Category: WAR Mongers & Profiteers

The Washington Post’s Shoddy Defense of the Russiagate Investigation

ERIC ZUESSE—In any case: anyone who believes ‘news’media only because they’re famous (and despite the considerable evidence that they’re not to be trusted) is going to be a happy gull of either Democratic Party billionaires or Republican Party billionaires; and a country with a majority like that won’t be any democracy at all. To boil this all down: the Nunes Memo summarizes a case that the campaign to replace Trump by Pence has used tactics which are illegal in the United States, and which should be illegal in any democracy.

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CINDY SHEEHAN ORGANISING WOMEN’S MARCH ON THE PENTAGON

CINDY SHEEHAN—The antiwar/peace, anti-Imperialist voice has been shut out of, or marginalized by many protests and movements especially since Trump was inaugurated. We are in solidarity with most social and environmental movements, yet many refuse to address war and the preparations for war. War affects us all in one way or another. War destroys the natural environment. This March will not degenerate into a Get out the Vote Rally for the complicit Democrats.

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The Pentagon’s Useful Idiots

SERGE HALIMI—In response to a White House request, the Pentagon recently completed a draft report that advocates a wider role for nuclear weapons (1). Since existing bombs are so destructive that using them is unimaginable, their deterrent role is undermined; so the report suggests it might be better to develop low-yield nuclear arms as part of a greater range of strategic threats. A range that would also include non-nuclear options: ‘chemical, biological, cyber, and large-scale conventional aggression.’

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Trump’s Plan B for Syria: Occupation and Intimidation

MIKE WHITNEY—The objective of forward deterrence is not to win the war, but to prevent the enemy from winning.  The downside to this theory is that– when neither side prevails– there is no political settlement, no end to the fighting, and no path for returning people to their homes so they can resume their lives in peace and security.  It is, in fact, a plan designed to perpetuate the suffering, perpetuate the destruction and perpetuate the bloodletting. It’s a solution that provides no solution, a war without end.

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Giving the Game Away

PAUL STREET—For [PBS pundit] Rothenberg, the Clinton wing members are the “pragmatists,” the realistic adults who want “get things done” (one of the great neoliberal president Obama’s favorite phrases and claims). The Sanders folks are “ideologues,” a pejorative term meaning people who are mainly about

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