The United States is incapable of producing any results other than destruction and further fragmentation across large parts of the planet, argues Tom Engelhardt, author of A Nation Unmade by War. Since 1991, the US has been engaged in a misguided and destructive exercise of triumphalism that has cost nearly $6 trillion.
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House Democrats Help GOP Pass Massive Pentagon Budget That Includes Billions for Expanded Nuclear Arsenal
The F-35 Lightning II fighter jet. (Photo: Blake Lewis)
While the world responds with alarm over President Donald Trump's spontaneous decision to cancel diplomatic talks with North Korea scheduled for next month -- which aimed to ease rising nuclear tensions -- 131 Democrats in the US House joined with the overwhelming majority of Republicans to pass a $717 billion Pentagon spending bill that includes massive expansion of the US nuclear arsenal.
A US Air Force MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle carrying a Hellfire missile lands at a secret air base after flying a mission in the Persian Gulf region on January 7, 2016. (Photo: John Moore / Getty Images)
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US Marines fire a non-explosive illumination round using an 81mm mortar to deter enemy activity near Gereshk, Afghanistan, September 23, 2017. (Photo: Sgt. Lucas Hopkins / US Marine Corps)
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Sailors inspect the landing gear of an F/A-18F Super Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Spencer Roberts / US Navy)