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Posted: Apr 30, 2024 - 12:52pm

$916,000,000,000
That's how much the U.S. spent on war in 2023.

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Well, "Defense", not "War".  They are different things...sort of.  Like cousins or something?


Well, that's a fucking important point to make! So American ...and so intellectual!

Let me puke right here...

Just like guns aren't used for mass shootings in the US of A (and generally no-where else on this planet).

What the f... are military weapons for, if not war?!

What the f... are personal weapons for, if not killing?!


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Posted: Apr 29, 2024 - 4:51pm

"At least we have some principles"
Attorneys inside and outside the administration urge Biden to cut off arms to Israel
So far more than 90 lawyers have signed on to a legal letter alleging Israel’s conduct in Gaza violates U.S. and international law.
The group that drafted the letter includes current attorneys from the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department. While the letter is still circulating for signatures, so far more than 90 lawyers have signed on, including from the departments of Justice, Labor and Energy, along with lawyers at the European Commission and in the private sector.

It’s the latest sign of dissent inside the administration over its Israel policy. It also comes at a key time — a week before the White House faces a May 8 deadline to certify to Congress that its ally’s military actions involving American-supplied weapons adhere to U.S. or international law.

Over the weekend, Reuters reported that some senior U.S. officials told Secretary of State Antony Blinken in an internal memo that they doubt the credibility of Israel’s assurances on the use of U.S. supplied weapons in line with international law. And in February, more than 800 officials in the U.S. and abroad signed an open letter of dissent over their government’s support for Israel’s war in Gaza.

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Posted: Apr 23, 2024 - 11:05am

Global military spending surges amid war, rising tensions and insecurity
Total global military expenditure reached $2443 billion in 2023, an increase of 6.8 per cent in real terms from 2022. This was the steepest year-on-year increase since 2009. The 10 largest spenders in 2023—led by the United States, China and Russia—all increased their military spending, according to new data on global military spending published today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), available at www.sipri.org.

Who needs butter when you got guns? World arms spending reaches $2.5 trillion
Between wars and increased tensions, every region saw increases
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Posted: Apr 23, 2024 - 11:00am

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Well, "Defense", not "War".  They are different things...sort of.  Like cousins or something?

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Posted: Apr 17, 2024 - 1:48pm

Leaked Cables Show White House Opposes Palestinian Statehood
Despite Biden’s pledge to support a two-state solution, cables argue that Palestine should not be granted U.N. member status.
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Posted: Apr 16, 2024 - 10:20am

Chomsky, Necessary Illusions (1989), p. 89
In short, (Country X) and other countries should be free—to do what we want them to do—and should choose their course independently, as long as their choice conforms to our interests. If they use the freedom we accord them unwisely, then naturally we are entitled to respond in self-defense. Note that these ideas are a close counterpart to the domestic conception of democracy as a form of population control.

The basic presuppositions of discourse include those just reviewed: U.S. foreign policy is guided by a “yearning for democracy” and general benevolent intent; history and the secret planning record may tell a rather different story, but they are off the media agenda. It follows that the use of force can only be an exercise in self-defense and that those who try to resist must be aggressors, even in their own lands. What is more, no country has the right of self-defense against U.S. attack, and the United States has the natural right to impose its will, by force if necessary and feasible. These doctrines need not be expressed, apart from periodic odes to our awesome nobility of purpose. Rather, they are simply presupposed, setting the bounds of discourse, and among the properly educated, the bounds of thinkable thought.

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Posted: Apr 14, 2024 - 12:36pm

Is “Whataboutism” Always a Bad Thing?
Discussing the crimes of our own country as well as the crimes of others is not always an effort to downplay other countries’ crimes—it can be a test of whether we are serious about our principles.
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Posted: Apr 10, 2024 - 2:02pm

Rules for thee...
Where Is America’s ‘Rules-Based Order’ Now?
The United States’ failure to ensure enforcement of the U.N. cease-fire resolution regarding Israel undermines the international rules-based order.


"Perhaps the most significant moral characteristic of a nation is its hypocrisy."
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Posted: Apr 9, 2024 - 3:02pm

Navy cancels ship briefings after damning internal report
As China’s fleet grows, the U.S. is struggling with fresh delays in building new subs and warships.

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Posted: Apr 5, 2024 - 11:01pm


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Posted: Apr 2, 2024 - 2:27pm

It's a long, long way to November

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Posted: Apr 2, 2024 - 10:53am

America has no Ukraine Plan B except more war
Instead of collapsing, Russia has become the focal point for a reorganization of global supply chains and their financing, and its economy is growing, rather than shrinking by half, as President Biden promised in March 2022.
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Posted: Apr 1, 2024 - 1:00pm

The rise and fall of loyal US client Juan Orlando Hernandéz
After Washington cut him loose the ex-Honduran president was convicted of drug trafficking and now faces life in prison
Joint action by Honduras’ military and judiciary — in a manner the U.S. ambassador called “clearly illegal” and “totally illegitimate” at the time — forced Zelaya to pay for these sins in late June 2009. While the White House’s reaction to the coup initially appeared confused, Washington soon recovered its footing. Even as huge protests raged, the Obama administration played a key role in ultimately compelling Honduras’ people and the region’s governments to acquiesce to the regime change as a fait accompli.

Despite widespread repression by the post-coup de facto government, accounts of fraud, and the condemnation of many countries and international organizations (including the normally deferential Organization of American States), U.S.-endorsed elections in November 2009 received Washington’s imprimatur. In her memoirs (the passage excised from the book’s paperback edition with no explanation), then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explained that the U.S. sought to “render the question of Zelaya moot and give the Honduran people a chance to choose their own future.”

It was in this context that Hernández catapulted into power. After Porfirio Lobo won the 2009 presidential race, Hernández became President of the National Congress as a member of Lobo’s National Party — an institution historically closely linked to U.S. agribusiness. Lobo was Hernández’s mentor and groomed his protege to succeed him. But while Hernández enjoyed success, the coup’s consequences constituted disaster for ordinary Hondurans.

Political violence and repression became routine. The murder rate, much of it due to cartel-related gang violence, soared — it was the world’s highest for three years running. As the economic situation also deteriorated, and Lobo and his son allied with major narcotics syndicates, a huge surge of emigration swelled out of Honduras, with desperate citizens flooding northward. The total number of Hondurans apprehended at the U.S. border exploded — from less than 25,000 in 2009 to nearly 100,000 in 2014 — reaching 250,000 by 2020.

In Washington’s eyes, however, such concerns took a back seat to longstanding strategic needs: above all, Honduras’ openness to foreign investment and its role as a base for American military power. And, as head of the National Congress, Hernandez was seen as particularly amenable to U.S. desires.

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Posted: Mar 31, 2024 - 2:48pm

Ugly Nazi pastor won't get censured

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Posted: Mar 28, 2024 - 3:28pm

Rules-based disorder called out

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Posted: Mar 27, 2024 - 7:40pm

Our Real National Security Budget
$2 Trillion, Here We Come.
The expenses that I have just been describing come to $970 billion, but that leaves out a lot.. Add in about $800 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs, the State Department and its associated agencies, the Department of Homeland Security. And we know now from our Republican friends that border protection is a dire national security issue. Add all that together. Then you can calculate the share for the interest on the debt that we pay each year. All those activities I've just described come to 21% of all federal spending. Calculating in that percentage as a the amount it contributes to the debt burden gives you $254 billion.. And so you add all of that up together and you get $1.767 trillion.

For years we had the Overseas Contingency Operations defense spending, the so called war budget, which was the extra money the military got for actually fighting wars in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Are we getting back to that?

Yes. The politically-derived budget caps don’t apply to that money. And it’s a lot more than just for the wars; lots of billions for goodies for everybody added each year there. It's all part of the hocus pocus ways that Congress allows itself to appropriate money so it can pretend that it's using restraint, but actually is exploiting all kinds of loopholes to increase whatever cap or restraint they pretend that they've added to the defense budget.

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Posted: Mar 25, 2024 - 11:22pm

Above the law

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