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Speaking to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall Schriver on Tuesday revealed that the Pentagon expects the cost of the Afghan War in 2018 to come to $45 billion.

Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall Schriver and Deputy Secretary of Defense John Sullivan

This obviously is subject to change, in the face of more probable escalations. The cost includes $13 billion in direct cost for US troops already committed, $5 billion to prop up Afghanistan’s own struggling military, and other funding for logistics, aid projects, and other assorted expenses.

That’s a lot of money to throw at the war in its 16th year, and there is a lot of questioning of the merits among senators of both parties, concerned that yet another doubling down on a war long since lost may not be the most prudent of courses.

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‘Israel was given VIP treatment while Trump pounded Syria with overpriced missiles, according to Israel’s intelligence minister.

Yisrael Katz, Israel’s intelligence minister and a member of the Cabinet’s defense forum, said in a Friday interview that US defense officials “updated Israel in real time” about the strike, according to the Jewish Telegraph Agency.

Israel was a vocal proponent for military action in response to the alleged gas attack in Idlib province on Tuesday.’

Read more: Pentagon Gave Israel Front Row Seats to US Missile Strikes in Syria

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The Western media refutes their  own lies.

Not only do they confirm that the Pentagon has been training the terrorists in the use of chemical weapons, they also acknowledge the existence of a not so secret “US-backed plan to launch a chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad’s regime” 

London’s Daily Mail in a 2013 article confirmed the existence of an Anglo-American project endorsed by the White House (with the assistance of Qatar) to wage a chemical weapons attack on Syria and place the blame on Bashar Al Assad.

(Update; April 8, 2017) Trump’s decision to strike a Syrian airbase in retaliation for Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons against his own people confirms that the “False Flag” Chemical Weapons attack scenario first formulated under Obama is still “on the table”.  Our analysis (including a large body of Global Research investigative reports) confirms unequivocally that Trump is lying, the Western media is lying and most of America’s allies are also lying.

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‘The Pentagon had the opportunity to save $125 billion by streamlining its bureaucracy, but instead chose to bury the study in order to avoid losing funding from Congress, a Washington Post report reveals.

A Defense Department study from January 2015 showed the Pentagon exactly how to save $125 billion in bureaucratic waste. Instead of following through on the “clear path,” the Pentagon decided to bury the report so as to not risk Congress cutting its budget, according to a report from the Washington Post on Monday.’

Read more: $125billion down the drain: Pentagon learns how to save billions, decides against it – report

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‘The US military will have to come up with another $500 million to finish development on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Pentagon planners have been told. Despite promises, the fifth-generation jet built by Lockheed Martin is not yet combat-ready.

With a projected lifetime cost of $1.5 trillion, the F-35 is the most expensive weapons program in US history, and has been dubbed “the plane that ate the Pentagon.” Earlier this year, the Defense Department announced it would try to shave $4 billion off the program’s final price through a variety of cost-cutting measures.’

Read more: Never enough: $500million more needed for F-35, Pentagon told

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The Pentagon gave a controversial UK PR firm over half a billion dollars to run a top secret propaganda program in Iraq, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism can reveal.

Bell Pottinger’s output included short TV segments made in the style of Arabic news networks and fake insurgent videos which could be used to track the people who watched them, according to a former employee.

The agency’s staff worked alongside high-ranking U.S. military officers in their Baghdad Camp Victory headquarters as the insurgency raged outside.’

Read more: Pentagon Paid for Fake ‘Al Qaeda’ Videos

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War Industry Muster discusses one U.S. military contract from the past week and briefly talks about its implications regarding U.S. foreign policy, government spending priorities, and overall militarism. This week, we provide an overview of the Pentagon’s relationship with U.S. academia. We name the major U.S. universities that cooperate with the Pentagon, and we briefly explain how each institution aids and abets the U.S. war industry.
Christian Sorensen is a military analyst. He focuses on war profiteering, and is based out of the Boston area. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran.

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Your tax dollars at work:

| 28 March 2016 | Syrian militias armed by different parts of the U.S. war machine have begun to fight each other on the plains between the besieged city of Aleppo and the Turkish border, highlighting how little control U.S. intelligence officers and military planners have over the groups they have financed and trained in the bitter five-year-old [US-engineered] civil war. The fighting has intensified over the last two months, as CIA-armed units and Pentagon-armed ones have repeatedly shot at each other while maneuvering through contested territory on the northern outskirts of Aleppo, U.S. officials and rebel leaders have confirmed. In mid-February, a CIA-armed militia called Fursan al Haq, or Knights of Righteousness, was run out of the town of Marea, about 20 miles north of Aleppo, by Pentagon-backed Syrian Democratic Forces moving in from Kurdish-controlled areas to the east.

In Syria, Militias Armed by the Pentagon Fight Those Armed by the CIA

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‘The Reuters report put this colossal dereliction simply: “A law in effect since 1992 requires annual audits of all federal agencies—and the Pentagon alone has never complied.”

All $585 billion and more, e.g., for the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, of your money—not just unaudited, but, in the sober judgement of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) of the Congress, this vast military budget is year after year UNAUDITABLE. That means that the Congressional auditors cannot obtain the basic accounting data to do their job on your behalf.

Auditing the Department of Defense receives left/right support, from Senator Bernie Sanders (Dem. VT) to Senator Ted Cruz (Rep. TX).’

Read more: Uncontrollable—Pentagon and Corporate Contractors ‘Too Big to Audit’

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Rodney Martin, a former US congressional staffer wrote:Russia has been the major player in combating ISIL and has successfully unmasked ISIL as a Western element in Syria and throughout the Middle East.

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced on Tuesday that the Pentagon was planning to increase the military budget to combat the Daesh terrorist group in 2017. Because we are accelerating the campaign, the Department of Defense is backing that up and we need to back it up in our budget with a total of $7.5 billion in 2017, fifty percent more than in 2016.

http://www.economyforums.com/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=318

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Pentagon wants $582bn in 2017 budget, quadrupling of spending in Europe

| 02 Feb 2016 | President Obama will request $582.7 billion in funding for the Pentagon as part of the fiscal year 2017 budget, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said. It will be partly used to keep a competitive edge over Russia and China, and to quadruple spending in Europe. Carter said part of the $582.7 billion will include $71.4 for research and development funding, adding that much of the money will focus on maintaining an edge over the competition…The Pentagon’s spending in Europe will increase from $789 million to $3.4 billion, to reassure allies fund corpora-terrorists and deter so-called Russian aggression.

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Pentagon spent $150 million on privately-owned villas for employees in Afghanistan |

03 Dec 2015 | The Pentagon is under fire again for excessive spending in Afghanistan. Following reports of the $43 million gas station, a government watchdog says nearly $150 million was spent on villas, meals, and security guards for a “handful” of employees. On Thursday, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) released a letter to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter in which SIGAR chief John F. Sopko asked for more information about $150 million that was authorized by the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO), a small division of the defense department charged with stabilizing the economies of Iraq and Afghanistan…The letter also calls on the Pentagon to disclose more information on who had stayed at the luxury villas and who approved the expenditures.

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‘Congress is asking the Pentagon’s watchdog for another probe into how the military racked up 5,000 charges at casinos and strip clubs totaling more than $1 million over the course of a year – and whether the government footed the tab.

In a memo released on Monday, the Pentagon inspector general said the Senate Armed Services Committee has requested an additional probe into the department’s excessive spending.

“Our objective is to determine whether (Defense Department) cardholders who used government travel cards at casinos and adult entertainment establishments for personal use sought or received reimbursement for the charges,” the memo said, according to Reuters.’

Read more: Congress demands probe into Pentagon’s $1 million strip club and casino bill

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For days now, the Pentagon has propagandized congress as the vote on the Iran deal comes up.  Who runs the Pentagon?  I think we are finding out now.  This reminds me when Col. Jim Hanke and I were talking about retired general Jerry Boykin.  Hanke had always liked Boykin, they spent years working together, until Boykin “found religion.”  This is what the Pentagon, or as it is being called more and more today, “The Pentagram” is filled with, bible toting nutcases either preaching or “dealing it” to young boys.

We aren’t saying Boykin is a pedophile though those around him certainly are.  We are saying that those who knew him for years and hear him lie with every breath now, are ashamed.

Let’s look at what drove a good man, and he was certainly that, to levels of insanity once unimagined.

MORE HERE: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/09/11/american-evil-pentagram-propaganda-treason-machine-hits-again/

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