when it comes to national security policy, the U.S. has been on a steady hypermilitarized arc for decades. far-right domestic terrorism. the escalating terrorism problem in the United States.
for fiscal year 2022 the NDAA authorized $768b in defense spending. Note: this is ONE year, while Biden's Build Back Better $2trillion is over 10 years.
fiscal year budget
the FY 2022 US defense budget request of $715b, reflects a 1.6% increase, when compared to the FY 2021 enacted amount of $703.7b.
chart pgPeterson Foundation Afghanistan and Iraq war costs are estimated to be $2 trillion.
good luck trying to get translators for your next war if you cannot be trusted to keep your promises to local allies.
American conservatives assumed that military power would enable the U.S. to accomplish a radical idealogical agenda, particularly in the Middle East. neocon neoconservatism described the thinking of aggressive foreign policy through military might, and made the strident case for U.S. global military dominance, and open-ended wars. That effort to force liberal democracies on other cultures and countries proved to be a costly failure. see Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, President George W. Bush.
ISIL vs. affiliates, al-Qaeda vs. Taliban
Sunni-Shia conflict as well as the intra-Sunni conflict
ISIL was formed by defectors from al-Qaeda in 2014 in Syria who then attacked their parent organisation and its Syrian affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra. ISKP was formed primarily by defectors from the Taliban in both Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2015, who then went on to attack the Afghan branch. In both cases, the defectors considered their former organisations not extreme enough or not committed enough to attack fellow Sunnis, who they considered deviants, or Shia Muslims.
the threat of ISKP in Afghanistan Aljazeera Aug 2021
Taliban before U.S. invasion of Afghanistan:
open-bed Toyota trucks, primary weapon: AK-47, that the Russians left behind.
Taliban after U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: brand-new .50 Cal turret mounted Humvee armored vehicles: high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV), primary weapon: M4, that the U.S. left behind.
no gun left behind
the U.S. M4/M4A1 5.56mm carbine service rifle, is a lightweight, gas-operated, direct impingement, shoulder fired weapon and a 30 Rd mag capacity. The short barrel, 14.5 inch barrel length with built-in accessory rail, and telescoping stock, provides soldiers operating in close quarters with improved handling and the capability to rapidly and accurately engage targets at extended range, day or night. The M4 has a maximum range of 600 m, rate of fire of 700-950 rpm, muzzle velocity of 2,900 fps. The trigger unit of the M4A1 is modified to fire full-auto instead of the 3-round burst in the M4.
the continued expansion of Israeli settlements in Palestine is illegal under international law.
Palestine and Israel
what has become clear is that Israel is committing the crime of apartheid.
Israel's prime minister wants more cover for apartheid and colonization.
there is growing dissent against Israel's violation of Palestinian rights.
uscpr.org US Campaign for Palestinian Rights.
Adalah Justice Project.
1. Israeli airstrikes 2. new Israeli govt 3. new Israeli airstrikes
we categorically condem the Israeli government for using disproportionate force against Palestine. We express support for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. The BDS campaign is against Israel's apartheid system.
there are unsurprising examples of the insidious campaign of free speech suppression targeting Palestine activists.
Israeli airstrike 15 May 2021
15 May 2021 Israeli airstrike destroyed a high-rise media building in Gaza. Prime Minister of Israel started a war to hold on to power. Palistinians had protested the eviction of 6 Arab families from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.
Voting Rights Act of 1965, considered the most important civil rights statue, overturned totalitarian apartheid in the South. GOP effort to make voting harder and donating easier, is the opposite of the Voting Rights Act.
the recent GOP effort to restrict voting rights of Americans is against democracy.
the platform of the GOP is against a multiracial democracy.
Ilhan Omar for telling the truth The Intercept