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The Palestinians in Gaza live in conditions that now replicate those first imposed on Jews by the Nazis in the ghettos set up throughout Eastern Europe. Palestinians cannot enter or leave Gaza. They are chronically short of food—the World Health Organization estimates that more than 50 percent of children in Gaza and the West Bank under 2 years old have iron deficiency anemia and reports that malnutrition and stunting in children under 5 are “not improving” and could actually be worsening. Palestinians often lack clean water. They are crammed into unsanitary hovels. They do not have access to basic medical care. They are stateless and lack passports or travel documents. There is massive unemployment. They are daily dehumanized in racist diatribes by their occupiers as criminals, terrorists and mortal enemies of the Jewish people.

We thought that after the Bush-Ashcroft-Gonzales years that Barack Obama and Eric Holder were our friends. They are not. While the president has said he supports whistleblowers for their ‘courage and patriotism,’ his Justice Department is prosecuting more of them for allegedly talking to the press or ‘leaking’ than all the other presidents in the history of the United States.

We have moved from a policy of wars that send Americans to kill and die in other countries to one of financing of color-coded electoral “revolutions” and, if necessary, civil wars with less need for invasions of anything but money, weapons and mechanized zombie warriors. Investments of dollars instead of lives are more profitable for warfare capital, especially as more American consumers threaten to become citizens by demanding peace and democracy. People still die but they are almost all foreigners. The profits that come from those deaths increase while the body count losses at capital central decline. Nice. Great economy. Sure.

We didn’t “lose” the war because we didn’t commit enough troops or stay long enough. That kind of reasoning alleviates too much culpability. It’s more accurate to say that, through a series of amoral policy decisions, on both a macro and micro level, we wasted billions of dollars on a boondoggle that destabilized an entire region, promoted a giant sectarian war, and undercut our moral standing on the world stage. Our failure in Iraq was epic. But to dismiss it as a single stupid misstep, or to pretend there’s one thing we could have done better that would have made it all turn out differently, is the worst sort of evasion by oversimplification. The problem with McCain’s narrative of what went wrong in Iraq isn’t only that it’s self-serving. You’d expect that of any politician. The problem is that it ignores the entire history of our involvement in Iraq.

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War is not cheap. The last Civil War pension is still being paid. We will be carrying the burden of the foolish wars of the Bush years for the rest of the century and perhaps beyond. Yet we have spent most of the past 30-plus years cutting taxes and enabling perfectly legal tax evasion by the oligarchs and their booming companies. The Party That Wrecked America and their Democratic enablers have also spent that time vilifying “government” and doing everything they could to gum up the works, defund, and hence ensure the “truth” of their dogma. Oh, but they sure want to go to war as often as possible. The outcome is inevitable. Firing and smearing Shinseki won’t fix it.

White men make up approximately 36% of the population, but commit 75% of mass shootings. What would be called terrorism by any other skin tone is suddenly some mysterious unnamed disease. We as a society are perfectly happy to further stigmatize mentally ill people, who are far more likely to be victims of violence than commit violence, in the service of protecting white supremacy and male entitlement.