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(WORLD) Chávez in Russia for Military Spending Spree…

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www.hacer.org__hugo_chavez_0609-730118Venezuela recognizes breakaway republics ahead of arms deal talks

(Newser Summary) – Hugo Chávez arrived in Moscow today, where the Venezuelan president is reportedly ready for an arms “shopping spree.” Chávez is ready to buy at least 100 tanks for $500 million, reports the Times of London, and a Kremlin aide said Venezuela may get loans for helicopters, submarines, and other military hardware. Chávez began his charm offensive today by recognizing as sovereign states South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the two pro-Russian republics at the heart of last year’s war with Georgia.

Since 2005 Venezuela has signed $4.4 billion in arms contracts with Russia. Last year Moscow gave a $1 billion loan to buy military equipment to the Latin American nation, which the Russians call a “counterweight to US influence.” Chávez is holding talks today with Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin in the latest phase of his European tour; earlier he made a surprise visit to the Venice Film Festival.

Jason Farago

Sources: Times (UK), Reuters

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September 10, 2009 at 9:23 am

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(WAR) Lone Tipster Triggered Afghan Air Strike Decision…

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markfollman.files.wordpress.com__a-stan-air-strike(Newser Summary) – A single eye witness was responsible for much of the intelligence guiding the decision to bomb two fuel tankers surrounded by more than 100 Afghanis, including civilians, reports the Washington Post. Dropping the 500-pound bombs based on the word of a single source appears to violate recent directives aimed at limiting civilian casualties in Afghanistan, according to observers.

Thermal imaging from airborne surveillance confirmed the basic information, but not whether people around the trucks were insurgents or civilians. At least two dozen civilians were incinerated when the bombs were dropped—others were wounded. Some had come for free fuel or just to gawk at the trucks stuck in the mud. Others had been forced by Taliban soldiers to help free the trucks.

Mat Probasco

Source: Washington Post

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September 6, 2009 at 10:07 am

Posted in Military, WAR

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(MILITARY) Pentagon Steps Up Hunt for Missing WWII Soldiers…

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Source: Newser

www.genproj.com__pentagon_logo(Newser Summary) – After years of searching for missing US soldiers in the jungles of Southeast Asia, the military’s POW/MIA Accounting Command has intensified the hunt for the 74,000 WWII troops still unaccounted for, reports the New York Times. Searching for the nearly-65-year-old remains is a race against time, however, as historians and eye witnesses die.

Some $55 million of the Pentagon’s annual half trillion dollars budget goes into the search for US soldiers, which identifies more than 70 of the missing each year. At that rate, however, it will take 500 years to find all of the 35,000 of those classified as potentially “recoverable.” Many thousands of the total 84,000 Americans missing from all the nation’s previous wars were lost at sea.

Mat Probasco

Source: New York Times

 

 

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September 6, 2009 at 9:56 am

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(OUTRAGEOUS) VA won’t pay benefits to Marine injured by vaccine …

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Source: TVnewsLies.org

It wasn’t a bullet or roadside bomb that felled Lance Cpl. Josef Lopez three years ago after nine days in Iraq.

It was an injection into his arm before his unit left the states.

The then 20-year-old Marine from Springfield, Mo., suffered a rare adverse reaction to the smallpox vaccine. While the vaccine isn’t mandatory, the military strongly encourages troops to take it.

However, it left Lopez in a coma, unable for a time to breathe on his own and paralyzed for weeks. Now he can walk, but with a limp. He has to wear a urine bag constantly, has short-term memory loss and must swallow 15 pills daily to control leg spasms and other ailments.

And even though his medical problems wouldn’t have occurred if he hadn’t been deployed, Lopez doesn’t qualify for a special government benefit of as much as $100,000 for troops who suffer traumatic injuries.

The hangup? His injuries were caused by the vaccine.

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September 5, 2009 at 8:22 pm

(WAR) UK Army Too Broke To Recruit More Troops…

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Source: Times Online

www.timesonline.co.uk_Afghanistan_British_Troops_610067aThe army is being forced to cap its growth because recruitment is “unaffordable”, a leaked Ministry of Defence document has disclosed.

The briefing note — entitled Controlling Growth in Army Strength — is the first admission by defence officials that they do not have enough money to expand and provide further support to overstretched forces in Afghanistan.

Senior army figures believe troop shortages are responsible for the growing number of British casualties in Helmand.

Yet the Ministry of Defence concedes in the memo that increasing the size of the army beyond its full strength of 102,000 is too READ MORE

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September 5, 2009 at 8:06 pm

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(WAR) Read: Obama’s Meaningless War…

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Source: TruthDig

warBy Robert Scheer

True, he doesn’t seem a bit like Lyndon Johnson, but the way he’s headed on Afghanistan, Barack Obama is threatened with a quagmire that could bog down his presidency. LBJ also had a progressive agenda in mind, beginning with his war on poverty, but it was soon overwhelmed by the cost and divisiveness engendered by a meaningless, and seemingly endless, war in Vietnam.

Meaningless is the right term for the Afghanistan war, too, because our bloody attempt to conquer this foreign land has nothing to do with its stated purpose of enhancing our national security. Just as the government of Vietnam was never a puppet of Communist China or the Soviet Union, the Taliban is not a surrogate for al-Qaida. Involved in both instances was an American intrusion into a civil war whose passions and parameters we never fully grasped and could not control militarily.

The Vietnamese Communists were not an extension of an inevitably hostile, unified international communist enemy, as evidenced by the fact that Communist Vietnam and Communist China are both our close trading partners today. Nor should the Taliban be considered simply an extension of a Mideast-based al-Qaida movement, whose operatives the U.S. recruited in the first place to go to Afghanistan to fight the Soviets.

Those recruits included Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attack, and financier Osama bin Laden, who met in Afghanistan as part of a force that Ronald Reagan glorified as “freedom fighters.” As blowback from that bizarre, mismanaged CIA intervention, the Taliban came to power and formed a temporary alliance with the better-financed foreign Arab fighters still on the scene.

There is no serious evidence that the Taliban instigated the 9/11 attacks or even knew about them in advance. Taliban members were not agents of al-Qaida; on the contrary, the only three governments that financed and diplomatically recognized the Taliban—Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan—all were targets of bin Laden’s  group. READ MORE

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September 4, 2009 at 9:08 pm

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(WAR) READ: McChrystal: US Is Failing in Afghanistan…

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www.newser.com_Stanley McChrystal, the US general in charge of turning..._288587-6-20090831060818(Newser Summary) – The US military’s strategy in Afghanistan is failing, Gen. Stanley McChrystal will tell commanders in Washington today. A copy of the US commander’s remarks leaked to the BBC compares the military to a bull charging at a matador—losing strength with each individual cut. McChrystal’s report says Afghans are suffering a crisis of confidence, since their lives have not improved since 2001.

The long-awaited report says that Afghan military forces will not be ready to take the lead in peacekeeping for at least three years, and training police will take even longer. McChrystal also says the US should engage more with Taliban insurgents, estimating a 60% reduction in violence if they were found jobs. The report stops short of asking for more troops, but increased troop levels are implied—and may be made explicit in a second report to come.

Jason Farago

Sources: BBC, Reuters

 

 

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August 31, 2009 at 3:33 pm