Trump’s air force attacks Iraq, Syria, Somalia

This 11 April 2017 video from the USA says about itself:

Does President Trump stand to personally profit off the wars he is escalating in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Somalia and beyond? That’s the question many are asking, after it emerged that Trump has personally invested in Raytheon, the military contractor who makes the Tomahawk missiles used in the U.S. strike on a Syrian airbase last week. Raytheon’s stocks briefly surged after the attack. Overall, the stocks of defense contractors, such as Boeing and General Dynamics, have increased since Trump’s election, further fueled by his promise of a “historic” 10 percent increase in U.S. military spending. For more, we speak with William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. His latest book is “Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex.”

Eg, Dutch daily Trouw reports today that on 29 December 2019, United States F-15 warplanes attacked Iraq, Syria and Somalia.

The attacks in Iraq and Syria were against Kata’ib Hezbollah, an Iraqi Shiite militia which had fought against ISIS; and was accused by the United States Trump administration of recently killing a United States mercenary contractor at a United States military base in Iraq. The 29 December attacks on Syria and Iraq killed at least 25 people and injured 55. Trump’s Secretary of War ‘Defence’ Esper said that he did not exclude that there would be more attacks.

Besides the three attacks in Iraq and two in Syria, Donald Trump’s Pentagon yesterday bombed Somalia, killing at least four people.

Racists in United States National Guard

This 14 November 2015 video from the USA says about itself:

The New Religion Of Choice For White Supremacists

On Monday, three Virginia men were charged with plotting to attack and bomb black churches and Jewish synagogues, reportedly with the goal of triggering a “race war” in the United States. Suspects Ronald Chaney and Robert Doyle, who FBI officials say are also plotting to kill a local jewelry dealer and rob an armored car, were outspoken white supremacists, bound by a common desire enact violence against Jews and African Americans.

Read more here.

2 KICKED OUT OF NATIONAL GUARD FOR WHITE SUPREMACY TIES Two men have been kicked out of the Army National Guard after liberal activists uncovered their membership in a religious group with white supremacist ties. The Atlanta Antifascists group published a report this year saying Brandon East and Dalton Woodward were leaders of the Norse pagan group Ravensblood Kindred. The group is part of the Asatru Folk Assembly, which researchers say endorses white supremacy. [AP]

United States Army whitewashes SS nazi criminal

SS war criminal Peiper, on U.S. Department of Defense Facebook page

By Kevin Reed in the USA:

US Army XVIII Airborne Corp posts sympathetic portrayal of Nazi war criminal on Facebook

18 December 2019

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge—the final German military offensive on the Western Front of World War II—the US Army’s XVIII Airborne Corp posted a tribute to a notorious Nazi war criminal on its Facebook page.

The original post, which first appeared on Monday, gave a sympathetic portrayal of the Panzer tank commander and Waffen-SS officer Joachim Peiper who led the surprise attack on Allied forces beginning December 16, 1944 and was responsible for the mass execution of 84 American soldiers the next day, among other war crimes.

The post included a glamorized photo of Peiper and contained the following description: “He paused at his desk. He hated to be alone with his thoughts, with the feeling of uncertainty he’d been trying to avoid for weeks.” The post was also shared without comment on the Facebook pages of both the Department of Defense and the Army’s 10th Mountain Division.

Although the photo of Peiper and the Facebook shares have since been deleted and text edits have been made, such as the insertion of the phrase “an evil war commander” into the first sentence, the main body of the original post on the XVIII Airborne Corp Facebook page remains. This includes the following passage: “Five years after Germany began a war in Europe by invading Poland, this surprise western counteroffensive Peiper was set to launch was the only hope for the survival of Nazi Germany.

“The mission was called ‘Unternehmen Wacht am Rhein’ (‘Operation Watch on the Rhine’), and Joachim would lead it. The fate of his beloved nation rested on his ability to lead his men through the American lines.”

According to a report in the Washington Post, the colorized photo of Peiper contained a watermark that reads, “Colored by Tobias Kurtz”, and is the work of an artist with a fascination with Nazis and Adolf Hitler.

The Post report says, “Kurtz’s Deviant Art and Flickr accounts say he is a Slovakia-based gamer who likes photography and graphic design. He has also shared an image of Hitler laughing as a group of German soldiers prepare to execute a kneeling man and ‘favorited’ an illustration of Hitler punching an American soldier while Nazis cheer. ‘This photo have my [thumbs up emoji]’, Kurtz wrote in the comments of the drawing.”

The glorification of Peiper on Facebook by the XVIII Airborne Corp excluded any mention of his role as a favorite personal adjutant to the Reichsfürher-SS Heinrich Himmler who directed the Nazi concentration camps where an estimated 11 million to 14 million people were murdered, including 6 million Jews. There is also no mention of Peiper joining the Hitler Youth in 1933 as an 18-year-old and how he worked his way, after being trained at the Dachau concentration camp, into Hitler’s personal security staff by 1936.

On December 17, 1944, Peiper led a group of 84 American prisoners of war, who had surrendered during the Battle of the Bulge, into a snow-covered field near Malmedy, Belgium and ordered them shot down by machine guns.

After the war, Peiper was arrested and tried in 1946 at Dachau under the rules of the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal. He was convicted together with 42 other defendants and sentenced to death by hanging. Peiper’s death sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment by the commander of the US Army in Germany.

In 1950, through the intervention of the US Senate, including the anti-Communist Joseph McCarthy, it was determined that Peiper was not given a fair trial. He was eventually released in 1956 after serving less than 12 years in prison. In the 1960s, Peiper worked at the auto company Porsche in Stuttgart and then moved to France in the 1970s. In 1976, his house in Traves was firebombed and Peiper was killed at the age of 61.

The XVIII Airborne Corp refused to make any changes to its Facebook post even after numerous outraged comments from readers. Among these were, “Tremendous work on glorifying a man who slaughtered almost a hundred American prisoners of war. The rot is evident.” And, “Really? You had to post a picture of a Nazi SS officer to commemorate the battle of the bulge? I guess that would represent the views of our current administration.”

According to the Post, the XVIII Airborne Corp responded to the criticisms on Facebook in since deleted responses that Peiper was a “terrible person” but an “effective combat leader” who “rocketed through the ranks during the war, racking up medals, & promotions.”

Apparently, the changes were only made when an Army public affairs officer criticized the post on Twitter, saying, “I am dumbfounded by the decision to prominently display a Nazi on military social media on the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge.”

In its own Twitter reply on Tuesday morning, the XVIII Airborne Corps wrote, “We regret the use of the photograph of Joachim Peiper. The intent was to tell the full story of the Battle of the Bulge, which will continue here, by explaining the incredible odds that were stacked up against the American Soldier by the time the reserve was called in on 18 Dec.”

The publication of a glorified portrayal of a Nazi on Facebook by a US Army corps comes just two days after West Point cadets and Annapolis midshipmen were seen on national television flashing a known “white power” hand gesture during the annual Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia.

The sympathetic portrayal of the well-known Nazi war criminal by a section of the US Army is further exposure of a base of extreme right-wing and fascistic elements within the American armed forces. Furthermore, it demonstrates that efforts are underway at the highest levels of the state to rehabilitate Nazism and build support within the military and society in general for a fascist movement in the United States.

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United States air force poisons milk

This 27 November 2019 KAMR local TV video from New Mexico in the USA says about itself:

Clovis dairy farmers suing the federal government over PFAS contamination

The owners of Highland Dairy near Clovis, Art and Renee Schaap, are suing the United States, the Department of Defense and the Air Force.

ARE ‘FOREVER’ CHEMICALS IN OUR MILK? Dairy farmer Art Schaap used to ship thousands of gallons of milk each day to milk co-ops and cheese producers, who in turn sold to consumers across the country. But for the last year, he has poured all that milk down the drain after learning a neighboring Air Force base polluted his water with firefighting foam. [HuffPost]

Clovis dairy owner welcomes court actions by New Mexico against Air Force over water contaminates: here.

United States taxpayers pay Saudi Yemen war

This 10 December 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Bernie [Sanders] DISGUSTED By Bipartisan [both military-industrial corporate Republicans and corporate Democrats] Pentagon Bill

The Young Turks’ Emma Vigeland reports on Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Ro Khanna’s failed efforts to include an end to U.S.-backed Saudi aggression in Yemen in the latest bloated defense bill.

OBAMA WON’T CONFRONT HIS LEGACY ON SAUDI ARABIA As he seeks the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, Joe Biden has addressed what he calls the Obama-Biden administration’s assistance to Saudi Arabia, saying it’s time to end support for the war in Yemen. Yet Obama himself hasn’t weighed in ― nor has he said anything about the Saudi government’s role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. [HuffPost]

Afghan war, 18 years of government lies

This 9 December 2019 Washington Post video from the USA says about itself:

Exclusive: A secret history of the war in Afghanistan, revealed

For nearly two decades of fighting in Afghanistan, U.S. leaders have sounded a constant refrain: We are making progress. Government interview records obtained by The Washington Post after a three-year legal battle show otherwise. Read more here.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 9 December 2019:

The United States government knew that the war in Afghanistan could not be won

The war in Afghanistan was a major failure, but the US government did almost everything to present the 18-year-old military struggle as a victory. Proof that the war could not be won was covered up, but has now surfaced.

The Washington Post today published parts from secret interviews with 400 individuals including generals and senior officials and diplomats who were closely involved in planning and conducting the war in Afghanistan. The interviews were supposed to never have been made public, the newspaper got hold of them after years of legal battle.

The thousands of pages with testimonials describe an ink-black image of how the war went and its future perspective. A general who oversaw the war on behalf of the White House said in one of the interviews in 2015 that Afghanistan was not even understood. “What are we trying to do here? We had no idea.”

The war has since taken its toll. More than 2,400 American soldiers were killed, more than 62,000 Afghan [Kabul government] soldiers died. The figures for the number of Afghan civilian deaths vary widely, from 38,000 to 170,000. …

The interviews were conducted between 2014 and 2018 by an independent US government agency that investigates whether US money for the fight in Afghanistan is being well spent.

From the interviews it can be concluded that “the American people have been constantly lied to,” the president of the institute told The Washington Post.

Among three presidents (Bush, Obama and Trump) the war in Afghanistan was presented far too brightly. It was always reported that progress was made in the war, while there was actually nothing positive to report.

Several interviews show that official statistics have been manipulated for this. “Every data point was changed to paint the best possible image,” says a colonel.

Been fooled

“It is not only the American public that is fooled, but also all the countries that participated in that war, including the Netherlands,” says correspondent Arjen van der Horst. “In The Hague the question will undoubtedly be raised, to what extent did the Dutch government know that the operation in Afghanistan was doomed to fail?” …

Dutch soldiers have also been killed in the war in Afghanistan in recent years. …

Trillion dollars

The war in Afghanistan cost the US Americans more than a trillion dollars. In an interview, a former White House employee wonders what they actually got for that money. “Osama [Bin Laden] is probably laughing in his grave when you consider how much we have spent on Afghanistan,” the employee says.

There are currently around 17,000 soldiers from various NATO countries still active in Afghanistan. The Netherlands is therefore one of those countries and trains the Afghan army and the police. …

Pentagon Papers

The 400 interviews are already called the Afghanistan Papers, following the example of the so-called Pentagon Papers. This secret report showed that American people and Congress were being lied to about the course of the Vietnam War (1955-1975). In 1971 its existence became known through the media; only in 2011 the report was officially released.

Pentagon expects United States climate change collapse

This 25 October 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

US military fears impending societal collapse [because of climate change]. John Iadarola and Brett Erlich break it down on The Damage Report.

Dear Pentagon: you yourself not only suffer from climate change, but are also one of the main causes of it.

While Rome (or California) burns. In a shockingly frank report, the US military has now admitted it is totally unprepared for the breakdown and collapse climate change will wreak cross the world. But Britain has a way out, explains ALAN SIMPSON.

Bezos’ Amazon, biggest United States war profiteers

This 21 October 2019 video from the USA is called Amazon Becoming Largest Military Contractor In U.S.

So, not only the corporation of militarist Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world; and the corporation with the worst exploitation of workers

The US Department of Defense unexpectedly awarded a massive contract for cloud computing services to Microsoft Corporation on October 25, snubbing Amazon, which had been widely considered the front-runner for the ten-year agreement: here.