Politics and militaries are all too interwoven

T’was Gen. (later President) Eisenhower who warned us of the military industrial complex. T’was President Abe Lincoln who said, “If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?” T’was Pogo who valiantly said, “We have met the enemy, and it is us.”

The above are meaningless unless we apply them to our deep concerns for Ukraine, but are we willing to apply “Do as I say, not as I do.” March 16 was the anniversary of the My Lai massacre, the 1968 killing by U.S. soldiers of about 500 Vietnamese civilians.

How about our (profitable) weapons support for the Saudis lending to the killing of more than 377,000 (70 percent kids) in Yemen? Lots to digest about that, but currently the worst humanitarian crisis underway. Didn’t the Saudi prince orchestrate the assassination of one a U.S.-based journalist. Oh, yeah, never mind; there’s that oil thing, plus profit for the military industrial complex.

The horrors the U.S. and Russia will do to keep up their economies. I hear that you can’t have one by washing each other’s underwear, and neither country wants to see their major defense contractors lose stock value or jobs. So put on your other face, and smile, smile, smile.

Ron Larsen


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