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Like the F-35, US Latest and Most Expensive Aircraft Carrier Doesn't Work

Why does the US spend more on its military than the next largest several countries combined? One reason is that the military budget has far less to do with protecting the United States than it does to further enriching well-connected military contractors. Politicians are under pressure to push weapons systems, that in turn produce "jobs" for their districts. Remember, the disastrous F-35 fighter is built in 45 states and several foreign countries. This doesn't happen by accident. 

As former Pentagon analyst and keen observer Chuck Spinney points out, when it comes to the military budget, it's all about enormously expensive high-tech weapons systems that don't usually work. Little things like readiness and force strength take a back-seat. High-tech pays off well, with shiny things and bells and whistles impressing those who sign off on big contracts. Actually giving troops useful tools to win wars is much less exciting (and profitable).
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Intervention Fail: ISIS Makes Bloody Gains in Post 'Liberation' Afghanistan

Shortly after the Taliban took power in Afghanistan in 1996 (their rise to power itself a result of the 1979 Soviet intervention in Afghanistan), we began to hear endless stories of the horrors of this student movement turned governing power. They ruled by Sharia law, they treated women badly, they even blew up ancient statues!

The US rhetoric against the Taliban began long before the attacks of 9/11 (which were carried out largely by Saudis who trained in Afghanistan with the knowledge of the Taliban). But it was the 9/11 attacks that opened the door to a direct US intervention in Afghanistan.
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Milestone: We've Just Dropped Our 50,000th Bomb on ISIS

In August, 2014, the US-led "coalition" began bombing Iraq and Syria to, in the words of President Obama, "degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIS.” For nearly two years -- despite President Obama announcing last November that ISIS was "contained" -- the bombing has continued unabated.

A milestone was reached this month, however, as the US coalition dropped its 50,000th bomb against Iraq and Syria. With each bomb costing on average somewhere around $50,000, those bombs have cost US (for the most part) taxpayers at least two and a half billion dollars. Factor in the cost of keeping the bombers in the air, the cost of training the pilots, maintenance, etc. and the cost skyrockets upward from there.
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Retaliation for Nice? France Bombs 120 Civilians in Syria

Just days after Tunisian-born French resident Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove a truck into a crowded Bastille Day celebration in Nice, France, killing at least 84, a French-led bombing attack on the Syrian villages of Tokhar and Hoshariyeh today has reportedly killed more than 120 civilians. 

Mainstream media and even the rebel-friendly Syrian Observatory for Human Rights have confirmed the killings and the civilian victims today.
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Dallas Violence: Wave Of The Future?

In recent shooting attacks, Republicans have wanted to blame "violent jihad" and Democrats have wanted to blame guns. The Dallas shooting has upset this scenario to a degree. Was the shooter influenced by his time spent near the battlefield in Afghanistan? Was he on medication to combat the effects of PTSD? There is a deeper unrest in society, particularly in the inner cities, as the drug war and the actions of the Federal Reserve are driving people over the financial edge and in many cases into prison. What can be done? We look at these disturbing questions and more in today's Liberty Report...
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In Dallas, Drone Wars Just Came Home

The Dallas shootings have ushered in a very new world for US citizens. For the very first time, drones have been used on US soil to kill Americans without trial or charges. The suspected shooter in yesterday's tragic killings, US Army veteran Micah Xavier Johnson, was, according to police and press reports, holed up in a parking garage and would not give himself up. After hours of what police claimed were fruitless negotiations with Johnson, a weaponized robot was sent to where he was hiding and blown up, taking Johnson with it.
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Ron Paul: Afghanistan a Failure Whether Washington Likes it or Not

As President Obama was announcing today that he would be leaving 3,000 more US troops than planned in Afghanistan, Ron Paul told Fox Business it would be best to bring all the troops home. Drawing down from the current 9,800 US troops to 8,400 instead of the planned 5,500 "is not going to make any difference," said Dr. Paul. "He needs to bring them all home and change the policy."
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Chaos In Congress: Are Guns The Issue?

House Democrats held an unprecedented "sit-in" on the House Floor last night, protesting not being able to vote on new gun restriction measures. House Republicans nearly came to blows with their counterparts, as many of them blame recent gun violence on "radical Islam." Legislation to prohibit anyone on the "terror watch list" from purchasing a firearm was already defeated (for now) in the Senate this week, but House Democrats want their own vote on the measure. Both sides miss the real point, however. Neither will consider the real cause of the violence and therefore both sides seek harmful solutions. More on these dramatic events in today's Liberty Report...
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Clinton Foundation Hack: Amazing Revelations

The recent hack into the computers of the Clinton Foundation has revealed tens of millions of foreign government dollars sent in "donations" while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. Could the millions in Saudi donations have influenced Hillary's Middle East foreign policy? Will we ever know? Is this all an acceptable way to conduct foreign policy? More today in the Liberty Report...
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