We brought peace and democracy to Iraq by our invading and occupying it in order to get rid of Al Qaeda and “Saddam’s WMD” (that war cost the U.S. $3 trillion):
courtesy Huffington Post, 13 June 2014 (front page).
And we brought peace and democracy to Ukraine by our overthrowing their corrupt but democratically elected pro-Russian President and installing a corrupt regime that on May 2nd massacred hundreds of civilians who opposed the coup and thus caused a civil war that now has our people bombing the residents of southeastern Ukraine whom we call “terrorists” while terrorizing them, into hoped-for submission to the regime that we have imposed upon them (those people refused to vote in the election that we held for them):
courtesy Russian Television
And, shortly after Obama had become President, he and Hillary Clinton brought peace and democracy to Honduras by our being the only government in the Western Hemisphere to back the junta that overthrew that country’s democratically elected progressive President and by replacing him with a string of fascist ones producing the world’s highest murder-rate in that country:
And, yet, despite all of the peace and democracy that we are bringing to the world, Gallup international finds that the nation most often cited around the world as being a threat to peace is the United States. Russian propaganda must have fooled them to believe that. Or did American propaganda fool us to believe what we do?
We are being lied to, again and again, without our holding to account the people (George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and the aristocrats who own and control our “news” media) who have lied to us, again and again.
And that’s why we believe the way we do: we don’t hold liars to account, because, if we did, then we’d understand such things as that (and why, and how — as only Bloomberg News, of all major media, had the courage to investigate and to report) we are subsidizing Wall Street by an estimated $83 billion per year, above and beyond the post-crash bail-outs of Wall Street (which Obama says have all been paid back).
So: when will we stop voting for Senators and Congressmen who vote for military appropriations that cause the United States to outspend all of the other nine of the top-ten biggest-spending military nations on Earth?
After all, why should we spend our tax-dollars to protect their investments?
When will enough lies and death, and trillions to Wall Street, be enough, to satisfy America’s aristocracy? Or, will it ever? Ever?
When will it stop? Isn’t it already outrageous enough?
Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.
How America Is Bringing Peace and Democracy to the World was originally published on Washington’s Blog