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Posted: Sep 20, 2017 - 6:33am

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wars and military spending are a social/government program

a big one at that

the problem is that we can't say no to bad government ideas like war

solutions?

 
I believe we can, we simply choose not to.
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Posted: Sep 20, 2017 - 4:58am

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wars and military spending are a social/government program

a big one at that

the problem is that we can't say no to bad government ideas like war

solutions?
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Posted: Sep 19, 2017 - 12:15pm

US Says No Money for Social Programs, But '$700 Billion to Kill People? Yeah That We Have'
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Posted: Sep 17, 2017 - 9:55am

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I could hit that. 
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Posted: Sep 17, 2017 - 5:49am


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Posted: Sep 16, 2017 - 6:20am

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Good article EXCEPT a few major problems.

The military-industrial complex is not driving these wars.  Resources are.  What resources?  

Israeli nation building and the cheap energy entitlement.

The anti-Muslim hysteria helps Israel with the occupation and the on going efforts to establish facts on the ground in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.  The USA also supports Israel's nuclear weapons arsenal.  

So much for anti-proliferation efforts. 

I gotta wonder if the author  WILLIAM J. ASTORE  believes that wars are fought because of "Us versus them".     No Mr. Astore.  Wars are always fought over resources.  There are no exceptions.  

 
Yes, but money is a resource and the MIC filling their coffers is a part of the equation, just not all of it. There is nothing cut and dry about the quagmire that is the Middle East.


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Posted: Sep 15, 2017 - 3:55pm

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Good article EXCEPT a few major problems.

The military-industrial complex is not driving these wars.  Resources are.  What resources?  

Israeli nation building and the cheap energy entitlement.

The anti-Muslim hysteria helps Israel with the occupation and the on going efforts to establish facts on the ground in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.  The USA also supports Israel's nuclear weapons arsenal.  

So much for anti-proliferation efforts. 

I gotta wonder if the author  WILLIAM J. ASTORE  believes that wars are fought because of "Us versus them".     No Mr. Astore.  Wars are always fought over resources.  There are no exceptions.  


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Posted: Sep 13, 2017 - 6:27pm

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Would that we could.
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Posted: Sep 13, 2017 - 6:19pm

The American Military Uncontained
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Posted: Aug 19, 2017 - 4:24pm

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Locals: US Airstrike Kills Seven Civilians in Southern Somalia

US Insists Slain Were All al-Shabaab Militants Posted on August 17, 2017Categories NewsTags , ,

Locals from the town of Bulu Sheikh, in southern Somalia, reported US airstrikes carried out against a civilian home in the district, killing at least seven civilians, all members of the same family, and including women and children. 



Transparency and accountability fly out the window, again.

Bold opinion:  Somalian civilians have no political value in North America and most of Europe.
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Posted: Aug 18, 2017 - 4:12pm

Locals: US Airstrike Kills Seven Civilians in Southern Somalia

US Insists Slain Were All al-Shabaab Militants Posted on August 17, 2017Categories NewsTags , ,

Locals from the town of Bulu Sheikh, in southern Somalia, reported US airstrikes carried out against a civilian home in the district, killing at least seven civilians, all members of the same family, and including women and children.

 


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Posted: Jul 27, 2017 - 12:22pm

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That is blood on American hands and the hands of those in Canada, Great Britain and Australia that supported the invasion and occupation of Iraq. 

 
Yep and now those veterans are going to return home with those memories and images haunting them for the rest of their lives.  Very sad what we do to our own military and force them to deal with every time they look in the mirror.  I deal with disabled veterans all day long.  They are just hollow people being consumed inside by the crimes against humanity they were forced to commit in the name of freedom.  Instead of getting these people adequate aftercare the military budget is funding more weapons and troops.  Makes me sick.
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Posted: Jul 27, 2017 - 11:49am

That is blood on American hands and the hands of those in Canada, Great Britain and Australia that supported the invasion and occupation of Iraq. 
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Posted: Jul 27, 2017 - 7:35am

Mosul Bloodbath: Iraqi Forces Admit to Killing Women and Children


Soldiers' Final Orders in Mosul: Kill Anything That Moves

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The extremely ugly final weeks of the Iraqi “liberation” of Mosul is leading to an aftermath where untold hundreds of corpses remain buried under the rubble of the Old City. The corpses include some ISIS fighters, of course, but also a massive number of civilians.

That’s reflective of what Iraqi soldiers say were their orders in the final days of the battle, kill anything that moves. Iraqi forces eagerly did so, with one noting that they “killed them all, men, women, and children. We killed everyone.


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Posted: Jul 25, 2017 - 11:44am

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projecting political violence always comes home

 
Does that 'boomerang' metaphor work better than 'blowback' or the Unanticipated consequences of purposive social action (as developed by Robert Merton)?

I hope so.
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Posted: Jul 19, 2017 - 7:57am

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That military, keep in mind, hasn’t won a significant conflict since World War II. (In retrospect, the First Gulf War, which once seemed like a triumph beyond compare for the globe’s highest-tech force, turned out to be just the first step into the never-ending quagmire of Iraq.).........



 
I agree with most of the article but just wanted to point out that the First Gulf War that expelled Iraq from Kuwait was successful.  US forces were quickly in and out.  It sent a clear message to would be aggressors in the region.  It was an effective, efficient use of American force.  Unfortunately it was all too rare in the post-war period.  

I often wonder if senior Bush would have actually occupied Iraq or Afghanistan if he had been president post-9/11 attacks.  I would like to think that he would have known better.  

 
Question:  When will American voters realize the full cost in blood and wealth they have paid for their strong, generous support of the Israeli ethnic-cleansing nation building project?  

In the post-war period, the rich capitalist countries have stopped seizing assets through violence, except the USA and Israel.  

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Posted: Jul 12, 2017 - 1:53pm

US and UK acting above the law to support the Saudi war in Yemen
A former State Department war crimes expert warns that arms sales to Saudi Arabia is ‘prohibited’ under US law - but the lethal exports still go ahead

Britain and America are above the law. Our complicity in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen proves it.

This week, the High Court in London ruled that British arms sales to Saudi Arabia are lawful, dismissing a judicial review filed by Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), which had demanded that weapons exports be halted over humanitarian concerns.

CAAT are appealing the ruling, and no wonder – it was ultimately decided on the basis of largely secret evidence supplied by the UK government, heard in closed court. This is not open justice: it is evidence of how the Whitehall foreign policy establishment abuse "national security" as a carte blanche to protect themselves from legal accountability.

The same thing is happening across the pond. According to a former senior war crimes advisor to the US State Department, US arms sales to Saudi Arabia are “prohibited” under US laws due to “credible allegations” of illegal actions during the kingdom’s bombing campaign in Yemen.

The analysis is set out in a compelling white paper published in May by Professor Michael Newton, who teaches the International Law Practice Lab at Vanderbilt University Law School. The American Bar Association sent Newton's paper to the US Senate saying that "questions had arisen" concerning whether the sales were "consistent with US statuatory obligations".

Unfortunately, despite the robustness of the legal argument, it did not prevent the US Senate from narrowly backing the sale of $500m worth in precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia in mid-June.

If our domestic laws have no power to prevent our governments from becoming complicit in Saudi state terror in Yemen, this does not make those arms sales legitimate. It means, simply, that our laws are not fit for purpose - that the rule of law has become a farce, a figleaf to enable the US and Britain to outsource illegal wars to their Gulf proxies.

Precipitating 'humanitarian catastrophe'

According to the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, there have been over 13,000 civilian casualties in Yemen, with 21 million Yemenis in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Saudi Arabia’s indiscriminate bombing campaign in Yemen, which has contributed directly to this crisis, has been condemned as unlawful by a UN panel of experts, the European Parliament and humanitarian NGOs.

Lynn Maalouf, deputy director for research at Amnesty International’s Beirut regional office, said that British and American weapons “have been used to commit gross violations and helped to precipitate a humanitarian catastrophe” in Yemen. (...)


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Posted: Jun 28, 2017 - 12:29pm

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, All War All the Time, or War American-Style

At 36% to 37% in the latest polls, Donald Trump’s approval rating is in a ditch in what should still be the “honeymoon” period of his presidency. And yet, compared to Congress (25%), he’s a maestro of popularity. In fact, there’s just one institution in American society that gets uniformly staggeringly positive votes of “confidence” from Americans in polls and that’s the U.S. military (83%).  And this should be the greatest mystery of them all.

That military, keep in mind, hasn’t won a significant conflict since World War II. (In retrospect, the First Gulf War, which once seemed like a triumph beyond compare for the globe’s highest-tech force, turned out to be just the first step into the never-ending quagmire of Iraq.) In this century, the U.S. military has, in fact, stumbled from one “successful” invasion to another, one terror-spreading conflict to the next, without ever coming up for air. Meanwhile, the American taxpayer has poured money into the Pentagon and the rest of the national security state in amounts that should boggle the mind. And yet, the U.S. hasn’t been able to truly extricate itself from a single country it's gotten involved in across the Greater Middle East for decades.  In the wake of its ministrations, nations have crumbled, allies have been crippled, and tens of millions of people across a vast region of the planet have been uprooted from their homes and swept into the maelstrom. In other words, Washington’s version of imperial war fighting should be seen as the record from hell for a force regularly hailed here as the “finest” in history.  The question is: finest at what?

All of this is on the record. All of this should be reasonably apparent to anyone half-paying attention and yet the American public’s confidence in the force fighting what Rebecca Gordon has termed “forever wars” is almost off the charts. For that, you can undoubtedly blame, in part, the urge of the military high command never again to experience a citizen’s army roiled by antiwar protests and in near revolt as in the Vietnam era. As a result, in 1973, the draft was ended and in the decades that followed the public was successfully demobilized when it came to American war. George W. Bush’s classic post-9/11 suggestion that Americans respond to the horror of those falling towers by visiting Disney World and enjoying “life the way we want it to be enjoyed” caught that mood exactly. But the explanation undoubtedly goes deeper yet, as TomDispatch regular Gordon, author of American Nuremberg, suggests today. Tom

America at War Since 9/11
Reality or Reality TV?
By Rebecca Gordon

The headlines arrive in my inbox day after day: “U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria killed hundreds of civilians, U.N. panel says.” “Pentagon wants to declare more parts of world as temporary battlefields.” “The U.S. was supposed to leave Afghanistan by 2017. Now it might take decades.” There are so many wars and rumors of war involving our country these days that it starts to feel a little unreal, even for the most devoted of news watchers. And for many Americans, it’s long been that way. For them, the meaning of war is closer to reality TV than it is to reality. (...)


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