Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Opinion: Why Do "Progressives" Like War?

Liberals are supposed to be antiwar, right? I went to college in the 1960s, when students nationwide were rising up in opposition to the Vietnam War.


www.unz.com




A Nobel Peace Prize winner dropped 26,000 bombs In 2016


By Darius Shahtahmasebi via Anti Media

According to an estimate conducted by Micah Zenko, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), and national security expert Jennifer Wilson, a CFR research associate, President Obama dropped over 26,000 bombs in 2016.

Syria was hit with 12,192 bombs, the highest number of any country on Obama’s hit list. Iraq came in a close second, receiving 12,095 bombs. Altogether, the peace prize laureate dropped at least 26,171 bombs in seven countries last year.

As noted by Zenko and Wilson, the estimates are relatively conservative: “In President Obama’s last year in office, the United States dropped 26,171 bombs in seven countries. This estimate is undoubtedly low, considering reliable data is only available for airstrikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya, and a single “strike,” according to the Pentagon’s definition, can involve multiple bombs or munitions. In 2016, the United States dropped 3,027 more bombs—and in one more country, Libya—than in 2015.”

Zenko’s figures were lower for 2015. He estimated 23,144 bombs were dropped in that year — almost 3,000 less than 2016. This marks a sharp increase when it comes to the use of advanced weaponry, though the targets of the bombs remained the same: the vast majority of his 2015 bombs (22,100) were dropped in Iraq and Syria in 2015.

If a peace prize-winning president can detonate this many bombs in 7+ nations, we should all be very wary of what’s to come!



President Obama, who hoped to sow peace, instead led the nation in war
Before he took office in 2008, Barack Obama vowed to end America’s grueling conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. During his second term, he pledged to take the country off what he called a permanent war footing.

www.latimes.com




Top investigative journalist Seymour Hersh: 
Turkey staged gas attack to provoke US war on Syria 
Assad had been requesting, for months, for a special United Nations Chemical Weapons investigation team to come to Syria to check out earlier allegations that his government had used chemical weapons. The United Nations finally agreed. So why would Assad be so stupid as to carry out a deadly chemical weapons attack on 1,400 women and children the very day the UN chemical weapons inspectors arrive,  just miles from where they are staying?

www.wsws.org



US Criminal Hypocrisy at Work in Syria and Yemen
Op-ed piece submitted to us from retired Windsor County Judge William Boardman.  "US weeps for a city, all the while backing genocide for a country."

www.springfieldvt.blogspot.com




The War in Yemen Explained in 5 Minutes
  Journalist and political analyst Caleb Maupin speaks



It's all about oil, Wall Street.


1 comment :

  1. Politics make strange bedfellows, doesn't it? Progressives don't LIKE wars, they just realize that oppressive dictators need to be stopped. The alt-right isn't "anti-war" as much as they are "pro-dictator."

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