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President H. W. Bush’s immoral legacies

After Salvadoran soldiers murdered six Jesuits and two women in El Salvador on November 16, 1989, the Bush administration continued to support that oppressive government. On December20, 1989 President George Bush sent a force of 26,000 soldiers to attack Panama,and they killed between 516 and 5,000 civilians. In the 1991 Gulf War the American military killed at least 125,000 Iraqi soldiers and about 50,000 civilians. Former Attorney General Ramsey Clarke accused President Bush and others of war crimes, and in 1992 the 22 judges from 18 nations found the absent defendants guilty of all the charges. Bush imposed sanctions against Iraq, and by the end of 1992 lack of chlorine to purify water and kill mosquitos led to the death of 241,869 children by the end of the year.

On December 3, 1989 US President George H. W. Bush and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev agreed to end the Cold War and begin an era of peace. Their agreement to let reunited Germany stay in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) western alliance was confirmed in February 1990 when the American Secretary of State James Baker promised Gorbachev that NATO would not expand “one inch to the east.” Gorbachev dismantled the eastern alliance of the Warsaw Pact. However, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary were allowed to join NATO in 1999 and Estonia, Latvia,Lithuania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, and Romania did so in 2004.

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Peace activists call on Bernie Sanders to reduce militarism.

Senator Bernie Sanders on27 November published Where We Go from Here: Two Years in the Resistance with 38 sections but only one on foreign policy without any proposed solutions to American militarism and war-making.The next day 106 prominent peace activists and scholars expressed support for a petition by more than 25,000 people to Sanders during his presidential campaign that had urged him to say more about war and militarism. Sanders had answered that he would cut 4% of Pentagon spending. The 106 responded with an open letter calling on Sanders to challenge militarism as Dr. King had, and they noted that the military takes up well over 60% of discretionary spending and that Americans favor cutting this spending.

I signed on to this letter with the following comment: “I heartily support this important letter that exposes a blatant blind spot in Sanders’ policies when ending war atrocities, the danger of nuclear war, and excessive military spending should be top priorities.”

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War-torn Yemen is suffering the worst famine in a century.

Yemen suffers in the fourth year of a brutal civil war made worse by Iranians backing the Houthi rebels while Saudi Arabia fights a proxy war against the Iranians with the military support of the United States that bombs Houthis and civilians. At least 85,000 young children have died of starvation because both sides block humanitarian relief. In Yemen 13 million are hungry, and 6 million are at risk of starving. The leaders of these nations and those who obey their orders are committing war crimes and crimes against humanity. Why are they not held to account?

How long will the people of the world allow these atrocities to go on in the hot and dry Mideast where global warming is taking its toll in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan as well? When will Americans say, “No more killing!” and stop promoting these foolish wars?

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Beef, water, and global warming

 Livestock population has increased from 3 billion to more than 7 billion in the past fifty years and is also straining water resources. Livestock are responsible for more than 8% of fresh water use and about 18% of global warming from greenhouse gas emissions,and beef and dairy are about 65% of that.

A study of California agriculture found that it takes 23 gallons of water to produce one pound of lettuce or tomatoes and 49 gallons for one pound of apples, but producing one pound of chicken requires 815 gallons of water, one pound of pork 1,630 gallons, and one pound of beef 5,214 gallons.

The world is producing enough grain to sustain a population of ten billion people; but only 46% of it feeds humans while 34% goes to livestock and 19% for biofuels, starches, and plastics. Americans consume nearly one quarter of all the beef eaten in the world and import about 200 million pounds of beef a year from Central America.According to the Centre for Science and the Environment in India the real cost of a hamburger from beef raised from clear-cut forest is about $200.

About 12 million tons of grain would be needed to feed the people on Earth who die of hunger and related diseases each year, and that amount of grain could be saved if Americans reduced their consumption of beef by 10%.

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Trump’s criminal treatment of immigrants

From the beginning of his campaign in 2015 Donald Trump has had ill will toward immigrants. As President his hostility has shown his criminal behavior by refusing to give refuge to those fleeing violence in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, by separating immigrating children from their parents, in ordering shooting at rock-throwers,and by deploying tear gas, a chemical weapon, across the border into Mexico against unarmed refugees.

 In 1939 the United States turned away the SS St. Louis ship with 907 Jewish refugees who were then sent back to Europe where about a quarter of them were murdered in Nazi death camps. Americans learned their lesson from that mistake and passed a law allowing refugees the right to seek asylum in the United States. Now the fascist-sympathizer Trump is violating that law. I believe that we should welcome refugees fleeing from violent governments.

 President George W. Bush once said that we (the US) are not “a conquering nation.” Yet in the Mexican War 1846-48 the United States conquered about half of what had been Mexico’s territory which became the states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California,and part of Colorado. I believe that America has been made great by immigrants,and as reparations we should allow law-abiding citizens from Latin America to immigrate.

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Political books helping to awaken Americans

I have recently read 2 books by David Cay Johnston on Trump exposing him as the ruthless fraudster he has been for so long. Why have so many Americans been taken in by this “pathological liar” as Sanders pegged him in 2015? I also read Matt Taibbi’s witty Insane Clown President and looked at The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump by 27 mental health experts who felt “a duty to warn America.”

Much more inspiring is Our Revolution by Bernie Sanders who would have beat Trump if the Democratic party had not rigged the primary election for Hilary Clinton. Michael Lewis in The Fifth Risk describes the incompetence of the Trump administration in contrast to some excellent government servants who have done important work. Russian Roulette by Michael Isikoff and David Corn chronicles how Russian hackers helped Trump steal the presidency in 2016 despite losing the popular vote by 2.9 million.

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Notes on how Republican ambitions have damaged the world

 50 years ago this month President Johnson sealed a secret report for that time period about how Richard Nixon to get elected arranged for a Chinese woman to sabotage LBJ’s effort to end the war in Vietnam. On the day before the 1968 election Johnson decided not to reveal this. Why? because he did not want to expose government secrets.

Before the 1920 election Senator Henry Cabot Lodge and other leading Republicans decided to oppose President Wilson’s League of Nations so that their party could win the White House. The Democrats’ Vice Presidential candidate Franklin Roosevelt exposed this cruel policy that put party above country, but the Republican Harding won anyway and became one of the worst presidents with “trickle down” economics that led to the stock market bubble and the Great Depression. The French Clemenceau persuaded the Allies to punish the Germans in the Versailles treaty.The United States did not join the League of Nations, and disarmament efforts faltered, allowing the resentful Germans under Hitler to seek revenge in a second and worse world war that Edgar Cayce predicted would occur if they did not make a good peace in 1919.

Selfish Republicans also stole presidential elections in 2000, 2004, and 2016.

In such ways turns the fate of great nations and the world.

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Nuclear Weapons could kill all humankind unless we dismantle them.

The Doomsday Machine by the great American, Daniel Ellsberg, is an awesome book that should scare the hell out of Americans who may read it. Never before in human history has anyone been as insane as those in the American and Russian governments who perpetrated the war machines with atomic and hydrogen bombs that could wipe out the human race or leave behind a few miserable survivors on a polluted planet. In the 1950s the Eisenhower strategy was to target every major city and military installation in the Soviet Union and China with a tremendous strike if a war broke out with either country. Ellsberg tried to get this madness revised and has spent his life trying to alert people of the most dangerous threat that hangs over humankind.

The top priority of my presidential campaign is to abolish all these abominable weapons asap.

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Trump’s criminal treatment of immigrants

From the beginning of his campaign in 2015 Donald Trump has had ill will toward immigrants. As President his hostility has shown his criminal behavior by refusing to give refuge to those fleeing violence in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, by separating immigrating children from their parents, in ordering shooting at rock-throwers, and by deploying tear gas, a chemical weapon, across the border into Mexico against unarmed refugees.

 In 1939 the United States turned away the SS St. Louis ship with 907 Jewish refugees who were then sent back to Europe where about a quarter of them were murdered in Nazi death camps. Americans learned their lesson from that mistake and passed a law allowing refugees the right to seek asylum in the United States. Now the fascist-sympathizer Trump is violating that law. I believe that we should welcome refugees fleeing from violent governments.

 President George W. Bush once said that we (the US) are not “a conquering nation.” Yet in the Mexican War 1846-48 the United States conquered about half of what had been Mexico’s territory which became the states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California,and part of Colorado. I believe that America has been made great by immigrants,and as reparations we should allow law-abiding citizens from Latin America to immigrate.   http://san.beck.org/17-4-MexicoDemocracy1817.html#a7

 
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