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This conservative writer actually used the history of American genocide to argue for endless war in Syria

Washington Post columnist Max Boot is trying to save face Thursday after an op-ed he wrote on Wednesday advocating for an indefinite military occupation of Syria and Afghanistan sparked a passionate backlash. While his conclusion was, in fact, the establishment's conventional view of the American presence in the Middle East, he invoked a disturbing analogy as he argued we should get used to the endless conflict: the Indian Wars.

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‘We are coming’: Blackwater's ominous message portends a new Trump era of privatized warfare

Last week, President Donald Trump sent shock waves through the United States military with the announcement that he would be withdrawing all U.S. troops from war-torn Syria—and on top of that, Trump is planning a substantial reduction of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

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Daughter of podiatrist who helped get Trump out of Vietnam service says 'bone spurs' are a lie

The daughters of the late Dr. Larry Braunstein, a one-time podiatrist based in Queens, have told the New York Times that their father helped President Donald Trump escape getting drafted during the Vietnam War by fabricating a diagnosis of bone spurs in his feet.

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Expert warns U.S. warplanes and drones will continue to bomb Syria: 'ISIS has not been defeated'

President Trump has announced that the U.S. will withdraw troops from Syria, in a move that has been praised by some in the American peace movement and some progressive lawmakers, as well as anti-interventionist Republicans, including Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee. We speak with Phyllis Bennis, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, who warns that the U.S. warplanes and drones will continue to bomb the country. ”ISIS has not been 'defeated,' and the U.S. should not remain in Syria militarily,” Bennis says. “You cannot defeat terrorism militarily. Terrorism is a phenomenon that emerges out of social and economic and national and all kinds of crises, in all kinds of countries. And stopping it doesn’t mean playing whack-a-mole with your military.”

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Of course Trump should withdraw troops from Syria - and everywhere else for that matter

Even as the Pentagon stammered and the retired generalsex-CIA chiefs, and war hawks from both major political parties took to the cable news to warn against the prospect of less war—or at least U.S. involvement in them—peace groups on Wednesday afternoon applauded news reporting that President Donald Trump has ordered the withdrawal of U.S. ground forces from Syria.

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Will the new House Democrats take on the war lobby?

A new Democratic majority will take charge in the U.S. House of Representatives in January, thanks to a remarkable rebound in public participation in U.S. elections. Based on early data, it appears that over 49 percent of eligible voters showed up at the polls this year, compared to a 70-year low of 36.4 percent in the last midterm in 2014. More than ever before, the Democrats should thank young voters for their success, as 18-to-39-year-olds appear to have voted for them by a two to one margin.

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Trump Is Feeding into the American War Machine Through His Neglect and Childish Whims

War is hell. We've learned that over and over from the hundreds of thousands of deaths, uncountable maimings, torturings and other horrors our soldiers have experienced in the multitude of wars in this century alone.

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Merchants of Death Profit from the Bombing of Children as a US-Backed War Goes Largely Ignored

As if the horrific Saudi bombing of a Yemeni school bus that killed 44 children on August 9, 2018, wasn’t bad enough, CNN reported that the bomb used in the attack was manufactured by Lockheed Martin, one of the major U.S. defense contractors. Nima Elbagir, reporting for CNN’s Situation Room, showed a map of Yemen pinpointing several other attacks where large numbers of civilians have been killed by bombs from not only Lockheed Martin, but also General Dynamics and Raytheon. It was a rare moment when a mainstream U.S. media outlet made the connection between U.S. weapons and the devastation they wreak.

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The U.S. Is Now Winning the War on Terror -  By Lowering the Bar for What It Means to Win

4,000,000,029,057. Remember that number. It’s going to come up again later.

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We Should Ban 'Killer Robots' to Protect Fundamental Legal and Moral Principles

When drafting a treaty on the laws of war at the end of the 19th century, diplomats could not foresee the future of weapons development. But they did adopt a legal and moral standard for judging new technology not covered by existing treaty language.

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'Drunk on Power': Former CIA Director John Brennan Comes Out Swinging Against Trump and the Republicans in Rachel Maddow Interview

Former CIA Director John Brennan appeared on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" Friday night and fired back at President Donald Trump after a week of abuse from the White House.

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