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September Madison Veterans for Peace Meeting Announcement

Our September monthly meeting will take place starting at 6pm, Wednesday (22nd) in room A at the Sequoya Library.  

Help for Afghans – About Face

Need help for Afghans trying to evacuate, or want to know how to help? 🚨
About Face: Veterans Against War
Facebook ***There are ways to help that don’t require military intervention, that give Afghan people their inherent dignity and a choice other than oppression and occupation. We must help the most vulnerable in Afghanistan and be responsible for the terrible situation the US has created. In the coming days we will be centering the voices of the Afghan people, and in the meantime, here are ways you can help:


Stay away from Kabul’s airport! It’s not safe. Email any documentation of your work to an American friend or save it to the cloud. There are phone apps for scanning (e.g. GeniusScan). Do not have hard copies on your person.

AMERICAN CITIZENS: If you or someone you know is an American in Afghanistan that wants to get out, have them fill out this form. They can also email RepKimEvac@mail.house.gov or call his office at (202) 225-4765 if we can help follow up and push.

AFGHAN CIVILIANS: US citizens can fill out the following form for Afghan human rights defenders, women/gender rights advocates, journalists, and civil society leaders. Evacuate Our Allies sends the list to relevant U.S. government officials daily at 6 PM EST.

INTERPRETERS: If you/someone you know has an approved petition for a Special Immigrant Visa, email NVCSIV@state.gov or call 1-603-334-0828. For those with/without approved petitions, email info@nooneleft.org and Rep Andy Kim so he can try and push for an urgent evac: RepKimEvac@mail.house.gov.
Other helpful SIV resources for interpreters and their supports, including templates:

P-2: If you/someone you know worked as a contractor with NGO, media, etc. Rep Andy Kim is pushing for P-2 holders to have safe passage immediately. If you have questions, or are eligible and need assistance contact RepKimEvac@mail.house.gov.

HELPING HERE IN U.S.:
• If you want to volunteer for airport pickup, apartment setups, and/or meals for Afghans, go to https://t.co/bw2zeqFzQL?amp=1
• If you want to help provide transportation, housing, and other basic needs for Afghans at Fort Lee in Virginia, go to https://t.co/Z8lV7hJrnQ?amp=1
• If you are an attorney and you would like to help with Afghan pro bono cases, please sign up here: https://t.co/MWzKmRr6tN?amp=1
• Here are NGOs/charities working in Afghanistan you can support: https://t.co/CnqMuWdY8q?amp=1

Look up Afghans For A Better Tomorrow on twitter to see how you can continue help: www.twitter.com/afghanstomorrow
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Watch 2021 Memorial Day Peace Rally – Progressive Magazine and Veterans for Peace

organized by Veterans for Peace Madison, Clarence Kailin Chapter 25, David Giffey and Norm Stockwell of Progressive Magazine

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2021 Memorial Day Peace Rally  

Link to Facebook event including  Progressive Magazine Youtube of video…

Memorial Day Rally Facebook Event

We honor those lost: military and civilian and our friends and compatriots lost among Veterans for Peace.  Thanks to Norm Stockwell, David Giffey, Paul P.T. McMahon,  Fran Wiedenhoeft and Brad Geyer, along with all of the members of Veterans for Peace.

 

Thanks to Judy Miner of the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice and Veterans for Peace Madison for helping with publicity.

 

Thanks to Brian Albert of LeftEffect Media.  Thanks to Steve Ringwood for producing the video.

 

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How Much is Enough? A Look at the US Military (Updated)

How much military does the US government have?  It all depends on what you consider a base or a site or a combat machine or what the government wants you to know and what is to be secret.

 

“The US today is the main imperialist power in the world and responsible for around 1,000 foreign bases in about 172 countries. This is around 20 times the number of foreign military bases as all other countries in the world combined. The countries with the second and third highest number of foreign bases are Britain and France, 2 of the US’s NATO allies.”

International Conference Against US/NATO Military Bases


Comparing US military to China: US has 20 times the nuclear warheads. Twice the tonnage of warships at sea. The US has over 800 overseas bases, China has 3. The US military has over 2000 fighter jets compared to China’s 600, and the Lockheed F-35 program is set to deliver 2500 nuclear capable jets.

Washington Post: The Pentagon is using China as an excuse for huge new budgets

https://twitter.com/FareedZakaria/status/1373696826205999107


“U.S. bases represent 90-95 percent of the world’s foreign bases, constituting the largest collection of extraterritorial bases in world history…”

Military spending has many points of contention: Closing overseas bases isn’t one of them (2019)  
BY MEDEA BENJAMIN, JOHN TIERNEY, DAVID VINE, AND COL. (RET.) LAWRENCE WILKERSON

 


“…let’s talk military budgets:

The US will spend, if we want to be purists, $716 billion on the military. It’s actually a lot more because the National Security Agency is part of the military, and the CIA to all intents and purposes is military in nature and between them their secret budgets top more than the $50 billion that was leaked in a Congressional hearing eight years ago, and could be double that now since so much more US military activity is now handled by Special Forces acting under the direction of the CIA, but for sake of argument let’s just leave it at $716 billion.

Russia’s military budget is $65 billion, and even if you tripled that to account for how much more expensive everything is in the US from soldiers’ pay to weapons systems would represent less than a third of what the US spends.

China’s military budget is $183 billion, and again, you could double that if you like to account for different costs and it would still be less than half of the US military budget.

That is to say, even if you put the Chinese and Russian militaries together, their budgets would be significantly smaller than the US military budget.”

Counterpunch – MARCH 18, 2021

Let’s Stop Pretending Russia and China are Military Threats BY DAVE LINDORFF

 


 

 

“MEMBERS OF THE U.S. special operations forces deployed to 154 countries, or roughly 80 percent of the world’s nations, last year, but information about exactly where elite forces conduct missions, under what authorities they operate, who they’ve killed, and whether they’re adhering to the laws of armed conflict is closely guarded, buried in obscure legal provisions, shrouded in secrecy, or allegedly unknown even to Special Operations Command…”

The Intercept, March 20, 2021

WILL THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION SHINE LIGHT ON SHADOWY SPECIAL OPS PROGRAMS? by Nick Turse


At Least Seven Hundred Foreign Bases
“It’s not easy to assess the size or exact value of our empire of bases. Official records on these subjects are misleading, although instructive. According to the Defense Department’s annual “Base Structure Report” for fiscal year 2003, which itemizes foreign and domestic U.S. military real estate, the Pentagon currently owns or rents 702 overseas bases in about 130 countries and HAS another 6,000 bases in the United States and its territories…”

America’s Empire of Bases (2004)
By Chalmers Johnson


Military dot com: Base Guide  


National Park Service: Military Bases in the Continental United States


 

“While we are opposed to all foreign military bases, we do recognize that the United States maintains the highest number of military bases outside its territory, estimated at almost 1000 (95% of all foreign military bases in the world). Presently, there are U.S. military bases in every Persian Gulf country except Iran…”

Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases


David Vine on Closing U.S. Military Bases – November 30, 2018

The Scott Horton Show


“Today, while there are no foreign bases in the United States, there are around 800 U.S. bases in foreign countries…”

Trumping Democracy in America’s Empire of Bases (2017)
By David Vine


“It’s not a matter of whether the war is not real or if it is. Victory is not possible.
The war is not meant to be won. It is meant to be continuous. A hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance.”

~ George Orwell ~