‘US PERPETUAL WAR MACHINE’ ~ Matt Agorist on “Just 3% of What the US Spends Destroying Countries Could End Starvation — On the Entire Planet”

“It was reported this week that the Pentagon made $35 trillion — with a ‘T’ — in accounting adjustments in 2019 alone. That number is larger than the entire U.S. economy and is up from $30.7 trillion in 2018. Naturally, no one cares and Pentagon officials dismiss this black hole of spending as accounting errors. This problem is only getting worse too. Imagine running a company in which you accounted for spending like they do at the Pentagon. If you were the CFO, you’d be fired, if and only if the entire business didn’t already collapse. However, because these morons have an unlimited pool of tax revenue and Federal Reserve dollars from which to draw resources, they are allowed to continue down this unaccountable path toward unsustainable debt and spending. In the meantime, Democrats and Republicans alike remain silent as questioning the military industrial complex is akin to a thought crime. The war machine must go on and continue to expand or else they’ll find themselves out of a job. The majority of Americans follow the same code of silence when it comes to military spending. Boobus Americanus sits back in his recliner as his grandchildren’s future is squandered by mass murderers dropping million dollar bombs on people living in tents on the other side of the planet — for ‘freedom’ — of course. The problem is so bad, that these warmongers have ‘lost’ $58,386 per second since 9/11. Those of us not blinded by the propaganda and false patriotism, see the inevitable results of such a propensity for supporting war. We see domestic infrastructure crumbling, a national debt increasing by record amounts each year, more conflict around the globe, and countless veterans suffering from PTSD. When will it all end? At this pace, it won’t end until the empire falls. The United Nations has said that $30 billion per year could end hunger on earth. As of 2019, the annual Pentagon base budget, plus war budget, plus nuclear weapons in the Department of Energy, plus Homeland Security and other military spending totaled well over $1 trillion — not counting what’s ‘lost.’ 3% of $1 trillion = $30 billion. So, 3% of U.S. military spending could end starvation on earth. With the globe spending roughly $2 trillion per year on militarism (roughly half of it by the United States), we can also say that 1.5% of GLOBAL military spending could end starvation on earth. Are you ready to end all war yet? We are.”

~Matt Agorist

 

~via

The Free Thought Project

STEPHEN LENDMAN: “Trump and Erdogan Regimes: Partners Against Syrian Sovereignty”

Trump and wannabe sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan are warlords hostile to peace, stability, and the rule of law.

Neither can be trusted, both figures mortal enemies of what just societies hold dear.

On Saturday, a statement by Russia’s Foreign Ministry defied reality in Syria, saying:

Moscow and Ankara “confirmed their determination to ease tensions ‘on the ground’ in the process of continuing (to fight) terrorists, designated as such by the UN Security Council, as well as to defend the civilian population both within and outside the (Idlib) deescalation zone and provide urgent humanitarian assistance to all who need it.”

Using jihadists as proxy troops, Turkish aggression in Syria continues.

AMN News reported that a “large Turkish convoy entered Syria(’s) (Idlib province) on Saturday” — including troops, tanks, armored vehicles, and other military equipment.

On the same day, Russian warplanes launched heavy strikes on US/Turkish supported jihadists that are combatting Syrian ground forces.

AMN News reported that Russian aerial support “will likely intensify…over northwestern Syria for the next few days, as (Syrian forces) await the arrival of more military equipment” from Russia.

At a Friday Security Council session on Syria, its UN envoy Bashar al-Jaafari accused the Erdogan regime of using so-called observation posts in the country’s northwestern as platforms to aid jihadists attack government forces and civilians.

On Saturday, Southfront reported that an unverified video showed Turkish military personnel “torturing, beating and humiliating Syrian soldiers that had been captured by Turkish-backed” jihadists in Idlib.

Establishment media consistently suppress this type information, are quick to falsely blame Syrian forces for high crimes of war and against humanity committed by the US, its allied forces, and jihadists they support.

The US, its imperial partners, and cutthroat killer terrorist proxies bear full responsibility for endless war in Syria and other countries the Pentagon raped and destroyed.

On Saturday in response to US/Turkish aggression in Idlib, presidential aspirant Tulsi Gabbard tweeted the following:

“President Trump needs to make it clear to NATO and Erdogan that the United States will not be dragged into a war with Russia by the aggressive, Islamist, expansionist dictator of Turkey, a so-called ‘NATO’ ally.”

By video, she accused Erdogan of allying with al-Qaeda to advance his revanchist aims.

She denounced establishment media for referring to jihadists as “rebels, making them seem like freedom fighters,” adding:

The Erdogan regime “has been supporting al-Qaeda and other terrorists in Syria for years to overthrow the Syrian government.”

He’s “working with al-Qaeda and other terrorists to reestablish an Ottoman empire.”

Allied with “his al-Qaeda partners,” he’s a hugely dangerous “megalomaniac.”

Gabbard called on Congress to pass her Stop Arming Terrorists Act.

Introduced in December 2016, it calls for “prohibit(ing) the US government from using American taxpayer dollars to provide funding, weapons, training, and intelligence support to groups like the Levant Front, Fursan al Ha and other allies of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, al-Qaeda and ISIS, or to countries who are providing direct or indirect support to those same groups.”

At the time, Gabbard said the following on the House floor:

“Under US law, it is illegal for any American to provide money or assistance to al-Qaeda, ISIS or other terrorist groups.”

“If you or I gave money, weapons or support to al-Qaeda or ISIS, we would be thrown in jail.”

“Yet the US government has been violating this law for years, quietly supporting allies and partners of al-Qaeda, ISIL, Jabhat Fateh al Sham and other terrorist groups with money, weapons, and intelligence support, in their fight to overthrow the Syrian government.”

“The CIA has also been funneling weapons and money through Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and others who provide direct and indirect support to groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda.”

“This support has allowed al-Qaeda and their fellow terrorist organizations to establish strongholds throughout Syria, including in Aleppo.”

“That is why I’ve introduced the Stop Arming Terrorists bill – legislation based on congressional action during the Iran-Contra affair to stop the CIA’s illegal arming of rebels in Nicaragua.”

The US created ISIS, al-Qaeda, and likeminded jihadist groups that are used as proxy forces in its war theaters, supported by Pentagon terror-bombing.

Erdogan uses jihadists the same way for his own self-interest.

On opposite sides of the US war in Syria, he and Putin reportedly will meet in Moscow later this week.

Breaching what he agreed to with Russia and Iran in Astana and Sochi showed his pledges are hollow.

His aggression in Syria risks rupturing relations with valued ally Putin.

Waging a war in Syria he can’t win, he has much more to lose than gain by escalating it.

His actions could isolate himself on the world stage by alienating Russia, the EU by letting refugees head to Europe, and the US when he no longer serves its interests.

Ruthless at home, expansionist abroad, and untrustworthy in dealings with other nations showed he’s a menace on the world stage — risking regional or possible global war by escalating aggression in Syria.

 

~via David Icke

TULSI GABBARD: “Stupid Wars Suck — Literally”