This article was originally posted on February 13, 2008 under the pseudonym ‘Jake, the Champion of the Constitution.’ It was the first public article I ever wrote on the NolanChart.com website, and was my honest and somewhat naive initial attempt to muddle through the lies the government told about 9/11 and the true causes of the Global War on Terror. I was affected by the foreign policy views of Dr. Ron Paul, who was running for President at the time. Among many other facts I did not become aware of until later on in life, this was also well before the “28 pages” were declassified in 2016 with evidence demonstrating and stating the following: “The September 11 hijackers may have been in contact with other Saudi Government officials in the United States prior to the September 11 attacks, and Saudi Government officials in the United States may have ties to Usama Bin Laden’s terrorist network.” (PDF) It was also before the shocking murder and dismemberment of a Washington Post journalist at a Saudi embassy in 2018, which in my humble opinion should have been the last straw to end any friendship between the Saudi and American government leadership. In 2009-2010, I was running for United States Congress and my Afghanistan and Iraq War planks are available here and here. Many of the links below I have not checked yet, so be aware of dead or outdated links.
Let me tell you what I believe.
I believe in freedom of speech (and not to speak). I may not agree with what you say or think, but I will fight for your right to say and think it. I believe the free exchange of ideas is critical for a free society. I believe if you want to write intelligently on the internet and seek truth, it’s a good idea to source it so others can offer rebuttal or agreement.
I believe what Osama Bin Laden was responsible for the deaths 2,973 Americans on September the 11th, 2001.1 I want him to stand trial for murder and that the Armed Forces of my country should execute this action with lethal force, but at this point using a small team is better than a massive army to catch a man possibly hiding under rocks and in caves. I believe 15 of the 19 dead hijackers (and Osama) were Saudi nationals.2 I believe none of the hijackers were Iraqi. 2 I believe Bin Laden in August 1996 declared religious fatwa, or crusade, on every man, woman, and child in the United States of America due to our “presence of an army of infidels in a land with the sites most sacred to Islam.” 2 The army of infidels are the Armed Forces of my country and Bin Laden was angry we are based closed to the holy sites of Mecca and Medina located in Saudi Arabia.
2 The 9/11 Commission Report. The other hijackers? Two were Emirati, one was Lebanese, one was Egyptian.
The United States military maintained a military of thousands in Saudi Arabia from the Persian Gulf War in the early 1990s until our forces were requested by their government to leave in April 2003 per Rumsfield’s announcement. We downsized our force from 5000 to less than 500 by the end of summer 2003. 3 I speculate Saudi Arabia requested this withdrawal to occur as a direct result of the 9/11 attack to quell internal religious turmoil and suspect this was well prior to the Rumsfield’s announcement. Just prior to this announcement (from Saudi Arabia) we invaded Iraq in March 2003. I charged we invaded Iraq after a long, false propaganda effort by the Bush administration of “weapons of mass destruction” and “Iraq’s links to Al-Qaeda”. 4 I charge my country has decided to maintain a military presence in the Middle East to secure our supply of oil to fuel our economy at the high cost of American soldiers’ lives. In other words – if we couldn’t maintain our presence in Saudi Arabia, then Iraq was the next best base. I have great respect for the lives of the men and women of our military and I don’t want them dying in a foreign desert to secure that black, energy-rich stuff that is ultimately just dead living tissue. I believe there are other ways to secure our future source of energy, and a great change in the world’s economy will come from a cleaner source of energy.
I charge we invaded Iraq to continue safeguarding “our” oil supply in the Middle East and this is morally wrong. Over 3,950 American soldiers have died in that hellish desert and over 29,000 have been wounded. 5 I believe this war is also responsible for the deaths of over 655,000 Iraqis just from March 2003-July 2006. 6 I don’t believe the rate of killing has slowed since this time, and assuming a constant rate of deaths, this means possibly over 958,000 Iraqis have died to date. 7 This projection is almost a MILLION lives and the thought of all those people dying – personally, I can’t even comprehend that many consciousnesses being extinguished – and continue to die brings tears to my eyes.
IT IS TIME FOR THIS MADNESS TO STOP. BRING MY SOLDIERS HOME, I DON’T WANT THEM TO DIE FOR OIL AND THE AMERICAN MILITARY EMPIRE. There are plenty of other reasons I believe this is a good idea, and Ron Paul has voice many of these, especially the expense of this war. 8 There is also the military-industrial complex, war profiteers like Halliburton, Titan and KBR, among many others. 9
6 [lancet report pdf]
7 my calculator
8 [dr paul iraq views website] (dead link)
And I don’t want to stop there. Most Americans are blissfully unaware we have a global military empire, consisting of roughly 700 bases in 130 of the 190 countries on the face of this earth. 10 I want the 40,000 troops in Japan home. I want the 40,000 troops in South Korea home. I want the 75,000 troops in Germany home. I want the other 40,000 troops we have in the rest of Europe home. Iraq is my generation’s Vietnam; the words of the assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. have this strange echo. 11 The modern-day words of Dr. Paul resonate with me.
I don’t believe President Bush will ever tell the American people the truth of why we invaded Iraq. Watch Stephen Colbert, like the patriot he is, insult and dare him to tell us right to his face, not that I particularly enjoy watching the President of my country embarrassed before my eyes. 12 Watch Stephen Colbert call Ron Paul’s argument insane – I mean a Cassandra cry of the truth – concerning the Iraq War. 13 I am frightened by the possibility of more preemptive Hitleresque wars, more senseless deaths and unhappiness and the possible financial collapse of my country.
Lastly, I charge this war is unconstitutional since it is the job of Congress to declare war. I cite Article 1, Section 8, Clause 11 of the United States Constitution. 14
My name is Jake and I am the champion of the Constitution of the United States. I believe my country needs a jolt of liberty+freedom and I am here to help the effort. Four months ago I wanted nothing to do with politics. It didn’t effect my life significantly… until I wanted this war to end. Nowadays I feel like I awoke in a different reality. I have a lot of other thoughts to share on the private bank that is the Federal Reserve (wish I could buy shares in THAT company!) and democracy (I don’t believe in true democracy, and I hate seeing that word bandied around as a synonym for pure good. I believe in the Republic and the code of law.) Don’t get me started on MainStreamMedia. But that is for later, give me a break, this is my first post. Any feedback whatsoever is very welcome.