Book #5 on my quest of 15 books read this year was "Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terrorism" by the great Scott Horton. This was the follow up to "Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan" that essentially summarizes all of the terror wars. Everything from Iraq War II to Somalia and Syria. The book sheds light on our foreign policy over the last two decades and I find it mind blowing how we're regularly manipulated and propagandized to achieve public approval for what eventually turns into a "How could we have known it was going to be a disaster? Well we can't leave now, think about X!" situation....every time. We go along with it every. single. time.
The part of the book that I can't get over was a statistic Scott mentioned regarding getting us into Iraq War II (think WMDs time frame):
"The Bush Administration made 935 false statements on at least 532 separate occasions about weapons and Al Qaeda in the year before the Iraq invasion"
That sentence, which I had to verify, still astounds me as I type and re-read it.
According to Gallup, only about 40% of Americans trust the corporate press at least "somewhat" as of 2020. That number was about 54% two decades ago when these statements were made. According to Pew, in 2019, only 17% of Americans trusted the government. That is down from it's peak of 76% in 1964 during the Johnson administration. All of this distrust and we let them get us into how many other military engagements? Too many. How many have they gotten us out of? Too few. The four years of Trump, the only time I recall the corporate press ever saying anything positive about him is when he was bombing Syria.
Often, the corporate press and the government work hand in hand to coerce Americans into having a specific position about a subject that is conducive to their goals. We are blessed to be the only species on this planet (as far as I know) that have the ability to apply logic and ask questions to gain more understanding. Why do we choose not to exercise it when it comes to the corporate press and the government? Why do we just sit here and continue to let them deceive us, especially when we know they're doing it? We should never stop asking questions and questioning the narrative, including this blog post. This blog post itself is propaganda....but at least I'm honest about it. Thank you Scott for helping to educate me and many thousands of others on what should be the #1 issue of our generation.