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November 9, 2016 | Veterans For Peace calls for all of our members and those who believe peace is possible to remember that  peace is not found in elections, it is found in the work we do to create it. This election season has been one of the darkest and disappointing in recent history. Peace was missing from all the debates. Now that we know who will be the next president, we have a lot of work to do and it begins now!

Soon President-elect Donald Trump will take office. While he does not have a foreign policy record to examine, there are a few things we know. Candidate Trump condemned the nuclear agreement Iran made with world powers. He claims he will renegotiate the deal, calling for a “double up and triple up of sanctions.” Trump is not only committed to keeping nuclear weapons, he seems unfazed by the possibility of more countries becoming nuclear powers and talks casually about using nuclear weapons. Candidate Trump constantly claimed that the U.S. military is depleted and called for increases in military spending beyond the 2013 sequester levels. Perhaps his best known foreign policy positions that bridge directly into domestic policy are his call to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. and building a wall along the border of the U.S. and Mexico.  

 

Donald Trump made positive observations when he questioned the need for NATO. However, his position is not about making peace. Trump’s questioning  NATO was about funding and doing U.S. bidding instead calling for the alliance to forward peaceful global conflict resolution.

 

  https://riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/if-war-is-the-answer.jpg?w=540On the domestic front, we know President-elect Trump provides great momentum to many of the most repressive and dark social tendencies our nation has struggled to discard. Trump’s campaign ran on the toxic energy of hate. It began with calling Mexicans criminals and rapists. It revved up by calling for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States and it completed its triangle of xenophobia and misogyny by defending sexual assault. The Trump campaign has put on a facade of reaching out to the Black community, however his words make it clear that he is hostile to people of color when he characterizes Black and Hispanic communities as “hell” and called for law and order and stop frisk. His hostility is clear enough to White supremacists that many endorsed him as their candidate. 

The peace movement must stand strong against policies that call for more violence and war. We must resist all forms of hate and xenophobia. We must stand in solidarity with domestic struggles that move forward women’s rights, immigration reform and all forms of racial, economic and social justice. With our allies across all struggles, we must build a full spectrum movement to create peace at home and abroad. Peace is possible if we make it so. It will happen if we build it together. The work begins now!

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Hillary Clinton: The Major and Deadly Dangers to Come

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  • Journalist John Pilger tells Paul Jay that the very real prospect of another World War is not being taken seriously by the American media. 
  • Nothing can stop the drive to war except the mobilization of the international working class.
  • Part 1: John Pilger | Hillary Clinton May Well Turn Out To Be One Of The More Dangerous Presidents
  • Part 2: The “major and deadly” wars to come
  • Related: Why American Military Doctrine Is Doomed for Failure

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Part 1: John Pilger | Hillary Clinton May Well Turn Out To Be One Of The More Dangerous Presidents

Journalist John Pilger tells Paul Jay that the very real prospect of another World War is not being taken seriously by the American media. 

John Pilger, Dandelion Salad

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/US%20Aircraft%20Carrier%20Fleet%20at%20Sea.jpg02 Nov 2016 | Whether Clinton or Trump, tensions will escalate with China and Russia.

John Pilger is an Australian journalist and documentary maker. One of only two to win Britain's Journalist of the Year Award twice, his documentaries have received academy awards in Britain and the US. Based in London, he is known for his polemical campaigning style: "Secretive power loathes journalists who do their job, who push back screens, peer behind façades, lift rocks. Opprobrium from on high is their badge of honour."

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Part 2: The “major and deadly” wars to come

Nothing can stop the drive to war except the mobilization of the international working class.

Andre Damon, World Socialist Web Site

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg

https://riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/if-war-is-the-answer.jpg?w=540 3 October 2016 | The Atlantic Council, a leading US geopolitical strategy think tank, published a report on September 20 titled The Future of the Army. The document outlines the far-reaching preparations that are underway for the United States, in the report’s own words, to fight “major and deadly” wars between “great powers,” which will entail “heavy casualties” and “high levels of death and destruction.”

The report confirms the warnings made by the World Socialist Web Site and the candidates of the Socialist Equality Party in the 2016 US elections that the world stands closer to war than at any time since 1939.

Andre Damon: national secretary of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US)

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Why American Military Doctrine Is Doomed for Failure, Federico Pieraccini, Straight Line Logic

  • Notwithstanding the rather odd use of the word “Fail” in the title, this is a very good article about America’s military shortcomings, which do not in any way stem from a failure to spend money.
  • Related: You Must Be Kidding! 

Why American Military Doctrine Is Doomed for Failure

  • Notwithstanding the rather odd use of the word “Fail” in the title, this is a very good article about America’s military shortcomings, which do not in any way stem from a failure to spend money.
  • Related: You Must Be Kidding! 

Federico Pieraccini, Straight Line Logic

http://www.strategic-culture.org/images/news/2016/10/02/or-37982.jpg October 3, 2016 | An analysis of US generals’ growing dissatisfaction with the political leadership in Washington sheds new light on the direction in which the American military machine is heading. In particular, it is interesting to observe the military planning for the future of the sea, air, space, cyberspace, and land forces.

At the end of the Cold War, the US armed forces found themselves without any real peer, causing them to gradually alter their strategy and investments in war and conflicts. They transitioned from being a large numerical force geared toward fighting opponents of a similar caliber (the USSR) in accordance with a specific military strategy, to a force focused on hybrid adversaries (regular or militia forces) or foes that were not their equal (Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, and Libya). The US military accordingly proceeded to change its planning and tactics to satisfy the demands of the new tenants in the White House, the notorious Neoconservatives. What resulted was a military doctrine centered on the concept of a unipolar world and aimed at global domination.

Federico Pieraccini: Independent freelance writer specialized in international affairs, conflicts, politics and strategies

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You Must Be Kidding! Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch

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  • War, Peace, and Absurdity
  • Adventures in an American World of Frustration
  • Related: Why the US Can’t Break Its Addiction to War 

Breaking Free of the NRA

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Some Republicans in purple states are now backing gun safety laws to advance their political careers.

 

 

Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, US News

 

 

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It's long been an article of faith in our political system – especially for Republicans – that crossing the National Rifle Association is the quickest ticket out of office. Politicians in red and purple states have lived under constant threat of facing debilitating electoral attacks if they did not pledge 100 percent loyalty to the NRA. And this looming threat stymied progress at the federal level even on reasonable gun laws that 9 in 10 Americans support, like keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and terrorists.

Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, Contributor, is vice president for social policy and politics for Third Way, a centrist think tank that offers fresh thinking and modern solutions to the most challenging problems in U.S. public policy

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Series | Veterans for Peace Action Alert, Part 3- US "War On Terror" in the Middle East and Afghanistan

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  • Our focus this week: US "War On Terror" in the Middle East and Afghanistan
  • We all know #PeaceIsPossible and working together we will bring about the world we seek, a world without war.
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Veterans for Peace (VFP)

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Every week, from now until the election, Veterans For Peace will release a list of questions for the presidential candidates, and we want your help.  

October 21, 2016 | Our focus this week: US "War On Terror" in the Middle East and Afghanistan

  • This week two U.S. soldiers were killed in Afghanistan, bringing the total U.S. deaths in Afghanistan to 2386. Fifteen years after the U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, the Taliban are resurgent in many parts of the country. What is the withdrawal plan for the U.S. military to finally withdraw our troops from Afghanistan? 
  • Also this week, at least one U.S. soldier has been killed in the battle to retake Mosul from ISIL in Iraq, bringing the total U.S. combat deaths in Iraq to 4506 and there have been thousands of Iraqi deaths.  Hundreds of U.S. troops are involved in this operation, in spite of President Obama’s pledge that there would be “no boots on the ground” in Iraq. What is your timetable for removing ALL troops from Iraq and how do you plan to be accountable to that timetable?
  • The humanitarian crisis in Syria is at an all time high.  The UN Humanitarian Chief has called it a “stain on the world’s collective conscious”.  The U.S. has done little to accept refugees from the region.  What is your plan to increase the number of Syrian refugees accepted into the United States? 
  • We know that enforcing a  “No Fly Zone” is a serious escalation of the conflict and often requires the destruction of another country’s air force and air defenses. Do you believe a no fly zone is necessary in Syria? How do you plan on enforcing a no fly zone? What is your plan to push diplomatic solutions in Syria to avoid escalation of the war?
  • The drone campaign in Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and Afghanistan has been devastating to the populations of these countries, as figures indicate that the vast majority of the victims of these attacks are civilians.  The UN has also voiced serious opposition to the legality of these drone attacks.  There are now former drone operators who are coming forward challenging the ways in which drones are used by the US.
  • Submit your own question to the candidates about nuclear weapons!
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Send the above questions to each of the Presidential Candidates:

Hillary Clinton
Donald Trump
Jill Stein
Gary Johnson

Tweet to the Presidential candidates.  Make sure to use #PeaceIsPossible.

Hillary Clinton:  @HillaryClinton
Donald Trump:  @realDonaldTrump
Jill Stein: @DrJillStein
Gary Johnson: @GovGaryJohnson

• Find your local presidential campaign office and deliver the questionnaire in person.

The people of the world are crying out for a path different than the one we are on today. You are not fooled by those who are leading us down a path of division and hate.  We all know #PeaceIsPossible and working together we will bring about the world we seek, a world without war.

Previously in This Series

Part 2- US Military and Foreign Policy in Korea

Part 1- Nuclear Weapons and Their Use

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