Tag Archives: war

Rand Paul's comeback

Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

"Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has learned his lesson, and it is this: it’s better to be bold. He’s exchanged the mealy-mouthed equivocations of his ill-fated presidential run — when he actually met with Bill Kristol, presumably to negotiate getting a break from his neoconservative nemeses — with a full-on frontal assault against the War Party. As I write, he is standing in the well of the Senate, making the case for his amendment to the Defense Authorization Act that would nullify the Authorization for the Use of Military Force that gave the green light to the Afghan and Iraq wars and subsequent American aggressions." (09/14/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/09/13/rand-pauls-comeback/

Syria: Russian submarines fire cruise missiles at Islamic State targets

Source: Reuters

"The Russian Navy on Thursday fired seven cruise missiles at Islamic state targets in the suburbs of Syria’s Deir al-Zor, the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement on Thursday. It said the missiles were fired from two submarines in the eastern Mediterranean from a distance of 500-670 kilometers (727 miles)." (09/14/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-sweden-defence/fearing-russia-sweden-holds-biggest-war-games-in-20-years-idUSKCN1BO2HR

US Senate votes down Paul's bid to sunset unconstitutional military authorizations

Source: The Hill

"The Senate has rejected a measure from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to sunset two war bills and force a debate on what war powers President Trump should have. Senators voted 61-36 Wednesday to table an amendment from the Kentucky Republican to get rid of the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). Paul wanted to attach a six-month sunset of the two war bills to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that is moving through the Senate. The 2001 AUMF was approved the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, while the 2002 AUMF authorized the Iraq War." [editor's note: The bills in question were not "war bills." They were not declarations of war and they specifically SAID they were not declarations of war (that's what the "war powers reservations clause" means). They were simply unconstitutional "authorizations" for illegal military actions – TLK] (09/13/17)

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/350462-senate-votes-down-pauls-bid-to-revoke-war-authorizations

"Fool's Errand": A guide to the new forgotten war

Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi

"Scott Horton’s new book, Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan, is a masterful account of America’s prolonged Afghan engagement. It reminds us that what began in 2001 was only the most recent phase of a decades-long struggle that began in 1979 when the Russians invaded Afghanistan, and Washington responded by arming and funding the mujahideen guerrillas, who effectively pushed back against Soviet control of their country but later morphed into al-Qaeda. Like the CIA’s ill-fated replacement of Mohammad Mossadegh in Iran in 1953, the meddling in Afghanistan has borne bitter fruit, a prime example of what has been referred to as 'blowback.'" (09/07/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/fools-errand-a-guide-to-the-new-forgotten-war/

Syria: Israeli jets strike military facility in Hama

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

"Israeli fighter jets have struck a military facility in western Syria, killing two people, according to a Syrian commander quoted by the state-run news agency SANA. The army statement said the air strike caused material damage near the town of Masyaf and warned against the 'dangerous repercussions of this aggressive action to the security and stability of the region.' The air raid was carried out from Lebanese airspace and two people were killed at the site, SANA said, adding that it would embolden 'terrorists' in Syria fighting the government." (09/07/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/israeli-jets-strike-syrian-military-facility-hama-170907062805950.html

UN commission finds Syria regime at fault for April chemical attack

Source: Christian Science Monitor

"United Nations-mandated investigators said Wednesday that Syrian President Bashar Assad's air force conducted a sarin-gas attack in the spring that killed at least 83 civilians and sparked a retaliatory US strike. The investigators also appealed to the US-led coalition to better protect civilians as it strikes at Islamic State militants in the east. … Syrian government officials have denied responsibility, and said last month that they would allow in UN teams to investigate." (09/06/17)

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2017/0906/UN-commission-finds-Syria-at-fault-for-April-gas-attack

Restating the obvious, briefly

Source: The Power of Narrative
by Arthur Silber

"I recently read still another piece by a well-known 'antiwar' writer bemoaning the fact that U.S. policy in Afghanistan has been a miserable failure. Not only that: it's been a miserable failure for 16 years! (The particular article and the specific writer are of no consequence, but I'll probably address a few aspects of this category of analysis in the next few weeks, using that and other examples.) To call U.S. policy in Afghanistan a failure is, of course, unutterably wrong. Whenever you hear someone peddling this line, you can quickly and safely move along to find an analyst who actually knows what he's talking about." [editor's note: "Failure" v. "success" assumes purpose. And claiming that Afghanistan is all one or all the other unduly assumes only one possible purpose – TLK] (09/01/17)

http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/2017/09/restating-obvious-briefly.html

Mattis begins Afghanistan occupation "surge"

Source: Washington Post

"The Pentagon has begun sending additional troops to Afghanistan to carry out President Donald Trump’s new war strategy, which will stick to his predecessor’s approach of supporting the Afghans’ fight against the Taliban rather than doing the fighting for them, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. 'Yes, I’ve signed orders, but it’s not complete,' Mattis told reporters in an impromptu news conference at the Pentagon. He would not say how many additional troops are deploying or what their exact roles will be. … Other officials have said the U.S. will send about 3,900 additional troops." (08/31/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/mattis-begins-sending-additional-troops-to-afghanistan/2017/08/31/ee42149a-8e71-11e7-9c53-6a169beb0953_story.html

Review — Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan

Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

"After 16 years of writing about it, I thought I knew a lot about the war in Afghanistan, but Scott Horton’s new book, Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan, showed me how much I didn’t know — and that’s quite a bit." (08/31/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/08/30/fools-errand-time-end-war-afghanistan/

Iran, again

Source: LewRockwell.com
by Philip Giraldi

"Israel has two strong motives to begin a war with Iran, one political and the other ostensibly linked to national security. Ironically, however, it also knows, and has even admitted, that Iran does not actually pose any threat against a nuclear armed Israel that has complete air superiority over any or even all of its neighbors. The often-cited land bridge threat is also a bit of a chimera, as whether it could potentially exist or not depends on effective interaction with Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq, all of which have their own political dynamics and are somewhat wary of Iranian involvement. If there is any actual threat against Israel it comes from Hezbollah in Lebanon, which is an independent player even though it has strong ties to Tehran, but even in that case the threat is not as serious as fear-mongering government leaders have claimed." (08/30/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/08/phil-giraldi/next-ginned-war-aggression/