A reminder of the permanent wars: Dozens of U.S. airstrikes in six countries

Deep State America
One explanation why U.S. policies serve no national interests

On September 9th the Washington Post featured a front page article describing how the Defense Department had used warplanes to attack targets and kill suspected militants in six countries over the Labor Day weekend. The article was celebratory, citing Pentagon officials who boasted of the ability to engage “multiple targets” anywhere in the world in what has become a “permanent war.” The article did not mention that the United States is not currently at war with any of the six target countries and made no attempt to make a case that the men and women who were killed actually threatened the U.S. or American citizens.

Lies of the Times
Did the shades-of-gray lady just wake up?
CHRIS LEHMANN September 22, 2016

And where to start with the fucking op-ed columnists? Should every Tom Friedman column run with a pre-emptive correction, saying something like “Since Thomas Friedman has inexplicably taken over the international economic beat, the Times has printed one infantile fable after another about the supposed natural and predestined course of globalized economic development confected out of thin air. The Times regrets these, and the countless other errors to come under Mr. Friedman’s byline”? Or in the case of David Brooks, maybe a more clinically minded disclaimer is in order, such as “David Brooks labors under an advanced delusion, founded on the wholly counter-empirical notion that an American civic renaissance will come about by micromanaging wholly justified civic grievances out of existence. The Times does not advise reading any Brooks column in conjunction with consensual reality.”

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