Blurting Out The Lies (poem)

Blurting Out The Lies (poem)

By Mike Hastie (from the Veteran  Spring 2014)



If the US Government is not constantly confronted with their lies, Americans will constantly believe that America is exceptional, as Obama recently stated on national television.

We are living in a make believe culture. Since the end of World War II, the United States has bombed 28 countries, and has threatened so many more countries with its exceptional behavior.

US sanctions against Iraq began in August 1991, and stayed largely in force until May 2003. Watching the "60 Minutes" telecast of May 12, 1996, when Lesley Stahl interviewed then Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, is still a shocking piece of truth. Lesley Stahl asked this question to Madeleine Albright: "We have heard half a million children have died. I mean, that's more children than died in Hiroshima.

And, you know, is the price worth it?" Albright replied: "We think the price is worth it." 500,000 Iraqi children died as a result of the US embargo and sanctions, and weapons of terror against that country.

In 2008, the population of Wyoming was 532,668. I have met several Vietnam veteran activists who went to Iraq during the mid 1990s, and visited the hospitals in which these children were dying.

When you include deaths from Depleted Uranium, the facts and pictures that my friends took of the dying and the dead, were absolutely unimaginable. That is half the people who were murdered in Auschwitz during the Nazi Holocaust.

What I am writing here has been written about by many writers and journalists around the world for years.

The Iraqi Children Story can easily be researched on the Internet and many book publications. But, in America, this madness of truth has nearly been exterminated. And, that is why people have to keep writing about this history, so it doesn't vanish.

In America we deny that 500,000 Iraqi children died as a result of American tax dollars, because it is information straight out of hell.

It is extremely important for activists to keep writing about how dangerous the US Empire is, otherwise American tax dollars will continue to be used to stuff the orifices of the dead.

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—Mike Hastie Army Medic Vietnam September 24, 2013

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Peace Sermon from a Unitarian Minister

copy-Kamakura-Buddha-with-tres-and-sky.jpgThe Vietnam war, as Iraq and even Afghanistan, was a self-created war based on misreading history and not understanding when a military solution is the worst of all choices that should be the last of many options when all else has failed. The myths of war require killing of the people we have propagandized into "insects" as we have to do to get soldiers to hate enough to kill, the awesome minister said this morning on a day dedicated to PEACE. These myths  are necessary to make humans kill others. One is the best thing a human can do is sacrifice for the country so that the next generation will not have to worry as we believed with the Nazi's, Japanese, and Italians under Mussolini.


That requires relinquishing the moral compass parents, teachers, and world leaders, especially the clergy, have taught us from youth on. Another is to insure our troops hate the opponent by emphasizing our differences, language, race, culture, and how they are barbaric, impede our civilization, and must be extinguished.  Only 15 % of our military ever fired a bullet in WWII despite the propaganda that our vicious enemies who wore the other uniform determined to torture and skewer us if ever caught.


The antidote is as old as these myths, but the hardest lesson to teach and learn as it must start from a committed parents, teachers, and leaders especially the clergy: that is LOVE. It has the ability to conquer the prejudiced view that springs from base reaction, instinctual motivations rather than from the artistic, intellectual, thoughtful, and spiritual side of our minds. LOVE is stronger than HATE. Those words came from an inspirational sermon I heard in San Mateo where I met two veterans who read inspiring anti-war quotes from literature. One graduated from the Naval Academy in 1970, was a naval aviator, and made friends with me immediately after the service. The other spokesman  was a career enlisted man in the Navy.


I suppose we had no choice in WWI and II because the world was the target from fascism.They gassed Jews, and others not of their liking, tortured people in concentration camps, raped women, and starved many including children. We had no choice than to fight for our existence. The other wars were chosen by our CIA  and military industrial complex, an/or the president even when the evidence against war was substantial. John Foster Dulles and his brother Allen, and others after them, were the deciders, committed the resources, and convinced the military and the nation (media first) we could not live with godless communism, or Iraq threatening the world with the "Mother of All Wars", and remember, they supposedly had "Weapons of Mass Destruction"!

Vietnam Hugh Thomspon forgotten hero

In Afghanistan, the CIA and the Joint Chiefs have convinced Obama to compromise our values with the use of our drones and assassinate certain individuals they consider sufficient threats to our security. They claim assassination proscriptions in international law do not apply to terrorism. Bush’s advisers did the same with torture. They ruined the economy, many of our soldiers and "enemies" , and far more civilians were maimed and killed by these policies. A genuine peace movement does not seem viable with the media machine able to stoke up the factions that refuse on political differences to resolve our differences by any kind of peaceful compromise. Thus it is the duty of all people of conscience to press for the solution that respects human life, the environment, and peace. We cannot compromise these ethical principles. A non-violent peace movement waged by people was merely a dream until Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr.,Cesar Chavez, Nelson Mandela, and others showed the world it could be done. Who will lead us to end war?

 Rosa Parks

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Astronomy photo of the month

M61 is a barred spiral galaxy located in the nearby Virgo Cluster of Galaxies. Visible in M61 are a host of features common to spiral galaxies: bright spiral arms, a central bardust lanes, and bright knots of stars. M61, also known as NGC 4303, is similar to our own Milky Way Galaxy. M61 was discovered by telescope in 1779 twice on the same day, but some observers mistook the galaxy for a comet. Light from M61 takes about 55 million years to reach us. The above image of the central regions of M61 was taken with the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Unfair Military Discharge for Minor Mistakes Strips Vet of Benefits Earned

  Join us in protecting veterans from being denied care due to paperwork! Take a few minutes to sign the petition and hear from Josh Christmon, a Purple Heart recipient and U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran who served in Iraq who was wrongfully discharged with a “less than honorable” military discharge.

Here’s Why: Veterans are being denied life saving care they have earned for injuries and illness sustained in service. Too many service members are wrongfully discharged from the military for displaying symptoms of a mental health condition when they should have received mental health care and a diagnosis - instead they got dumped with bad paper.

It's time to stop harming our servicemembers and veterans over paperwork. If we really care about the troops, we must make sure our veterans get the care they have earned.

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Veterans Affairs Head Grilled Over Delays in Care For Returning Soldiers

After news that dozens of U.S. veterans died during long waits for medical treatment, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki testified Thursday before a senate committee about treatment delays and cover-ups at VA medical centers. The committee grilled him about recent claims that VA health clinics in Phoenix, Arizona, and Fort Collins, Colorado, used elaborate schemes to hide records of patients who waited too long for care, and suggested the problems may lead to a criminal investigation.

In a Democracy Now segment,  Aaron Glantz, who covers veterans and domestic military issues for The Center for Investigative Reporting, reveals some of the abuses affecting veterans with medical and psychiatric conditions that were not seen as a witness explains the "falsified" records showed. The video also shows a VA whistle-blower who says he was removed from his position as chief of psychiatry at a VA hospital in St. Louis after reporting unethical workplace conduct. Dr. Jose Mathews says he was demoted to the hospital's basement where he now works on compensation and pension exams. He is joined by his attorney Ariel Solomon.

Watch the 15-minute interview here:

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