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Bases, Bases, Everywhere … Except in the Pentagon’s Report, by Nick Turse

“U.S. bases abroad cost upwards of $50 billion per year to build and maintain, which is money that could be used to address pressing needs at home in education, health care, housing, and infrastructure,”

Mattea Kramer | On the Road With Our American Selves

Or How to Feel Like a Jerk in Mombasa

Evergreene Digest | Tom Engelhardt | Washington’s 15-Year Air War

Bombs Away! 
Their Precision Weaponry and Ours Perhaps this September 11th, it’s finally time for Americans to begin to focus on our endless air war in the Greater Middle East, our very own disastrous Fifteen Years’ War. Otherwise, the first explosions from the Thirty Years’ version of the same will be on the horizon before we […]

Tom Engelhardt: Winners and Losers in Our New Media Moment

Engelhardt: Sometimes what matters most takes up every inch of space in the room and somehow we still don’t see it. That’s how I feel about our present media moment

Alfred W. McCoy: The Real American Exceptionalism

From the article: According to documents whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked to the Washington Post, the U.S. spent $500 billion on its intelligence agencies in the dozen years after the 9/11 attacks, including annual appropriations in 2012 of $11 billion for the National Security Agency (NSA) and $15 billion for the CIA. If we add the $790 billion expended on the Department of Homeland Security to that $500 billion for overseas intelligence, then Washington had spent nearly $1.3 trillion to build a secret state-within-the-state of absolutely unprecedented size and power.

Evergreene Digest: In Whose America?

Machine Guns, MRAPs, Surveillance, Drones, Permanent War, and a Permanent Election Campaign  Walking Back the American Twenty-First Century? Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com February 17, 2015 | I never fail to be amazed — and that’s undoubtedly my failing.  I mean, if you retain a capacity for wonder you can still be awed by a sunset, but […]

Ann Jones: Is This Country Crazy?

if you are an American, you are statistically in less danger of dying from a terrorist attack in this country than from a toddler shooting you. And by the way, you’re 2,059 times more likely to die by your own hand with a weapon of your choosing than in a terrorist attack anywhere on Earth. You’re also more than nine times as likely to be killed by a police officer as by a terrorist.

Evergreene Digest: America’s War Machine sells fear and loathing beyond Ferguson. Black and brown people pay the price.

From Afghanistan to the NYPD and back again, America’s circle of violence is already repeating itself in 2015. But now is the time to question America’s addiction to violence – and violent racism Tomgram | Adam Hochschild: Thank You for Making War!  Steven W. Thrasher, Guardian <http://www.theguardian.com&gt; Monday 5 January 2015 | The War Machine […]

Evergreene Digest: Lessons from the Christmas Truce of 1914

“…the ones who call the shots won’t be among the dead and lame; And on each end of the rifle we’re the same” —John McCutcheon Tomgram | Adam Hochschild: Thank You for Making War! Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn Dec 9, 2014 | 100 years ago this month one of the most unusual aberrations in […]

Iraq War Drums — Again! Evergreene Digest and Rise Up Times

NEWS FLASH (added by RiseUpTimes.org) Twin Cities bridge vigil next week will focus on Iraq No New U.S. War in Iraq No New U.S. Weapons to Iraq Wednesday, June 18, 5:00 to 6:00 PM Lake Street/Marshall Ave Bridge over the Mississippi River between Minneapolis and St. Paul.  If there is a bombing an emergency response will […]

Tomgram: Nick Turse, America’s Non-Stop Ops in Africa

 U.S. Military Averaging More Than a Mission a Day in Africa Documents Reveal Blinding Pace of Ops in 2013, More of the Same for 2014 By Nick Turse  March 27, 2014  TomDispatch.com Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here. The numbers tell the story: 10 exercises, 55 operations, 481 security cooperation activities. For years, the U.S. military has […]

Nick Turse: Misremembering America’s Wars, 2003-2053. The Pentagon’s Latest “Mission Accomplished” Moment

Tomgram, Nick Turse: The Pentagon Makes History the First Casualty Click here to read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction. By Nick Turse TomDispatch.com  February 18, 2014 It’s 2053 — 20 years since you needed a computer, tablet, or smart phone to go online.  At least, that’s true in the developed world: you know, China, India, Brazil, and even some parts […]

Greg Grandin: The Terror of Our Age

The Two Faces of Empire:  Melville Knew Them, We Still Live With Them By Greg Grandin  TomDispatch.com  January 26, 2014 Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here. A captain ready to drive himself and all around him to ruin in the hunt for a white whale. It’s a well-known story, and over the years, mad Ahab in Herman […]

Nick Turse: America’s Black-Ops Blackout — Unraveling the Secrets of the Military’s Secret Military

“Dude, I don’t need to play these stupid games. I know what you’re trying to do.”  With that, Major Matthew Robert Bockholt hung up on me.    By Nick Turse  January 7, 2014  TomDispatch.com Click here to read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction. More than a month before, I had called U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) with a […]

Chase Madar> How Dystopian Secrecy Contributes to Clueless Wars

“Al-Qaeda remains a simmering menace, but as an organization hardly the greatest threat to the United States.  In fact, if you measure national security in blood and money, as many of us still do, by far the greatest threat to the United States over the past dozen years has been our own clueless foreign policy.” […]

Tomgram: Jeremiah Goulka, Shell Shock Lite> It Doesn’t Take Much> On Almost Getting PTSD in Iraq

Tomgram: Jeremiah Goulka, Shell Shock Lite “I was one nightmare short of PTSD.” Posted by Jeremiah Goulka April 16, 2013  TomDispatch.com “Shell shock,” the psychological scourge of World War I, occurred after “a man has been buried, lifted, or otherwise subjected to the physical effects of a bursting shell or other similar explosive.”  So wrote Charles Myers, […]

Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Cathedral of the Enemy> The Enemy-Industrial Complex

“And don’t forget a media that was ready to pound the drums of war and emphasize what dangerous enemies lurked in our world with remarkably few second thoughts.”  Posted by Tom Engelhardt at 5:01pm, April 14, 2013. [Note for TomDispatch Readers: Today’s post is part one of a two-parter.  Part two will focus on the must-read new book […]

Tom Engelhardt> Dumb and Dumber> A Secret CIA Drone Base, a Blowback World, and Why Washington Has No Learning Curve>

Dumb and Dumber  A Secret CIA Drone Base, a Blowback World, and Why Washington Has No Learning Curve By Tom Engelhardt  February 12,2013  tomdispatch.com You could, of course, sit there, slack-jawed, thinking about how mindlessly repetitive American foreign and military policy is these days. Or you could wield all sorts of fancy analytic words to explain […]

Jeremiah Goulka> The Dogs of War Are Barking

The Urge to Bomb Iran “The public appears to be primed.  A large majority of Americans believe that Iran has an ongoing nuclear weapons program, 71% in 2010 and 84% this March.  Some surveys even indicate that a majority of Americans would support military action to stop Iran from developing nukes.” The Obama administration has engaged in a staggering military build-up in the Persian Gulf and at U.S. and […]

Tom Engelhardt> The National Security Complex and You> That Makes No Sense! Your Security’s a Joke (and You’re the Butt of It)

Tomgram: Engelhardt, The National Security Complex and You That Makes No Sense! Your Security’s a Joke (and You’re the Butt of It)  By Tom Engelhardt Posted by Tom Engelhardt at 9:00am, July 19, 2012. Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. When my daughter was little and I read to her regularly, one illustrated book was a favorite of ours.  In a series of scenes, […]