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How Many Dead “Terrorists” is the US Budget Worth?

April 16, 2017

Recently the Trump administration ordered (or allowed) the U.S. military now headed by the certifiable loon Mattis to drop their most powerful non-nuclear bomb, the MOAB, on some mountain in occupied Afghanistan.

The bomb caused a minor earthquake and allegedly succeeded in killing 34 IS “terrorists”.

Aside from the moral of labeling people terrorists and killing them indiscriminately by some dumb, if powerful, bomb, here is what else transpires.

A bomb costing US$ 314 million kills 34 IS “terrorists” which makes it US$ 8.7 million per “terrorist” which means the 2017 US budget is good for killing… 6,880 “terrorists”!

I trust you will find there’s many more.

Also, China has nothing to worry about, not now, not ever.

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A Brief History of U.S. Fuckery: Over 100 Interventions Since 1890

February 15, 2017

Quoting below from Dr. Zoltan Grossman’s History of U.S. Military Interventions, an important piece of research that puts things into perspective.

FROM WOUNDED KNEE TO SYRIA:

A CENTURY OF U.S. MILITARY INTERVENTIONS

by Dr. Zoltan Grossman

The following is a partial list of U.S. military interventions from 1890 to 2014.

Below the list is a Briefing on the History of U.S. Military Interventions.

The list and briefing are also available as a powerpoint presentation.

This guide does not include:

  • mobilizations of the National Guard
  • offshore shows of naval strength
  • reinforcements of embassy personnel
  • the use of non-Defense Department personnel (such as the Drug Enforcement Administration)
  • military exercises
  • non-combat mobilizations (such as replacing postal strikers)
  • the permanent stationing of armed forces
  • covert actions where the U.S. did not play a command and control role
  • the use of small hostage rescue units
  • most uses of proxy troops
  • U.S. piloting of foreign warplanes
  • foreign or domestic disaster assistance
  • military training and advisory programs not involving direct combat
  • civic action programs
  • and many other military activities.

Among sources used, beside news reports, are the Congressional Record (23 June 1969), 180 Landings by the U.S. Marine Corp History Division, Ege & Makhijani in Counterspy (July-Aug, 1982), “Instances of Use of United States Forces Abroad, 1798-1993” by Ellen C. Collier of the Library of Congress Congressional Research Service, and Ellsberg in Protest & Survive.

Versions of this list have been published on Zmag.org, Neravt.com, and numerous other websites.

Translations of list: Spanish French Turkish Italian Chinese Greek Russian Czech Tamil Portuguese

Quotes in Christian Science Monitor and The Independent

Turkish newspaper urges that the United States be listed in Guinness Book of World Records as the Country with the Most Foreign Interventions.

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Obama’s True Legacy

January 11, 2017

Obama is all but gone (from the White House) and Obamism is in its violent death throes both domestically and internationally.

Eulogies and crocodile tears aside, let’s look at President Obama’s true legacy focusing on a few most salient points.

Awarded Nobel Peace Prize in advance, even before he acceded to the White House, Obama has been an unmitigated failure in upholding international peace.

While extricating America from the Iraq quagmire as he promised, he continued many wars and conflicts permanently waged by the US military and “intelligence” operatives all other the globe, provoked, fanned and encouraged many new wars and conflicts – so much so that international peace now looks more elusive and unattainable than it ever was before under President Bush (and that’s saying plenty).

Also, he embraced the new technology of distant indiscriminate killing using military aerial vehicles (drones) whereby tens of thousands of people died at the hands of US drone operators, with a substantial majority being innocent civilians, including many women and children. At one point, dozens of women and children were killed every single day in places like Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Africa and later Syria.

Overall, during his tenure Obama is thought to have been responsible for over 300,000 people killed, a majority of whom were Muslim.

While it represents a drop in numbers of killed people compared to President Bush, it still means that Obama not only became the most prolific drone killer in the world but also officially became the most murderous Nobel Peace Prize winner ever after the fact.

I am confident no other Nobel Peace Prize winner has ever killed as many people as Obama did.

Obama’s international military campaigns and adventures, such as Afghanistan, Libya, North Africa, Syria, also resulted in him becoming the world’s most murderous black man surpassing his idol African dictator Idi Amin.

During his second term, as American power became to wane and Obama got more and more irrelevant on the world stage, he developed by way of overcompensation the extreme supremacist nationalist (Nazi) ideology of US exclusiveness and its unique rights to preside over the world and the eternal nature of its dominance, sometimes referred to as Obamism, which ideology he expounded in several well publicized speeches.

As regards, domestic matters, here Obama was more of a talker than a doer.

While articulating good intentions inside the country, ultimately all his policies and innovations – ones that he actually got round to implement as promised — are now doomed under the incoming Trump administration.

Finally, Obama’s inability to hand over the reins of power to his designated successor – Hillary Clinton – thereby ensuring the certain reversal of his domestic policies and “achievements” is perhaps the most emblematic of Obama the failure.

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Marine killed in rocket attack in Iraq

March 22, 2016

Marine killed in rocket attack identified; Detachment sent to Iraq

Henry Miller on America

December 27, 2015

Here is another installment in my Classics on America series, courtesy of influential author Henry Miller coming from his book Tropic of Capricorn.

The one thing they did not want to hear about was that life is indestructible. Was not their precious new world reared on the destruction of the innocent, on rape and plunder and torture and devastation? Both continents had been violated; both continents had been stripped and plundered of all that was precious — in things. No greater humiliation, it seems to me, was meted out to any man than to Montezuma; no race was ever more ruthlessly wiped out than the American Indian; no land was ever raped in the foul and bloody way that California was raped by the gold-diggers. I blush to think of our origins — our hands are steeped in blood and crime. And there is no let-up to the slaughter and the pillage, as I discovered at first hand traveling throughout the length and breadth of the land. Down to the closest friend every man is a potential murderer.

 

Bison Skull Mountain

December 3, 2015

The famous picture from 1870 showing a huge pile of bison (buffalo) skulls.

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Massive bison herds once numbered tens of millions of animals across North America but the Bison/Buffalo was hunted to near extinction in the late 19th century.

The American settler military was heavily involved in bison slaughter.

The settlers’ principal motive was that they wanted to weaken the North American Indian population by removing their main food source and to pressure them onto the reservations during times of conflict.

So, a double whammy of genocides… targeting both the buffalo and the North American Native.

The former now exists only in limited numbers in some sickly herds, while the erstwhile 40+ Native North American nations are also gone for ever, the entire indigenous civilization destroyed and supplanted.

Obama U-Turns on Withdrawal of American Forces from Afghanistan, Islamic Emirate Issues Warning

October 17, 2015

Obama halted the withdrawal of American military forces from Afghanistan in a reversal of his earlier much publicized policy.

The American & Nato occupation, already 14 year-old and hundreds of thousands dead later, is set to continue at least into 2018.

Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan issued a stern and eloquent warning to the American people and government calling for increased attacks on American occupation targets in Afghanistan, quote:

The Islamic Emirate has reiterated time and again that the American forces have no plans of ending the occupation of Afghanistan and all their apparent announcements concerning it are ploys to fool our nation and the American people. Now they have followed it practically by openly declaring that 5500 troops will remain in Afghanistan till the end of 2017.

The Islamic Emirate announces the following in regards to the illogical decision by America:

1. Maintaining America troops in Afghanistan can in no way slow down the rapid process of our Jihad and struggle. The insistence upon policy of war by American officials will only further aggravate the sensitivities of our nation and the region. When attacks begin to intensify against the American invaders, their casualties begin rising and the cost of this futile and unwinnable war in Afghanistan increases, she will willfully begin changing her tyrannical roadmap.

2. If the invaders lost the war in Afghanistan with the presence of hundreds of thousands of troops, their hopes of reversing the tide with five thousand troops are even more misguided. Insisting upon war and occupation will further reduce the support America enjoys around the world and with the American people themselves. America will get entangled in the war inside Afghanistan all by herself such that her fate shall be similar to that of the former Soviet Union.

3. If Obama has taken this paradoxical decision due to the calls by despondent and distressed Kabul officials or due to some other necessity then know that this can never be in the best interest of either America or Afghanistan and shall mostly be harmful for American interests and prestige.

4. We call upon our Mujahideen to intensify their attacks against American targets and to revise, escalate and quicken their plans against their movements, bases and affiliated organs.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

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Latest US War Crime in Kunduz, Afghanistan

October 10, 2015

The US’ latest major war crime happened a week ago when an MSF hospital in Kunduz was bombed, with 22 doctors and staff confirmed killed and over 30 still unaccounted for, presumed killed as well.

The bombing was almost certainly intentional and intended as a message to Taliban after they reportedly managed to shoot down earlier in the week a US C-130 at Jalalabad Airbase with a loss of 12 US personnel and civilians.

In this instance the US forces involved clearly acted in violation of international law as under the laws of war all parties to armed conflicts are required to distinguish at all times between combatants and civilians and direct attacks only at combatants. Indiscriminate attacks are prohibited. All parties must take all feasible precautions to avoid, and minimize, loss of civilian life and injury to civilians

In fact, last week’s Kunduz hospital airstrike is not the only crime the US-led Nato forces willfully perpetrated in Kunduz in their 14-year occupation of Afghanistan.

In an earlier incident, in 2009, they killed over 90 civilians who were burned alive after Nato planes attacked a fleet of fuel trucks.

HST on America

April 17, 2015

I am reading Kingdom of Fear by Hunter S. Thompson… and coincidentally am updating my Classics on America series with this post.

So here goes… Hunter S. Thompson on the United States of America in select quotes from Kingdom of Fear chosen by me:

It would be easy to say that we owe it all to the Bush family from Texas, but that would be too simplistic. They are only errand boys for the vengeful, bloodthirsty cartel of raving Jesus-freaks and super-rich money mongers who have ruled this country for at least the last 20 years, and arguably for the past 200. They take orders well, and they don’t ask too many questions. The real power in America is held by a fast-emerging new Oligarchy of pimps and preachers who see no need for democracy or fairness or even trees, except maybe the ones in their own yards, and they don’t mind admitting it. They worship money and power and death. Their ideal solution to all the nation’s problems would be another 100 Year War.

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A. came rushing around the corner with a computer printout in her hands. “The President is threatening to seize the Saudi Arabian oil fields if they don’t help us wipe out the Evil of Terrorism — seize them by military force”. The look on her face was stricken, as if World War IV had just started. “This is insane!” she wailed. “We can’t just go over there and invade Saudi Arabia“.

I believe, in fact I am very sure, there was such a plan which came very near to being implemented, and it still exists as a fully detailed war plan.

… The fat is in the fire. Today’s pig is tomorrow’s bacon.

Very true and topical as of now in particular.

US Economy Contracts in First Quarter of 2014

May 29, 2014

BBC News – US economy contracted in first quarter of 2014

The US economy shifted into reverse gear in the first three months of 2014 shrinking by an annualised rate of 1%, official estimates have shown.

It is the worst economic performance since the first quarter of 2011.

It is also a big fall on the 2.6% rise in economic output in the final quarter of last year.

If these are “official” US estimates, you can imagine by how much more the US economy really contracted.

Obama blames it on the weather.

Obamism doesn’t seem to be working.


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