Raising the Issue
In his farewell address, President Dwight Eisenhower warned the nation that a military-industrial complex, led by interests within the government, the military, and those industries supplying the military, could stray from the original intent of national defense towards personal interest. Continue reading
Friendly or Fauxy
In early 2003 Saddam Hussein had, at the very least, access to materials and designs for the production of weapons of mass destruction; furthermore, he would soon have had at his disposal the unfettered wealth of Iraqi oil fields. At that time President Bush appeared to be faced with a dilemma: either live with the coming critical mass of oil wealth and homicidal mania, or launch a preemptive war.
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With the looming energy crisis, it is clear that we must revive the licensing of nuclear reactors by securing both their radioactive fuel and waste in use, storage, or transit from mishaps accidental or seismic; as well as from seizure or explosive scattering by terrorists.
Understanding and ignorance both shape our choices. The latter may limit freedom with or without an encroachment of our rights, in that we approach the choosing point with its long-term possibilities distorted or otherwise misunderstood and pass freedom by without recognizing it.
Posted in Democracy, Freedom, Globe, Justice, Obscured motives, Psychology, Rights and Obligations, Sociology, United States
Tagged democracy, freedom, justice, motives
When Chile and Argentina were ruled by brutal generals, I would gladly have had their regimes toppled. But our (U.S.A) executive branch had chosen instead to lay down with dictators and—not surprisingly—it rose up with a contorted sense of the legitimacy of its actions. Continue reading
When one nation attacks another, the international community may retaliate against or impose sanctions on the aggressor. Without such possibilities international laws on aggression would be moot.
I write here of distortions in terrorist relationships to heritage and to self, not about their finding my country, the United States, to be a detriment to either. Stripped of these distortions, any disappointment in our involvement would not be constantly upstaging its own agenda.
Posted in Defense, Globe, Middle East, Obscured motives, Psychology, Suicide, Terrorism, United States
Tagged aggression, suicide, terrorism, WMD