Stop the Scaremongering on National Security
The "I'm stronger than you on national security" saber-rattling by Democrats and Republicans is cheap and dangerous, yet many Americans are sucked in by it.
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America does not need another election that hinges on imagined weakness aimed at frightening the public, says former senior international correspondent for CNN, Walter Rodgers. He fears that Americans too easily believed the "simplistic myth perpetuated in the Republican debate Saturday that Obama and Democrats are weak on national security while Republicans keep the US strong."
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Such political disingenuousness can breed immense tragedies, warns Rodgers. In 1964, Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater was at President Lyndon Johnson to bomb North Vietnam. With an eye on his election prospects and fearful of being called “weak”, Johnson took America into the disastrous war in Vietnam in the hope it would prove him strong.
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A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
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