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18.11.2019 - 22:25 [ Gene Marx / antikrieg.com ]

Vietnam vs. Afghanistan – abgestimmtes Chaos, endloser Krieg

Siehst du, meine Enkelin Kaya, wird nächste Woche 14 Jahre alt, und sie hat noch nie in einer Zeit gelebt, in der ihr Land nicht irgendwo einen unerbittlichen interventionistischen Krieg geführt hat. Nicht für einen Moment, und ich konnte das nicht einfach auf sich beruhen lassen.

17.11.2019 - 09:24 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

When I am president, the United States will lead not in war-making but in bringing people together to take on authoritarianism and corporate greed.

16.11.2019 - 20:31 [ Tulsi Gabbard, candidate for President / Twitter ]

Whether Hillary Clinton is on the ballot or not, her foreign policy will be. Many Dem candidates adhere to Bush-Clinton doctrine being the world’s police—wasting trillions of $$, spreading death and destruction, and undermining our national security. I will end this. #TULSI2020

16.11.2019 - 20:24 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

The biggest threats that we face today—climate change, inequality, rising authoritarianism, and a refugee crisis—do not have military solutions. It’s time to stop spending trillions on endless wars and get to work on things that will help America succeed for future generations.

16.11.2019 - 10:02 [ Voice of America ]

Al-Baghdadi Killed in Idlib, a Hotbed of Terror Groups, Foreign Fighters

(27.10.2019)

“Several groups that have ties with al-Qaida have presence in this area,” said Sadradeen Kinno, a Syrian researcher who closely follows Islamic militant groups in the country.

He noted that Huras al-Din is one of the groups that has operated in the area for a long time.

Huras al-Din emerged in Syria in early 2018 after several factions broke away from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly known as al-Nusra Front) following al-Nusra’s decision to sever ties with al-Qaida.

16.11.2019 - 09:53 [ Al-Masdar News ]

Syrian Army’s new offensive in Idlib gets off to successful start: video

Led by the 25th Special Mission Forces Division, the Syrian Arab Army captured a number of points in southeastern Idlib, including the towns of Tal Khaznah and Al-Lubidiyah.

Following the capture of these areas, the Syrian Arab Army halted their advance in order to secure the sites they captured and prepare for their next assault in the southeastern region of Idlib.

14.11.2019 - 18:55 [ Harvard International Law Journal, Forthcoming / papers.ssrn.com ]

Cut These Words: Passion and International Law of War Scholarship

(12.11.2019)

First, and perhaps the most fascinating mystery, is the near-total erasure of the Vietnam era,
and its vociferous doctrinal and policy debates, from the War on Terror international legal debate. The more one reads, the stranger it becomes—particularly once the invasion of Cambodia becomes publicly known in 1970, and the U.S. Department of State justifies the intervention in international legal terms. The doctrinal debate is eerily similar to those underlying key controversies between 2009 and 2018. The underlying law is, in many respects, largely the same. The contours of the international legal questions and their purported implications for the future disclose remarkable similarities. And yet, with the exception of that single footnote in the Al Aulaqi memorandum, there is almost no reference to the raging scholarly discourse that occurred barely two generations earlier. This would perhaps be understandable if I had gone deep into the national archives of, say, Bangladesh, and had found obscure texts that had never been published in English, or had never been made available in libraries or on the internet. But we are talking more or less about similar substantive debates occurring in similar journals by scholars contending with the same government offices. And it all just disappeared. Why?7

13.11.2019 - 17:46 [ German Foreign Policy ]

November Drumming

(11.11.2019) Leading German politicians are calling for a more aggressive German and EU foreign and military policy, in the run-up to tomorrow’s Bundeswehr public oath-taking ceremony. „Europe must learn the language of power,“ says Ursula von der Leyen, the designated EU Commission President

13.11.2019 - 07:53 [ New York Times ]

US Troops at Syria Base Say They’ll Keep Pressure on IS

Speaking at a remote base in Syria where the Bradleys arrived last week, he said „our primary way that we do that“ is through working with the U.S. partners, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

The deployment of the mechanized force comes after US troops pulled out from northeastern Syria, making way for a Turkish offensive against Kurdish fighters that began last month. Only several miles away from the base, fighting between Turkish-allied fighters and the SDF was ongoing, …

13.11.2019 - 07:43 [ Bloomberg ]

Erdogan Wants New Era With U.S. on Security Before Meeting Trump

Speaking Tuesday before traveling to Washington, Erdogan said he wants to “start a new era over common security issues” with the U.S. “We are in agreement with Trump to solve problems and develop our ties despite the foggy weather in our relations,” Erdogan told a televised news conference at the airport in Ankara.

13.11.2019 - 01:57 [ Antiwar.com ]

Bring Our Troops Home events in DC on November 12-13

I would like to invite you to take part in a 2-day series of meetings and events in Washington, D.C., on November 12-13, sponsored by Bring Our Troops Home. Bring Our Troops Home is a newly-formed advocacy organization dedicated to ending the cycle of Endless Wars and the policy of automatic military intervention.

This group of leaders and military veterans believe that supporting America’s troops is not the same as supporting a foreign policy of endless intervention in other people’s civil wars.

11.11.2019 - 21:20 [ Antiwar.com ]

The Armistice We Need: Time for Vets To Reclaim Veterans’ Day

These are not normal times: perpetual war has gathered an inertia all its own whilst the three pillars off the US government – Congress, Courts, Executive – have failed the people; have either enabled or turned a blind eye to perpetual war. So, my last plea is to the powerful veterans of America: help lead the citizenry to end these toxic wars. It might just be the last, and best, service you lend your country.

03.11.2019 - 12:12 [ mediagrrl9 / Youtube ]

Peace Activist and Ex-CIA Analyst Ray McGovern Beaten, Arrested for Silent Protest at Clinton Speech

(18. Februar 2011)

DemocracyNow.org –
This week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a major address calling for Internet freedom around the world. As Clinton condemned the Egyptian and Iranian governments for arresting and beating protesters, former U.S. Army and CIA officer Ray McGovern was violently ejected from the audience and arrested after he stood up and turned his back in a silent protest of America’s foreign policy. Ray McGovern joins us from Washington, D.C.

02.11.2019 - 17:39 [ ZeroHedge ]

„One Army Major And Combat Vet To Another“ – In Defense Of Tulsi Gabbard

At times it’s been a decidedly lonely journey, particularly in the many years I remained on active duty while actively dissenting. I was, and remain, struck by how few of my fellow soldiers, officers and recent post-9/11 veterans felt as I did—strongly enough, at least, to publicly decry U.S. militarism. Then I discovered Tulsi Gabbard, an obscure young congresswoman from Hawaii who, coincidentally, serves in the Army and is herself a veteran of the war in Iraq. In the current climate of Gabbard-bashing, where even sites like Truthdig offer measured criticism, it’s hard to convey the profound sense of relief I felt that someone as outspokenly anti-war as Gabbard even existed way back in 2016. She said things I only dared think back then; and as I did, she backed Bernie Sanders—a risky endeavor that likely doomed her to the recent slanderous accusations of treason by Hillary Clinton. That’s called courage.

02.11.2019 - 13:30 [ Maj. Danny Sjursen / Truthdig.com ]

In Defense of Tulsi Gabbard

Gabbard is the only Democratic hopeful to place foreign policy—specifically ending the absurd wars she was a part of herself—at the top of her campaign agenda. Love her or hate her, that is profound in post-9/11 America. She’s been an outspoken opponent of the U.S.-backed Saudi genocide in Yemen, repeatedly calls out the lie of an Iraq War that shattered the Middle East, and is almost alone in criticizing Obama’s repeatedly counterproductive actions that armed and fueled anti-American Islamists in Syria. These are vital truths in an age of obfuscation and foreign policy apathy.

02.11.2019 - 13:15 [ New York Times ]

Trump’s Opposition to ‘Endless Wars’ Appeals to Those Who Fought Them

Nearly two decades after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, polls show that a majority of all veterans have grown disenchanted with the continuing wars, even if the national security elite in both parties continue to press for an American military presence in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. The view is in stark contrast to widespread support for the wars across the military and veterans community — and the general population — when President George W. Bush first sent American troops to Afghanistan and then Iraq.

02.11.2019 - 13:13 [ Rasmussen Reports ]

Most Agree With Trump’s Withdrawal from ‘Endless Wars’

“It is time for us to get out of these ridiculous endless wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home. We will fight where it is to our benefit, and only fight to win.” Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Likely U.S. Voters agree with Trump’s statement, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey. Just 20% disagree, while 22% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Even 55% of Democrats agree with the statement, although it is important to note that Rasmussen Reports did not identify Trump as the source of the quotation in its question.

01.11.2019 - 13:52 [ Tulsi2020.com ]

Tulsi 2020: Join me in demanding the truth

What was Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the 9/11 attack? Americans deserve an answer to this question. Join me in calling on the Trump Administration to declassify and release all information regarding the 9/11 attack. Add your name to our petition.

01.11.2019 - 13:50 [ apnews.com ]

Tulsi Gabbard: Release documents related to Saudis and 9/11

(29.10.2019)

“Our government should not be invoking secrecy to keep its own mistakes hidden from the American people and should certainly not be used to protect the Saudis from embarrassment or, worse yet, accountability,” said Terry Strada, a Sept. 11 widow and the chairwoman of 9/11 Families and Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism. “Until there is an accounting, we will never go away.”

28.10.2019 - 06:31 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

26.10.2019 - 16:57 [ Antiwar.com ]

The Plowshares 7 Found Guilty: Nuclear Weapons Are the Real Crime

On that day, April 4, 2018, the group had entered a U.S. Navy Submarine base which is a home port for the Trident nuclear missile fleet. Just one of those nuclear missiles, if launched, would cause 1,825 times more damage than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The Plowshares activists aimed to expose illegal and immoral weapons that threaten all life on earth.

25.10.2019 - 04:08 [ Chicago Access Network Television ]

Stopping Forever Wars: A Discussion with Cindy Sheehan & Vince Emanuele

Chicago Committee Against War & Racism hosts a discussion with activist Cindy Sheehan & veteran Vince Emanuele about the current state of anti-war movement and how to stop U.S. forever wars.

23.10.2019 - 10:33 [ Tulsi Gabbard ]

Hillary, Acknowledge the Damage You’ve Caused

Hillary, your foreign policy was a disaster for our country and the world—resulting in the deaths and injuries of so many of my brothers and sisters in uniform, devastating entire countries, millions of lives lost, refugee crises, our enemy al-Qaeda/ISIS strengthened, increased Iranian and Russian influence in the region, Turkey emboldened, and exacerbated the problem of nuclear proliferation by overthrowing Gadhafi in Libya. Yet despite the damage you have done to our country and the world, you want to continue your failed policies directly or indirectly through the Democratic nominee.

22.10.2019 - 06:24 [ Ebi Tarkeshi / Twitter ]

Pelosi and congressional delegation make unannounced trip to Afghanistan in outreach to allies after Trump’s decision on Syria The House speaker met with Jordan’s leaders to discuss refugees and ‘regional stability.’

22.10.2019 - 06:10 [ Haaretz ]

Trump Says Israel, Jordan Asked Him to Keep Some U.S. Troops in Syria

U.S. President Donald Trump says he still wants to get all U.S. troops out of Syria, but Israel and Jordan have asked him to keep some in Syria.

A small number of U.S. troops would stay „in a little different section to secure the oil,“ as well as in „a totally different section of Syria near Jordan and close to Israel,“ Trump said on Monday.

21.10.2019 - 06:01 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. Defense Chief in Afghanistan for Firsthand Look at War

The U.S. has about 14,000 American troops in Afghanistan as part of the American-led coalition. U.S. forces are training and advising Afghan forces and conducting counterterrorism operations against extremists. President Donald Trump had ordered a troop withdrawal in conjunction with the peace talks that would have left about 8,600 American forces in the country.

20.10.2019 - 20:02 [ Stephen Kinzer / Information Clearing House ]

Condemning Trump on Syria? It’s ‘buffet outrage’

The more recent set of causes for our Kurdish misadventure began in 2011, when President Obama ordered President Bashar Assad of Syria to “step aside.” Beyond the arrogance that leads American presidents to think they can and should decide who may rule other countries lay the utter impossibility of achieving that goal.

20.10.2019 - 14:02 [ New York Times ]

U.S. and Allies Say Syria Leader Must Step Down

(18. August 2011)

“We have consistently said that President Assad must lead a democratic transition or get out of the way,” Mr. Obama said in a written statement released Thursday morning after coordination with allies in Europe. “He has not led. For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside.”

Almost simultaneously, Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany issued a joint statement urging Mr. Assad “to face the reality of the complete rejection of his regime by the Syrian people and to step aside in the best interests of Syria and the unity of its people.” Canada made a similar appeal, as did the European Union.

20.10.2019 - 13:50 [ New York Times ]

Trump Just Created a Moral and Strategic Disaster

(14.10.2019)

History is littered with instances of one-time allies abandoned by Washington to their fate — the Bay of Pigs invasion; the fall of South Vietnam; numerous internal uprisings, like Hungary in 1956, that were fanned by the United States only to be smothered when aid, implicit or explicit, was withheld. The United States has abandoned the Kurds — a stateless people who live in parts of Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Armenia and Iran — on numerous occasions in just the past half century. The most infamous of these betrayals came when Saddam Hussein attacked them with poison gas in 1988, and the Reagan administration protected the Iraqi government from congressional sanctions.

20.10.2019 - 13:37 [ Bill Van Auken / WSWS.org ]

The Democrats support the “Forever War”

The violence that is being inflicted upon the Kurdish people of Syria is tragic. The role played by the Kurdish bourgeois nationalist leadership, however, has been shortsighted and criminal. Once again, they hitched their wagon to imperialism, hoping to gain its support for the carving out of an ethnic Kurdish state. The results were entirely predictable. As Henry Kissinger infamously stated after betraying the Kurds following a 1975 deal brokered between the Shah of Iran and Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, “Covert action should not be confused with missionary work.”

In its most despicable passage, the New York Times editorial places Trump’s action within the context of a US history that is “littered with instances of one-time allies abandoned to their fate—the Bay of Pigs invasion; the fall of South Vietnam …”

For the Times to cast the Bay of Pigs or the fall of Saigon as an example of Washington’s “betrayals” testifies to the drastic rightward shift in the ex-liberal media.

20.10.2019 - 11:59 [ Rudaw.net ]

Turkish ISIS fighter tells Rudaw: I want to go somewhere with ‘more freedom, like Europe’

(19.10.2019)

“I want to live in a place where I can live freely,” Qasim told Rudaw, surrounded by tens of fellow ISIS detainees in a windowless room. “I want to go to any country that has more freedom like the European countries, for example, Germany or Sweden.”

19.10.2019 - 10:39 [ theGuardian.com ]

Former navy admiral behind bin Laden raid warns of ‚barbarians at our gate‘

(21.11.2015)

“They have invited young men and some women in so that they can act out their greatest perversion. It’s not about an ideology. It’s not about the caliphate,” McRaven said at a national security conference in Austin, the Austin American-Statesman reported on Friday.

“I believe that they bring people in because they realize they can kill, they can rape with impunity, they can torture, they can do these barbaric things in the name of Islam.”

17.10.2019 - 20:41 [ CNN ]

US says Turkey agrees to a ceasefire in Syria

President Trump, speaking this afternoon from the tarmac at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Forth Worth, called the US-announced ceasefire in Turkey an „incredible outcome“ that saved lives.

„When those guns start shooting, they tend to do things, but I will tell you, on behalf of the United States I want to thank Turkey, I want to thank all of the people that have gotten together and made this happen,“ Trump said. „I want to thank everybody. And the other thing I want to thank as a group, I want to thank the Kurds, because they were incredibly happy with this solution. This is a solution that really — well it saved their lives, frankly. It saved their lives.“

17.10.2019 - 18:59 [ USA Today ]

President Donald Trump moves to stop ‚endless wars.‘ I stand with him: Sen. Rand Paul

Then-candidate Trump said often that the Iraq War was a mistake, and that we were in too many places for too long. Fast-forward to 2019, and the president is now moving forward to stop the “endless wars.” I stand with him.

The idea that our president would make this decision from this perspective is refreshing and long-awaited. Virtually every president in my lifetime has ended up in a new conflict or extending and expanding the old ones.

In particular, in the past 18 years, from Iraq to Libya to Syria, past presidents went into one bad misadventure after another.

16.10.2019 - 18:48 [ Lindsey Graham, US Senator / Twitter ]

I worry we will not have allies in the future against radical Islam, ISIS will reemerge, & Iran’s rise in Syria will become a nightmare for Israel.

I fear this is a complete and utter national security disaster in the making and I hope President Trump will adjust his thinking.

16.10.2019 - 17:54 [ Jennifer Jacobs ‏/ Twitter ]

„Syria may have some help from Russia, and that’s fine. A lot of sand. They’ve got a lot of sand over there, so, there’s a lot of sand they can play with,” Trump tells reporters at White House.

16.10.2019 - 17:52 [ Mark Knoller, CBS News White House Correspondent / Twitter ]

At start of photo with Pres Mattarella of Italy, Pres Trump defends his decision to withdraw from northeast Syria. “We are not a policing agent. It is time for us to go home,“ he says. Further, „if Turkey goes into Syria it is between Turkey and Syria. It’s not our problem.”

16.10.2019 - 17:29 [ Simon Marks ‏/ Twitter ]

Trump: „I view the situation on the Turkish border with Syria to be for the United States strategically brilliant. Our soldiers are outta there. They’ve got to work it out“. Claims strategic brilliance in northern Syria.

16.10.2019 - 06:18 [ Tulsi Gabbard, candidate for President ‏/ Twitter ]

Trump has the blood of Kurds on his hand, but so do politicians from both parties along w/ the MSM who champion Syrian regime change war. NYT/CNN have also smeared veterans like myself for calling for an end to this war. Completely despicable #DemDebate

16.10.2019 - 06:09 [ theHill.com ]

Military veterans Gabbard, Buttigieg tangle over Syria during Democratic debate

“As president I will end these regime change wars by doing two things: ending the draconian sanctions that are really a modern-day siege the likes of which we are seeing Saudi Arabia wage against Yemen that have caused tens of thousands of Syrian civilians to die and to starve, and I would make sure that we stop supporting terrorists like al Qaeda in Syria,” she said.

16.10.2019 - 06:06 [ ABC News / Twitter ]

Tulsi Gabbard: „Donald Trump has the blood of the Kurds on his hands, but so do many of the politicians in our country from both parties who have supported this ongoing regime change war in Syria.“

13.10.2019 - 16:29 [ Abshir Omar,Iowa Political Coordinator at @BernieSanders / Twitter ‏ ]

In 1991, the year I was born, my family was fleeing a civil war in Somalia. @BernieSanders was on the House floor railing against income inequality and another false war. Consistency & Character matters.

13.10.2019 - 14:25 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

It’s not an exaggeration to say that anyone who criticizes the Democratic Party, the DNC or US foreign policy (as supported by the CIA/NSA) is instantly, and for that reason alone, viewed as an agent of Moscow. They don’t even hide their McCarthyism: it’s the explicit formula:

12.10.2019 - 11:59 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Iran Policy Has Collapsed

Netanyahu built his foreign affairs and defense policy on two foundations: complete identification with Trump and escalating the conflict with Iran and its allies, with a series of attacks that have intensified in recent months, striking at a distance as far as Iraq. He believed, and marketed to the public, that Trump was attentive to his counsel and would take steps to bring down the Iranian regime. But to his great disappointment Trump broke off contact with him after the election and is brazenly acting to thaw relations with Iran.

12.10.2019 - 11:49 [ Haaretz ]

Trump’s Syria Withdrawal Is a Strategic Disaster for Netanyahu

If anything is left of the ‚defense alliance‘ between Washington and Israel, it’s on paper only