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B2 Bomber
starbulletin.com

A Horrific Plan for Attacking Iran

U.S. Central Command has developed a plan for airstrikes against Iran that includes hitting not just nuclear facilities but most military targets throughout the country. According to the BBC, either confirmation that Iran is building a nuclear weapon or evidence linking Tehran to a high-casualty attack inside Iraq could set the plan in motion.

Posted on Feb 19, 2007 READ MORE


soldier
playboy.com

Casualties From the Battle Over PTSD

Pvt. Jacob Burgoyne was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and ordered to a psychiatric facility, but the Army sent him home instead. Shortly thereafter, Burgoyne stabbed a fellow soldier 32 times and set his body aflame because, he said, “that’s how we disposed of bodies in Iraq.”

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


Prewar Slide Show Exposes Iraq Fantasy

Before the invasion of Iraq, Gen. Tommy Franks gathered with his top advisers to review their plans. The recently released slides from that meeting offer an insight into the startling optimism of the men who designed the war.  Four years post-invasion, the commanders expected Iraq to have a fully representative government, a functioning army and as few as 5,000 U.S. troops. Whoops!

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


Iraq Crackdown Empowers PM

Lt. Gen. Aboud Qanbar, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s point man for military operations in Baghdad, announced sweeping new military powers on Tuesday as part of a large-scale crackdown on sectarian violence. Qanbar said he is in absolute control of the effort and answers only to Maliki, signaling an expansion of the prime minister’s authority.

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


dolphin
wikipedia.org

A Novel Approach to Homeland Security

The Navy is hoping to deploy a group of dolphins and sea lions to protect a base on the Puget Sound from the risk of scuba-diving terrorists. Seriously. Not surprisingly, PETA thinks it’s a bad plan.

Posted on Feb 13, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. Accuses Iran of Supplying Militants

Two Defense Department officials and a mysterious analyst held an anonymous briefing for reporters Sunday to offer evidence of Iran’s involvement with hostile forces in Iraq. The three claimed Tehran is supplying militants with sophisticated weapons that they said had been used against U.S. forces for at least two years, but the analyst, whose exact job description was withheld, admitted the evidence was not a “smoking gun.”

Posted on Feb 11, 2007 READ MORE


Oversight Hearing Reveals Contractor Abuses

Last year, the Army vehemently denied allegations that Halliburton had hired Blackwater, another private contractor, to provide security in Iraq, but in a hearing before the House Government Oversight Committee on Wednesday, the military reversed itself. The committee also made public an e-mail from a Blackwater employee who frantically demanded that the firm properly equip its guards, four of whom were killed hours after the message was written.

Posted on Feb 8, 2007 READ MORE


Watada
news.yahoo.com

Watada Court-Martial Declared a Mistrial

The court-martial of Lt. Ehren Watada has been ruled a mistrial because of a dispute over a pretrial agreement. Watada’s attorney, Eric Seitz, called the ruling a “significantly positive event,” and said he hoped it would put an end to the case.

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 READ MORE


Gates
asashop.org

Defense Secretary: Surge Not Our ‘Last Chance’

Defense Secretary Robert Gates told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that if the surge goes badly, the military will probably move troops “out of harm’s way.” Why wait? He also said the surge is not the “last chance” to get it right in Iraq. Let’s hope Congress stops quibbling and makes him wrong.

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 READ MORE


Military Fed Up With Civilian Agencies

The Pentagon has had it with picking up the slack from civilian agencies in Iraq, grumbling its concerns to the president and even Congress. The military has been forced to fill jobs that otherwise would be performed by civilians, mainly from the State Department, which, unlike the Army, can’t force people to work under the nightmarish conditions it helped to create.

Posted on Feb 6, 2007 READ MORE


defense expo
targikielce.pl

Bush Budget Delivers the Bacon

President Bush’s outrageous military budget has nothing do with fighting terrorism but everything to do with pumping up the profits of the administration’s generous political donors in the defense industry. So, the question is: Will the Democrats have the guts to stop this betrayal of the public trust?

Posted on Feb 6, 2007 READ MORE


F-14 Tomcat
globalsecurity.org

Senators Seek to Deny U.S. Jet Parts to Iran

Although the United States and Iran have a testy relationship at best, weaknesses in security protocol currently allow buyers for Tehran to procure valuable aircraft parts from the U.S. military. At least two Democrats in the Senate want to cut off the supply, which would make the Iranian air force effectively irreparable.

Posted on Jan 29, 2007 READ MORE


cluster bombs
hrw.org

Israeli Bombing ‘Broke U.S. Arms Deal Terms’

A preliminary investigation by the State Department has found that Israel’s cluster bombing of civilian areas of Lebanon violated terms of an arms agreement with the United States.  Israel receives roughly $2 billion annually in military assistance from the U.S., but Washington places classified conditions on how American munitions can be used.

Posted on Jan 29, 2007 READ MORE


Pentagon Understates War’s Human Cost Among Soldiers

The Pentagon lists the number of soldiers wounded in combat in Iraq at more than 23,000, a tally often quoted by news agencies. But if one considers troops injured in “noncombat action,” a separate category that includes noncombat helicopter crash victims, the critically ill and others, the number doubles to about 50,000, leading critics to charge that the military is attempting to conceal the true human cost of the war.

Posted on Jan 28, 2007 READ MORE


Ocean security
latimes.com

Foreign Adventures Force Drug War Cuts

The Pentagon has traditionally played a major role in monitoring U.S. borders and assisting the Coast Guard in intercepting drug shipments, but the burden of Iraq has forced the military to scale back its efforts, opening holes for drug smugglers to exploit.

Posted on Jan 22, 2007 READ MORE


Misplaced Loyalty

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Posted on Jan 20, 2007 READ MORE


Military Spending Boggles the Mind

The Pentagon estimates that the cost of the Iraq war will reach $8.4 billion a month this year, or $9.7 billion if you include Afghanistan. That’s up from $8 billion a month last year, and $4.4 billion back in 2003. Either America was getting twice as much war for half the price four years ago, or someone is inflating his budget.

Posted on Jan 19, 2007 READ MORE


China satellite
hhill.org

China, U.S. May Be Preparing for Star Wars

China has successfully completed a test of an anti-satellite weapon, alarming the United States and other nations, the White House said. Although the Bush administration is weary of a possible militarized space race, it has steadfastly opposed a ban on such tests in order to preserve U.S. “freedom of action in space.”

Posted on Jan 18, 2007 READ MORE


Israeli Defense Chief Resigns Amid Lebanon War Investigations

Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz, chief of staff of the Israeli Defense Forces, has resigned amid ongoing investigations into Israel’s botched invasion of Lebanon. Imagine, someone in government actually taking responsibility for a failed military adventure. What a concept!

Posted on Jan 16, 2007 READ MORE


Journalists and Civilians Now Vulnerable to Military Justice

A provision slipped into a spending bill by the last Congress and approved by the president makes civilian contractors in Iraq subject to military court-martial. But legal scholars believe the rule could also be extended to include civilian government employees and even embedded journalists. (h/t: Largest Minority)

Posted on Jan 16, 2007 READ MORE


Gates
from asashop.org

Bush Administration Continues to Trash-Talk Iran

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who only two years ago supported renewing diplomatic relations with Tehran, has taken the administration’s recent Iran bashing to heart, saying the U.S. will beef up its presence in the Persian Gulf to make sure Ahmadinejad & Co. don’t get any ideas.

Posted on Jan 15, 2007 READ MORE


Iraqis amass near U.S. troops
AP Photo / Murad Sezer

Chris Hedges: War of Shadows

A longtime observer of insurgencies, violence and war, the reporter writes that the presidential plan to send more troops to Iraq is a mistake of catastrophic proportions that is likely to rival the most stupid and brutal blunders he’s seen.

Posted on Jan 14, 2007 READ MORE


Maliki
latimes.com

Maliki Pick Angers Iraqis and Americans Alike

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s choice of Lt. Gen. Abud Qanbar, a relatively unknown figure, to head the military in Baghdad has upset Iraqi military commanders and politicians. American commanders have also expressed dissatisfaction with Qanbar, due to the key role he will play in Bush’s planned escalation of the war and fears that his promotion might be motivated by a sectarian agenda.

Posted on Jan 14, 2007 READ MORE


Canadian coins
unbsj.ca

Canadian Coins Signal Mysterious Espionage Plot

The Defense Department says it has learned of a plot to spy on U.S. contractors with classified security clearances traveling through Canada. Though it released few other details, the U.S. Defense Security Service says it found tiny transmitters hidden in Canadian coins.

Posted on Jan 11, 2007 READ MORE


Olson
sfgate.com

Military Harasses Reporter Over Watada Trial

The military is trying to coerce freelance journalist Sarah Olson to testify against Army 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, the first commissioned officer to refuse to go to Iraq. Olson, whose story about Watada appeared on Truthout.org, has resisted the military because, in her own words: “Journalists should not be asked to participate in the prosecution of political speech.”

Posted on Jan 10, 2007 READ MORE


AC-130
socom.mil

Second U.S. Air Raid in Somalia

The United States launched its second air assault in Somalia in as many days, according to a representative from the Somali government, who told Reuters: “As we speak now, the area is being bombarded by the American air force.”

Posted on Jan 10, 2007 READ MORE


Blackwater guard
From Salon.com

Chris Hedges: America’s Holy Warriors

The former New York Times Mideast Bureau chief warns that the radical Christian right is coming dangerously close to its goal of co-opting the country’s military and law enforcement.

Posted on Dec 31, 2006 READ MORE


Multiple Explosions Shake Bangkok

At least six small bombs exploded in Bangkok on Sunday, killing two and injuring at least 30. Many believe opponents of Thailand’s military regime are to blame in what appears to be the world’s second major case of domestic terrorism in two days, following an explosion at an airport in Madrid on Saturday.

Posted on Dec 31, 2006 READ MORE


Condi: Still Drinking the Kool-Aid

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice indicated on Thursday that she still believed Iraq would emerge “as a country that is a stabilizing factor” for the Mideast, and that President Bush would not ask for continued investment if he—and she—did not believe the venture was worthwhile.  Well, that’s good to know. For a few years there, it seemed like they didn’t know what they were doing.

Posted on Dec 22, 2006 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Troop Surge Logic

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Posted on Dec 21, 2006 READ MORE    


Abizaid
cnn.com

Top U.S. General Will Step Down

Gen. John Abizaid, head of U.S. Central Command and the military chief of the Iraq fiasco, will retire in March. Though officials say Abizaid tendered his retirement before Rumsfeld was pushed out, his departure will allow Defense Secretary Robert Gates and President Bush more flexibility in their Iraq makeover, as Abizaid has been a dogged opponent of increasing troop levels.

Posted on Dec 20, 2006 READ MORE


Military Wants Even More Money

The Pentagon has asked the White House for an additional $99.7 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, for a total increase of $50 billion over last year’s record spending. According to the Congressional Research Service, military spending on Iraq, Afghanistan and other operations has exceeded $500 billion so far.

Posted on Dec 20, 2006 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Terrorist Detector

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Putting Iraq on the Credit Card

Believe it or not, winning the war in Iraq was never the Bush administration’s highest priority. Saving its tax cuts was more important. That was once spoken of as a moral problem. Now, it’s a practical barrier to a successful outcome.

Posted on Dec 15, 2006 READ MORE


Pentagon
pageoneq.com

The Military’s Iraq Gamble

The Pentagon is expected to recommend expanding both the military and its presence in Iraq as part of its “double down” strategy. Another element of the plan, to be presented to President Bush on Wednesday, is likely to include a direct confrontation with Moqtada al-Sadr and his militia.

Posted on Dec 13, 2006 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: A Fraudulently Financed War

Our hypocritical Congress appears poised to approve a $170-billion “emergency” military appropriation bill to continue financing the Iraq war.

Posted on Dec 11, 2006 READ MORE


Ike

Ike’s Parting Words of Wisdom

President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s farewell address should be required viewing at the White House.  Decades later, his words of caution and hope still resonate.

Posted on Dec 11, 2006 READ MORE


tank yard
washingtonpost.com

The Cost of War Mounts

The Army says military equipment is breaking down faster than it can be repaired, and has asked for more money.  The estimated cost for repairs is $17 billion to $19 billion annually, and Congress has already approved an extra $23.8 billion for emergency maintenance in 2007.

Posted on Dec 5, 2006 READ MORE


Tony Blair
politics.co.uk

Blair Moves to Update Nukes

Tony Blair intends to modernize Britain’s nuclear arsenal, including the U.S.-made missiles and nuclear-powered submarines that deliver them.  But the prime minister will have to survive the misgivings of his own party, with critics questioning the utility of nuclear weapons against suicide bombers.

Posted on Dec 5, 2006 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
AP

Rep. Dennis Kucinch: No More Money for War on Iraq

In a Truthdig interview, the Democratic congressman argues that the Pentagon’s new spending proposal would not only escalate the Iraq war but could be used to fund an attack on Iran.

  • Read the Gordon England memo discussed in the interview.

  • Posted on Dec 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Rumsfeld
    AP / David Hume Kennerly

    Military Newspapers: ‘Rumsfeld Must Go’

    On Monday the Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times will run a joint editorial calling for the resignation or removal of the defense secretary: “Rumsfeld has lost credibility with the uniformed leadership, with the troops, with Congress and with the public at large. His strategy has failed, and his ability to lead is compromised. And although the blame for our failures in Iraq rests with the secretary, it will be the troops who bear its brunt.”

    Posted on Nov 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Pentagon Cracking Down on Soldiers’ Blogs

    From Wired News: “Some of the web’s more popular “milblogs”—blogs maintained by present or former active duty military personnel—are going quiet following a renewed push by U.S. military officials to scan sites for security risks.”

    Posted on Oct 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Wonkette

    Military Bans Left-Leaning Blog, Permits Right-Wing Site

    A Marine stationed in Iraq found he was blocked from accessing the cheeky, left-leaning political blog Wonkette, while he had no problem accessing conservative Michelle Malkin’s site.
    Hmmm….

    Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


    General Acknowledges Failure of Baghdad Effort

    Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV expressed concern Thursday over the failure of the military’s new Baghdad strategy to curb mounting levels of violence in the city: “In Baghdad alone, we’ve seen a 22% increase in attacks during the first three weeks of Ramadan, as compared to the three weeks preceding Ramadan.”

    Posted on Oct 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Pat and Kevin Tillman
    Courtesy of the Tillman Family

    After Pat’s Birthday

    Kevin Tillman joined the Army with his brother Pat in 2002, and they served together in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Pat (left, above) was killed in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004. Kevin has written a powerful, must-read document.

    Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Marks His Territory in Space

    Bush’s new space policy, the first major overhaul in 10 years, reserves the right to prevent access to space to anyone “hostile to U.S. interests.”

    Posted on Oct 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Rpbert Scheer

    Truthdig Podcast: Robert Scheer on Lies, Foley and Fascism

    In the latest installment of the Truthdig Podcast, Robert Scheer offers his take on Condoleezza’s lies, Foley’s fiasco, American fascism and more.

    Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Congress Plans Iraq Victory Festivities

    An apparently optimistic Congress has already budgeted the Iraq war victory celebration, to be held in the nation’s capital for $20 million.  Although originally contained in this year’s military budget, the allocation has been rolled over to next year, and perhaps the next….
    (h/t: Daily Kos)

    Posted on Oct 4, 2006 READ MORE


    american militarism

    Sowing the Seeds of Fascism in America

    Author Stan Goff, a retired 26-year veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces, sounds a warning call that many of the historical precursors of fascism—white supremacy, militarization of culture, vigilantism, masculine fear of female power, xenophobia and economic destabilization—are ascendant in America today.

    Posted on Oct 3, 2006 READ MORE


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