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westslope

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Posted: Nov 17, 2019 - 9:13am



 miamizsun wrote:


.......

innocent human beings are being extinguished, which is without any doubt the worst human rights violation possible

........


 

Agreed.  The US-sponsored War on Terrorism carries huge strategic risks and has already blown back against US interests.  The US kill ratio in the Mid-East is just phenomenal  (over 100:1?) and that will blow back even if most blow back victims to date have been in Europe or elsewhere in the world.

The War on Terrorism seemed tailored to dehumanizing and demonizing people in order to make it easier to kill innocent civilians.

That said, folks in uniform are not responsible for bad policy choices, and there is a broad interest in maintaining professional law-abiding behaviour and standards among the troops.  They are already at risk because of US Mid-East policy.  These pardons put them at further risk and provide justification for other nation states to commit war crimes.  

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Posted: Nov 17, 2019 - 7:49am

 miamizsun wrote:

thx   {#Wave}

how about a peaceful cup of coffee?

kahlua optional
 
{#Wave}Just finished mine a few minutes ago. With as small mix of 2 different whiskeys.
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Posted: Nov 17, 2019 - 7:33am

 SeriousLee wrote:

it's ok {#Cheers}
 
thx   {#Wave}

how about a peaceful cup of coffee?

kahlua optional
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Posted: Nov 17, 2019 - 7:28am

 miamizsun wrote:


for me the real issue is illegitimate government sponsored war at all

all of the death, destruction and debt is couched politically as some sort virtuous violence or moral murder

or wait for it: aid (usually a large part of it is a fat credit to purchase weapons systems from our military industrial complex)

innocent human beings are being extinguished, which is without any doubt the worst human rights violation possible

and what do politicians see as a top priority?

it's disgusting

sorry for the rant
 
it's ok {#Cheers}
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Posted: Nov 17, 2019 - 7:20am

 westslope wrote: 

for me the real issue is illegitimate government sponsored war at all

all of the death, destruction and debt is couched politically as some sort virtuous violence or moral murder

or wait for it: aid (usually a large part of it is a fat credit to purchase weapons systems from our military industrial complex)

innocent human beings are being extinguished, which is without any doubt the worst human rights violation possible

and what do politicians see as a top priority?

it's disgusting

sorry for the rant


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Posted: Nov 16, 2019 - 4:06pm

 westslope wrote:
I hear read and hear a lot of weasel words about how patriotic white Americans support their armed forces.  Do they?  Why are these same people not rallying in the streets in opposition to these pardons?
 
“We are not going to apologize for America. We are going to stand up for America. No more apologies.”
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Posted: Nov 16, 2019 - 7:40am



 westslope wrote:
Trump Clears Three Service Members in War Crimes Cases - NYT


Trump Betrays the Military

His intervention in decisions about war crimes undermines the moral standing of the armed forces.

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I hear read and hear a lot of weasel words about how patriotic white Americans support their armed forces.  Do they?  Why are these same people not rallying in the streets in opposition to these pardons? 

Do they have no understanding of how these pardons undermine US moral standing and ultimately the safety of US troops as well as civilians? 

I view these pardons as worse than the partisan political bribery/extortion Trump tried to pull off in the Ukraine.   This has to be one of the most America-hating, self-loathing executive decisions that Trump has made in his first mandate.  
 

Just one of many dark sides to this buffoon. That's why we want him out - we are actually scared of what he may do. But we have an entire political party that has sold themselves to the highest bidder and refuse to recognize anything but their political futures. Thus the hearings. Its time Jethro and Cletus hear facts instead of Faux Spews conspiracies. They'll continue to deny and defend, but its getting harder and harder to do so.
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Posted: Nov 16, 2019 - 6:45am

Trump Clears Three Service Members in War Crimes Cases - NYT


Trump Betrays the Military

His intervention in decisions about war crimes undermines the moral standing of the armed forces.

————————————————————

I read and hear a lot of weasel words about how patriotic white Americans support their armed forces.  Do they?  Why are these same people not rallying in the streets in opposition to these pardons? 

Do they have no understanding of how these pardons undermine US moral standing and ultimately the safety of US troops as well as civilians? 

I view these pardons as worse than the partisan political bribery/extortion Trump tried to pull off in the Ukraine.   This has to be one of the most America-hating, self-loathing executive decisions that Trump has made in his first mandate.  
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Posted: Nov 15, 2019 - 2:47pm

The US and Britain face no existential threat. So why do their wars go on?
Why does no one mention the war? The most militaristic, belligerent and chauvinist country I know – and also love – is the US. People fly flags from every post and see “bad guys” under every bed. When the president, Donald Trump, vows to leave the Middle East he is condemned as a traitor even by his fans.

The second most belligerent is Britain, albeit less so. With America, it is continuing to fight the so-called “wars of 9/11”, 18 years after they began – battling in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, in Britain’s case covertly. There is not the remotest sign of “victory” in sight. Somehow they are not seen as wars, just the licensed killing of foreigners.

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Posted: Oct 19, 2019 - 10:43am

https://www.antiwar.com/
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Posted: Oct 18, 2019 - 4:17pm

Turkish Proxies Appear to Be Using White Phosphorus in Syria

Photos of children show horrific burns caused by what looks like white phosphorus.

BY | OCTOBER 17, 2019, 6:21 PM


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This is not the first time that US-backed forces have deployed white phosphorous in Syria.  Israel used white phosphorous in the Gaza strip a few years ago.


This article contains photos:

'Dad stop the burning, I beg you': Horrifying footage reveals badly-burned Kurdish children in Syria amid claims Turkey is using banned weapons such as napalm and white phosphorus




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Posted: Oct 14, 2019 - 7:04am



 miamizsun wrote:
the real problem with war?

it is that eventually people get tired of the death and destruction

just the insanity of feeding the insatiable gaping maw with human beings and resources

will soldiers just say i've had enough of this sh*t and go home?

beat their drones and ak 47s into plow shares?

when is now a good time?


 
Yep.  Now if we can keep this going,  Afghanistan, Iraq, Korea, Japan, Germany...list goes on and on.   People suffered  because we came, people suffer because we are there and people will suffer because we leave, but then the healing can begin.   We cannot protect the world without horrendous side effects including the sacrificing of our own citizens, protection of homeland only has to be the litmus test before the unleashing of violence.  Bring our people home.


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Posted: Oct 14, 2019 - 5:46am

the real problem with war?

it is that eventually people get tired of the death and destruction

just the insanity of feeding the insatiable gaping maw with human beings and resources

will soldiers just say i've had enough of this sh*t and go home?

beat their drones and ak 47s into plow shares?

when is now a good time?


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Posted: Jun 24, 2019 - 8:33am



 R_P wrote:
These respectable American war criminals reveal that many Americans live in an alternative reality, where their government’s war crimes, if ever mentioned by mainstream media, are usually called “mistakes,” and rarely investigated or persistently challenged. In calling America ”the greatest nation on earth” and “the exceptional nation” and saying “Make American Great Again,” Presidents Bush and Obama and Trump are attributing to America a moral superiority, which conveniently serves to cover up the U.S. government’s imperialistic war crimes. A moral superiority which many Christians especially have been conditioned to believe because of their own exceptional Christian self-image. People need to be morally diminished to justify their subjugation.

Respectable American war criminals count on respectable people of faith. These political leaders could not get away with their war crimes and then be honored in high – and holy — places without the accommodation of people of faith. This is not to discount the immeasurable good works people of faith perform. But when it comes to speaking truth to the U.S. government’s criminal global wars against so-called “terrorism,” more often than not people of faith remain respectable chaplains of the status quo, rather than prophets of all the people. It is about power, not morality.

 
I dont disagree with any of the facts in this piece, but perhaps the one-sided narrative...U.S. as some careless imperialist nation.    Yet, the end, when right, should not justify the means.  

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Posted: Jun 23, 2019 - 4:29pm

from the same piece below:


Edward S. Herman, now deceased American economist, media scholar and
social critic, wrote that “the ratio of dead Iraqi children to deaths in
the WTC/Pentagon bombings was better than 80 to 1,”
but “the mainstream
media and intellectuals have not found Albright’s rationalization of
this mass killing of any interest whatsoever.” Their interest is about
“who” not “why.” Herman asked, “Is it not morally chilling, even a bit
frightening, that he and the great mass of citizen
compatriots, can focus with such anguish and indignation on their own
6,000 dead, while ignorant of, or not caring about, or approving his
(their) own government’s ongoing killing of scores of times as many
innocents abroad?” He also said, “Because the media make the suffering
and death of 500,000 children invisible, the outrage produced by the
intense coverage of the WCT/Pentagon bombing victims does not surface on
their behalf. . . . The media . . . are not interested in root causes.”
Herman concluded, “This reflects the work of a superb propaganda
system.” (Ibid)




I would add that the sanctions applied against Venezuela are more than likely contributing to hunger and mass emigration. Venezuelans fleeing on foot seem to be more likely to be victims of violent crime.

Worse, yet, I fully expect the sanctions to encourage even more resistance by Maduro and collaborators dragging any regime by many more years and hurting American multinational prospects in Latin America.

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Posted: Jun 23, 2019 - 11:49am

These respectable American war criminals reveal that many Americans live in an alternative reality, where their government’s war crimes, if ever mentioned by mainstream media, are usually called “mistakes,” and rarely investigated or persistently challenged. In calling America ”the greatest nation on earth” and “the exceptional nation” and saying “Make American Great Again,” Presidents Bush and Obama and Trump are attributing to America a moral superiority, which conveniently serves to cover up the U.S. government’s imperialistic war crimes. A moral superiority which many Christians especially have been conditioned to believe because of their own exceptional Christian self-image. People need to be morally diminished to justify their subjugation.

Respectable American war criminals count on respectable people of faith. These political leaders could not get away with their war crimes and then be honored in high – and holy — places without the accommodation of people of faith. This is not to discount the immeasurable good works people of faith perform. But when it comes to speaking truth to the U.S. government’s criminal global wars against so-called “terrorism,” more often than not people of faith remain respectable chaplains of the status quo, rather than prophets of all the people. It is about power, not morality.

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Posted: Jun 19, 2019 - 7:46am

 black321 wrote: 

fyt
black321

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Posted: Jun 18, 2019 - 7:23am

Hey, war pays for itself:


https://www.thenation.com/article/who-said-war-would-pay-itself-they-did/

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Posted: Jun 18, 2019 - 6:40am


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When Zombie Neoconservatives Attack

Why most Americans are right about foreign policy, and David Brooks is wrong.

BY | JUNE 17, 2019, 4:19 PM
New York Times columnist David Brooks speaking at the Book Expo America in New York.New York Times columnist David Brooks speaking at the Book Expo America in New York. JAMES LEYNSE/CORBIS VIA GETTY IMAGES
This might be disturbing news to some readers, but the New York Times columnist David Brooks is very unhappy with the American people. Why? Because they don’t seem to be blindly following his views on foreign policy anymore. In fact, his latest column says their ideas about U.S. foreign policy “stink.”

To be specific, Brooks is troubled by some recent surveys of public opinion, which show declining public support for endless U.S. intervention overseas. He interprets these polls as evidence that Americans are abandoning traditional liberal internationalism and reverting to isolationism. This trend really bugs him because he believes U.S. leadership after World War II—and especially its promotion of the so-called liberal world order—was a selfless act of statesmanship that produced several generations of peace and prosperity. Now, alas, he thinks America is “withdrawing from the world,” and this trend is allowing “wolves” like Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping to “fill the void” and letting countries like Iran destabilize the Middle East.

Is he right? Are the American people as misguided as he says? Should we be very afraid?

Nope.

For starters, the liberal world order that Brooks now extols was never fully liberal, never truly global in scope, and not all that orderly. True, there hasn’t been a great-power war since 1945, and U.S. engagement in Europe and Northeast Asia helped stabilize these regions during the long Cold War. But Brooks misses a key lesson of that period: U.S. internationalism worked best when it was essentially defensive in nature and when it focused on deterring direct Soviet aggression against vital U.S. interests (see: NATO). American power—including its military power—turned out to be extremely good at this mission, especially when it was combined with sophisticated and far-sighted diplomacy.

By contrast, U.S. efforts to remake local politics in other parts of the world—in other words, to engage in nation building—were often morally dubious and much less successful. The Soviet Union and the United States never fought each other directly, but the Cold War on which Brooks looks back with such fondness also featured bloody and expensive conflicts in Korea and Vietnam, repeated interventions by both superpowers in the developing world that killed or wounded millions of people, and plenty of regional conflicts between other states, some of which were encouraged and subsidized by Moscow or Washington or both. This aspect of U.S. Cold War policy didn’t work so well, and it is the part that most closely resembles the country’s more recent follies. Not surprisingly, it goes unmentioned in Brooks’s nostalgic reverie.

Brooks also overstates the extent of American retreat today. The United States is still in NATO; still has thousands of soldiers, sailors, and aircrews in the greater Middle East; still has powerful forces in Asia and is likely to increase them even more; and is busy conducting counterterrorism missions in more countries than I can keep track of. Indeed, no country on the planet comes close to the level of military activity that U.S. armed forces are engaged in today. And if National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have their way, the United States could find itself in another Middle East war in the not-too-distant future. If its current policy is one of “withdrawal,” I’d hate to see what greater engagement policy looked like.

Lastly, Brooks offers up a typically simplistic reading of U.S. adversaries’ actions and one in which the United States’ only sin is insufficient resolve. I’m not happy with what Russia, China, and Iran have been doing in recent years, but Putin’s cyber-meddling, Xi’s crackdown against the Uighurs or others, and Iran’s Middle East activities are hardly motivated by perceptions of U.S. disengagement. In Russia and Iran’s case, their actions are more readily explained as attempts to secure their own interests against what they see as relentless American pressure against them. That’s not a justification for what they are doing; it is an explanation that avoids simplistic caricatures. But the idea that the United States might appear threatening to others—even unwittingly—is a concept Brooks can’t seem to grasp or acknowledge.

Given Brooks’s worldview, however, he has reason to be worried. Americans are increasingly uncomfortable bearing outsized global burdens, and he thinks it’s mostly because they’ve “lost faith in human nature and human possibility.” He wants them to get that optimistic mojo back so that they will willingly pick up their lances, mount their chargers, and rush back into the world to slay a few more dragons. Don’t worry: It’ll be a cakewalk and maybe even pay for itself!

There is a far more obvious explanation for the trends that worry Brooks, which he alludes to only in passing. Americans are unhappy with the foreign policy that he and others have been peddling for the past quarter century for one simple reason: It has been a near-total failure, time and time again.

During the Cold War, the United States employed an essentially realist strategy—containment. In order to deter Soviet expansion, Washington concentrated first and foremost on maintaining favorable balances of power in Europe, East Asia, and the oil-rich Persian Gulf. U.S. leaders made some significant mistakes along the way (e.g., Vietnam), but on the whole, this strategy worked well, and it ended with the peaceful collapse of the Soviet Union. This policy made sense because preventing the emergence of a rival regional hegemon was in America’s long-term strategic interest.

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SHADOW GOVERNMENT | , In the unipolar moment that followed the Cold War, however, U.S. leaders succumbed to hubris and decided to try to remake the world in America’s image. Convinced that it had found the magic formula for success, the United States committed itself to remaking local politics all over the world. American leaders hoped to do this peacefully—by expanding NATO, supporting color revolutions in Eastern Europe, embracing the Arab Spring, etc.—but they were willing to use force if they had to.

Unfortunately, this strategy was doomed to fail. Aggressive efforts at democracy promotion alarmed authoritarian states, and open-ended NATO expansion poisoned relations with Moscow and drove it closer to China. Regime change in various places didn’t lead to stable democracies but to failed states, costly occupations, and new terrorist movements. The rapid expansion of global markets did not deliver benefits broadly and made the world financial system less stable, as we learned to our sorrow in 2008. As the ancient Greeks understood, hubris usually leads to humbling disasters.

Exhibit A, of course, is the invasion of Iraq in 2003—the war that Brooks and his fellow neoconservatives worked overtime to sell to the American people—but the list of failed efforts at global social engineering also includes the forever war in Afghanistan, the toppling of Libyan dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi, President Barack Obama’s premature declaration that Bashar al-Assad must go, and the United States’ active support for anti-Assad forces in Syria. And in direct contrast to America’s supposed liberal ideals, its activities also included the George W. Bush administration’s reliance on torture, warrantless surveillance, extraordinary rendition, and targeted killings—actions that may have something to do with the declining appeal of the American model around the world.

The results of these policies speak for themselves. Relations with Russia and China have deteriorated steadily since the 1990s, and the two superpowers are increasingly aligned with each other. According to Freedom House, democracy has been in retreat for 13 consecutive years. The Middle East is in flames, and U.S. actions over the past 25 years have done far more to destabilize the region than Iran’s have. The United States squandered trillions of dollars in unnecessary and unsuccessful wars, some of them justified by lies. Yet as Brooks’s own career illustrates perfectly, the people who supported these actions paid little or no price for their mistakes. Instead, most of them failed upward to even more influential posts in the media or in government.

The real lesson of the surveys that are bugging Brooks is abundantly clear. Americans aren’t rejecting constructive forms of global engagement; indeed, there’s even some evidence that Americans would be willing to make sacrifices in order to deal with looming problems like climate change. Americans aren’t embracing isolationism either; they are just fed up with a foreign policy that isn’t working. They are tired of paying for wars the country didn’t need to fight, didn’t win, and that left Americans weaker and less safe than they were. They aren’t eager to keep subsidizing wealthy allies who refuse to do enough to defend themselves or to keep giving unconditional support to reckless Middle East partners whose values are at odds with their own.

Surprise, surprise: Americans are also less willing to follow the advice of the people who have championed these failures, never apologized for them, and seem to have learned nothing from their mistakes. I can understand why Brooks finds this situation upsetting, but at this point he shouldn’t be surprised.

In any case, what “stinks” about this situation is not the American people’s sensible response to a quarter century of foreign-policy missteps. The more pungent aroma emanates from those elites who refuse to acknowledge their own errors or take responsibility for them. Now that stinks.

Stephen M. Walt is the Robert and Renée Belfer professor of international relations at Harvard University.

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Posted: Jun 14, 2019 - 3:27pm

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