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The New War Congress An Obama-Republican War Alliance?
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Tomgram: David Swanson, All War All the Time
Posted by David Swanson at 4:40pm, November 21, 2010.


Note for TomDispatch Readers:
I’m sad to report that Chalmers Johnson died on Saturday. He was a stalwart of this site, writing for it regularly from its early moments. Without the slightest doubt, he was one of the most remarkable authors I’ve had the pleasure to edit, no less be friends with. He saw our devolving American world with striking clarity and prescience. He wrote about it with precision, passion, and courage. He never softened a thought or cut a corner. I dedicated my new book to him, writing that he was “the most astute observer of the American way of war I know. He broke the ground and made the difference.” I wouldn’t change a word. He was a man on a journey from Depression-era Arizona through the Cold War, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and deep into a world in which the foundations of the American empire, too, began to shudder. A scholar of Japan, one-time Cold Warrior, and CIA consultant, in the twenty-first century, he became the most trenchant critic of American militarism around. I first read a book of his -- on Communist peasants in North China facing the Japanese “kill-all, burn-all, loot-all” campaigns of the late 1930s -- when I was 20. I last read him this week at age 66. I benefited from every word he wrote. His Blowback Trilogy (Blowback, The Sorrows of Empire, and Nemesis.) will be with us for decades to come. His final work, Dismantling the Empire: America’s Last Best Hope, is a testament to his enduring power, even as his body was failing him. To my mind, his final question was this: What would the “sole superpower” look like as a bankrupt country? He asked that question. Nobody, I suspect, has the answer. We may find out. “Adios,” he invariably said as he signed off on the phone. Adios, Chal. Tom] These last years of blissful peace have left Republican Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, soon to be the new chair of the House Armed Services Committee, in a true panic. How, he wonders, will a starved military ever get the necessary money for the weapons it needs to keep us safe, and where exactly is that military heading, anyway? “My concern is we end up back with a ‘bow and arrow’ -- I’m hoping not,” McKeon said about Obama-era austerity measures at the Pentagon. Get ready America: the dovish days of the Obama presidency are over. With the midterm elections successfully behind them, the hawks are taking flight and they’re bound for Washington.
Don’t you remember those halcyon days under Obama when we traded guns for butter, the military shrank, and peace was at hand? Me neither. These last years, of course, have seen the largest military budget in history, the repeated doubling down on one war, a pretend conclusion to another, the building up of the structure of U.S. military bases across the Greater Middle East and a massive build-up of such bases in Afghanistan, as well as the violent escalation of conflicts in nations not at war with the U.S., and record numbers of Special Forces troops -- the military’s expanding secret military -- sent into 75 countries (15 more than at the end of the Bush era).
With doves like these, who needs hawks? And yet, you’re going to see a new batch of Republican hawks landing anyway. There may be so many competitors, when it comes to war funding, that -- as David Swanson makes clear -- you won’t know whether our conflicts are Obama’s wars, McKeon’s wars, or... well, you’ll have plenty of choices when it comes to continuing to boost military budgets well beyond Bush-era levels. TomDispatch regular Swanson, an antiwar organizer and all-around dynamo, who now runs the website War Is a Crime, among other things, is just publishing his latest book, War Is A Lie, as this post appears. In his usual vigorous fashion, he takes on every argument used to justify war and all the lies we’ve unfortunately grown so painfully familiar with these last years. Tom
The New War Congress
An Obama-Republican War Alliance?

By David Swanson
To understand just how bad the 112th Congress, elected on November 2nd and taking office on January 3rd, is likely to be for peace on Earth, one has to understand how incredibly awful the 110th and 111th Congresses have been during the past four years and then measure the ways in which things are likely to become even worse.


More of the copywritten article at the link:


http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175323/t...l_the_time
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http://davidswanson.org/warisalie
David Swanson has written a nice little book I recommend. It is very cheap so you can give to others. Just enough to cover costs.

WAR IS A LIE is a thorough refutation of every major argument used to justify wars, drawing on evidence from numerous past wars, with a focus on those wars that have been most widely defended as just and good. This is a handbook of sorts, a manual to be used in debunking future lies before future wars have a chance to begin.

Table of Contents
Introduction 7
1. Wars Are Not Fought Against Evil 15
2. Wars Are Not Launched in Defense 47
3. Wars Are Not Waged Out of Generosity 86
4. Wars Are Not Unavoidable 106
5. Warriors Are Not Heroes 131
6. War Makers Do Not Have Noble Motives 168
7. Wars Are Not Prolonged for the Good of Soldiers 196
8. Wars Are Not Fought on Battlefields 212
9. Wars Are Not Won, and Are Not Ended By Enlarging Them 235
10. War News Does Not Come From Disinterested Observers 250
11. War Does Not Bring Security and Is Not Sustainable 267
12. Wars Are Not Legal 291
13. Wars Cannot Be Both Planned and Avoided 312
14. War Is Over If You Want It 323
Notes 337
Index 352
Acknowledgments 369
About the Author 371
"The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it." Karl Marx

"He would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies. When asked in court whether she knew that Lord Astor had denied having sex with her.

“I think it would be a good idea” Ghandi, when asked about Western Civilisation.
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