Defense Department: The War On Terror Has Cost $250 Million A Day For 16 Years

American taxpayers have spent $1.46 trillion on wars abroad since September 11, 2001.

The Department of Defense periodically releases a “cost of war” report. The newly released version, obtained by the Federation of American Scientists Secrecy News blog, covers the time from the September 11th terrorist attacks through mid-2017.

The Afghanistan War from 2001 to 2014 and Iraq War from 2003 to 2011 account for the bulk of expenses: more than $1.3 trillion. The continuing presence in Afghanistan and aerial anti-ISIS operations in Iraq and Syria since 2014 have cost a combined $120 billion.

International Business Times

The Moron Disrespects the Fallen War Dead

The moron refused to visit a cemetery near Paris to pay respect, along with other world leaders (Merkel, Macron, Trudeau, etc.) to those who died fighting WWI.

The moron couldn’t attend because it was raining!

The moron and his minions said Marine One (the helicopter) couldn’t fly in the rain. Like everything else we hear from the moron, that’s a lie:

Helicopters can fly just fine in the rain, and in conditions way worse than prevailed in Paris on November 10.

He couldn’t drive 50 miles. The cemetery was 50 miles away

On Saturday, the White House scrapped the president’s visit to a ceremony for fallen American soldiers at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial in Belleau, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Paris, saying rainy conditions made it unsafe to fly there via helicopter as planned. (Bloomberg)

and the moron’s minions say it would have been a 2-1/2 hour drive.

This is the guy who condemns football players for kneeling!

Obama was able to fly on Marine One in the rain.
Trump couldn’t.


The U.K. Declares Saving the Environment and Animals is Political

Iceland’s [a U.K. frozen foods store] Christmas advert has been banned from being broadcast on TV due to its overtly political message.

The frozen food supermarket chain re-used a short animated film made by Greenpeace which details the environmental destruction caused by the manufacture of palm oil.

But Clearcast, the advertising watchdog, has said that the ad is in breach of the 2003 communications act, and will not let it air on TV.

Yahoo

The U.K. is largely controlled by conservatives, btw.

The banned advertisement:

About Clearcast, the organization which called the ad “political” (emphasis mine):

Clearcast is a non-governmental organisation which pre-approves most British television advertising. It came into being on 1 January 2008 and took over the responsibilities of the Broadcast Advertising Clearance Centre. Clearcast is now owned by six UK commercial broadcasters: ITV, ITV Breakfast, Channel 4, Channel Five, British Sky Broadcasting and Turner.

Trump: The World’s Record as the Butt of Jokes

Did you hear the one about President Trump? Or, more precisely, did you hear all 3,128 jokes?

A think tank that has studied the content of late-night comedy for the past 26 years said Donald Trump was the butt of more jokes in 2017 than any other public figure has for a single year. By a lot.

He beat the previous record of 1,816, set by Trump as a presidential candidate in 2016, said the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University in a study released Friday. Prior to that, the record was 1,717 by former President Bill Clinton in 1998, the year of Monica Lewinsky.

AP

Matthew Whitaker: A Scam Artist Promoted to Acting Attorney General by the Moron

Trump really knows how to pick ’em, doesn’t he?

The guy was part of a scam to separate chumps from their money.

…the FTC filed a complaint against Miami-based World Patent Marketing, accusing it of misleading investors and falsely promising that it would help them patent and profit from their inventions, according to court filings.

In May of this year, a federal court in Florida ordered the company to pay a settlement of more than $25 million and close up shop, records show. The company did not admit or deny wrongdoing.

Washington Post

34 of the Moron’s Candidates Lost

Scorecard: Trump Declares ‘Great Victory,’ But 34 Of His Candidates Lost

In 2018, he held 44 “Make America Great Again” rallies and tweeted endorsements of 83 candidates. In all, 91 Republican candidates got some kind of nod from Trump.

But Trump’s actual success record fell well short of a “complete victory.” Overall, approximately 55 percent of the candidates he endorsed won so far in Tuesday’s voting.

NPR

EU Responds to 2018 U.S. Election by Calling for Military Buildup

It is ever clearer that the breakdown in trans-Atlantic relations following Donald Trump’s election and his trade war measures against Germany and China was not a coincidence or a passing blip. European ruling circles are widely interpreting Trump’s ability to extend Republican control of the Senate, though he lost control of the House of Representatives to the Democratic Party, as a sign that growing US-European conflicts reflect a deeper crisis than they originally believed. They are calling for their own aggressive military policy in response.

Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung daily wrote, “The 2018 congressional elections had a simple role: to determine whether President Donald Trump would be a temporary aberration in US history, or whether there is a more serious problem. … The answer is before us, and it is unambiguous: Trump cannot be written off as a historical stupidity.” Trump, it added, “has awoken a force that is powerful, antidemocratic, and full of hate. Now it is clear that this force is here to stay.”

World Socialist Web Site

Depression-Era Riots: Will History Repeat?

There’s been some talk on the internet about “civil war” (mostly, it appears emanating from the right).  Then, too, there’s the ever-increasing wage and wealth inequality. Crowd protests and demonstrations seem to be increasing.  Are we destined for a repeat of the 1930s?