UPDATED: The Pentagon lies about Martin Luther King

Pathetic. (see video below):

UPDATE: Good column from David Sirota on the "Santa Clausifying" of Dr. King and his legacy:

Dr. King, of course, was not just outspoken in his opposition to the Vietnam War -- he was outspoken in his opposition to violence and war as a concept. As he said in his Riverside Church speech (a speech that is often ignored by the national media): "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death." He also spoke out specifically against America joining civil wars on the other side of the planet -- wars just like the one we are fighting right now.

So the idea that he would nonetheless support our global wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen today is, in a word, preposterous. And yet, our own Pentagon is now able to make such a suggestion without much of a peep from our media and political establishment -- an establishment focused on Santa Clausifying Dr. King.

Sirota makes another really good point, which is that King died in 1968 in Memphis defending the rights of public employees -- the sanitation union there. Something to ponder at a time when public employees are under siege.