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The U.S. is in a state of perpetual war

Former professor of the Constitution and now President Barack Obama has decided to provide arms to so-called “rebel” forces in the country of Syria. Or was it the apparent Secretary of War, Sen. McCain, who made this decision?

In either case, the object, presumably, is to remove the current legal head of a sovereign state. Can someone please tell me why that is not an act of war and illegal under international and U.S. law?

And while we are thinking of illegal actions: Who gave the U.S. the right to place economic sanctions on the sovereign state of Iran? No evidence has been presented that either of these countries has attacked the United States in any way. But of course, that didn’t stop the U.S. from attacking and destroying Afghanistan and Iraq. And before that, Vietnam and some surrounding countries; and before that, North Korea.

The Constitution, by the way, gives the power to declare war to the Congress. That is the same group of people that a poll now finds has a 6 percent approval rating. It is not likely that Congress will step up to weigh in on Syria because they currently do virtually nothing. We can thank the Republican politicians for that; and we can thank the right-wing billionaires that own them, as well.

So we are back to the warning of President Eisenhower about the threat of the “military-industrial complex.” (He had planned to say the “military-industrial-congressional complex” but was talked out of it.) We have just had another clear warning from the intelligence analyst Edward Snowden. He said things are way out of hand. That is clear.

So the bottom line is that our country is run by a large group of very paranoid military types who are only emotionally and financially satisfied when the country is involved in perpetual threats and, therefore, perpetual war.

Remind you of anything: like George Orwell’s 1984? Long live the empire.

Patrick Hunter

Carbondale


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