Foreign Policy

R3publicans: Private Contractors Are Doing All of America’s Dirty Work

Washington is fighting a lot more conflicts than the public knows — and it’s done with black budgets and private armies

Valery Kulikov

It’s a $150 billion industry

It is no secret that the last couple decades saw an abrupt increase in the number of private military companies or private security contractors (the so-called PMCs), the overall budgets of some of which can easily surpass the military budgets of certain sovereign states.

read more at http://russia-insider.com/en/private-contractors-are-doing-all-americas-dirty-work/ri21790

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R3publicans: Brennan and Clapper: Elder Statesmen or Serial Fabricators?

MIKE WHITNEY • NOVEMBER 17, 2017

On Sunday, Former CIA Director John Brennan and Former National Intelligence Director (NID) James Clapper appeared on CNN’s morning talk show, State of the Union, to discuss Donald Trump’s brief meeting with Vladimir Putin in Vietnam. The two ex-Intel chiefs were sharply critical of Trump and wondered why the president did not “not acknowledge and embrace” the idea that Russia meddled in the 2016 elections. According to Brennan, Russia not only “poses a national security problem” for the US, but also “Putin is committed to undermining our system, our democracy, and our whole process.”

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http://www.unz.com/mwhitney/brennan-and-clapper-elder-states men-or-serial-fabricators/

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R3publicans: Who Gets to Push the Nuclear Button?

Paul Craig Roberts

William Binney is the former National Security Agency (NSA) official who created NSA’s mass surveillance program for digital information. He says that if the Russian government had conspired with Trump, hacked the Democratic National Committee’s computer, or in any way influenced the outcome of the last US presidential election, the National Security Agency would have the digital evidence. The fact that we have been listening to the unsubstantiated charges that comprise “Russiagate” for more than one year without being presented with a scrap of evidence is complete proof that Russiagate is entirely fake news.

read more at https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/11/17/gets-push-nuclear-button/

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R3publicans: Killing of Green Beret Illuminates Dark Side of Famed Navy SEAL Team Six

by Whitney Webb

Sergeant Melgar’s death is just the latest confirmation that the most celebrated and mysterious group of the U.S. military continues to function with minimal oversight and accountability — producing a climate in which even other members of the U.S. military are not safe.

read more at https://www.mintpressnews.com/killing-green-beret-illuminates-dark-side-famed-navy-seal-team-six/234468/

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R3publicans: The Pentagon Has Avoided Audit For 27 Years

Not sure where your tax dollars are going? Nobody really does.

By MICHAEL D. OSTROLENKNovember 16, 2017

On Tuesday, the U.S. Representatives passed a Pentagon budget that called for $700 billion in defense spending—more than what even the Trump administration had asked for, and tens of billions more than the current defense spending caps. To achieve this budget, which is expected to sail through the Senate after the Thanksgiving break, Congress will have to raise the caps set into place during the Budget Control Act. But if there is a will—which there certainly is, considering the powerful defense industry lobby, coupled with members’ own special interests for their districts—there is a way.

read more at http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-pentagon-has-avoided-audit-for-27-years/

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R3publicans: Do you think his assessment is accurate?

Paul Craig Roberts has been uniquely visionary in his search for reality in a “post-factual” age.

by The SakerThe Saker November 9, 2017,

This article was written for the Unz Review

“Do you think his assessment is accurate?” was the subject line of an email I got from a good friend recently. The email referred to the article by Paul Craig Roberts “One Day Tomorrow Won’t Arrive” which claimed that “the US military is now second class compared to the Russian military“. The article then went on to list a number of Russian weapons systems which were clearly superior to their US counterparts (when those even existed). My reply was short “Basically yes. The USA definitely has the quantitative advantage, but in terms of quality and training, Russia is way ahead. It all depends on on specific scenarios, but yes, PCR is basically spot on“. This email exchange took place after an interesting meeting I had with a very well informed American friend who, in total contrast to PCR, insisted that the USA had total military supremacy over any other country and that the only thing keeping the USA from using this overwhelming military might was that US leaders did not believe in the “brutal, unconstrained, use of force”. So what is going on here? Why do otherwise very well informed people have such totally contradictory views?

read more at http://theduran.com/do-you-think-his-assessment-is-accurate/

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F. William Engdahl

Since the inauguration of US President D. J. Trump in January 2017, along with his contingent of generals, Washington has rattled its nuclear and other military sabers in most every direction, threatening to totally destroy North Korea, ramping up weapons deliveries to Syrian opposition groups, scaling up AFRICOM military actions, sending its naval fleets in every imaginable direction from the South China Sea to the Baltic, building up troops along the borders to Russia, threatening Iran…

read more at http://russia-insider.com/en/deep-rot-inside-over-extended-us-armed-forces/ri21414

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R3publicans: Putin questions America’s creepy collection of Russian DNA for possible bio-weapons program

The US Air Force is trying collect samples of ethnic Russian DNA. If history is a guide, the purposes of this new US program are highly nefarious.

by Adam GarrieADAM GARRIE

November 1, 2017

In recent months, the US Air Force has issued calls for ethnic Russians to provide DNA samples for a mysterious “research” program. US Air Force Captain Beau Downey claimed that the samples were required for “locomotor studies to identify various biomarkers associated with trauma.”.

read more at http://theduran.com/putin-questions-americas-creepy-collection-russian-dna-possible-weapons-program/

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