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The Worst Mistake in U.S. History

The Worst Mistake in U.S. History - America Will Never Recover from Bush's Great Foreign Policy Disaster

Ten years ago, George Bush made a decision that this country will regret for a very long time.

By Peter Van Buren

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Staggering neocon expectations, Iran emerged from the U.S. decade in Iraq economically more powerful, with sanctions-busting trade between the two neighbors now valued at some $5 billion a year and still growing. In that decade, the U.S. also managed to remove one of Iran’s strategic counterbalances, Saddam Hussein, replacing him with a government run by Nouri al-Malaki, who had once found asylum in Tehran.

Having noted the ease with which a numbed American public patriotically looked the other way while our wars followed their particular paths to hell, our leaders no longer blink at the thought of sending American drones and special operations forces ever farther afield, most notably ever deeper into Africa, creating from the ashes of Iraq a frontier version of the state of perpetual war George Orwell once imagined for his dystopian novel 1984. And don’t doubt for a second that there is a direct path from the invasion of 2003 and that chicken plant to the dangerous and chaotic place that today passes for our American world.

...[F]ormer British Prime Minister Tony Blair recently reminded us that there is more on the horizon. Conceding that he had “long since given up trying to persuade people Iraq was the right decision,” Blair added that new crises are looming. “You’ve got one in Syria right now, you’ve got one in Iran to come,” he said. “We are in the middle of this struggle, it is going to take a generation, it is going to be very arduous and difficult. But I think we are making a mistake, a profound error, if we think we can stay out of that struggle.”

Think of his comment as a warning. Having somehow turned much of Islam into a foe, Washington has essentially assured itself of never-ending crises that it stands no chance whatsoever of winning. In this sense, Iraq was not an aberration, but the historic zenith and nadir for a way of thinking that is only now slowing waning. For decades to come, the U.S. will have a big enough military to ensure that our decline is slow, bloody, ugly, and reluctant, if inevitable. One day, however, even the drones will have to land.

And so, happy 10th anniversary, Iraq War! A decade after the invasion, a chaotic and unstable Middle East is the unfinished legacy of our invasion. I guess the joke is on us after all, though no one is laughing.

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my view

1. allowing a Pesident be assasinated without so much as a peep from the people - resulting in powerful inertia for __

2. allowing virtual takeover of our country and all its machinations through the Federal Reserve act of 1913, again, with nary a whisper

3. 911. see #1 (when I learned the truth about JFK, I went through a brief period of anger at my grandfather's "greatest generation." How could they have allowed it to happen??? heros, just settled back home after winning WWII? ... and now I realize, as I trudge through my day to day with the truth of 911 burning in my guts, and yet doing nothing - speaking not even a word, I realize that we too share much blame for what lies ahead

4. the Aggressive Amerikan Middle Earth wars this article references

these are the big steps we've allowed to be forced on us resulting in our current state of affairs and the eventual total destruction of our our Liberty and our nation.

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

more quotes offered in lament

these also are interesting:

“The easiest way to gain control of a population is to carry out acts of terror. [The people] will clamor for such laws if their personal security is threatened.” —Josef Stalin

“terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death.” —Adolf Hitler

“The best political weapon is the weapon of terror. Cruelty commands respect. Men may hate us. But, we don’t ask for their love; only for their fear.” —Heinrich Himmler, Commander of the SS and also controlled the Gestapo

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"I Killed The Banks" Old Hickory

The famous quote from Andrew Jackson in his farewell address on March 4, 1837:

“But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure blessing. It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your states as well as in the Federal Government.”

Or the famous quote by Founding father John Adams: “Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people.”

Or as Thomas Jefferson, another Founding Father stated so succinctly: “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free…it expects what never was and will never be.”

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and finally, a link ????

Live Free...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=ONo...

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Banker's would not raise the debt ceiling.

Banker's would not raise the debt ceiling without a pledge to make war on Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Libya...

The military creates chaos and the looters take what's not tied down.

Looting is the great American pasttime. It makes us exceptional.

Free includes debt-free!

Nah, the congress critters...

Nah, the congress critters would raise the ceiling regardless--they have a pretty good record of that. The banksters would just find another means of pilfering, which likely would end in war….

All wars are international bankers’ wars…it makes them ‘exceptional.’

Cheers!

“The moral and constitutional obligations of our representatives in Washington are to protect our liberty, not coddle the world, precipitating no-win wars, while bringing bankruptcy and economic turmoil to our people.” - Ron Paul

Congress get it's money from two places.

It steals it from the majority.

It borrows it for the majority then spends the funds on itself.

Free includes debt-free!