Posts Tagged ‘War’

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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Ukraine insight

March 21, 2014

Stratfor Founder Admits Ukraine Is U.S. Regime Change Puppet – Video   http://xrepublic.tv/node/7986

http://investmentwatchblog.com/global-systemic-crisis-escalation-in-the-us-reaction-for-survival-trigger-a-cold-war-to-make-it-easier-to-annex-europe/

http://xrepublic.tv/node/7992

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtM5rk4tods

Ukraine History   http://ukraine.uazone.net/history.html

http://tiny.cc/ixqzcx

Wehrmacht … called Galician rather than Ukrainian. When the UCC called for volunteers in June 1943, over 82,000 men responded. Of these, 13,000 eventually became members of the SS Volunteer Galicia Division.

The men of the Galician Division were not the only Ukrainians in Hitler’s armies. Scattered among the approximately I million former Soviet citizens who wore German uniforms in 1944 were about 220,000 Ukrainians (most of the others were Russians) …

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

https://www.compact-magazin.com/16-01-berlin/

Crimea – Russian Fleet   http://tiny.cc/xrqzcx

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

AIPAC Orchestrating War on Iran

January 14, 2014

Another AIPAC Bill Designed To Get US Into A War With Iran

The bill by AIPAC’s U.S. senators enables Israel to make the decision to go to war for us.   The bill hands over American foreign policy on a matter as grave as war and peace to a foreign government that is constantly breaking international law.

the lobby has come out with a new Iran sanctions bill designed to torpedo negotiations with Iran. And, once that is accomplished, it provides for automatic U.S military backing for Israel if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu decides to bomb.

This may be the lobby’s most brazen attempt yet at subverting negotiations and, in Andrew Sullivan’s words, “handing over American foreign policy on a matter as grave as war and peace to a foreign government….”

http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2013/12/20/another-aipac-bill-designed-to-get-us-into-a-war-with-iran/

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=AIPAC+war+bill&qpvt=AIPAC+war+bill&FORM=VDRE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVHQqnp8ijM#t=95

S. 1881: Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s1881/text

The Lobby gives Moratorium on Iran

November 2, 2013

‘Jewish Quartet’ of Leaders Gives Barack Obama 60 Days for Iran Nuclear Thaw.

Leaders of four major Jewish organizations have indicated to the Obama Administration that they will have a 60-day moratorium during which they will refrain from conducting any public campaign urging Congress to strengthen U.S. sanctions against Iran.

The understanding was reached during a sometimes tense meeting at the White House this week between a group of senior Administration officials led by National Security Adviser Susan Rice and executives and leaders from an ad hoc “quartet” of influential Jewish organizations: AIPAC, the American Jewish Committee, The Anti-Defamation League and the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations.

Though they refrained from describing it as “a deal” or a quid pro quo, sources familiar with the meeting said they had agreed to a limited “grace period” only after hearing assurances from the Administration that it had no intention of easing sanctions or of releasing Iranian funds that have been “frozen” in banks around the world. …

http://forward.com/articles/186729/jewish-quartet-of-leaders-gives-barack-obama–da/

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/.premium-1.555697

http://www.payvand.com/news/13/nov/1011.html

http://dissidentvoice.org/2013/11/israel-buys-the-us-congress-sabotaging-the-us-iran-peace-negotiations/

Members of Congress in the House and Senate will do anything the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) asks them to, as any member of Congress can be removed by “a massive flood of money that comes in …

http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A2KJkIVPLJVRT3AAOXyJzbkF?fr2=time&btf=d&rid=refiner1&p=AIPAC&fr=salrt

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Syria attacked by Israeli submarine missile

July 15, 2013

Attack in Syria conducted by Israeli submarine

Sunday Times says July 5 strike on arms depot in port city of Latakia conducted by Dolphin class submarine which fired cruise missile from sea; attack targeted Russian-made Yakhont missiles  ….

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4404541,00.html

According to the report, the Israeli fleet of German-built submarines launched a cruise missile at the weapons cache …

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Report-Israeli-submarine-strike-hit-Syrian-arms-depot-319756

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Operation Samson: Israel’s Deployment of Nuclear Missiles on Subs from Germany

Many have wondered for years about the exact capabilities of the submarines Germany exports to Israel. Now, experts in Germany and Israel have confirmed that nuclear-tipped missiles have been deployed on the vessels. And the German government has long known about it. By SPIEGEL

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/israel-deploys-nuclear-weapons-on-german-built-submarines-a-836784.html

Samson Blinded:  http://www.samsonblinded.org/files/SamsonBlinded.pdf

http://samsonblinded.org/blog/shohers-book/

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/

Ron Paul launched “Institute for Peace & Prosperity”

April 30, 2013

Ron Paul launches His “Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity”   April 27, 2013

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rx1DrVX058c

 http://ronpaulinstitute.org/

American Global Dominance

April 28, 2013

Joint Vision 2020 –  America’s Military: Preparing for Tomorrow. –  Full Spectrum Dominance.

 http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/doctrine/genesis_and_evolution/source_materials/joint_vision_2020.pdf

 

Is it reasonable to expect other nations to live joyfully under “Full Spectrum Dominance”?

 

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Richard Falk:   “A Commentary on the Boston Marathon Murders”.

…  The American global domination project is bound to generate all kinds of resistance in the post-colonial world. In some respects, the United States has been fortunate not to experience worse blowbacks, and these may yet happen, especially if there is no disposition to rethink US relations to others in the world, starting with the Middle East. …

it seems that Obama has given up altogether, succumbing to the Beltway ethos of Israel First. Obama has acknowledged the constraints on his freedom to maneuver on these foreign policy issues …

self-scrutiny and mid-course reflections on America’s global role is long overdue. …

America’s military prowess and the abiding confidence of its leaders in hard power diplomacy makes the United States a menace to the world and to itself. …

http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2013/04/21/a-commentary-on-the-marathon-murders/

 

The Demonization of Richard Falk

http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2013/04/26/the-demonization-of-richard-falk/

http://live.wsj.com/video/opinion-uns-resident-anti-semite/1FF4D417-8811-4BAB-BA9D-36276C9FF355.html#!1FF4D417-8811-4BAB-BA9D-36276C9FF355

 

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Chomsky: Obama’s Imperialist Policies  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiwAFIgGCkQ

 Global Military Balance 2013:  http://www.iiss.org/publications/military-balance/the-military-balance-2013/press-statement/

 

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Culture of Critique – Professor Kevin MacDonald (Author)

www.prometheism.net/library/CultureOfCritique.pdf

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YUP2ssUNBTQ#!

 

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Republican senator calls on Obama to bomb Syrian air bases with cruise missiles in order to “turn the tide of battle.”

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/US-lawmakers-press-Obama-to-take-action-on-Syria-311371

 

The World Bully

April 9, 2013

[b]Joint Vision 2020 Emphasizes Full-spectrum Dominance … [/b]

Full-spectrum dominance means the ability of U.S. forces, operating alone or with allies, to defeat any adversary and control any situation across the range of military operations.  …  released on May 30, 2000.

Full-spectrum dominance are dominant maneuver, precision engagement, focused logistics and full-dimensional protection. These four capabilities need the full capabilities of the total force. ….

http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/doctrine/genesis_and_evolution/source_materials/joint_vision_2020.pdf

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[b]The Middle Class Fights Back: How Progressive Movements Can Restore Democracy in America. [/b]  http://tiny.cc/e2lavw

… The author laments “our loss of democracy” and makes the case that we are governed by plutocrats. The plutocrats control most of the wealth and, through the power generated by wealth, they run the country. They control government (federal, state and local), and also “big business” They “run” the public school systems and most everything else, either directly or indirectly …

The first half (four chapters) is entitled “How the Rich Rule.” Chapter 1 outlines “The National Security Scam.” The author contends that the U.S. spends billions of dollars every year needlessly, on expensive, high-tech armaments …

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