Smart money lining up again

Regarding Syria, there is concern that the Assad regime, which is “evil,” might have chemical weapons, and that there might need to be a military attack to save lives.

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public. (H. L. Mencken)

My money says that the old WMD gambit works yet again. The US, the greatest terrorist force on the planet, operates as it does because its own population is in a state of perpetual fear and ignorance. I was born in 1950, and so came aboard during the second great Red Scare. This was peacetime propaganda. Joe McCarthy, fallout shelters, duck and cover, air raid drills – all of it was designed to create a climate of fear. I remember my family and neighbors out front of our house looking for Sputnik, the satellite put in space by the evil Soviets. A neighbor a block away built a bomb shelter and stocked it with food and weapons.

Humans naturally follow and trust authority figures. We are not designed as thinking machines. Back in the 1950’s there was not much information around – there was news filtered through Cronkite and Huntley/Brinkley on TV and some radio agitators, but not pervasive. So in our defense it can be said of my generation and my parents that we were kept in the dark in part by lack of technology to access the outside world.

But you guys out there now with your computers and Internet – there is no excuse for you not seeing what is happening. None. Really. The ease with which you are manipulated is inexcusable.

About Mark Tokarski

Just a man who likes to read, argue, and occasionally be surprised.
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10 Responses to Smart money lining up again

  1. Big Swede says:

    WMD is out.

    Arab Spring is in.


  2. steve kelly says:

    C’mon Mark, we have weapons to sell, jobs to create, and an imperial ideology to implement, no matter how futile. We are #1! We give them the money. Immediately, they ring up U.S. weapons manufacturers to place new orders. They don’t drink, so when the check arrives there’s no liquor store or casino to hit.

    Libyan arms after Gaddafi’s assination keep on killing. Touareg fighters returning from the war, now heavily armed, toppled the government of Mali. Touaregs have for decades fought for an autonomous region. Now they are fighting the Ansar al-Din rebels who helped them take Mali. Disaster capitalism at work; thank you very much.


  3. steve kelly says:

    The Senate unanimously passed their version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a $631 billion military spending bill, with 98 votes in favor. The vote included a new round of sanctions against Iran, a permanent ban on transferring prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, and continued funding for the occupation of Afghanistan.

    The Senate version also included the Feinstein Amendment, which will make it even easier for the military to capture and detain Americans.

    The House already passed a similar MDAA for $634 billion.

    Any questions?


  4. I vote for a Tokarski self-immolation: who’s with me?


  5. Oh, good grief: 18 year old Scotch is wasted on you.


  6. You are basking in the light of democracy in action and you choose to sit in your own stink.


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