In the meantime the phrase ‘Strategic Nuclear Weapons’ is an oxymoron when the only plausible posture is stalemate and no realistic tactical option except mutual suicide. We have ourselves fought in Korea, Vietnam and Iraq making full use of conventional force. Of what consequence was possession of nuclear weapons in the conduct of these wars?
Yes, I couldn’t help but note the long and generally favorable obits on
Robert “the Strange” McNamara, at age 93. The obituaries ranged from
glowingly positive to, at worst that I read, neutral. I was shocked and
disgusted by these things. I considered the man to be a classic
sociopath and a war criminal, among other things. He was one of the
worst human beings ever to have lived.
Great 3 part video produced to the NOFX song, The Decline. If you don't already know, NOFX is a political punk rock band. The video offers many great references illustrating why so much hate (or blowback) is directed at the US. After watching the video ask yourself, if we were in their position would we not react exactly the same?
Talha Mujaddidi analyzes the "Quagmire of Imperial Slavery" for Axis of Logic from inside Pakistan: In January, 2005, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, former Pakistan High Commissioner to the U.K. wrote the following alert and warning:
Sure, I know that there's a big power struggle going on in Iran right now and that the politicos and the ayatollahs are playing tug of war over who will get control of what. But let's focus on something else for right now -- that the Iranian people a
In the wilds of Afghanistan, the civilian populace is increasingly
turning to the Taliban for aid rather than U.S.-backed police forces,
a published report revealed Monday. In some areas of the country, the
situation has become so dire that some have begun to see the Taliban
movement as ‘liberation’ rather than oppression.
What does it mean? It’s proof that we
have a totally illegitimate commander in chief and they will cave in
each and every situation. It means that from now on any member of the
military, who doesn’t like any order ,can say no.
U.S. Army Maj. Stefan Frederick Cook, set to deploy to Afghanistan, says he shouldn’t have to go.His reason?Barack Obama was never eligible to be president because. This will be heard in a Federal court this Thursday in Columbus Georgia.
A group of doctors
in the UK are mounting a legal and political campaign to overturn the
suicide verdict in the death of a British doctor who was found dead
shortly after exposing falsehoods about the justification for the Iraq
The hyper-expensive F-22 fighter, built to meet a threat that no longer exists from an enemy that quit 20 years ago, has now become even more expensive. Note that it takes 30 HOURS of maintenance for one hour of flight!
After a mass killing of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Taliban prisoners of war by the forces of an American-backed warlord during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan,
Bush administration officials repeatedly discouraged efforts to
investigate the episode, according to government officials and human
With little notice and almost no public debate, Iraq’s Kurdish leaders
are pushing ahead with a new constitution for their semiautonomous
region, a step that has alarmed Iraqi and American officials who fear
that the move poses a new threat to the country’s unity.
The U.S. military on Thursday reluctantly turned over to Iraq five
Iranians it had accused of fomenting violence in Iraq [2 1/2 years ago]. The Iraqi
government promptly invited them to meet Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
and then released them to Iranian custody.
In fact, Herrick was now saying, in a message sent at 1:27 pm Washington time, that no North Vietnamese patrol boats had actually been sighted. Herrick now proposed a “complete evaluation before any further action taken.”
"Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder
respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."
- George Orwell
On July 4 in Baghdad, Vice President Joe Biden, who campaigned with Barack
Obama on a platform of ending the occupation of Iraq, found himself in one of
former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's lavish buildings, the Al-Faw Palace.
While one of Saddam Hussein's thrones sat on the side of the room, Biden presided
over a swearing-in ceremony for 237 soldiers, who were becoming US citizens.
Speaking of the ceremony, Biden said,
"We did it in Saddam's palace, and I can think of nothing better. That
S.O.B. is rolling over in his grave right now." Perhaps the irony of both
the scene and his statement were lost to Biden. For if Saddam Hussein was rolling
in his grave, the reason would have less to do with one of his pala
A U.S. drone fired a missile into a Pakistani Taliban stronghold near the Afghan border on Tuesday, killing at least 14 militants, intelligence officials and residents said.
The United States, grappling with an intensifying Afghan insurgency,
began stepping up attacks by pilotless drone aircraft on northwestern
Pakistani militant enclaves a year ago despite the complaints of its
This document presents a sealed complaint against military contractors Lockheed Martin and Northrop
Grumman under the False Claims Act. According to the complaint, the companies fraudulently cut corners
in the construction of a number of Coast Guard boats, leaving them
unfit for operations.
A blast in eastern Afghanistan killed two American troops and wounded four others Saturday, a U.S. military spokeswoman said. The troops were attacked in eastern Paktika province, but there were no
immediate details about the incident
The Russian government has agreed to let American troops and weapons bound for Afghanistan
fly over Russian territory, officials on both sides said Friday. The
arrangement will provide an important new corridor for the United
States military as it escalates efforts to win the eight-year war.
U.S. Marines moved into villages in Taliban
strongholds in southern Afghanistan on Friday, meeting little resistance as
they tried to win over local chiefs on the second day of the biggest
military operation here since the fall of the Taliban government in
COLORADO SPRINGS | U.S. missile defenses are prepared to try to knock
down the last stage of a Taepodong-2 missile that North Korea is
expected soon to launch if sensors detect the weapon threatens U.S.
territory, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command told The
"The nation has a very, very credible ballistic-missile defense
capability. Our ground-based interceptors in Alaska and California, I'm
very comfortable, give me a capability that if we really are threatened
by a long-range ICBM that I've got high confidence that I could
interdict that flight before it caused huge damage to any U.S.
territory," said Air Force Gen. Victor E. "Gene" Renuart, Northcom
US Marines are in a "hell of a fight" as they
storm into Taliban strongholds in a major assault in Afghanistan, their
commanding officer said on Friday.
Nearly 4,000 Marines launched the operation Thursday in parts of the
southern province of Helmand, suffering their first fatality in a
pivotal test of President Barack Obama's aggressive new strategy
against the Taliban.
The 1/5 Infantry Battalion met only light resistance in their push
south and had already been able to meet locals at shuras (councils),
Brigadier General Larry Nicholson said, speaking to a convoy with which
AFP was travelling.
But "for 2/8 there is a hell of a fight going on in the southern
quarter of the sector," the top Marine said on arrival at Garmsir, a
town along the Helmand River that was a key objective for the offensive.
"2/8 are going to face some challenges," he said. The Marines were
in an area called Toshtay about 25 kilome
Taliban fighters were being imported from Afghanistan into Iraq to
attack civilians and U.S. soldiers, as well as how Muqtada al-Sadr’s
al-Mahdi Army was being allowed to import materials to make IEDs.
A just-amended lawsuit alleges six additional instances of unprovoked attacks on Iraqi civilians by Blackwater contractors.The Blackwater guards also shot the boy’s mother in the back as she bent over trying to shield her 3-month-old daughter, who nevertheless was shot in the face.