Archive for March, 2022

Joe Biden delivers a speech in Warsaw, Poland on 3/26/2022, in which he appeared to call for the removal of Vladimir Putin. Administration officials have denied this was Biden’s intent.

A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger

  • Proverbs 15:1

“For God’s sake, this man [Vladimir Putin] cannot remain in power.”

So concluded American President Joe Biden in his Saturday speech in Poland.

Let Biden’s words sink in for a moment.  Here’s the President of the United States uttering words that could reasonably be interpreted as a declaration of war on a sovereign, nuclear-armed power. 

Growing up during the cold war, I well remember the constant tensions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.  But for all that, I don’t ever recall hearing the sort of threat that Biden uttered in his speech on Saturday.

Biden has held political office of one sort or another for about fifty years.  As a lawyer and as a politician he, of all people, should understand the importance of choosing the right words. 

It was King Solomon who penned the words “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” Perhaps those words need to be tattooed on the forehead of Biden and his advisors, for they seem to have forgotten, or perhaps never learned them.

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The prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished.

  • Proverbs 22:3

In a well-known scene from The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and her companions finally get their audience with the Wizard himself.  It turns out to be a terrifying affair, with thundering, lightning, and smoke all around. 

That is until Dorothy’s little dog Toto runs over and pulls back the curtain on the control booth, revealing the Wizard to be a not-so-imposing fellow, one whose frightening image is the product of special effects controlled from an electronic panel. 

Whether the intention of the filmmakers was for this scene to serve as an illustration of the workings of modern society, I don’t know.  Perhaps it was.  But whatever their intention, it certainly is a glimpse into how things so often do work in our media-driven society.  It’s “look over here, look over here” while at the same time we’re told, “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”

Put another way, we’re taught to focus on the effect rather than on the cause of the effect.

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WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 08: Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland testifies before a Senate Foreign Relation Committee hearing on Ukraine on March 08, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

“What does it profit anyone except the very few to whom war means huge profits?”

  • Brigadier General Smedley D. Butler, USMC, War is a Racket

In his 1930s book War is a Racket, retired U.S. Marine Corps Brigadier General Smedley Butler argued against the globalists and corporatists of his day and for the return of America’s historic foreign policy of non-interventionism. 

Some may suppose from the title of his book that Butler, a 30-year Marine Corps veteran and two-time medal of honor recipient, had turned pacifist.  Such was not the case.  Butler was not a pacifist.  He was a non-interventionist in that he held that war was could justifiably be undertaken only for very limited reasons.  In Butler’s view, there were only two reasons Americans should go to war.  He wrote:

There are only two reasons you should be asked to give your youngsters.  One is defense of our homes.  The other is the defense of our Bill of Rights and particularly the right to worship God as we see fit.  Every other reason advanced for the murder of young men is a racket, pure and simple (War is a Racket, 67). 

Put differently, Butler believed that American soldiers should be sent to battle only in defense of their families, their property, and their Constitutionally guaranteed rights.  This is essentially the foreign policy of the founding fathers of America. 

Worth noting, too, is that Butler mentioned “young men” in his comments, not young women.  Feminism had not advanced so far in his day as to make it a philosophical imperative that young women be sent to the frontlines, a barbaric and astonishingly stupid idea advanced both by the U.S. and now (probably due to U.S. influence) Ukrainian army. 

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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky

And Jesus answered and said unto them, take heed that no man deceive you.

  • Matthew 24:4

I have in my possession a book titled Day of Deceit by Robert B. Stinnett.  I have not read all of the book.  Indeed, I’ve only skimmed it.  But its basic thesis is that Pearl Harbor, far from being a surprise to top American leadership, was an engineered event designed to bring America into the war.  The author holds that FDR know in advance that the attack on 12/7/41 was coming and wanted it to take place. 

Before dismissing his thesis as the ravings of some fringe wingnut and lunatic, it’s worth mentioning that the book was first published in 2000 by Simon & Schuster, a major New York publisher, and was widely and positively reviewed by many mainstream reviewers.  Further, the book is still in print twenty years after its release.    

In the book’s Preface, the author himself seems almost to approve of the deceit he charges FDR with as necessary for overcoming “isolationist America.” 

As a veteran of the Pacific War, I felt a sense of outrage as I uncovered secrets that had been hidden from Americans for more than fifty years.  But I understood the agonizing dilemma faced by President Roosevelt.  He was forced to find circuitous means to persuade an isolationist America to join in a fight for freedom.  He knew this would cost lives.  How many, he could not have known (xiii).

So, FDR lied to the American people, but he did so for a good and noble cause.  This pagan way of thinking, the idea of the Noble Lie, goes back at least to Plato’s Republic.  But while situation ethics of this sort are popular with heathen past and present, it is alien to the Scriptures which command us, “Thou shalt not bear false witness.” 

If what Stinnett wrote is true, FDR and others in the know, far from being heroic defenders of America, were liars and murderers.

Further, if the government lied to Americans about Pearl Harbor – and I believe they did – this raises the question, what else have they/are they lying to us about?

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