The Prettification of War: Our rulers learned their lesson well (Vietnam war was televised). No more graphic images…

From: Lew Rockwell

Sunday’s NYT, gearing up for Memorial Day, carries a leading front-page story direct from the Afghan front, complete with photos. Does it tell of the 1000 Americans who have perished there in America’s longest war or the unknown number of innocent Afghanis to fall or the many more on both sides to be gruesomely injured or the devastation visited on the poor and backward regions of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan by the firepower of the mightiest war machine the world has yet to produce? Absolutely not.

Instead we are treated to a feel-good story about female Marines “bonding” with their Afghan sisters….

Many say that the media hides the wars now waged by the U.S. in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. But it is worse than that. While hiding the death and destruction and certainly blotting out any graphic images of it, our poor excuse for journalism is awash with feel-good stories about the wars. The war in Korea was televised to a limited extent and contributed to American revulsion at Truman’s war and his welcome replacement by the pacific Republican Eisenhower not yet brought under the influence of the rabid Dulles brothers. The same happened with Viet Nam leading to the abrupt departure of another Democrat, Johnson.

But our rulers learned their lesson well. No more graphic images come to us from the battlefield. They are censored by being cut off at their source. Worse, the war is systematically prettified by the media. Such is the function of the servile journalism of the Empire.

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[audio] SPECIAL The Power Hour MEMORIAL DAY broadcast to honor all American Servicemen deliberately left behind into the most unthinkable existence — Interview with author Robert W. Pelton “UNWANTED DEAD OR ALIVE: The Betrayal of America POW’s Following WWII, Korea , and Vietnam”

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May 28, 2010 (hour 2)
Interview starts at 15 minutes

May 28, 2010 (hour 3)
The Real John McCain

From: The Power Hour Past Shows, Week of MAY 24 – MAY 28, 2010

FRIDAY – MAY 28:

This SPECIAL TPH MEMORIAL DAY broadcast is to honor all American Servicemen deliberately left behind, into the most unthinkable existence.
To all families of POW-MIA and to our POW-MIA’s: “You Are Not Forgotten” and Never will be.

Please listen to this song: I Am The Unknown Soldier
NOTE: The song begins a minute or so after the visual introduction, so a little patience will be required and well worth this minor delay.

Historical researcher and author ROBERT W. PELTON serves as reminder to the shameful, Washington-engineered, betrayal of thousands of American fighting men – – – many no more than teenagers and just out of high school – – – who were abandoned in the Vietnam tragedy; the Korean War and all the way back to World War II. There is a distinct pattern here tied to big moneyed interest and foreign trade.

NEW BOOK: UNWANTED DEAD OR ALIVE: The Betrayal of America POW’s Following WWII, Korea , and Vietnam (by) Robert W. Pelton
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The Lord says: Don’t cry any longer, for I have heard your prayers and you will see them again; they will come back to you from the distant land of the enemy. There is hope for your future says the Lord and your children will come again to their own land.
~ Jeremiah 31:16-17

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[Search Inside This Book] Unwanted Dead or Alive: The Greatest Act of Treason in Our History — the Betrayal of American POWs Following World War 11, Korea and Vietnam (Volume 1) by Robert W. Pelton

Unwanted Dead or Alive: The Greatest Act of Treason in Our History — the Betrayal of American POWs Following World War 11, Korea and Vietnam (Volume 1) by Robert W. Pelton

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Transcribed by Jeff Fenske

“The worst people in the country are in the government. …
Americans don’t want to come to grips with that.
It’s too much of a demand on their emotional strength.

“The worst rise to the top.”

“Every American government since Nixon has covered up
the abandonment of the American prisoners of war.
And we have this definitely proved.”

– Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts Reveals How The Government Abandoned Vietnam POWs on Alex Jones Tv 1/5

Paul Craig Roberts: Government Abandoned Vietnam POWs

Kurt Nimmo

Infowars.com

May 27, 2010

Appearing on the Alex Jones Show today, Paul Craig Roberts talked about the shameful abandonment of POWs by the U.S. government. Roberts mentioned an article by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Sydney Schanberg posted on the American Conservative website entitledMcCain and the POW Cover-Up.

“John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home,” writes Schanberg. “Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents.”

Schanberg notes there is overwhelming evidence — official documents, radio intercepts, witness depositions, satellite photos — of soldiers left behind in Vietnam. McCain has insisted this evidence was “woven together by unscrupulous deceivers to create an insidious and unpatriotic myth” about the U.S. government. According to McCain, the evidence consists of nothing more than the “bizarre rantings of the MIA hobbyists,” “hoaxers,” “charlatans,” “conspiracy theorists,” and “dime-store Rambos.”

Schanberg’s articles serve as yet more evidence that the government does not give a whit about its soldiers or for that matter its citizens. Government cannot be trusted. It attracts the worst sort of psychopaths and criminal opportunists. John McCain is with them.

According to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (The Final Days, Ch. 14), Rockefeller minion and high level globalist Henry Kissinger referred pointedly to military men as “dumb, stupid animals to be used” as pawns for foreign policy.

Once again, John McCain, a favorite of the global elite, has demonstrated his capacity for treason.

The following article blurbs contain links to the original articles.

McCain and the POW Cover-Up

Sydney Schanberg

John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home. Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents. Thus the war hero who people would logically imagine as a determined crusader for the interests of POWs and their families became instead the strange champion of hiding the evidence and closing the books.

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Silent Treatment

Sydney Schanberg

From the beginning, nearly 40 years ago, the evidence was in plain sight. For reasons unexplained, however, the mainstream press did not acknowledge it and has continued to ignore it to this day.

I’m referring to the evidence that North Vietnam—after the peace treaty had been signed on Jan. 27, 1973 in Paris—held back hundreds of American prisoners, keeping them as bargaining chips to ensure getting Washington’s promised $3.25 billion in war reparations. The funds were never delivered, and the prisoners were never released. Both sides insisted to their people and the world that all POWs had been returned, challenging the voluminous body of facts to the contrary.

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Was Rambo Right?

Sydney Schanberg

In the closing days of the 2008 presidential campaign, I clicked an ambiguous link on an obscure website and stumbled into a parallel universe.

During the previous two years of that long election cycle, the media narrative surrounding Sen. John McCain had been one of unblemished heroism and selfless devotion to his fellow servicemen. Thousands of stories on television and in print had told of his brutal torture at the hands of his North Vietnamese captors, his steely refusal to crack, and his later political career aimed at serving the needs of fellow Vietnam veterans. This storyline had first reached the national stage during his 2000 campaign, then returned with even greater force as he successfully sought the 2008 Republican nomination. Seemingly accepted by all, this history became a centerpiece of his campaign. McCain’s supporters touted his heroism as proof that he possessed the character to be entrusted with America’s highest office, while his detractors merely sought to change the subject.

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Paul Craig Roberts Reveals How The Government Abandoned Vietnam POWs on Alex Jones Tv 2/4

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REVEALED: If Cheney Had Gotten His Way, We Would Have Gone To War With Russia

From: businessinsider

Gideon Rachman of the FT is reporting that Dick Cheney may have had the intention of going to war with Russia over their invasion of the Republic of Georgia in 2008.

Rachman is citing Ron Asmus’ new book on the South Ossetia War, which he quotes as saying that Cheney considered, “the possibility of bombardment and the sealing of the Roki Tunnel as well as other surgical strikes to reduce Russian military pressure.”

Barefoot Michael Franti

From: 2leftbarefeet

This month [April] marks 10 years that musician Michael Franti has lived barefoot (apart for the occasional flip-flop usage in restaurants and airplanes). He originally intended to go barefoot for just three days and never stopped, as a way to connect with the people of the planet who couldn’t afford shoes, and to reconnect with his childhood, because as a kid, he hated wearing shoes.

Criminal Negligence: Despite Knowing It Had a Damaged Blowout Preventer, BP STILL Cut Corners By Removing the Single Most Important Safety Measure

From: Washington’s Blog

Several weeks before the Gulf oil explosion, a key piece of safety equipment – the blowout preventer – was damaged.

As the Times of London reports:

[Mike Williams, the chief electronics technician on the Deepwater Horizon, and one of the last workers to leave the doomed rig] claimed that the blowout preventer was then damaged when a crewman accidentally moved a joystick, applying hundreds of thousands of pounds of force. Pieces of rubber were found in the drilling fluid, which he said implied damage to a crucial seal. But a supervisor declared the find to be “not a big deal”, Mr Williams alleged.

UC Berkeley engineering professor Bob Bea told 60 Minutes that a damaged blowout preventer not only may lead to a catastrophic accident like the Gulf oil spill, but leads to inaccurate pressure readings, so that the well operator doesn’t know the real situation, and cannot keep the rig safe.

Bea also said that – despite the damage – BP ordered the rig operator to ignore an even more critical safety measure. Specifically, BP ordered the rig operator to remove the “drilling mud” – a heavy liquid used to keep oil and gas from escaping – before the well was sealed.

According to Bea, the accident would not have occurred had drilling mud been used.

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