My Favourite Uncle, Sam…

by Morley Leonard Evans © July 2004

v. 1.2.2

NEW CONTENT, since 12 August 2005: SCROLL DOWN  



I have been wrestling of late with a re-assessment of my favourite uncle, Sam.

Sam has always been kind to me and from him I have learned much about kindness, love and charity. I am a student of his history and until now I have always given him the benefit of the doubt in every matter. Sadly, and with regret, I have been forced to conclude that my uncle Sam does have a hard dark side, a very dark side indeed.

The highlights of uncle Sam’s history:

Revolutionary War (1775-1783); the Louisiana Purchase (1803); the War of 1812; the War of Texas Independence (1836); the Mexican War (1846-1848); the opening of the West (1849-1899) including some of the Indian Wars; the Commodore Perry Expeditions to Japan (1853 and 1854); the Civil War (1861-1865); purchase of Alaska (1867); the Spanish-American War (1898); annexation of Hawaii (1898); the Open Door to China (1899); construction and annexation of the Panama Canal (1903-1914); the First World War (1914-1918); the Second World War (1939-1945); the Cold War (1945-1991) including the Korean War (1950-1953) and the War in Vietnam (1954-1975); then the Gulf War (1991). Now, to end the peace which followed the Cold War that lasted 46 years, we have been given the War on Afghanistan / on Terror / on Iraq / and on whatnot (2001 to who knows when).

Combined with an on-going war on American Indians and slavery — both of which began during the two hundred odd years when the 13 colonies were part of the British Empire, and a general maltreatment of people from the Rio Grande to Tierra del Fuego, what uncle Sam has done doesn’t appear to favour the notion that he has been particularly peaceful or neighbourly. Rather, in the hard light of day, Sam appears to have been extremely aggressive and dangerous. Yet, of course, he believes himself to be quite the opposite, a friend to all and an enemy of none, someone who has sacrificed much for the benefit of many, the font of goodness and mankind’s last best hope, sob . . .

I, myself, have been very well treated by uncle Sam, even considering the War of 1812, which he lost to my forebears while he settled the matter of his independence from Great Britain, once and for all.

Standing back to view the entire stand of trees from the vantage of an open field, we can say that the 19th century was the zenith of the British Empire, despite the loss of the 13 colonies, and that the 20th century was the zenith of the American Empire, even before it was trumpeted by some as “the world’s only remaining superpower.” The 19th century, unfolding after Napoleon’s defeat and the Congress of Vienna in 1814, was generally peaceful — despite being the height of colonialism — and much of the progress we take for granted today actually began then. Queen Victoria lends her name to an age of propriety and gentility. On the other hand, the 20th century, which began to unfold with the First World War in 1914, was the most bloody epoch in mankind’s bloody history.

And the 21st century has started very badly, sad to say.

We see a long list of evil-doers who have forced Sam, over vociferous American protests, and against his own wishes and better judgement, reluctantly to wage war: the British; the French; the Mexicans; the American South; the American Indians; the Spanish; the Filipinos; the Central Americans; the Haitians; the South Americans; the Germans; the Japanese; the Communists including the Russians, the Chinese, the Koreans, the Cubans, the Vietnamese, the Laotians, and the Cambodians; the Iranians, the Libyans, the Afghans, and the Iraqis — a never ending list of evil-doers dating back to the very beginning, and before. Could there be something wrong with this picture? We see too that there has always been a peculiar marriage between some of Sam’s more favoured businesses and the State and that much of his “free enterprise system” resembles the corporatist arrangements advocated by Mussolini. It seems that the fix was in for much of corporate America at home and abroad.

Sam has always also maintained a menagerie of desperadoes who cooperated with him while they kept their own people in line, exploiting them for fun and profit: Batista (Cuba); Samosa (Nicaragua); Palavi (Iran); Saddam (Iraq); Duvalié (Haiti); Diem (S. Vietnam); Chiang Kai Chek (China); Singman Rhee (S. Korea); Noriega (Panama); Marcos (Philippines); Pinochet (Chile); Mobuto (Zaire); Suharto (Indonesia) and many many more, including the junta which founded and runs “Israel”, the Zionist State. These were the men through whom the American Empire operated while it extolled the Declaration of Independence at home and abroad: and practised “foreign aid” which transferred American taxpayer dollars to favoured American businesses, while indigenous businesses in recipient countries were starved out. Dictators kept their jobs as long as they pleased their Master; when they failed to be useful, they were removed. That’s Empire by anyone’s definition.

Oh, let’s not forget troops and matériel permanently stationed in army, navy, air force and marine bases around the globe today, the proposed weaponization of space tomorrow, and the permanent marriage of the State with the war industry, the university system, and the media at home. I think that covers it. We are all safe now, right?

Many see a new enemy today — a billion Muslims. Others see Jews. In fact Zionists who are calling themselves “neoconservatives” these days, actually do appear to have hijacked Sam’s foreign policy and his military to fight their battles — le coup d’état extraordinaire! Should Muslims or should Jews be added to the list of evil-doers? Both?

A Zionist coup does seem to be what is happening currently but this wouldn’t be the first time this would have happened. It has been suggested that the British may have similarly hijacked Sam’s foreign policy and his military to come to Great Britain’s aide in both World War I and World War II. Poor Sam. Is he merely the innocent, hapless victim of evil intrigue? (Can Wilson — or Roosevelt — seriously be compared to Bush? Hard to believe…)

Are there defects in Sam’s character that make him a willing participant in — perhaps even the instigator of — evil-doing? I conclude that there are. If we want world peace — And who doesn’t? Some do not! — we must start with Sam himself and stop pointing the finger at bad people everywhere else.

 

“Give it back? Why, it’s ours; we stole it fair and square.” - S.J. Hayakawa, U.S. Senator

 

 

Addendum:

The history of its armed forces tells the tale: The military has never stopped growing in peacetime and in war, for over two hundred years. The United States has never disarmed and it has continually been at war with someone for centuries. It enjoys its peaceful reputation as a result of skillful, subtle, yet pervasive, propaganda (public relations) that shapes its image at home and abroad. Some may not, but most Americans believe it.

America's claim to virtuous hegemony is contradicted by the disasters inflicted on the world by America's arrogant and blundering leaders. - Paul Craig Roberts

The Great War and the Century of American Empire - Morley Evans


 

"You can get more with a kind word and a gun
than you can get with a kind word alone." - Al Capone

 

Food for thought:

 

  1. The Territorial Development of the United States

  2. The Presidents of the United States

  3. History of the Cherokee

  4. War of 1812

  5. Texas

  6. Indian Wars

  7. Comanche

  8. Alaska

  9. Fifty-four Forty or Fight!

  10. Guatemala and the United Fruit Company

  11. Honduras

  12. Nicaragua

  13. Panama

  14. Hawaii

  15. A World Lost

  16. Interventionism

  17. Elihu Yale

  18. Opium Wars

  19. Skull and Bones

  20. Danziger

  21. NameBase

  22. C.I.A. It's Greatest Hits!

  23. Iran

  24. Garrisoning the Planet: we are all safe now, right?

  25. Victory Culture and American Triumphalism: or, War is Peace

  26. Great Britain in the late 19th Century

  27. Slavery and the Making of America: or, Slavery is Freedom

  28. Québec: the American Empire began before there was a United States

  29. George Washington: The dark side: the 20th century began in May 1754

  30. His Mighty Blow: Henry Gallagher Fields knocks the cover off

  31. From the Beginning

  32. Bewigged Kleptocrats

  33. Warriors' Opinion

  34. 1914: the key to the past and to the future

  35. Jefferson: and the American Way

  36. The American Empire: God help us all.

  37. The Fall of Saigon 1975

  38. Quotes

  39. Noam Chomsky: read, learn, think

  40. Cashing in on the Bush Doctrine (Oh, sorry, this opportunity is not for you.)

  41. The Peace Corps

  42. Wilson's War

  43. The Good War: celebrations endorse warmongering

  44. America's Empire of Bases

  45. U.S. Plane Clips Cable Car Wires, 20 Die

  46. Okinawa: U.S. Servicemen Convicted of Rape

  47. U.S. Sub Sinks Japanese Training Ship

  48. Violations in Iraq

  49. Amnesty International Australila

  50. Torture's Dirty Secret

  51. NO STANDING ARMY!

  52. The Bride of Frankenstein

  53. The Empire of Washington

  54. TruthOut It's what real Americans are doing!

  55. Blazing Saddles Cleavon Little (The True West)

  56. Mars Attacks! Jack Nicholson (More real than Al Qaeda)

  57. Dr. Strangelove Peter Sellers (How I Learned to Love the Bomb)

  58. Charles Joseph Bonaparte the Emperor lives on in Washington

  59. The Other War: FDR's Battle Against Churchill and the British Empire

  60. Abraham Lincoln: A new look

  61. Goose Creek, S.C. today!

  62. Magdeburg and Dresden

  63. Iraq? They are dying for a lie and for liars!

  64. The Downing Street Memo

  65. Full Metal Jacket

  66. Platoon

  67. Hamburger Hill

  68. The Hudsucker Proxy

  69. Private Warriors Want to earn $1,000 a day?

  70. American "idealism": remodeling the world (pdf)

  71. Deconstructing the 9/11 Myth

  72. Webster Tarpley, Chapter 6 (pdf)

  73. Eyeballing The Center for Information Dominance

  74. They Were White and They Were Slaves

  75. The War in the Pacific (1942-45) This should close the case!

  76. Indian Wars Boys will be boys.

 

 

Brig. General Jack D. Ripper

U.S.A.F. Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper

"Armed to the teeth: We are all safe now, right?"

 

  1. America's Army: online fun from the DoD

  2. Budget of the United States Government fiscal year 2006

  3. Office of Management and Budget

  4. Federal Budget Pie Chart: TWO TRILLION DOLLARS it's half military!

  5. Department of Homeland Security

  6. U.S. Military 101

  7. U.S. Military 101.1

  8. Society of the Cincinnati: (the Continental Army of 1775 lives on)

  9. Heraldry

  10. The Pentagon (Arlington, VA)

  11. West Point (USMA • Army)

  12. Annapolis (USNA • Navy)

  13. Annapolis (USNA • Marines)

  14. Colorado Springs (USAFA • Air Force)

  15. Kings Point (USMMA • Merchant Marine)

  16. New London (USCGA • Coast Guard)

  17. Naval War College (Newport, RI)

  18. The Center for Information Dominance (Pensacola, FL)

  19. Army War College (Carlisle, PA)

  20. Air War College (Maxwell, AL)

  21. National War College (Washington, DC)

  22. Industrial College of the Armed Forces (Washington, DC)

  23. Information Resources Management College (Washington, DC)

  24. Joint Forces Staff College (Norfolk, VA)

  25. School for National Security Executive Education (Washington, DC)

  26. Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

  27. U.S. Military Boarding Schools

  28. Strategic Air Command: "Peace Is Our Profession"

  29. NORAD: "Deter, Detect, Defend"

  30. NATO: North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

  31. Cheyenne Mountain: Operations Center

  32. Space Warfare Center: "In Your Face From Outer Space"

  33. DARPA: father of the Internet

  34. NASA

  35. Area 51: "Curing Paranoiacs Since Y2K"

  36. Groom Lake, NV (Area 51) overhead from Russian spy satellite

  37. U.S. military bases worldwide

  38. Diego Garcia

  39. Guam

  40. Guantanamo

  41. U.S. military bases around the world

  42. Ex-FBI Official Accuses: (Don't listen to him, listen to us!)

  43. U.S. Department of Homeland Security

  44. U.S. Department of Defense

  45. U.S. Department of Justice

  46. U.S. Secret Service

  47. U.S. Marshals Service

  48. F.B.I.

  49. C.I.A.

  50. D.E.A.

  51. A.T.F.

  52. J.A.G.

  53. N.I.M.J.

  54. U.S. Naval Intelligence

  55. U.S. Army Intelligence

  56. U.S. National Security Agency

  57. U.S. Marine Band

  58. U.S. Navy Band

  59. U.S. Army Band

  60. U.S. Air Force Band

  61. U.S. Navy Sports

  62. U.S. Army Sports

  63. Ballistic Missile Defense

  64. Defense Department Overview

  65. Joint Chiefs of Staff

  66. CENTCOM

  67. EUCOM

  68. JFCOM

  69. NORTHCOM

  70. PACOM

  71. SOCOM

  72. STRATCOM

  73. SOUTHCOM

  74. TRANSCOM

  75. Atlantic Submarine Command

  76. Pacific Submarine Command

  77. National Guard Association

  78. Air National Guard

  79. Army National Guard

  80. Blue Angels

  81. Thunderbirds

  82. United States Navy

  83. United States Navy Seal

  84. United States Army

  85. United States Army Seal (adopted in 1778)

  86. United States Army Reserve

  87. United States Air Force

  88. United States Air Force Reserve

  89. United States Marine Corps

  90. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers DEFENDING NEW ORLEANS!

  91. U.S. Navy SeeBees "We Build, We Fight"

  92. U.S. Customs and Border Protection

  93. Veterans of Foreign Wars

  94. The American Legion

  95. Department of Veterans Affairs

  96. The Fallen

  97. Arlington National Cemetery

  98. The Air & Space Power Course

  99. Battleships (history)

  100. Aircraft Carriers (history)

  101. B-52 Stratofortress (history)

  102. Subic Bay (history)

  103. Davis-Monthan (history)

  104. U.S. Military Bases in Japan

  105. Green Berets

  106. 1st Cavalry Division

  107. The Big Red 1

  108. Delta Force

  109. Military Bases Continental U.S.A. NEW 1July 2006

 

military contractors, media, academe and even more . . .

  1. The Sands of Iwo Jima John Wayne
  2. The Green Berets John Wayne
  3. Sergeant York Gary Cooper
  4. From Here to Eternity Burt Lancaster
  5. U.S. Cavalry in the movies
  6. Top Gun Tom Cruise
  7. Sergeant Bilko Phil Silvers
  8. Mrs. Miniver Greer Garson
  9. Hogan's Heroes Bob Crane
  10. The Great Escape Steve McQueen
  11. The Sand Pebbles Steve McQueen
  12. 55 Days at Peking Charlton Heston
  13. The Dirty Dozen Lee Marvin
  14. Where Eagles Dare Richard Burton
  15. Guns of Navarone Gregory Peck
  16. Patton George C. Scott
  17. The Longest Day Eddie Albert
  18. Kelly's Heroes Clint Eastwood
  19. White Christmas Bing Crosby
  20. Mr. Roberts Henry Fonda
  21. The Caine Mutiny Humphry Bogart
  22. It's a Wonderful Life Jimmy Stewart
  23. I Dream of Jeanie Barbara Eden
  24. Exodus Paul Newman
  25. Gomer Pyle , U.S.M.C. Jim Nabors
  26. Rat Patrol Christopher George
  27. The F.B.I. Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
  28. Bond, James Bond Sean Connery
  29. COMBAT! Vic Morrow
  30. Twelve O'Clock High Gregory Peck
  31. M.A.S.H. Donald Sutherland
  32. Twelve O'Clock High Paul Burke
  33. M.A.S.H. Alan Alda
  34. Baa Baa Black Sheep Robert Conrad
  35. Star Trek William Shatner
  36. AirWolf Jan-Michael Vincent
  37. RAMBO Sylvester Stallone
  38. Cult Sirens various
  39. J.A.G. David James Elliott
  40. G.I. Jane Demi Moore
  41. G.I. Joe Hasbro
  42. A Few Good Men Jack Nicholson
  43. The American President Michael Douglas
  44. The West Wing Martin Sheen

 

 

and on and on and on . . .

"They're just adorable. If it wasn't that way, it shouldda been . . ."

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Gee-Willikers! Even the Hollywood version
of Nazi Germany had nothing like this!"

 

 

 

 

“I just want you to know that, when we talk about war,
we're really talking about peace.”
– George W. Bush, Commander in Chief

 

 

 



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