Why Aren't Leaders Held Accountable for War as They Are Beginning to Be for Sexual Abuse? (12/11/2017)
Weapons do not defeat an ideology. War is a last resort, a total failure of diplomacy, an irrational activity, and its technology can easily destroy us all.
The Trump administration and Republicans are massively funding weaponry, but dismantling the State Department.
What you prepare for will surely come to pass.
World War III is Coming (3/10/2017)
"American-style war doesn't work. Just ask yourself: Are there fewer terrorists or more in our world almost 13 years after the 9/11 attacks? Are Al Qaeda-like groups more or less common? Are they more or less well organized? Do they have more or fewer members? The answers to those questions are obvious: more, more, more and more. In fact, according to a new RAND report, between 2010 and 2013 alone, jihadist groups grew by 58 percent, their fighters doubled and their attacks nearly tripled." Tom Engelhardt
The so-called “War on Terror” should be seen for what it really is: a pretext for maintaining a dangerously oversized U.S. military. The two most powerful groups in the U.S. foreign policy establishment are the Israel lobby, which directs U.S. Middle East policy, and the Military-Industrial-Complex, which profits from the former group’s actions. Since George W. Bush declared the “War on Terror” in October 2001, it has cost the American taxpayer approximately 6.6 trillion dollars and thousands of fallen sons and daughters; but, the wars have also raked in billions of dollars for Washington’s military elite. GARIKAI CHENGU
Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind" John F. Kennedy.
the War Party is ascendant. It controls Congress. The president is visibly, if with his usual reluctance, placing his bets on war. The military is riding high. The end of all calls for serious Pentagon budget cuts is clearly in sight. And more of the same is undoubtedly in the works, no matter who wins the 2016 election." Tom Englehardt (12/4/2014)
"Do we need weapons to fight wars ? Or do we need wars to create a market for weapons ? After all, the economies of Europe, the United States, and Israel depend hugely on their weapons industry. It's the one thing they haven't outsourced to China." Arundhati Roy: Capitalism, a Ghost Story.
"One might even argue that capitalism often resolves systemic economic crises through war. After all, a war economy with militarisation, mobilisation, full employment and jingoism can be viewed as the ultimate solution to economic woes and social unrest. The transition of Western democracy to oligarchy and the descent into soft fascism is under way. Citizens will need to participate actively, rather than as passive consumers, to demand an end to this cycle of violence from governments and to defend the assault on democratic processes. We can only hope that British foreign secretary Sir Edward Grey's refrain on the commencement of First World War - "The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time" - will not be repeated in ours. But the omens are not good. As the late Eric Hobsbawm put it, the old century has not ended well." World war 3 is coming...
"War is politics by other means" Carl von Clausewitz (1780-1831)
"The century beginning with the first world war and running through to the trillion-dollar quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan has seen countless demonstrations that, under modern conditions, war is almost invariably an economic disaster for all concerned. That fact hasn’t stopped these wars, and preparation for wars, being considered an essential part of a national economic strategy, and it seems unlikely to do so in the future." John Quiggin
Of all the enemies of true liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manner and of morals, engendered in both. No nation can preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. War is in fact the true nurse of executive aggrandizement. In war, a physical force is to be created; and it is the executive will, which is to direct it. In war, the public treasuries are to be unlocked; and it is the executive hand which is to dispense them. James Madison April 20, 1795
It's Later Than You Think (Chalmers Johnson)
The Aftermath Of A Massacre, a BBC video (you have to watch for a couple of minutes before it begins) examining collateral damage by US troops in Iraq. You won't see this on CNN.
If the West had judged the then US government which marched into Iraq without a resolution by the UN and without proof of the existence of “WMDs“ by the same standards as today Putin, then George W. Bush would have immediately been banned from entering the EU. The foreign investments of Warren Buffett should have been frozen, the export of vehicles of the brands GM, Ford, and Chrysler banned. The American tendency to verbal and then also military escalation, the isolation, demonization, and attacking of enemies has not proven effective. The last successful major military action the US conducted was the Normandy landing. Everything else – Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan – was a clear failure. Moving NATO units towards the Polish border and thinking about arming Ukraine is a continuation of a lack of diplomacy by the military means. The West on the wrong path: Gabor Steingart 8/8/2014
"Americans are now almost alone in believing that war is a progressive force. There were fewer wars being waged by nation-states in 2006 than at any time since 1945. In fact, there was only one - the war in Iraq. Yet mired in the Iraqi morass, the United States continues to put its faith in military power as it struggles to defeat the Iraqi insurgency and prop up a weak government located mainly within an American military base - the Green Zone - and shielded from Iraq's people by American troops. As is commonplace across the Third World, this is a government that exists only on television. The real power in Iraq will therefore remain in the mosques." (from Geoffrey Perret's book 'Commander in Chief')
“Naturally, the common people don’t want war… That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship… the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked… It works the same way in any country.” Hermann Göring
Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes … known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.… No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.
War has taken 200 million lives in the past 100 years, costs the world $2 trillion a year and the United States half of that. It is the top destroyer of our natural environment and undergirds all the removal of our civil liberties and the creation of mass surveillance. Military spending produces fewer jobs than other government spending or even tax cuts. Numerous top officials say it produces more enemies than it kills. David Swanson
The Soviet Union may be gone, but the Cold War never really ended. This is a nation that needs an enemy, and beneath the bright blue ceiling of another September day thirteen years ago, a new one was established. Our haywire economy requires a state of permanent war; we lost it for a time when the Wall fell, but found it again when the Towers fell. The savage irony is that those Towers came down thanks to the chesswork of Cold Warriors who thought they could control the beast they created in Afghanistan in their desire to undo the Soviets. By any measurable standard, the United States of America, its people, its politics and its profiteering ethos stand as a bent monument to that era, which never really ended, but only metastasized into the so-called "War on Terror." William Rivers Pitt
Between the beginning of the Cold War in Europe and the present war in Afghanistan, a period has passed that included the Korean War; the Vietnam War and the Cambodian invasion; U.S. interventions in Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador (indirectly), and Somalia (in connection with a UN operation, followed by sponsorship of an invasion of Somalia by Ethiopia); and two invasions of Iraq and one of Afghanistan. None except the Gulf War deserves to be called a victory. The United States' millenarian notions of a national destiny and the militarism that has infected American society have been responsible for a series of wars from which Washington has gained little or nothing, and suffered a great deal, while contributing enormously to the misfortune of others" William Pfaff: Manufacturing Insecurity 140
"The U.S. military budget exceeds what the rest of the world’s nations combined spend on defense. Nor can it be justified as militarily necessary to counter terrorists, who used primitive $10 box cutters to commandeer civilian aircraft on 9/11. It only makes sense as a field of dreams for defense contractors and their allies in Washington who seized upon the 9/11 tragedy to invent a new Cold War. Imagine their panic at the end of the old one and their glee at this newfound opportunity. Ike was right: Robert Scheer"
A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny. -Alexander Solzhenitsyn
"That U.S. military budget exceeds what the rest of the world’s nations combined spend on defense. Nor can it be justified as militarily necessary to counter terrorists, who used primitive $10 box cutters to commandeer civilian aircraft on 9/11. It only makes sense as a field of dreams for defense contractors and their allies in Washington who seized upon the 9/11 tragedy to invent a new Cold War. Imagine their panic at the end of the old one and their glee at this newfound opportunity. Ike was right: Robert Scheer
"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." Albert Einstein
"The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved its doomsday clock up a couple of minutes to “five minutes to midnight.” Even conservatives like George Shultz and Henry Kissinger are warning that the nuclear threat is serious and getting more serious. In part, the threat comes from nuclear proliferation. But a lot of the cause of the proliferation is right here. Washington’s bellicose, aggressive militarism is causing proliferation." Noam Chomsky: What We Say Goes.
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron." -- Dwight Eisenhower, April 16, 1953
...Some women are, of course, as violent as almost any man. But speaking of averages -- central tendencies, as the statisticians call them --we can have little doubt that we would all be safer if the world's weapons systems were controlled by average women instead of by average men. The Tangled Web: Melvin Konner. pg 126.
"Blessed are the peacemakers." (Matthew 5:9)
"Love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12)
"As Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, one of his followers drew a sword and struck the servant of the High Priest. Jesus immediately said to him, "Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. (Mathew 26:52)"
"War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses. . . " Excerpt from a speech delivered in 1933 by General Smedley Darlington Butler, USMC. General Butler was the recipient of two Congressional Medals of Honor - one of only two Marines so honored.
In ways big and small, direct and indirect, crude and subtle, war - the quintessential government activity - has been the mother's milk for the nourishment of a growing tyranny in this country, and it remains so today." Robert Higgs: Neither Liberty or Safety pg 139 (2007)
“But now that war has become seemingly total and seemingly permanent, the free sport of kings has become the forced and internecine business of people, and diplomatic codes of honor between nations have collapsed. Peace is no longer serious; only war is serious. Every man and every nation is either friend or foe, and the idea of enmity becomes mechanical, massive, and without genuine passion. When virtually all negotiation aimed at peaceful agreement is likely to be seen as 'appeasement,' if not treason, the active role of the diplomat becomes meaningless; for diplomacy becomes merely a prelude to war or an interlude between wars, and in such a context the diplomat is replaced by the warlord......In other words 'the morale of the State Department is so broken that its finest men flee from it, and advise others to flee.' C Wright Mills
If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight. Martin Luther King about the Vietnam War
"Critics of the arms race have focused on the strong belief held by weapons professionals, that nuclear weapons will never be used. Robert J. Lifton, the great antinuclear psychiatrist, has talked about it s a form of denial." Hugh Gusterson quoted in Loving This Planet, Helen Caldicott
It is estimated that the world will spend a combined US $1 trillion on nuclear weapons from 2011 to 2021. At roughly a $100 billion a year.., we are spending about forty times more a year on unnecessary nuclear weapons than on necessary UN expenses. All these confirm that humanity at large is behaving absurdly in many ways in managing our planet. Kishore Mahbubani: the Great Convergence pg 108
The Doctrine of Armed Exceptionalism (10/25/2016)
The president of the United States, the prime minister of the
United Kingdom, and the prime minister of Israel must acknowledge and
accept responsibility for the willful use of uranium munitions-their
own "dirty bombs"-resulting in adverse health and environmental
effects. It also leaves behind a fine radioactive dust with a half-life
of 4.5 billion years.
In the words of the great economist and engineer Seymour
Melman, we live in a “permanent war economy.” Since the end of
World War II, the federal government has spent more than half its tax
dollars on past, current and future military operations. It is
the largest single sustaining activity of the government. Melman
pointed out 25 years ago that, at the time, the Pentagon was paying for
37,000 industrial firms, which oversaw over 100,000 subcontractors.
Then and now, Pentagon contracts come with 1) guaranteed profits
(because the products are typically sold before they are produced); 2)
institutionalized cost-escalation (cost overruns are business-as-
Or should we say bilked? American’s hand over their hard-earned dollars to the deciders in Washington who protect the permanent war economy. The military industrial complex has tentacle that spread throughout the Congressional districts in the country. Military installations, private contractors and weapons manufacturers employ people to build cluster bombs, unnecessary war planes, naval destroyers, the next generation of nuclear weapons, “kill vehicles” for space missiles, and more efficient spy satellites. Congress continues to appropriate funds to create weapons systems that range from being obsolete, to those having no hope of ever functioning, to those promising to kill more efficiently, to those promising to allow the U.S. to be the “Masters of Space” through military domination by space-based weapons.
This work often provides union jobs and health benefits (both of which are “endangered species” in America) and the false hope of job security. Local communities defend the jobs (if not the corporations) when there is a threat of loss, knowing that America has few other industrial jobs, and the service sector doesn’t provide the same standard of living.
Meanwhile, military contractors’ CEO compensation is unregulated and obscene. The door revolves between the halls of Congress and the military industrial complex’s “private sector” boardrooms. [Question: If a CEO’s compensation comes primarily from the taxpayers of America, can it still be stated that he works for the “private” sector?] It’s a sweet deal as long as Americans stay afraid of an enemy, there is minimal oversight of cost overruns or failed weapons systems, and questions of ethics, morality, and effective foreign policy are ignored.
Lax oversight is a tired, old issue. Melman reported twenty-five years ago that in 1978, the Pentagon’s top management misplaced, lost track of, or misappropriated $30 billion in one of its “auxiliary operations.” News of the missing funds got almost no public or media notice. There was no public outcry. Fast forward to $100 billion lost by Paul Bremer in the early months of the war in Iraq. Again, the loss of this obscene amount received little media attention and no public outcry. Meanwhile, those of us who bear witness to the plight of the homeless people in our communities, who join the growing numbers of citizens without health insurance, who watch our elderly friends make choices between food and medicine to stay alive, who watch the states struggle to cut basic support from our vulnerable neighbors… faithfully make the lists (with no small amount of outrage) to educate our neighbors about what we could have done with that $100 billion Paul Bremer chose to toss to the winds.
The Democrats in Congress have begun oversight hearings on some aspects of the abuse of federal dollars by military contractors since we invaded Iraq. Unfortunately, their response to President Bush’s next appropriation to continue the occupation of Iraq is to recommend $5 billion more than the $93 billion requested! 
A project the Democrats will not investigate is also one of the clearest examples of continued funding of a failed system. President Bush deployed the missile “defense” system in Alaska and California in spite of the fact that the series of ($100 million each) tests prove they don’t work! There is controversy about whether Boeing misled Congress in its report about the actual results of testing the “kill vehicle” component of the system, and recently questions emerged about whether the oversight report by the General Accounting Office is completely credible. Nevertheless, the systems and the infrastructure are in place to keep the research, development, and production dollars flowing for the next two decades – effectiveness be damned! The current estimates say this system will cost $250 billion over twenty years.
A recent Military Industrial Complex scandal appeared in the media in December 2006 criticizing – of all groups – the U.S. Coast Guard! It’s modernization program called Deepwater has been called “a mistake of colossal proportions, with …billions in cost overruns, suspended programs and ships that are downright unsafe to be at sea…” The contractor is a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Northrup Grumman, two of the most profitable military corporations in the world. (Robert Stevens, the CEO of Lockheed Martin was compensated $15.7 million in 2006). The estimated $17 billion cost of Deepwater ballooned to $24 billion, and “not one of the 24 ships, 12 lanes and eight unmanned vehicles that were supposed to have been delivered by now is available for service.” In editorializing about this fiasco, our local newspaper reported that the private contractors routinely ignored or overruled the concerns of Coast Guard engineers; that the Coast Guard did not seek help from Congress for oversight fearing they would lose funding; “but the biggest error was ceding almost total control of this vital national security effort to the companies that make money from it.”
The corruption and depletion of our resources – indeed our
souls – must come to an end. Time is long overdue to engage the
conversation about how to move from a permanent war economy to a
permanent peace economy. Seymour Melman’s 2003 article “In the
Grip of a Permanent War Economy” clarifies this reality (http://www.swans.
Another story: A shipyard in the town of Ringkobing, Denmark went broke in 1999. Vestas Wind Systems, a private company, moved in and converted the facilities to make windmills. In April of 2001, Business Week Online reported that the company had doubled its initial workforce, and that all the shipyard workers had become employed making windmills. Vestas leads a cluster of companies that have made Denmark, with a population of 5 million people, the world’s top producer and exporter of windmills. Wind industry supplies about 13 percent of Denmark’s power, and in 2001 controlled about 50 percent of the $4.5 billion global wind market. The company sees that wind is gaining ground over other renewable sources, and may very well become the green power of choice for the 21st Century.
It is possible to create industries, here on our own soil, that build something other than weapons. Other countries can figure out how to make consumer goods that serve the greater community, keep their workforce productive, and work to prevent global warming. The U.S. can surely do the same.
It is time for us in the peace and justice communities, in our religious and spiritual communities, in our workplaces, on the streets of our neighborhoods, and walking through the halls of Congress to demand to put an end to the permanent war corporate welfare state. It is time that we build an industrial base in our country that rebuilds our physical infrastructure (roads, bridges, public transportation, schools), pays a living wage, and provides for the health and welfare of our citizens. Time is long overdue to convert from a war economy to a peace economy. Read Seymour Melman. His research will help show the way.
Report on US war crimes.
Research and facts about biological weapons. "Nationally, very few organizations actively file FOIA requests on biological and chemical weapons issues. Some government agencies attempt to conceal potentially controversial materials by exaggerating exemptions - trying to keep secrets that they are not legally entitled to maintain. This unwarranted secrecy is detrimental to biological weapons control and makes our job more difficult."
See Star Wars
University of Louisville (Resources)
Thanks to the radio/TV program “Democracy Now,” hundreds of
thousands of people across our country recently heard and watched a
sneak-preview excerpt from the documentary film based on my book War
Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.
Narrated by Sean Penn, and produced by the superb independent filmmakers at the Media Education Foundation, War Made Easy is a powerful indictment of the current U.S. warfare state and a call to action. I’m hoping it will inspire a nationwide surge of antiwar activism.
The 73-minute film reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to exhume remarkable archival footage. It exposes a 50-year pattern of deception that has dragged the U.S. into one war after another. And the film zeroes in on the current historical moment – the techniques of propaganda that are preventing an end to a horrific war effort based on lies.
Dirty Wars: Jeremy Scahill
Adopt a Minefield at Landmines.org
Wired For War: P.W. Singer
How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Rosa Brooks and Aryeh Neier
The American Way of War: Eugene Jarecki
Betraying Our Troops: The Destructive Results of Privatizing War: Dina Rasur and Robert Baumann
Wrong Turn: America's Deadly Embrace of Counterinsurgency: Gian P. Gentile
Deaths of Others: John Tirman
Making a Killing: The Business of War (2003) by The Center for Public Integrity
Superpower Syndrome: America's Apocalyptic Confrontation With
the World: Robert
J Lifton, Nation Books, 2003.
10 Excellent Reasons Not to Join the Military by Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg and Cindy Sheehan
The Three Trillion Dollar War: Joseph E. Stiglittz (Nobel Prize in Economics) and Linda J. Bilmes
Blackwater The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army (paperback edition): Jeremy Scahill
War Made Easy, Norman Solomon.
Nemesis: the Last Days of the American Republic: Chalmers Johnson
Cold War II: Noam Chomsky
High Priests of War: Michael Collins Piper
War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America's Most Decorated Soldier By Smedley D. Butler
The New American Militarism: How Americans are Seduced by War. Andrew J. Bacevich
Price of Liberty, Robert Hormats
Is A Racket, Maj. Gen Smedley Butler
Pretensions to Empire, by Lewis H. Lapham