Bush Military Official: US Citizens Must Stand Up to Stop the Empire

From ‘Empire Files‘: “Abby Martin interviews retired U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former national security adviser to the Reagan administration, who spent years as an assistant to Secretary of State Colin Powell during both Bush administrations.”

A few of the points made by Wilkerson:

US’s foreign bases are “colonial, imperial” stations over the globe.

‘The empire… is run by about one percent of the people, if not fewer, in this country, constituting essentially a plutocracy.’

Military officers retire from the military, go to arms manufacturers and media jobs to make the media ‘want war’.

US is ‘oriented towards first what increases its power, and second what makes it rich.’

US military ‘isn’t an all volunteer force. It’s an all-recruited force, because we’re spending billions of dollars to entice these people, who feel that they don’t have many other prospects, into the armed forces.’

What made Wilkerson speak out?  Bush and Cheney both personally encouraged heinous acts like torture and other violations of the Geneva Conventions.

‘Empire never has enough. That’s the nature of imperial power. It never has enough. It never has a stable status quo. It has an increasingly unstable status quo.’

To stop the empire, ‘a powerful minority, or a majority’ of US citizens must ‘stand up … and say, I’ve had enough.  Does that mean revolution? It might.  It might indeed.’

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  • nomadfiles

    unbelievable. a Bush Military Official with a conscience.

  • February 26, 2015 The Neoconservative Threat To World Order — Paul Craig Roberts

    Scholars from Russia and from around the world, Russian government officials, and the Russian people seek an answer as to why Washington destroyed during the past year the friendly relations between America and Russia that President Reagan and President Gorbachev succeeded in establishing.


  • American Gulag

    The American people are the true enemy of the American government. So when you hear about how we are supposed to have foreign enemies abroad that hate America because we’re free, just know that the same government (the American government) hates you the American citizen, because ― you guessed it ― because you’re free (or were) So you see American citizens have everything in common with groups like Al Qaeda, ISIS, Russia, China, North Korea, etc. We all have the same enemy now don’t we?

    The USA Patriot Acts and the NDAA was written not for foreign enemies as we are told, but rather to put the chains on the American people. The Patriot Act literally defines the American people as the terrorist. So remember how much you’ve been brainwashed come election time into believing that your vote will count. No matter who gets elected, you are doomed.

    America is the land of confusion: Americans confuse Militarism with Patriotism, Plutocracy with Democracy, Bullying with Leadership, Fear with Respect and Slavery with Security.


    • nomadfiles

      that image is amazing

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    Four turds and their words during the State of the Union addresses in 1991, 1996, 2007, 2014.


    • nomadfiles

      Hell to the chief.

      • Hail to the chief I believe it is, but carry on however!

        • nomadfiles

          Oh. I knew it was something like that.

  • Silverado

    Even an old war horse like Pat Buchanan get’s it:

    “What the Republican collectivity has to realize is that it is they and the policies they produced that are the reason Trump, Carson and Cruz currently hold an overwhelming majority of Republican votes.

    It was the elites of both parties who failed to secure our borders and brokered the trade deals that have de-industrialized America and eviscerated our middle class.

    It was the elites of both parties who got us into these idiotic wars that have blown up the Middle East, cost us trillions of dollars, thousands of dead, and tens of thousands of wounded among our best and bravest.

    That Republican elites would sit around a dinner table on Capitol Hill and discuss how to frustrate the rising rebellion against what they have done to America, and decide among themselves who shall lead us, is astonishing.

    To borrow from the Gipper, they are not the solution to our problems. They are the problem.”


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    The US is now involved in 134 wars or none, depending on your definition of war …The White House spent much of last week trying to figure out if the word “war” was the right one to describe its military actions against the Islamic State. US Secretary of State John Kerry was at first reluctant: “We’re engaged in a major counterterrorism operation,” he told CBS News on Sept. 11. “I think war is the wrong terminology and analogy but the fact is that we are engaged in a very significant global effort to curb terrorist activity… I don’t think people need to get into war fever on this. I think they have to view it as a heightened level of counter terrorist activity.” – Global Post


  • Heck even Karl Rove knows! June 27, 2014 Endgame response to Karl Rove/1% ‘We’re an Empire creating our own reality for you to study’: Study’s over – you’re under arrest

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  • US force in Japan is privileged, so to get their rogue troops away from almost all the crimes they make very ordinarily.
    Thus they act like a naughty kid who’s not going to be condemned by anyone.
    They drink and drive, hit a local man or local car, frequently just run away in leaving the victim behind.
    They swear at locals, get naked in where they like, urinate at where they like and rape and trespass and rob and get away with it, for most of the time.
    They often beat or kill a Japanese taxi driver just for ignoring a fee.
    Those are the people that we are feeding by our tax money which is going just obsolete.
    I think we have no reason to feed them anymore.
    Please pull out your force, by the will of you American citizens if there are still any, which sane.
    You need to try to let us not hate you any further.
    How do you call this “alliance” not to be colonialism, when some foreign force is squatting in another country for 70 years long.

    Washington keeps refusing to revise this inequal treaty that gives immunity to their troops.

  • Tecumseh1768

    This bureaucrat lifer waited until his taxpayer funded pension was safe and secure to speak up, and now he wants the rest of us to “stand up to stop the empire”? The h*ll with him.

    • Libertymike

      Remember Christ on the cross and his treatment of one of the two other fellows crucified.

      Sure, if Wilkerson were to disclaim his pension, that would be better; nevertheless, don’t think for a moment that the Empire would not hesitate to off him if it decided to do so.

    • βιβλία

      Perhaps Colonel Sour Grapes has a vendetta to settle.

      It’s by the way that a military is NOT an “all volunteer force” if you can’t quit at will without threat of retaliation—esp. violent retaliation. Even teenaged employees at a fast food joint should be able to understand this obvious fact about the USA’s alleged “all volunteer force”.

  • βιβλία

    ‘The empire… is run by about one percent of the people, if not fewer, in this country, constituting essentially a plutocracy.’
    And most of totalitarian left’s objections are that (I) they don’t have all the levers of power, (ii) they aren’t able to loot more wealth and export it (as dreamed by a demagogue named MLK, Jr.), and (iii) they aren’t able to import as many new voters as suits their policy of electioneering by immigration policy.
    So much for the left. Now, the right wingers call the cops heroes in exchange for doing much of the bully work (i) of the bipartisan mafia, (ii) of capitalist racketeers, e.g those of the auto industry and banking, (iii) of leftist electioneering policy, and (iv) of welfare statism and other pet projects of socialism.
    I could go on with examples of criminality made more stable by the “heroes” who “Protect and Serve”, but I think my point has been made adequately.

  • Man on the street

    The USA rules the world, the USA is ruled by religious crazies in Saudi Arabia, and Israel. Both the Talmud, and the Koran are similar in being against women, and xenophobic. So, how did the West surrendered its sovereignty and moral superiority to these tribal desert people? Money! Money buys elections, influence, and opinion making tools. End of story.

  • “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Thomas Jefferson said that. I wonder if he thought it would get this far before it happened? The American Revolution was fought and won by a minority.