Sunday, April 10, 2011

With God (and Eddie Izzard) By My Side

Don't ask me how Eddie Izzard got in on the act, I must have gone in search of something and ended up being sidetracked, as you do now and again, and again and.....

But the post is none the worse for doing so, and I have had a great couple of hours entertainment in the meantime. I'm in such a good humour, I shall even forego the rant that becomes mandatory, whenever I'm confronted with the mix of God, guns and hypocrisy.

To Libya With God On Our Side
By Saul Landau and Nelson Valdes
“The United States …should not try or be widely perceived as trying to manipulate religion in pursuit of narrowly drawn interests.” The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, February 22, 2011 Task Force report [Engaging Religious Communities Abroad: A New Imperative for US Foreign Policy].

“I will never hesitate to use our military swiftly, decisively, and unilaterally when necessary to defend our people, our homeland, our allies and our core interests. That's why we're going after al-Qaida wherever they seek a foothold… God Bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America.” Obama speech on Libya, March 28, 2011

“If the president orders assassination, it must be legal... If the president orders torture, it must be legal.” - Condoleezza Rice ( ).

April 09, 2011 "Information Clearing House"
-- Grabbing other people’s land and interfering in their affairs became as American as apple pie before the annexation of Texas, and “Manifest Destiny” as the engine of U.S. foreign policy.

In 17th Century inspirational moments God sent His chosen from England to found the “city on a hill” (Boston). He had dispatched other select British subjects to settle “the promised land” (Virginia).

According to John L. O’Sullivan in 1839, God intended “the fulfillment of our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions.”

See how Americans talked to God before Pat Robertson – before God punished us with Hurricanes for allowing homosexuals to cavort.

In 1898, God, doubling as President McKinley’s National Security Adviser while simultaneously suggesting headlines for William Randolph Hearst, answered McKinley’s prayers for advice. The Big Guy told me to “take the Philippines,” McKinley explained to the press as he launched the Spanish American War.

Secretary of War Elihu Root extolled the virtues of that war because "The American soldier is different from all other soldiers of all other countries since the world began. He is the advance guard of liberty and justice, of law and order, and of peace and happiness." (In Peter Maguire, Law and War: AN AMERICAN STORY. Columbia University Press, 2002, pp.53-54)

Root omitted discussion of U.S. troop’s involvement in massacring suspected Philippine resisters. Our vanguard soldiers killed some 600,000 before President Herbert Hoover ended the U.S. occupation in January 1933. (Howard Zinn, Common Dreams, June 6, 2007)

Woodrow Wilson fought a holy war for democracy. Harry Truman to stop an atheist Communist dictator in North Korea and prop up a Christian fascist one in South Korea. And Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon all invoked His name.

Reagan invaded Grenada, but didn’t recall who advised him and Bush I ordered the hit on Panama after his third lunchtime martini. The born-again Bush II knew his direction came from above. The Iraqis and Afghans will remain ever grateful for those wars.

Making war without congressional declaration has become traditional. Some thought the Nobel Peace Prize winner would challenge that behavior. But, he explained, he had to kill (he used euphemisms) bad Libyans to save good ones. “God bless us all,” he added at the end of his speech.

Was the photo of smiling Obama shaking hands with President Gadhafi taken before or after Obama knew he was a bad Libyan? Did Obama’s smile came from constipation, or did God only recently inform him after prayer that Gadhafi was evil? Did Divine consultation convince Obama not to save rebels’ lives in Bahrain and Yemen? He did nothing when their nasty leaders murdered them for protesting.

Or did God, again as national security adviser, explain the important religious functions of Bahrain’s King (hosting the U.S. fleet) and Yemen’s President (torturing Washington’s Al-Qaida suspects). GIs with cell phone cameras might send email photos of naked prisoners to loved ones and thus reveal national security secrets as they did in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo!

Obama couldn’t let all the despots that obeyed the U.S. kill their people with impunity; so with NATO allies he launched a “humanitarian” intervention. Warplanes and ships fired missiles against Libyan targets, speculating correctly that the mainstream media would not inquire whether these impressive explosive displays killed civilians. Well, even if some died, it wasn’t intentional.

Later their families might even collect compensation. We’re generous in war spending. By calling the mission “humanitarian” we distinguish it from older missions when Belgians in 1911 massacred about 12 million Congolese. Germans between 1903-1906 killed 60,000 Hereros in Namibia.

In 1964, the CIA provided names of some one million plus suspected atheist-communists in Indonesia. Our anti-communist friends in that obedient Muslim nation wiped them out -- humanely.

Our soldiers killed some 4 million (mostly civilians) in Vietnam – hard to remember why. And our zealous Latin American friend General Rios Montt (a religious Christian) exterminated about 70,000 Guatemalan peasants (1965-77) – and so on.

The United States claims authority to kill people in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen, without formal accusations – forget due process – if the President (after praying) decides they might be enemies. So, U.S.

Kill Teams (ah, cooperation!) and drones (hi-tech is super!) waste suspected enemies (God’s enemies, of course). Do these newly named entities kill more than that G.. damned Gadhafi? Oops. Almost used God’s name in vain – a sin. But we not need worry, the weapons Obama instructed the CIA to deliver to “free Libyans” will carry Jesus’ blessing.

God Bless America!

Saul Landau’s new film WILL THE REAL TERRORIST PLEASE STAND UP is available through

Nelson Valdes is Professor Emeritus at the University of New Mexico. ICH

If you watch this below, then the one below this becomes a must watch.


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EternalPsyop said...

I really love your comedy shows! I haven't seen one that I have not liked. Your often unique take on politics and religion ignites explosive laughter to the point of pain and tears in me; however, this is more than just a view point, isn’t it? You're condemning a nation with an unfair slant which sheds light on ignorance in you that I have not come to expect. Beyond patriotism for my country, which I have, you have demonstrated very little knowledge of events in the Middle East and the repercussions that would follow if U.S. and allied forces were not attempting to tame a region that through its age, should know better. I hope you continue to voice your opinions for entertainments sake (and you ARE entertaining!) but if you make America your ass for the world to laugh at, do it for something you know more about. We’re one of the youngest nations in the world and yet the world’s nations constantly have looked to us for support leadership and guidance. We have many follies but with a quick glance at this worlds history will show we have grown up much faster than any other nation. It’s not easy to do what we have done in the time we have done it. Having said that, the U.S. is as strong as it is because of people like you. Your criticism fine tunes us to become even greater because our government listens to not only its people but also the people of the world. Granted, the U.S. government doesn’t always do the right thing but when viewing the governments of other nations of the world today, I think we’re doing okay. You may thank us later for the overall result of the Middle East later…if you’re man enough;) For now, I through a tomato at you for the first time...even though it may be meaningless to you and easy to wash off. And yes, God bless America if there is one that can do such a thing.

EternalPsyop said...

D'oh! I thought this "speech" came from Eddie Izzard. None-the-less, my overall message still stands...but the tomato in the face goes to the author instead.

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Himself said...

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Himself said...

It kind of endorses Fred Reed's theory. It doesn't matter who you take, but put them in a uniform and train them into a dog pack and they are capable of any atrocity.

Any research yet chuck?

Anonymous said...

Well said Fred Reed.

I'll let you know this week.


Himself said...

Thanks Chuck.

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