Doesn’t it make you feel more secure knowing that KPD employees are actually “alert” enough to recognize someone on their own “most wanted” list when that person shows up at the cop shop? Crackerjack police work! Now that’s for sure front page news!
Doesn’t it make you feel more secure knowing that in this time of economic hardships, with social programs being cut and local governments on the ropes, the feds are gonna spend $5 billion this year alone just to make sure we can still destroy the world many times over better than anyone else?
Secretary of State Clinton: “We intend to maintain a robust nuclear deterrent. Let no one be mistaken. The United States will defend ourselves and defend our partners and allies. We intend to sustain that nuclear deterrent by modernizing the existing stockpile. In fact, we have $5 billion in this year’s budget going into that very purpose. And with this emphasis on our nuclear stockpile and the stewardship program that we are engaged in, that we’ll be, you know, stronger than anybody in the world, as we always have been, with more nuclear weapons than are needed many times over, and so we do not see this as, in any way, a diminishment of what we’re able to do.”
You go, grrrrl! Don’t let anybody say you ain’t got balls!
Doesn’t it make you feel more secure knowing that Defense Secretary Robert Gates thinks the WikiLeaks video that showed an American helicopter crew firing on unarmed journalists and civilians in Iraq will not have any “lasting consequences” for our world image?
Whew. I thought for sure it might make other people — especially those whose countries we’re occupying — hate us even more. But then, if you’ve got more nukes than anybody else, and you’re willing to use them, who’s gonna say anything?
Oh, btw, the folks at WikiLeaks say Gates was lying when he claimed the crew was being fired upon and operating in “split-second situations.”
Doesn’t it make you feel more secure knowing that the young soldiers who are put in these situations, who are trained to dehumanize and are doing what they’re trained to do, who are troubled by the things they saw and did, come back to the U.S. all messed up? According to Josh Stieber, a veteran of that company:
And unfortunately, that’s what a lot of soldiers turn to when they get back, is alcohol or possessions or just something to try and push these to the back of their mind, rather than to try to address the system that put us in this situation and encouraged us to do these things.
Doesn’t it make you feel more secure knowing that American troops are making great strides in the “war on terror” by shooting up a passenger bus in Afghanistan? But it’s OK, because NATO “deeply regrets” it and promises a speedy investigation, which likely will be just as meaningful as the one that cleared the helicopter crew. Still, it did piss some folks off:
Hundreds of demonstrators poured into the area around a station where the damaged bus was taken on the western outskirts of Kandahar. They blocked the road with burning tires for an hour and shouted “Death to America” and “Death to infidels” while also condemning the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, according to people in the area.
Despite a drop in overall civilian deaths from American and NATO forces, checkpoint and convoy shootings have not declined, worrying commanders who believe such killings turn Afghans against the occupation. More than 30 people have been killed and 80 wounded in these cases since last summer, but not one of the dead was found to have been a threat, military officials say.
Oops. Yet we need to beef up security because we just can’t understand why anyone would want to engage in terrorism against the US of A.