We like our nation … We love our nation … We stand for our nation … and we die for our nation. That’s not enough … We think many others around the globe should die for it too, or at least for what we believe is for our nation’s standards.
Think that’s too harsh? Well the facts seem to support it.
“Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday confirmed that the Trump administration is making contingency plans for U.S. military intervention in Venezuela, but he refused to say whether the administration would seek congressional authorization first.”
White House acknowledges the U.S. is at war in seven countries
Eagle with stretched wings symbolizing the authority of the Roman empire
So, how many different places do we have active military operations? I’m not referring to how many bases, but how many places are we actively fighting? If you thought, well over 100, you would be right.
[ Click on the map for better detail ]
I’m a Vietnam era veteran, having served six years in the Marine Corps. That’s not an implication of authority or exceptional patriotism, merely a point of reference to the more casual reader who might make assumptions.
What I’ve learned in hindsight is the relative ease with which leadership assumes the right and objective of placing young men and women into harm’s way. Many times that’s under false pretense. These events leading up to, and stirring the initial support of the public, can be historic and accurate, or they can be created under the skillful machinations of “spycraft” or “false flag”.
note: false flag is a covert operation designed to deceive; the deception creates the appearance of a particular party, group, or nation being responsible for some activity, disguising the actual source of responsibility.
The Vietnam escalation under President Lyndon Johnson was prompted by a false flag operation. The provocation and justification for the rapid ramp up of our military was based on the “Gulf of Tonkin” incident.
The original incident, sometimes referred to as the U.S.S. Maddox Incident, involved the destroyer U.S.S. Maddox supposedly engaged by three North Vietnamese Navy torpedo boats as part of an intelligence patrol. The Maddox fired almost 300 shells.
President Lyndon B. Johnson promptly drafted the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. This became the legal justification for military involvement in Vietnam. The event(s) were contrived and President Johnson was aware of it.
The NSA’s historian, Robert J. Hanyok, wrote a report stating that the agency had deliberately distorted intelligence reports in 1964.
The Iraq War or Gulf War Round II.
Under President George W. Bush, guided by his Vice-President Richard Cheney, the Iraq incursion and subsequent war which lasted longer than Vietnam, was based on a report of Iraq possessing “weapons of mass destruction”. Code words for, Saddam has a bomb … and if we don’t act soon, he’s going to launch a nuclear bomb at us. That too was a false narrative.
We’ve been practicing invasion of the Middle East since at least 1973
This was an effective justification for launching an invasion against Iraq. We were going in to prevent another 9/11. The events of 9/11 have not only scarred but scared America into doing things against their own citizens, let alone the world. We’ve had global and national surveillance ever since Homeland Security was created.
Colin Powell, acting as Secretary of State, went to the U.N. to drum up International support for active military initiatives leading us and several other nations, into another Gulf War. Colin Powell went on to learn that he was given inadequate, and misleading intelligence, and he deeply regrets his promotion of it.
[ The following quote comes from Info Wars. Not my favorite source for information but helps identify the false flag initiatives ]
“In his lecture at Contact in the Desert, Richard Dolan noted that a distinguishing characteristic of a false flag operation is that the official narrative IS NOT questioned by the media. There are often legislative, ideological and sociopolitical power plays waiting in the wings, which the government can immediately implement.”
“The most striking example of this is the Patriot Act, which was written well before 9/11 but seemed to correlate entirely with the events that had transpired.”
An excellent background understanding as to the depths we will sink in order to promulgate a huge international lie, is the Valerie Plame Affair.
“Under the presidency of George W. Bush, the vice president’s chief of staff, Scooter Libby, got caught leaking the name of clandestine CIA agent Valerie Plame, an act of retaliation spurred by Plame’s ex-diplomat husband, Joseph Wilson, and his undermining the White House’s claims about Iraq with more accurate testimony of his own — the “Deep State” conspiracy of the mid-2000s. There was a special counsel and an indictment, albeit not for the underlying crime but for lying to investigators, and while everyone pretty much knew something like this wouldn’t have happened without at least a wink from up top, no one above Libby ever faced a trial.” – [ Counterpunch – Lessons for Progressives from Bob Mueller — and the Valerie Plame Affair – April 2019]
Our military, our clandestine CIA, and various 3rd party military contractors have sought out and participated in active military combat operations, assassinations. We’ve come to accept that, and it’s telling the world, not in a good way, how we conduct ourselves in a global neighbor way.
“Because of the human and financial cost of a military intervention, domestic political support can erode if success doesn’t come quickly and smoothly. Television, the internet, and social media have greatly increased citizens’ access to information about the nature and progress of wars. A lengthy humanitarian intervention is harder to justify domestically than one based on national interest. It helps to spread the personnel and financial burden across a coalition of countries.” [ lanekenworthy.net – US military intervention abroad ]
Overall we’ve become a nation of war, or at least on a war footing since the 18th century with increasing tempo in the 21st century. It’s one of our largest exports. We have an entire economy based on the creation of weapons, the maintenance of them, and “Global Security”. If we saw any other nation act as aggressively as we do, we would probably be at war with them too; and in that case, we might be singularly justified.
________ Oahu 1975 ___________