By David Swanson, October 10, 2017, Let’s Try Democracy.
Here’s an email you don’t see every day:
From: LOSING TIME <HASC.Drumbeat@mail.house.gov>
Date: Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 7:32 AM
Subject: LOSING TIME: We Are Running Out of Bombs
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I have a novel suggestion for ChairmanThornberry. When there’s not enough coal to safely burn to warm your house, you can close a room and not heat it. Maybe start with the war games room, then the TV room, then that special room reserved for if Trump ever visits, and so on.
When there are not enough bombs to bomb everybody, you can pick a country to stop bombing. Maybe start with Yemen, then Syria, and after that Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, plus Somalia and Libya, and all the other parts of the world with U.S. drones and planes are carrying bombs overhead. Maybe even run the practice bombing missions in Korea without bombs.
I know applying conservation to bombing sounds scandalous. But here’s my theory. When planes were kept out of U.S. skies after 9/11, the skies cleared up. The absence of the pollution brought us something we hadn’t known we were missing. I’m guessing that keeping armed planes out of skies would be even more revelatory.
Again, just start with one nation. See if that nation is actually better off or if it’s really worse off for the reduction in bombing. Be empirical about this. Ask some Yemeni families whether they resent not having been bombed before the bombing ended. Record their sentiments accurately. Draw a conclusion. Proceed from there.