Tweet calling for troops’ return by Christmas puts peace negotiations in jeopardy and was greeted enthusiastically by the Taliban Source: Trump’s Afghanistan withdrawal announcement takes US officials by surprise | US military | The Guardian
Kamala Harris might be the perfect lens to reveal who the Democrats really are. A good run-down on her track record highlights her assertion that “It is not progressive to be soft on crime.” More Source: Kamala Harris? Really? Desperate Times, Desperate Measures – CounterPunch.org
News headlines declare, “Australia’s new defence strategy unveils a significant strategic shift in foreign policy to meet new threats from China,” “China the unspoken threat at centre of new defence strategy,” and “Australia to buy ship-killing missiles and shift focus to Indo-Pacific” to “to protect overseas forces, allies and the mainland against rising threats including China.” Source: Australia: Willing Pawn in US Struggle with China – TheAltWorld
The least-discussed congressional proceedings are often the most consequential — and almost always bipartisan. While the country is subsumed by both public health and an unemployment crisis, and is separately focused on a sustained protest movement against police abuses, a massive $740.5 billion military spending package was approved last week by the Democratic-controlled House Armed Services Committee.
Letters: The Covid-19 pandemic highlights the folly of spending billions on nuclear warheads at the expense of a robust health service, write two former naval commanders, while Bruce Kent describes it as ‘theft from the NHS’ Source: We spend billions on nuclear weapons. Let’s fund the NHS instead | Coronavirus outbreak | The Guardian
Somehow, Congress couldn’t find the time last week to renew extended unemployment benefits or the federal moratorium on evictions. Congress had something more pressing to think about than 30 million unemployed Americans: the Pentagon budget. On July 21 and 23, the House of Representatives and the Senate approved their versions of the Pentagon’s annual spending More Source: How Bad is the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act? – CounterPunch.org
The House Armed Services Committee just passed a defense appropriations bill filled with moral contradictions and illogical absurdities. Consider: It removes some racist symbols in the military, but preserves Trump’s ability to use the military against anti-racist demonstrators. It abdicates Congress’ responsibility to declare war, but prevents the executive branch from moving toward peace. More Source: The War on Logic: Contradictions and Absurdities in the House’s Military Spending Bill –…Continue reading The War on Logic: Contradictions and Absurdities in the House’s Military Spending Bill – CounterPunch.org
Source: Spese militari italiane in forte crescita: superati i 26 miliardi di euro su base annua – MIL€X
Campaigners say plan will end up fuelling conflict and human rights abuses Source: Revealed: £1bn of taxpayers’ cash to help foreign countries buy British arms | World news | The Guardian
Britain’s military will have fewer armoured vehicles, aircraft and lose the use of its only naval hospital ship because of a shortfall of up to £13bn in its 10 year equipment budget, the government spending watchdog warned.