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Nothing annoys me more than a chicken-hawk war fighter. You know, the people that have never served a day of their lives in the military, and yet, they believe that they have the clout to say which country we should invade.

What was it? Last week the Obama administration hammered home a deal with Iran to ensure that Iran would never seek nuclear weapons, and Republicans decried it as Israel’s doom? Or, at the very least, anti-Israel. Our entire foreign policy in the Middle East is anti-Israel.

But then you have the idiot Donald Trump. After questioning whether or not John McCain was a war hero, he had this to say to ABC News:

People that fought hard and weren’t captured and went through a lot, they get no credit. Nobody even talks about them. They’re like forgotten. And I think that’s a shame, if you want to know the truth.

He went on to say:

People that were not captured that went in and fought, nobody talks about them. Those are heroes also.

Nobody says anything about them? What was the Vietnam wall built for? Or the Wounded Warriors Project? Granted, I think a lot of veterans have succumbed to the belief that they can’t rely on the government to aid them properly and in a timely manner, but have you seen Congress in the last eight years? Its a do-nothing government.

President Obama can’t even sneeze without generating a scathing remark from the opposite side.

But if we want to be honest about something, Bill Clinton didn’t help veterans affairs. George W. Bush didn’t. And neither has Barack Obama. And at any rate, is John McCain even running for President? And if he isn’t, why in the hell is Trump picking on him? Oh, that’s right. Bad publicity is better than none.

I liken Donald Trump to Sean Hannity. Poured from the same mold, these men sit back snipe of issues they know nothing about. Like Hannity, Trump has never served a single day in the service of his country. He’s never dodged a bullet or worried about whether or not he’s gonna make it home. He’s never seen his home life erode underneath his feet. He’s never been served divorce papers when he’s on the other side of the planet because his wife can’t take the strain. Neither one has felt the clutches of PTSD.

Back in March of 2010, Sean Hannity said that if we catch an enemy combatant in the field, he had no problem with taking their heads, sticking them underwater and scaring the living daylights out of them. He punctuated this with: “and I’m a Christian!”

Meghan McCain was on his show when he said this. This was her response:

I think it’s what separates us from the terrorists. My father could never left me up as a child because he can’t move his arm. He can’t ride a bike because he can’t bend his knee because he was tortured. I think he knows better.

In a segment with Charles Grodin, Hannity was asked whether or not he’d ever been water boarded (because, you know, Hannity had no problem with it), and he said he hadn’t. “But Oli North has and I’ve talked to him about it,” he commented rather weakly. Grodin offered to water board him, which Keith Olbermann seized upon, putting up a thousand dollars to charity for every second Hannity lasted. To my knowledge, Hannity has never put his money where his mouth is.

But that’s the major crux of the matter, isn’t it? For Hannity-a man who has never served in the military-and Trump-who received four deferments between 1964 and 1968, have no bragging rights. When it comes to military service, there are no second-hand experiences.

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If Donald Trump wanted to bring the issue of veterans affairs to the forefront of the political spectrum, by all means. But outline a plan instead of sniping at man who spent five years in a POW camp, while Trump, himself, was safe and secure in a freedom service men have died for.

But hopefully, Trump is a fading star, headed for oblivion.

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I’ve gone from one draft to another, trying to find an effective way to articulate my words. It seems at times, I have so many thoughts running through my head, it’s hard to categorize or pick one from another.

Racism isn’t about the Confederate flag or social injustice. Its about the heart. I should know. I’m a reformed racist. If there is such a thing.

For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immortality, theft, false testimony, slander.

Matthew 15:19

Sure, the Confederacy owned human beings they called slaves, but you go back further than that, and a lot of our founders owned slaves. In fact, during the Civil War, blacks weren’t even allowed to fight. I’ve even heard historians claim that Abraham Lincoln wasn’t the abolitionist history books purport him to be.

In recent days, we’ve seen Hillary Clinton grand stand and proselytize that America has a long way to go when it comes to race. She’s even said that we would’ve thought that America had turned a page in the chapter since electing our first black President (he’s half white). Can anyone see or say the obvious? Hillary Clinton is using this event as a launch pad to her presidential run.

When it comes to morals, Bill and Hillary need to put down their stones. After all, during his impeachment process, Bill Clinton ordered a three-day bombing campaign on Iraq, under the guise of U.N. sanctions violations. When the impeachment came down, the bombing stopped. What a coincidence? The Clinton administration has blood on its hands and is responsible for the mass murder of more than 600,000 innocent Iraqis-deaths that Madeleine Albright said were “worth it.”

But back to racism.

You know, I couldn’t disagree more with Hillary. I think the United States has come a long way since slavery, Jim Crow laws and the Civil Rights movement. Today, we have black men and women on the upper echelons of industry, entertainment and sports. People of different color have let down the race barrier and have assimilated. Sure, we have turbulent times now and again. But even that isn’t enough to justify the indictment of the Confederate flag and the entire white race-all because of a lone-nut assassin.

You know, you can take an ideology and attach it to any flag you want. Adolf Hitler took the swastika and flipped it around. But when you look at the Stars and Stripes, what do you see? Do you see “the freedom for which she stands?” G.W. Bush? Barack Obama? Or do you see one of the lesser known topics the government would rather not talk about?

Here’s a better question: when the world looks upon the flag of the United States of America, what do they see?

We can blame the Confederate flag all day long for the Charleston massacre, because it’s something real-something tangible. But it’s not responsible for Dylann Roof’s actions anymore than what it was when Fort Sumpter was fired upon. From 1861 to 1864, the Confederate States of America had a short lifespan. And like it or not, Confederacy history is American history. We shouldn’t be ashamed of our history, nor should we shy away from it. We should uncover it, no matter how unsavory the truth will be.

Dylann Roof will spend the rest of his life in prison, while victims families will have a chance to make an impact that far outweighs his actions. Services at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church will thrive. In time to come, South Carolina will have to make a decision about their state flag.

Perhaps it’s time to move on.

All man’s ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart.

Proverbs 21:2

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On January 21, 2008, when Barack Obama was sworn in as President of the United States, my mother sent this text message: well, we’re looking at the anti-Christ. Despite the tumultuous, disastrous eight years of the Bush administration-misinformation to the public, two failed wars with no exit strategy, sanctioned torture, and a White House that seemed untouchable-Barack Obama was the anti-Christ.
Granted, I’ve never been a fan of the President, but I’ve never likened him to the abomination that causes desolation, as spoken of by the prophet Daniel.

If the two-party paradigm has taught me one thing, it’s that they are a one big dysfunctional family. It seems that politicians on both sides of the aisle snipe for political leverage. One has to wonder if-during the presidential campaign season-members of the same party actually like one another.

Take for instance birthers. You know those people, right? The ones that said the President was born and raised in Kenya. (If I ever, in the six years of this blog’s existence, posted anything remotely close to the “birther” conspiracy, I don’t recall. But more than that, I don’t recall ever believing it.)

One of the people that seemed to grab hold of this theory was Sean Hannity. If there were a person that needed a fact checker in demand, its him.

Numerous times Hannity has fueled the flames of the birther theory, even denying that Obama has revealed his birth certificate. In March 2012, he had this to say:

Look, he did write about his early years, that he did study the Qur’an, that one of the most beautiful moments in life was prayer at sunset. So, I mean, he does have that background.

Now, I can’t deny that prayer at sunset is a beautiful thing, because I’ve never done it. In fact, my prayer life right now kind of sucks. However, at times, I’ve found pulling the hood of my sweatshirt over my head helpful. I’ve even contemplated buying a Jewish prayer shawl. But it’s an illustration of Hannity’s unbridled man-love for George W. Bush (heaven help us if Jeb is elected President) and his seething contempt for Obama.

In March of this year, Hannity sat down for an interview with Ted Cruz about his eligibility status to run for President.

There have been issues. You were born in Calgary, in Canada. Is there a birth certificate issue? Hannity said. I don’t mean to-I did look at social media today and it did come up a number of times. I want to give you a chance to address it.

Look, there’s political chatter on it, Cruz began. The facts are clear. I was born in Calgary. My parents-as a legal matter, my mother is an American citizen by birth. And it’s been federal law for over two centuries that the child of an American citizen born abroad is a citizen by birth, a natural-born citizen which is what the Constitution requires to run and several prior candidates have had this issue: John McCain was born in Panama; George Romney, Mitt’s dad, was born in Mexico, when his parents were Mormon missionaries down there and actually, Barry Goldwater-a lot of people don’t know this-was born in Arizona, before Arizona was a state. And so as a legal matter, the issue is quite straightforward, that if you or I travel abroad and we have a child that’s born abroad, and we’re American citizens, that child is a natural-born citizen.

Just to clarify, John McCain was born to parents that were both American citizens, while his father served in the military, on a military base. Ted Cruz’ father is Cuban and his mother, as previously stated, is American. Having one parent a natural-born citizen and coming into this world in another country, does not make you a natural-born citizen!

But, hell, let’s let the Constitution say it:

Section 1, Article 2: No person except a natural-born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of the President; neither neither shall any Person be eligible of that Office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.

As you can imagine, Hannity didn’t press Cruz on the matter. Has he fanned the proverbial flames of President Obama’s legitimacy for the sole purpose of political pandering? Or is Sean Hannity a closet conspiracy theorist?

As in the case with my mother, people dig themselves into their respective trenches, where they love the one and despise the other.

It has only been recently that Senator Cruz has renounced his Canadian citizenship in hopes of attaining the nation’s highest office. In my mind, a natural-born citizen is someone who was born within the boundaries of the United States, or one of its respective territories.

One parent American? One parent not? Born in another country. What do you think?

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This an issue that infuriates me to no end, and it is one that the corporate mass media helps to fan the flames.

A few years ago, a woman was walking her thirteen-month-old baby home from the post office. Two black youths approached the woman and demanded money from her. When she said she had none to give, they shot her in the leg and murdered the sleeping baby by shooting him in the head. Not long after that, a relative to the black men told the family not to cooperate with the police investigation. He was charged with obstruction of justice.

The white community surrounded this woman and supported her. Being a father myself, my heart broke when I watched the news video and saw this woman’s pain. There were no protests. No riots. No calls for justice. Everyone’s lives went on. Except this woman’s.

However, should this woman and her child been black, you bet your ass that Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and their ilk would’ve been calling for the white youths lynching on a courthouse lawn. The liberal apologist alarmist Nancy Grace would’ve called it a “crisis”-coming short of asking President Obama to declare a state of national emergency.

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Now, racism is an unavoidable fact in America, and it is one we have to deal with. Our history is saturated with the blood stains of those who have fallen because of it. But as I have said, those who cry racism, are racist themselves.

Not long ago, I saw a segment on the morning news that said due to scrutiny that police in Baltimore (and all over the country) have found themselves in, crime has risen, while police arrests have fallen. What do you expect when you vilify an entire force thanks to a few. So what was the black youths response to the travesty that occurred? They riot. They loot. And like Ferguson, Missouri, the innocent majority suffer because of one cop and one black teen.

Kanye West says he’ll leave the United States now, because of racism. After all, he has enough money to buy a small island. In case people don’t realize this, racism isn’t just centralized to the United States-it’s all over the world! But there again, those who cry racism are racist themselves.

Take for instance Kanye interrupting Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 Grammy awards. Granted, I think her popularity is bloated, but she’s white. And don’t forget he intended to do the same to Beck before Kim and others called him back. When asked later about it, Kanye said that the Grammys have got to stop playing with them and put up people with real talent. (I’m just paraphrasing here). In essence: the Grammy awards have to got start recognizing black people over white.

He is quoted as asking how he’s going to explain to his little girl how fucked up the world is? Which, by the way, how narcissistic can you be by having the last name “West” and naming your child after a direction on a map? What’s your name? North West.

But Kanye isn’t the only celebrity to have made a threat along these lines due to some worldly injustice. Rush Limbaugh, back in May 2010, said that if the healthcare bill was passed and implemented, he would leave for Costa Rica. Obviously, he didn’t.

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And just like Kanye’s pretentious “no-smile” persona, the threat to leave the United States was nothing more than an ploy to bring more attention to his already over exaggerated fame. But if he would, I for one, won’t miss him.

But he ain’t going anywhere.

Waylon’s Revolution has been dormant for a while – since October of 2013, in fact.  I’ve taken a hiatus from politics and conspiracy theories, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t paid attention to the news.  If the news isn’t always depressing, it certainly makes for good entertainment.  Don’t get used to this, though.  I’m not sure when I’ll be back.  With that being said, I would like to give just a few of my opinions of recent events.  Note: Opinions are not always fact based.

Gov. Chris Christie
A lot of people like this guy, I don’t.  And not because he worked with President Obama after Super Storm Sandy to rebuild, but for a far more fundamental reason: he’s a belligerent blabbermouth.  Just take for example when he told a heckler to “sit down and shut up”.

Again, some people like this guy.  They look at his obstinacy and think that he would make a good president.  “He’ll get the job done!”  If the last six years have been a do-nothing Congress and White House, what makes anyone think that a president telling members of Congress to “sit down and shut up” will get anything done?

Hillary Clinton
The media is already a buzz over the possibility of another Bush-Clinton standoff in ’16 (which I’ll get to Jeb in a minute).  Not only do I abhor Hillary for her politics: same-sex marriage, abortion, etc., I just don’t like her as a person.  Have you ever had a jar of pennies and silver and they’re all shiny and clean, but you dig down and you find one that is corroded and nasty; a coin that not even a change cashing machine would take – that’s the Clintons.

How is it that in the last twenty-six years of this nation’s history, two families have been able to inhabit the White House?  My father lost his job at General Electric due to the NAFTA agreement.  So, one day, I decided to do some research.  And I found that not only did George Sr. support the bill – he tried to fast-track it, but sadly, ran out of time when the “American people spoke”.  Bill Clinton supported it, too.  In fact, while signing the bill on January 1, 1994, Clinton said,   “NAFTA means jobs. American jobs, and good-paying American jobs. If I didn’t believe that, I wouldn’t support this agreement.”

People back then – like my father – would’ve believed that Clinton was meaning that the American people would be a glutton on jobs like Santa Claus on Christmas, but look at the aftermath; jobs were lost, families and livelihoods ruined.  It isn’t any wonder that a year before my father died, Congress sent him a letter stating that since he lost his job due to NAFTA, they were willing to send him back to school.  Bill Clinton, Hillary and the entire Clinton administration knew what that egregious bill would do, and it is my belief that is what Bill was referring to.

You may be wondering what NAFTA has to do with who runs for the Oval Office.  Well, like in the case of the 1992 election, where the top candidates shared the same view, where did the American people have a choice?  Likewise, if two prominent political families constantly run for office, where does that open the door to fresh candidates and new ideas?  In the final analysis of Hillary Clinton, she should ride off into the sunset.  Let the people have a new ray of hope.

Jeb Bush
 As I stated in the case of Hillary Clinton, the same can be said for Jeb.  But, hell, the American people have become so used to seeing the same thing over and over again, it’s like a bad movie; meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

The Political Arena
I liken politics today to this: let’s say that a door-to-door salesman comes to your door and he is peddling a new shoe that has come out onto the market.  You listen to his pitch and decide to try it.  But once you get the shoe on, you find that the shoe doesn’t quite fit right, so you send him away.  A little while later, a new salesman comes to the door, peddling the same crappy shoe; but where the shoe lacks in quality, the salesman is an expert orator.  You buy the shoe, but after the peddler is gone, you regret spending your hard-earned money on a shoddy piece of work.

Only an astounding 36% of Americans went to the polls this year.  That is the lowest numbers since WWI or WWII?  And people look down on those who don’t vote ever, or wait for the Presidential election.  But where is their incentive to vote when someone has lasted in politics for decades and a new comer is shrouded in obscurity and a pall of inexperience looms over their heads like yesterday’s hangover?  (By the way, before you ask, I am a voter.)

Should Hillary not heed my advice, and decide to run, she will face a plethora of questions and scrutiny regarding prior knowledge of Benghazi.  Not that I don’t think that concerns should be probed, but where were the concerns of prior knowledge to 9/11?  Like the Warren Commission, the spurious and over lauded 9/11 Commission failed to delve deep into the Bush administration’s actions before and after the most tragic event in U.S. history since Pearl Harbor.  With a Bush insider at its helm in Philip Zelikow, the Commission’s investigation was skewed into waters that were more tolerable.

Does this mean that Clinton and President Obama should get off Scott free?  No.  But it’s a simple illustration of the circus that has become Washington D.C.

And, of course, I cannot leave you without an address from Ron Paul.

Can it really be called a “shutdown” when you look at the evidence below?  And if that be the case, then what are the politicians bickering about on Capitol Hill?  Is this all smoke and mirrors?

Michael Snyder
Economic Collapse

October 3, 2013

All of this whining and crying about a “government shutdown” is a total joke.  You see, there really is very little reason why this “government shutdown” cannot continue indefinitely because almost everything is still running.

63 percent of all federal workers are still working, and 85 percent of all government activities are still being funded during this “shutdown”.  Yes, the Obama administration has been making a big show of taking down government websites and blocking off the World War II Memorial, but overall business in Washington D.C. is being conducted pretty much as usual.  It turns out that the definition of “essential personnel” has expanded so much over the years that almost everyone is considered “essential” at this point.  In fact, this shutdown is such a non-event that even referring to it as a “partial government shutdown” would really be overstating what is actually happening.  The following are 36 facts which prove that almost everything is still running during this government shutdown…

#1 According to U.S. Senator Rand Paul, 85 percent of all government activities are actually being funded during this “government shutdown”.

#2 Approximately 1,350,000 ”essential” federal employees will continue to work during this “government shutdown”.

#3 Overall, 63 percent of the federal workforce will continue to work during this “government shutdown”.

#4 The U.S. Postal Service will continue to deliver our mail.

#5 U.S. military personnel will remain on duty and will continue to get paid.

#6 Social Security recipients will continue to get their benefits.

#7 Medicare recipients will continue to get their benefits.

#8 Medicaid recipients will continue to get their benefits.

#9 Food stamp recipients will continue to get their benefits.

#10 Those on unemployment will continue to get their benefits.

#11 Federal retirees will continue to get their pensions.

#12 The federal school lunch program has enough money to go through at least the end of this month.

#13 Public schools all over the country will continue to stay open.

#14 Almost all federal law enforcement officials will continue working.

#15 The Federal Reserve will remain “completely functional“.

#16 The Supreme Court will continue to operate normally and federal courts have enough money to keep going for at least two weeks.

#17 TSA employees will continue to molest travelers at our airports.

#18 Air traffic controllers will continue to monitor traffic at our airports.

#19 Hopelessly outmanned border patrol agents will continue to try to stem the tide of illegal immigration.

#20 Visas and passports will continue to be issued by the State Department.

#21 The Veterans Administration will continue to offer substandard medical services, and it will be able to continue processing benefit payments at least for now.

#22 The Obama administration apparently has plenty of money to spend on closing open-air memorials that are usually open to the public 24 hours a day.

#23 The Department of Defense announced the awarding of 94 new contracts worth a combined total of more than 5 billion dollars on September 30th – the day right before the “government shutdown”.

#24 The “government shutdown” has not prevented the new two billion dollar NSA spy center from opening up.

#25 Federal prisons will continue to operate normally.

#26 Amtrak trains will continue to run.

#27 The Patent and Trademark Office will be open.

#28 The Consumer Product Safety Commission will continue to issue product recalls if the products “create an immediate threat to the safety of human life“.

#29 The National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Centerwill continue to track weather patterns.

#30 If the federal government needs to respond to a natural disaster, this “shutdown” will not affect that.

#31 NASA will continue to support the Mars Rover and the two American astronauts up on the International Space Station.

#32 All city employees of the D.C. government have been deemed “essential” and will continue to go to work.

#33 Even though the Obamacare exchanges are not working properly, people will still be able to access them.

#34 The IRS will continue to collect taxes, but it will be suspending punitive audits of conservative organizations.

#35 Barack Obama will continue to get paid for the full duration of this “shutdown”.

#36 The U.S. Congress will continue to get paid for the full duration of this “shutdown”.

Of course not everything is operating normally during this government shutdown.  Government parks are closed.  The EPA and the Department of Energy have almost totally closed up shop.  But overall, most Americans are not going to notice much of a difference.

And perhaps now is a good time for the American people to evaluate whether or not they actually need a gigantic federal government that wastes enormous mountains of our money.

For example, our federal government recently spent $98,670 to construct a single outhouse in Alaska.

That is more than a lot of Americans pay for their entire houses.

For many more examples like this, please see my previous article entitled “The Waste List: 66 Crazy Ways That The U.S. Government Is Wasting Your Hard-Earned Money“.

It is about time that Washington D.C. started experiencing some of the “belt-tightening” that the rest of the country has been going through.  For far too long, the fatcats in D.C. have been living in an alternate reality where they have been able to live the high life at our expense.  A recent blog post by Daniel Greenfield discussed how this shutdown is going to affect the alternate reality that the Obamas have been living in…

The government shutdown has forced Obama to make do with only a quarter of his 1,701 person staff. That would leave 436 “vital” employees. The 90 people who look after his living quarters would be slashed to 15 to “provide minimum maintenance and support”.

Buckingham Palace, which is twelve times the size of the White House and has its own clockmaker, only has an 800 person staff. King Harald V of Norway and his court make do with 152 staffers. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden gets by with 203.

On Twitter, Michelle Obama announced that she is unable to Tweet on her own without the aid of all of her sixteen assistants; many of whom take home six figure salaries. There are more directors, associate directors and deputy associate directors on Michelle Obama’s staff than there were in George Washington’s entire administration.

Presidents have fought wars and made peace, explored and annexed vast territories and built a nation out of a handful of colonies with fewer senior staffers than are needed to handle Michelle Obama’s Twitter account.

Oh the humanity!  Will Michelle Obama ever tweet again?  And how will the White House continue to function without at least one projectionist on duty at the White House 24 hours a day?

No wonder Barack Obama is so upset about this shutdown.

In the end, this shutdown could turn out to be very good for America.  We have a government that is wildly out of control and that desperately needs to be reigned in.

During the Obama administration, federal debt held by the public has risen by 90 percent, and overall federal government spending has risen by a whopping 317 percent since 1990.

So is it really a bad thing that the federal government has been forced to cut back for a little while?

Our politicians can whine and cry all they want.  They won’t be getting any sympathy from me.

Madeline Albright had this to say about Iraq in regards to “sanctions” that were supposed to “punish the Hussein regime”.

Here is what former Congressman Ron Paul had to say about the impeachment process of Bill Clinton and the asinine bombings of Iraq, Sudan, and Afghanistan.

Notice how Ron Paul said that waging “unchecked war” like this invites attacks on the United States?  Here’s George W. Bush.

Bush, Jr. admits that Iraq had nothing to do with September 11, 2001.

Iraqi testimony in Congress.

Iraq seems like a distant memory, doesn’t it?  The “Mission Complete” banner that hung above the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln as President Bush called an end to combat operations in Iraq sort of immortalized his presidency.  Then all hell broke loose.

But, then again, what was “Mission Complete”?  Saddam Hussein’s poorly assembled military barely put up a fight as U.S.-led forces marched their way to Baghdad.  It didn’t take long for the American people (or at least those who didn’t need neocons inside the Bush White House and Fox News to tell them what to think) to see that the Bush administration had thought as far as the invasion and nothing more.  No clear defined enemy.  No clear defined victory.  No objective.  Just “stay the course”.  Horrors stories from Abu Graib that smeared the name of the United States.

So what have we learned from our experiences in Iraq?  I like to think nothing.  The left’s attacks during the Bush administration’s handling of the war was all for posturing.  They have their own wars they’d like to fight.  You know those untold millions the Obama administration is giving to the rebels is Syria?  The U.S. taxpayer will be paying that back.  How does a rebel pay back money that they don’t have?

In 1997, a neoconservative think-tank was created – The Project for the New American Century.  Comprising of Bush insiders such as Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Jeb Bush, and Dick Cheney – to make a long story short – the goal of PNAC was to lead the world militarily.  From the outset, Saddam Hussein’s regime seemed to be in the cross hairs of the PNAC members and attached conservatives.  (Please click the hyperlink to learn more.)

On September 20,2001, PNAC sent a letter to President Bush urging regime change in Iraq.

…even if evidence does not link Iraq directly to the attack, any strategy aiming at the eradication of terrorism and its sponsors must include a determined effort to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq. Failure to undertake such an effort will constitute an early and perhaps decisive surrender in the war on international terrorism.

What’s the meaning?  The United States was invading Iraq regardless.  A quote from PNAC’s manifesto that draws more questions than answers was this:

Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event––like a new Pearl Harbor.

That “new Pearl Harbor” came on September 11, 2001.  And with it, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Osama bin Laden, who seems until recently, was forgotten.

In serving their own interests, the neoconservatives have placed both the sanctity and security of the United States in jeopardy.  I hope we have learned our lesson.  But I doubt it.

‘Treason doth never prosper’, wrote an English poet.  What’s the reason?  If it prosper then none dare call it treason.
– Kevin Costner, JFK