An Easy Test of Whether Democrats Are Faking It, by David Swanson + Abby Martin: US Retreats From Afghanistan: Truth Behind The Empire’s Defeat

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
April 23, 2021

When Democrats were handed the U.S. Congress in 2006 to end the war on Iraq, and they escalated it in order to “oppose” it in the 2008 elections, it’s possible some of them were not being completely forthright and respectful toward you, their loyal supporters.

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David Swanson, Bruce Gagnon and Rick Rozoff: Democracy vs Autocracy

end u.s. imperialism

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with David Swanson, Bruce Gagnon and Rick Rozoff
Writers, Dandelion Salad
April 2, 2021

RT on Apr 2, 2021

Historically speaking, the Cold War was a great ideological confrontation. Western liberalism vs Soviet communism. According to Joe Biden the great geopolitical struggle of our time is democracy vs autocracy. For Biden we are in another great ideological struggle. But there is a difference: the west, particularly the U.S. is the only ideological actor.

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The Cold War Truth Commission

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CODEPINK on Mar 21, 2021

Witness For Peace Southwest Invites You To Join The COLD WAR TRUTH COMMISSION: A Day of Education, Testimonials & Action.

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At Least 36% of Mass Shooters Have Been Trained By the U.S. Military, by David Swanson

March For Our Lives DC March 24, 2018

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
March 23, 2021

It is extremely easy in the United States to obtain guns, to find places to practice using them, and to find trainers willing to teach you to use them. There’s no need to have any contact with the U.S. military in order to dress and act as if you’re in the military, as many mass-shooters do, some of them waging their own delusional wars against immigrants or other groups. But it is remarkable that at least 36% of U.S. mass shooters (and quite possibly more) have in fact been trained by the U.S. military.

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U.S. Spends 11 Times What China Does on Military Per Capita, by David Swanson

Veterans for Peace Banner Drop: "How is the War Economy Working for You?" (Pittsburgh, PA)

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 24, 2021

NATO and various columnists employed by major U.S. newspapers and “think” tanks believe that military spending levels should be measured in comparison to nations’ financial economies. If you have more money, you should spend more money on wars and war preparations. I’m not sure if this is based on opinion polls in Afghanistan and Libya expressing gratitude for war as a public service or some other source of data less imaginary.

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10 Key Points to Ending Wars in Yemen and Afghanistan, by David Swanson

Chicago Anti-War Protest 2012

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 15, 2021

1. Victories that are only partial are not fictional.

When a ruler, like Biden, finally announces the end of a war, like the war on Yemen, it is as important to recognize what it does mean as what it doesn’t. It doesn’t mean the U.S. military and U.S.-made weapons will vanish from the region or be replaced by actual aid or reparations (as opposed to “lethal aid” — a product that’s usually high on people’s Christmas lists only for other people). It does not mean we’ll see U.S. support for the rule of law and the prosecution of the worst crimes on earth, or encouragement for nonviolent movements for democracy. It apparently does not mean an end to providing information to the Saudi military on whom to kill where. It apparently does not mean the immediate lifting of the blockade on Yemen.

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Why Samantha Power Should Not Hold Public Office, by David Swanson

end u.s. imperialism

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
January 27, 2021

It took a variety of approaches to market the 2003 war on Iraq. For some it was to be a defense against an imagined threat. For others it was false revenge. But for Samantha Power it was philanthropy. She said at the time, “An American intervention likely will improve the lives of the Iraqis. Their lives could not get worse, I think it’s quite safe to say.” Needless to say, it wasn’t safe to say that.

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Top 10 Questions for Avril Haines, Neera Tanden and Antony Blinken, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Dec. 30, 2020
January 2, 2021

Before Avril Haines can become Director of National Intelligence, Senators must approve. And before that, they must ask questions. Here are some suggestions for what they should ask.

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Drone Murder Has Been Normalized, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Dec. 29, 2020
December 30, 2020

If I search on Google for the words “drones” and “morality” most of the results are from 2012 through 2016. If I search for “drones” and “ethics” I get a bunch of articles from 2017 to 2020. Reading the various websites confirms the obvious hypothesis that (as a rule, with plenty of exceptions) “morality” is what people mention when an evil practice is still shocking and objectionable, whereas “ethics” is what they use when talking about a normal, inevitable part of life that has to be tweaked into the very most proper shape.

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I agree with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Foreign Bases, by David Swanson

no more endless wars fueled by capitalism

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
December 9, 2020

You may have heard that the U.S. House of Representatives just passed a bill to spend $741 billion renaming military bases that have been heretofore named for Confederates. You may think that’s a grand idea but still wonder at the price tag.

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Biden’s Actions So Far Would Have Ye Olde Resistance in the Streets If He Were Republican, by David Swanson

War profiteers not welcome

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Dec. 2, 2020
December 3, 2020

Take a gander, if you can stomach it, at buildbackbetter.gov.

Now, be honest, if this were the work of a Republican would you be ready to protest?

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Top 10 Reasons to Reject Antony Blinken for Secretary of State, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
November 23, 2020

Antony Blinken is not the Secretary of State the United States or the world needs, and the U.S. Senate should reject his nomination. Here are 10 reasons:

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Tell the Truth: Veterans Day Is A National Day of Lying, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Nov. 2, 2018
Originally published Nov. 12, 2018
November 11, 2020

Some are inclined to recognize that Trumpies are dwelling in an alternative universe in which neither climate collapse nor nuclear apocalypse is a concern but terrifying wild hoards of Muslim Hondurans are skipping and dancing into the Fatherland armed with gang symbols, deadly rocks, and socialistic tendencies.

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Everything Will Fundamentally Change, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Nov. 8, 2020
November 9, 2020

In June 2019, Joe Biden promised wealthy so-called donors that nothing would fundamentally change. At this moment hundreds of millions of people — from those shooting off fireworks to those ranting as though they will soon shoot up public places in their MAGA hats — seem convinced that everything will fundamentally change. Biden was wrong. Everybody else is right. Either everything will change for the better or one or both of the twin dangers of environmental and nuclear apocalypse will change everything for the worse.

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