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550 Million U.S. Taxpayer Dollars Spent On “Operations” in Iraq, June 16 – August 28

Iraq war protest, January 27, 2007 (Image Wikimedia Commons)

Iraq has become a money pit but I can only imagine the tiny fraction of Americans who will come to know this fact (thanks “liberal media!”):

WASHINGTON — Since June 16 when US President Barack Obama first sent several dozen US troops to Iraq to begin assessing the state of the country’s Army, the United States has spent around $500 million on operations there.

Briefing reporters on Friday, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said the price tag has run on average about $7.5 million per day since June, sometimes less and sometimes more. But taking that average number, that would put the US price tag at $550 million through Aug. 28.

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August 29, 2014 at 3:25 PM Leave a comment

Oh Great, the U.S. Now Has Its Own Band of Syrian Beheaders

Say it ain’t so already.  Please.  Is the U.S. really going down this road?  Apparently so:

Official Logo of the Free Syrian Army via Wikipedia

Official Logo of the Free Syrian Army (Image via Wikipedia)

Like many teenage boys who grew up in the Midwest in the 1990s, Douglas McAuthur McCain was a fan of Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls and loved to play basketball.

But as he grew older, he lost interest in basketball as he shuttled between two suburban Minneapolis high schools. He never graduated, and in his late teens, he began to have run-ins with the law. In the decade that followed, he was arrested or cited nine times on charges including theft, marijuana possession and driving without a license.

Mr. McCain moved back and forth from Minneapolis to San Diego and then abroad. Officials now know he ended up in Syria, where three days ago, Mr. McCain became the first American to die while fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. He was 33.

The rebels who killed him were fighting for the Free Syrian Army, a rival group backed by the United States, and they went on to behead six ISIS fighters — but not Mr. McCain — and then posted the photographs on Facebook.

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August 27, 2014 at 1:00 PM Leave a comment

Obama: Stand the Fuck Up For Your Vacation

(Obama in Denver, Aug. 2008 - Image via Wikimedia.org.)

(Obama in Denver, August 2008. Via Wikimedia.org)

For crying out loud:

President Obama Heads Back to D.C., Takes Brief Break From “Vacation From Hell”

 

I wish Obama would hold a three minute press conference and say this:  Enough of the flying-back-to-D.C.-to-satisfy-the-likes-of-Fox-News-whose-audience-is-68-years-old-and-they-still-don’t-get-the-Internet:

Hi.

As most of us know, it’s possible in this day and age to communicate instantly via Twitter, email, Instagram and other services and to know instantly what’s happening around the world. It’s also possible to hold face-to-face video conferences via the likes of Skype.

As the President of the United States, I have communication technology at my disposal none of you have dreamed of.

I will not return to Washington, D.C. while I’m on vacation. I will not stop playing golf.  I have taken far fewer vacation days that most presidents.  I need some time off.  I’m playing golf but I’m also on top of what’s happening around the world via the technologies I mentioned above. There is no need for me to “head back to D.C.” in order to be in touch with the people I need to be in touch with.

Good night [Oh, and fuck you Fox News and wingnuts everywhere.  Don't you idiots get the new way we communicate these days?].

Thank you.

Geezus. Enough of this having to literally fly back to D.C. to give the impression you know what’s going on and you’re in charge. It’s. Time To  End. That.  Myth.

Do.  It.  Obama.

 

August 17, 2014 at 7:57 PM Leave a comment

Equipment Meant for War Going to Local Police Departments

When you’re a hammer, everything’s a nail.  When you’re a tank, everyone’s a terrorist:

During the Obama administration, according to Pentagon data, police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft.

The equipment has been added to the armories of police departments that already look and act like military units. Police SWAT teams are now deployed tens of thousands of times each year, increasingly for routine jobs. Masked, heavily armed police officers in Louisiana raided a nightclub in 2006 as part of a liquor inspection. In Florida in 2010, officers in SWAT gear and with guns drawn carried out raids on barbershops that mostly led only to charges of “barbering without a license.”

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Military Weapons to Cops via nyt.com

(Image via NYTimes.com)

August 14, 2014 at 12:56 PM Leave a comment

Obama’s FAA Declares No-Fly Zone Over Ferguson, Missouri

Barack Obama’s Federal Aviation Administration has declared a no-fly zone over Ferguson, Missouri which means news helicopters can’t watch what’s going on.  See the blue-highlighted area below:

FAA over Ferguson

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Outrageous.

August 12, 2014 at 4:07 PM Leave a comment

The American Military Industrial Complex is Smiling Tonight!

I read something a few weeks back about how ISIS in Iraq has commandeered a huge amount of military equipment we paid for with Our Tax Dollars during the 2013 invasion. The supposed “training” of the Iraqi army George W. and Co. said they were doing was a farce and when ISIS emerged, the so-called army cut and ran, leaving billions of dollars of weapons (like humvees at $200,000 a pop) lying around. So now we’re bombing Iraq again and the the billions of dollars of military equipment we paid for are being blowing up by the people we paid to build them in the first place.

Aye yie yie.  I’m sure the military industrial complex is drinking up a storm tonight but I’m SMFDH.  Our tax dollars down the shit hole, again:

Humvee via wikipedia

(Image via Wikimedia)

When President Obama announced US airstrikes in Iraq, most observers understood that the US would be bombing members of ISIS. What many did not know was that, in a twist of such bitterly symbolic irony that it could only occur in the Middle East, the US would also be bombing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of American military equipment.

Here’s why: in the decade since the 2003 US-led Iraq invasion, the US has spent a fortune training and arming the Iraqi army in the hopes of readying it to secure the country once America left. That meant arming the Iraqi army with high-tech and extremely expensive American-made guns, tanks, jeeps, artillery, and more.

But the Iraqi army has been largely a failure. When ISIS invaded northern Iraq from Syria in June, the Iraqi forces deserted or retreated en masse. Many of them abandoned their American equipment. ISIS scooped it up themselves and are now using it to rampage across Iraq, seizing whole cities, terrorizing minorities, and finally pushing into even once-secure Kurdish territory. All with shiny American military equipment.

So the US air strikes against ISIS are in part to destroy US military equipment, such as the artillery ISIS has been using against Kurdish forces.

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If it weren’t for the military equipment the U.S. walked away from, ISIS wouldn’t be near as powerful and we might not be re-inserting ourselves into that country 11 years after I stood on the protest line doing what I could to stop it because I knew it would be a disaster.  But, voila, here we are.

That said, guess who’s on the corporate media? The people who want to make more war.

Geezus.

 

 

 

August 8, 2014 at 6:19 PM Leave a comment

Not the Obama I Voted For

 

The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor.

Friday’s announcement is the first real step toward what could be a transformation in coastal states, creating thousands of jobs to support a new energy infrastructure. But it dismayed environmentalists and people who owe their livelihoods to fisheries and tourism.

The cannons create noise pollution in waters shared by whales, dolphins and turtles, sending sound waves many times louder than a jet engine reverberating through the deep every ten seconds for weeks at a time. Arguing that endangered species could be harmed was the environmental groups’ best hope for extending a decades-old ban against drilling off the U.S. Atlantic coast.

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management acknowledged that thousands of sea creatures will be harmed even as it approved opening the outer continental shelf from Delaware to Florida to exploration.

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July 19, 2014 at 10:16 AM Leave a comment

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