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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Retired Generals and U.S. Ministry of Propaganda

The New York Times is reporting that retired U.S. military officers have formed a defacto U.S. Ministry of Propaganda.

President and General Eisenhower warned us of the dangers of the military industrial complex. Then he and every other president and Congress proceeded to buy every weapons system sold by these merchants of death.

Will those big missiles and expensive aircraft carriers or jets really stop the next 911-like asynchronous attack on U.S. soil? What's really going to happen once some nation strikes another nation with a 1,000 megaton warhead? Or when one goes off "accidentally" in some nation? Do those billions on bombs feed your kids? Do they pay schoolteachers meager pay for such an important community and national service? The real heroes in this nation are the inner-city school teachers that show up every day to teach despite all the obstacles (and actual weapons) they face.
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We live in the 2nd most militant nation on earth. Propaganda, for government purposes or simply to sell the next new soap, is all around you, bombarding you nearly every waking minute. Unless you step back from mainstream media sources, including most television programming, you will only get dumber and dumber. That is just the way the generals and politicians like it. Every year they cut spending on actual public education initiatives. Biased, rigged testing programs still leave most U.S. high school graduates far behind other developed nations. If the U.S. is such a rich nation why are our public schools so underfunded?

I have an idea, let's send $4 billion more weapons to Israel next year, that will solve all the problems in the U.S.
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You can go back to watching the generals on your TV set now. Nothing to see here people, move along.

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