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Afghanistan: $1 Trillion, or $1.7 Trillion, Not Counting Medical Care

Posted on December 15, 2014


The Afghanistan war, the longest overseas conflict in American history, has cost the US taxpayer nearly $1tn and will require spending several hundred billion dollars more after it officially ends this month, according to Financial Times calculations and independent researchers. Around 80 per cent of that spending on the Afghanistan conflict has taken place during […]

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Lame Duck Diplomacy in Afghanistan

Posted on December 6, 2014


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Kabul on Saturday on what is supposed to be his final trip to Afghanistan to help oversee the transition to a more limited troop presence here after the end of the year. Throughout his time as defense secretary, Mr. Hagel pushed for a continuing troop presence after the end […]

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Obsolete Weapons for Obsolete NATO

Written by Gary North on November 26, 2014


Not many Americans know that NATO was the first defense treaty the United States entered after the annulment of the 1778 treaty with France back in 1800. NATO is part of the post-war New World Order. NATO has no military function today. It has an “annoy the Russians” function, which keeps Putin in power. At […]

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Warning: Fat Kids Can’t Join, Says Pentagon

Posted on November 22, 2014


Unhealthy eating habits could become an issue of national security. The Department of Defense says that obesity is affecting the number of Americans eligible to serve in the military. Recruiting for our military is facing a growing challenge. “I am very concerned about the reduced number of men and women who can meet all of […]

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2015: Another Year in Afghanistan

Posted on November 22, 2014


Barack Obama has extended the combat role for US troops in Afghanistan for another year, in a classified order he signed in recent weeks, according to reports. Previously, the president had said US-led NATO combat operations would finish at the end of this year. The NATO follow up mission, to take over on January 1 […]

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Gen. Dempsey Channels Gen. Westmoreland

Written by Gary North on November 17, 2014


It had to happen. It happened so soon! The United States’ top military officer told American troops on a surprise visit to Baghdad on Saturday that the momentum in the battle with Islamic State was “starting to turn”, but predicted a drawn-out campaign lasting several years. “Starting to turn.” Check. Westmoreland: “Light at the end […]

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Hacked, Cracked, and Shelacked: U.S. Weapons Systems

Written by Gary North on November 15, 2014


It is not just Target that got hacked. This appears in The Washington Post. Designs for many of the nation’s most sensitive advanced weapons systems have been compromised by Chinese hackers, according to a report prepared for the Pentagon and to officials from government and the defense industry. Among more than two dozen major weapons […]

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Back to Iraq: Mission Not Quite Accomplished

Posted on November 8, 2014


President Barack Obama has authorized the deployment of up to 1,500 additional troops to Iraq in order to help train and advise government and Kurdish forces fighting the armed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, the White House has said. “As a part of our strategy for strengthening partners on the ground, President […]

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