This past Monday saw the deadliest “intentional” attack on Afghan civilians by the US since the start of the ten year long war in Afghanistan. An unnamed US Army staff sergeant walked a mile in the middle of the night to two different villages near his base in southern Afghanistan and murdered 16 civilians, including 9 children and 3 women.
Derrick Crowe, Political Director of Brave New Foundation, discusses how the strains of a ten year war has effected U.S. troops. Crowe also talks about how public opinion of the war has changed in the wake of the Great Recession.
Robert Greenwald, Brave New Films & Eli Clifton, Think Progress.org join Thom Hartmann on The Big Picture. An American soldier kills 16 unarmed Afghan civilians. How will this rampage affect US-Afghan relations – and is it time we withdraw from the country altogether? Plus – a twist to this story that should leave us all concerned about the mental health of our soldiers
Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan are not the only places the US has left a mess. Around the globe, where America has waged wars and set up military bases. Even on US soil the actions of the military have left a dirty and even toxic mess for local communities. As it turns out the United States Department of Defense is the biggest polluter on the planet. Though the mess may just be too expensive for the Pentagon to clean up, Derrick Crowe of the Brave New Foundation brings his take on the problem.
Robert Greenwald discusses Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s decision to withdrawal combat troops from Afghanistan by 2013. Robert and host Lila Garrett then talk about the possibility of another war, this time with Iran.
Brave New Foundation’s Political Director Derrick Crowe talks to radio show host Randi Rhodes about what Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s decision on Afghanistan really means for America’s future role in the area.
Robert Greenwald and Ed Schultz discuss the recent decision by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that combat troops in Afghanistan will come home a year earlier. The two then dive into what the future holds for Afghanistan after combat troops leave and how Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney needs to get educated about the Afghanistan war.
Derrick Crowe, of the non-profit Brave New Foundation, believes years of public pressure on American officials are“starting to break through.”
“Sixty-three percent of Americans oppose the war outright, and 58 of them want troops brought home as soon as possible,” he told RT. “And given the very dim prospects for a military fist strategy, I think that’s absolutely the right thing to do.”
After nearly nine years, 4,500 American dead, 32,000 wounded and more than $800 billion, U.S. officials yesterday formally shut down the war in Iraq — a conflict that U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said was worth the price in blood and money, as it set Iraq on a path to democracy.
Whether it was a success or a failure will be debated for years, if not decades. But one thing’s certain, according to filmmaker and activist Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe, Political Director at Brave New Foundation — the Iraq War was a giant success for war profiteers who made out like bandits while the rest of us were stuck with a multi-trillion dollar bill.
In their excellent article on Huff Post, Greenwald and Crowe call out Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR), a former Haliburton subsidiary, which racked up 22 instances of misconduct, including sexual assault and retaliation and wrongful death.
Despite that dismal record, KBR’s CEO William P. Utt made $9.6 million in salary and other compensation last year, putting him squarely in the richest 0.01 percent of Americans.
Something to consider the next time we debate whether to go to war.