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A U.S. Soldier Died in Niger. What on Earth Are We Doing There?


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A U.S. Soldier Died in Niger. What on Earth Are We Doing There?

Peter Certo

When our soldiers kill and die in wars we don’t know about and can’t end, we’re not a democracy anymore.

Americans like to imagine ourselves as citizens of a democracy that rejects the colonial ambitions of Old World powers like France and the UK. And yet we’ve deployed troops to literally most of the planet, and our leading lawmakers — tasked by the Constitution with the exclusive right to declare war — don’t even know about it.

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This is terrible. As is stated- what are “we” doing there?


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This is worth the watch if you have missed it:


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if a few of our drones kill enough of their civilians, we can create enough hatred to have a full blown reason to spread democracy on their a–


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We will have to revive democracy here, before trying to spread it anywhere else.


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American troops were placed in Niger by President Obama. Supposed to be training their army or something. :confused:


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What else! But protecting the vested interests of the economic, elite using brave, patriotic, although misled soldiers to do their dirty work.


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Vested interests- as in oil and minerals???


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It may make a lot of Americans squirm, but the facts support the label of fascist military regime for this country’s government. For decades, both parties and all presidents have been subservient to the wishes of the military. If leading members of Congress don’t even know what the military is doing, it’s obvious that they no longer have the authority to shut down the war machine. Congress exists only to rubber stamp and fund the obscene bloated military budget, which they continue to do, faithfully, year after year. Welcome to the most warlike country the world has ever seen.


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Daring article. We need more and more of these.


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What Peter doesn’t understand is that building 7’s collapse changed everything. We can’t run away from destiny.

“We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality – judiciously, as you will – we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”


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Yes, we are horrible! You could ask the same question about the half-dozen other wars we are participating in. The answer is always a lie. Always.


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Over 28 men have died during the #TrumpEra rule, most under strange circumstances. 80% STILL under investigation.

If anyone can fine a link from DOD or whomever might publish cases pending, status [closed or open] please advise.


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With apologies for sounding like a broken record (for those of you who can remember what that was). Please, oh please, oh please read Gen. Smedley Butler’s War is a Racket speech. As this article illuminates, few know where US forces are stationed and active. Contemplate the times in which Gen. Butler lived. The populace had even less of a chance of discovery, given media limitations of the day. It is our duty to inform our peers about what is happening, despite their willful ignorance hip-checking us all the way. Ignorance is NOT bliss. It is TYRANNY.


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I just watched the newer film “War Dogs,” based on a true story. It’s all you need to know about why we’re in Africa or anywhere else.

As they said in the movie: “War is an economy.” A massive economy that is a profitable parasite on America. Like most parasites, it does not kill its host. Yet.


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Lindsey Graham is either an idiot who needs to be taken care of by a nursing staff full time or he is a cynical liar who thinks the American public is made up of idiots who need to be taken care of by a nursing staff full time.

Lindsey Graham sat in a committee meeting last March that was chaired by John McCain where they were informed that U.S. troops were in Niger.

He had no idea? ::rolls eyes::

Maybe he was so distracted deep inside his southern conservative closet by some cute guy he couldn’t register what he was being told?


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Lindsey, still in the closet so he pushes for more wars to demonstrate his manliness. Of course , the defense contracts in South Carolina keeps him loving the military. He and McCain should be in a cell together.


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democracy, ha ha ha ha ha ha…America ? Very funny…


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The media has totally failed the American people for their lack of coverage of these unnecessary foreign entanglements. Total failure! The media should have to answer for this at every turn. The MIC cannot operate in secret if they are called out when these operations are discovered.

The media also fails us when they do not report on the expansionist nature of the US military around the globe. This expansion is non traditional and we should be alarmed. .


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Two years ago Nick Turse published a book on the expanding US military presence in Africa, “Tomorrow’s Battlefield: US Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa.” As far as I know, he was the only investigative journalist who suspected what was happening in Africa under Obama and his book was ignored by nearly everyone. (Turse is also author of “Kill Anything That Moves,” which I would say is the single best work on Viet Nam) Turse’s dogged pursuit of what was going on in Africa led to a book which details all of the many bases and military partnerships as of two years ago. He is quite explicit on the extent to which US military expansion has correlated with the expansion of Islamic guerrila armies claiming inspiration from Al Queda and ISIS, and on the spreading chaos resulting from the US-UK-France destruction of Libya.

There is really no mystery here. As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ended, the Pentagon and CIA under the leadership of Obama looked for new opportunities in Africa. This appears to be the one Obama “accomplishment” that Trump does not plan to undo.