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9 hours ago @ News From - Iraq Accidentally Drop... · 0 replies · +3 points

A little more directly than we've been supplying ISIS lately, but not an entirely new thing for the ISIS fighters I'm sure.

1 day ago @ News From - As 'Advisers' Role Exp... · 0 replies · +3 points

1600 "advisers". Vietnam, 1961.

1 day ago @ Original A... - They're Making Up Stuff · 0 replies · +8 points

It's the structure of the system. Millions of us voted in 2008 for the candidate we thought was antiwar, the one that was marketed to us as such. The system lies, and what are our means of advance fact-checking? We have none. All we can do is either be in a permanent state of response, or reject the system in its totality.

4 days ago @ News From - Adm. Locklear: US 'Con... · 0 replies · +10 points

Propaganda indeed, these aren't even bombers except insofar as they use the TU-95 airframe. They are SIGINT (signals intelligence) reconnaisance planes, never configured for any other purpose. And yes, of course the US has similar flights, aboard the RC-135 jets, on which I was a former crewmember. This is just ratcheting up the Cold War hysteria, "the Russians are coming!" Actually these flights, by both sides, make everyone safer by providing a factual understanding of what the others are doing. Those facts don't get shared with the public, but at least the militaries get a chance to tell themselves the truth.

5 days ago @ News From - ISIS War to Last Years... · 0 replies · +3 points

Once upon a time, the US had presidents like John Quincy Adams:

"[America] well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force.... She might become the dictatress of the world. She would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit."

6 days ago @ News From - US: Syria Strikes Lega... · 0 replies · +6 points

I think we get it. The US government is always above the law when it pursues violent means. That's why, when the POTUS spoke about torture, the only Americans that were singled out for condemnation and denunciation were those of us who objected. We've become what we used to say we hated, and done so with unmixed enthusiasm, and "patriotic ardor". Which only serves to confirm the old saw about patriotism and scoundrels. We've chosen to be a nation of scoundrels. Aggressors, bombers, torturers.

1 week ago @ News From - Power: Syria Rebel Tra... · 1 reply · +8 points

If it has nothing to do with fighting ISIS, and is about assembling the maximum forces against Assad, they've actually been quite competent (as long as blowback isn't counted, who blames Brzezinski for 9-11, right?)

1 week ago @ Original A... - If We Fix the Governme... · 0 replies · +5 points

You conclude with the line, "We tell ourselves we’re free, and so long as we don’t behead people, we will keep on believing it. " Of course, not too long ago it was more like "We tell ourselves we’re free, and so long as we don’t torture people, we will keep on believing it," but we see with what negligent ease Americans accepted torture as part of the normal functioning of the American state. We stage drone strikes for the sole purpose of killing 16-year-old American citizens, and Americans are fine with that. Our Karma Cards are getting maxxed out fast, payment will have to be made.

2 weeks ago @ News From - Kerry: Not Appropriate... · 0 replies · +7 points

Have we ever had a SoS that preened and postured as much as Kerry?

3 weeks ago @ News From - Congress Mulls ISIS Wa... · 0 replies · +6 points

Apparently, the President of the US can take the nation to war, however and whenever he likes, regardless of what might be scribbled on old pieces of paper.