On the Sunday news shows between 9/7 - 9/21/2014, of the 205 guest discussing military options in Syria and Iraq, just six of these (3%) voiced opposition to US involvment, while 125 (61 %) spoke in favor of war. (36% no opinion).
“At no time did the CIA’s coercive interrogation techniques lead to the collection of imminent threat intelligence...", conclusion of the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating the CIA’s use of torture in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Number of Americans who died in all American wars: American Revolution through Iraq/Afghanistan Wars- 1.2 million. Number of Americans who died from gun-fire related deaths, (homicides, suicides, accidental), 1968 through 2011 - 1.4 million.
Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has been stripped of legal immunity for acts of torture against US citizens authorized while he was in office. The 7th Circuit made the ruling in the case of two American contractors who were tortured by the US military in Iraq.
The U.S. Department of Defense is the largest polluter in the world, producing more hazardous waste than the five largest U.S. chemical companies combined. The Pentagon has a blanket exemption in all international climate agreements.
The United States has spent more than $7.6 trillion on defense and homeland security since the attacks of September 11, 2001. Total homeland security spending since September 11, 2001 is $635.9 billion.
The U.S. Constitution: Article 1, Section 8 clearly states that only Congress has the power to declare war. This power is not shared with anyone, including the President. No formal declaration of war voted by Congress has occurred since WWII.