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8 hours ago by tomjlowe
RussiaToday: RT Op-ed: Lee Camp: Trump’s military drops a bomb every 12 minutes, and no one is talking about it
'...those 70,000 bombs dropped by Bush — it was child’s play. DeGraw again: “[Obama] dropped 100,000 bombs in seven countries. He out-bombed Bush by 30,000 bombs and 2 countries.” -- You have to admit that’s impressively horrific. That puts Obama in a very elite group of Nobel Peace Prize winners who have killed that many innocent civilians. The reunions are mainly just him and Henry Kissinger wearing little hand-drawn name tags and munching on deviled eggs. -- However, we now know that Donald Trump’s administration puts all previous presidents to shame. The Pentagon’s numbers show that during George W. Bush’s eight years he averaged 24 bombs dropped per day, which is 8,750 per year. Over the course of Obama’s time in office, his military dropped 34 bombs per day, 12,500 per year. And in Trump’s first year in office, he averaged 121 bombs dropped per day, for an annual total of 44,096. -- Trump’s military dropped 44,000 bombs in his first year in office. -- He has basically taken the gloves off the Pentagon, taken the leash off an already rabid dog. ... -- Under Trump, five bombs are dropped per hour — every hour of every day. That averages out to a bomb every 12 minutes. -- Journalist Witney Webb wrote in February, “Shockingly, more than 80 percent of those killed have never even been identified and the C.I.A.’s own documents have shown that they are not even aware of who they are killing – avoiding the issue of reporting civilian deaths simply by naming all those in the strike zone as enemy combatants.” -- That’s right. We kill only enemy combatants. How do we know they’re enemy combatants? Because they were in our strike zone. How did we know it was a strike zone? Because there were enemy combatants there. How did we find out they were enemy combatants? Because they were in the strike zone.'
america  empire  exceptionalism  war  perpetualwar  pathocracy 
2 days ago by adamcrowe
Twitter
RT : There was always in charge of Kingdom, now it becomes The Lithium and is already…
Empire  China  Oligopoly  Lithium  from twitter
8 days ago by rhyndes
Good Bye to All That: Donald Trump and the End of the U.S. Global Empire By Roy Morrison Global Research, June 14, 2018
What’s startling is how quickly Donald Trump, aided and abetted by a mixture of billionaires, sycophants, and far right ideologues is undermining the basic pillars of a U.S. imperium that emerged in 1945 with the unconditional surrender of Germany and Japan ending the Second World War. Amidst the follies of Trump unleashed upon the world, it’s worth examining what has been and what is emerging.

Then: 1945 to 2016

With unparalleled power and global influence the United States waged a Cold War against the Soviets and global communism; organized a global system of military alliances; constructed a global network of military bases to encircle, contain, and threaten it’s rivals; engaged in endless arms races and spent trillions in building and maintaining dominant conventional and nuclear military forces; established a global financial order with the American dollar as global reserve currency and U.S. bonds on ultimate protector of value in hard times allowing the U.S. to run deficits and print money with impunity; waged a series of wars and proxy wars contesting for U.S. dominance and the control of oil and other strategic materials in the global South; as dominant economic, military, scientific, and cultural power, exercised an astounding global mixture of hard and soft power throughout the world ranging from engineering coups to providing disaster and crisis aid and home for refugees; offered food and development aid and plethora of military hardware; controlled international development groups like the World Bank; and managed the world in accord with the Washington Consensus based on free trade, structural adjustments imposed upon the poor nations of the global South using privatization, commodity exports to pay for mountains of development debt.

This was an empire that managed to emerge substantially unchanged and even more globally dominant after the collapse of the Soviet Union. It’s ideologues, like Francis Fukuyama, proclaiming an “end to history” as a liberal capitalist free-trading American empire encompassed the world. This was the only real choice moving forward, a matter of theme and variation.

The empire was shaken by 911 and the disastrous Iraq Invasion but it persisted and managed to bail out the bankers and speculators following the 2007-2008 global financial collapse. Terror replaced communism as the Enemy. Business and empire as usual would have persisted given the universally anticipated succession to power of Hilary Clinton.

Now

The consternation on the faces of the other leaders of the G-7 staring down at the petulant Donald Trump sitting with arms crossed tells it all just before Trump departed for his summit meeting with a dynastic and murderous Korean dictator. On the way, Trump refused to sign the carefully wrought G-7 statement while having his Economic Adviser and his Trade Representative attack Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

For many this is close to the last straw following a stream of perplexing actions including Trump’s reticence to support NATO and his withdrawal from the global Paris Climate Accords where the U.S.now stands alone as ecological catastrophe gathers and the Trump administration wants to burn more coal.

What is significant is more than the latest outrage. We need to examine the consequences combining what is done in the normal course of business; what is not done; and what happens in emergencies.

No Coherent Plan

There is, of course, no coherent design or understanding at work much beyond the reported White House staffer’s explanation for trashing the G-7. “This is America bitch.”

Could the Trump Presidency Prove to be a Godsend for the Palestinian People?
Trump hardly reads. His is an instinctive actor compulsively seeking self-aggrandizement of a fragile ego; endless personal and familial enrichment; revenge against those who have opposed or slighted him; expressing his lusts for young beautiful women including his daughter and his deeply racist and anti-immigrant sentiments. He rode to power on racism and nativism and will attempt to stay in power using racism and nativism. He’s all in.

This is not a recipe for sustaining a global U.S. empire. He clearly does not care. His instincts were to remove U.S. forces from Afghanistan and Syria and was talked out of it by the generals and White House handlers.

Trump’s world view is also incoherent. Trump makes common cause with Saudi Crown Prince and autocrat to be, Mohammed bin Salman and supports the genocidal Saudi War in Yemen and acts as if a Middle East War against Iran, dear to the heart of National Security Advisor John Bolton, would be an acceptable thing. While a negotiated settlement in Yemen can open the door toward more peaceful relations with Iran, the likelihood of pursuing such a path is poor.The odds currently appear to favor more the eruption of a Saudi-U.S-Israel vs. Iran-Hezbollah Middle Eastern War than a durable regional peace plan.

U.S. leadership that was globally central is suddenly become peripheral. Trade is now a weapon to be used as readily against the great liberal capitalist democratic members of the G-7 as against recalcitrant dictatorships. U.S. military alliances matter little. Trumps decision to end U.S.-South Korea military exercises was a strong signal to Seoul and Tokyo as well as to Pyongyang and Beijing and Moscow that the fearsome assertiveness of U.S. military might is taking a big step back.

The danger,of course, is that the end of U.S. military presence if not done the context of regional peace settlements, will instead embolden well armed dictators and lead countries like South Korea and Japan to pursue their own nuclear weapons programs.
The U.S. empire has prospered and thrived by rewarding its friends, punishing and, if necessary, destroying its enemies. That required some unspoken sense of limits and imperial judgement. But not for Trump. Power is to be used to serve his short term needs.

“Trade wars are easy to win,” said Trump.

And this is certainly true rhetorically and perhaps politically in the short term.

Bashing Canada for high protective tariffs shielding Canadian farmers from cheap U. S. Wisconsin dairy imports is likely to be helpful in 2018 mid-term elections in some Wisconsin Congressional districts. The U.S. has a net trade surplus with Canada, if that matters. Of course long term consequences of a trade war with G-7 and with China will seriously hurt the global economy and red state Trump Districts most of all through targeted retaliatory tariffs. Will Trump just talk tough and do little on trade? Who knows?...
DonaldTrump  USEmpire  Empire  Imperialism  TradeWar(s) 
9 days ago by juandante
AMERICAN EMPIRE: REALITIES AND UNCERTAINTIES – Defence-In-Depth
Many commentators claim that the United States created an empire after 1945 at the point when the insular possessions were being decolonised. The Philippines became independent in 1946; Puerto Rico became a Commonwealth in 1952; Hawai’i was incorporated as a state in 1959; Cuba opted for a revolutionary exit in the same year. The claim that the U.S. was or became an empire after the 1950s rests on a very general definition of ‘empire’ that makes it synonymous with powerful states. After 1945, the United Sates was indeed a great power, but it was not an empire
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14 days ago by yorksranter
Twitter
Andre why you didn’t just say that from the beginning?!?! #
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5 weeks ago by KateSherrill
Jonathan Healey on Twitter: "From Broadberry and Gupta's work on comparative wage rates: silver and grain wages in India and England from the 16th to the 19th centuries.… https://t.co/RVzOxlMwSd"
The decline was basically done *before* the Battle of Plassey - which suggests an unobserved variable, something that caused both decline and the collapse of the state
india  empire  wages  history  economichistory  eic 
6 weeks ago by yorksranter
Herbert Bolton, Historian and Historiographer of the Californias and the Americas
Herbert Eugene Bolton (July 20, 1870 – January 30, 1953) was an American historian who pioneered the study of the Spanish-American borderlands and was a prominent authority on Spanish American history. He originated what became known as the Bolton Theory of the history of the Americas which holds that it is impossible to study the history of the United States in isolation from the histories of other American nations,[1] and wrote or co-authored 94 works. A student of Frederick Jackson Turner, Bolton disagreed with his mentor's Frontier theory and argued that the history of the Americas is best understood by taking a holistic view and trying to understand the ways in which the different colonial and precolonial contexts have interacted to produce the modern United States. The height of his career was spent at the University of California, Berkeley where he served as chair of the history department for 22 years and is widely credited with making the renowned Bancroft Library the preeminent research center it is today.
Bolton's biggest mistake was his February 1937 authentication of Drake's Plate of Brass, which was a forgery of a mythical brass plaque purportedly placed by Sir Francis Drake upon his arrival in 1579.
Herbert  Bolton  CA  Berkeley  History  Historiography  Historians  Academia  Empire  Imperialism  Colonialism 
8 weeks ago by dbourn
YouTube -- RussiaToday: Syria strikes: High tech killing power with ‘good intentions’
'After allegations of a chemical attack in Syria, Western fighter jets were soon revving their engines, ready to unleash a “humanitarian intervention.”' -- "The message to despots and terrorists is stick to conventional weapons, and, if possible, buy them from Western arms dealers because that way you can fire them safely from the moral high ground."
america  empire  war  perpetualwar  minipax  forcedmemes  "humanitarianism"  satire 
9 weeks ago by adamcrowe
Spiked -- The West’s virtue-bombing of Syria is a disastrous mistake by Brendan O'Neill
'...This is perhaps the most shocking element of the strikes on Damascus: they make Western powers and their media cheerleaders objectively into the allies of some of the darkest, foulest movements at work in the world today. From ISIS to the Army of Islam to al-Nusra (now Jabhat Fateh al-Sham), the movements lined up against Assad are far from the ‘rebels’ some Western media coverage would have us believe. They are ruthless religious extremists whose victory in Syria would make the Assad regime, with all its authoritarianism and anti-democracy, look like a pleasant memory in comparison. These groups have enforced terrible rule in places like Raqqa, Ghouta and East Aleppo and have committed barbarous crimes against civilians, including, it is widely suspected, with their own use of chemical weapons. These outfits will welcome the Western alliance’s actions and will see the West’s heaped pressure on Assad as a green light to their own violent ideological push against the regime. These air strikes are in essence a military wing of Islamist extremism, providing military cover and even moral rejuvenation to an anti-Assad movement that has virtually no positive qualities. -- ... Western interventionism has continually exacerbated Islamist extremism. Our leaders wring their hands over the rise of Islamist militancy in Western capitals while taking foreign action that effectively turns whole swathes of the world into nurseries of such militancy. Now they effectively lend their bombs to the cause of further isolating Assad and by extension strengthening the resolve of the Islamist opposition, of ideological groups that would massacre Western civilians given half the chance, and in fact have done so. -- Consider the impact that America’s UN ambassador Nikki Haley will make with her comments saying the US is ‘locked and loaded’ to attack Assad again if there is another chemical attack and that this next Western strike would signify that his time was up. She is doing the bidding of ISIS and the others. She is signalling to them that Assad’s days are numbered. She is saying, ‘He’s on his way out, so push a little harder’. And she is positively incentivising the use of chemical weapons by Islamist groups. Because they now know that if there is one such chemical attack, then Assad’s regime will be bombed again and the West will declare him illegitimate, finished, over. And they also know from the events of recent days that the origins of such a chemical attack would not be thoroughly investigated before Western military action against Assad was taken. What do they have to lose? With one statement, Haley makes the Syrian war bloodier, Syrians’ lives harder, the Islamist insurgency cockier. This is the danger, the horror, of virtue-signalling in warzones. -- How can the West so nakedly take action that will harm itself, harm Syrians and harm geopolitics, and benefit nobody but the profoundly ugly movements of wartorn Syria and beyond? Because its driver is not thought or analysis, but the imperative of the moralistic display, of the loud, explosive demonstration of presumed virtue. Such an almost therapeutic approach to global affairs doesn’t only make it harder to think in rational geopolitical terms. It actually discourages such use of reason. Witness the front pages of newspapers telling us this is a war on ‘evil’, or Western politicians’ use of language like ‘animals’ to describe Assad, or the way anybody who suggests that the Syrian theatre is a complex one in which there are no good guys and possibly some worse guys than Assad can be shamed as Assad apologists and essentially threatened with McCarthyite expulsion from public life, as spiked contributor Tara McCormack and other academics shamefully were by The Times on Saturday: all of this communicates the message that we mustn’t think about Syria, we must just feel. To think, to reason, is to make yourself suspect. Join the orgy of virtue or else. A combination of military moralism and intellectual philistinism is marshalled both to virtue-signal abroad and silence difficult discussion at home.'
america  empire  war  perpetualwar  twominuteshate  russia 
9 weeks ago by adamcrowe
YouTube -- RussiaToday: Dumping the dollar: Iran joins Pakistan, China & Russia to limit use of US currency
'Iran has announced it's dumping the dollar in favour of the euro for official financial reporting. That will make it the latest nation to limit use of US money. '
economics  america  empire  geopolitics  dollar  petrodollar  reservecurrency 
9 weeks ago by adamcrowe
YouTube -- RussiaToday: Visiting Douma ‘chemical attack’ site: Witnesses recall how White Helmets shot the video
'As more doubts are raised over videos purporting to show the aftermath of an alleged chemical attack in Syria's Douma... an RT crew visits places seen in the footage and speaks to eyewitnesses.' -- No business like show business
america  empire  minipax  spectacle  falseflag  problemreactionsolution  war  perpetualwar 
9 weeks ago by adamcrowe

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