Waging peace

A great American Henry David Thoreau once said: “What is the point of a fine house if you don’t have a tolerable planet to put it on.”

What is the future of our great country?

It matters because it’s where most of us are going to spend the rest of our lives and where our children and grandchildren and their children will spend theirs.

Now is the time for all good men and women of good will to come to the aid of their country.

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– Ken McCarthy

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14 Responses to Waging peace

  1. Pamela Dodd June 23, 2007 at 4:05 pm #

    Thanks for the recommendation, Ken. The two Amazon reviews give what sounds like a balanced assesement of the book. The Publisher’s Weekly synopsis, on the other hand, is an unflattering example of what someone can write who’s long on trying to be cute and clever and short on understanding.

    I’ve ordered a copy. As someone attracted to focus and strategy and repulsed by overreaction and violence, it should be an interesting read.

  2. Larry Weeks June 23, 2007 at 7:38 pm #

    Give me a break. I like your stuff Ken but your way off base here. What a lacky for Saddam Hussien. This guy was a paid (literally) PR person to keep a lid on Iraq and WMD. Iran? You must be joking. Iran is a threat right now and will be a larger threat in the future if something is not done. If you cannot see that your blind. I hope to God Bush takes out the Iranian nuclear facility before he leaves office.

  3. Maggie June 23, 2007 at 8:41 pm #

    Ken, it is beyond me that after all the killing and terrorism practised by members of the religion of peace against those of other cultures, as well as their own members, that so much of the WESTREN WORLD has still not caught on that there is NO way one can wage peace with that religion.
    The religion “demands” that they kill or beat into submission those who differ.

    I’m shocked to read your buying into the “feel good, if only we love them, they love us” crap, as I had considered you one of the more rational people.

    But as the man says: “Liberalism is a mental disease.” It’s a serious condition, obviously, that afflicts entirely too many.


  4. Mark June 23, 2007 at 9:22 pm #

    Hey Larry, you need to read outside of the propanga that is the Bush machine.

    Hussein never had WMD’s and that’s a fact.
    Also, Hussein HATED Osama and Al-Quaida (another fact), and until the USA invaded Irag, there were NO terrorists there.

    Too bad we can’t say that anymore – you can thank Bush for creating another Vietnam and sending innocent young men and women to their deaths for no reason other than he’s a complete idiot and moron.

    Bush is the worst President America has ever had!

    Take a look and educate yourself:

    Do some actual research and you’ll discover that it was America (and Bush Sr.) that put Saddam in power.

    But as Americans, we don’t want to admit that now do we?…

    And no, I am not defending Hussein. What he did was horrific and barbaric and he deserved to die.

    And Maggie, if you actually read any of the Holy Text’s(from any and all religions), you’ll notice a lot of similarities – noticeably that EVERY religious text promotes peace.

    Using the whole argument that Muslim’s and Islam is a violent religion and that they are all terrorists is the remark of a truly ignorant person.

    I could easily make the exact same argument for Christians and Catholics.

    Ever heard of the Spanish Inquisition? How many innocents did they kill in the name of their God?

    Oh yeah, they only set back science and technology back a few hundred years with their book burnings – like the Nazi’s…

    Or how about me saying that all Catholic Priests are child molesters!

    The so called “Islamic” terrorists are nothing more than poor people who are disenfranchised, have absolutely nothing to lose and therefore easily manipulated and brainwashed by others for their own evil purposes.

  5. Maggie June 23, 2007 at 10:40 pm #

    Mark, you certainly are correct in the fact that a lot of barbaric actions were/are committed in the name of “religion” and certainly the fanatical factions of any are intolerant. No argument from me.

    However, currently the most intolerant and barbaric are the muslims. You only need to look at the genocide that goes on in parts of Africa at this very moment and as muslims expand their influence will get worse all over the world.

    You write “The so called “Islamic” terrorists are nothing more than poor people who are disenfranchised, have absolutely nothing to lose and therefore easily manipulated and brainwashed by others for their own evil purposes.”
    I think you phrased that very poorly because those who are “using” the disinfranchised are the real terrorists and that includes immams, political and other leaders who use their religion to perpetuate their reign of terror.

    That is not to say that non muslim “leaders” of various type are not also doing very similar all over the world.

    I feel very strongly, though, that while “Waging Peace” sounds oh so “nice” and simplistic,it will never come about as long as there are powerful leaders who rather see people enslaved than to see them free. And yes, I’m talking of religious, political and industrial leaders on ALL isles of the “theatre”.


  6. Ken McCarthy June 23, 2007 at 11:34 pm #

    Some facts:

    1. Scott Ritter was a Captain in the US Marine Corps.

    2. He was the ballistic weapons advisor to General Norman Schwarzkopf during the first Gulf War.

    3. He worked with Israeli forces to identify and disable Iraqi SCUD missile systems that threatened that country.

    4. At the request of his superiors, he became a leader of the UN weapons inspection team searching Iraq for weapons of mass destruction.

    5. He was and remains one of the world’s leading authorities on weapons systems and weapons capabilities among Middle Eastern countries.

    6. In the face of overwhelming pressure, he stuck to his guns and repeatedly and publicly asserted that pre-US invasion, Iraq did not possess weapons of mass destruction. He was proven correct.

    To those who slander Mr. Ritter I ask:

    What part of the Iraqi War is it that you think is so good for our nation?

    Is it the $500 BILLION spent on a war we were told was going to “pay for itself?”

    Is it that fact that the invasion has exponentially increased the number of terrorists and terrorist supporters in the world?

    Or is it the 3,555 US troops killed and the 50,000+ seriously wounded (as of today)?

    When the facts are as readily available as they are today, willful ignorance and idiocy are no longer an acceptable defense for treason.

    Show some respect for the troops. Show some respect for the Constitution and the rule of law. Show some respect for yourself and stop uncritically parroting the drivel on your TV set.

  7. Ian Pritchard June 24, 2007 at 1:27 pm #

    It’s good to know that there are some people in the states who choose to view their governments actions with through a clear lens. You can;t ahve a democracy without equal representation of all points of view. And you have to remember that the media are controlled by the same kind of people who are in power. They’re ‘on message’ and side with those who hold the reins of power.

    It’s the same here in the UK. The media are pretty much controlled by the ‘establishment’. And yes, even, if not especially the BBC.

    Any state protects the state, not the people. Always has been that way, and always will until people learn to educate themselves to find ALL the information out there. Peace requires sustained goodwil to all men.

  8. Ken McCarthy June 24, 2007 at 3:19 pm #

    “The state protects the state, not the people.”

    Eight words that sum up the whole problem in a nutshell.

    It’s entirely up to us to look ater ourselves and that includes controlling the government, not letting it control us. Thanks.

  9. Joseph Occhino June 25, 2007 at 12:48 pm #

    Remeber Ken’s words above on the state protecting the state. It’s the key to understanding everything else that goes on in governmental relations, both domestically and internationally.

    As for WMD, they were there, they were moved to another country, probably Syria. Read George Sadas book (Google him), he was in Saddam’s cabinet.

    Mark is right, Saddam was basically put in power by the US. Also, surprise! Bin Laden, to the best of my knowledge was a creation of the Carter administration.

    I sit here and wonder why things occur, when we supposedly have the best intelligence, the best military, etc. in the world. It’s because many times, they are ALLOWED to occur. We could have had him (OBL) numerous times. He has never been officially charged as a perp on 9/11. He supposedly is sick, needing some sort of kidney treatment and is hiding in a cave. The “best intelligence,
    the best military” can’t seem to find him. Ask yourself, “where are they plugging
    the dialysis machine into IN A CAVE…”

    Alex Jones site (www.prisonplanet.tv)has a great article recently about how the US flew Bin Laden’s family out of the US after 9/11,
    essentially providing protection. No speculation, this has been now confirmed by FBI.

    Ever see the movie “The Falcon & The Snowman” with Tim Hutton and Sean Penn?
    Hutton’s character says, “I had no idea of the extent of the lie, the level of deception.”

    My two cents: They are letting it happen (lack of attention to things like open borders, immigration, etc.) because they are letting it happen. In the grand scheme of things, it’s being allowed so some other event (another 9/11?) can occur thus setting up the masses for more gov’t control over the people. The evidence is out there in public (use Google and all the other research tools we as marketer’s claim to be experts at). It’s a “Hide in Plan Sight” type of thing.

    Bottom line is there are many “on the take” and they KNOW what is going to happen, perhaps even advocating and facilitating.

    Goal: The trashing of the constitution, establishing the NAU (Noth American Union – US, Canada + Mexico) and silencing the “voice crying in the wilderness”.

    When you let the morals of a country get turned upside done, you ultimately
    get chaos and turmoil, people who are lawless and the gov’t stepping in
    creating a police state. The one who comes out on top is the one who is strongest.

    The CFR (Council on Foreign Relations), UN etc. who know how to play this game have become the strong ones because they see people as little ants ready for the squashing. Sadly, too many people comply because they don’t think critically anymore, preferring to sit in front of the idiot box and agree with everything the media dishes out.

    Time to wake up…

  10. Dave Patrick June 25, 2007 at 3:04 pm #

    Never mix business with politics. With the 50/50 split in this country you probably lost one-half of your list.
    I liked it better when I didn’t know your politics.

  11. Ryan June 25, 2007 at 8:42 pm #

    God bless you, Ken. You may have lost one half of your list, but George Washington and Patrick Henry are not remembered because they were such great businessmen.

    Your contribution has earned you enough criticism and slander on this list. I hope that those who see things differently remember your words when those things happen which you forsee.

    I, for one, respect you more than ever for standing up for what you believe.

  12. Patrick June 25, 2007 at 9:43 pm #

    First, there were WMD in IRAQ, but as one other commenter stated they were moved to another location. One of Huesseins own high officials (sadas) came out with this information and has published a book on it.

    The Islam religion IS NOT a religion of peace, but of WAR! Read the Koran to find out the truth – not what proponents of Islam are saying. You can start with this link:


    Ken – As we all know when a nation goes to war there are casualties. No! We don’t rejoice with those whom we’ve lost and have given their lives for ALL of our freedom, but we weep with their families. As we approach Independence Day – let’s remember ALL of the men and women who have given themselves for the freedoms we have today.

    Also Ken, since you have put some numbers up of how many people have died in Iraq, here’s some numbers of how many people die on our highways YEARLY: Average is 16,000. These are just the alcohol related fatalities.

    Why isn’t anyone speaking out on the effects of alcohol and those whom have died from drunk drivers?

    As a side-note and a response to Mark above concerning his comment on “Christians and Catholics” – they are not the same, so please don’t associate Catholics with Christians.

    The Catholic religion DOES NOT worship the God of the Bible. Of course, neither does Islam, Buddhists, Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons, etc. But the Catholic religion is the one that gets compared to Christianity and it shouldn’t.

  13. Ken McCarthy July 27, 2007 at 1:52 pm #

    In the beginning of change, the patriot is a scarce man, brave, hated and scorned.

    When his cause succeeds, the timid join him because then it costs nothing to be a patriot.

    – Mark Twain

  14. Mark D Worthen PsyD August 30, 2008 at 2:01 am #


    I read your email today about New Orleans and thought, “Wow maybe this super-successful marketing guru isn’t the typical right-wing, pro-business at the exclusion of anything else, Bush43 Republican … ”

    I then read through your “human rights and justice” posts and discovered that you are man of compassion and conviction who isn’t afraid to stand up for what is right.