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Archive for May 2010

U.S. Defense Spending Far Outpaces Rest of the World

May 31, 2010

The United States continues to lead the world in defense spending, according to a new report released Thursday by the Centre for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, a U.S.-based non-partisan research organization. In fact, the U.S outspends Russia, the next highest spender, by more than 800 percent. The U.S. defense budget is 15 times that of […]

The American Empire that rules over all

May 30, 2010

According to the World Bank, there are 6.7 billion human beings on the earth. 308,108,741 of them live in the United States, about 4.6% of the total. Of these Americans, about 231,000,000 are of voting age. About half those eligible to vote actually do…115 million people. By brute force, this single, smallgroup set the agenda […]

BP’s underwater neutron bomb in the Gulf of Mexico

May 29, 2010

It’s hard to grasp the magnitude of the ecological catastrophe unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico, as no one is certain how much oil is pouring from the well into the surrounding ocean. BP, adopting an early government estimate, has claimed that it amounts to a mere 5,000 barrels a day, but some scientists say […]

U.S. Wars are making us poorer by the minute

May 28, 2010

Next year’s budget allocates $159,000,000,000 to “contingency operations,” to perpetuate the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. That’s enough money to eliminate federal income taxes for the first $35,000 of every American’s income each year. And beyond that, leave over $15 billion that would cut the deficit.

A Memorial Day Tribute to One Trillion Wasted Dollars

May 27, 2010

This May 30th we will reach another dubious milestone in our almost nine years of war. At that precise moment, we will have spent $1 trillion in operational costs for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, tracked by the National Priorities Project’s cost of war counter. What is $1 trillion worth? NPP explains it this […]

Afghans believe that the US is funding Taliban

May 25, 2010

It’s near-impossible to find anyone in Afghanistan who doesn’t believe the US are funding the Taliban: and it’s the highly educated Afghan professionals, those employed by ISAF, USAID, international media organizations – and even advising US diplomats – who seem the most convinced. One Afghan friend, who speaks flawless English and likes to quote Charles […]

U.S. aid as a nonlethal weapon of war

May 24, 2010

The White House tells us that we are releasing funds to rebuild Afghanistan. The reality, however, is that very little of the money actually will benefit the Afghan people. In a report for the Overseas Development Institute, Ashraf Ghani, the chancellor of Kabul University, stated that about 90 percent of the $1 billion spent on […]

Aiding the Iraqi Insurgency with US Taxpayer Dollars

May 24, 2010

According to several senior military and government personnel, USAID’s Community Stabilization Program (CSP) was responsible for sending millions of taxpayer dollars to Iraqi insurgents via a complex web of contractors and subcontractors. These sources claim that although USAID was fully aware of the problem, it delayed acting for as long as possible, unwilling to pull […]

Parallel world to U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and Pakistan

May 24, 2010

Let us imagine that Spain invaded Mexico in similar fashion to the US invasion of Afghanistan. Spanish troops poured into the country, and Spanish generals and mercenaries were to all intents running the place although generously subsidizing a corrupt national government whose president was in power through gross electoral fraud. A militant resistance movement developed […]

Insurgent history repeating itself in Afghanistan

May 23, 2010

History is repeating itself in Afghanistan because the Americans repeated the mistake made by the Soviets. They are being made to pay for their folly of overestimating themselves and underestimating the skill and fortitude of the Afghan guerillas. In a war against insurgency unless the mission is accomplished within a year, the war tends to […]