It isn’t simply the White Home’s present arms-for-peace deal that contradicts Trump’s new declare that he’s the white knight candidate who will lastly put a damper on the military-industrial advanced. Lower than six months after taking workplace, Trump signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia—the primary perpetrator of the warfare in Yemen—for $110 billion in rapid U.S. weapons gross sales and $350 billion in gross sales over the next 10 years. On April 16, 2019, Trump used his veto energy to quash a bipartisan Congressional decision that will have largely ended American army involvement within the warfare in Yemen—a warfare that has killed 1000’s of civilians, created the worst humanitarian disaster on the planet, and helped corporations like Raytheon, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin enhance their already monumental piles of wealth. Not solely did Trump proceed U.S. involvement within the warfare in Yemen, however the next month, in Might 2019, his administration used an emergency declaration to push by means of—with out congressional approval—an $8.1 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the UAE.
With Trump touting himself because the anti-war candidate, Fox Information host Laura Ingraham mentioned on her present, The Ingraham Angle: “If you wish to rein within the Pentagon, Trump is your solely choice.” However the Pentagon finances has elevated yearly yearly over the previous 5 years. The fiscal 12 months 2020 noticed a colossal $738 billion for the Division of Protection, and for the fiscal 12 months 2021, Trump is seeking a whopping $750 billion DoD finances.
“Braveness is like — it’s a habitus, a behavior, a advantage: you get it by brave acts. It’s such as you study to swim by swimming. You study braveness by couraging.” —Marie Daly, the primary Black girl to earn a PhD in chemistry and found the connection between ldl cholesterol and clogged arteries.
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At Day by day Kos on this date in 2007: Gen. Petraeus’s “Powell” Moment:
In its must-read editorial right now, “Hiding Behind the General,” the New York Occasions lays out the case for warning on the eve of Common Petraeus’s testimony on Iraq. It notes, as many have talked about, that six weeks earlier than the 2004 election, Common Petraeus penned an op-ed through which he “rhapsodized about ‘tangible progress’ and the way the Iraqi forces had been ‘growing steadily,’ an evaluation that will have swayed some voters however has lengthy since proved to be unfaithful.” It additionally emphasizes that tomorrow’s testimony must be considered in gentle of the numerous studies from unbiased businesses and organizations which paint an correct and dire image for the way forward for American involvement in Iraq. The editorial additionally brings up a chilling comparability:
Mr. Bush, deeply unpopular with the American folks, is relying on the final to revive credibility to his discredited Iraq coverage. He often refers back to the escalation of American forces final January as Common Petraeus’s technique — as if it weren’t his personal creation. The state of affairs echoes the best way Mr. Bush made Colin Powell — one other army man with an excessively honed sense of a soldier’s responsibility — play frontman on the United Nations in 2003 to make the case that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Mr. Bush can’t as soon as once more subcontract his duty. That is his warfare.
On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Greg Dworkin notes each regular polls and Day n+1 of the “Trump hates the army” story. The virus is every part. (Even earlier than right now’s bombshell!) There aren’t any legal guidelines! DOJ intervenes within the Carroll case, and we will not cease the approaching constitutional disaster.