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Stop Coast Guard Union Busting
in Longview, WA
The Coast Guard is being used to escort a grain ship to the Port of Longview, WA where a corporation named CGT is trying to bust the ILWU, which has had jurisdiction over all longshore work there for more than 7 decades. [read details below]
The last time that happened was in 1981 when Reagan used military air traffic controllers to replace striking PATCO workers. American workers have been paying for that ever since because not enough workers and unions spoke up at the time to object.
It's quick and easy. Tell Obama and Congress "NO MORE PATCOs! Don't use our military to help bust unions!"
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Thanks for your help.
*Send copies of resolutions and letters to USLAW at 1718 M Street NW, #153, Washington, DC 20036.
Members of ILWU Local 21 in Longview, WA, are engaged in a bitter fight with the multinational grain conglomerte EGT for survival of their union's 70 year jurisdiction, the jobs for its members and the welfare of their families, standards of work secured by decades of struggle, and for the very existence of the union itself.
They have been picketing and demonstrating at the Port of Longview to compel EGT, which received public financing for a new $200 million terminal, to honor the contract that ILWU has with the port covering all longshore work performed there. The union has represented the dock workers there for more than 70 years.
EGT is bringing the first ship to the port where it will be loaded with grain bound for Asia. The union and its supporters are determined that the ship will not be loaded by anyone except the ILWU members, as the contract requires.
The local is receiving support from unions, labor councils, union members and allies throughout the region and beyond, including the Occupy movements in Portland, Seattle, Olympia and Oakland, which are organizing caravans to Longview when the ship is due to arrive. That could occur within the next two weeks.
Recently, it has been reported that when the ship nears the mouth of the Columbia River for the eight hour trip up river to Longview, it will be accompanied by an armed Coast Guard cutter and helicopters.
Using U.S. military forces to intervene on behalf of the employer in a local labor dispute threatens the interests of every union and union member in the country.
The last time the U.S. military was mobilized against American workers in a labor dispute was when Reagan ordered military air traffic controllers to replace striking members of PATCO in 1981. The time before that was when Nixon used the military against the nationwide postal strike in 1971. Both of these were nationwide strikes.
Reagan and Nixon were Republican presidents with a long record of hostility to organized labor. They proudly served to protect and advance the interests of corporations and the wealthy (the 1%). There never was any doubt whose side they were on.
Why then is a Democratic president elected with solid labor support becoming the first to use federal military forces against workers in a local labor dispute at a single small port involving a shipment of grain?
Over the course of the last decade of the "War on Terror", we have witnessed the militarization of transportation, militarization of the police, the militarization of the courts, the militarization of education, growing threats to our Constitutional rights of free speech and assembly, and - with the recent enactment of the Natonal Defense Authorization Act - even to due process and the right of U.S. citizens to a speedy trial by a jury of one's peers.
With this development, the creeping militarization of our society is being extended to the realm of labor relations!
The entire labor movement and every union member and citizen concerned with the preservation of our Constitutional rights should register the strongest possible objection to this threat to our democracy.
Unions, labor councils, civil liberties and other social justice organizations should write or call the White House and their Congressional delegation to demand that the Coast Guard and other military services play no part in the labor dispute in Longview or anywhere else in the U.S.
TO PRESIDENT OBAMA
Please share this call with coworkers, colleagues, friends and your social network. Spread the word and involve others in telling the President:
MILITARY UNION BUSTING?
NOW THAT'S DISGUSTING!!!
By Dave Lindorff
The Iraq war may be over, at least for US troops, but the cover-up of the atrocities committed there by American forces goes on, even in retrospectives about the war. A prime example is reporting on the destroyed city of Fallujah, where some of the heaviest fighting of the war took place.
On March 31, 2004, four armed mercenaries working for the firm then known as Blackwater (now Xe), were captured in Fallujah, Iraq’s third largest city and a hotbed of insurgent strength located in Anbar Province about 40 miles west of Baghdad. Reportedly killed in their vehicle, which was then torched, their charred bodies were strung up on a bridge over the Euphrates River.
The idea of economic conversion, of retooling and retraining pieces of the military industrial complex to build what other wealthy nations have (infrastructure, energy, education, etc.) converged with the end of the Cold War two decades back. It was time for a peace dividend as well as a little sanity in public spending. Among the cosponsors of a bill to begin economic conversion in the late 1980s was a guy by the name of Leon Panetta.
Standing in the way was Congressman Newt Gingrich (Republican, Lockheed Martin).
As Mary Beth Sullivan recounts ( http://MIC50.org ),
One would think that if condemned to lose sanity it would be preferable not to be aware of what was happening. On the contrary, as in lucid dreaming, there is something empowering and even comforting in lucid derangement, particularly national as opposed to personal derangement.
We may be in the advanced stages of going loony as a society and a polity, and yet expanding one's awareness of how this process is proceeding is a form of enlightenment, even if the enlightenment is offered with some defeatist shading.
"The United States of Fear" is a collection of Tom Engelhardt's writings from his TomDispatch blog. It turns our world inside out any number of times, allowing us to glimpse with startling clarity the horrifying world outside our cave without ever quite persuading us that the real world can be real if it isn't on television, and not infrequently building into the presentation the understanding that there is no cure for what ails us.
19 January 2012 - A North Carolina human rights group is calling on state officials to investigate and stop alleged CIA missions originating in Johnston County that involve illegal torture.
North Carolina Stop Torture Now delivered a University of North Carolina School of Law report Wednesday to the governor, attorney general and others that claims the Central Intelligence Agency relies on Smithfield-based Aero Contractors Ltd. to provide planes and pilots to transport prisoners overseas from the Johnston County Airport for secret interrogation using torture techniques.
By Suzy T. Kane, The Taos News (NM), 1/19/12
Lila Garrett is the radio talk show host of “Connect the Dots” on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles. When she saw a map of the U.S. military’s plan to join an area of southern Colorado to northern New Mexico for a total of 60,160,000 acres of land or 94,000 square miles, as Not One More Acre (www.not1moreacre.net) has calculated them, Garrett cried, “My God, this is the Pentagon’s 51st state!”
From Secrecy News Blog: http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/
The Army issued a new directive last week to govern the growing use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or "drones" within the United States for training missions and for "domestic operations."
"The Army's unmanned aircraft systems represent emerging technology that requires access to the National Airspace System," wrote Army Secretary John M. McHugh in a January 13 memorandum.
Towards that end, the Army produced a revised policy on UAS operations to support "expanded UAS access to the National Airspace System." A copy of the new policy was obtained by Secrecy News. See Army Directive 2012-02, January 13, 2012.
Much of the Army's UAS activity will be devoted to UAS operator training conducted at or near military facilities, the policy indicates. But beyond such training activities, the military also envisions a role for UAS in unspecified "domestic operations" in civilian airspace, according to a 2007 Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Defense and the Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates domestic air traffic.
The 2007 Memorandum, which is appended to the new Army directive, was said to "allow, in accordance with applicable law, increased access for DoD UAS into the elements of the NAS [National Airspace System] outside of DoD-managed Restricted Areas or Warning Areas."
The 2007 agreement was intended to "ensure DoD UAS assets have NAS access for domestic operations, including the War on Terror (WOT).... This guidance applies to all DoD UAS, whether operated by Active, Reserve, National Guard, or other personnel."
A prior edition of the Army's "Unmanned Aircraft System Flight Regulations," which will be updated to incorporate the latest policy, can be found on the Federation of American Scientists web site here.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation last week filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking information on domestic drone operations.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. An important rule to live by. So is this corollary: Friends don't let friends watch presidential primary debates.
I think the clip at this link is a safe dose bit.ly/xVAIF6 and I have survived it myself or I would not urge it on others.
I recommend it to you only because I believe it is important for us to stop and ask what it means for a group of people who tend to promote both Christianity and the combination of Christianity with politics to have just booed the golden rule.
Free Webinar - Thursday, January 26, 3:00 p.m. Eastern
To strengthen skills for researching militarism to serve activism, the Fellowship of Reconciliation's Militarism Watch project will host a webinar presentation and discussion with researchers and teachers Cynthia Enloe and Gwyn Kirk. What have feminist researchers learned about the actual dynamics of U.S. militarism, drawing on focused, local curiosity about everything from toy stores to textbooks? Cynthia Enloe is author of 12 books on women’s politics and the international arena, including Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics and Nimo’s War, Emma’s War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War. Gwyn Kirk, of Women for Genuine Security, is co-producer of the film Along the Fenceline and co-editor of Women’s Lives: Multicultural Perspectives. Hosted by John Lindsay-Poland of FOR. No fee, but registration is required and participation is limited to 25 (registration is currently near capacity). Register here.
Follow the Money: Investigating Military Contracts
Free Webinar - Thursday, February 16, 2:00 p.m. Eastern
This webinar will explore how to learn about the U.S. government's contracts with private companies for military goods and services, drawing on diverse information sources. In a time of increased awareness of concentrated corporate power, knowledge and activism focused on military contractors are especially relevant. Presenter Nick Schwellenbach is director of investigations at the Project On Government Oversight (POGO), an investigative non-profit organization in Washington, DC, which maintains a federal contractor misconduct database. He was also a staff writer for the Center for Public Integrity, a non-profit news organization. John Lindsay-Poland of FOR will moderate and offer tips on the use of online sites for federal contact listings. Participation is free, but registration is required. Register here.
An excerpt from John Whitehead on Huffington Post:
America's troops may be returning home from Iraq, but contrary to President Obama's assertion that "the tide of war is receding," we're far from done paying the costs of war. In fact, at the same time that Obama is reducing the number of troops in Iraq, he's replacing them with military contractors at far greater expense to the taxpayer and redeploying American troops to other parts of the globe, including Africa, Australia and Israel. In this way, the war on terror is privatized, the American economy is bled dry, and the military-security industrial complex makes a killing -- literally and figuratively speaking.
The war effort in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan has already cost taxpayers more than $2 trillion and could go as high as $4.4 trillion before it's all over. At least $31 billion (and as much as $60 billion or more) of that $2 trillion was lost to waste and fraud by military contractors, who do everything from janitorial and food service work to construction, security and intelligence -- jobs that used to be handled by the military. That translates to a loss of $12 million a day since the U.S. first invaded Afghanistan. To put it another way, the government is spending more on war than all 50 states combined spend on health, education, welfare, and safety.
Over the past two decades, America has become increasingly dependent on military contractors in order to carry out military operations abroad (in fact, the government's extensive use of private security contractors has surged under Obama). According to the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States can no longer conduct large or sustained military operations or respond to major disasters without heavy support from contractors. As a result, the U.S. employs at a minimum one contractor to support every soldier deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq (that number increases dramatically when U.S. troop numbers decrease). For those signing on for contractor work, many of whom are hired by private contracting firms after serving stints in the military, it is a lucrative, albeit dangerous, career path (private contractors are 2.75 times more likely to die than troops). Incredibly, while base pay for an American soldier hovers somewhere around $19,000 per year, contractors are reportedly pulling in between $150,000 - $250,000 per year.
The exact number of military contractors on the U.S. payroll is hard to pin down, thanks to sleight-of-hand accounting by the Department of Defense and its contractors. However, according to a Wartime Contracting Commission report released in August 2011, there are more than 260,000 private contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than the number of ground troops in both countries. As noted, that number increases dramatically when troops are withdrawn from an area, as we currently see happening in Iraq. Pratap Chatterjee of the Center for American Progress estimates that "if the Obama administration draws down to 68,000 troops in Afghanistan by September 2012, they will need 88,400 contractors at the very least, but potentially as many as 95,880."
The Charlottesville City Council in Charlottesville, Va., is set to vote on a resolution this evening urging Congress to reduce military spending and not to launch a new war on Iran. Four members of the five-member council publicly expressed their support for such a measure at the last meeting two weeks ago: Dave Norris, Dede Smith, Kristin Szakos, and Satyandra Huja. The City manager asked the councilors to submit any proposed changes by the following Friday, a process that resulted in this text for the resolution.
Now the fifth council member, Kathy Galvin, together with Satyendra Huja, has proposed an alternative resolution (Word doc) that omits any reference to war on Iran or to the existence of both ground and drone wars, claims the military is protecting our rights despite the erosion of our rights facilitated by war, inaccurately describes the powers the Constitution gives the President, expresses support for the office of the President less than a month after the power to imprison people without trial was made a part of that office, asks the President and Congress to "continue" working to redirect military spending to domestic priorities which falsely implies that such work is already underway, eliminates a paragraph pointing to the tradeoffs our wealthy nation makes in comparison with other countries by funding the military so heavily, and claims that reducing military spending might endanger the safety of troops.
Galvin also questions some assertions made in the existing draft resolution. She adds "it has been estimated" to the second paragraph despite the clear evidence: (PDF). Again, in the seventh paragraph, the evidence is clear here and here.
All that is necessary for the City Council to reject this last-minute altered resolution and pass the version that is already on the agenda is for Norris, Smith, and Szakos, a three-member majority, not to alter their positions.
Charlottesville has a chance to make a real difference in the world by speaking against both excessive military spending and a war on Iran. Doing so will be noticed in Iran, where tensions are very high. It will also be noticed in the United States. People in cities around the country are asking how they can follow Charlottesville's lead. They can only do so if Charlottesville does lead.
Charlottesville City Council spoke against attacking Iraq in 2003. Because of that kind of effort there are now more ears prepared to hear a similar warning this time. The danger of a much larger, and potentially nuclear, war, and the case against it are very clear.
Our lives begin to end, Martin Luther King Jr. said, the day we become silent about things that matter.
Does the danger of senseless slaughter in a nation of 75 million not matter?
Does the potential of wider war among a number of nations not matter?
Does the $100 million that Charlottesville City tax payers hand over to military spending every year not matter when our schools and health and transportation and energy systems are falling behind?
I for one am very grateful that we have at least three courageous members of City Council who are about to honor Dr. Martin Luther King in a very meaningful way.
King opposed the war in Vietnam for the last three years of his life. He said:
"A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war: 'This way of settling differences is not just.' This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation's homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into veins of people normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."
Published today, MLK Day 2012: The Military Industrial Complex at 50 is the most comprehensive collection available explaining what the military industrial complex (MIC) is, where it comes from, what damage it does, what further destruction it threatens, and what can be done and is being done to chart a different course.
Get your copy: http://MIC50.org
The authors (from within and without the MIC) include: Ellen Brown - Paul Chappell - Helena Cobban - Ben Davis - Jeff Fogel - Bunny Greenhouse - Bruce Gagnon - Clare Hanrahan - John Heuer - Steve Horn - Robert Jensen - Karen Kwiatkowski - Judith Le Blanc - Bruce Levine - Ray McGovern - Wally Myers - Robert Naiman - Gareth Porter - Chris Rodda - Allen Ruff - Mia Austin Scoggins - Tony Russell - Lisa Savage - Mary Beth Sullivan - Coleman Smith - Dave Shreve - David Swanson - Pat Elder - Jonathan Williams - Ann Wright.
Short bios of the authors are available here http://davidswanson.org/node/3511
The book is available at MIC50.org in paperback, bulk discount, audio, PDF, kindle, Epub, and iPad/iPhone.
The MIC, this book expertly argues, kills large numbers of people, endangers us, hollows out our economy, transfers our wealth to a tiny elite, devastates the natural environment, and threatens civil liberties, the rule of law, and representative government.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower found the nerve in his farewell speech in 1961 to articulate one of the most prescient, potentially valuable, and tragically as yet unheeded warnings of human history:
"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous ris e of misplaced power exists and will persist.
"We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."
This collection shows that the "total influence" of the MIC has increased, the disastrous rise of misplaced power is no longer merely a potential event, our liberties and democratic processes are in a state of collapse, and that Ike himself disastrously misinformed the citizenry when he claimed that the very monster he warned of had been "compelled" by the need for "defense."
Get your copy: http://MIC50.org
By John Grant
Hugo Chavez is at it again, sticking his thumb into the eye of the overbearing United States of America. And, true to imperial historical form, the US is playing the outraged hemispherical nanny and blustering back.
Chavez is currently playing a round of the game my-enemy’s-enemy-is-my-friend and is hosting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Caracas. The Iranian president is on a tour of friendly leftist regimes in Latin America, while the leaders of our great nation whistle and look at the ceiling when Israeli agents murder Iranian scientists in broad daylight.
By Charles M. Young
On Thursday, January 5, I was waiting for the elevator in the lobby of my building when I was joined by a woman who lives up the hall from me. She was carrying a grocery bag with The New York Times poking out the top. “Why did you buy it?” I asked. “They just raised the price to $2.50. Who can afford that for a daily newspaper?”
“I have a very large birdcage,” she said. “It’s the only newspaper that fits the bottom of my birdcage.”
My neighbor is a classical musician who makes a living at it. She pays attention to politics and votes. She buys things. She’s a little older than the actors playing obedient yuppies in the NYT commercials that beg for subscriptions, but is otherwise their ideal reader.
Defense spending in 2013 would be reduced 1 percent from this year’s initial $525.3 billion request before growing annually 1.8 percent in 2014, 2.3 percent in 2015, dropping to 1.9 percent in 2016 and increasing 2.2 percent in 2017, according to a Nov. 29 Office of Management and Budget document. The administration plans $82.54 billion in funding for the Afghanistan and Iraq wars for 2013, according to OMB.
White House and State Department are in No Position to Issue Credible Denials Regarding Spying Charges
By Dave Lindorff
I wouldn’t want to be Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, the 28-year-old former US Marine just recently sentenced to death by a court in Iran after being convicted of being an American spy.
Hekmati, who was born in Arizona to Iranian exile parents, and who grew up in Michigan, is being defended by President Obama, whose White House spokesman Tommy Vietor, declared, “Allegations that Mr. Hekmati either worked for, or was sent to Iran by the CIA are false.” The White House, not content with that denial, went on to trash the Iranian government and legal system, with Vietor adding, “The Iranian regime has a history of falsely accusing people of being spies, of eliciting forced confessions, and of holding innocent Americans for political reasons.”
If you’re not allowed to enslave people any more, or even loot their resources, then what is the point of being a traditional great power?
The United States kept an army of over 100,000 soldiers in Iraq for eight years, at a cost that will probably end up around a trillion dollars. Yet it didn’t enslave a single Iraqi (though it killed quite a lot), and throughout the occupation it paid full market price for Iraqi oil. So what American purpose did the entire enterprise serve?
Oh, silly me. I forgot. It was about “security”. And here it comes again, on an even bigger scale.
By Charles Davis and Medea Benjamin
In an age when U.S. power can be projected through private mercenary armies and unmanned Predator drones, the U.S. military need no longer rely on massive, conventional ground forces to pursue its imperial agenda, a fact President Barack Obama is now acknowledging. But make no mistake: while the tactics may be changing, the U.S. taxpayer – and poor foreigners abroad – will still be saddled with overblown military budgets and militaristic policies.
Speaking January 5 alongside his Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, the president announced a shift in strategy for the American military, one that emphasizes aerial campaigns and proxy wars as opposed to “long-term nation-building with large military footprints.” This, to some pundits and politicians, is considered a tectonic shift.
From Miriam Pemberton:
The glaring question is, in this portrait of a smaller, leaner military, what happened to the idea of saving money? The speech Obama gave when he presented the plan was contradictory on this point. He first referred to necessary reductions in military spending, and then promised that the Pentagon's budget "will still grow, because we have global responsibilities that demand our leadership."
How can he have it both ways? A look at the approximately $523-billion military budget proposal that experts expect him to release after the upcoming State of the Union address provides the answer. That proposed military budget, which excludes the hundreds of billions of dollars Washington spends on nuclear weapons, the wars we're actually fighting, and subsidies for foreign arms sales, would be bigger than last year's. It would be smaller than what the administration had said last year it had in mind for 2013.
Killer Cops Aren't Heroes: We Need Police Who Think Like Firefighters, Not Like Soldiers in a War Zone
By Dave Lindorff
The sad slaying of troubled eighth-grader Jaime Gonzalez in Brownsville by trigger-happy local police illustrates the sad an dangerous state we have arrived at as we turn our local police forces into SWAT team soldiers up-armed with assault rifles, black facemasks and stun grenades.
The reason Gonzalez, who had no hostages and was just armed with a pellet gun, was killed by police bullets was because the primary concern of the officers confronting him was to eliminate the threat to themselves, not to rescue a troubled kid.
Here's the new plan that was announced today. Check out the play by play on my twitter feed.
This is from Common Dreams using Institute for Public Accuracy:
US stoking fears for public to support "the next wild burgeoning arms race in the Pacific."
At a news briefing at the Pentagon today, President Obama revealed today his strategy for a new defense strategy.
In the preamble to the new plan, Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense, Obama writes:
As we end today's wars and reshape our Armed Forces, we will ensure that our miltary is agile, flexible, and ready for the full range of contingencies. In particular, we will continue to invest in the capabilities critical to future success, including intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; counterterrorism; countering weapons of mass destruction; operating in anti-access environments; and prevailing in all domains, including cyber.
While media has focused on fiscal tightening creating defense budget cuts, some experts question whether austerity measures have really hit the military.
Catherine Lutz, chair of the department of anthropology at Brown University, stated:
[T]he new proposal for Department of Defense base budget reductions over the next five years represents only a 4 percent decline in real, or inflation-adjusted, terms, according to the Project on Defense Alternatives. And the Pentagon’s budget will remain far larger than it was ten years ago. On top of this, all of these calculations exclude, as they should not, billions in funding for the current wars.
The new defense plan also calls for an increased presence in Asia/Pacific region. From the plan:
U.S. economic and security interests are inextricably linked to developments in the arc extending from the Western Pacific and East Asia into the Indian Ocean region and South Asia, creating a mix of evolving challenges and opportunities. Accordingly, while the U.S. military will continue to contribute to security globally, we will of necessity rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific region.
Alice Slater, the New York Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and member of the coordinating committee of Abolition 2000, a disarmament coalition, stated today:
On a recent trip to Australia, Obama opened a new military base there that will grow to 2,500 troops and promised that ‘we will allocate the resources necessary to maintain our strong military presence in this region.’ A Pentagon report warned Congress that China was increasing its naval power and investing in high-tech weaponry to extend its reach in the Pacific and beyond. What did we expect? And now having provoked China to beef up its military assets the warmongers in the U.S. can frighten the public into supporting the next wild burgeoning arms race in the Pacific and what appears to be the threat of endless war.
The strategy outlined also entails an increase in the use of drones. “This ‘slimmed down’ plan continues the trend to rely increasingly on fighting the two wars with technology (drones) and ‘precision’ strategic bombing," stated Beau Grosscup, professor of international relations at California State University in Chico.
Slater also stated:
It seems that we are moving to a more mechanized war-fighting posture cutting out military forces below the previously planned cuts from 570,000 to 520,000 to an Army of 490,000 troops. However we will be increasing our reliance on drone attacks, that have now been used by Obama in several countries — Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen.
Daryl G. Kimball and Tom Z. Collina writing for the Arms Control Association note that the strategy says nothing about the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal. They write:
Panetta said that the plan will maintain a “safe and effective nuclear deterrent,” but did not explain how many nuclear weapons will be required for deterrence or how much we can afford to keep spending to maintain and modernize that force.
However, the strategy document “Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense” clearly says that “It is possible that our deterrence goals can be achieved with a smaller nuclear force, which would reduce the number of nuclear weapons in our inventory as well as their role in U.S. national security strategy.”
From Robert Scheer:
Not only has Obama been a savior of the banking conglomerates that so generously financed his campaign, but he also has proved to be equally as solicitous of the needs of the military-industrial complex. He entered his re-election year by signing a $662 billion defense authorization bill that strips away some of our most fundamental liberties and keeps military spending at Cold War levels, and by approving a $60 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia.
Actually higher than Cold War levels.
By Dave Lindorff
According to news reports, 15-year-old eighth-grader Jaime Gonzalez, who was shot and killed yesterday by police in his middle school in Brownsville, TX, was hit three times: twice in the chest and once “from the back of the head.”
Police say they were called by school authorities because Gonzalez was carrying a gun, which turned out to be a realistic-looking pellet gun, a weapon that uses compressed air to fire a metal pellet which, while perhaps a threat to the eye, does not pose a serious threat to life.
AP Covers Upcoming Announcement Today from Obama and Panetta of Proposals for Minor Military Cuts That Could Get Us Back to 2007 Levels
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Obama is putting his personal stamp on a rejiggered Pentagon strategy for absorbing hundreds of billions of dollars in defense budget cuts, marking a turning point in U.S. security policy after a decade of war.
Obama planned to make a rare appearance in the Pentagon press briefing room Thursday to announce results of a strategy review that he ordered last spring. The aim was twofold: Streamline the military in an era of tighter budgets and reassess defense priorities in light of China's rise and other global changes.
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Under cover of another sham environmental analysis and public disclosure document, the Pentagon made clear today its decision to waste nearly $5 billion taxpayer dollars to establish drone warfare training across southeastern Colorado.
$5 billion taxpayer dollars are being spent to build a new
Combat Aviation Brigade complete with Grey Eagles and other drones.
Their decision flies in the face of reality:
The Combat Aviation Brigade is an unprecedented escalation of military expansion prohibited across southeastern Colorado.
Call Senator Mark Udall, the politician pushing the new Combat Aviation Brigade and $5 billion for it.
Tell him to stop.
Democracy doesn't work without us.
Please call now.