Harlan, this isn't directed at you, but I read that tripe article you linked... this is my response...
"MORE THAN 2,600 US soldiers have died in Iraq."
No question there… and more people are killed riding motorcycles in America each year than have been killed in Iraq in the two years of war…
"Iraq's civil war is on pace to kill 25,000 to 30,000 civilians by year's end."
First of all, there is no civil war in Iraq… there is a counter-insurgency that is fueled by every Muslim terrorist country in the region. The Sunni’s and Shites have been doing battle since the 7th century, so this isn’t anything new… but characterizing it as a “civil war” is very simply lying through your teeth.
"All of this madness to stop a madman, Saddam Hussein."
What madness are you speaking of? This is a military action to enforce UNITED NATIONS resolutions that were not being enforced by the body that issued them… 17 of them, if I remember correctly.
"The litany of US mistakes and excessive force has the Pentagon commissioning at least two secret strategy studies in Afghanistan and Iraq."
What “excessive force” is being referred to… having superior weapons and better soldiers? The only mistake that has been made in Iraq is in allowing reporters to be imbedded with the troops and getting immediate mischaracterizations of the events and facts.
"There is no evidence of a contractor having a soul in the 13th annual Executive Excess CEO survey by the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank, and the Boston-based United for a Fair Economy."
And what does that have to do with anything? The “progressive think tank” is primarily a pro-communist front organization, as is the Boston-based “United for a Fair Economy”. Anyone with an ounce of sense knows that companies are in business to make money. There is not one thing that requires them to “have a soul” or only make a profit if it’s “fair” to their competition or whoever the communists think should have equal shares of their effort.
"``Did this surprise us? No, because we've been watching since Sept. 11," said Betsy Leondar-Wright, communications director for United for a Fair Economy."
No, It doesn’t surprise anyone… so what’s your point? It’s easy to sit back and criticize from afar in a soviet-style ‘think tank’ while someone else does all the work and takes all the risks… i.e., soldiers, government contractors, aid agencies. What exactly does “United for a Fair Economy” have invested in the war… other than criticism of the American economic system?
"``While the rest of us were worrying about terrorism and mourning the people who died, the CEOs were maneuvering their companies to take advantage of fear and changing oil supply, not just for competition but for personal enrichment.""
That makes me feel great as an investor… I’d want the S.O.B. fired if he was looking to subdivide the profits of the company with “everyone” as UFE suggests…
"The pay gap between the average oil and gas CEO and the average oil worker is 518 to 1."
And the pay gap between “think tank members” and the average oil worker is ??????????????
"The report said ``democracies decay when one segment of society flourishes at another's expense." Leondar-Wright said, ``It is now at the point where we have lost any sense of proportion. There is no sense of shared sacrifice, no sense that we're all in this together."
I couldn’t agree more… when one segment attempts to usurp the hard work rewards of one sector of society and distribute them to the non-worker classes, the society goes into the toilet. The sense of proportion that is lost is that work is required to make money, and those that don’t take part in the operations don’t deserve one red cent of the profits of anything done to support the troops, the war, or the businesses that are contracted to go into the war zone and conduct business…. But since you mention the “sense of shared sacrifice”… what has UFE contributed to the war effort other than criticism?
As the son of a soldier who died in service to the American ideal, it is both offensive and slanderous of those taking advantage of their freedoms to deface America with their tripe and lying accusations. If you think America is such a bad place, it’s clear that the borders are open, so take a hike... and go wherever you feel more comfortable… there are hundreds of third world countries where you can go … but you’ll have to learn to shut your mouth, because you can’t slander the country there and be allowed to live.
You’ll need to get all your praying done before you leave as well. Many of them don’t allow freedom of religion, but since you’re so insincere about everything else in life, I don’t think that will be a problem.
Unless you go to Europe, you won’t have the government handing out a living to you, unless you join their military, and if you’re sincerely disgusted with the actions of American soldiers in defense of our country, you’re going to fail right out of the box in attempting to “do your duty” for a third world army. The African nations are really good at enforcing military rule in places like Somalia and Darfur… but you might starve to death if you’re in the wrong warlord’s group.
Since you have an issue with how much money is made by legitimate businesses during wartime, why not agree to work for free in your new country? I’m sure you would be welcomed warmly…