hi all. it is semifamously said "war is the health of the state". so instead of a State of the Union address to the country, maybe a more candid president might delineate the State of the War(s).

war is hell! did not imagine years ago on entering adulthood that maybe the majority of my middleaged life would involve the US at war.

and it is definitely not Tis the Season to talk about world war. so while others are zigging, here there will be zagging. just chalk it up to that fiery contrarian spirit in me. (and turn of the year is a timely transition. and my links runneth over. & barely had enough letters for all the sections!)

we are very blessed in the US geographically to be surrounded by two generally peaceful neighbors, canada and mexico, and otherwise isolated. oh except for that nasty drug war [w] that most americans are mostly oblivious to, one conspirationally wonders maybe by intentional media conditioning or omission....

(one might say) war has been a constant spike in humanity for millenia. how could our great country be any different? we started out with our own revolution. in fact am thinking more of the US revolution in comparison to those around the world (syria, ISIS, afghanistan, iraq etc). isnt it strange how terminology is so slippery in war? there are freedom fighters, "moderate" rebels, terrorists, insurgents, revolutionaries, etcetera, and in some ways there is no distinction or discernable difference in reality, but in the media, the labelling makes all the difference.

the 1st casualty of war is the truth.

a small )( perhaps zenlike question of our time to ponder: was George Washington somehow fundamentally different than Osama Bin Laden? ok, its unpatriotic at least, or un- or anti- american for me to question stuff like that right?

yes, we are inundated in war propaganda daily as americans, so much so that we react to it with disinterest. its merely "the daily news".

some big/ striking news is that ISIS seems to be on the retreat and has lost ~25% territory in the last year or so. these are shocking words to write given the blitzkrieg developments of the last few years. they are being attacked in their last large city holdout Mosul [b] and the forecast is for them to be pushed out in the next few months or so. the other major city Raqqa in syria is also under siege by the syrian military and under major pressure. it looks like the war could shift dramatically in the next few months.

collecting links on all this stuff & writing it up is my personal way of both facing and evading reality. and posting them might be like blowing the seeds off a dandelion into the wind.

the other big news wrt all this is the election of Trump.[p] its hard to figure out what will happen because he was so anti-Iraq war. but so far hes nominated a lot of generals to cabinet positions, which would tend to indicate a "hawkish" aka uninterrupted WARMONGER/WARMACHINE approach.

however one latebreaking surprising wildcard.[f27] trump criticized the $4B cost of air force 1 "II" in a tweet a few days ago and just read another article in dailymail seconds ago which confirmed this cost based on leaked documents and also some "defense" on that by current admin/ "whitehouse"! this is a bit startling!

the mere cost/ breakdown of the plane is/ WAS probably regarded as a state secret/ national security issue. even to draw any media attn to the issue at all seems like a rash direction for trump (already playing out with leaked documents to media). also the talking heads are already loudly complaining on tv about trump not listening to natl security briefings.

might trump be a serious challenger to the trillions $$$ War/Police state? however my current guess is that this kind of kneejerk/ impulsive/ maverick/ juvenile stunt/ attitude/ flippancy is going to melt away very quickly ("like a snowball in hell"?) just like it did with obama. maybe the generals will give him a powerpoint presentation tailored to his own personality that will scare the @#$% out of him, at least thats the rumor of what happened to obama and they "show him whos boss" so to speak.

$4B on air force 1 eh? boeing is defn one of those major defense contractors (probably billions per year) although the public maybe is more aware of their commercial image/ reputation, something that trump is already screwing up in a major way with a single tweet. maybe trump might like to take a little )( look at the $100S BILLIONS of dollars spent on the f35 which is making a few headlines lately on its "release".[g] built by the defense contractors that prefer to stay out of the limelight.

oh and trump may end up running into a bit of difficulty making any paper-cut at all, whatsoever which will destroy those precious JOBS. at least that is the "BLOODY MURDER" that will be quickly screamed by the mainstream media at the top of its lungs at any hint of that... (REAL-BLOOD-SOAKED IRONY ALERT!)

which reminds me, in the early 1990s there were substantial/ major defense cuts by clinton, and dimly remember that era and the news of that time. could feel the effects locally as our local IT firm was inundated with resumes filled up with weird acronyms from people losing their jobs.

worked alongside an NSA analyst (was shocked to find out months after sitting elbow-to-elbow with him.) am seriously wondering if that may be the only time in my life that events/ news goes in that direction, its definitely been the opposite for over ~1½ decade so far.

in life only death and taxes are certain, and ofc most of the latter pays for lots of the former with weaponry/WAR as the intermediary. in our day and age the Grim Reaper instead of a scythe carries an ak47... and drives a tank... flies warplanes... and launches missiles... and has TRILLIONS at his disposal courtesy of... Beleaguered/ Impoverished Taxpayer... aka YOU AND ME.

"oh hell," there are a few glimmers of good news in the following litany of darkness and horrors/ "hell on earth".

to me acknowledgements that maybe saudi arabia is helping fund ISIS, while around a long time, are finally getting some circulation, incl mention by 3rd party candidate Stein is "encouraging".[k][k1] the US position wrt saudi arabia has been shifting significantly in the last few years. of course such things will almost never be stated in the mainstream media. 

more light in the darkness, [l6][l7] are on "shadow world" a revealing new documentary. how many americans are gonna watch that? (kind of a rhetorical question, surely far less than 1%...)

[m] is nearly-astonishing academic study that suggests a decline in world war wrt per capita. maybe war is going out with a bang instead of a whimper.

the near-coup in turkey [v] is also a massive development over the last year. turkey is a very questionable NATO ally these days. as it is said "with friends like these who needs enemies?"

could there be a bit more domestic skepticism growing among the public about the dainty so-called foreign "entanglements" aka US-sponsored worldwide terrorism? and maybe social media is fueling some populist sentiments along those lines?

actually this is all just an excuse to maybe trade a few comments with anyone who cares about the same stuff. hope to hear from those who do.

consider this maybe my belated Veterans day contribution/ tribute. my dad paid for college with the GI bill. my grandfather and his brother served in WWII. howard helped clean up japan postwar and stan was on omaha beach. neither ever told me anything about their war years/ service at all, and think it was incredible luck/ small miracle my dad never had to leave a US army base (esp by todays standards). my grateful thx for all your sacrifices. RIP

a. isis
  • 1. Satellite imagery reveals ISIS's successful attack against a Russian airbase in Syria - Business Insider
  • 2. The Mystery Battle for Fallujah, the Heart of ISIS in Iraq - The Daily Beast
  • 3. Is ISIS Taking Notes From Star Wars?
  • 4. ISIS resorts to fining people over leaving doors open, beards and failing Shariah law quiz | Daily Mail Online
  • 5. Hidden network of ISIS tunnels where jihadis can live for weeks underground to avoid being caught by Peshmerga forces  | Daily Mail Online
  • 6. On the Front Line in the Bloody Fight to Take Manbij From ISIS - The Daily Beast
  • 7. Fallujah and the Failed Iraqi State - The Daily Beast
  • 8. ISIS orders American lone wolf jihadis to slaughter 8,000 citizens by releasing 'kill list' which includes the names of several Hollywood celebs | Daily Mail Online
  • 9. Analyzing how ISIS recruits through social media: Researchers apply the laws of physics to study how terrorist support groups grow online, and how law enforcement can track activities -- ScienceDaily
  • 10. Behind the Carnage in Iraq: ISIS Intends to Divide and Conquer - The Daily Beast
  • 11. They Survived ISIS, Then Disappeared - The Daily Beast
  • 12. They Rescued This Town from ISIS, Then Lost It - The Daily Beast
  • 13. Sony Corporation, Israel, aid ISIS building missiles | Veterans Today
  • 14. Italian Mob Trades Weapons for Looted Art from ISIS in Libya - The Daily Beast
  • 15. The Insane D.I.Y. Weapons of the ISIS War - The Daily Beast
  • 16. The French Spymaster of ISIS - The Daily Beast
  • 17. Iraqi Christians Narrowly Escape ISIS - The Daily Beast
  • 18. U.S. Doesn’t Know Who Will Attack ISIS HQ - The Daily Beast
  • 19. Pentagon Walks Back Promise to Attack ISIS Capital ASAP - The Daily Beast
b. mosul
  • 1. 'It's victory time': Mosul's main bridge is BOMBED 'by US planes' in a bid to stop ISIS fighters' fleeing as 30,000-strong force prepare to fight bloody final battle and wipe out terrorists in their last Iraqi stronghold  | Daily Mail Online
  • 2. On the Ground as the Massive, High-Risk Attack on ISIS in Mosul Begins - The Daily Beast
  • 3. There Are Really Two Battles for Mosul - The Daily Beast
  • 4. Mosul is more than a potentially climactic military battle
  • 5. Iraqi Forces Take Back 20 Villages From ISIS | Huffington Post
  • 6. ISIS commanders 'flee Mosul' with their wives, says top US general | Daily Mail Online
  • 7. Experts reveal the secretive war apps being used to defeat ISIS in Mosul | Daily Mail Online
  • 8. Retreat, for ISIS, Could Be a Kind of Victory in the Battle for Mosul - The Daily Beast
  • 9. Satellite Photos Show ISIS Getting Squeezed in Mosul - The Daily Beast
  • 10. Iraqi Forces Say They've Killed Almost 1,000 Islamic State Fighters In Mosul | The Huffington Post
  • 11. We Embedded With Iraq’s Golden Division As They Pushed Into Mosul - The Daily Beast
c. turning point(s)
  • 1. Big Win Over ISIS Could Mean a New War - The Daily Beast
  • 2. ISIS fighters use 20k children as human shields to stall Fallujah battle | Daily Mail Online
  • 3. ISIS executioner dubbed The Bulldozer is 'captured' by the Syrian army | Daily Mail Online
  • 4. Russia Pounds the Achilles’ Heel of America’s ISIS War - The Daily Beast
  • 5. ISIS: Libyan forces taking back stronghold - CNN.com
  • 6. ISIS are accused of covering up death of leader al-Baghdadi | Daily Mail Online
  • 7. How Special-Ops Is Taking ISIS Out - The Daily Beast
  • 8. ISIS Twitter traffic plunges 45 PERCENT in the last two years | Daily Mail Online
  • 9. Leaked ISIS Documents Show Internal Chaos - The Daily Beast
  • 10. The ISIS Attack Dog Reported Dead - The Daily Beast
  • 11. ISIS has lost quarter of its territory | Daily Mail Online
  • 12. A French Recruit Tells ‘Why I Left ISIS’ - The Daily Beast
  • 13. Head of ISIS female suicide bomber squad goes on the run with millions of dollars | Daily Mail Online
  • 14. U.S. Pushes Up Plan to Attack ISIS Capital to Stop Attacks in the West - The Daily Beast
  • 15. Troops Driving ISIS Out of Iraq’s Christian Heartland - The Daily Beast
d. atrocity
  • 1. Teen boys prepare to murder five innocent men after ISIS asked for VOLUNTEERS'  | Daily Mail Online
  • 2. A young man is skinned alive. A sign of new Taliban brutality? - The Washington Post
  • 3. The Torturers Taking on ISIS in Fallujah - The Daily Beast
  • 4. Heroic Emory student REFUSED ISIS terrorists' offer to leave besieged Dhaka cafe to stay and be slaughtered with his two female friends  | Daily Mail Online
  • 5. ISIS fanatics accused of slaughtering Iraqi army recruits are hanged | Daily Mail Online
  • 6. ISIS Kids Execute Prisoners on Tape - The Daily Beast
e. syria
  • 1. Why the Arabs don’t want us in Syria – POLITICO
  • 2. Saudis Admit Creating Islamic State » Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!
  • 3. How George Soros Is Playing Both Ends Of The Syrian Refugee Chaos
  • 4. Assad’s Savage Aleppo Strategy: Evacuate or Die - The Daily Beast
  • 5. US and Russia scramble to save Syria truce
  • 6. C.I.A. Arms for Syrian Rebels Supplied Black Market, Officials Say - The New York Times
  • 7. CIA and Pentagon Bicker While Russia Wipes Out U.S.-Backed Rebels - The Daily Beast
  • 8. They’ve Got U.S. Guns. Can They Stop ISIS? - The Daily Beast
  • 9. Assad Cuts the Last Road to Aleppo and Moves in for the Kill - The Daily Beast
  • 10. US-backed Nour al-Din al-Zenki behead boy accused of being al-Quds spy for Assad | Daily Mail Online
  • 11. A Battle to the Death in Syria | Alternet
  • 12. Inside the Shadowy PR Firm That’s Lobbying for Regime Change in Syria | Alternet
  • 13. Russia and Assad Regime’s Destruction in Aleppo Likely to Leave Only Extremists Standing - The Daily Beast
  • 14. Assad’s Also Winning in Damascus - The Daily Beast
  • 15. How ISIS Returned to Syria - The Daily Beast
  • 16. U.S.-Backed Kurds to Assad Forces: ‘Surrender or Die’ - The Daily Beast
  • 17. This Is the End of Syria | Alternet
  • 18. Syrian War Footage Has Become a Video Game - The Daily Beast
  • 19. Israel's Iron Dome shoots down two "projectiles" fired from Syria -army | Daily Mail Online
  • 20. Who Really Killed a Playboy Terrorist? - The Daily Beast
f. wartoys/ wargames
  • 1. Secret pods could hide swarms of hibernating war drones deep below the sea | Daily Mail Online
  • 2. China's J-20 Fighter Jet Can't Beat the US F-22 Raptor | WIRED
  • 3. US Air Force to test laser weapons for supersonic fighter jets in 2019 | Daily Mail Online
  • 4. US Army chief reveals latest laser weapons tests that destroyed laptop and drone | Daily Mail Online
  • 5. Claims America's Railgun could be abandoned for cheaper alternatives | Daily Mail Online
  • 6. Putin’s New Stealth Jet Is on a Mission: To Prove Russia Can Still Fight - The Daily Beast
  • 7. US Navy's most expensive warship ever built 'struggles with jets taking off and landing' | Daily Mail Online
  • 8. The CIA’s Legendary Blackbird Was Actually the First Stealth Warplane - The Daily Beast
  • 9. America's next tank unveiled (and it looks familiar): Bradley design first developed in the 1950s set for hi-tech overhaul | Daily Mail Online
  • 10. Russia shows off its latest weapon in the arms race with NATO | Daily Mail Online
  • 11. China successfully fires radical hypersonic 'very long range air to air missile' | Daily Mail Online
  • 12. Expert says Russian and Chinese anti-satellite weapons are the 'new reality' | Daily Mail Online
  • 13. Russia tests its radical new hypersonic nuclear warhead 'object 4202' | Daily Mail Online
  • 14. Why U.S. Fighter Jets Keep Dropping Out of the Sky - The Daily Beast
  • 15. The U.S. Air Force May Have Just Built Its Last Fighter Jet - The Daily Beast
  • 16. Cellphone Bombs: The New American Terror - The Daily Beast
  • 17. Meet the Raider: US Air Force releases first details of top secret B-21 | Daily Mail Online
  • 18. US Navy 'to phase out Hornet fighter jets in favor of Super Hornets' to make up for shortage in planes brought on by delay in deployment of F-35 jets | Daily Mail Online
  • 19. US military investigates blaze during mid-air training flight of stealth fighter jets | Daily Mail Online
  • 20. The U.S. Air Force Is Running Out of Fighter Jets - The Daily Beast
  • 21. Declassified: 18 little-known facts about US Air Force stealth program (pictures)
  • 22. Elite U.S. Special Operators Build Center for Perpetual War on Terror - The Daily Beast
  • 23. The Trillion Dollar Question Nobody Is Asking the Presidential Candidates
  • 24. The Election and Nukes: We Are Playing a Game of Chicken with Nuclear Strategy | Alternet
  • 25. Israel, Pakistan To Join Red Flag War Games In Nevada
  • 26. NATO deploys biggest show of force since Cold War against Russia | Daily Mail Online
  • 27. Trump says the U.S. should cancel Boeing order for new Air Force One plane because 'costs are out of control' and have topped $4 billion | Daily Mail Online
  • 28. The U.S. Has Spent Billions to Dominate War in the Skies—Too Bad It's Increasingly Worthless for Fighting Modern Wars | Alternet
g. f35
  • 1. Is F-35 REALLY ready for war? Air Force boss claim $400bn fighter is 'combat ready' | Daily Mail Online
  • 2. It Could Be Years Before Billion-Dollar War Toy F-35 Is Ready for Combat - The Daily Beast
  • 3. F-35 test report warns fighter jet is 'running out of time and money' | Daily Mail Online
  • 4. US Air Force grounds F-35 fighter jets due to 'faulty cooling lines' | Daily Mail Online
  • 5. What Keeps the F-35 Alive | Alternet
  • 6. The Pentagon Wants Autonomous Fighter Jets to Join the F-35 in Combat
  • 7. Congress calls for a war games 'flyoff' between 40 year old A-10 and new F-35 jets | Daily Mail Online
h. budget/ biz
  • 1. The U.S. Military Budget Is the Work of True Scam Artists | Alternet
  • 2. How Elon Musk exposed billions in questionable Pentagon spending - POLITICO
  • 3. The third biggest military spender in the world is not who you'd think
  • 4. Endless War, Endless Greed: The Pentagon Is Lining Its Pockets with Taxpayer Dollars | Alternet
  • 5. 'Shadow World'—Investigating the Huge Corruption of the Billion-Dollar Global Arms Trade | Alternet
  • 6. The Staggering, Semi-Secret, $70 Billion Annual U.S. Global Arms Business | Alternet
  • 7. U.S. Army fudged its accounts by trillions of dollars auditor finds | Daily Mail Online
  • 8. Making a Killing: The 1.2 Billion Euros Arms Pipeline to Middle East | Veterans Today
  • 9. The Costs of War: US Military Spending on Middle East Wars, Homeland Security Will Reach $4.79 Trillion in 2017 | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization
  • 10. Why Is It So Hard to Reduce the Pentagon Budget? | Alternet
  • 11. Pentagon buries evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste - The Washington Post
  • 12. Post 9/11 Militarization: US has Spent Nearly $5 trillion on Wars Since September 11, 2001, Under the Pretext of “Fighting Terrorism” | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization
  • 13. In Afghanistan, Defense Contractors Outnumber U.S. Troops 3 to 1 | Alternet
  • 14. Obama's Pentagon Is Using a 'War on Terror' Slush Fund to Bankroll Dangerous Military Buildup Near Russian Border | Alternet
i. collateral damage/ blowback/ resistance
  • 1. Pentagon Dramatically Lowballs Civilian Deaths in Bombings | Alternet
  • 2. Don't mention the war! Talking about conflict heals society but leads to depression among the individuals involved | Daily Mail Online
  • 3. How U.S. Invasions and War Have Exacerbated Slavery in 3 Countries | Alternet
  • 4. Newly Released Documents Show Pentagon Whitewash of U.S. Killing and Mutilation of Afghan Family in 2010 | Alternet
  • 5. Massive protest on Japan's Okinawa opposes US military after killing | Daily Mail Online
  • 6. Al Qaeda Reaps Rewards of U.S. Policy Failures on Syria - The Daily Beast
  • 7. Michael Gilmore warns putting unfinished fighters into combat puts pilots at 'risk' | Daily Mail Online
  • 8. Civilians Fleeing Through ISIS Minefields Face Detention, Prison-Like Conditions In Northern Iraq | Huffington Post
  • 9. 'He Carried the Ghosts of the Casualties of War': The Terrible Pain After You Come Home | Alternet
  • 10. I Got Blown to Hell in Afghanistan—and I Can’t Stop Thinking About It - The Daily Beast
  • 11. Source Reveals How Pentagon Ruined Whistleblower's Life and Set Stage for Snowden's Leaks | Alternet
  • 12. An American in Turkey’s Prisons. In for a Crime? No, in for a Dollar. - The Daily Beast
  • 13. Escaped from Al Qaeda, Jailed in Turkey: My Personal Midnight Express - The Daily Beast
  • 14. U.S. Admits It Bombed Syrian Troops - The Daily Beast
  • 15. Think Iraq Looks Bad Now? You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet - The Daily Beast
  • 16. Is U.S. Vulnerable to War Crimes Charge for Supporting Saudi Bombing of Innocents in Yemen? | Alternet
  • 17. Vets Lose When Big Pharma and Defense Corporations Rake in the Big War Bucks | Alternet
  • 18. Pentagon orders 10k California National Guard soldiers to REPAY their enlistment bonuses | Daily Mail Online
  • 19. Pentagon ordered to stop forcing veterans to repay bonuses | Daily Mail Online
  • 20. Why there is no PTSD in Afghanistan. – Medium
  • 21. On November 13th, 2015, they took his wife. Now, he tells his story. – Medium
j. analysis/ commentary/ history/ future
  • 1. Islamic Terrorism Was Born on This Mountain 1,000 Years Ago - The Daily Beast
  • 2. Michael Herr, the Author Whose Words Shaped How We Saw Our Wars - The Daily Beast
  • 3. From Idealism To Disillusion, The Shifting Profile Of Islamist Attackers
  • 4. Jimmy Stewart suffered such extreme PTSD after he lost 130 of his men as a fighter pilot | Daily Mail Online
  • 5. Saddam Hussein built torture dungeon and execution chamber in heart of NYC | Daily Mail Online
  • 6. Special Ops Rule in War on Terror - The Daily Beast
  • 7. The A-Bomb That Created the Sex Bomb - The Daily Beast
  • 8. How humans are natural born killers biologically programmed to use lethal force on each other  | Daily Mail Online
  • 9. Could World War III start here? (Opinion) - CNN.com
  • 10. Why the U.S. and Western Countries Could Be Bluffing About Military Intervention in Syria | Alternet
  • 11. American Global Power Is Being Challenged by Russia and China—What Does the Future Hold? | Alternet
  • 12. What Does It Mean When War Hawks Say, 'Never Trump'? | Alternet
  • 13. Some Little Known Reasons Why France Is on the Frontline of the War With the Islamic State | Alternet
  • 14. In These Times, We Must Continue Down the Long Road to Peace | Alternet
  • 15. The Election That Changed Everything and Could Prove History’s Deal-Breaker | Alternet
  • 16. Bombs Away! Their Precision Weaponry And Ours | Huffington Post
  • 17. The Hit on the Taliban Leader Sent a Signal to Pakistan - The Daily Beast
  • 18. The Daily Beast- Inside The Tiny Police State With Seven Armies
  • 19. How The US Became ISIS's Air Force » Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!
  • 20. Spike in US Intel Ops Against Russia Signals Relations at ‘Point of No Return’ | Veterans Today
  • 21. Pentagon Hopes It Didn’t Just Start Another War - The Daily Beast
  • 22. U.S. Tries to Evade Responsibility for Saudi War It Has Been Backing for 15 Months | Alternet
  • 23. White Privilege Wages Jihad: Kansas 'Militia Members' Aren't Considered 'Terrorists' Because They're Not Muslim | Alternet
  • 24. Why Libya Is a Mayhem State | Alternet
k. saudi+ISIS
  • 1. Green Party’s Jill Stein: U.S. Should Stop Funding Israel & Saudi Arabia | Veterans Today
  • 2. Hillary Clinton thought Saudi Arabia was funding ISIS—and that’s not even the worst of it – Rare
  • 3. Hillary Clinton secretly accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of funding ISIS | Daily Mail Online
  • 4. It's Time to End the U.S.-Saudi Arabia Special Relationship | Alternet
l. endless war
  • 1. Washington's Military Addiction
  • 2. How Many Trillion More Will the Pentagon Spend on Middle East Wars Before They Confront the Disaster They've Created? | Alternet
  • 3. How George Orwell's Dystopian Novel '1984' Illuminates the U.S.'s Endless War on Terror | Alternet
  • 4. A Semi-Permanent State Of Quasi-War?
  • 5. American Empire in Chaos: Is Trump the Ultimate Blowback From Our Never Ending Wars? | Alternet
  • 6. ‘Shadow World’: The War Documentary the U.S. Government Doesn’t Want You to See - The Daily Beast
  • 7. Shadow World (2016) - IMDb
  • 8. It’s Personal: Apologizing to My Daughter for the Last 15 Years of War | Alternet
  • 9. America Has Been Launching Wars and Losing Them for Virtually the Entire 21st Century | Alternet
  • 10. Red Cross Poll: Americans Warm to Torture and Indiscriminate Bombing - The Daily Beast
  • 11. Our Political System Has Changed Drastically—and Almost No One Is Talking About It | Alternet
  • 12. Imperialism Obama Style: 800 Military Bases Around the World | Alternet
  • 13. Milestones (Or What Passes for Them in Washington)
  • 14. Is America's Problem It Doesn't Go To War Enough? | Huffington Post
  • 15. The anti-war novel re-emerges in American literature - World Socialist Web Site
m. decline
  • 1. U.S. State Department: Global Terrorist Attacks Down 13 Percent in 2015
  • 2. The Decline of War — Medium
  • 3. The decline of war and violence - The Boston Globe
n. torture/ guantanamo
  • 1. Senate report on CIA torture is one step closer to disappearing
  • 2. Concern about status of CIA torture report A request is made to the National Archives to help ensure the preservation of the Senate document.Copy mistakenly destroyed »
  • 3. CIA forced to release post-9/11 torture evidence, unclear if arrests will follow | Veterans Today
  • 4. This Prisoner's 8 Year Crusade for Release Is the Epitome of Obama's Mishandling of Guantánamo Prison | Alternet
  • 5. CIA Psychologists admit their role in 'enhanced interrogation' program | Daily Mail Online
  • 6. Uncovered: Dark New CIA Torture Claims - The Daily Beast
  • 7. Where Even Nightmares Are Classified: Psychiatric Care at Guantánamo - The New York Times
  • 8. ‘The Confession’: Moazzam Begg on Surviving His Detention in Guantánamo - The Daily Beast
  • 9. CIA’s First Torture Victim Makes His Case For Release From Guantanamo
  • 10. Former Guantanamo Detainee Moazzam Begg Stars In Documentary On His Captivity
  • 11. Guantanamo 9/11 Trial Continues To Be A Slow-Motion Train Wreck | The Huffington Post
o. leaders(hip)
  • 1. Is Hillary A Warmonger?
  • 2. Tony Blair Got It Wrong: He And George W. Bush Did Fuel Terrorism
  • 3. Chilcot report slams intelligence services for 'flawed' assessments | Daily Mail Online
  • 4. Damning Report on British Role in Iraq Invasion Falls Short, Critics Say | Alternet
  • 5. How George Bush goaded Tony Blair to war in Iraq with a humiliating phone call | Daily Mail Online
  • 6. Former UK PM John Prescott Says Britain's Iraq Invasion Was Illegal
  • 7. Have U.S. Officials Given Up on ‘Defeating’ ISIS? - The Daily Beast
  • 8. Neil DeGrasse Tyson Cozies Up to the U.S. Military Machine | Alternet
  • 9. How Assad Staged al Qaeda Bombings - The Daily Beast
  • 10. Bernie Wants the American Empire to End; Hillary and the Republicans Want It Untouched | Alternet
  • 11. NEO – What is Fethullah Gülen? | Veterans Today
  • 12. ‘Islamic State’ Turning Into a Guerrilla Army, Top General Warns - The Daily Beast
  • 13. Defense chiefs warn Russia and China could take down internet by destroying US satellites  | Daily Mail Online
  • 14. Russia and China's hypersonic missiles 'may endanger the United States itself' | Daily Mail Online
  • 15. US Army bosses reveal what could happen if the US took on Russia or China | Daily Mail Online
  • 16. Former Pentagon Boss Cites Chemical Attack Lie to Claim Obama Stabbed Him in the Back » Infowars Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!
  • 17. WikiLeaks Reveals Team Hillary’s Libya Spin: It Would Be Syria Without Clinton’s War - The Daily Beast
  • 18. The Child of Somali Immigrants Who Makes OSU, and the USA, Proud - The Daily Beast
  • 19. Inside the Takedown of the Top Navy SEAL - The Daily Beast
  • 20. Clinton Romesha Chronicles The Battle That Earned Him The Medal Of Honor - The Daily Beast
  • 21. Real Washington Corruption? Not Hillary's Latest Emails, but Bush-Cheney Ties to Iraq's Wartime Profiteers | Alternet
  • 22. CIA Chief John Brennan Gives War on ISIS an ‘F’ - The Daily Beast
p. trump
  • 1. ISIS Joins Donald Trump in Dishonoring Humayun Khan’s Sacrifice - The Daily Beast
  • 2. Donald Trump Dreams of an Endless, Bloody, Costly American War - The Daily Beast
  • 3. Think National Security Is Complicated Now? Wait Until Trump Gets Started | WIRED
  • 4. Nervous Pentagon Wonders if It Can Slow Down Commander in Chief Trump - The Daily Beast
  • 5. Team Trump Struggling to Fill National-Security Jobs - The Daily Beast
  • 6. Harsher Security Tactics? Obama Left Door Ajar, and Donald Trump Is Knocking - The New York Times
  • 7. As Trump Takes Power, a Look at the Sad Record of Democracy as Tyranny - The Daily Beast
  • 8. Trump’s Team Will Start New Wars in the Middle East | Alternet
  • 9. Donald Trump’s Reagan Moment | The Huffington Post
  • 10. Afghanistan Is All Ready To Be Donald Trump's First Foreign Policy Disaster | The Huffington Post
  • 11. al-Qaeda leader Abdallah al-Muhaysini reveals why he is happy with Donald Trump's win | Daily Mail Online
  • 12. We Are Living in the Golden Age of Defense Waste and Corruption; Trump Will Make It Much Worse | Alternet
  • 13. How the Trump Presidency Is Killer News for the Military-Industrial Complex | Alternet
q. putin/ russia
  • 1. RT: NatWest 'freezes Russian channel's UK bank accounts' - BBC News
  • 2. The Putin-Trump Mind Meld, A Wondrous Enterprise - The Daily Beast
  • 3. Russian Spokeswoman Taunts US Ambassador Samantha Power with Syria Invite » Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!
  • 4. It’s Putin’s World Now - The Daily Beast
  • 5. Is Vladimir Putin Poisoning U.S. Diplomats? - The Daily Beast
  • 6. Barack Obama’s Wrong: The New Cold War's Only Just Begun - The Daily Beast
r. obama
  • 1. For Obama, an Unexpected Legacy of Two Full Terms at War - The New York Times
  • 2. Brain-Dead Diplomats: Why Did 51 American State Dept. Officials 'Dissent' Against Obama and Call for Bombing Syria? | Alternet
  • 3. Obama Is Outmaneuvered in ISIS War - The Daily Beast
  • 4. Obama, Our 'Peace President' Turns Out to Be Rather War-Happy | Alternet
  • 5. Bush vs. Obama in the War on Terror: The Lawyers
  • 6. Obama Wants to Stop Subsidizing Israel's Defense Industry - Bloomberg View
  • 7. Noam Chomsky: How Obama Has Ushered in 'a New Era of International Terrorism' | Alternet
  • 8. Exclusive: White House Blocks Transfer of Cluster Bombs to Saudi Arabia | Foreign Policy
s. congress
  • 1. Meet One of the Biggest Cluster Bomb Cheerleaders in the US Senate, Democrat Jack Reed | Alternet
  • 2. ISIS Intel Was Cooked, House Panel Finds - The Daily Beast
  • 3. Congress Must Take Action to Block Weapon Sales to Saudi Arabia | Alternet
  • 4. Republicans and Democrats Agree: CENTCOM Cooked ISIS War Intel - The Daily Beast
  • 5. Report Finding $125 Billion In Waste At Pentagon ‘Raises Serious Questions,' Says Top Democrat | The Huffington Post
t. media
  • 1. Pentagon paid PR firm $540mn to make fake terrorist videos — RT America
  • 2. Fake News and False Flags
  • 3. Pentagon Paid Millions for Fake 'Al Qaeda' Videos | Alternet
  • 4. The Media Has Failed to Explain the New War on ISIS in Libya and the Chaos Wrought by NATO Regime Change | Alternet
  • 5. Are Major Media Outlets Exaggerating the Story of a 'Reformed Terrorist' to Advance the FBI's Disturbing Agenda? | Alternet
  • 6. US Media Find European Terror Deaths 19 Times More Interesting Than Mideast Terror Deaths | Alternet
  • 7. Bin Laden raid bestseller's author to pay $7m - BBC News
  • 8. Pentagon Drops Claim Against Navy SEAL That He Spilled Bin Laden Secrets - The Daily Beast
  • 9. What America Has in Common with Alien Invasion Movies | Alternet
  • 10. The Plot of Star Wars Frighteningly Resembles Modern Day America » Infowars Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!
  • 11. How the Corporate Media's Spin on the Orlando Shooting Is Boosting America's Dirty Wars in Muslim-Majority Countries | Alternet
  • 12. A Powerful Russian Weapon: The Spread of False Stories - The New York Times
  • 13. Why Everything You’ve Read About Syria and Iraq Could Be Wrong | Alternet
u. attacks
  • 1. As It Shapes ISIS-Centric Narrative, Orlando Police Reject Freedom of Information Request for Audio of Nightclub Shooter’s 911 Call | Alternet
  • 2. Orlando Shooter's Father Warns Young People Against ISIS: 'Don’t Fall in the Trap' | Alternet
  • 3. 30 days of attacks: Terror’s daily reality - Los Angeles Times
  • 4. Istanbul Ataturk Airport Terrorists Behaved Like a Special Forces Unit - The Daily Beast
  • 5. Istanbul airport attack: Alleged planner identified - CNN.com
  • 6. Letter From Nice: The West Is Learning All the Wrong Lessons From the Latest Atrocity | Alternet
  • 7. Nice Attack: Has a Bisexual Muslim Hustler Put France on the Path to Civil War? - The Daily Beast
  • 8. Concern About Terrorist Attacks Is Growing, 15 Years After 9/11 | Huffington Post
  • 9. Admit It: These Terrorists Are Muslims - The Daily Beast
  • 10. Bangladesh Attack Is New Evidence That ISIS Has Shifted Its Focus Beyond the Mideast - The New York Times
v. turkey
  • 1. Turkey’s New Dirty War | Alternet
  • 2. Why the Failed Turkish Coup is Very Bad News for the War on ISIS - The Daily Beast
  • 3. Vijay Prashad: Turkey's Offensive Against ISIS & Press Crackdown Is Really Just War on Kurds | Alternet
  • 4. How Fighter Jets Almost Killed a President - The Daily Beast
  • 5. Turkey Coup: No More Mr. Nice Sultan For Erdogan - The Daily Beast
  • 6. Turkish President: ‘They Will Pay’ for Military Coup - The Daily Beast
w. drugs
  • 1. Boko Haram Terrorists Hooked on the Jihadist Drug of Choice: Viagra - The Daily Beast
  • 2. Mexico’s Cartels Are Much More Dangerous To Americans Than ISIS - The Daily Beast
  • 3. Did a Super Cartel Really Kidnap El Chapo’s Son? - The Daily Beast
  • 4. 22 Billion Dollars found: Photos of a Mexican drug lord’s home after being raided | Veterans Today
  • 5. The Forest Guardians Who Beat Back Mexico's Cartels - The Daily Beast
  • 6. Mexico Can’t Stop Lying About a Massacre - The Daily Beast
  • 7. Mexico’s Deadly for Priests, but the Church Is Complicit With Killers - The Daily Beast
  • 8. What Happens When Cartels Play Robin Hood? Nothing Good. - The Daily Beast
  • 9. How DEA Informers Sparked a Massacre in Mexico - The Daily Beast
  • 10. Mexican Officials Find Dozens Of Corpses Buried In Secret Graves | The Huffington Post
  • 11. Colombia's Dirty War Is America's War Too | Alternet
  • 12. Taxi War Turns Mexican Tourist Mecca Bloody - The Daily Beast
  • 13. Back to School in the World’s Murder Capital - The Daily Beast 

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Comment by JMac1949 Today on December 8, 2016 at 3:41pm

We still haven't learned the lessons of Vietnam... those with little or nothing to lose will resist to the end while we have no taste for body bags and maimed veterans.   al Qaeda and ISIS will lose in the end but not because of American or Russian military intervention.

Comment by vzn on December 8, 2016 at 4:49pm

yeah, and wasnt it amazing (for most of my life) when vietnam was the US's longest war ever. now surpassed by afghanistan/ iraq. and where is the 2016 antiwar movement? AWOL one might say...


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