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.”
“The simple truth is this: During my first deployment, I was made to participate in things, the enormity of which is hard to describe. War crimes, crimes against humanity,” wrote Somers. “Though I did not participate willingly, and made what I thought was my best effort to stop these events, there are some things that a person simply can not come back from. I take some pride in that, actually, as to move on in life after being part of such a thing would be the mark of a sociopath in my mind. These things go far beyond what most are even aware of.”
Somers was assigned to a Tactical Human-Intelligence Team (THT) in Baghdad which saw him involved in more than 400 combat missions as a machine gunner in the turret of a Humvee, in addition to his role in conducting interrogations.
Somers’ suicide note is a powerful indictment of the invasion of Iraq and how it ruined the lives of both countless millions of Iraqis as well as innumerable US troops sent in to do the dirty work of the military-industrial complex.
“The simple truth is this: During my first deployment, I was made…
“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.