Dying to Kill

Why are our soldiers committing suicide?

Why are our soldiers committing suicide?

Why are American Troops Waging War on Themselves?

What if I told you that every day someone in the United States military committed suicide?

Would you believe me?

Can you believe that every 18 hours someone sworn to, “Support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…” decides that the real enemy is in fact themselves?

Why would nine active-duty soldiers who took an oath to fight to the death in protection of this country take their own life instead every week?

“Please accept this and be glad for me.”
These were the last words of Daniel Somers a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom who left a note for his family explaining his agonizing pain and suffering before committing suicide on June 10, 2013.

In his final letter he wrote:

“The simple truth is this: During my first deployment, I was made to participate in things, the enormity of which is hard to describe. War crimes, crimes against humanity. Though I did not participate willingly, and made what I thought was my best effort to stop these events, there are some things that a person simply can not come back from…”

His comments remind me of a sight I’ll never forget on South beach Miami, Memorial Day weekend in 2006.

This huge demonstration which span for several blocks on Ocean drive had a placard with the rank, name, and age of each individual soldier who had died in the War on Terror.

There were thousands of these cards lined up spanning as far as you could see.

It was jaw dropping to imagine this amazing number of people could be here at this park hanging out at the beach but instead they’re gone forever over a cause that no one seems to understand. It also documented that three years after the war started the American people were fed up.

Now seven years after this scene, a full decade of war later, all signs point to the troops being fed up. In 2012 a disturbing threshold was passed when the results of a study concluded that more American troops are killing themselves than are being killed at war by any enemy or terrorist.

On average 22 military veterans take their own life every single day.


Is it because they find suicide more honorable an act than the war crimes that Daniel Somers wrote about? If so it wouldn’t be the first time.

In the 16th century Samurai warriors practiced SEPPUKU. This is an ancient suicide ritual where warriors would kill themselves by disembowelment rather than be captured and tortured by the enemy. They would also commit this gruesome act if they had dishonored themselves in order to attenuate great shame or offset what they had done.

Is this Why Troops are Killing Themselves
US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning took action that he thought was responsible and legal under law and he ended up making the news for getting tortured after he was arrested for leaking classified information to the public via Wikileaks.

Manning is the source of the shocking video that showed the Reuters employees being killed by US troops in a helicopter who saw people standing calmly in the street as crazed insurgents shooting at them.

The video was named “Collateral Murder”.

Today Bradley Manning’s locked in a cell awaiting trial for serious charges like “aiding the enemy” for sharing this information, he faces over 20 years in prison.

Just last month Edward Snowden who worked for the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) made headlines when he fled the country after leaking evidence to the press that the US government is actively spying and collecting data on its own citizens.

Today Edward Snowden’s in Russia and has applied for political asylum in 19 countries.

Catch 22?
The evidence suggests that military personal who talk to the public about the crimes being committed especially via the press find themselves charged with crimes, arrested, and even tortured.

Faced with the prospect of committing more crimes or getting arrested for telling the truth many soldiers are choosing suicide.

However, there is another way.

In 2004 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars started an organization called IVAW or Iraq Veterans Against the War. The video testimony of its members like Jon Michael Turner are absolutely shocking. He talks about events in the Iraq war where American Troops killed people indiscriminately, kicking in doors, shooting up Mosques, and firing rockets at people’s homes.

His entire testimony could be summed up in one word, remorse.

I believe this will lead to a path of healing and redemption for himself and others.

Why do you think?

Why are so many American troops are killing themselves?

What should be done about it?

So Who’s Bailout Money Is It Anyway? The Great Keynesian Conundrum

Bailouts Still Crippling U.S. TaxpayersA Bill of Goods

I’ll never forget years ago when I was looking at buying a new Nissan Altima. I went to the dealership and this salesman tried to sell me on a below base model without air conditioning in HOT as a firecracker Florida.

This clown was telling me, “Yeah man, just install your AC later, people do it all the time, don’t worry you can take care of it down the line.”

All I could do is laugh.

Such is the case with Paul Krugman and the product he trying to sell you Keynesian economics. If you’re not up to speed with how this theory works in short it’s the opposite of common sense.

It’s like paying it forward in reverse or something. #PayItBackward

Basically it says during economic downturns and recessions the many should go into unlimited debt in order to bailout the few at all costs.

This is sold as the only solution when there are big problems in the economy. Keynesian proponents insist that huge oceans of money must be filled to the rim by the masses and handed over to the “wise guys” in order to “fix everything”. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have six thousand dollars to your name; simply put, the Keynesian says the big banks need it.

TARP BAILOUT (2008) – $700 billion
COST per U.S. Taxpayer – $6,146.72 

They also say, “Don’t worry about the debt you can take care of it down the line.”

Sounds like that car salesman doesn’t it? Let’s look at how well that’s been going. Since October of 2008 when America was slam sold into the first TARP bailout by Hank Paulson and George W. Bush what’s happened?

Did it work?

Well in a way it did. It helped lure Americans into another bailout quick. Just four months after TARP 1 “the new guys” Tim Geithner and Barrack Obama suplexed America into TARP part 2. Like most sequels this one was worse than the first.

TARP 2 BAILOUT (2009) – $2 trillion
COST per U.S. Taxpayer – $17,562.05

Yes… You are reading this correctly. That’s $17,000 that each taxpayer agreed to lend to the government to start 2009. If it makes you feel queasy don’t worry this is just an effect of quantitative easing or QE1.

Did it work?

It worked exceptionally well at paving the road for another bailout, QE2. One year later in November of 2010 the private Federal Reserve announced that it would inject liquidity by “buying” US treasuries.

This is where it starts to get complicated.

The FED creates US currency on demand so whenever it “buys” securities from the treasury the US treasury actually owes the FED a return on this “investment”. They call it a purchase, but ultimately it is money that the US treasury has to pay back in the future plus interest.

If the government pays in full, that means you pay…

QE 2 (2010) – $600 billion
COST per U.S. Taxpayer – $5,268.62

That’s five grand more from each American taxpayer direct to the treasury. Surely after two rounds of “quantitative easing” the problem should be at ease, right?


Ten months after QE2 the bailout hits just keep on coming. In September of 2011 The FED announced “Operation Twist”. This was the latest scheme to purchase more treasury bonds, i.e. lend the government money while calling it something else. It also carried the additional caveat of the FED selling treasury bonds that it already held back to the US treasury. This was a great deal for the private banks that are the FED.

They got to sell US treasuries that no one in the world would buy and get new one’s that they can sell later. This was a TWISTED deal for the US government and treasury.

Operation Twist (2011) – $400 billion
COST per U.S. Taxpayer – $3,512.41

The US received billions from the FED’s “bond purchase” but then it had to give billions right back when the FED “sold treasury bonds”. After the smoke settled the only thing clear about this twisted operation was more debt. And that’s another $3,500 bill for the American taxpayer. Do you have an extra $3,000?

So We’re Done Now… Right?

Was this payment finally enough to, “Get-R-Dun” as Larry the cable says and finally solve the problem?


Twelve months later the FED announced QE3 which has been called “QE infinity” because it has no pre-set end date. This is the FED’s open-ended program to “buy” $40 billion dollars in mortgage backed securities from the US Treasury every month until unemployment improves “substantially.”

“It’s interesting to note at this point that bailouts are now being used to support unemployment even though they were originally said to be needed for a one time only EMERGENCY FUND to save the economy.“

QE 3 (2012) – $480 billion
COST per U.S. Taxpayer – $4,214.89

What does QE3 mean?

If you’re a connected banker it means billions in funds available at an extremely low interest rate.If you’re an American taxpayer it means another $4,00 per year that you owe to the Quantitative Keynesian’s, a.k.a. the current federal government.

They say third time’s a charm so did QE3 finally “fix the fucking problem?”  Does Barrack Obama have small ears?

Three months after QE3 started QE4 was Announced

This time it’s another deal between the good old boys at the FED and the Treasury. The FED will buy from the US treasury $40 billion per month in “mortgage backed securities” and $45 billion per month in treasury securities. That’s $85 billion per month.

QE 4 (2012) – $1.02 trillion
COST per U.S. Taxpayer – $8,956.65

Do you think it will work? If you’re a Keynesianite you probably say, “IT IS WORKING THE STOCK MARKET IS ON FIRE AND THERE HASN’T BEEN ANY NEW BAILOUTS.” Don’t forget. When Ben Bernanke hinted at “slowing” QE recently the stock market took a dive. QE3 and QE4 are still rolling along at $40 Billion and $85 Billion per month. It’s like bailout autopilot that costs each American taxpayer $1,097 per month.Another nine grand from every single American taxpayer per year to a handful of dudes that Paul Krugman says are “saving us”.

Also, don’t forget QE1, QE2, and Operation Twist all must be paid back as well. Add here another $32,489 to Jane and John Q American’s tab.  Even if this HUGE bill is 50% paid off as some Keynesians claim, it still leaves a balance of $16,244.

It’s Getting Worse

How are Americans ever going to pay back all this debt when according to a recent survey 75% of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck? This is evidence the bailouts are making the situation worse as a similar survey in 2012 found 60% of Americans were living check to check.

WHY? Many of them were laid off while the companies they used to work for got bailed out. The execs took the bailout money, gave themselves a bonus, and handed out pink slips.


Simple.  If Paul Krugman is corrent, and “some type of bailout” is inevitable, how about making the next round of bailouts payable to the American taxpayer. How about redirecting the $1,097 per month that QE3 an QE4 cost directly to the individual taxpayers who are the collateral for the loan in the first place. If the people have to repay the debt isn’t it only right that they receive the proceeds of the loan?

Wouldn’t this solve the Keynesian conundrum? How would we know if we never try? #BailoutThePeople

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