Tag Archives: Pentagon

Tomgram: Mandy Smithberger, Ending the Pentagon’s Pandemic of Spending

“A Post-Coronavirus Economy Can No Longer Afford to Put the Pentagon First.”

Killing Democracy in America, by William Astore

“Scenarios of perpetual war haunt my thoughts. For a healthy democracy, there should be few things more unthinkable than never-ending conflict, that steady drip-drip of death and destruction that drives militarism, reinforces authoritarianism, and facilitates disaster capitalism.”

Andrew J. Bacevich, The All-American Way: MLK’s Giant Triplets

“What I am suggesting is that those calling for fundamental change will go badly astray if they ignore Dr. King’s insistence that each of the giant triplets [racism, extreme materialism, militarism] is intimately tied to the other two.”

Ilhan Omar Has a Plan to Revolutionize U.S. Foreign Policy

“They would also have to reckon with the humanitarian impact of sanctions, which Congress largely ignores at this point, and it has led to some of the world’s worst humanitarian crises as we’re seeing in Venezuela, and North Korea, and Iran.”

After-Holiday Blues and an Action to Chase Them Away, By Polly Mann with Mary Beaudoin

Another action to take: Don’t Iraq Iran. Protests continue nationwide.  Ironically, we have heard from the one of the greatest purveyors of propaganda, the Washington Post, that we are lied to about war. But with the release of the series “Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War” by Craig Whitlock, you would think that […]

The Pentagon Wants More Control Over the News. What Could Go Wrong? by Matt Taibbi

The most enormous issue posed by the modern media landscape is the industry’s incredible concentration, which allows a handful of private platforms – Facebook, Twitter, Google – to dominate media distribution.

The Riptide of American Militarism: Lessons from the Natural World on Washington’s Unnatural Wars, by Wm. Astor

“The best defense against militarism is peace; the next best thing is the vigorous practice of democracy,” (The Pentagon as a Parasitic Cowbird)

Elizabeth Warren’s Green Imperialism Isn’t the Answer

The plan rightly acknowledges that America’s armed forces use a downright obscene amount of energy. (According to Common Dreams, “The Pentagon’s carbon footprint is 70 percent of total U.S. emissions …

Dear World, Here’s How to Close Your U.S. Military Bases, by David Swanson

Examples of what HAS worked worldwide to close US/NATO bases.

The Nerve of Some (Anti-nuclear) People! by Polly Mann

A resolution to Pull Back from the Brink and Prevent Nuclear War (2019) has been introduced in the Minnesota State Legislature. By Polly Mann   WAMM Newsletter Winter 2019   (Volume 37  Number 1) Here’s how it all began: I had learned that Northampton, Massachusetts, had passed a resolution calling for the United States to prevent nuclear […]

NPR, the Pentagon, and U.S. Foreign Policy

While of dubious value, it is common practice at NPR to seek perspective on wrongdoing from the wrongdoers themselves.

Tomgram: Nick Turse, Victory in Our Time (The U.S. Military is Winning. No, Really, It Is!)

Expressed differently, the United States has not won a major conflict since 1945; has a trillion-dollar national security budget; has had 17 military commanders in the last 17 years in Afghanistan, a country plagued by 23,744 “security incidents” (the most ever recorded) in 2017 alone; has spent around $3 trillion, primarily on that war and the rest of the war on terror…

GLOBAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST US/NATO MILITARY BASES

WE MUST UNITE FOR PEACE!

Daniel Ellsberg and Noam Chomsky Discuss Nuclear War

Chomsky: Page after page of the book contains graphic examples of –you can only call it–this kind of insanity and at one point describes the book as a chronicle of human madness, which captures the character of the era we have been living in very accurately. And we should bear in mind that this is only one of two existential threats, the other…is another dramatic illustration of human madness, the threat of global warming…

Rockets’ Red Glare and Bombs Bursting in Air by John LaForge

Every child killed or maimed by US-made weapons inevitably creates enemies among survivors.

Bruce Gagnon | Military Space Plane Returns from Two-Year Secret Mission

The actual expense of the X-37 is hidden in the Pentagon’s ‘black,’ or classified, budget but is likely to cost more than $1 billion.

Adam Smith | NYT Says Congress Has ‘Duty’ to Make War–Rather Than the Right to Reject It

Presidents…do have a duty under the Constitution to get Congress’s approval before waging war.

Paul Street | The Deep State’s Hatred of Trump Is Not the Same as Yours

Trump’s failure to grasp the necessity of the New Cold War with Russia “threat[ens] … Washington’s broader imperial strategy. … The economic integration of Asia and Europe must be blocked to preserve Washington’s hegemonic grip on world power.”

Pentagon buries evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste

The military feared Congress would use the confidential data as an excuse to slash defense spending

Chossudovsky: U.S. “Military Aid” to Al Qaeda, ISIS-Daesh: Pentagon Uses Illicit Arms Trafficking to Channel Enormous Shipments of Light Weapons into Syria

The US and its allies (including Turkey and Saudi Arabia) have relied on the illicit trade in light weaponry produced in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, China, etc. for delivery to rebel groups inside Syria, including ISIS-Daesh and Al Nusra.