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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

Link to video…

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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Federal officials worried about F-35 jet boondoggle; Wisconsinites should be as well

Cap Times Editorial link |  19 May 2021

 

“The authoritative publication Defense News reported late last month that key members of Congress are objecting to proposals to increase funding for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 joint strike fighters in the upcoming fiscal 2022 budget. They say they will not support any increase until the Pentagon and the manufacturer address what Defense News refers to as “a laundry list of problems” with the planes.

Defense News – F-35 in the crosshairs

Defense News: more on F-35

Officials in Wisconsin should be paying close attention to the growing debate over the F-35 boondoggle, as the U.S. Air Force plans to station a squadron of F-35 fighter jets at Truax Field in Madison.

There is a lot of opposition to that move in Madison, especially from residents of the Eken Park neighborhood, which is located not far from Truax. But people who don’t live anywhere near that east-side neighborhood over which the planes would fly should also be concerned about the prospect of basing these messed-up planes in Madison.

Noting the many problems with the planes, U.S. Rep. John Garamendi, the California Democrat who leads the defense readiness subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, said in April, “The program is over budget. It fails to deliver on promised capabilities. And its mission capability rates do not even begin to meet the service thresholds.”

Hold Them Each Accountable for Their Actions: Trump, Biden et al

We are the United States of Amnesia, we learn nothing because we remember nothing.”

Gore Vidal 

Donald Trump committed war crimes, Where is accountability?

 

We have two dominant parties concerned with power and greed, wanting to enrich the billionaires on their team.

 

Trump committed crimes when he bombed Syria and Iraq, he…

continued the illegal wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, across Africa, Syria and other places, arming criminals around the world [such as Saudi Arabia’s crimes in Yemen]

continued the illegal torture of prisoners,

continued the illegal spying on Americans,

continued the illegal killing of civilians and increased the drone assassinations

illegally threatened wars against N. Korea and Venezuela,

illegally threatened nuclear war against N. Korea, and

worked to illegally overthrow governments around the world and distributed weapons across the planet into the hands of criminals and human rights abusers.

 

Joe Biden is beginning to do much the same, but then the self-proclaimed “Zionist” has been a servant of imperialism much of his career.  There are differences, yes, but this is not a popularity contest.

This is rule of law.  This is protecting human rights.   It should be.  However, with each living president, they have each used violence and aggression against other nations. They each armed forces in civil wars [terrorists looking to overthrow leaders that the US was looking to depose.] The politicians and pundits point at the suffering in other nations, then they make it worse.

Let us work toward rule of law, and rise above the team games and tribalism.  Stop the war machine and honor the rights and liberties of all.


Some law links 

~ Charter of the United Nations ~

Chapter VII — Action with respect to Threats to the Peace, Breaches of the Peace, and Acts of Aggression

https://legal.un.org/repertory/art51.shtml

 


~ Convention II Article 2 Geneva Conventions ~

https://ihl-databases.icrc.org/applic/ihl/ihl.nsf/vwTreaties1949.xsp

 

Stop Using China as an Excuse – CNN’s Fareed Zackaria

It’s not often we can look to corporate mainstream media for facts on Foreign Policy.  This one must have slipped through the CIA filter.

 

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

March 18, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. CDT

“On the eve of his visit this week to Asia, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin outlined his key concern. “China is our pacing threat,” he said. He explained that for the past 20 years, the United States had been focused on the Middle East while China had been modernizing its military. “We still maintain the edge,” he noted, “and we’re going to increase the edge going forward.” Welcome to the new age of bloated Pentagon budgets, all to be justified by the great Chinese threat.

What Austin calls America’s “edge” over China is more like a chasm. The United States has about 20 times the number of nuclear warheads as China. It has twice the tonnage of warships at sea, including 11 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers compared with China’s two carriers (which are much less advanced). Washington has more than 2,000 modern fighter jets compared with Beijing’s roughly 600, according to national security analyst Sebastien Roblin. And the United States deploys this power using a vast network of some 800 overseas bases. China has three. China spends around $250 billion on its military, a third as much as the United States. Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institution notes that, “if China were in NATO, we would berate it for inadequate burden-sharing, since its military outlays fall well below NATO’s 2 percent minimum.”

At the height of its imperial might in the late 19th century, when it ruled a quarter of the world’s population, Britain adopted a “two-power standard” — its navy had to be larger than the next two put together. U.S. military spending remains larger than the defense budgets of the next 10 countries put together, most of which are Washington’s close allies. The United States’ intelligence budget alone — around $85 billion — is larger than Russia’s total defense spending.