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So Much for the Anti-War President

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised to put some reasonable limitations on how the United States conducted its post-9/11 wars across the Middle East. “The legacy of the Obama-Clinton interventions will be weakness, confusion and disarray, a mess,” he said in April 2016, during his first major speech about foreign policy. “We’ve made the Middle East more unstable and chaotic than ever before.” Since taking office, Trump’s track record has been decidedly mixed. He launched missiles into Syria. He ordered American troops home from Syria. He then reversed himself and sorta-kinda agreed to keep them there for a while longer.…

China Has Not Wasted a Single Penny on War…

Former President Jimmy Carter told a church congregation this weekend that he had spoken with President Donald Trump about China on Saturday, and said the commander in chief was worried that Beijing had outpaced its global rivals. According to Emma Hurt, a reporter for NPR affiliate WABE, Carter spoke of the call during his regular Sunday School lesson at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains, Georgia. Carter, 94, said Trump was worried that “China is getting ahead of us,” and suggested the president was right to be concerned. He told the congregation that Trump feared China’s growing economic…

Fact: US has been at war throughout most of its history

The United States has been perpetually at conflict with other nations throughout most of its history, following the expansionist tradition of past empires, says an American political analyst in Virginia. “We had the War of 1812, the Mexican war, the Civil War, the wars with various Native American nations (tribes), the Spanish–American War, the two world wars, the wars in Korea and Vietnam, Iraq twice, Afghanistan, just to name some of the major ones,” said Keith Preston, chief editor of AttacktheSystem.com. “We also have to consider all of the different wars that the United States has played an indirect role in…

Airstrikes, Tanks Heading To The Border And Planes Shot Down – India And Pakistan Are In A State Of War

War has erupted in Asia.  India is the second largest country in the world by population, and Pakistan is the fifth largest, and they both possess large nuclear arsenals.  If this conflict continues to escalate, things could get really, really bad very quickly.  On Wednesday, military aircraft were shot down by both sides, there was shelling across the border by both armies, and in recent hours videos have been posted of Pakistani tanks and Indian tanks both heading to the border.  Once one army crosses the “Line of Control”, it is going to be very difficult to get the two…

Shocking Intel: It Is Being Alleged That Weapons And Ammunition Are Being Moved Into Position For The Coming War In Venezuela

It looks like the war in Venezuela could begin as soon as next month, and it doesn’t appear that there will initially be much opposition to the conflict in the United States.  There is widespread bipartisan support for “regime change” in Venezuela among both Democrats and Republicans, and the mainstream media is clearly willing to go along for the ride.  Donald Trump is now surrounded by extremely hawkish advisers that are very eager to do something about Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and if Trump decides to pull the trigger it is likely that the vast majority of his supporters will…

Microsoft Workers Say the Company Is War Profiteering, and They’ve Timed Their Protest to Hurt

Tech CEOs have plenty of reasons to worry about public attention these days, but usually not during their big product events. Tim Cook tends to be giddy when he opens the Apple Event each September. Facebook still makes a big deal about F8, where Mark Zuckerberg once gave everyone in the audience an Oculus VR headset to wear as he walked past them unseen. These events are moments for celebration, not hyperscrutiny: Tech writers who focus on gear scramble to keep up with all the exciting new announcements that gadget-buyers want to get the scoop on. But when Microsoft CEO…

Yemen’s Loss Of Antiquities Is ‘Robbing Them Of Their Future’

In Yemen, tens of thousands of children have starved to death in a war led by Saudi Arabia that will soon enter its fourth year. Another 14 million — half the country’s population — are at risk of starvation. A November 2018 report from Save the Children estimates that 85,000 children under the age of five “have died from extreme hunger or disease since the war in Yemen escalated.” The United Nations, meanwhile, has said the war in Yemen is the largest and worst humanitarian crisis in the world today. Thousands of civilians have been killed, and in the backdrop…

Notorious CIA-Backed Units Will Remain in Afghanistan

Politicians and pundits alike have roundly criticized Donald Trump for stating he will pull our troops out of Syria and cut US forces in Afghanistan by half. James Mattis immediately resigned as secretary of defense, writing in a letter to Trump, “you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours.” As the US military kills civilians in Syria and CIA-led Afghan forces continue to commit war crimes, it appears Trump is doing the right thing in pulling out military troops. But the CIA will remain and grow stronger after the US troops…

President Xi Orders Chinese Army To “Prepare For War”

In just a few short days, China has proved that investors who have been underestimating the geopolitical risks stemming from the simmering tensions between the US and China over the latter’s territorial claims in the South China Sea and paranoia over the fate of Taiwan – a de facto independent state that President Xi Jinping is aggressively seeking to bring under the heel of Beijing – have done so at their own peril. Earlier this week Xi Jinping, the Chinese emperor for life president provoked an angry rebuke from Taiwan’s pro-independence president when he demanded during a landmark speech earlier…

34 Reasons Why War with Russia Is Inevitable

I frequently hear the following: Russia is a Christian nation. Putin is good Christian man. Russia only wants to defend its borders. Putin  is the only obstacle between the New World Order and the people of the world. Perhaps this is true, but Putin is indeed preparing to start World War III and he has been for the past four years. This could be a war that will kill billions, destroy nations and threaten all of humanity. Putin’s Dual Path of Diplomacy First, Putin would very much like to pursue a partnership with the United State and China to stop…

Trump comes clean… from world’s policeman to thug running a global protection racket

President Trump’s big announcement to pull US troops out of Syria and Afghanistan is now emerging less as a peace move, and more a rationalization of American military power in the Middle East. In a surprise visit to US forces in Iraq this week, Trump said he had no intention of withdrawing the troops in that country, who have been there for nearly 15 years since GW Bush invaded back in 2003. Hinting at private discussions with commanders in Iraq, Trump boasted that US forces would in the future launch attacks from there into Syria if and when needed. Presumably…

Report: Israel preparing for comprehensive war in Syria

Russia’s Nezavisimaya Gazeta said that Israel is preparing for a comprehensive war on Syria following the US’ withdrawal from the country. The newspaper said that the decision of US President Donald Trump to withdraw American troops from Syria has left Israel forced to face the Iranian presence in Syria with its troops alone. The newspaper quoted Israel’s former defence minister Avigdor Lieberman as saying that “the United States’ withdrawal from Syria greatly increases the likelihood of a large-scale conflict in the north, whether in Lebanon or Syria”. Lieberman added that “the Americans’ departure will raise the morale of Syrian President…

US might continue Afghan war for centuries

An American political commentator and journalist has warned that the United States has no plans to end the war in Afghanistan and might continue it for centuries. Stephen Lendman, a Chicago-based author and radio host, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV while commenting on the Taliban’s warning to the United States. The militant group on Thursday warned the United States it would face the same fate as the Soviet Union in the 1980s if it did not leave Afghanistan. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement that US forces face “humiliation” and could “learn a great…

Iraqi Lawmakers Demand U.S. Withdrawal After Trump Visit

Iraqi lawmakers Thursday demanded U.S. forces leave the country following a surprise visit by President Donald Trump that politicians denounced as arrogant and a violation of national sovereignty. Trump’s trip to U.S. servicemen and women at al-Asad Airbase in western Iraq on Wednesday was unannounced and the subject of extreme security, which is routine for presidential visits to conflict regions. But it came at a time when containing foreign influence has become a hot-button issue in Iraqi politics, and it provoked vociferous backlash. Iraqi lawmakers were smarting after the U.S. president left three hours after he arrived without meeting any…

Trump declares end to US ‘policeman’ role in surprise Iraq visit

Al-Asad Air Base (Iraq) (AFP) – President Donald Trump used a lightning visit to Iraq — his first with US troops in a conflict zone since being elected — to defend withdrawal from Syria and to declare an end to America’s role as the global “policeman.” Trump landed at 7:16 pm local time at Al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq, accompanied by his wife Melania, following what he described as a stressful, secrecy shrouded flight on a “pitch black” Air Force One. The president spoke to a group of about 100 mostly special forces personnel and separately with military leaders…

‘People of Yemen so desperately poor they kill themselves before hunger does’

As peace talks to end war in Yemen continue, three local aid workers from the Norwegian Refugee Council describe its devastating impact. More than 10,000 people in Yemen have been killed and 3 million forced to flee their homes as a result of almost four years of fighting. An estimated 22 million people are now in need of aid and up to 14 million face starvation. As talks to end the conflict continue in Sweden, three Yemeni aid workers from the Norwegian Refugee Council talk of the physical and emotional destruction the fighting has brought to their country. Marwan Al-Sabri,…

Rand Paul: Now they are mad because he is STOPPING two wars. How about you just admit you hate the President, love war and have been wrong for the last 20 years on every part of foreign policy? Consider that my Christmas present. You don’t have to get me anything else.

  Now they are mad because he is STOPPING two wars. How about you just admit you hate the President, love war and have been wrong for the last 20 years on every part of foreign policy? Consider that my Christmas present. You don’t have to get me anything else. — Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 23, 2018

The US is at war with Iraq, Libya, Syria, Iran, Russia, All to protect the Petrodollar

The US dollar currently makes up 2/3rds of the worlds global reserve currency. This is because nearly every oil-exporting country in the world exclusively sells their oil in US dollars (the Petrodollar), so nations are forced to hoard large amounts of US dollars, allowing the US to print it almost to infinity without hyper-inflating their currency. The US government has been doing everything it can to protect their petrodollar status around the globe. How did this all come about? The Saudi Connection In 1974, OPEC nations halted the sale of oil to the United States due to its support for Israel in the…

Endless War Has Been Normalized and Everyone Is Crazy

Since I last wrote about the bipartisan shrieking, hysterical reaction to Trump’s planned military withdrawal from Syria the other day, it hasn’t gotten better, it’s gotten worse. I’m having a hard time even picking out individual bits of the collective freakout from the political/media class to point at, because doing so would diminish the frenetic white noise of the paranoid, conspiratorial, fearmongering establishment reaction to the possibility of a few thousands troops being pulled back from a territory they were illegally occupying. Endless war and military expansionism has become so normalized in establishment thought that even a slight scale-down is treated as something…

Pentagram claims up to 7,000 troops leaving Afghanistan

The Pentagon is developing plans to withdraw up to half of the 14,000 American troops serving in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said Thursday, marking a sharp change in the Trump administration’s policy aimed at forcing the Taliban to the peace table after more than 17 years of war. One official said the troops could be out by summer, but no final decision has been made. President Donald Trump has long pushed to pull troops out of Afghanistan, considering the war a lost cause. But earlier this year, he was persuaded by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and others military leaders to keep…

In Drastic Reversal, Trump Orders Full Withdrawal From Syria After “Victory Over ISIS”

update 2: A troop withdrawal appears already underway after a Pentagon official said it would happen “quickly”. White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders has issued a formal statement on troop withdrawal from Syria: “We have started returning United States troops home as we transition to the next phase of this campaign.” Moments after President Trump confirmed reports of US pullout via Twitter saying “We have defeated ISIS in Syria,” Pentagon officials said the president “ordered full US troop withdrawal from Syria,” and that this will be “rapid” — apparently already beginning, per a Reuters breaking report: “All U.S. State Department personnel are being evacuated from Syria within 24…

Yemeni mothers forced to choose which child starves, says aid group

Mothers are being forced to leave their children to starve as they face a “catastrophic” shortage of food in war-torn Yemen, a humanitarian group said on Thursday, reports Reuters. As the warring parties pledged a ceasefire over a key entry port for supplies, Action Against Hunger said many civilians were struggling to survive in a conflict often described as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. “We are very much aware that the situation right now is catastrophic,” Valentina Ferrante, the group’s country director for Yemen, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. If a family does not have the necessary economic resources to…

War Preparations? The US Air Force conducted a large drill to simulate an invasion of foreign territory in Nevada over the weekend

The US Air Force conducted a large drill to simulate an invasion of foreign territory in Nevada over the weekend. A slew of cargo-carrying C-17 and C-130 aircraft were detected flying in a “conga line” for an exercise called Joint Forcible Entry 18, which took place in the southwest region of the US, The Drive reports. The point of the drill is to rehearse an operation in which air and ground forces cross into foreign territory en masse and set up shop against an armed, world-class adversary. Conga line of 18 USAF Hercs over Texas… 😎 pic.twitter.com/GGL5DOZ594 — CivMilAir ✈ (@CivMilAir) December 9, 2018 ​Aircraft trackers like CivMilAir provided some snapshots…

Pentagon Claims Accounting Error In Yemen War…

President Donald Trump, who repeatedly complains that the United States is paying too much for the defense of its allies, has praised Saudi Arabia for ostensibly taking on Iran in the Yemen war. It turns out, however, that U.S. taxpayers have been footing the bill for a major part of the Saudi-led campaign, possibly to the tune of tens of millions of dollars. The revelation—detailed in a Defense Department letter obtained by The Atlantic—is likely to raise further ire among senators who have grown ever-more critical of Saudi conduct in the war, which has resulted in a growing number of…

Top US general admits war in Afghanistan is at stalemate, still no plans to reinforce NATO troops

The US troops won’t leave Kabul and will train Afghan forces fighting a stalemate against the Taliban, a top US general, Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, has said. However, he stopped short of pledging more US troops. McKenzie, who is set to become the next head of US Central Command, was grilled by lawmakers of the Senate Armed Service Committee on Tuesday, when he was forced to admit that there is no feasible deadline for the US troops to end the 17-year campaign. “I do know that today it would be very difficult for (the Afghan security forces) to survive…

The US breaks record for how many bombs it’s dropped on Afghanistan in 2018

The United States dropped more bombs and other munitions in Afghanistan during the first ten months of 2018 than in any other full year since documentation began, new Air Force data shows. Between the start of the year and the end of October, U.S. forces released 5,982 munitions in Afghanistan, said the latest monthly report by U.S. Air Forces Central Command. Coalition aircraft flew nearly 6,600 sorties, about 12 percent of which carried out strikes during that period. AFCENT didn’t begin publishing munitions data regularly until 2006. The latest figures surpass the previous annual record of about 5,400 recorded in…

Russia And Ukraine Are On The Brink Of War – And Why That Could Lead To World War 3

A respected foreign journalist living in Ukraine is warning that a war that most Americans cannot even imagine “teeters on the razor thin edge of becoming real”.  When Russia opened fire on Ukrainian Navy vessels and captured three of their ships, it made headlines all over the globe.  An emergency meeting of the UN Security Council was hastily arranged for Monday at 11 AM, and hopefully there will be a positive outcome from that meeting.  Because right now Moscow and Kiev are on the brink of war, and once a Russian invasion happens there will be no turning back.  At…

Russia buys crowd-control vehicles that emit sonic waves and light

Russia’s National Guard, which polices anti-government protests, has purchased two vehicles fitted with a laser and a sonic sound system to disorient people, raising fears among the opposition they could be used to disperse peaceful protesters. The two mini-vans, fitted with what is described as a non-lethal system, cost a total of 65.2 million roubles ($995,250) according to a public procurement order posted online which indicated they had been delivered in October. Rosgvardiya, Russia’s National Guard, confirmed the purchases in a statement on Wednesday, but said it was wrong to call the new systems a weapon and that they were…

Why the most expensive military ever still can’t win a war

A friend who used to work in the Pentagon told me about the end of year budget meetings he had to attend. There, military personnel would frantically brainstorm ideas on how to spend the rest of their budgets. If they didn’t spend every cent, next year’s budget would be cut. “Popcorn makers?” someone suggested. “Or perhaps some sort of group outings, to an event or a show.” “Why don’t we return the extra money, since we clearly don’t need it,” my friend suggested. The way he tells it, the tension in the room was palpable. Who was this asshole suggesting…

Pentagon Fails First Audit, Neocons Demand More Spending!

The Pentagon has finally completed its first ever audit and the results are as many of us expected. After spending nearly a billion dollars to find out what has happened to trillions in unaccounted-for spending, the long look through the books has concluded that only ten percent of all Pentagon agencies pass muster. I am surprised any of them did. Even the Pentagon is not surprised by the failure of the audit. “We failed the audit. But we never expected to pass it,” said Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan. Can we imagine any large US company subject to the…

America has spent $5.9 trillion on wars in the Middle East and Asia since 2001..

The U.S. wars and military action in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan have cost American taxpayers $5.9 trillion since they began in 2001, according to a new study. That total is almost $2 trillion more than all federal government spending during the recently completed 2017-18 fiscal year. The report, from Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs at Brown University, also finds that more than 480,000 people have died as a direct result of fighting. Over 244,000 civilians have been killed. Another 10 million people have been displaced due to violence. The $5.9 trillion figure reflects the cost across the…

In One Year, MSNBC Covered Stormy Daniels 455 Times, War in Yemen 0

As FAIR has noted before (1/8/18, 3/20/18), to MSNBC, the carnage and destruction the US and its Gulf Monarchy allies are leveling against the poorest country in the Arab world is simply a non-issue. On July 2, a year had passed since the cable network’s last segment mentioning US participation in the war on Yemen, which has killed in excess of 15,000 people and resulted in over a million cases of cholera. The US is backing a Saudi-led bombing campaign with intelligence, refueling, political cover, military hardware and, as of March, ground troops. None of this matters at all to…

British-backed bombing raids destroy UK aid in Yemen

Aid projects funded by Oxfam in Yemen have been hit in Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, it has emerged, as the British government faces mounting pressure to halt arms sales to Riyadh. A vital cholera treatment centre in Abs, in the Hajjah province, was hit in June in coalition war strikes – which are supported by British intelligence – despite the location being reported to the Saudi alliance more than 12 times. Two months before that, coalition air raids severely damaged an Oxfam-supported water supply system that provided water for 6,000 people. The British charity – supported by UK and European funding – revealed the news after…

Investigations reveal the fate of Gaddafi’s billions which have vanished in Belgium

On Monday, a Belgian TV channel unveiled the investigations conducted by the Belgian Attorney-General, Georges Gilkinet, over the disappearance of billions of Euros from the accounts of Libyan Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in Belgian banks. According to RTBF, Gilkinet stated that “There has been an extensive investigation into the disappearance of billions of Euros from accounts belonging to Gaddafi in Belgium, in addition to the UN inquiry regarding the case.” Thus, the Attorney-General added that “about five billion Euros, the equivalent of $5.6 billion, have vanished from Belgian banks.” Georges Gilkinet asserted that “the investigation shall be continued and the Belgian government will…

Despite $900 Billion Spent and 2,400 U.S. Lives Lost, Afghanistan Continues to Deteriorate

A new report is out from the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR)—the government’s watchdog for the war—and its findings paint an ugly picture: despite billions spent and thousands of U.S. lives lost, Afghanistan is facing worsening violence and instability. SIGAR’s quarterly report to Congress—its 40st since the conflict began—found that the U.S.-backed Afghan government controls or influences just 56 percent of the administrative districts in the country, down from 72 percent in 2015. By comparison, some 14 percent of districts are now controlled or influenced by insurgent forces, and another 30 percent are rated “contested.” The loss of…

US warship shoots down missile in space with ballistic ‘kill vehicle’

Incredible footage released by the US Navy shows the moment sailors successfully shot down a missile in space. The interception was aimed at testing the military’s latest technology, hitting the medium-range ballistic missile with the force of a 10-tonne lorry travelling at 600mph, experts said. Missile Defence Agency (MDA) Director Sam Greaves described it as a ‘superb accomplishment’. The ‘kill vehcile’ interceptor test was launched from Navy warship USS John Finn off the west coast of Hawaii. It was third time lucky for the next generation SM-3 Block IIA guided missile, after two previous tests failed. SM-3 interceptors are designed…

Mission Accomplished: Afghanistan More Divided Than Ever After 17 Years of War

The government of Afghanistan has lost control or influence in a record number of regions in the country despite 17 years of economic, political and military support from the United States. The Special Inspector General on Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) report stated that Afghan forces “made minimal or no progress in pressuring the Taliban” between July and October. Both the Taliban and Afghan authorities are now in more conflicts than before and with less area under their control. “I think you would be hard pressed to find somebody in Afghanistan today to say that the United States has made their country better, or that the war has made gains for them, unless…

Mattis: US Needs ‘Offensive Weapons In Space’ For Defense

Secretary of Defense James Mattis claims that it’s not enough for the United States to have advanced weapons on Earth, but in order for the nation to be safe, the country needs weapons in space. Mattis alleges that in order to protect the American way of life, the Pentagon must be prepared for the deployment and usage of offensive weapons in space. “We are going to have to be prepared to use offensive weapons in space should someone decide to militarize it and go on the offensive,” said the retired Marine who took over the Pentagon in January 2017, according to RT.…

42% of British public unaware of war in Yemen, as Labour MP claims UK govt has ‘blood on its hands’

Almost half of the British public are unaware a war is going on in Yemen, a Yougov poll has revealed, as a Labour MP accuses the government of having “blood on its hands” while it continues to sell arms to Saudi Arabia. Keith Vaz, chair of the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on Yemen, told the Independent that it’s the “forgotten war.” His claim appears to be backed up by a recent poll commissioned by NGO Human Appeal, which found that 42% of British respondents could not identify Yemen as a warzone – a war that has seen three years of…

FAKE NEWS: Pentagon Chief Calls For Ceasefire in Yemen

US Defense Secretary James Mattis appeared to set a 30-day deadline for a ceasefire to occur in Yemen during comments at an event in Washington, DC, on Tuesday. “We have go to move toward a peace effort here, and we can’t say we are going to do it some time in the future,” Mattis said while speaking at the United States Institute of Peace. “We need to be doing this in the next 30 days.” Yemen’s population is suffering under the worst humanitarian crisis on Earth, according to the United Nations. The Saudi-led coalition has been supplied with fresh munitions and mid-air fuel supplies by US and Western backers. Houthi rebels have been…

US would face no ‘threats’ if it kept its troops & war machines inside its own borders

So the United States is pulling out of a key arms-control agreement, complaining it is the only party in compliance, and therefore it wants to have the right to deploy short- and medium-range ballistic missiles. John Bolton, the national-security adviser to President Trump, was in Moscow this week meeting Russian leader Vladimir Putin and other senior Kremlin officials. Bolton huffed that the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty was obsolete from the US point of view. “There’s a new strategic reality out there,” said the American official. The INF, signed in 1987, is “a bilateral treaty in a multipolar ballistic missile…

The Yemen War Death Toll Is Five Times Higher Than We Think

One reason Saudi Arabia and its allies are able to avoid a public outcry over their intervention in the war in Yemen, is that the number of people killed in the fighting has been vastly understated. The figure is regularly reported as 10,000 dead in three-and-a-half years, a mysteriously low figure given the ferocity of the conflict. Now a count by a non-partisan group has produced a study demonstrating 56,000 people have been killed in Yemen since early 2016. The number is increasing by more than 2,000 per month as fighting intensifies around the Red Sea port of Hodeidah. It…

Saudi-led airstrike hits 20 civilians at Yemen fruit market…

At least 21 people were killed and 10 more injured when the Saudi-led coalition bombed an open-air market outside Hodeida in Yemen, UN representatives said on Thursday. All of the causalities were civilians, according to Houthi medical officials. The bombing raid hit a vegetable-packing facility in the town of Bayt el-Faqih, south of the strategic port, on Wednesday. The latest Saudi-led strike comes six days after its forces fired missiles at the crowded fish market at Hodeida, less than two weeks after a separate air raid killed at least 17 people riding a bus in the port city, and three…

“Big-Ass Fight On The Horizon”: Nearly Half Of All U.S. Troops Think Major War Is Coming

A new poll conducted by Military Times and Syracuse University has found that nearly half of all active duty American troops believe the next major war is just around the corner. The poll results show about 46% of respondents think the U.S. will be drawn into a new war at some point in the next year, which is a significant 5% leap above the same category in the Military Times poll taken last year. Analysts who looked at the numbers believe military personnel fear global instability and the heightened rhetoric of the Trump administration especially related to world powers like Russia and…

Hurricanes Give Americans Taste of Disaster Washington’s Wars Bring to Others

Florida residents from the eastern part of Panama City Beach to Apalachicola now know what a war zone is like. 750,000 people are without power and without water. Thousands of homes and commercial structures no longer exist. Mexico Beach has been more or less wiped off the face of the earth. Many areas are still inaccessible. Many people are still trapped in place because of debris and downed trees across roads. Families searching for missing family members are at times obstructed by police trying to keep looters and gawkers out of the area and trying to save what little traffic…