"OVER THE TOP" ANALYSIS FOR MY TASTE BUT SHOULD BE IN MEDIA FOR DEBATE.
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
[The United States] wants to occupy our countries, steal our resources, impose agents on us to rule us and then wants us to agree to all this. . . . If we refuse to do so, it says we are terrorists. When Palestinian children throw stones against the Israeli occupation the U.S. says they are terrorists. Whereas when Israel bombed the United Nations building in Lebanon while it was full of children and women, the U.S. stopped any plan to condemn Israel. . . .Wherever we look, we find the U.S. as the leader of terrorism and crime in the World. (“An Emblem of Evil in the U.S., an Icon to the Cause of Terror,” By Kate Zernike and Michael T. Kaufman, The New York Times, May 2, 2011)
A substantial portion of the estimated $3 trillion price of that war is represented by the cost of decent care for veterans. But even as the war raged on, the Bush administration and Republicans in Congress repeatedly refused to appropriate sufficient funding for veterans’ health care. This financial stinginess toward vets was consistent with Bush’s refusal to take any steps for his expensive war (and decision to protect his skewed tax cuts instead).As Alec MacGillis pointed out this week in the New Republic, legislators who voted for the war while opposing expansion of the VA are hypocrites, particularly when they claim to care about veterans. So are the Republican governors who refuse to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, which keeps hundreds of thousands of impoverished vets from getting health care. . . .The pattern along party lines is clear: Republicans regularly propose cuts in VA funding and oppose increases sponsored by Democrats—a pattern that extends back to the first years of the Iraq and Afghan conflicts and continues to this day.As recently as last February, Senate Republicans filibustered a Democratic bill that would have added $20 billion in VA funding over the next decade and would have built at least 26 new VA health care facilities. The Republicans killed that bill because Democratic leaders refused to add an amendment on Iran sanctions— designed to scuttle the ongoing nuclear negotiations—and because they just don’t want to spend more money on vets. (“In VA Scandal, Accountability for All— Including Congress,” May 24, 2014)
The future is too good to waste on lies . . . And life is too short to care for the damnation of others, as well as to spend it helping fools with their ideas that are wrong. I have seen their ideas and I am ashamed to even be american. The horror of the self-righteous arrogance that they thrive in. It is all revolting. (“America’s Last Prisoner of War, June 7, 2012)