The pursuit of permanent military supremacy.
"The question facing all Americans, therefore, is whether the expenditure of hundreds (later thousands) of billions of dollars to defend against hypothetical enemies that may not arise until thirty or forty years from now is a sensible precaution, as contended by the President and Defense Secretary, or whether it eventually will undermine US security by siphoning off funds from vital health and educational programs and by creating a global environment of fear and hostility that will produce exactly the opposite of what is intended by all these expenditures."
The U.S. Army pays for lapdances.
"In addition to the inappropriate purchases, the GAO said more than 1,200 Army employees wrote bad checks to pay their government credit card bills. Last year alone, that cost taxpayers $3.8 million in higher fees and lost rebates." You mean, the government practices bad accounting? Ron Paul
points out that the Congress commits the worst accounting fraud of all
. But the most important issue of all is, with the government paying for Strip Club tips, gambling, and wine, does this mean that God will no longer bless America?
"'War is a racket. It always has been....A racket is best described as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small 'inside' group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many.' Words of a radical peacenik? Only if a Marine Corps Major General qualifies as such." Of course, this particular Major General was talking about the oooold days
when corporations had the political pillow-patter down
, and our elected officials were the best money could buy. Not like the way things are today.
And who was this crackpot Ike
History of U.S. Armies in Uniform
From His Majesty’s First Independent Company of American Rangers
, Colonial America, 1747 to Special Operations
, Tora Bora, Afghanistan, 2002. Although this site is very interesting from a historical perspective, I like it because it contains what must be the coolest Action Man collection
Pip Tattersall is the first woman to win the Green Beret of the Royal Marines
, but she still can't fight in combat
Is the British army ignoring thousands of years of history
, or is Martin van Creveld
Welcome to the Boomtown.
'Fast Company' magazine profiles the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant -- a rural Oklahoma factory that is the source of nearly every nonnuclear bomb in the United States' arsenal. Man
Marines use high tech website in the War on Terror.
Very interesting idea. Use the internet instead of the C4 systems that have already been bought...cause it works better. I believe it. With Wired (via Fark) having an article on "The Marines' arsenal of the future is starting to look a whole lot like the shelves at Toys "R" Us."
, and another on powered exoskeletons
, and yet another that mentions invisibility cloaks
, how long before "The War of the Future" is here? What's it going to look like? I can envision a lot more people interested in the armed forces if they get to play with cool toys like this.
How the U.S. Missed the Clues
Time magazine assessmeznt of what went wrong in evaluation of intelligence pre-9/11. I am not yet sure why I find the conclusions a bit evasive but it seems to me the article tries to satisfy differing perspectives rather than taking a stand for a specific point of view. But then that may be my reading and wrong headed.
mexican military incursion in u.s. soil
An INS agent saw a mexican military vehicle 5 miles inside u.s. territory, he says he was fired by the mexicans. He also says this is "an act of war". I'm mexican and i really doubt about this. It has to be a joke! What do you people think about this?
While W is off building the case
for a war against Saddam, senior military officials have serious doubts
about the wisdom of a US invasion of Iraq. But they're keeping quiet because "they fear they would come out on the wrong side of Bush's eventual decision." Can you blame 'em?
the grave of the unknown rapist.
does the brutality of war result in man sinking to the depths of depravity
Is the environment the next victim of post 9/11 America?
Disputes between the military and environmentalists are nothing new. But the Navy sonar controversy is approaching a climax in what both proponents and opponents say is a new atmosphere created by the Sept. 11 attacks.
The military has been for some time increasingly concerned about environmental "encroachments" of all kinds -- conservation-based restrictions on how training camps and bombing ranges can be used, and now on deploying new technology. Military leaders say the time has arrived to address these concerns, and Congress appears increasingly sympathetic to this viewpoint.
US Space Command!
Bruce Sterling talks about the militarization of space, citing "The more people learn how dependent we are on space, the more likely they are to figure out, as the Chinese and Russians have, that being able to interfere with our satellites is essential to their strategic interest. The threat to space assets is real and growing." Does the rest of the world suffer from a
satellite gap with the US? Plus, some scenario planning
:) and a sensible missile defense
Food Drops Found To Do Little Good
"The Bush administration's much publicized food ration airdrop in northern Afghanistan - hailed by the Pentagon as a way to feed starving residents while winning their loyalty - achieved neither goal in many targeted areas, military experts, aid workers, and a report by retired US special forces officers now conclude." Problems included spoiled food, greedy Afghanis and poor planning. US military claims success. Maybe we should just stick with the guns and skip the butter.
Art Fights Back
— an exhibit of poster art at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines, Iowa — displays images dedicated to the memory of September 11 and support of the Unites States and its troops. Seems like a typical thing to do around war time, right?
Take a close look at the actual poster design
. Don't they seem rather non-American
in their artistic style? In fact, they recall an era of poster design for a dramatically different context
than what was typically thought of as U.S. patriotism.
Personal Testimony of an Israeli Refusenik
"Asaf Oron, a Sergeant Major in the Giv'ati Brigade, is one of the original 53 Israeli soldiers who signed the 'Fighters' Letter' declaring that from now on they will refuse to serve in the Occupied territories. He is signer #8 and one of the first in the list to include a statement explaining his action."
Our parents' generation lets out a sigh: we've embarrassed them yet again. But isn't it all your fault? What did you raise us on? Universal ethics and universal justice, on the one hand, peace, liberty and equality to all. And on the other hand: "the Arabs want to throw us into the sea," "They are all crafty and primitive. You can't trust them."...I was raised on two value systems: one was the ethical code and the other the tribal code, and I naively believed that the two could coexist.
weapons of teeny boo-boos?
and now for something completely different. Weapons of mass destruction are so twentieth century.....
might be taking the war on terrorism a little to far. Royal Marines get lost or should I say vamos
. (Parden my french).
like in Real Genius, but for real! Combine them with GPS and you get Death Rays!! The technology
is there, but how will it change warfare?
What fun it must be to be gay and in the military.
Seems like the military can't make up its damn mind about whether or not gay people are ok to serve.
"Civil War, Revolutionary War and Pirate cannons
could not harm tanks, half tracks, armored cars or self-propelled guns." Army Men
, my friends, Army Men.
Captures from a video of an attack on a Taliban BMP.
All I have to say is "holy crap." Graphic. Interesting. Discuss amongst yourselves.
Dress code for female troops in Saudi Arabia changed.
An update to this thread
. They don't have to wear abayas any more, but they still can't drive cars.
"You just don't want to hear anyone scream anymore.."
Blackhawk Down on the History Channel, includes interviews with American soldiers and Somalian militiamen.
This propaganda leaflet
is apparently being dropped in afghanistan by the American Military (taken from this msnbc story about the first american soldier to die from hostile fire
). Regardless of your opinion about propaganda, this seems rather sloppy. If the purpose of propaganda is to convince people of something, wouldn't you want to say it in a language they understand? Is the American military getting lazy / sloppy / over-confident? It looks like the propaganda leaflets from Desert storm
(1991), Desert Fox
(1998), and the bombing of Kosovo
were at least in the local languages. (Who knew there was a quarterly magazine
dedicated to aerial leaflet propaganda?)
Pakistan Tells US It May Move Troops:
So what happens to the alliance against terrorism, and recalling 4,000 troops, do they seriously think in a war that number would make a difference, or is all of this a ploy to get the US to back Pakistan in the war against India.
According to witnesses, the US Army invaded a small nation
in the Indian Ocean yesterday. Sources say the firefight is still raging, but it's becoming clear that it wasn't the US Army
at all. At the nation's official website
, you can see the flyer the soldiers
passed out, written in French.
B1 Bomber goes down at sea
Looks like the crew may have survived.
Switzerland will just keep that military look.
Swiss voters reject proposal to do away with their Army. Interesting that the defense budget is almost 20% of the total federal budget. They are, of course, officially neutral. That's neutral, not pacifist.
'Tell Them Nothing Till It's Ovber and Then Tell Them Who Won'
Governmental and military censorship of battle news. Is it necessary to winning?
Speaking of Veterans Day,
here in Chicago we have the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum. Art by Vets about the War. Most pieces are on-line with a short essay. The Above and Beyond memorial
is impressive to say the least.
How to buy military weapons banned for civilians, with the help of the police
- In a small Missouri town, a 72-year old man and 3 buddies bought weapons and accessories banned for private ownership claiming they were part of a "volunteer deputy" SWAT team. The police chief at the time agreed, although only one of them was a police deputy doing 4 hours a week of police work. The new police chief, a person with real experience in SWAT teams, freaked out when he heard of the agreement, which lets the "fantasy" deputies keep the weapons locked in the trunk of their cars. City officials aren't happy either, perhaps be because they were not informed at the time of the deal ("we wanted to keep it low key, you don't want the bad guys to know our tactics"). Many neighbors of the single-stop-light-type of town praise the good intentions of the men, but members of professional SWAT deny in several ways their ability to deal with any high-intensity situation. A very entertaining read picked up at obscurestore.com
America's Terrorist Training Camp
George Monbiot asks, in the Guardian, "what's the difference between Al Qaeda and Fort Benning?"
Well, is there a difference? Away you go, kids...
beat out Boeing for a $200 Billion contract
to build the new F-35
fighters jets earlier today. Missile defense, planes that can take off vertically, bombs that fry electronics...military technology is accelerating at a really frightening pace.
Red Cross warehouses hit. Again.
Note to the British and American military: the red crosses painted on the tops of those buildings are not
meant to be bullseyes. Thank you.
If This Be War.
This essay by a military historian puts the current muddle of conflicted opinions about war into historical perspective with startling clarity.
Thanks to the Little Green Footballs weblog. I find interesting stuff there every day.
"Real" Deal about Nuclear, Bio, and Chem Attacks.
I've also seen this in the newsgroups, but it hasn't come to my various email accounts yet. While the article seems pretty reasonable, there doesn't seem to be any info on who this SFC Red Thomas is, nor is there any scientific backup (no links to further reading
If I live to be 1000, I will never be able to properly underestimate the stupidity of human beings.
Many of the enlisted personnel who are now seeking honorable discharges argue they didn't sign up to defend America; they just wanted to learn a trade or earn money for college.
I'd let them go if they pay back the money spent of training and salary.
Dangerous People, Dangerous Places, Dangerous Things
This is a way cool site. The Danger Finder. Lots of fun and adventure. Be sure to come back alive!
It's Raining Food (and Bombs)
"Air drops make great TV but they often represent a failure to respond to a food crisis."
Opinions that the food drops aren't really working, and that military action exacerbates their inefficiency.
Defense Department's Anthrax Site.
Wierd. Wierd. Wierd. Click on FLASH version.
The G-Rated War: Blowing Smoke, Pipe Dream, or The Real Hashish?
I want to spin antiwar arguments a slightly different way. Previous threads have been quite dim. This Cnn chat transcript focuses on the use of non-lethal weapons, the need to separate innocents from terrorists and separate terrorist networks from Islamic states, and the interviewee is as much as suit as they come. You could cut a diamond on that crew cut. I have several questions: 1) Is the US military actually going to use non-lethal weapons, or is this the new "smart bomb?" 2) Do the 'pacificists' among us consider this to be pacificist? 3) If you do favor peace over war, do you think this is a good compromise between peace and war, or is the issue by definition binary? More > >
Defense of Freedom Medal:
Civilians on government business who were injured or died in the course of 9/11 to be awarded a new Defense of Freedom medal. Interesting, but this will mean little for the thousands of civilians who were in private employment. Link via the online version of Stars and Stripes
21st Century Warfare
I've been waiting for the new issue of G2mil The Magazine of Future Warfare
to be posted to get Carlton Meyers' line on all things post September 11th and it's an all-you-can-eat buffet chock full o'links from a former Marine Corps officer--an anti-imperialist, anti-military/industrialist contrarian extraordinaire. Check out the special war supplement and assess the military options in Afghanistan
before you launch into a by jingo paean to what he refers to as Tom Clancy fantasies
about the Rangers. Do some extensive research in the magazine's back issues to read articles like Demobilize The US Army
, 21st Century Battleships - the U.S. Navy's greatest need
, why China can't invade Taiwan
--not to mention the $$$ saving concepts like the B-747 bomber
...& his line on National Missile Defense
The irony is that, if a workable NMD system is ever fielded, it only guarantees that a better method of delivery would be used, like a civilian airplane, ship, or truck. Tons of drugs are smuggled into the USA each year, can NMD stop that dangerous cargo? Almost two million people illegally cross America's borders each year with un-inspected luggage, can NMD stop them? Why spend billions of dollars each year on NMD while ignoring the real dangers?
That was from July...
The Few, The Proud, the Geeky
"U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has called for the creation of the technology equivalent of the National Guard: 'That's what I'd like to propose. What this country needs is essentially a technology equivalent of the National Guard: a National Emergency Technology Guard - NET Guard - that in times of crisis would be in a position to mobilize our nation's information technology, or IT, community to action quickly, just as the National Guard is ready to move during emergencies.'" Akk! Volunteer geeks on patrol!
The upcoming war
in Afghanistan and how the U.S. will fight it
. I know we have linked to Stratfor
in the past
but these seem to be very well reasoned approaches that I haven't seen elsewhere. If this is what the U.S. is planning, doesn't it (pleasantly) surprise you that we have taken the option least likely to involve civilian casualties? Do you agree with their analysis? Is anyone else happy that we didn't just blow up an aspirin factory again?
Military Codename Generator
After Essential Harvest and Infinite Justice the pentagon will need some more names for sure. Here's a little helper.