Battle raging within Trump admin over Iranian nuclear waivers as regime continues its work on the bomb and Congress hampers POTUS – Jon Dougherty

July 13, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Rival factions within the Trump administration are at odds over the State Department’s sanctions waivers that have allowed Iran to continue its most controversial work on nuclear weapons research which includes a secretive military facility that is known to have been the center of the country’s bomb program, multiple U.S. officials familiar with the issue told the Washington Free Beacon.

The Trump administration has, for months, been locked in a protracted battle between various agencies as some officials are pushing for the State Department to end the sanctions waivers while others want them to remain in effect as a means of preserving a portion of the Obama-era ‘nuclear deal’ with the Islamic republic.

Source: Battle raging within Trump admin over Iranian nuclear waivers as regime continues its work on the bomb and Congress hampers POTUS

Trump Reminds Us that America Is a Military Nation – The Future of Freedom Foundation – Jacob G. Hornberger

July 6, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

In extolling America’s position as a military nation, Trump left out something important in his talk: America did not start out as a military nation. In fact, quite the contrary. America was founded as a limited-government republic, not a military nation.

In fact, the people who founded the United States abhorred the concept of a military nation. That’s one of the reasons they chose to revolt against their own government, which was a military nation, one whose officials extolled its military prowess, just as Trump does today with America.

It’s easy to think of the people who signed the Declaration of Independence as great Americans. They weren’t. The reason they weren’t was that they weren’t Americans. They were British citizens. They were every bit as British as Americans today are Americans.

Source: Trump Reminds Us that America Is a Military Nation – The Future of Freedom Foundation

The Pathology of John Bolton – Consortiumnews – Joe Lauria

May 25, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Both Israel and Saudi Arabia, lacking the military firepower of the United States, have long tried to get the U.S. to fight its wars, and one no more important than against its common enemy. An editorial on May 16 in the Saudi English-language news outlet, Arab News, called for a U.S. “surgical strike” on Iran. But The New York Times reported on the same day that though Israel was behind Bolton’s “intelligence” about an Iranian threat, Israel does not want the U.S. to attack Iran causing a full-scale war.

The intelligence alleged Iran was fitting missiles on fishing boats in the Gulf. Imagine a government targeted by the most powerful military force in history wanting to defend itself in its own waters.

Bolton also said Iran was threatening Western interests in Iraq, which led eventually to non-essential U.S. diplomatic staff leaving Baghdad and Erbil.

It is the typical provocation of a bully: threaten someone with a cruise missile and the moment they pick up a knife in self-defense you attack, conveniently leaving the initial threat out of the story. It then becomes: “Iran picked up a knife. We have to blow them away with cruise missiles.”

Source: The Pathology of John Bolton – Consortiumnews

The Secret Campaign for 2020: Where the Democratic Candidates Stand on Foreign Policy – Antiwar.com Original – Ted Rall

May 14, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

None of the major Democratic candidates would cancel the drone program.

The mass surveillance programs revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden continue to scoop up every email, text message, phone call and other form of communication you can think of within and into the United States. Whether the NSA and other agencies will be allowed to continue will determine whether we can avoid an Orwellian dystopia.

Except for Biden, the Democratic presidential field is dominated by progressives and progressives-come-lately – on domestic issues. When it comes to foreign policy, there isn’t as much difference as progressive voters would like between the Democratic and Republican parties.

Source: The Secret Campaign for 2020: Where the Democratic Candidates Stand on Foreign Policy – Antiwar.com Original

America’s Defense Budget Is Bigger Than You Think – Government Slaves

May 13, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

In its latest budget request, the Trump administration is asking for a near-record $750 billion for the Pentagon and related defense activities, an astonishing figure by any measure. If passed by Congress, it will, in fact, be one of the largest military budgets in American history, topping peak levels reached during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. And keep one thing in mind: that $750 billion represents only part of the actual annual cost of our national security state.

There are at least 10 separate pots of money dedicated to fighting wars, preparing for yet more wars, and dealing with the consequences of wars already fought. So the next time a president, a general, asecretary of defense, or a hawkish member of Congress insists that the U.S. military is woefully underfunded, think twice. A careful look at U.S. defense expenditures offers a healthy corrective to such wildly inaccurate claims.

Source: America’s Defense Budget Is Bigger Than You Think – GOVERNMENT SLAVES

Is America Ready for John Bolton’s War With Iran? – The American Conservative – Scott Ritter

May 11, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

National Security Advisor John Bolton’s announcement this week that the U.S. is deploying a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the U.S. Central Command region seemed perfectly framed to put America on a war footing with Iran. And it is.

Claiming that the decision was made in response to “a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings,” Bolton declared that “the United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime.” But, he added, “we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces.”

It took the Defense Department a full day to respond to Bolton’s statement, with acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan finally tweeting that the “announced deployment of the @CVN_72 and a @USAirForce bomber task force to the @CENTCOM area of responsibility…represents a prudent repositioning of assets in response to indications of a credible threat by Iranian regime forces.”

Source: Is America Ready for John Bolton’s War With Iran? | The American Conservative

A Dollar-by-Dollar Tour of the National Security State – TomDispatch – William D. Hartung, Mandy Smithberger and Tom Engelhardt

May 8, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

In its latest budget request, the Trump administration is asking for a near-record $750 billion for the Pentagon and related defense activities, an astonishing figure by any measure. If passed by Congress, it will, in fact, be one of the largest military budgets in American history, topping peak levels reached during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. And keep one thing in mind: that $750 billion represents only part of the actual annual cost of our national security state.

There are at least 10 separate pots of money dedicated to fighting wars, preparing for yet more wars, and dealing with the consequences of wars already fought. So the next time a president, a general, a secretary of defense, or a hawkish member of Congress insists that the U.S. military is woefully underfunded, think twice. A careful look at U.S. defense expenditures offers a healthy corrective to such wildly inaccurate claims.

Now, let’s take a brief dollar-by-dollar tour of the U.S. national security state of 2019, tallying the sums up as we go, and see just where we finally land (or perhaps the word should be “soar”), financially speaking.

Source: A Dollar-by-Dollar Tour of the National Security State – Antiwar.com Original

Aircraft Carriers: Give Truman and Ford a Burial at Sea – Antiwar.com Original – Thomas Knapp

March 6, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The US Department of Defense wants to retire an old aircraft carrier early while building two new ones (and adding other goodies to their shopping list).

Surprise, surprise – politicians from states with the shipyards and naval bases that employ their constituents want to keep the old carrier AND build the new ones.

America and Americans would be better off if Congress retired the USS Harry S. Truman, nixed the DoD request for two new Ford-class carriers, and worked up plans for an orderly retirement of several more carriers too. The US Navy’s surface warfare ship complement is too large, too expensive, and too “fighting previous wars”-oriented to serve any rational “defense” purpose.

Source: Aircraft Carriers: Give Truman and Ford a Burial at Sea – Antiwar.com Original


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