Posts Tagged ‘Peace’

Paying for our Wars

May 6, 2015

Paying for Our Wars

…. conducting what the Bush administration labeled the war on terror, which has involved sending some two million men and women into combat in Iraq and Afghanistan … the men and women in our armed services, especially the ground forces, have had to serve multiple tours in the war zones without sufficient time at home to recover from the strains of combat and some 200,000 volunteers have had their terms of enlistment extended involuntarily.

Moreover, while about 5,000 service personnel have been killed and another 50,000 have suffered physical wounds, another 400,000 have developed mental problems. Moreover, to get enough volunteers to fight these endless wars, the Army has had to lower its standards and increase its baseline pay and benefits substantially. Finally, suicide rates, divorce, and spousal abuse among the veterans returning from multiple combat tours have skyrocketed.

The direct costs of funding these conflicts now totals about $1 trillion while the indirect costs will probably amount to $5 trillion when one adds in veterans benefits, long-term care of the physically and mentally wounded, and interest on the national debt. President Bush, who inherited a budget surplus from President Clinton, not only did not raise taxes, he cut them, and squandered the surplus while accumulating more debt that all of his 42 predecessors combined, almost all of which was borrowed from countries like China.

Not drafting people or raising taxes to pay for these conflicts is both a moral and a security failure. Not only is the current policy of not activating the selective service system unfair to today’s volunteers, but running the wars on a credit card saddles future generations with the cost of paying for wars they had no part in deciding. Moreover, by borrowing money from a rising power like China, we have undermined our ability to balance its influence in the Middle East, Africa and East Asia.

Finally, because most Americans did not have to make any sacrifices to undertake these conflicts, they failed to ask the right questions or hold their leaders fully accountable for waging these wars. If, for example, before invading Iraq, President Bush had reinstituted conscription and levied a 10 percent income surtax, would 60 percent of Americans have supported the conflict without UN authorization and would only a handful of senators have read the whole National Intelligence Estimate, which showed that the case for invading Iraq was dubious at best?

When America goes to war it should not just be the military but the American people. Never again should we go to Wal-Mart while the soldiers go to battle. Paying for the increased force level in Afghanistan will be a step in the right direction.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lawrence-korb/paying-for-our-wars_b_384284.html

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Republicans have been characterized by two principal positions: They like starting wars and don’t like paying for them.

Republicans resolved to fight our wars on the cheap and with deceptive cost estimates.

Bush and his party, which controlled Congress from 2001 to 2006, never asked for sacrifices from anyone except those in our nation’s military and their families.

All Americans, not just the military, should feel the cost of war. A huge gap has grown between the majority of the American people and the small proportion that serves in the military. So much sacrifice has been asked of them and their families, yet so little of the rest of us.

The financial cost of war should be clear, not hidden.

It takes the threat of a tax increase to get people to think seriously about whether it’s worth continuing to fight wars far from home–wars that have only the most tenuous connection to the national interest.
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Overseas Contingency Operations: The Pentagon Slush Fund

The Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) fund – sometimes referred to as war funds – is a separate pot of funding operated by the Department of Defense and the State Department … the OCO fund has very little oversight … it represents 11% of the Discressionary defense spending for 2015 ( $ 598 Billion)

https://www.nationalpriorities.org/campaigns/overseas-contingency-operations/

http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2014/10/stop-saying-pentagon-cant-pay-our-wars/96587/

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Netanyahu’s Speech before Congress 3.3.2015 – A sad spectacle

March 4, 2015

Natanyahu’s address to Congress on March 3, 2015 – A sad Spectacle

http://www.c-span.org/video/?324609-2/israeli-prime-minister-benjamin-netanyahu-address-congress

Nathanyahu is not trustworthy. – He delivered a swindle speech to a corrupted audience. – The American Congress is Zionist Occupied Territory, no longer representing its American citizens.

Transcript: http://time.com/3730318/transcript-netanyahu-speech-to-congress/
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Netanyahu Speech at AIPAC – March 2, 2025 – JLTV


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The Samson Option – How Psychopathic Megalomaniacs Blackmail The World With Nuclear War


The Samson Option, Israel’s Threat to Take Down the World With It


The Samson Option – Book download

https://ia700504.us.archive.org/11/items/Sampson_Option/Sampson_Option.pdf

 

Samson Blinded     Samson Blinded http://www.samsonblinded.org/

Objectives of Peace

Israel does not need peace with Arabs
Israel can sustain neither modern war nor a credible threat
An end of belligerence is imperative
The creation of a Palestinian state would not bring Israel peace
No Palestinian state without a pan-Islamic peace agreement with Israel
Israel should not vacillate
Israeli vacillation provokes Muslims
Israeli vacillation is costly
Piecemeal compromises blur Israeli objectives
The fallacy of Israel’s minor concessions to Arabs
Israel must abandon half-measures
Delaying the solution makes the Israeli-Arab conflict chronic and harder to cure
Does Israel want economic and social progress in Arab countries?
Israel must determine war strategy and adhere to it

Determine Israeli Territorial Objectives

What area do the Israelis want?
Why does Israel need the Palestinian territories?
The possibility of Israel’ ceding the Palestinian territories
Returning the Palestinian territories might not lead to normalizing Arab-Israeli relations
Israeli perceptions of Arab nationalism are exaggerated
Annexation of Arab lands will not necessarily impede Israeli-Arab peace
A culturally attractive Israel could annex the Palestinian territories more easily

Israel as Middle Eastern empire

Israel should conquer only militarily weak, economically viable Muslim states
Israel may annex foreign land
Israel can win tolerance of foreigners to annexation
Annexation tactics in Palestine, expansion from a security belt
Israeli threat of expansion would bring peace

Proper War Strategy for Israel

Hiring foreign infantry for Israel Defense Forces
Harsh measures, not limited victory against Israel’s Arab enemies
Israel must use chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons
Israel should not let Iran build Chemical Biological Nuclear weapons
Humane war is costly and ineffective
Israel must abandon the pretense of humane war with Arabs
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Gaza Holocaust

August 2, 2014

The Gaza Holocaust

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY98tJUdiIc http://kickass.to/the-ethnic-cleansing-of-palestine-by-ilan-pappe-2006-pdf-t4151660.html

 

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History of Israel & stolen land of Palestine   by Israeli historian Professor Ilan Pappe

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Website silenced?   http://www.btselem.org B’Tselem |

The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in The Occupied Territories.

Betselem http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betselem

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Former Israeli’s foreign minister and prominent “liberal Zionist” Shlomo Ben-Ami argues that Israel’s greatest threat is not a nuclear Iran, but the growing campaign to undermine Israeli’s legitimacy.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shlomo-benami/shlomo-ben-ami-israel-gaza_b_5629037.html?utm_hp_ref=world

 

 

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Amnesty International: U.S. Should Stop Arming Israel Amid “Growing Evidence of War Crimes in Gaza”

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/1/amnesty_international_us_should_stop_arming

 

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10 Reasons Why the Israel Lobby AIPAC is So Dangerous

http://www.occupyaipac.org/2012/02/10-reasons-why-the-israel-lobby-aipac-is-so-dangerous/

http://baltimorejewishlife.com/news/news-detail.php?SECTION_ID=2&ARTICLE_ID=51331

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Israel – Pants down

March 21, 2014

Take Israel to the International Criminal Court

http://www.redressonline.com/2014/03/the-way-ahead-taking-israel-to-the-icc/

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(C-SPAN)   Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erakat talked with Aaron David Miller about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process ….

http://www.c-span.org/video/?296425-1/israelipalestinian-peace-process

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Israel said to be budgeting billions for Iran strike

Israel is still preparing for a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, including a specific military budget running to NIS 10 billion ($2.89 billion), despite the developments in talks between world powers and Tehran. …

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-budgeting-billions-for-iran-strike/

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Israeli Justice (Video)   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uz8_qzdDdM4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etXAm-OylQQ

Our bloated Military

October 20, 2013

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001:  $1.5 trillion

Every hour, taxpayers in the United States are paying $11.26 million for Total Cost of Wars Since 2001.

http://nationalpriorities.org/cost-of/

26.5% of your tax dollar goes toward military expenses.

http://nationalpriorities.org/en/

http://nationalpriorities.org/en/budget-basics/federal-budget-101/

America’s Perpetual Wars

May 20, 2013

Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace: How We Got to Be So Hated.

 The Federation of American Scientists has cataloged nearly 200 military incursions since 1945 in which the United States has been the aggressor. ….

 http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/perpetual-war-for-perpetual-peace-gore-vidal/1103235889

Perpetual war – USA, the Warfare State

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=DGeC5fjpHUo#!

 http://www.amazon.com/Perpetual-War-Cosmopolitanism-Viewpoint-Violence/dp/0822352095#reader_0822352095

 and we lectured Germany for its militancy and “unprovoked” invasions – ignored the British Empire for subjugating colonies ….

How Perpetual War Became U.S. Ideology

 http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/05/how-perpetual-war-became-us-ideology/238600/

 http://www.salon.com/2013/01/25/actually_obama_does_advocate_perpetual_war/

. a neocon-liberal alliance …   http://perpetualwar.org/

The Road to WWIII   http://youviewed.com/2013/04/03/the-road-to-world-war-3/

Guenter Grass’ Poem – What must be said

April 9, 2012

In Defense of Guenter Grass’ Poem:

What must be said

Why did I remain silent, silent so long,

about something so clear we used

in war games, where, as survivors,

we are just the footnotes?

That is the claimed right to the formal preventive aggression

which could erase the Iranian people

dominated by a bouncer and moved to an organized jubilation,

because in the area of his competence there is

the construction of the atomic bomb.

And then why do I avoid myself

to call the other country with its name,

where since years – even if secretly covered –

there is an increasing nuclear power,

without control, because unreachable

by every inspection?

I feel the everybody silence on this state of affairs,

which my silence is slave to,

as an oppressive lie and an inhibition that presents punishment

we don’t pay attention to;

the verdict “anti-Semitism” is common.

Now, since my country,

from time to time touched by unique and exclusive crimes,

obliged to justify itself,

again for pure business aims – even if

with fast tongue we call it “reparation” –

should deliver another submarine to Israel,

with the specialty of addressing

annihilating warheads where the

existence of one atomic bomb is not proved

but it wants evidence as a scarecrow,

I say what must be said.

Why did I stay silent until now?

Because the thought about my origin,

burdened by an unclearing stain,

had avoiding to wait this fact

like a truth declared by the State of Israel

that I want to be connected to.

Why did I say it only now,

old and with the last ink:

the nuclear power of Israel

threat the world peace?

Because it must be said

what tomorrow will be too late;

Because – as Germans and with

enough faults on the back –

we might also become deliverers of a predictable

crime, and no excuse would erase our complicity.

And I admit: I won’t be silent

because I had enough of the Western hypocrisy;

Because I wish that many will want

to get rid of the silence,

exhorting the cause of a recognizable

risk to the abdication, asking that a free and permanent control

of the Israel atomic power

and the Iran nuclear bases

will be made by both the governments

with an international supervision.

Only in this way, Israelis, Palestinians, and everybody,

all people living hostile face to face in that

country occupied by the craziness,

will have a way out,

so us too. …

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2012/04/08/william-cook-in-defense-of-guenter-grass/

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Günter Grass. – was gesagt werden muss,

http://www.ardmediathek.de/ard/servlet/content/3517136?documentId=10040866

http://www.tagesschau.de/inland/grassgedicht102.html

http://www.tagesschau.de/inland/grassgedicht116.html

Re: Submarines to Israel:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5j33iXawr-RpZpCmlIkVylnRAoUyg

Persona non grata:  http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4213789,00.html

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Israel plans to attack Iran this spring

February 5, 2012

 Israelis should be afraid of their leaders, not Iran.

 . All Israeli wars since 1973 were flawed wars of choice. Israel initiated all of them. None of them was inevitable, none resulted in any benefit that could not have been achieved using different means. In fact all of them were disastrous for us, even if the disaster was even greater for the other side. …

 http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/israelis-should-be-afraid-of-their-leaders-not-iran-1.411087

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 Israel is using Iran to sidestep Mideast peace talks.

 It’s hard to understand how a society that has so impressively brought social injustice to the top of the agenda has fallen victim to our nationalist-religious leaders’ criminal ploy and the irresponsible opposition’s helplessness. …

 Netanyahu, with Barak’s help, has turned the Iranian nuclear threat into an impressive ploy to distract attention from settlement policy and the perpetuation of the occupation. He has taken advantage of President Barack Obama’s preoccupation with the U.S. presidential elections and Obama’s fear of the Jewish right.  …

 http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/israel-is-using-iran-to-sidestep-mideast-peace-talks-1.409738

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 The Holocaust is the sole prism through which our leadership, followed by society at large, examines every situation. This prism distorts reality and leads inexorably to a forgone conclusion – …

 What we consider rational is actually a frightened, defensive, aggressive pattern. Our current leaders have made Israeli Judaism just a post-traumatic syndrome, while they lead us to self-destruction.

 http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/israel-s-never-ending-holocaust-1.409942

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 Israel’s Netanyahu to visit U.S. next month.

 JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Washington next month, his office said Sunday, amid heightened speculation that Israel might attack Iranian nuclear facilities despite U.S. reservations.

 Netanyahu is to address the annual policy conference of the influential pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, which will be held in the U.S. capital on March 4-6, an official statement said. …

 There was also no official word on whether Netanyahu would see any Republican presidential hopefuls, some of whom have accused Obama of a lack of commitment to Israel’s security, an allegation White House officials deny.

 Netanyahu and Obama, who have had a frosty relationship …

 http://uk.news.yahoo.com/israels-netanyahu-visit-u-next-month-181115735.html

 Preparing to back-stab Obama again … !

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 Report: U.S. Jewish, Israeli institutions on high alert, fearing Iranian attack.

 http://tiny.cc/ba6s0

 More Hasbara Swindle …..  Israel plans to attack Iran this spring !!!

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 Noam Chomsky Supports Ron Paul’s Foreign Policy

 http://revolutionarypolitics.tv/video/viewVideo.php?video_id=17635

 http://www.rys2sense.com/anti-neocons/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=28343

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 http://mondoweiss.net/

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 Letter to the White House.

 Subject: No War on Iran!

 Dear President Obama.

 The Israel Lobby has swindled us into the an unnecessary war on Iraq. – It now promotes another unnecessary attack on Iran. America will probably be dragged into this conflict by default. – This may result in a major world conflict.

 Iran is not a threat to any state in the Middle-East. – Rather, Israel is the primary conflict instigator!

 Three years ago, General Clark stated that the Pentagon planned attacks on 7 counties in that region. Iran was named as one of those countries. – The Israel Lobby is deeply ensconced in Pentagon strategy planning.

 America can not afford such a major conflict in light of its current fiscal problems.

 The whole world considers our Middle-East policy as foolish and lacking moral rectitude.

 Please keep America out of this conflict,

 Thanks,

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 General Wesley Clark US will attack 7 countries in 5 years.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha1rEhovONU

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uswDmTjLog&feature=related

Poll: Israel rates low – Germany on Top

April 16, 2011

BBC
Poll Shows Israel 3rd Most Hated Country in the World (Germany “Most
Loved”).

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The survey was carried out by the international polling firm
GlobeScan with the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA)
at the University of Maryland. …

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7324337.stm

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3878518,00.html

http://www.pipa.org/

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UN votes down Israeli Settlements

February 22, 2011

 

The UN is ripe for advancing the Palestinian agenda.

 

The settlements have been defined as the number-one problem impeding peace, and no Israeli attempt to blame the stalemate on the Palestinians will be accepted at the UN.

 

. The awareness among leading UN members of the complete breakdown in communications between the White House and Israel’s prime minister created a new mood in which Palestinian concerns are at the top of the international community’s agenda. The UN has become fertile ground for advancing the Palestinian cause. ….

 

. the most dramatic result of the drama that occurred behind the scenes at the Security Council is that the settlements have been irreversibly and categorically defined as the number-one problem impeding peace between Israel and the Palestinians. No Israeli attempt to blame the stalemate on the Palestinians will be accepted at the UN. ….

 

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/the-un-is-ripe-for-advancing-the-palestinian-agenda-1.344905

 

 

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United States vetoes Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements.

 

http://www.unmultimedia.org/tv/webcast/2011/02/us-middle-east-including-the-palestinian-question-security-council-meeting.html

 

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=37572&Cr=palestin&Cr1=

 

http://www.unmultimedia.org/tv/webcast/2011/02/uk-middle-east-including-the-palestinian-question-security-council-meeting.html

 

>.> Interesting: Our media hardly mention this subject ….

 

 

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The sinking US empire.

 

The result of the UN Security Council vote on condemning Jewish settlements in the occupied territories highlights the diplomatic weakness of our patron, the United States. ….

 

The votes to take place at the UN will prove America’s declining diplomatic power. Some 140 states will condemn Israel’s conduct, and it is doubtful whether even 10 countries will endorse Israel. We are relying on a sinking superpower that is abandoning its pretenses to lead the world, educate it in line with its values, punish the rogue elements and pamper those that toe the line.

 

What should a small state do when it understands that it will no longer enjoy the almost unqualified support of its most important ally, possibly the only trusted ally by its side? … At this time, America is deep in debt, and it is doubtful whether even the grandchildren of Americans living today would be able to pay it off. …

 

America’s defense expenditures are rising at a much higher rate than its economic growth rate. It was doubled in the past decade and approached some $900 billion. What’s worse, while America’s relative economic strength in the world declines, its part in defense expenditures grows. …

 

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4031766,00.html

 

 

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