U.S. Military Averaging More Than a Mission a Day in Africa

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by Nick Turse* The numbers tell the story: 10 exercises, 55 operations, 481 security cooperation activities. For years, the U.S. military has publicly insisted that its efforts in Africa are small scale. Its public affairs personnel and commanders have repeatedly claimed no more… Continue Reading  

Misremembering America’s Wars, 2003-2053

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The Pentagon’s Latest “Mission Accomplished” Moment by Nick Turse via Tom Dispatch It’s 2053 — 20 years since you needed a computer, tablet, or smart phone to go online.  At least, that’s true in the developed world: you know, China, India,… Continue Reading  

Washington’s Military Aid to Israel

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by Chase Madar via Tom Dispatch We Americans have funny notions about foreign aid. Recent polls show that, on average, we believe 28% of the federal budget is eaten up by it, and that, in a time of austerity, this gigantic bite… Continue Reading  

America’s Black-Ops Blackout

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Unraveling the Secrets of the Military’s Secret Military by Nick Turse via Tom Dispatch “Dude, I don’t need to play these stupid games. I know what you’re trying to do.”  With that, Major Matthew Robert Bockholt hung up on me.… Continue Reading  

Perpetual War

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How Does the Global War on Terror Ever End?  by Jeremy Scahill via Tom Dispatch [This epilogue to Scahill’s bestselling book, Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield, is posted with the kind permission of its publisher, Nation Books.] On January 21,… Continue Reading