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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A permanent state of legalized thievery by the defense industry supported by disenfranchised, taxpaying serfs

what is the matter with these fuckheads...? if they were being honest, they would simply put the cards on the table and say they were declaring a permanent state of legalized thievery by the defense industry, supported by hordes of indentured, taxpaying serfs who will have absolutely no say in the matter...

john nichols...

The House Republican leadership, working in conjunction with House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon, R-California, has included in the 2012 defense authorization bill language (borrowed from the sweeping Detainee Security Act) that would effectively declare a state of permanent war against unnamed and ill-defined foreign forces "associated" with the Taliban and al Qaeda.

The means that, despite the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan (which GOP leaders in the House have refused to officially recognize as a significant development), the Department of Defense will be authorized to maintain a permanent occupation of Afghanistan, a country bin Laden abandoned years ago, and a global war against what remains of bin Laden's fragmented operation.

Instead of an explicit declaration of war with Afghanistan or the ill-defined global conflict, the GOP leaders has slipped language into the spending bill that simply announced the U.S. is "engaged in an armed conflict with al Qaeda, the Taliban and associated forces" and that claims an old "Authorization for Use of Military Force necessarily includes the authority to address the continuing and evolving threat posed by these groups."

That's about a wide-ranging as it gets, and the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee argues that the language makes a mockery of the Constitutional requirement that Congress check and balance the executive branch and the Department of Defense when it comes to questions of extending wars.

i'm here in afghanistan, working my butt off, attempting to assist a large and important chunk of the afghan government to be able to chart its own course with strong, capable leadership that will be focused on what's good for the afghan people... it totally grinds my ass that my own country can't walk it's own friggin' talk...

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