Category Archives: Military

Top 12 Reasons the Good War was Bad – Hiroshima in Context by David Swanson

"XX-34 BADGER" atmospheric nuclear test - April 1953

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
American Herald Tribune, May 23, 2016
May 24, 2016

Consider this a friendly reminder to President Obama on his way to Hiroshima.

No matter how many years one writes books, does interviews, publishes columns, and speaks at events, it remains virtually impossible to make it out the door of an event in the United States at which you’ve advocated abolishing war without somebody hitting you with the what-about-the-good-war question.

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Abby Martin: 100 Years of US Troops as Lab Rats

resist don't enlist

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on May 23, 2016

On Memorial Day, politicians will speak at ceremonies all over the country and repeat their favorite mantra: “Support the troops.” This pledge is hammered into the American psyche at every turn. But there is a hidden, dark history that shows that the politicians are in fact no friend to service members–but their greatest enemy. An easy way to prove this truth is to look at how they so quickly betray and abandon their soldiers after purposely ruining their lives, and even after using them as literal lab rats.

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What the Hell, It’s All Out in the Open Anyway by Daniel N. White

Stop the Wars! End The Afghan War Honk for Peace

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by Daniel N. White
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 17, 2016

Story from some actress about marriage and divorce always stuck with me, even if the actress’ name hasn’t. She talked about how if you are in head over heels in love with someone, or if you are pissed off at them and divorcing them, you still see everything about the person, good and bad. Your vision doesn’t change with emotion, she said. The only thing that changes, she said, is which aspects of that person you bring into focus. Everything is out in the open for you to see, and you just choose what you want to focus on. She’s right about that. Not just in love, but in world events, too.

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Noam Chomsky: Climate Change and Nuclear Proliferation Pose the Worst Threat Ever Faced by Humans

Republican Elephant & Democratic Donkey 2016

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with Noam Chomsky

Democracy Now! on May 16, 2016

http://democracynow.org – President Obama has just passed a little-noticed milestone, according to The New York Times: Obama has now been at war longer than any president in U.S. history—longer than George W. Bush, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Obama has taken military action in at least seven countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Just last month, President Obama announced the deployment of 250 more Special Operations troops to Syria in a move that nearly doubles the official U.S. presence in the country.

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Julia Ward Howe: Mother’s Day Proclamation (1870)

Pink Rose

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Happy Mother’s Day

Pearlsbefore Swine on May 24, 2012

This is perhaps the most heart-felt video I have ever put together. The second “Iraq War” was in full swing and George W. Bush was refusing to meet with Cindy Sheehan to justify sending her son Casey off to fight in a war built on false assumptions.

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David Swanson and John Dear on Catholic Church Rejecting “Just War” Theory

No More War

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
April 25, 2016

After 1700 years, the Catholic Church is turning against the idea that there can be a “just war.” We speak with John Dear.

John Dear is an internationally recognized voice for peace and nonviolence. A priest, pastor, retreat leader, and author, he served for years as the director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organization in the U.S. After September 11, 2001, he was a Red Cross coordinator of chaplains at the Family Assistance Center in New York, and counseled thousands of relatives and rescue workers. John has traveled the war zones of the world, been arrested some 75 times for peace, led Nobel Peace prize winners to Iraq, recently visited Afghanistan, given thousands of lectures on peace across the U.S., and served as a pastor of several churches in New Mexico.

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Chris Hedges: Saudi Arabia Plays a ‘Dark Role’ in the Middle East, Empowered by US

Don't Bomb Syria - London protest 28 Nov 2015

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 15, 2016

The Saudi-led coalition – including the nations of Kuwait, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates – dropped US-supplied bombs into a Yemeni marketplace killing 119, according to Human Rights Watch. To discuss US arms sales to Saudi Arabia and ongoing legislation meant to curb it, Chris Hedges, author and former Middle East bureau chief for the New York Times, joins RT America’s Manila Chan.

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Michael Hudson: They Finance the Military Budget with Money Laundering by the World’s Criminals

Cameron Must Resign protest 9 April 2016

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
April 14, 2016

TheRealNews on Apr 13, 2016

Economist Michael Hudson says oil and mining industries and the State Department created Panama and Liberia for the express purpose of tax evasion.

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Abby Martin: The Military Feeds on Congo’s Natural Resources

Congo resource wars

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English  on Apr 11, 2016

Every drone flown by the U.S. military has inside a piece of the Democratic Republic of the Congo–a valuable mineral, of which the DRC has trillions of dollars worth buried underground.

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Chris Hedges: Why the Brutalized Become Brutal

Protest: No War in Iraq

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with Chris Hedges

teleSUR English on Apr 4, 2016

In this episode of Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges interviews two veterans of the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Michael Hanes and Rory Fanning. They lament the brutality of the American military presence, which they say creates the conditions for terrorism and fuels attacks in places like Brussels. They also speak out about the painful struggle of coping with PTSD, and the alienation faced by many soldiers when they come home.

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Blowback Denial, Climate Denial, and Apocalypse by David Swanson

Postapocalyptic

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
American Herald Tribune
March 30, 2016

Last week Donald Trump suggested something Bernie Sanders would never dare: getting rid of NATO. I took some time to read people’s comments and tweets online about it, and a huge number seemed to believe that NATO and the U.S. military have been performing a service for Europe, and that it’s time for Europe to pay its own bills. But will someone explain to me what the service is?

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A World War Has Begun by John Pilger

World War 3 - III

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by John Pilger
johnpilger.com, March 20, 2016
March 24, 2016

I have been filming in the Marshall Islands, which lie north of Australia, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Whenever I tell people where I have been, they ask, “Where is that?” If I offer a clue by referring to “Bikini”, they say, “You mean the swimsuit.”

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U.S. Air Force’s Ability to Deliver Death But Not Food Is A Choice by David Swanson

Food Not Bombs

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
American Herald Tribune
March 20, 2016

According to news reports, there are areas of Syria where people are literally starving to death, and where the United Nations is attempting to drop food from the air but missing its target so wildly that the food is damaged or simply cannot be found.

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Uncontrollable—Pentagon and Corporate Contractors Too Big to Audit by Ralph Nader

What a Lovely War

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
March 18, 2016

The Reuters report put this colossal dereliction simply: “A law in effect since 1992 requires annual audits of all federal agencies—and the Pentagon alone has never complied.”

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Possibility—Probability of Nuking Russia by Gaither Stewart

armageddon

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
March 2, 2016

By pure chance the two events occurred simultaneously: On a summer morning I read a reference to Aristotle’s discussion of possibility and probability in Meyer H. Abrams’ book, The Mirror and the Lamp, (in 1998 labeled by Modern Library one of the one hundred greatest English-language non-fiction books of the twentieth century). On the same day, I read several press articles concerning the demands of neocon madmen in the U.S. to “pull the trigger” on Russia, Iran and/or Syria.

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