U.S. Central Command’s latest figures on its aerial bombardment of Iraq and Syria reveal that this is the heaviest U.S. bombing campaign since President George W. Bush’s “Shock and Awe” campaign against Iraq in 2003. In the campaign’s first ten months from August 2014 to May 2015, the U.S. and its allies conducted 15,245 air strikes, or an average of 51 air strikes per day.
Conservative/Neoliberal population control mean sound investments for American retirees.
There is nothing more vile than what gets done in the names of nations and religions.
The price of these bombs ranges from 40000$ to 250000$$. An Airsstrike never carries just one of these and planes can generally carry up to 12.
118000 bombs will have cost some 12 billion dollars minimum.
Now take 12 billion dollars and use it to support the elderly , or snap food programs to feed children living in poverty and the State rails that it too much and needs to be cut. Drop 12 billion in bombs on people so as to kill them and that same State just asks for more.
“When military forces attack or invade a country, many ordinary people feel compelled to take up arms to defend themselves and their homes.” Excellent observation, particularly so because it echoes our Declaration of Independence.
“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”
The US Government is the very most violently anti-American regime to have ever emerged on the planet.
And this clearly shows what every attentive soul can readily see, if they care to:
“The essential first step to breaking the escalating spiral of violence is to force the aggressors, in this case the United States and its allies, to cease their aggression, including their state sponsorship of armed groups or “terrorists” in the affected countries. Then legitimate diplomatic initiatives can begin the difficult work of resolving the complex political and humanitarian problems caused by U.S.-led aggression and beginning to restore peace and security.”
Every US citizen should take pride in the ways the resisters of US military adventurism abroad have taken our Declaration of Independence so much at its word. It is our most worthy inheritance from the US Revolutionary period.
We should be paying closer attention to our so-called leaders, because they are our primary mis-leaders. "U.S. leaders of all stripes, military or civilian, Democrat or Republican, still fail to grasp what Richard Barnet concluded in 1973 as he studied the U.S. defeat in Vietnam, “at the very moment the number one nation has perfected the science of killing, it has become an impractical instrument of political domination.”
Instead of helping us become more serious and prudent citizens of the greatest nation on the earth, they act as if they are determined to destroy the USA in their unbelievably inept drive to transform the US into a globally dominant power.
There are so many reasons why the whole senile brain fart is grossly incompentent, we need not get into those details. Rather we need to focus on what kind of politics we want to inhabit, and begin inhabiting these politics right where we live. For they cannot resist a nation of citizens who know what they want. Their entire power rests wholly upon our ignorance.
I suspect the only two groups to gain from America’s Endless Air Wars are America’s Military Industrial Complex who get fat juicy very profitable contracts to make weapons for these wars and America’s petroleum branch of its fossil fuel industry. Even our military leaders know that we need to replace fossil fuel with renewable energy to avoid cooking our crops to death. And also cooking rest of world’s crops to death provoking mass migrations of starving hordes of desperate individuals looking for food to steal. It would be much more constructive to hire our weapons manufacturers to make parts for upgrading our electric grid to withstand both electromagnetic pulse and weather-related disasters and lots of equipment to generate electric power from renewable energy sources and to store energy especially from intermittent sources like wind and solar, but also base load like nuclear power from times when we have more than enough energy to use later when we need it more. Air and water pollution from coal industry alone causes so much extra health care expense that it would be cheaper to pay our weapons makers for all the equipment needed to replace coal with renewable energy AND pay coal mine owners as much to keep coal in the ground as they get now for mining it and selling it to be burned–over $340billion/year health care expense just for coal. Then use the money saved on health care leftover from paying for both renewable energy equipment (placed with utilities) and paying coal firms to keep it in the ground to pay for replacing natural gas with electric power from renewable energy. Much of oil can be replaced by electrifying transportation (battery electric passenger cars, buses run from overhead electric lines, electric trains, electric trucks that can run from either overhead electric lines or big batteries, mostly replace air travel with high speed trains both freight and passenger),