Pentagon exercises free rein in global military escalation

(Yeah, we have “national interests” in Yemen. Which translates to “we gotta save Hunt Oil and those damn profits!”. Read Dancing with Snakes which I wrote in 2010 if you want to know what our “national interests” are in Yemen)

from the WSWS

Two months into the administration of Donald Trump, the US military is involved in a relentless military escalation from the Baltic Sea in Eastern Europe to Central Asia, the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. The “war on terror” launched by the Bush administration more than fifteen years ago, having already turned much of the region into a slaughterhouse, is taking an even deadlier turn.

In extraordinary testimony to a US Congressional panel, the top military commander of US forces in the Middle East and Central Asia essentially laid out a proposal for the buildup to war against Iran, even as the Pentagon is steadily escalating a murderous bombing campaign that has killed hundreds if not thousands of civilians in Iraq and Syria.

Gen. Joseph Votel, the chief of the US Central Command, told the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday that Iran “poses the greatest long-term threat to security in this part of the world” and demanded that Washington act to “disrupt [Iran] through military means or other means.” He added, “We need to look at opportunities where we can expose and hold them accountable for the things that they are doing,” while calling into question the 2015 nuclear agreement signed by Iran, the US and the other major powers.

Votel went on to present the case for an expanded US military intervention in Yemen, declaring that “there are vital US interests at stake” in this, the most impoverished Arab country, where Saudi Arabia and its allies have waged a near-genocidal war against the population using American weapons along with indispensable US intelligence and logistical support. The remark came as the Pentagon is preparing to back an offensive by the Emirati military aimed at capturing a Red Sea port that constitutes Yemen’s last link between the outside world and its starving population…

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    George Ciccariello-Maher, a professor at Drexel University (Philadelphia) is under fire for tweeting during an airline flight, “Some guy gave up his first class seat for a uniformed soldier. People are thanking him. I’m trying not to vomit or yell about Mosul.”

    This was two days after that U.S. airstrike that murdered 200 civilians in Mosul.

    In response, the neoliberals want his head. Ciccariello-Maher has since set his account to private.

    Will he be fired? Stay tuned.

    • Of course the MSM will twist him into a subversive who doesn’t respect the troops and the nation they serve, while ignoring critical context.

    • Oh, he now stands a good chance of being hounded and pestered until he quits his job out of sheer exasperation. Academia used to be the best protector of free speech. Not so much anymore.

      • All the while, EFF, Amnesty, Reporters Without Borders always cry “censorship!” in other regimes except their mother ship.

      • Academia’s protection of free speech is stronger than ever, as long as you don’t say anything forbidden. Your speech is protected as long as you support Wall Street, the War of Terror, Israeli atrocities, neoliberalism, and “gay rights.” If you violate these, your speech will still be protected, but you must speak from home, since you will be fired.

        • Some types of speech have always been more accepted than others. If you are different from the pack, you become a black sheep. How speech is dealt with involves many not-so-cheerful truths.

        • Ha ha. I was talking about 60’s Berkley-style free speech, not just “speech”. Every totalitarian system in hostory has supported speech that parrots the expected dogma.

          • History – Hostory
            Potato – Pototo.

            Corry about the spelling – too bad there’s no “edit” button.

          • Academicians are like prison inmates. As long as they obey orders, don’t talk back, and don’t complain about being abused, they are “free.” Indeed, life imprisonment is lifelong “freedom.” (In prison.)

    • Prof. Steven Salaita was fired and permanently blacklisted for Tweeting criticisms of the Israeli extermination of thousands of people in the Gaza Death Camp in summer 2014. (“Operation Protective Edge.”) Every two years, Israel carpet-bombs the Death Camp to “mow the grass,” as the Israelis phrase it.

  2. OFF TOPIC – Trump says that if the world won’t help him crush the North Korean “threat” to neoliberalism, then Trump will crush it himself. Trump also says he will “take aggressive action” to reduce the US trade deficit with China (but Trump will not stop the offshoring that sustains the trade deficit).

  3. OFF TOPIC — The global plague of neoliberalism gets worse each day. To camouflage this, neoliberals are now claiming that neoliberalism has “run its course,” as the bullshit article claims below. That is, the plague is “over,” even though privatization, poverty, inequality, homelessness and despair (i.e. neoliberalism) accelerate faster each day. Since these are exactly what neoliberalism is all about, neoliberalism has been a fabulous success.
    Some nations like New Zealand still have a reputation of being benevolent and leftist even though they are EXTREMELY neoliberal. New Zealand is now a CESSPOOL neoliberalism.

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