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Thursday, February 01, 2007

America in Groundhog's Day

It’s like déjà vu all over again. A few years ago Bill Murray starred in a movie called Ground Hog’s Day and his character continuously had to repeat the day over and over again. His mistakes were repeated many times over again and eventually he got got over his even slothful ways. Reading of history and correlating it to recent events a sense of repetition is quite prevalent in the ways of man. The United States is in its own Groundhog Day and maybe just tomorrow it will wake up and correct its mistakes, I hope.

It must be shocking for some people that the United States has eerily repeated mistakes of the past. The late sixties and early seventies the country was marred by a mass revolt on an unpopular war. Vietnam was heralded by the war hawks as vital and was preventing the spread of communism and if the United States were to leave a vacuum like effect would create the eventual fall of “democracy.” The theory known as the Domino Theory instilled propaganda and fears onto a nation’s resolve and prevented the ending of a war that the US should have never been involved with. Leaders of the day, instead of calling for end, escalated troop size and waged a war to “bomb Vietnam to the Stone Age.”

President Johnson lied to Congress to authorize further troop size when he claimed that US ships were attacked in the Gulf of Tonkin. As witnessed by historians and government officials it was a known lie, but instead America was on the war path. Following Johnson, President Nixon illegal bombed Cambodia and Laos without the support of Congress. Coffins returned to the country in mass, and soon the country was at odds with official policy. It wasn’t until word broke out by the criminal underlings of the Watergate affair did the Presidency begin to crumble.

Fast forward to the 1980’s and during the Reagan administration under the direction of many of the same cast of characters, a program of supporting undemocratic leaders in Central and South America was prevalent. They funded fanatic militia groups like the Contras to rage a terrorist war on democratic elected administrations. To some new Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte is a war criminal and should be tried for crimes against humanity for his involvement in Central America.

The Iran-Contra affair showed great weakness in presidential policy, instead of condemnation of criminals like Oliver North and Casper Weinberger, they were heralded as American patriots despite violating the constitution and international laws. Supposedly, Congress purposely did not advance full scale investigations over the matter because it did not want to embarrass the fragileness of the American Presidency having been so close to the Watergate affair. I guess by Clinton’s time embarrassing the Presidency did not mean anything. His sexual affairs were grounds for full investigations and the news media loved it.

The more things change the more they stay the same. The US is now stuck in a quagmire in Iraq and prominent war hawks are saying that the terrorist threat must be contained. It sounds like the Domino (Bullshit) theory propagated thirty-five years ago. Despite the withdrawal from Vietnam the region did not fall to communism. As well faulty evidence had been used in gaining Congressional approval for the Iraq war. Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, Saddam and 9/11, aluminum tubes and democracy was the call for war.

Common knowledge now is that the President Bush and his administration “cooked the books” to rally the nation. A campaign of media control was orchestrated to further their agenda. Anyone who questioned their authority was discredited by blatant attacks such as the discrediting of Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame being revealed as a CIA official. In regards to Iran reports are continuously looming that the administration is setting their focus on attack. Instead of following the voice of democracy the President and the administration are creating their “New World Order” or “New American Century” as labeled by the Project for a New American Century.

It seems that so far the only thing that has been corrected from the past is that the American Public is not allowed to see the flag-draped coffins returning from Iraq. I hope that anyone of conscious wake up and see what has happened under your nose. Impeachment charges on a president who has lied over sex is fine, but impeachment for a war based on lies is not. Notwithstanding, the recent noncommittal outcries from the democratic chicken hawks a war continues on. Either this Congress is against the war or they are in support of continuing it.

As those who protested and stood up against the Vietnam have aged and begun to worry more about their lattes and fancy cars a whole new era of deception has been created. It is disheartening to see the great promise of a past generation who influenced a great cultural shift in America society stand back and remain dormant. Instead of South East Asia it is now the Middle East, the war was wrong then and the war is wrong now. I sure hope America wakes up from this bad dream and end this war soon. America is repeating the same story and it sure looks like Groundhog's Day to me.

Robb Kidd

“It's like deja-vu, all over again.” Yogi Berra


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