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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

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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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/evergreenedigest.org/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."

Full story (Video; Transcript available later) … 


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)

Full story … 

Related:

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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