Warmongers’ Spewing Dangerous Nonsense in Augusta, GA Daily Newspaper

If you want to read warmongering nonsense with your morning coffee, check out Augusta, Georgia’s only daily newspaper’s editorial page. The Sunday editorial:

In today’s paper, two letters to the editor, one asking us to welcome war criminal Netanyahu to listen to his advice to attack Iran and the second proposing an official authorization by Congress for global war against “Islamic terrorism.”

I wrote the following comments to the two letters:

Why Should We Fight Wars on Behalf of Israel?

Netanyahu wants the United States to fight a war to prevent Iran from having a nuclear energy program in compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Meanwhile, Israel is not even a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and has hundreds of nuclear weapons.

Ending U.S. hostility to Iran, including threats of regime change and ending economic sanctions, would go a long way towards reducing the tension which adds to the intensity of Syria’s and Iraq’s civil wars.

Congressional leaders should ignore calls for war by foreign leaders and focus on the well-being of their constituents, who don’t want military intervention in other countries.

Comment #2

License for Endless War

I’m not sure why some people believe the United States has to be the world’s policeman, especially when past interventions have exacerbated the problems they were advertised to solve.

For example, there was no al-Qaida in Iraq until we invaded. The leadership of ISIS met in USA detention facilities in Iraq during our occupation.

NATO intervened in Libya. Since the overthrow of the Qaddafi regime, various militias have fought each other for control of the country, and its nominal government barely functions. Now people claiming affiliation with ISIS have begun operations in this chaos.

Whether or not the United States played in a role in the 2013 coup in Egypt, it continued support to the military junta there.

These are all cases of past interventions which have not solved anything.

Next, many times insurgencies which have nothing to do with the United States may take on the flavor of “Islamic terrorism,” especially according to the regimes trying to suppress them. For example, China describes dissidents from the Turkic populations of its western regions as “Islamic terrorists.” Ethiopia cracks down on journalists and bloggers in the name of squashing “terrorism.” Should we intervene in Somalia to support its government’s attempts to defeat insurgents there just because some elements of the insurgency are al-Shabaab, an “Islamic terrorist” group? So Congress should not authorize the President to wage war globally, but should instead examine each instance to be sure the particular conflict is in the interests of the United States.

Finally, let us not exaggerate the threat of “Islamic terrorism.” Please read this article from Foreign Affairs, hardly a peacenik journal, which includes a chart showing the causes of mortality and where terrorism falls in that list.

Ann Wright Speaking in Aiken, SC

Col. (Ret.) Ann Wright spoke in Aiken, SC on November 19, 2012. This is a recording of most of her talk, until my cell phone battery ran out.

The focus of her talk was her experience as a government employee in the United States military and Department of State and the important role government employees play in blowing the whistle on malfeasance.

You can read more about this topic in her book entitled Dissent: Voices of Conscience.

If you don’t have Adobe Flash, download the MP3 audio file here.

Sen Lindsey Graham Proves Pres Obama is a Warmonger

It’s been a long time since I did a mathematical theorum, but I’m going to give it a layman’s try.

Theory: President Obama is a warmonger.

Postulate 1: South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is a warmonger.
Postulate 2: Senator Lindsey Graham approves of President Obama’s war posture towards Iran.

If LG = warmonger & POTUS = LG, then POTUS = warmonger.

Lindsey Graham & Joe Wilson Approve of Sanctions on Iran

Sanctions undermine #Iran opposition movement @GrahamBlog & @CongJoeWilson nevertheless approve.

If you don’t have the Flash Audio widget player, you can download the audio file here.

This is an excerpt from a question and answer session Senator Graham gave at the end of a talk in North Augusta, South Carolina on October 1, 2012. In the entire audio recording, this excerpt begins at 29:23 and ends at 38:07.

Senator Graham postulates that the Iranian people are willing to endure the pain of sanctions until the US succeeds in regime change. And, at the end of the day, the wishes of Israelis are more important than Iranians’ welfare.

Hizbollah and Hamas want to impose radical Islam. They are crazy. We can’t afford to be wrong on Iran. If I make a mistake on Iran, I’ll make a mistake on the side of preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

Sen Graham rejects “containment” of Iran.

South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson asserts USA should have aided revolution in Iran

#SouthCarolina Congressman Joe Wilson @CongJoeWilson asserts #USA should have aided revolution in #Iran. He is also concerned about military budget cuts through the process of sequestration.

These remarks came after Senator Lindsey Graham responded to a plea for peace with Iran by explaining why sanctions and military threats were necessary.

Despite Pleas for Peace with Iran, Lindsey Graham Continues Sabre-Rattling

JAG Lorraine Barlett pleads to Sen Lindsey Graham to avoid war w #Iran, @GrahamBlog justifies saber-rattling

This is an excerpt from a question and answer session Senator Graham gave at the end of a talk in North Augusta, South Carolina on October 1, 2012. In the entire audio recording, this excerpt begins at 5:46 and ends at 12:17.

Congressman Joe Wilson added a few remarks after Senator Graham finished.