Political corruption is rampant in the United States as the leaders of both the Democratic and Republican parties are corrupt, says a political commentator.
He made the remarks when asked about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump who made disparaging comments about the mother of a slain US soldier who was killed in Iraq in 2004.
Trump belittled the parents of Captain Humayun Khan, whose father addressed the Democratic National Convention last Thursday night, denouncing the business mogul as unpatriotic and selfish over his divisive rhetoric against immigrants and Muslims.
Trump responded, in part, by suggesting that Ghazala Khan, the mother of the soldier, was silent during her husband’s speech at the DNC because she was not “allowed” to speak.
In an op-ed in the Washington Post published on Sunday, Ghazala Khan said that she did not intend to speak during the convention because she would get emotional.
Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for US president, accused Trump of scapegoating Humayun’s parents.
Clinton said Sunday that Trump had been insulting a family who had sacrificed so much for their country.
Barrett said “this brouhaha over the scandalous, bigoted remarks of Trump on both sides seem to take for granted this notion that anyone who fought in Iraq is a hero,” while, he noted, the Iraq War like the Vietnam War was “a criminal war of aggression,” in which the American soldiers “were generally aware that they were on the wrong side of that war and that their only intelligent move was to do everything they could to stay alive and get home and not kill the innocent Vietnamese who were defending themselves courageously and the same is true in Iraq.”
So “we have both major parties essentially agreeing that people who participate in criminal wars of aggression… are heroes,” he said, adding that “fifty years from now if humanity is still around, they will look back at the period and they will shake their heads and wonder what kind of human beings were alive in a time of such unbelievable levels of lying and corruption.”
Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror.
He also has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS, and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications.
Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin; where he ran for Congress in 2008. He currently works as a nonprofit organizer, author, and talk radio host.