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No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes by Anand Gopal
No Good Men Among the Living

America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes
by Anand Gopal

Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country by Andrew J. Bacevich
Breach of Trust

How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country
by Andrew J. Bacevich

Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire by Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian
Power Systems

Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire
by Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian

Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam by Nick Turse
Kill Anything That Moves

The Real American War in Vietnam
by Nick Turse

We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People by Peter Van Buren
We Meant Well

How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People
by Peter Van Buren

Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War by Andrew BacevichWashington Rules
America's Path to Permanent War
by Andrew Bacevich


Dismantling The Empire: America's Last Best Hope by Chalmers JohnsonDismantling The Empire
America's Last Best Hope
by Chalmers Johnson


The Limits Of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism by Andrew Bacevich
The Limits Of Power

The End of American Exceptionalism
by Andrew Bacevich


Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World by Noam Chomsky
Imperial Ambitions

Conversations on the Post-9/11 World
by Noam Chomsky


Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism by Greg Grandin
Empire's Workshop

Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism
by Greg Grandin

A Question Of Torture: CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror by Alfred McCoy
A Question of Torture

CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror
by Alfred McCoy

Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Petroleum Dependency by Michael Klare
Blood and Oil

The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Petroleum Dependency
by Michael T. Klare

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December 04, 2012

Comments

Tom,
I almost missed your reference.

Ice on Mercury.

The federal government wastes too much money on defense and national security.

American businesses waste far too much effort on chasing the profit disease which in turn has gutted the middle class and not raised those from poverty, as they stole their wealth.

I'm from an old American family, and have been given a longer perspective of what was attempted, good and bad, through the centuries. Our family was not of the get rich or wealthy types. Some parts were highly educated, and some were missionaries in India.

Those before me had a different vision of what they wanted in and for their lives, because in those days there was still a question of will there be enough people in the World for humans to survive.

Their vision, whatever it was, was different than those immigrating to the US later on to conjure up what became known as the so-called American Dream. Frankly, that Dream, get rich more or less, is responsible for our current wastage of people's lives. And wastage it is and to the extent of criminality.

Climate disruptions are occurring. The extent is still uncertain, the long term outlook - also uncertain. However, with the World population still increasing, resource land grabs continuing, wealth disparity is still increasing, and a host of other problems we should already know about to bring this state of the World picture to light.

Current economic models are not discussed openly as to their inherent faults, but the people do see them clearly.

What do these short paragraphs amount to? They point back to our fundamental need to survive.

We can do the survival in several ways,
1) who will dictate the course?
2) how will the course be determined?
3) none of the above?

However, there's ice on Mercury, at the poles, as on the Moon too. There's a whole lot of people on this planet, and a whole lot of places to go off the planet.

I've made my choice.

Thanks Tom for an incredible article. Do you have any plans to try to get this to the President or for ensuring that he will read it? If not, perhaps all of us that read this can put our heads together and try to figure out a way that the President will see it.

By the way, I have pondered a similar situation with Leon Panetta. Before he was Chief of Staff to Clinton he was considered a much loved moderately progressive congressional representative from a liberal bastion district (Santa Cruz to Monterrey) in California. How did he go from that to a US apologist if not war mongerer supporting and promoting Obama's policies as CIA Director and Secretary of "Defense".

Perhaps you should write a similar letter to him as well. He may be more accessible than the President. The same should perhaps also be said about Hillary Clinton. And in regards to climate policy, John Holdren and others in the Administration. Holdren was among the strong advocates for strong US and global action to halt climate change before he was appointed Obama's chief science advisor. And now look at the policies and failures of the Obama administration re climate legislation and stances in the climate and sustainable development negotiations at the UN. He has a very mixed record in this regard, for political reasons I would suppose, indeed.

What is it about politics that causes good men and women to reverse course so dramatically once they are "in power" and finally have the "authority" and ability to change things?

Rob Wheeler

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