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Top 25 US Defense Companies - Top Five with annual sales paid with your money that could be much better spent: Lockheed Martin - $36 Billion, Boeing - $31 Billion, Northrop Grumann - $28 Billion, General Dynamics - $24 Billion, Raytheon - $23 Billion. Total: $142 Billion Annually just for the top 5.


Divest From The War Machine


11/8/18


NPR Fresh Air: Plagued by War and Famine, Yemen is ‘No Longer a Functioning State’ - Begun in 2015 this, like Libya, is Obama’s war. He essentially handed to Trump. Search this page for ‘Yemen’ to learn more.


11/4/18


Intercept: Weapons Makers Rushing Campaign Cash to Democrat - The wheels of the perpetual war machine roll on, undisturbed by party affiliation. No Difference.


10/26/18


NYTimes: The Tragedy of Saudi Arabia’s War - Viewer discretion. This war could be stopped in an instant, but none of the last three presidents have been willing to do it.


9/26/18


McClatchy: Like it or Not, Congress is Giving the Pentagon More F-35s - ...that the Pentagon didn’t ask for. These planes cost about $110 Million each, plus $1.5+ Trillion in programs costs. These additional aircraft will cut into the Air Force’s plan to expand and modernize its force. The F-35 program has been plagued with delays, cost-overruns and defects since testing began in 2006.


9/13/18


Intercept: Meet the Senator Trying to End US Support for the War in Yemen


8/18/18


McClatchy: Sept. 11 Trial Judge Forbids Use of FBI Interrogations at Guantanamo


8/14/18


Democracy-NOW: 40 Yemeni Children Killed by US Made Bomb - This is just one example of many. Meanwhile Raytheon profits soar, and the airstrikes are used as a recruitment tool to create more terrorists.


8/9/18


Business Insider: Saudi Arabia Bombs Bus Full of School Children Using US Made Bomb - ...following a pattern...the corporate press is silent.


BAR: When the Resistance is Really Assistance - The “Defense” budget was a new record at $716 Billion. The war in Afghanistan and secret operations all over the world are ‘off budget’ so the real total is (and has been) closer to $1 Trillion. Democrats voted in favor almost 2 to 1. That’s “The Resistance”?


7/27/18


UN Security Council: ISIS Given “Breathing Space” in US Occupied Areas of Syria - From the Summary: “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), having been defeated militarily in Iraq and most of the Syrian Arab Republic during 2017, rallied in early 2018. This was the result of a loss of momentum by forces fighting it in the east of the Syrian Arab Republic, which prolonged access by ISIL to resources and gave it breathing space to prepare for the next phase of its evolution into a global covert network. By June 2018, the military campaigns against ISIL had gathered pace again, but ISIL still controlled small pockets of territory in the Syrian Arab Republic on the Iraqi border. It was able to extract and sell some oil, and to mount attacks, including across the border into Iraq.


Northern and Eastern Syria is where US forces do most of their fighting and training, and Here.


The question is: Why is the US giving ISIS ‘breathing space’ in Syria?



7/23/18


UK Guardian: John Bolton Backs Trump’s Threat: ‘They Will Pay a Price” - This is all John Bolton, who is a raving hawk lunatic. His advice to Trump has to be the primary driver for these empty (we hope) threats. He was one of the primary advocates for war with Iraq. No matter what the foreign policy decision, his advice is always for war. He doesn’t care how many American soldiers he sends off to be killed needlessly, because it’s easy to send other people off to die for a draft dodger, working for Cadet Bonespurs, who knows neither he nor any of his family will ever have to serve. Bloodthirsty psychopaths.


7/19/18


PBS Report from Yemen: As Millions Face Starvation, American Made Bombs Are Killing Civilians - American made bombs, with American refueling and targeting assistance continues under Trump, just as it did under Obama, creating terrorists for generations to come. The use of cluster bombs is against international law. 98% of victims of cluster bombs are civilians, and 27% are children.


7/7/18


Salon: Donald Trump Dishonors Our Troops - While our service men and women fight 3 ‘official’ wars (Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria) and are involved in at least 140 countries, including 800 service people in Africa, and recruiters are working overtime, Cadet Bone Spurs is kicking transgender and immigrant soldiers that were promised a path to citizenship out of the service with no reason given.


6/28/18


Democracy-NOW: Jennifer Harbury: Today’s Refugee Crisis is Blowback From US Dirty Wars in Central America


6/27/18


Salon: Raytheon’s Profits Boom Alongside Civilian Deaths in Yemen


6/20/18


Intercept: The US Has Conducted 550 Drone Strikes in Libya Since 2011, More Than in Somalis, Yemen or Pakistan


New America: Airstrikes and Civilian Casualties in Libya: Key Findings and Airwars - US drone attacks have killed between 242 and 392 non-combatants from 2012 to 2018, and injured as many as 524. Note that most of these occurred during the Obama administration, though Trump has increased the frequency of, and the secrecy around these attacks. These attacks accomplish nothing except creating far more new ‘radicalized’ individuals than the ones it actually kills. AFRICOM has never admitted a single civilian casualty from operations in Libya. We continue to do bin Laden’s work for him.


6/13/18


NYTimes: The Wounds of the Drone Warrior


6/10/18


Investing: US F-15 Fighter Jet Crashes Into Sea off S. Japan - Ka-ching! Another $30 M for McDonnell-Douglas.


5/27/18


TomDispatch: Making Sense of America’s Empire of Chaos - America’s War on Terror (c) has effectively been doing Osama bin Ladin’s work for him, creating thousands of recruits to his cause, and with a total cost of almost $6 Trillion and counting, is bleeding the west dry of resources that could have been better used to attack real problems such as transferring to renewable fuels, rebuilding our infrastructure, creating health care for all, free college tuition and a guaranteed livable wage.


5/24/18


Intercept: Threats “From the South” Prompt US to Base Drones in Greece For the First Time - The list of countries that don’t host US drones is shorter than a list of those that do.


5/11/18


NYTimes: US Takes A Risk: Old Iraqi Enemies Are Now Allies


5/10/18


Democracy-NOW: Jeremy Scahill: Obama Paved Way for Haspel to Head the CIA by Failing to Hold Torturers Accountable - By now it’s clear that both Bush and Obama approved torture, and rendition, with a lot of help from  John Brennan and Here, Here Here and James Comey. Then Obama made sure the Senate torture report got delayed and then got ‘lost’ so no one would ever be held accountable, and Here. As this article points out Gina Haspel was the operative that actually did the deleting. Then Obama signed the 2014 NDAA which allows the president to indefinitely detain anyone in the world for any reason, or no reason. The only person ever convicted of any torture related item was the guy who revealed it. Rethuglicans and Democraps are equally to blame. Combine this with universal surveillance, and Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, and Here, and you’ve got yourself a nice tight little corporate police state.


5/3/18


NYTimes: Army Special Forces Secretly Help Saudis in Yemen - ...just adding to the ways the US helps the Saudis commit repeated war crimes.


4/28/18


Intercept: French Corruption Case Against Sarkozy Sheds New Light On Why US and Allies Really Bombed Libya - Actually it WAS about regime change despite what Obama claimed, and about oil all the time. The primary advocate for the original bombing in the Obama cabinet was Clinton, at which point Maddow and all of the democrap sycophants jumped on board. None of them want to admit it now.


4/27/18


Newsweek: Mattis: US Will Not “Abandon” Syria, May Expand Role - Insane.


4/24/18


Democracy-NOW: No End in Sight for US-Backed Yemen War as Airstrike Kills At Least 20, Including Bride, At Wedding


4/18/18


Democracy-NOW: Unlimited Worldwide War: ACLU Warns Senate Against Giving Trump Blank Check to Declare War - Interesting how the headline of this article parallels the title of this page. First Congress gave this power to GW Bush because of al Qaeda (now practically non-existent), then they gave it to Obama because he seemed like (but wasn’t really) a pretty level-headed guy, so now how can they deny that same power to Cheeto-head? Easy, but first they have to get a pair.


4/14/18


AP: Trump Claims Success in Syria, But Chemical Weapons Remain - Russia claimed most of the US missiles were intercepted. Cost of 100 Tomahawk missiles to US taxpayers? $187 Million and Here. Raytheon executives and Board of Directors celebrate. Trump: “Mission Accomplished!”...Foreshadowing?


4/9/18


Intercept: Legacy of Blood: A Brief History of American Intervention in Iraq


3/22/18


Democracy-NOW: 15 Years After Invasion of Iraq, Amnesia & Distortion Obscure US Record of War Crimes and Torture - Examples of massacres at Hadith, Mahmudiyah, Balad, Mukaradeeb, Nisour Square, Mosul, and yet American armed forces spokesmen still on occasion insist there were never any. Examples of torture under both Bush and Obama, and then the destruction of the infamous torture report, and Here, are well documented.


Slate: John Bolton Named National Security Adviser. It’s Time to Panic Now and NYTimes


3/19/18


Intercept: The CBS 60 Minutes Interview With Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman Was a Crime Against Journalism - Soft ball discussion of the war in Yemen, described by the UN as “the worst humanitarian crisis in the world” only got 2 minutes out of a 30 minute interview. The fact that Saudi Arabia has beheaded more people than ISIS for crimes such as blasphemy, sorcery, adultery, and homosexuality got no mention at all.


3/14/18


Intercept: Military Brass Tells Congress It Has No Idea What Saudi Arabia Is Doing With US Bombs in Yemen - ...even though the US refuels the Saudi planes, provides them the bombs and intelligence, including targeting information. As pointed out in this article, the Saudis have used this US support to murder thousands of civilians in Yemen, even bombing hospitals and civilian centers - and using ‘double-taps’ to murder first responders on the ground that come to their aid. Blood on our hands.


NYTimes: US Kept Silent About Its Role in Another Firefight in Niger - “...the combat — along with at least 10 other previously unreported attacks on American troops in West Africa between 2015 and 2017 — indicates that the deadly Oct. 4 ambush was not an isolated episode in a nation where the United States is building a major drone base.”

This is a process that started with G. W. Bush and was accelerated by Obama, but neither Rethugs nor Dems raised an eyebrow. But now that Trump has control the previously undisclosed firefights and airstrikes have accelerated.

The Pentagon continues to spread war throughout the world - with no approval from Congress, as required by Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution and the War Powers Act. But since 9/11, those laws have been completely ignored. The gift that keeps on giving.


3/8/18


CNBC: Compensation of the CEOs of the Top US Defense Contractors - The top 5 together make a total of $97.4 Million, while most cities in the US can’t afford to provide basic services. Perpetual, worldwide warfare is very good for their business model.

Not only is this a form of corporate welfare, but it is one of the clearest examples of what is wrong with capitalism.

It’s a general trend across the capitalist USA: in 2017 the ratio of CEO to worker pay was 361 to 1. In the last 40 years, CEO pay has risen by 937%. ALL economic gains since the 2007 recession have gone to the 1%, and Here. But most people have a very incorrect view of the distribution of wealth, and Here.


3/6/18


Democracy-NOW: Sen. Chris Murphy: The US is Exporting Violence & Killing Civilians in Illegal War in Yemen


3/1/18


CNN: Nuclear Missile Threat a Red Line For Trump - Sen. Lindsey Graham: “All the damage that would come from a war would be worth it in terms of long-term stability and national security.” These people are totally bat-shit crazy. I don’t think Americans realize how close we are to total annihilation.


2/24/18


Intercept: Iona Craig Won a Polk Award for Her Investigation of a SEAL Team Raid That Killed Women and Children in Yemen. Here’s How She Did It. - THIS is what you call investigative journalism. This reporter risked her life on numerous occasions to travel to the site and interview survivors. What most new services do is just write down whatever the Defense Dept. tells them to, without question. THAT is stenography, not journalism.


2/18/18


NYTimes: “An Endless War”: Why 4 US Soldiers Died in a Remote African Desert - A sad story about our perpetual wars around the world. This is just one example. Congress, which is supposed to control the approval for war, has no idea what we are doing in Africa, or how many troops we have there.

Americans rolled over for decades while we gave the executive branch unreviewable authority to kill - now that power is in the hands of an idiot.” Lindsay Graham had no idea we have over 6,000 troops in Africa: "I didn't know there was 1,000 troops in Niger," Graham said on Meet the Press. "This is an endless war without boundaries and no limitation on time and geography. ... You've got to tell us more." Where the hell have these clueless congress-idiots been for 17 years?


See entries of 10/24, 10/26, 10/27, 11/27/17.


2/8/18


Democracy-NOW: Directorate S: The CIA and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan & Pakistan


2/6/18


MSN: Pentagon Can’t Account For Hundreds of $Millions


2/4/18


NBC News: Ex-CIA Director Brennan Hired by NBC - Another professional war advocate gets full time gig with US media company. So next time there’s a foreign policy question, his answer will be Escalate! The one possibility that is never examined is how to draw down our foreign escapades. Only war advocates have the floor on the major networks. This is the same person who was in charge of drawing up Obama’s drone kill list, has admitted that drone murders increase terrorism, and at one point even tried to insist on the national news, with a straight face, that not one single innocent civilian had been harmed by a drone strike, and Here, and Here. He was an advocate of torture during the Bush Admin. and Here, later claiming that he was against it but could not stop it, and more recently has described how the US still does it.


Brennan joins a select group of war advocates posing as experts. That group includes people like:


Gen. Jack Keane - head of the Institute for the Study of War, ‘special advisor’ to Blackwater aka ‘Academi’, board member of General Dynamics, a partner in SCP Partners and Xvionics, and president GSI LLC -


Gen. Anthony Zinni - former CENTCOM Commander in Chief, board member of BAE systems, and numerous military focused private equity firms -


Fran Townsend - former Bush Homeland Security Advisor, with positions in two defense contractor investment firms, and advisor to Decision Sciences.


There are many other examples.


And what of any voices advocating for peace, an end to perpetual war, negotiation or any path away from ongoing and escalating conflict? Sound of crickets.


2/1/18


NBC News: US Airstrikes in Yemen Have Increased Sixfold Under Trump - An interesting article for two reasons. One: The headline. Sixfold? Seriously? Two: How the MSM treats civilian casualties, aka ‘collateral damage.’ Elaborate descriptions of US operations - btw, has the US Congress approved war with Yemen? oh, never mind, I guess we’re basically over the Constitution - “the increased level of activity has killed fighters, eviscerated AQAP's propaganda network, cut off external support and enabled UAE partners to regain territory." What heroic action! All in the name of Freedom (c) and the War on Terror (c). It goes on and on.


If we really support our troops wouldn’t it be better for them to be home with their families and ready to respond to an real, actual national emergency, and not to send them on God-forsaken missions invading other peoples’ countries and incinerating those peoples’ family members in never ending wars that do nothing but create more enemies?


As to civilians? One sentence in the very last paragraph: “Witnesses also reported a small number of civilian deaths as well.” And that’s that. So instead of sending reporters to the scene to interview witnesses, instead of true investigative journalism, NBC dutifully plays stenographer and just writes down whatever the Defense Dept. tells them to. After all, anything else would be un-American.


1/29/18


Democracy-NOW: “Unprecedented Level of Violence” in Heart of Kabul As Taliban Send “Clear Message” to Trump - People are fed up with having their innocent family members incinerated and grievously and permanently crippled. They find it very easy to go over to the side of the people who are trying to drive out the invaders.


1/27/18


Intercept: A 4-Year Old Girl Was the Sole Survivor of a US Drone Strike in Afghanistan Then She Disappeared - 11 civilians and 3 children drone murdered. One child survived. She had one eye, no nose, no skin on her forehead, and no bottom lip. A week before, a local woman and her cow had been incinerated by a drone strike. All innocent civilians just trying to eke out a living. This has become routine in Afghanistan, but the American media refuses to even discuss it. The Taliban and ISIS have no trouble recruiting the family members of victims when this happens, and Here. This is what causes “terrorism.” Whether we vote Rep or Dem, it doesn’t matter, either way it’s a vote for perpetual war and large scale civilian murder. Obama killed 2,500 people using drones, 9 times as many strikes as GW Bush. Trump is only continuing the process. Only about 4% of drone victims are “terrorists.” But I question who the real terrorists are.


1/22/18


New Yorker: How the US is Making the War in Yemen Worse - Marillyn Hewson, CEO of Lockeed Martin, made $20 million last year based on profits from murdering Yemenis, many of them children, and Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here. She loves the war in Yemen. Sweet dreams Marillyn. Raytheon is also doing pretty well. The corporate media never mentions any of this. And by the way, we’re still “torturing some folks.”


1/13/18


Eurasia Review: US to Send 1,000 New Troops and Drones to Afghanistan - Perpetual War.


Intercept: “We Don’t Consider You A Legitimate Journalist” - How I Got Blacklisted By the Pentagon’s Africa Command


1/12/18


Thomas Reuters: Let’s Kill the Business of of Slavery - Synopsis: Whether it’s food, clothing, jewelry, cell phones, and many if not most consumer goods, slavery has infected the worldwide supply chains somewhere. Everyday, men, women and children around in the world are forced to work non-stop in life threatening conditions for less than subsistence wages - the basic definition of slavery. Over 40 million people are enslaved, 70% in forced labor, 30% in sex trafficking, in a $150 Billion per year ‘industry.’ This article does have ways this can be combated. As always spreading the information to as many people as possible is the number one strategy.


1/11/18


Truth Out: 2018 Will Be An Arms Bonanza - 2017 was huge for the top defense contractors as share prices and profits skyrocketed. And for 2018 Trump has requested an additional $54 Billion for the Pentagon, on top of the additional $84 Billion that the unusually bipartisan congress agreed to and Here. And all of that was on top of the additional $15 Billion added to the 2017 budget. Both Dems (including all of the likely 2020 presidential nominees) and Rethugs all join hands on this one. The US defense budget is already larger than the next 8 countries combined. All just so we can invade other peoples’ countries and incinerate their family members which only fuels all those new terrorists. No Difference. Do not listen to what they say. Watch only what they do.


1/5/18


Vice: Trump’s First Year: More Bombs, More Boots, More Casualties - Same as Bush. Same as Obama. No Difference.


1/4/18


UK Guardian: Bombed Into Famine: How Saudi Air Campaign Targets Yemen’s Food Supplies - Norway has just halted weapons sales to the Saudis, but US and Britain continue. 10,000 Yemeni civilians have been murdered. Sources of clean water have been eliminated causing 2.000+ deaths from cholera, with 1 million more suspected cases - the worst outbreak ever recorded, and the first outbreak of diphtheria since 1982. 8 million are at risk of starvation. 80% of Yemenis lack food, fuel, water and access to health care.


Why? So bomb makers can add to their wealth.


12/26/17


Truth Out: Why We Can’t Ignore Libya, Enslavement and the Damages of US Intervention - Hillary Clinton: “We came, we saw, he died.” Modern day slavery, facilitated by US foreign policy, and US liberals are silent. Curious.


12/21/17


Telesur: Pentagon Admits Carrying Out “Multiple Ground Missions” and More Than 120 Strikes in Yemen - From the article: “The widespread destruction from the U.S-backed Saudi airstrikes has displaced over a million people in the region. A severe cholera outbreak in the area has also claimed lives of at least 2,119 people, according to the Red Cross. Another eight million are on the verge of starvation. 

Every day, parents are carrying their malnourished children to hospital because they haven’t eaten in days, and families are watching as loved ones die needlessly from treatable illnesses because they do not have access to medical care,"

Americans remain silent.


12/14/17


Democracy-NOW: US Support “Vital” to Saudi Bombing of Yemen, Targeting Food Supplies As Millions Face Famine


12/9/17


Reuters: Iraqi PM Says Islamic State Completely ‘Evicted’ From Iraq - The original US mission for being there has now been completed. There is no plausible reason for our troops to stay. But an end to operations there would mean a drop in revenue for the US defense contractors, so it’s never going to happen. The super-rich Boards of Directors and C-level employees of these mega-corporations are in the process of plundering every last penny out of the US Treasury.


12/7/17


Black Agenda Report: Slavery In Libya A Surprise? You Weren’t Reading Black Agenda Report - You also weren’t reading this web site, or more accurately you just basically aren’t paying any attention at all. For background, just search on the word “Libya” on this page.


12/6/17


Democracy-NOW: Daniel Ellsberg Reveals He Was a Nuclear War Planner, Warns of Nuclear Winter & Global Starvation - Trump is a mad man who likes putting Generals in charge of foreign policy. Without any exaggeration he very well could get us all killed. Meanwhile both the US and N. Korea gird for war.


11/30/17


UK Guardian: US-Led Coalition Says Its Strikes Have Killed 800 Iraqi and Syrian Civilians - “Estimate of deaths since 2014 is far lower than those provided by monitoring groups.” As long as we continue to invade other peoples’ countries and incinerate their family members, “terrorism” will never end. Noam Chomsky: “The easiest way to end terrorism is for the US to stop participating in it.”


11/29/17


Daily Beast: Strong Evidence that US Special Operations Forces Massacred Civilians in Somalia - We’re following the standard track of American denial: First: ‘After a lengthy investigation, it has been determined that no civilians were killed.’ Next: ‘A small number of civilians were caught in cross-fire. Our condolences to the victims.’ Finally, six months later, buried on page 30: ‘Regrettably, civilians were killed due to faulty intelligence. Policies regarding Special Forces operations are being reviewed at the highest levels, and remedial actions are being taken.’


How long?


11/27/17


Matt Taibbi: Drone Strikes Underscore, Again, How Much Power We Give Trump - “Americans rolled over for decades while we gave the executive branch unreviewable authority to kill - now that power is in the hands of an idiot.” Lindsay Graham had no idea we have over 6,000 troops in Africa: "I didn't know there was 1,000 troops in Niger," Graham said on Meet the Press. "This is an endless war without boundaries and no limitation on time and geography. ... You've got to tell us more." Where the hell have these clueless congress-idiots been for 17 years?


11/21/17


Democracy-NOW: Iraqi Civilian Describes US Airstrike on His Home That Killed His Wife, Daughter, Brother & Nephew


11/15/17


Bureau of Investigative Journalism: US Response Further Confuses Controversial Kunduz Strike


11/8/17


Telesur: Brown University Study: True Costs of Global “War On Terror”: $4.3 T - The Pentagon recently issued a report pegging the costs at $1.46 T, but it includes only Defense Dept. spending. It did not include spending on “homeland security,” State Dept., Veterans Affairs. The Brown University study further states that future spending in 2018 and estimated future obligations for veterans’ care will raise the total cost to $5.6 T, and that does not include spending on operations in Africa, the Caribbean and Central America as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.


Most of that money has wound up in the pockets of the boards of directors and C-level employees of the top Defense Contractors, as the super-rich continue to plunder the Treasury.


11/4/17


Truth Out: Mattis, Tillerson Want Blank Check to Wage Illegal War Anytime, Anywhere - “The presence of the US troops killed in Niger was unlawful. Their deployment was not authorized by Congress under the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, and it violated both the War Powers Resolution and the US-ratified UN Charter, which prohibit the use of military force except in self-defense.”


“Congress must retain the power to authorize war, which is what the framers intended. They should refrain from relinquishing it to an unpredictable and volatile president.”


This power was relinquished to Obama for 8 years, and practically no one said much of anything about it. Now look who has the reins of power. We were supposed to be a nation of laws, not of men.


10/30/17


NYTimes: Afghan War Data, Once Public, Is Censored in US Military Report - “The move clouds measures of progress for the Afghan security forces, the primary benefactor of the $120 billion that the United States has spent on reconstruction since the start of the war and the linchpin of President Trump’s new strategy in Afghanistan.”


“The Afghans know what’s going on; the Taliban knows what’s going on; the U.S. military knows what’s going on,” John F. Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan, whose office compiled the quarterly report, said in an interview. “The only people who don’t know what’s going on are the people paying for it.”


10/27/17


Democracy-NOW: Nick Turse: From Niger to Somalia, US Military Expansion in Africa Helps Terror Groups Recruit


10/26/17


NYTimes: US Soldiers Were Separated From Unit in Niger Ambush - The real question here is what is our supposed mission in Niger, and what US politician ordered them to be there. As presented here several times, Obama/Clinton’s war against Qaddafi led to the pillaging of his vast stores of weapons, which were then used to overthrow the democratically elected government of Mali and Here, followed by a general destabilization of Central and West Africa. Liberals in the US still won’t own up to their role in encouraging that war. But why were American troops thrown into the middle of this? Could it be that these liberals were duped into supporting the new colonization and pillaging of Central and West Africa?


Intercept: US Military Activities in Their Countries is the Primary Recruiting Tool For Terror Groups - A real eye-opener. From the article: “As the U.S.-backed war in Libya was helping to topple Moammar Gadhafi, nomadic Tuareg fighters in the Libyan dictator’s service looted his regime’s weapons caches, returned to their native Mali, and began to carve out a homeland.”


Who knew that our taxes are being used to provoke local farmers in foreign countries to form small Al Qaeda groups with fancy names to protect themselves from local militias trained by our Special Forces. That gives politicians like Lindsey Graham and John McCain the excuse to call for more and more intervention, which means more $$$$$ of our tax money for civilian military contractors. Another way the wealth of our country continues to flow upward to the top 1%.


As this article enumerates, US-trained soldiers are overthrowing democratically elected governments throughout the region. New Al Qaeda groups are popping up immediately afterwards. This article focuses on West Africa, but really it’s true throughout Africa and the world.


Maybe if we’d stop invading other people’s countries and incinerating their family members, there might be less “terrorism.”


10/24/17


Democracy-NOW: Expansion of Imperialist “War On Terror” in Africa Preceded Deadly Attacks in Niger and Somalia


9/27/17


Democracy-NOW: Yemenis Suffer “Silent Deaths” as Saudi Arabia Refuses Human Rights Probe in Deadly US-Backed War


9/26/17


ProPublica: G. I. Dough - Ongoing investigation into the $Billions the DoD wastes every year and what we could have done with all that money.


9/25/17


Alternet: 3 Ways the Military Industrial Complex Is Ruining Our Country


9/24/17


Common Dreams: There is No Rehabilitating the Vietnam War - The Ken Burns documentary is a sad example of revisionist history. The war was started and fought on a foundation of lies. Two interesting factoids:


As a result of the release of documents under the JFK Records Act, we now know that Kennedy issued an order on Oct. 2, 1963 that all US troops would be removed from Viet Nam by the end of 1965. He was assassinated one month later. On the day of the assassination, Lyndon Johnson, as one of his first acts as president, reversed that order. The Ken Burns documentary makes no mention of this fact. Follow the money.


The ‘Gulf of Tonkin’ incident was a one day (7/31/64) skirmish involving the destroyer USS Maddox (at least on the ‘first day’)  traveling in and out of N. Vietnamese waters, a provocative action in itself, gathering signals intelligence in support of a covert CIA operation (OPLAN 34A) that used S. Vietnamese sailors to fire on N. Vietnamese coastal radar stations. The USS Maddox suffered total damage of one bullet hole from that skirmish. The next day, along with USS Turner Joy, the Maddox returned to the same area and initially mistook radar and sonar artifacts for a second attack. These initial reports on this ‘second day of action’ were fabricated by the Johnson administration in order to get the Congress, three days later, to pass the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, essentially a declaration of war.  The Ken Burns’ documentary does not cover any of the details of ‘the incident,’ but rather glosses over this major event of the war and essentially the entire set of Johnson Administration’s misrepresentations are treated as facts - when it states that the Vietnam war was a ‘retaliation for the Gulf of Tonkin.’


9/22/17


Democracy-Now: Amnesty International Reveals the Bomb That Killed 16 Civilians in Yemen Was Made In USA - Too bad Americans cannot see this war “through Buthaina’s eyes.”


9/21/17


FAIR: Outlets That Scolded Sanders Over Deficits Uniformly Silent Over $700 Billion Defense Handout


NYTimes: Trump Poised to Drop Some Limits on Drone Strikes and Commando Raids - We cannot kill our way out of terrorism. Maybe there wouldn’t be so much terrorism in the world if we’d just quit invading other peoples’ countries and incinerating their family members. But ending the war on terrorism is not the aim of the execs and boards of the multi-billion dollar defense industry.


Black Agenda Report: Ken Burns’ Vietnam Documentary


9/19/17


Common Dreams: US Says No Money for Social Programs, But $700 Billion to Kill People - All public universities in the US could be tuition-free with just the increase in defense spending for this year, and the $700 billion defense budget could easily pay for universal health care and still have the strongest military in the world, but neoliberals in Congress always want to know where the money is going to come from whenever non-defense spending comes up. The US spends more money on defense than all other countries in the world combined. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Al Franken and Cory Booker all voted in favor. Some progressives. A short must-read.


9/18/17


AFP: US Senate Passes Massive New Defense Spending Bill - The numbers are truly mind-boggling. We already know about Rethugs, but don’t let any Democrat tell you they are the party of peace.


9/15/17


National Defense: Lockheed Exec Says We Need More F-35s - ...so he can get his next bonus.


8/28/17


Intercept: Entire Families Are Being Killed by US Airstrikes in Syria


8/25/17


Al Jazeera: Children Among the Dead As Fresh Airstrikes Hit Yemen


8/23/17


Al Jazeera: Air Raid in Yemen Kills At Least 35 People - Death toll continues to rise. The Saudis are responsible for this latest atrocity, but the get their planes, bombs, refueling and targeting information from US personnel. That’s your tax money. And when a bomb hits the ground but doesn’t explode, “Made in USA” is plainly written on its side.


8/22/17


Intercept: Donald Trump’s New Afghanistan Plan Promises More Killing and Little Else - A short read and some chilling statistics. We might not have so much ‘terrorism’ in the world if we’d just quit invading other peoples’ countries and incinerating their family members.


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Al Jazeera: Raqqa: US-Led Attack Kill 100 Civilians in 48 Hours


New Yorker: Trump Attempts to Embrace an Ambiguous Moral Middle Ground in Afghanistan - The war is a bloodbath for Afghans, not Americans. Trump has done a 180 on his campaign pledge to get us out. He is now basically in the same place as Bush and Obama. He doesn’t have a clue.


8/19/17


Intercept: The US Spy Hub in the Heart of Australia


8/10/17


First Post India: Syria: 30 Civilians Killed in US Airstrike - Needless to say, you won’t hear about this from CNN. 14 children were killed and many more critically injured. The death toll will probably rise. Americans could care less. No wonder there are ‘terrorists’ in this world. Who are the real terrorists?


8/4/17


NYTimes: Court Rejects Murder Conviction and Voids 3 Sentences in Blackwater Case - These guys were essentially mowing innocent civilians down on a whim. And now the US government says that’s just fine. They don’t hate us for our freedom.


7/28/17


Newsmax: Pentagon: Lockheed Martin Given $3.7 Billion Interim Payment for 50 F-35s - Even though they are for foreign governments, this is US taxpayer money. If the planes are ever able to fly, then they will theoretically be ‘sold’ by the Pentagon to those governments. War is great for the few individuals that run the US defense corporations. Nobody else. Eight F-35s for the Netherlands? Six for Norway? Seriously?


7/27/17


Seattle Times: Defense Lawyers: Psychologists Who Devised CIA Torture Methods Should Not Be Held Liable - No different than the employees of the Nazi companies that supplied the gas to the concentration camps. Yep, that’s where we’ve gone in 21st century USA.


7/20/17


Courthouse News: Judge Clears KBR/Halliburton In Sprawling Burn-Pits Case - Dick Cheney can rest easy. His stock options are worth more than ever now.


7/19/17


Intercept: Revenge Attacks on Families of ISIS Members Could Start A New Cycle of Violence in Iraq - The USA broke this country, but it will never be able to fix it. Our perpetual war making is never going to solve it. We have to cease. But the national media portrays this kind of sentiment as treason precisely because multi-$Billion defense contractors now call all of the shots.


7/18/17


Democracy-NOW: Amnesty International Accuses US Coalition of War Crimes in Mosul - This cannot just go on forever.


7/14/17


Intercept: Congress Trying to Sneak Through Major Giveaway to Defense Contractors - #CorporateWelfare


7/13/17


Intercept: US Doubled Fuel Support for Saudi Bombing Campaign in Yemen After Deadly Strike on Funeral - Obama started this in 2015 and, and like several other of his abuses of power such as universal, warrantless, suspicion-less surveillance, and Here of Americans, he then passed it on to Trump who has vastly increased the level. The US also supports and participates with UAE in this mission, which includes routine torture of captives. See entry of 6/22.


7/11/17


Real News: UN Adopts Nuclear Weapons Ban Over US-Led Opposition - There are 9 countries known to have nuclear weapons. They all voted to block this measure. Of the 9, 5 are signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: USA, Russia, UK, France, China. 4 are not signatories to the NPT: Israel, N. Korea, India, Pakistan. A total of 190 countries are signatories to the NPT.


Military Area Guide: Satellites Reveal Secret US Bases Emerging in the Desert - Those who run US defense contracting firms have a never-ending voraciousness for war and the money it produces. The politicians are just following orders.


7/2/17


UK Independent: SAS Soldiers Suspected of Executing Unarmed Afghans And Covering Up Potential War Crimes - They don’t ‘hate us for our freedom.’


6/22/17


Democracy-NOW: US Tied to Torture in Network Of Secret Yemen Prisons Run by UAE - Black torture sites with US forces present still exist. George Bush: “This government does not torture.” Barack Obama: “We tortured some folks.” Note the past tense, but actually it had not stopped. First the torture report was delayed. Then he made sure the entire report got deleted - Boom! Problem solved. Later, Obama’s CIA Director let the cat out of the bag, but no one paid any attention. They’re all liars. Remember that by virtue of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), indefinite detention is back. And now look who has control of the black sites. No Difference.


6/18/17


BBC: Mali Attack: Two Dead As Gunmen Storm Tourist Resort - Back in 3/19/2011, Rachel Maddow and every other Democrat controlled news outlet advocated for “humanitarian bombings” in Libya, even though they knew that such an attack was illegal and un-Constitutional. Who knew that the side effects would continue for years to come. It quickly became a quagmire, followed by complete chaos, and never accomplished any definable mission. One of the first events in this chaos was that Gadhafi’s weapons stores were quickly looted by al-Qaeda and were spread throughout middle Africa. That was immediately followed by rearming of Taureg rebels in Mali, and Here, followed quickly by the over-throw of its democratically elected government. But of course, none of those who so strongly advocated for the overthrow of Gadafi are willing to accept any responsibility for its aftermath now. Whenever the US meddles in other countries’ business, it creates side-effects for years to come. But that’s all very good business for the heads of US defense contractors. As Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler used to say “War is a Racket.”


6/16/17


Associated Press: 4,000 More US Troops Go to Afghanistan - War without oversight is war without end. Perpetual war makes those who lead war corporations richer. It accomplishes nothing else.


6/12/17


Democracy-NOW: Cholera Death Toll Tops 859 In War-Torn Yemen, As US-Backed Saudi Assault Continues - See the Green Party Solution to these issues.


5/25/17


NBC News: Pentagon Now Says 100 Civilians Killed in US Airstrike on Mosul - The typical progression: Back in March, they claimed there was no US strike - ISIS did it. Then they claimed it was them but all fatalities were ISIS fighters. Locals claim there were 200 civilian fatalities, about 1/4 of all civilians killed since this particular offensive began. War is not the answer. This is not our fight.


5/22/17


Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Meet the Amputees Fighting America’s Longest War - $70 Billion wasted on the war in Afghanistan. Double amputees with inadequate weapons fight on the front lines while criminals in Kabul get filthy rich with US taxpayer money. But it’s all good business for Boards and C-level employees of US defense contractors - the true 1%.


5/20/17


CBS News: Trump Signs $110 Billion Arms Deal With Saudi Arabia - Supposedly we are at war with Al Qaeda, and ISIS. These two organizations originated in and are funded by Saudi Arabia. 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia. Yet our country (under both Rethug and Democrap) continues business as usual with Saudi Arabia, while enacting sanctions against a moderate Middle Eastern country that is helping to fight ISIS and just democratically re-elected a moderate leader - Iran. The point? When viewing the actions (without listening to the rhetoric) of Rethugs and Democraps there is No Difference.


5/18/17


Common Dreams: “Frickin’ Illegal”: Congressman Says Trump Has No Authority For Latest Syria Bombing


5/2/17


Intercept: Trump’s Support and Praise of Despots is Central to US Foreign Policy, Not A Deviation From It


5/1/17


UK Independent: More Than 350 Civilians Have Been Killed In US-Led Airstrikes Against ISIS, Says Pentagon - Outside groups say it’s more like 3,000. The Pentagon’s tally does not include over 100 killed in Mosul on 3/17. They don’t hate us for our freedom. They hate us because we incinerate their family members.


4/28/17


Nation of Change: Trump’s 100 Days: US Air Campaign Hammers Yemen, Averaging One Strike Per Day - After promising his constituency to disentangle the US from engagements abroad, he is outdoing Obama in terms of drone murders, who in turn outdid George Bush.


4/26/17


Democracy-NOW: Chomsky: Like Obama, Trump Is Radically Increasing the Danger of Nuclear War


4/25/17


Intercept: Members of Congress Demand Trump Provide Legal Justification For Syria Attack - Rightfully so, but they would have much better ground to stand on if they had demanded the same for Obama’s wars - especially with Libya.


4/17/17


Vox: What the Hell Is Going On With N. Korea?


4/14/17


UK Guardian: The ‘Mother of All Bombs’ Is Big, Deadly - And Won’t Lead to Peace - Here’s why no bombing campaign can win any victories, and always lead to escalation of conflicts.


Democracy-NOW: US Drops Its Biggest Non-Nuclear Bomb on Afghans, Already Traumatized by Decades of War - 600 Afghan civilians killed in 2016, twice as many as 2015. We’ve been at war in Afghanistan for 16 years, the longest by far in US history. What kind of people would do this to citizens of another country? Dropping bombs on another country only make terrorism more likely, exactly the way the war corporations want it.


4/13/17


NYTimes: 18 Syrian Fighters Allied With US Are Killed In Coalition Airstrike


CNN: US Drops $300 Million Mother of All Bombs on Afghanistan - While we could completely fix the Flint, Michigan water system for $216 Million...Priorities, eh? Of course Russia has the Father of All Bombs, 4 X more powerful. Somebody please get me back to Camp Granada!


4/12/17


Democracy-NOW: Civilian Deaths Are Spiking In Syria and Iraq As US Launches Unrestrained Bombing Raids


4/11/17


Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting: Out of 46 Editorials on Trump’s Syria Strikes, Only One Opposed


4/8/17


Frontline: Syria At War


4/7/17


Intercept: The Spoils of War: Trump Lavished With Media and Bipartisan Praise for Bombing Syria -Pelosi, Clinton and Schumer praise Trump. “In wartime, US television instantly converts into state media.”


Reuters: Oil Prices Soar After US Missile Strike on Syria - Neo-cons everywhere celebrate.


Medium: Sorry alt-Righters, Your Guy Has Been Cucked - Funny article that brings out some interesting points: Tomahawk cruise missiles cost $800,000+ each (more than 10 years salary for the average Trump voter); the total cost of 59 missiles was almost $50,000,000. War corporations must have had a serious little celebration in their board rooms on Wednesday morning.


Reuters: Why is There a War in Syria?


4/4/17


Code Pink: #No54BillionforWar


4/3/17


New Yorker: Martin Luther King, Jr’s Searing Anti-War Speech 50 Years Later


3/30/17


Democracy-NOW: Hundreds of Iraqi Civilians Killed In US Airstrikes After Being Told Not to Flee Mosul - At least 1,500 killed this month alone.


3/29/17


NYTimes: Rex Tillerson to Lift Human Rights Conditions on Arms Sales to Bahrain


NYTimes: US War Footprint Grows in Middle East, With No Endgame in Sight - There seems to be no end to this insanity, no matter which major party rules DC.


3/28/17


Black Agenda Report: The AFRICOM Snake Slithers Into the Lake Chad Basin - From now on whenever you hear western media report on the ‘atrocities of Boko Haram,’ think oil. Western imperialism at its best, going strong since at least 1880.


3/27/17


Democracy-NOW: More Than 1,000 Civilians Murdered by US Led Airstrikes As Trump Expands War on Terror - Horrifying, with no end in sight. War is not the answer. It has never worked in the past and is never going to work. America’s blood-lust is unquenchable as long as we regard the victims as ‘the other’ - which is how the corporate controlled media feeds it to an unthinking public.


3/24/17


NYTimes: US Investigating Mosul Strikes Said to Have Killed Up to 200 Civilians - Actions have consequences.


3/22/17


UK Telegraph: More Than 30 Dead After US Airstrike Hits School Sheltering Families Near Raqqa - Current death count: 33, but more bodies are still being pulled from the wreckage. “Airwars, a UK-based organisation which monitors international air strikes against Isil, suggested as many as 370 civilian deaths could be attributed to coalition raids in the first week of March alone.” Our tax dollars at work. War corporations celebrate. The 5 corporations that control almost all of what Americans know will never speak a word of this.


3/20/17


Democracy-NOW: Amid Spike in Civilian Deaths From US Strikes (war crimes), Trump Requests Lifting Policy Limiting Civilian Casualties and Here- Last Thursday 49 killed in Aleppo, Syria. The next day 42 Somali refugees gunned down, using bullets, guns, helicopters, tanks, planes, etc all supplied courtesy of US taxpayers. All 92 of those people had families, many of whom have now decided to find some way to kill Americans. It’s only natural. This is not going to protect us from terrorism. We are the terrorists.


3/16/17


Popular Mechanics: New Films of US Nuclear Test Explosions - Check out the 2nd one from the top - Operation Plumbbob - Diablo 41549 - after about 9 sec., it morphs into a ghoulish face. Kind of looks like Einstein.


3/14/17


AFP: Trump Gives CIA Power to Conduct Drone Strikes - One purpose here is to keep the humanitarian cost hidden from the world. It won’t work. 50 civilians are killed for every 1 ‘terrorist.’ The American war machine gains momentum with each passing day. This is not going to end well.


3/13/17


UK Guardian: Pentagon Wants to Declare More Parts of the World as Temporary Battlefields - Could any headline be more Orwellian? Here’s an idea, let’s just go ahead and declare the entire world one great big, target rich battlefield, and just get it over with. That way, we can drone incinerate anybody, anywhere, anytime. We already pretty much do anyway.


3/9/17


Intercept: Women and Children In Yemen Recall Horror of Trump’s “Highly Successful” Seal Raid - Every time we do this, the few fighters that we do kill are quickly replaced by others. The surrounding family members are immediately ‘radicalized’ and we create far more militants than we eliminate. Pointless.


3/8/17


Mintpress: US Drone Strikes Have Gone Up 432% Since Trump Took Office - One thing remains constant, eh?


US News: Poll: Majority of Americans Oppose Defense Budget Increases


3/3/17


Popular Resistance: Drone Resisters Acquitted, Juror Tells Them to “Keep Doing It”


3/1/17


Democracy-NOW: Trump Seeks Record Pentagon Budget Eclipsing Reagan and Bush


2/27/16


NYTimes: Trump to Seek $54 Billion Increase in Military Spending - Cuts to come from environmental, educational, science and poverty programs. Current US defense spending is already over $850 Billion (including Veterans’ Services, and Foreign Military and Economic Aid), more than the total defense spending of all other countries on Earth combined. There is only one group of people that benefit from this: the Boards of Directors and C-level employees of defense contracting corporations. It’s just another form of corporate welfare - entitlements for the rich.


2/23/16


World Beyond War: 100 Years of Using War To End All War - I’m already against the next war. War, what is it good for?


2/18/17


Intercept: Why Do So Many Americans Fear Muslims? Decades of Denial About America’s Role in the World - Summary: They don’t hate us for our freedom. They hate us because we continue to incinerate and blow their family members, including thousands of women and children, to bloody bits.


2/12/17


UK Guardian: At Least 18 Afghan Civilians, Mostly Women and Children, Killed In US Air Strike - Trump continues in the Obama tradition. The best recruiting tool that ISIS could ever want.


2/9/17


Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Nine Young Children Killed: The Full Details of the Botched US Raid in Yemen


1/30/17


AFP: UN Report: US Beneficiary Saudi Airstrikes That Killed Over 100 Women and Children Are Probably War Crimes - Perhaps all of the people that are son concerned for Muslims entering the USA should take a look at how their government is murdering them around the world.


1/18/17


Consortium News: Obama’s Bombing Legacy


1/17/17


Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Obama’s Covert Drone War in Numbers: Ten Times More Strikes Than Bush


1/14/17


UK Independent: Mosul Offensive: Up to 30 Civilians ‘Killed in US-Led Coalition Air Strike’ as Iraqi Forces Continue Push Into ISIS Stronghold


1/10/17


Intercept: The Crimes of Seal Team 6 - 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 6/6/15.


1/9/17


UK Guardian: America Dropped 26,171 Bombs in 2016. What A Bloody End to Obama’s Legacy and Here -  3 bombs per hour 24/7 every hour in 2016, over 10 X the number of drone attacks as Bush. Each drone aircraft costs at least $4 Million and each drone missile costs American taxpayers $110,000 - money that goes into the pockets of BOD’s and C-level employees of war corporations - part of the 1%. US Special Ops in 138 countries, 70% of the world’s countries - an increase of 130% over the Bush Admin. Obama is the only president ever to have presided over 8 years of continuous war, after entering office with the promise of ending Bush’s wars. The victims have nothing to do with the people that attacked us on 9/11. Only 4% of those killed are high-ranking terrorists. Thousands of civilians killed, but since the Obama Admin will not release the numbers and the corporate cable news orgs hardly ever mentions it, we’ll never know. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism records drone killings, but most civilian deaths are a result of other types of bombs.


AAWWTW 2016