I cannot help but think that the news of US misconduct in the wars in the middle east is coming as blowback–blowback against those who’ve legally launched the wars and against the state that is holding Assange up for ransom who outed US war crimes. From Assange’s arrest to Manning’s return to prison to Omar Ilhan’s remarks against Israel’s role in international terrorism, it all seems like the growing whistleblowers and shadow journalists are plying their case in public against unindicted war criminals. Trump is in office not to “make America great again,” but to manage or supervise the bringing down of past war criminals that got off scot-free. These same folks are the ones running the soft coup against Trump; it’s not Trump who is unpatriotic, it’s the folks who in the name of patriotism, in the name of national security, and in the name of American exceptionalism waged an 18-year war in Afghanistan and a 16-year war in Iraq, not to mention in Syria, Yemen, and others. The US government may have Assange in a holding tank, but it won’t provide leverage or trade for keeping their crimes a secret anymore. Seems like more and more obscure sources are getting key officials, military and now politicians, to speak out. Look at the number of CIA whistleblowers coming out, though to my mind it is too little too late. Folks have been calling the international attacks on Trump as a soft coup. Sounds about right.
Thank you, Lew Rockwell.
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) has found himself in the hot seat after defending a Navy SEAL on trial for wantonly killing civilians and stabbing prisoners while in Iraq. On a podcast, Hunter wondered what the big deal was – after all, he’s responsible for hundreds of civilians killed in Fallujah. It sounds like a war crime, but perhaps the real war criminals are the neocon liars and a feckless president who sent the military into Iraq in the first place. If Hunter belongs on the dock, so does half the Bush Administration.
The interview in question of Hunter Duncan was recorded at ZeroBlog30. You can find that here. The interview is approximately 20 minutes long and doesn’t start until the 20-minute mark and ends at the 35:53-mark. I did find Gallagher’s wife defensive plea as the wife’s ruse to provide cover for her murderous husband. I mean how in the hell can she be all smiles and ebullient in the knowledge of what her husband did to civilians in Iraq? This redacted Wikipedia photo of Eddie Gallagher is telling.
Here are a few notes from the Liberty Report. I start off with Dr. Paul’s remark that the United States doesn’t win wars. They’re good at fighting them; they just don’t win them.
11:38. We don’t win. We always lose. Where are the victories? The only time our country improved with more liberty after a war was following the Revolutionary War, which got rid of a dictatorship and an authoritarian rule.
He says “We have won?!” That was the first battle of Fallujah. They had to leave! They were not doing well. Hunter didn’t go back to the second battle of Fallujah. But this whole idea . . . but even if they had won the military battle it reminds me of two after Vietnam when they had the debate with our colonel but they said “Yeah, but we beat you in every military battle that we fought.” Yes . . . it’s irrelevant. Even if they claim victory, it’s a military victory, we didn’t win anything over there. We destroyed a lot. And as bad as it was before, it was hard to believe that we would spend all of that money and all of those lives to actually make it worse, and we made it a lot worse. Not only in that specific instance, but also made it worse because it endorsed the principle of war . . . and it solidified us as the king-maker, as the policeman of the world and we subsequently have not backed off–you know, Republican or Democrat–you know are involved. But you know, this subject of a pardon has come up about a pardon for Gallagher, and I have an opinion about that. No, he doesn’t deserve a pardon. We need to put this in proper perspective. But why would they think, promote, and might get this guy a pardon and at the same time we practically destroyed the life of Assange and Snowden [and Bradley Manning] who are trying to tell us the truth about this. If we had listened to them, maybe our foreign policy would have changed. They already–the two individuals–have changed a lot of attitudes but we’re still in a mess in trying to get our message out. 13:35
It’s a great point if you think about it. We’re talking about pardoning a guy who went wantonly killed civilians, and yet you’re talking about putting in prison for life the person who explained to us what happened, who showed us what happened.
. . . and could have prevented it.
If we have just a second, I would like to talk a little bit about the First Battle of Fallujah, and this is what Duncan Hunter was so proud of. It’s such a grisly and gruesome tale, that I’ll just go into a couple of the aftermaths on what happened. If you remember, there were four Blackwater contractors, mercenaries, who were killed, and their bodies were hung from the bridge and it was pretty grisly, and that’s when the U.S. military went hog-wild and had a free-fire zone and basically just slaughtered anyone who was left, lobbing mortars, used a lot of uranium, depleted uranium weapons, flattened it, completely flattened it. It was once known as the city of mosques. It was a beautiful city. But here is something interesting that I looked up, I think it was Patrick Coburn who did a piece on this if I am not mistaken in The Independent right afterward. Dr. Busby, professor at the University of Ulster, wanted to go back and study the effects of the Second Battle of Fallujah on the people itself. Listen to some of these statistics, Dr. Paul, because this is going to shock you. He did a study, he wrote a study called “The Study of the Effects of the Second Battle of Fallujah” Cancer Infant Mortality and Birth-Sex Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq, 2005-2009.”
- Sharp rise in cancer deaths and congenital birth defects. Thanks, Uncle Sam.
- Infant mortality was 80 per 1,000 births. Contrast that with neighboring countries–19 in Egypt, 17 in Jordan, 9.7 in Kuwait.
- Types of Cancer. “Similar to that in the Hiroshima survivors, who were exposed to ionizing radiation from the bomb and uranium in the fallout. 38-fold increase in leukemia. Back in Hiroshima, there was only a 17-fold increase in leukemia. 10-fold increase in female breast cancer. Significant increases in lymphoma and brain tumors in adults.
So it wasn’t just the free-fire zone, it was the weapons, it was the birth defects, it was the cancers that are still being felt in these battles, so if that’s a victory I would hate to see what defeat looks like.
15:58 You know, the people who declare these wars or who push us into these wars, are the real guilty people. But we find these terrible, terrible cases, like the Hunters of the world, who see nothing wrong with this and [who] never questions why we’re there, there’s the individual, like Lieutenant Calley [see his role in the My Lai Massacre [who was] in the Vietnam War, there are exceptions.
RON PAUL cont’d: I don’t believe that most of the people in the military are like this; just like in civilian life, there’s a lot of people who are complacent. I think it’s worse when you don’t have the draft . . . and more people [who] are aggressive want to go into [the military]. But I think . . . I was in the military, and I think about it a lot . . . what should I have done differently? The only thing I could say is [it] would not have changed a whole lot, but I do know that war had an influence on me in planning my career, because I didn’t know what I wanted to do in high school, and even in college, it took me a while. But after [the] Korean War, Vietnam had not started yet, all I knew is that I didn’t want to be engaged in that. So that is what pushed me into medicine, but then there were others who resisted and wouldn’t go and they were draft dodgers, doing the right thing, which deserves a lot of credit. But everybody in the military isn’t necessarily endorsing these ideas. But it’s the system and I think we’re touching on the right thing–that if you want to stop it, yes, you deal with this and show that this is the consequence, this isn’t the cause. The cause is philosophic. The cause is those people who endorse this and who have special interests behind them. [Now, who could that be? Let’s . . . lots of weapons are used up and replaced during a war . . . huh, now who could these special interests be . . . ?] And it’s a system that develops them. And we’ve talked so much about how it is . . . uh . . . you know coordinated and promoted by the media. Then the media takes this, and they popularize these issues. I think this is an important story, sad story, don’t like reading about it, but it’s [the] reality and in a way, Hunter blurted us some truth. Even though we’re not totally surprised, we still hated to hear about it. That is what we have to hear, but that is what they don’t want us to hear. And that’s why Assange and Snowden [and Bradley Manning], they’re the enemies, you know, the enemies of the government. The tyrants can’t stand the truth.
18:47 Really, the question is should Gallagher, and even Duncan Hunter, go on trial for their admitted war crimes? YES! The answer is yes, I would say, but not until Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Bolton, and all the other big shots who lied us into the war–they should go up first, they should be on the dock first, they should get their trial first, they should get their punishment first, then let’s go after Duncan Hunter and Gallagher.
Very good, and I think there’s no doubt that a lot of people will agree with you on that. Of course, I always emphasize the importance of the philosophy behind all this. And that is what we do with the Liberty Report.