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How U.S. Military Bases Back Dictators and Military Regimes

Critics of President Trump’s public support for authoritarian rulers generally ignore the long-standing support U.S. presidents have offered repressive regimes over the decades.

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The Hazards of Military Worship

An Army strategist notes that, while everyone loves the troops and their generals, history indicates that military advice isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Posted on May 13, 2017 READ MORE



‘The Coming War on China’ Discloses America’s Secret Military History in the Pacific

A new documentary by John Pilger exposes how U.S. military buildup in the Pacific has encircled China—and how local communities across Asia are resisting American nuclear and naval takeover.

Posted on May 11, 2017 READ MORE



The American Way of War Is a Budget-Breaker

It’s a reasonable bet that never in history has a society spent more on war and gotten less bang for its copious bucks.

Posted on May 10, 2017 READ MORE



Secret Documents Reveal a Constellation of American Military Bases Across Africa

While the U.S. maintains a vast empire of military installations around the world with huge, hard-to-miss complexes in Europe and Asia, bases in Africa have been far better hidden.

Posted on Apr 27, 2017 READ MORE


North Korea’s Message for Trump: We Will Protect Ourselves With Nuclear Weapons (Video)

If the United States takes military action against North Korea, “it would mean from that very day an all-out war,” Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol (pictured) says. 

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Pentagon Admits Killing 18 U.S.-Backed Syrian Fighters in ‘Friendly Fire’ Incident

The incident occurred days after President Trump took unilateral military action and bombed a Syrian government air base.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 READ MORE



The U.S. May Be Pushing Australia Into War With China

No one wants to bomb or occupy the U.S. ally. But that could change if America’s military-industrial establishment continues to assert its global dominance with force.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 READ MORE



Demobilizing America: A Nation Made by War and a Citizenry Unmade by It

For more than 15 years, the U.S. has been fighting essentially failed or failing wars—efforts that seem only to spread the terrorism they’re supposed to eradicate.

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An American Century of Carnage: Measuring Violence in a Single-Superpower World

Are we in an era of a “new peace”? Think again.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 READ MORE



The Deep State’s Hatred of Trump Is Not the Same as Yours

Do committed progressives really want to lie down in the same warmongering and pro-surveillance bed as the CIA and the Pentagon?

Posted on Mar 2, 2017 READ MORE


Retired Col. Larry Wilkerson: Trump’s Military Spending Plan Is ‘Disastrous’ and ‘Absurd’

Wilkerson (pictured) and Paul Jay, senior editor of The Real News Network, discuss the proposed Pentagon budget increase.

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



What Happens When All We Have Left Is the Pentagon?

If your military is the only well-funded, well-stocked arm of the government, it’s obvious whom you’re going to turn to in any crisis.

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Inquiry Points Toward a Pentagon Plot to Subvert Obama’s Syria Policy

An official investigation offers evidence that the U.S. military engineered a lethal attack on Syrian troops, sabotaging the president’s effort to cooperate with Russia against Islamic State.

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Barack Obama’s Neoliberal Legacy: Rightward Drift and Donald Trump

The Wall Street takeover of Washington, D.C., and the related imperial agenda of the “Pentagon System” were advanced more effectively by the nation’s first black president than they could have been by white Republicans such as John McCain or Mitt Romney.

Posted on Jan 3, 2017 READ MORE



Washington’s America-First Commandos in Africa

A document from U.S. Special Operations Command Africa shows that military support to partner nations in Africa is prioritized to suit American, not African, needs and policy goals.

Posted on Dec 21, 2016 READ MORE



It’s 2016: Do You Know Where Your Bombs Are Falling?

In how many countries is U.S. ordnance taking its toll in the nearly 15-year-old, apparently never-ending worldwide war Donald Trump will inherit?

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The Fake News That Will Take Us to War With China (Video)

A major, underreported U.S. military buildup for the purpose of confronting China—a campaign that involves nuclear weapons—is underway in Asia and the Pacific.

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In Historic First, International Criminal Court to Investigate U.S. War Crimes in Afghanistan

The ICC has famously failed to investigate powerful Western nations but has prosecuted African dictators, a disparity so glaring that several African countries recently quit the court, condemning it as the “International Caucasian Court.”

Posted on Nov 1, 2016 READ MORE


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The ‘P’ in PBS Should Stand for ‘Plutocratic’ or ‘Pentagon’

The American broadcaster depends on foundations, corporations and wealthy individuals to pay for much of its programming. This private funding undermines the integrity of the “independent” journalism it bankrolls.

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 READ MORE



Why Is It So Hard to Reduce the Pentagon Budget?

An ideology of armed exceptionalism and the entrenched power of the arms lobby are the pillars that uphold the Defense Department’s $600 billion annual stranglehold on our tax dollars year after year.

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The Pentagon Paid a British Public Relations Firm $500 Million to Produce Iraq War Propaganda Films

Material signed off by the White House and Gen. David Petraeus included fake al-Qaida propaganda videos that could be used to track viewers.

Posted on Oct 3, 2016 READ MORE



Apologizing to My Daughter for the Last 15 Years of War

What I really wanted to say when I dropped her off for her last year at college was just how sorry I was that she would have to live in what 9/11 transformed into the most frightened country on earth.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 READ MORE



How Everything Became War

As the distinction between war and peace has blurred, international law has not kept pace with the smudging of this line. Unless we build legal foundations that stand some chance of containing war, we invite further chaos, endangering future generations.

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The U.S. Army Made Trillions of Dollars in Accounting ‘Errors’

An audit revealed that the Army made $6.5 trillion worth of wrongful adjustments to accounting entries in 2015, either because it “lacked receipts and invoices to support those numbers or simply made them up,” Reuters reports.

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U.S. Declares Turkish-Backed Campaign Against Our Allies in Syria ‘Unacceptable’

Recent developments in Syria are reminiscent of the cartoon strip “Peanuts” scenario in which Lucy pulls the football away from Charlie Brown at the last minute and he ends up on his back. In this case, Washington is playing Lucy and the Kurds are playing Charlie Brown.

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America’s Syria Snafu: Pentagon’s Militias Are Fighting Turkey and CIA’s Militias

U.S. Syrian policy is in disarray despite recent victories against Islamic State.

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For Future Summer Olympics, Climate Change Is No Game

A report just published in the British medical journal The Lancet suggests that by the year 2085, almost all of the cities that could host the Summer Games will be too hot for outdoor events.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 READ MORE



Why It’s So Hard for Members of the Military to Speak Out

Assuming that many privates and generals have complicated, often highly critical feelings about various crises of war-making, why don’t they ever express them publicly?

Posted on Aug 12, 2016 READ MORE



The Pentagon Has Been Preparing for Worldwide Civil Unrest by Learning to Target Protesters

Since 2008, the Department of Defense has been funding research that studies the dynamics of civil unrest; some planes have what is called a “corpse cupboard” to store dead passengers; and it turns out that the first person to use an umbrella in England was publicly shamed for his audacious attempt to stay dry. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 10, 2016 READ MORE



Pentagon Tapping In to Social Science to Target Activist Movements

A report published by The Guardian explains how the Minerva Initiative is partnering with universities to militarize social science and better understand the factors behind civil unrest.

Posted on Aug 6, 2016 READ MORE



How to Disappear Money, Pentagon-Style

By keeping us in the dark about how it spends our money, the Pentagon has made it virtually impossible for anyone to hold it accountable for just about anything.

Posted on May 25, 2016 READ MORE



Edward Snowden: New Pentagon Source Shows Need for Whistleblower Shield

Edward Snowden is calling for a complete overhaul of U.S. whistleblower protections after a new source from inside the Pentagon leaked a startling account of how the system became a “trap” for those seeking to expose wrongdoing by the government.

Posted on May 23, 2016 READ MORE



Washington Just Can’t Help Itself

It’s as if every time our representatives look into the closet marked “solutions,” the only thing they see is a hulking, over-armed soldier whom they obsessively let loose.

Posted on May 13, 2016 READ MORE



The U.S. Military—What a Waste

Squandering vast sums of taxpayer money is a way of life for the Department of Defense. With that in mind, let’s take a little tour through the highlights of Pentagon waste from the 1960s to the present.

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 READ MORE



How the United States Became a Prisoner of War and Congress Went MIA

Through inaction, the legislative branch has surrendered the final remnant of authority it retained on matters relating to whether, when, against whom, and for what purpose the United States should go to war.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE



Pentagon Excess Has Fueled a Civil-Military Crisis

Like climate change, lymphoma or a termite infestation that destroys from within, an unrecognized and unattended crisis in civil-military relations afflicts the United States.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE



How the Pentagon Is Trying to Cover Up the Toxic Effects of Its Deadly Burn Pits

The military isn’t just in the business of inspiring books: Sometimes it bans them, too.

Posted on Mar 13, 2016 READ MORE



Been There, Done That: The American Way of War as a Do-Over

Yearly do-overs are a hell of a way to run a war, but they’re a great mechanism for ensuring that no one will need to take responsibility for a disaster of 14 years and counting.

Posted on Mar 12, 2016 READ MORE



War Zone Tactics Come Home as Pentagon Admits Domestic Spy Drone Use

“The appetite to use surveillance drones in the domestic environment to collect airborne imagery continues to grow,” an internal report states.

Posted on Mar 9, 2016 READ MORE



War, What Is It Good For? Absolutely Nothing.

You could think of American war in the 21st century as an ongoing experiment in proving just that point.

Posted on Feb 26, 2016 READ MORE



The U.S. Military Suffers from Affluenza

The Pentagon has immense difficulty shouldering blame for its massively fatal failures and wrongdoing, and thus suffers from an institutional version of affluenza.

Posted on Feb 12, 2016 READ MORE



Manna From Hell

War is hell. Unless, of course, you happen to be a global corporate peddler of rockets, drones, bombs and all the other hellish weaponry of military conflict.

Posted on Jan 31, 2016 READ MORE



Failed States and States of Failure

Here, amid Washington’s remarkably unwinnable wars, interventions, and conflicts, is a range of tomorrow’s headlines that could be written today and stand a painfully reasonable chance of coming true.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 READ MORE



Will American ‘Successes’ Lead to More Iraqi Military Failures?

There’s good news coming out of Iraq ... again. The efforts of a 65-nation coalition and punishing U.S. airstrikes have helped local ground forces roll back gains by Islamic State.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE



‘Diplomacy Works’: Peace Groups Hail Iran Deal; Clinton Talks Like a Hawk

“The implementation of the agreement proves that diplomacy works.”

Posted on Jan 17, 2016 READ MORE



Doubling Down on a Failed Strategy: The Pentagon’s Dangerous ‘New’ Base Plan

The Obama administration’s consideration of a Pentagon proposal to create a “new” and “enduring” system of military bases around the Middle East confirms that the military intends to stay in the region for decades, if not generations, to come.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE



Congress Now Has Less Oversight of Drone Strikes

The U.S. military has taken greater charge of drone strikes in Iraq and Syria, effectively reducing congressional scrutiny and leaving officials, lawmakers and activists fearful of increased civilian casualties.

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 READ MORE



Washington to Whomever: Please Fight Islamic State for Us

The United States will send in planes, advisers and special-ops guys if the Arabs, Kurds, Turks, Sunnis and/or Shiites will please step in soon and get America off the hook.

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 READ MORE


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