Category Archives: War

The military expenditure blowout does not serve Australia’s interests

By Joe Montero

The cost of Australia’s new military expenditure is much more than most of us think. Attention is on the AUKUS submarine program. It doesn’t stop here though.

But let’s start with the submarines. We were told that they would cost $368 billion. They didn’t tell us that an extra $122 billion have been committed. This means that the expectation of escalating costs has already been factored in. The estimated real cost is up to $490 billion, and this is only the current estimate. The cost could go higher still. Continue reading The military expenditure blowout does not serve Australia’s interests

NATO steps up its ideological and strategic war

By Jim Hayes

NATO has stepped up its war on China at this week’s meeting in Madrid. There may not be a plan to invade with guns blazing but there has been a definite ideological tilt towards and aggressive posture. There is talk about challenges and threats. Yet no one has been able to show China poses a military threat. This is the face of the new cold war. Continue reading NATO steps up its ideological and strategic war

New York Times documents failure of U.S. in Ukrainemes shifts prowar narrative

According to John V Walsh (La Progressive 20 May22022), until recently a professor of of Physiology and Neuroscience at the University of Massachusetts, The New York Times is the leading propagandist for the United State’s role in the events unfolding in Ukraine. Its sudden shift on this proxy war signals recognition that it is going bad, that it is time to rethink and avoid getting stuck in the quagmire. Meanwhile, the United States military leader is talking to his Russian counterpart. Read on.

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Morrison’s purchase of hypersonic missiles is a crime against Australia and the world

By Joe Montero

Scott Morrison has recklessly committed Australia to having hypersonic missiles. Let’s speak plainly. The issue is too serious for this. It commits Australia to be used to serve as a launching pad for military aggression against other nations. This is an escalation in preparations for war that will kill Australians and many others, should it come. Continue reading Morrison’s purchase of hypersonic missiles is a crime against Australia and the world

Ukraine is showing elements of forgetting the lessons of history

By Joe Montero

Though the 1920’s and 1930’s fascism grew to a scourge in Europe and other places. Its financiers were the super-rich in Europe and the United States. One example was Henry Ford, who is said to have kept a picture of the German Fuhrer on his desk. Adolf Hitler was reputed to have a picture of Henry Ford on his desk. Ford didn’t stop here. He used his newspaper The Independent to spread Nazi views and was active in the American Nazi movement. He wasn’t alone. Continue reading Ukraine is showing elements of forgetting the lessons of history

Roots of Ukrainian crisis must be addressed to find the peace

By Joe Montero

Everyone will agree that the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces is a terrible development. People have already died and more will do so. There will be political and economic damage that will last well past the present conflict. It would have been much better if this hadn’t happened. But the reality is that this is not the way it has gone. Continue reading Roots of Ukrainian crisis must be addressed to find the peace

AUKUS is tied to the economic and political decline of the United States

By Joe Montero

At a time of worsening international tensions, it would make a great deal of sense for Australia to be playing a constructive role towards reducing these tensions. Sadly, with Scott Morrison and his gang in Canberra, Australia has been dragged into moves that do the opposite. Continue reading AUKUS is tied to the economic and political decline of the United States