NO U.S. HYPERSONIC MISSILE TESTING; comment deadline JULY 10 ; support the NO ACTION alternative;

>>>>>>DEADLINE TO COMMENT — THIS SATURDAY, JULY 10<<<<<<

Please submit some testimony, however brief, about these doomsday weapons. COPY AND PASTE FROM TEMPLATE BELOW. E mail comments to jfceaoea@govsupport.us

The Pentagon’s Proposed Action entails up to six flight test launches at up to four different launch locations per year, over the next 10 years. Test objectives are expected to dictate range selection from Atlantic and Pacific test ranges. IMPACTS TO MARINE LIFE FROM SPENT STAGES AND HYPERSONIC PAYLOAD HITTING OCEAN WILL BE SEVERE.

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This short video shows what hypersonic missiles are and how dangerous they are to life on Earth.

This PEA/OEA is being prepared as a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (EA) to provide an analysis of multiple launch locations that will be available to the test directorates over the next 10 years.

The U.S. Army RCCTO and U.S. Navy SSP are considering four launch locations: one on the west coast and one in Hawai`i, both with impact sites in the Pacific Ocean, and two launch locations on the east coast, with impact sites in the Atlantic Ocean. The Pacific locations analyzed are the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawai`i; Vandenberg Space Force Base, California; and BOA impact sites in the Pacific Ocean. The east coast locations include the NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia; Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida; and Atlantic BOA impact sites.

The Draft JFC PEA/OEA and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) are available at http://jfceaoea(dot)govsupport(dot)us.

Public comments on the Draft JFC PEA/OEA and Draft FONSI will be accepted from June 11, 2021 to July 10, 2021 and can be provided in either of the following ways:

(1) E mail comments by July 10, 2021 to jfceaoea@govsupport.us
(2) Mail comments, postmarked no later than July 10, 2021, to:
USASMDC
ATTN: SMDC-EN (D. Fuller)
P.O. Box 1500
Huntsville, AL 35807.

Public comments from Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space

To jfceaoea@govsupport.us

Regarding: Joint Flight Campaign PEA 

Our organization opposes the proposed action which entails up to six Hypersonic flight test launches at up to four different launch locations per year, over the next 10 years. Test objectives are expected to dictate range selection from Atlantic and Pacific test ranges. We believe the following:

  • Testing of Hypersonics will dramatically escalate the nuclear arms race/new Cold War
  • Our nation can’t afford another arms race — especially one in space
  • We need to be spending our national treasury on dealing with our real enemy — climate crisis and growing economic inequality
  • Toxic rocket fuel exacerbates an already grave climate crisis
  • It’s time the warmongers listened to the taxpayers

We support the No Action alternative.

In peace, 

Bruce K. Gagnon
Coordinator
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
PO Box 652
Brunswick, ME 04011
http://www.space4peace.org
http://space4peace.blogspot.com (blog)

SAMPLE LETTER TO BORROW FROM:

July 6, 2021

USASMDC
ATTN: SMDC-EN (D. Fuller),
P.O. Box 1500,
Huntsville, AL 35807
Via email: jfceaoea@govsupport.us

Dear Mr. Fuller,

I served 29 years in the U.S. Army/Army Reserves and retired as a Colonel. I was also a U.S. diplomat for 16 years and served in U.S. Embassies in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan and Mongolia.

I have lived in Honolulu, Hawai’i for 21 years. I am very concerned about the testing of hypersonic missiles and other missiles at the Kauai Barking Sands Missile Test Site. As I understand, the U.S. military is asking that Barking Sands will be used six times a year for ten years to test the hypersonic missiles.

I strongly believe the U.S. government’s testing of hypersonic missiles will greatly increase the nuclear arms race and create a new Cold War.

I also believe testing at Barking Sands Kauai will make the small Hawaiian Islands a major target for retaliation if the U.S. fires hypersonic missiles at China, Russia or any other country.

We in the U.S. can’t afford another arms race, particularly a weapons race in space. We need our taxes to deal with the climate crisis and the economic inequality we find in our own country.

And the toxic rocket fuel increases the challenging climate crisis we face.

The hypersonic rockets are not needed for our national security.

Diplomacy, not hypersonic rockets and war, are what will ensure our national security.

Ann Wright

Independence Day 2021 – One Picture, One Map, One Graph, And 81,000 Dead Whales And Dolphins. Per Year.

By Patricia Burke
Reprinted from Natural Blaze

This is the second in a series of articles coinciding with Independence Day in the U.S.  We are looking at themes related to industry vs. non-industry science, captured regulators, and other issues around the topics of independence and interdependence, regarding involuntary, ubiquitous EMF/RF and 5G exposures. Thank you for reading.

“An Anti Imperialist Ponders the 4th of July and its Meaning for His Newborn Child”

Covert Action Magazine’s July 4 post:

On his newborn daughter’s first July 4th holiday, an anti-imperialist writer ponders what he hopes for her to come to understand about her nation of birth.

Gabriela, you are part of the four percent of the world’s population that celebrates today, July 4th, as Independence Day. We are in the extreme minority of the earth’s inhabitants that claim citizenship within the belly of the beast of the global empire, the United States.

Questions that usually go unasked on this day include: Why are we celebrating this nation? What, if any, benefits have been brought to the world by the existence of the United States?

My hope is that as you age you consider these questions and investigate some of the assumptions many Americans hold about their nation. This day can be an opportunity to make an honest assessment of this country’s past and present, with the goal of working toward a more humane future. During this reflection, your father hopes that you take into account the following considerations.

You have been born into an empire with asymmetric power!

Gabriela, your incidental birth within the United States means you are part of a citizenry that has a collective proverbial gun pointed at the people of the rest of the world. You are a member of a nation that holds unprecedented military and economic power on the global stage. This understanding should serve as a framework for all exploration into your nation’s relationship with the global community.

The statistics speak for themselves. The United States’s annual near $800 billion military budget is more than the next 10 nations’ military spending combined. The next highest funded armed forces, China’s, spends less than one-third of what the U.S. does.”

Comparing the U.S. military budget to other supposed rivals becomes almost comical, with Russia spending just over $60 billion, Iran spending $15 billion, and North Korea’s budget remaining lower than that of the New York City police department at $4 billion. Further illustrating this asymmetric power in the globe are the 800 foreign military bases possessed by the U.S. compared to a combined 70 possessed by the rest of the world’s nations.” – By Matt McKenna

Read the rest of Matt McKenna’s post here.

So where does all the money go? 5G = Full Spectrum Dominance

The ‘Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space’ (also known as the ‘Global Network’ or the ‘GN’) is an international network of organizations and individuals concerned about the militarization and exploitation of space.

Koohan Paik-Mander, a board member of the Global Network, discusses the US empire’s strategy of fighting wars from both space and the sea in her article, Countering the “China Threat”–At What Price?

In early June 2021, in a classified directive to Pentagon officials, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin slammed the former Trump administration for talking big but never taking action to counter ‘the China threat.’

Austin made it clear that things would be different under President Biden. His ‘tough guy’ rhetoric strikes just the right tone for a massive, costly, military-infrastructure overhaul that would render the conventional warfare of the twentieth century unrecognizable: more nukes, fewer troops, and an omnipotent 5G network.

The goal of this overhaul is to give the United States and its allies the ability to summon, at once, unmanned military forces to rain terror down on any spot in the world—a swarm of drones, hypersonic missiles, submarine torpedoes, and bombers—all with the ease of calling an Uber.”

“[ ]…even more expansive swaths of the ocean are being set aside for year-round military exercises.

The most egregious example is the MITT (Mariana Islands Training and Testing), a plan to transform over a million square miles of biodiverse ecosystems into the largest-ever range complex for bombing and firing practice. The impacted area would be larger than the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, and New Mexico combined.

The largest multinational open-ocean military exercises in history will take place here, home to 26 species of cetaceans. The navy itself estimates that its activities will maim or kill over 81,000 whales and dolphins per year. And that doesn’t count the ecological casualties anticipated in other existing exercise ranges, such as those around Hawaii, California, Alaska, Australia, in the Sea of Japan, and in the Bay of Bengal.” – Koohan Paik-Mander

Read the rest of Koohan Paik-Mander’s article here.

Bright Green Lies

In a recent interview referencing the new book Bright Green Lies, author Derrick Jensen invites the listener to “Make your loyalty to the natural world.” He notes that

“The environmental movement has been captured. At one point it was about protecting wild places and wild beings.  And these days it has become about powering industrial civilization. 

One example of this – You can have 100,000 people who march on the streets of whatever city, if you ask why they are marching – they’ll say, ‘we want to save the planet.’ If you ask their demands – what they’ll say is ‘We want subsidies for wind and solar industries.’

It is an extraordinary coup –I cannot think of any other social movement in history that has been so completely captured and turned into a lobbying arm for a sector of industrial capitalism. That’s terrifying.”

His interview was posted in early June of 2021.

The Co-opt of Environmentalism is Insignificant Compared to Post-Covid Wireless/5G Disaster Capitalism, Which Is Not Even Capitalism

I agree with everything that Derrick Jensen says, except that I can think of something even more terrifying than the fact that so many major environmental groups are a lobbying arm for industrial capitalism.

Post-covid, worldwide, beyond the capture of environmental organizations and the Bright Green Lies, society at large – including the health care sector, the education sector, the Black Lives Matters movement, rural America, banking, the utility sector, entertainment, finance, investment, agriculture, military, academia, human rights, and nearly all sides of political divides – has been co-opted to support the roll-out of the unsafe, insecure, unsustainable, surveillance and warfare-enabling, planet-destroying, space-invading, invisible, wireless 5G/broadband telecommunications network.

As Matt McKenna cautioned his newborn daughter, the U.S. does have its guns pointed at the rest of the world. And, increasingly, it also has its weapons pointed at its own people, as well as the ecosystem, including earth, sea, sky, and space.

Just Say No.

Top image courtesy Flo Freshman.

See the entire Independence Day series here.

See Patricia Burke’s article archive here.

Patricia Burke works with activists across the country and internationally calling for new biologically-based microwave radio frequency exposure limits.She is based in Massachusetts and can be reached at stopsmartmetersMASS@gmail.com.

https://www.naturalblaze.com/2021/07/independence-day-2021-5g-concerns-one-picture-one-map-one-graph-and-81000-dead-whales-and-dolphins-per-year.html

Ten urgent steps for nuclear abolition

From World Beyond War

A CALL TO CHANGE THE PUBLIC CONVERSATION
TEN URGENT STEPS FOR NUCLEAR ABOLITION

  1. Stop making new weapons!
  2. Institute a moratorium on any new weapons, laboratories, delivery systems!
  3. No refurbishing or “modernization” of old weapons! LET THEM RUST IN PEACE!
  4. Immediately separate all nuclear bombs from their missiles as China does.
  5. Take up repeated offers from Russia and China to negotiate treaties to ban space weapons and cyberwar and dismantle Trump’s Space Force.
  6. Reinstate the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, the Open Skies Treaty, the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty.
  7. Remove U.S. missiles from Romania and Poland.
  8. Remove U.S. nuclear bombs from NATO bases in Germany, Holland, Belgium, Italy, and Turkey.
  9. Sign the new Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
  10. Take up past Russian offers to reduce U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals from what is now 13,000 bombs to 1,000 each, and call the other seven nations, with 1,000 nuclear bombs between them, to the table to negotiate for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons as required by the Nonproliferation Treaty of 1970.

https://worldbeyondwar.org/if-they-chose-biden-and-putin-could-make-the-world-radically-safer/

David Swanson: A Cold War Re-Education in 8 Minutes

By David Swanson, March 21, 2021
Remarks at the Cold War Truth Commission

The Cold War didn’t have a hard and fast beginning that transformed the world or that turned heroic anti-Nazi Soviets into Satanic Commies on a particular afternoon.

The rise of Nazism had been facilitated in part by Western governments’ pre-existing enmity for the USSR. That same enmity was a factor in the delay of D-Day by 2.5 years. The destruction of Dresden was a message originally scheduled for the same day as the meeting at Yalta.

Upon victory in Europe, Churchill proposed using Nazi troops together with allied troops to attack the Soviet Union — not an off-the-cuff proposal; the U.S. and UK had sought and achieved partial German surrenders, had kept German troops armed and ready, and had debriefed German commanders. General George Patton, Hitler’s replacement Admiral Karl Donitz, and Allen Dulles favored immediate hot war.

The U.S. and UK violated their agreements with the USSR and arranged new rightwing governments with bans on the leftists who had fought the Nazis in places like Italy, Greece, and France.

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Cold War On Trial: Truth Commission Details Horrible Crimes Akin to Native American Genocide and Slavery

From CovertAction Magazine
By Jeremy Kuzmarov

8 April, 2021

With a new Cold War heating up between the U.S. and Russia and China, Witness for Peace Southwest, Addicted to War and CodePink organized a Truth Commission on the original Cold War on March 21st, which brought together the testimony of historians, activists and others who lived through the period.

Following a hearing three years ago, the Zoom event was hosted by Frank Dorrel, publisher of the popular anti-war text Addicted to War, and Rachel Bruhnke, a high school Spanish teacher and member of Witness for Peace Southwest.

See webinar here. [Source: freepress.org]

In her opening remarks, Bruhnke emphasized that the Cold War should rank as one of three great crimes in U.S. history, the first two being the genocide of the native Americans, and enslavement of African-Americans.

Bruhnke said that the aim of the Truth Commission was to “expose U.S. illegal and immoral actions in the name of anti-communism” and “150-year drama of red-baiting,” and to “unravel the web of lies.”

The truth-telling will help “enhance public understanding of today’s domestic and international events,” and avert new catastrophes.

For the rest of the article and photos:
https://covertactionmagazine.com/2021/04/08/cold-war-on-trial-truth-commission-details-horrible-crimes-akin-to-native-american-genocide-and-slavery/

Russia Deploys Two Armies, Three Airborne Units to Counter Threat from 40,000 NATO Troops on Its Border

By Rick Rozoff
13 April, 2021
Ante-bellum

Posted on Global Research

Major Russian officials today have warned of military threats posed by the U.S.-led thirty-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organization to its western border: its entire western border. And its northern one as well.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that Russia has redeployed two armies and three Airborne Forces units to its western border as part of what he termed an ongoing readiness inspection.

In one of the sternest warnings issued by a Russian official in the post-Cold War era, Shoigu added,

“We’ve taken proper measures in response to the alliance’s military activities which threaten Russia.” Regarding the ground and airborne forces, the defense minister said: “The troops have manifested complete preparedness and the ability to perform their duties to guarantee the country’s military security. At the present time, these units are involved in exercises.”

He also warned that NATO is now concentrating over 40,000 troops and 15,000 items of armaments and military hardware as well as strategic aircraft near the Russian border, stating: “The troops in Europe are moving towards Russian borders. The basic forces are being amassed in the Black Sea area and in the Baltic region.” He also mentioned the preponderance of U.S. military personnel in those deployments, as the Pentagon is reinforcing troops in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

In addition he highlighted the fact that: “The alliance annually holds up to 40 large operational training measures of a clearly anti-Russian bias in Europe. In the spring of this year, the NATO allied forces launched Defender Europe 2021 drills, the largest exercise over the past 30 years.” (Estimates range as high as 37,000 U.S. and NATO troops involved in the several-weeks-long war games from the Baltic to the Black Seas and the Balkans.) NATO’s “Spring Storm” Exercise: Threatens Russia

The Russian defense minister pointed out that Russia’s western border wasn’t the only location where the U.S. and NATO were threatening his nation. He also expressed alarm over the U.S. and NATO military build-up on Russia’s northern flank, the Arctic. He said:

“The competition between the world’s leading powers for access to the Arctic Ocean’s resource and transport routes is increasing. The US and its NATO allies increase their naval and ground groups in the Arctic, increase the combat training intensity, extend and upgrade the military infrastructure.”

In general Shoigu stated that over the past three years NATO has increased its activity along Russia’s borders.

Also today Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov warned that American warships deployed in the Black Sea off Russia’s coast were a provocation. He was speaking as two U.S. guided-missile destroyers, USS Donald Cook and USS Roosevelt, both equipped to carry 56 Tomahawk cruise missiles and an undisclosed number of Standard Missile-3 anti-ballistic missiles, are to enter the Black Sea tomorrow and the following day. Earlier this year the guided-missile destroyers USS Donald Cook, USS Thomas Hudner and USS Porter and the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey were in the Black Sea for exercises, often two at a time. (The most, in terms of tonnage, allowed by the 1936 Montreux Convention, though Turkey’s proposed Istanbul Canal may eliminate that limit.)

Ryabkov said that American warships sailing thousands of miles from U.S. naval bases “always involves a geopolitics element.”

His comments are worth citing extensively:

“I wouldn’t like to go too much into particulars of various interpretations of what freedom of navigation and freedom of the seas is, especially in this context. I know one thing: American ships have absolutely nothing to do near our coasts, and this is a purely provocative undertaking. It’s provocative in the literal sense of this word: they’re testing our patience and getting on our nerves. This won’t work.”

And he issued this stark admonition in the context of the Western threats to Russia over Ukraine:

“Apparently seeing itself as the queen of the seas […] the U.S. should understand after all that the risks of various incidents are very high. We warn the U.S. that it should steer clear of Crimea and our Black Sea coast. This would be to their own benefit.”

His warning is a timely one as Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba is at NATO headquarters today, where U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arrives tomorrow and Secretary of State Antony Blinken shortly after him.

https://antibellum679354512.wordpress.com/2021/04/13/russia-deploys-two-armies-three-airborne-units-to-counter-threat-from-40000-nato-troops-on-its-border/

://www.globalresearch.ca/russia-deploys-two-armies-three-airborne-units-counter-threat-40000-nato-troops-border/5742683

21 March 2021 – Cold War Truth Commission

Witness For Peace Southwest Invites You To Join:

A Day of Education, Testimonials & Action

Come Spend The Day While We Put:

“THE COLD WAR ON TRIAL”

Sunday, March 21st–1:00 PM to 7:00 PM (PST)


Here Are The Speakers We Have So Far:

Medea Benjamin, Kathy Kelly, S. Brian Willson, David Swanson, Norman Solomon, Peter Phillips, Jeff Cohen,
Ann Wright, Peter Kuznick,  Roy Bourgeois, Bruce Gagnon, Joel Andreas, Gerald Horne, Matthew Hoh,
David Vine, Mickey Huff, Eric Mann, Jodie Evans, Gerry Condon, Carl Boggs, Jim Lafferty, John Parker,
Marcy Winograd, Jeremy Kuzmarov, Alice Slater, Michael Novick, Carley Towne, Ed Rampell & Others.

Please contact us if you are interested in co-organizing, endorsing,
or in providing citizen testimonial at: sojournerrb@yahoo.com


I think it’s a great idea! Ideologically, it’s right on.”
– Oliver Stone on The Cold War Truth Commission

Hosted by Rachel Bruhnke · sojournerrb@yahoo.com
of Witness For Peace Southwest


Endorsed by CODEPINK, World BEYOND War, RootsAction,
Veterans For Peace, Peacemakers, Covert Action,
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power In Space and ADDICTED To WAR

Register Here: www.codepink.org/03212021

This will be via Zoom.

Victoria Nuland’s role in 30 years of U.S. invasions and interference

“Progressives in Congress and their partners in the media, think tank world, and among grassroots activists should join forces with the growing caucus of anti-interventionist Republicans on the Hill and vigorously oppose her nomination.” — James W. Carden
theamericanconservative.com/articles/stop-bidens-neocon-nominee-to-the-state-department/

“Victoria Nuland is highly dangerous and should not be confirmed.”

From MintPressNews
February 11, 2012
Rick Sterling

As the Senate prepares to confirm Nuland for Under Secretary for Political Affairs, a reflection of her last 30 years in government shows how she was connected to nearly every foreign policy disaster undertaken by the United States.

President Joe Biden’s nomination of Victoria Nuland for Under Secretary for Political Affairs, the third-highest position at the State Department, is a dangerous sign. Nuland exemplifies the neoconservatives who have led American foreign policy from one disaster to another for the past 30 years, all while evading any shred of accountability.

As a top-level appointee, Nuland must still be confirmed by the Senate. And while pro-peace groups have waged a campaign to stop her confirmation, reflecting on her career in public service makes clear why she is incompetent, highly dangerous, and should not be confirmed.

Afghanistan and Iraq

From 2000 to 2003, when the Bush administration attacked and then invaded Afghanistan, Nuland was serving as Bush’s permanent representative to NATO. The Afghan government offered to work with the Americans to remove al-Qaeda, but the offer was rejected. After al-Qaeda was defeated, the U.S. could have left Afghanistan but instead stayed, established semi-permanent bases, splintered the country, and is still fighting there two decades later.

From 2003 to 2005, Nuland was principal foreign policy advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney who “helped plan and manage the war that toppled [Iraqi leader] Saddam Hussein, including making [the] Bush administration’s case for preemptive military action based on Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction.” The foreign policy establishment, including Nuland, insisted that removing Saddam Hussein and installing a U.S. “ally” would be simple.

The invasion and continuing occupation have resulted in over a million dead Iraqis, many thousands of dead Americans, hundreds of thousands with PTSD, and a bill for American taxpayers of 2 to 6 trillion dollars.

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New U.S. military base in northeast Syria is latest in Biden’s warlike moves

From MintPress News
February 10, 2021
Alan MacLeod
[references linked in original]

Many of Biden’s first moves in the Middle East, including the building of a new base in Syria, suggest his term will be more of the same rather than a break with the old. 

The U.S.-government funded outlet Voice of America has confirmed rumors that a new military base is being built in northeastern Syria. A convoy of 40 troop carriers and other vehicles arrived and began setting up shop in the city of Hasakah near the Turkish and Iraqi borders over the weekend. “The U.S. flag is now raised over a building,” said journalist Jindar Berekat, a native of the city, “it is not clear how many American soldiers will be stationed at this location, but their armored military vehicles are here and it looks like they are still constructing parts of it.”

“Many here believe that the building of a U.S. base inside Hasakah could be a response to the growing Russian presence in the city,” a local reporter told Voice of America, “this new center [is being built] with the aim of observing Russian forces in Hasakah.” Russian military units have been present in Syria since 2015, intervening on behalf of the government of Bashar al-Assad.

The two foreign superpowers have come close to armed confrontation in Syria many times, including in 2017, when President Trump ordered the bombing of a Russian airbase near the Lebanese border. Already, the American presence has prevented the Russian military from carrying out patrols in northeastern Syria.

While the United States has presented its role in Syria as a counter terrorism operation, Assad’s government has accused it of plundering its resources, “condemn[ing] in the strongest terms the agreement signed between al-Qasd militia (SDF) and an American oil company to steal Syria’s oil under the sponsorship and support of the American administration.” Around 500 American troops have been guarding the country’s oilfields for months, and last summer, Senator Lindsay Graham confirmed that the U.S. had indeed signed a deal with the SDF to “modernize” the country’s oil industry. Damascus considers the agreement “null and void.”

The new base at Hasakah is the latest in a string of actions that suggest the United States wishes to bolster or expand its presence in the war-torn country. Last month, American forces reinforced another base along the M4 highway, which runs from the city of Aleppo through the north of the country and towards the Iraqi border in the east. At the same time, its ally Israel was conducting a series of major airstrikes across the east of the country, reportedly targeting Iranian or pro-Iranian forces.

Increasing hostilities against Iran appears to be a chief concern of the U.S. in the Middle East. 12 months ago, the government announced the construction of three further military bases along the Iran-Iraq border. This was despite a recent unanimous vote (with some abstentions) in the Iraqi parliament demanding the United States military leave the country. This was followed by huge demonstrations in Baghdad demanding the withdrawal of U.S. troops Some estimates put the number of those attending as high as 2.5 million people. President Biden has also ruled out lifting deadly sanctions on the country until it complies with the 2015 nuclear deal — an agreement that the U.S. left unilaterally.

The Biden administration has distanced itself from Trump somewhat on the question of Yemen. The new president received a great deal of praise for his announcement that he was suspending military support to Saudi Arabia. However, as Yemen-born academic Shireen Al-Adeimi noted, he included a number of qualifiers to his statement, including that the U.S. would only stop supporting “offensive operations” and block “relevant” arms sales. “We are going to continue to help Saudi Arabia defend its sovereignty and its territorial integrity and its people,” Biden said in a speech at the State Department. Almost immediately, the State Department began condemning Yemen’s Houthi rebels for supposedly attacking civilian targets inside Saudi Arabia.

Perhaps the Saudis’ defense of their own territory will start to look like Israel’s self-defense against Lebanon and Palestine. On Israel, Biden has countersigned Donald Trump’s decision to move the American embassy to Jerusalem, effectively endorsing the Israeli occupation of Palestine’s largest city. Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, reports suggest he might go back on the decision to remove U.S. troops from the country.

With the arrival of every new president, hope springs eternal that they will conduct a less aggressive strategy in the Middle East. However, many of Biden’s first moves, including the building of a new base in Syria, suggest his term will be more of the same rather than a break with the old.

Alan MacLeod is Senior Staff Writer for MintPress News. After completing his PhD in 2017 he published two books: Bad News From Venezuela: Twenty Years of Fake News and Misreporting and Propaganda in the Information Age: Still Manufacturing Consent, as well as a number of academic articles. He has also contributed to FAIR.orgThe GuardianSalonThe GrayzoneJacobin Magazine, and Common Dreams.

https://www.mintpressnews.com/new-us-military-base-northeast-syria-latest-biden-warlike-moves/275260/