January 17, 2012
A Public Embarrassment
Consortium News interviews Phil Donahue, fired by MSNBC in 2003 for telling the truth in a public place:
Well, there’s almost a worship of people in power. You never see a peace worker or leader on Meet the Press. The established journalists cover established power…
So did the so-called expert generals, defense people on CNN and the other channels … I mean [the run-up to the Iraq war] was so managed and the press made it happen. One of the few journalists that I admire who doesn’t care if the White House calls them back is Sy Hersh. And I’m sure you’ve interviewed and you know you won’t see him on Meet the Press…
You know, if a Marine goes into a Fallujah home and blows away the family with an AK47 that’s a war crime. If we drop a bomb on that house and incinerate the family, it’s collateral damage. We are in denial. And we are creating language to help us continue to be in denial. This is awful…
A president doesn’t get a statue for fixing health care. The only way you get a statue in a park is winning a war. That’s why we’ve got horses and swords; we have military airplanes in parks that kids play on. We’ve cannons in parks, in parks! We celebrate war. There’s no other way to say this.
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at January 17, 2012 11:42 AM
You are so right, I jumped right on that band wagon in '67 and jumped off even faster after a couple of years of becomeing "wiser" and been punished ever since. Meanwhile, I watch those who didn't, receiving benefits, medical care, and honor for participating in what turned out to be a waste of lives, resources, etc., for a lie, killing piople who were no threat to us.
I was so influenced in school where the ROTC was a big thing, and Boy Scouts, Religion. It is still so much that way, I watched my own son get indoctrinated in the public school system where the miitary is welcomed with open arms to start preping our kids to be good soldiers and glorify the whole military thing. He died spiritually when he chose to participate in these bullshit wars for the "gold" and to "get ahead," knowing full well it was based on lies. Participating and supporting war has been made so attractive in our society that any cautionary voices are simply drowned or stomped out.
Or as Gibbon put it:
…as long as mankind shall continue to bestow more liberal applause on their destroyers than on their benefactors, the
thirst of military glory will ever be the vice of the most exalted characters.