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How the Great & Marvelous U.S. War of Choice has changed us.....
Ilario Pantano won the Republican nomination in North Carolina’s 7th District, setting up a challenge to incumbent Democrat Rep. Mike McIntyre in November. In 2001, immediately following the 9/11 terror attacks, Pantano, a veteran who had previously fought in the Gulf War, left his career as a successful producer and media consultant in his native Manhattan to rejoin the Marines and was eventually deployed to Iraq. In April 2004, Pantano killed two unarmed Iraqi detainees, twice unloading his gun into their bodies and firing between 50 and 60 shots in total. Afterward, he placed a sign over the corpses featuring the Marines' slogan “No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy” as a message to the local population.
In our name yet today, American soldiers are torturing prisoners inside Bagram prison in Afghanistan. In our name today, the president of the U.S. is exercising his unilateral power to order the assassination of U.S. citizens. In our name today, atrocity after atrocity committed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan by U.S. soldiers or private contractors goes unpunished.....most of the time, unnoticed.
The U.S. has been changed in the last 10 years.....changed for the worse.
Now, returning U.S. soldiers from the Terror Wars are running for federal office....and are campaigning proudly on savage actions taken 'over there.'
Pantano's defeated GOP primary opponent had a different take.....
“To shoot two unarmed prisoners 60 times and put a sign over their dead bodies is inexcusable,” says Breazeale. “And once people know the real story, he has no chance of winning in November.”
Perhaps. In a perfect world, maybe. But, ours is far from perfect.
The point to ponder here is that some returning soldiers from the hellholes of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan think that their savage actions, their brutality, their cruelty....towards citizens of those nations.....is a compelling reason to elect them to the U.S. House of Representatives.
In the past, torturing, savagery, and inhumane cruelty were looked down upon by Americans as unacceptable. No one returning from Vietnam thought it a good idea to boast about their exploits of bloodlust while campaigning for federal office. But, apparently, times have changed.
Today, Americans have the Indestructable Fox Patriot....Jack Bauer....to quell their fears each week. Jack is good. He is on our side. And he savagely tortures all the time.
Why wouldn't we want Jack in the U.S. House of Representatives? Why shouldn't real life Jacks boast and puff their chests out about acting savagely in our names?
Hell, why shouldn't voters entering their voting booths in November reflect positively on a candidate who was brave enough while defending us to fire 50-60 rounds of ammunition into the bodies of two UNARMED detainees?