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Causes of war changing?

[Please excuse this all being in one paragraph...systems problem]Throughout history wars have been mostly caused by similar factors. These included territory, political failure, religion, travel routes, resources, greed. Each of these causes has risen or fallen in being a primary source for war. But in the 20th and 21st centuries, one of these factors seems to have risen in importance and causation. Greed seems to have become more prevalent in starting recent wars. Our horrible choice to invade Iraq was built on greed. And ignorance and greed have become a hallmark of too much of American foreign policy. We need look no farther than one of our former Vice Presidents, Dick Cheney. When he left Halliburton as CEO to become our Vice President, he was given a large pay-out. Halliburton took good care of Cheney, and now they expected Cheney to return the favor. He did in spades. One of the American corporations that had tremendous profit garnered from its participation in the War in Iraq was Halliburton. And Halliburton didn't even need a contract to do so. It was simply given money to do some dirty work for Bush-Cheney in Iraq. Disgusting. Not only did the Bush, Cheney, Perle, Rove, Rumsfeld, etc. sleazy group get us into the Iraq debacle, they now have the audacity to blame the Obama administration for the current mess there. If we had not made the horrible mistake of invading Iraq, there would be no mess. Period. Now the current right-wing in Congress is advocating for more military intervention in that quagmire. You don't need a vivid imagination to realize that some of the big right-wing supporters will benefit greatly from the war profits that will result ...again! Anyone with even an elementary knowledge of the history and situation in Iraq would have known from the beginning that you cannot simply inject your military might into Iraq [a non-nation, really] and expect it to suddenly become a unified, democratic nation. What fools would believe that? What dolts would believe that and put a "Mission Accomplished" sign on an American war ship and have President Bush stand underneath the sign and tell us democracy now prevails in Iraq? What we now have in Iraq is the result of the combination of circumstances that prevail in Washington, DC: greed and ignorance.

Politics thrives in denial

If you search for something that seeps into all facets of politics, you will find that denial plays a role from left to right.  Each of us lives in our own little wonderland of denial.  And so we accept or allow it in local, state, regional, and national politics.  Washington, DC and Madison, WI breed denial in all things political, social, and economic.

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Mistakes continue in Iraq

While it was the sinister administration of men like G.W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and the rest of that gang that got us into the mess in Iraq, we continue to make mistakes.  The war in Iraq was illegal and never should have happened.  But our mishandling of things after we invaded Iraq continue to this day.  There is no easy solution, but the bumbling in Washington, out of ignorance, continues.

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Horrible U.S. mistakes in Iraq

Some years ago I often berated the invasion of Iraq by George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and one of the most incompetent administrations in U.S. history.  I expressed my opinion that anyone who knew anything about Iraq and its history would not have made the stupid mistakes that the U.S. made there in the first decade of the 21st century. .  It was so obvious that anyone with even an elementary knowledge of that nation and region recognized the stupidity of U.S. actions.

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Double-standard U.S. patriots

It looks like we shall be hearing about Benghazi at least until the next presidential election. It appears that the Republican Party needs a patriotic platform to once again haul out in deception. And now the GOP has the most devious and double-standard group to add to their "army" of political deceivers, The Tea Party! [ugh] While Senator John McCain has joined the eager-beaver patriots in clinging to the Benghazi "revelations," he seems to have conveniently pardoned himself from paying attention to the American vets who were left dying as they waited for V.A. appointments to address their illnesses. The number of vets who were left to die while waiting in McCain's own home of Phoenix, Arizona, is an amazing number. The number who died in Benghazi were several and that has caused a Republican uproar to have the head of Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State under Obama. While the scandal in the V.A. was brewing for some time, and most knowingly in Phoenix, Senator McCain did not give any attention to the matter. The vets died by the scores there as they waited weeks and months for medical attention. Double standard by McCain? OK to be a vet and die in Phoenix, but horrible in Benghazi? The conservative politicos in the United States have always used certain issues, sometimes rather mundane ones, to detract from their right-wing fight to save themselves from paying their fair share in taxes or having a level playing field in business. The super-patriots in the Republican Party have been puppets of the plutocracy in the U.S., and used any diversion they could to protect their greed. This greed and questionable patriotism was most disgusting when the right-wingers have taken military assertiveness to make themselves wealthier by selling military-related materials they produce. War is money, and using devious "patriotism" to start wars is now a part of American capitalism. Do the wars in Grenada, Nicaragua, Iraq, etc. ring a bell? Does Halliburton ring any bells? The Contras? Reagan secretly selling weapons to Iran? Vietnam? Greed knows no shame. When do we Americans tire of the super-patriots who want to fill their own pockets? When will we wake up and stop the special favors granted to the wealthiest and most greedy in our society? Look around you. Do you see any people in need? Greedy adventurism does not give a damn about poor Americans. Whether you eat or have health care or housing are beside the point when it comes to serving the plutocracy. If you need social services or charity you are labeled greedy or lazy, but when you receive tax breaks or special off-shore favors or military decisions to make the plutocracy happy then that is considered patriotic. Wake up America. You are losing your democracy.

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