Monday, August 22, 2005

The warlords of America: most of the US's recent wars were launched by Democratic presidents.

The warlords of America: most of the US's recent wars were launched by Democratic presidents. why expect better of Kerry? The debate between US liberals and conservatives is a fake; Bush may be the lesser evil. This article is a bit dated is it was written prior to the 2004 Presidential Election when Kerry was running. In it, the authors points out that most wars have been started by liberal Democrats. This article originally appeared in New Statesman.

From the site:

On 6 May last, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution which, in effect, authorised a "pre-emptive" attack on Iran. The vote was 376-3. Undeterred by the accelerating disaster in Iraq, Republicans and Democrats, wrote one commentator, "once again joined hands to assert the responsibilities of American power".

The joining of hands across America's illusory political divide has a long history. The native Americans were slaughtered, the Philippines laid to waste and Cuba and much of Latin America brought to heel with "bipartisan" backing. Wading through the blood, a new breed of popular historian, the journalist in the pay of rich newspaper owners, spun the heroic myths of a supersect called Americanism, which advertising and public relations in the 20th century formalised as an ideology, embracing both conservatism and liberalism.

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