America: A Beacon, Not a Policeman       America: a Beacon, not an Empire

NEWS  OF  THE  AMERICAN  EMPIRE   (Why Democracies Can't Run Empires)

Conservatives For Peace a.k.a.Americans Against World Empire, Inc 

 

"....from the White House to the Pentagon (the State Department still has some good sense left), one hears repeatedly the siren call of "empire," like the lotus-eaters on the Isle of Djerba in ancient times crying out to Ulysses' sailors with their delicious narcotic treats and then holding them enchanted in the prisons of their desires."(1/07/03)  Georgie Anne Geyer  --  The turning point for empires is when they start costing more than then bring in profit --Few doubt today that empire costs America far more than it gains in benefits.  About Athens See Thucydides-- Democracy and Empire--Athens & America --   See also Military Industrial Congress Complex  a complementary page to this--

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6/16/15  America's Diplomatic Crisis  A  superb analysis of diplomacy contrasted to war -- how America has lost its ability to use it, how war is now always the first option, how diplomacy can take a surrender.  America's "unconditional surrender demands leave no one to negotiate a peace, hence guerrilla war continues indefinitely

6/14/15 12 Reasons America Doesn’t Win Its Wars  Too many parties now benefit from perpetual warmaking for the U.S. to ever conclude its military conflicts. 

6/05/15  Peggy Noonan WSJ  Choosing a Path      "we spend too much on the military which not only adds to our debt, but guarantees that our weapons will be used.”  She quotes policy expert Ian Bremmer—“Policy makes will find uses for them to justify their expense which will implicate us in crises that are none of our business.”

5/30/15  Libya Invasion Based on False Information "These rebels have incentives to deceive international audiences both on the magnitude and scope of the state’s repression...."

"5/04/15  America's Anti-War Correspondent Dies   Iowa-born and Paris-based, William Pfaff (1928-2015) critiqued the U.S.'s messianic foreign policy for the disasters it would produce.  His final bookThe Irony of Manifest Destiny, published five years ago, was a tour de force, an analysis of American foreign policy informed by philosophy and religious history.

4/25/15  Understanding Appeal of ISIS --How they think--“I was not afraid of death,” Mr. Rashidi said. As a child, he believed that death happened only to good people, those deemed worthy enough by God to be rescued from a living hell, like his father and brother. “I had nothing to lose.”........"Atrocities committed by the Islamic State, he said, are aimed at “making the West get a taste of their own medicine,”

2/11/15  Seizing Assets in Crimea --disarray in new Russian province--businesses confiscated, closed banks, no Western credit cards, etc

6/01/14  Iraq Everlasting by Frank Rich at NYT--  detailed and interesting history of the neocon war hawks, who was right, who forecast the disaster, how Left as responsible as Bush Republicans for the disaster --interesting links to neocon commentary

5/30/14  Obama's West Point Realism  by Leon Hadar --oderation, answering Republican War Wanters Wing, military should be last option instead of first, don't create new enemies, speech attacked viciously by neocons

5/17/14  35% Think America Winning the War on Terror - down from 39% in January, 50% a year ago.  27% think terrorists winning
             58% oppose U.S. Involvemtn in Ukraine -

             69% Favor Use of Military Overseas Only When U.S. National Security is Threatened -
           
5/18/14  Understanding the National Security State --What America is becoming --following the footsteps of empire and (eventually) dictatorship

5/16/14  8 striking parallels between the U.S. and the Roman Empire at time of the Roman republic, particularly continuous war

5/06/14  Americans For/Against Ukraine Intervention 
"only one out of six can find Ukraine on a map....The farther their guesses were from Ukraine's actual location, the more they wanted U.S. to intervene with military force." 

5/05/14  Big Budgets, Little Oversight in War Zones --long report on waste, incompetence in Iraq & Afghanistan economic aid programs --details lack of oversight, problems building, maintenance, supervision during wartimes--from 2008-2011 Washington spent $206 billion with $91 billion wasted according to congressional Commission on Wartime Contracting.  See also  After billions of U.S. Investment, Afghan Roads Falling Apart

4/21/14  Only 35% of Americans Think U.S./Allies Winning War on Terror & 58% Oppose U.S. Involvement in Ukraine

4/15/14  US Invasion of Africa That Nobody Knows About  by John Glaser -- all sorts of hidden, unreported information, vast expense, creating new enemies for America, waste and violence.  See also by same writer US Increasingly Supporting Repression in Africa

4/09/14  Army, Marines Take Brunt of War Wounds  Pew poll, lots of polling numbers

4/01/14  U.S. Boosts Foreign Military Aid to Promote Global Clout and all sorts of abuses follow training and supplying especially African military & police

3/29/14  After the Wars --Legacy of Pain & Pride --very detailed Wash. Post & Kaiser Family Foundation study of Veterans --over 600,000 partial or totally disabled-- 51,000 wounded in action only includes as a "direct result of hostile action" --18% report serious injuries, e.g. backs, knees, headaches,,, chronic coughs, persistent ringing in ears-- various polls, e.g. 50% say Iraq war not worth fighting, 41% afghan war not worth fighting (well worth reading for details not generally reported, Ed)

03/14/14  Obama's Mandate on Ukraine  by Fareed Zakaria -- excellent analysis of Russia's situation and America policy needs.  See also East Ukraine industry needs heavy subsidies which would hurt Russia's very slow growth economy--article with hard numbers   

03/11/14  Russia's Weak Military --not like Soviet Times  by Walter Pincus --gradual change to volunteer force, but re-enlistments much below expectations, tank crews' practice is firing one round per week, health disqualification of 52% of service pool, vast corruption in logistics modernization and maintenance, units manning levels at 40-60%

03/01/14  The Forever War -- National Journal on ambiguous legal authority for targeting new groups--"It means that the United States is now in the 13th year of a conflict with an enemy that can shift and morph endlessly, vanishing in one spot, reemerging in another." - "The grave but very real danger is that this strangest of wars will never end, certainly not before the expiration of Obama's second term. And his successors may be left with nearly the entire unresolved mess: an open-ended war authorization and inchoate rules for drone and special operations, "

03/05/14  Vast U.S. Military Training Role in Africa  100 missions all over Africa from 2 man sniper teams to humanitarian exercises, Army First Infantry Division units and Green Berets, refueling and planes for French forces, vast anti-guerrilla training programs

02/17/14  Canada Puts A Christian Zionist in Charge  Prime Minister Stephen Harper, another evangelical end of the worlder, CZ's represent 10% of Canadian electorate, 42% of Canadian Jews call themselves Zionists, a much higher percentage than among American Jews, fully 57% of Canadians have a negative view of Israel--lots of interesting info

02/12/14  Old Testament Armed Forces---Religious zealotry runs rampant in the U.S. military, and among those wishing to deploy it  by Philip Giraldi very interesting on evangelical war wanters in Army and Air Force

02/04/14  AIPAC Finds Momentum Blunted --NY Times--"Israeli Lobby" lost on starting war with Syria and now on Iran sanctions push.  But Republicans all fall in line.  Other Jewish voices having influence.  Rare loss in congress.  Most Americans don't want to start more wars.

02/02/14  Al Qaeda: a Threat in need of Definition  Big problem for Washington, new groups calling themselve Al Qaeda, others linked, others competing withZawahiri, the formal leader, many loosely linked-- engender wrath of Washington, but spread America thin and cost billions to bomb

02/02/14  End of the Tank?  Military budget about jobs, congress forces spending for more tank Army doen not want  BAE Systmes factory in Pennsylvania has suppliers in 44 states (just link unbelievably costly F-35)

01/11/14  Return of Al-Qaeda --It's Everywhere and Nowhere -by Eric Margolis --lots of groups use its name for mystique.  "Branding your foes “terrorists” is a fine way of de-legitimizing them and denying them any political or humanitarian rights. However, the obvious problem here is that doing so creates an endless supply of “terrorists” and pressure to take action against them. That and oil are the reason US special forces are now beating the bush all over black Africa. It’s the never-ending “long war” that America’s militarist and neocon circles want..."

12/31/13   CNN poll--Afghanistan War Most Unpopular in U.S. History 17% now support war, down from 52% in December '08

12/25/13  Edward Snowden, after months of NSA Revelations, says his mission’s accomplished  Washington Post long, comprehensive report on Snowden's actions, his thinking, his information. details of what he released and why

12/04/13  Pew Research Poll Shows Vast Disaffection for Empire and Interventions  First time in 40 years majority believes America less important and should mind its own business--51% America does not much help in solving world problems, only 31% believe war in Afghanistan has made America safer, 56% disapprove Obama's foreign policy, 70% believe U.S. less respected in world than ever in the past, BUT 77% believe America should trade and engage internationally on economic issues.

11/12/13  The Costs of War American Style - They Didn't Know What They Were Getting Into by Ann Jones --excellent description of early and present conditions in Afghanistan, change in American troops, strategy, behavior, and changing views of Afghans towards them.  Incredible spending, waste, purposelessness. Includes links to evolution along the way--- "Add to this list the toll of post-deployment suicides, and soldiers or veterans hooked on addictive opioids pushed by Big Pharma and prescribed by military doctors or VA psychiatrists either to keep them on the job or, after they break down, to “cure” them of their war experiences."

11/11/13  Million Veterans Injured in Iraq, Afghanistan Wars  Nearly 270,000 brain injuries, 1 in 5 have PTSD, 1,400 + amputees, hard to find casualty numbers, military almost never releases numbers of wounded, only the killed.

10/18/13  Afghan Army Struggles With Damaged Equipment, Poor Logistics  3rd Worlders and modern war--unable even to supply combat boots, vast breakdown of supply chain, repairs from incompetence, stealing, lack of basic education  Remember for years American generals saying that we training Afghans who would soon run their war--whole question of American incompetence at "running the world" unless intent was for America to occupy Afghanistan (and Iraq) "forever."  U.S. Congress unlikely to fund more war after American troops leave

10/26/13  After Troops Leave, U.S. to Lose Access to Afghan Reconstruction Projects Worth Billions   "As the military draws down and our field presence diminishes, USAID will lose most, if not all, of its field staff . . . and experience drastically reduced mobility around Afghanistan,” the agency wrote in a contracting solicitation.

10/01/13  The Forgotten War -- 12 Years in Afghnistan Down the Memory Hole --by Ann Jones in Tom Dispatch --Al Jazeera report --extremely well researched and detailed about Afghanistan today by long time foreign correspondent--$7 Billion of equipment being scrapped, incredible cost and problems of removing equipment from land-locked nation, 11,000 Mwraps at 14 tons each, many being flown out.

9/21/13  Private Donations--Torrent of Cash From Muslim World Fund Syrian Islamists  $2,400 for travel, training and arming a non Syrian fighter, "to confront American terrorism," according to appeals based on theories that old Arab dictators had American support

9/13/14  Why Washington Loves Going to War  by Leon Hadar -- excellent analysis, it's really about how wars are good for careers of politicians and journalists (lectures, TV appearances, "importance")--See Also The Atlantic --"Has an insular Beltway elite and its hawkish assumptions made war in Syria more likely?

9/14/13  Antiwar Groups Finally Disillusioned with Obama  Moveon.com and others, vast disillusion with President

9/14/13  War-weary residents near Norfolk Naval Station quietly oppose military action in Syria  Chesapeake Bay bridge tunnel closed for hours because of terrorist threat

9/13/13  Afghan Drawdown --Incredible Expense of Getting Equipment Out  budgeted $5-7 Billion --may cost 3 to 7 times as much--mostly being flown out

9/07/13  Revealed: The NSA’s Secret Campaign to Crack, Undermine Internet Security  cracked all codes, banks, business, foreign embassies, everything

9/07/13  Why America Is Saying 'No' to War by Peggy Noonan --"it's more and more a fight between the country and Washington"

8/29/13 U.S. Searches finds No Legal Justification to Bomb Syria  Washington searches for allies to attack, wants to just bomb for a few days from offshore with no risk for pilots -- UK Backing Off--Much Skepticism on Military Action

8/27/13  80% of Sunday Talk Show Hosts Want War with Syria While 70% Americans Opposed--CATO Chris Preble report on Sunday talk shows, list of journalists and position

8/21/13  Nationalist Left Rises--Post 60's Progressives Adopt Militarism  what happened to Leftist anti-war movement? now it's libertarians (and few leftists) who fight for constitutionalism and against empire

8/20/13  Is Afghanistan a Dead Man Walking by Kelley Vlahos

7/30/13  Shrinking Oversight in Afghanistan  As troops leave, American diplomats are confined to Kabul, unable to monitor U.S. funded projects

7/29/13  Flat Broke Superpower  by Arnaud de Borchgrave --Detroit just the beginning, 77,000 bridges need urgent repair, neglected home front, "insatiable need for costly weapons"

7/12/13  Our Afghan Wasteland  The $7 Billion in military gear left behind by Kelley Vlahos--very interesting details about problems of removing equipment from landlocked nation--what did Washington imagine when it invaded?  Flow of U.S. military gear across Afghan borders halts amid dispute --Afghans claim old taxes on imports--US now flies out equipment at costs of billions--Washington Post

7/08/13  Defense of Bradley Manning Starts Arguments   Video of U.S. Army killing Reuters reporters; testimony about conditions at Manning's post in Iraq

7/07/13  Pentagon's Vast Internet Operations for Propaganda and Counter Information  ---Somali new citizen's website vast operation in multiple languages on sophisticated web and social media sites

6/06/13  The National Security Agency: surveillance giant with eyes on America  Guardian report and NY Times editoria, Obama's Dragnet

5/24/13  The End of Perpetual War  Obama's declaration of new policy, but difficult to change Washington  For Obama's Global Vision, Daunting Problems  "eschews a muscle-bound foreign policy, dominated by the military and intelligence services, in favor of energetic diplomacy, foreign aid and a more measured response to terrorism....It will be difficult to roll back what has been a gradual militarization of American foreign policy, even in an era of budget cuts for the Pentagon. "

5/20/13  Afghan Troops Lose Airlift Lifeline  Losing U.S. helicopter evacuations for wounded saps morale.  Washington taught Afghans to fight the "American way" e.g. helicopters, unlimited money, unlimited firepower and no negotiations with enemies --- now left in lurch by American withdrawal--America leaving will encourage peace negotiations w/Taliban

5/11/13  U.S. Involved in 74 military actions in the world  Details about conflicts, training, etc all over

5/11/13  How the War on Iraq Became a War Against Christians  Think of all the evangelical war wanters in Iraq and their agend of hurring up Armageddon, Christians in the whole Middle East are the victims

03/21/13  The Waning of the War Whores  VANITY FAIR "Although the party still sees Ronald Reagan when it looks in the mirror, what the rest of the country sees is George W. Bush"

03/20/13  How Conservative Movement Was Discredited and Wrecked  by Chris Manion  from Goldwater to Bush, Can Rand Paul bring it back?

02/05/13  Hagel Hearing --The War Party's Waterloo  Desperation to prove they were right about invading Iraq

02/05/13  U.S. Counter Terrorism in North Africa --Wash. Post -- A Decade of Missteps  All African nations refuse to allow U.S. base, Mali government little interest in fighting Al Qaeda for America, U.S. soldiers little knowledge or care about tribes, cultures

01/14/13  French Jets in Mali Supplant Caution of U.S.  NY Times-- "For years, the United States tried to stem the spread of Islamic militancy in the region by conducting its most ambitious counterterrorism program ever across these vast, turbulent stretches of the Sahara. But as insurgents swept through the desert last year, commanders of this nation’s elite army units, the fruit of years of careful American training, defected when they were needed most"  ----Details of U.S. policies---real question about Washington's inability to conduct interventionis policies in tribal regions.

01/11/13  The Hidden Costs of Empire -- The American Conservative -- Pentagon Budget accounting conceals $170 Billion--1,000 bases overseas, 4,000 bases inside America, very detailed study with hard numbers

01/10/13  America's Empire of Bases  by Tom Dispatch --Are there really over 1,000 bases? No one knows for sure.  Lots of details on incredible size and costs of bases

1/09/13  Obama Appointees to State and Defense Signal Shift to "Light Footprint" Foreign Policy Two combat veterans less enthusiastic for more wars  Republican Credibility on Defense Damaged by Excessive Militarization, Simplistic War Hawks may cede permanent cold war days advantage to Democrats

01/03/13  Afghan Soldier's Journey from Friend to Killer of Americans  NY Times -detailed report on how war turns Afghans anti-American--most attacks by disaffected recruits, not by Taliban infiltrators--rare report of number wounded, Army never usually releases numbers of wounded Americans, on average 3-4 seriously wounded for every death.

12/27/12  High Cost of Disengagement From Afghanistan --750,000 major items, 50,000 vehicles, 90,000 shipping containers, 75,000 to return one heavy vehicle by air and sea transport out of land locked nation or $43,000 by surface transport through Russia and Europe;

12/27/12  Corruption and Waste in Afghan Aid  --millions up in smoke

12/23/12  U.S. Diplomats Even More Isolated After Benghazi  American diplomats and CIA already isolated in fortress embassies far away from downtown in traffic dense 3rd world cities--firing 4 security administrators makes others even more fearful to allow diplomats to circulated among native populations.  In Iraq diplomats have MRAPS to take them to lunch appointment with locals--Note: CIA assassinations in 3rd party nations make American diplomats new targets for terrorists

12/17/12  New Theory PTSD & Veterans--Moral Injury NEWSWEEK --self-harm leading cause of death in American Army, 1 in 4 who kill develop drinking problem, guilt and shame added to diagnoses, killing was single greatest risk factor for PTSD, bigger than heavy combat

12/15/12  Woes of an American Drone Operator  Der Spiegel--Interesting about how operators think; more evidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) coming from killing non-combttants

12/14/12  European Court on Human Rights Finds CIA Guilty of Kidnapping & Torture orders $78,000 payment

12/14/12  Senate Committee Report --Harsh interrogations (torture) by CIA did not produce significant intelligence

11/23/12  19 true things generals can't say in public about the Afghan war: A helpful primer

11/22/12  What Paula Broadwell Teaches Us About the Foreign-Policy Elite  by Justin Logan "The Washington foreign-policy elite is an insular, cosseted clique that obsesses over minutiae and discourages strategic thought....In the Beltway foreign-policy community, strategy debate is inherently unfriendly and to be avoided. Part of the reason so much attention is spent on process and operational details and so little time on strategy is that everyone can get together in a room and complain about the inter-agency process without disagreeing with another person in particular. The same isn’t true about choices over strategy. If one strategy is appropriate, the other possibilities are wrong.....While agonizing over process and operations, the Beltway foreign-policy elite goes to great lengths to avoid debate about strategy."

11/20/12  Immigrants Against Empire  by Scott McConnell --Latin and Asian immigrants' new voting power will restrain American war making, less concerned about Israel and Europe, less inclined to want wars for non-American interests than many old (white) males, particularly Evangelicals --See Armageddon Lobby.

11/16/12   U.S. Role in Asian Pacific Lacking Strategy Washington Times by Guy Taylor --"(American) Agenda seems as driven by desires to militarily confront China as impulses to avoid doing just that" --does this mean doing less everywhere else?

10/22/12 Facing Taliban threats, Afghan interpreters wait for U.S. visas  Strange empire where local helpers are rewarded with visas to get out of their nations ---32 approved out of 5,700 applicants --all fear death from Taliban after America leaves

10/12/12  After Benghazi Questions Security All U.S. Embassies -- built like fortresses outside of major cities, very difficult for U.S. diplomats to interact in local nations far from downtown and commercial centers.  Diplomats travel with guards, armored cars, meetings in hotels, diplomats take risks to meet locals

10/10/14  U.S. Platoon Awaits End Afghan War bored soldiers rarely cooperate with Afghan army, commanders fear any casualties, just waiting to leave country, mission is to avoid useless combat

10/01/12  America's Inevitable Retreat from the Middle East   NY Times--huge distrust of Colonial powers, exaggerated idea of U.S. economic power, Israel turning into a loose canon

9/30/12  New Cultural Training Guide for U.S. & Afghan Troops  After 11 years Army focuses on teaching soldiers about Afghan culture to avoid offending them and trains Afghans about American culture.  Anther example U.S. arrogance in not bothering about understanding enemy (Sun Tzu dictum "Know thy enemy").  Examples--blowing nose in public, touching Muslims' bodies, showing genitals in showers, not stopping for prayers in combat missions, showing Afghans bottoms of one's foot, etc

9/24/12 America's Inevitable Retreat From Middle East Both Right and Left over-estimate American power and resources-NY Times

9/13/12  Judge Rules Against Law on Indefinite Detention  part of National Defense Authorization Act, opposition to growing police state, concomitant of empire,  voted for by Republicans--law says "people  who are part of or "substantially" supported Al Qaeda, the Taliban or "associated forces" hostile to the United States or its allies," NY Times  This could reach to include journalists or anyone who criticized the Israeli Lobby.

9/07/12  Culture Clash With Afghans on Display at Briefings  Army makes new efforts to explain Afghan culture to soldiers and American culture to Afghans

9/07/12  Americans Ready to Cut Military Spending  Scott Rasmussen in Reason Magazine  67% want cuts in all government spending, 11% support America playing global cop, hundreds of billions of cuts are possible

8/24/12  Whatever Happened to Iraqi Oil? --very interesting recap of American occupation polic--- incompetence and disasters --including the firing of Iraqi engineers, trying to set up American takeover, finally losing almost all influence --No benefit for America

8/13/12  Romney's hard line Zionism  "THE HAWK On foreign policy, Romney has so far largely bypassed his party’s mainstream in favor of advisers with a decidedly neoconservative bent — confrontational, unilateral, with a missionary urge to spread American-style democracy and a particular affinity for Israel’s hard-liners. Romney’s more conventional insiders call it the “Bolton faction,” for John Bolton, among the most hawkish of George W. Bush’s “freedom agenda” interventionists. Bolton is now on the Romney team, but Dan Senor is the one who has Romney’s ear. At 40, he is next-gen Bolton, smoother, TV-savvy, post-cold war in age but cold war in spirit."  Senor's sister is AIPAC's representative in Israel.

8/08/12  Gen. Boykin Meets with Romney -noted "Christian" anti-Muslim activist apparent advisor to Romney, says Muslim God is an idol, not a real God.

8/02/12  Romney chief advisor foreign policy is big hawk, sister is AIPAC director in Israel   --Advisor Dan Senor was spokesman for occupation in Iraq, close to Cheney, big promoter of Iraq war lies...Romney ignorance about Palestinians belies belief that once in office he might not be under thumb of neo-conservatives

8/02/12  Pentagon Models War with China  "Air-Sea battle" plan to attack deep into China to neutralize China efforts to keep U.S. carriers far out at sea

7/2/12  How Taliban Neutered Whole American Exit Strategy from Afghanistan  by William Lind, on Taliban strategies-Afghan soldiers killing American advisors--so Americans fear being alone with any Afghan -only killed some 20 American soldiers to mainly neutralize U.S. strategy.

6/25/12  Holbrooke and generals' infighting inside Obama administration exacted a staggering cost: The White House failed to aggressively explore negotiations to end the war when it had the most boots on the battlefield.

6/24/12 A Misplaced Surge in Afghanistan --very interesting report on thinking of American Generals, independence of Marine Generals from Army command, how war is fought, preoccupation of officers to avoid casualties, missions aborted with first wounded, etc.  Excerpted from book of Washington Post reporter, Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan.”

6/10/12  Analysis of U.S. Submarine Fleet --a bit dated, but interesting also about 7 missions of new subs, capabilities, also compares other nations' fleets

6/03/12  Henry Kissinger --American Victories Today Mean Creation of Failed States and consequent unending chaos in region and more enemies for America

5/30/12  Videos Anti-war Veterans Demonstration at Chicago NATO meeting --soldiers thworing back medals --also shows superfluous medals given to every soldier, sailor, airman

5/27/12  Why So Little Accountability in Washington's Foreign Policy  Those proven wrong with disastrous policies still dominate foreign policy making --power of money and military industrial complex

5/15/12  Huge Cuts in Nuclear Arsenal Urged by Commission  Former commanding general of nuclear forces and blue ribbon panel, including former Senator Chuck Hagel urge cuts in number of bombs

5/12/12  Pentagon Propaganda 'Fiasco' Exposed in House  DoD classes instructed 'Total War' on Muslims, Advocated 'Hiroshima' Tactics  millions spent to teach U.S. officers/police that Muslims greater threat to America than was Soviet communism --to launch unending wars against all Muslims, nearly a quarter of world's population

3/16/12  Murdered American Colonel --one of three Air Force officers who spoke Pashto, the Afghan language --he was main liaison with Afghan police, also spoke some Persian and Arabic --incredible rarity among American military (then Pentagon says did not know why he was killed)

3/22/12  American Troops Stressed "to Breaking Point" --years in combat compared to average 40 days each during entire time in World War 2 Pacific theater--500,000 troops examined--Army Health Report

3/20/12  Superb Analysis of American Warfare State  by Anthony Gregory on Obama's “National Defense Resources Preparedness” Order --how both Right & Left Extremists cooperate, Right wants unlimited warfare, Left wants command economy--both want like done in World War 2 --great description of the encroaching Fascist style regime they will bring about

3/09/12  How to Get Afghans to Trust US Once Again  very detailed analysis American problems working with & training Afghans, vast cultural differnces, making trainees do push-ups is very insulting in respect based culture, Americans need in depth training in Afghan culture & language, problem of rotating out soldiers after they gain confidence of Afghans, etc. --whole structure of American Army works against objectives -- by Army Special Forces Major in Washington Post

3/08/12  Consequences of Attacking Iran  Washington plans using massive amounts depleted uranium

1/16/12  A changed Way of War in Afghanistan --NY Times, Fewer airstrikes, less bombing of civilians, concern for Afghan public opinion, major change in air tactics

1/15/12   10 American Freedoms Lost to the War on Terror --Obama continues Bush assault on Bill of Rights --Washington's War Party establishment controls Democrats and Republicans

1/08/12   Why do we ignore the civilians killed in American wars? thoughtful analysis,  inside American psyche, indifference, foreign civilian deaths rarely reported in American media, frontier tradition of killing savages to civilize a lawless culture, 400 to 650,000 civilian deaths in Iraq, 100,000 in Afghanistan, indifference provides permission to leaders to start more wars, by John Tirman

12/27/11 How Bush's War Torpedoed Nuclear Non-Proliferation Progress and World Agreements  Wash Post-- Washington's lies discredited America, made all nations believe America untrustworthy, just talk and broken promises

12/17/11  Iraq Withdrawal -  It's Not America's World Anymore by Andrew Bacevich--"merely avoiding defeat has become a staggeringly expensive proposition"

12/11   The Wisdom of Retrenchment  Foreign Affairs Magazine-- intelligent retrenchment will make America stronger --but very difficult because of entrenched pro-war interests in Washington

12/16/11  Iraq War Draws to a Ceremonial Close Thousands of U.S. diplomats, staff and guards stay in giant embassy with 80 big MRAP's (mine-resistant-ambush-protected) armored vehicles to transport diplomats around country.   Ceremony in protected area pretends a great victory for democracy  AlJazeera report on U.S. Embassy -- 17,000 employees-most money spent on protection, e.g. police training program for Iraqis-- 88% of money used to pay, house, transport Americans  Images of War -Wash. Post pictures

12/11/11  Civilian killings created insurmountable hurdle to extended U.S. troop presence in Iraq Marines killed 24 civilians in their homes in outrage-Americans refuse to allow troops to be tried in loccal courts--no soldier punished

12/09/11  Comedian John Stewart (video) Parody on Republican Presidential Candiates kowtowing to Israeli Lobby--American foreign policy hostage to Israelis (Stewart is Jewish--symbol of Jewish resistance to Israeli Lobby,Ed.)

10/22/11  U.S. Leaving Balad Airbase  One of largest US bases in the world, formerly had over 30,000 soldiers, contractors, etc, with housing, cost billions of dollars, was planned for U.S. to stay forever

10/18/11  Iran’s nuclear program suffering new setbacks, diplomats and experts say  nuclear program as riddled with problems, equipment breakdowns, 4 murdered nuclear scientists, suppliers fradulent products, Stuxnet virus, etc.  (Wash. Post report)

10/16/11  Thousands of Libyan Anti=aircraft Missiles Missing - Details of missiles, up to 16,000 ft. altitude, first weapons to disappear, may be spreading through Middle East.  Another easy "cake walk" war expected to last "days, not weeks" with untold, unending consequences.  Also major threat to civilian airliners.

9/11/11  10 Years After, World Sympathy Has Waned --great growth of world animosity against America because of policies America followed (Bin Laden's great victory, Ed.)

9/07/11  Afghan Army Attract Few Recruits From Majority Pashtuns   Fear of being killed by Taliban after America leaves--Army still relies mainly on Northern tribes who are mostly enemies of Pashtuns  NATO Tries New Way to Count Southern Pashtuns  only make up 3% of Afghan army

9/04/11  Stealth Missions--Top Secret America --operations in 15 countries, commando raids and assassinations, little oversight, without uniforms, torture and detaining families of suspects (those who tortured Iraqis reportedly "disciplined," used by Obama more than by Bush-- long Washington Post report

9/04/11  Former Iraq President Allawi -- on deteriorating conditions, needs for rule of law in Iraq, abuses, potential chaos

9/03/11  Afghan Military Hospital --Graft and Deadly Neglect-- wounded Afghans starved, not given medicines, immense corruption and payoffs --(another example of U.S. inability to "create" a modern nation out of a tribal society, Ed.)

9/03/11  Captured Files Note Close C.I.A. Ties to Quaddafi Spy Unit  CIA sent suspects for torture, also British MI 5 cooperated

9/02/11  CIA Becomes A Third Military  Assassinations anywhere without Congress oversight, drones, commando raids, unlimited funding, joint exercises with special forces, seals.  Becoming its own, independent force.

8/31/11  Congress Investigation of Wartime Contracting --$30 billion wast and fraud in Iraq/Afghanistan, inability and lack of interest in controlling it, 15 recommendation for contracting reform

8/01/11  About IED's in Afghanistan, nasty wounds American soldiers now survive by Kelly Vlahos on Antiwar.com

7/19/11    Million Dead in Iraq -- 6 Reason for media cover-up  "Because the number of civilians killed in a U.S. war is so morally fraught, the news media, academics and political leaders tend to gravitate toward the figure (if mentioned at all) that is least disturbing." ALTERNET by John Tirman --Tirman is executive director of MIT's Center for International Studies. His new book, "The Deaths of Others: The Fate of Civilians in America's Wars," was released July 7, 2011 by Oxford Press.

7/05/11   www.dnipogo.org/fcs/ppt/4gw_ooda_iraq.ppt   -Superb, very interesting Power Point Presentation explaining Fourth Generation Warfare --what America is fighting and can't win

7/03/11  U.S. Augments non-Pakistan Supply Routes to Afghanistan  Incredible costs and time of supplying troops, even with water, vulnerability of supply routes through Asia and Uzbekistan

6/17/11  Baghdad  Citizen Misery Continues --almost no civil government for trash, water, police, 8 years after U.S. "victory"

6/15/11  Republicans Less United on Pro-war, Pro-empire-Debate of presidential candidates shows change, costs of wars, elusive objectives

6/08/11  Senate Report Challenges Afghan Projects & Sustainability-- No way Afghans can maintain vast military being set up by Washington, incredible waste, U.S. money creates and feeds corruption,  little accountability --good in depth report

6/02/11  Torture's Comeback  Neoconservatives, social conservatives, Republicans eager to prove that torture should be staple American practice, that it "works"-- actually it did not bring about bin Laden's death

5/31/11  Afghanistan Debate Shifting to Costs  "from is the strategy working" to "can America afford it?"

3/09/11  Putting Afghan Plan Into Action Proves Difficult (Impossible, Ed) impossibility of training locals often from other tribes to replace Americans--Soldiers in field say only possible with unending American occupation, meanwhile just creating more enemies

2/24/11  CPAC and Changing Conservatives   Not so keen on more wars as libertarians have more influence

2/19/11 Latin Americans Recognize Palestine State, seek friendly relations with Arabs, separate from  Washington/Isreal policies

2/17/11  Obama Now Plans to Continue Soldiers in Iraq  past promised deadline

1/21/11  Pakistan Begins Collapse into Chaos  --America now seen as enemy of Muslims, growing Islamist strength, corrupt government, etc, etc.

1/20/11  Glaspie Memo (Wikileaks) Confirms Iraq Set Up For Destruction by Father Bush--
Refutes Claims Leaked Docs Were Classified for 'Security'
 
US Ambassador Told Saddam Washington Would Not Start War to Save Kuwait in 1990 by Jason Ditz

1/19/01  America’s Peacetime Crimes against Iraq by Anthony Gregory --details of the killing of innocents and destruction of the nation over 20 years time

1/13/11  Tea Party Voters Worry About War Pricetag --67% want fewer troops or to get out of Afghanistan

1/08/11  No Sex Please, We're Soldiers   Females, gays, puritan traditions confusing and disrupting entire military, half of dismissed Navy captains because of sexual issues, army and marines zero tolerance for sex, any female can jeopardize officers' lifetime careers by claiming harrassment

1/07/01  Many More Survive Horrendous Wounds  only 8% of wounded die (compared to 20% in 2005) , quick helicopter evacuations, soldiers taught first aid to control blood loss, questions about long term costs & care

12/15/10  NEW Can the United States Do Grand Strategy  Why it can't --superb article by Walter McDougall, excellent analysis of American strengths and weaknesses

12/13/10  More Christians Fleeing Iraq --settled since Roman times, forced out because of general lawlessnes and seen as allies of America--America's famous "victory" --Few American Businesses Invest, fearful for their lives-- lawlessness, corruption--of 400 exhibits at trade fair, only 2 from U.S. businesses

11/29/10  Vast Costs Expected for Security of Americans Remaining in Iraq  also businessmen afraid, reason so little American investments --"war for oil" ends up with Americans excluded because of safety fears.

11/03/10  Afghan Government Can't Fill Civil Posts in Kandahar --What to do after occupying--always problem for U.S.--locals fear assassination if co-operate with Americans

10/27/10  Wikileaks Evidence Questions "Surge" Success  Not because of more soldiers but from different policies and ending of ethnic cleansing (some 2 million internal refugees in Iraq), Sunnis turning against Al Qaeda

10/17/10  China Wraps Up Central Asian Oil & Gas  while Washington hemorrhages resources on useless war and blockading Iran

10/10/10 Only 10% of Americans favor attacking Iran even if it obtains a nuke   CBS poll--other interesting results

10/03/10  Traumatic Brain Injury from Bombs Blasts to American Troops  New study shows much more widespread than originally thought, diagnosed in 180,000 soldiers since 2,000 (Rand study reports 320,000)  American Journal of Nursing Descriptions "signature wound" of Iraq-Afghan wars  20% of serving troops affected, most cases mild

8/30/10  Pakistani Generals Delegation Attending U.S. Army Conference Abused by Dulles Airport Security --typical of insults and reasons America cannot run an empire

9/25/10  Plight of Iraqi Refugees -- including many Christians--2.5 million fled the country mainly to Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, 2 million more dislocated inside Iraq, expelled or fled from homes during ethnic cleansing, many formed bulk of middle classes

8/20/10  Nation Breaking -U.S. Infantry Office Describes Training/Supplying Iraqi Army  Superb descriptions of "training" & working with  Iraqi Army-- uncaring officers, incredible waste and stealing--he concludes that main Washington interest was that of keeing permanent air bases

8/13/10  Pentagon pays an average of $400 to put each gallon of fuel into a combat vehicle or aircraft in Afghanistan.

8/01/10  22 Gallons Per Day at $45 Per Gallon  Cost for each American soldier in Afghanistan

7/30/10  Wikileaks Identified Afghans Who Helped and/or Collaborated with Americans   Great fears they will be killed or imprisoned if U.S. military leaves country as happened in Vietnam, Cambodia, (and to Algerians after French left)---problems in all wars for those who help U.S.

7/19/10  Suicide Bombers Hit Line of Militia Members Collecting Paychecks At least 48 killed--continuing killing of Iraquis who helped Americans suppress Al Qaeda --lesson aimed at intimidating any Iraqis (or Afghans) who ally with American forces that they will eventually be killed

7/01/10  Who Benefits From Empire?  Pride and money interests in wars--American incompetence at running it

6/30/10  Endless Wars and Praetorianism  by Andrew Bacevich --always interesting

6/24/10  Afghan Mission Impossible  by George Will --excellent analysis of what's happening

6/18/10  Wikileaks Soldier Reveals Orders for "360 Rotational Fire" Against Civilians in Iraq  big problems with military atrocities in new age of open media-- soldiers ordered to fire indiscriminately on civilians  Pentagon Hunting For Wikileaks Founder

6/17/10  Washington Opposes ICC Agenda To Make Starting a War a War Crime  U.S. not a member of International Criminal Court but works closely with it

6/06/10  America--Flying too close to the Sun--"The Icarus Syndrome" great analysis of American pride and where it is leading us

5/29/10  Obama Strategy Little Different From Bush  detailed analysis Obama speech at West Point by William Pfaff

5/28/10  Good Analysis of "Go For Broke" Afghan Strategy --Afghan effort tied to success in Kandahar --details on enormous problems of "winning" in a tribal war while trying not to kill many civilians and damage economy --Taliban kills any peasant who cooperates with Americans or threaten to after Americans leave

5/20/10  Turkey and Brazil Stymie Washington/Israel Plans for Economic Blockade of Iran  Proposal to exchange uranium for enrichment -- excellent article detailing and updating Iran stalemate on uranium

4/30/10  Over One Million Iraqi Deaths Caused by US Occupation  detailed study of number of deaths by British Polling Group --lots of details

4/28/10  Iranian technocrats, disillusioned with government, offer wealth of intelligence to U.S. good summary of knowledge about Iran nuclear abilities--also shows weaknesses of Iran regime

1/20/10  Assault in Kabul by Suicide Taliban Fighters leaves main shopping center in ruins and vast doubts about ability of government to provide security or safety

1/20/10  U.S. AID Programs Find Few Trained Afghans  Few dare to live in provinces, scarce administrative ability or even literacy, little communications structure---$40 billion in U.S. aid since 2002 mostly went to foreign non-Afghan companies--"contractors" with extraordinary high security costs for body guards, etc. (other new reports state that millions or billions paid in protection money to safeguard trucks carrying supplies through Taliban territory, Ed)

1/20/10  Washington Ups Activity in Yemen  concern for non-Arabs and Americans being trained as terrorists, return to Yemen of experienced guerrillas from Iraq, Americans converted in U.S. prisons settling in Yemen

12/14/09  British Iraq War Inquiry Hearings Reveal Much About Planning show Washington rush to war, no English influence on Bush, no consultations, "a frustrated sidekick"

12/15/09  Incredible Costs & Problems Supplying Fuel to Troops in Afghanistan massive truck convoys, bribes to Taliban, efforts via Caspian Sea from Azerbaijan--300,000 gallons of jet fuel per day, 3-500 trucks per month with just one contractor, dozens of trucks destroyed by Taliban each month--construction contracts with delivery for date Obama said he would start withdrawal of troops

12/15/09  Massive Costs for State Department Security for Diplomats in War Zones  All Americans feared as targets of radicals and guerrillas

12/13/2009  U.S. firms lag in bids for Iraqi oil : Russians, Europeans and Chinese win most contracts for developing major fields   (After war was fought to gain access--Americans may be hated and in fear of future safety- a trillion dollars for a useless war and paying out hundreds of billions in higher oil prices. Ed)

12/12/09  Kabul Embassy Guards' Sex Parties Report Show Extent of Reliance on Contractors incredible number and duties of contractors and costs --one auditor per 2.2 Billion dollars of contracts--little oversight

12/11/09  Blackwater Guards Participated in CIA Raids and Captures

12/05/09  Japan Military Obedience to Washington Is Cooling  New Government bends to local political resistance on U.S. bases

11/26/09  The Cost of War Supplies on the Battlefield by Phil Giraldi --unbelievable costs of supplying troops in Afghanistan (& no one seems to care)

11/15/09  $1 Million Per Soldier Per Year -costs $40 billion for 40,000 more men to Afghanistan--the American way of war.

11/13/09  How U.S. Army Protects Its Trucks-- by Funding the Taliban -- bribes to allow trucks thru Pakistan and Afghanistan - some 10% of billions for logistics transportation of supplies

11/13/09 Rebuilding Its Economy, Iraq Shuns U.S. Businesses  NY Times --Turkish, Iranian companies get most of the business, Europeans next--Russian company replaces FEDEX

11/07/09  Prospect of More American Soldiers Worries Wary Afghan Public  NY Times --worries that Washington planning permanent occupation --See also  The Pentagon's Afghan Building Boom -Billions for US base construction

11/06/09 Review of Afghan Forces Question Training Goals  NY Times --very interesting--illiterate peasants build fires in barracks for cooking, tear out wash basins to wash feet before prayers--25% desertion rate, only a quarter of police have had formal training, much infiltration by Taliban

10/31/09  Kipling Haunts Obama's Afghan War  Excellent write of of Rand Corp. conference on Afghan war --different consequences, trying to avoid disaster

10/31/09  Russian General's Analysis During Their War  Reads just like American generals today --excellent analysis by Russian author, Victor Seyestyen, author of Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire

10/30/09  Obama Agonizes About What To Do  Good wrap-up of Afghan problems for U.S.

10/26/09  Vast Resistance in Pakistan Against American Demands and insertion of security forces, ordering Paks what to do, etc --analysis of Pakistan situation  --16% of Paks view America favorably

10/19/09  Flow of terrorist recruits increasing : Westerners attending camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan    US fears European & non-Arab recruits trained in terrorism--internationalization of recruiting, many new volunteers

10/18/09 How Decisions Were Made in Vietnam --: Robert McNamara and McGeorge Bundy dissect America's failures in Vietnam  Lessons for Afghanistan

10/15/09  America Should Fight From Afar by Robert Pape --analysis of strategy to fight in Afghanistan

9/28/09  Training Afghan Army & Police  very interesting on culture & how big Americans "teach" under-nourished, small Afghans to carry big loads and try to become like American soldiers, lots that one does not see in American media by a knowledgeable author/reporter, Ann Jones

9/27/09  McChrystal Says Insurgents Are Winning Communications Battle    i
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nteresting report on U.S. inability, waste in image building--quotes Adm. Mullen, "America should worry less about how to communicate our actions that what our actions communicate."

9/23  Gen. McChrystal Report and Request for More Troops

9/15/09  New Deadlier IED's Without Metal  Army scrambles to make better mine detectors as weapon takes toll on U.S. troops

9/02/09  For Taliban Winning Is Just Not Losing  learning new, effective tactics, point for them is just holding out until Americans leave

8/31/09   The Corruption of Empire -- tens and tens of billions wasted, stolen and lost in Iraq reconstruction -- corruption of American military officers from so much easy money.

8/28/09  It's America's Policies, Not Failure to Explain Our Message That Makes America So Hated -- critique from Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

8/04/09  What's Different About Obama's Foreign Policy?  Not much, writes Elliot Cohen in the Wall Street Journal

8/03/09  Problems of Violence From Returning Soldiers  interesting reports from Colorado

7/20/09  Prisons in Afghanistan Face Major Overhaul   Lawless, violent and pacific and suspects all mixed together, concern that they are being used to recruit hard cord Taliban fighters.  U.S. to fund new construction ---yes, yes! the problems of empire

7/23/09  Mercenary Air Forces Underpin Afghanistan, Africa Operations     interesting report on military and aid agencies use of mercenaries

7/20/09  Impossible Task of U.S. Military in Afghanistan  good analysis, Taliban win either way, always escape, always present-- U.S. attacks always kill civilians and create more enemies

6/24/09  Immigrants & Foreign Policy  Main basis of foreign policy - coming changes in American interventionism and activism overseas from growing Latin and Asian voter influence

6/15/09  The Bankrupt Empire  Costs of Weaponry, suggestions for reform, soldiers' tours of duty, lots of links

6/7/09  New Gov't Report on Incredible Waste in War Spending   "More than 240,000 private sector employees are supporting military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thousands more work for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development.  But the government has no central data base of who all these contractors are, what services they provide, and how much they're paid. The Pentagon has failed to provide enough trained staff to watch over them, creating conditions for waste and corruption..."

5/17/09  Air Force Strategy Under Review  killing too many civilians with its way of war

4/10/09  Corruption, Tribalism & Taliban Make Winning Impossible  NY Times details the mess in Afghanistan

3/02/09  Tactical Success, Strategic Defeat in Afghanistan   Afghan Outrage at U.S. Raid Highlights Challenges Facing New Military Push

2/02/09  Auditor Report Describes Vast Waste, Incompetence and Corruption of Iraq Reconstruction Program  warns of similar program in Afghanistan  --no planning, no competence "Hard Lessons--- The Iraq Reconstruction Experience" pdf

2/02/09  Israel's Invasion of Gaza  another disaster for America in Muslim world

1/03/09  "An Aimless Absurdity" TIME Magazine on Afghan war today --$775,000 per year per soldier = cost in Afghanistan

12/29/08  Economic Crisis May Curtail War Making says Ron Paul, war wanters dominate both Parties' foreign policy, killing innocents generates so much hatred of America, one day foreigners will hit us back

12/14/08  Total Incompetence & Malfeasance in "Rebuilding" Iraq  so dumb and thieving that it's almost impossible not to believe it was intentional to wreck Iraq

12/07/08  Dead End in Afghanistan  excellent analysis of current, unending, unclear objectives, alliances, purpose, impossibility of U.S. objective

10/07/08  Myth of Georgian Democracy -- Incompetence, corruption, police state shut downs of opposition media & TV, ruin and/or murder of opponents.  See also New York Times report on Saakashvili rule and oppression -- peaceful demonstrations attacked by secret police

10/02/08  45% of Americans Now Strongly Want Reduced Overseas Military -- up from 35% before financial crisis

10/01/08  Israel Lobby Fails Effort to Get Congress to Approve War with Iran   proposal for naval blockade of Iran so as to start a war

9/30/08  BBC Poll 22 Countries-- "U.S. War on Terror Has Not Weakened Al-Qaeda"  Most say no effect or U.S. has made Al-Qaeda stronger

9/25/08   280 Congressmen Support AIPAC Resolution to Start War With Iran  -- Naval blockade plan shelved by House Democratic leadership before a vote as time runs out

9/25/08  Afghanistan-- Every Mistake Ever Made in Under Developed Nation  and  Chaos in Afghanistan--Nostalgia for safety under Taliban

9/18/08  Obama's VP Choice of Senator Biden  done to re-assure AIPAC & Israel Lobby-- Biden has solid record as pro-Zionist, favored all the wars, prevented anti-war views as committee chair before attack on Iraq

9/08/08  Questions About the "Success" in Iraq  CATO Study --other Arabs don't behave as if America "winning" --Al Qaeda surged in Afghanistan matching U.S. surge in Iraq

9/04/08  Israel of the Caucasus  main supplier of weapons to Georgia, paid for by Washington, 2 Georgian Air Bases committed for Israeli use to bomb Iran

8/19/08   Kurdish Control of Kirkuk Creates a Powder Keg  irreconcilable demands of Kurds for control of oil resources against local Turkmen and Arabs and central government

8/17/08  Georgia -- Two Sides Descent into War  very good analysis of history & misjudgments

7/31/08  Strained by war, U.S. Army promotes unqualified soldiers  including into officer ranks

7/06/08  The Decider Who Can't Decide  Bush analyzed--1) Leaving fundamental disagreements to fester, 2) failure to follow through, 3) letting policymaking turn chaotic --analysis of overall ignorance and incompetence

6/08/08  Old Al-Qaeda Fading, Meet the Next Generation of Jihadists   less educated, often not religious, just enraged at attacks on Muslims by America and humiliation in Europe, finding their identiy

6/01/08  U.S. "Africa Command" Plan for New Bases and Troops Repudiated by Africans Nations Loath to Host Force; Aid Groups Resisted Military Plan to Take On Relief Work

5/24/08  A "Surge" in U.S. Air Strikes Killing many Iraqi Civilians   U.S. escalates bombing in densely populated areas, after missiles fired at Embassy compound.  Army says it's sorry, but necessary when bombing to kill "criminals."

5/23/08  Audit Show $15 Billion Missing Records -- including Iraqi money taken from UN accountsInspector General for Defense Dept. report -- all sorts of payments without records

5/10/08  U.S. Adops Israeli Occupation Methods  walling off parts of cities and towns, selective air strikes, trying to isolate resistance, trying to do what French failed in Algeria.

5/05/08  U.S. Oil Companies Can't Drill in Libya  Pending undefended lawsuits for billions against Libya can now be collected from U.S. companies if do business in Libya --4 month old law- now Bush seeks exemption for Libya from Congress for law he signed --See also Bloomberg News

4/28/08  Millions of Iraq Reconstruction Projects Never Completed  Audit by Inspector General for Iraq of some of $100 Billion construction projects paid by U.S.

4/21/08  The New Walls of Baghdad  very informative study of U.S. tactics, copied from Israelis, to divide cities with walls, check points, trying to maintain permanent bases

4/17/08  Congress Hearings on Civil Defense if Washington is Nuked  Risk is increasing every year

4/02/08  Today's Spies Get Information From Internet -- open sources replacing secret agents, too much information to process, briefings for President include internet info.--often faster and more accurate than intelligence reports.

3/30/08  Pakistan's Border Bad Lands   Same tribe as Afghan Pashtuns (Taliban), view America as imperialist like former British, U.S. bombing is counter productive, no way out for U.S. except unending war, U.S. losing moral highground  See also Culture-Politics Hinder U.S. Efforts on Pakistan Border

3/30/08  Hot to Withdraw by Iraq by Zbigniew Brezinski -- genuine withdrawal, Palestine peace, work with neighboring nations

3/17/08  Details on Decision to Disband Iraqi Army and (nearly all) Government Officials  incompetence, lies, intentions

3/16/08  The War Was About Oil --but not wanted by oil companies or international business-- but yes by intellectuals (neoconservatives) "empire wanters" and "War Party" profiteers

3/09/08  Iraq War Will Cost Three Trillion  adding in worn out equipment replacements, care of wounded, benefits for veterans, interest on money borrowed for war, etc See also London Times  also   70,000 vets with hearing loss

3/09/08  U.S. Troops Losing Hearing  nearby blasts of IED's, 70,000 receiving disability payments for total or partial loss

2/26/08  The Real Story Behind Kosovo Independence  Washington & international law (when it's convenient)-- a good wrap up of what happened with Clinton's illegal war

2/15/08   Bribery Investigation of Prince Bandar Exploding --BAE paid $1 Billion possible bribes--Follow the money--Saudis threatened British government to stop co-operation and information on terrorists-U.S. freezes his assets

2/11/08  Army Buried RAND Study Faulting Iraq Planning  Bush/Rumsfeld assumption of easy, chaep reconstruction, continuity of Iraq's police and civil bureaucracy, no discussion of possible true costs, etc

1/28/08  The World in 2016  divided as Orwell expected by 1984

1/23/08  Bid To Toughen Iran Sanctions Faces Obstacles On Capitol ...   Israel Lobby can't push them through, business and some Jewish groups opposed

1/23/08  Iraq's New Law Could Bring Another Purge of Former Baathists  again a new expulsion of the trained managers and teacher, etc. --no reconcilation

1/07/08  Pakistanis want Islamic democracy, distrust US -poll interesting--70% believe U.S. goal is to divide and weaken Islam, 40% oppose capturing Bin Laden, 66% do not turst U.S. to "act responsibly in the world" more-