“I raise a glass to you who have gone to war, and have come home to feel the back of America’s hand as you limp on your prosthetic or tremble in disorder. It has been wisely said that a nation which does not care for its veterans, for he and she who has borne the battle, and their widow, and their orphan, has no business making new veterans in new wars anywhere, ever. To you, I raise a glass.” — William Rivers Pitt
How we treat our veterans is a national disgrace.
“I wouldn’t go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers.
There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.” General Smedley Darlington Butler, 1933
Because war is a profitable enterprise. George W. Bush and his people can hold forth about the wonders of democracy and peace, and can condemn worldwide violence in solemn tones.
Until the United States stops being the world’s largest arms dealer, these words from our government absolutely reek of hypocrisy.” — William Rivers Pitt
NOTE: William Rivers Pitt is Truthout’s senior editor and lead columnist. He is also a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of three books:
- War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn’t Want You to Know,
- The Greatest Sedition Is Silence and
- House of Ill Repute: Reflections on War, Lies, and America’s Ravaged Reputation.
His fourth book, The Mass Destruction of Iraq: Why It Is Happening, and Who Is Responsible, co-written with Dahr Jamail, is available now on Amazon.
Mr. Pitt lives and works in New Hampshire.