The United States of America used to pride itself on a reputation for diplomacy and integrity. The world’s largest economy, land of the capitalist dream. Immigrants would flock to America looking for their chance in life, looking to make a go of it all for their family. Then something went wrong. The global perception of the US changed, and suddenly the ethical and moral high ground was destroyed by needless bloodshed and political interference beyond the scope of their global role.
The Vietnam war – a tragedy of greed and senseless aggression. Vietnam wasn’t an American war, yet it was this involvement that started the cycle of distrust and negative feeling towards the United States and everything it stood for. And that’s not to mention the horrendous loss of life, and the destruction of lives caused by politically motivated violence. You’d think we’d learn our lesson, huh?
In 2003, George W. Bush with the support of Tony Blair sent hundreds of thousands of troops to invade Iraq on the premise of ‘illegal weapons programmes’ and ‘imminent threats’. A chip off the old block, some would say. George H. W. Bush’s invasion of 1990 failed to overthrow the regime or gain control of the wealth of oil in Iraq. His son was more fortunate.
One of the most controversial American authors of our time, Bob Miller has been a staunch campaigner against the Bush administrations of now and then, since back in 1976. A Veteran of the Vietnam war, Miller has been cast as a pariah, a renegade, and has even been taken into custody by the US Secret Service for his outspoken approach to American politics. Nevertheless Miller has continued his relentless attack on the Bush regime and everything it stands for, traveling the country to deliver his opinions on the real motives of the Bush family.
A Republican himself, Miller is no stranger to the world of political activism. Yet his controversial branding in the mainstream media has seen him cast aside as yet another extremist, unpatriotic and senseless. However, with his latest book “Kill Me If You Can, You SOB”, Miller aims to express the true horrors of the Vietnam war, without descending into the same old ‘this and that’ of the Bush dynasty and their own brand of extremism.
Without forming opinions for the reader or giving a blow by blow account of the war and the politics behind it, Miller’s latest effort is based on diary entries from his time in the war, telling the tale more graphically than could otherwise be possible of the horrors behind the wars and foreign policy of the Bush administrations.
As Miller was quoted as saying, “Bush has spent the lives of thousands of young Americans and billions of dollars for oil, not terrorists, and everyone knew it. To have participated in this needless savagery in any way is not only hypocritical, it’s blasphemous. And to blame the son, and not the father, is like blaming the puppet, not the puppeteer. Like his father Prescott Bush, George H.W. Bush’s epitaph should read, ‘Here lies incomprehensible evil.'”
Nick Carter is a veteran who had served the US Marines. He have written articles on Vietnam war and against the wars forced by Americans. He is a great admirer of Bob Miller, America’s most controversial writer and author of Kill Me If You Can, You SOB. For more visit http://www.kill-me-if-you-can.com and http://www.bobmillerwrites.com