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Army Using Fake Fort Hood Threat For SOA Security

Posted in SOA with tags , , , , on November 21, 2009 by marcg

This morning it was exclusively reported by the Army Times that a threat letter was found yesterday at the Fort Benning, GA army base. The letter vaguely says that if the commanding general doesn’t call off all charges there will be a re-enactment of Fort Hood. The treat level of the base has been increased according to the Army Times, accompanied by a serious increase in police presence. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also reported on the threat, attempting to tie it to General Petraeus’ trip to the base for Officer Candidate School Operation.

Neither the Army Times or the AJC mention that the appearance of this note warning of a Fort Hood repeat occurred on the same day as the School of the Americas Watch protest at Fort Benning, GA, the largest annual protest of a US military establishment in the country.

This isn’t an error in journalism. The note is a fake. The reporting is a fake. Fort Hood is a massive US Army base. You would think, in the wake of the Fort Hood shootings that this might be national news. It isn’t. And because this isn’t being reported widely at CNN and other national outlets, the usual ratcheting up of public fear doesn’t seem to be the play here.

The SOAW protest is the target, which last year brought 20,000 people to the bases gates. Look for something unbecoming to perhaps happen this year. Looking out my hotel window I see flashing lights whizzing by and cops pulling people off of Columbus streets left and right.

The timing of this news story is such that it won’t discourage protestors from attending the event. It came out to late. Maybe the fake note was meant for something else.

The White Antiwar Left Fades Into Quagmire

Posted in antiwar, Global Politics with tags , , , , , on October 20, 2009 by marcg

Retired Col Ann Wright was in Atlanta October 6th speaking on Afghanistan at First Iconium Baptist Church. She outlined what has happened thus far in Afghanistan and gave her views on what the future should hold. The corporate news venue of record in Atlanta, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, ignored the event altogether. Atlanta Progressive News reported that the retired colonel argued for withdrawal. That’s not what I heard .

To be clear, everyone except out and out fascists understands that one day the US Armed Forces will leave Afghanistan. So when we say we argue for withdrawal, without a timetable it is an ‘argument’ without meaning. That is what the colonel offered. And that is what the white antiwar left as a whole is increasingly offering. Alternet, a news organization whose self-proclaimed mission is to inspire action and advocacy for human rights and social justice, is promoting, via one of its senior editors, Joshua Holland, a more sophisticated version of what Col Ann Wright described-the quagmire.

A quagmire is a situation from which it is difficult to extricate oneself. That, according to people like Josh Holland, Ann Wright, Medea Benjaminobama (CodePINK founder) and increasing numbers of the white antiwar left are calling the US occupation of Afghanistan. But take a second and think about what a quagmire is in contrast to the former antiwar demand of immediate withdrawal.

Immediate withdrawal, unlike withdrawal, is not confusing or ambiguous and shrugs off any kind of leeching quagmire analysis. Immediate withdrawal is just that. And quagmire can have nothing to do with immediate withdrawal. But immediate withdrawal increasingly, is not what the white antiwar left is calling for. And as they become more in line with Obama’s liberal/conservative consensus, they are getting attaboys from people like Ralph Lopez, who argue for prolonged backdoor Afghan occupation-we must save Afghan women from the Taliban. Lopez who runs a website called Jobs For Afghans and is a popular blogger at the website that claims to exist to get Democrats elected, DailyKos, writes about how the white peace movement has ‘grows up’. Specifically, grows up means CodePink founder Medea Benjamin is no longer calling for immediate withdrawal but something more sensible that acknowledges our responsibility to the women of Afghanistan under siege by the Taliban. Has anyone forgot about Iraq and how the US Armed Thugs are raping and murdering imprisoned women and children????? Apparently. Lopez is claiming that we need to create jobs in Afghanistan!! Haha, what does he think this is, really?? He refers to the position of immediate withdrawal as anti-imperialist flap.

Lopez and those who agree with him are stooges for Obama and before him, Bush. Lopez may or may not understand this but it doesn’t matter. The position speaks for itself. The corporations making billions off the war and the US planners that need the regional control all want to prolong the military occupation of the region. And this Ralph Lopez-Ann Wright-Medea Benjamin wing of the white antiwar movement has grown up and want to stay as well.

Back to the quagmire. The notion of a quagmire says, it implies rather, that one is caught between a rock and a hard place. Between completing a mission on the one hand and abandoning the mission and leaving on the other. Since when did the white antiwar movement believe the US Armed Thugs actually had a valid mission to complete in Afghanistan? It really has matured, I guess.

And the timing of this maturity couldn’t be better. Obama, this man of peace, this feminist, and also mature, is about to increase the troop levels of US Armed Thugs in Afghanistan. This will allow us to defeat the Taliban/Al Qaeda, kill Bin Laden and save the women. Then we can leave. Morally. Responsibly. Right?

Martin Luther King and US Antiwar Activists

Posted in antiwar, Iraq, Racism, White People with tags , , , , , , on January 21, 2008 by marcg

Every year at this time I, you, no one can escape a thousand quotes and references to the late Dr. If you hang out with antiwar activists, you’re probably thinking that I could be referring to any time of the year and you’d pretty much be right on. But the middle of January, even in antiwar activist circles, has a different character. in regards to King. What would Dr. King actually have to say to these folks that seemingly carry around a MLK quote book in their front pockets? Ever wonder what MLK would think about the people that evoke his name, message and legacy for this or that campaign they’re engaged in? Regarding antiwar activists, I think Dr. King would tolerate, not approve of, them.

I think he would agree with their vision of a world where huge war chests were turned loose on projects that really do speak to the common good; public education, equitable wages, doctor visits, good, affordable transportation accessible for everyone. I can’t imagine, however that Dr. King would approve of the tactics of the antiwar movement. Martin Luther King spoke out against the US war on Vietnam, something that wasn’t a particularly difficult thing to do, being one of a people that for centuries, suffered the casualties of war from the same enemy as the Viet Kong. Antiwar activists make a lot of hay over King’s opposition to the war. His principled stand against the war wasn’t what made him such a threat. Then, as now, the country’s rulers were very willing to contend and tolerate principled, nonviolent civilian objection to their destruction of Vietnamese society. Some have argued that they even liked and approved of the social democratic character antiwar dissenters gave to a society functioning no more democratically than dictatorship. But with our existence today under an almost complete and total US corporatocracy, elites now much more than in King’s day enjoy, if not require, the presence of antiwar activists as a part of the US cultural and communications landscape.

A thousand separate antiwar protests mean the same thing as our presidential elections. Nothing. But they both carry a huge and quite significant psychological payload, therefore they are both tolerated and in some instances, encouraged. I believe Dr. King would understand this. I think he understood it then. Which is why he met his death, not speaking against the US military destruction of the Vietnamese but standing with the sanitation workers in Memphis opposing US enslavement of workers inside the United States.

Speaking beautifully about a just world where Pentagon budgets were used for human and not corporate needs was not what got Dr. King shot and killed. Doing something about it was.

And this is why he would only tolerate the antiwar movement of today. And while King would, I believe tolerate antiwar activists, I don’t believe they would think even that kindly of Dr. King were he alive today. Of all the King quotes bandied about, the most fitting and appropriate is the one I have not once seen on a single antiwar activist leaflet and never will.

I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action’; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for someone else’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time

King’s crucial insight, borne inside the walls of a jail cell in Birmingham are the most on target, the most profound statement explaining the milieu then and now. Of all the ink spent in the last two or three years criticizing the US antiwar movement hardly worth the name, Dr. King, almost half a century ago, made the definitive statement identifying the mortal flaw of this movement. So while we march, hand in hand, today and enter into that period of the US year in which King Day and black history month come together for a month and a half long orgy of King quoting and eulogizing, perhaps the antiwar movement can make a change this year and begin remembering all the important lessons left behind by the good Dr. and not just the most convenient ones.