“War Made Easy”

by Bill McLaughlin

For a comprehensive overview of why we are always “at war,” see the book and the documentary movie (reviewed here) “War Made Easy” by Norman Solomon.

From the book review “Harsh insight into how we make war: War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death” by Russ Baker, Los Angeles Times, 6/29/05:

…Solomon is most outraged by what he sees as the utter disconnect between Americans and the true horror of wars carried out in their name and with their approval. He cites James Baldwin on denial, on “the fraudulent and expedient nature of the American innocence which has always been able to persuade itself that it does not know what it knows too well.”

And Solomon adds, “Aren’t we at least dimly aware that — no matter how smooth and easy the news media and elected officials try to make it for us — in faraway places there are people not so different than us who are being destroyed by what journalists and politicians glibly depict as necessary war?”…

For the past US Congress votes that appear to actually follow the constitution, see “The United States had Not filed a Declaration of war against any nation since June 05, 1942,” PTSD Support Services.

And for Christmas, forty years ago we can celebrate the humanitarian actions of one of our greatest peacemakers, one R. Nixon. From the book War Made Easy, p. 41:

Daniel Ellsberg describes the U.S. government’s late December bombing spree this way:

“President Nixon sent B-52s over Hanoi for the first time ever. In the next 11 days and nights–with Christmas off–American planes dropped on North Vietnam 20,000 tons of bombs,” amounting to “the explosive equivalent of the Nagasaki A-bomb.”

On January 20, 1973, just weeks after the massive Christmastime bombing of North Vietnam’s capital,Nixon said in his second inaugural address:

“Today, I ask your prayers that in the years ahead I may have God’s help in making decisions that are right for America.” He laid claim to the mantle of peacemaker: “Let us be proud that by our bold, new initiatives, and by our steadfastness for peace with honor, we have made a breakthrough toward creating in the world what the world has not known before-a structure of peace that can last, not merely for our time, but for generations to come.”

For the latest in “get ready to invade” news: “This Time, Trust Anonymous WMD Claims–They’ve Got ‘Specific Intelligence’” by Peter Hart, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), Dec. 7, 2012.

It turns out the recent publicity about chemical weapons being readied for use by Syria follows a classic pattern: “U.S. officials make anonymous claims, and then different officials say on the record that they are concerned about what those anonymous sources are claiming….”

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