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Monday, May 16, 2016

The U.S. Military Needs to Defend the Country, Not Undermine American Security

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ivan-eland/the-us-military-needs-to_b_9991458.html

The U.S. Military Needs to Defend the Country, Not Undermine American Security

05/16/2016
  • Ivan Eland Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Peace & Liberty, The Independent Institute
As President Obama visits still-communist Vietnam, a former American rival, in his “pivot to Asia” to recruit more countries to shelter against a rising China, the trip only serves to illustrate the global American Empire’s overextension. At the same time, he is opening missile defenses in Europe, quadrupling U.S. military spending there, and deploying more military forces near Russia—all of which will have the effect of continuing to provoke that already insecure country. Also, Obama has failed to withdraw U.S. ground forces from Afghanistan, inserted them into Iraq and Syria to battle the terror group ISIS, and continued his accelerated air wars over Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, and Libya. Finally, the president sent the top general in the Army to Africa to showcase U.S. efforts to train 38 countries to battle terror groups that could attack Europe, including affiliates of ISIS and al Qaeda. These U.S. military forces may be valiantly battling threats to the Empire, but most of them pose very little threat to America.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ivan-eland/the-us-military-needs-to_b_9991458.html

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