MainLine Peace Action/DelMont PDA

December 19, 2010

Chris Hedges, Daniel Ellsberg, and W.H. Auden At The White House

Filed under: American Empire — Tags: , , , , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 4:32 pm

There they stood on December 16 in the snow and got arrested for peace and democracy.  We should have all been there.  This is an interview with Chris Hedges and a video about the White House demonstration.  Asked why he wanted to get arrested, Hedges said “because that’s all we have left.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/12/untitled-chris-hedges-interview/

November 29, 2010

Okinawa Wants Our Base Out

Filed under: American Empire, New Priorities — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 12:19 pm

Approximately 25,000 American troops are based in the most populous part of Okinawa.  The US has offered to move them to a quieter area, but the Okinawans want them gone, and they have elected a Governor who has promised to get rid of them.  The usefulness of this base and its many troops, dependents, and civilian hangers-on is questionable even as North Korea flexes its muscles.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/29/world/asia/29okinawa.html?_r=1&ref=world

November 17, 2010

How Do You Hide 1,000 Bases?

Filed under: American Empire, New Priorities — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 10:10 am

As the article says, the Press and most Americans know nothing and care less about the American Empire – 1000 overseas bases that make us no friends and cost us a fortune.

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175321

Do We Need A Base In Aviano?

Filed under: American Empire — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:52 am

We have more than 700 overseas bases, possibly as many as a thousand, and their enormous cost is a target for budget-cutters.

http://www.kiplinger.com/columns/washington/archives/overseas-bases-in-budget-crosshairs.html

October 14, 2010

Frank/Paul “Dear Collegue Letter” Arrives

Fifty-five members of Congress signed the letter written by Barney Frank and Ron Paul calling on the Catfood Commission to recommend drastic reductions in military spending.  If you recall, when President Obama set up this Alan Simpson-led deficit commission, he said cuts in military spending were off the table.  Frank and Paul say that if there aren’t such cuts, we’ll never pull out of our domestic nosedive.

http://warisacrime.org/content/55-congress-members-urge-military-budget-cuts

October 7, 2010

The Cost Of Empire? Try $250,000,000,000/year

Filed under: American Empire — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:28 am

This happy shopper is in Diego Garcia, a US base in the Indian Ocean essential to our military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Of course we had to pick up the natives and move them off island against their will, but that’s a cost of empire.  This article talks about five such sites of empire, among more than 800.

http://www.pdamerica.org/articles/news/2010-10-06-11-45-21-news.php

September 18, 2010

Afghanistan As Farce

Filed under: American Empire — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:54 am

Except that farce is funny.  Our friend John Grant looks at the Afghan corruption problem (clear it with Karzai!) and Sudan.  Sudan?  Get used to it.

http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/205

September 14, 2010

Yes, Smedley, War Is Still A Racket

Filed under: American Empire — Tags: , , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 9:59 am

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marjorie-cohn/business-as-usual-in-iraq_b_714134.html

August 19, 2010

Maintaining The Empire

Filed under: American Empire — Tags: , , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:36 pm

Our friend John Grant writes about the Empire and about Robert Kaplan’s book describing it.  The interesting thing is that Kaplan is not a leftist but a rather conservative fellow.  Which makes it difficult for his right-wing friends to deny the Empire.  The left, meanwhile, seems to have assumed the role of Cassandra, who was given the gift of prophecy by Apollo.  Unfortunately, nobody believed her and so, when she warned the Trojans about the Greeks and their horse, she was ignored.  A really good piece of writing.  Probably our greatest chronicler of the Empire is Chalmers Johnson, whose new book, “Dismantling The Empire: America’s Last Best Hope,” is highly recommended.

http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/175

Chalmers Johnson On The End Of Empire

Filed under: American Empire — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:50 am

This article is about the impending end of the Empire.  Johnson fans are invited to look into Johnson’s new book, “Dismantling the Empire,” available for $16.50 from Amazon.

http://www.alternet.org/world/147880

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