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#1 Tatarewicz

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 12:21 PM

Published: Nov 13, 2017
Author: DANIEL L. DAVIS

 

Last month, Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned that if Congress doesn’t “remove the defense caps,” he said, “then we’re questioning whether or not America has the ability to survive.” This claim that insufficient increases in Pentagon spending threatens American security is flatly wrong. The real and present danger to our national security is the unecessary use of U.S. military power abroad.

 

There are two key ways the faulty use of combat power abroad continues to deteriorate our security. The first is the purpose for which the military is used. The preamble to the Constitution explains that the military is intended to “provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” Further, it decrees that Congress alone has the power to declare war. Today, Congress has fully ceded its responsibilities; the Executive branch has assumed virtually sole discretion for the deployment of the military.

 

The second and more troubling misuse of the military are the missions they are given to execute. For decades, the armed forces have been routinely employed, not for the “common defense,” but for the benefit of other nations or for purposes with no apparent connection to the security of our country.

The armed forces should only be used to defend American vital national interests—our territorial integrity and prosperity—and only committed when genuine diplomatic efforts have been fully exhausted.

 

Congress and the American people should debate and decide whether there is a legitimate threat to our vital interests, if the crisis is solvable by military means with clear and attainable objectives, if the resources to succeed are affordable, and if we have a sound strategy to achieve the desired political end state to safely extricate ourselves within a reasonable period of time.

 

With Congress on the sidelines, the Trump Administration and its two predecessors have egregiously failed on all three points. There is little wonder, then, that the use of the military has not enhanced American security or prosperity.

 

Presently, the Trump Administration publicly employs the military on active combat missions of one type or another in Niger, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan, Libya, Djibouti, and Nigeria (there are also scores of classified combat missions for Special Operations Forces about which the public knows nothing). Most of these missions have no relation to U.S. national security whatsoever; others have thread-bare associations at best.

 

Daniel Davis These operations consume tens of billions of dollars each year, cost the lives of U.S. service personnel, and divert resources and manpower away from preparation to defend against potential threats which could pose a legitimate threat to U.S. security.

 

Moreover, even in operations that were tactically successful, we sometimes have perversely inflicted strategic defeats on U.S. interests. For example, the famed Iraqi surge of 2007 did result in a dramatic decrease in U.S. casualties, but enabled then-Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to systematically purge his army of rival Sunni officers. That led in 2014 to his army disintegrating in the face of ISIS attacks.

In restoring Iraqi sovereignty over ISIS, Baghdad enlisted the use of U.S. air power, ground controllers, and Iranian-backed militias––including the actual use of Iranian troops in Iraq. Iranian military advisors and troops also helped Baghdad crush recent Kurdish attempts at independence ––after the U.S. military helped the Kurds defeat ISIS in Mosul. Iranian influence over Iraq is today pervasive. None of that would have been possible without U.S. military operations since 2003.

 

The time has come for a major overhaul of American foreign and defense policies. We must abandon nation-building and meddling in the internal affairs of other countries. Our national security objectives in the Middle East can be more effectively accomplished via active and robust intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance efforts.

 

American affairs abroad should be redirected away from an obsessive attempt to solve problems using lethal combat power and instead focus on expanding U.S. economic opportunity and beneficial trade policies. Core functions of the U.S. government are to defend our population and facilitate a healthy economy. Misusing the military is counter to both objectives.

 

Daniel Davis, a former Army lieutenant colonel with four combat deployments, is a defense expert at Defense Priorities, the Washington think tank. Follow him @DanielLDavis1

 

https://breakingdefe...ricas-military/
 


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#2 RobertD

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 12:24 PM

It's time to vaporise the pentagram.
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#3 Tatarewicz

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 12:26 PM

"Congress has fully ceded its responsibilities; the Executive branch has assumed virtually sole discretion for the deployment of the military"

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Congress tacitly supports current US wars abroad because it is funding them but would rather have the President launch them so Congress members won't have to explain to voters why US keeps fighting Israel's enemies who really are just police trying to stop armed Israelis from stealing Palestinian lands. As long as US fights these Arab "police" Jews in US will make sure these Israel- supporting Democrats and Republicans get elected to Office even though it would be many years in prison for anyone who interfered with police stopping armed robbery in the US and the rest of the West

 

"Most of these missions have no relation to U.S. national security whatsoever;"

 

There's national security for sinecures for members of Congress.


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#4 Tatarewicz

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 12:39 PM

It's time to vaporise the pentagram.

But they're just doing what the bosses want. Would be much more civilized to settle in court, with a claim for damages on behalf of Palestinians, against the British, Israelis and collaborators. After all, it's the 21st century wherein we have the means to meet the needs of all. 


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 03:08 PM

"Our military defends national freedom around the world"
 
 
They need freedom from your Petrodollar.
 
If you don't understand diplomatic language:
Take your Petrodollar and shove it where the sun don't shine.

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 03:11 PM

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#7 grog

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 03:12 PM

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#8 grog

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 03:17 PM

"Our military bases aren't subjugating anyone"
 
 
The world is subjugated by your Petrodollar.

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#9 Ivan88

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 03:23 PM

But they're just doing what the bosses want. Would be much more civilized to settle in court, with a claim for damages on behalf of Palestinians, against the British, Israelis and collaborators. After all, it's the 21st century wherein we have the means to meet the needs of all. 

War crazies have zero intention to settle anything in a Truthful court.  They do like rigged courts, though.

There are at least 4 kinds of war crazies:

One thinks killing millions of people is proof of his manhood.

Another imagines the power & slaves he will own as a result of war.

Some do war to please a greedy female.

And, Pharisees who hate both God & Mankind, and would destroy all of creation if they could.


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#10 Ivan88

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 03:34 PM

With vast wealth wasted on war by USA since 1861, We could have rebuilt every nation more than once.

Most everyone in world would love America and come here to learn ways of Peace.

 

However, we prefer to suffer and die for our egos and for the Rich man who takes advantage of our vicious stupidity.

We unleashed  many devils upon an unsuspecting world, and our collective guilt exceeds our national debt we have saddled ourselves with.

 

Our Declaration of Independence was a Divine Mandate "...to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires..."

 

We prefer comfortable lies, torture, mayhem & murder to be our greatest national product.


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 04:34 PM

"Our military defends national freedom around the world"

 

 

Your Petrodollar is a parasite system on the whole world.
 
You need troops all over the world to defend it. Especially near oil.
 
Parasites go home!
 
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#12 Nemesis

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 09:20 PM

Congress?  Don't make me laugh.  Almost every single member of Congress is a foreign agent, an agent of israel.

 

Shove that up your asses, ameriKKKans.  And yet you shits complain about RT which should have the same rights as any news agency.


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Posted 14 November 2017 - 04:48 PM

The Russian Defense Ministry has accused the US of only pretending to fight terrorism in the Middle East, saying it has “conclusive evidence” that Washington provides air cover for Daesh in Syria.

In a Tuesday statement, the ministry said the US air force has sought to hinder Russian strikes on Daesh Takfiri terrorists near the Syrian town of Albu Kamal.

"These facts are conclusive evidence that the United States, while imitating an uncompromising fight against international terrorism for the global community, in fact provides cover for Islamic State units," the statement pointed out.

Moscow and Washington support opposing sides in the Syrian conflict. Russia assists the Syrian government and has been carrying out an aerial bombardment campaign against terrorist positions in Syria.

The US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be Daesh targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate.

The military alliance has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing civilians. It has also been largely incapable of achieving its declared goal of destroying Daesh.   More at: http://www.presstv.c...syria-Russia-US


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Posted 15 November 2017 - 12:19 AM

Absolutely, Congress has mostly abdicated its responsibility over war, and it has rubber stamped funding requests by the pentagon for decades. In 1961 Eisenhower warned us: "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together." He knew, and he was right, and he was promptly ignored, and the military industrial complex uses that U.S. taxpayers as their piggy-bank. 

 

It wouldn't be quite so bad, if the military were used less inappropriately. The adventures in Afghanistan and Iraq are unforgivable, and supporting the enemy in Syria is madness. If Obama had given slight assistance to the Syrian government in 2011, then ISIS wouldn't have had a safe haven in Syria. But that would have made too much sense, so they sent supplies to the Islamists to help ISIS get started. 

 

The world would be a safer and less unhappy place, if the defense budget were cut by two thirds or three quarters. 


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#15 Ivan88

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 06:36 AM

https://www.veterans...7/11/11/470188/

Video of inteview with President Karazi - Afghanistan lays out  abundance of treachery, cruelty, mayhem & murder by US politicians & military in Afghanistan..


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