Source: RT News
Senate approves $700bn military budget
September 19, 2017
In an overwhelming 89-to-8 vote, the Senate has approved a defense budget of $692 billion. The National Defense Authorization Act, which passed the House on different terms, will go through a conference committee before it is sent to President Donald Trump.
Under the Senate version of the NDAA of 2018, the Pentagon would have $640 billion to purchase weapons, pay service members and cover other main functionary operations. There is also $60 billion in the budget for conducting war in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, as well as other countries.
In comparison, the Trump administration asked for $603 billion for the core activities and $65 billion for armed conflict and overseas missions.
The national defense bill also authorizes over $141 billion for military personnel costs, including pay, benefits, bonuses and moving expenses. It also provides a 2.1 percent pay increase for troops.
The Senate bill further authorizes an additional $8.5 billion for the Missile Defense Agency to strengthen homeland, regional and space missile defense. The $8.5 billion is $630 million above the request set forth by the Trump administration.
The act, however, did fail to include an amendment supported by the White House that would end automatic spending limits under the sequester mechanism, according to CNBC.
More than 300 amendments had been proposed. However, just one received a roll call vote. Senator Rand Paul’s (R-Kentucky) effort to repeal the 2001 and 2002 authorizations for military force in Afghanistan and Iraq was killed by senators from both parties.
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Source: Zero Hedge
America’s Slow-Motion Military Coup
September 18, 2017
In a democracy, no one should be comforted to hear that generals have imposed discipline on an elected head of state. That was never supposed to happen in the United States. Now it has.
Among the most enduring political images of the 20th century was the military junta. It was a group of grim-faced officers — usually three — who rose to control a state. The junta would tolerate civilian institutions that agreed to remain subservient, but in the end enforced its own will. As recently as a few decades ago, military juntas ruled important countries including Chile, Argentina, Turkey, and Greece.
These days the junta system is making a comeback in, of all places, Washington. Ultimate power to shape American foreign and security policy has fallen into the hands of three military men: General James Mattis, the secretary of defense; General John Kelly, President Trump’s chief of staff; and General H.R. McMaster, the national security adviser. They do not put on their ribbons to review military parades or dispatch death squads to kill opponents, as members of old-style juntas did. Yet their emergence reflects a new stage in the erosion of our political norms and the militarization of our foreign policy. Another veil is dropping.
Given the president’s ignorance of world affairs, the emergence of a military junta in Washington may seem like welcome relief. After all, its three members are mature adults with global experience — unlike Trump and some of the wacky political operatives who surrounded him when he moved into the White House. Already they have exerted a stabilizing influence. Mattis refuses to join the rush to bomb North Korea, Kelly has imposed a measure of order on the White House staff, and McMaster pointedly distanced himself from Trump’s praise for white nationalists after the violence in Charlottesville.
Being ruled by generals seems preferable to the alternative. It isn’t.
Military officers, like all of us, are products of their background and environment. The three members of Trump’s junta have 119 years of uniformed service between them. They naturally see the world from a military perspective and conceive military solutions to its problems. That leads toward a distorted set of national priorities, with military “needs” always rated more important than domestic ones.
Trump has made clear that when he must make foreign policy choices, he will defer to “my generals.” Mattis, the new junta’s strongman, is the former head of Central Command, which directs American wars in the Middle East and Central Asia. Kelly is also an Iraq veteran. McMaster has commanded troops in Iraq and Afghanistan almost without interruption since he led a tank company in the 1991 Gulf War.
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Trump’s generals…looking forward to the big military fascist parade in Washington next July 4th…
GERMAN GENERALS AND COMMANDERS
The extent of the militarization of entire countries is intensifying, not only in the military fascist state of America, but in Russia, Qatar, China, Ukraine, Japan, Turkey, North and South Korea, UAE, Saudi Arabia and many other countries with no end in sight:
UK moves right along on providing weapon systems for their proxies in the ME region:
The US has its military inside the country of Syria and are carving out the new state of Kurdistan in strong opposition to Iraq and Turkey. An undeclared (Pentagon-corporate private warfare) “secret war” against Syria, while in Afghanistan the US military buildup continues.
If the arms industry collapses the global economy will also collapse. Currently, the global defense industry remains an area of US corporate domination. There are six American companies that are placed among the top eight global weapons manufacturers based on defense-related revenues. Lockheed Martin topped the list with $35 billion in arms sales, with Boeing in second place ($31 billion). Raytheon ($22 billion), Northrop Grumman ($20 billion), and General Dynamics ($19 billion) ranked fourth through sixth, while United Technologies ($12 billion) took eighth. The “war against terrorism” must be continued at all costs to drive this industry. There will be little let up in the foreseeable future to reduce weapons manufacturing and continued wars.
For the first time the US military sets up a garrison inside Israel:
And why would the US military construct a garrison in Israel? It wouldn’t have anything to do with this would it?
Rising self-protective nationalism is only going to drive the world closer to war as this article demonstrates as liberal free trade comes into serious question. It means that if the US intends on extracting resources on the cheap from victim countries (Venezuela being the most recent), the likelihood of increased violence and war is only going to happen. So go get an American flag and show your patriotism when President Trump is in the grand stand next year July, 2018 watching a US military parade in Washington.
As the world creeps gradually towards de-dollarization, the very real possibility of all out war will become inevitable.
Let’s go kill…
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