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Safe-Cracking: The Myth of a Secure Military

Written by Robert Murphy on January 15, 2015

On NPR today they were talking about cybersecurity. The host made a throwaway remark along the lines that with private businesses, you couldn’t expect a full-throated response to the threats his expert guests were discussing, because they responded to the profit motive and it “wasn’t like Los Alamos.”Here the host was referring to the famous […]

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$3 Trillion to Topple Saddam

Posted on January 8, 2015

The costs of the 2003-2010 Iraq War are often contested, as academics and critics have unearthed many hidden costs not represented in official estimates. The most recent major report on these costs come from Brown University in the form of the Costs of War, which totaled just over $1.1 trillion. The Department of Defense’s direct […]

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Iraq Without Saddam: Civil War

Posted on January 8, 2015

Tens of thousands of Iraq’s Sunnis fled their home regions over the past year to escape the brutal rule of the Islamic State group. The militants swept over much of the north and west of Iraq, overrunning Sunni-majority regions all the way down to the doorstep of Baghdad. Shiite-led security forces and militias made up […]

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3D Printing: Goodbye, Trade Sanctions

Written by Gary North on January 7, 2015

So, the President of the United States decides to place the government of a foreign dictator — meaning a former ally “defending democracy in the region”– because “he is another Hitler.” Maybe the President cuts off all spare parts that the dictator’s government bought from the U.S. military-industrial-Congressional complex back when he was a U.S. […]

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

Posted on December 15, 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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