“You can understand history, or you can trust the government – but you can’t do both.
This is a statement that Southerners have understood for more than a century. Those that have served the American Empire in its futile military escapades are usually in tune with this sentiment. Of course, I don’t trust the government. I was the government. As the popular insurance slogan goes, “I know a thing or two because I’ve seen a thing or two.” It’s a common quote that veterans will rattle off when they’re asked about their faith in the government. We all know the victors write the narrative and usually the highlighted or “justifiable” reason for any endeavor that took place is less than truthful. Usually, the righteousness of any imperial campaign is only a sliver of the reason, or completely made up, as to why the Empire’s involvement was even necessary. Most of the deployments to the Balkans (former Yugoslavia) had more to do with failed CIA operations than any sort of humanitarian reason. The article by a Kentuckian in Kosovo is a good example of what happens when the Empire interferes in the affairs of others.
What used to be considered a “tin foil hat” mindset has become more and more a reality. I was recently reminded of Operation Northwoods that was released to the public in 1997, where the CIA suggested creating terrorist attacks inside the United States and blaming them on Cuba. The purpose was to galvanize the country – instead of the Feds trying to sell a war with Cuba to the American people, the people would demand it.”