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Another Force of Evil to Be ‘Vanquished’

aa-ISIS troops Resurrection, reinvention and linguistics. Barack Obama did the lot. And now he’s taking America to war in Syria as well as Iraq. Oh yes, and he’s going to defeat Isis, its “barbarism”, “genocide”, its “warped ideology” – until the bad guys are “vanquished from the earth”. What happened to George W Bush? http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/robert-fisk-on-isis-campaign-bingo-heres-another-force-of-evil-to-be-vanquished-9727423.html


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The Ukraine Crisis Remains Unresolved

aa-map of Ukraine The Western presstitute media, a collection of government propagandists, has misrepresented the situation in Ukraine from the beginning. In place of news coverage, there has been propaganda against Russia. Consequently, Western peoples who rely on the media are misinformed about Ukraine and place all blame on Russia. The fact that the American people are misinformed makes it easy for Washington to continue to orchestrate events to Russia’s disadvantage. Washington has no interest in resolving the troubles in Ukraine. Washington has successfully used Ukraine to create fear of Russia both in Europe and in the United States. Washington has successfully used Ukraine to damage European-Russian economic and political relations, and Washington has succeeded in starting a new Cold War that will keep profits flowing into the US military/security complex. As the Kiev government is Washington’s puppet, there is no reason to expect a resolution of the conflict that Washington brought to Ukraine and to Russia. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/09/09/ukraine-crisis-remains-unresolved-paul-craig-roberts/


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Bombs Away Over Syria! Washington Has Gone Stark Raving Mad

aa-Obama - crazy look Is any more evidence needed that Washington has gone stark raving mad than even the possibility that such an absurd option could be under consideration? Has not the imperial city on the Potomac become so inured to its pretensions of global hegemony and to instant resort to deployment of its war machine that any semblance of rationality and coherence has been dissolved? Indeed, in the context of Syria’s fractured and riven tribal, religious and political splinters how could anyone in their right mind think that a bombing campaign without boots on the ground will accomplish anything other than function as a potent recruiting tool for ISIS, and a generator of jihadist blowback for years to come. By the same token, the White House’s polling machine surely documents that an outright Iraq-style invasion of the Islamic State is overwhelmingly opposed by the American people, and rightly so. Accordingly, the silly, hapless man in the Oval Office stumbles forward, apparently unaware that he’s not merely playing video games during his sojourns in the Situation Room. Indeed, the make-believe “nuanced” bombing options that are likely to be ground out by the national security machinery are destined to fail and drag Washington ever deeper into the violent cauldron of Mesopotamia and the Levant. The trillions of treasure wasted, the millions of lives lost and the venomous tribal enmities resulting from Washington’s misbegotten ventures in Iraq and Afghanistan provide all the proof that is needed. http://davidstockmanscontracorner.com/bombs-away-washington-has-gone-stark-raving-mad/


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Top Ten Warning Signs of Liberal Imperialism

aa-liberalism ahead turn back now Are you a liberal imperialist? Liberal imperialists are like kinder, gentler neo-conservatives: Like ne-ocons, they believe it’s America’s responsibility to right political and humanitarian wrongs around the world, and they’re comfortable with the idea of the United States deciding who will run countries such as Libya, Syria, or Afghanistan. Unlike neo-cons, liberal imperialists embrace and support international institutions (like the United Nations), and they are driven more by concern for human rights than they are by blind nationalism or protecting the U.S.-Israel special relationship. Still, like the neo-cons, liberal imperialists are eager proponents for using American hard power, even in situations where it might easily do more harm than good. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/05/20/top_ten_warning_signs_of_liberal_imperialism

 


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Understanding Ukraine in 15 Minutes

aa-American Empire - statue of liberty and military If you want to understand what is going on in Ukraine, then you need to watch this 15 minute video with Putin advisor and friend, Sergei Glaziev. Glaziev explains how structural changes in the global economy and a shift to Asia have precipitated a desperate attempt by U.S. policymakers to maintain their grip on power by instigating a war in Europe. Whether readers agree with this analysis or not, they will find Glaziev is brilliant, erudite and passionate in his beliefs. For that alone, the video is well worth the time. I transcribed the video myself, and apologize for any unintentional mistakes in the text. Also, the “bold headings” are mine. http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/22/understanding-ukraine-in-15-minutes/


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A Perspective on Ukraine from Europe

aa-chessboard - global The West’s power and influence is on the wane. It is clearly not in the interests of the long-standing members of the EU to escalate a sanctions and financial conflict with Russia. The European Central Bank will have almost certainly discussed contingency plans with the major regional central banks in the Eurozone, because the banking system might have to make available special credit and financing facilities, i.e. a rescue from a financial crisis if NATO goes much further down the sanctions route. This is why politicians are walking on eggshells, paying lip-service to America and the scared Eastern fringe members of NATO while hoping this goes no further. So long as this is the case it is clear that NATO members are powerless to stop Russia from wresting control of all or parts of Ukraine from the government in Kiev. Putin knows this; unfortunately it is not clear to us that the American government does. http://www.silverdoctors.com/alasdair-macleod-on-ukraine-a-perspective-from-europe/


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The Path to a New 1914? How America Chose War After 9/11

aa-World War I Historically, nations have responded to terrorist threats and attacks with a combination of police action and political negotiation, while military action has played only a minor role. Voices were raised in the United States calling for a global cooperative effort of this kind to combat al-Qaeda. President Bush opted instead for a policy that the United States alone among nations could have conceivably undertaken: global military action not only against al-Qaeda but against any regime in the world that supported international terrorism. The president announced to Congress that he would “make no distinction between the terrorists who commit these acts and those who harbor them.” By calling the campaign a “war,” the administration summoned into action the immense, technically revolutionized, post-Cold War American military machine, which had lacked any clear enemy for over a decade. And by identifying the target as generic “terrorism,” rather than as al-Qaeda or any other group or list of groups, the administration licensed military operations anywhere in the world. In the ensuing months, the Bush administration continued to expand the aims and means of the war. The overthrow of governments — “regime change” — was established as a means for advancing the new policies. The president divided regimes into two categories — those “with us” and those “against us.” Vice President Cheney estimated that al-Qaeda was active in 60 countries. http://www.unz.com/article/the-path-to-a-new-1914/


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U.S. Evacuation in Libya Shows Ill Effects of U.S. Interventionism

aa-map of Libya The American foreign policy elite should learn something from the recent humiliating evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Tripoli, Libya – amid the chaos of tribal civil war in that country – but probably won’t. Since World War II, this bipartisan elite has thumbed its nose at the traditional U.S. foreign policy of strategic independence and military restraint overseas, which was initiated by the nation’s founders and lasted through the most of the republic’s history. Then the second great world conflagration demonstrated to the elite that new interdependence among nations somehow made that policy obsolete. Really? Although advances in transportation and communication have made the world more interdependent in some senses after World War II, nuclear weapons, nationalism, and the proliferation of small weapons have made cross-border wars much less frequent. And if they are a threat to U.S. security at all – which most aren’t – cross-border wars are more dangerous than now much more frequent internal civil conflicts. http://original.antiwar.com/eland/2014/08/05/us-evacuation-in-libya-shows-ill-effects-of-us-interventionism/#.U-InkXVkQYM.email


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Washington is Escalating the Orchestrated Ukrainian ‘Crisis’ to War

aa-Ukraine - 1-26-14 Washington and its European vassals have consistently misrepresented the situation in Ukraine and denied their responsibility for the violence, instead placing all blame on Russia. But it is not Russia that is conducting bombing raids and attacking provinces with troops, tanks, and artillery. Just as Israel’s current military assault against Palestinian civilians fails to evoke criticism from Washington, European governments, and the Western media, Kiev’s assault on the former Russian provinces goes unreported and uncriticized. Indeed, it appears that few Americans are even aware that Kiev is attacking civilian areas of the provinces that wish to return to their mother country. Sanctions should be imposed on Kiev, from which the military violence originates. Instead, Kiev is receiving financial and military support, and sanctions are placed on Russia which is not militarily involved in the situation. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/07/24/washington-escalating-orchestrated-ukrainian-crisis-war-paul-craig-roberts/


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Russia and China will not submit,so.........!,Did PCR's last words raise the hair on the back of many American's necks?,WW3 looms and responses from people that I know have been.......,"the television said","I have never heard the word neo-conservative","Paul Craig who","if the Palestinians had'nt started this","I heard on Fox news"!,too many more to go on but if this escalation continues the horrors unfolding in the Western part of the country as far as low water levels on Lake Mead and The Colorado river will be moot points,oh,and by the way I did not get to ask friends and family about Western states burning up!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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War Heroes

The adulation given to soldiers is especially true if they have been in combat. And this is increasingly the case since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan over ten years ago. Never before in American history has such military idolatry gripped the country. Never before have so many Christians bowed before the golden calf of the U.S. military. It has gotten to the point where any soldier who went to Iraq or Afghanistan is a war hero. It should come as no surprise, then, that some men have taken advantage of Americans’ infatuation with soldiers and all things military. According to Mary Schantag, a Marine widow who launched the nonprofit Fake Warriors Project in 1998 with her late husband Chuck, her group, along with partners at similar sites, has revealed more than 4,000 hoaxers who falsely claimed military service or battlefield glory. Mrs. Schantag “uses Internet background searches and files Freedom of Information Requests with government agencies to corroborate a suspicious veteran’s claimed history. She also taps her personal connections with Navy SEALS, Army Special Forces, even military chaplains to double check her detective work.” http://lewrockwell.com/vance/vance330.html


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Iran Represents a Deathblow to U.S. Global Hegemony

George Kennan, who was one of the main architects of U.S. foreign policy in the post-Second World War era, also noted with candidness and prescience: “Were the Soviet Union to sink tomorrow under the waters of the ocean, the American military-industrial establishment would have to go on, substantially unchanged, until some other adversary could be invented. Anything else would be an unacceptable shock to the American economy.” Thus we see how after the “evil empire” of the Soviet Union collapsed the U.S. has been flailing to contrive a replacement “enemy” and pretext for its essential militarism. The 9/11 terrorist attacks and the subsequent “war on terror” has fulfilled this purpose to a degree, even though it is replete with contradictions that belie its fraudulence, such as the support given to Al Qaeda terrorist elements currently to overthrow the government of Syria. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34586.htm#.UWqkAgqcgcc.email


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The Great Deformation

David Stockman rocketed to fame as Ronald Reagan’s chief of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), his name loosely associated with the “trickle down economics” of the supply-siders, but his recent book, The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America, will correct the record: Stockman is not only a libertarian critic of the Milton Friedman school of monetarism and supply side economics, he is also a principled opponent of American militarism. His new book is a massive 700 pages-plus, but don’t let that deter you: inside you will find a scintillating analysis of where, why, and how America went wrong, starting with the New Deal and ending with the Great Recession of ’08 and the subsequent Obama-Bernanke attempts to re-inflate the bubble of America’s debt-driven “prosperity.” http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2013/04/14/the-great-deformation/


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The Mostly Mainstream Foreign Policy of Rand Paul

Washington can sleep easy: Rand’s no threat to the status quo. http://original.antiwar.com/steve-breyman/2013/03/26/the-mostly-mainstream-foreign-policy-of-rand-paul/


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Justin

Certainly not cut from the same pattern as his father. Truly a shame! He can forget about any support from the likes of me!

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Selling Death and Buying Assassins in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia

As President Obama enters his second term with a new Cabinet, the foreign policy legacy of the past four years weighs heavily on their strategic decisions and their empire-building efforts. Central to the analysis of the next period is an evaluation of the past policies especially in regions where Washington expended its greatest financial and military resources, namely the Middle East, South Asia and North Africa. We will proceed by examining the accomplishments and failures of the Obama-Clinton regime. We will then turn to the ongoing policy efforts to sustain the empire-building project. We will take account of the constraints and opportunities, which define the parameters resulting from imperial military ambitions, Israeli-Zionist influence in shaping policy and the ongoing anti-imperialist struggles. We will conclude by examining likely polices and outcomes resulting from current strategies. http://dissidentvoice.org/2013/03/selling-death-and-buying-assassins-in-the-middle-east-north-africa-and-south-asia/


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Illusion of Triumph

The Empire, on the other hand, cannot win. All else aside, its publicized goal of world domination is simply out of reach. All the guns in the world are useless if the other side cannot be compelled to submit. Force can only settle the matters of power, not right. Like Athens of antiquity, the Atlantic Empire crushed the Melians because it could, and squandered its strength on a misguided Syracuse expedition. Yet not only did Athens lose the war to Sparta, its vaunted democracy was lost as well. http://original.antiwar.com/malic/2013/03/21/illusion-of-triumph/


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The deal is, we're destroying the "side" that should be our ally, compelling them to submit, aka Iraq and making the survivors hate us while at the same time , helping the wrong people. I was never worried about the old White American/European imperialism, it was mainly good despite all the Jew Marxist slander but now the planet shoud be very aware and concerned about Jewish/Israeli world imperialism that has supplanted it via deception.

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Time to Face the Truth About Iran

For more than thirty years, American analysts and policy-makers have put forward a series of myths about the Islamic Republic: that it is irrational, illegitimate and vulnerable. In doing so, pundits and politicians have consistently misled the American public and America’s allies about what policies will actually work to advance U.S. interests in the Middle East. The most persistent — and dangerous — of these myths is that the Islamic Republic is so despised by its own people that it is in imminent danger of overthrow … More than ever before, American interests require rapprochement with the Islamic Republic. Continued U.S. hostility only courts strategic disaster. http://www.agenceglobal.com/index.php?show=article&Tid=2965


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The Worst Mistake in U.S. History — America Will Never Recover From Bush’s Great Foreign Policy Disaster

Not to put too fine a point on it, but the invasion of Iraq turned out to be a joke. Not for the Iraqis, of course, and not for American soldiers, and not the ha-ha sort of joke either. And here’s the saddest truth of all: on March 20th as we mark the 10th anniversary of the invasion from hell, we still don’t get it. In case you want to jump to the punch line, though, it’s this: by invading Iraq, the U.S. did more to destabilize the Middle East than we could possibly have imagined at the time. And we — and so many others — will pay the price for it for a long, long time. http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/worst-mistake-us-history-america-will-never-recover-bushs-great-foreign-policy


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putnamvt

Didn't people have to go under oath in front of the Congress and testify that , without a shadow of a doubt, Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, (despite his vehement denials) , in order to invade??????? Whomever was responsible for killing all of those American memory cells deserves congratulations, quite an accomplishment. Because like the WMDs - there is a big zero when it comes to repercussion.

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What Was That All About?

A recent poll showed most Americans didn’t know enough about Chuck Hagel to have an opinion on his confirmation as Secretary of Defense. You’d never know that, however, with all the drama emanating from Washington on the subject. So did all that sound and fury signify nothing? What seems like an inside-baseball brouhaha actually maps a seismic shift in the way Americans think about war, American foreign policy, and the peculiarities of our “special relationship” with Israel. http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2013/02/26/what-was-that-all-about/#.US4evBOEATQ.email


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Obama, the U.S. and the Muslim World: The Animosity Deepens

In his first inaugural address, back in 2009, Barack Obama announced: “To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect.” Improving how the US was perceived among the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims was not about winning an international popularity contest but was deemed as vital to US national security. Even the Pentagon has long recognized that the primary cause of anti-American Terrorism is the “negative attitude” toward the U.S.: obviously, the reason people in that part of the world want to attack the U.S. – as opposed to Peru or South Africa or China – is because they perceive a reason to do so. Obama’s most devoted supporters have long hailed his supposedly unique ability to improve America’s standing in that part of the world. In his first of what would be many paeans to Obama, Andrew Sullivan wrote back in 2007 that among Obama’s countless assets, “first and foremost [is] his face”, which would provide “the most effective potential re-branding of the United States since Reagan”. Sullivan specifically imagined a “young Pakistani Muslim” seeing Obama as “the new face of America”; instantly, proclaimed Sullivan, “America’s soft power has been ratcheted up not a notch, but a logarithm”. Obama would be “the crudest but most effective weapon against the demonization of America that fuels Islamist ideology” because it “proves them wrong about what America is in ways no words can”. Sullivan made clear why this matters so much: “such a re-branding is not trivial – it’s central to an effective war strategy.” None of that has happened. In fact, the opposite has taken place: although it seemed impossible to achieve, Obama has presided over an America that, in many respects, is now even more unpopular in the Muslim world than it was under George Bush and Dick Cheney. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33951.htm#.UR-fnsAlglM.email


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A Return to Realism?

If one goes by Obama’s own words (a dangerous proposition when dealing with any politician), the United States will revert to a traditional, less assertive international role embracing a more humble Pax Americana rather than repeatedly intervening militarily to set things right. It will mean abandoning the idea that America is and should be perpetually at war, which was the Bush Doctrine, and is largely a result of diminished resources rather than any desire to relinquish leadership. The first test case will be Afghanistan, which surely will see a major or even total drawdown in 2014. If the country falls to the Taliban shortly thereafter, a la Vietnam, the hawks will try to force a reversion to the old global strategy but Obama is almost certainly banking on the situation continuing to be manageable at least until he is out of office. http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2013/02/04/a-return-to-realism/


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The Republican Obsession

If last week’s hearing for Chuck Hagel raised questions about his capacity to be secretary of defense, the show trial conducted by his inquisitors on the tribunal raised questions about the GOP. Is the Republican Party, as currently constituted, even capable of conducting a foreign policy befitting a world power? Or has it learned nothing and forgotten nothing since George W. Bush went home and the nation rejected John McCain for Barack Obama? http://takimag.com/article/the_republican_obsession_patrick_buchanan/print#axzz2K4EEPUmJ


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America’s Strategic Stupidity

In the present age, strategy as such has become a dangerous chimera. Strategy sustains the illusion that the United States can and should determine the course of world events, thereby keeping America in the global driver’s seat. Yet whatever is coming down the pike, you can count on one thing: it’s going to be something other than what General Dempsey anticipates as a result of his strategic seminars. Nor should we expect Secretary of State John Kerry (or Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, if he wins confirmation) to do any better. When it comes to looking round the bend, the civilians are no more adept than the soldiers. As always, the United States — like every other nation — will be left to cope as best it can. The one thing that the US actually could do to secure its future is the one thing that it refuses to do: demonstrate a capacity to manage its own affairs; live within its means; set its own house in order. In Washington, talk about global strategy provides an excuse to avoid doing what needs to be done. http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/8814591/americas-strategic-stupidity/


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Drones are Fool’s Gold: They Prolong Wars We Can’t Win

The greatest threat to world peace is not from nuclear weapons and their possible proliferation. It is from drones and their certain proliferation. Nuclear bombs are useless weapons, playthings for the powerful or those aspiring to power. Drones are now sweeping the global arms market. There are some 10,000 said to be in service, of which a thousand are armed and mostly American. Some reports say they have killed more non-combatant civilians than died in 9/11. I have not read one independent study of the current drone wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the horn of Africa that suggests these weapons serve any strategic purpose. Their “success” is expressed solely in body count, the number of so-called “al-Qaida-linked commanders” killed. If body count were victory, the Germans would have won Stalingrad and the Americans Vietnam. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/10/drones-fools-gold-prolong-wars


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Are Israel and the U.S. Becoming Fascist States?

So to what extent are both Israel and the United States trending towards a fascist model? In some areas the affinity is clear. Both Israel and the United States claim victimhood from terrorism and have used that as an excuse to maintain aggressive foreign policies that emphasize the use of force as a first option. Both spend far more proportionately on “defense” than other developed countries and both are actively engaged in proxy and shooting wars around the world. Israel exploits its alleged victimhood to occupy Palestinian land while the United States does the same to justify its continued presence in Afghanistan and its threats against both Iran and Syria. http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2013/01/09/are-israel-and-the-u-s-becoming-fascist-states/


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putnamvt

Thanks, Reinhart. Keep hammering away at the disinfo.

Reinhardt

Facist? No! Communist? Absolutely! Go back in history and you will see a mirror image of this in Bolshevik Russia. The Facist states of Germany, Italy, and Japan were anti-communist/Bolshevik. Any difference between a gulag and Gitmo? Any difference between a kibutz/commune and collective? I rest my case! Proof the wrong side won WW-II.

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Endless War is a Feature of U.S. Policy

Overgrown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty. James Madison said: In time of actual war, great discretionary powers are constantly given to the Executive Magistrate. Constant apprehension of War, has the same tendency to render the head too large for the body. A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people. http://www.infowars.com/endless-war-is-a-feature-not-a-bug-of-u-s-policy/


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Pentagon Announces Troop Deployment in 35 African Nations

The Pentagon currently has plans for over 100 military and training exercises across Africa as part of its touted Africom effort. The “carefully calibrated” plan to move into Africa was announced in 2007 despite “misgivings across the continent that it could spawn American bases or create the perception of an undue U.S. military influence there,” according to the AP. http://www.infowars.com/pentagon-announces-troop-deployment-in-35-african-nations/


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The True Costs of Empire

Mars? Venus? Earth-like bodies elsewhere in the galaxy? Who knows? But here, at least, no great power, no superpower, no hyperpower, not the Romans, nor imperial China, nor the British, nor the Soviet Union has ever garrisoned the globe quite the way we have: Asia to Latin America, Europe to the Greater Middle East, and increasingly Africa as well. Build we must. If someday Washington took to the couch for therapy, the shrink would undoubtedly categorize what we’ve done as a compulsion, the base-building equivalent of a hoarding disorder. And you know what else is unprecedented? Hundreds of thousands of Americans cycle annually through our various global garrisons, ranging from small American towns with all the attendant amenities, including fast-food joints, PXes, and Internet cafes to the most spartan of forward outposts, and yet our “Baseworld,” as the late Chalmers Johnson used to call it, is hardly noticed in this country and seldom considered worthy of attention. http://original.antiwar.com/engelhardt/2012/12/11/the-true-costs-of-empire/


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Anatomy of a Mali Intervention

Gauging U.S. military policy — at least on a meta level — isn’t as hard as it looks, as long as you remember a few general axioms: like, what seems to be true today, will almost certainly change tomorrow, and never, ever listen to a four-star commander when he says “direct U.S. intervention is unlikely.” http://original.antiwar.com/vlahos/2012/12/10/anatomy-of-a-mali-intervention/


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Susan Rice is Bad News

Mentored by Madeleine Albright — whose reputation as an interventionist of the “humanitarian” school was secured by her infamous remark that the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis due to sanctions was “worth it” — Rice apparently absorbed the Albrightian mindset. http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2012/11/20/susan-rice-is-bad-news/


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Stop Pretending Washington is an Uninvolved, Helpless Party in the Israeli Assault on Gaza

A central premise of U.S. media coverage of the Israeli attack on Gaza — beyond the claim that Israel is justifiably “defending itself” – is that this is some endless conflict between two foreign entitles, and Americans can simply sit by helplessly and lament the tragedy of it all. The reality is precisely the opposite: Israeli aggression is possible only because of direct, affirmative, unstinting U.S. diplomatic, financial and military support for Israel and everything it does. This self-flattering depiction of the U.S. as uninvolved, neutral party is the worst media fiction since TV news personalities covered the Arab Spring by pretending that the U.S. is and long has been on the side of the heroic democratic protesters, rather than the key force that spent decades propping up the tyrannies they were fighting. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/17/israel-gaza-us-policy


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Winter of Discontent

As for the Empire, it may bask in the afterglow of electoral triumph for the moment, but the systemic problems will still be there after it wears off. Unable to solve them, it will turn to war as a distraction. Back in May, the Emperor told the outgoing Russian president he would have “more flexibility” on issues after the election. Indeed, Washington has been reluctant lately to embark on any interventionist projects that might backfire at inopportune times. With opposition to imperialism denied a voice in the corridors of power, expect the re-energized regime to start another little war somewhere, and soon. Options are open as to where, from “liberating” Mali to escalating the civil war in Syria or attacking Iran. In any case, China and Russia will soon find out if all the hostile rhetoric in the past months has been mere campaign posturing, or a true bipartisan consensus about maintaining Imperial dominion. One place to watch for the reaction is the Balkans. There are already signs of discontent in Moscow, with prominent analysts doubting the good faith of the regime in Belgrade. As well they should – but the question is, what do they intend to do about it? http://original.antiwar.com/malic/2012/11/09/winter-of-discontent-2/


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Blaming the Muslims

It is perhaps human nature to seek to blame someone else for one’s own personal failings. But what is possibly only a misdemeanor in personal interactions becomes rather more serious when entire nations and races are systematically and comprehensively blamed for the failures of other nations to comprehend simple truths. I am, of course, referring to the disastrous foreign policy that we Americans have endured for the past 11 years, which is coming home to roost now in places such as Libya and Syria. Consider what we have been hearing repeated over and over again about the Middle East and other trouble spots. American bullying, preemption, and a policy of might makes right have not been the problem; some ignorant folks just dislike us because of our freedom. The United States is “exceptional,” which means that it should set the standards for the “free world” and even the not-so-free world, whether they all like it or not. Washington has the right to intervene militarily anywhere in the world if there is even the slightest chance that there is some kind of threat lurking. Neither President Barack Obama nor Gov. Mitt Romney has dared to say the truth, which is that the past 11 years have been disastrous for the United States because of a gross overreaction to a terrorism problem that we helped create. http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2012/10/24/blaming-the-muslims/


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Disaster on Autopilot: America’s Overwrought Empire

When the Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991, it all seemed so obvious. Fate had clearly dealt Washington a royal flush. It was victory with a capital V. The United States was, after all, the last standing superpower, after centuries of unceasing great power rivalries on the planet. It had a military beyond compare and no enemy, hardly a “rogue state,” on the horizon. It was almost unnerving, such clear sailing into a dominant future, but a moment for the ages nonetheless. Within a decade, pundits in Washington were hailing us as “the dominant power in the world, more dominant than any since Rome.” And here’s the odd thing: in a sense, little has changed since then and yet everything seems different. Think of it as the American imperial paradox: everywhere there are now “threats” against our well-being which seem to demand action and yet nowhere are there commensurate enemies to go with them. Everywhere the U.S. military still reigns supreme by almost any measure you might care to apply; and yet — in case the paradox has escaped you — nowhere can it achieve its goals, however modest. http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175602/tomgram%3A_engelhardt%2C_disaster_on_autopilot/


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Washington’s Pakistan Meltdown

The United States and Pakistan are by now a classic example of a dysfunctional nuclear family (with an emphasis on “nuclear”). While the two governments and their peoples become more suspicious and resentful of each other with every passing month, Washington and Islamabad are still locked in an awkward post-9/11 embrace that, at this juncture, neither can afford to let go of. Washington is keeping Pakistan, with its collapsing economy and bloated military, afloat but also cripplingly dependent on its handouts and U.S.-sanctioned International Monetary Fund loans. Meanwhile, CIA drones unilaterally strike its tribal borderlands. Islamabad returns the favor. It holds Washington hostage over its Afghan War from which the Pentagon won’t be able to exit in an orderly fashion without its help. By blocking U.S. and NATO supply routes into Afghanistan (after a U.S. cross-border air strike had killed 24 Pakistani soldiers) from November 2011 until last July, Islamabad managed to ratchet up the cost of the war while underscoring its indispensability to the Obama administration. At the heart of this acerbic relationship, however, is Pakistan’s arsenal of 110 nuclear bombs which, if the country were to disintegrate, could fall into the hands of Islamist militants, possibly from inside its own security establishment. As Barack Obama confided to his aides, this remains his worst foreign-policy nightmare, despite the decision of the U.S. Army to train a commando unit to retrieve Pakistan’s nukes, should extremists seize some of them or materials to produce a “dirty bomb” themselves. http://original.antiwar.com/engelhardt/2012/10/18/washingtons-pakistan-meltdown/


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Imperial Global Empire Watch — Beware Those Wicked Malians

Welcome Mali, our newest crisis! Open your maps. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32745.htm


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The Unraveling of Obama’s Foreign Policy

So dangerous is Benghazi, the New York Times reported Friday, FBI agents investigating the ambassador’s assassination have yet to venture into the city. Was U.S. intelligence oblivious to how dangerous Benghazi was when Stevens went in? Was not Benghazi’s reputation as a haven for Islamic jihadi known to us all before we “liberated” Libya? This is the city U.S. air power saved when Moammar Gadhafi’s forces were closing in. It now appears to be an al-Qaidaville where U.S. diplomats and agents dare not tread. http://www.wnd.com/2012/10/the-unraveling-of-obamas-foreign-policy/


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Why the American Imperium is Under Siege

Those angry Muslims from Morocco to Bangladesh are not rioting and burning because they hate Christianity, fast food, America’s consumer society, democracy, or feminism, as we are endlessly misinformed by politicians and media. The mass fury does not come because Muslims are somehow irrational, primitive, violent beings. Nor is the hate video, which was actually seen by only a limited number of the world’s one billion Muslims, the real cause of the violence we have been witnessing: it is merely the spark that ignited the combustible haze of anti-Americanism that overlies over much of the Muslim world. Many Americans believe they are innocent bystanders in the Muslim world, or involved there on an altruistic “mission” to uplift the benighted natives, to selflessly shoulder the heavy burden of policing the unruly globe, or abroad to wage an unending struggle against the dark forces of what we call “terrorism.” What they do not at all understand is that the American imperium’s goal is to advance its own strategic, economic and political goals and keep much of the planet under its influence. http://ericmargolis.com/2012/09/why-the-american-raj-is-under-siege/


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LabMan

"fury over the plight of the Palestinians",note this is first on the list in the book "American Raj"!

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The Hollow Empire

That’s just how the War Party likes it. They don’t want anyone asking uncomfortable questions about future wars, especially the looming conflict just around the next corner. (Turn right at Election Day, and head straight to Tehran.) But my question is broader, and it’s this: when was the last time the US actually won a war? No, no, I don’t mean Grenada, fer chrissake: I mean a real honest-to-goodness all-out bang ‘em up war, with an opponent who had at least a fighting chance. Before the recent spate of attempted conquests, there was Vietnam — a flat out defeat: and Korea — a draw. On a smaller scale, none of the “anti-communist” insurgencies we sponsored in the 1980s in Nicaragua and El Salvador succeeded in producing anything but trouble for us and untold misery for the inhabitants of those unfortunate countries — all in all, our efforts in Central and South America during the cold war era amounted to the Bay of Pigs writ large. http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2012/09/23/the-hollow-empire/


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Obama Against the World

The question of the political season, then, has nothing to do with Mitt. It’s this: Can the Greater Middle East be managed effectively enough for any potentially embarrassing thing to be swept under some rug until November 7th? And that’s just one region on a planet aboil. http://original.antiwar.com/engelhardt/2012/09/23/obama-against-the-world/


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False Flags and Imperial Mobilization: The Middle East Explodes on 9/11 Anniversary

The overriding elite military and intelligence agenda remains the conquest of oil and gas resources. 9/11/01 was the first act of desperation among elites to control all significant energy-related geography on the planet, while preventing rival powers from doing the same. Under the “war on terror”, the world has suffered eleven continuous years of false flag terror. Bombings. Destabilizations. Assassinations. Coups and counter-coups. Controlled and co-opted popular revolts and “mob violence”. Regime changes. Criminality beyond redemption. http://www.globalresearch.ca/false-flags-and-imperial-mobilization-the-middle-east-explodes-on-911-anniversary/


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America Paying the Price for Ignoring Ron Paul-Type Foreign Policy

With protests in over 40 locations worldwide against the U.S. in the past week, America should be re-evaluating its foreign policy. American diplomats appear dumbfounded. The UK Guardian posts a headline report that reads: “U.S. media angrily marvels at the lack of Muslim gratitude.” The Guardian article goes on to say: “One prominent strain shaping American reaction to the protests in the Muslim world is bafflement, and even anger, that those Muslims are not more grateful to the U.S. Attacks in Libya that left four U.S. diplomats dead – including Ambassador Christopher Stevens – and a mob invasion of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, in which the U.S. flag was torn to shreds, have left many to wonder: How can people the USA helped free from murderous dictators treat it in such a way?” But Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian’s political commentator, says: “That it was the U.S. who freed Egyptians and ‘allowed them’ the right to protest would undoubtedly come as a great surprise to many Egyptians. That is the case even beyond the decades of arming, funding and general support from the U.S. for their hated dictator. http://lewrockwell.com/sardi/sardi239.html


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"America Paying the Price for Ignoring Ron Paul-Type Foreign Policy." And I think that they deserve it. A nation cannot be stupid forever & not expect to pay the price. WWW. JACKSWAR. COM

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Monopolizing War? What Washington Knows How to do Best

Think of it another way: in the post-2001 era, along with two disastrous wars on the Eurasian mainland, we’ve been regularly sending in the Marines or special operations forces, as well as naval, air, and robotic power. Such acts are, by now, so ordinary that they are seldom considered worthy of much discussion here, even though no other country acts (or even has the capacity to act) this way. This is simply what Washington’s National Security Complex does for a living. At the moment, it seems, a historical circle is being closed with the Marines once again heading back into Latin America as the “drug war” Washington proclaimed years ago becomes an actual drug war. It’s a demonstration that, these days, when Washington sees a problem anywhere on the planet, its version of a “foreign policy” is most likely to call on the U.S. military. Force is increasingly not our option of last resort, but our first choice. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32437.htm


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Getting ‘Gaddafied’

It’s a well-known fact that the Eskimos have 88 words for snow and Baskin-Robbins 57 varieties of ice cream – or is that Heinz Baked Beans? – anyway, my point is that certain subject areas of language are clearly overdeveloped and replete with vocabulary, while others are not. One of the areas less well served by language is politics and geopolitics, where multifaceted phenomenon of great complexity are described and explained using an impoverished vocabulary that does nothing to convey their essence. A case in point is the recent brutal murder of the US ambassador in Libya and his staff. Explaining that these unfortunates were killed by an angry Islamic mob incensed by a movie that the embassy had been pushing, and then quoting Hilary Clinton – “This was an attack by a small and savage group, not the people and government of Libya” – only shows the semantic shortcomings of the geopolitical narrative. Missing from the prim little network reports that brought this news to the uncomprehending public is the whiff of geopolitical naivety, the pong of inept deculturalization, and the stench of reckless destabilization that inevitably emanates from America’s dealings with the non-Jewish Middle East. But most of all these bare accounts miss the exquisite sense of karma that this action actualizes: a few short months after the USA brought about the lynching of the country’s previous leader, its own ambassador is killed in a remarkably similar fashion by the same nasty Islamic id that was unleashed and empowered on that occasion by USA foreign policy. http://www.alternativeright.com/main/blogs/exit-strategies/getting-gaddafied/


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The Dumbing Down of American Foreign Policy

Only one thing makes Obama’s policy look geopolitically smart — and that’s Mitt Romney’s prospective foreign policy. On global issues, then, the November elections will offer voters a particularly unpalatable choice: between a Democratic militarist and an even more over-the-top militaristic Republican, between Bush Lite all over again and Bush heavy, between dumb and dumber. http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175589/tomgram%3A_john_feffer%2C_the_dumbing_down_of_american_foreign_policy/#more


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Foreign Policy Night in Tampa

The buzzwords – America the “exceptional nation,” the equation of military action with efforts to eradicate disease and “uplift” the poor, the valorization of the military as a consecrated priesthood embodying our highest values – coagulate into boilerplate Republican bromides, a mantra of ideological emptiness endlessly repeated by Romney and his surrogates, but McCain gives it a little frisson. In other words: “Bomb, bomb, bomb – bomb bomb Iran!” War with Iran is an enormously unpopular idea – unless you’re a crazed born-again Christian of the sort who believes America is Babylon, the end times are imminent, and loyalty to Israel is God’s will. These deluded doomsday dispensationalists are the bedrock of the GOP’s southern and Midwestern activist base, and revving these people up is what the festivities in Tampa are all about. The question is: how many normal Americans are repulsed by this kind of rhetoric? http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2012/08/30/foreign-policy-night-in-tampa/


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Obama’s Geopolitical China ‘Pivot’: The Pentagon Targets China

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the nominal end of the Cold War some twenty years back, rather than reducing the size of its mammoth defense spending, the U.S. Congress and all U.S. Presidents have enormously expanded spending for new weapons systems, increased permanent military bases around the world and expansion of NATO not only to former Warsaw Pact countries on Russia’s immediate periphery; it also has expanded NATO and the U.S. military presence deep into Asia on the perimeters of China through its conduct of the Afghan war and related campaigns. http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=32474


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