America's Military Drops A Bomb Every 12 Minutes, And No One Is Talking About It

Authored by Lee Camp via,

We live in a state of perpetual war, and we never feel it. While you get your gelato at the hip place where they put those cute little mint leaves on the side, someone is being bombed in your name. While you argue with the 17-year-old at the movie theater who gave you a small popcorn when you paid for a large, someone is being obliterated in your name. While we sleep and eat and make love and shield our eyes on a sunny day, someone’s home, family, life and body are being blown into a thousand pieces in our names.

Once every 12 minutes.

The United States military drops an explosive with a strength you can hardly comprehend once every 12 minutes. And that’s odd, because we’re technically at war with—let me think—zero countries. So that should mean zero bombs are being dropped, right?

Hell no! You’ve made the common mistake of confusing our world with some sort of rational, cogent world in which our military-industrial complex is under control, the music industry is based on merit and talent, Legos have gently rounded edges (so when you step on them barefoot, it doesn’t feel like an armor-piercing bullet just shot straight up your sphincter), and humans are dealing with climate change like adults rather than burying our heads in the sand while trying to convince ourselves that the sand around our heads isn’t getting really, really hot.

You’re thinking of a rational world. We do not live there.

Instead, we live in a world where the Pentagon is completely and utterly out of control. A few weeks ago, I wrote about the $21 trillion (that’s not a typo) that has gone unaccounted for at the Pentagon. But I didn’t get into the number of bombs that ridiculous amount of money buys us. President George W. Bush’s military dropped 70,000 bombs on five countries. But of that outrageous number, only 57 of those bombs really upset the international community.

Because there were 57 strikes in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen—countries the U.S. was neither at war with nor had ongoing conflicts with. And the world was kind of horrified. There was a lot of talk that went something like, “Wait a second. We’re bombing in countries outside of war zones? Is it possible that’s a slippery slope ending in us just bombing all the goddamn time? (Awkward pause.) … Nah. Whichever president follows Bush will be a normal adult person (with a functional brain stem of some sort) and will therefore stop this madness.”

We were so cute and naive back then, like a kitten when it’s first waking up in the morning.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reported that under President Barack Obama there were “563 strikes, largely by drones, that targeted Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. …”

It’s not just the fact that bombing outside of a war zone is a horrific violation of international law and global norms. It’s also the morally reprehensible targeting of people for pre-crime, which is what we’re doing and what the Tom Cruise movie “Minority Report” warned us about. (Humans are very bad at taking the advice of sci-fi dystopias. If we’d listened to “1984,” we wouldn’t have allowed the existence of the National Security Agency. If we listened to “The Terminator,” we wouldn’t have allowed the existence of drone warfare. And if we’d listened to “The Matrix,” we wouldn’t have allowed the vast majority of humans to get lost in a virtual reality of spectacle and vapid nonsense while the oceans die in a swamp of plastic waste. … But you know, who’s counting?)

There was basically a media blackout while Obama was president. You could count on one hand the number of mainstream media reports on the Pentagon’s daily bombing campaigns under Obama. And even when the media did mention it, the underlying sentiment was, “Yeah, but look at how suave Obama is while he’s OK’ing endless destruction. He’s like the Steve McQueen of aerial death.”

And let’s take a moment to wipe away the idea that our “advanced weaponry” hits only the bad guys. As David DeGraw put it, “According to the C.I.A.’s own documents, the people on the ‘kill list,’ who were targeted for ‘death-by-drone,’ accounted for only 2% of the deaths caused by the drone strikes.”

Two percent. Really, Pentagon? You got a two on the test? You get five points just for spelling your name right.

But those 70,000 bombs dropped by Bush—it was child’s play. DeGraw again:

“[Obama] dropped 100,000 bombs in seven countries. He out-bombed Bush by 30,000 bombs and 2 countries.”

You have to admit that’s impressively horrific. That puts Obama in a very elite group of Nobel Peace Prize winners who have killed that many innocent civilians. The reunions are mainly just him and Henry Kissinger wearing little hand-drawn name tags and munching on deviled eggs.

However, we now know that Donald Trump’s administration puts all previous presidents to shame. The Pentagon’s numbers show that during George W. Bush’s eight years he averaged 24 bombs dropped per day, which is 8,750 per year. Over the course of Obama’s time in office, his military dropped 34 bombs per day, 12,500 per year. And in Trump’s first year in office, he averaged 121 bombs dropped per day, for an annual total of 44,096.

Trump’s military dropped 44,000 bombs in his first year in office.

He has basically taken the gloves off the Pentagon, taken the leash off an already rabid dog. So the end result is a military that’s behaving like Lil Waynecrossed with Conor McGregor. You look away for one minute, look back, and are like, “What the fuck did you just do? I was gone for like, a second!”

Under Trump, five bombs are dropped per hour - every hour of every day. That averages out to a bomb every 12 minutes.

And which is more outrageous—the crazy amount of death and destruction we are creating around the world, or the fact that your mainstream corporate media basically NEVER investigates it? They talk about Trump’s flaws. They say he’s a racist, bulbous-headed, self-centered idiot (which is totally accurate) - but they don’t criticize the perpetual Amityville massacre our military perpetrates by dropping a bomb every 12 minutes, most of them killing 98 percent non-targets.

When you have a Department of War with a completely unaccountable budget—as we saw with the $21 trillion—and you have a president with no interest in overseeing how much death the Department of War is responsible for, then you end up dropping so many bombs that the Pentagon has reported we are running out of bombs.

Oh, dear God. If we run out of our bombs, then how will we stop all those innocent civilians from … farming? Think of all the goats that will be allowed to go about their days.

And, as with the $21 trillion, the theme seems to be “unaccountable.”

Journalist Witney Webb wrote in February, “Shockingly, more than 80 percent of those killed have never even been identified and the C.I.A.’s own documents have shown that they are not even aware of who they are killing—avoiding the issue of reporting civilian deaths simply by naming all those in the strike zone as enemy combatants.”

That’s right. We kill only enemy combatants. How do we know they’re enemy combatants? Because they were in our strike zone. How did we know it was a strike zone? Because there were enemy combatants there. How did we find out they were enemy combatants? Because they were in the strike zone. … Want me to keep going, or do you get the point? I have all day.

This is not about Trump, even though he’s a maniac. It’s not about Obama, even though he’s a war criminal. It’s not about Bush, even though he has the intelligence of boiled cabbage. (I haven’t told a Bush joke in about eight years. Felt kind of good. Maybe I’ll get back into that.)

This is about a runaway military-industrial complex that our ruling elite are more than happy to let loose. Almost no one in Congress or the presidency tries to restrain our 121 bombs a day. Almost no one in a mainstream outlet tries to get people to care about this.

Recently, the hashtag #21Trillion for the unaccounted Pentagon money has gained some traction. Let’s get another one started: #121BombsADay.

One every 12 minutes.

Do you know where they’re hitting? Who they’re murdering? Why? One hundred and twenty-one bombs a day rip apart the lives of families a world away - in your name and my name and the name of the kid doling out the wrong size popcorn at the movie theater.

We are a rogue nation with a rogue military and a completely unaccountable ruling elite. The government and military you and I support by being a part of this society are murdering people every 12 minutes, and in response, there’s nothing but a ghostly silence. It is beneath us as a people and a species to give this topic nothing but silence. It is a crime against humanity.

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hedgeless_horseman 1982xls Fri, 06/22/2018 - 21:49 Permalink


I read the entire article. 

I think I am going to be sick.

When I was a little boy I was indoctrinated that my country was one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.

Now, I know better.

16.  Read, War is a Racket!, by Major General Smedley D. Butler.

17.  Read, On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society, by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman.

18.  Watch the online video of the TED Talk, A radical experiment in empathy, by Sam Richards…

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beemasters nmewn Fri, 06/22/2018 - 22:07 Permalink

"Do you know where they’re hitting? Who they’re murdering? Why? One hundred and twenty-one bombs a day rip apart the lives of families a world away - in your name and my name and the name of the kid doling out the wrong size popcorn at the movie theater."

It's just senseless for any decent American cheering for/defending their war criminal government/leaders. Only amoral, brainwashed individuals would do that.

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BringOnTheAsteroid Billy the Poet Sat, 06/23/2018 - 04:41 Permalink

Do the Christian ministers ever call for the US military to stop this shit? Have any of the Christians reading this post ever been to a church where the minister openly calls the US military evil.

I know the answer. No. They would never do that because they are full of shit. They are men in dresses just acting out a pantomime and reading from a script. Has any of the congregation ever asked their ministers to talk about this?

My guess is no, because everyone is full of shit.

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BringOnTheAsteroid Billy the Poet Sat, 06/23/2018 - 09:38 Permalink

Would have been better if he just called the US industrial complex evil instead of "unto's" and "whosoever's".

The level of bullshit is so painfully clear that it's a punch in the face. All these ministers have to do across the entire country is call the US military evil. That' it. Just words. Just stand up once a week and utter a few measley words.

They cannot and will not which lays bare the entire fucking institution of Christianity for the utter facade of morality it is.

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Karl Marxist BringOnTheAsteroid Sat, 06/23/2018 - 11:12 Permalink

Depends on which brand of Christianity you're talking about. Christ is many things to many people. To the warring establishment, meeting Christ for one's "good deeds" of bombing the fuck out of some peasants abroad is the ultimate goal. To other, Christ is the catalyst of finding one's fortitude to take head on the lies and fake news and those who perpetuate them for His glory. And, yes. The Vatican is the Temple of Men in Dresses Suckling on the Genitals of Youth with more money than God Himself to run the racket down through the ages on a global level. Santus, Santus, Santus

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Jim in MN dirty fingernails Sat, 06/23/2018 - 01:20 Permalink

Hi. Fuck You.  I am the ONLY person telling you that global peace is upon us.

Kind of sticks, doesn't it?

The military will find out about when the rest of you do, that they can stand down.

Meanwhile, this evening, the article above is of course total bullshit.

Outdated.  No sourcing.  Clickbait.

I hate the baby incinerating US war machine more than any of you couch munchers.  But.....I watch facts.   And.


It Is Over.

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NumberNone xavi1951 Sat, 06/23/2018 - 11:02 Permalink

I'm in agreement and I've tried to validate the numbers but can't.  Not sure where they came from.  

My only thought on some of this regarding Trump is that he did blow out the bomb drop numbers at the beginning of his presidency to bring an end to ISIS.  

When Trump was pressed to actually take aggressive action against a foreign state for 'chemical' weapons use, he gave a limped wrist bombing to a Syrian air runway to appease the blood-lust. 

Time will tell if Trump is truly like Obama/Hillary and Bush.  

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WFO xavi1951 Sat, 06/23/2018 - 13:06 Permalink

The Pentagram/Dept. of War issues the numbers:

Airstrike Updates

As of Aug. 9, 2017, the Coalition has conducted 13,331 strikes in Iraq, and 11,235 strikes in Syria, for a total of 24,566 strikes total in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

That's an average of one bomb every 12.9 minutes in just 2 countries, add in another 4 or 5 countries not in these numbers, 12 may be lowballing.

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Billy the Poet dirty fingernails Sat, 06/23/2018 - 03:30 Permalink

I'm a Trumpbot and I don't think that global peace is happening.  The decades old policy of perpetrating massive violence against relatively weak countries which the US believes it can walk all over continues but it looks like Trump has a much more reasonable line on Russia than those who oppose him and that's a good thing.

In the interests of peace and good business I'd like to see more Trump-Putin collusion.

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beemasters Billy the Poet Sat, 06/23/2018 - 07:16 Permalink

That's like saying, "My psychopath friend who has paid hit-men to kill a few people isn't going to change. I don't like him killing, but he bakes me a nice cake every Christmas. He could be worse; he could rape my wife abduct my kids, but he seems ok with them. I hope he will continue to like them in the interest of our friendship."
I don't care if you're a "Trumpbot" or a "Hillaribot", there's a moral line everyone must draw. Your choice (of leader/friends) reflects who you are as a person. There're certain principles in life we shouldn't compromise. But hey, I am not in the position to force basic human value in anyone. It's either you have or don't have it.
Don't ask me to list what I like about Trump again. Him being a mass murderer is basically a deal breaker for me and trumps everything else, and it's not too late for any being with conscience to disassociate his name from evil.

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Billy the Poet beemasters Sat, 06/23/2018 - 07:31 Permalink

Your insistence that reality must be ignored reflects who you are as a person. I tried to choose myself as my own personal leader but I was told that I had to pick either Trump or Hillary. Trump remains the obvious lesser of those evils not only because he is somewhat less violent and offensive than Clinton (remember that Trump was still running fake university scams when Clinton was well established as a destroyer of nations) but also because his election has thrown the establishment into a state of turmoil.

Trump is the means to an end, no more and no less. The simple questions are these: Do you prefer a country in which the wheels of power turn more smoothy under Clinton or more roughly under Trump? Do you prefer a country run by a woman who was widely acclaimed to be the most qualified person ever to campaign for the presidency or a nation run by a man whom most prominent voices hate?

As one who would like to see the size of government shrink (eventually to nothingness as per Mr. Thoreau)  I see the advantage in having a President Trump over a President Clinton. 

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beemasters Billy the Poet Sat, 06/23/2018 - 18:02 Permalink

I don't know if you're just that obtuse (which I hope not) or trying to steer the argument away through your usual false accusation/name calling technique. When did I say you justified murder??? Read your texts again and see what you tried to justify- In case you still can't see it, it's your choice of one murderer over another, buddy!

Don't look at vote counts (I don't even vote you down or myself up here because it doesn't matter) as many do in trying to find solace in that choice/path . There ought to be none, unless you truly, absolutely have no sense of ethics. There are too many in ZH who are, like you, unable to see what's moral, what's not. It's about "winning" and "making 'left' heads explode" (essentially one's ego, sense of belonging) that are important to them. Fuck that! That's infantile.

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Billy the Poet beemasters Sat, 06/23/2018 - 21:29 Permalink

When did I say you justified murder???


It's right there in black and white but I can post it again for you. You said:

The reality is they are all murderers; that's the reality that you can't seem to accept, but will justify to the very end.


Read your texts again and see what you tried to justify- In case you still can't see it, it's your choice of one murderer over another, buddy!

I never said any such thing. That's why you can't post a specific quote in which I supposedly justify murder.

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BabaLooey topspinslicer Fri, 06/22/2018 - 22:06 Permalink

Every ..................12 minutes?

I call a carpet bombing, cluster of rolling thunder bullshit on this doom porn fear click-bait-ish effluvium...

DO we bomb enough that it could be construed by the sheer NUMBER of bombs...

of course,....

But we're not Bill Haley bombing around the fucking clock...

aaaaaaaaand.....self-discrediting yourself mid-text is showing your pussy hat....pussy...

"They talk about Trump’s flaws. They say he’s a racist, bulbous-headed, self-centered idiot (which is totally accurate)"

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