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MH17: The Exploitation of a Tragedy

aa-Republicrats - two parties one ideology If there’s one thing neocons and Obamaites can agree on, it’s the penultimate evil of Vladimir Putin. The downing of MH17 has knitted them so close together that it’s hard to tell the difference. No sooner had the airliner hit the ground then, one and all, they echoed the “game-changer” meme first enunciated by The New Republic’s Julia Ioffe, the go-to person for media Russophobes. Top Democrats in Congress ranted that what was clearly an accident is an “act of war,” not to mention an “act of terror,” while Sen. John McCain took the opportunity to agree wholeheartedly – while adding that Obama’s “weakness” in the face of Russian “aggression” is really to blame. Washington is basking in its near-unanimity, and the only competition between left and right is to see who can snarl the most menacingly at the Russian bear. In this frenzied atmosphere, pundits left and right – and even “news” accounts – refer to the fields where the wreckage lies as the “crime scene,” the scene of a “murder.” And they are pointing a finger not only at the rebels but also directly at Putin – with air cover from the Pentagon, as this New York Times account makes all too clear. http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/07/20/mh17-the-exploitation-of-a-tragedy/#.U80Y9grfxTQ.email


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July 4th Militarist Bunkum

aa-war - good for few bad for most Empire over life. That has always been Washington’s guiding principle. America’s wars have always been fought elsewhere–Cuba, Haiti, Mexico, Philippines, Japan, Germany, Korea, Vietnam, Panama, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Somalia. Washington even attacks countries with which the U.S. is not at war, such as Pakistan and Yemen, and engages in proxy wars. The article cited above reports: “The United States launched 201 overseas military operations between the end of World War II and 2001, and since then, others, including Afghanistan and Iraq.” Not a single one of these wars and military operations had anything whatsoever to do with defending the U.S. population from foreign threats. Not even Japan and Germany posed a threat to the U.S. Neither country had any prospect of invading the U.S. and neither country had any such war plans. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/07/03/july-4th-militarist-bunkum-encore-request/


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connieusa27

Yeah, well he was abused by neocon Jewish power, like the rest of them who fought inn Iraq over a lie. There needs to be a day of reckoning if you really care .

j.veritas

Roberts is mostly accurate. Most of the wars America has fought were not about protecting the American public from imminent danger. And indeed, war can be a racket. However this does not mean that the young men who fight these wars aren't worthy of our deepest respect and gratitude this July 4th. There was a young Muslim American from my town that I want people to know about. He was a true American, who died fighting for the US in Iraq (2007). His name was Kareem Khan and the story was "what does it mean to be an American - e pluribus unum. Link to frontlineofdefense.com

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Memo to War Party: ISIS Targets Enemies in Mesopotamia, Not Minnesota

aa-America - US of paranoia Given the apparent general lack of reliable information regarding the metastasizing Syrian insurgency, one is compelled to ask where the intelligence is to back up the claim that ISIS is intending to expand its activity to the so-called Christian world, which would seem to be at odds with their much more obvious regional agenda in the Middle East. Does it really make sense for ISIS to take steps that would unite a gaggle of Western nations against it at this time, when success at creating a quasi-independent state in the heart of the Arab world is within its grasp? I suspect that a paucity of reliable intelligence is being shoehorned into an acceptable narrative for policymakers to regurgitate. The promotion of the alleged threat includes a conflation of several quite separate issues. It is based on the indisputable fact that a number of young Muslims ostensibly citizens of European countries and the United States, some of whom are indigenous converts to Islam, have gone to perform jihad in the Middle East and South Asia. As the punditry would have it, they must be planning to return home some day and raise hell, a line of reasoning that has spawned several Congressional hearings hosted by the Rep. Peter King of New York on the so-called home-grown terrorism threat. It would probably surprise Peter King to learn that political Islam and its terrorist offshoots really do not care much about the United States. Islamic terrorism is overwhelmingly targeted against ostensibly Muslim governments, suggesting that the leap across the Atlantic Ocean is not inevitable except insofar as Washington is seen as the principal supporter of regimes that the insurgents are seeking to topple. But the persistence of the argument that the U.S. and Western Europe are in the crosshairs of a vast international terrorist conspiracy invites some further inquiry. http://davidstockmanscontracorner.com/memo-to-war-party-isis-enemies-are-in-mesopotamia-not-minnesota/


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Can Putin’s Diplomacy Prevail Over Washington’s Coercion?

aa-Vladimir Putin - w american flag Today Putin’s presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov reported that President Putin has asked the Russian legislature to repeal the authorization to use force that was granted in order to protect residents of former Russian territories that are currently part of Ukraine from the rabid Russophobic violence that characterizes Washington’s stooge government in Kiev. Washington’s neoconservatives are jubilant. They regard Putin’s diplomacy as a sign of weakness and fear, and urge stronger steps that will force Russia to give back Crimea and the Black Sea naval base. Inside Russia, Washington is encouraging its NGO fifth columns to undercut Putin’s support with propaganda that Putin is afraid to stand up for Russians and has sold out Ukraine’s Russian population. If this propaganda gains traction, Putin will be distracted by street protests. The appearance of Putin’s domestic weakness would embolden Washington. Many members of Russia’s young professional class are swayed by Washington’s propaganda. Essentially, these Russians, brainwashed by US propaganda, are aligned with Washington, not with the Kremlin. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/06/24/can-putins-diplomacy-prevail-washingtons-coercion-paul-craig-roberts/


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Democrats and Republicans Agree: Iraq Needs to be Reinvaded

aa-George Bush mission accomplished Senate Democrats are standing behind Obama and his “limited plan to reengage in Iraq” in a declared effort to prevent the country from falling to ISIS fanatics trained by the U.S. government. Officials told Politico targeted military strikes against ISIS in Syria are also “on the table.” http://www.infowars.com/democrats-and-republicans-agree-iraq-needs-to-be-reinvaded/


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Iraq: Will the Neo-Cons Get Away With It Again?

aa-Lindsey Graham - w AIPAC talking points good one The “BS” in CBS is well-earned by this CBS News story speculating on the alleged near certainty of a terrorist attack launched by ISIS – the Islamist group now rampaging across Iraq – against the continental U.S. Headlined “Will ISIS Plan a 9/11-style Terror Plot Against the U.S?”, it is filled with the opinions of various “experts” and habitual warmongers whose exhalation of hot air is no doubt contributing to global warming. The usual suspects are cited: Sen. Lindsey Graham, the War Party’s answer to Richard Simmons, shrieks “the seeds of 9/11s are being planted all over Iraq and Syria,” while Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Oceania), who is giving up his seat in Congress for the right-wing radio talk show circuit, is honing his demagogy by declaring “I guarantee you: this is a problem that we will have to face, and we’re either going to have to face it in New York City or we’re going to face it here.” http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/06/17/iraq-will-the-neocons-get-away-with-it-again/#


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The Most Destructive Presidencies in American History, Part 2: The Fatal Incoherence of Bush/Obama Foreign Policy

aa-George W Bush and Obama The vast ignorance at the heart of the Bush II/Obama foreign policy is breath-taking. We can argue about the ignorance of these two destructive presidents, but I see little to contest the ignorance of the policies and the institutions that make the operational decisions. There are smart, well-informed and globally experienced people in the U.S. government, but they are ignored, dismissed or marginalized precisely because their knowledge threatens the incoherent mess that passes for foreign policy in these catastrophically inept presidencies. The defining characteristic of the Bush II/Obama administrations is the reliance on secrecy–not to protect “national security” but to avoid accountability. If the operation is secret, its failure can be safely buried. This is the reason why everything is classified in the Bush II/Obama administrations: transparency and public knowledge are anathema because they enable scrutiny and analysis and eventually, accountability. Secrecy is all about avoiding accountability. “National security” is the facade. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-06-18/most-destructive-presidencies-american-history-part-2-fatal-incoherence-bushobama-fo


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Haven’t We Already Done Enough Damage in Iraq?

aa-Iraq - chaotic street scene by Ron Paul. In 2006, I invited the late General Bill Odom to address my Thursday Congressional luncheon group. Gen. Odom, a former NSA director, called the Iraq war “the greatest strategic disaster in American history,” and told the surprised audience that he could not understand why Congress had not impeached the president for pushing this disaster on the United States. History continues to prove the General’s assessment absolutely correct. http://original.antiwar.com/paul/2014/06/15/avent-we-already-done-enough-damage-in-iraq/#.U57xeLP-qqw.email


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A Matter of Principle: The True Aims of the Terror War

aa-war - good for few bad for most U.S. and European politicians won’t explain it because any honest explanation would expose the emptiness at the core of all their proffered reasons for the Terror War. They can’t explain it because the Terror War system — including the increasing militarization and repression in their own countries — has now become organizing principle of Western society. Or rather, it is the latest incarnation of what has been the guiding principle of Western society since World War II: organizing society and the economy around war, either active war or the ever-present “threat” of war (assiduously exaggerated — or even manufactured — at every turn). For government and big business, the immense power and profit and control they inevitably accrued from conducting total war on a global basis was far too enticing to give up once the war was over. The full mobilization of society’s resources for war simply carried on; indeed, was expanded and amplified. Now those who remember what the world was like before the Second World War — the ugly, despairing poverty and inequality that Smith writes about so movingly — are almost gone. Even those of us who remember when the idea of human betterment seemed a realistic possibility for society, a practical goal to be pursued despite many difficulties, not a pipe dream scorned by the “savvy,” are fading away. There are now generations well into adulthood who have never known anything but the war principle and the neoliberal ascendancy as “normality,” the natural state of things. Indeed, in a very few years, we’ll see the first generation of adults who will have lived their entire lives under the reign of the Terror War. The relentless assault of the elites who have thrived under the war principle, increasing the unequal proportion of their wealth and power to unimaginable levels, have left these new generations very little to build upon. On so many fronts, so many levels, they will essentially have to start from scratch, re-discover old skills and insights that have been lost, re-fight old battles, and of course, create new ways of trying to go forward (like the Occupy movement). And they will have to do it against a power structure that is far more powerful, more pervasive and implacable than before. A power structure that every day is darkening the future of its own children, creating a dystopia of chaos and fear, of aggression and blowback, repression and revenge. No leader can “explain” what is happening because none of them can admit the truth: that the world they are making — the world that has made them powerful, has lifted them up on a finely-meshed web of interlocking elite interests and will sustain them, and their families, among the elite for the rest of their lives — is organized around violence and loot. Not security, not prosperity, not liberty, not democracy, not justice, not peace. These are not the aims of the system, these are not the products of the system. The Terror War — and the concomitant degradation of society and individual lives — shows in stark relief that the system is producing exactly what it aims to produce: death, despair — and record-breaking profits. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38767.htm#.U5nAMADmAqY.email


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Don’t Walk Away from War

aa-democracy - coming to your neighborhood The United States has been at war – major boots-on-the-ground conflicts and minor interventions, firefights, air strikes, drone assassination campaigns, occupations, special ops raids, proxy conflicts, and covert actions – nearly nonstop since the Vietnam War began. That’s more than half a century of experience with war, American-style, and yet few in our world bother to draw the obvious conclusions. Given the historical record, those conclusions should be staring us in the face. They are, however, the words that can’t be said in a country committed to a military-first approach to the world, a continual build-up of its forces, an emphasis on pioneering work in the development and deployment of the latest destructive technology, and a repetitious cycling through styles of war from full-scale invasions and occupations to counterinsurgency, proxy wars, and back again. http://original.antiwar.com/engelhardt/2014/06/10/dont-walk-away-from-war/#.U5hY6Qc_gPY.email


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Thank the Troops for Their Service?

aa-Dees - war is a racket After a few jokes, the president personally thanked the troops: To all of you, I’m here on a single mission, and that is to thank you for your extraordinary service. I thank you as your Commander-in-Chief because you inspire me. Your willingness to serve, to step forward at a time of war, and say “send me,” is the reason the United States stays strong and free. Of all the honors that I have serving as President, nothing matches serving as your Commander-in-Chief. But why should anyone thank the troops for their service? Why should anyone thank the troops for fighting an unjust, immoral, unnecessary, senseless, and unconstitutional war? Why should anyone thank the troops for bombing and destroying Afghanistan? Why should anyone thank the troops for killing tens of thousands of innocent Afghans? Why should anyone thank the troops for making tens of thousands of widows and orphans? Why should anyone thank the troops for collateral damage of dead civilians? Why should anyone thank the troops for instigating, perpetrating, participating in, or otherwise being a part of atrocities, war crimes, and mass murder? http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/06/laurence-m-vance/thank-the-troops-for-their-service/


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OUR ARMY IS JUST A GANG OF HIRED MERCENARIES. WWII--WHITES KILLING WHITES? Thanks for the great article. So very true. In WW-II (Whites Killing Whites 2), US soldiers went and killed millions of their fellow Anglo-Saxon brothers and sisters on the orders of the criminal Roosevelt (who was on the payroll of his Jewish masters and could have prevented Pearl Harbor due to code breaking--See the Institute of Historical Review, at ihr dot org) but wanted an excuse to involve USA in WW-II. The white army sheep have not hesitated to kill fellow whites (Americans or Europeans) under the orders of corrupt and crooked criminal Presidents. Many people also believe that if the army had any real courage, they would have not been sheep and instead disobeyed, and refused to deploy, instead of killing millions of their own Anglo-Saxon brothers and sisters. America™s biggest enemies today are the Demogangsters, who steal elections (eg. Harry Reid, the election thief) and the alien invasion. The main and probably the only reason nations and civilizations created armies is to protect the nation, especially, from foreign invasions. That is the duty and oath of every soldier.--to protect the nation from its enemies, domestic and foreign. Instead, the Army has done nothing to protect us from these 2 enemies. The Army instead helps Demogangsters stay in power and has done nothing to fight back against them.

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The "liberators" of France posted today shows other soldiers gone wild!

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The U.S. Empire is Going Down

aa-American Empire - banana republic There is a reason why Obama has been unable to formulate an Eisenhower Doctrine or a Reagan Doctrine. The nation is divided within itself about where and when we should stand or fight. Putin’s Russia is not Stalin’s. Xi Jinping’s China is not Mao’s. The 20th century’s ideological struggles between communism, fascism and democracy that produced World War II and the Cold War are over. Quite naturally, old allies from Saudi Arabia to South Korea and from Japan to Europe want to know why the United States is not out there on point, confronting their adversaries, as we once did. But the reality is that we are not threatened by Assad in Syria, or by whose flag flies over Crimea or Donetsk, or by who gets custody of the islets in the South or East China Sea. “Great Britain has lost an empire, but not yet found a role,” said Dean Acheson, also at West Point, half a century ago. Something similar to that is happening to us. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/05/patrick-j-buchanan/the-us-empire-is-going-down/


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American Amnesia and the Libyan Aftermath

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In the crinkled, crumpled little walnut that constitutes America’s political discourse, the question of Libya has been reduced to the petty, bitter political wranglings over “Benghazi,” where American officials were killed in a FUBAR of covert ops and clueless incompetence. (Then again, covert ops and clueless incompetence are the M.O. of American foreign policy in general, so it’s hard to see what’s particularly ‘scandalous’ about the Benghazi incident. This deadly combination kills innocent people all over the world on an almost daily basis.) Indeed, the hyper-partisan focus on Benghazi actually reflects the thoroughly bipartisan nature of America’s fubarish foreign policy. We should be having long, heated, intense hearings on the US-NATO military intervention itself — an illegal and utterly foolish assault which has plunged the country into violent chaos, empowered violent religious extremism and destabilized large swaths of Africa. It sparked violent civil war in Mali, for example; and even the dreaded Boko Haram in Nigeria have acquired copious arms from the flood of weaponry released by Western intervention, as well as funds and training from the extremist groups empowered by (and sometimes directly supported by) the Western powers in the regime change operation. http://www.chris-floyd.com/component/content/article/1-latest-news/2396-cracking-the-walnut-american-amnesia-and-the-libyan-aftermath.html


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Iraq: The Biggest Petroleum Heist in History?

aa-George Bush mission accomplished These are the ‘best of times’ for the oil giants in Iraq. Production is up, profits are soaring, and big oil is rolling in dough. Here’s the story from the Wall Street Journal: “Iraq’s oil production surged to its highest level in over 30 years last month, surprising skeptics of the country’s efforts to restore its oil industry after decades of war and neglect.” Mission accomplished? You bet. But for those who still cling to the idea that the U.S. was serious about promoting democracy or removing a vicious dictator or eliminating WMD or any of the other kooky excuses, consider what we’ve learned in the last couple weeks. http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/05/23/iraq-the-biggest-petroleum-heist-in-history/


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The War on America’s Military Veterans, Waged with SWAT Teams, Surveillance and Neglect

aa-vet - homeless Just in time for Memorial Day, we’re once again being treated to a generous serving of praise and grandstanding by politicians and corporations eager to go on record as being supportive of our veterans. Patriotic platitudes aside, however, America has done a deplorable job of caring for her veterans. We erect monuments for those who die while serving in the military, yet for those who return home, there’s little honor to be found. The plight of veterans today is deplorable, with large numbers of them impoverished, unemployed, traumatized mentally and physically, struggling with depression, thoughts of suicide, and marital stress, homeless (a third of all homeless Americans are veterans), subjected to sub-par treatment at clinics and hospitals, and left to molder while their paperwork piles up within Veterans Administration (VA) offices. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/05/john-w-whitehead/the-state-is-afraid-of-its-own-veterans/


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The Globalization of Special Forces

aa-Africa - US military command An accident, sometimes, permits the discovery of a “secret war”. This is what happened in Yemen, where, at Sana, a member of U.S. Special Forces and CIA shot two men and killed them. According to the official version, these were simply two Al Qaeda terrorists they wanted to remove. The incident, far from simple, sparked a wave of protests against the government, already under indictment because it allows CIA drones to operate in Yemen starting from a Saudi base. http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-globalization-of-special-forces/5383014


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No Nation Left Un-Invaded

aa-John McCain Nigeria has been a failed state of corruption, outlawry, civil war and unspeakable violence and cruelty for decades. Literally millions have been starved, maimed and butchered owing to ethnic, tribal and religious clashes. And billions more have been stolen from the nation’s long-suffering people by government officials, the military and oppositionists alike in what is surely the most corrupt nation on earth. In this context, the latest episode involving the kidnapped school girls is just another tragic eruption of the anarchy which is Nigeria. But it is also none of our business, period. Parachuting American forces into this chaos would be an act of sheer madness. Yet that’s exactly what Senator McCain is loudly proclaiming he would do if he were President. Below are his exact words, and they bristle with imperial arrogance. To be charitable, this nonsense might be dismissed as the ravings of an old man who has gone off his meds. But I think not. Washington has become an Imperial City and looks upon the rest of the world as provinces to be managed and pacified by American dollars, diplomacy, legionnaires and drones. Senator McCain is simply crude enough to express this deplorable beltway ethos baldly. http://davidstockmanscontracorner.com/no-country-left-un-invaded-sen-mccain-would-invade-nigeria-in-a-new-york-minute/


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The Militarized Pacific: An Anniversary Without End

aa-map of marshall islands March 1, the 60th anniversary of the Castle Bravo test – a nuclear detonation over a thousand times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima – has come and gone. Predictably, major decadal events, like a 15-megaton explosion over a Micronesian atoll, garner fleeting attention, but it’s all the days between the anniversaries that tell the real story of those who live with the impacts. For the people of the Marshall Islands, where Enewetak, Bikini and neighboring atolls were irradiated and rendered uninhabitable by 67 nuclear tests between 1946 and 1958, the brief anniversary recognition only underscores what little attention the Marshallese and, in a broader sense, millions of peoples of the Asia-Pacific are given by the US government and public. The Marshallese, like people across the Pacific, live with impacts of plans devised at the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) headquarters in Hawaii. After the Pentagon, PACOM is one of the world’s most far-reaching military command centers. With a self-proclaimed “Area of Responsibility” that absorbs half the world’s population and covers roughly half the planet from the Arctic to the Antarctic, across the Indian Ocean and from Central Asia to the Central Pacific, it gives new meaning to the word “vast.” http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/23688-the-militarized-pacific-an-anniversary-without-end#.U3Tio8Qkee8.email


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Step by Step to World War III?

aa-New World Order - banksters in restaurant w war going on As 2014 commenced, the media was awash in the events leading up to WWI a hundred years previously: the diplomatic miscalculations, power plays, honor pride, and other human frailties in an ineluctable march to hostilities; all with a vain conceit that it could not happen in today’s world. Yet in the current Ukraine crisis, Washington is offering its own mix of myopia, evangelic righteousness, a Washington beltway echo chamber where dissent is drowned out, and an amazing capacity to transform reality into its narrow misguided hegemonic strategy. http://original.antiwar.com/Arshad_Khan/2014/05/12/step-by-step-to-world-war-iii/


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Obama’s New Ukraine

aa-map of Eurasia Putin wants a “chaotic” failed state on Russia’s border? Have you ever read such nonsense in your life? Putin didn’t topple the Ukrainian government. The US State Department did. (Victoria Nuland’s hacked phone calls prove it.) And Putin didn’t violate the Geneva agreement less than 24 hours after the deal was signed by launching a crackdown on civilian protestors in the east. That was US-puppet Yatsenyuk. Nor did Putin deploy the military to surround cities, cut off their water supplies and deploy helicopter gunships to fire missiles at civilian infrastructure and terrorize the local population. That was the work of Obama’s fascist junta in Kiev. Putin had nothing to do with any of the trouble in Ukraine. It’s all part of the US “pivot to Asia” strategy to encircle and (eventually) dismember Russia in order to seize vital resources and control the flow of energy to China. Washington wants to reduce Ukraine to Mad Max-type pandemonium to justify establishing NATO bases on Russia’s perimeter. It’s all part of the plan to control Central Asia and rule the world. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38394.htm#.U2Zd59bkpU0.email


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Amateur Hour in Ukraine

aa-John Kerry - 3-27-14 President Putin keeps bringing up history to justify his assertive policies towards Ukraine and Crimea. This annoys Americans, who know little about history and refuse to accept Russia as a great power — and certainly not as an equal. Recently, Sen. John McCain, the voice of America’s ignorant right, sneered that Russia was merely “a gas station masquerading as a country.” Gas stations do not produce the likes of Tolstoy, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev, or the very smart Vlad Putin. They do, however, produce puny intellects like McCain. Just as Russia provided the U.S. with a diplomatic exit from blundering into a war with Syria, so the Kremlin is again offering Washington a way out of the Ukraine imbroglio. That way out consists of a Ukraine-wide referendum to allow each region to determine whether it wants to align with Europe or Russia. Russian must be made a second official language. Most important, the U.S. and NATO have got to halt their daft plan to set up bases in Ukraine and bring it in the alliance. These bases will enrage Russia without boosting NATO’s power. In fact, NATO’s would-be bases in Ukraine, Georgia, and Azerbaijan, as well as the Baltic, are a major military liability to the alliance which is incapable of defending them if the Russians get really angry. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38303.htm#.U1fPGwPx-jc.email


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Obama: ‘Remaking the Middle East’

aa-map of Middle East During the beginning of his first term in office President Obama promised “to remake the Middle East into a region of prosperity and freedom”. Six years later the reality is totally the contrary: the Middle East is ruled by despotic regimes whose jails are overflowing with political prisoners. The vast majority of pro-democracy activists who have been incarcerated, have been subject to harsh torture and are serving long prison sentences. The rulers lack legitimacy, having seized power and maintained their rule through a centralized police state and military repression. Direct U..S military and CIA intervention, massive shipments of arms, military bases, training missions and Special Forces are decisive in the construction of the Gulag chain from North Africa to the Gulf States. http://www.globalresearch.ca/obama-remaking-the-middle-east-the-american-gulag/5378634


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Is Putin Being Lured Into a Trap?

aa-Russia and US struggle The overriding goal of U.S. policy in Ukraine is to stop the further economic integration of Asia and Europe. That’s what the fracas is really all about … The U.S. is determined to play a dominant role in Eurasia in the years ahead. Wreaking havoc in Ukraine is a central part of that plan … The U.S. wants to dominate the Eurasian landmass, break Russia up into smaller, non-threatening units, and control China’s growth. That’s the basic gameplan. Also, the U.S. does not want any competitors, which we can see from this statement by Paul Wolfowitz which evolved into the U.S. National Defense Strategy. http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/04/15/is-putin-being-lured-into-a-trap/


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The Great Decoupling: How the West is Engineering Its Own Downfall

aa-Russia China Reports out of Moscow indicate that Russia is on the verge of signing the “holy grail” of gas deals with China. The deal between Russian state-owned gas firm Gazprom and Beijing would see as much as 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year flowing through the first proposed Russia-China pipeline by 2018. The agreement has apparently been in the works for years, but recent events on Moscow’s western flank (read: the Ukrainian situation) has moved the timetable on the plan up dramatically, with the last sticking point being the price. If the deal is signed next month during Putin’s state visit to China, as many analysts are speculating will happen, it will be a significant event not only economically, but geopolitically. Given the fact that Russia, the world’s largest gas producer, and China, the world’s largest gas consumer, are neighbors it would be logical to assume that a gas pipeline between the two countries already exists. But logic and geopolitics seldom mix, and tensions between the two formerly communist countries (however one characterizes China’s current political and economic system) have remained ever since border disputes brought Moscow and Beijing to the brink of war in the 1960s. Establishing a gas link would thus be a very powerful signal of the growing understanding between the Russian bear and the Chinese dragon that their future lies more with each other than it does with a NATO-backed alliance that is increasingly encircling and isolating them. Speaking of logic, this latest deal, if it is signed after all, would only be the logical extension of all of the moves toward cooperation between Russia, China and their ex-Soviet satellites that we’ve been seeing in recent years. http://www.activistpost.com/2014/04/the-great-decoupling-how-west-is.html


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Washington, the Great Betrayer

aa-American Empire - world hegemony America’s foreign policy of relentless aggression, utilizing both “hard” and “soft” power, has led to the creation of an entire industry engaged in the business of regime change. These “private” companies and consultants are hired to carry out Washington’s wishes on the world stage: they create front organizations, carry out covert action schemes, and act as a conduit for US government propaganda worldwide – and, by virtue of their political connections, they make a handsome profit doing it. This is crony capitalism with a foreign policy slant. http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/04/13/washington-the-great-betrayer/#.U0vg36QQvqE.email


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AFRICOM Becomes a ‘War-Fighting Combatant Command’

aa-Africa - US military command What the military will say to a reporter and what is said behind closed doors are two very different things – especially when it comes to the U.S. military in Africa. For years, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has maintained a veil of secrecy about much of the command’s activities and mission locations, consistently downplaying the size, scale, and scope of its efforts. At a recent Pentagon press conference, AFRICOM Commander General David Rodriguez adhered to the typical mantra, assuring the assembled reporters that the United States “has little forward presence” on that continent. Just days earlier, however, the men building the Pentagon’s presence there were telling a very different story – but they weren’t speaking with the media. They were speaking to representatives of some of the biggest military engineering firms on the planet. They were planning for the future and the talk was of war. http://original.antiwar.com/engelhardt/2014/04/13/africom-becomes-a-war-fighting-combatant-command/#.U0vhppJEsOY.email


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Understanding the U.S. War State: The New Fundamentalism, ‘America is God’

aa-American Empire - statue of liberty and military The tradition of misleading the American people by false pretexts for aggressive wars is an old one in U.S. history, but since the fascist interregnum war criminal invasions of other countries have not been accepted by public opinion. The U.S. under the control of the corporate war party now seeks to reverse this trend. By dint of the permitted 9-11 plane attacks on the World Trade Centre, an open presidential blank-cheque has been granted by Congress for attacking third-world countries so as to occupy their countries and control their resources. The now known blueprint of Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and others written in September of 2001 as the Project for the New American Century is clear on the plan to shape the international security order in line with American principles and interests. http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-new-fundamentalism-america-is-god-understanding-the-u-s-war-state/5377047


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Why Are Americans Paying to Be Searched, Spied On, Shot At and Robbed Blind by the Government?

aa-Republicrats - Dees birds of prey When all is said and done, what we are witnessing is the emergence of a disconcerting government mindset that interprets the Constitution one way for corporations, government entities and the wealthy, and uses a second measure altogether for average Americans. For example, contrast the Supreme Court’s affirmation of the “free speech” rights of corporations and wealthy donors in McCutcheon and Citizens United with its tendency to deny those same rights to average Americans when government interests abound, such as in its 2012 decision in Reichle v. Howards, where a unanimous Supreme Court allowed immunity protections for Secret Service agents to trump the free speech rights of Americans, and you’ll find a noticeable disparity. Unfortunately, as I point out in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, this constitutional double standard is coming to bear in all aspects of our lives, not just in the realm of campaign finance law. It allows lobbyists intimate access to our elected officials, while prohibiting Americans from even standing silently in protest near a government building; it grants immunity to police officers who shoot unarmed citizens, while harshly punishing Americans who attempt to defend themselves, mistaking a SWAT team raid for a home invasion; and it gives government agents carte blanche access to Americans’ communications and activities, while allowing the government to operate in secret, with secret hearings, secret budgets and secret agendas. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/04/john-w-whitehead/searched-spied-on-shot-at-and-robbed-blind/


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Fighting the Militarized State

aa-militarization - of America The Barack Obama administration, determined to thwart the attempt by other plaintiffs and myself to have the courts void a law that permits the military to arrest U.S. citizens, strip them of due process and indefinitely detain them, has filed a detailed brief with the Supreme Court asking the justices to refuse to accept our petition to hear our appeal. We will respond within 10 days. “The administration’s unstated goal appears to be to get court to agree that [the administration] has the authority to use the military to detain U.S. citizens,” Bruce Afran, one of two attorneys handling the case, said when I spoke with him Sunday. “It appears to be asking the court to go against nearly 150 years of repeated decisions in which the court has refused to give the military such power. No court in U.S. history has ever recognized the right of the government to use the military to detain citizens. It would be very easy for the government to state in the brief that citizens and permanent residents are not within the scope of this law. But once again, it will not do this. It says the opposite. It argues that the activities of the plaintiffs do not fall within the scope of the law, but it clearly is reserving for itself the right to use the statute to detain U.S. citizens indefinitely.” http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38110.htm#.UzrGCo3pAOY.email


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Debunking the Gutting of the Military Storyline

aa-war - good illustration The United States spends more per year on war than the next thirteen countries combined. That imminent attack by the Iranian navy may be overblown. Our generals blather about the threat from China, that spends 18% of our budget, and threat from Russia, that spends 7% of our budget. The mainstream media articles and fear mongering drivel from our corrupt bought off politicians are nothing but propaganda designed to keep the billions flowing to the arms peddlers like Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, Raytheon, Boeing, and the rest of the dealers of death. Politicians who have been bribed with decades of “political contributions” won’t even vote to get rid of weapons programs the military no longer wants. http://www.theburningplatform.com/2014/03/29/debunking-the-gutting-of-military-storyline/


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U.S. Global ‘Democratization’ Campaign

aa-NGO A look at how the U.S. has purchased favorable pro-U.S. “democracies”, plutocracies, kleptocracies around the world through USAID, National Endowment for Democracy and NGOs such as George Soros’ Open Society Institute. Following the Money that has gone out of the pockets of American tax payers into the four corners of the world to buy “pro-U.S.” politicians or support pro-US opposition groups. U.S. corporations not just buying elections and politicians in the U.S. but also buying power and influence all over the world. http://www.presstv.ir/Program/287766.html


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The 30-Year U.S./Iran Nuke Standoff: Washington Started It in the Reagan Days

aa-Iran - in the crosshairs The Washington narrative about Iran’s alleged secret program to obtain nuclear weapons capability is among the single greatest lies ever propagated by the Warfare State. It has been underway for 30 years now—so the cumulative web of deceit, disinformation, distortions and fabrications has become nearly impossible to untangle, and for good reason: Keeping alive the notion that America is threatened by a fanatical incipient nuclear state is a vital lynch-pin justifying the presence of the vast U.S. war machine in the Persian Gulf and our incessant interventions and meddling in the regions conflicts. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/03/david-stockman/30-years-of-usiran-nuclear-standoff/


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Ukraine and Yugoslavia

aa-democracy - coming to your neighborhood In Ukraine as a whole, polls show that some seventy percent of the population is against joining NATO. Yet the U.S. and its satellites keep speaking of Ukraine’s “right” to join NATO. Nobody’s right not to join NATO is ever mentioned. The condition for Ukraine to join NATO would be the expulsion of foreign military bases from Ukrainian territory. That would mean expelling Russia from its historic naval base at Sebastopol, essential for Russia’s Black Sea fleet. Sebastopol is on the Crimean peninsula, inhabited by patriotic Russians, which was only made an administrative part of Ukraine in 1954 by Nikita Khrushchev, a Ukrainian. http://zcomm.org/znetarticle/ukraine-and-yugoslavia/


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Getting Ukraine Wrong

aa-Ukraine - 2-21-14 President Obama has decided to get tough with Russia by imposing sanctions and increasing support for Ukraine’s new government. This is a big mistake. This response is based on the same faulty logic that helped precipitate the crisis. Instead of resolving the dispute, it will lead to more trouble. The White House view, widely shared by Beltway insiders, is that the United States bears no responsibility for causing the current crisis. In their eyes, it’s all President Vladimir V. Putin’s fault — and his motives are illegitimate. This is wrong. Washington played a key role in precipitating this dangerous situation, and Mr. Putin’s behavior is motivated by the same geopolitical considerations that influence all great powers, including the United States. The taproot of the current crisis is NATO expansion and Washington’s commitment to move Ukraine out of Moscow’s orbit and integrate it into the West. The Russians have intensely disliked but tolerated substantial NATO expansion, including the accession of Poland and the Baltic countries. But when NATO announced in 2008 that Georgia and Ukraine “will become members of NATO,” Russia drew a line in the sand. Georgia and Ukraine are not just states in Russia’s neighborhood; they are on its doorstep. Indeed, Russia’s forceful response in its August 2008 war with Georgia was driven in large part by Moscow’s desire to prevent Georgia from joining NATO and integrating into the West. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/14/opinion/getting-ukraine-wrong.html?_r=0


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The Forgotten Coup

aa-map of Australia Washington’s role in the fascist putsch against an elected government in Ukraine will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore the historical record. Since 1945, dozens of governments, many of them democracies, have met a similar fate, usually with bloodshed. Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries on earth with fewer people than Wales, yet under the reformist Sandinistas in the 1980s it was regarded in Washington as a “strategic threat”. The logic was simple; if the weakest slipped the leash, setting an example, who else would try their luck? The great game of dominance offers no immunity for even the most loyal US “ally”. This is demonstrated by perhaps the least known of Washington’s coups — in Australia. The story of this forgotten coup is a salutary lesson for those governments that believe a “Ukraine” or a “Chile” could never happen to them. http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/03/17/the-forgotten-coup/


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World War One All Over Again

aa-World War I Did US Secretary of State John Kerry ask you before he delivered an all or nothing ultimatum to Russia? Did he ask Congress? Did he ask the countries of western and eastern Europe–NATO members who Kerry has committed to whatever the consequences will be of Washington’s inflexible, arrogant, aggressive provocation of Russia, a well-armed nuclear power? Did Kerry ask Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Mexico, South America, Africa, China, Central Asia, all of whom would be adversely affected by a world war provoked by the crazed criminals in Washington? No. He did not. The exceptional, indispensable, arrogant, self-righteous United States government does not need to ask anyone. Washington speaks not merely for itself. Washington represents the country chosen by history (and the neoconservatives) to speak not merely for itself, but for the entire world. Whatever Washington says is truth. Whatever Washington does is legal, in accordance with both domestic and international law. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/03/14/world-war-1-paul-craig-roberts/


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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa

aa-Africa - US military command Lion Forward Teams? Echo Casemate? Juniper Micron? You could be forgiven if this jumble of words looks like nonsense to you. It isn’t. It’s the language of the U.S. military’s simmering African interventions; the patois that goes with a set of missions carried out in countries most Americans couldn’t locate on a map; the argot of conflicts now primarily fought by proxies and a former colonial power on a continent that the U.S. military views as a hotbed of instability and that hawkish pundits increasingly see as a growth area for future armed interventions. Since 9/11, the U.S. military has been making inroads in Africa, building alliances, facilities, and a sophisticated logistics network. Despite repeated assurances by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) that military activities on the continent were minuscule, a 2013 investigation by TomDispatch exposed surprisingly large and expanding U.S. operations — including recent military involvement with no fewer than 49 of 54 nations on the continent. Washington’s goal continues to be building these nations into stable partners with robust, capable militaries, as well as creating regional bulwarks favorable to its strategic interests in Africa. Yet over the last years, the results have often confounded the planning — with American operations serving as a catalyst for blowback (to use a term of CIA tradecraft). http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37934.htm#.UyMMAXIp2H4.email


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The Leviathan Goes Rogue

aa-Republicrats - two parties one ideology On the Sunday morning shows last week, Secretary of State John Kerry denounced Russia’s “invasion” of Ukraine as a “brazen act of aggression.” Whatever that says about the Ukraine, Kerry’s highly-charged prose could equally describe the federal government’s manifest invasions of privacy here at home, its “brazen acts of aggression” against personal liberty, and its avalanche of serial violations of our own Constitution. Unfortunately, Republicans appear to be more worried about Putin and Crimea than they are about criminal politicians on the home front. In fact, House leaders are often among the most fervent defenders of Big Brother’s invasion of liberty and privacy right here at home. Of course, it’s always for our own good. http://www.fgfbooks.com/Manion/2014/Manion140312.html


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Ukraine, the War Party and the Pentagon’s Swamp of Waste

Contrary to the bombast, jingoism, and shrill moralizing flowing from Washington and the mainstream media, America has no interest in the current spat between Putin and the mobs of Kiev. For several centuries the Crimea has been Russian; for even longer, the Ukraine has been a cauldron of ethnic and tribal conflict, rarely an organized, independent state, and always a meandering set of borders looking for a redrawn map. Surely Washington jests when it threatens to organize another feckless set of economic sanctions against a nation that’s got the gas which Europe needs. The source of the current calamity-howling about Russia is the Warfare State–that is, the existence of vast machinery of military, diplomatic and economic maneuver that is ever on the prowl for missions and mandates and that can mobilize a massive propaganda campaign on the slightest excitement. The post-1991 absurdity of bolstering NATO and extending it into eastern Europe, rather than liquidating it after attaining “mission accomplished”, is just another manifestation of its baleful impact. In truth, the expansion of NATO is one of the underlying causes of America’s needless tension with Russia and Putin’s paranoia about his borders and neighbors. Indeed, what juvenile minds actually determined that America needs a military alliance with Slovenia, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania! http://davidstockmanscontracorner.com/2014/03/11/the-ukraine-the-war-party-and-the-pentagons-swamp-of-waste/


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U.S. Abandoned International Law, Follows the Law of the Jungle

aa-American Empire - banana republic Willy Wimmer was state secretary at the German Defense Ministry and vice president of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). This is what this well-informed member of the European Establishment told RT: http://rt.com/op-edge/ukraine-west-international-law-966/ The translation is not very good, but the message comes through. Western powers are following an agenda to partition the map of the European region under which a portion of the Black Sea territory will be under U.S. domination. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/03/11/us-abandoned-international-law-follows-law-jungle/


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America’s Advancing Empire: Putsch, Pillage and Duplicity

aa-American Empire - map of bases around the world The empire-building offensive of the 21st century differs from that of the previous decade in several crucial ways: Neo-liberal economic doctrines are discredited and electorates are not so easily convinced of the beneficence of falling under US hegemony. In other words, empire-builders cannot rely on diplomacy, elections and free market propaganda to expand their imperial reach as they did in the 1990’s. To reverse the retreat and advance 21st century empire-building, Washington realized it had to rely on force and violence. The Obama regime allocated billions of dollars to finance arms for mercenaries, salaries for street fighters and campaign expenses for electoral clients engaged in destabilization campaigns. Diplomatic duplicity and broken agreements replaced negotiated settlements – on a grand scale. Throughout the Obama period not a single imperial advance was secured via elections, diplomatic agreements or political negotiations. The Obama Presidency sought and secured the massification of global spy network (NSA) and the almost daily murder of political adversaries via drones and other means. Covert killer operations under the US Special Forces expanded throughout the world. Obama assumed dictatorial prerogatives, including the power to order the arbitrary assassination of U.S. citizens. The unfolding of the Obama regime’s global effort to stem the imperial retreat and re-launch empire-building “pivoted” almost exclusively on military instruments: armed proxies, aerial assaults, coups and violent putschist power grabs. Thugs, mobs, Islamist terrorists, Zionist militarists and a medley of retrograde separatist assassins were the tools of imperial advance. http://www.globalresearch.ca/americas-advancing-empire-putsch-pillage-and-duplicity/5372688


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Obama Comes Out Against Self-Determination

aa-Obama - tearing up constitution The White House Fool has repeatedly declared erroneously and foolishly that it is “against international law” for Crimea to exercise self-determination. Self-determination, as used by Washington, is a propaganda term that serves Washington’s empire but is not permissible for real people to exercise. On March 6 Obama telephoned Putin to tell the Russian President again that only Washington has the right to interfere in Ukraine and to insist against all logic that only the “government” in Kiev installed by the Washington-organized coup is “legitimate” and “democratic.” In other words, the elected government in Crimea pushed by the people in Crimea to give them a vote on their future is “undemocratic” and “illegitimate,” but a non-elected government in Kiev imposed by Washington is the voice of self-determination and legitimacy. Washington is so arrogant that it never occurs to the hubris-infected fools what the world thinks of Washington’s blatant hypocrisy. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/03/07/obama-comes-self-determination-paul-craig-roberts/


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The End of Drone War?

aa-Dees - drone attack The collapse of available bases could push the U.S. to revamp its failed counterterrorism strategy. http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-end-of-drone-war/


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America’s Staggering Hypocrisy

aa-democracy - coming to your neighborhood Since World War II – and extending well into the Twenty-first Century – the United States has invaded or otherwise intervened in so many countries that it would be challenging to compile a complete list. Just last decade, there were full-scale U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, plus American bombing operations from Pakistan to Yemen to Libya. So, what is one to make of Secretary of State John Kerry’s pronouncement that Russia’s military intervention in the Crimea section of Ukraine – at the behest of the country’s deposed president – is a violation of international law that the United States would never countenance? Kerry decried the Russian intervention as “a Nineteenth Century act in the Twenty-first Century.” However, if memory serves, Sen. Kerry in 2002 voted along with most other members of the U.S. Congress to authorize President George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq in 2003, which was also part of the Twenty-first Century. And, Kerry is a member of the Obama administration, which like its Bush predecessor, has been sending drones into the national territory of other nations to blow up various “enemy combatants.” Are Kerry and pretty much everyone else in Official Washington so lacking in self-awareness that they don’t realize that they are condemning actions by Russian President Vladimir Putin that are far less egregious than what they themselves have done? http://consortiumnews.com/2014/03/04/americas-staggering-hypocrisy/


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Hillary, Hitler, and Cold War II

aa-Hillary Clinton - militarist background The War Party tried to bring Georgia and Ukraine into NATO, which was established to contain and, if necessary, fight Russia. Had they succeeded, we could have been at war with Russia in 2008 over Georgia and South Ossetia, and today over Crimea. Now we hear new calls for Ukraine and Georgia to be brought into NATO. Are these people sane? Five U.S. presidents who faced far more violent actions by a far more dangerous Soviet Union – Truman, Ike, JFK, Johnson, Reagan – refused even to threaten force against Russia for anything east of the Elbe river. These presidents ruled out force during the Berlin Blockade of 1948, the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961, the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, and the smashing of Solidarity in Poland in 1981. Yet, today, we are committed to go to war for Lithuania and Estonia, Obama is sending F-16s to Latvia where half a million Russians live, and the War Party wants Sixth Fleet warships moved into the Black Sea. If there is a Cold War II, or a U.S.-Russia war, historians of tomorrow will as surely point to the Bushes and Clintons who shoved NATO into Moscow’s face, as historians today point to the men of Paris who imposed the Versailles treaty upon a defeated Germany in 1919. http://original.antiwar.com/buchanan/2014/03/06/hillary-hitler-and-cold-war-ii/#.UxnKT8rTKi0.email


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The Backstory to the Russia-Ukraine Confrontation: The U.S. and NATO Encirclement of Russia

aa-NATO encirclement of russia From the moment the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the United States has relentlessly pursued a strategy of encircling Russia, just as it has with other perceived enemies like China and Iran. It has brought 12 countries in central Europe, all of them formerly allied with Moscow, into the NATO alliance. U.S. military power is now directly on Russia’s borders. http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2014-03-03/backstory-russia-ukraine-confrontation-us-and-nato-encirclement-russia


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The Crisis in Ukraine

aa-Ukraine - skirmish As Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland made clear in her speech last December and in the leaked recording of her telephone conversation with the US ambassador in Kiev, Washington spent $5 billion of US taxpayer dollars engineering a coup in Ukraine that overthrew the elected democratic government. That it was a coup is also underlined by the obvious public lies that Obama has told about the situation, blaming, of course, the overthrown government, and by the total misrepresentation of Ukrainian developments by the US and European presstitute media. The only reason to misrepresent the events is to support the coup and to cover up Washington’s hand. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/02/25/crisis-ukraine-paul-craig-roberts/


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Obama’s Liberal Imperialism

aa-Republicrats - two parties one ideology No matter what his neocon detractors may allege, it seems clear, on the basis of his conduct in office, that when Obama campaigned on the slogan, “Change You Can Believe In,” he did not mean to mount a substantial challenge to what has been the fundamental assumption of American foreign policy since the end of the Second World War—that it is up to the U.S. to lead the world and that, in the end, whether Washington has proceeded unilaterally as it did in the George W. Bush years, or multilaterally, as the Democratic Party’s foreign-policy establishment has prescribed, the America’s view of what the global order needs to look like should be dispositive, to use a word that Vice President Biden is fond of deploying. http://nationalinterest.org/commentary/obamas-liberal-imperialism-9861


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Staying Out of Other People’s Wars

aa-John McCain The 2016 primaries are the setting for the Republican Party to debate and to adopt a new foreign policy for the 21st century, a policy that rejects the mindless interventionism of the McCains and steers us around, not into, the wars of the future that are surely coming. It’s time for antiwar conservatism – staying out of other people’s quarrels and other nations’ wars – one of the oldest and proudest traditions of the republic, to regain its rightful place in the Grand Old Party. http://original.antiwar.com/buchanan/2014/02/06/staying-out-of-other-peoples-wars/#.UvTjaKDhdh0.email


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The Menace of the Military Mind

aa-militarization - of America The U.S. military has won the ideological war. The nation sees human and social problems as military problems. To fight terrorists Americans have become terrorists. Peace is for the weak. War is for the strong. Hyper-masculinity has triumphed over empathy. We Americans speak to the world exclusively in the language of force. And those who oversee our massive security and surveillance state seek to speak to us in the same demented language. All other viewpoints are to be shut out. “In the absence of contrasting views, the very highest form of propaganda warfare can be fought: the propaganda for a definition of reality within which only certain limited viewpoints are possible,” C. Wright Mills wrote. “What is being promulgated and reinforced is the military metaphysics — the cast of mind that defines international reality as basically military.” This is why people like James Clapper and the bloated military and security and surveillance apparatus must not have unchecked power to conduct wholesale surveillance, to carry out extraordinary renditions and to imprison Americans indefinitely as terrorists. This is why the nation, as our political system remains mired in paralysis, must stop glorifying military values. In times of turmoil the military always seems to be a good alternative. It presents the facade of order. But order in the military, as the people of Egypt are now learning again, is akin to slavery. It is the order of a prison. And that is where Clapper and his fellow generals and intelligence chiefs would like to place any citizen who dares to question their unimpeded right to turn us all into mindless recruits. They have the power to make their demented dreams a reality. And it is our task to take this power from them. http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Menace-of-the-Military-by-Chris-Hedges-Army_Control_Military_Military-Madness-140203-292.html


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It’s Always World War II, If You’re a Warmonger

aa-American Empire - mcdonalds at iwo jima They call it the “Good War,” one supposes, in order to differentiate it from all the really bad wars we’ve been fighting – and losing – lately: Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and all the future wars our political class has up its collective sleeve. I call it the Worst War, because it fathered all the ones to come: it was the war that set us, finally, on the road to empire – and, as Garet Garrett put it years ago, that road was marked with “a sign that reads ‘No U-Turns.’” The war that killed millions, and finally killed our old republic, haunts us still. It lingers in the headlines, or at least in the op-eds, whenever a new “threat” rears its head: the dictator-of-the-moment, targeted for early retirement by the warlords of Washington, is invariably likened to Hitler – and that is the signal for the Tomahawk missiles to fly. Hitler is reincarnated daily in the War Party’s polemics, where it is always 1939 and the merest impulse to refrain from mass murder is “another Munich.” http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/01/28/its-always-world-war-ii/


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America Unhinged

aa-American Empire - world hegemony America’s national-security elites act on the assumption that every nook and cranny of the globe is of great strategic significance and that there are threats to U.S. interests everywhere. Not surprisingly, they live in a constant state of fear In other words, it must pursue a policy of global domination if it hopes to make
the world safe for America. This perspective is influential, widespread – and wrong. Contrary to the conventional wisdom, the United States is a remarkably secure country. The national-security elites who execute and support them fervently believe in “American exceptionalism.” They are convinced that the United States is morally superior to every other country on earth. http://nationalinterest.org/article/america-unhinged-9639


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What Did ‘Our’ Wars Win?

aa-military spending - republicrats worshipping And as we look back at our interventions in the 21st century, where are the gains of all our fighting, bleeding and dying? We know the costs – 8,000 dead, 40,000 wounded, $2 trillion in wealth sunk. But where are the benefits? http://original.antiwar.com/buchanan/2014/01/20/what-did-our-wars-win/#.Ut6On0OZdrg.email


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U.S. Foreign Policy is a Shambles

aa-Lindsey Graham - w AIPAC talking points good one With al-Qaeda affiliates wreaking havoc in Iraq, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham seem to lament that no U.S. troops are on the scene to get in on the action. “The Administration must recognize the failure of its policies in the Middle East and change course,” McCain and Graham said. Change course? Do they want to send troops back to Iraq, so they can do more dying and killing? McCain and Graham, who never saw an opportunity for U.S. military intervention they didn’t like, continue to operate under the absurd illusion that American politicians and bureaucrats can micromanage something as complex as a foreign society. Their hubris knows no bounds, but, then, they never pay the price for their foolishness. Who pays? The Americans they cheer off to war, but even more so, the people in foreign lands who are on the receiving end of American intervention. How do those scoundrels in Washington sleep? http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/u-s-foreign-policy-is-a-shambles/


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Shooting and Crying: The Unlearned Lessons of American Atrocity

aa-war crimes I have no doubt that the overwhelming majority of the soldiers who fought in Fallujah or took part elsewhere in this gigantic war crime thought of themselves as good people trying to do a good thing in difficult circumstances. That’s what they were told they were doing; and, poisoned from birth, like all of us, by that all-pervasive myth of exceptionalism, of special privilege for anything and everything done by the United States, most of them lacked the will — or even the conceptual tools — to question this belief. (Brave souls like Chelsea Manning and the Iraq Vets Against the War are among the exceptions.) I am sorry if some of them — and the survivors of the thousands of Americans killed in the process of unleashing this mass murder — now feel that the war was fought in vain, and that the American dead “were sacrificed for nothing,” as one “angry” ex-Marine told the Times after hearing that Fallujah was temporarily in the hands of the extremist militias engendered by the American invasion of Iraq. This is unfortunate for them — but let us be absolutely clear on this point. To any American soldier who thought he or she was fighting in Iraq for anything other than the aggrandizement of a bloodthirsty elite, then yes, yes, a thousand times yes: you fought in vain. You fought under false premises, you were ordered to carry out a great crime — and you carried it out. And yes, yes, a thousand times yes: every American soldier who was killed in Iraq was “sacrificed for nothing.” This was true from the very first moment of the war, from the moment you set foot in Iraq. http://chris-floyd.com/component/content/article/1-latest-news/2365-shooting-and-crying-the-unlearned-lessons-of-american-atrocity.html


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Bring the War on Terror to an End

aa-war - good for few bad for most Immediately after the attacks of September 11, Congress passed the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force, or the “AUMF.” It was an incredibly short resolution – just one sentence. But the power it handed to the president was nearly limitless. And rather than fading out of use, its power seems to grow with time.
How can the National Security Agency maintain its sweeping, invasive spying program? The only justification is the AUMF. Where did the president get the authority to indefinitely detain people for over a decade without charge or explanation? The AUMF provides that power, of course. Can U.S. citizens be targeted by drones for assassination without due process? Sure, says the AUMF. It is doubtful that members of Congress envisioned the future they were creating when they voted “yes” for the AUMF in 2001. But now that future is the present world we live in, and it is time to re-examine it. Is it safer? Is it more secure? As Americans, do we have more liberty? As global citizens, are we leading by example to bring about justice and the rule of law? There is a strong case to be made that the answer to each of those questions is a resounding no, and it is directly because of the AUMF. It is impossible to discuss the issues of warrantless wiretapping, the war in Afghanistan, the detention facility at Guantanamo or targeted drone strikes without discussing the AUMF. These troubling practices are only possible because they are considered “incidents of war” that are covered by the sweep of the AUMF’s authority. http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/world-report/2014/01/10/repeal-the-aumf-and-end-the-war-on-terror


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The Government’s Hideous Conduct Abroad

aa-American Empire - try and stop us Americans have a strange need to believe that their “leaders” mean well. Nowhere is this more true than in foreign policy. Even when the horror of some government operation is revealed (usually after being kept from the American people), solemn pundits and elder statesmen will drone on about unintended consequences and the fog of war, while admonishing against “pointless” recriminations. Typically, the harshest accusation leveled against those responsible for a calamity is incompetence, and even that’s rare. Yet when one examines the U.S. government’s bloody record in foreign affairs, it is tough to come away thinking that the long trail of death, mayhem, and devastation is anything but the result of malevolence in the pursuit of political and economic interest. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37384.htm#.UtfwMFaduGA.email


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War in Afghanistan: The Jig is Up

aa-David Patraeus - fainted The last several years of US operations in Afghanistan have been an exercise in mondo message management. If it were a sport, it would be the highlight of the ESPN X Games. Between Afghanistan and the “war of perception” in Iraq, students of so-called “strategic communications” will be studying this stuff (the art of deception, the artful dodge) for years. At the top of the syllabus: the far from hidden reality-chasm. That’s the wide, black gulf – what Rod Serling might call the Twilight Zone, a “wondrous dimension of imagination” – between what is happening on the ground in Afghanistan, and the much more “nuanced,” if not false picture the military and administration officials have been painting all along. http://original.antiwar.com/vlahos/2014/01/06/war-in-afghanistan-the-jig-is-up/#.Usw783t3ETA.email


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American Jihad 2014

aa-national security state Imagine what we call “national security” as, at heart, a proselytizing warrior religion. It has its holy orders. It has its sacred texts (classified). It has its dogma and its warrior priests. It has its sanctified promised land, known as “the homeland.” It has its seminaries, which we call think tanks. It is a monotheistic faith in that it broaches no alternatives to itself. It is Manichaean in its view of the world. As with so many religions, its god is an eye in the sky, an all-seeing Being who knows your secrets. Edward Snowden, the man who in 2013 pulled back the curtain on part of this system, revealing its true nature to anyone who cared to look, is an apostate, never to be forgiven by those in its holy orders. He is a Judas to be hunted down, returned to the U.S., put on trial as a “traitor,” and then – so say some retired NSS warriors (who often channel the opinions and feelings of those still in office) – hung by the neck until dead or swung “from a tall oak tree.” Al-Qaeda is, of course, the system’s Devil, whose evil seed is known to land and breed anywhere on the planet from Sana’a, Yemen, to Boston, Massachusetts, if we are not eternally and ever more on guard. In the name of the epic global struggle against it and the need to protect the homeland, nothing is too much, no step taken a point too far. (As the Devil is traditionally a shape-shifter, able to manifest himself in many forms, it is, however, possible that tomorrow’s version of him may be, say, China.) The leaders of this faith-based system are, not surprisingly, fundamentalist true believers. They don’t wear long beards, wave the Koran, shout “Death to the Great Satan,” or live in the backlands of the planet. Instead, they speak bureaucratically, tend to sport military uniforms and medals, and inhabit high-tech government facilities. http://original.antiwar.com/engelhardt/2014/01/05/american-jihad-2014/


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Wars Past, Present and Yet to Come

aa-American Empire - mcdonalds at iwo jima We don’t know yet if Syria was a “one off” in the sense that the potential conflict was too soon on the heels of our long, seemingly unending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Has the American public really wised up to the futility of war, or is it, as other writers and commentators have assessed, merely “fatigued” by it? The problem is, as author Aldous Huxley often suggested in his so many prescient thoughts on the power of television and the media, the American public is so distracted by superficial shiny things that it just doesn’t put the energy into learning about war and what happens to a country when war becomes a way of life. It doesn’t dwell on our own loss of humanity as we alter and destroy the lives of the innocents overseas. It doesn’t consider the blowback from drone strikes in places like Pakistan and Yemen, or the cost of taking care of a generation of veterans with traumatic physical and emotional injuries for the rest of their lives. http://original.antiwar.com/vlahos/2013/12/23/wars-past-present-and-yet-to-come/#.UrmbMAc6M4E.email


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Why Remain in Afghanistan?

aa-Afghanistan scene A final possible reason for staying in Afghanistan is more-or-less invisible, and that would be Washington’s saving face for having killed thousands of people and wasted hundreds of billions of dollars. It would be to maintain the Obama fiction that Afghanistan is somehow a “good war.” An abrupt pullout will make it all look like another major foreign policy failure, a perception that will surely have a political fallout for 2016 after the American people realize that they have yet again been conned, as they finally concluded regarding Iraq. So I guess it all comes down to the art of obtaining power and keeping it, both in Washington and Kabul, which is not a very good reason for continuing a war that should have ended in 2002. http://www.unz.com/article/why-remain-in-afghanistan/


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Palestinians Lose Again

aa-Palestians - good one Though the President of the United States is responsible for the management of the nation’s foreign policy he hardly has a free hand. Congress has increasingly been playing a role utilizing its power to legislate and also its control over the federal budget while various non-government constituencies within the United States have the ability to influence elections and media perceptions of the Administration. Those groups have inevitably become part of the process, which has also become more complicated due to the fact that foreign policy, which for the Founders consisted largely of protecting Americans overseas, has since the Second World War been conflated with national security and defense, making it increasingly difficult to identify and pursue clear cut interests. The result is that though foreign policy is not a major concern for most Americans at the White House level it consumes a disproportionate amount of time and energy while the instant news cycle and a reflexively hostile GOP make every possible misstep fraught with peril. http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2013/12/04/palestinians-lose-again/#.UqCPxVGajZc.email


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Redefining Heroism — When I Was in Vietnam, I Was No Hero

Well, I have to tell you that when I was in Vietnam, I was no hero and I didn’t witness any heroism during the year I spent there, first as a U.S. Army private and then as a sergeant. Yes, there was heroism in the Vietnam War. On both sides of the conflict there were notable acts of self-sacrifice and bravery. Troops in my unit wondered how the North Vietnamese troops could persevere for years in the face of daunting U.S. firepower. U.S. medical corpsmen performed incredible acts of valor rescuing the wounded under fire. But I also witnessed a considerable amount of bad behavior, some of it my own. There were widespread incidents of disrespect and abuse of Vietnamese civilians including more than a few war crimes. Further, all units had, and still have, their share of criminals, sexual predators and thugs. Most unheroic of all were the U.S. military and civilian leaders who planned and orchestrated this avoidable war. The cold truth is that the U.S. invasion and occupation of Vietnam had next to nothing to do with our own peace and freedom. On the contrary, the Vietnam War bitterly divided the United States. We fought it to forestall Vietnamese independence, not defend it. Unfortunately, Vietnam wasn’t an isolated example. Many American wars — including the 1846 Mexican-American War, the Spanish-American War in 1898, and the Iraq War (this list is by no means exhaustive) — were waged under false pretexts against countries that didn’t threaten the United States. It’s hard to see how, if a war is unjust, it can be heroic to wage it. So it’s flat-out preposterous to claim that everyone who has ever been in the U.S. military is a hero. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36795.htm#.Un5E6JEoanA.email


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Reinhardt

Like so many other anti-war articles, this one is loaded with false statements meant for the reader to believe, because the author claims to be a Nam Vet. I seriously doubt he rose to the rank of Sgt. being anti-war. Typical of the Marxist crowd, is the double standard. Silence as to the war crimes of the other side. Typical of people like Fonda, Hayden, Ted Kennedy, and an endless list of other Marxists! I spent two tours in-country, and did not witness the same as claimed by the author. SEMPER FI

putnamvt

Near-total BS grasp . War is war .We were fighting Marxist terrorism covered-up subsequently, justified under any means. The reason it lasted as long as it did was the enemy knew it didn't have to negotiate - not with the Marxist jews in the US media and elsewhere practicing sedition. Funny, no not really, tragic for they nation, that few can see it, the flip flopping by the media if a war is deemed good for Israel. Where's all the protest songs?

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A Rogue Superpower

Call both the blanketing surveillance and the drone revelations symptoms of a larger disease. In the years before 9/11, the U.S. focused its global attentions on what it then called “rogue states.” Devoted since that date to perpetual war across significant parts of the planet and to a surveillance apparatus geared to leave no one anywhere in privacy, the U.S. now resembles a rogue superpower to an increasingly resistant and restless world. No single reporter has done more than Jeremy Scahill to bring us back news of how, in the post-9/11 years, Washington took its wars into the darkness, how it helped create a landscape of blowback abroad, and just how such roguery works when it comes to a superpower — from missile strikes in Yemen to a secret CIA prison in Somalia to kick-down-the-door killings of innocents by Special Operations types in Afghanistan. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36716.htm#.UnUETBj4cxA.email


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Department Of Homeland Security Funded Study Proves War On Terrorism Has Greatly Increased Global Terrorism

A new study from the Department of Homeland Security has proven what has been a well-known fact amongst anyone who follows the alternative media. The so-called war on terrorism has actually increased terrorism around the world. Whenever the United States government announces that they are launching a war on something we get more of what they are waging a war on. The war on poverty resulted in more poverty, the war on drugs resulted in more drug use and now we can definitively say the same thing about the war on terrorism. If the goal of the so-called war on terrorism was to reduce the amount of terrorism in the world it has failed miserably. http://www.blacklistednews.com/Department_Of_Homeland_Security_Funded_Study_Proves_War_On_Terrorism_Has_Greatly_Increased_Global_Terrorism/29946/0/3/3/Y/M.html


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The Business of America is War

There is a new normal in America: our government may shut down, but our wars continue. Congress may not be able to pass a budget, but the U.S. military can still launch commando raids in Libya and Somalia, the Afghan War can still be prosecuted, Italy can be garrisoned by American troops (putting the “empire” back in Rome), Africa can be used as an imperial playground (as in the late nineteenth century “scramble for Africa,” but with the U.S. and China doing the scrambling this time around), and the military-industrial complex can still dominate the world’s arms trade. In the halls of Congress and the Pentagon, it’s business as usual, if your definition of “business” is the power and profits you get from constantly preparing for and prosecuting wars around the world. “War is a racket,” General Smedley Butler famously declared in 1935, and even now it’s hard to disagree with a man who had two Congressional Medals of Honor to his credit and was intimately familiar with American imperialism. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36606.htm#.UmfQCpijy30.email


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Washington’s Silence on Iraq

Violence has escalated in Iraq at a rate not seen since 2008 when the final Strategic Framework and Security Agreement between Bush and Maliki was signed. Nearly 6,000 Iraqis were killed since the beginning of the year, 490 in October, as of Sunday. Sectarian violence on both sides is washing over Iraqi towns and cities like an epidemic, including the North, where Kurdistan had once been known as the safest place in Iraq. Washington, which for years claimed the invasion, in part, was to foster a democratic ally in the region, has been curiously silent on why this is happening and what it means for Iraq, with much of the mainstream news following suit. http://original.antiwar.com/vlahos/2013/10/14/washingtons-silence-on-iraq/#.Ul05wyRHDVA.email


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Public is Catching On, U.S. Economy is War Based

In the neo-American political system. “war” is an activity engaged in as the cover for creating obscene amounts of money that is distributed through banks to war industry businessmen and “defense” contractors… money that trickles down to us in the illusion of prosperity. Some of our children fight in unnecessary wars. This answer to the question, “why does our President want to bomb Syria,” is too simple, too direct, and too obviously evil for many Americans to believe. We want to think there is a grain of decency in our leaders. Who wants to disturb his peace of mind by accepting the premise that warmaking is our country’s unofficial national economic policy? The real explanation of all warring acts for 95 years, must be covered up at all cost. Our once greater society has degenerated morally because we have fallen under influence of a war-based economy. And our economy in its present configuration cannot survive without the money generated by either preparing for war, fighting a war, or rebuilding after the cessation of one. Wars has lots of rewards for those who start them, but do we benefit? https://charlesecarlson.com/u-s-war-based-economy-exposed/


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Syria’s New Game: The Russian Factor

Israel has killed too many Arabs to worry about the death of some more, and the brutality of the Syrian government or its opposition has never been a concern to Israel and its lobby. For them, another American war is yet another opportunity to knock down an old adversary, engender further chaos and bask in the glory of being “the only democracy in the Middle East” among a sea of tumultuous, unruly neighbors. However, lack of appetite for intervention has thwarted the plan for now, leaving the U.S. and Israel searching for new options to maintain their relevance in a region of quickly shifting balances. The anger directed at Putin’s article has a lot less to do with Putin’s own legacy as a leader, and much more to do with the frustration that new players in the Middle East are now successfully involved in a “game” that has for decades been dominated by if not reserved for Western powers and their allies. http://original.antiwar.com/ramzy-baroud/2013/09/18/syrias-new-game-the-russian-factor/


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The Dead Rhetoric of War

The intoxication of war, fueled by the euphoric nationalism that swept through the country like a plague following the attacks of 9/11, is a spent force in the United States. The high-blown rhetoric of patriotism and national destiny, of the sacred duty to reshape the world through violence, to liberate the enslaved and implant democracy in the Middle East, has finally been exposed as empty and meaningless. The war machine has tried all the old tricks. It trotted out the requisite footage of atrocities. It issued the histrionic warnings that the evil dictator will turn his weapons of mass destruction against us if we do not bomb and “degrade” his military. It appealed to the nation’s noble sacrifice in World War II, with the Secretary of State John Kerry calling the present situation a “Munich moment.” But none of it worked. It was only an offhand remark by Kerry that opened the door to a Russian initiative, providing the Obama administration a swift exit from its mindless bellicosity and what would have been a humiliating domestic defeat. Twelve long years of fruitless war in Afghanistan and another 10 in Iraq have left the public wary of the lies of politicians, sick of the endless violence of empire and unwilling to continue to pump trillions of dollars into a war machine that has made a small cabal of defense contractors and arms manufacturers such as Raytheon and Halliburton huge profits while we are economically and politically hollowed out from the inside. The party is over. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36261.htm#.Ujm7tqBx7Pg.email


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Too Many Years Of Lies: From Mossadeq to 9/11

Washington has been at war for 12 years. According to experts such as Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes, these wars have cost Americans approximately $6 trillion, enough to keep Social Security and Medicare sound for years. All there is to show for 12 years of war is fat bank balances for the armament industries and a list of destroyed countries with millions of dead and dislocated people who never lifted a hand against the United States. The cost paid by American troops and taxpayers is extreme. Secretary of Veteran Affairs Erik Shinseki reported in November 2009 that “more veterans have committed suicide since 2001 than we have lost on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.” Many thousands of our troops have suffered amputations and traumatic brain injuries. At the Marine Corps War College Jim Lacey calculated that the annual cost of the Afghan war was $1.5 billion for each al-Qaeda member in Afghanistan. Many US and coalition troops paid with their lives for every one al-Qaeda member killed. On no basis has the war ever made sense. Washington’s wars have destroyed the favorable image of the United States created over the decades of the cold war. No longer the hope of mankind, the US today is viewed as a threat whose government cannot be trusted. The wars that have left America’s reputation in tatters are the consequence of 9/11. The neoconservatives who advocate America’s hegemony over the world called for “a new Pearl Harbor” that would allow them to launch wars of conquest. Their plan for conquering the Middle East as their starting point was set out in the neoconservative “Project for the New American Century.” It was stated clearly by Commentary editor Norman Podhoretz and also by many neoconservatives. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/09/10/too-many-years-of-lies-from-mossadeq-to-911/


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The Rule of Zombies: Why Are Obama and Kerry So Desperate to Start a New War?

What is the real agenda? Why is the obama Regime so desperate to commit a war crime despite the warnings delivered to the White House Fool two days ago by the most important countries in the world at the G20 Summit? What powerful interest is pushing the White House Fool to act outside of law, outside the will of the American people, outside the warnings of the world community? http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/09/08/the-rule-of-zombies-why-are-obama-and-kerry-so-desperate-to-start-a-new-war-paul-craig-roberts/


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Syria: Next Chapter of U.S. Shadow War in Middle East

The U.S. government is responsible for a massive death toll post 9/11, and instead of decelerating the wars, the Obama administrations intends to exacerbate more money and more military aid in an attempt to send Syrian leader al-Assad a message. An act that could push the planet into WW3. http://www.infowars.com/syria-next-chapter-of-u-s-shadow-war-in-middle-east/


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The US Government Stands Revealed to the World as a Collection of War Criminals and Liars

Are the American people and the rest of the world just going to stand there, sucking their thumbs, while a new Nazi State rises in Washington? Congress must vote down the war and make it clear to obama that if he defies the constitutional power of Congress he will be impeached. If Congress is too corrupt or incompetent to do its duty, the rest of the world must join the UN General Secretary and the President of Russia and declare that unilateral military aggression by the U.S. government is a war crime, and that the war criminal U.S. government will be isolated in the international community. Any of its members caught traveling abroad will be arrested and turned over to the Hague for trial. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/09/05/the-us-government-stands-revealed-to-the-world-as-a-collection-of-war-criminals-and-liars/


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When It Comes to War, Elephants and Donkeys Think Alike

All the talk of party partisanship notwithstanding, there are two issues that Democrats and Republicans in Washington, D.C., will ALWAYS come together on: going to war on foreign soil and building a police state on the American homeland. Why? Because both of these actions dramatically increase the power and riches of the Washington establishment. Nothing turns a profit like war; and nothing gives more power to Washington, D.C., like a police state. And whatever their differences might be, most everyone in D.C. wants increased money and power. So, now we are going to go to war with Syria. Egad! Tell me again what the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the drone attacks in Pakistan, the covert military actions in Yemen, Libya, etc., have gotten us? Besides hundreds and thousands of dead and wounded young men and women in uniform, I mean. Is America safer? If so, what is the need for this burgeoning surveillance society and police state apparatus in the U.S. heartland? http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/Articles/tabid/109/ID/1064/When-It-Comes-To-War-Elephants-And-Donkeys-Think-Alike.aspx


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No Syrian War to Save Obama’s Face

McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham came out of the Oval Office saying Obama was open to wider strikes on Syria and more lethal support for the rebels. As Iran, Hezbollah and Russia would then upgrade their own weapons shipments to Damascus, this will mean more dead, more wounded, more tens of thousands fleeing into exile and a longer war. But what it will likely end with, after America is dragooned in, is a U.S. war with Iran; our allies, sitting in their box seats, cheering us on. And that is the dog you will not hear bark in the war-on-Syria debate. http://original.antiwar.com/buchanan/2013/09/03/no-syrian-war-to-save-obamas-face/#.UidOl8cKhO8.email


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‘Surgical Strikes’ an Orwellian Dream

Imagine for a moment that you live in the nation’s capitol, by the Pentagon or minutes away in Quantico, the Marine Corps headquarters, or one exit down the parkway from the National Security Agency (NSA) in nearby Maryland. Imagine farther out, places where our Navy fleets are stationed – Norfolk, San Diego – or the main Air Force satellite control center in Colorado Springs. Any military installation across the country. Now imagine what it would be like to hear over radio waves and on your television set that one of those places might be bombed as punishment for something your president did. This punitive measure is to be meted out against “military assets,” and guess what? You live right down the street from one. Good luck. http://original.antiwar.com/vlahos/2013/09/02/surgical-strikes-an-orwellian-dream/#.UiXitl_y52w.email


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Obama Has Decided That It is Safer to Buy Congress Than to go It Alone

While still claiming dictatorial powers to start a war on his own authority, Obama put his unilateral attack on Syria on hold when he received a letter from more than 160 members of the House of Representatives reminding him that to take the country to war without congressional approval is an impeachable offense and when he saw that no country that could serve as cover for a war crime, not even the puppet British government and the NATO puppet states, would support America’s announced military aggression against Syria. Obama got away with attacking Libya without an OK from Congress, because he used Washington’s NATO puppets and not U.S. military forces. That ploy let Obama claim that the U.S. was not directly involved. Now that the lack of cover and the challenge from Congress has caused the would-be tyrant Obama to put on hold his attack on Syria, what can we expect? http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/09/01/obama-has-decided-that-it-is-safer-to-buy-congress-than-to-go-it-alone-paul-craig-roberts/


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America Totally Discredited

A foolish President Obama and moronic Secretary of State Kerry have handed the United States government its worst diplomatic defeat in history and destroyed the credibility of the Office of the President, the Department of State, and the entire executive branch. All are exposed as a collection of third-rate liars. Intoxicated with hubris from past successful lies and deceptions used to destroy Iraq and Libya, Obama thought the U.S. “superpower,” the “exceptional” and “indispensable” country, could pull it off again, this time in Syria. But the rest of the world has learned to avoid Washington’s rush to war when there is no evidence. A foolish Obama was pushed far out on the limb by an incompetent and untrustworthy National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, and the pack of neoconservatives that support her, and the British Parliament cut the limb off. What kind of fool would put himself in that vulnerable position? Now Obama stands alone, isolated, trying to back away from his threat to attack without authorization from anyone–not from the UN, not from NATO, not from Congress who he ignored–a sovereign country. Under the Nuremberg Standard military aggression is a war crime. Washington has until now got away with its war crimes by cloaking them in UN or NATO approval. Despite these “approvals,” they remain war crimes. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/08/30/america-totally-discredited-paul-craig-roberts/


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thesouthernnationalist

Lol, putnamvt they dont want to get any "stink" on them ! But we patriots know whats going on.

putnamvt

Obviously because Israel wants Assad dead, and they run this nations mideast policy, not to mention being the "inventors" of this fraud of a president .Why is everyone always tiptoeing around the giant turd on the carpet?

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Will Obama Doom Himself as a War Criminal

As the entire world is aware, the Israeli government has been committing crimes against the people in Palestine for decades. A distinguished Jewish jurist concluded in an official report that the Israeli government committed war crimes in its attack on the civilian population of Gaza. No country regards the criminal states of Turkey and Israel as cover for a war crime. If Obama is pushed by Susan Rice and the evil neocons, who are strongly allied with Israel, into going it alone and conducting a military strike on Syria, Obama will have made himself an unambiguous War Criminal under the Nuremberg Standard created by the US Government. Unprovoked military aggression is a war crime under international law. That is completely clear. There are no ifs or buts about it. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/08/30/will-obama-doom-himself-as-a-war-criminal-paul-craig-roberts/


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The Return of the Dodgy Dossier

The War Party’s Syria narrative is beginning to unravel – and, with it, support for yet another US military intervention in the region. http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2013/08/29/the-return-of-the-dodgy-dossier/


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Brzezinski: ‘Global Political Awakening’ Making Syrian War Difficult

During a short interview with Germany’s DW News last Monday, former US National Security Adviser and Trilateral Commission co-founder Zbigniew Brzezinski commented on the growing inefficiency of war due to the increased political knowledge of the public. Given the contemporary reality of what I have called in my writings ‘Global Political Awakening,’ a policy of force based primarily on Western and in some cases former colonial powers does not seem to me a very promising avenue to an eventual solution to the regional problem,” said Brzezinski, referring to the situation in Syria. http://www.infowars.com/brzezinski-global-political-awakening-making-syrian-war-difficult/


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Obama Flips and Flops

One might have thought that Obama, with his vast intelligence resources, could have learned that years of supporting a series of local autocrats as well as Israel’s occupation of Palestine combined with failed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has meant that the United States has zero credibility anywhere in the Middle East and virtually no leverage over developments, a reality that will not be changed by launching cruise missiles or bombing airfields. The real tragedy is that there is a more cautious side of Obama that seemingly always gets derailed when the opportunity to use all that shiny military hardware presents itself. Obama, to his credit, had recently allowed General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to speak out clearly and emphatically about Syria, observing that there are no good options. To be sure, Mohamed Morsi was no Thomas Jefferson and his ascent to the Egyptian presidency was enabled through fraud and double dealing culminating in a dubious parliamentary election that appeared to confirm the ascendancy of his party. Nor is Bashar al-Assad a role model for responsible and accountable government even if the recent chemical attacks attributed to him to provide a casus belli turn out to be either a fabrication or a deliberate provocation by the rebels, as I suspect will be the case. But the very idea that somehow imposed-by-force western style democracy is a solution to what ails everyone everywhere has failed to convince, particularly as the countries involved in the process, be they in Eastern Europe or the Middle East, have their own painfully evolved political cultures that are complex amalgams of religion, history, and social dynamics. http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2013/08/28/obama-flips-and-flops


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Why the Rush to War?

The UN inspection team in Syria has been “delayed” due to a dispute among the rebels, who could not or would not guarantee the team’s safety. While the Assad government has granted them access, the suburb of Damascus where the alleged chemical attacks occurred is in rebel-controlled territory. Western news media aren’t reporting the reason for the delay, mostly sticking with the official UN statement: “Following yesterday’s attack on the U.N. convoy, a comprehensive assessment determined that the visit should be postponed by one day in order to improve preparedness and safety for the team. Considering the complexities of the site, confirmation of access has not been obtained but is expected later today.” The “complexities of the site” include a rebel occupation force that has everything to fear from a real inspection. These are same people responsible for serial hoaxes, some of them pretty crude, and all designed to fool us into believing Assad’s forces had launched a poison gas attack – not against rebel forces but against civilian bystanders. The last UN inspection led to the conclusion that if anyone had used chemical weapons it was the rebels, and after this tremendous buildup that’s the last news the U.S. and its Syrian sock-puppets want to hear. Of course it’s just a coincidence that the U.S. government told the UN inspection team to turn back even before they arrived on the scene, with Washington claiming they already have enough evidence to convict the Assad regime out of hand. http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2013/08/27/why-the-rush-to-war/


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putnamvt

Too late for a Congressional hearing on the Iraq WMD hoax? Because the US Congress is extensively lobbied by Jewish special interests , it was never in the cards. Of course they figured on that --- as well as America's media which might as well be a branch of the Israeli government keeping quiet. Weapons of self-destruction. Successful liars will keep using the same lies.

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Syrians Scramble to Hide From Obama’s Humanitarian Love Bombs

Despite the U.S. and Britain justifying an imminent attack on Syria in the name of “protecting civilians,” Syrians themselves are scrambling to hide from Obama’s humanitarian love bombs, with one Damascus resident telling Reuters, “We live in the capital. Every turn, every street, every neighborhood has some government target. Where do we hide?” Although a torrent of criticism has forced both Washington and London to move towards some kind of symbolic gesture involving the United Nations, a senior U.S. official told NBC News today “we’re past the point of return” and that U.S. air strikes against Syrian targets would inevitably occur “within days.” That leaves thousands of Syrians living in major cities already ravaged by nearly two years of civil war and western-backed Al-Qaeda terrorist attacks looking up to the skies in anticipation of a fresh delivery of cruise missiles – all in the name of “protecting civilians” of course. http://www.infowars.com/syrians-scramble-to-hide-from-obamas-humanitarian-love-bombs/


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Syria: Another Western War Crime in the Making

Washington and its British and French puppet governments are poised to yet again reveal their criminality. The image of the West as War Criminal is not a propaganda image created by the West’s enemies, but the portrait that the West has painted of itself. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/08/26/syria-another-western-war-crime-in-the-making-paul-craig-roberts/


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Obama and Cameron Chat About Murdering Syrians

Despite an obvious lack of evidence the Syrian government was responsible for a chemical attack outside of Damascus earlier this week, Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron have reached and understanding that a “serious response” aimed at the government of Bashar al-Assad and his military is in order. http://www.infowars.com/obama-and-cameron-chat-about-murdering-syrians/


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Washington’s Drive For Hegemony is a Drive to War

Are Americans aware that Washington is conducting military exercises all over the world, is surrounding Russia and China with military bases, and now has an Africa Command? Have Congress and the American people signed off on Amerika Uber Alles? http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/08/08/washingtons-drive-for-hegemony-is-a-drive-to-war-paul-craig-roberts/


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Do We Really Want a Cold War II?

“There have been times when they slip back into Cold War thinking,” said President Obama in his tutorial with Jay Leno. And to show the Russians that such Cold War thinking is antiquated, Obama canceled his September summit with Vladimir Putin. The reason: Putin’s grant of asylum to Edward Snowden, who showed up at the Moscow airport, his computers full of secrets that our National Security Agency has been thieving from every country on earth, including Russia. Yet there are many KGB defectors in the United States, and Russia has never used this as an excuse to cancel a summit. http://takimag.com/article/do_we_really_want_a_cold_war_ii_patrick_buchanan/print#axzz2bV48vVqZ


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What National Interest?

Why can’t the U.S. be the “honest broker”? Because the American government is in no position to formulate an independent policy reflecting the nation’s national interest in a just and therefore lasting peace. The Zionist lobby (made up of both Jewish and Christian Americans) is so powerful that the vast majority of politicians and both political parties will not defy it. So the U.S. position is always pro-Israel. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article35776.htm


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Globalist Agitprop: Hillary Clinton, the Miniseries

In order to get Americans ready for president Hillary Clinton, NBC, the death merchant General Electric’s former premier Mockingbird media asset now run by the transnational Comcast, will produce a television miniseries featuring the erstwhile first lady and secretary of state. According to NBC, the four hour propaganda event will “recount Clinton’s life as a wife, mother, politician and cabinet member” from 1988 to the present. It will likely air before a gaggle of handpicked and groomed demopublican candidates join the pre-selection corporate media dog and pony show in the spring or summer of 2015, thus avoiding running afoul of the government’s campaign laws, which are, of course, a standing joke. http://www.infowars.com/globalist-agitprop-hillary-clinton-the-miniseries/


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Lawlessness is the New Normal

In various articles and in my latest book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism And Economic Dissolution Of The West, I have pointed out that the European sovereign debt crisis is being used to terminate the sovereignty of the countries that are members of the EU. There is no doubt that this is true, but the sovereignty of the EU member states is only nominal. Although the individual countries still retain some sovereignty from the EU government, they are all under Washington’s thumb, as demonstrated by the recent illegal and hostile action taken on Washington’s orders by France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Austria against the airliner carrying Bolivia’s President Evo Morales. Flying back to Bolivia from Moscow, Morales’ plane was denied overflight and refueling permission by Washington’s French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese puppets and had to land in Austria, where the presidential plane was searched for Edward Snowden. It was a power play by Washington to kidnap Snowden from Bolivia’s presidential airliner in defiance of international law and to teach upstart reformers like Morales that independence from Washington’s orders is not permitted. The European puppet states went along with this extraordinary breach of diplomacy and international law despite the fact that each of the countries is incensed that Washington is spying on their governments, diplomats, and citizens. Their thanks to Snowden, whose revelations made them aware that Washington was recording their every communication, was to help Washington capture Snowden. This tells us how much morality, honor, integrity there is left in Western civilization: Zero. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/07/05/lawlessness-is-the-new-normal-paul-craig-roberts/


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Syrian ‘Rebels’ Pledge Loyalty to al-Qaeda

A Syrian rebel group’s April pledge of allegiance to al-Qaeda’s replacement for Osama bin Laden suggests that the terrorist group’s influence is not waning and that it may take a greater role in the Western-backed fight to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/04/11/syria-al-qaeda-connection/2075323/


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Eternal War

Sometimes when I board an airplane the head stew asks passengers to applaud the sacrifices our brave soldiers have made in defending the United States. I don’t applaud. For one thing, no soldier has defended the United States since 1945. For another, any dentist, bus driver, or musician has done more to benefit the country, and less to bankrupt it and give it a bad name, than all the armed services combined. Why don’t we applaud dentists? http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article35178.htm#.Ua83g9UkUL0.email


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Eric Texas

No one in the military of the US has ever died to save the United States. As the "US" is a corporation and the USA is a once Nation - now a Nation State. All not the same. Our boys like ALL wars from the Mexican war on, have been killed for high finance and Jewish/UK interests. The idea that the boys in 1945 were fighting for our freedom is a joke, sad and a lie. Next they will tell us that Iraq and the Afgan's were going to invade; but we were saved by the neo-con's! please.... Next!

putnamvt

Yeah, they have since 1945 -they succeeded in protecting our Pacific flank by taking a stand against communism in Southeast Asia , despite what all the jewed up history states. Nowadays they are cannon fodder for kosher warfare.

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Prophet For A Dying Empire – Chalmers Johnson

Chalmers Johnson was a truth teller and prophet in a political environment where few would stand up to the interests and secrecy of the Pentagon and the intelligence community — and since his passing in November of 2010, many of his prophetic fears have been realized in the Obama administration. Johnson, author of Blowback, Sorrows of Empire and Nemesis,The Last Days of the American Republic, talks in this video interview about the similarities in the decline of the Roman and Soviet empires and the signs that the U.S. empire is exhibiting the very same symptoms ~ overextension, corruption and the inability to reform. http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/05/31/prophet-for-a-dying-empire-chalmers-johnson/


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Iraq Collapse Shows Bankruptcy of Interventionism

by Ron Paul. From Iraq to Libya to Mali to Syria to Afghanistan, U.S. interventions have an unbroken record of making matters far worse. Yet regardless of the disasters produced, all the interventionists offer is a more aggressive U.S. foreign policy. We must learn the appropriate lessons from the disaster of Iraq. We cannot continue to invade countries, install puppet governments, build new nations, create centrally planned economies, engage in social engineering, and force democracy at the barrel of a gun. The rest of the world is tired of U.S. interventionism, and the U.S. taxpayer is tired of footing the bill for U.S. interventionism. http://original.antiwar.com/paul/2013/06/02/iraq-collapse-shows-bankruptcy-of-interventionism/#.UayHlosQ0qE.email


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Naming the Nameless War

For well over a decade now the United States has been “a nation at war.” Does that war have a name? It did at the outset. After 9/11, George W. Bush’s administration wasted no time in announcing that the U.S. was engaged in a Global War on Terrorism, or GWOT. With few dissenters, the media quickly embraced the term. The GWOT promised to be a gargantuan, transformative enterprise. The conflict begun on 9/11 would define the age. In neoconservative circles, it was known as World War IV. Upon succeeding to the presidency in 2009, however, Barack Obama without fanfare junked Bush’s formulation (as he did again in a speech at the National Defense University last week). Yet if the appellation went away, the conflict itself, shorn of identifying marks, continued. Does it matter that ours has become and remains a nameless war? Very much so. Names bestow meaning. When it comes to war, a name attached to a date can shape our understanding of what the conflict was all about. http://original.antiwar.com/engelhardt/2013/05/28/the-eternal-war/#.UaYAuoLA2s4.email


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From Iraq to Syria: U.S. Political Impotence in the Middle East

The current American political impotence in the Middle East is unprecedented, at least since the rapid disintegration of the Soviet bloc in the early 1990’s. The dissolution of the Soviet Union had ushered in the rise of a unipolar world, wholly managed by the United States. The rise of the uncontested American hegemony represented a shift in historical dialectics, where great powers found their match and the rest of the world, more or less, accommodated the ensuing competition. http://original.antiwar.com/ramzy-baroud/2013/05/23/from-iraq-to-syria-us-political-impotence-in-the-middle-east/


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Washington’s Presumption

The new president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, is cast in Chavez’s mold. On May 4, he called US president Obama the “grand chief of devils.” Obama, who has betrayed democracy in America, unleashing execution on American citizens without due process of law and war without the consent of Congress, provoked Maduro’s response by suggesting that Maduro’s newly elected government might be fraudulent. Obviously, Obama is piqued that the millions of dollars his administration spent trying to elect an American puppet instead of Maduro failed to do the job. If anyone has accurately summed up Washington, it is the Venezuelans. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/05/07/washingtons-presumption-paul-craig-roberts/


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You Are the Hope

The U.S. Constitution is the product of 900 years of human efforts to restrain brutal government and to make government subject to law. It only took Bush and Obama eleven years to get rid of it. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/05/01/you-are-the-hope-paul-craig-roberts/


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