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Editorially speaking, the title demands a clear answer in the text, and while the overall sense of the article justifies the title, I'm not sure I found a specific quote to answer my question.

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 12:38:37 AM EST
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I'd have enjoyed "highway robber".
by Cat on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 03:21:21 AM EST
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in the world today: my own government
is a little raggedy by now, it is true.
by Cat on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 04:46:21 AM EST
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A Bandit State

As you rightly judged, it's my own conclusion based on 15 years blogging on FP issues. Having lived 10 yrs in the states during the 1960s, I have had a close interest in US society and politics. Have resided in Europe for the 50 years, I've have witnessed and experienced the downfall of global symbol of Freedom. I happened to be on an extended holiday in the US, watching for many hours U.S. Congressional Watergate hearings with a great Democrat Sam Ervin. The downfall of "Tricky" Dick Nixon, his lies and deceit made a deep impression on me. "I'm NOT a crook" was a sign of infamy for the Office of the US President. A hard Civics lesson for me and at the time a greater disillusion than the Vietnam War!

At the time, there were many unknowns about deceit and corruption in US politics. We were spoonfed the allegiance to the flag every morning at school and the evil of Communism as the Red Creeping Monster.

Witnessed the Nixon-Kennedy debate in 1960, felt the emotions and fear of the Cuba crisis, the B-52s stationed at Lambert Field in St. Louis, readied for take-off to destroy the Soviet Republic of Communism. We had the hope of the Kennedy afministration, Peace Corps, Berlin speech, mayor Willy Brandt ... destroyed by an assassin's bullet in a hostile Dallas, TX, home-state of VP Johnson. In 1968, the murders of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy sealed my decision to emigrate to Europe.

We had no idea what held up the Paris Peace Talks - the Kisdinger notes - and got a Republican Nixon elected. The brutal Vietnam War escalated with the disastrous Christmas carpet bombing of Hanoi in 1972.

The hearings of the Church Commission I have missed and the fact the one-man assassin theory of 11-22-1963 was rejected by U.S. Congress.

Ever since the fall of Communism, the United States has failed as leader of the "Free World" on numerous occasions. The bullying and harsh economic sanctions on "rogue states" by its own definition, is mostly contrary to International Law, Geneva or The Hague Conventions.

The Bush-Obama-Trump administrations have by-passed the United Nations and have often put their peacekeepers in harm's way by hostile, military acts. The US has no regard for human life, except of the unborn. 😥

A "bandit state" designation is mostly reserved for a kleptocracy ... one can readily find many sources describing American exceptionalism and inequality as a robbery of the less fortunate.

Searching for a "bandit state" in a political sense, I came across the Nuremberg and Tokio trials of war crimes and crimes against humanity. In the last two decades, the US alone, or in a coalition, have been responsible for major conflicts of choice causing countless civilian deaths. The robbery of Human life is sufficient for me to designate the US a bandit state.

.... and I haven't mentioned the many interventions in the Americas, death squads, El Salvador, Chile with Allende and the Kissinger doctrine, dictatorships, training SOA, CIA assassinations and the drone as weapon of choice.

by Oui on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 08:43:25 AM EST
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I was writing as an editor front paging a story, not as a blogger questioning the designation. Normally, in an article entitled "US declared..." you would expect to learn in the first paragraph or two who had so declared the USA. If it is the author making the declaration, I would expect the title to be something like "The USA is now acting as a Bandit State." It matters who is making the declaration: The UN, EU, Iran, Iraq, Biden, some academic authority or the author? Just looking for clarity.

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 05:18:57 PM EST
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I'm aware of that Frank ... it took some time to write this essay about my reasoning. 😊

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Impunity

No institution of the United Nations will or could make such an declaration. The United States of America as self-appointed global sheriff has made sure there is no other national jurisdiction or International Court permitted to try a US military for misdeeds attributed during his service.

Why did Obama pull out the US Forces out of Iraq?

President Obama: U.S. commitment in Iraq, a status of forces agreement (SOFA)

How do the Japanese like the US sailors living in the Okinawa bases?

Okinawa US Military Base: Structural Violence against Women

Even the mercenaries hired for by the Pentagon or CIA for security at al. in Iraq or Afghanistan are freed from any liability. No one is left behind in a foreign country ...

Pakistan -- Did Ray Davis Shoot Two Pakistani Agents?

Iraq - Blackwater mercenaries and Nissour Square massacre

Even a US citizen as civilian residing in England was sped out of the country to avoid being held responsible for a traffic accident causing a death.

Wife of American Diplomat Claims "Diplomatic Immunity", Flees U.K. After Fatal Crash From Driving on Wrong Side of Road

Nicest symbol I am proud to refer to, is of course, the The Hague Invasion Act, passed by U.S. Congress.

The Hague On the Roll - ICJ Ruling

    After the threat to the ICC located in the city of The Hague by John Bolton recently, another top court has ruled against the United States of America. No "Invasion Act" yet conceived to kidnap the judges of the International Court of Justice located in the Peace Palace funded by Andrew Carnegie over 100 years ago.

[Enforcement can only be made possible through the UN Security Council ... veto will keep the Powers getting away scot free - Oui]

In Hindsight: The Security Council and the International Court of Justice

The US Armed Forces and US leaders got off without sanctions for years of torture, detention in Iraq and Afghanistan. Also the drone killings on such a scale with deaths of countless civilians are against human right and constitute war crimes.

In the end, when someone is court-martialed, a president like idiot Trump grants a pardon and fires the commander responsible for a courageous act of justice. In all these cases, it's an International Court of Law which should step in ... the US chickened out and live their military and political lives with impunity.

by Oui on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 06:44:09 PM EST
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Empires cannot and will not hold the enforcers of their rule liable for the action(s) needed to enforce their rule.

Unless there's a damn good reason!  See: Scapegoats of the Empire by Edward Witton.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 07:06:56 PM EST
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When asked if he had dealt with the Boer prisoners according to international law, Morant replied, "No. We got them and we shot them under the rule of the .303 rifle." He added: "Take us out and crucify us at once. This is what comes of being an empire builder."

Morant was sentenced to be shot, and he died with a defiant smile on his lips. As he stood before the firing squad in Pretoria, South Africa, on the morning of February 25, 1902, he refused the offer of a bandage for his eyes and said, "Shoot straight! Don't make a mess of it."

[Source:  Breaker Morant - Wikipedia ]

Bennet Burleigh

    He was a Scottish-born pirate, Confederate spy and journalist. Later in life, he changed his surname to Burleigh and became a celebrated war correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph. Covered the Boer War at the time of Morant and the Bushveldt Carbineers.

Key Words: | Baden-Powell | Winston Churchill | concentration camps | Kitchener's HQ | Captain Hunt | German missionary Heese |

by Oui on Mon Jan 6th, 2020 at 08:59:27 PM EST
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