Trump’s soldiers for propping up Saudi dictatorship

This 29 June 2019 video says about itself:

Donald Trump says the Saudi crown prince is doing a ‘spectacular job’

Donald Trump has praised Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, saying he is doing a ‘spectacular job’ as the pair met on the sidelines of the G20 summit. Trump ignored questions from the media about whether he would raise the journalist’ [Khashoggi]s death during his working breakfast with the prince.

From daily The Independent in Britain, 19 July 2019:

Satellite images ‘show US military buildup in Saudi Arabia’ amid Iran tensions

Up to 500 soldiers to be deployed to airbase east of Riyadh

By Harry Cockburn

The United States is preparing to send hundreds of troops to Saudi Arabia where satellite images appear to show a build up of American forces on the ground.

Up to 500 soldiers are to be sent to the Prince Sultan Airbase in the desert to the east of the capital Riyadh, two officials told CNN, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Preparations are also reportedly underway for a large missile installation from which Patriot surface-to-air missiles can be launched …

The moves would likely strengthen the US’ controversial relationship with Saudi Arabia, while also responding to rising tensions with Iran which escalated dramatically in recent months. …

The Trump administration has long sought to base troops in the remote region, but the decision to send them to Saudi Arabia comes amid outrage over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. A United Nations report concluded his death at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul was “an extrajudicial execution” sanctioned [by] Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Trump administration has also been criticised for its response to the murder.

‘USA FIRST’ TRUMP SPEECH SENT TO GULF FOR VETTING Tom Barrack, a longtime friend and informal adviser to President Donald Trump, worked to modify a major 2016 energy speech by then-candidate Trump to be more pro-[Saudi and similar regimes in the]Middle East, according to a new report released by Democrats on the House Oversight Committee.  [HuffPost]


Pentagon contribution to global warming, new study

This 28 August 2017 video from the USA says about itself:

Pentagon dumps tons of hazardous waste yearly without disclosing pollution harm

Pop quiz – name the entity that takes the title for largest polluter in the US? As a recent piece in Counterpunch points out, it’s actually not a corporation but rather the Department of Defense. The Pentagon dumps more than 700,000 tons of hazardous waste a year. Frank Vera, an Air Force veteran and founder of, says the Air Force and Marines never address the pollution problems, out of fear for losing their jobs.

From Lancaster University in England:

U.S. military consumes more hydrocarbons than most countries — massive hidden impact on climate

June 20, 2019

The US military’s carbon footprint is enormous and must be confronted in order to have a substantial effect on battling global warming, experts argue.

Research by social scientists from Durham University and Lancaster University shows the US military is one of the largest climate polluters in history, consuming more liquid fuels and emitting more CO2e (carbon-dioxide equivalent) than most countries.

The majority of greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting routinely focuses on civilian energy use and fuel consumption, not on the US military. This new study, published in Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, calculates part of the US military’s impact on climate change through critical analysis of its global logistical supply chains.

The research provides an independent public assessment of the US military’s greenhouse gas emissions. It reports that if the US military were a nation state, it would be the 47th largest emitter of GHG in the world, if only taking into account the emission from fuel usage.

Report co-author Dr Patrick Bigger, of Lancaster University Environment Centre, said: “The US Military has long understood it is not immune from the potential consequences of climate change — recognising it as a threat multiplier that can exacerbate other threats — nor has it ignored its own contribution to the problem.

“Yet its climate policy is fundamentally contradictory — confronting the effects of climate change while remaining the largest single institutional consumer of hydrocarbons in the world, a situation it is locked into for years to come because of its dependence on existing aircraft and warships for open-ended operations around the globe.”

Despite the recent increase in attention, the US military’s dependence on fossil fuels is unlikely to change. The US is continuing to pursue open-ended operations around the globe, with the life-cycles of existing military aircraft and warships locking them into hydrocarbons for years to come.

The research comes at a time when the US military is preparing for climate change through both its global supply networks and its security infrastructure. This study brings transparency to one of the world’s largest institutional consumers of hydrocarbons at a time when the issue is a hot-button topic on the US Presidential campaign trail. Leading Democratic candidates, such as Senator Elizabeth Warren, are asking critical questions of the role of the US military in climate change and examining its plans for the future.

Co-author Dr Benjamin Neimark, Associate Director of the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business at Lancaster, said: “This research provides ample evidence to support recent calls by activist networks to include the US military in Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s Green New Deal and other international climate treaties.”

Co-author Dr Oliver Belcher, of Durham University’s Department of Geography, said: “Our research demonstrates that to account for the US military as a major climate actor, you must understand the logistical supply chain that makes its acquisition and consumption of hydrocarbon-based fuels possible.

“How do we account for the most far-reaching, sophisticated supply chains, and the largest climate polluter in history? While incremental changes can amount to radical effects in the long-run, there is no shortage of evidence that the climate is at a tipping point and more is needed.”

The researchers’ examination of the US military ‘carbon boot-print’ started with the US Defense Logistics Agency — Energy (DLA-E), a powerful yet virtually unresearched sub-agency within the larger Defense Logistics Agency. It is the primary purchase-point for hydrocarbon-based fuels for the US Military, and a powerful actor in the global oil market, with the fuels it delivers powering everything from routine base operations in the USA to forward operating bases in Afghanistan.

“An important way to cool off the furnace of the climate emergency is to turn off vast sections of the military machine,” added Dr Neimark. “This will have not only the immediate effect of reducing emissions in the here-and-now, but create a disincentive in developing new hydrocarbon infrastructure integral to US military operations.”

Other key findings of the report include:

  • In 2017 alone, the US military purchased about 269,230 barrels of oil a day and emitted more than 25,000 kt- CO2e by burning those fuels. In 2017 alone, the Air Force purchased $4.9 billion worth of fuel and the Navy $2.8 billion, followed by the Army at $947 million and Marines at $36 million.
  • If the US military were a country, it would nestle between Peru and Portugal in the global league table of fuel purchasing, when comparing 2014 World Bank country liquid fuel consumption with 2015 US military liquid fuel consumption.
  • For 2014, the scale of emissions is roughly equivalent to total — not just fuel — emissions from Romania. According to the DLA-E data obtained by the researchers, which includes GHG emissions from direct or stationary sources, indirect or mobile sources and electricity use, and other indirect, including upstream and downstream emissions.
  • The Air Force is by far the largest emitter of GHG at more than 13,000 kt CO2e, almost double that of the US Navy’s 7,800 kt CO2e. In addition to using the most polluting types of fuel, the Air Force and Navy are also the largest purchasers of fuel.

MEDICAL GROUPS WARN ON CLIMATE CHANGE Nearly 75 medical and public health groups, including the American Medical Association and the American Heart Association, are calling for a series of consensus commitments to combat climate change, saying the phenomenon is a “health emergency.” [AP]

United States veterans denounce Pentagon wars

This 27 May 2019 video from Iraq war veteran, United States Democratic party congresswoman and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard says about itself:

Honor Fallen Heroes: No More Unnecessary Wars

Memorial Day is a time to remember: war must only be waged as a very last resort to keep the American people safe. As Commander-in-Chief, I will honor our troops who’ve sacrificed their lives for our country by working to prevent unnecessary costly wars.

By George Marlowe in the USA:

“It’s been hell for the world”

US Army tweet provokes outpouring of antiwar sentiment

28 May 2019

The United States Army did not get the response it intended when it asked in a tweet last week, “How has serving impacted you?” Instead of paeans to the military, the horrific reality of war on a world scale broke through the annual celebration of American militarism over the Memorial Day weekend.

By Monday night, there were over 11,000 comments in response to the US Army’s question. The official lies and platitudes employed by the ruling elite and the media to exalt war were shattered by stories detailing the living hell that has been imposed on millions of lives.

So massive was the outpouring of sentiment on social media that the response was covered by the mainstream news Monday night, a singular rarity on a day usually devoted to mindless jingoism. The incident even made headlines around the world, an expression of the vast global impact of US militarism.

Veteran suicides, depression, violence, recurring nightmares, post-traumatic stress disorder, drug abuse, addiction, alcoholism, rape and sexual assault by commanding officers, inadequate health care, generational trauma, exposure to chemical agents, war crimes. These were just some of the nightmarish tales that emerged.

Heartbreaking stories of veteran suicides were all too common. Shane Burley’s story was repeated in various forms by numerous people. “My best friend from high school was denied his mental health treatment and forced to return to a third tour in Iraq, despite having such deep trauma that he could barely function,” Shane wrote. “He took a handful of sleeping pills and shot himself in the head two weeks before deploying.”

Sean described what he called “the ‘Combat Cocktail’: PTSD, severe depression, anxiety. Isolation. Suicide attempts. Never ending rage. It cost me my relationship with my eldest son and my grandson. It cost some of my men so much more. How did serving impact me? Ask my family.”

Lies used to manufacture public consent for war were also opposed. “Don’t fabricate enemies and shove innocent Americans into wars that kill innocent civilians,” wrote one person. “You’ve gained nothing from all the wars combined. It’s been hell for the world.”

For all the nauseating glorification of the military by the media and the political establishment, those that serve in the military as cannon fodder are generally economic conscripts looking for a way out of poverty and at the chance of a college degree. The reality is they end up maimed, broken and scarred, with generations of families and friends affected by the trauma.

More than 5,500 veterans killed themselves last year, and active-duty military suicides were at an all-time high in 2018. More than 321 of those in active duty in the military killed themselves in 2018, with 138 in the US Army alone.

A 2018 study by the Council on Foreign Relations found that recruits from families with annual incomes less than $38,400 a year made up 19 percent of soldiers. Over 60 percent of recruits come from families with annual incomes less than $61,403, and over 80 percent come from families who make less than $80,912. The study did not show the levels in which the top 5 percent or the top 1 percent participated in the wars, but they no doubt constitute a tiny minority.

Numerous commenters on the US Army Twitter thread referred to the statements of Major-General Smedley Butler, who famously confessed in 1933, “War is just a racket. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.”

There is deep opposition to war in the working class in the United States and internationally. As with every other political issue, however, the real interests of the vast majority of the population are excluded from official political life.

In the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, this sentiment found expression in mass demonstrations of millions of people throughout the world. Opposition to the Iraq war was channeled behind the Democratic Party, culminating in the election of Barack Obama in 2008. Extending the Bush administration’s “war on terror” in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama attacked more than seven countries, including Libya and Syria, and killed thousands of innocent civilians through drone warfare.

The Trump administration now plans to dispatch 1,500 new troops to the Middle East and has threatened to “end” Iran. His administration also announced the doctrine of “great power” conflict, preparing even bigger military conflagrations against Russia and China that hurtle the world towards a third world war.

In 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs under the Trump administration proposed to close more than 1,100 facilities in an effort to privatize health care. While only $220 billion was allotted to Veterans Affairs for the 2020 budget, more than $718 billion was requested by the Pentagon, a five percent increase over the previous year. If the trend continues, more than $7 trillion will be spent on war over the next decade.

With the support of the Democratic Party, moreover, the Trump administration is intensifying its campaign against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for exposing the crimes of American imperialism.

The Democrats have waged their opposition to Trump largely on the demand that the administration adopt a more aggressive position against Russia and expand the war in Syria and the Middle East. The Democrats have sought to position themselves as the party of the military and the intelligence agencies, hailing as heroes such arch warmongers as the late Republican Senator John McCain.

And the organizations of the complacent and privileged upper middle class that surround the Democratic Party have become the most adamant supporters of American imperialism.

The sentiments expressed in the response the US Army tweet must and will find more organized form. The mass opposition to war must be connected to the growing struggles of workers, in the United States and internationally, against inequality and exploitation. The growing support for socialism must be connected to a conscious political movement of the international working class against capitalism and imperialism.

This 26 May 2019 video from Iraq war veteran, United States Democratic party congresswoman and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard says about itself:

It’s Time To Bring Our Troops Home #MemorialDay

While the politicians make empty, hollow, phony speeches on Memorial Day, they continue to send my brothers and sisters into wars that are impossible to win, because there is yet no definition of what “victory” would be. These aren’t just “troops”. They’re PEOPLE—friends and comrades, again separated from loved ones. Just another unnoticed cost of war.

US BEGINS NEW ARMS RACE! – as Senate agrees to spend £1.37 trillion next year: here.

Neo-nazi networks in United States armed forces

This 18 March 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

White Nationalists Infiltrating Military

Seven active military members have been discovered to belong to a white nationalist group. John Iadarola and Brooke Thomas break it down on The Damage Report.

Then, still just seven ones had been discovered …

By Jacob Crosse in the USA:

Neo-Nazi networks exposed across US military

4 May 2019

Over the past two months investigations published by Unicorn Riot and the Huffington Post have exposed eleven members of Identity Evropa, an American neo-Nazi organization, operating freely within the US military. The latest exposure reveals the depth to which reactionary forces are allowed to cultivate, fester and recruit within the United States armed forces across all branches and ranks.

In March 2019, independent media outlet Unicorn Riot published more than 770,000 Discord chat messages from chat servers associated with Identity Evropa. Discord is a messaging service popular with computer video game players. Combing through the chat logs, Huffington Post reporters have so far been able to identify eleven members from the white nationalist organization who are currently serving in the US military.

The chat logs reveal that all of the participants are well versed in fascist ideology and are actively recruiting throughout the United States. Members of the group frequently shared anti-semitic memes and glorified Adolf Hitler. Photos posted in the chat logs and on Twitter show members postering on college campuses with racist slogans telling potential recruits that “It’s ok to be white”.

United States snipers pose in front of Nazi SS flag in 2012 (source: Wikimedia Commons)

One fascist exposed in the logs is currently a Master Sergeant in the Air Force named Cory Allen Reeve. Reeve lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he was outed by anti-fascist activists in a flyer that was distributed throughout the community. Reeve frequently posted in the chat, encouraging members to pay more than the $10 monthly membership dues. He also shared photographs of himself at the Aurora Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Processing Center & Detention Facility in Aurora, Colorado, where he posted signs thanking the American Gestapo “…for all that you do for our country.”

Two Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) college students were also exposed in the chat. Jay C. Harrison, 20, is currently enrolled at Montana State University at Bozeman and is a member of the Army National Guard. In the logs, he espoused anti-semitic lies, discrediting the veracity of the Holocaust, commenting, “I wish the Holocaust was real.” Another ROTC recruit, 23-year-old University of Rochester student and Army reservist Christopher Hodgman was identified as a member of the group. In the fall of 2018 Hodgman was responsible for posting Identity Evropa flyers and stickers throughout Brighton, New York, including on the Brighton Memorial Library and Town Hall.

The highest ranking soldier exposed as a member of Identity Evropa in the chat logs is 44-year-old Christopher Cummins, a lieutenant colonel physician in the Army Reserve. Cummins has also registered with the Military Order of Stars and Bars, a neo-Confederate organization. In the log, Cummins extolled the virtues of living in Tennessee because it is “conservative & Christian -implicitly white.”

Identity Evropa was founded in 2016 by Nathan Damigo, a former Marine who participated in two tours of Iraq. The Marines are the least racially diverse branch of the military with over 80 percent of its recruits identifying as “white.”

During Damigo’s two tours in Iraq he became radicalized and suffered from PTSD following the loss of three close friends during his deployments. In October 2007, one month after completing his second tour, Damigo, severely inebriated after celebrating the anniversary of the death of one his fellow soldiers, robbed a taxi driver at gunpoint of $43 for “looking Iraqi”. Damigo was discharged from the military and convicted of armed robbery. He was then sentenced to five years in prison where he was introduced to white supremacist literature including Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke’s My Awakening.

Upon his release from prison in 2014, Damigo began attending classes at California State University at Stanislaus. While attending college he affiliated with various white supremacist groups before forming his own organization, dubbed Identity Evropa in 2016.

Borrowing the reactionary language and methods of identity politics promoted on campuses by post-modernist professors and the pseudo-left, Damigo was able to cultivate a following with a small membership. He also began to affiliate with prominent racists including neo-Nazi and white supremacist Richard Spencer.

This relationship bore its terrible fruits in the culmination of the fascist riot in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017, during which 32-year-old Heather Heyer was murdered by a 20-year-old Hitler admirer who rammed his car into a crowd of counter-demonstrators.

Following the fascist rampage in Virginia, Damigo stepped down from his leadership position within the group, which has since passed on to current leader Patrick Casey. In a rebranding attempt following the disclosure of the chat logs, the group is seeking to rebrand itself as the “American Identity Movement”.

The exposure of this latest group of fascists within the military exemplifies an upwards trend in reactionary elements across all branches.

In November 2018, Pro Publica in conjunction with PBS exposed another neo-Nazi network with members who are either active in the military or previously served. This militant fascist organization calls itself the Atomwaffen Division and has focused its recruitment on college campuses and on online message boards. The group gained prominence in 2016 by distributing flyers urging students to “Join Your Local Nazis!”

The Atomwaffen Division has been implicated in five murders dating back to 2017. Its members have also been tied to plots to bomb synagogues and nuclear power plants.

One member of the group, Joshua Beckett, is a former combat engineer with the army from 2011 to 2015. As with Damigo, Beckett’s deployment in the service of US imperialism radicalized his political beliefs. “The army itself woke me up to race and the war woke me up to the Jews,” Beckett wrote online. Upon returning from Iraq, Beckett, who has admitted to suffering from PTSD, put his training to use by offering to build weapons and explosives for fellow fascists.

Finally, this week saw the Marines open another investigation—the second this year—regarding Marines posting Nazi iconography and slogans. Private First Class Anthony D. Schroader posted a picture on Instagram of him and at least four other soldiers forming a swastika with their combat boots. Earlier this year Lance Corporal Mason Mead was put under investigation by the corps after he posted images of himself in blackface along with a swastika he had formed with C-4 plastic explosives.

It is unknown exactly how many of the 2.3 million soldiers currently enlisted in the US military hold fascist sympathies or are active members of a far right organization. However, a 2017 poll conducted by the Military Times found that nearly 25 percent of service members surveyed stated they had encountered white nationalists within their ranks. That same poll found that 30 percent of those surveyed viewed “white nationalism” as a bigger threat to the United States compared to wars in Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq.

The abundance of fascists within the US military verifies what white nationalist terrorists such as Brenton Tarrant had alleged earlier this year in his now censored manifesto. Tarrant travelled throughout Europe and Asia, openly meeting with neo-Nazis. In his travels, Tarrant estimates that there are “hundreds of thousands” who hold similar views as he throughout the police and armed forces.

The cultivation and promotion of far right forces within American society by President Trump, who hailed the rampaging white supremacists in Charlottesville as “good people”, marks a conscious and violent shift of the ruling elite to the right. Similar to disaffected German soldiers following World War I, American veterans and active duty soldiers returning from war who are physically and psychologically broken are being cultivated from the top to serve fascistic interests in the name of preserving bourgeois class rule.

The multi-billion dollar US spy apparatus is more than capable of identifying and rooting out public and private communications. The fact that so many of these fascists have been outed by independent reporters speaks to the complicity of the US government in shielding these forces from exposure.

After A HuffPost Investigation, 4 White Nationalists Out Of U.S. Military — But Others Allowed To Remain. Months after a series of reports exposed a dozen known or suspected members of white nationalist groups in the U.S. military, several have separated from the armed forces. But just how seriously is the military taking extremism? Here.

Jimmy Carter Lectures Trump: US Is ‘Most Warlike Nation in History of the World’


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JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba

Source:  TeleSUR
April 13 2019

jimmy carter 3Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter makes remarks at a luncheon following
a morning symposium for the 25th anniversary of the Camp David Peace
Accords between Israel and Egypt. | Photo: Reuters

 The former president says peaceful China “ahead of us in almost every way.”

The only U.S. president to complete his term without war, military attack or occupation has called the United States “the most warlike nation in the history of the world.”

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During his regular Sunday school lesson at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, Jimmy Carter revealed that he had recently spoken with President Donald Trump about China. Carter, 94, said Trump was worried about China’s growing economy and expressed concern that “China is getting ahead of us.”

Carter, who normalized diplomatic relations between Washington and Beijing…

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