Tag Archives: U.S. Military
FOR EVERY ACTION, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Sir Isaac Newton called it his Third Law of Motion. The CIA calls it “blowback.”
Clearly, these days Trump enjoys the company of military men. He’s more ambivalent about what the military actually does.
Private companies are responsible first to their shareholders and then to their hiring nation.
and because you’ve shown good will to the United States in the years since we invaded and occupied your country, slaughtered more than 3 million of your people…
Eliminating war does not involve eliminating anger or conflict; it involves disassembling a complex industrial institution that goes to great lengths to create wars and far greater lengths to arm others so that when they become involved in conflicts much more damage is done.
Wm. Astore | A Force Unto Itself: A Military Leviathan Has Emerged as America’s 51st and Most Powerful State
This rise of privatized militaries and mercenaries naturally contributes to actions that are inherently un-democratic and divorced from the will and wishes of the people. It is also inherently a less accountable form of war, since no one even bothers to count the for-profit dead, nor do their bodies come home in flag-draped coffins for solemn burial in military cemeteries; and Americans don’t approach such mercenaries to thank them for their service. All of which allows for the further development of a significantly under-the-radar form of war making.
Cady: The U.S. Department of Defense is the single largest consumer of energy. Ninety-three percent of U.S. government energy consumption is military (Air Force, 52 percent; Navy, 33 percent; Army, 7 percent).
Tomgram: William Astore, Taking Selfies in Iraq and Afghanistan. American troops are never seen as conquerors or oppressors, always as liberators and freedom-bringers, or at least helpers and trainers. There’s just enough substance to this myth (World War II and the Marshall Plan, for example) to hide uglier imperial realities…
Flawed intelligence and the limits of drone technology The Obama administration has portrayed drones as an effective and efficient weapon in the ongoing war with al Qaeda and other radical groups. Yet classified Pentagon documents obtained by The Intercept reveal that the U.S. military has faced “critical shortfalls” in the technology and intelligence it uses […]
Turse: In 2013, the combined total of all U.S. activities on the continent reached 546, an average of more than one mission per day. Last year, that number leapt to 674. In other words, U.S. troops were carrying out almost two operations, exercises, or activities — from drone strikes to counterinsurgency instruction, intelligence gathering to marksmanship training — somewhere in Africa every day.
Since September 11, 2001, U.S. Special Operations forces have grown in every conceivable way, including their numbers, their budget, their clout in Washington, and their place in the country’s popular imagination. The command has, for example, more than doubled its personnel from about 33,000 in 2001 to nearly 70,000 today
“We must use all of the tools at our disposal, from dialogue and mediation to preventive diplomacy, to keep the unsustainable exploitation of natural resources from fueling and financing armed conflict and destabilizing the fragile foundations of peace.” —UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon U. S. MILITARY: A DANGEROUS SOURCE OF GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE Intense […]
“Here’s somebody that’s spent a lot of years of her life in the military and the diplomatic corps and is now willing to speak about peace and challenge the rationale that America needs to have war in order to be the dominant power in the world.” By Ann Wright (about the author) opednews.com June 5, 2014 In late […]
It is clear that commanders’ career self-interest and the protection and promotion of perpetrators are far more important to them than justice for women in the military. Spitting, Stalking, Rape Threats: How Gun Extremists Target Women Sarah L. Blum, Truthout “Copyright, Truthout.org. Monday, 24 February 2014 | Reprinted with permission. The culture of abuse toward women in our […]
Few of the politicians who so brazenly proclaim the benefits of drones have a real clue how it actually works (and doesn’t) by Heather Linebaugh Published on Sunday, December 29, 2013 by the Guardian/UK The Elbit Systems Hermes 450 is an Israeli medium size multi-payload unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed for tactical long endurance missions. Whenever I read […]
James Steele: America’s mystery man in Iraq A 15-month investigation by the Guardian and BBC Arabic reveals how retired US colonel James Steele, a veteran of American proxy wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua, played a key role in training and overseeing US-funded special police commandos who ran a network of torture centres in Iraq. […]
International Peace Movement “No matter what White House lawyers claim, the potential legal justifications for drone strikes do not hold water.” By Robin Henzel/Coleen Rowley Nov. 17. 2012 brainerddispatch.com New information about drone operations contradicts the Sept. 23 op-ed piece by Col. Scott A. St. Sauver, commander of Camp Ripley. In his essay, written to […]
Empire and Its Consequences Criticism of such policy is generally couched in terms that remove the alleged naïveté of the criticism, but I’m wondering if it isn’t time to stare directly at the fundamental wrongness of war. by Robert C. Koehler Published on Thursday, October 11, 2012 by Common Dreams (Image: VeteransToday.com) Ever notice the way certain […]