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Thanks for this. I am glad that you brought it to people’s attention.


I see the situation in three different ways.

1) The Generals are happy when they can play toy soldier. It does matter to them that it is real life and other people’s children are involved.

2) The MIC is happy because that is why they exist. Even as you point out that the money can be better spent elsewhere.

3)Trump being the megalomaniac that he is really doesn’t care what goes on as long as he can get credit for short term successes.


Equally bad, Tillerson announced yesterday in response to a question by Rep Ted Poe, that they are considering a peaceful transition for regime change in Iran.

Then earlier this afternoon, the senate passed a bill to impose sanctions on Iran and Russia. Bernie was one of two senators voting against it (the other was Rand Paul). He had indicated last week he was not in favor it, so it wasn’t a total surprise.

Bernie’s statement:


I know that it is a”pie in the Sky’ thought but will there ever be a resolution condemning US interference in other countries elections.


This is war related but at a different front.


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday he did not seek support from Washington to end the siege of a southern Philippines town by Islamist militants, a day after the United States said it was providing assistance at the request of the government.

Duterte told a news conference in Cagayan de Oro City, about 100 kilometres from the besieged town of Marawi, that he had “never approached America” for help.

When asked about U.S. support to fight the pro-Islamic State militants in Marawi City on the island of Mindanao, Duterte said he was “not aware of that until they arrived.”

Seems to a trend where US troops enter a sovereign country without an invitation.


VICE did a series on ISIS held cities in the Phillipines. I was surprised the folks allowed them to ask in some instances pointed questions.