Six Years and $17 Billion Wasted in Afghanistan

Hey, it’s only money, your money, which we might as well have just buried in the desert. Actually it’s worse than that as dumping the money into the ground would have been a waste but wouldn’t have hurt anyone. $17 billion floating around Afghanistan is probably a much less benign situation.

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Congress is Writing the President a Blank Check for War

By Ron Paul

While the Washington snowstorm dominated news coverage this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was operating behind the scenes to rush through the Senate what may be the most massive transfer of power from the Legislative to the Executive branch in our history. The senior Senator from Kentucky is scheming, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham, to bypass normal Senate procedure to fast-track legislation to grant the president the authority to wage unlimited war for as long as he or his successors may wish.

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America Will Spend More on Taxes than Food, Clothing, and Housing Combined (Graphic)

This should not be in the “land of the free.” It is a sad graphic. And remember, much of your tax money is siphoned off by the cronies in industries which are connected and by those in government itself. You are basically an annuity.

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Federal drug war is failing on multiple fronts, government watchdog says (‘Failed’ is probably a better word.)

“To say that all the things that have been done in the war on drugs haven’t made any difference is ridiculous,” Walters said. “It destroys everything we’ve done. It’s saying all the people involved in law enforcment, treatment and prevention have been wasting their time. It’s saying all these people’s work is misguided.” – John P. Walters (Former drug ‘czar.’)

This is fundamentally why many who prosecute the drug war want to continue it.

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Did Turkey Just Invade Iraq To Protect Erdogan’s ISIS Oil Smuggling Routes? (What is really going on?)

The American people need to pay close attention to what is happening in Syria. There is a lot more going on there than just terrorism, civil war, and ISIS. If we are going to put our people in harm’s way, yet again, we should know why we are really there. Is it to fight ISIS? Is it to depose Assad? Is it to support “moderate” rebels? Is it to put a check on Putin? Is it to protect Turkish revenue streams?

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Blowback: The Washington War Party’s Folly Comes Home to Roost

“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Some of the folks in the Military Industrial Complex would be wise to revisit the lessons in this book. Of course much of the Art of War is about being frugal with resources. The contractors aren’t too keen on that.

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An excellent 5 minute video explaining* the players in the Syrian war (Plus what’s really going on there.)

Image: Mint Press News

War is fundamentally crony. There is death and destruction and despair for most, but for some people, companies, and governments there is money to be made too. Sometimes very big money indeed. The conflict in Syria is an example. It’s not really about religion and terrorism. (Though these are hugely important factors.)

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DARPA ‘already implanting chips in brains of wounded US soldiers returning from Middle East’

This is a double edged sword, as nearly every technology is. This could open up new doors for the treatment of PTSD, depression, and other mental illness. Illnesses which cripple millions around the world. If more effective than current treatments such chips could indeed prove a real blessing. There is far too much suffering in the world. Alleviating suffering is among the noblest of goals.

On the other hand there is a dark side to this technology being developed in the skunk labs.

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Unrelenting immigration is easy for those rich enough (often through crony capitalism) to mitigate the impact

Peggy Noonan writes in the Wall Street Journal of a fundamental disconnect between what she refers to as “elites” (I despise this term, many, if not most people in power I have met are not what I would call “elite.”) and their indifference to the pressures which come from massive immigration. She makes an important point. A giant increase in immigration flows isn’t going to really impact the circle Angela Merkle runs in, except that perhaps the people in this circle will be able to pay their gardeners even less.

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Flashpoint: White House Confirms Russian Presence In Syria, Warns It Is “Destabilizing”

So the Russians appear to be in Syria fighting alongside the Syrian government troops. We’re droning stuff in the region. The Iranians were carrying out strikes against ISIS in the region recently. The Turks are warring. The Israelis are freaking out over the Iran deal. The Saudis are involved.

This in a very small piece of real estate. A piece of real estate which just happens to be right where some would like to plant a giant natural gas pipeline which could supply Europe.

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Free People Have Pride

It’s true. Free people stand up for themselves. Free people respect others but question why it is that they must fall in line.

This general disposition annoys politicians and perhaps more importantly it annoys the people who do not see any value in standing up for themselves, in thinking independently. Why can’t you just get along? Why do you have to question everything? What makes you so special that you get to challenge the system which is obviously (sic) in place for the greater good? 

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Vox writer calls American Revolution ‘a monumental mistake’

Look, there are a whole lot of people who want to be ruled. They crave it. They want to be managed. They need to be told what to do. And by God they want others to live under the same yoke.

What kind of pathetic person makes the case for colonial domination, and then tries to couch such an argument in “progressive” terms? A particularly gutless fellow I’d say.

Someone who would prefer to be a subject,

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Could we be at war with China before the next presidential election? Some informed individuals say maybe

What’s the old adage? Never engage in a land war in Asia? Well we tossed that one out a while ago and now it looks like we might be heading for one on the high seas. No kidding. China is building island bases in the South China Sea, right over massive deposits of oil and smack dab in the middle of Asian trade routes, and we are not happy about it. In fact we’ve ordered China to essentially stop immediately.  

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