25 US 'honest' Quotes
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25 Classic Quotes on Western Hegemony
1. "It's really not a number I'm terribly interested in."
-General Colin Powell [When asked about the number of Iraqi people who were
slaughtered by Americans in the 1991 "Desert Storm" terror campaign (200,000
2. "I will never apologize for the United States of America - I don't care
what the facts are."
-President George Bush 1988 [Bush was demonstrating his patriotism by
excusing an act of cold-blooded mass-murder by the U.S. Navy. On July 3,
1988 the U.S. Navy warship Vincennes shot down an Iranian commercial
airliner. All 290 civilian people in the aircraft were killed. The plane was
on a routine flight in a commercial corridor in Iranian airspace. The
targeting of it by the U.S. Navy was blatantly illegal. That it was grossly
immoral is also obvious. Except to a patriot.]
3. "To maintain this position of disparity (U.S. economic-military
supremacy)... we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and
day-dreaming.... We should cease to talk about vague and... unreal
objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standard and
democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in
straight power concepts.... The less we are then hampered by idealistic
slogans, the better."
-George Kennan [Director of Policy Planning U.S. State Department 1948]
4. "If they turn on the radars we're going to blow up their goddamn SAMs
(surface-to-air missiles). They know we own their country. We own their
airspace... We dictate the way they live and talk. And that's what's great
about America right now. It's a good thing, especially when there's a lot of
oil out there we need."
-U.S. Brig. General William Looney (Interview Washington Post, August 30,
1999) [Referring, in reality, to the brutal mass-murder of hundreds of
civilian Iraqi men, women and children during 10,000 sorties by
American/British war criminals in the first eight months of 1999]
5. "The greatest crime since World War II has been U.S. foreign policy."
-Ramsey Clark [Former U.S. Attorney General under President Lyndon Johnson]
6. "I believe that if we had and would keep our dirty, bloody, dollar soaked
fingers out of the business of these [Third World] nations so full of
depressed, exploited people, they will arrive at a solution of their own.
And if unfortunately their revolution must be of the violent type because
the 'haves' refuse to share with the 'have-nots' by any peaceful method, at
least what they get will be their own, and not the American style, which
they don't want and above all don't want crammed down their throats by
-General David Sharp [Former United States Marine Commandant 1966]
7. "We have no honorable intentions in Vietnam. Our minimal expectation is
to occupy it as an American colony and maintain social stability for our
investments. This tells why American helicopters are being used against
guerrillas in Colombia and Peru. Increasingly the role our nation has taken
is the role of those who refuse to give up the privileges and pleasures that
come from the immense profits of overseas investment."
-Martin Luther King, Jr. ["A Time to Break the Silence" speech given at
Riverside Church New York City April 4, 1967]
8. "Death squads have been created and used by the CIA around the world -
particularly the Third World - since the late 1940s, a fact ignored by the
-Ralph McGehee [Former CIA analyst & Author] CIABASE; The Crisis of
Democracy Deadly Deceits: My 25 years in the CIA
9. "The U.S.A. has supplied arms, security equipment and training to
governments and armed groups that have committed torture, political killings
and other human rights abuses in countries around the world."
-Amnesty International ["United States of America - Rights for All" October
10. "We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely
controlled and dominated Governments in the world - no longer a Government
of free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and vote of the
majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of small groups of
-Woodrow Wilson [U.S. President during World War I]
11. "We must become the owners, or at any rate the controllers at the
source, of at least a proportion of the oil which we require."
- British Royal Commission, agreeing with Winston Churchill's policy towards
12. "What we want to have in existence, what we ought to have been creating
in this time is some administration with Arab institutions which we can
safely leave while pulling the strings ourselves; something that won't cost
very much, which the Labour government can swallow consistent with its'
principles, but under which our economic and political interests will be
secure. [.....] If the French remain in Syria we shall have to avoid giving
them the excuse of setting up a protectorate. If they go, or if we appear to
be reactionary in Mesopotamia, there is always the risk that [King] Faisal
will encourage the Americans to take over both, and it should be borne in
mind that the Standard Oil company is very anxious to take over Iraq."
- Sir Arthur Hirtzel, Head of the British government's 'India Office
Political Department.' 1919
13. "If war aims are stated which seem to be solely concerned with
Anglo-American imperialism, they will offer little to people in the rest of
the world. The interests of other peoples should be stressed. This would
have a better propaganda effect."
- Private memo from The Council of Foreign Relations to the U.S. State
14. "Our strategic and security interests throughout the world will be best
safeguarded by the establishment in suitable spots of 'Police Stations',
fully equipped to deal with emergencies within a large radius. Kuwait is one
such spot from which Iraq, South Persia, Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf
could be controlled. It will be worthwhile to go to considerable trouble and
expense to establish and man a 'Police Station' there."
- British Foreign Office, policy memo, 1947
15. We have about 60% of the world's wealth but only 6.3% of its'
population. In this situation we cannot fail to be the object of envy and
resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of
relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity.
We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of
altruism and world benefaction. We should cease to talk about such vague and
unreal objectives as human rights, the raising of living standards and
democratisation. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in
straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic
slogans, the better."
- George Kennan, former Head of the U.S. State Department Policy Planning
Staff, Document PPS23, 24th February 1948
16. "I came to America because of the great, great freedom which I heard
existed in this country. I made a mistake in selecting America as a land of
freedom, a mistake I cannot repair in the balance of my lifetime."
-Albert Einstein, 1947
17. "The target suffered a terminal illness before a firing squad in
- CIA officer testifying to U.S. Senate hearing, after bloody CIA aided
Ba'th Party coup overthrew Iraqi Prime Minister Abdel Kassem, 1963
18. "Strikes at population targets (per se) are likely not only to create a
counterproductive wave of revulsion abroad and at home, but greatly to
increase the risk of enlarging the war with China and the Soviet Union.
Destruction of locks and dams, however - if handled right - might offer
promise. It should be studied. Such destruction does not kill or drown
people. By shallow-flooding the rice, it leads after time to widespread
starvation (more than a million) unless food is provided - which we could
offer to do 'at the conference table'."
- John McNaughton, U.S. State Department Vietnam policy, as quoted in 'The
Mentality of the Backroom Boys.' Article by Noam Chomsky, 1973
19. "The U.S. must carry out some act somewhere in the world which shows its
determination to continue to be a world power."
- Henry Kissinger, post-Vietnam blues, as quoted in The Washington Post,
20. "It would not have been possible for a political party to be more
committed to a national home for the Jews in Palestine than was Labour."
- Harold Wilson, former British Labour Party Prime Minister, 1981
21. "One hundred nations in the UN have not agreed with us on just about
everything that's come before them, where we're involved, and it didn't
upset my breakfast at all."
- Ronald Reagan, former U.S. President, basking in the triumph that was the
U.S. invasion of Grenada, 1983
22. Q. "Mr. President, have you approved of covert activity to destablise
the present government of Nicaragua?"
A. "Well, no, we're supporting them, the - oh, wait a minute, wait a minute,
I'm sorry, I was thinking of El Salvador, because of the previous, when you
said Nicaragua. Here again, this is something upon which the national
security interests, I just - I will not comment."
- Ronald Reagan, former U.S. President, Washington press conference,
February 13th, 1983, as quoted by John Pilger in 'Heroes'
23. "After seeing 'RAMBO' last night, I know what to do the next time this
- Ronald Reagan, former U.S. President, as reported by Daily Express, July
24. "Aerosol DU (Depleted Uranium) exposures to soldiers on the battlefield
could be significant with potential radiological and toxicological effects.
[...] Under combat conditions, the most exposed individuals are probably
ground troops that re-enter a battlefield following the exchange of
armour-piercing munitions. [...] We are simply highlighting the potential
for levels of DU exposure to military personnel during combat that would be
unacceptable during peacetime operations. [...DU is..]... a low level alpha
radiation emitter which is linked to cancer when exposures are internal,
[and] chemical toxicity causing kidney damage. [...] Short term effects of
high doses can result in death, while long term effects of low doses have
been linked to cancer. [...] Our conclusion regarding the health and
environmental acceptability of DU penetrators assume both controlled use and
the presence of excellent health physics management practices. Combat
conditions will lead to the uncontrolled release of DU. [...] The conditions
of the battlefield, and the long term health risks to natives and combat
veterans may become issues in the acceptability of the continued use of DU
kinetic penetrators for military applications."
- Excerpts from the July 1990 Science and Applications International
Corporation report: ' Kinetic Energy Penetrator Environment and Health
Considerations', as included in Appenix D - U.S. Army Armaments, Munitions
and Chemical Command report: 'Kinetic Energy Penetrator Long Term Strategy
Study, July 1990' These documents state clearly and equivocally that the
U.S. army was well aware of the radioactive and toxic dangers of Depleted
Uranium ammunition long before the first shots of the war were fired.
25. "We do not have any defense treaties with Kuwait, and there are no
special defense or security commitments to Kuwait."
- Margaret Tutweiller, U.S. State Department spokeswoman, 24th July 1990,
nine days before Iraq's invasion of Kuwait References
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