The Monroe Doctrine Is 200 and Should Not Reach 201, by David Swanson + The Monroe Doctrine at 200 and What to Replace it With

The Monroe Doctrine at 200 and What to Replace it With, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Jan. 17, 2023
January 19, 2023

David Swanson is the author of the new book The Monroe Doctrine at 200 and What to Replace It With.

The Monroe Doctrine was and is a justification for actions, some good, some indifferent, but the overwhelming bulk reprehensible. The Monroe Doctrine remains in place, both explicitly and dressed up in novel language. Additional doctrines have been built on its foundations. Here are the words of the Monroe Doctrine, as carefully selected from President James Monroe’s State of the Union Address 200 years ago on December 2, 1823:
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Ralph Nader and Lawrence Wilkerson: The Institutional Insanity (of) “Defense”

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with Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader Radio Hour on Jan 14, 2023

Ralph welcomes back retired Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson to talk about American military policy, including the record $816.7 billion Pentagon budget, the war in Ukraine, the insanity of nuclear weapons, potential conflict with China and what the right-wing caucus in the House of Representatives really wants when they say they want to cut military spending. Plus, Ralph reads and responds to your questions and feedback from previous programs.


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Nuclear Fusion Hype: A Boost For U.S. Armaments, Not Clean Energy, by Scott Scheffer

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by Scott Scheffer
Struggle ★ La Lucha, Jan. 7, 2023
January 8, 2023

Jennifer Granholm, the U.S. Secretary of Energy, led a press event on Dec. 13 to announce a major scientific breakthrough at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

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ICBM: Incubating Catastrophe Beyond Measure, by David Swanson

Nuclear Nightmare - Open Your Eyes And Awake !

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
December 29, 2022

There’s a simple idea, advanced most effectively by Daniel Ellsberg. Whether you love nuclear weapons, believe they’re unfortunately necessary, or think they’re the stupidest thing ever to spend a cent — much less trillions of dollars — on, you ought never to imagine a need for more than the nukes on submarines and airplanes. Having them on land as well, whether you call it a Holy Triad of nuclear weapon types or not, ought to be understood as really, really dumb, no matter what you think of loading up subs and planes with enough weapons to end all life on Earth many times over. You may, as I do, believe that almost nothing could be crazier than nukes on subs and planes; or you may swear that such deployments amount to the wisest action ever taken by the human species, or by the 4% of humanity that you give a damn about, or anything in between. But there is something crazier, that we should all be able to come together and recognize as the single craziest thing ever: nukes on land, ICBMs, Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles.

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Chris Hedges and Dennis Kucinich: How The Military-Industrial-Complex Has Become The Enemy From Within

Rep. Dennis Kucinich

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Dec 16, 2022

There was once a wing of the Democratic Party that stood up to the war industry. J. William Fulbright, George McGovern, Gene McCarthy, Mike Gravel, William Proxmire, and, of course, Dennis Kucinich. But that was largely decades ago.

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Dancing on the Edge of Hell, by Robert C. Koehler

U.S. Air Force B-21 Raider unveiling ceremony, Palmdale, Calif., Dec. 2, 2022

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by Robert C. Koehler
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 8, 2022

Two dogs walking. One of them says to the other: “I bark and I bark, but I never feel like I effect real change.”

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David Swanson: Ukraine and the Anti-Communications System

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Dec. 1, 2022
December 3, 2022

Massachusetts Peace Action on Dec 1, 2022

The first casualty of war, and militarism, is the truth. And the corporate mainstream media works diligently hand-in-glove with the US military-industrial complex to make this happen. Through its unquestioning repetition of government propaganda, its lies of omission, and its ratings-hungry war mongering, the media have become an essential part of the information war so endemic to US imperialism.

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Ralph Nader, Medea Benjamin and David Swanson: Ukraine: Senseless Conflict

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with Ralph Nader, Medea Benjamin and David Swanson

Ralph Nader Radio Hour on Nov 26, 2022

On this week of Thanksgiving, Ralph welcomes two distinguished anti-war activists and Nobel Peace Prize nominees, Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODE Pink to discuss her book War in Ukraine: Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict and David Swanson of World Beyond War to not only put the conflict in Ukraine in context but also to reveal the financial incentives that drive endless war.

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The U.S. Has Put Six Worse Things Than the World Cup in Qatar, by David Swanson

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis meets with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar on Sept. 28, 2017

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Nov. 21, 2022
November 22, 2022

Here’s a video of John Oliver denouncing FIFA for putting the World Cup in Qatar, a place that uses slavery and abuses women and abuses LGBT people. It’s a video about how everyone else glosses over nasty truths. Oliver drags in Russia as a past World Cup host that abuses protesters, and even Saudi Arabia as a possible host in the distant future that commits all sorts of atrocities. My concern is not just that the U.S., as one of the planned hosts four years hence, gets a pass on its general behavior. My concern is that the U.S. has far outdone FIFA this year, and every year, in Qatar. The U.S. has put six things into that horrific little oil dictatorship, each of which is worse than the World Cup.

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Scott Ritter: America’s Hubris is Stunning and a Threat to World Peace, interviewed by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
November 14, 2022

Finian Cunningham on Nov 13, 2022

In a wide-ranging interview with Finian Cunningham, former US military intelligence analyst Scott Ritter calls out a complex of American-made problems threatening world peace.

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“Subpoenas” Served On U.S. Weapons Manufacturers, by Brad Wolf

"Subpoenas" Served On U.S. Weapons Manufacturers, by Brad Wolf

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by Brad Wolf
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 12, 2022

What is it like to be so ashamed of the company for which you work that you cannot bring yourself to admit you work there? Ashamed of the products they manufacture, the innocent people those products kill, the hundreds of billions of dollars of public taxpayer money squandered in a gluttonous pursuit of profits?

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Chris Hedges and Medea Benjamin: War in Ukraine: Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Nov 4, 2022

No one, including the most bullish supporters of Ukraine, expect the nation’s war with Russia to end soon. The fighting has been reduced to artillery duels across hundreds of miles of front lines and creeping advances and retreats.

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Chris Hedges: Truth Is the First Casualty of War

End-War

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“You saw it under the a whole, ridiculous Russiagate stuff where the idea that Trump was elected by Russia is absurd, but the Liberals suddenly became the best friends with the FBI and everyone else. I mean Mueller became an icon in the liberal establishment. You see it now, this kind of warmongering on the part of liberals over Ukraine without any kind of real understanding of the conflict.” — Chris Hedges

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Crossing the Border into Ukraine, by Brad Wolf

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by Brad Wolf
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
October 26, 2022

“Mihail Kogălniceanu, Romania — The U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division has been deployed to Europe for the first time in almost 80 years amid soaring tension between Russia and the American-led NATO military alliance. The light infantry unit, nicknamed the “Screaming Eagles,” is trained to deploy on any battlefield in the world within hours, ready to fight.” – CBS News, October 21, 2022.

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Marjorie Cohn: The Aftermath of 9-11 Lives On + Ray McGovern and Jason Leopold: 9/11 Not an “Intelligence Failure” + Ralph Nader on 9/11: The Empire’s Overkill + Abby Martin: 9/11 and the Belligerent Empire

9/11 Was an Inside Job

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The Aftermath of 9-11 Lives On

Originally posted Sept. 11, 2019

TheRealNews on Sep 11, 2019

Even though a federal judge declared the government’s terrorism watchlist unconstitutional, no real remedies were put in place and the violations of civil liberties and the US wars abroad continue, says Marjorie Cohn.

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