Category Archives: War

We Are An Empire

I keep getting asked to help explain to friends what I think is happening and what to do about this endless war.

It’s not that there’s an Illuminati that makes the decisions on how the world is run. It’s just that like the person who likes the corner office and parking spot, our representatives like power. And corporations like profit and need to keep representatives there working for their end game.

The biggest profits are in multi-national corporations such as finance, defense, oil, big pharma, and agriculture; therefore, our representatives are going to make rules that make the biggest donors to their campaigns richer.

Or if you prefer to use senior George W. Bush advisor Karl Rove’s own words back in 2002: “That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he said. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study, too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

So if the U.S. is an empire or a plutocracy, why do I make stopping the war my No. 1 issue and not campaign finance or climate change to make a difference?

Because I believe my taxes are going to the killing of innocent lives, injuring children, creating more homeless and destroying generations. I believe murder is wrong, and I can’t live with myself indirectly killing people. Even if it doesn’t make a difference, I can’t turn my back on my own evils.

I’m 56 and witnessed the lies for each of the wars where none were for imminent attacks. We fought in Afghanistan, the country where all empires go to die, and 14 years later are still not winning. In Iraq for oil. Against al-Qaida and now ISIS.

So when we drop bombs on cities, villages, hospital and schools, are we killing the good guys, too? But we don’t see that. We are told we need to stop these barbarians, but what is your definition of a barbarian? I think I am if I let genocide occur.

Vote Arn Menconi for U.S. Senate

How the U.S. Sells Arms to Foreign Countries

(warning this could get your server investigated)

All arms sales are proposed by the President and then Congress gets to approve certain dollar amount deals to non-NATO members.

Obama is off to Saudi in a few days and Congress is concerned that he will sell them more weapons. In the past year alone he has sold them over $40 BILLION (record breaking – more than any nation ever). Bi-Partisan Senate bill is trying to block Obama’s ability to sell them anymore weapons.

Foreign leaders approach the US with shopping lists and then our gov’t decides whether to sell it… and our gov’t then orders the weapons from arms manufacturers. Unlike Congress any public sector corp is not allowed to lobby customers (no gifts or entertainment whatsoever). The Gov’t controls the bidding process… so our Gov’t is the world’s largest arms dealer. They control the whole process and they are allowed to take gifts and entertainment from both sides. Two years ago, I was at the Capitol during an Arms convention for Congress.

They were blatant about their sales.

Here’s how Congress approves weapon sales:

And see if you can get these links to open:

Stop Endless Wars & Nuclear Arms Train Wreck

My #1 reason for running for U.S. Senator is to end endless wars. And in explaining why, I simply quote Pope Francis’ speech to Congress last September:

“Being at the service of dialogue and peace,” he said, “also means being truly determined to minimize and, in the long term, to end the many armed conflicts throughout our world. Here we have to ask ourselves: Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood. In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade.” -Pope Francis

The Trillion-Dollar military industrial, congressional, security, media couples is running the U.S.’s foreign policy, economy and stealing from providing domestically what our country needs most for infrastructure, health care, education and climate justice.

More than anything, it’s killing innocent people, breeding terrorism and destroying countries and cultures. No country can be great if we sell our moral principles for the profits of war.

Over the past year, I interviewed scholars, journalists and former National Security officials on how the U.S.’s foreign policy has evolved to be so misguided & corrupt.

Here are some of my interviews from my YouTube station:

Also, listen to my interview with Daniel Ellsberg — America’s first whistleblower .

Take a moment to listen to Amy Goodman from Democracy Now explains Obama’s Trillion-Dollar Nuclear program.

Vijay Prasad on Saudi Arabia & U.S Role in Human Right Violations

Why & How does the U.S and Saudi Arabia commit war crimes over decades through finance deals & arm sales.

Vijay Prashad​ gives us his insight into the framework on how the U.S.’s relationship with Saudi Arabia operates in Yemen and Syria through military interventionism.

American’s rarely get the opportunity to understand or Capitalistic Military Intervention foreign policy that is killing innocent people and destroying countries.

Vijay Prasad takes us through the history with his unique scholarship and wisdom that is making him one of the most influential moral teachers today.

Vijay Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College. He is the author of sixteen books, including The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South (Verso, 2013), Arab Spring, Libyan Winter (AK, 2012), (co-edited with Paul Amar) Dispatches from the Arab Spring (2013), and No Free Left: The Futures of Indian Communism (Leftward Press, 2015). Vijay’s latest book is Letters to Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation. Vijay is the chief editor at Leftward Press, and writes regularly for The Hindu, Frontline, Jadaliyya, Counterpunch, Himal and Bol.

It’s helpful to understand more about Mr. Prasad’s points of view thorough his interviews with Chris Hedges: The Militarism of U.S. Diplomacy. Also, Mr. Prasad’s interview with Paul Jay: Carnage in Syria a Product of US Empowerment of Saudi Arabia: