Avedon links to a way to extend the analogy of the USA as an oil-addicted nation.
[Link] President George W. Bush has rightly pointed out that America is addicted to oil, but he fails to note the predictable consequences.
Addicts break into houses, steal stuff and shoot people. America is breaking into countries, stealing stuff and shooting people. Why is anyone surprised that those homeowners object to our addictive behavior?
Sheila Stoll Morcote, Switzerland
Skatje writes about massive carnage episodes that are worse known in the US than 9/11.
This originally started out as a post about the World Trade Center crap, but then I started researching into instances where America murdered civilians and now I’m just pissed off about a lot more than WTC.
First of all, I’ll start off saying that I wasn’t taught most of this in school. Americans seem to like to skip over the parts where they made bad decisions. Also, these are just a few instances. There are plenty more.
The Commissar quotes a General who says Rumsfeld explicitly forbade post-war planning in Iraq:
[Link] Army Brig. Gen. Mark Scheid, an early planner of the war, tells about challenges of invasion and rebuilding.
Months before the United States invaded Iraq in 2003, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld forbade military strategists from developing plans for securing a post-war Iraq, the retiring commander of the Army Transportation Corps said Thursday.
In fact, said Brig. Gen. Mark Scheid, Rumsfeld said “he would fire the next person” who talked about the need for a post-war plan.