Direct US military presence overseas is at a 60-year low. But this doesn’t mean imperialism is ending. It’s merely being farmed out to allies, client states, mercenaries, and proxy forces, with technology like drones assuming a greater role. By Kristen Bialik, Fact Tank The number of active-duty U.S. […]
The empire is starting to recede. Military spending as a percentage of GDP and the number of US troops overseas are both starting to gradually decline. By Christopher Giles, BBC READ MORE
If Peter Zeihan’s analysis and forecasts concerning the future of the unipolar order are at all correct, my predictions about the future of geopolitics were even more accurate than I previously thought. I’ve generally thought that globalization would eventually produce a global state system, which would require a […]
By Derrick Broze, Last American Vagabond While the media has you concerned over Donald Trump’s threat to veto the annual military budget, there are bigger implications for the controversial NDAA 2021. The U.S. Senate recently voted 84 to 13 in favor of the 2021 version of the annual […]
By Rod Dreher, The American Conservative Hello all, I was away at the dentist for much of the day. After a decade of non-dentist-going (because I hate going to the dentist), I finally had to give up my cowardice-related boycott — this after suffering some unpleasantry resulting from […]
By Sarah Lazare, In These Times The “security state” not only failed to keep us safe, but worsened the coronavirus pandemic and unleashed violence on the people hardest hit. If there’s one central lesson to take from 2020, it’s that the country with the most well-funded “security state” […]
The survival of the state/ruling class ultimately depends on its ability to maintain the loyalty and cohesion of the state security forces such as the rank and file military and law enforcement. If those fracture or if the power elite loses control over them, it’s finished. The divisions […]
By Rebecca Gordon, TomDispatch It was the end of October 2001. Two friends, Max Elbaum and Bob Wing, had just dropped by. (Yes, children, believe it or not, people used to drop in on each other, maskless, once upon a time.) They had come to hang out with […]
By Harmony Hobbs, Upworthy When Madeline Swegle was a little girl growing up in Burke, VA, she loved watching the Blue Angels zip through the sky. Her family went to see the display every time it was in town, and it was her parents’ encouragement to pursue her […]
Germany apparently realizes that unipolarity is fading and the days of receiving military welfare from the USA will eventually pass. DW Global military expenditure reached $1.9 trillion (€1.7 trillion) in 2019, the highest annual sum in real terms since 1988. That sum marked an increase of 3.6% over […]
By Jack Hunter, The American Conservative “Rand Paul is at it again,” blared Politico on Thursday. “And his moves could force another brief government shutdown.” While Politico and other media outlets seemed to frame the Republican senator’s opposition to the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act as his typical […]
Raytheon’s new front man.
A reader observes, “The Pentagon said the troops in Somalia would be leaving by Jan. 15 – President Joe Biden will send them right back, In Fact with Trump having only 5 Days in Office, I can imagine The Military dragging their feet so they do not leave.” […]
Trump seems to be working the hawks and doves against each other by claiming he wants to withdraw from Afghanistan while escalating hostilities against Iran. The former is popular with the isolationists and libertarians and the latter is popular with the neocons and Christian Zionists.
The system wants a Roman-style imperium. Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti react to Mitch McConnell’s announcement that President Trump will issue an Executive Order to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.
‘These are dictator moves’: Defense officials alarmed as Trump installs more loyalists at the Pentagon
By Adam Payne, Business Insider President Donald Trump has filled a series of senior defense positions with loyalists, causing alarm among Pentagon officials. Four defense officials, including Mark Esper, the defense secretary, and James Anderson, the acting undersecretary of defense for policy, have either resigned or been sacked […]
Raytheon’s point main in the Trump administration has been tossed. By Amanda Macias, CNBC The Pentagon elevated Trump loyalists to powerful positions a day after the sudden termination of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. The moves also followed the resignations of multiple senior officials in the Defense Department. […]
By Greg Shupak, The Nation This summer, Dave Calhoun, CEO of Boeing—builder of the intercontinental ballistic missile—declared himself cheerfully indifferent to the presidential election. “I think both candidates, at least in my view, appear globally oriented and interested in the defense of our country and I believe they’ll […]
This is my assessment of the recent piece by Peter Gelderloos at Crimethinc, “Preparing for Electoral Unrest and a Right-Wing Power Grab.” The Crimethinc article is a great companion piece to the recent commentary by It’s Going Down (which I critique here) and Three-Way Fight (which I had […]
By Jennifer Steinhauer and Helene Cooper New York Times WASHINGTON — Senior Pentagon leaders have a lot to worry about — Afghanistan, Russia, Iraq, Syria, Iran, China, Somalia, the Korean Peninsula. But chief among those concerns is whether their commander in chief might order American troops into any […]
By Derek Davison and Alex Thurston The Jacobin The liberal establishment is desperate to return a centrist to the White House in November and reestablish the country’s more stable military dominance of the world order, disrupted only briefly by Donald Trump. Joe Biden’s terrible track record on foreign […]
By Caitlin Johnstone People who dislike Trump are often reluctant to talk about this, but it looks likely that a Biden administration would be more warlike than its predecessor. In a recent interview with US Department of Defense newspaper Stars and Stripes, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said […]
The real reason the majority of the power elite hates Trump. He’s a loose cannon, not a team player, too candid, and makes the state look like what it is, the mafia writ large. By Hunter Derensis The American Conservative Once again, the whispers of phantoms masquerading as […]
Team Rising reacts to recent allegations of Trump belittling fallen soldiers, and polling revealing who most service members are supporting.
This is a good discussion. A key issue the speakers point out is that the military clearly does not back Trump and that military leaders obviously regard him as an incompetent moron and a nuisance. I would add that the Deep State has worked diligently with the media […]
By Dwight Stirling The Conversation Many U.S. military members publicly disavowed President Trump’s decision to pardon Edward Gallagher, the former SEAL commando convicted of killing a teenage detainee in Iraq in 2017. Gallagher’s alleged war crimes were nearly universally condemned up the chain of command, from enlisted men […]
Nukes have made inter-state war cost prohibitive which opens the door for the fourth-generation forces. By William S. Lind Traditional Right Several weeks ago, the world got a glimpse of what future war will look like among Great Powers. The weapons were rocks and clubs. Indian and Chinese […]
The kids are alright. By Nick Turse The Intercept In the face of protests composed largely of young people, the presence of America’s military on the streets of major cities has been a controversial development. But this isn’t the first time that Generation Z — those born after 1996 — has popped […]
A Biden regime will consolidate the “neoliberalism in economics/neoconservatism in foreign policy” ruling class paradigm while coopting the left by strengthening totalitarian humanism through all kind of woke legislation and policy initiatives while continuing Barr’s initiatives toward enacting greater repression against authentic enemies of the system.
Defund the military. Krystal and Saagar discuss the murder of Vanessa Guillen, a soldier who went missing from Fort Hood in April, whose remains were found in Texas.
LOL. The wokesters vs. the military-industrial complex. Fracturing within the ruling class is always welcome.
Afghanistan is merely a US colony. Empires don’t willingly give up their colonies (ask the Europeans, Japanese, South Koreans, Taiwanese, Latin Americans, Native Americans, Palestinians, etc).
Saagar Enjeti blasts responses to the Russian bounty reports that provoke action against Russia and threaten the security of American soldiers in Afghanistan.
If opinion leaders, activists, “radicals,” BLMs, etc. are wise they will outspokenly oppose the criminal prosecution of these two. The last thing that needs to happen is for public support for repression to increase, for inter-tribal warfare to escalate, or for Red State/conservative middle-class Falangists to emerge. The […]
Only 10%? At the end of the Cold War, no less than Robert McNamara wanted to reduce the military budget by 50%. “Progressives” are so lame. Kudos to Kyle for calling them out.
A somewhat interesting interview with a leading black conservative. I would be inclined to argue that, at present, substantial sectors of the capitalist class (including some major capitalist entities) along with their allies in the new clerisy/new class that dominates the “ideas industries” are fueling anti-racism hysteria in […]
The USA accounts for 35% of all global military spending, most of which is corporate welfare. By Dan Kovalik As Vijay Prashad explains in his book, Red Star Over The Third World, domestic fascism in the West has reflected the West’s pre-existing colonial practices abroad. Citing Martinique communist […]
By Katie Shepherd Washington Post Protesters in Albuquerque wrapped a chain around the neck of a bronze statue and began tugging, chanting, “Tear it down,” shortly before sunset on Monday. Their efforts to pull down a monument of Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate suddenly stopped as four shots […]
The most interesting aspect of the insurrection has been the way that the actual Deep State and MIC leadership has told Trump to fuck off over the idea of using US troops to suppress the uprising. This confirms my longstanding argument that the formal political government, including the […]
‘What I saw was just absolutely wrong’: National Guardsmen struggle with their role in controlling protests
The regimes in the former Soviet Union and its Eastern European satellites were toppled only when large numbers of rank and file military and police turned on their backs on the state. That is what has to happen in the US as well for the revolution to be […]
Once again, the pathetically limited nature of “liberal” thinking is revealed. What matters is not the names of military bases. What matters is the dissolution of the military-industrial complex, national security state, and imperialist empire for which it is the enforcer arm. Liberals typically think all of that […]
The Defense Post Libya’s UN-recognised unity government said Thursday that it was back in full control of the capital and its suburbs after more than a year of fighting off an offensive by eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar. “Our heroic forces have full control of Greater Tripoli right up […]
“We’ll invade dozens of countries and kill thousands of people but we’ll be ‘woke’ when we’re doing it!” By Jenny Gross The U.S. Marine Corps on Friday issued detailed directives about removing and banning public displays of the Confederate battle flag at Marine installations — an order that […]
Conservatives shouldn’t be in favor of Trump sending out the army to suppress the insurrection because, if for no other reason, it might set a precedent where President Kamala Harris will send out the army to suppress a pro-life demonstration or NRA convention in a few years. Be […]
The discussion between Saager and Max Alvarez on the relationship between class and the uprising is interesting, along with their discussion of ruling class co-optation efforts. I have long argued that the modern left’s primary emphasis on race, gender, gay, etc. identity politics outside the context of any […]
Regrettably, wars produce casualties. The present situation is not yet a conventional civil war, but it is more than simply a series of riots or a crime wave. It is a genuine insurrection, albeit one that is largely spontaneous, decentralized, and uncoordinated which is both an advantage and […]
If Krystal thinks there is anything “different” about Trump, she needs to look deeper into the records of figures like Andrew Jackson, Grover Cleveland, Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, A. Mitchell Palmer, Richard Nixon, Spiro Agnew, Richard Daly, George Wallace, Lester Mattox, Frank Rizzo, Nelson Rockefeller, Ronald Reagan, Daryl […]