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The American Empire – the posts

President Authorizes Coup in Iran
August 19, 2018

Intervention in Iran – 65th Anniversary Iranian Premier Mohammed Mossadegh ca. 1951 On August 19, 1953 President Eisenhower authorized the CIA to support British efforts to launch a coup against…

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Cost of War – $5.6 trillion for US wars 2001-2017
December 12, 2017

Cost of War – $5.6 trillion for US wars 2001-2017 The Watson Institute at Brown University has just released an updated report: United States Budgetary Costs of Post 9/11 Wars Through…

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Thanksgiving – a bit of a corrective history telling and turkey adaptation
November 22, 2017

Corrective History The NYTimes posted a bit of Turkey Day corrective history: “Most Everything You Learned About Thanksgiving Is Wrong” By MAYA SALAM “The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth,” from 1914, by Jennie…

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Russian “Interference” and the American Empire – the lost ironies
November 5, 2017

Americans are unable to see the ironies in complaints about outsiders like the Russians attempting to influence our elections. We have a long history of conducting regime change.

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Trump and the Big Muddy – Afghanistan
August 22, 2017

Pete Seeger wrote a song “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy” in 1967 that became closely associated with President Johnson and the Vietnam War. Does Trump remember it?

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Recently Noted – about the American Empire
July 28, 2017

A report about an amendment to the defense budget that would end the 2001 AUMF (Authorization for the Use of Military Force) that has provided legal cover for more than…

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Bush Mission Accomplished on aircraft carrier
Delusions of Empire – Iran in Iraq 15 Years After Bush’s War
July 18, 2017

In the context of ceaseless angst and drum beating by politicians and experts over the threat of Iran to us and the rest of the world there is new evidence…

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Movie – War Machine – a misplaced parable
May 28, 2017

Netflix has just released War Machine onto the streaming media waters. This movie fits into the long tradition of American media mostly puffing up our military exploits or turning them into…

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Defending the Homeland
April 8, 2014

Recently I stopped at the US Marine Corp War Memorial in Washington DC. Walking around the base with its lengthy list of Marine engagements since 1775, now a double row…

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John le Carré on Bush’s Iraq War – The United States of America Has Gone Mad
April 21, 2013

John le Carré, author of many beloved spy novels, e.g., Tinker Tailor, Soldier, Spy, wrote this piece critiquing the then upcoming War on Iraq in January 2003. Besides pointing out…

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US Imperialism Redux – Tom Lehrer
March 30, 2013

The other day I stumbled on this Tom Lehrer song, “Send in the Marines”. This is as good a summary of American foreign policy as there is, though to update…

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Bush on aircraft carrier declaring victory in Iraq
Ten Years After Shock and Awe – A Crime Against Peace
March 20, 2013

 On March 19, 2003 George Bush, Dick Cheney and the cabal surrounding them launched their war of Shock and Awe on Iraq. The stated purpose was “to disarm Iraq of…

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Parallels and Prescience – on the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 and the “War on Terror”
September 12, 2011

Having successfully avoided much of the national moment for our politicians to blather on about the true meaning of 9/11, I was struck this morning by parallel between our “War…

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More Thinking about the Defence Budget and US “Security” – a letter to the editor
May 6, 2011

Submitted Today to Hudson’s Register Star Letter to the Editor May 6, 2011 As our politicians and the media continue the “debate” about our public budgets, Federal and state, we…

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Bush, Anger and Dispair Over Our Situation
January 17, 2011

The return of George Bush to the national scene with the release of his memoir, Decision Points, once again roused feelings of anger and despair. Anger that we have such…

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Remarks on President Obama’s Speech on Accepting The Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo 12/10/2009
December 21, 2009

There is much to applaud in Obama’s speech: control of nuclear weapons, assertion of human and civil rights, multilateralism in conflict resolution and enforcement, denial of religion as a justification …

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Whither the American Empire?
October 1, 2009

Americans do not like to use the word “empire” in reference to the country’s role in the world. Our Presidents uniformly role out rhetoric that sounds just like Obama’s. Here…

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A New Thought on Terrorism
December 6, 2008

An article in today’s NYTimes about cyber crime, malware, etc. suggests to me that another line of attack may be through the Internet against our utilities, telecoms, or financial institutions.…

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Pondering at the Food Coop
November 1, 2008

November 1, 2008 So, here I am having coffee and my favorite lunch, a toasted bagel with peanut butter thinking about the approaching election. Finally this will conclude what has…

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A Fog of War or a Fog of Ethics?
December 18, 2003

Through our friend Esther Hanig we attended a showing of Errol Morris’s new documentary, The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons From the Life of Robert S. McNamara. at the Kennedy Library…

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  1. Department of Defense, “Estimated Cost to Each Taxpayer for the Wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.” July 2017, of_Wars_to_Per_Taxpayer July_2017.pdf
  2. page 32 of the Watson report
  3. Wikipedia provides an extensive, exhaustive even, list of estimates: