Originally posted by Boomer1941
Well folks...they're screwing with the wrong people now, the Marines will head it all up like they always have and then you could very well see many
more Vets who served this Country climbing up some ass along with them. I'm 70 now, served my country, missed all the wars, got in on the Cuban
blockade and Cuban missile crisis, during this time I've seen wars we've had no business fighting, our guys dying needlessly, and our government
turning into a piece of #. Maybe I'll get that war after all and all I'll have to do is walk to it.
The people coming home with PTSD given the run-around about their condition; "it's pre-existing" or "not covered" or they got it while not on
duty. That makes me sick and angry.
The Vets are coming home with a country that has to "use austerity measures" -- we gave the 1% a fricken tax break during a time of war -- and now
"SURPRISE" we have to tighten our belt.
>> After I found out about General Smedley Butler, and the book he wrote; "War is a Racket." I'd have to say, that MAYBE we've had two or three
wars that WEREN'T to line someone's pockets; When we kicked out the British, when we kicked out the fascists (to the chagrin of the fascists on Wall
Street at the time) and well, the Civil War -- only necessary because the Slave Holders were hiring their own form of "Tea Bag" party at the time to
make everyone think that ending slavery would somehow hurt the working man (sure, I know it was more complex than that).
After learning that the Pentagon ADMITTED that the Vietnam and North Korean wars "may have been based on exaggerated situations" -- I realized that
UNTIL PROVEN OTHERWISE; All wars are about stealing resources, or creating a profiteering situation for well connected people.
>> Just a tidbit of trivia; Panty Hose, Coca-Cola, Winston Cigarettes, Levis Jeans, and numerous other "fixtures of Americana" really got their
world-wide exposure during war time. Military bases became distribution points to bring these products -- but the connections these companies made
during war created name recognition, opened markets, and set up their distribution.
What did we get this time? KBR, Haliburton, Xe (Blackwater mercenaries) -- all groups that are just as likely to one day be hired to work against the
interests of the US and not just dodge taxes.
>> No, the leaders who promote war and say; "support our troops" -- only like a dead soldier. Bringing back someone injured is a COST, and bringing
one back angry might take away from all the movies that show how cool and patriotic war can be.
I EXPECTED there to be "necessary violence" by the police. I expected rock throwers who provoke an incident. I didn't expect however, that Vets
would get in harms way and an they would join in solidarity and bring a little more than just good will to the fight.
>> I have to say, that while I'm saddened that this Vet is in a coma -- the reaction of his brothers in arms is about the most awesome thing I've
heard of in a long time. A long time. This country has been an embarrassment electing war criminals and allowing them to torture, a can't do nation
that CAN allow companies to spill oil but CAN'T find the money to pay for the people who spilled their own blood.
I'm only 46 -- but you need to know that some "youngsters" actually do know a bit of the history you've lived through and actually share your
disappointment. While candidates for President are "debating" how many fences to put on the border with Mexico -- I've seen many "illegal"
Mexicans actually packing up their belongings to go back to Mexico because it isn't even safe enough to be exploited and treated like dirt by the
corporations you made rich.
The border doesn't need securing when some Americans are tempted to pretend to be illegals so they can get a free ticket out of the country.
From 1930 to 1980, we put a man on the moon, we redefined and rebuilt Europe, we inspired nations rich and poor with the "American Dream." We could
do anything and we did.
It's about time we took to the streets and demanded that WE control this country and that dollar bills cannot vote -- they already have enough
influence as it is.