Axis of Logic
Finding Clarity in the 21st Century Mediaplex

Bullshit, lies, and a few moments of honesty
By Brian Mitchell | Cold Type
Cold Type
Tuesday, Jan 2, 2018

Comments on the brazen, bizarre and often barbaric thoughts of (mainly American) leaders of the ‘free’ world

“We should expect conflicts in which adversaries, because of cultural affinities different from our own, will resort to forms and levels of violence shocking to our sensibilities.”
– US Department of Defense, September 15 1999. [You mean nuclear weapons, chemical and biological warfare, mass bombings, cluster bombs, nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?]
“The defence policy of the United States is based on a simple premise: The United States does not start fights. We will never be an aggressor.”
– Ronald Reagan speech on nuclear weapons, March 23, 1983.
“What the United States is doing in Vietnam is the most significant example of philanthropy extended by one people to another that we have witnessed in our time.”
– US News and World Report editor David Lawrence, on Vietnam, February 1966.
“Within a decade no child will go to bed hungry.”
– US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, World Food Conference, 1974.
“No serious challenge on the Left exists to Third Way thinking ... we are all ‘Thatcherite’ now.”
– Tony Blair’s New Labour propaganda merchant, later Baron, then Lord, Peter Mandelson.
“... the challenge to the postmodern world is to get used to the idea of double standards ... When dealing with more old fashioned kinds of states ... We need to revert to the rougher methods of an earlier era, force, pre-emptive attack, deception, whatever is necessary to deal with those who still live in the 19th-century world of every state for itself ... When we are operating in the jungle, we must also use the laws of the jungle.”
– British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s diplomatic adviser Robert Cooper, The Observer April 7 2002. ———————
“Unless we all start to believe in conspiracy theories and that the officials are lying, that I am lying, that behind this there is some kind of secret state which is in league with some dark forces in the United States ... There is simply no truth in the claims that the United Kingdom has been involved in rendition ...”
– British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, December 13 2005. [This was all lies, of course.]

Birds of a Feather

“Our armies do not come into your cities and lands as conquerors or enemies, but as liberators ... your city and your lands have been subject to the tyranny of strangers ... Your wealth has been stripped from you by unjust men ... The people of Baghdad shall flourish under institutions which are in consonance with their sacred laws.”
– General Frederick Stanley Maude, Commander of British forces in Iraq, 1917.
“Our forces are friends and liberators ... not your conquerors.”
– Tony Blair to the people of Iraq.
“Not as tyrants have we come, but as liberators.”
– Adolf Hitler, 25 March 1938, after occupying Austria. 

“Just between you and me, shouldn’t the World Bank be encouraging more migration of the dirty industries to the LDCs [lesser developed countries]? I think the economic logic behind dumping a load of toxic waste in the lowest wage country is impeccable and we should face up to that ... I’ve always thought that underpopulated countries in Africa are vastly under-polluted; their air quality is vastly inefficiently low compared to Los Angeles or Mexico City.”
– World Bank economist and Deputy Secretary of Treasury Lawrence Summers, in an internal memo, 1991.
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable.”
– US President John Kennedy in one of his rare honest moments!
“If the only alternatives for the people of Latin America are the status quo and communism, then they will inevitably choose communism.”
– US President Kennedy, 1961, in another of his rare honest moments.
“A world in which a few nations constitute islands of wealth in a sea of despair is fundamentally insecure ... Those who consider themselves dispossessed will become a seedbed of upheaval.”
– Henry Kissinger. [In a very rare moment of honesty.]
“I agree entirely that a broad objective of our policy is to remove Saddam Hussein and to do all we can to achieve that ... If we can possibly find the means of removing him, we will.”
– Tony Blair, House of Commons, December 17 1998. Before the invasion of Iraq.
“Thank heavens for the military industrial complex. Its ultimate aim is peace in our time.”
– US Senator Barry Goldwater.
”Mr. President, have you approved of covert activity to destabilize the present government of Nicaragua?”

“Well, no, we’re supporting them, the – oh, wait a minute, I’m sorry, I was thinking of El Salvador ... when you said Nicaragua. Here again, this is something upon which the national security interests, I just – I will not comment.”

– US President Reagan, at a press conference, Washington, February 13, 1983
“I occasionally had to twist the arms of countries that wouldn’t do what we needed them to do.”
– US President Barack Obama.
“No employee of the United States shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, political assassination.”
– US President Ford, Presidential Order, 1976. [This was later cancelled by President Reagan.]
“We have never interfered in the internal government of a country and have no intention of doing so, never have had any thought of that kind.”
– Ronald Reagan, 1982.
“We have turned Mandela over to the South African security branch. We gave them every detail, what he would be wearing, the time of day, just where he would be. They have picked him up. It is one of our greatest coups.”
– CIA officer in South Africa, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, June 11 1990.
“No state or group of states has the right to intervene, directly or indirectly, for any reason whatever, in the internal or external affairs of any other state.”
– US President Truman’s Charter of the Organization of the American States, signed in the 1950s
“The cries of pain, the hymns and protests of oppressed people, have summoned into convocation all the majesty of this great Government ... of the greatest nation on earth. Our mission is at once the oldest and most basic ... to right wrong, to do justice, to serve man.”
– US President Johnson, March 15 1965.

Crime, Conquest, and Terrorism

“If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.”
– Thomas Jefferson. 1791.
“To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime.”
– Nuremberg war crimes tribunal, August 12 1945.
“We must make clear to the Germans that the wrong for which their fallen leaders are on trial is not that they lost the war, but that they started it ... No grievances of policies will justify resort to aggressive war. It is utterly renounced and condemned as an instrument of policy. Our position is that whatever grievances a nation may have, however objectionable it finds the status quo, aggressive warfare is an illegal means for settling those grievances or for altering those conditions.”
– US chief Prosecutor Robert Jackson at the Nuremberg war crimes trials, August 12 1945. [along with Britain, the US is now the world’s biggest instigator of illegal warfare.]
“The unlawful use of force or violence committed by a group or individual ... whose activities transcend national boundaries, against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.”
– US FBI definition of terrorism, FBI Policy and Guidelines, February 16 1999. [Under this, their own definition, the US should have been prosecuted many thousands of times in the last two centuries by the majority of nations on earth; as one day they must.]

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to be free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
– Inscription on the Statue of Liberty, New York City Harbour.
“So I ask you tonight to join me and march along the road ... that leads to the Great Society, where no child will go unfed ... where every human being has dignity ...”
– US President Johnson, May 28 1964.
“You can’t mine coal without machine guns.”
– US industrialist Richard Mellon, Time, June 14 1937.
“We are the greatest country in the world and what we are doing is serving the role of the indispensable nation to see what we can do to make the world safer for our children and grandchildren and for those people around the world who follow the rules.”
– US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Baltimore Sun February 19 1998.
“Can’t we just drone this guy.”
– Hilary Clinton, on Julian Assange.
“The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.”
 – US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundations on such principles and organising such powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness ... But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security ... The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States ...”
– The US Declaration of Independence.
“The de facto role of the US armed forces will be to keep the world safe for our economy and open to our cultural assault. To those ends, we will do a fair amount of killing.”
– US Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters.
“Alabama needed a few first class funerals in order to stop integration.”
– US Governor George Wallace to the New York Times a week before Martin Luther King was assassinated.
“No nation has a right to intermeddle in the internal concerns of another; that everyone has a right to form and adopt whatever government they liked best to live under.”
– George Washington, First President of the United States.
“Any people anywhere being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right – a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world.”
– US President Abraham Lincoln.
“Any nation’s right to a form of government and economic system of its own choosing is inalienable ... Any nation’s attempt to dictate to other nations their form of government is indefensible.”
– US President Eisenhower, April 16 1953.
“A world in which a few nations constitute islands of wealth in a sea of despair is fundamentally insecure ... Those who consider themselves dispossessed will become a seedbed of upheaval.”
– US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
“We are not doing anything to try and overthrow the Nicaraguan Government ... because that would be violating the law.”
– US President Ronald Reagan, April 18 1985.
“God bless the Unites States of America ... you have sacrificed so much for people you have never met.”
– US President Obama, speech to soldiers at Fort Bragg military base, December 14 2011.

God, Trust, and Bush Family

“I will never apologize for the United States of America, I don’t care what the facts are.”
– US President George HW Bush, on the US navy shooting down of an Iranian airlines passenger plane in Iranian air space, killing nearly 300 passengers, 1988.
“I think, that, like a lot of others who had positions of responsibility in sending someone else's kids to war, we realize that in prayer what matters is how it might have seemed to God.”
– US President George HW Bush, Los Angeles times, June 7 1991.
“A world once divided into two armed camps now recognizes one sole and pre-eminent power, the United States of America. And they regard this with no dread. For the world trusts us with power, and the world is right ... they trust us to do what’s right.”
– US President George HW Bush, New York Times, January 29 1992.
“How do I respond when I see that in some Islamic countries there is vitriolic hatred for America? I’ll tell you how I respond ... I’m amazed that there’s such misunderstanding of what our country is about that people would hate us. I am, like most Americans, I just can’t believe it because I know how good we are.”
– US President George W Bush,2001.
“Nobody likes war in America. We’re a peaceful nation.”
– US President George W Bush, Washington, October 28 2002.
“Free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don’t attack each other. Free nations don’t develop weapons of mass destruction.”
– US President George W Bush, 2003. [From this it must be assumed that the US is not a free nation. It is a thoroughly oppressive capitalist and imperialist nation. And the US has always had, and now more than ever has, and continually threatens the world with their first use, the world’s biggest arsenal of nuclear, chemical and biological and all other weapons of mass destruction.]
"I trust God speaks through me."
– US President George W Bush, 2004.