What story is missing from the news?

Question: What story is missing from the news?

Mike Gravel: The underreported story is the fact that the military industrial complex owns our government lock, stock and barrel; and that American communications media, the mainstream of it, supports that position and can’t even reason themselves out of why that position is so terrible – whether it’s the luminaries on the east coast, or the luminaries in the central part of the country, or on the west coast. Middle America, the scholars . . . Here, I think the best way to describe this is when you have lived through Vietnam and now you see what’s happening with Iraq where we can’t get out of the tar pit; and you hear these intelligent, wonderful, well-educated people . . . I mean I’m talking about good people. I’m not talking about the fools in the White House. I’m talking about the good people who just figure, “Well we gotta do this. We can’t get out. We’ve broken it. We own it.” I mean this is all what we heard, and of course it’s gonna be a disaster if we get out. Why is it gonna be a disaster? Are these people any crazier than we are? Of course not. They don’t want a civil war any more than we have. We’re the ones that have destabilized the whole area. And so if we can pull out and ask the regional players to help restabilize the area, and try to bring back health and rebuild that country, you could turn it around . . . Here, we could ask . . . ask . . . suggest . . . suggest to the Iraqi government that they . . . And I’m the guy that ended the draft in this country, but I would say they draft everybody from 18 to 30 years old – and they’re all basically unemployed – and pay them $10,000 a year. That would be about $30 billion. We could put up that money. That’s cheap compared to what we’re spending right now. Don’t give them any arms. In fact take all the weapons away, but put them in uniform and give them the tools to rebuild their country with their own bare hands. That’s where they’ll get pride. And we could just get the heck out of the way and take our corporate, war profiteers that are over there . . . get them out of the country, and I’ll tell you the Iraqis can handle their own activities if we just give them the tools and get out of the way.

 

Recorded on: 10/23/07

 

 

 

 

The fact that the military industrial complex owns our government is largely absent from the news media, says Mike Gravel.

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

Getty Images
Sponsored
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

Keep reading Show less

People who engage in fat-shaming tend to score high in this personality trait

A new study explores how certain personality traits affect individuals' attitudes on obesity in others.

Pixabay
Mind & Brain
  • The study compared personality traits and obesity views among more than 3,000 mothers.
  • The results showed that the personality traits neuroticism and extraversion are linked to more negative views and behaviors related to obesity.
  • People who scored high in conscientiousness are more likely to experience "fat phobia.
Keep reading Show less

4 anti-scientific beliefs and their damaging consequences

The rise of anti-scientific thinking and conspiracy is a concerning trend.

Moon Landing Apollo
popular
  • Fifty years later after one of the greatest achievements of mankind, there's a growing number of moon landing deniers. They are part of a larger trend of anti-scientific thinking.
  • Climate change, anti-vaccination and other assorted conspiratorial mindsets are a detriment and show a tangible impediment to fostering real progress or societal change.
  • All of these separate anti-scientific beliefs share a troubling root of intellectual dishonesty and ignorance.
Keep reading Show less

Reigning in brutality - how one man's outrage led to the Red Cross and the Geneva Conventions

The history of the Geneva Conventions tells us how the international community draws the line on brutality.

Napoleon III at the Battle of Solferino. Painting by Adolphe Yvon. 1861.
Politics & Current Affairs
  • Henry Dunant's work led to the Red Cross and conventions on treating prisoners humanely.
  • Four Geneva Conventions defined the rules for prisoners of war, torture, naval and medical personnel and more.
  • Amendments to the agreements reflect the modern world but have not been ratified by all countries.
Keep reading Show less