This video from 2007 in the USA is called The Cost of War.
Nuclear War or Real Security? Joseph Gerson, Truthout: “In the months leading up to the debt deal struck on August 2, we grew accustomed to news of our government on the verge of bankruptcy, and news that failing to lift the debt ceiling would trigger a second recession – or worse – and that the best we could hope for was the nightmare of $2.7 trillion in cuts to Social Security benefits, Medicare and essential social services. Talk about national decline! When I return to Hiroshima to mark the August 6 anniversary of the atomic bombing that destroyed that city in nine seconds, people will ask, ‘How can the US plan to spend still more to prepare for nuclear war?’ Here’s what I will have to tell them: We can invest to intimidate the world, but not to create jobs, keep people in their homes, or to build the 21st century infrastructure our children deserve”: here.
Nick Turse, TomDispatch and AlterNet: “Last year, Karen DeYoung and Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post reported that U.S. Special Operations forces were deployed in 75 countries, up from 60 at the end of the Bush presidency. By the end of this year, U.S. Special Operations Command spokesman Colonel Tim Nye told me, that number will likely reach 120. ‘We do a lot of traveling – a lot more than Afghanistan or Iraq,’ he said recently. This global presence – in about 60% of the world’s nations and far larger than previously acknowledged – provides striking new evidence of a rising clandestine Pentagon power elite waging a secret war in all corners of the world”: here.
US-Iraqi forces kill a child. Protests swept the MidEast and that included Iraq. Nouri al-Maliki tried to distract (his 100 days), tried to suppress (beating and jailing reporters covering the protests) and his assault continues: here.
An influential Iraqi cleric called on US occupation forces on Tuesday to pull out of the country by the end of this year in line with the Status of Forces Agreement signed by US and Iraqi officials in 2008: here.
Violence Spikes in Iraq as U.S. Considers Ways to Extend Occupation Past December Deadline: here.
Iraqi Protestors Persecuted: here.
Key creditor China warned Washington today that its military meddling abroad is undermining the US economy and could “seriously impede stable development of the global economy”: here.
Cheney, Rumsfeld and the Dark Art of Propaganda | by Amy Goodman. Common Dreams: here.
TV Analysts’ Collusion With the Military: Disgraceful but Legal? Dina Rasor, Truthout: “The Department of Defense’s Inspector General’s (DoD IG) office had finished a report saying no harm, no foul when Rumsfeld’s Pentagon used 74 military analysts, mainly retired generals, to push for the Iraq war and advocate more war spending and more DoD budget spending as national television commentators…. The report found that at least 43 of the military analysts were affiliated with defense contractors”: here.