U.S. military matters

Pentagon and Ferguson

Saturday, August 16, 2014: –  “Department of Defense provided surplus military vehicles, rifles, pistols to local police departments.” USA Today article, about the Pentagon arming St. Louis country law enforcement agencies with rifles and pistols. The article states, “Ferguson Police Department is part of a federal program called 1033 that distributes hundreds of millions of […]

Juan Cole on Gen. Petraeus and Afghanistan and Iraq

Juan Cole on Petraeus and the failure of U.S. military invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Jemen background and U.S. involvement April 3, 01

A case can be made that Jemen is much more important to the U.S. than Libya. The entangled web of Jemen’s President Saleh with clandestine JSOC special op boys and the back and forth acts of terror and counter terror acts.

An Informative Wrinkle on the Raymond Davis case

Out of control CIA contractors on the loose, killing people and maybe spying on a new Pakistani missle, the Barbur?

Libya . U.S. corporate military ties to Libya

U.S. military industrial ties to Libya.

Chalmers Johnson

“Imperialism is a form of tyranny,” Johnson said. “It never rules through consent of the governed. …We talk about the spread of democracy, but we talk about the spread of democracy at the point of an assault rifle.”

Pentagon Report on War in Afghanistan – Different Takes by NY Times and BBC

Reading/listening to coverage of the report by the BBC and NY Times one could start to wonder if they were covering the same report. But Juan Cole sets the Pentagon report (while not mentioning it) in the proper light of a report by an occupier.

Robert Fisk on the departure of U.S. troops from Iraq

Robert Fisk’s take on the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. “So say it out loud: we are not leaving.”

Task force 373 and capture/kill teams

“The 9/11 killers were mass assassins who gave up their own lives to murder thousands. It’s now clear that, in response, the U.S. went into the global assassination business”

Who is in control?

Rogue private military firms employed by the Pentagon outside of any form for normal control.

Juan Cole looks at civilian attitudes in Helmand Province and Qandahar, Afghanistan

Juan Cole writes in a post that:

I conclude from this sounding that the planned US invasion of Qandahar city is likely to be a disaster that turns millions of Western Pashtuns against the US and NATO.

NATO kills four Afghan civilians

NATO kills four Afghan civilians returning from a volleyball game.

Americans kill more civilians

More civilian deaths at the hands of Americans.

And the drones keep on coming

More drone attacks

Use of Drones

No one is resonsible for the death of civilians. The killing inherent in war becomes too riskless and too easy. Both moral and practical barriers disappear, increasing the lilkelihood that the use of these instruments of destruction will increase, increasing in turn the likelihood that the recipients of these death dellivering missles will further resist and plan for revenge. Winning heats and minds has never been farther away. Blowback becomes ever more operative.

Blackwater update Jan. 10, 2010

Update on the questionable activities of the private military organization, Blackwater, on the the obama administration in the world page.