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Tubularsock was ask by the blog site Deconstructing Myths to contribute an article to their Mic check guest blogger series.

The opportunity is simple: To open information up to a broader audience than Tubularsock presently has and to present that information within a forum of enlightened and creative people .

 Deconstructing Myths is the creation of Jeff Nguyen, a multi-talented  fellow with the stated goal of  “. . . shed[ing] light on some of the important issues of our time.” And to find “collective solutions” to the problems found in our world today.

But the largest focus of Jeff’s work to is “. . . to deconstruct the myths many of us have been raised on through the powerful influence of the media and teachings of the dominant culture.”

That works for Tubularsock!

 

So the bottom line is simple …………. to read this Tubularsock blog post you too will have to travel to:          http://deconstructingmyths.com/

 

And I want to thank Jeff for this great opportunity ………… I am sure all of you will agree, “Tubularsock needs all the help he can get!”

 

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WHAT’S IT TO YOU?

Ok. Tubularsock was sitting in his top floor corner office in his underground bunker over looking Washington, D.C. in Oakland, CA. and this thought floated through and with the agility of a stealth bomber I plucked it from the ethos.

What do YOU ……… an American citizen living in America ……. what do you have to do with bombing a Syrian?

Really. What has a Syrian done to YOU lately? What harm has a Syrian caused YOU?

In most cases only a handful of YOU have ever even seen a Syrian let alone talked with one.

So ………. would you blow one up?

I wouldn’t.

And when YOU start to think about it, how about an Iraqi? Or a Pakistani?

Just what have they done to you personally? Anything at all?

An Afghan? Would YOU leave your house today and go blow up an Afghan?

Do you have cause? Have you even met one in your travels?

And yet, we have killed hundreds of thousands of them. Men, women, and children.

But what has EVEN ONE done to you?

SO WHAT GIVES?

Can you actually say that YOU have a beef with a Syrian or an Afghan? How about a Pakistani? How about an Iranian?

SO WHAT GIVES?

YOU don’t have a beef with them, YOU don’t even know one.

So why are we so accepting with bombing them?

Tubularsock is still trying to grok why we “had to” kill so many Vietnamese?

Bombing their homes, killing their water buffalo, Agent Orange-ing their jungle, napalming their families.

FOR WHAT?

I personally have never had a beef with a Vietnamese, EVER!

SO WHAT GIVES?

Syria has never attacked the United States.

Vietnam has never attacked the United States.

Iran has never attacked the United States.

Pakistan has never attacked the United States.

Iraq has never attacked the United States.

Afghanistan has never attacked the United States.

YET ……… THE UNITED STATES HAS ATTACKED EACH OF THEM!

Do you notice some kind of a pattern here?

THINK ABOUT IT ………..

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Ok. Let Tubularsock get this straight, “THIS international norm cannot be violated without consequences,” stated John Kerry. Now is this really real or is this some type of Onion satire.

The United States has just about broken every international norm that there is in the past fifty years and still John Kerry can stand and with a straight face and perfectly groomed hair tell the world that there must be consequences for the use of large-scale chemical weapons attacks.

Well, Tubularsock couldn’t agree more. Finally John Kerry is going to hold the United States responsible for its large-scale use of Agent Orange in Vietnam. The U.S. saturated that land with that deadly chemical and caused hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese CIVILIAN deaths and birth defects and ruined the farm land.

Agent Orange even caused death and disease within the American military with continued health issues to this day.

Wow! John Kerry is something. Do you think we will detain and arrest the CEO and the Board of Directors of Monsanto? How many Air Force generals will be detained? Wow. This is going to be big!

And gosh, now that we are on a roll I’ll bet John Kerry will follow up on the use of depleted uranium, the chemical element of Atomic number 92, a dense radioactive metal used in weapons that the U.S. has used in Afghanistan and Iraq. And even though we all know that EVER surgical strike placed in those countries missed every civilian, John will investigate and hold those in the Bush and Obombmer administration to the letter of INTERNATIONAL NORMS.

Golly gee! And the use of NAPALM will be ended by John as well. That is a chemical product that has been widely used by the American military. Do we have enough prison space in the Prison-Industrial-Complex to house all of these guys?

Not-to-worry, not-to-worry. With all of that American exceptionalism we are up to the task in order to bring ourselves up to INTERNATIONAL NORMS!

Now you have to admit that John can only do so much. It will take some other great governmental official to bring America up to International Norms around torture, attacking nations that haven’t attacked us, and droning the world at leisure. Hmmm, I wonder what Henry Kissinger is doing in his spare time?

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OYG …….. Tubularsock has wandered off track.

John Kerry the Secretary of State wasn’t talking about the American Government’s role in chemical weapons but Syria!

Now just how did Tubularsock get so far afield?

“The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. By any standard, it is inexcusable and — despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured — it is undeniable”. (John Kerry)

 

Of course. Droning a wedding party, poisoning a nation, or contaminating a population is not a “moral obscenity”. It is saving a people from themselves.

 

Fuck you John Kerry! You are a piece of work.

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“it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture”AND THE HIGHEST OFFICIALS OF THE UNITED STATES WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR IT!

The Constitution Project which is a legal research and advocacy group released their 11-member bipartisan panel’s 577 page report about the actions of the Bush Administration’s torture program.

Now if you want all the details go to http://detaineetaskforce.org and you’ll blow your mind. Like it’s not new information, it has just cleared out the bull shit!

Tubularsock is not going to outline for you what you should read for yourself. You remember when Obummer took office he wanted to “look forward” rather than do anything about the illegal war crimes of George, Dick, Condi, Paul, and Donnie to name a few. By doing this Obummer himself committed a war crime. (remember …….. torturing is an established war crime)

You see, no matter how much John Yoo and Jay Bybee twisted the legal reasoning in order to deliver  the “OK” for torture, it just doesn’t hold up to legal standards either with domestic law or international law ………. PERIOD!

Now don’t get mislead here. Under international treaties and Constitutional law they all agree that TORTURE IS ILLEGAL!

The fact that you call it by another name say, “enhanced interrogation techniques” does not change the fact that it is torture!

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That is the way it should be. There was a time in the United States of America where we stood for something. Americans believed that torture was immoral and was not to be tolerated on our watch.

Well, how old fashionably quaint. We are the modern America and torture is IN and acceptable by the majority of the American public. SO BE IT!

But really, Americans don’t want to look hypocritical so here is Tubularsock’s plan to bring the world along with the New-American-Order program ………. Torture-The-American-Way.

1. The United States apologies to Japan for putting to death those Japanese that were convicted of conducting torture during WW2 and pay reparations to their families for their loss. We admit that they were correct and we were wrong!

2. The United States apologies to Germany for the Nuremberg Trial holding Hitler’s underlings accountable for the torture and killing of 6 million+ Jews, Gipsies, and Gays. After all, it was only collateral damage. And the German SS were just following orders just like the U.S. military at Abu Ghraib, Bagram Air Base and Guantanamo. We admit that Hitler and his boys were justified in their actions and thank them for showing us the way. 

3. The Unites States apologies to Vietnam for portraying bamboo shoved under fingernails as something that was bad to do. The CIA and military admit that the Vietcong were correct in showing us the way. In fact the U.S. military are such strong believers in the Vietcong approach that they set up an entire “School” of The Americas (aka Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation) to teach Latin American dictators how to torture.

4. And there is always Korea but why go on. Let’s, as a people, just admit that we were collectively WRONG, say we’re sorry and as Obummer so correctively said, “Let’s look forward, not backward”.

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No, we as a nation care little for human rights or even human dignity. Maybe that is why we as a nation have the largest prison population of non-violent drug crimes in the world.

But in truth, the largest population in the U.S. are the people on the “legal” drugs the pharmaceutical industry dispenses to doctors to keep the population asleep.

Ahh ……… perchance to dream,

THE AMERICAN DREAM.

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Excuse Tubularsock but did you hear that our dear Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has received a memo from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff  listing recommendations on “ethics training for senior generals and flag officers”?Panetta's hat

Well, the memo was in response to Panetta’s request that the Joint Chiefs review the current ethics training for generals. 

Wow. Generals? That is scary.

What is so difficult here?

1.DON’T FUCK ANOTHER MAN’S WIFE! (General David Petraeus)

2.  DON’T STEAL FROM YOUR EMPLOYER! (General William Ward’s $82,000 travel spree)

3.  IT’S ALL RIGHT TO KILL!

This takes a review?

Oh yeah, and Panetta is even going to BRIEF the President as well. Hopefully right after the Tuesday Kill meeting.

American exceptionalism at it’s best.

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