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Our own worst enemy

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower and Phillip Frazer - Wed., 6/28/06
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An aphorism of war declares: The enemy of my enemy is my friend. So what if you arm your friend to fight your enemy, but then the friend turns on you, using the guns you provided? Are you your own enemy? Or just bone-deep stupid?

For decades, America has been the biggest arms dealer in the world, supplying weapons to practically anyone and everyone who has the money—or whose friendship Washington deems temporarily convenient.

When our troops went after Osama and the Taliban in Afghanistan, for example, they were fired at with made-in-the-USA Stinger missiles, supplied to Taliban leaders by Ronald Reagan and Bush the First, when the Taliban was our “friend” fighting our enemy, Russia, which is now our “friend.”

And it’s a scream to hear Bush the Second wail that our worst enemy is now Saddam Hussein, the evil-doer who used chemical weapons. Under Reagan and Daddy Bush, the U.S. gave him those weapons—back when he was our “friend.”
Then there’s our “friend” Pakistan, which gets more than $1 billion a year in U.S. military aid, even though it’s ruled by a military dictator. One expert noted, “In the past 20 years, Pakistan was our friend, then our enemy, friend, enemy, friend.” How long before the next flip?

The U.S. sells more arms than the next nine countries combined, all for the profit of a few greedy corporations—even though our own troops often end up paying the price. To help stop this careless proliferation, call Peace Action at 202-862-9740.

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