NYTimes: As US Focuses on ISIS and the Taliban, Al Qaeda Re-emerges - ...a never ending cycle as long as our troops are in their country.


NYTimes: Obama’s ‘Boots on the Ground’: US Special Forces Are Sent to Tackle Global Threats - US troops now operate in 85 countries. Hillary, having learned nothing from her support for regime change in Iraq and Libya, advocates for sending even more. But of course, the war corporations are very happy with her approach.


NYTimes: A Fearful Congress Sits Out the War Against ISIS


Democracy-NOW: Seymour Hersh: US Military Undermines Obama on Syria with Tacit Help for Assad


Human Rights Watch: Yemen: Coalition Bombs Homes and Here - No military targets bombed, only peoples’ homes. 60 civilians killed just in September and October. The US, as a party in these attacks is required by international law to investigate. UNESCO World Heritage Site bombed.


Democracy-NOW: Ceasefire in Yemen Faces Collapse as US Continues Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia, Fueling Civil War - The US terrorizes other countries, then they terrorize us back. This only works well for the soulless devils that operate the weapons maker corporations.


ProPublica: We Blew $17 Billion in Afghanistan. How Would You Have Spent it?

NYTimes: Navy SEALS, A Beating Death and Claims of a Cover-Up and Democracy-NOW - Navy SEALS, assigned to protect an Afghan village and draw people into cooperation with US forces, instead engage in a systematic abuse of its citizens, driving them deeper into Taliban hands. A continuation of abuses documented in Dirty Wars. And we wonder why we have to be ‘vigilant’ against terrorist attacks here. We’ve got no business in other people’s countries. War is not the answer.


Harper’s: A Special Relationship: The United States is Teaming Up With Al Qaeda, Again - The best way to get rid of terrorism is to stop participating in it. But that would make the war corporations very mad.


NYTimes: Doctors Without Borders Raises Death Toll in Kunduz Strike to 42 - Obama and Co. still refuse any independent investigation. Just as George Bush did with the torture scandal, he’ll blame it on ‘a few bad apples’ and walk away. That’s what Dems and Reps do.


ShadowProof: US Planning New Military Bases in Middle East, Asia, Africa


Black Agenda Report: Freedom Rider: Syria and World War - “Boundless American greed, warlike hubris and imperial muscle flexing are at the bottom of the wave of regfugees fleeing sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, at the roots of genocidal wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen, and behind the simmering crisis in Ukraine.  For the world's only superpower there seem to be no limits, no counting of costs or consequences.”

Mint Press: How ISIS Oil Flows Through Turkey and Israel On It’s Way to Europe


Democracy-NOW: Airstrikes Against Syria Are A Trap Warns Former ISIS Hostage - The airstrikes currently underway kill an average of 200 people per day. The Paris attacks of 11/13 were a direct result of the then current daily bombing. More bombing, and the refusal by the West to accept the refugees, only drives the Syrian people into the hands of the only solution they can see: ISIS.

Common Dreams: Obama’s Speech, Translated Into Candor - His two big lies in this speech: 1. We can defeat ISIL by bombing more and putting more boots on the ground. 2. We won’t kill very many innocent people. But the speech was totally inspiring.


Common Dreams: “We’re In the Business of Killing Terrorists and Business is Good” - Dropping bombs so fast, the war corporations can’t meet demand. War corporations: “Ka-Ching Ka-Ching!!”

Intercept: Defense Contractors Cite Benefits of Escalating Conflicts in the Middle East - Ka-Ching


Tom Dispatch: Andrew Bacevich: An Invitation to Collective Suicide - What it would take to ‘defeat ISIS.’ We’d end up like the Soviet Union.

Also see entry below of 11/14 by Bacevich.

Washington Post: CIA Runs Shadow War With Afghan Militia Implicated in Civilian Killings

NYTimes: Civilian Deaths Raise Questions About CIA-Trained Forces in Afghanistan - See also Jeremy Scahill’s Dirty Wars.

Democracy-NOW: UK Begins Bombing Syria After Pro-War Vote: Cameron Accuses Corbyn of Being “Terrorist Sympathizer” - Despicable!


ABC News: US Special Operations Forces Expanding in Iraq to Battle ISIS and CNN - Effectively doubling the number of special forces troops Obama ordered in October. Remember this and this? Obama may be the greatest orator ever, but the problem is he never really means a word of any of it.


Common Dreams: ‘Huge Error’: Former US Military Chief Admits Iraq Invasion Spawned ISIS

Truth Out: Noam Chomsky: The Inalienable Right of the US to the Raw Materials In Developing Nations - “The main enemy is the indigenous population who attempt to steal our resources that happen to be in their countries, who are concerned with vague and idealistic objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization, and who, in their backwardness and folly, find it difficult to understand that their "function" is to "complement the industrial economies of the West" and to serve the needs of the privileged groups that dominate these societies.”


War Is A Crime: Defeating Terrorism - Theirs and Ours

Popular Resistance: US Has Killed More Than 20 Million in 37 Nations Since WWII - 120,000 airstrikes in 7 countries...1.6 million people (mostly civilians) killed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan...59.5 million driven from their homes...As long as we keep re-electing Democrats and Republicans nothing will change and we’ll all have blood on our hands.


Brian Wilson’s Thanksgiving Day Myth


Shadowproof: Libya’s Collapse Shows Hillary Has Learned Nothing From Iraq War - Are we seriously ready for more of the same?


Consortium News: Hitting Saudi Arabia Where it Hurts


Democracy-NOW: Bamako Hostage Crisis: How US-Backed Intervention in Libya Spread Chaos to Nearby Mali

Democracy-NOW: Exclusive: Air Force Whistleblowers Risk Prosecution to Warn Drone War Kills Civilians, Fuels Terror and Intercept


Intercept: As France Bombs ISIS, Civilians Are Caught in the Middle - “The reason Europe is suffering a crisis at the moment around migration is that people are fleeing bombs,” Woods added. “They don’t care who’s dropping them.” It’s been known for weeks that the increased bombing is killing far more civilians than has been admitted, and Here.

Democracy-NOW: Glenn Greenwald on Submissive Media’s Drumbeat for War and Despicable Anti-Muslim Scapegoating - He’s won the Pulitzer, Polk, Izzy, Gannett and Watchdog, Pioneer, Foreign Policy Top 100 Thinker awards, and was instrumental in Edward Snowden’s Ridenhour Award. Why? Because he’s the smartest person on the web. Long interview, but highly worth the read as it presents a side that is not discussed anywhere else.

Synopsis: "Every time there’s a terrorist attack, Western leaders exploit that attack to do more wars," Greenwald says. "Which in turn means they transfer huge amounts of taxpayer money to these corporations that sell arms. And so investors are fully aware that the main people who are going to benefit from this escalation as a result of Paris are not the American people or the people of the West — and certainly not the people of Syria — it is essentially the military-industrial complex."

Cable news loves war because viewership skyrockets and because the reporters love to dress up like the troops and imbed themselves which makes them feel patriotic and nationalistic. Also when the news stories favor the government line, it ensures them future access to sources who will feed them hand picked government ‘leaks.’

Telling a Muslim interviewee that since the terrorists were Muslim, then all Muslims should have known what was going to happen and stop them, is like telling any WASP on the street that since Timothy McVeigh blew up the Oklahoma City building, then all WASPs should have known how to stop him.

Democracy-NOW: Glenn Greenwald: “Shameless” US Officials Exploit Paris Attacks to Defend Spying & Attack Snowden - The very people most at fault for causing us to initiate an illegal war in Iraq, and for torture and its subsequent coverup, and thus creating the root cause for terrorism, attempt to divert responsibility to the person whose only action was to document their misdeeds. Typical.


Common Dreams: Hysterical Corporate Media Fueling War Fervor, Xenophobia in 24/7 Cycle

Common Dreams: Former Drone Pilots to Obama: Civilian Killings Driving Terrorism, Instability - These former servicemen are taking a huge risk by speaking out, but like all whistleblowers they have only two choices: stay silent and complicit or do the right thing. We all have the same choice to some degree.

HuffPo: Hillary Clinton’s Libya - A great, short decomposition of Hillary’s lies during the last debate regarding her role in this mess and the subsequent results, among which is a pipeline of fighters into Syria.


Salon: How We Created Islamic Extremism - A great summarization.

Democracy-NOW: Abdel Bari Atwan: Inside How the US & Saudi Arabia Aided Growth of the Islamic State - 2 days after the Paris attacks, Obama meets with Saudi King and, illegally approves the sale of $1.2 Billion more bombs, which will be used to slaughter Yemeni civilians - and probably create a few more ‘radicalized Islamists.’ See entry of yesterday. Just the latest installment of a relationship that goes back well before WWI, involving both Rs and Ds. We destroyed Iraq, then we destroyed Libya (which led to the downfall of democracy in Mali), then Yemen and now Syria. But we never had a plan B. It’s all about oil and the money that goes to weapons manufacturers - they love war. They don’t want a plan B. As Noam Chomsky always says: ‘The best way for us to stop terrorism is to stop participating in it.’


Intercept: Stock Prices of Weapons Manufacturers Soar Since Paris Attack - This is why all of the talking heads are screaming for more war.

AFP: US Approves Additional $1.2 Billion Worth of Bombs for Saudi Arabia - ...which will be used to slaughter more civilians in Yemen and Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, and Here.

Headline In Atlanta Journal Constitution Today: Airstrikes, Mourning - That says it all.


NYTimes: French Warplanes Strike Islamic State Militants in Syria - My personal fear is that the US will listen to those who got us into this mess in the first place, who now say that the only response to this tragedy is to up the ante and increase the violence and the blanket surveillance. All available evidence indicates those tactics have failed miserably and continuously on all levels - strategic, tactical and humanitarian. No one will stop to think that’s what we’ve already been doing (since at least 3/19/2003) and it only leads to more death and violence on both sides. Here’s hoping that we as a nation can have more insight and understanding into a way to extricate ourselves from this spiral of death, so as not to waste additional innocent life.

Common Dreams: After Paris Attacks Critics Warn Against Wars of Vengeance


CNN: Paris Attacks; 128 Killed - Our thoughts are with the innocent victims and their families.

Boston Globe: Andrew Bacevich: A War the West Cannot Win - In addition to being a Professor Emeritus of International Relations at Boston University, Bacevich is also a retired US Army Colonel. His son, also an Army officer, died fighting in the Iraq War in 2007.

“Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.”

~ Winston Churchill ~

Politifact: Bernie Sanders Says 500,000 Troops Came Back With PTSD, TBI - True.


Democracy-NOW: “Tomorrow’s Battlefield”: As US Special Forces Enter Syria, Growing Presence in Africa Goes Unnoticed - US Special Ops forces have been sent to 147 countries in the past year - 3/4 of the nations on the planet, and 90% of all African countries.


Democracy-NOW: Rejecting US Claims, MSF Details Horrific Bombing of Afghan Hospital & Demands War Crimes Probe


Truth Out: The New York Times Practically Ignores Shocking Drone War Disclosures - Just goes to show there is no one totally accurate news source.


Intercept: US Journalists Who Instantly Exonerated Their Government of the Kunduz Hospital Attack, Now Declaring It An “Accident” - These journalists also have an interest in not calling for an independent investigation.


MSF: Review of US Bombing of Functioning Hospital


CNN: Afghanistan Gas Station (that on one can use) Cost American Taxpayers $43 Million


Democracy-NOW: Andrew Bacevich: Ongoing Wars in Iraq & Syria Continue Decades of Failed US Militarism in Mideast

NYTimes: New US-Backed Alliance to Counter ISIS in Syria Falters


USA Today: 16 Times Obama Said There Would be No Boots on the Ground in Syria

AP: US Pledges Additional $100 Million to Support Syrian Opposition - ...after already blowing $$$ Billions with no discernible result, and an additional $500 Million to train 4 or 5 Syrian rebels. Now what was that definition of insanity again??


Democracy-NOW: While Condemning Assad, US Bombs Afghan Hospital & Backs Devastating Saudi War on Yemen

UK Independent: US Boots on the Ground in Syria - So Russia has countered by putting their boots on the ground. What was originally a series of non-violent Arab Spring demonstrations has now become a proxy war between Saudi Arabia, backed by Obama vs. Iran, backed by Putin. At every step, each of the parties has over-reacted causing an escalation in the violence. Obviously Obama, just like Bush, does not have the judgement to manage foreign affairs - Libya, Honduras, Burma, etc come to mind. One has to wonder how different things would have been if a President like Jimmy Carter had been in charge. Not one single American life lost in combat during his presidency, and you have to go back to before World War II to find another.

Intercept: US to Send Special Ops to Syria - “The special operations deployment to Syria comes at a time of expanding use of America’s most elite forces all around the world. In the fiscal year that just ended, U.S. special operations forces — Army Green Berets and Navy SEALs, among others — deployed to a record-shattering 147 countries, according to Special Operations Command (SOCOM) spokesperson Ken McGraw. That number translated into a SOF presence in 75 percent of the nations on the planet and a jump of 145 percent since the waning days of the Bush administration. On any day of the year, America’s most elite troops can be found in 70 to 90 countries.” Insanity. When one starts thinking of where this tit-for-tat between Obama and Putin could go, the prospects are very, very scary.


Intercept: American Drone Assassinations May Violate International Law, Experts Say - Hence, both Bush and Obama are war criminals, as will any future president who uses drones as they have.


Defense News: Northrop Grumman Wins $55 Billion USAF Bomber Contract - ...airplanes designed for conventional conflicts that will probably never be fought. This is how the 1% get richer and richer at taxpayer expense...another form of corporate welfare.

Other Words: Hillary Clinton Hasn’t Learned a Thing From Iraq - ...or Libya. If elected, she’ll be a bigger war hawk/war criminal than Bush or Obama.

NBC News: Iraq: We Didn’t Ask for US Ground Operations


MSNBC: Defense Secretary: US to Begin ‘Direct Action On The Ground’ in Iraq - We don’t have enough war! We want More War!!!


Intercept: BBC Inadvertently Reveals That Saudi Arabia Is Sending Weapons to ISIS, Then Rewrites The Article to Protect UK’s Arms Deals With the Saudis


Intercept: Lockheed Martin, Boeing Rally Around Saudi Arabia, Wave Off Humanitarian Concerns


Democracy-NOW: US Sells New Warships to Saudi Arabia Despite Warnings of War Crimes in Yemen - Another $11.25 Billion into the pockets of the war profiteers.


Democracy-NOW: Exclusive: Air Force Whistleblowers Risk Prosecution to War Drone War Kills Civilians, Fuels Terror - “We don’t even know who we are killing.”


NYTimes: Afghan Plan to Expand Militia Raises Abuse Concerns - We’re picking a bunch of thugs and child rapists over the Taliban. We have never been attacked by the Taliban. Insanity.

Democracy-NOW: Drone War Exposed: Jeremy Scahill on US Kill Program’s Secrets & the Whistleblower Who Leaked Them

Democracy-NOW: “The Drone Papers” Reveals How Faulty Intel & Secret “Kill Chain” Mark Suspects, Civilians for Death

Democracy-NOW: The Longest US War, Prolonged: After Vowing Afghan Pullout, Obama Extends Occupation Indefinitely - So in the end, he emulates Bush and kicks the can down the road for the next president to fix. No Difference.


Intercept: The Drone Papers - A ‘new Edward Snowden’ has released a treasure trove of previously secret US drone targeting and (lack of) effectiveness information. We already knew that only about 4 our of 100 of Obama’s drone murders are of actual terrorists, and that drone operators have testified that they have no idea who they are firing at. The new Drone Papers provide much more detailed information. One example in this article: In 35 ‘direct targets’ (again not named individuals, but males who fit some arbitrary profile), another 219 innocent bystanders were killed. During one 5 month period studied, nearly 90% of the people killed were not the intended target. Ongoing War Crimes.

Amnesty International: US Congress Must Launch Urgent Inquiry Into Obama’s Drone Use - “These documents raise serious concerns about whether the USA has systematically violated international law, including by classifying unidentified people as ‘combatants’ to justify their killings.”

UK Guardian: US Tank Enters Ruined Afghan Hospital Putting ‘War Crime’ Evidence At Risk

AP: Obama Plans to Keep Nearly 10,000 US Troops in Afghanistan Through 2016

NYTimes: In (yet another) Reversal, Obama Says US Soldiers Will Stay in Afghanistan - War mongers, War criminals, Rethug, Democrap...there is absolutely no difference in what they DO.


NYTimes: Obama Apologizes For Bombing of Doctors Without Borders - The investigation will be “transparent” and “thorough” but not independent. So the perps will investigate themselves. War Criminal, Drone Murderer, Liar aka just another Demopublican.


Black Agenda Report: Obama: Valedictorian of the US School of Lies and Aggression - “the Empire needs control over the brains of whites in order to keep control of the bodies of the non-white population and everything they are unlucky enough to live on or near.” An overly long article. I had to quit reading once I got to that quote, but well worth it up to that point. Obama just continues the tradition of all previous US presidents. Label wars as if they were for the middle class, but in reality it’s a basic strategy to enrich the 1% while enslaving everyone else. War is not the answer. But no Dem or Rep is ever going to stop it. Just check out Bernie’s foreign policy...any Rethuglican would be proud.

UK Guardian: Doctors Without Borders Airstrike: US Alters Story for Fourth Time in Four Days - It was a war crime pure and simple, on top of the ongoing drone murder war crimes in Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan etc etc. Where’s the independent investigation that was promised? And then the same general makes the claim that we need to add troops and stretch out the time horizon. It’s a formula for perpetual war - great for the war corporations and those that profit from them.

Al Jazeera America: WikiLeaks Cables Shed Light on US Foreign Policy - Synopsis: Without the whistleblowing that WikiLeaks provides we wouldn’t know: that the “controlled chaos”, the policy of supporting sectarian warfare in order to achieve regime change, supported by the Bush administration in Syria was only intensified by the Obama administration, leading to hundreds of thousands of deaths, untold human suffering and 4 million innocent Syrians displaced;...that the policy of not only hostility towards but also direct actions against left-wing Latin American governments in Bolivia, Ecuador, Honduras and Venezuela was similarly continued under Obama, that in the case of Honduras these actions led directly to the armed overthrow of the democratically elected Zelaya and Hillary Clinton’s actions then made sure that Zelaya was not allowed to return to his country until after the next ‘election’ cycle. Bush = Obama = Clinton = No Difference.


Democracy-NOW: Mission Accomplished Redux: 1 Year After “End” to War in Afghanistan, Aid Workers Reveal Real Story - The perps investigated themselves and found they are innocent. War is not the answer.


AFP: Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Kunduz Hit by US Air Strike


NYTimes: $$$Billions From US Fail to Sustain Foreign Forces - Obama: “We have to develop a strategy, that expands our reach without sending forces that stretch our military too thin or stir up local resentments.” Impossible. End the wars. Bring our troops home now.


Common Dreams: A Drone Incinerated This Man’s Family. He Asked For a Simple Apology. Obama Said ‘No’ - ...and remember what a progressive candidate he was in 2008...


Democracy-NOW: How the Mess in Syria Got Started


Reuters: Death Toll From Air Strike on Yemen Wedding Party Over 130 - The “Saudi-led” coalition is taking the heat for this, but the jets, weapons and bombs were all made by American war corporations. The money for these weapons went into the pockets of the 1%. It came out of the pockets of...you and I. Of the 4,500 deaths from this conflict, over half have been civilians. These facts are not lost on the Yemenis, or any of the jihadist factions throughout the Middle East, who use these facts as their main recruiting tool. The only people who don’t seem to get it - or possibly just don’t care - are the people who are paying the taxes that drive this death spiral.


Reuters: US-Trained Syrian Rebels Gave Equipment to Nusra: US Military - This is getting to be a repetitive story. Can’t have a war if the other side has no arms. The Middle East is awash in arms as a result of Obama’s record arms sales and Here and Here, and his foreign policy which sows conflict and unrest across the middle east and north Africa and Here. Let’s keep those profits rolling for the war corporations, regardless how many lives we have to ruin worldwide! And also remember just what a “progressive” candidate Obama seemed to be in 2008. Let that be a lesson to us.


NYTimes: US Outrage and Resignation Over Afghan’s Rape of Boys - Just one more reason we need to get our troops home - all of our troops. In the end it’s about nothing but the insatiable greed of those that run petroleum companies...blood for oil. The best way to support the troops is to make sure they are never again sent on missions that are nothing more than perpetual war in the service of the psychopaths that run the oil and war corporations.


RT News: (US-Armed) Saudi Air Raids Kill Dozens of Yemeni Civilians Amid Humanitarian Crisis


Intercept: When Is Assassination Not Assassination? When the Government Says So - I think it’s important to remember that it is only by our apathy that the drone murder program continues - five times worse under Obama than Bush (as of June, 2012, probably 10 times worse now), while the war corporations profit in the $Billions.


Vice News: UN Report: CIA Drones Have Killed More Civilians in Yemen than al Qaeda


Democracy-NOW: German Lawmaker: At the Root of the Refugee Crisis Are Wars Led by the US in the Middle East


RT News: Afghan Officials Blame NATO After 11 Police Officers Killed in Airstrike


NYTimes: US Warns Russia Over Syrian Involvement - Is this not the pot calling the kettle black?


UK Guardian: Syrian Civilian Deaths Claimed in 71 US-Led Airstrikes on ISIS


Defense News: CIA, Special Ops Launch Drone Campaign in Syria - The only people who will profit from all of this are the sociopaths who run the war corporations.


Daily Dot: Bernie Sanders Was Right - America Spends Too Much On Its Military - ...contractors and corporations. From the article: 1,931 different defense corporations are dependent on taxpayer-funded military spending. 500,000 military contractors have the highest possible clearance. These contractors make up 29% of the military, but use 49% of personnel budgets. 70% of defense spending goes to defense contractors, not to soldier salaries. Meanwhile, we are failing our veterans. The VA budget is less than 20% of the size of the defense budget. Our veterans are suffering and our schools are suffering, but apparently we should be more concerned with the abuse of food stamps. A great article with lots of good corroborating links.


Amnesty International: Yemen: Nowhere Safe for Civilians - ...between CIA drone strikes and US armed Saudi air strikes...

Common Dreams: US Prepares Drastic Escalation of Global Drone Program - 50% increase in drone program with heavy use of mercenaries...expansion around the world, especially in Africa


RT News: Ex-US Intelligence Chief: Rise of ISIS Was Willful Washington Decision - Retirement balls are interesting. This was a decision reached in 2012, so during the Obama Admin.


MoJo: American Weapons and Support Are Funding a Bloody Air War in Yemen - The US is providing bombs, aerial refueling, logistics support, and intelligence and cluster bombs and Here, and Here, and Here, for attacks on civilians, not military targets. It’s great for the war corporations. So far 1,693 deaths and 3,829 injuries have been documented. The UN is investigating. If it is determined that war crimes have been committed, then the US and UK are complicit. TV propaganda rains down in the US regarding the supposed threat of attack from ISIS, and meanwhile we rain bombs down on innocent civilians. Obama has sold more arms to all of these countries than any other president in history, fueling even more conflict and Here. For Americans foreign life is very cheap. They don’t ‘hate us for our freedom.’


Report: Hundreds of Civilians Killed by US-Led Bombing of ISIS in Iraq and Syria - The US air war rolls on with no public debate and rarely a mention by the MSM.


Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Revealed: The Private Firms Tracking Terror Targets At Heart of US Drone Wars


Common Dreams: Same Old Iraq War Chickenhawks Using Same Lies to Advocate War on Iran - As pointed out in this article, there is not one single piece of physical evidence that Iran has ever tried to create a nuclear weapon. Their research is strictly done to produce nuclear energy.


RT News: Afghan War Costs American Taxpayers $4 Million Per Hour - $700 Billion over the course of the war so far. That’s not counting future medical costs for service personnel, or additional interest on the national debt as a result of the additional spending. Almost as much as the bank bailout. Isn’t it interesting that when it comes to making war or bailing out Wall Street that no one ever asks the question of how we’re going to finance it. However when the question of costs for steps to avert climate change, renewable energy or other funding for steps to cut carbon emissions, that’s all any of the politicians and cable network talking heads want to talk about - even though it’s a question of human survival on our planet.


Common Dreams: Former ICC Judge: Dick Cheney Should Be, And Eventually Will Be Prosecuted For War Crimes - Those who protect criminals from prosecution are called ‘accessories after the fact.’ They are equally liable.


Common Dreams: As Propaganda Rains Down in US, Real Bombs Kill Scores of Civilians in Yemen


Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Drone Report January - June 2015 - Synopsis: The Obama Administration says only insurgents were killed by their drones. Anyone on the receiving end of a drone strike (even if they’re only 5 years old) is a militant. The Bureau says it’s more complicated than that. Bottom line: These people hear the buzz of drones flying overhead 24/7. They never know when their sisters, brothers, children or grandmothers simply working in the garden are going to be instantly incinerated, and their body parts spread across the neighborhood. They know if they try to retrieve the pieces, they’ll probably be incinerated themselves by one of Obama’s ‘double taps’. Such is the legacy of the ugly Obama Americans. They don’t hate us for our freedom. They hate us because we are making their lives hell. But this is how perpetual war works and it works very well for the war corporations, and the R & D politicians that service them.

Black Agenda Report: Both Major US Parties Are Plagues on Humanity - “Decent people do not vote for political parties that produce such fiends, who deserve Nuremburg justice of the capital kind. Any talk of “lesser evils” is both stupid and obscene.”


UK Guardian: CIA Torture Appears to Have Broken Spy Agency Rule on Human Experimentation


Common Dreams: In Public Challenge to Obama, Family of Drone Victims Asks: ‘What Is The Value of An Innocent Life?” - "This seems to be the Obama administration's cold calculation: Yemeni lives are cheap. They cost the President no political or moral capital." "Like a lot of Americans, my family and I watched the President's speech at home," Jaber writes. "But while many praised him for his forthrightness, we do not share that view. His speech shocked us. No, it was worse: his speech broke our hearts.”

NYTimes: US Poised to Put Heavy Weaponry in Eastern Europe - Obama, the Dems and the Rethugs have all become full blown psychopathic war mongers. When did we vote on this? Apparently this will only end with either total annihilation or total moral and financial bankruptcy. War is not the answer. Peace NOW!


NYTimes: Obama Feeds the Perpetual War Machine - And the next DemoPublican will do the same.


NYTimes: US Embracing “New Approach” on Battling ISIS in Iraq - Anybody want to guess what “new approach” might mean? “General Dempsey alluded to the plan to expand the military footprint in Iraq during a visit to Israel on Tuesday.”


Intercept: CIA Director Brennan Admits US Foreign Policy Could Spur Terrorism

NYTimes: Seal Team 6: A Secret History of Quiet Killings and Blurred Lines - A complete breakdown of battlefield discipline, including unlawful violence, aberrations from rules of engagement, mutilations, and disrespect of enemy casualties. Not one Seal Team perpetrator has ever faced punishment, even though the well-documented war crimes were clearly rampant. This only perpetuates the violence and the creation of new, radicalized ‘insurgents.’ The reason we’ve never seen a picture of the dead Osama bin Laden is that he was unlawfully mutilated as he lay dying. See also entry of 1/10/17.


Reuters: US Quietly Starts Channeling Arms From $1.6 Billion Fund to Iraq - So they can throw them down and run like scared children the moment ISIS appears on the horizon. After all, without a well armed enemy it’s hard to justify perpetual war.


Democracy-NOW: The Kill List: ICWatch Uses Linkedin Account Info to Out Officials Who Aided Assassination Program - So next time you get ready to hire someone, check their ICWatch profile to see if they ever participated in the targeted assassination program or ‘interrogation.’


Intercept: NYTimes Trumpets (And Complains About) US Restraint Against ISIS, Ignoring Hundreds of Civilian Deaths


PressTV: US Drone Strike Kills 5 in Afghanistan - Obama’s definition of a militant is anyone killed by a US drone. But local residents beg to differ. Rethugs and Dems will continue to murder civilians in order to increase the chances of war as long as we let them. And we wonder where ISIS comes from.


Intercept: Retired General Jack Keane, Board Member of NSA Contractor General Dynamics Says “I Trust the NSA.” - ...to do what Gen. Keane? Send your paycheck on time? See entries of 5/12/15, 9/12/14.


UK Guardian: Doubt Cast on Role of ISIS Leader Killed By Special Forces - Here we go again. The day after the administration makes grand claims of ‘crippling the terrorists’ we find out either they never got him at all or he was just a mid-level operative. It’s called whack-a-mole. For everyone we kill, five more pop up and when we incinerate someone’s grandmother, 50 more pop up. This all works very well for the war corporations.


London Review of Books: The Killing of Osama bin Laden and Democracy-NOW - By the Pulitzer Prize winning guy who revealed the My Lai massacre and the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal, reported on secret US use of chemical and biological weapons, and served as Sen. Eugene McCarthy’s press secretary. Just giving you the links for now.


Common Dreams: Count All Lives Taken By Drone War, Not Just Western Ones


Intercept: NSA’s Loudest Defenders Have Financial Ties to NSA Contractors - ...and corporate news outlets are giving them free rein to spout their propaganda while we never hear any other side.


ABC News: Pentagon Raises Threat Level At Bases for ISIS Threat and BBC - ...just as Congress begins to debate renewal of the Patriot Act


Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Counting the Cost of US Drones: Local Wars Killing Local People


Democracy-NOW: Human Rights Watch: Saudi-Led Coalition Bombing Yemen With Banned US-Made and Supplied Cluster Munitions - Textron shareholders celebrate!

NYTimes: Young African Migrants Caught in Trafficking Machine - “Unaccompanied children are among the most innocent victims of the trafficking machine that is sucking migrants into Libya's maelstrom and out onto the Mediterranean.” Libya’s maelstrom...and where are all of those advocates for Obama’s humanitarian bombing now?


UK Guardian: US-Led Airstrike Kills 52 Civilians, 7 Children; Death Toll Continues to Rise


NYTimes: US Attacks in Afghanistan Go Beyond White House Pledges

Democracy-NOW: Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Marks 100th Anniversary as War Rages Wordwide - Mother’s Day was first proclaimed by Julia Ward Howe as Mother’s Peace Day in 1870.


ProPublica: Stacking Up the Administration’s Drone Claims - Noting that when Obama held his news conference last week regarding the accidental drone killing of two hostages, he omitted any mention of drones.


Common Dreams: Obama Secretly Loosens Standards for Drone Murder - After stating publicly that he has tightened them. Every time we kill an innocent, we create 10 new al Qaeda - the study.


Intercept: When Will Obama Apologize for All The Other Innocent Victims of Drone Strikes? - Or for that matter when will any Rethug or Democrap?


Common Dreams: Petraeus Gets a Slap on the Wrist - For revealing Top Secret agents, strategies and lying to the FBI. Meanwhile Bradley Manning is serving a 35 year sentence for revealing war crimes, none of which were classified. See entry of 3/25/15.

NYTimes: Drone Strikes Reveal Uncomfortable Truth: US is Often Unsure Who Will Die

Democracy-NOW: US-Backed Saudi War in Yemen Causes “Catastrophic” Humanitarian Crisis - Carried out with weapons purchased from US war corporations.

Common Dreams: American and Italian Hostages Killed by US Drone Strike and NYTimes - Not the first innocents murdered by our drones, just the first to receive an apology.


NYTimes: Sales of US Arms Fuels the Wars of Arab States - Perpetual war makes C-level employees and Boards of Directors (the 1% - and major donors to both Rs and Ds) at Boeing and Lockheed big winners...again.


Intercept: Iranians Are Much Talked About on Sunday Morning TV, But Never Heard From

NYTimes: Terrorism Case Renews Debate Over Drone Hits - We’re constantly told that drone murders are always a ‘last resort.’ But it appears in most cases, they are the first resort.


Intercept: 12 Years Later US Media Still Can’t Get Iraqi WMD Story Right


Military.Com: Veterans Target US Drone Strikes in TV Ads


UK Guardian: Pakistan Charges Former CIA Station Chief and Lawyer with Murder For Drone Strikes

Democracy-NOW: Are Obama’s Record Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt and Iraq Fueling Unrest In The Middle East? - Obama’s record for his first 5 years is more than Bush’s in 8 years and more than any other president since WWII. Once again out-Bushing GWB.

Intercept: 7 Things You Didn’t Know the US and Its Allies Did to Iran


Politico: Chuck Schumer Bucks White House on Iran - Dual Israeli/American citizen and ultimate protector of Wall Street, this soon-to-be Dem Senate minority leader from New York may well join with Republicans to throw us into a new war.


ProPublica: Billions Blown In Afghanistan Reconstruction Spending? and Fiscal Times - Probably over $120 Billion, with a B. I wonder how much safety net that would buy for elderly, sick and poverty stricken Americans. War is insane.


Newsweek: How The US Gassed Its Own Troops, Then Covered It Up - The DOD and CIA under the last 4 presidents of both parties knew the truth and lied about it. This is the answer to ‘Gulf War Syndrome.’

Intercept: NYTimes Accidentally Undermines John Bolton’s “Bomb-Iran” Editorial In Its Own Pages - Funny.


Democracy-NOW: Endless War: As US Strikes Tikrit & Delays Afghan Pullout, “War On Terror” Toll Tops 1.3 Million and Common Dreams - Blood on our hands.


RT News: US Taxpayers Will Continue to Fund War Corporations Supplying Arms to Afghanistan At $4 Billion/Year


UK Guardian: ACLU Files Lawsuit Over Obama’s Drone Kill List


NYTimes: CIA Funds “Found Their Way” Into Al Qaeda Coffers - We fund’em so we can fight’em. Billion $$$$$ war corporations really like perpetual war.


Intercept: CIA Director Brennan Explains How US ‘Outsources’ Terror Interrogations - He’s talking about turning prisoners over to other governments for the express purpose of torture, which is a war crime. Incredible the nerve of these neo-cons. And Charlie Rose looks on mute and dumb. See entry of 2/26.


Dennis Kucinich: 10 Reasons to Vote Against the Use of Force


NYTimes: ISIS Seizes New Frontier in Chaotic Libya - Where are all those supporters of ‘humanitarian bombing’ now? The media remains silent.


Socialist Alternative: Obama Seeks Authorization for Endless War - US Defense Corporations approve.


Janes 360: US Weapons Exporters Lead the World in War Profiteering - The ‘global defense trade’ exceeded $64 Billion in 2014.


UK Guardian: Daniel Ellsberg: Petraeus Case Shows the Hypocrisy of Obama’s Whistleblower Crackdown - “Petraeus gave Broadwell eight black books containing “classified information regarding the identities of covert officers, war strategy, intelligence capabilities and mechanisms, diplomatic discussions, quotes and deliberative discussions from high-level National Security Council meetings … and [his personal] discussions with the president of the United States.” Much of this was Top Secret, and some was SCI (Sensitive Compartmented Information) higher than Top Secret – and he admitted in his plea to lying to the FBI about his leaks, knowing that doing so was a crime in itself.” Petraeus is too big to jail just like the Wall Street bankers from whom he makes $$$ millions.

The Nation: American Drone Operators Are Quitting in Record Numbers


Democracy-NOW: Noam Chomsky: To Deal With ISIS, US Should Own Up to Chaos of Iraq War - “We get upset about beheadings. They get upset about seeing their father burn to death in a drone strike. He said they live in a situation of constant terror, not knowing when the person 10 feet away from you is suddenly going to be blown away. That’s their lives.”


Intercept: Netanyahu’s Long History of Crying Wolf About Iran’s Nuclear Weapons


Common Dreams: UN Reveals ‘Credible and Reliable’ Evidence of US Military Torture in Afghanistan During Obama’s Administration - There has been plenty of evidence that under Obama, US troops have routinely turned over prisoners to Afghan and Iraqi troops for the express purpose of torture - which is a war crime and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here. But this is the first clear evidence that I am aware of that US troops were actually doing the torturing during the Obama administration. Bush said: ‘We don’t torture.’ Obama supposedly banned torture when he came into office. They were both lying. Later Obama backtracked and said ‘we tortured some folks’ - but he was referring to that done during the Bush administration. Next I guess we’ll hear Obama say it was ‘due to a few bad apples.’ It has been repeatedly shown that torture never accomplishes anything and Here and Here and Here and Here and Here . Rethuglican = Democrap = No Difference.


Common Dreams: Netanyahu Admits His Intention to Sabotage Iran Talks - He just continues to isolate himself with Rethuglicans.

Black Agenda Report: Media Silence on Libya - Four years ago the US and NATO, with the full intention of regime change (just ask Hillary), turned Libya over to the jihadists. As a result we now have beheadings of Christians, chaos in Mali and Boko Haram in Nigeria. Yet the American media never mentions this connection. Why not? Rachel Maddow, Nicholas Kristof, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Think Progress all refuse to even mention the word after their energetic promotion of that war 4 years ago. See entry of 11/11/14.


Common Dreams: Israeli Claims About Iran Nuclear Program Denied By Own Spy Agency and UK Guardian and Democracy-NOW - So just to be clear, there is no, and never has been any evidence that Iran has ever attempted to create a nuclear weapon. Here is evidence that even Mossad agrees with the US National Intelligence Estimate that Iran has no, and is not even attempting to build, the infrastructure necessary for the development of nuclear weapons. Despite the fact that we constantly hear from the MSM that Iran is on the verge of possessing nuclear weapons, all of the evidence indicates that they are simply trying to create nuclear power generators for their own use which every country in the world is allowed to do. Also remember there are 190 signatories to the International Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Iran is a signatory - and probably the most-inspected nation in the world. Signatories with nuclear weapons: USA, Russia, China, France, UK. Non-Signatories with nuclear weapons: Israel, N. Korea, India, Pakistan. So who are the ‘rogue nations?’


Common Dreams: Pentagon’s Disclosure of Looming Offensive in Mosul Raises Concerns Over Civilian Impacts - ‘Civilian Impacts’ are what fomented the creation of ISIS. As long as we keep murdering mothers, aunts, children and grandmothers, more and more fathers, sons and brothers are going to sign up to fight America. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist.


Black Agenda Report: The US Empire and ISIS: A Tale of Two Death Cults - “Since the U.S. is superior to the rest of the world ONLY in military terms, Washington finds its ultimate advantage in turning the whole world into a battlefield.”


Democracy-NOW: Libya Becomes the New Front in the War On ISIS, 4 Years After NATO Left Chaos Behind


And Now...Right on Cue: CNN Poll On Obama’s Handling of ISIS - The day after the propaganda blitz...a poll to back it up. Most people now believe that Obama hasn’t been tough enough on ISIS and think he should expand the war even if it includes boots on the ground. This reminds me of the propaganda blitz referred to in the entry of 2/15 below, followed by polls that 60+% of Americans then thought we should invade Iraq. This is just so pathetic, I don’t even have words.

Intercept: Hailed as a Model For Successful Intervention, Libya Proves to be The Exact Opposite - “What we see here is what we’ve seen over and over: the West’s wars creating and empowering an endless supply of enemies, which in turn justify endless war by the West.” The politicians of both parties start a new war; result: $Billions into the pockets of those that manufacture the bombs, planes and tanks. The war gets ‘out of control’; result: $Billions more into the pockets of those same people. War begets more war: a great business plan for everyone but US taxpayers and the millions who are slaughtered. Democrat = Republican. No Difference.


NYTimes: Islamic State Sprouting Limbs Beyond Its Base - Note the wording in the first paragraph: “The Islamic State is expanding...raising the prospect of a new global war on terror.” Makes it sound like ISIS is the one who’s going to wage global war, but actually it’s us. Also today all of the Sunday morning news talk shows had expanded coverage of the ‘threat posed by ISIS’ and how the only choice is to expand our involvement and ‘put boots on the ground.’ A coordinated media blitz if ever there was one. Today is kind of like 9/8/02. That was the day that Condy Rice, Rumsfeld, Cheney and Colin Powell all went on the Sunday morning news talk shows stating unequivocally that Iraq had WMD and “we don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.” And remember: “American forces do not, and will not have a combat mission in Iraq”?? $$$Billions for defense companies and their C-level employees and Boards of Directors, regret and despair for everyone else.


Democracy-NOW: Brian Williams Suspended For False Iraq Tale, But Media’s Real Scandal is War Lies Spun Daily


Common Dreams: Yemen Falls Into A State of Chaos - Just like Libya, where we also interfered - and where are those cheerleaders now? The Rs and the Ds want perpetual war, and yet everywhere we become involved, things get much, much worse, not better.

CAP: Fear 2.0: The Islamophobia Network’s Efforts to Manufacture Hate In America


Human Rights Watch: Two Big Glaring Holes in Strategy Against ISIS - 1. No address of atrocities of Shia militias against Sunnis in Iraq; 2. No address of Assad’s barrel-bomb brutality against his own people. Until we deal with these issues - or just get out entirely and let the locals solve their own problems - ISIS will only gain strength, the US will become more involved, and sadistic weapons manufacturers will become filthier rich.

Common Dreams: 13-Year-Old Boy Who Lived in Fear of Drones is Killed By One - Where’s the never-ending, maudlin mourning on the MSM for this victim of US terrorism? See entry of 2/4.

Democracy-NOW: Playing With Fire: A Debate on US Arming Ukraine & NATO Expansion to Russian Border


Bloomberg: Kerry Tells Lawmakers He’s For Arming Ukraine - Ka-ching! Out of your pocket, into the pockets of the 1% who sit on the boards of US defense contractors, in order to escalate a war that has already cost upwards of 50,000 lives. NATO revs up. Remember this all started when the US, especially John McCain, began sending aid to the ultra-right wing party that eventually succeeded in removing the democratically elected government, and Here. So now we’re in another war, thanks to our two corporate war parties.


AP News: A Shitload of Weapons for Lebanon - $1 Billion in free weapons over the last 8 years. Think about from out of whose pockets the money to buy those weapons came. Now think of into whose pockets that money went. This is why Wall Street is bullish on mass murder. This is how wealth is transferred to the 1% from you and I.


Intercept: Burning Victims To Death is Still a Common Practice - As we see endless references in the MSM to the burned-alive Jordanian pilot, but at the same time burn women and children to death with our drones and white phosphorus bombs, and our drone operators admit they really have no idea who they are targeting, why does the MSM never seems to want to cover their gruesome murders?

Reuters: Gunmen Kill 12 In Libyan Oil Field Raid - These are the direct results of American intervention. Destabilizing an autocratic regime always leads to unintended consequences. But of course, none of the Obama sycophants who were doing a victory lap when Gaddaffi was overthrown (remember “This is not about regime change”??), want to talk about the subject of Libya now. Just as the average Iraqi was probably better off under Saddam, the average Libyan would probably give anything to have Gaddaffi back.


Democracy-NOW: The New Arab Cold War: US Policy Sows Conflict, Unrest Across the Middle East, N. Africa - Just the list of the conflicts that Americans are causing across the globe, in the first paragraph, is devastating.


Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Almost 2,500 Now Killed By Obama’s Drone Campaign


Reuters: Outgoing US Sec. of Defense Says More Ground Troops Are Going Back to Iraq - We need more war so we can have peace! “War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.” 1984, George Orwell.


Intl. NYTimes: ISIS Commander Receiving Funding From US - WTF? And then of course there are the food and ammo drops.

UK Independent: US Intervention in Civil Wars 100 X More Likely  When Afflicted Country Has High Oil Reserves

Black Agenda Report: American Sniper, Chris Kyle and US Media Propaganda - “Anyone who takes history lessons from Hollywood learns that white makes right.” See entry of 1/21.


Stars and Stripes: Obama Will Ask Big Defense Dept. Funding Increase - War corporations rejoice.


Bureau of Investigative Journalism: US Drone Strike in Yemen Kills 3, 2 Civilians, 1 Child - What kind of country just ignores this ongoing slaughter?


RT News: Drone Operator: “We Didn’t Even Really Know Who We Were Firing At”

Democracy-NOW: Hailed as US Counterterrorism Model, Yemen Borders on Collapse - The next Libya. All those women and children drone murdered for nothing.

National Priorities: Cost of Military Action Against ISIS: $312,500 Per Hour - And Obama is still doesn’t have the AUMF.


NYTimes: US Fears Chaos as Government of Yemen Falls - This is what Obama’s murderous drone campaign has led to. Just as planned. The more we bomb, the more enemies we have, so bomb some more. Defense contractors heard to say, “Ka-ching ka-ching.”

Defense News: US Deploys Trainers to Ukraine


BBC: Chilcott Report Delayed Until After Election and Daily Mail

Rolling Stone: ‘American Sniper’ Is Almost Too Dumb to Criticize - The real tragedy of the movie is that it encourages us to see the Iraq war in a single falsely heroic dimension and totally ignore our own responsibility as citizens with respect to the actions that our government took in destroying that country, slaughtering over a million innocent people (655,000 as of 2006) and displacing another 5 million. “Sniper is a movie whose politics are so ludicrous and idiotic that under normal circumstances it would be beneath criticism. The only thing that forces us to take it seriously is the extraordinary fact that an almost exactly similar worldview consumed the walnut-sized mind of the president who got us into the war in question.” “This is a revisionist history popcorn propaganda piece of myth making and nationalistic war porn being sold to us by Bradley Cooper, Clint Eastwood, and screenwriter Jason Hall as an apolitical character study.


NYTimes: CIA Report Found Value of Brutal Interrogation Was Inflated

CNN: Noam Chomsky: Paris Attacks Show Hypocrisy of West’s Outrage - “Also ignored in the "war against terrorism" is the most extreme terrorist campaign of modern times -- Barack Obama's global assassination campaign targeting people suspected of perhaps intending to harm us some day, and any unfortunates who happen to be nearby. Other unfortunates are also not lacking, such as the 50 civilians reportedly killed in a U.S.-led bombing raid in Syria in December, which was barely reported.” See entry below of 1/11.


Reuters: More Insanity: Pentagon Deploys An Additional 400 Troops to Syria To Train ??? ‘Syrian Rebels’ - Supposedly to fight ISIS, but ‘Syrian Rebels’ usually means hard line Sunnis that may or may not cut deals with ISIS in order to depose Assad. F’in crazy! Pentagon says they may send ‘as many as’ 1,000 trainers to Syria to train ‘moderates.


Common Dreams: White House ‘Looks Forward’ To Working With GOP On Limitless War Authorization - After the fact


Democracy-NOW: How to be a “Terror Expert” - Ignore facts, blame Muslims, Repeat US propaganda. Never ask why we are at war, what the mission is or what are the exit criteria.


McClatchy: US Airstrike on ISIS Kills 50 Civilians - This is why there is a never-ending supply of new ‘terrorists.’ US response: “the airstrike showed no evidence of civilian casualties.”


Democracy-NOW: From Drone Strikes to Black Sites, How US Foreign Policy Runs Under a Cloak of Secrecy - It didn’t used to be this way and it doesn’t have to be this way.


NYTimes: US Drone Strike in Pakistan Kills 6 ‘Militants’ - 100% accuracy? Probably not. In 6 months when the full truth comes out, everybody will have forgotten the 100% claim. By the definition that Obama and Brennan use they can’t possibly miss. - As the number of drone strikes in Pakistan reaches 400, a year long study, “Name the Dead”, comes to a close. When John Kerry says “only confirmed terrorist targets at the highest level” are fired at, he’s lying.

McClatchy: Senate’s Inquiry Into CIA Torture Will Sidestep The Question of Who Ordered It - So what was the point of the inquiry? The only person to serve time for US torture in Iraq is the one thrown in jail by Obama for revealing the torture.