How US Foreign Policy Creates Shithole Countries

A new collection of essays, edited by former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, clearly shows that it is the U.S. that is largely responsible for the poverty and suffering in these very nations.

A U.S. army soldier from Blackfoot Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment interrogates a Iraqis during an operation in the village of Walush in Diyala province, Iraq, Dec. 9, 2007. Marko Drobnjakovic | AP

In two years, the world has become accustomed to being shocked by the words and actions of United States President Donald Trump. In January of this year, he again showed his lack of diplomacy, tack and common decency, when he referred to many poorer countries as “sh*ithole countries”, asking, “Why do we want all these people from sh*thole countries

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Americans Need to Be More Honest About Our Imperialism

Imperialism abroad creates aristocracy at home; and combined, they produce only the demonic offspring of corruption, dictatorship, and total war. 

A U.S. Army Task training exercise at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, March 26, 2018. Photo | U.S. Air Force

Americans ought to be more honest about U.S. military interventionism. There ought to be a serious debate about it.  Instead there seems to be three, entrenched foreign policy camps who never talk to each other. The first is made up of avowed imperialists. They are easy to recognize, because they happen to be in power. They are the people for

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US Dropping Bombs Faster Than They Can Be Replenished

It’s not at all clear that US arms makers can produce a sufficient quantity of bombs the Pentagon intends to use, let alone enough to keep up the pace at which it’s already using them.

Remnant of Hellfire missile fired in Mosul on January 21st. (Image courtesy of Fathil Jasim)

Massive air wars in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan are just the beginning of the story for the United States military, with regular strikes in places like Somalia and Yemen, and constant risks of the US launching a massive war on North Korea at any moment. That’s a lot of bombs being dropped, and mostly in open-ended conflicts. A year ago, the

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Report: Post 9/11 Wars Have Cost Taxpayers Nearly $5 Trillion And Counting

What’s more, a recent Inspector General audit report found a «jaw-dropping» $6.5 trillion could not be accounted for in Defense spending.

In this handout photo released by the U.S. military, Iraqi Army Soldiers of 4th Iraqi Army Division exit a U.S. CH-47 Chinook helicopter in support of Operation Swarmer in Samarra, Iraq,in this file photo from March 16, 2006. (AP Photo/ U.S. Army, Sgt. 1st Class Antony Joseph,File)

The U.S. military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost taxpayers nearly $5 trillion and counting, according to a new report released to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the attacks. Dr. Neta Crawford, professor of political science at Brown University, released the figures in an independent analysis (pdf) of U.S. Departments of

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Sanders Slams Government That Has Money For War, Not For Flint

‘It is beyond my comprehension that in the year 2016 in the United States of America we are poisoning our children.’

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a United Auto Workers rally on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in Dearborn, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Speaking at a campaign stop in Michigan on Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders said that the embattled community of Flint is the "canary in the coal mine" in a country that has seemingly endless money to spend on wars in the Middle East, but cannot afford to protect its citizens or rebuild its aging infrastructure. "It is beyond my comprehension that in

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The Italian Job

How the pentagon is using your tax dollars to turn Italy into a launching pad for the wars of today and tomorrow

                                The Pentagon has spent the last two decades plowing hundreds of millions of tax dollars into military bases in Italy, turning the country into an increasingly important center for U.S.

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