And if Hillary becomes President expect more smear campaign from the GOP because subverting the rule of law and the will of the people is all part of the ‘game’ for them.
Remember that if the GOP gave a damn about ethics it would have looked into The U.S. lead Invasion of Iraq, a decision that still compromises National Security.
Here are a few key findings of the UK’s Iraq War report:
“In November 2001, the JIC assessed that Iraq had played no role in the 9/11 attacks on the US and that practical co‑operation between Iraq and Al Qaida was “unlikely”. There was no “credible evidence of covert transfers of WMD‑related technology and expertise to terrorist groups”. It was possible that Iraq might use WMD in terrorist attacks, but only if the regime was under serious and imminent threat of collapse.”
“… After the invasion, the UK Government, including the intelligence community, was reluctant to admit, and to recognise publicly, the mounting evidence that there had been failings in the UK’s pre‑conflict collection, validation, analysis and presentation of intelligence on Iraq’s WMD.”
“…music torture operates by stripping a prisoner of a safe, “interior space.” It invades with the sounds and cultural expressions of one’s captor and leaves prisoners with nowhere to hide to “escape the pain.”
Pakistani-Englishman Moazzam Begg, arrested by the CIA in Pakistan in 2002, wrote one of the most comprehensive memoirs describing the tortures he witnessed in the U.S. military prison system. During his stay at Bagram, Afghanistan, he suffered the Bee Gees.
“It was terrible, there was no light at all, it was so tight, so hot, sitting in there. You can’t see or do anything, nothing to see, nobody to talk to, nothing to do but bang the walls. And then to have the music blasting … I met several people who’d been in there … [who were] ready to tell the Americans anything they wanted, whether it was true or not.” 11 Popular Songs the CIA Used to Torture Prisoners in the War on Terror
“Republican politicians in particular have descended into the muck of bigotry, hatefulness, and lies. They’re splitting America by race, ethnicity, and religion. The moral authority America once had in the world as a beacon of democracy and common sense is in jeopardy. And that’s not good for you, or your businesses.”
Caution: the language below is not politically correct (by right-wing standards)
I respect you as a voice of reason and principle but I disagree with the premise that the United States has the moral authority that it once had as a leader in democracy and the spread of human rights.
In fact, I don’t think the United States has any moral authority at all.
The United States lost its moral authority when it’s leaders refused to investigate the Bush Administration’s build up to the invasion of Iraq.
In the United States we have one law for one people regardless
of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and class.
If we want moral authority, we the people must get down to the business of real self-government which means using our government for the good of all the people.
You rightly point out in your open letter that a previous generation worked at
self-government and built a more prosperous nation.
A Nation with moral authority.
“You forgot the values of a former generation of Republican establishment that witnessed the devastations of the Great Depression and World War II, and who helped build the great post-war American middle class.
That generation did not act mainly out of generosity or social responsibility. They understood, correctly, that broad-based prosperity would be good for them and their businesses over the long-term.” An Open Letter to the Republican Establishment
It is time for the beneficiaries and descendants of that generation to lay down childish things and return to a more practical vision of the United States and
One that recognizes that the people are the government and have a right to use
their government to better their lives.
One that is courageous enough to find out if its president lied the people into a war for profit.
Robert Goldstein 2016
Note: I’ve made minor changes from the version I posted to Facebook.