LISTEN: In private speech, Dick Cheney talks bombing Iran and GOP donors applaud 

bspolitics:

I can’t help but have Black Sabbath’s War Pigs playing in my head while reading this …

Despicable bastards.

(via cognitivedissonance)

@2 weeks ago with 192 notes
#dick cheney #iran #neocons #war 

(via myheadisweak)

@4 months ago with 676601 notes
#war 

"

WAR is a racket. It always has been.

It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one
international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the
losses in lives.

A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of
the people. 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 very many. Out of war a few people make huge
fortunes.

In the World War [I] a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new
millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War. That
many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war
millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows.

How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How many of them dug a trench?
How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in a rat-infested dug-out? How many of
them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun
bullets? How many of them parried a bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were
wounded or killed in battle?

Out of war nations acquire additional territory, if they are victorious. They just take it. This
newly acquired territory promptly is exploited by the few — the selfsame few who wrung
dollars out of blood in the war. The general public shoulders the bill.

And what is this bill?

This bill renders a horrible accounting. Newly placed gravestones. Mangled bodies.
Shattered minds. Broken hearts and homes. Economic instability. Depression and all its
attendant miseries. Back-breaking taxation for generations and generations.

For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was a racket; not until I
retired to civil life did I fully realize it. Now that I see the international war clouds gathering,
as they are today, I must face it and speak out.

"

@5 months ago with 249 notes
#war 

"Unusually for the overall American drone campaign, the strikes in the area mostly occur in densely populated neighborhoods. The drones have hit a bakery, a disused girls’ school and a money changers’ market, residents say. One strike occurred in Matches Colony, a neighborhood named after an abandoned match factory that is now frequented by Uzbek militants. While the strike rate has dropped drastically in recent months, the constant presence of circling drones — and accompanying tension over when, or whom, they will strike — is a crushing psychological burden for many residents."

@5 months ago with 45 notes
#drones #war 
stoicmike:

The basic idea of an army is that you can kill people without murdering them. This was one of my early attempts at these epigram collages. - Michael Lipsey

stoicmike:

The basic idea of an army is that you can kill people without murdering them. This was one of my early attempts at these epigram collages. - Michael Lipsey

(via other-stuff)

@6 months ago with 228 notes
#war 
provocatoria:

"Let us not forget that after the first World War, that it was the British and the French who sliced up the Middle East and North Africa with no respect or empathy for the indigenous people of those lands. Now what we are talking about today is not a problem with Britain, but with the world. It is a problem of imperialism. It is a problem of a system which places importance, and places priority on big business ahead of human life. It just so happens that the human lives we’re talking about at the moment are predominantly Muslim. Colonization is not done."
- Lowkey

provocatoria:

"Let us not forget that after the first World War, that it was the British and the French who sliced up the Middle East and North Africa with no respect or empathy for the indigenous people of those lands. Now what we are talking about today is not a problem with Britain, but with the world. It is a problem of imperialism. It is a problem of a system which places importance, and places priority on big business ahead of human life. It just so happens that the human lives we’re talking about at the moment are predominantly Muslim. Colonization is not done."

- Lowkey

(via fyeahsocialism)

@6 months ago with 581 notes
#lowkey #war #imperialism 

"As recently as 1999, the US government was paying the entire annual salary of every single Taliban government official."

Afghanistan, Another Untold Story. Michael Parenti. (via ostalgieultra)

(via other-stuff)

@7 months ago with 1474 notes
#taliban #war 

"The United States says that it wants to bomb Syria to punish the Asad regime for its use of chemical weapons. But keep in mind that it will likely use Tomahawk missiles, whose warheads might or might not be tipped with depleted uranium (DU). In other words, the United States will punish the Asad regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons by bombing Syria with a weapon that the UN General Assembly has four times asked to be sanctioned (but cannot because of the votes against these resolutions from France, Israel, the United Kingdom, and the United States). One hundred and fifty-five countries worry that depleted uranium will contaminate groundwater and produce environmental and health hazards for generations. The United States used such weapons in Iraq, where a 2010 study (Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005-2009) found that the rate of heart defects was thirteen times that in Europe, the nervous system abnormalities at birth were thirty-three times that in Europe, and the childhood cancer rate was twelve times greater than those before the use of DU in Fallujah in 2004. These are the consequences of an imperialist bombardment. It will violate law in order to pretend to uphold law. It will use dangerous chemicals to protest the use of dangerous chemicals. It will get self-righteous about chemical weapons, such as nerve gas, that it sold to the Assad government within the past three years."

@7 months ago with 5176 notes
#syria #war 

Engraved Zippo lighters from the Vietnam War.

Cowan’s Auctions

(Source: ultra-violence-blog, via thepoliticalnotebook)

@1 month ago with 58656 notes
#vietnam #war 

(Source: tedx, via ataxiwardance)

@5 months ago with 113423 notes
#war #mental health #ptsd 
@5 months ago with 1826 notes
#art #politics #war 
theatlantic:

The Iraq War and Its Side Effects Killed Half a Million Iraqis

A new study takes into account conflict-crippled healthcare, water, and transportation systems.
Read more. [Image: Ceerwan Aziz/Reuters]

theatlantic:

The Iraq War and Its Side Effects Killed Half a Million Iraqis

A new study takes into account conflict-crippled healthcare, water, and transportation systems.

Read more. [Image: Ceerwan Aziz/Reuters]

@6 months ago with 272 notes
#iraq #war 
@6 months ago with 1932 notes
#war #normandy #world war II 

scienceing:

if you ever think that you’ve made a big mistake, just remember that in 1788 the Austrian army attacked itself and lost 10,000 men

Awkward.

(via livingwithdisability)

@7 months ago with 216874 notes
#war 
theweekmagazine:

Here’s a look at this week’s cover.

If the U.S. the world’s policeman, then it’s a pretty corrupt and violent one.

theweekmagazine:

Here’s a look at this week’s cover.

If the U.S. the world’s policeman, then it’s a pretty corrupt and violent one.

@7 months ago with 96 notes
#war #the world's policeman 
LISTEN: In private speech, Dick Cheney talks bombing Iran and GOP donors applaud→

bspolitics:

I can’t help but have Black Sabbath’s War Pigs playing in my head while reading this …

Despicable bastards.

(via cognitivedissonance)

2 weeks ago
#dick cheney #iran #neocons #war 
1 month ago
#vietnam #war 
4 months ago
#war 
5 months ago
#war #mental health #ptsd 
"

WAR is a racket. It always has been.

It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one
international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the
losses in lives.

A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of
the people. 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 very many. Out of war a few people make huge
fortunes.

In the World War [I] a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new
millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War. That
many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war
millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows.

How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How many of them dug a trench?
How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in a rat-infested dug-out? How many of
them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun
bullets? How many of them parried a bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were
wounded or killed in battle?

Out of war nations acquire additional territory, if they are victorious. They just take it. This
newly acquired territory promptly is exploited by the few — the selfsame few who wrung
dollars out of blood in the war. The general public shoulders the bill.

And what is this bill?

This bill renders a horrible accounting. Newly placed gravestones. Mangled bodies.
Shattered minds. Broken hearts and homes. Economic instability. Depression and all its
attendant miseries. Back-breaking taxation for generations and generations.

For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was a racket; not until I
retired to civil life did I fully realize it. Now that I see the international war clouds gathering,
as they are today, I must face it and speak out.

"
5 months ago
#war 
5 months ago
#art #politics #war 
"Unusually for the overall American drone campaign, the strikes in the area mostly occur in densely populated neighborhoods. The drones have hit a bakery, a disused girls’ school and a money changers’ market, residents say. One strike occurred in Matches Colony, a neighborhood named after an abandoned match factory that is now frequented by Uzbek militants. While the strike rate has dropped drastically in recent months, the constant presence of circling drones — and accompanying tension over when, or whom, they will strike — is a crushing psychological burden for many residents."
5 months ago
#drones #war 
theatlantic:

The Iraq War and Its Side Effects Killed Half a Million Iraqis

A new study takes into account conflict-crippled healthcare, water, and transportation systems.
Read more. [Image: Ceerwan Aziz/Reuters]
6 months ago
#iraq #war 
stoicmike:

The basic idea of an army is that you can kill people without murdering them. This was one of my early attempts at these epigram collages. - Michael Lipsey
6 months ago
#war 
6 months ago
#war #normandy #world war II 
provocatoria:

"Let us not forget that after the first World War, that it was the British and the French who sliced up the Middle East and North Africa with no respect or empathy for the indigenous people of those lands. Now what we are talking about today is not a problem with Britain, but with the world. It is a problem of imperialism. It is a problem of a system which places importance, and places priority on big business ahead of human life. It just so happens that the human lives we’re talking about at the moment are predominantly Muslim. Colonization is not done."
- Lowkey
6 months ago
#lowkey #war #imperialism 

scienceing:

if you ever think that you’ve made a big mistake, just remember that in 1788 the Austrian army attacked itself and lost 10,000 men

Awkward.

(via livingwithdisability)

7 months ago
#war 
"As recently as 1999, the US government was paying the entire annual salary of every single Taliban government official."
Afghanistan, Another Untold Story. Michael Parenti. (via ostalgieultra)

(via other-stuff)

7 months ago
#taliban #war 
theweekmagazine:

Here’s a look at this week’s cover.

If the U.S. the world’s policeman, then it’s a pretty corrupt and violent one.
7 months ago
#war #the world's policeman 
"The United States says that it wants to bomb Syria to punish the Asad regime for its use of chemical weapons. But keep in mind that it will likely use Tomahawk missiles, whose warheads might or might not be tipped with depleted uranium (DU). In other words, the United States will punish the Asad regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons by bombing Syria with a weapon that the UN General Assembly has four times asked to be sanctioned (but cannot because of the votes against these resolutions from France, Israel, the United Kingdom, and the United States). One hundred and fifty-five countries worry that depleted uranium will contaminate groundwater and produce environmental and health hazards for generations. The United States used such weapons in Iraq, where a 2010 study (Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005-2009) found that the rate of heart defects was thirteen times that in Europe, the nervous system abnormalities at birth were thirty-three times that in Europe, and the childhood cancer rate was twelve times greater than those before the use of DU in Fallujah in 2004. These are the consequences of an imperialist bombardment. It will violate law in order to pretend to uphold law. It will use dangerous chemicals to protest the use of dangerous chemicals. It will get self-righteous about chemical weapons, such as nerve gas, that it sold to the Assad government within the past three years."
7 months ago
#syria #war