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  •  The US sold 1,300 cluster bombs to the Saudis (5+ / 0-)

    just last month.

    The US is the world's largest manufacturer and seller of materiel and equipment designed expressly for the purpose of killing and/or maiming human beings.

    The United States has dropped hundreds of millions of cluster bomb-lets in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Croatia, Yugoslavia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

    There are tens of millions unexploded that continue to cause death and dismemberment to this day. In Laos alone, 7,000 innocent civilians, most young children have been killed in the decades since the Vietnam War. The killing and maiming continues to this very day.

    We won't get into the chemical and nuclear poisoning of thousands of innocents and the horrendous birth defects that plague countries that had the unfortunate experience of America bringing "democracy".

    If Obama wants to do some real humanitarian work then he should earmark the price of a dozen cruise missiles and get out into the world and begin to clean up the fucking mess the country has made in it's past "humanitarian interventions".

    No country in the entire history of mankind has dropped as many millions of tons of explosives and chemicals as the US has. The amount has been more than all the countries in WWI and WWII have dropped put together.

    Does anyone here realize the absolute mind boggling immensity of the damage the US has perpetrated on the face of this earth with it's weapons? The number of innocent lives it has killed and maimed and destroyed? The amount of land and numbers of homes destroyed?

    God help any country when the US comes on a "humanitarian" mission.

    The United States of America is, in and of itself, a Weapon of Mass Destruction.

    It is NOT a "shining city upon a hill".

    •  Sadly, I agree. (3+ / 0-)

      Part of me wants to be able find the flaw in your thinking, reclaim something of the patriotism I felt as a youth, the love of John Wayne movies, American flags on my bike riding in Memorial Day parades.  

      There is very little to be proud of in the way we have projected our military might throughout the world.  A profusion of weapons does not make this world a better place to live, neither does it make it safe for those who stand behind their weapons.

      We like to cast our nation as the good guy, the peace maker, dispenser of "a never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American way", but it simply isn't so.

      It has always seemed strange to me...The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. - John Steinbeck, Cannery Row

      by ovals49 on Sat Sep 07, 2013 at 01:52:19 AM PDT

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