Friday, April 07, 2017

The War Racket

. . . And that’s how it’s done, war after war,
You old feudal parasites
just sacrifice the poor.
Got the cutting edge weapons
but your scam’s still the same
as it’s been since the Romans:
it’s the patriot game;
It’s the war racket.

You twisters of language – creeps of disguise
Your disinformation – worms in your eyes
You Halloween robbers, you privileged thieves
You profit on war: there’s less money in peace.

That’s how it’s done, time after time,
Country after country and crime after crime.
You pretend it’s religion
and there’s no one to blame
for the dead and impoverished
in the patriot game;
In the war racket.

We got the world's greatest power
and you team up with thugs.
Make a fortune on weapons,
destruction and drugs.
But your flags and boots and uniforms
start to all look the same
when both sides are playing
the patriot game.
It’s the war racket.

Buffy Sainte-Marie
Excerpted from "The War Racket"

NEXT: Progressive Perspectives on
U.S. Military Intervention in Syria

Related Off-site Links:
Tomahawk Maker's Stock Up After U.S. Launch on Syria – Paul R. La Monica (CNN Money, April 7, 2017).
Syria Airstrikes Instantly Added Nearly $5 Billion to Missile-Makers' Stock Value – Jen Wieczner (Fortune, April 7, 2017).
Observers Warn That Syria Attack is Trump's "Wag the Dog" Moment – Lauren McCauley (Common Dreams, April 7, 2017).
In Striking Syria, Trump Risks Confirming the Worst Fears About His Presidency – Aaron Blake (The Washington Post, April 7, 2017).
"Illegal Act of War": Trump's Unilateral Attack on Syria Condemned – Nadia Prupis (Common Dreams, April 7, 2017).
 Trump Launched Missile Strikes on Syria Without Congressional Authorization – John Nichols (The Nation, April 7, 2017).
Trump's Syria Strike Was Unconstitutional and Unwise – Conor Friedersdorf (The Atlantic, April 7, 2017).
Elites Are Giddy Over Trump’s Airstrike in Syria, and That’s Terrifying – Isaac Chotiner (Slate, April 7, 2017).
ABC Breaks Syria Exclusive – Assad Knew Of Attack – Bombs Were For Show – Lauren Kathleen (Bipartisan Report, April 7, 2017).
The Real Targets of Trump’s Strike Were His Domestic Critics – Greg Grandin (The Nation, April 7, 2017).
The Spoils of War: Trump Lavished With Media and Bipartisan Praise For Bombing Syria – Glenn Greenwald (The Intercept, April 7, 2017).
Five Top Papers Run 18 Opinion Pieces Praising Syria Strikes – Zero Are Critical – Adam Johnson (FAIR, April 7, 2017).
How Many Times Is Killing People Going to Make Donald Trump "Presidential"? – Jack Mirkinson (Fusion, April 7, 2017).
Making Sense of Syria – Alex Gourevitch (Jacobin, April 7, 2017).
Buffy Sainte-Marie Talks Corporate "Racketeers," 2016 Election, and Power In the Blood – Joe Lynch (Billboard, June 18, 2015).

UPDATES: Raytheon Stocks Surge After Chemical Attack, Personally Benefiting TrumpDemocracy Now!, April 10, 2017).
Trump’s Chaos Is Covering for Stealth Escalation Overseas – Katrina vanden Heuvel (The Washington Post via Common Dreams, June 27, 2017).
House Passes Defense Bill Sure to Make "War Profiteers Rejoice" – Jake Johnson (Common Dreams, July 14, 2017).

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