How Many Vets Have Been “Wounded” in Iraq and Afghanistan?

(JustForeignPolicy) – During the House debate over the Kucinich resolution calling for a timetable for military withdrawal from Afghanistan, Rep. Bob Filner, chair of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, pointed out that hundreds of thousands of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have gone to the VA for service-related injuries.

The video of Filner’s statement is here.

A March 13 fact sheet from Veterans for Common Sense gives a more precise figure: they reported that 508,152 Iraq and Afghanistan veteran patients had been treated at the VA. This figure is from VA documents obtained by VCS under FOIA, and appears to be current through the end of FY 2009, i.e. through September 30, 2009. Continue reading

Mahathir: US preparing for attack on Iran

(PressTV) – The former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has warned that the US is preparing to launch an attack on Iran with the help of Israel.”
Obama is preparing for a (military) offensive on Iran with the help of his ally, the Israeli regime,” IRNA quoted Mohamad as writing on his weblog.
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20 Sobering Statistics/Reasons As To Why We Must End the Wars and Save More of Our Soldier Children and Middle Eastern Citizens From Suffering And Dying

[this is a re-post from 9-14-09] The only war the United States seems to be winning is the one on EMPATHY. Time to reverse that one, and end the two in the Middle East. Obama, eager to win some influence on health care reform with the Republican neocons, has begun to get approval from them for the escalation of the war in Afghanistan and the non-withdrawal withdrawal in Iraq. Continue reading

Afghanistan: Back Door to War on Iran

The Obama administration has made Afghanistan the focus of its foreign policy, significantly escalating the war effort there. (Though there is division within the administration regarding the degree of escalation sought. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/04/us/politics/04military.html) Continue reading

Video: John Pilger – The two sides of Barrack Obama

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US Occupation of Iraq Continues Unabated – Dahr Jamail

“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”
– George Orwell

On July 4 in Baghdad, Vice President Joe Biden, who campaigned with Barack Obama on a platform of ending the occupation of Iraq, found himself in one of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s lavish buildings, the Al-Faw Palace. Continue reading

Covering (up) the coup in Honduras – the BBC does its bit for the Empire

The devil lives in the small print, the devil in this case being the BBC in its coverage of the coup d’etat that ousted President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras on 27 June, 2009. Continue reading

Troop Movements Are not a ‘Withdrawal’ – Dennis Kucinich

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today made the following statement regarding the announcement that U.S. troops have left the cities and towns of Iraq and turned over formal security to Iraqi security forces. Continue reading

Video: Obama’s Pimp Game

Signing statements eliminate congress. Not that congress objects. Asking congress to reclaim its power produces nervous giggles. Continue reading

Iraq to Mark US Pullback From Cities With Holiday

Baghdad – The Iraqi government on Tuesday declared a public holiday to mark next week’s withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Baghdad and other cities. Continue reading

Diplomacy, Militarism and Imagery

President Obama’s greatest foreign policy successes are found in the reports of the mass media. His greatest failures go unreported, but are of great consequence. A survey of the major foreign policy priorities of the White House reveals a continuous series of major setbacks, which call into question the principal objectives and methods pursued by the Obama regime. Continue reading

After US Strikes, Afghans Describe – “Tractor Trailers Full of Pieces of Human Bodies”

As rage spreads in Afghanistan after US bombing that killed up to 130 people, unnamed Pentagon officials are spinning another cover-up. Defiant Obama moves ahead with troop increase. Continue reading

Assad: Peace with Israel now impossible

The Syrian President has ruled out the normalization of ties with Israel unless Tel Aviv ‘ends its aggression against Palestinians’. Continue reading

Memo To Obama: Nationalize the Banks; End the wars of aggression; Fire Your Advisors.

Social action begins with concerns, which may include anger or outrage at injustice. But effective strategy must also take account of the power, positions, and possibilities of the various social forces and social classes involved. A number of such factors must be considered when mobilizing around the interests of ordinary people during the emerging world economic crisis.

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Obama’s Iraq withdrawal plan sets stage for continued war

Obama’s plan will neither end the war nor “leave Iraq to its people.” Continue reading

Generals Seek To Reverse Obama’s Iraq Withdrawal Decision

CENTCOM commander Gen. David Petraeus, supported by Defence Secretary Robert Gates, tried to convince President Barack Obama that he had to back down from his campaign pledge to withdraw all U.S. combat troops from Iraq within 16 months at an Oval Office meeting Jan. 21. Continue reading

UN Security Council passes resolution on Gaza cease-fire

The UN Security Council on Thursday called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza that Arab nations hope will put an end to Israel’s 13-day offensive, but the United States abstained.

The resolution “stresses the urgency of and calls for an immediate, durable and fully respected ceasefire, leading to the full withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza.” Continue reading

Obama Doesn’t Plan to End the Iraq Occupation

The New York Times is reporting about an “apparent evolution” in president-elect Barack Obama’s thinking on Iraq, citing his recent statements about his plan to keep a “residual force” in the country and his pledge to “listen to the recommendations of my commanders” as Obama prepares to assume actual command of US forces. “At the Pentagon and the military headquarters in Iraq, the response to the statements this week from Mr. Obama and his national security team has been akin to the senior officer corps’ letting out its collective breath,” the Times reported. “[T]the words sounded to them like the new president would take a measured approach on the question of troop levels.” Continue reading