The Pentagon has been running a series of exercises throughout the summer based on a hypothetical ground war with Russia which reveal that the U.S. would struggle to defeat Moscow.
Two defense officials who refused to be named told the Daily Beast that Washington is not ready for a sustained conflict.
“Could we probably beat the Russians today [in a sustained battle]? Sure, but it would take everything we had,” one defense official said. “What we are saying is that we are not as ready as we want to be.”
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have depleted the U.S. Army’s ability to maintain a significant troop presence, the exercises revealed. There would also be little time to sufficiently train airmen for the conflict. …
Has it not yet occurred to the pentagon that the transnational bankers have us where they want us? We are to be led into a war with russia and china for no conceivable national security purpose, with both hands tied behind our back. You can’t be a first world power without a first world industrial base. We are to be devastated so the vulture capitalists who control the fed can pick us clean. It’s just business.
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush told an audience in Iowa that he would not rule out resuming the use of torture by the US government under some circumstances. He said he believed it was effective in producing critical intelligence.
Bush was speaking before an audience of 250 Republican supporters at St. Ambrose University when asked if he would keep in place or repeal President Barack Obama’s executive order banning torture.
“I don’t want to make a definitive, blanket kind of statement,” Bush told the audience, according to the Associated Press. “When you are president your words matter.”
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Bush said he believed torture is inappropriate and that he was glad his brother, former President George W. Bush, largely ended the CIA’s use of torture before leaving office. He did not address the fact that the use of torture also began under George W. Bush’s presidency.
Bush added that he believed the techniques were effective in producing intelligence, but that “now we’re in a different environment.” ….
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Seriously, who are the real terrorists?