Militarism

Submitted by tnjp on May 26, 2007 - 10:00pm.

A Murderer's Confession by Arthur Silber May 23, 2007
While I realize that this manner of proceeding flies in the face of the aggressive anti-intellectualism of today's political "debates," where everyone adamantly refuses to identify the true meaning of his statements and will never acknowledge the premises underlying his argument, let me indicate briefly the reasons for my position, and my ultimate conclusion:

Iraq did not attack us.

Iraq did not threaten us.

Submitted by tnjp on May 25, 2007 - 11:53pm.

AP: Marines Fail to Get Gear to Troops By RICHARD LARDNER Friday, May 25, 2007; 2:01 AM
WASHINGTON -- The system for delivering badly needed gear to Marines in Iraq has failed to meet many urgent requests for equipment from troops in the field, according to an internal document obtained by The Associated Press.

Of more than 100 requests from deployed Marine units between February 2006 and February 2007, less than 10 percent have been fulfilled, the document says. It blamed the bureaucracy and a "risk-averse" approach by acquisition officials...

Submitted by tnjp on May 25, 2007 - 11:51pm.

Smart Bombs for Jesus?

Army and Air Force Deny Formal Links To Christian Event By Alan Cooperman Friday, May 25, 2007
After complaints by a government watchdog group, the Air Force and the Army partially distanced themselves yesterday from a three-day evangelical Christian event this weekend at a Georgia theme park.

The Memorial Day weekend "Salute to the Troops" celebration at Stone Mountain Park is sponsored by Task Force Patriot USA, a private group that says its purpose is "sharing the fullness of life in Jesus Christ with all U.S. military, military veterans and families," and whose Web site says "Christ is our Commander-in-Chief."

In recent days, both the Task Force Patriot USA Web site and the newspaper of Robins Air Force Base, Ga., described the celebration as "an official U.S. Air Force 60th Anniversary event."...

Submitted by tnjp on May 24, 2007 - 12:06am.

The Surge is Failing and We're Hurting the Troops by
Larry C Johnson
Some brave soul in the U.S. military sent Pat Lang a memo issued Monday that shows the U.S. ability to support its troops is collapsing and very vulnerable to disruption. Download iraq_food_deliveries.pdf

The memo states:

Due to a theater-wide delay in food delivery, menu selections will be limited for the near future. While every effort will be made to provide balanced meals, it may not be possible to offer the dishes you are used to seeing at each meal. Fresh fruits and salad bar items will also be severely limited or unavailable.

Submitted by tnjp on May 23, 2007 - 11:49pm.

Air Force Prepares Members for Ground Combat by Guy Raz
Morning Edition, May 22, 2007 · The Air Force has long billed itself as the most glamorous of the service branches.

Nowadays, with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the shortage in infantry manpower, the Air Force is marching to a different beat.

At Fort Dix in New Jersey, members of the Air Force are training to fight on the ground...

Submitted by tnjp on May 23, 2007 - 9:45pm.

For anyone with hopes of full withdrawl of US forces from Iraq, read on. The simple facts of the matter are the US is never going to leave Iraq, not voluntarily, at least...

Pentagon Studies Long-Term Commitment in Iraq - by Steve Inskeep and Guy Raz
Morning Edition, May 21, 2007 · The White House and Pentagon are under increasing pressure from Congress and the public to end U.S. military involvement in Iraq. But the Pentagon is considering maintaining a core group of forces in Iraq, possibly for decades...

Submitted by tnjp on May 17, 2007 - 8:19pm.

Costa Rica to stop sending police to US army school
17 May 2007SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, May 16 (Reuters) - Costa Rican President Oscar Arias vowed on Wednesday to stop sending police to train at a U.S. facility criticized for a history of producing soldiers who went on to violate human rights. Arias, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, made the promise after talks with Rev. Roy Bourgeois, a U.S. activist priest who has campaigned since 1990 for the closure of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly known as the School for the Americas, at Fort Benning, Georgia....

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