"....if you were to ask the average American if he or she finds it possible Saddam Hussein was groomed, financed, and supported by the CIA beginning with president John F. Kennedy -- who signed off on plan to overthrow the government of Iraq in 1963 -- chances are they wouldn't believe it. After all, we're the good guys, we do good in the world -- and that's why we're now attempting to track down Hussein and bring him to justice." Saddam Hussein: Taking Out the CIA's Trash
Once the "other reason" was deemed no longer possible to justify the second Iraqi great adventure, "democracy" became the word of choice, once again. I guess it made more sense than blurting out, "it's for the children."
Countless Americans have been psychologically damaged, maimed, and have died, as well as many more who were (and still are) duped, to achieve this goal, as stated for them. Democracy, which is certainly used in a positive sense in speech, debate or argument, when embedded in propaganda, is often used to obtain certain results such as war, or crowd kill operations of conscripted and voluntary combatants who either believe in their own home grown justifications, or merely fight to repel a foreign invader. Unfortunately, the destruction of civilian populations in the process has been more often than not, deliberate.
Since most Americans alive today have little idea why the United States decided to involve itself in the latter stages of World War I, we can direct our attention to the reasons used to get the United States into World War II. US involvement in this war was made easy by the use of the boogey-man fear tactic propaganda perpetrated upon the population as a means of fear-based mind control.
Who could argue that Hitler didn't need a military take-down to "make the world safe for democracy?" Who knows what a Germany under Hitler would have been capable of over time? But that's not the question. Indeed, but what about Hitler's origins? Are we to assume that Hitler and his gang naturally sprang up from obscurity thanks to early support and donations from the German citizenry and domestic grass roots organizations? The evidence would suggest otherwise as Hitler's climb to power was anything but a domestic affair.
I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket. General Smedly Butler, USMC
How many Americans could identify the National Endowment for Democracy? An organization which often does exactly the opposite of what its name implies. The NED was set up in the early 1980s under President Reagan in the wake of all the negative revelations about the CIA in the second half of the 1970s. The latter was a remarkable period. Spurred by Watergate-the Church Committee of the Senate, the Pike Committee of the House and the Rockefeller Commission, created by the president, were all busy investigating the CIA. Seemingly every other day there was a new headline about the discovery of some awful thing, even criminal conduct, the CIA had been mixed up in for years. The Agency was getting an exceedingly bad name, and it was causing the powers-that-be much embarrassment.
Funds contributed by NED even included campaign money to a former CIA contract agent, Panama's Manuel Noriega, for a presidential candidate that he backed: