"Is the United States a democratic republic or an empire? History demonstrates that it's not possible to be both."
-Lewis Seiler and Dan Hamburg, Voice of the Environment
It's All About The Oil. So which is it? Does our government, like Pinky and the Brain, press on to take over the world by continuing to fight fire with hornets nests or do we seize the principles of this once great democratic republic to get us out of the Iraq quagmire?
To quote Chrissie Hynde, the American public has been betrayed by "a government that has no pride." And that's an understatement.
There is to be no withdrawal from Iraq, just as there has been no withdrawal from hundreds of places around the world that are outposts of the American empire. As UC San Diego professor emeritus Chalmers Johnson put it, "One of the reasons we had no exit plan from Iraq is that we didn't intend to leave."
Halliburton has also profited handsomely from no-bid government contracts awarded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the construction at the national embarrassment known as "Gitmo," and most recently, from the fiasco at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C.
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