The man who said Dr. Martin Luther King would have Supported the Iraq/Afghan Wars confirmed as homeland security chief

Martin Luther King leaning on a lectern. Deuts...

Martin Luther King leaning on a lectern. Deutsch: 1964: Martin Luther King Português: Martin Luther King (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Senate approved Johnson on a vote of 78-16 as part of a raft of confirmations pushed forward after a recent rule change stripped Republicans of their power to block nominees with a procedural roadblock known as a filibuster.Obama said in a statement he was pleased that Johnson was confirmed with broad bipartisan support.\”Jeh will play a leading role in our efforts to protect the homeland against terrorist attacks, adapt to changing threats, stay prepared for natural disasters, strengthen our border security, and make our immigration system fairer – while upholding the values, civil liberties, and laws that make America great,\” he said.

via Jeh Johnson confirmed as US homeland security chief | World news | theguardian.com.

Why Pentagon Says MLK Would Love War Today | Democrats.com:

Why Pentagon Claims MLK Would Love War on Afghanistan | War Is A Crime .org

By David Swanson  According to the Pentagon’s lawyer, Martin Luther King Jr., if alive today, would view the US war on Afghanistan as both the act of a Good Samaritan and as necessary self-defense.  Jeh C. Johnson, the “Defense” Department’s general counsel, said, on the one hand:  “I believe that if Dr. King were alive today, he would recognize that we live in a complicated world, and that our nation’s military should not and cannot lay down its arms and leave the American people vulnerable to terrorist attack.”  On the other hand, he also said this:  “I draw the [Good Samaritan] parallel to our own servicemen and women deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, away from the comfort of conventional jobs, their families and their homes. [They] have made the conscious decision to travel a dangerous road and personally stop and administer aid to those who want peace, freedom and a better place in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and in defense of the American people. Every day, our servicemen and women practice the dangerousness — the dangerous unselfishness Dr. King preached on April 3, 1968.”  Now, when President Barack Obama in 2009 gave a Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, he had the decency to admit that he was disagreeing fundamentally with King’s position:

3 comments

  1. The headline of this article is somewhat misleading. ”I believe that if Dr. King were alive today, he would recognize that we live in a complicated world, and that our nation’s military should not and cannot lay down its arms and leave the American people vulnerable to terrorist attack.” That’s an opinion about a hypothetical situation. It’s not consistent with Dr. King’s expressed views on war, that all war is morally wrong according to Christian beliefs. Mr. Johnson is guessing that MLK would see these wars differently. There’s no way to prove him right or wrong about it.

    You would have to expect any applicant for the job of Homeland Security chief to believe in the theory of just war.

    1. From the Editor:

      I disagree. The title was entirely accurate in that one: Dr. King opposed all forms of violent conflict and two: as a moral and political leader of a grassroots movement — dedicated to addressing racial as well as colonial injustice — it is a conscious lie to suggest that Dr. King would in any way support any US invasion and/or occupation under these clearly imperialistic circumstances. Mr. isn’t guessing about anything. He lied, period.
      Simply using his theological background in such an analysis is disingenuous as it knowingly side-steps his existence and experience as a African in the US personally struggling against traditional White supremacist biases, abuse and violence against Peoples of Colour. His opposition to the French and US invasions and occupations of Vietnam cannot be seen, as an issue, ideologically removed from his fight against European xenophobia and colonial exploitation over non-White people the US. Mr. Johnson, Glenn Beck and the Obama administration as a whole have misused and milked the MLK legacy, (as is happening right now with Nelson Mandela) for all that it is worth. Bending and twisting the history of his struggle into a whitewashed, pro-Conservative/pro-War/pro-capitalist newspeak version of what the US Civil Rights struggle was really all about. And it was certainly was not about finding false and outlandish excuses for justifying war-for-profit.

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