Patrick L. Smith: US & NATO Restart Cold War + NATO RECAP

Patrick L. Smith

Patrick L. Smith

We restarted the Cold War: The real story about the NATO buildup that the New York Times won’t tell you

Our leaders and media push time-worn nonsense about American innocence, while taking aggressive moves. Look out

EXTRACT

As of this week, leaders who know nothing about leading, thinkers who do not think and opinion-shaping poseurs such as Tom Friedman are confident enough in their case to sally forth with it: The Cold War returns, the Russians have restarted it and we must do the right thing—the right thing being to bring NATO troops and materiel up to Russia’s borders, pandering to the paranoia of the former Soviet satellites as if they alone have access to some truth not available to the rest of us.

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Jun 28

Worth a Look: Base Nation – How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World

Amazon Page

Amazon Page

American military bases encircle the globe. More than two decades after the end of the Cold War, the U.S. still stations its troops at nearly a thousand locations in foreign lands. These bases are usually taken for granted or overlooked entirely, a little-noticed part of the Pentagon’s vast operations. But in an eye-opening account, Base Nation shows that the worldwide network of bases brings with it a panoply of ills–and actually makes the nation less safe in the long run.

As David Vine demonstrates, the overseas bases raise geopolitical tensions and provoke widespread antipathy towards the United States. They also undermine American democratic ideals, pushing the U.S. into partnerships with dictators and perpetuating a system of second-class citizenship in territories like Guam. They breed sexual violence, destroy the environment, and damage local economies. And their financial cost is staggering: though the Pentagon underplays the numbers, Vine’s accounting proves that the bill approaches $100 billion per year.

The book is available for pre-order now; all book proceeds will go to non-profit organizations assisting military veterans and their families and other victims of war and violence.

Links to Article, Chapters, & Media Coverage Below the Fold

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Jun 24

Berto Jongman: US-Russian Combat Losses Over Arctic in March? Repeated in May?

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

It is Sorcha Faal so have to take it with a grain of salt. But it would be  frightening stuff if it was really true.

US General Who Stopped World War III After Massive “Arctic Sky Battle” Targeted For Death

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Jun 22

Nik Peachey: Online Video Audio Converter Tool

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Nik Peachey

Nik Peachey

Very useful and easy to use free online video converter.

Online Video Converter is a free tool that converts almost any media format to MP4, AVI, MPEG, FLV, 3GP. It also extracts sound from video and can correct video resolution.

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Jun 22