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Most Senate Democrats are War-Mongers.

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  • Part 1: Senate Democrats, with Few Exceptions, are a Gang of War-Mongers
  • Those calling themselves democratic socialists are perpetrating a fraud on the voters.
  • Part 2: When It Comes to U.S. Militarism, Elizabeth Warren Is No Progressive.
  • There’s one important issue on which Warren has not veered far from the Democratic establishment.
  • Related: U.S. War Drums Beat Louder and Louder!

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Part 1: Senate Democrats, with Few Exceptions, are a Gang of War-Mongers.

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That’s no “revolution,” and it’s not even an “opposition” worthy of the name. It’s craven collusion and gutlessness, and by not speaking out against it, those calling themselves democratic socialists are perpetrating a fraud on the voters.

Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch

August 7, 2018 | Democrats in the US Senate showed themselves to be just another war party this week, with 40 of their number out of 47 voting to pass a record $717-billion military budget for FY 2019. Only seven Democrats (Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, D-MA, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, D-OR, Kamala Harris, D-CA, Dick Durbin, D-IL, and Kirstin Gillibrand, D-NY) and independent Bernie Sanders, who caucuses with the Democratic Party, voted against the bill (Sen. Angus King, an independent from Maine who also caucuses with the Democrats, neutralized Sanders’ vote by voting for the measure).

For those who may have hoped that perhaps the growing number of self-described “democratic socialist” candidartes running for seats in Congress might call out this war-mongering by the Democratic Party establishment, there was just silence.

Dave Lindorff is a founding member of ThisCantBeHappening!, an online newspaper collective, and is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press).

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Part 2: When It Comes to U.S. Militarism, Elizabeth Warren Is No Progressive.


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There’s one important issue on which Warren has not veered far from the Democratic establishment.

Sarah Lazare, In These Times

May 17, 2019 | Massachusetts Senator and 2020 presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has been widely celebrated in liberal and left-leaning press for churning out progressive policy proposals on the domestic front, from child care to housing. Articles have hailed her as the “intellectual powerhouse of the Democratic party,” the person who “has the plans” and the “progressive policy anchor in the 2020 field.” One Guardian piece from late February asks, “Why vote for Sanders when you can have Elizabeth Warren instead?”



The fire and passion with which she goes to bat for economic justice issues simply does not apply to the war machine.



Yet, none of these articles take a close look at Warren’s track record on war and militarism, despite the fact that the realm of foreign policy is where presidents have the most power to act without Congress (thanks in part to Obama’s unfortunate expansion of presidential powers to make war). It’s as though the United States existed in a vacuum, with only domestic matters to attend to; in reality, we are the biggest military empire in human history, with 800 military bases around the world and U.S. commandos deployed to 75% of countries.

Sarah Lazare is web editor at In These Times.  She comes from a background in independent journalism for publications including The Intercept, The Nation, and Tom Dispatch.

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U.S. War Drums Beat Louder and Louder! Socialist Organizer

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  • Related: The War On Venezuela Is Built On Lies.

 



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U.S. War Drums Beat Louder and Louder!

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  • U.S. Hands Off Iran and Venezuela!
  • Related: The War On Venezuela Is Built On Lies.

Socialist Organizer

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/ May 16, 2019 | As we go to press the U.S. war drums are beating louder and louder.

As part of a mounting series of U.S. provocations against Iran, the U.S. State Department has ordered all "non-critical government employees" to leave Iraq on the grounds that, "U.S. intelligence has learned that Iran is planning strikes on U.S. forces in Iraq." U.S. Central Command in the region reported in a statement on May 13 that, "U.S. troops are now at a high level of alert as we continue to monitor credible and possibly imminent threats to U.S. forces in Iraq."

These statements come shortly after the U.S. government deployed the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier-strike group, plus four B-52 bombers, to the Persian Gulf amid "indications that Iran was transporting short-range ballistic missiles to the region," according to a State Department official.

Socialist Organizer persistently advocates for a Labor Party based on the trade unions and rooted in struggles of the working class and all the oppressed sectors of society; a Labor Party that charts a clean and decisive break with the twin parties of the bosses, the Democrats and Republicans.

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The War On Venezuela Is Built On Lies. John Pilger, johnpilger.com

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag_1.jpgShould the CIA stooge Guaido and his white supremacists grab power, it will be the 68th overthrow of a sovereign government by the United States, most of them democracies. A fire sale of Venezuela's utilities and mineral wealth will surely follow, along with the theft of the country's oil, as outlined by John Bolton.
  • Related: Special Report | US Media Ignoring and Applauding War on Venezuela.

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The War On Venezuela Is Built On Lies.

  • Should the CIA stooge Guaido and his white supremacists grab power, it will be the 68th overthrow of a sovereign government by the United States, most of them democracies. A fire sale of Venezuela's utilities and mineral wealth will surely follow, along with the theft of the country's oil, as outlined by John Bolton.
  • Related: Special Report | US Media Ignoring and Applauding War on Venezuela. 

John Pilger, johnpilger.com


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21 February 2019 | Travelling with Hugo Chavez, I soon understood the threat of Venezuela. At a farming co-operative in Lara state, people waited patiently and with good humour in the heat. Jugs of water and melon juice were passed around. A guitar was played; a woman, Katarina, stood and sang with a husky contralto.

"What did her words say?" I asked.

"That we are proud," was the reply.

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Special Report | US Media Ignoring and Applauding War on Venezuela. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Interviews with Chesa Boudin, Dan Beeton, Laura Carlsen, Mark Weisbrot, Miguel Tinker Salas and Alfredo Lopez
  • Part 2: US Media Ignore—and Applaud—Economic War on Venezuela
  • The US media chorus (is) whitewashing the ways in which the US has strangled the Venezuelan economy.
  • Related: Special Report | Venezuala: Violence, Propaganda, Ravenous Wolves Invading in Sheep's Clothing
     

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'Unprecedented': UN Finds US-Backed Forces Killed More Afghan Civilians Than Taliban and ISIS Did So Far in 2019.

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"A shocking number of civilians continue to be killed and maimed each day."
Related: Lots of Fs for These Ds: Report Card Shows Majority of Senate Ds Supporting Trump and War.

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Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams

https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/1120352615798276097/QRlcxCwR?format=jpg& data-cke-saved-name=600x314 name=600x314 / Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | In an "unprecedented" revelation that highlights the consequences of the seemingly endless war in Afghanistan, the United Nations announced Wednesday that U.S.-backed forces killed more Afghan civilians than the Taliban and other armed anti-government groups did in the first three months of this year.

A new quarterly report (pdf) from the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) shows that "pro-government forces," including both Afghan and international troops, killed 305 civilians from January to the end of March.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer, Common Dreams <https://www.commondreams.org>

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Lots of Fs for These Ds: Report Card Shows Majority of Senate Ds Supporting Trump and War, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
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Progressives will hold Democrats accountable if they don't take the fate of our courts seriously.
Part 2: Here’s How the 2020 Candidates Stack Up on War and Peace
What hope is there that one of the Democrats seeking the presidency in 2020 could be a real peace candidate?


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Special Report | 2020 Trump Budget: A Disturbing Vision of Guns Over Butter

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Story 1: 2020 Trump Budget: A Disturbing Vision * Story 2: Trump's FY2020 Budget Request Bloats Militarized Spending—and Slashes Actual Human Needs * Story 3: The Pentagon’s Bottomless Money Pit, * Related: From the Archives | The Business of War is the Cause of War.

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Story 1: 2020 Trump Budget: A Disturbing Vision, Paul N. Van De Water, Joel Friedman and Sharon Parrott, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities / Portside

March 11,2019 | President Trump’s 2020 budget, released March 11, 2019, would make poverty more widespread, widen inequality and racial disparities, and increase the ranks of the uninsured.

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Story 2: Trump's FY2020 Budget Request Bloats Militarized Spending—and Slashes Actual Human Needs,LindsayKoshgarian , Ashik Siddique, National Priorities Project / Portside

March 11, 2019 | Of course, presidential budgets rarely come to pass. But President Trump’s intentions are clear, and if his recent willingness to shut down the federal government is any indication, there are plenty of fights ahead.

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Story 3: The Pentagon’s Bottomless Money Pit, MattTaibbi, Rolling Stone / Portside

March 17, 2019 | When the Defense Department flunked its first-ever fiscal review, one of our government’s greatest mysteries was exposed: Where does the DoD’s $700 billion annual budget go?

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From the Archives | The Business of War is the Cause of War. Sergey Baranov & Ethan Indigo Smith, Waking Times

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  • No one actually wants war. People want peace, and to see their children grow. Wars, although they may appear, are not fought between people. They are foughtbetweenmilitary industrial factions and alliances warring for domination and control.
  • Related: How America Can Free Itself From Wall Street


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  • No one actually wants war. People want peace, and to see their children grow. Wars, although they may appear, are not fought between people. They are fought between military industrial factions and alliances warring for domination and control.
  • Related: Special Report | 2020 Trump Budget: A Disturbing Vision of Guns Over Butter
  • Related: How America Can Free Itself From Wall Street

Sergey Baranov <> and Ethan Indigo Smith, Waking Times


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https://c81s22ku6ih1er8af18cv13c-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/iAMerican-Flag-Militray-Industrial-Complex-300x159.png / August 7, 2015 | If you objectively and consistently observe the mainstream media and its interpretation of global events, its omissive and deceptive character soon becomes abundantly clear. This could hardly be called incompetence. The coverage, which is popularly called “news,” is in fact nothing but a propaganda mechanism, designed to persistently shape public opinion in favor of war.

Who benefits from war?

Certainly not the people on the warring sides. People always suffer in war; their futures ruined and their lives destroyed. In fear, they look to their government to protect them, the very same government that is invested in war. War is a dirty business that profits off death and destruction while generating blood money for the profiteers. The people are told to look the other way, outside of their country – where the ‘enemy’ supposedly resides.

Sergey Baranov is the author of Path: Seeking Truth in a World of Lies.

Activist, author and Tai Chi teacher, Ethan Indigo Smith (is) guided by a keen sense of integrity and humanity. (His) work is both deeply connected and extremely insightful, blending philosophy, politics, activism, spirituality, meditation and a unique sense of humour

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Special Report | 2020 Trump Budget: A Disturbing Vision of Guns Over Butter, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Story 1: 2020 Trump Budget: A Disturbing Vision * Story 2: Trump's FY2020 Budget Request Bloats Militarized Spending—and Slashes Actual Human Needs * Story 3: The Pentagon’s Bottomless Money Pit, * Related: From the Archives | The Business of War is the Cause of War.

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How America Can Free Itself From Wall Street, Ellen Brown, Truthdig.com


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  • Wall Street owns the country.
  • Related: Central Banks Have Gone Rogue; The Contagion Has Spread To Democracy Itself.
     

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