You are the resistance


“Ethos” the film – Ethics the problem

Here is a Woody Harrelson narrated documentary that clearly outlines how our society has gone from a citizen concerned structure to a corporate controlled system of governance that has as its goal the profit motive.


Can I wash your windows Mr.?

The true measure of a human being is his treatment of others

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America’s most notorious pundits, Glenn, Bill and Rush

As I do most days while driving around town, I was scanning the radio stations for anything that might be mildly interesting.

An unnamed talk-show host was interviewing one of thousands of political commentators across the nation who make a living by telling everyone what to think and do, sounding like the ultimate authority on anything, everything and yet nothing of significance to the average listener. You know, eloquent, but with little substance and less morals.

They seem to love the sound of their own voices not even aware that their audience cannot understand their logic, much less their narcissistic vocabulary. It is truly the blind leading the mute. The trained monkey shrieking at the passing onlookers who occasionally drop a coin into its handler’s tin cup.

India leads the world in the number of hungry and undernourished

India leads the world in the number of hungry and undernourished

I only caught one of his comments before hitting the scan button again. I am paraphrasing here, but Mr. Knowitall said something like, “The American people are getting tired of the constant wars in the Middle East and unless we change our policies, blah, blah, and blah.”

Now normally, who would object to a statement like that? Hell yes, I’m tired of the United States acting like the world’s policeman, yet what am I willing to do to stop it? Can I stop it?

Does it matter one iota in my daily life as a retired teacher and war veteran that our young people, our very own sons, daughters and grandchildren, are dying needlessly in Iraq and Afghanistan and that our government is spending billions of dollars annually, no monthly, to maintain our presence in every corner of the globe? Perhaps not, that is if I don’t have the balls to actually do something about it.

What the American people consider important social, economic or even spiritual issues have no relationship to the rest of the world’s suffering, most of whom experience poverty, hunger and genocide on a daily basis. Did you know that the life expectancy of African nationals is between 45 and 55 years of age and that is just the average. Here’s another “statistic,” in 2013, 6.3 million children under five died – that’s nearly 17,000 every day.

We live in a tightly sealed cocoon, a carefully constructed fantasy world, isolated like Prince Siddhartha before he left his parent’s castle and became the enlightened Buddha determined to end the world’s suffering. Less the Christians feel left out of this soliloquy (personal reflection), did not Jesus say, “Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”?


I look at veterans like this one and wonder what they would say and feel if they knew the real reason their country sent them to war.

We constantly see and hear the religious pleas for donations to sponsor starving children in countries like Ethiopia and the Republic of Congo and in our cities we see homeless men and women on street corners and at the entrances to large retail stores begging for loose change, having long ago lost their dignity along with their means of employment.

We also see our returning soldiers who either arrived home in a pine box or without limbs and most suffering from PTSD and illnesses, the result of weapons of war and the chemicals and the nuclear radiation they produce.

Yet does any of this matter to you, to us? Besides a fleeting sense of guilt or compassion, does it change how we conduct our 9-to-5 repetitive lives, our endless schedule of soccer, baseball and football games, all forms of entertainment, shopping, and holiday barbecues? I sincerely doubt it.

So when a political pundit says the American people are getting tired of the constant wars in the Middle East, he is totally out of touch with the callousness and selfishness of the American people. He is assuming that we still believe we are our brother’s keeper and full of righteousness.

In reality we are only looking out for ourselves and are full of bullshit.


Military drone operators quitting by the hundreds due to trauma

A January 26, 2015 article in Veterans Today describes the experience of one drone operator who quit due to the traumatic nature of their work.

Predator drone opeartor

Predator drone operator

In the following video, former senior drone operator Brandon Bryant expresses deep regret for the six years he spent with the US drone program between 2005 and 2011. It especially bothered him that he was expected to fire on targets without being clear of their identities:

“We didn’t even really know who we were firing at.”

According to a study conducted by Reprieve, an organization that seeks justice for the innocent victims of drone attacks, to date, the United States has used drones to execute without trial some 4,700 people in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia – all countries against whom it has not declared war.


George H. W. Bush: A pedophile, his father Prescott Bush a supporter of Hitler, and now an exposed sexual predator

I have, on at least three prior occasions, written posts that delve into the “alleged” lurid past of one of our former presidents, George Herbert Walker Bush (GHWB), the current but ailing patriarch of the Bush Family Dynasty – I refer to them as the Bush Family Crime Syndicate, certainly not in terms of endearment – but rather more like the Mafia Godfather who prepares his sons to take over the family business upon his death. This particular post references an article by Stew Webb, a contributor of Veterans Today.

In his life-time, George H. W. Bush (GHWB) has controlled every clandestine (hidden from view) and secret organization/operation within the arsenal of the United States government as either 1) Director of the CIA, 2) Vice President to Ronald Reagan (who was an unwitting puppet to the Bush controlled cabal – GHWB secretly gave Reagan poisons that hastened his fall into Alzheimer’s Disease and evidence suggests he helped plan Reagan’ attempted assassination by John Hinckley, whose family were close friends of the Bush family – a coincidence?) and 3) ultimately as President of the United States before Bill Clinton took office.

Clinton’s election was a planned transition of power to allow the NWO or New World Order advocated by Bush, Sr., to solidify and move forward after a more suitable puppet was elected President to carry out the New World Order Agenda (NWO) agenda – our current president, Barack Hussein Obama. Your deduction is right, GHWB left office willingly to promote the NWO by having Clinton elected (electronic voter fraud) and Perot neutralized! This is the power they currently possess. They are amazingly ruthless and efficient while amazingly arrogant and stupid at the same time.

Editor’s Note: For those of you who naively believe Bill Clinton to be an honest, untainted member of the political elite, I have news for you.  He was part of Bush’s drug smuggling and gun running operation during the Iran/Contra Scandal – both he and Hillary.  Just research “drugs, Mena and Clinton”.

CIA Drug Trafficking

Sarah McClendon, a former longtime White House correspondent always kept in the light Bill Clinton’s involvement, if not knowledge of the Mena, Arkansas drug trafficking operation, part of the Bush effort to destroy American values and make money at the same time. He is perhaps not as evil as GHWB, but certainly complicit, part of his life-long dream of becoming POTUS (President of the United States.)

It has even been alluded that GHWB denied presidents, during and after his tenure in office, access to sensitive data, such the the U.S. UFO files due to the fact they did not possess the proper security clearances. President Carter wanted to access those files due to his own experience of seeing a UFO but was denied access by the CIA. To this day, GHWB exercises undue influence within the CIA as he made sure he had loyal operatives at all levels, starting at the directorship. Then again he made sure he had damaging information on many key individuals, all else failing he “ordered their neutralization,” former CIA Director William Colby, being a notable example. The official finding was suicide.

He is known, by many government insiders, to be an openingly unabashed (doesn’t hide it among friends) pedophile, specifically referring to the Franklin Community Credit Union scandal in the 1980s which was a major national scandal that was covered-up by White House officials during the time GHWB was vice president to Reagan and later.

He is also a practicing satanist by many accounts (now very popular among the elite with their hand signs and T.V shows with satanic symbols and themes – Beyonce, one among many); a coward (during World War II); authorized the assassinations of democratically elected foreign leaders, as well as American citizens – most notably Ross Perot who ran against him as president – and used the CIA as a front for drug smuggling into the United States using military transport aircraft and ships, a practice that started with the Iran/Contra Scandal and later blossomed as a major source of black operations funding outside the congressional budget appropriations process where Congress controls the purse.

Post Script (P.S.)

“If the people knew what we had done, they would chase us down the street and lynch us.” — George H.W. Bush to journalist Sarah McClendon,

December 1992, in response to the question, “What will the people do if they ever find out the truth about Iraq-gate and Iran contra?”

A Bush Quote

Pretty shocking, if true, huh?

For a more detailed history of the Bush family going all the way back to their Germanic roots and their support of Adolf Hitler’s war machine (even after the U.S. entered WW II) go to my post, “Merchants of Death.

The reason I do this periodic review of the Bush presidencies (debaucheries) is to hopefully impress upon my readers the dangers of allowing corrupt, selfish and radical elites to control global economics and political processes.

A good example of this would be George Bush, Jr.’s testy response to criticism of his policies and military aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq, even though no evidence existed they were responsible or had weapons of mass destruction. In fact, Saddam Hussein believed he had Washington’s permission to invade Kuwait, the sole reason for Desert Storm, based on assurances by George H. W. Bush, then Vice President, who traveled to Iraq to meet with Saddam. All historical fact, reader.

To paraphrase “W’s” sentiments, “You are either with us or against us.”

That statement by itself is a negation, repudiation of independent thought and freedom of speech. He, in essence is saying, “It’s my way or the highway.” Little Georgie Bush or GW made that statement with total contempt and conviction. It is consistent with the attitude and feelings of an impulsive dictatorial leader, the type of national leader which still exist today in many underdeveloped regions like Africa and Asia, but were the rule instead of the exception during the Middle Ages, particularly in Europe during the Dark Ages, when kings and queens ruled and lived in castles.

Do you think they had castles to protect them from the armies of neighboring nations?  No, it was to protect them from their own common citizens, those whom they taxed into poverty. It takes a lot of the commoner’s money to live in luxury.

I still recall how “W,” GHWB’s son, was caught off guard by a television camera just before a press conference and basically lifted his middle finger at the camera lens with a that smirk which he loved to use when attempting to make what he thought was a really cool joke.

The following is a reprint of a recent article that appeared in Veterans Today (VT), a well-respected alternative news blog that has a staff of seasoned writers and editors, all veterans of sorts, and individuals (men and women) who have not only studied and researched government corruption but have lived it, and been their victims.

Stew Webb, is one of VT’s contributors and the author of this pedophile ring article, “George H. W. Bush Pedophile Sex Ring and Blackmail of Congress,” was a former globalist elite through marriage, that elite going by many names such as the Cabal, Masons, Jesuits, NWO and the Illuminati bloodline families, six of which dominate global politics, the Rothschilds being among the most influential. If you are not born into royalty, you are nobody. If you wonder why Congress is so ineffective against the Executive Branch of government, you need to study the “honey pot” strategies of blackmailers.

A unique aspect of this on-line journal (VT) is its intricate network of government insiders (aka, informants) that share sensitive information on past and future black operations that are contrary to our constitutional form of government (no longer, reader) or the common good.

If you read it in Veterans Today you can be assured the information has more than a kernel of truth, if not right on target as they are not opinions but information from trusted sources in government and the secret societies.

I would say, enjoy Stew’s article, but the topic is too sick to be called anything by an abomination to humanity.

The Franklin Cover Up is only the tip of the Iceberg, Veterans Today, 1/12/15
Article by Stew Webb


George H. W. Bush is a known evil pedophile, who ran a Congressional Blackmail Child Sex Ring during the 1980s known as “Operation Brownstone and Operation Brownstar”, and later to become known as “The Finders or The Franklin Cover-up”. U.S. Vice President George HW Bush would sneak children over to Senator Barney Frank’s condo, known as a “Brownstone” to their famous cocktail parties, where U.S. Congressman and U.S. Senators — some willing and some unwilling participants — got a taste of the “Voodoo Drug” in their drink. (Editor’s Note: It is interesting that George H. W. Bush used the term “Voodoo Economics,” a slanderous term used by George H. W. Bush in reference to President Ronald Reagan’s economic policies, which came to be known as “Reaganomics”.

To prove a case, you need one that was involved in an operation or a witness or documents; in this case, U.S. Customs documents prove the case without getting anyone still living killed. Inside the (scribe) document below is an article that appeared in US News and World report December 27 1993, entitled “Through a Glass Very Darkly”. This includes cops, spies and a very old investigation — also copies of the U.S. Customs Reports where the names are not blacked out.

You may have purchased a set with the names blacked out from dirty FBI-CIA blackmailer Ted Gunderson, a known thief, liar and killer — a true “Daddy Bush FBI Troll, who surfaced in the 1990s to run cover for Bush and to identify those children who still may be living, who could be a liability to Bush, Gunderson and CIA George Pender’s Congressional Child Sex Blackmail Operation known as “Brownstar”.

Ted Gunderson surfaced in the early 1990s as the so-called investigator in the Franklin Savings and Loan case against Larry King a Black Republican, who introduced George HW Bush at the 1988 Republican Convention as America’s next President. Ted Gunderson was there to get rid of any witnesses or children from “Boys Town”, an orphanage for all boys, many of whom had been transported to Washington DC and raped by these pedophiles in Bush-Gunderson-Pender Child Sex Ring known as “Operation Brownstar”.

The true story never has been told that children from orphanages all across America during the 1980s came to Washington DC, paid by the US Taxpayers, to unknowingly participate in the Congressional Blackmail Child Sex Ring. Daddy Bush, Dick Cheney, John Sununu, according to sources, would be standing in line to greet the children and their caretakers as they came to the Vice President’s Home and or the White House for their specially invited tour at US Government expense. Bush, Cheney and Sununu would ask, “what’s your name”, and later just before dinner time, a call from the White House came into the hotel where the children were staying to the Caretakers inviting Little Billy, Mary, Johnny, Timmy, and Pam to the White House State dinner that evening.

The caretakers thought it would be good for the children, since the White House could not accommodate the entire orphanage. Gunderson and Pender, who ran the operation, dispatched the limo at Bush’s request, and the female would take the children to the limo and immediately give them a Coke or Pepsi with the VOODOO DRUG in it, and they were off to U.S. Senator Barney Frank’s pad, known as a “Brownstone”.

Of course, the U.S. Senators and U.S. Reps were there with the good-looking female prostitutes who would help get the congressmen and senators drunk on the “VOODOO DRUG”, so when Daddy Bush, Dick Cheney, John Sununu and others showed up at the party and the children in the limo arrived, the female prostitutes left and the child sex party started, with U.S. Vice President George HW Bush, Richard Cheney, John Sununu and others showing the VOODOO drunk congressman and senators how to have sex raping children, while the cameras were running. Someone pretending to be from the White House would call the caretakers back at the hotel and would tell them the children fell asleep and are staying the night here at the White House and will be returned before lunch tomorrow.

The caretakers did not suspect a thing until 6 months later when their children were sitting in front of the TV watching the News and waiting for dinner, when many would jump up and point to the TV and say “He put his thing in me”, as the children pointed to either their rectum or the female side. These caretakers began to ask questions and did not know whom to call. Some called “People Magazine”, which spent a million dollars investigating all of America’s orphanages and found this was true, with those children selected out at the White House being greeted by these known pedophiles: Bush, Cheney and Sununu.

The story was never told by “People Magazine”. The Journalist I talked to on many occasions in the late 1980s and early 1990s was never allowed to publish the story.

Now you know the full story.

Stew Webb

More about the Bush Family …

If you were in the Marine Corps the name Smedley Butler is synonymous to Brave, Patriot, Leader and Corps. He was the recipient of two Medals of Honor.

In 1933, Wall Street bankers wanting to overthrow the Presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt decided to approach retired General Butler to lead the rebellion, coup, or takeover of America just before Hitler came to power, all in order to set up a fascist government that would join forces with Hitler, much as Mussolini did.

Butler pretended to go along to get evidence and more information about who the plotters were. Eventually, he revealed the conspiracy to the United States House of Representatives Special Committee on Un-American Activities.

Among the principal plotters/traitors was Prescott Bush, George W. Bush’s grandfather.

More on Prescott Bush’s efforts to help finance the German war effort is found in my post, “Merchants of Death.

Is it time to chase them down the street and lynch them?

War on drugs revealed as total hoax – US military admits to guarding, assisting lucrative opium trade in Afghanistan


-Afghan child harvesting poppy fields-

Afghanistan is, by far, the largest grower and exporter of opium in the world today, cultivating a 92 percent market share of the global opium trade.

But what may shock many is the fact that the US military has been specifically tasked with guarding Afghan poppy fields, from which opium is derived, in order to protect this multi-billion dollar industry that enriches Wall Street (through pharmaceutical company trading), the CIA, MI6 (English Intelligence), and various other groups that profit big time from this illicit drug trade scheme.

Prior to the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Afghanistan was hardly even a world player in growing poppy, which is used to produce both illegal heroin and pharmaceutical-grade morphine. In fact, the Taliban, an extremely religious sect, had been actively destroying poppy fields as part of an effort to rid the country of this harmful plant, as was reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on February 16, 2001, in a piece entitled Nation’s opium production virtually wiped out (http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=gL9scS…).

But after 9/11, the US military-industrial complex quickly invaded Afghanistan and began facilitating the reinstatement of the country’s poppy industry. According to the United Nations Drug Control Program (UNDCP), opium cultivation increased by 657 percent in 2002 after the US military invaded the country under the direction of then-President George W. Bush (http://www.infowars.com/fox-news-makes-excus…).

(The CIA under Bush and Obama was responsible for reinstating the opium industry in Afghanistan after 9/11, an effort that started during the Iran/Contra scandal when Reagan was president.)

(Remember Ollie North, the wise cracking Marine colonel who oversaw the flying of opium filled U.S. transports to U.S. markets? A real patriot, ya right, Ollie – “Well Ollie, this is another fine mess you’ve gotten me into” – the Laurel and Hardy comedy series – sorry I could not resist the connection to one of my two favorite comedians as a kid. I’m a little older and wiser than you baby, but still bold! If you notice, Laurel and Hardy were both Masons, figure that Amos – Amos and Andy!, I love this shit – stop me, please.)

More than 90% of the heroin used by U.S. drug users now come from Afghanistan

More than 90% of the heroin used by U.S. drug users now come from Afghanistan

More recently, The New York Times (NYT) reported that the brother of current Afghan President Hamid Karzai had actually been on the payroll of the CIA for at least eight years prior to `information going public in 2009. Ahmed Wali Karzai was a crucial player in reinstating the country’s opium drug trade, known as Golden Crescent, and the CIA had been financing the endeavor behind the scenes (http://www.infowars.com/ny-times-afghan-opiu…).

“The Golden Crescent drug trade, launched by the CIA in the early 1980s, continues to be protected by US intelligence, in liaison with NATO occupation forces and the British military,” wrote Prof. Michel Chossudovsky in a 2007 report, before it was revealed that Ahmed Wali Karzai was on the CIA payroll. “The proceeds of this lucrative multibillion dollar contraband are deposited in Western banks. Almost the totality of revenues accrue to corporate interests and criminal syndicates outside Afghanistan” (http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Afghanista…).

But the mainstream media has been peddling a different story to the American public. FOX News, for instance, aired a propaganda piece back in 2010 claiming that military personnel are having to protect the Afghan poppy fields, rather than destroy them, in order to keep the locals happy and to avoid a potential “security risk” — and FOX News reporter Geraldo Rivera can be heard blatantly lying about poppy farmers being financially supported by the Taliban, rather than the CIA and other foreign interests.

So while tens of thousands of Americans continue to be harmed or killed every year by overdoses from drugs originating from this illicit opium trade, and while cultivation of innocuous crops like marijuana and hemp remains illegal in the US, the American military is actively guarding the very poppy fields in Afghanistan that fuel the global drug trade.

Something is terribly wrong with this picture.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/034289_Afghanistan_opium_trade.html##ixzz3DR2lustK

Bill Clinton was a drug dealer while governor of Arkansas.

U.S. Inspector report: Billions in failed programs wasted on Afghanistan (and we can’t even care for our veterans at home)

Never forget that 9/11 was sponsored by your own government. It was the justification for invading Iraq and Afghanistan, now Syria, and in the future the rest of the Middle East. Do you sense a world take-over by Obama and Company? Welcome to Jeopardy and the category is the New World Order!

How long will the American public continue to tolerate this falsely elected president’s spend, spend, spend policies and his lie, lie, lie explantions for foreign entanglements while he totally ignores domestic issues (veterans, seniors, employment, social security and much more)? He says one thing and does another.

In actuality, he wants to destroy American values to promote his real master’s goal of World domination, pure and simple – The NWO (the New World Order). The only thing in their way is the United States Constitution. If you want more proof go to this Forbes article link which describes Obama’s Executive Order 13603. If this doesn’t chills up and down your spine, nothing will.

Impeach Obama now before its too late. My instincts tell me is that it may already be too late.

We have a child as president (Obama) of 13 years mentally, who is gay in his orientation, manipulated by sophisticated neoconservative forces in America who have joined Muslim radicals we funded, guiding our foreign policy in a potentially explosive world in which terrorism is but a farse of false flags for the benefit of an ignorant pubic. The tinder is there for a raging fire and with disastrous consequences for the citizens of America not to mention the world. In the end, it is all for the establishment of the New World Order.

Why start World War III? Because the next world war will undoubtedly be nuclear and irreversable in terms of its effect on biological life on this planet – plants, animals, and mankind. This result is consistent with the globalist’s goal of population reduction, the consolidation of now independent nations, under a United Nations umbrella run by a wealthy elite (the Illumnati) who believe they are destined to rule with poor “humans” as ignorant slaves who want to be led, like former black slaves on a Southern plantation.

Black voters are turning sour on Obama. Certainly not the “Rev” Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, or Representative John Lewis and other black “leaders” who support Obama who may have started out as sincere Democartic supporters, but now are merely ashamed, complict blacks with no way out. Obama has comprised or bribed these democratic leaders with special recognition (Civil Rights Awards, White House access, etc.) which allows them to keep the their lavish life styles and public persona. A strategy of selling your soul for temporary rewards.

Have you heard about Jesse Jackson’s son, Jesse Jackson, Jr., the now convicted felon who is serving a federal 30-month prison term for misusing campaign funds and who admitted to drug addiction while serving in Congress?

CBS recently reported that he may get out earlier in order to enroll in a rehabilitation program, not available at his North Carolina federal prison (Special treatment? Maybe, and did Obama have anything to do with that?)

Jesse Jackson, like Al Sharpton is a con artist who uses the black community to justify his own importance with both the black and white political community. How long can you use the tragic plight of poor disenfanchised black males to promote your own career and then raise a son who is weak in character, an image of his father and now a felon?

On top of that, the CIA has increased the production of opium in Afghanistan with Obama’s knowledge (it was decreasing before the war) in order to fund its black ops programs (unauditable and not part of the Congress approved budget). You don’t believe me? Read the next post. That the CIA is the world’s biggest drug dealer is common knowledge among the military and law enforcement.

WASHNGTON — The top U.S. official for monitoring aid to Afghanistan painted a grim portrait of the country’s future Friday, saying it is riddled with corruption and graft.

With most Americans’ attention riveted on Iraq and Syria, John F. Sopko, the U.S. special inspector general for Afghanistan, said the United States’ unprecedented $120 billion reconstruction investment there is at risk.

“The country remains under assault by insurgents and is short of domestic revenue, plagued by corruption, afflicted by criminal elements involved in opium and smuggling, and struggling to execute the basic functions of government,” Sopko said in a speech at Georgetown University.

President Barack Obama’s vow that only 9,800 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan by year’s end, Sopko said, has left many Americans unaware the the United States will spend up to $8 billion a year on reconstruction projects for years to come.

“If corruption is allowed to continue unabated, it will likely jeopardize every gain we’ve made so far in Afghanistan,” Sopko said.

The United States continues to pump billions of dollars into the South Asia country that its government can’t control.

“It appears we’ve created a government that the Afghans simply can’t afford,” Sopko said. “Accordingly, when we build things the Afghans can’t use and when we don’t take their resources into account, we’re not just wasting money. We’re jeopardizing our mission of creating a self-sustaining Afghanistan that can keep insurgents down and terrorists out.”

Among several wasteful U.S. programs cited by Sopko, he said that billions spent to fight Afghanistan’s flourishing opium trade have gone down the drain.

“The U.S. has already spent nearly $7.6 billion to combat the opium industry,” Sopko said. “Yet by every conceivable metric, we’ve failed. Production and cultivation are up, interdiction and eradication are down, financial support to the insurgency is up, and addiction and abuse are at unprecedented levels in Afghanistan.”

Some Afghan soldiers and police are getting paid off by poppy growers to allow them to cultivate the illicit plant, Sopko said.

“The narcotics trade poisons the Afghan financial sector and fuels a growing illicit economy,” he said. “This, in turn, undermines the Afghan state’s legitimacy by stoking corruption, nourishing criminal networks and providing significant financial support to the Taliban and other insurgent groups.”

Sopko warned that Afghanistan “could well become a narco-criminal state in the near future.”

Despite the widespread graft, the United States has no plan for countering corruption, Sopko said, and some U.S. agencies exaggerate progress in Afghanistan in order to justify the huge American investment there.

“The United States lacks a unified anti-corruption strategy in Afghanistan,” he said. “This is astonishing, given that Afghanistan is one of the most corrupt countries in the world.”

The United States has spent more money in Afghanistan than it ever has spent in any other country, and more than it provided to rebuild Europe under the Marshall Plan after World War II, even with inflation taken into account.

Congress created the post of Special Inspector General for Afghanistan in 2008 in order to track the gusher of U.S. aid, and Sopko was appointed two years ago.

He said Friday that the United States and other countries are funding more than 60 percent of the Afghan government, with domestic revenues of $2 billion last year dwarfed by $7.6 billion in expenses.

“The sheer size of the U.S. government’s reconstruction effort has placed both a financial and operational burden on the Afghan economy and its government that it simply cannot manage by itself,” Sopko said.

As more U.S. troops leave Afghanistan, he said, 80 percent of its territory will be “effectively off limits to U.S. civilian oversight,” making it even more difficult to monitor how American aid is being used.

Email: jrosen@mcclatchydc.com; Twitter: @jamesmartinrose

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/09/12/239729_us-inspector-billions-in-failed.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy


The inside story of Bowe Bergdahl, the last POW

Democracy Now, June 6, 2014
The Inside Story of Bowe Bergdahl: Afghan War Vet Matthew Farwell on “America’s Last POW”


Bergdahl attempted to escape from his Taliban captors twice, in 2011 and 2012 when he evaded capture for three days

As the controversy over the prisoner swap grows, new information has emerged about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s time in Afghanistan.

On Thursday, administration officials said Bergdahl’s life could have been in danger if details of the prisoner swap had been leaked. While some in the media have speculated that Bergdahl became sympathetic to his captors, new reports reveal Bergdahl actually escaped from his captors on at least two occasions, once in the fall of 2011 and again sometime in 2012.

In another development, the New York Times reveals a classified military report concluded Bergdahl most likely walked away from his Army outpost in June 2009 on his own free will, but it stops short of concluding that there is solid evidence that he intended to permanently desert. The report also revealed that Bergdahl had wandered away from assigned areas while in the Army at least twice before prior to the day he was captured, including once in Afghanistan. We speak to Matthew Farwell, a journalist and veteran of the Afghan war who has been following the Bergdahl story for years. He helped the late Michael Hastings write his 2012 Rolling Stone article, “America’s Last Prisoner of War.” Farwell came to know Bergdahl’s parents after they attended the funeral of his brother who served and in Iraq and Afghanistan and died in a helicopter accident in Germany.

Democracy Now

The prodigal son is about a father’s love

The Prodigal Son by Pompeo Batoni

The Prodigal Son by Pompeo Batoni

In the bible, the parable of the prodigal son (Gospel of Luke, 15:11-32) is a story of devotion and love, that of a father for his son who was gone, but now returned. What struck me about the story was that immediately upon seeing his son approaching he ran to embrace him, without concern for any plea for forgiveness or shame.

Bowe Bergdahl

Bowe Bergdahl

Bowe Bergdahl has been a captive of the Taliban for over five years and the Obama Administration agreed to release some prisoners from Guantanamo in exchange for Bergdahl’s release, an act which was criticized by some as a violation of some law or precedent that the U.S. does not negotiate with terrorists. Nonetheless, he has returned to face additional criticism from members of his unit who claim he walked away from his unit and is no hero, perhaps a deserter. The Guardian, who sought out Bergdahl’s father, presents the picture of young man who enlisted because he believed we were in Afghanistan to help people. It is also the story of love, the love of a father for his son, unconditional.

The actual circumstances of his disappearance and his relationship to the Taliban will not be known until he returns and the media and military investigations look into the matter; nonetheless, it is my view that more and more Americans, whether in the military or civilian, are beginning to understand that we are not helping people by these wars but exploiting weak and third world nations for their resources and calling it spreading the cause of Democracy and fighting terrorism.


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