Posts Tagged ‘military’

The Ferguson Military Hollywood Fantasy

I feel like the police in Ferguson, Missouri have lived in a Hollywood dream, where police and military officials regularly have their weapons trained on anybody, friend or foe, until they can ascertain whether or not it is a friend or foe. See, the problem is that this is entirely a Hollywood fantasy, and it’s part of the reason I say that police officers have a thankless and impossible job. But that is no excuse for pointing weapons at innocent citizens. Maybe someone who has served in the military can correct me, but it’s my understanding that the military are…
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Syria Accepts Russian Proposal To Hand Over Chemical Weapons

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Today Syria accepted a Russian diplomatic proposal to hand over it’s chemical weapons, in a potential deal aimed at averting a U.S. military strike. President Obama will still speak to the nation tonight from the Oval Office, but it’s now unclear what his message will be. Obama still wants congress to vote to authorize use of military force, but speaking about the Syria-Russia deal, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “We see this as potentially a positive development and we see this as a clear result of the pressure that has been put on Syria.” So it appears for…
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Left Call Radio 08, 09-08-2013 – War. What Is It Good For? America Gears Up For War In Syria

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Podcast #08: War. What is it good for? America gears up for another war, this time in Syria. Does our focus on chemical weapons soften the blow of conventional weapons? External articles referenced in this episode: Some Context for Our Upcoming Bombing Campaign (The American Prospect) How the Rest of the World Views the American Military (Mother Jones) 9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask (The Washington Post) When Liberals Enable Tyrants (The Daily Beast)   Left Call articles referenced: Counterview: Syria Chemical Weapon Use. Does It Change Anything? What Will U.S. Military Force Against Syria Accomplish?…
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Dear President Obama, What Are The Goals Of Attacking Syria?

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Dear President Obama, What are the goals of U.S. military action in Syria? It seems the two main goals, at least publicly stated by your administration, is that military strikes in Syria are meant to severely impact Bashar al-Assad’s ability to use chemical weapons and to begin to set up the conditions that will ultimately lead to his ouster. But of course a third goal is for America to send a “strong message” to Assad and the world that the United States is ready and willing to use it’s powerful military when we are crossed. I know you will never…
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Syria War Drums: Do Liberals Enable Tyrants? I Reject The Premise

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On The Daily Beast, Michael Tomasky explains to us liberals who oppose military action in Syria, how we are enabling the tyrants of the world. His article reads like an extension of the warmongering coming from Secretary of State John Kerry. The entire premise of the piece is predicated on the idea that we inherently know how the dictators and tyrants of the world will respond absent U.S. action. But we don’t actually “know” this. Tomasky is engaging in the typical drum beat of war. We are told of all the possible horrible outcomes of not waging war. We are…
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