|Victor Davis Hanson, military historian and|
22nd Chester M. Nimitz guest lecturer at
Berkley arguing for the benefits of empire.
Frederick Mellon, noted economist whose Eco-Echo-Micro-Macro Theory has convincingly argued that all humans and human organizations on planet earth, however enlightened they appear to be, are simply parasites sucking the resources out of a dying planet. "Who are you going to believe?" asked Mellon. "The truth or a nose picking professor who was probably part of du Bain's LSD experiments at Stanford and whose bad trip left him with a fixation on white soxs?"
|The original text of Goebbels'|
diaries are held by
The Hoover Institute.
Louis P. Lochner edited and
Goebbels' diary and provided
the introduction. Lochner
was Henry Ford's secretary.
Ford was a leading member of
the 1930's "Business Plot" foiled by
two-time Congressional Medal
of Honor winner,
General Smedley Darlington Butler.
The Hoover Institute is no stranger to propaganda. It domiciles the papers of Nazi propaganda chief, Joseph Goebbels. Dr. Hanson has been a staunch defender of Donald Rumsfeld who purchased the plantation where U.S. abolitionist Frederick Douglas was renditioned before his return to the South....."Misery Plantation". If ownership of such a high profile icon in humanity's struggle against tyranny was intended to serve as a constant reminder to Secretary of Defense Rumsfeldt that forgetting history dooms one to repeat it, the Plantation's purpose was thwarted at Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq.
A fifth generation California vineyard keeper, Hanson has written what critics have called a non-apologist's assessment of the American family farm. Fields Without Dreams was a eulogy not a call to arms.
One review said of Hanson's book: "As we read this book it became clear that Professor Hanson's uniformly negative opinions of the people who now support themselves as professional farmers are truly clouded by his amateur status as a farmer. The sad thing is that he does not see that himself. In case you are wondering, his profession is, after all, that of College professor." Another says that he personally knows Hanson and then provides a litany of Hanson's accomplishments in his family's California's grape and raisin business. What is clear is that someone, perhaps Hanson's father or those of his powerful friends at Hoover ate sour grapes and set the children's teeth on edge when it comes to America's smaller farms. We know, for example, that George Schultz's company, Bechtel, was involved in Bolivia's water wars whereby the World Bank promised clean water if the people signed over all their access to water, even rainwater, to the corporation which would charge the people about 20% of their annual household income.
Recognizing the corporatization of the family farm, illustrated recently by ConAgra's multi-billion dollar purchase of Ralsco, Hanson's inclusion in the California wine culture puts him squarely within the company of Robert P. "Bobby" Koch, the Wine Institute's chief Washington lobbyist and husband of George Herbert Walker Bush's only daughter, Dorothy, sister of George Walker Bush. Jenna Bush, Dorthy's neice, spent time after college writing a book about the poor of South America while touring the 100,000 acre family property near the headwaters of the Amazon just across the border of Bolivia and Brazil in Paraguay.
When one takes a good close gander at propaganda, however seemingly sophisticated and credentialed the source, it becomes evident that the truth never speaks for itself. The truth must be championed. If you cannot trust that the map that you are following is trustworthy, you are as likely to end up in Auschwitz or Abu Ghraib instead of your intended destination, Albuquerque. Believe it or not, history is replete with examples of lighthouse keepers that move the light at night so that unsuspecting sailors trusting their bearings are misdirected to run aground for the salvage value of their ships and cargo....a fairly accurate analogy to the U.S. ship of state.
Was Petraeus that much different from William Jefferson Clinton or Barney Frank except for the absence of the Clinton/Lewinski power differential within the workplace and Frank's sexual orientation? A tragedy is still a tragedy, but even sex scandals repeat themselves differently as these examples clearly show and with widely different outcomes.
The decider of “Mission Accomplished”, yellow cake uranium and countless other political missteps put Petraeus in charge. Petraeus' leadership was to help fuel a planned terrorism-on-the-run out of control war, two wars, Iraq alone to have cost a measly $60 billion and which now sits at over $1.5 trillion and still the nation that we had a clear hand in breaking is a disgusting mess. We were told by General Colin Powell we would fix what now remains an open sore and monument to the stupidity of war. The dead and wounded? How does one put a price tag on that?
One would think that George Walker Bush's ancestor was Texas Ranger Samuel Hamilton Walker for whom the Colt Walker pistol is named. Perhaps to the nutty filibustering fruitcake, that "gray-eyed man of destiny", William Walker. Or that Bush's friends at Yale are heavily invested in everything from gunpowder, to lead mines, to tank track makers, military uniform contractors like General Patton's family who was a major supplier of WWII uniforms, or to spent ordinance picker-uppers and mine diffusers whose no-bid contracts with the Pentagon are mired in secrecy in a system that morphed from liberators to the subject of Eisenhower's departing advice and warning, ironically given from a war hero who had made a fine living off of the complex, expanded its arsenal like no other and was said by Harry Truman to have defeated the Nazis "only to become one."
General Smedley Darlington Butler's battle with the "Business Plotters" who planned the overthrow of FDR by asking Butler to lead a 500,000 soldier army in a coup d'tat was led by Harvey Firestone, Henry Ford, John Burroughs, Charles Lindberg and Prescott Bush whose position as a director of the FBI targeted Union Bank, was joined by Hitler's banker, Fritz Thyssen. Critics would say that Thyssen was jailed by Hitler in Germany, but that was after the Union Bank's dealings with Germany were already disclosed severely curtailing Thyssen's usefulness to the Nazis. In the 1930's as with Henry Ford's earlier mission to keep Americans out of any militarized peace keeping role in the lead up to World War I with his peace initiative and "Ship of Fools", was the unparalleled access of Louis P. Lochner to Hitler, Goebbels, Himmler and others at the top of the Nazi's mechanized pyramid of death and destruction.
The real truth about the Petraeus case in all likelihood, like the eyes of the blinded Belisarius who had done the emperor's dirty work only to be hauled up on who knows exactly what charges or like so many killed in Iraq and Afghanistan like Westhusing and Tillman, will never again see the sunlight of a new day. Not without many more willing to be silenced like Westhusing and Tillman. Turning a blind eye leads inevitably to turning a blind eye. Not turning an eye is to invite a sharp stick! Few will pay that price and the evil ones bank on it.