William Blum: Reflections on the American Empire

William Blum

William Blum

A collection of thoughts about American foreign policy

Since the end of World War 2, the United States has:

  1. Attempted to overthrow more than 50 foreign governments, most of which were democratically-elected.
  2. Dropped bombs on the people of more than 30 countries.
  3. Attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders.
  4. Attempted to suppress a populist or nationalist movement in 20 countries.
  5. Grossly interfered in democratic elections in at least 30 countries.*
  6. Plus … although not easily quantified … has been more involved in the practice of torture than any other country in the world … for over a century … not just performing the actual torture, but teaching it, providing the manuals, and furnishing the equipment.

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Nov 8

Antechinus: Pay to Play in Syria and Yemen

Antechinus

Antechinus

The Revolutionary Distemper in Syria That Wasn’t

Documents prepared by US Congress researchers in 2005 revealed that the US government was actively weighing regime change in Syria long before the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011, challenging the view that US support for the Syrian rebels was based on allegiance to a “democratic uprising” and showing that it was simply an extension of a long-standing policy of seeking to topple the government in Damascus.

Huge U.S. Weapons Shipments To Saudi Arabia Prior to Yemen Funeral Attack

The United States shipped hundreds of millions of dollars in weapons to Saudi Arabia just weeks prior to the Saudi-led coalition’s funeral bombing in Sanaa, Yemen which killed 140 and wounded over 500.

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Oct 31

Phantom Phixer: 14,900 More Hillary Clinton Emails — FBI Will Slow Roll…

Phantom Phixer14,900 out of 30,000 or more.  Probably the 14,900 that do not show evidence of treason.

FBI uncovers 14,900 more documents in Clinton email probe

Emails reveal how foundation donors got access to Clinton and her close aides at State Dept.

State ordered to review 15K new Clinton docs

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Aug 23

Chuck Spinney: Andrew Cockburn on US Complicity in Saudi Genocide Across Yemen (Let’s Add to Saudi Funding of Clinton-CIA Creation of ISIS to Take Down Syria for Saudi Pipeline…)

Chuck Spinney

Chuck Spinney

Below is a stunning report describing the Saudi slaughter in Yemen and the U.S. culpability in abetting this slaughter.  This story is written by Andrew Cockburn, a good friend (caveat emptor: I am biased). Yemen has a population of almost 27 million, making it the seventh largest of the 22 Arab countries, exceeding the population of Syria (23 million).   And as Andrew shows in excruciating detal, the slaughter in Yemen is on a par with that in Syria, Iraq, or Libya.  Yet this catastrophe remains little known to the average American.  Nevertheless, as Andrew also shows, the American government, acting in the name of the American people, is complicit in creating the Yemeni horror — while American arms manufacturers are reaping billions in profits and bureaucrats and generals are landing lucrative post retirement jobs. I urge readers to carefully study Andrew’s devastating report. Chuck Spinney

Acceptable Losses

Aiding and abetting the Saudi slaughter in Yemen

By Andrew Cockburn, Harpers, September 2016

The best answer I got came from Ted Lieu, a Democratic congressman from California who has been one of the few public officials to speak out about the devastation we were enabling far away. “Honestly,” he told me, “I think it’s because Saudi Arabia asked.”

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Aug 13