Friday, January 21, 2011

“Desert Storm Commanders Together Again”

Brian Williams’ Round Table Discussion With

The Desert Storm War Mongers.



I don’t know about you, but this latest NBC series

“Desert Storm Commanders Together Again”


(this title almost makes me want to sing the old drinking song
"TOGETHER AGAIN" by Buck Owens)




with Brian Williams, just made me want to puke. The War Mongers and Oil
Moguls (best embodiment: Dick Cheney) had gathered together in
one room to discuss their motivations back in 1991 when they took
our country to (A Televised) war.


These Commanders (war-mongers) are quite old now and perhaps have lost
their lust for war a little but they still maintain that the
reasons behind thrusting so many people into certain death, in a
haphazardly decided war, was just.


As they sit stoically, as so many old powerful men who have come to the end
of their lifetime usually do, not lamenting but rationalizing
(still trying to save face) their reasons why war is not only
necessary but beneficial.


As they speak I look at their wrinkled faces and hear their cracked
voices (men who were once so arrogant and sure of themselves, who
held so much power in the palms of their hands over so many of
the world’s population) I think to myself… “Will we as a species ever evolve away from our past evolutionary roots of kill or be killed; the rudimentary basics embedded in the food chain instincts of all animal life forms?”


We, the species who have the power to reason and figure out how not to be
eaten by a carnivore much larger than ourselves, without
destroying all of Earth’s carnivores in order to keep us
safe. Since we can do that then why can’t we figure out how
to get along with our own kind? How can we still be so enslaved
by the food chain’s instinctual bondage?



It’s mind boggling to me but if we as a society of intelligent beings
keep on allowing those who have clawed their way to powerful
world positions, to keep using us like chess pieces in a chess
game, we have only ourselves to blame. Tell them NO I will not fight your wars over oil or whatever you deem necessary to keep you rich, or powerful, or satisfied. When we can stand up to the powerful and tell them No More War, maybe then our evolutionary process of intellectual greatness will begin. (Once again, I can dream can't I?)

Please watch the clip below if you can stomach it. thinkingblue



Please watch the clip below if you can stand it. thinkingblue





Video can also be seen at this link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/#41182130


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BRIEF EXCERPTS BELOW ON THE REASONINGS OF THE GULF WAR:



MORE HERENBC News and news services



COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Former President George H.W. Bush defended the decision to kick Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait in the first Gulf War on Thursday and said his own adviser's criticism of his son's policies and invasion of Iraq in 2003 didn't bother him.


Bush said disagreements on policies "go with the territory" as president.


Brent Scowcroft, who served as national security adviser under the elder Bush, maintained in the run-up to the invasion that it wasn't clear that Hussein was part of the global terrorism network


"You can't worry about that," Bush told NBC News anchor Brian Williams in a roundtable discussion on the 20th anniversary of the start of the war. "You can't worry about the differences. They're bound to happen, bound to take place." MORE HERE







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The Persian Gulf War (August 2, 1990 –
February 28, 1991), commonly referred to as simply the Gulf War,
was a war waged by a U.N.-authorized coalition force from
thirty-four nations led by Britain and the United States, against
Iraq.



The initial conflict to expel Iraqi troops
from Kuwait began with an aerial bombardment on 17 January 1991.



Reasons and campaign for intervention


The United States and the United Nations
gave several public justifications for involvement in the
conflict, the most prominent being the Iraqi violation of Kuwaiti
territorial integrity. In addition, the United States moved to
support its ally Saudi Arabia, whose importance in the region,
and AS A KEY SUPPLIER OF OIL, made it of considerable
geopolitical importance. Shortly after the Iraqi invasion,
Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney made the first of several visits
to Saudi Arabia where King Fahd requested US military assistance.
During a speech in a special joint session of the U.S. Congress
given on 11 September 1990, U.S. President George H.W. Bush
summed up the reasons with the following remarks: "Within
three days, 120,000 Iraqi troops with 850 tanks had poured into
Kuwait and moved south to threaten Saudi Arabia. It was then that
I decided to act to check that aggression."


The Pentagon claimed that satellite photos
showing a buildup of Iraqi forces along the border were the
source of this information, but this was later shown to be false.
A reporter for the Saint Petersburg Times acquired commercial
satellite images made at the time in question, which showed
nothing but empty desert...


There was some criticism of the Bushadministration, as they chose to allow Saddam Hussein to remain in power instead of pushing on to capture Baghdad and
overthrowing his government. In their co-written 1998 book, A
World Transformed, Bush and Brent Scowcroft argued that such a
course would have fractured the alliance, and would have had many
unnecessary political and human costs associated with it.


In 1992, the United States Secretary of Defense during the war, Dick Cheney, made the same point:



"I would guess if we had gone in there, we would still have forces in Baghdad today. We'd be running the country. We would not have been able to get
everybody out and bring everybody home. And the final point that
I think needs to be made is this question of casualties. I don't
think you could have done all of that without significant
additional U.S. casualties, and while everybody was tremendously
impressed with the low cost of the (1991) conflict, for the 146
Americans who were killed in action and for their families, it
wasn't a cheap war. And the question in my mind is, how many
additional American casualties is Saddam (Hussein) worth? And the
answer is, not that damned many. So, I think we got it right,
both when we decided to expel him from Kuwait, but also when the
President made the decision that we'd achieved our objectives and
we were not going to go get bogged down in the problems of trying
to take over and govern Iraq".

(Said, in 1991, by the world's biggest hypocrite) – Dick Cheney


Gulf War controversies:


Gulf War Illness, Effects of depleted uranium, Highway of Death, Bulldozer assault, Killing of unarmed Iraqi Soldiers, Coalition bombing of Iraq's civilian infrastructure, Abuse of coalition POWs, Operation Southern Watch, Gulf war sanctions


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