The American war machine: within and without, for and against

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NDPP

This one will do for that. 

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ISIS Attacks in DR Congo. A New Phase of a Western Scheme For Resource Plunder

https://blackagendareport.com/isis-attacks-dr-congo-new-phase-western-sc...

"The new president of the Democratic Republic of Congo is asking for US help to fend off an alleged ISIS threat..."

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Ex-NATO Commander Pushing Cold War Xenophobia To Line His Pockets - Jimmy Dore (and vid)

https://on.rt.com/9tzw

"Why is retired US Admiral James Stavridis writing Cold War propaganda in TIME magazine in 2019? The answer is simple, says comedian and political commentator Jimmy Dore: he makes bank doing it.

'He's ramping up the Cold War, because he works for The Carlyle Group, which makes a lot of money off the Cold War.' After retiring as Supreme Commander of NATO Forces in Europe, Stavridis just happened to land a very well-paying gig working for the multi-billion dollar private equity firm, which just so happens to get a nice chunk of cash from the $715 billion US defense budget..."

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TRNN: Pentagon Report on China's Military Expansion Hypocrisy: Col Lawrence Wilkerson

https://youtu.be/42LauiK_rbY

Col Lawrence Wilkerson discusses the hypocrisy in a Pentagon document which warns against Chinese espionage and the development of overseas strike ability, as a 'budget ploy'. Wilkerson, who served as former chief of staff to US Secretary of State Colin Powell, described in an interview with TRNN that hyping the Chinese threat taps into a well-trodden American pastime of fear-mongering in order to squeeze more precious taxpayer dollars towards inflated budgets. 

Wilkerson said an increasingly aggressive US posture towards Beijing could create a 'self-fulfilling prophecy' amidst a trade war which paints both sides into a corner blindly bumbling toward war.

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Bipartisan Thirst For More War: 75% of Congress Calls on Trump to Boost Intervention in Syria

https://twitter.com/BenjaminNorton/status/1133038426150846464

"While Trump threatens Iran and Venezuela with new wars, 400 Congress members - including top Democratic Party leaders - signed a letter calling on the far-right president to intensify the eight-year war on Syria, in order to weaken Iran, Russia and Hezbollah."

The devil is in the duopoly...

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US Congressman Admits to War Crimes While Defending Navy Seal

https://youtu.be/ePOIz3AE3LI

"A US military judge has removed the lead prosecutor in the case of a Navy Seal accused of war crimes - due to possible conflict of interest."

The American warrior . 

NDPP

US Gears Up For War With Iran

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/06/04/us-gears-up-for-war-with-iran-

"Can a state that condemns, without real justification, an international disarmament treaty it spent years negotiating then threaten a co-signatory with military aggression? Can it order other countries to fall into line with its capricious, bellicose stance or face punitive sanctions? The US can..."

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D-Day And The Myth of US Victory

https://www.moonofalabama.org/2019/06/d-day-and-the-myth-of-a-us-victory...

"Each D-Day anniversary the same question comes up. Who defeated Germany and its allies? The answer is, without any doubt, the Soviet Union..."

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Brian Becker: Exposed - The Pentagon's Cyberwar Against Russia

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51793.htm

"The cyberwar against Russia began in 2012. During the past year the attacks have accelerated..."

Mobo2000

The open admission on mainstream US news sites that the US is trying to sabotage Russia's power grid is pretty startling.    Perhaps it's incompetance, or just confidence, but there is not even a cursary attempt to maintain plausible deniability, or any semblance of respect for international law.   It feels like something new in American foreign policy.

Counterpunch article on this, and the past problems with Venezuala's power grid:

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/06/19/what-about-venezuelas-hacked-pow...

"If the Times is correct in both its articles, the current US hacking of Russia’s power grid is evidence of a US military establishment run amok.

Congress should be outraged and calling for immediate hearings to determine the chain of command that allowed this to happen. Either Trump is lying, and knows all about the hacking, or some high-ranking military officers who acted without his knowledge should be fired the way President Truman fired an insubordinate Gen. Douglas McArthur during the Korean War.

But of course that won’t happen. Trump might fire Gen. Jim Mattis as war secretary, and might fire Gen. H. R. McMaster, as National Security Advisor, but he’s not going to fire anyone for hacking Russia’s power grid, whether it’s Acting Secretary of “Defense” Patrick Shanahan or National Security Advisor John Bolton, the known war-mongerer who may well have been behind the order to do it. The Times itself didn’t even deign to run an editorial calling for heads to roll over the news of the dangerous provocation."

 

 

josh

Potential an important initiative as Koch and Soros money come together to finance a Washington institute advancing ending the endless war/endless meddling U.S. foreign policy.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2019/06/30/soros-and-koch-brothers-team-end-forever-war-policy/WhyENwjhG0vfo9Um6Zl0JO/story.html

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Democrats Back Trump's Massive 'WWIII' Military Budget

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/07/01/pent-j01.html

"For the third year in a row, the Democrats are voting for a massive increase in military spending to put at the disposal of the fascistic Trump administration money it can use, not just to launch wars, but also to create a police state in America. Senate Democrats voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve the largest Pentagon budget ever, rejecting calls to stop President Trump from building 'usable' nuclear weapons and retaliate for his misappropriation of Pentagon funds to carry out the crackdown on the border..."

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'Don't Blow Up' INF Treaty Over Disputes - Historian

https://youtu.be/Gz7ryh9as3Q

Because Bolton, Pompeo and Trump believe such 'international treaties constrain the power of the United States' - Peter Kuznick.

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TRNN: Future Resource Wars (and vid)

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51890.htm

"Who are the masters of the universe? Pepe Escobar and Eddie Conway discuss the coming nexus of global competition and climate change..." MUST WATCH!

 

US Foreign Policy Is A War on Disobedience

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51879.htm

"The nation that poses the greatest threat to US hegemony is of course China..."

Michael Moriarity Michael Moriarity's picture

I'm not sure whether this exactly fits here, but Eric Margolis has an interesting piece about how Turkey's purchase of S-400 surface to air missiles from Russia reflects a significant loss of U.S. influence in eurasia generally.

Eric Margolis wrote:

S-400 missiles are now arriving in Turkey. What will Trump do? Cancel sale to Turkey of the F-35 and other military equipment or spare parts. Threaten to oust Turkey from NATO. Get Israel and Greece to menace Turkey.

Turkey can live without the F-35. It’s too expensive and may be more vulnerable than advertised. The Turks can get similar, less expensive warplanes from Russia. India and China are both buying the S-400. Even the Saudis may join them though Moscow is delaying the sale. S-400’s are also stationed in Syria with Russian forces and are slated to go to sea in a naval version.

If the US reacts with even more anger, Turkey could threaten to withdraw from NATO and kick the US out of its highly strategic air base in southeast Turkey at Incirlik. It’s worth recalling that Turkey provided NATO’s second largest army after the US. Someone has to remind the deeply unknowing Trump that NATO without Turkey will be declawed. Equally important, that a Turkey unconstrained by NATO membership, will seek sources of oil which it lacks and desperately needs, and new alliances.

Only a century ago, Iraq’s rich oil fields used to be part of the Ottoman Empire until taken away by the British and French imperial powers. The days of a subservient, tame Turkey may be ending.

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Trump: 'I Could Win Afghanistan War in one Week'

https://youtu.be/kfWlyJ-30bw

Donald Trump says he could quickly win the war on Afghanistan...However he also added that 'it would mean killing 10 million people."

 

'I'd like to speak directly to Canada's American friends and to my own many American friends who are here in this room. Let me begin by simply saying: Thank you. For the past 70 years and more, America has been the leader of the free world. We Canadians have been proud to stand at your side and have your back. As your closest friend, ally and neighbour...since the end of the Second World War, we have built a system that championed freedom and democracy..."

2018 Diplomat of the Year, Canadian FM Chrystia Freeland. This is the shameful state of Canadian foreign policy. Abject and obscene collaboration with this ugly empire. Resist don't collaborate.

NDPP

'United States' to Imperial America: Our Hidden Empire (and vid)

https://youtu.be/Df4R-xdKvpM

Abby Martin interviews historian Daniel Immerwahr.

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Watching The Hawks (Ep 1015 & vid)

https://www.rt.com/shows/watching-the-hawks/465444-afghanistan-civilian-...

$1.48 TRILLION US Defence Budget passed. We analyze the state of defense spending at the Pentagon.

This is a war budget.

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Senate Democrats Approve Trump War Budget

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/02/budg-a02.html

"The US Senate passed a budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct 1 that includes a record $738 billion for the military. The budget was the product of an agreement between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Trump White House, reflecting bipartisan support for the American war machine. Senate Democrats gave far more support to the Trump-Pelosi budget than Republicans, voting for it by 38-5...

If the Democrats had voted against the budget by any significant margin it would have been defeated. Of the seven Democratic senators running for president, four were absent from the vote including Bernie Sanders, who declared during the Democratic debate in Detroit that he would vote against the record military budget, but did not bother to return to Washington to cast his vote on Thursday. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker were also absent..."

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TRNN: Anniversary of Atomic Bombing of Japan (and vid)

https://t.co/1uRMzPeEcG

"Nuclear threat more immediate than ever..."

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US Missile Test Threatens Russia - Cold War Historian

https://youtu.be/Ohg2JsOXks4

"As Washington conducts its test of a hitherto banned cruise missile, officials in Moscow and Beijing are accusing the US of starting a new arms race..."

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