Let’s Take Advantage of Suffering Filipinos

The same week in which a Washington Post columnist claimed that interracial marriage makes people gag, a USA Today columnist has proposed using the U.S. military to aid those suffering in the Philippines — as a backdoor means of getting the U.S. military back into a larger occupation of the Philippines.

While the Philippines’ representative at the climate talks in Warsaw is fasting in protest of international inaction on the destruction of the earth’s climate, and the U.S. negotiator has effectively told him to go jump in a typhoon, the discussion in the U.S. media is of the supposed military benefits of using Filipinos’ suffering as an excuse to militarize their country.

The author of the USA Today column makes no mention of the U.S. military’s history in the Philippines.  This was, after all, the site of the first major modern U.S. war of foreign occupation, marked by long duration, and high and one-sided casualties.  As in Iraq, some 4,000 U.S. troops died in the effort, but most of them from disease. The Philippines lost some 1.5 million men, women, and children out of a population of 6 to 7 million.

The USA Today columnist makes no mention of Filipinos’ resistance to the U.S. military up through recent decades, or of President Obama’s ongoing efforts to put more troops back into the Philippines, disaster or no disaster.

Instead, our benevolent militarist claims that budgets are tight in Washington — which is of course always going to be the case for a government spending upwards of $1 trillion a year on militarism.

He claims that the United States “stations troops throughout the world in the hope of shaping the political environment so as to avoid sending them into combat” — a perspective that ignores the alternative of neither sending them into combat nor stationing them abroad.

The terrorist attacks that the U.S. uses to justify its foreign wars are, according to U.S. officials, provoked by the over a million troops stationed in 177 countries, the drone strikes, and other such “preventive” measures.

“[D]eploying military resources for disaster relief is a remarkably effective — and inexpensive — investment in the future. One of the largest such deployments in history, the deployment of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and other assets following the Asian tsunami of 2004, is estimated to have cost $857 million. That’s roughly the price of three days’ operations in Afghanistan last year.”

Or of 15,500 teachers in U.S. schools, or of enormous supplies of far more edible food than an aircraft carrier full of troops and weapons.

Much of the world has long-since learned to fear U.S. Trojan horses.  As I noted in War Is A Lie:

“By 1961, the cops of the world were in Vietnam, but President Kennedy’s representatives there thought a lot more cops were needed and knew the public and the president would be resistant to sending them. For one thing, you couldn’t keep up your image as the cops of the world if you sent in a big force to prop up an unpopular regime. What to do? What to do? Ralph Stavins, coauthor of an extensive account of Vietnam War planning, recounts that General Maxwell Taylor and Walt W. Rostow, ‘. . . wondered how the United States could go to war while appearing to preserve the peace. While they were pondering this question, Vietnam was suddenly struck by a deluge. It was as if God had wrought a miracle. American soldiers, acting on humanitarian impulses, could be dispatched to save Vietnam not from the Viet Cong, but from the floods.'”

What a blessing! And how well it helped to prevent warfare!

Of course, today’s enlightened punditry means well.  The thought of Southeast Asians marrying their daughters might make some of them gag, but philanthropy is philanthropy after all, even if we’d never stand for some other country stationing its military here on the excuse that it brought some food and medicine along.  Here’s the USA Today:

“The goodwill the tsunami relief brought the U.S. is incalculable. Nearly a decade later, the effort may rank as one of the most concrete reasons Southeast Asian nations trust the long-term U.S. commitment to a strategy of ‘Asian rebalancing’ The Obama administration recognizes the value of disaster relief. As the Pentagon attempts to shift more of its weight to the Asian Pacific region while balancing a shrinking budget, this could turn out to be one of the best decisions it could make.”

But good will is dependent on not dominating people militarily and economically — yet that seems to be exactly the goal.

What’s wrong with that, some might ask.  The sneaky abuse of disaster relief might be thought to give aggressive war “prevention” an undeserved bad name were it not for the fact that nobody is threatening war on the United States and nobody is about to do so.  Don’t take my word for it. Listen to one of our top veteran warmongers, via PopularResistance:

“During a recent speech in Poland, former U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski warned fellow elitists that a worldwide ‘resistance’ movement to ‘external control’ driven by ‘populist activism’ is threatening to derail the move towards a new world order. Calling the notion that the 21st century is the American century a ‘shared delusion,’ Brzezinski stated that American domination was no longer possible because of an accelerating social change driven by ‘instant mass communications such as radio, television and the Internet,’ which have been cumulatively stimulating ‘a universal awakening of mass political consciousness.’ The former U.S. National Security Advisor added that this ‘rise in worldwide populist activism is proving inimical to external domination of the kind that prevailed in the age of colonialism and imperialism.'”

If this master warmonger recognizes that the age of colonialism and imperialism is gone, how do millions of Americans still manage to bark out the Pavlovian response “What about the next Hitler?” whenever someone proposes ending war?

The fact is that no governments are plotting to take over the United States.  Old-fashioned imperialism and colonialism are as gone as 1940s clothing and music, not to mention Jim Crow, respectability for eugenics, established second-class status for women, the absence of environmentalism, children hiding under desks to protect themselves from nuclear bombs, teachers hitting children, cigarettes being good for you. The fact is that 75 years is a long, long time.  In many ways we’ve moved on and never looked back.

When it comes to war, however, just propose to end it, and 4 out of 5 dentists, or doctors, or teachers, or gardeners, or anybody else in the United States will say “What about the next Hitler?”  Well, what about the dozens of misidentified next-Hitlers of the past 70 years?  What about the possibility that within our own minds we’re dressing up war as disaster relief?  Isn’t it just possible that after generations of clearly aggressive, destructive, and criminal wars we describe militarism as a response to the second-coming of Hitler because the truth wouldn’t sound as nice?

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  • Tonto

    “The same week in which a Washington Post columnist claimed that interracial marriage makes people gag, […]”

    Well, let’s put it this way. Interracial marriage is a selfish toss of the genetic dice, which is sure to come up a loser in the coming generations. If it makes me gag, it does so because interracial marriage is sure to increase the number and severity of genetic abnormalities in the human race. Besides, when I go to Sweden, I want to see blonds. When I go to China, I want to see Orientals. Variety is the spice of life. A mutt is a mutt, is a mutt. Emperor Fruitcake is a mutt.

    What amazes me, despite my being incredibly politically incorrect to point it out, is how all the fattest, ugliest, white girls in town, all seem to be walking around with trophy mulatto babies lately. I’m for ending welfare, completely. And I’m wholly for making minimum wage laws illegal. When these fat mommas, who can weigh upwards of 400 to 500 pounds, apply for a job, just what is an employer supposed to offer them in the way of employment where they might be worth minimum wage? They’re too big to work at McDonald’s in the cramped quarters where those misfits ply their trade.

    But hey, if you have your heart set on becoming part of the interracial marriage generation, be my guest. Just don’t ask me to pay the hospital bills for your children when the come up short in the genetic pond.

    As far as the Philippines goes, I called eBay customer service yesterday. The young man I spoke to, Rubin was his name, sounded to me like he was from South America. His rising inflection at the end of each sentence told me he was a foreigner. It turned out he was in the Philippines. He didn’t mention the typhoon, so they’re over their little brush with nature. These Filipinos have for scores of thousands of generations lived with typhoons. They’ll survive, regardless that their scientific society is generally failing them right now.

    That is the problem with all scientific societies. They fail. They fail, and the grind-up those who are unfit. It’s called, survival of the fittest. And -that- by no means is a measure of anyone’s educational achievements.

    • gozounlimited

      Really….. As a once genetically pure Native American…. we had to overcome rape, intermarriage, forced prostitution by guys like you TO STAY ALIVE!!!!!!!

    • Gee and this whole while I thought when 2 people fall in love they’re not thinking about racial purity or skin color.

      • Tonto

        Fall in love? Oh my, you certainly make me laugh… No, I meant, you tend to make me gag as I laugh at you.

        If you search the Internet, your Internet, you’ll find the same people falling in love with dogs, cows, horses, sheep and plastic facsimiles of all three at the same time. But, damn, I apologize for not being socially hip and politically correct. We all should be tolerant of the amorous inclinations of the average boner-headed-loser and the average hog-horny-bimbo today, with their tattoos, pink hair, their ecstasy, their pants down around their knees, and their Oxycontin addictions too, even if they do weigh in excess of a quarter ton, and, clearly won’t live long enough to raise their genetically handicapped offspring.

        Statistically, these love children of mixed races will end up incarcerated, institutionally committed, murdered and generally dead long before their peers that didn’t tempt the fate of a mixed race marriage. It’s probably not always true, but statistically a mixed race marriage is a genetic gamble that does not go away in one generation.

        In the bad old days when men were men, and women were women, they used to talk about sixteen generations being necessary to erase on single genetic mistake due to an interracial marriage. Love, passion and horny-ness purifies nothing. Such an observation, persistent as it was for hundreds of years, cannot be ignored, especially since current statistics seem to indicate the very same is true about mixed race marriage offspring.

        Obama clearly has a criminal mind. I trace that to his genetic heritage and his social upbringing. He is an outcast, and an out-of-control, habitual liar whose legacy as a politician should cause vast shame to those who affiliate with his supposed race and ancestry. Obama is a scumbag loser who has harmed the country more than any previous president, including George W. Bush who was in on the planning of 9-11.

        You know it. And I know it too. The world would have been far better off, were Barack Obama never to have landed on the planet. I pity his quarter-bred children and grandchildren too, should he have any…

        • Tonto: and of course, “purebreads” have none of the problems you state above, and you have evidence to back that up. So which is the “superior purebred race”, Tonto, the Aryans?

        • Tonto: and of course, “purebreads” have none of the problems you state above, and you have evidence to back that up. So which is the “superior purebred race”, Tonto, the Aryans?

          • Tonto

            All the races are superior to mixing the gene pool. Generally speaking I could not successfully live where the Inuits live, or where the Pigmies live. It is the very variety in the human race that makes it strong. And it’s not just a question of climate. The Chinese are Chinese because of where they live, in their society, with their challenges and their advantages. So are the Norwegians better attuned to their locale and population.

            You put words in my mouth I never spoke, like “purebreads”. That’s your word, not mine. My suggestion to you, is that you read more carefully before spouting off at the hip.

  • wunsacon

    Do any other readers understand Tonto?

    Tonto, I don’t know you. But, you seem rather angry, in a way I can’t relate to. Whatever point you’re trying to make — above and beyond insulting people — is lost on me. Is this how you’ve always been or are you going through a tough time lately?

    Do you really stand by these statements?

    >> Interracial marriage is a selfish toss of the genetic dice, which is
    sure to come up a loser in the coming generations. If it makes me gag,
    it does so because interracial marriage is sure to increase the number
    and severity of genetic abnormalities in the human race.

    >> What amazes me, despite my being incredibly politically incorrect to
    point it out, is how all the fattest, ugliest, white girls in town, all
    seem to be walking around with trophy mulatto babies lately.

    >> That is the problem with all scientific societies. They fail. They
    fail, and the grind-up those who are unfit. It’s called, survival of
    the fittest. And -that- by no means is a measure of anyone’s
    educational achievements.

    Regarding that last one, do you ever read what you’ve posted, realize that people probably won’t understand what you’re trying to say, and then use the “edit” button to clarify your message? (I use it, a lot.)

    • Tonto

      wunsacon-

      No, you are absolutely right to ask. You are obviously clueless. And with my response, understand, I sympathize with your ongoing ignorance.

      In response I can only say, yes, I stand by those statements 100% I made those quoted statements because I am trying to impart some truth in response to this flailing article that has no cogent, or defensible, point. My goal in sharing my thoughts is not to fit in with the crowd, the “people” you want to speak for in your ignorance. Raise your hand, wunsacon. How many is that? One, I can only presume.

      My experience is that the crowd -here- is pretty damned stupid, and mostly oblivious concerning the effects of what is really transpiring on this comment board, and, all around them in society too. My guess is that the majority of the readers here, the minority who voted anyway, probably voted for Emperor Fruitcake. Again, raise your hand, wunsacon. Count again too.

      Take your inane post questioning the content of mine above, for instance. You obviously don’t have a clue. Try reading a book every once in a while. Writers of books have a much more laudable objective in mind than does the typical “I’m an F-ing genius straight-from-the-hip” blogger, as surely do writers of books have something more well thought out than comment posters on a blog, this blog or any other. You must know what I mean, as your posts are clearly right off the wall.

      So, put your self in better perspective with the world, wunsacon. If you cannot read blog comment boards without suddenly thinking you have found something so totally outrageous that you must set someone straight, then I would suggest you stop reading blog comment boards for your own sanity, because you have lost it.

      Perhaps you should enter a convent, and take a vow of silence, pray for the rest of your life, pray that comment posters on blog sites should tow what your meager understanding has led you to believe is the politically correct line, which, regardless whose idea of politically correct it is in any instance, should never be interpreted as anything approaching the truth…

      For in a non-relative world, as is ours, politically correct thought is indeed relative to the time in which it is both espoused and perceived. Politically correct views are thus doubly sure not ever to have any truth-value. The measure of one’s reliance upon political correctness, is generally a pretty sure measure of their misunderstanding of reality.

      And you got it bad, wunsacon. Like a said. Try reading books, for a better perspective. The Internet is full of political conjurers, amateurs and fools. Raise your hand!

      • wunsacon

        I’m not a counselor. But, as some concern on your behalf, I do wonder whether your writing indicates the presence of a condition that could benefit from one. (Sorry, I can’t think of how to say that part without patronizing.)

        On my own behalf, I will say I’m slightly embarrassed at the thought of recommending this blog to coworkers — which I’ve done — and have them possibly read your comments here, which might happen especially because the GW comment section is usually pretty sparse and your comments thus stand out like a cactus in the desert. If I were GW, I would ban your account and erase your posts, which IMO add nothing and simply detract from the blog.

        • Tonto

          I can see by your avatar, that you are neither a counselor nor a cowboy.

          Neither is your post in the least bit rational or much more than a simple diss of mine. You clearly have added much for GW readers to ponder about wunsacon.

          The proper, or most appropriate way to ban a comment poster would be to send an email directly to the poster in private, requesting that person to discontinue posting. I would certainly honor such a request. Would you? Were your “I’m not a counselor” post deemed a little too far off the topic at hand, to permit you to contribute your tripe?

          You -should- be embarrassed by recommending this blog to coworkers. Were I your boss, I’d fire you for wasting your time and the time of your other coworkers while on the job.

          You seem to want to push the politically correct tolerance-envelope further than it is possible to defend even by someone as harebrained as yourself.

          • wunsacon

            >> The proper, or most appropriate way to ban a comment poster would be to
            send an email directly to the poster in private, requesting that person
            to discontinue posting. I would certainly honor such a request.

            I don’t have GW’s email (to advise banning you) and I don’t care to exchange emails with you. I do think your comments detract from the blog comment section. What you do about that is up to you.

            >> Would you?
            If the blog proprietor (or a few other readers) conveyed such a preference or threatened to kick me off, yes, I’d leave.

          • Tonto

            GW gets my email address every time I post. I post as a guest, as an email is required to post as a guest. So, I guess if GW felt as you do, I’d have heard long before you ruffled up your politically-correct feathers and crowed, “Cuckoo! cuckoo! cuckoo!”

            I won’t ask you to leave. I’ll just ask you not to read my posts so you’re not tempted again to respond to my posts. Tell all your co-worker-friends down at McDonald’s too. They don’t have to read my posts either. If you do read and respond, try to stay on topic… Your sort of whining about whose posts you don’t appreciate and what is politically correct is generally a distraction unrelated to the topics at hand.

            And finally, blow it out your ass, wunsacon. Your type of person, noted by your moronic avatar makes me sick, you and Mr. ChemTrails & HARPP, gozounlimited… What a load of crap you two fling on this board. Get lost.

      • gozounlimited
  • gozounlimited

    Obama’s NGO’s are a hell of allot more sophisticated than Obamacare. Obama is offering to pay 20 million of his 14 billion debt to the Philippines ….. and it’s your job to pay the rest…… http://www.whitehouse.gov/typhoon