There are many news stories and developments that are not covered by the press in the U.S. I'm not refering to some off-shoot or cult example. I'm not even in agreement about some of the news stories that are ignored, and I'm comfortable that they never find their way into print or on the screen. But news should be covered, and done so objectively, by professional journalists. An example of news stories that the American media CHOOSES to ignore or give little attention follows. I'm not taking sides, but I wonder why these types of news stories are ignored. Could it be because the war corporations buy lots of advertising?
The Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan organization, conducted a large study a couple months ago of American military veterans who had served in either Iraq or Afghanistan or both. One in three of the post-9/11 vets believes the war in Iraq and Afghanistan were not worth fighting, and a majority think that after 10 years of combat "America should be focusing less on foreign affairs and more on its own problems..."
That s astonishing! Did you see it in any newspaper headlines? Did it lead any network newscast? Nope.
The American media has followed in lock-step with the military adventures of the U.S. far too often. Oh, when the military stumbles become far too obvious [i.e. Vietnam], reporting becomes less obedient and revelations take place. How many Americans and others have died because the U.S. media has not done its job? How many trillions of dollars have been spent without the press questioning it? The horrid mistakes of the U.S. in its military adventures are obvious, yet far too much silence in the press. Many of us knew from the beginning that the invasion of Iraq was a huge mistake, yet the U.S. media was a cheerleader for the Pentagon and the imperial missteps by Bush and Cheney. Instead of calling for Bush and Cheney to be placed in the dock and tried as war criminals, the media here has very reluctantly and finally begun to be critical. Our own military vets who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have voiced criticism. There is an active national orgnization of Afghanistan and Iraq vets who are against the wars. Yet these heroic figures get very-very little media attention.
We hear lots of brave war supporters who sit home comfortably and like to show their "brave" patriotism by encouraging war adventures. As Montagnue stated about these "brave" and comfortable patriots: "War hath no fury like a non-combatant."
Let's hear some real comments about war from those who actually were in live combat:
"In the councils of government we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disasterous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist." -Dwight D. Eisenhower, President and General
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in a final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed -- those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending its money alone -- it is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children." -Dwight D. Eisenhower, not an armchair patriot comfortable in his living room, but a war veteran AND a Republican president
"I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futiity, and its stupidity." -Eisenhower [are you paying attention, you war-mongering & heroic armchair patriots?]
"War, like any other racket, pays high dividends to the very few ... The cost of operations is always transferred to the people who do not profit." -General Smedley Butler [twice awarded the Medal of Honor for his military service, and extremely critical of the war corporations and our military adventures]
Read the book "None of Us Were Like This Before" by Joshua E.S. Phillipos, Verso Books, 2010. In it many U.S. military leaders are quoted. How peoples' lives were changed or ruined by U.S. imperialsim.
"When you ask young men to go kill people for a living, it takes a whole lot of effort to rein that in." -Reserve Marine Lt. Col. Paul Hacket
"War is barbarism.....its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded, who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell." -William Tecumseh Sherman, American Civil War general
There are millions of references to men and women who have actually fought in wars, including Iraq and Afghanistan, who testify against war. Yet our media ignores them. And war profits by advertising war corporations continue to escalate, and thus to pay for lots and lots of advertising. Mainstream media in America has been shamefully derelect in the duty to report all the major news. More quotes:
"You furnish the pictures and I'll furnish the war." -Wm Randolph Hearst, newspaper tycoon, and this attitude is still too prevelant in the American media which just does PR for the Pentagon.
"Instead of the government taking over industry when the war broke out, industry took over government." -Claire Gillis
"War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige the the warrior does today. -John F. Kennedy, President and PT boat leader in war
"There never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword." -U.S. Grant, President and Civil War General
"Many studies have discovered a close link between prejudice and 'patriotism' . . . Extreme bigots are almost always super-patriots." -Gordon W. Allport
"War seldom enters but where wealth allures." -John Dryden
Don't all these patriotic and veteran opinions deserve major attention in the U.S. media?