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U.S. Empire Still Incoherent After All These Years 21.2.2018 ConsortiumNews.com
Exclusive: Without solid economic, political and ideological bases, the U.S. lacks the legitimacy and authority it needs to operate beyond its borders, argues Nicolas J.S. Davies in this essay. By Nicolas J.S. Davies I recently reread Michael Mann’s book, Incoherent…Read more →
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Trump's National Defense Strategy: Something for Everyone (in the Military-Industrial Complex) 20.2.2018 Truthout.com
The stories at Truthout equip ordinary people with the facts and resources to create extraordinary change. Support this vital work by making a tax-deductible donation now! Think of it as the chicken-or-the-egg question for the ages: Do very real threats to the United States inadvertently benefit the military-industrial complex or does the national security state, by its very nature, conjure up inflated threats to feed that defense machine?  Back in 2008, some of us placed our faith, naively enough, in the hands of mainstream Democrats -- specifically, those of a young senator named Barack Obama. He would reverse the war policies of George W. Bush, deescalate the unbridled Global War on Terror, and right the ship of state. How'd that turn out?  In retrospect, though couched in a far more sophisticated and peaceable rhetoric than Bush's, his moves would prove largely cosmetic when it came to this country's forever wars: a significant reduction in the use of conventional ground troops, but more drones , ...
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The Pentagon Is Using an Environmental Law Meant to Protect Us Against Us 20.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
A ground crew member signals to an EA-18G Growler as it returns from a flight during heavy snows at Naval Air Facility Misawa. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kenneth G. Takada / US Navy ) The National Environmental Policy Act, a law requiring federal agencies like the Department of Defense (DOD) to assess the environmental effects of proposed actions prior to implementation, has been used instead by the DOD to place millions of US citizens in harm's way. A ground crew member signals to an EA-18G Growler as it returns from a flight during heavy snows at Naval Air Facility Misawa. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kenneth G. Takada / US Navy ) Support from readers provides Truthout with vital funds to keep investigating what mainstream media won't cover. Fund more stories like this by donating now! While it has long been known the US military is one of the biggest polluters in the world, the egregious and intentional nature of its actions is less well known. Canadian ...
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Trump's $4.4 Trillion Butcher's Bill 17.2.2018 Truthout.com
Trump's budget proposal would be paid for on the backs of children, poor people, the elderly and the disabled, with a couple hundred billion left over for the Pentagon. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) The grinding cruelty that is our daily meat and mead was crystallized in a document put forth on Monday by the White House. Trump and his people called it a budget plan, but in reality, it was a $4.4 trillion wish list of all the malice and greed at the necrotic heart of the modern Republican experience. Trump's budget proposal would be paid for on the backs of children, poor people, the elderly and the disabled, with a couple hundred billion left over for the Pentagon. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) Support your favorite writers by making sure we can keep publishing them! Make a donation to Truthout to ensure independent journalism survives. "The test of a first-rate intelligence," said F. Scott Fitzgerald, "is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still ...
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Why the B-52 bomber will fly for 100 years 16.2.2018 LA Times: Business

The Air Force just can’t let go of the B-52.

In the world of heavy bombers, none has prevailed as long as the B-52 Stratofortress. The Cold Warrior joined the U.S. arsenal in 1954, eventually becoming part of a nuclear triad that, along with strategic missiles and submarines, was aimed at giving...

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The Costs of US Wars Are Staggering, but Most Americans Continue to Ignore Them 15.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
US Army soldiers engage in a live-fire exercise in the Zabul province of Afghanistan, July 1, 2010. (Photo: The US Army ) Help preserve a news source with integrity at its core: Donate to the independent media at Truthout. I'm in my mid-thirties, which means that, after the 9/11 attacks, when this country went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq in what President George W. Bush called the "Global War on Terror," I was still in college. I remember taking part in a couple of campus antiwar demonstrations and, while working as a waitress in 2003, being upset by customers who ordered " freedom fries ," not "French fries," to protest France's opposition to our war in Iraq. (As it happens, my mother is French, so it felt like a double insult.) For years, like many Americans, that was about all the thought I put into the war on terror. But one career choice led to another and today I'm co-director of the  Costs of War Project  at Brown University's  Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs . Now, when I ...
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Trump proposes huge increase in military spending 13.2.2018 LA Times: Nation

The Trump administration on Monday proposed a defense budget of $716 billion for fiscal 2019, part of an ambitious effort to substantially boost Pentagon spending after years of tight budget limits and refocus the military on countering Russia and China.

The budget blueprint, combined with a defense...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's inflated claim on costs of war 13.2.2018 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is bemoaning the loss of trillions of dollars "stupidly" spent by the U.S. in the Middle East - money he said could have been used to rebuild American roads and bridges....
General Dynamics to buy CSRA for almost $7 billion 12.2.2018 LA Times: Business

Defense contractor General Dynamics will spend almost $7 billion to acquire CSRA with the Trump administration pushing defense spending aggressively higher.

Shares of CSRA Inc., an internet technology company, soared more than 31%t before the opening bell Monday.

President Trump signed a budget...

$88.2B price tag for rebuilding Iraq after Islamic State war 12.2.2018 AP Business
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- Kuwait on Monday opened a week of conferences seeking aid for rebuilding Iraq after the onslaught of the Islamic State group, seeking tens of billions of dollars for a nation only a generation ago that invaded it....
General Dynamics to buy CSRA for almost $7 billion 12.2.2018 AP Business
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) -- The defense contractor General Dynamics will spend almost $7 billion to acquire CSRA with the Trump administration pushing defense spending aggressively higher....
A Pentagon budget like none before: $700 billion 10.2.2018 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's the biggest budget the Pentagon has ever seen: $700 billion. That's far more in defense spending than America's two nearest competitors, China and Russia, and will mean the military can foot the bill for thousands more troops, more training, more ships and a lot else....
A budget the likes of which the Pentagon has never seen 10.2.2018 AP Top News
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's the biggest budget the Pentagon has ever seen: $700 billion. That's far more in defense spending than America's two nearest competitors, China and Russia, and will mean the military can foot the bill for thousands more troops, more training, more ships and a lot else....
Rand Paul and the Sleepover Shutdown: A Three-Act Farce 9.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Sen. Rand Paul walks back to his office a TV interview at Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill February 8, 2018, in Washington, DC. Sen. Paul made a move to block a budget deal Thursday as the government will run out of funding at midnight for seeking to vote on an amendment to restore budget caps. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) Been quite a morning, yeah? The federal government shut down, the Senate passed the budget bill, the House passed the Senate's bill, the Dreamers were abandoned and the Tea Party movement evaporated like a wholly unnoticed fart. Oh, and Rand Paul is a hypocritical tool. All in a day's work here in the dysfunction capital of the western world.  Sen. Rand Paul walks back to his office a TV interview at Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill February 8, 2018, in Washington, DC. Sen. Paul made a move to block a budget deal Thursday as the government will run out of funding at midnight for seeking to vote on an amendment to restore budget caps. (Photo: Alex Wong / ...
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House approves bipartisan budget deal, ending brief government shutdown 9.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary
Trump’s favorite general: Can Mattis check an impulsive president and still retain his trust? 8.2.2018 Washington Post: World
By staying out of the media’s glare and in Trump’s good graces, Jim Mattis has become the most influential Pentagon chief in years.
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UN experts: Al-Qaida greater threat than IS in some places 8.2.2018 Washington Post: World
Al-Qaida’s global network remains “remarkably resilient” and poses a greater threat than the Islamic State extremist group in several regions, including Yemen and Somalia, U.N. experts say.
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Trump wants a grand military parade. Some veterans say that won't fix their problems. 7.2.2018 Washington Post: Politics
Critics say a parade isn't the best way Trump could support the military.
After Iraq and Afghanistan, pioneering women in the military set sights on Congress 7.2.2018 Washington Post: Politics
Many of the female veterans running for congressional seats are Democrats critical of Trump. Said one former fighter pilot: “This is not the country we fought for.”
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Ten Commonsense Suggestions for Making Peace, Not War 6.2.2018 ConsortiumNews.com
President Trump’s first year in office brought an escalation of military aggression abroad as he built on the interventions of previous administrations, but there are steps America can take to move towards a more peaceful future, writes retired U.S. Air…Read more →
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