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grahamhgreen's Journal
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December 26, 2015

Does anyone actually believe we're in the Middle East to fight ISIL? Another Christmas of War. Ugh.

Sorry, It's depressing how many trillions of dollars we've been conned into wasting in the pursuit of GWB's War on Terra.

December 24, 2015

Syria: Did you know? 1 billion barrels of oil (or more) recently discovered in Golan Heights.

Economist: http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21677597-geologists-israel-think-they-have-found-oilin-very-tricky-territory-black-gold

A RIG carrying out exploratory drilling is hardly a rare sight in the Middle East; but this is no ordinary place. Israeli flags fly on it, though no other country in the world recognises Israel’s sovereignty over the area. A few miles to the east, jihadist rebel groups are fighting a bloody war. And few people ever expected that significant amounts of oil might lie there at all, under a dormant volcanic field. Welcome to the Golan Heights.

Israeli and American oilmen believe they have discovered a bonanza in this most inconvenient of sites. After three test-drillings, Yuval Bartov, the chief geologist of Genie Oil & Gas, a subsidiary of American-based Genie Energy, says his company thinks it has found an oil reservoir “with the potential of billions of barrels”.


"A big oil deposit has been found in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, with enough reserves to last Israel for decades, according to the country's media.

The Israeli presence in the Golan Heights is in dispute. The region is internationally recognized Syrian territory that has been occupied by Israel since the 1967 Six-Day War between Israel and several Arab states. UN Resolution 242 (1967) demands the withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from the territories occupied in the conflict. Israel disagrees with the wording of the resolution, saying the territories are disputable."

Edit: Added Economist link
December 6, 2015

"The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do

is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

- Goring, super-Nazi

Can't be repeated enough.

December 5, 2015

Bomb Science 101

November 24, 2015

And the brainiacs told us this Syria thing wouldn't escalate. ROFL. Worse, they

continue to push their failed policies, strategies, and candidates.

Have they no humanity at all?

We are staring into the abyss of WWIII, and we started it with the invasion of Iraq over oil.

November 9, 2015

Can I just say that the endless war in the Middle East is destroying our country? Much like

the Afghan war bankrupted the Soviet Union, these current wars of ours are bankrupting us.

Worse, it's being done on the backs of students, the elderly, our children and the poor.

Worse still, it is killing innocents in the middle east; and every escalation we take elevates our enemies stature and strength.

15 years we've been at this and the situation worsens daily.

Our latest escapade - 50 boots on the ground in Syria - comes with a 30 billion dollar price tag - half the cost of free higher education for all. There is no discussion of taxing the wealthiest to help pay for the war. No discussion at all of deficit spending when it's done for war. No discussion of the morality of continuing a war that was started by lies.

In my view, our military isn't destroying our enemies, it's destroying us.


War Costs to Date

Total War Funding: $1.64 trillion has been allocated through the Overseas Contingency Operations (war) fund, including $73.3 billion in fiscal year 2015.

Iraq: $817.8 billion has been allocated for the war in Iraq since 2003, including an estimated $1.0 billion in fiscal year 2015.

Afghanistan: $714.8 billion has been allocated for the war in Afghanistan since 2001, including $35.1 billion in fiscal year 2015.

ISIS: $6.2 billion has been allocated to fight the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL), including $5.4 billion in fiscal year 2015.

Pentagon Slush Fund: Overseas Contingency Operations has been used to funnel a conservatively estimated $100.9 billion in non-war spending to the Pentagon to avoid legislated budget caps, including an estimated $30 billion in fiscal year 2015.

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