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The Disposable Veterans

The obituary says he “lost his battle with PTSD.” He lost his battle for freedom and a quality life once he signed up to be used as cannon fodder for the US Government.
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Dennis Kucinich: Bernie Sanders Should Consider Withdrawing His Hillary Clinton Endorsement

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Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), who in 2004 and 2008 sought the Democratic presidential nomination, says that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) should consider withdrawing Sanders’ endorsement of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton given new revelations of the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) unfair treatment of Sanders in the party’s 2016 presidential nomination contest.
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Boos and Jeers from Home State Delegation Greet Debbie Wasserman Schultz

It was a rowdy scene at the Democratic National Convention this morning when Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) addressed her home state of Florida’s delegation to the convention. Wasserman Schultz over the weekend announced her resignation as chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) after DNC emails made public by Wikileaks confirmed what many people had already suspected — high level leadership in the Democratic Party sought to help Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) win the Democratic nomination in her close contest against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). 

If Wasserman Schultz thought she would find forgiveness and a warm welcome from her home state delegation, that hope was quickly dashed when, along with applause, loud boos and jeers greeted her.
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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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Ron Paul: Currency Destruction Funds Wars


Ron Paul, who regularly challenged Federal Reserve Board chairmen as a member of the US House of Representatives' Financial Services Committee, continues to describe the problems the Federal Reserve causes. In his Monday column “Don’t Reform the Fed, Fed-Exit!” Paul writes that Federal Reserve-promoted inflation is a tax on average Americans, with “crony capitalists and big-spending politicians” the beneficiaries. But that is only part of the story. Paul contended, in an interview last week on the Turning Hard Times into Good Times radio show, that the central bank encourages war. In answer to a question from host Jay Taylor, Paul declares, “All wars, I believe, are financed, one way or the other, by inflation, the destruction of currency.”
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