Thursday, November 24, 2005

What I Didn’t Learn at VMI by Jacob G. Hornberger

What I Didn’t Learn at VMI by Jacob G. Hornberger:
"By the time I was a junior at VMI, I had discovered how wrong I had been. Federal officials do lie. They lied about the fake attack at the Gulf of Tonkin. They lied when they said that U.S. troops were defending our freedoms in Vietnam. They lied when they said that 'the dominoes' would fall if South Vietnam fell. They lied when they said that the communists would end up taking over America if South Vietnam lost the war.

Today the lies are different but they’re still lying. There are little lies and big lies. There were the lies describing the Jessica Lynch ambush. There were the lies surrounding the death of Pat Tillman. There are lies saying that they didn’t use white phosphorus on the people of Fallujah. There are the 'We don’t torture' lies. And there was the 9/11 lie, which claimed that while foreigners love the U.S. government for what it does to people overseas, they hate Americans for their 'freedom and values.'

And there’s Iraq, a war that is not only enveloped by lies but is also infected through and through with lies."

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