Obama Administration Continues US Military Global Dominance

The Barack Obama administration is continuing the neo-conservative agenda of US military domination of the world — albeit with perhaps a kinder-gentler face. While overt torture is now forbidden for the CIA and Pentagon, and symbolic gestures like the closing of the Guantanamo prison are in evidence, a unilateral military dominance policy, expanding military budget, and wars of occupation and aggression will likely continue unabated.

The military expansionists from within the Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Clinton, G. W. Bush administrations put into place solid support for increased military spending. Clinton’s model of supporting the US military industrial complex held steady defense spending and increased foreign weapons sales from 16% of global orders to over 63% by the end of his administration.

The neo-conservatives, who dominated the most recent Bush administration, amplified this trend of increased military spending. The neo-cons laid out their agenda for military global dominance in the 2000 Project for a New American Century (PNAC) report Rebuilding America’s Defenses. The report called for the protection of the American Homeland, the ability to wage simultaneous theater wars, to perform global constabulary roles, and to control space and cyberspace. The report claimed that in order to maintain a Pax Americana, potential rivals — such as China, Iran, Iraq, and North Korea — needed to be held in check. This military global dominance agenda required forward deployment of US forces worldwide and increasing defense/war spending well into the 21st century. The result was a doubling of the US military budget to over $700 billion in the last eight years. The US now spends as much on war/defense as the rest of the world combined, making Americans the highest war-tax payers in the world.

Barack Obama’s election brought a moment of hope for many. However, the Obama administration is not calling for decreased military spending, or a reversal of US military global dominance. Instead, Obama retained Robert Gates, thus making Obama the first president from an opposing party, in US history, to keep in place the outgoing administrations’ Secretary of Defense/War. Additionally, Obama is calling for an expanded war in Afghanistan and only minimal long-range reductions in Iraq.

The US military industrial complex is deeply embedded inside the Washington beltway. According to the most recent reports from OpenSecrets.org, 151 members of Congress in 2006 had up to $195.5 million of their personal assets invested in defense companies.
Major defense contractors were seriously involved in the 2008 elections. Lockheed Martin gave $2,612,219 in total political campaign donations, with 49% to Democrats ($1,285,493) and 51% to Republicans ($1,325,159). Boeing gave $2,225,947 in 2008 with 58% going to Democrats, and General Dynamics provided $1,682,595 to both parties. Northrop Grumman spent over $20 million in 2008, hiring lobbyists to influence Congress, and Raytheon spent $6 million on lobbyists in the same period. In a revolving door appointment, Obama nominated Raytheon’s senior vice president for government operations and strategy, William Lynn, for the number two position in the Pentagon. Lynn was formally the Defense Department’s comptroller during the Clinton administration.

The International Monetary Fund’s prediction for global economic growth in 2009 is 0.5 percent—the worst since World War II. The United Nations’ International Labor Organization estimates that some 50 million workers will lose their jobs worldwide this year. There are an estimated 62,000 U.S. companies expected to close in 2009, and while official unemployment is at 7 percent in the US, when you add people no longer looking for jobs and part-time workers, joblessness is closer to 14 percent. The military-industrial-political elite are worried about the potential of increasing global insecurity. The answer inside the Obama Administration is to continue high defense/war spending to insure military control of both domestic and foreign instabilities.

The military, industrial, congressional, and administrative elite profit from defense spending, both financially and ideologically. Insider profit taking from pentagon spending is widespread in Washington. But perhaps more important is the belief that this global military machine is seen as necessary for the protection of US corporate interests and the American upper classes in an increasingly destabilized world. Given that belief, the Obama administration is unlikely to change the defense spending policies of the previous US administrations without significant disruptive pressure from anti-war activists and global empire resisters.

Peter Phillips is a professor of Sociology at Sonoma State University, and former director of of Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored. He wrote his dissertation on the Bohemian Club in 1994. Read other articles by Peter, or visit Peter's website.

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  1. John S. Hatch said on February 19th, 2009 at 1:23pm #

    I think that in a self-induced collapsing economy ‘defense’ budgets of the sort the US has are simply insupportable. Besides, they’ll have to bring the troops home soon to fight starving Americans.

    But Obama was never about change; extraordinary renditions and torture and spying are still going to happen, but less blatantly as used to be the case.

  2. Tree said on February 19th, 2009 at 1:37pm #

    John, the Pentagon will be releasing 20,000 troops across America by 2011. This is against the constitution but they don’t care, of course.

  3. Erroll said on February 19th, 2009 at 4:47pm #

    One would like to hope [to use one of Obama’s favorite words] that this article would appear on many of the liberal blogs but that likelihood is quite doubtful as any criticism of the great Obama would in all probability not be tolerated.

  4. Brian said on February 19th, 2009 at 5:02pm #

    When is the first anti war rally against this guy?

    Sign me up.

  5. Max Shields said on February 19th, 2009 at 5:15pm #

    The end of Obama will happen when the economic machinations come home with an undeniable thunder.

    There is no way his “stimulus” will do a damn thing except sink the economy into non-existence faster, sooner.

    In the mean time, he’ll work to keep the wolves at bay by offering tid-bits of equivocating mamby pamby cliches. Reality will be harder and harder to deny….and that reality will be at an absolute arch with anything he states.

    Until then, there will be no real antiwar marches (certainly none covered by the MSM).

  6. Danny Ray said on February 19th, 2009 at 5:20pm #

    Hell guys, it’s just like I told you in September. You people need to come on over to the dark side, War is a growth industry.

    Tree are the 20ooo troops in 2011 the people coming home from Iraq, if so where would you have them stationed?

  7. Tree said on February 19th, 2009 at 5:55pm #

    I just tried to post a comment and I’m not sure it will make it on to the site.
    In case it doesn’t, google info on the 20000 troops. It seems the right wingers are really upset about this idea. Maybe it will be what brings the right and left together.

  8. Max Shields said on February 19th, 2009 at 6:42pm #

    Danny Ray, word has it at least 1/2 of the 20,000 will be stationed in your home town.

    Orders are to shoot first.

    Any gun owners will be taken for subversives and treated as such. The plan is to use experimental weaponry which has been tested out on various Afghan tribes and Iraqi Sunni. They may have to use some of additional weaponry from the Israel and Somalia theaters as back up.

    Nothing to worry about; immigration to Mexico will be possible for early adapters.

  9. Danny Ray said on February 19th, 2009 at 7:25pm #

    Max, As I live on the biggest military base in the eastern United States you could be right. We could use another brigade here. As far as shoot to kill orders, well I believe you are dreaming there, But If they killed all the gun owners and since most gun owners are decided to the right wouldn’t that make you happy 🙂

  10. Danny Ray said on February 19th, 2009 at 7:40pm #

    Tree, I just read about the 20k troops, Sorry that is old news, I have a friend with them and they are doing crowd control and civil unrest training, At any given time some unit is doing that training, I have had it myself, Also there are units tasked for that all over the country. In addition, if you have looked at Mexico in the past few years you would be happy to see deployable troops trained and able to get to the border. There are about 150k uniformed Army and Marine troops inside CONUS now. Not counting the navy and air force as well as the Guard units. All are liable for call out should a local governor need them, or the national Command structure decide that the country is in danger.

    One example is the 101 airborne went into Little Rock Ark to restore order and enforce desegregation in the 50’s on the order of the president.

    The third brigade combat team 82nd Airborne seized Phoenix City Alabama in the 50’s also, to fight gangsters.

  11. Danny Ray said on February 19th, 2009 at 7:44pm #

    Also the troops who got to NOLA so fast were part of the north com’s quick reaction force.

  12. Max Shields said on February 19th, 2009 at 8:29pm #

    Danny Ray, excuse me. You are a hero. Carry on.

  13. Danny Ray said on February 19th, 2009 at 8:41pm #

    Max, You have an extreamly warped idea of what a hero is.

  14. Danny Ray said on February 19th, 2009 at 8:43pm #

    Tree is a real hero. she ? he? always stands up for her convictions.

  15. Max Shields said on February 20th, 2009 at 6:30am #

    Sorry, Danny Ray, thought you were serving in the Military industrial complex at some level on the base you call home. Since you are correcting me, nix that hero comment. Perhaps you’re homesteading on the base.

  16. Danny Ray said on February 20th, 2009 at 6:51am #

    Max Sorry you feel that way, Maybe you should try judging people on an individual basis, to clear up any misconceptions I am in the Military industrial complex. have been for 15 years, so was my father and grandfather. If you hate me and the people I serve with, thats your right. I will not give you the whole we stand on the watchtower line or that we serve because we love you( We Do!) but we just have a different world view, we se the world from a different vantage point.
    Sorry if I have contaminated you.

  17. Ramsefall said on February 20th, 2009 at 9:57am #

    Were (Are) there people out there who actually believed that Obama would dismantle the MIC, the bread and butter of the US economy, and their leveraging tool to dominate planet Earth and its people? Nobody was really that gullible, were they?

    These are sub-humans running the show and commanding their pawns to pull the trigger in the name of liberty, freedom, democracy, lies, bullshit, etc. Notice how none of the rule makers are directly involved in combat, what bravery and nobility… fecal matter staining the canvas of humanity. Their inability to empathize with those directly affected by their malicious nature should be an obvious indication that what the general public is dealing with in these elite groups, royal bloodlines, and inherent ruling class, are other than human on the inside.

    The revolution of evolution, e.g. humanity waking from its slumber, is slowly coming to fruition.

    Best to all.

  18. Max Shields said on February 20th, 2009 at 1:32pm #

    Danny Ray, have you no love of irony? Here you are, standing amongst a few, occasional zionists who lend their total devotion to racism ala Israeli version, and the rest here who are more/less venture from the dark side of Obama land where liberals fear not tread, the latter are now believers in your mission Danny Ray. DV is a break from the meaningless double talking MSM. And here you are Danny Ray, wanting a little love for the Military Industrial Complex. LOVE!! The irony of it all, DR.

    The love of irony is the best revenge.

    And so, carry on. I don’t hate you. Whatever made you think that?

    Ramesfall, it is true that Obama does not deceive as much as strings along liberals a he plays the plutocatic game of imperial empire. He promised to escalate troops in Afghanistan and damned if he hasn’t.

    He’s one cool sonsabitch. And while he pretended to be for revising NAFTA (during the primary) he’s pretty well laid that one to rest. Its too dangerous to messing around with the Empire. Got to save it, and that means the Orwell meaningless word games rules supreme.

    As I said during the primary season, Obama is the worst thing that can happen – and particularly to people of color. There are a rather “me too” minority out there. NAACP consists of “we want ours” and we’ll do whatever the white joker did to get his…and by golly get out of the way, got to squeeze some more natural resources before it’s to late, got to get it while the gettin’s good, squeeze it dry. O’s the man.

  19. Tree said on February 20th, 2009 at 2:09pm #

    Thanks for the hero comment, Danny Ray, although I’m not a hero by any stretch. I am a she, though.
    You wrote above that Max should try judging people on an individual basis to clear up any misconceptions yet you wrote a comment the other day that was nothing but racist stereotyping vitriol towards Arabs. It read like something out of the 19th century. I hope you can take some of your own suggestions to heart.

  20. Danny Ray said on February 20th, 2009 at 3:27pm #

    Max, I do not recall asking you to love the Military or even respect it, we really don’t give a damn how you feel toward us. As far as those people believeing in our mission, Max you know as well as I do that then followers of the lord obama the almighty don’t believe in anything they just say what they think will get them by.

    Tree, I do always try to treat everyone as an individual, but I have to say that arabs make that damn hard. I had just been told of an atrocity that the peacefull followers of Allah had committed in a little town I was in, called Makhmur. I Have to say I really hate those sorry bastards.
    As a child of God I have tried to find it in my heart to forgive them but I can’t.

  21. Danny Ray said on February 20th, 2009 at 3:28pm #

    P.S. Glad to have the he she thing cleared up anyway.

  22. Tree said on February 20th, 2009 at 5:10pm #

    Danny, what happened in Makhmur, was it as bad as what the American soldiers did in abu Ghraib? Or what the Hutus did in Rwanda? Or the Chinese in Tibet?
    Need I go on?
    It’s human nature, colored by culture.
    I think the reason you comment here is because deep down you’re a radical trying to break free from your conditioning.

  23. Danny Ray said on February 20th, 2009 at 6:31pm #

    Abu Ghraib? Tree, I have seen man’s inhumanity to man and Abu Ghraib does not even move the dial on the torture meter. Yes it would have matched the horrors the Hutu did to the Tutsi, or the Chinese did to the Tibetans, But this was much worse. you see the Hutu killing Tutsi and the Chinese killing Tibetans is just the karmic circle being closed. What goes around comes around if you must, But on Jan 5 2009 a group of Sunni broke into a girls school which had the effrontery to educate young girls, Sunni Girls I need to add, when these heroes took the school they cut the hands off of 25 girls between 5 and 12 years old. Children who wanted to change their world. Seventeen died. Then they took the teacher. A brave good woman who loved those children, ( I know this because I and a group of my friends hired her and paid her salary ) she will always be in my heart.
    They tied this gentle woman up and burned her alive for daring to teach little girls to read the Koran. This would have been sick if it was Shia killing Sunni or Kurd killing Turk. But to kill your own is the worst sin there is, Hell, tree animals don’t even kill there own.

    Yes tree I am a radical, I believe in universal human rights and if they have to be bought with blood so be it, I believe that each person should have a right to be educated to the limit of their ability. I believe that a woman should have to right to do with her body what she wants, if she don’t want a baby she shouldn’t have to have one, neither should she be forced to marry at any age much less at 10 or 11, I believe that each vote needs to be counted, that each person should have access to health care and a living wage. And that is why we went to Iraq and Afghanistan. To take the gifts of the free world to the darker corners. If you will call it silly or the whites man‘s burden, OK.

    To say that things like the genocide in Rwanda or Sudan is ok because it is a culture thing. Is pure bull shit. To say that child marriage and honor killing is ok over there because that are not like us is the height of racism.

    Things are done in southern Asia that if they were done in Texas or Alabama even a gentle soul like yourself would have joined the crusade long since.

    Tree for the love of God we do not need to descend to barbarism we need to lead our brothers toward the light, we CAN build a wonderful peaceful world but we can not if half the world is living just out of the stone age. We can build Utopia, We can solve the problems facing the world today but we will only do it by ALL of us working together. We can not do it with half the world in bondage. Can you imagine what those little girls could have done with a real education, one of them may have cured cancer, or achived world peace. Instead they lay in the floor of a one room mud brick school house and bled to death because a bunch of ANIMALS wanted to teach the village a lesson.

    I have preached to much today so I promis no more long winded sermons.

  24. The Paraphraser said on February 20th, 2009 at 7:25pm #

    For the love of Pasta, one of these innocents might have been the Messiah! Let all of us gentle white people show those animals the light. Who’s with me? Anyone? I will get the ammunitions ready and we shall set sail within the twelvemonth.

  25. Danny Ray said on February 20th, 2009 at 8:17pm #

    Messiah, Well, non that might be a little strong, but one of them could have invented a cure for being a useless cocksucker, but I guess it is to late for you. I see you already have a terminal case.

  26. The Paraphraser said on February 20th, 2009 at 8:33pm #

    Forsooth? One wonders what our brave pioneer for women’s liberation has against the cocksuckers of the world!

  27. Danny Ray said on February 20th, 2009 at 8:39pm #

    Cocksucker is OK its the useless part that I grudge you

  28. The Paraphraser said on February 20th, 2009 at 9:51pm #

    A tear emerges from my wistful eye — our friendship has been so bosom and long.

  29. Tree said on February 21st, 2009 at 9:06am #

    Danny Ray, let me clarify for you that I in no way condone genocide or violence. The men in the Taliban are scum–sick, twisted human beings
    but your “noble savage” ideology is straight out of the 19th century and it would be laughable if it wasn’t for the fact that it’s genuine.
    I’m truly sorry you’ve witnessed first hand such terrible things but military might is not the answer. The old saying “might is right” is false. Might is just might.

  30. Tree said on February 21st, 2009 at 9:08am #

    Danny Ray, as long as you are a part of the military you are not a radical. I don’t like defining other people in such a way but it’s true. One cannot work outside of the system when one believes the system will save the world.

  31. Danny Ray said on February 21st, 2009 at 5:16pm #

    OK Tree, what would have us do? Because Asking the good people of south Asia for universal sufferage don’t seem to work. There is Evil in the world and by shutting our eyes to it and pretending that it don’t effect us is not going to help anything.

  32. Tree said on February 21st, 2009 at 6:35pm #

    Danny Ray, you think in extremes.
    Please give me some examples of where military might has created a utopia or at the very least improved humanity.

  33. Danny Ray said on February 21st, 2009 at 7:28pm #

    1626 The English civil war giving taking the divine right of kings away from kings and giving it to the people.
    Creating a flawed system but a working system with at least some input from the people.

    1775 The American Revolution, establishing the first truly representative form of government,

    1789 The French revolution, The final death blow to unconstitutional monarchy, Again it established a flawed system but a system none the less.

    1800 to 1825 South American colonies fought for and gained independence from Spain.

    1830 Mexico fought for and gained independence from Spain.

    1860 to 1865 America fought a horrible civil war, so that all Americans could be free.

    1917 to 1921 The Russian revolution freed the serfs from the Tsar.

    1939 to 1945 WWII freed the world from the most horrible regime ever.

    1949 to 1957 the French Indochinese rebellion freeing South East Asia from French colonial rule.

    1975 The Peoples Republic of Viet Nam invaded Cambodia to free the people from the horrors of Pol Pot.

    Here are these and there are a thousand more where people saw something horrible going on and said NO MORE. And not only did they admit that something was wrong but they were not afraid to shed a little blood to win the day againced evil.

    The point is Tree ( And I Want you to know that I respect your pacifism) None of these evils would have been changed. And believe me the American Civil War was hard to admit, my people were on the wrong side of that one.

  34. Danny Ray said on February 21st, 2009 at 7:30pm #

    But none of these things would have been changed with out violence.

  35. Tree said on February 22nd, 2009 at 6:21am #

    Danny Ray, it’s a bit silly to play “what if” with history but I’m going to throw a few things out there anyway.
    You claim none of the things you listed would have changed without violence but the fact is, England abolished slavery years before America did and without a war. So what if there had been no American Revolution? We would have ended slavery years years before we did, women would have been able to vote years before we did, we may not have had Vietnam and we’d have socialized health care and could sit around and bitch on Dissident Voice about our bad teeth and long queues. Furthermore, it did not create the first truly representative form of government. It created a government for wealthy land owning men.

    What if the South had been allowed to break the US Constitution and secede? I tend to think they would have suffered massive economic collapse and maybe out of that would have come a violent slave revolt.

    The French Revolution? 1789 was nothing but a violent, murderous rampage. The “heroes” of that revolution murdered thousands of people for no good reason. And the monarchy was eventually reinstated for a time.
    The Russian Revolution brought about a system just as bad if not worse than the Tsarist system.

    It’s easy for me to be a pacifist because my pacifism isn’t challenged.
    But violence brings more violence. Great Britain used military might to colonize nearly the entire world, with the exception of the American colonies. Now look at Africa, look at Gaza. It’s all connected.
    I’m not saying I have the answers I’m just saying the way you propose is definitely not the best way. We need to get our military out of Iraq and Afghanistan and Pakistan and close our military bases around the world. Empires rise and fall, I think there are other more important things to work on.

  36. Ramsefall said on February 22nd, 2009 at 9:11am #


    “Furthermore, it did not create the first truly representative form of government. It created a government for wealthy land owning men.”

    …and Bingo was his name-o. You couldn’t be more correct in this assessment. Unfortunately, there are still plenty of Usonians whose comfort level is disrupted by this variety of perspective. Too bad, so sad, for them.

    Best to you.

  37. Ramsefall said on February 22nd, 2009 at 9:21am #

    Danny Ray,

    just pointing out one of your examples, “1860 to 1865 America fought a horrible civil war, so that all Americans could be free.” Yes, like any war, it was horrible. But, do you really believe that both sides of the Civil War were fighting for the freedom of all Amerikans?

    Each side fought for their own interests, and those interests didn’t include freedom for blacks or the native Americans. It was a racially and politically divided war, therefore claiming the war was fought so that all “Americans could be free”, is an absurd proposal.

    Regardless, best to you.

  38. Tree said on February 22nd, 2009 at 9:22am #

    True, Ramsesfall. There are so many people who are afraid of letting go of their ideas and stories.

  39. Ramsefall said on February 22nd, 2009 at 10:54am #

    Conditioning often produces negative results, as we have seen over and over again, Tree. I’m pleased that you confirmed my suspicion of not having the Y gene, as I based on your writing.

    I think I’ll now dare mention a truth regarding militaries and war for Danny Ray, in order to state the obvious, not to ruffle the feathers of patriotic birds. They are both for reassuring a false sense of security for people who are otherwise insecure and stuck in an extremely low, somewhat primal level of consciousness. When the consciousness shift takes place in the coming years, war mongers and gung-ho militarists will be left behind as they won’t be able to adapt to a holistic and peaceful humanitarian existence.

    Sorry Danny Ray, to the most minimal extent, but militarism is only a solution for groups of chimpanzees, not for more evolved and supposedly intelligent beings. To which of these two groups do you pledge allegiance?

    Peace will never be achieved through the barrel of a gun, but I already know that you find that impossible to believe. There’s still time though for your eyes to open.

    Best to you.

  40. Tree said on February 22nd, 2009 at 11:15am #

    Ramsesfall, I’m with you on the consciousness shift idea. It happened to me in 2004 and I believe it’s the next step for humanity, although maybe not for all, even if the potential is there for everyone.

    I think for many who go through this kind of awakening it means leaving behind everything that was familiar and loved for a life that can be hard to understand at times. Or maybe that’s just me.

  41. Danny Ray said on February 22nd, 2009 at 12:26pm #

    OK, so when you guys settle all the worlds problems with peace you can put me in a reeducation camp somewhere, may I suggust Git-Mo I have seen it and it is very nice maybe I could get the cell block near the beach, could you guys put in a good word for me? That would be the life, three hots and a cot and no worries.

    Got to go train some of my fellow monkeys for a few days. Have a wonderful week.

  42. Tree said on February 22nd, 2009 at 1:40pm #

    Danny Ray, don’t forget the orange jumper.
    I guess you didn’t read my original reply to your comment?

  43. Ramsefall said on February 22nd, 2009 at 1:54pm #


    it’s not just you, nor is it easy to understand with all the going-ons around us.

    Danny Ray,

    please extend a courteous hello to your fellow monkeys, and know that I personally would find it offensive to send any human to a re-education camp once humanity has reached its potential. And thank-you for confirming that notion I made of a false sense of security for the insecure.

    Best to all.

  44. Don Hawkins said on February 22nd, 2009 at 2:56pm #

    Great exchange of ideas and the time is now to put those boots on and hell let’s sleep in them. .

    “A lie is halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on.” Twain

  45. Tree said on February 22nd, 2009 at 3:31pm #

    I never thought of Danny Ray as being a chimpanzee. I was enjoying our debate.

    Ramsesfall, yes it can be confusing which is why it’s so important to stay clearheaded and listen to oneself.

  46. Don Hawkins said on February 22nd, 2009 at 4:08pm #

    Oh yes watch just the next few weeks these so called leaders living in that optical delusion of confusion. When you don’t face the problem that’s what you get confusion. Clearheaded is not the game they play. More like lies done in a way to make you a believer. We need to turn that around. The truth the knowledge loud and clear. We need to put those boots on and keep them on. Lower tax’s on the rich that’s all you hear from many over and over again and you hear from these same people the American people will not stand for this, what. It’s very clever the way they do that and does one thing very well keep many in that optical delusion of confusion. The problems are big and they are real and tax cut’s for the rich will that do the trick? Uh no and will trying to bring back the system that got us here do the trick uh no. Put those boots on people and keep them on.

  47. bozh said on February 22nd, 2009 at 4:28pm #

    a lie, once evaluated as true, is just as strong as a truth. if lies did not produce desired goal, clergy, politicos, litterati, and illuminati wld have stopped lying long ago.
    but lies work.
    i cannot lie nor steal tho i have been praying for decades to god to make me both a thief and a liar and to enjoy it.
    but god said to me, No, your not ready for that yet! thnx

  48. Ramsefall said on February 22nd, 2009 at 4:33pm #


    I too have enjoyed some of DR’s contributions in the past, and as such I’m disappointed to see him adhere to a rather narrow, violent, and unsustainable view which only bolsters a senseless brotherhood like the military…most of which is too corrupt to take seriously.

    I’m not sure where you got the Ramsesfall from, but if you enjoy it, fine by me…seems to be somewhat tailored to your playful personality.

    I like the point you make about staying clearheaded and listening to oneself — a particularly relevant external affirmation for what my own personal experience has been confirming. So often things become over-analyzed as we see here on DV and the world in general, which leads to a faulty basis for rational decision making.

    Listening to oneself arrives from the heart, not the intellect which tends to blur the clearest and most obvious answers that one seeks. Thanks for confirming the validity of what I just shared earlier this afternoon with a friend of mine who’s still Stateside.

    As life and events around the world become even more accelerated, as if ascending an exponential curve, qualities which you’ve mentioned will play an even more important role in our individual lives, and may also eventually affect the collective conscious of mankind.

    Best to you.

  49. Don Hawkins said on February 22nd, 2009 at 5:18pm #

    The history of our race, and each individual’s experience, are sown thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told well is immortal.
    Mark Twain

    Many are trying to kill the truth in the twenty first century and this time the lie that is immortal brings us to the truth.

  50. Tree said on February 22nd, 2009 at 6:01pm #

    Mark Twain had a lot of good things to say but often you are too cryptic for me, Don Hawkins. I get the gist of your comments but not the nuances.

    I appreciate your comment, Ramsefall and I guess I’d better pay close attention to screen names as well as my instincts and get your name right! 🙂
    And here I was trying to figure out why you were interested in ancient Egypt and how exactly Ramses fell. Duh.

  51. Ramsefall said on February 22nd, 2009 at 6:36pm #

    Je te dis merci pour celui rigolé. And all this time I thought you were intentionally calling me Ramsesfall to be cute, I’m still laughing. It doesn’t bother me, fyi.

    Ramsefall is the name of the 19th century Swedish legend who just happens to be my late, great x3 grandfather. My grandmother included an English translation in the genealogy book she wrote, but I couldn’t find any additional info online in English. I adopted it to carry on his name, and I don’t believe there are many in our nuclear family who are even aware of it. Also fyi 🙂

    As always, best to you.

    Still laughing from your anecdote, thank-you!

  52. Don Hawkins said on February 22nd, 2009 at 6:50pm #

    Many are trying to continue killing the truth’s in the twenty first century and this time the lies that are immortal brings us to the truth’s.