Despite a bipartisan federal law prohibiting financial contracts with the Russian government-owned arms giant Rosoboronexport, the Obama administration announced that it would be purchasing another $680 million worth of military helicopters from the state company for the Afghan regime of Hamid Karzai. The contract comes after the Pentagon already spent $411 million with the supplier since May of 2011, bringing the estimated amount of U.S. taxpayer funds funneled to the state-owned behemoth to about $1 billion in recent years.
The latest deal, however, drew furious outrage from across the political spectrum.
WikiLeaks released 1.7 million new U.S. diplomatic cables from during the Henry Kissinger era this week, but the mainstream media has focused upon a long-public quote by the former U.S. Secretary of State as evidence of the revelatory nature of the once-secret cables. Specifically, the media glommed onto the following Kissinger quote: “The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer.” But The New American's William F. Jasper reported this exact same quote from another source back on November 8, 2010.
Speaking at an event held at the Brookings Institution’s Falk Auditorium in Washington, D.C., on March 26, Gen. John Allen, the former commander of international forces in Afghanistan, said that the United States would retain a troop presence in Afghanistan sufficiently large to support Afghan forces after the withdrawal of international combat troops at the end of 2014.
Mikhail Prokorov, the Russian billionaire playboy and owner of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets, is being celebrated in the U.S. media as an entrepreneur, but the most telling evidence indicates that he is one of the most important agents in the "charm offensive" of the Kremlin's ongoing convergence strategy.
America's involvement in covert warfare in Syria is becoming more apparent as the Associated Press, among other mainstream media, has begun reporting about U.S. training and arming of Syrian rebel fighters other than the leading Free Syrian Army rebel group. The AP notes that the CIA has been helping to facilitate the distribution of weapons to Syrian rebels for over a year.
The Defense Department is seeking a $150-million upgrade to the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, making it clear to the prisoners — that they are there to stay.
Glenn Greenwald, the scourge of progressives and neocons alike, has nailed George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum on his explanations of the motivations behind the 2003-2011 war in Iraq.
In a statement posted on the State Department website on March 15, Secretary of State John Kerry expressed U.S. support for the UN Arms Trade Treaty.
“The United States is steadfast in its commitment to achieve a strong and effective Arms Trade Treaty that helps address the adverse effects of the international arms trade on global peace and stability,” read the statement.
The U.K.'s Guardian reports that before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, both the CIA and the U.K.'s intelligence service were informed by sources coming from Iraq's head of intelligence that Iraq had no active weapons of mass destruction.
Despite his failure to publish the rules he follows in executing the drone war, President Obama wants to draft guidelines for other nations to follow in the use of drones.