Citizens, Stand Up To Stop the Empire
From â€˜Empire Filesâ€˜: â€œAbby Martin interviews retired U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former national security adviser to the Reagan administration, who spent years as an assistant to Secretary of State Colin Powell during both Bush administrations.â€
A few of the points made by Wilkerson:
USâ€™s foreign bases are â€œcolonial, imperialâ€ stations over the globe.
â€˜The empireâ€¦ is run by about one percent of the people, if not fewer, in this country, constituting essentially a plutocracy.â€™
Military officers retire from the military, go to arms manufacturers and media jobs to make the media â€˜want warâ€™.
US is â€˜oriented towards first what increases its power, and second what makes it rich.â€™
US military â€˜isnâ€™t an all volunteer force. Itâ€™s an all-recruited force, because weâ€™re spending billions of dollars to entice these people, who feel that they donâ€™t have many other prospects, into the armed forces.â€™
What made Wilkerson speak out?Â Bush and Cheney both personally encouraged heinous acts like torture and other violations of the Geneva Conventions.
â€˜Empire never has enough. Thatâ€™s the nature of imperial power. It never has enough. It never has a stable status quo. It has an increasingly unstable status quo.â€™
To stop the empire, â€˜a powerful minority, or a majorityâ€™ of US citizens must â€˜stand up â€¦ and say, Iâ€™ve had enough.Â Does that mean revolution? It might.Â It might indeed.â€™
Reprinted fromÂ Washingtonâ€™s Blog.