects of war, setting the example for readjustment counselling at Vet Centers now. We exposed the shameful neglect of many disabled vets in VA Hospitals and helped draft legislation to improve educational benefits and create job programs. VVAW fought for amnesty for war resisters, including vets with bad discharges. We helped make known the negative health effects of exposure to chemical defoliants and the VA's attempts to cover-up these conditions as well as their continued refusal to provide treatment and compensation for many Agent Orange Victims.

Today our government is still financing and arming undemocratic and repressive regimes around the world. Recently, American troops have been sent into combat in the Middle East and Central America, for many of the same misguided reasons that were used to send us to Southeast Asia. Meanwhile, many veterans are still denied justice -- facing unemployment, discrimination, homelessness, post-traumatic stress disorder and other health problems, while already inadequate services are being cut back or eliminated.

We believe that service to our country and communities did not end when we were discharged. We remain committed to the struggle for peace and for social and economic justice for all people. We will continue to oppose senseless military adventures and to teach the real lessons of the Vietnam War. We will do all we can to prevent another generation from being put through a similar tragedy and we will continue to demand dignity and respect for veterans of all eras. This is real patriotism and we remain true to our mission. JOIN US!

On war and, more recently, the War on a noun ("War On Terror"):

What We Know and When We Know It

By Meg Miner

"They should have known better," said the Vietnam War vet to the Gulf War vet. "I feel bad for what they're going through, but after this long they should have known what they were getting into."

I was calling to request support for IVAW's Operation Recovery. I hate phone banking, but here I was cold-calling a list of VVAW members halfway across the country on behalf of the latest generation reeling from the effects of "defending" American ideology.

"They should have known better." It knocked the wind out of me. He meant that they had volunteered, not been drafted like his generation. Or maybe he meant that after years of anti-war work, this generation should not have been fooled. They must have understood the stakes.

With very little further discussion he did agree to a few ways he would help the group but his words stayed with me. In my mind, the accusation became "I should have known better." My career spanned over a decade before our first war in the Gulf region and only a handful of years afterwards. I voluntarily enlisted in 1979 at age 18. Why hadn't I learned from Vietnam? After enlistment, why hadn't bearing witness to the routine violence of military culture been enough to turn me against it? I was sheltered from the struggle VVAW was going through by the culture you readers of The Veteran were working to change. It took becoming a student, in college and through self-education, not actual combat, for me to start seeing our militarized country clearly.

But that's not the thought that came to mind on phone banking day. Quickly the thought came, "He's right." I've been a VVAW member for a little under a decade. I stood on street corners with like-minded peace advocates in my community even before that, starting out right after the suicide bombers ignited America's fuse in 2001. First daily, then weekly, then monthly, we braced against the insults hurled by other citizens, adults and teens alike, for taking a stand against the prevailing winds of war words. Odds are good that some of these same smart-mouthed teens marched off to our recent wars.

It seems to take a deep sense of self and personal courage to stand up in the face our country's thirst for vengeance. Or maybe it takes the kind of wisdom that comes with hindsight...with the pile of debris that remains when our personal ideological towers fall.

Ribbons tied, care packages sent, tours rotated. How many now-grieving families of the dead and suffering ever thought one thing that countered the flag-waving masses? How many of today's young veterans were like the mocking teens in my community? And how many have come back and started protesting? And now, many are part of IVAW's efforts to secure needed services for their generation of vets. Isn't that what VVAW members did before them?

It's been awhile since the concept of an economic draft was raised, but even when it was being talked about it wasn't a new idea. That's the trick that got me to enlist. A steady paycheck is all it took to buy my loyalty. Oh how times have changed! An indebted college senior I work with recently told me he'd talked to a recruiter. When he graduates he'll be a nurse and he was offered an Air Force commission AND $40,000 to sign on for a four year hitch. What obscene temptations we taxpayers support. Their effectiveness should not be surprising!

I talked to this young man for a long time about what the military might want in return for that 40K, but I don't know him well enough to know what he'll decide. Should he know better? What 20-something doesn't think mortality is the thing that happens to other people? What young American hasn't been brought up with a sense of a birth right to invincibility?

With the blood spilled, treasure gone, minds and lives strewn in the wreckage of this never-ending War on Terror, I wish I would have told my phone call recipient, "We should ALL have known better." DOD receives astronomical budgets and devotes more resources than seem believable on slick multi-media enticements. On the other hand, American communities hold diminishing economic opportunities for our youth who too often come from school systems that languish on thin budgetsÑthat must teach to tests and not to enhance the power of thought. Movies, music, games, news, religion, politics...all support the glories of war and the infallibility of American actions. What person stands a chance against the economical and psychological forces that assault us all daily?

Yes, we should know better, but we never do. The question to face is, can we swallow our own disappointment long enough to help make sure this generation of vets will be there for the inevitable generations to come? I didn't find VVAW right away, but the steady voices of VVAW members in my community during the run up to our invasion of Iraq helped me find confidence in my veteran's voice.

Growing up in America doesn't equip the majority of us to reason through alternatives to the party line. I support IVAW because I'm willing to work with anyone who figures out the Big Lie of our peace-loving nation no matter when or how they get there.

Meg Miner retired from the Air Force in 1995 and became a librarian in 2001.

The Cowardice of Power

By Fred Samia

Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation.

—Martin Luther King Jr.
Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Stockholm, Sweden, 1964

As President Obama celebrates the 50th anniversary of the great peace march on Washington with tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, he simultaneously contemplates an attack on the people of Syria which according to international law would be illegal. As a combat veteran of the Vietnam war, a registered independent who voted for Barack Obama, and an American journalist of Syrian ancestry who has lived and worked in the Middle East, I urge our government not to attack or join in any attack on the people of Syria. It will be the people of Syria, already paying a terrible toll in that fratricide, that will suffer under the missiles and bombs. Having witnessed first hand collateral damage in Vietnam and Lebanon, I can attest that such weapons will never be "smart." Rather, they miss their targets with predictable and horrible consequences. I also saw in person and reported on the repression and fear that Hafez Al-Assad, the father of Syria's current president, instilled in that country's citizens.

The waywardness of the technology aside, President Obama also risks trampling whatever moral rectitude the United States has left in its foreign policy bag. He, and especially Secretary of State John Kerry, himself a Vietnam combat veteran, should know that violence can never stop violence. In the words of singer Holly Near, how does "killing people show that killing people is wrong?" And despite Kerry's impassioned statement on the use of chemical weapons the administration has yet to provide any hard evidence as to who is responsible. Kerry astounds when he rejects out of hand the possibility of an act of provocation, no matter how reprehensible the idea. Has he already forgotten Iraq's non-existent weapons of mass destruction? The American ad agency-scripted "stolen incubators" performance by the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador in front of the UN? The Gulf of Tonkin incident? Or the gassing of Kurds in Halabja, Iraq by Saddam Hussein that the US initially blamed on Iran? Also to be considered is al-Qaeda's infiltration of, and influence on, Syrian rebel groups such as the al-Nusra Front, and what they would gain by an American-led attack on Syria.

Killing more innocents, as is sure to happen with any kind of bombardment, is not the way to bring peace and justice to the Syrian people. Neither is letting the fighting continue unabated. The best solution would be an immediate negotiated ceasefire and multilateral peace talks co-brokered by nations of the West and the Middle East. More than anyone, President Obama and Secretary Kerry should know that we do not have the moral superiority to dictate to another country, and that, like Vietnam, like Iraq and Lebanon, Afghanistan, Libya and Tunisia, the only legacy of a military intervention in Syria will be chaos, heartbreak and more hatred of the United States. Acting from a place of power against the weak or defenseless is not courage but cowardice.

The dissent doesn't end there - not with ANSWER, WarIsACrime and just plain intelligent pacificists on the march (sounds like 1962 to me).  We get it.

War and other games mad men play

War is only declared by reptilian brained old men -  many of whom had never served in the military; others had never actually experienced the blood of their brothers and sisters as well as the entrails of innocents spread across the land - sitting in Washington, DC.  These old warhawks order young men and women to fight in foreign lands;  to slaughter innocent men, women and children; to fulfill the far from noble "cause" of killing the latest "evil other,"  for the profit of Wall Street.  It has nothing to do with "right" or "wrong," Old war-mongers only want their investments to go up in value, their campaign contributions to sky-rocket and their masters, of Wall Street, to pat their little heads.

If the attack on Iraq and Syria had anything to do with what was "right," we would be spending the $1 million to $1.6 million per missile (Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles, or TLAMs , are made by Raytheon, one of the oldest and biggest members of the MIC) and $100s of thousands in bombs on humanitarian efforts for the people ($10 million++ a day can buy a lot of humanitarian relief - food, clothing, clean water, shelter)- that is the only way to defeat a group like ISIS.  It's not about beating heads and bombing buildings; it is all about winning the hearts and minds of the people, standing for them and not waving the Pentagon's collective limp dick.

ISIS or ISIL is just the latest group of extremists that John Kerry, Senator, and the rest of his cohorts in Congress voting "yes" to war in 2001 and 2002, helped create by supporting the Bush Administration's slaughter in Iraq, in 2002.  ISIS was born from the US destabilization of Iraq and the hubris under which it was done, the destruction of infrastructure, communities and resources in Iraq; the disregard for the people of Iraq; and the complete refusal to comprehend the extent of the anger, fear and hostility the US left in its wake. The Bush Administration set up a corrupt Shi'a government, sending arms and money that were used to foment bigotry, genocide and abuse of the Sunni minority in Iraq.  The Obama Administration continued the arms supply, backing the corrupt al-Maliki government, who used them to attack Sunnis in Fallujah and other locales in Iraq, ISIS was born of that hate, bigotry, inequality, and hostility.





The fact that the majority of people injured in all wars, never lifted a finger against anyone; the fact of those men, women, children injured, slaughtered and left in the rubble is lost in the blood-lust and dick-waving; The fact that all the pompous rhetoric and fear-mongering does nothing but create more hate and fear, appears to be lost on arrogant, war-mongering old men ordering young men and women into foreign lands in order to wreck havoc on the land, maim and murder, for "freedom", "national security" and to stop "them" from coming "here." (but mostly for profit and Empire).

The idea of humanitarian aid never once crosses war-mongers' minds,  but bombs and rockets do every time.


So, when Secretary John Kerry tries to bully CodePink, or any other protest into silence, he will always fail...

Truth will never be silenced.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

JeffCo CO students walk out in support of teachers; Against School Board censorship & manipulation of US History

Students, from Pomona High School in Arvada, walkout of school to protest, along Wadsworth Blvd. and 80th Ave., in opposition to a Jefferson County Board of Education proposal to review the curriculum, September 23, 2014. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)







At issue, the Jefferson County School Board has been taken over by radical conservatives who are attempting to use their power to censor curriculum and punish teachers.


Yesterday and today, the students walked out and took to the streets in solidarity and in loud protest.



Students at Jefferson County high schools walked out of their classes on Tuesday morning to protest proposed and completed school board changes, according to several Facebook groups.

Walk-outs were planned on Facebook at Arvada West, Pomona, and Ralston Valley high schools.

About 500 people said they would attend the walk-out on each of the group's pages. Students at other high schools could follow suit Tuesday.

No fewer than 200 students from Pomona High School walked out of class Tuesday morning and flooded the intersection of Wadsworth Boulevard and West 80th Avenue.

"The point is to make a statement about being against these changes, so instead of simply leaving the school we will line up along 64th (Avenue) with posters, signs, anything that shows we are standing up for ourselves and our teachers," the Arvada West walk-out page says.

Students are particularly worried about proposed changes to their AP U.S. History curriculum, which they see as "censorship."



At issue are two matters...Teachers wages and censorship of the Advanced Placement US History courses taught in Jefferson County schools.


Student leaders told The Denver Post that the gathering was planned on Facebook late Sunday night.

Monday's protest marked the second day in a week that students missed school because of mounting controversy in the district. McMinimee [Dan McMinimme is the new school superintendent who started last July] said he asks students and educators to let him come to them instead of having kids miss school driving to the administration building.

"I think you just keep trying to communicate and maybe over-communicate," McMinimee said of efforts to stabilize the tumult.

The curriculum controversy stems from a board member's proposal to form a review panel to promote patriotic material, respect for authority, and the free-market system. In turn, the panel would avoid material about "civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law." [my bold]

Several parents also attended the protest to support their children, including David Temple, who, along with his son, met with McMinimee.

"I thought it was helpful," Temple said. "I think the superintendent was open and honest about his thoughts."

Students said they are upset with how the board has proposed to sweep "under the rug" certain parts of the AP U.S. History curriculum. McMinimee said he would take the letter to the board and voice the students' concerns.

"I can say in the future there will be a heightened degree of transparency on how this is carried out," Dr. Syna Morgan, chief academic officer, told student leaders.

a "heightened degree of transparency"...where have we heard that before?

McMinimee and friends want to ignore the fact that this nation was created out of protest - civil disobedience to bloody rebellion. The fact that there would be no Jefferson County School Board....
There would be no United States of America...
There would be no Constitution or Bill of Rights....

.....if it weren't for the big balls of people being disorderly, creating social strife and disregarding unjust laws.
...if it weren't for the people taking the disagreement to the street and demanding change...
Shouting from the rooftops, blockading roads and ports, and marching in the streets.

I refer the JeffCo School Board to the latest in a long line of actions against tyranny...




The students of JeffCo, I salute you and stand in solidarity.

Welcome to the movement...Now on with the fight.

Friday, September 19, 2014

The latest chapter in the Perpetual War Plan - Obama initiates a new front in the War on a noun ("terror")



In 2002, the 107th Congress decided to vote with their dicks instead of their brains, choosing to slaughter, maim and deform millions of Iraqis, destroy their livelihoods and their nation; choosing to begin the 21st Century's perpetual war.
Illustration by John Ueland, published in Mother Jones

It didn’t matter that to 30% of the people in the nation – many of whom just simply paid attention to the  yammering of neo-cons for two decades before the vote; that remembered GW banging the drums for war on Iraq since 1998; that remembered the Project for a New American Century ’s screed published as a letter to Bill Clinton calling for action against Iraq; that lived through the Kissinger manipulations to go to war in the Middle East – knew any action of war on Iraq would be long, bloody and have nothing to do with anything other than greed and slaughter for oil and control…Just to prove we had big balls and more psychotic arrogance than intelligence.  It didn’t matter that, to anyone, with even the slightest background in history and a modicum of awareness, that it was all a scam….The Congress of “great and learned” men and women proved to be not-so-great and definitely not learned.  They voted for blood and greed. 

It is on their heads.  It is the beginning of their crimes against humanity:

The criminals of war (committing crimes against both Americans and the rest of the planet):


GW Bush Administration Cabinet, 2001

George W. Bush, President (Front man for the Perpetual War)
Richard  “Dick” Cheney, Vice President
Secretary of State Gen. Colin L. Powell, 2001–2005
Secretary of the Treasury Paul H. O'Neill, 2001–2002
Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, 2001–2006
Attorney General John Ashcroft, 2001–2005
Secretary of the Interior Gale A. Norton, 2001–2006
Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman, 2001–2005
Secretary of Commerce Donald L. Evans, 2001–2005
Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao, 2001
Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson, 2001–2005
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Melquiades R. Martinez, 2001
Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta, 2001–2006
Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, 2001–2005
Secretary of Education Roderick R. Paige, 2001–2005
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony Principi, 2001–2005

And the addition of the new fascist sounding (and, often, acting) Department of Homeland Security.
Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, 2003–2005

Director of the CIA, George J. Tenet 
Director of the FBI,  Robert Mueller

And the Joint Chiefs of Staff:


December, 2001 , Joint Chiefs of Staff (aka, “The Tank”) - U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper, U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James L. Jones Jr., Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace, U.S. Marine Corps, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard B. Myers, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Vern E. Clark (By English: Mamie Burke [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)





Ackerman
Aderholt
Akin
Andrews
Armey
Bachus
Baker
Ballenger
Barcia
Barr
Bartlett
Barton
Bass
Bentsen
Bereuter
Berkley
Berman
Berry
Biggert
Bilirakis
Bishop
Blagojevich
Blunt
Boehlert
Boehner
Bonilla
Bono
Boozman
Borski
Boswell
Boucher
Boyd
Brady (TX)
Brown (SC)
Bryant
Burr
Burton
Buyer
Callahan
Calvert
Camp
Cannon
Cantor
Capito
Carson (OK)
Castle
Chabot
Chambliss
Clement
Coble
Collins
Combest
Cooksey
Cox
Cramer
Crane
Crenshaw
Crowley
Cubin
Culberson
Cunningham
Davis (FL)
Davis, Jo Ann
Davis, Tom
Deal
DeLay
DeMint
Deutsch
Diaz-Balart
Dicks
Dooley
Doolittle
Dreier
Dunn
Edwards
Ehlers
Ehrlich
Emerson
Engel
English
Etheridge
Everett
Ferguson
Flake
Fletcher
Foley
Forbes
Ford
Fossella
Frelinghuysen
Frost
Gallegly
Ganske
Gekas
Gephardt
Gibbons
Gilchrest
Gillmor
Gilman
Goode
Goodlatte
Gordon
Goss
Graham
Granger
Graves
Green (TX)
Green (WI)
Greenwood
Grucci
Gutknecht
Hall (TX)
Hansen
Harman
Hart
Hastert
Hastings (WA)
Hayes
Hayworth
Hefley
Herger
Hill
Hilleary
Hobson
Hoeffel
Hoekstra
Holden
Horn
Hoyer
Hulshof
Hunter
Hyde
Isakson
Israel
Issa
Istook
Jefferson
Jenkins
John
Johnson (CT)
Johnson (IL)
Johnson, Sam
Jones (NC)
Kanjorski
Keller
Kelly
Kennedy (MN)
Kennedy (RI)
Kerns
Kind (WI)
King (NY)
Kingston
Kirk
Knollenberg
Kolbe
LaHood
Lampson
Lantos
Latham
LaTourette
Lewis (CA)
Lewis (KY)
Linder
LoBiondo
Lowey
Lucas (KY)
Lucas (OK)
Luther
Lynch
Maloney (NY)
Manzullo
Markey
Mascara
Matheson
McCarthy (NY)
McCrery
McHugh
McInnis
McIntyre
McKeon
McNulty
Meehan
Mica
Miller, Dan
Miller, Gary
Miller, Jeff
Moore
Moran (KS)
Murtha
Myrick
Nethercutt
Ney
Northup
Norwood
Nussle
Osborne
Ose
Otter
Oxley
Pascrell
Pence
Peterson (MN)
Peterson (PA)
Petri
Phelps
Pickering
Pitts
Platts
Pombo
Pomeroy
Portman
Pryce (OH)
Putnam
Quinn
Radanovich
Ramstad
Regula
Rehberg
Reynolds
Riley
Roemer
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Rohrabacher
Ros-Lehtinen
Ross
Rothman
Royce
Ryan (WI)
Ryun (KS)
Sandlin
Saxton
Schaffer
Schiff
Schrock
Sensenbrenner
Sessions
Shadegg
Shaw
Shays
Sherman
Sherwood
Shimkus
Shows
Shuster
Simmons
Simpson
Skeen
Skelton
Smith (MI)
Smith (NJ)
Smith (TX)
Smith (WA)
Souder
Spratt
Stearns
Stenholm
Sullivan
Sununu
Sweeney
Tancredo
Tanner
Tauscher
Tauzin
Taylor (MS)
Taylor (NC)
Terry
Thomas
Thornberry
Thune
Thurman
Tiahrt
Tiberi
Toomey
Turner
Upton
Vitter
Walden
Walsh
Wamp
Watkins (OK)
Watts (OK)
Waxman
Weiner
Weldon (FL)
Weldon (PA)
Weller
Wexler
Whitfield
Wicker
Wilson (NM)
Wilson (SC)
Wolf
Wynn
Young (AK)
Young (FL)

In the Senate, the same immaturity, fear, and Exceptionalism, pushed the bill through to land on the desk of the chief creators of the perpetual war (those who had been planning and promoting it for over a decade):

YEAs ---77
Allard (R-CO)
Allen (R-VA)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Bennett (R-UT)
Biden (D-DE)
Bond (R-MO)
Breaux (D-LA)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burns (R-MT)
Campbell (R-CO)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Carnahan (D-MO)
Carper (D-DE)
Cleland (D-GA)
Clinton (D-NY)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Craig (R-ID)
Crapo (R-ID)
Daschle (D-SD)
DeWine (R-OH)
Dodd (D-CT)
Domenici (R-NM)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Edwards (D-NC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Fitzgerald (R-IL)
Frist (R-TN)
Gramm (R-TX)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hagel (R-NE)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Helms (R-NC)
Hollings (D-SC)
Hutchinson (R-AR)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kerry (D-MA)
Kohl (D-WI)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lieberman (D-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Lott (R-MS)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Miller (D-GA)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Nickles (R-OK)
Reid (D-NV)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Santorum (R-PA)
Schumer (D-NY)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Smith (R-NH)
Smith (R-OR)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R-PA)
Stevens (R-AK)
Thomas (R-WY)
Thompson (R-TN)
Thurmond (R-SC)
Torricelli (D-NJ)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (R-VA)



The War ON Iraq was to “end in a few months” according to the Dick Cheney…Iraq would “welcome us as liberators” – And these fools swallowed it because they wanted to believe the US is exceptional.

After a decade of blood and gore – deaths of men, women and children, atrocity upon atrocity, rape, theft, degradation and torture (and that was only the beginning of the list of this nation’s crimes), the slaughter and fear-mongering continued.

And just like history should have taught us, our belligerence towards everyone not us, now specifically focused on the new “other,” “Terrorists” (now called “Islamofascists”, Muslim extremists or anyone who might take offense at our imperialism and our hubris).

A new president, that new “Change We Can Believe In” guy; that new “Transparency and Accountability” guy; that new “respect for rights of habeas corpus” guy; that new “close Guantanamo” guy; that new “ending the wars” guy, continued many of  the crimes of the previous president –from GTMO to Bagram, abuse, torture and denial of rights continued; murder of American citizens by proclamation; spying on Americans, activists, and allies was expanded; support for the military industrial complex perpetuated; and concern for the people of the planet never attempted.  No change; no transparency and accountability; no respect for rights of habeas corpus or even basic civil rights  especially for Muslims held in Guantanamo, Bagram, the salt minds or activists and definitely not for whistleblowers; no real attempt to close Guantanamo and basically setting his DOJ loose to quash any legal confrontation of its illegality, no ending the perpetual war – in fact, assuring its continuance with drones, JSOC hit men and arms deals.

And now the rise of the latest incarnation of blow back for the evil done in our name, ISIS – The Islamic State of Iraq in Syria…except it isn’t Syria.  It isn’t any particular center. It is as nebulous as the War on Terror – It is an idea born of the oppression and PTSD created by our never ending imperialism and hubris.

Obama is just the latest front man for that never-ending imperialism and hubris.  He has sounded the latest call for perpetuating the perpetual war and, as in 2002, the 113 Congress decided to follow in the slimy, self-absorbed, uneducated, shortsighted and hubris filled and definitely not-so-brilliant trail of their predecessors -  to vote with their dicks instead of their brains.

It will be on their heads and it will perpetuate their crimes against humanity.


Barack Obama
Joseph “Joe” Biden, Vice President
Secretary of State John Kerry, (as Senator, he voted to attack Iraq in 2003)
Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (as Senator, he voted to attack Iraq in 2003)
Attorney General  Eric Holder
Secretary of the Interior  Sally Jewell
Secretary of Agriculture  Tom Vilsack
Secretary of Commerce  Penny Pritzker (TPP and TTIP)
Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez
Secretary of Health and Human Services  Sylvia Matthews Burwell
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development  Julian Castro
Secretary of Transportation  Anthony Foxx
Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz
Secretary of Education  Arne Duncan
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson

Director of the CIA, John Brennan (Torture, spying and drone murder proponent, worked under George Tenet, et al, during the Bush Administration) 
Director of the FBI, James Comey

And the Joint Chiefs of Staff:


January, 2014 , Joint Chiefs of Staff - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other defense leaders applaud Army Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. DOD Photo




Bachus
Barber
Barletta
Barr
Barrow (GA)
Bass
Beatty
Becerra
Benishek
Bera (CA)
Bilirakis
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (NY)
Bishop (UT)
Black
Blackburn
Blumenauer
Boehner
Bonamici
Boustany
Brady (PA)
Brady (TX)
Braley (IA)
Brooks (IN)
Brown (FL)
Brownley (CA)
Buchanan
Bucshon
Bustos
Butterfield
Byrne
Calvert
Camp
Capito
Cárdenas
Carney
Carson (IN)
Carter
Cartwright
Cassidy
Castor (FL)
Castro (TX)
Chabot
Chaffetz
Chu
Clay
Clyburn
Coble
Coffman
Cohen
Cole
Collins (GA)
Collins (NY)
Conaway
Connolly
Conyers
Cook
Costa
Cotton
Courtney
Cramer
Crawford
Crenshaw
Crowley
Cuellar
Culberson
Daines
Davis (CA)
Davis, Rodney
DeGette
Delaney
DelBene
Denham
Deutch
Diaz-Balart
Dingell
Ellison
Ellmers
Engel
Enyart
Farenthold
Fattah
Fitzpatrick
Fleischmann
Flores
Forbes
Fortenberry
Foster
Foxx
Franks (AZ)
Frelinghuysen
Gallego
Garcia
Gardner
Gerlach
Gibbs
Goodlatte
Granger
Graves (GA)
Graves (MO)
Green, Al
Green, Gene
Griffin (AR)
Griffith (VA)
Grimm
Guthrie
Hall
Hanna
Harper
Hartzler
Hastings (WA)
Heck (WA)
Hensarling
Herrera Beutler
Higgins
Hinojosa
Holding
Horsford
Hoyer
Hudson
Hultgren
Israel
Issa
Jackson Lee
Jenkins
Johnson (GA)
Johnson (OH)
Joyce
Kaptur
Kelly (PA)
Kildee
Kilmer
Kind
King (IA)
King (NY)
Kingston
Kinzinger (IL)
Kirkpatrick
Kline
Kuster
LaMalfa
Lamborn
Lance
Langevin
Lankford
Larsen (WA)
Latham
Latta
Levin
Lipinski
LoBiondo
Loebsack
Long
Lowey
Lucas
Luetkemeyer
Lujan Grisham (NM)
Lynch
Marchant
Marino
Matheson
McAllister
McCarthy (CA)
McCarthy (NY)
McCaul
McHenry
McIntyre
McKeon
McKinley
McMorris Rodgers
McNerney
Meehan
Meeks
Messer
Mica
Miller (MI)
Miller, Gary
Moran
Mullin
Murphy (FL)
Murphy (PA)
Neal
Noem
Nunes
Olson
Owens
Pascrell
Paulsen
Pearce
Pelosi
Perlmutter
Peters (CA)
Peters (MI)
Peterson
Pittenger
Pompeo
Price (NC)
Quigley
Rahall
Reed
Reichert
Renacci
Rice (SC)
Richmond
Rigell
Roby
Roe (TN)
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Rokita
Ros-Lehtinen
Roskam
Ross
Roybal-Allard
Royce
Ruiz
Runyan
Ruppersberger
Ryan (OH)
Ryan (WI)
Sánchez, Linda T.
Sarbanes
Scalise
Schakowsky
Schiff
Schneider
Schock
Schrader
Schwartz
Schweikert
Scott (VA)
Scott, David
Sessions
Sewell (AL)
Sherman
Shimkus
Shuster
Sinema
Smith (MO)
Smith (NE)
Smith (TX)
Smith (WA)
Southerland
Stewart
Stivers
Thompson (PA)
Thornberry
Tiberi
Turner
Upton
Valadao
Vargas
Veasey
Vela
Wagner
Walberg
Walden
Walorski
Walz
Wasserman Schultz
Waters
Waxman
Webster (FL)
Wenstrup
Wilson (FL)
Wilson (SC)
Wittman
Womack
Woodall
Yarmuth
Yoder
Young (AK)

Then the final bill, H.J.RES.124:

Aderholt
Amodei
Bachus
Barber
Barletta
Barr
Barrow (GA)
Bass
Beatty
Becerra
Benishek
Bera (CA)
Bilirakis
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (NY)
Bishop (UT)
Black
Blumenauer
Bonamici
Boustany
Brady (PA)
Brady (TX)
Braley (IA)
Brooks (AL)
Brooks (IN)
Brown (FL)
Brownley (CA)
Buchanan
Bucshon
Burgess
Bustos
Butterfield
Byrne
Calvert
Camp
Campbell
Capito
Capps
Cárdenas
Carney
Carson (IN)
Carter
Cartwright
Cassidy
Castor (FL)
Castro (TX)
Chaffetz
Chu
Clay
Cleaver
Clyburn
Coble
Coffman
Cohen
Cole
Collins (GA)
Collins (NY)
Conaway
Connolly
Conyers
Cook
Costa
Cotton
Courtney
Cramer
Crawford
Crenshaw
Crowley
Cuellar
Culberson
Cummings
Daines
Davis (CA)
Davis, Rodney
DeGette
Delaney
DelBene
Denham
Dent
Deutch
Diaz-Balart
Dingell
Doyle
Duffy
Edwards
Ellison
Ellmers
Engel
Enyart
Eshoo
Esty
Farenthold
Farr
Fattah
Fitzpatrick
Fleischmann
Flores
Forbes
Fortenberry
Foster
Foxx
Frelinghuysen
Gallego
Garcia
Gardner
Gerlach
Gibbs
Gingrey (GA)
Goodlatte
Granger
Graves (GA)
Graves (MO)
Grayson
Green, Al
Green, Gene
Griffin (AR)
Griffith (VA)
Grimm
Guthrie
Hahn
Hall
Hanna
Harper
Hartzler
Hastings (WA)
Heck (NV)
Heck (WA)
Hensarling
Herrera Beutler
Higgins
Himes
Hinojosa
Holding
Honda
Horsford
Hoyer
Hudson
Huizenga (MI)
Hultgren
Hunter
Israel
Issa
Jackson Lee
Jenkins
Johnson (GA)
Johnson (OH)
Johnson, E. B.
Jolly
Joyce
Kaptur
Keating
Kelly (IL)
Kelly (PA)
Kildee
Kilmer
Kind
King (IA)
King (NY)
Kingston
Kinzinger (IL)
Kirkpatrick
Kline
Kuster
LaMalfa
Lamborn
Lance
Langevin
Lankford
Larsen (WA)
Latham
Latta
Levin
Lipinski
LoBiondo
Loebsack
Lofgren
Long
Lowey
Lucas
Luetkemeyer
Lujan Grisham (NM)
Luján, Ben Ray (NM)
Lynch
Marino
Matsui
McAllister
McCarthy (CA)
McCaul
McCollum
McHenry
McIntyre
McKeon
McKinley
McMorris Rodgers
McNerney
Meehan
Meeks
Messer
Mica
Miller (FL)
Miller (MI)
Moore
Moran
Mullin
Murphy (FL)
Murphy (PA)
Napolitano
Neal
Negrete McLeod
Noem
Nolan
Nunes
Olson
Owens
Palazzo
Pascrell
Pastor (AZ)
Paulsen
Pearce
Pelosi
Perlmutter
Peters (CA)
Peters (MI)
Peterson
Petri
Pittenger
Pitts
Pompeo
Price (GA)
Price (NC)
Quigley
Rahall
Reed
Reichert
Renacci
Rice (SC)
Richmond
Rigell
Roby
Roe (TN)
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Rokita
Ros-Lehtinen
Roskam
Ross
Roybal-Allard
Royce
Ruiz
Runyan
Ruppersberger
Rush
Ryan (OH)
Ryan (WI)
Sánchez, Linda T.
Sanchez, Loretta
Sarbanes
Scalise
Schakowsky
Schiff
Schneider
Schock
Schwartz
Scott (VA)
Scott, David
Sessions
Sewell (AL)
Shea-Porter
Sherman
Shimkus
Shuster
Simpson
Sinema
Sires
Smith (MO)
Smith (NE)
Smith (NJ)
Smith (TX)
Smith (WA)
Southerland
Stewart
Stivers
Stutzman
Terry
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (PA)
Thornberry
Tiberi
Tipton
Titus
Turner
Upton
Valadao
Van Hollen
Vargas
Veasey
Vela
Visclosky
Wagner
Walberg
Walden
Walorski
Walz
Wasserman Schultz
Waters
Waxman
Webster (FL)
Wenstrup
Whitfield
Wilson (FL)
Wilson (SC)
Wolf
Womack
Woodall
Yarmuth
Yoder
Young (AK)
Young (IN)


YEAs ---78
Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Bennet (D-CO)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Blunt (R-MO)
Booker (D-NJ)
Boozman (R-AR)
Boxer (D-CA)
Burr (R-NC)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coats (R-IN)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Coons (D-DE)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Donnelly (D-IN)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Fischer (R-NE)
Flake (R-AZ)
Franken (D-MN)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heinrich (D-NM)
Heitkamp (D-ND)
Hirono (D-HI)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (D-SD)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kaine (D-VA)
King (I-ME)
Kirk (R-IL)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Levin (D-MI)
McCain (R-AZ)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Portman (R-OH)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Rubio (R-FL)
Schatz (D-HI)
Schumer (D-NY)
Scott (R-SC)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Shelby (R-AL)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Thune (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Vitter (R-LA)
Walsh (D-MT)
Warner (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wicker (R-MS)
Wyden (D-OR)


These fools swallowed it, once again, because they want to believe the US is exceptional.

In 2002, The Military Industrial Complex (MIC) and the neo-cons of America with their lackeys in Congress set in motion that act of war that created the blow back called ISIS (Just like we created al Qaeda before them).

In 2014, one wonders what blow back will now be set in motion.  I am sure we will find out soon enough.

After years and years of perpetual war, the only thing that has ever been proven is that the US is not exceptional.


And that imperialist perpetual war has just gained a stronger foothold on the planet.

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