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War to the Horizon (and Nary a Word About It)


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War to the Horizon (and Nary a Word About It)

Tom Engelhardt

War, what is it good for? In America, the answer is that, much of the time, you’ll probably never know what it's good for -- or, in some cases, even notice that we’re at war. Right now, the U.S. is ever more deeply involved in significant conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya, and increasingly Yemen -- at least five ongoing wars in the Greater Middle East. Yet, in the midst of Election 2016, with the single exception of the long-proclaimed, long-awaited Iraqi-Kurdish offensive against Islamic State militants in the city of Mosul (with U.S.


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The New York Times recently described the expanding but under-the-radar American war against the al-Shabab terror movement in Somalia this way: “Hundreds of American troops now rotate through makeshift bases in Somalia, the largest military presence since the United States pulled out of the country after the ‘Black Hawk Down’ battle in 1993... It carries enormous risks -- including more American casualties, botched airstrikes that kill civilians and the potential for the United States to be drawn even more deeply into a troubled country that so far has stymied all efforts to fix it.”

The US is trying to fix it. Fix it.

The NYT is a lousy propaganda rag. Try fixing themselves.


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"...wracked by an expanding al Qaeda operation." One thing the propaganda machine does not tell us is the Houthi tribe are staunch adversaries of al-Qaeda. Of course al-Qaeda is expanding in Yemen...the forces who oppose them are tied up fighting the Saudis and us. One more piece of evidence that Saudi Arabia and al-Qaeda are hand-in-hand. If we had attacked Saudi Arabia (which was actually involved in the 9/11 attack) instead of Iraq, perhaps all the glowing goals Bush and company promoted would have truly come to pass. It would have removed the WORST dictatorship in the middle east and possibly have created a shining example of democracy in that region. Of course, what with all the smoochie-smoochie hand-holding George W. and Prince Bandar were doing at Crawford ranch at that time, this was never going to happen. Now we are murdering our natural allies at the behest of our enemies. How stupid can this get?


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Terror attacks have jumped by a stunning 6,500% since 2002, according to a new analysis by Reader Supported News. The number of casualties resulting from terror attacks has increased by 4,500% over this same time period.

The analysis, conducted with figures provided by the US State Department, also shows that from 2007 to 2011 almost half of all the world’s terror took place in Iraq or Afghanistan – two countries being occupied by the US at the time.

In 2014, 74 percent of all terror-related casualties occurred in Iraq, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, or Syria. Of these five, only Nigeria did not experience either US air strikes or a military occupation in that year. -more-

The rise in terrorist activity coincided with the US invasion of Iraq.” The US occupation, the report continues, “created large power vacuums in the country allowing different factions to surface and become violent.”

This so-called “Iraq Effect” has been reported by British intelligence, as well as in the US government’s own reports, which stated that “the war in Iraq has become the cause célèbre for jihadists” and that the war is “shaping a new generation of terrorist leaders and operatives.”


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"Fact. The Pentagon's budget is already coming up roses and no matter who enters the Oval Office, its only going to get bigger."

If the above statement does not corroborate my contention that Amerika is a military dictatorship pretending to be a democracy, then I do not know what does!


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All the while the US' "allies" S.A., Qatar, and Turkey work against a solution.

What better way to ensure forever war.


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In the new imperial order, political problem solvers, visionaries, and clever people are not needed. And neither is a meritocracy. So it is systematically deconstructed and replaced by yes men and cronies. These cronies bypass all due diligence and checks and balances, and become the imperial war machine. Their job is to prioritise military solutions to the exclusion of all others.

military solutions are very good value for money when it comes to removing inconvenient people or truths. You can just kill them off for as low as a few million dollars. and given the lack of accountability, lack of MSM coverage, and the political transiency, the cronies will be long gone by the time blowback hits. That blowback will open new opportunities for the next gen. cronies and for further military solutions.

Welcome to the era of perpetual war


#8

We don't even talk about our Men and Women overseas anymore? We just sweep it under the rug? We dishonor our troops, what could be more important than their lives? 1 every hour commits suicide, you for the wars? Remember their blood is on YOUR HANDS! TICK TOCK MFER'S....... I've been engulfed in the Dakota Access pipeline, I totally forgot we're headed straight to WW3. Is this the distraction they're feeding us? I feel like an idiot.


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Election 2016 is the "distraction they are feeding us".

Blaming Russia for DNC leaks kills three birds with one stone...1) make Clinton look better in election 2016, 2) restart the cold war with Russia to further enrich the military industrial media infotainment complex (MIMIC) that will 3) give Clinton even more campaign contributions for her 2020 re-election campaign.


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But we are ISIS. When you arrive at that conclusion it all makes sense.

A vote for Clinton is a vote for ISIS. The irony - a woman is in charge.


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We armed the North Koreans in 1950, we armed the Viet Minh (Cong) in 1962, we created al Qaeda in the early 80's and we have created ISIS within the last few years. Why? To feed the murder machine and make more money for the profiteers of death. What's the use of making all those guns and bombs if you don't use them. Its been this way since the Civil War when the North moved industrial production over to military supply and hasn't changed to this day. This does not bode well for nuclear weapons. If they have them, they'll eventually use them. Hillary, or whoever holds the office of prez, is a mere figurehead. I'm sure when Obama took office, the day after the big inauguration party, the true owners of the govt. sat him down, showed him the real Zapruder film (not the one edited for the public), smiled and left him to make his own conclusions.


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I must say I find it odd. How is an attack in a war zone during an active conflict an act of terrorism? Drone attacks by the US are deemed a "strike" even in areas where no formal declaration of hostilities is in effect and no matter how many scores of civilians, women and children are killed. This would make the US the largest terrorist organization in the world (which it is).


#14

The rich will do ANYTHING to ANYBODY to maintain their privilege and position.


#15

I always thought terrorism was a Strategy of wars.


#16

War IS terrorism. Has been ever since Sherman's march to the sea although one could argue Vicksburg was the precursor.