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Joe Scarry | It's A Lock: Why the US Can’t Break Its Addiction to War

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  • [Franklin] Spinney talked about the systemic nature of the problem — military spending that penetrates every single Congressional district. In effect, we’re stuck. To break the hold of war on the US, we need to break the hold of military spending on every Congressional district.   
  • Let’s admit it: we’ve got a problem.
  • Related: Tom Engelhardt | A 9/11 Retrospective: Washington's 15-Year Air War

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August 17, 2016 | The new film about the arms trade, Shadow World, screened last night in Berkeley.

 

There is much that is provocative in the film, and everybody who cares about ending war should see it and share it with others in their community.

In particular, the segment about the Pentagon whistleblower Franklin Spinney caught my attention. Spinney talked about the systemic nature of the problem — military spending that penetrates every single Congressional district. In effect, we’re stuck. To break the hold of war on the US, we need to break the hold of military spending on every Congressional district.

Joe Scarry: My writing is intimately connected to my work with groups seeking elimination of nuclear weapons, war abolition, the end of drone warfare, freedom for Palestine, anti-racism, and other initiatives.

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Tom Engelhardt | A 9/11 Retrospective: Washington's 15-Year Air War, Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch

  • https://static.wixstatic.com/media/25f54d_0b3f03a501c24802b7a7f2a0e3f8eba0.jpg/v1/fill/w_503,h_316,al_c,q_75,usm_0.50_1.20_0.00/25f54d_0b3f03a501c24802b7a7f2a0e3f8eba0.jpgPerhaps 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 know it in a world possibly more destabilized and terrorizing than we can at present imagine.
  • Bombs Away!
  • Their Precision Weaponry and Ours
  • Related: The endless aftermath: Since 9/11, we’ve had 15 years of bloodshed, terror and a constant fear of what’s next

The endless aftermath: Since 9/11, we’ve had 15 years of bloodshed, terror and a constant fear of what’s next

  • New York City was able to recover, but other parts of the world are still grappling with the consequences.
  • Related: Tom Engelhardt | A 9/11 Retrospective: Washington's 15-Year Air War

 

Bob Hennelly, Salon

 

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Sunday, Sep 11, 2016 | Fifteen years ago today, I was on the air broadcasting as the national affairs correspondent for Pacifica Network News, which includes WBAI (99.5 FM) in New York City. Because our signal was transmitted from the top of the Empire State Building and not the World Trade Center like so many other broadcasters, we were able to stay on the air.

In the years since, I have chronicled the struggle of both civilians and first responders to make sense of that day and to deal with the chronic health impacts that still continue to produce premature deaths. This further notice burden is particularly borne by the NYPD, the FDNY and the entire first responder community.

Bob Hennelly: Award-winning investigative journalist, 30+ years on fed/state/local politics/policy, environment, law enforcement, national security.

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Tom Engelhardt | A 9/11 Retrospective: Washington's 15-Year Air War, Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch

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  • 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 know it in a world possibly more destabilized and terrorizing than we can at present imagine.
  • Bombs Away!
  • Their Precision Weaponry and Ours
     

Tom Engelhardt | A 9/11 Retrospective: Washington's 15-Year Air War

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  • 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 know it in a world possibly more destabilized and terrorizing than we can at present imagine.
  • Bombs Away!
  • Their Precision Weaponry and Ours
  • Related: The endless aftermath: Since 9/11, we’ve had 15 years of bloodshed, terror and a constant fear of what’s next

Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Pat%20Bagley%20%7C%20September%2011%2C%202001.jpgSeptember 8, 2016 | On the morning of September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda launched its four-plane air force against the United States. On board were its precision weapons: 19 suicidal hijackers. One of those planes, thanks to the resistance of its passengers, crashed in a Pennsylvania field.  The other three hit their targets -- the two towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. -- with the kind of “precision” we now associate with the laser-guided weaponry of the U.S. Air Force.

From its opening salvo, in other words, this conflict has been an air war. With its 75% success rate, al-Qaeda's 9/11 mission was a historic triumph, accurately striking three out of what assumedly were its four chosen targets.  (Though no one knows just where that plane in Pennsylvania was heading, undoubtedly it was either the Capitol or the White House to complete the taking out of the icons of American financial, military, and political power.)  In the process, almost 3,000 people who had no idea they were in the bombsights of an obscure movement on the other side of the planet were slaughtered.

Tom Engelhardt is a co-founder of the American Empire Project and the author of The United States of Fear as well as a history of the Cold War, The End of Victory Culture. He is a fellow of the Nation Institute and runs TomDispatch.com. His latest book is Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World.

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The endless aftermath: Since 9/11, we’ve had 15 years of bloodshed, terror and a constant fear of what’s next, Bob Hennelly, Salon

  • New York City was able to recover, but other parts of the world are still grappling with the consequences.
  • Related: Tom Engelhardt | A 9/11 Retrospective: Washington's 15-Year Air War

From the Archives | 15 Facts About Military Spending That Will Blow Your Mind

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  • We Haven't Spent This Much Since We Fought World War II.
  • Related: The One Trillion Dollar War with Absolutely Nothing to Show for it.

Ujala Sehgal and Robert Johnson, Business Insider

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For the past 13 years U.S. military spending has increased 114 percent.

That's 8 percent higher than at the height of Reagan's presidency and the Cold War.

The money is used to buying sophisticated weapons that often don't make it into production, and when the do they're expensive to maintain.

The U.S. must spend a full 1 percent of its GDP just to maintain its arsenal.

 

Ujala Sehgal is a former intern at Business Insider. She was formerly a financial regulatory lawyer. She received her JD from the University of Michigan.

Robert Johnson is formerly Business Insider's Senior Correspondent and the originating Editor of BI Military & Defense.

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The One Trillion Dollar War with Absolutely Nothing to Show for it, Joseph Clifford, OpEdNews

  • http://uziiw38pmyg1ai60732c4011.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/dropzone/2016/08/shutterstock_768877.jpgWhat could have been done with one trillion dollars? How about infrastructure, how about Single Payer health care for all, how about free college for all? When Democrats, Republicans, and corporate media say such things are not affordable, they are lying. Easily affordable if we stopped our worldwide wars. All other major nations have these things; they can afford them because they don't just do war.
  • What fools we are.

Vietnam Was No Mistake — It Was a War Crime

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  • Marciano makes it clear the schools need to offer children very different role models. He has written an outstanding book that demonstrates how vital it is that we consider how we interpret the recent past in order to make decisions about the present. Those who endured the trauma of war must be given the support necessary to return to normal civilian life, but they should not be used as exemplars to encourage others to go off, endure similar horrors, and kill and die.
  • This is a book that must be read by a wide audience—activists, educators, historians, sociologists political economists and concerned citizens

Yale Mangrass, LA Progressive / Vietnam Full Sisclosure

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August 29, 2016 | John Marciano has written an absolutely essential book to counter the prevailing myth that the American invasion of Vietnam must be commemorated as a “noble cause” of which all Americans need to be proud. We should not question that everyone who crossed the Pacific to kill and die there, as the embodiment of all that is great about America, has to be honored for their patriotic dedication and sacrifice. At least since Vietnam, if not much earlier, joining the military has been called “service,” a selfless act for a higher good.

We know it is good because the United States is the incarnation of the greatest good in the history of the planet.

Marciano points out that the call for honoring participants in the war does not include the hundreds of thousands who protested in opposition, who struggled to stop the carnage and the atrocities. They are ignored, if not condemned. Calls for “supporting the troops” did not mean bring them home to safety where they would be rescued from trauma and possible death for a meaningless cause, which may be considered a war crime. The victims cannot be allowed to die in vain. They must be not denied victory. The way to guarantee they do not die in vain is to have more die in vain. Marciano observes that Reagan, one of the presidents who shouted most loudly for honoring the troops and the veterans, suspended hiring in the veterans “Readjustment Counseling Program” and disbanded “all Vietnam veteran outreach programs, including an employment-training program for disabled veterans.”

Yale Mangrass is a Chancellor Professor of Sociology/Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and the co-author with Charles Derber of Bully Nation: How the American Establishment Creates a Bullying Society

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The One Trillion Dollar War with Absolutely Nothing to Show for it.

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  • What could have been done with one trillion dollars? How about infrastructure, how about Single Payer health care for all, how about free college for all? When Democrats, Republicans, and corporate media say such things are not affordable, they are lying. Easily affordable if we stopped our worldwide wars. All other major nations have these things; they can afford them because they don't just do war.
  • What fools we are.

Joseph Clifford, OpEdNews

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8/19/2016 | We have become so accustomed to war we don't even bother to discuss it anymore. The war in Afghanistan has dragged on for almost 15 years, and it is no longer mentioned or discussed on corporate news.

The clown show, sometimes called a presidential race, has been reduced to two candidates, both of whom are hated by the voting public, and neither has raised the issue of Afghanistan once. The candidates have not been asked about it, and neither has spoken about it. It is the silent war that appears to be never ending, but just because it is not discussed does not mean you are not paying for it.

So far the tab is one trillion dollars and rising every day. 

Joseph Clifford lives in Rhode Island (RI) and has written a regular column for an online newspaper and has contributed many articles to various RI newspapers. His articles deal almost exclusively with American Foreign policy.

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