Vail Daily letter: Some things never change
I enjoy Fredric Butler’s letters quite a bit. I would like to respond to his latest, “Obama, the straw man.” I would like to know if anyone has ever seen a positive story on Iran, ever? One standout is Rick Steves’ television profile of traveling in Iran. Very entertaining and informative; mostly positive. It stands in sharp contrast to corporate media’s bogeyman incarnate representation of Iran. I remember “Nightline’s” coverage during the hostage crisis. Not once do I remember Ted Koppel mentioning the CIA’s overthrow of Iran’s elected leader Mosaddegh in 1950s as the root cause of the hostage crisis. And how there is hardly a family in Iran that did not have a relative disappeared, imprisoned or tortured by the brutal Shah that the CIA installed in Mosaddegh’s place. “Nightline” portrayed America as a victim when it was classic blowback from our covert government’s imperial overseas adventures.
Turning to Israel, they are always portrayed as a loyal ally to the United States. I have a different view. They are no one’s ally; they look out for their own interests and manipulate the United States into fighting proxy wars that further their agenda. Look no further than the enormous lie told and sold about Iraq’s weapons of mass deception, the precursor of our unprovoked attack on them. The Iraq proxy war cost trillions of dollars and millions of lives and left Iraq in chaos and ruin. Meanwhile corporations like Halliburton profited handsomely from the carnage. Most people have no clue that both wars with Iraq used nuclear weapons. The heavy duty use of depleted uranium shells has damaged the planet’s ecosystem for all time and did severe harm to our own troops. And Iran is part of the axis of evil? Who is more evil than us? Nobody, that’s who. Don’t believe me? Go look at the depleted uranium birth defect pictures if you have the guts. If you don’t cry, you are made of stone. That’s coming home to America in the damaged DNA of the returning troops.
Some of the best insight I have ever seen on American foreign policy was written by Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler of the Marine Corps for 33 years. Look up his complete booklet online titled “War is a Racket.” Here is a quote from the general:
“I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for big business, for Wall Street and for the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street.” Some things never change.