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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Glenn Greenwald: Life Beyond Borders

Bombing our own Humvees

Friends,

You have probably seen the headlines this week: Cost of Bombing ISIS Closing in on $1 Billion. And there is no end in sight to either the bombing or the cost.

But stop and think about this particular bombing campaign. We are destroying our own Humvees -- as well as a lot of other valuable U.S. military equipment. I read one estimate that our bombs, which cost tens of thousands of dollars apiece, have destroyed as many as 40 Humvees, some of which cost as much as $250,000.

How is that happening? Well...the immediate reason is that all this valuable and deadly military gear was abandoned by the Iraqi military in the face of attacks by ISIS, and is now in the hands of those murderous thugs -- thugs who now control a large portion of Iraq and Syria.

While that is an expensive and dangerous irony, it is a perfect Exhibit in the case against the kinds of military interventions that have become all-too-frequent under the foreign policies -- Republican and Democrat -- of the past couple of decades.

Despite ample evidence of failure, the loss of far too many American lives, and spending hundreds of billions of dollars we don’t have, our leaders continue to engage in wars in places we don’t understand, supporting and opposing regimes who have no interest in OUR interests, and creating unintended consequences such as the arming of ISIS murderers with state-of-the-art U.S. weapons.

It is madness. But where are the politicians who will say so?

This never-ending war is a perfect example of why your financial support of the Our America Initiative is so important. Credible, thoughtful voices who will challenge policies such as ill-advised military interventions MUST be heard, and Our America is one of those voices.

But without your support, we won’t be heard. Your contribution of $25, $50, $100, $500 or more at Our America makes it possible us to take our common sense, liberty advocacy to the news media, to the Internet, and thus to the millions of Americans who are tired of failed policies -- and ready to act.

I know I can count on your help. For the cost of just one of those Humvees our planes are bombing, Our America can reach millions of Americans who will join us in demanding a stop to foreign interventions that are not making us safer.

Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you.



Gov. Gary Johnson
Honorary Chairman

P.S. Imagine if, in 2016, there are presidential debates that include candidates who WILL challenge the Republicans and Democrats on their failed interventionist policies. That can happen with your help.  Go to Our America's Debate Challenge today and support our fight for fair and inclusive debates.


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