No 1449 Posted by fw, September 12, 2015
“The nation was traumatized and re-traumatized [by the 9/11 attack] by 24/7 corporate war propaganda. And the government seized on a nation in fear to leap to war with no clear enemy or end. But its rabid group of extremist neocons at the helm, the Empire set out to capture a swath of new spoils it had longed to dominate. Guns blazing, they could barely contain their excitement over all the new markets previously out of reach…. The US central command has its own death porn channel, video-logging their beheadings by drone. A drop in the bucket of the crimes and chaos the Empire has showered on this region of the world. But amid its success in completely shredding several countries, it has also revealed a weakness – that greed and arrogance can lead it to disaster.” —Abby Martin, from The Empire Files, episode 2
Martin’s debut episode of The Empire Files, was posted here on September 10, entitled, The myth that America’s actions are for the greater good is exposed in new weekly video series. In episode 2 of this weekly series, she examines the historical development and aftermath of two major wars in Afghanistan and Iraq launched under the rubric “Global War on Terror”.
This installment digs into the tragedy of a region shaped by Empire, featuring an interview with former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark.
Below is the embedded You Tube video of episode 2 titled 9/11’s Victims. To view the original version on the teleSUR website click on the following linked title. Three transcribed passages, below, excerpted from the video, make for interesting reading. Unless otherwise indicated, the narrator is Abby Martin.
[You Tube title: 9/11 and the Belligerent Empire (24:51 minutes)]
[Transcript 1 – The leap to war with no clear enemy or end in sight]
[2:00 minutes from the start] –
The nation was traumatized and re-traumatized [by the 9/11 attack] by 24/7 corporate war propaganda. And the government seized on a nation in fear to leap to war with no clear enemy or end. But its rabid group of extremist neocons at the helm, the Empire set out to capture a swath of new spoils it had longed to dominate. Guns blazing, they could barely contain their excitement over all the new markets previously out of reach.
[Former US General Wesley Clark] — “[He said, “I guess it’s like we don’t know what to do about terrorists], but we’ve got a good military, and we can take down governments.” And he [unnamed Pentagon Joint Staff general] said, “I guess if the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem has to look like a nail.” So I came back to see him a few weeks later, and by that time we were bombing in Afghanistan. I said, “Are we still going to war with Iraq?” And he said, “Oh, it’s worse than that.” He reached over on his desk. He picked up a piece of paper. And he said, “I just got this down from upstairs” — meaning the secretary of defense’s office — “today.” And he said, “This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.” [Source: Gen. Wesley Clark Weighs Presidential Bid: “I Think About It Every Day” Interview with Amy Goodman, Democracy Now, March 2, 2007].
[Transcript 2 – In their own words, an unpopular war among those who served]
So generals and politicians did the only thing they know how to do: Lie about the reality and order more slaughter, [turning a deaf ear to warnings from troops on the ground].
Commander of British Forces from 2007 to 2008
“[The Afghanistan war is neither feasible nor supportable…the American strategy is doomed to fail.” – Major General Mark Carleton-Smith, Commander of British Forces, 2007-2008.
Petraeus, Commander of US forces in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2011 said –
“You have to recognize that…I don’t think you win this war…this is the kind of fight we’re in for the rest of our lives and probably our kids’ lives.” – General David Petraeus, Commander of US Forces in Afghanistan 200-2011.
And Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Davis who interviewed hundreds of soldiers touring Afghanistan on two separate tours said –
“When you’re given a mission that cannot succeed…what is the purpose of the mission? How many more men must die…behind an array of optimistic statements by US senior leaders in Afghanistan.” — Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Davis
In 2012, Staff Sergeant Matthew Sitton, on his third tour to Afghanistan, wrote to his congressman –
“I am only writing this email because I feel myself and my soldiers are beings put into unnecessary positions where harm and danger are imminent… There is no end state or purpose for the patrols given to us from our higher chain of command, only that we will be out for a certain period of time… As a brigade, we are averaging at a minimum an amputee a day from our soldiers because we are walking around aimlessly through grape rows and compounds that are littered with explosives…I am concerned about the well-being of my soldiers and have tried to voice my opinion through the proper channels of my own chain of command, only to be turned away and told that I need to stop complaining. Thank you again for allowing soldiers to voice their opinion. If anything, please pray for us. God bless. Very respectfully, SSG Matthew Sitton.”
He was killed just weeks later leaving behind a wife and newborn child.
[Transcript 3 – Ramsey Clark on US foreign policy & closing words from Abby Martin]
[Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark] — Our foreign policy is not based upon human welfare. It’s based on military and economic alliances – the military subsidiary protecting the economic interests.
[Abby Martin] — Is there a military solution to ISIS, Ramsey? From the West?
[Ramsey Clark] I think the immediate peace with the government in Damascus is essential to the wellbeing of the region. And I think if we don’t do it, the only reason is that we want to make Syria another Iraq. Simply crush the country for a generation or two you know, while we can try to learn how to profit from whatever emerges from the ruins.
[Abby Martin] Invasions aside, the war on terror released flocks of flying executioners, with the Nobel Peace Prize winning Drone King overseeing a kill list and the bombing of seven countries total, including Somalia, Yemen and Pakistan. Death taunts children from the sky and thousands of people assassinated without due process.
Our so-called leaders want the legacy of 9/11 to invoke fear of the rise of Islamic terrorism. But if we just look at reality, the very actions by the US Empire that’s unleashed this threat to people around the world, from sanctions to invasions, this file lays bare to the biggest terrorist organization in the world today is the US Empire…
The US central command has its own death porn channel, video-logging their beheadings by drone. A drop in the bucket of the crimes and chaos the Empire has showered on this region of the world. But amid its success in completely shredding several countries, it has also revealed a weakness – that greed and arrogance can lead it to disaster.
And any crisis for the Empire means new opportunities for the people – to expose its lies, its crimes and to mobilize against it.
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