You rednecks still proud of your Corporately appointed president? Still going to defend him even when the very base promiselie he made to get you gullible sheople to elect him is now a historical side note? Of course John McCain would do the same shit, he just has no gravitas to pull off the lie, as did Mr Obama. But this ain’t about them anymore, is it? This is about us rednecks who are apparently too stupid to realize that both of the corporately funded parties don’t give a rat’s ass about us (unless, somehow, it is politically expedient). But nowadays, their blatant lies and deceit isn’t even really hidden. They wore your asses out with numbnuts “W” and gave you Mr Suave to give you the illusion of sanity, but guess what… its the same old, same old when it comes to military policy (and quite a few other policies endearing to their Masters).
Here is the deal in a nutshell. Mr Obama smoothly fills you a line of shit, and you swallow. You are desperate for a hero, but, of course, he is in a desperate place right now, for the country is falling apart all around him. Thank God he has advisers that make sure that those in power (the Corporate Elite, ie… Big Money) are well taken care of and that their ultimate goal of world power and hegemony is served. For each and every redneck needs to understand one simple fact: Mr Obama’s country (hence, YOUR country), come hell or high water, IS going to steal the world’s energy sources. That’s a Fact. It is the purpose of those who actually run things to make us and keep us an Empire. Until this one basic issue is resolved, NOTHING can be healed.
Even the suave and sophisticated Barack Obama must serve this purpose. Even if he wants to do differently, he won’t.
Look here. There are “officially” 860 US military bases scattered throughout the world, according to the Penatgon. But David Devine points out:
Officially the Pentagon counts 865 base sites, but this notoriously unreliable number omits all our bases in Iraq (likely over 100) and Afghanistan (80 and counting), among many other well-known and secretive bases. More than half a century after World War II and the Korean War, we still have 268 bases in Germany, 124 in Japan, and 87 in South Korea. Others are scattered around the globe in places like Aruba and Australia, Bulgaria and Bahrain, Colombia and Greece, Djibouti, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, Romania, Singapore, and of course, Guantánamo Bay, Cuba – just to name a few. Among the installations considered critical to our national security are a ski center in the Bavarian Alps, resorts in Seoul and Tokyo, and 234 golf courses the Pentagon runs worldwide.
Of course this doesn’t address the ones we have here in the US, nor am I suggesting that each and every foreign base needs to be shut down at this time (for each should be evaluated on its own purpose). But 268 in Germany alone? Give me a break.
If that breakdown isn’t staggering and eye-opening, I am afraid you will never get it. If you will insist to me that all of these are needed in this time of economic hardships here, within our borders, or that “it is because of the military we owe our freedoms” (as if this justifies spending any and every amount they ask for), then you are a reckless (and clueless) person. We need our military to defend us, not to secure an energy source we are stealing from another country or to prop up a failed Cold War mentality. We don’t need many of those bases and untold amounts of money could be used here, in America, where we need it.
I will also point out that we NEED our militia (National Guard) home NOW. Their entire purpose is to be here instead of the US Forces that are training to do this. Do you wonder why they would be training American combat forces to “help” American citizens when we have a National Guard who should be doing this, yet many of them have or are now serving in combat?
Mr Obama’s “residual force” (suave speak for troops left to protect our energy thievery) is 50,000 (according to Dandelion Salad’s link). Of course his peanut gallery full of Obamamaniacs will scream that this is what he always meant in his rhetoric. That “combat troops” and “residual forces” are somehow NOT the same thing (when the very basis for their being there is to protect “our resources“; at least according to the “scariest dude I know” tally whacker on Glenn Beck’s show, as if anything in Iraq belongs to us now that we mistakenlypurposefully invaded their country over mistakenfalse pretenseslies).
This is the epitome of Jingoism (or spread-eagleism). If you believe that any thing in Iraq, oil or whatever, is ours, then you are no true patriot. And neither is “the scariest dude I know”, along with every other nincompoop who suggests such a thing. Because I guarantee this, if the shoe were on the other foot (and some asshole Empire invaded the US) your whole story would be different. You would be pissed and you would do something about it (because the shit in America is American). At least a true American Patriot would. And this means that a true American Patriot would understand the plight of those who have been done so wrong for such admittedly bogus reasons and would stand up for them, the innocent.
It used to be that southerners were very patriotic (when the word meant more than just garbling up whatever their preacher told them is patriotic). Now we believe that a flag pin or a flag bumper sticker, along with believing anything the lying leaders tell us is enough to be “patriotic”. But patriotism isn’t nationalism or trusting and believeing what your “leaders” tell you.
“patriotism does not require one to agree with everything that his country does and would actually promote analytical questioning in a quest to make the country the best it possibly can be.”
In other words, a True Patriot will actually Question everything analytically and not just believe their leaders or what his country does elsewhere in the world. Especially when it goes against everything that this country was founded upon. Just read the constitution to get a feel for what I’m talking about. You never know what you might learn.