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15 Years After the Iraq Invasion, What Are the Costs?

Stephanie Savell Other Words
We spend $32 million per hour on wars started during the Bush administration. The economic costs of the war on terror has cost Americans a staggering $5.6 trillion since 2001, when the U.S. invaded Afghanistan.

The 95% Doctrine - Climate Change as a Weapon of Mass Destruction

Tom Engelhardt TomDispatch
When we speak of WMD, we usually think of weapons -- nuclear, biological, or chemical -- that are delivered in a measurable moment in time. Consider climate change, then, a WMD on a particularly long fuse, already lit and there for any of us to see. From oil wells to fracking structures, deep sea drilling rigs to platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, the machinery that produces this kind of WMD and ensures that it is continuously delivered is in plain sight.

Did Israel Steal Bomb-grade Uranium from the United States?

Victor Gilinsky and Roger J. Mattson Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Last month newly released U.S. government documents shed additional light on the so-called NUMEC affair - the story that won't go away - the possibility that in the 1960s, Israel stole bomb-grade uranium from a US nuclear fuel-processing plant. Nearly 50 years have passed since the events in question. It is time to level with the public.

Susan Rice at the UN - Déjà Vu All Over Again?

Carl Bloice black Commentator
The timing of Rice’s announcement is eerily reminiscent of what occurred a decade ago when Powell was at the Bush Administration’s foreign policy helm. Then, as now, the decision to escalate the conflict came amid feverish international effort to prevent war
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