Tag Archives: Pentagon

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.

You can’t have war without racism. You can have a world without both.

It’s hard to win the hearts and minds of the people you are killing.

#NoWar2016 | Protest at the Pentagon (Video)

Rev. Janice Sevre-Duszynska one of those arrested explained why she was at the Pentagon seeking a meeting today “The measure of a healthy society is how we treat the marginalized. How we can care for them in a just and humane manner when 56% of the federal budget goes to the Pentagon for its 800+ military bases and the killing?

Dr. Nafeez Ahmed | Pentagon Preparing For Mass Civil Breakdown

The project’s 14 case studies each “involve extensive interviews with ten or more activists and militants in parties and NGOs who, though sympathetic to radical causes, have chosen a path of non-violence.”

Mary Beaudoin | Warfare of the 21st Century: Cyber Attacks, Super Soldiers, Ghost Ships, and Laser Beams

We can’t win at war so we’d better begin to win at peace.

Photo by Nina Berman

GUNS AND HOTDOGS | How the U.S. Military Promotes Its Weapons Arsenal to the Public

In addition to standard TV advertising and flyovers at the Super Bowl, the U.S. military spends tens of millions of dollars each year on live events that function half as recruitment pitches and half as visceral plugs for its spectacular high-tech weaponry.

Pentagon Official Once Told Morley Safer That Reporters Who Believe the Government Are “Stupid”

Time and again, members of the Washington press corps have credulously accepted officials’ lies and misinformation and passed them on to their readers as the truth. Their real-time skepticism is almost nonexistent. And they keep doing it.

Polly Mann: The Pentagon’s Foreign Aid

Counter-terrorism efforts in Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen suggest that U.S. military assistance programs have created substantial blowback by exacerbating the central forces fueling insurgency and violence, thereby strengthening the enemies they are intended to combat.

Wm. D. Hartung: How Not to Audit the Pentagon

Why has waste at the Pentagon been so hard to rein in? The answer is, in a sense, not complicated: the military-industrial complex profits from waste. Closer scrutiny of waste could mean not just cheaper spare parts, but serious questions about whether cash cows like the F-35 are needed at all. An accurate head count of the hundreds of thousands of private contractors employed by the Pentagon would reveal that a large proportion of them are doing work that is either duplicative or unnecessary.