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The Need to Escape Collapsing Empires

aa-expatriate Jeff: What prompted you to seek another country as an alternative to your existing country? Ron: For a start, the corrupt American legal system and the lawsuit and asset seizure threat to honest wealth, property, and savings helped motivate me to take a job in Canada. I’d had enough of the US’s closed, two-party monopoly system, where voting and every election has become a government sacrament celebrating our own enslavement without any chance by the citizens to impact government domestic, economic, or foreign policy. In America, we have a rapidly increasing militarized police force often so corrupt and out of control that recently the government of Canada warned Canadians to limit the amount of cash they take to the States. We have lost our patriot vision and now operate more like an incompetent banana republic than a constitutional republic under the rule of law. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-11-21/need-escape-collapsing-empires


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The Lemming Race Continues

aa-American Empire - statue of liberty and military As the war system depends upon conditioning the minds of children in both the virtue and necessity of war – a lesson to be carried out in their adult lives by going to foreign lands to kill strangers and, perhaps, to be killed themselves – I asked myself how seemingly loving parents could encourage their children to partake in such destructiveness. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/11/butler-shaffer/lemmings-for-war/


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Bread, Circuses and Bombs — Decline of the American Empire

aa-American Empire - statue of liberty and military It seems there were a few visionary thinkers in the late 1950s who foresaw the dire course our former Republic was setting. Their writings were a prophecy and a warning. There was still time to change course and avoid the pitfalls that led to the Roman Empire collapse. In Brave New World Revisited, Aldous Huxley warned against allowing a few amoral men using propaganda, scientific advancements, technology, brainwashing, and economics to control and manipulate a willfully ignorant populace into a dystopian dictatorship. The Soviet and Chinese dictatorships of the late 1950s are long gone, but Huxley foresaw how modern propaganda techniques would be used by the state to drown the masses in a sea of triviality, irrelevance, and consumerism. “In their propaganda today’s dictators rely for the most part on repetition, suppression and rationaliza­tion — the repetition of catchwords which they wish to be accepted as true, the suppression of facts which they wish to be ignored, the arousal and rationaliza­tion of passions which may be used in the interests of the Party or the State. As the art and science of manip­ulation come to be better understood, the dictators of the future will doubtless learn to combine these tech­niques with the non-stop distractions which, in the West, are now threatening to drown in a sea of irrele­vance the rational propaganda essential to the mainten­ance of individual liberty and the survival of demo­cratic institutions.” http://www.theburningplatform.com/2014/11/09/bread-circuses-bombs-decline-of-the-american-empire-part-two/


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Empire vs. Peaceful Living

aa-American Empire - statue of liberty and military It’s time for the majority of people in the United States to realize what the federal government really is; the most violent, out of control, destructive entity on earth and is by far the greatest purveyor of suffering the human race has ever experienced. Countries require an equilibrium to continue to have peace and stability within them. Factors such as shared social and cultural lineage, religion, language and more. That is why you see so much chaos in the “countries” of the Middle East, Africa and South America. The boundaries on the map do not accurately reflect those shared social and cultural bonds, they were carved out by imperial powers over the course of centuries of colonialism. The reality is that the United States should most likely be two or three countries with autonomous legal authority to their own. Perhaps North-Northeast, the South, Midwest-West. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/11/no_author/the-most-violent-destructive-entity-on-earth/


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None Dare Call It a Defeat: The U.S. in Afghanistan

aa-Afghanistan - good battle scene By now, the longest war in U.S. history has cost some $1 trillion, maybe more. No one can properly account for the billions and billions of US dollars flown into Afghanistan and Iraq and dished out to the natives – or the numbers of Afghans killed. For Washington’s allies, like Canada and Britain, the war has been a total
waste of lives and treasure … Forget all the phony claims about “mission” and “nation building.” This has been yet another dirty little colonial war that is better forgotten – and never repeated. So this war will simmer on, at least until Washington finds some face-saving way out of the mess in the Hindu Kush. If the U.S. was wise, it would simply quit Afghanistan. But power, like opium, is highly addictive. So America’s longest war will drag on and on. http://ericmargolis.com/2014/11/none-dare-call-it-a-defeat/


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Do We Have a Foreign Policy?

aa-American Empire - banana republic The Obama administration “has no foreign policy,” says Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP’s 2012 vice-presidential candidate. While we may tune out this kind of election year rhetoric, similar complaints – no matter which president is being denounced – are common on both sides of the aisle. When the Democrats are in power we hear it from Republicans, and when the GOP is in the saddle we hear similar accusations arising from the Democrats. The reality, however, is that the leaders of both parties know perfectly well that we do in fact have a remarkably consistent policy, one that has been pursued with increasing militancy ever since the end of the cold war. Let’s step back and take a look. http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/11/04/do-we-have-a-foreign-policy/


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Presidential Crimes: Then and Now

aa-Richard Nixon Writing for Americans is not always an enjoyable experience.  Many readers want to have their prejudices confirmed, not challenged.  Emotions rule their reason, and they are capable of a determined resistance to facts and are not inhibited from displays of rudeness and ignorance. Indeed, some are so proud of their shortcomings that they can’t wait to show them to others. Some simply cannot read and confuse explanations with justifications as if the act of explaining something justifies the person or event explained. Thankfully, all readers are not handicapped in these ways or there would be no point in trying to inform the American people. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/11/03/presidential-crimes-now-paul-craig-roberts/


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Putin’s Complaint

aa-American Empire - statue of liberty and military The idea that the United States must exercise “global leadership” is rationalized by our interventionists as a necessary prerequisite for maintaining some type of “world order.” Who will guard the sea lanes? Who will deter “aggression”? Who will defend the “rules” against those “rogue states” just waiting for an opportunity to wreak havoc, if not the United States of America? No “mainstream” politician dares challenge this mythology, and those academics and popular writers who do so risk being marginalized. Challenging the motives of our wise rulers isn’t good for your career: that is, not if you want to have any influence in Washington. And while it’s okay to question whether this episode of meddling or that murderous invasion is really in our interest, the benevolence and historical legitimacy of the American empire is not to be questioned. Because, after all, the theoreticians of imperialism say, without the stability enforced by America’s military supremacy “liberalism” could not exist. This is how the world is seen inside the Washington Beltway, where the monuments of Empire loom large and more than half the population owes its livelihood to the Imperium. Outside that bubble of hubris and skyrocketing real estate values, however, the world looks to be quite a different place – as does America’s role in it. http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/10/28/putins-complaint/


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The Opium of the West

aa-Vladimir Putin - hunting tiger The reality of Russian-American relations is that America has simply bitten off more than it can chew. Whatever criticisms of the Russian president, one simply cannot fault his seizing on the failures of his opponents – like a wolf striking at the neck of a distracted deer. Strong, decisive and measured, he has systematically shown the West to be foolish, impatient and wobbly; and standing up to Obama is easier in virtually every way, when the idealistic former Western socialist (Obama belonged to a socialist party in his youth) meets a man who actually lived and worked under socialism, and who is no idealistic daydreamer. This former socialist is a hardened realist. He is decisive, strong, and cunning; unburdened by the immense self-guilt that kneecaps the West in its dealings with other countries. This leader takes pride in his nation, and utilizes the West’s incessant scrutiny to embolden his own position. Where we slice off a piece, out grows a new appendage, and Russia has shown it will weather things we find intolerable, with little burden. http://alternative-right.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-opium-of-west.html


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Are We Ready for the Fall of Baghdad?

aa-American Empire - try and stop us I recently was in Vietnam and spent some time in prosperous, capitalist Saigon, now called Ho Chi Minh City, and toured the American War Museum. I believe there are a number of parallels between the Vietnam and Iraq War and that history could repeat itself now in Baghdad. Who can forget the former Vietnamese supporters of America being left behind as the last helicopter left the roof of the US embassy? Today, America still has the strongest military in the world but our manufacturing capacity and financial situation shows the US is on a downhill slide like earlier overextended and bankrupt empires throughout world history. We’ve already watched the frightening incompetence of the Obama Administration and the CDC in dealing with the Ebola virus. One would have to be blind not to see the petrodollar deathwatch as Russia, China and the BRIC countries build new trading alternatives to avoid using the dollar world reserve currency when trading energy and other financial dealings. This is simple payback for Washington’s threats, banking fines and penalties against institutions and nations de jure that fail to march to the US tune of dictating trade and financial arrangements. The world is now ganging up on the United States because Washington has terrorized smaller nations around the world for decades as the big bully on the block. http://original.antiwar.com/Ron_Holland/2014/10/24/are-we-ready-for-the-fall-of-baghdad/


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American Exceptionalism and Its Discontents

aa-American Empire - shining city on a hill We’re now passing through a no-name election season of a particularly lusterless sort, but don’t count on that for 2016. Here, in fact, is a surefire prediction for that moment, which (given the nature of modern presidential campaigns) will kick off with the usual round of media speculation and odds-making on November 5th. Whoever the presidential candidates may be, expect the political landscape to be littered with references to the United States as an “exceptional nation” and to “American exceptionalism” (as well as its more recent doppelgänger, “indispensable,” as in “indispensable nation”). And the presidential candidates, baying for the exceptional privilege of entering the Oval Office in 2017, will join a jostling crowd of past presidential candidates, presidential wannabes, major politicians, minor figures, and pundits galore who have felt compelled in recent years to tell us and the world just how exceptional we really are. Such references were once rare in our politics, but that was back in the days when Americans didn’t doubt our exceptional nature, which meant that there was no need to talk about it ad infinitum. Like anything spoken of too insistently, recent rounds of exceptionalist comments surely reveal lurking feelings of doubt about this country, its state, its fate, and its direction (which, according to most polls, Americans believe to be downward, as in “wrong track” or “decline”). So, as an antidote to the creeping sense that the U.S. – that unipolar power, the last superpower etc., etc. – may not be quite all it’s cracked up to be, here’s the beginning of a little post-9/11 list that you can complete at your leisure: six incontestable areas where America is #1. Once filled out, it should help future candidates for office and leave the rest of us punching the air with a renewed sense of celebratory pride. http://original.antiwar.com/engelhardt/2014/10/23/american-exceptionalism-and-its-discontents/


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Potomac Fever: Washington’s Insane Clown Posse Rides Again

aa-Dees - Exon Mobil armed forces Much can be said about the specifics of the new Age of Insanity being ushered in by Obama and the other pipsqueaks of the Western world. For instance, how America and its allies have created the present crisis through the Hitlerian rape of Iraq in 2003, the deliberate division of the occupied land into corrupt sectarian enclaves, and the arming of extremists to foment civil war in Syria. (And that’s just taking the last few years into account; never mind the genocidal slaughter of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis through sanctions, the millions killed in the region through America’s double-dealing prolongation of the Iraq-Iran War, the American-Saudi founding of the global jihadi movement to hotfoot the Soviets in Afghanistan, and so on and on back through the decades.) Not to mention the instigation of a new Cold War through the backing of violent regime change in Ukraine and the relentless, reckless push of NATO to Russia’s borders, which will likely fuel a new arms race and another era of nuclear brinkmanship. Unpacking the details of the festering, multifarious evils of this new imperial “surge” is important work, and we should support all those who are carrying it out. This is especially vital in regard to younger people. There are whole generations coming of age who have never known anything but the howling echo chamber of post-9/11 militarism, fear, aggression and state murder. Anything and everything that can smuggle nuggets of truth to them, to “inoculate them with disillusionment” (in Henry Miller’s phrase) is to be encouraged. But on another level, the situation embodied by Obama’s speech defeats all rational commentary and analysis. There is no longer even a pretense of reason or consistency behind the official enunciations of American policy. The system — the whole system — is now given over entirely to permanent war: hot war in Muslim lands, cold war in Eastern Europe, class war against the 99 percent at home. That’s their only consistency. That’s their only casus belli. That’s all they know. http://www.chris-floyd.com/component/content/article/1-latest-news/2430-potomac-fever-washingtons-insane-clown-posse-rides-again.html


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Shadow Facts About Shadow Government

aa-American Empire - map of bases around the world The United States’ biggest public program of the past 75 years, now outstripping the rest of the world combined, is war preparations. The routine “base” military spending, not counting spending on particular wars, is at least 10 times the war spending, or enough to totally transform the world for the better. Instead it’s used to kill huge numbers of people, to make the United States less safe, and to prepare for wars that are — without exception — lost disastrously. Since the justification of the Soviet Union vanished, U.S. militarism has only increased. Its enemies are small, yet it does its best to enlarge them. U.S. Special Operations forces are actively, if “secretly,” engaged in war or war preparations in over two-thirds of the nations on earth. U.S. troops are openly stationed in 90 percent of the nations on earth, and 100 percent of the oceans. A majority of the people in most nations on earth consider the United States the greatest threat to world peace. http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/10/20/shadow-facts-about-shadow-government/


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How to Start a War and Lose an Empire

aa-American Empire - skull in flag What a difference a year and a half has made! Ukraine, which was at that time collapsing at about the same steady pace as it had been ever since its independence two decades ago, is now truly a defunct state, with its economy in free-fall, one region gone and two more in open rebellion, much of the country terrorized by oligarch-funded death squads, and some American-anointed puppets nominally in charge but quaking in their boots about what’s coming next. Syria and Iraq, which were then at a low simmer, have since erupted into full-blown war, with large parts of both now under the control of the Islamic Caliphate, which was formed with help from the US, was armed with US-made weapons via the Iraqis. Post-Qaddafi Libya seems to be working on establishing an Islamic Caliphate of its own. Against this backdrop of profound foreign US foreign policy failure, the US recently saw it fit to accuse Russia of having troops “on NATO’s doorstep,” as if this had nothing to do with the fact that NATO has expanded east, all the way to Russia’s borders. Unsurprisingly, US–Russia relations have now reached a point where the Russians saw it fit to issue a stern warning: further Western attempts at blackmailing them may result in a nuclear confrontation. The American behavior throughout this succession of defeats has been remarkably consistent, with the constant element being their flat refusal to deal with reality in any way, shape or form. http://www.theburningplatform.com/2014/10/21/how-to-start-a-war-and-lose-an-empire/


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Washington is Destroying the World

aa-American Empire - statue of liberty and military Both Russia and China were content to be part of the world economy and to improve the economic situation of their citizens by developing their economies. But along comes the neocon Unipower, a collection of arrogant psychopaths who declare that Washington will not permit any other country, not even Russia and China, to rise to a capability of exercising a foreign policy independent of Washington’s purposes. Nuclear war is back into the picture. First Washington threatens those it perceives as rivals. When the perceived rivals don’t submit, Washington demonizes them. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/10/06/washington-destroying-world-paul-craig-roberts/


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Japan as an American Client State

aa-Japan - japanese and american flags The American-triggered regime change in Ukraine at the Western end of the Eurasian continent has been widely discussed. Less noticed, if at all, has been the American-triggered change of government in Japan four years ago as part of the so-called ‘pivot’ aimed at holding back China on the Eastern end. The two ought to be considered together, since they share a purpose known as ‘Full Spectrum Dominance’. A military ambition and agenda, this provides much activist energy among America’s neoconservatives and their fellow travelers, which include sundry financial and commercial interests. Made up of many parts, like the recently established “Africom” (U.S. Africa Command), the comparable effort to contain/isolate/denigrate the two former communist enemy giants, China and Russia, may be considered a central aim. It does not add up to a feasible strategy for long-term American interests, but few American initiatives have been so in the recent past. Since neoconservatives, ‘liberal hawks’ and neoliberals appear to have captured the State Department and White House, and their activism has already produced significant geopolitical instability, it would be no luxury to dig deeper in developments on the rather neglected Asian side of the globe. http://www.unz.com/article/the-american-world-empire-japan-as-a-vassal-state/


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Why U.S. Hegemonic Ambitions Are Failing

aa-American Empire - map of bases around the world The current hegemonic ambitions of the U.S. government go back to the heavy influence of neoconservative thought that began to be expressed during the Clinton administration. The neocons realized that the U.S. was the sole remaining superpower and they aimed for the U.S. to achieve global hegemony with power as a foundation. Hegemony requires a military component and the U.S. government had it. What is more natural, thought the neocons, than for the U.S. to build up its global hegemony with its military power as a foundation?Hegemony has other essential components, however, since no state or hegemon ever rules entirely by coercion or the threat of force, that path of control being far too costly and causing far too much resistance among subjects. Hegemonists require a degree of legitimation among large groups of people and among states that come under their sway. That in turn requires acceptance or even support among these peoples or states. This comes about by persuasion that focuses on some ideologies that are acceptable to the subject parties. Certain bases of acceptance must be present from some standpoints, be they political, economic, racial, ethnic, religious, scientific, artistic, ideological or whatever. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/09/michael-s-rozeff/the-us-ambition-to-rule-the-world/


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Meet the New War, Same as the Old War

aa-Obama - horns It has been thirteen years since the attacks of September 11, and this nation has spent every one of the 4,745 days between that morning and today in the grips of a media and politics and money-driven high panic. Millions upon millions have been killed, maimed, displaced or bankrupted in the process. ISISISILIS are bad guys, and no mistake, but there are a pile of nations on this planet besides us with standing armies, many of them with a far more vested personal interest in eradicating these lunatics than us. Their militaries are not exhausted like ours is. “Our endless blessings bestow an enduring burden,” said President Obama on Wednesday night, “but as Americans, we welcome our responsibility to lead.” Who is this “we,” sir? You got a mouse in your pocket? I can only imagine the comforts that come with living in the White House, but for an enormous swath of the country you lead, the “blessings” you speak of turned to ashes in our mouths a long time ago. The money we are going to spend bombing the problems we caused by bombing the problems we bombed can be better spent creating jobs, repairing infrastructure, and educating our children to know better when a politician comes calling with platitudes about the excellence of the United States before announcing his intention to blow more stuff up. http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/26113-william-rivers-pitt-meet-the-new-war-same-as-the-old-war#.VBIPzf1TqRk.email


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Obama Threatens War on Humanity

aa-American Empire - statue of liberty and military Permanent war is official US policy. Obama is the latest in a long line of rogue warrior presidents. He’s waged multiple direct and proxy wars. He’s done so throughout his tenure. He has lots more death and destruction in mind. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/09/stephen-lendman/the-us-is-a-rogue-state/


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Bluster and Bluff in the Baltic

aa-American Empire - world hegemony “I say to the people of Estonia and the people of the Baltics, today we are bound by our treaty alliance. … Article 5 is crystal clear: An attack on one is an attack on all. So if … you ever ask again, ‘who’ll come to help,’ you’ll know the answer – the NATO alliance, including the armed forces of the United States of America.” That was Barack Obama in Tallinn, Estonia, last week, reissuing a U.S. war guarantee to the tiniest of the Baltic republics – which his Cold War predecessors would have regarded as certifiable madness. From 1945 to 1989, no president would have dreamed of issuing a blank check for war in Eastern Europe. Our red line was in the heart of Germany. It said to Moscow: Cross the Elbe, and we fight. That red line was made credible by hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops permanently stationed in West Germany. http://original.antiwar.com/buchanan/2014/09/08/bluster-and-bluff-in-the-baltic/#.VA7v9i2Z1BE.email


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Kristol Strikes Again

aa-William Kristol American bombs have returned to Iraq. A year after the Obama Administration’s proposed air strikes in Syria were thwarted by public outcry, the military-industrial complex is back at work. This time, the target has been switched. Instead of dethroning a sitting dictator, missiles will be targeting Islamic militants. To think, it only took a year for American power to become bogged down in the Middle East yet again. With another bombing crusade in Iraq commencing, neoconservatives in the media are back in the spotlight. After the folly of Syria, talk of warmongering along the Potomac died down. That is, until the nascent rise of the Islamic State spilled over into Iraq. When the terrorist group started creating havoc in the northern part of the country, the same folks who wished for bombs in Damascus now had a new hobgoblin. It didn’t take long for the usual neocon suspects—Charles Krauthammer, Jennifer Rubin, John Bolton, Rich Lowry—to issue slogans about the existential threat posed by a new band of Islamic terrorists. Weekly Standard founder Bill Kristol jumped with joy at the prospect of air strikes. As the largest proponent of an affable, happy-go-lucky foreign policy of endless human slaughter, Kristol has never encountered a death crusade he didn’t like—at least, not one conducted by Western governments. http://takimag.com/article/kristol_strikes_again_james_miller/print#axzz3CSiE3o9h

 


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If Americans are waiting for a "Thank You" from the people of Iraq, Libya,and Syria, they've got a long wait. Their gift of Judeo-Christian righteous democracy has turned those lands into hellholes. If every thing you touch turns to crap, quit touching things.

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Warning to the World: Washington and Its NATO and EU Vassals are Insane

aa-map of Germany and Eurasia At what point will the Russian government decide that Washington’s mendacity, and that of its European puppets and corrupt Western media, render hopeless Russia’s efforts to resolve the situation with diplomacy and unprovocative behavior? As Russia is constantly accused falsely of invading Ukraine, when will the Russian government decide that as Western propaganda has established that Russia has invaded Ukraine and has imposed sanctions and new military bases on Russia’s borders because of the alleged invasion, Russia might as well go ahead and rid themselves of the problem Washington has brought to Russia and invade Ukraine? There is nothing that NATO could do about it if Russia decides that Ukraine in Washington’s hands is too much of a strategic threat to Russia and reincorporates Ukraine again into Russia where it has resided for centuries. Any NATO force sent would start a war that NATO can’t win. The German population, remembering the consequences of war with Russia, would overthrow Washington’s puppet government. NATO and the EU would collapse as Germany departed the absurd construct that serves Washington’s interest at the expense of Europe. Once this happens, the world will have peace. But not until. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/09/02/warning-world-washington-nato-eu-vassals-insane-paul-craig-roberts-2/


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Breaking the Bad Habit of Interventionism

aa-America First shield good one The U.S. admittedly was an expansionist power in our own hemisphere during the 19th century, but it was otherwise careful not to interfere or take sides in other nations’ internal affairs. It was mainly just in the last seventy years that the U.S. took it upon itself to take an active role in internal conflicts elsewhere in the world, and then usually with disastrous results for the countries affected by this interference. That is what Americans have soured on over the last ten years, and it is what they will likely keep rejecting in the foreseeable future. Even if Americans have now become accustomed to meddling in the internal affairs of other nations, that is not something inherent in who we are as a nation. This is something that we have learned through steady repetition over decades. It is a bad habit that can and should be broken and replaced with one of non-interference. http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/breaking-the-bad-habit-of-interventionism/


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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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Merkel Slams U.S. Hegemony — ‘America Can’t Solve All the World’s Problems Anymore’

aa-Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel First Russia and China, then UAE, Egypt, and Turkey, and now it appears Germany (following a phone call with Putin) is pulling the rug out from under U.S. hegemony – just as Obama’s warmongering ramps up. Which is odd because just yesterday, President Obama (who never lies) stated “The United States is and will remain the one indispensable nation in the world…” adding that “no other nation can do what we do.” Perhaps he is wrong? http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-27/merkel-slams-us-hegemony-america-cant-solve-all-worlds-problems-anymore


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Cautious Outrage

aa-Dees - drone attack We Westerners have a charming and quaint belief that killing people from the air by using bombs, rockets, shells, napalm and cluster munitions – or even nuclear weapons – is somehow not really as bad as ramming a bayonet into an enemy, blowing him to pieces with heavy artillery, or slashing his throat the way sheep are killed. Air warfare is clean … On the same day Foley was allegedly being decapitated, 19 people in Saudi Arabia, a close US ally, were publicly beheaded for various crimes. One of the men was executed for witchcraft. There was no outcry at all over this medieval horror … Look at the horrifying pictures of victims from Gaza: babies with heads blow open and bodies torn into pieces by heavy 155mm shells. What’s the difference between this and a decapitation? http://ericmargolis.com/2014/08/cautious-outrage/

 


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Political Europe Suppressed Under Washington´s Thumb is Waking Up

aa-American Empire - try and stop us Washington’s lies echoed by the presstitute media that serves Washington are destroying Washington’s credibility and that of the Western media among Europeans, especially Germans who understand that the threat to peace comes from across the Atlantic, not from east of the Oder River. The success or failure of Vladimir Putin’s bet that reasonable diplomacy and unprovocative behavior on Russia’s part will contrast favorably with the shrill provocations by Washington depends upon whether European politicians respond to their own citizens or continue in their role as Washington’s whores. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/08/25/guest-column-germany-america-frightens-us-roman-baudzus/


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Russia Asks if America is Still Fit to ‘Participate in Solving International Problems’

aa-American Empire - banana republic Yesterday it was China slamming America’s superpower status (and thus dollar reserve currency status). Now it is Russia’s turn, whose Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on Friday, following the UN’s delay in adopting a statement calling for a ceasefire in Ukraine after the US once again opposed Russia, which claimed among other things that “if the US opposes an absolutely non-confrontational, reconciliatory text, there can be no doubts that Washington intends to have the armed confrontation in Ukraine continued. It could be seen only as an attempt to ‘undermine’ the humanitarian mission.” A mission which Russia greenlighted despite stern US opposition, and also concluded without incident as we reported yesterday, when the convoy returned to Russia after a brief stay in east Ukraine. Moscow believes that such policy is hypocritical, the ministry added. Of course, if indeed the Ukraine economic crisis is the direct result of US and CIA meddling as the Victoria Nuland intercepted recording validates, then Russia has every right to such an opinion. The punchline: “Cynical disregard for the fate of civilians and ‘couldn’t care less’ attitude toward the international humanitarian law when it comes to geopolitical interests, becomes the core of the policy of the United States and its European satellites regarding Ukrainian,” the statement read. “More and more questions are being raised about the ability of the current U.S. administration to participate in the development of realistic and pragmatic approaches to international problems, to adequately assess the situation in the various regions of the world,” the Russia Foreign Ministry noted. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-24/russia-asks-if-america-still-fit-participate-solving-international-problems


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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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7 Astounding Facts About the Insane Cost of War

aa-democracy - coming to your neighborhood Usually August is back-to-school month, when kids pick up their shiny new books and head to class. But this time it looks a bit more like back-to-war. The war profiteers will be hatching new schemes to cash in on misery and you and I will be picking up the tab. http://www.alternet.org/economy/7-astounding-facts-about-insane-cost-war?paging=off&current_page=1#bookmark


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Washington Threatens the World

aa-American Empire - Uncle Sam giving finger The reality in the Middle East stands in vast contradiction to the stage managed landing of George W. Bush on the US aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln where Bush declared “Mission Accomplished” on May 1, 2003. The mission that Washington accomplished was to wreck the Middle East and the lives of millions of people and to destroy America’s reputation in the process. Thanks to the demonic neoconservative Bush regime, today America is regarded by the rest of the world as the greatest threat to world peace. The Clinton regime’s attack on Serbia set the pattern. Bush upped the ante with Washington’s naked aggression against Afghanistan, which Washington clothed in Orwellian language–”Operation Enduring Freedom.” Washington brought ruin, not freedom, to Afghanistan. After 13 years of blowing up the country, Washington is now withdrawing, the “superpower” having been defeated by a few thousand lightly armed Taliban, but leaving a wasteland behind for which Washington will accept no responsibility. Another source of endless Middle East turmoil is Israel whose theft of Palestine is
Washington-enabled. In the middle of Israel’s latest attack on civilians in Gaza, the US Congress passed resolutions in support of Israel’s war crimes and voted hundreds of millions of dollars to pay for Israel’s ammunition. Here we witness Great Moral America 100 percent in support of unambiguous war crimes against essentially defenseless people. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/08/08/washington-threatens-world-paul-craig-roberts/


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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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U.S. General is Killed in Attack at Afghan Base

aa-Afghanistan scene An Afghan soldier killed a United States Army major general and wounded a German brigadier general and at least 14 other foreign and Afghan military service members on Tuesday at a military training academy on the outskirts of Kabul, officials of the American-led coalition said Tuesday. The major general appeared to be the highest-ranking member of the American military to die in hostilities overseas since the Vietnam War. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/06/world/asia/afghanistan-attack.html


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Tony

WHAT A WASTED LIFE OF A MERCENARY FIGHTING WARS FOR ISRAEL. Because if were a true patriot, he would fight America's real enemies--the criminal govt, the alien invaders and the Jewish oligarchs who own and operate the US govt, the Fed, the media, Hollywood, NSA, DOD, etc.

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"highest-ranking member of the American military to die in hostilities overseas since the Vietnam War" -- where else do they ever die in hostilities!?!?!? Not in the only Constitutional place for it -- protecting the public from invasion and tyranny at home.

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Washington’s Perfect Storm of Policy Failure: On the Folly of Massive Money Printing and America’s Collapsing Imperium

aa-American Empire - statue of liberty and military The American Imperium is collapsing. There is blowback everywhere. The wreckage of prior policy mistakes from our interventionist foreign policy is coming home to roost. The Ukraine is one area at ground zero for that. But second, monetary central planning is now reaching a dead-end. It is inflating the third financial bubble of the century and the Fed is now clueless as to how it will manage to unwind the massive balance sheet expansion it has been undertaken. And third, the fiscal doomsday machine continues to crank on. Washington is ignoring the fact that we are six years into a business cycle expansion and we are still running massive deficits and there is no cushion for the next upset that comes to the economy. Now, why is all of this important? Because I think the foreign policy failures — the collapse of the American Imperium as I call it — is at the center of this, and it will push all of these things in the wrong direction. We are now becoming much more aggressive in our foreign policy than ever before. We can’t afford it by any means. And the potential for this to create black swans to roil or dislocate these very fragile markets that have been created by this massive central bank balance sheet expansion — it all makes what is happening in the Ukraine, or in the Middle East in Gaza, or in the collapse of Iraq, even more dangerous in terms of what it could trigger. So we are in a real pickle here and I think it is compounding by the day. http://davidstockmanscontracorner.com/washingtons-perfect-storm-of-policy-failure-on-the-folly-of-massive-money-printing-and-americas-collapsing-imperium/


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Why Won’t Obama Just Leave Ukraine Alone?

aa-American Empire - world hegemony by Ron Paul. President Obama announced last week that he was imposing yet another round of sanctions on Russia, this time targeting financial, arms, and energy sectors. The European Union, as it has done each time, quickly followed suit. These sanctions will not produce the results Washington demands, but they will hurt the economies of the US and EU, as well as Russia. . . But let’s not forget that this whole crisis started with the US-sponsored coup against Ukraine’s elected president back in February. The US escalates while it demands that Russia de-escalate. How about all sides de-escalate? http://original.antiwar.com/paul/2014/08/03/why-wont-obama-just-leave-ukraine-alone/#.U9-M285TKVU.email


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The World is Doomed By Western Insouciance

aa-American Empire - try and stop us European governments and the Western media have put the world at risk by enabling Washington’s propaganda and aggression against Russia. Washington has succeeded in using transparent lies to demonize Russia as a dangerous aggressive country led by a new Hitler or a new Stalin, just as Washington succeeded in demonizing Saddam Hussein in Iraq, the Taliban in Afghanistan, Qaddafi in Libya, Assad in Syria, Chavez in Venezuela, and, of course, Iran. The real demons–Clinton, Bush, Obama–are “the exceptional and indispensable people” above the reach of demonization. Their horrific real crimes go unnoticed, while fictitious crimes are attributed to the unexceptional and dispensable people and countries. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/07/26/world-doomed-western-insouciance-paul-craig-roberts/


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MH17 – Sacrificed Airliner

aa-Malaysian airliner - another shot of piece of shot down plane The Ukrainian rebels handed over the black boxes to international authorities. The investigation can begin. It hopefully will begin, unobstructed by political maneuvering. Will the Empire allow the investigation to follow its course? The Western propaganda machine is in full gear. The twisting of facts, obscuring of evidence, and maneuvering public opinion all over the world: all this is being done with determination and routinely applied precision. So much is at stake! Increasing cooperation between Russia, Latin America and China could mean the end of Western neo-colonial control of the world. The creation of alternatives to the World Bank can free billions of human beings from market feudalism and its slavery. Powerful news organizations broadcasting from Russia (RT), Venezuela (TeleSur) and Iran (Press TV) are consistently breaking the depressing and nihilistic monopoly of Western propaganda and control of people’s brains all over the world. The more liberating these trends and waves are for the world, the more panic there is in Washington, London and Paris, but also on Wall Street and in the City, as well as in the newsrooms of the corporate media. The West is terrified. Its ‘exceptionalism’, tremendous profits from controlling everything that moves on this planet, the kick of being in charge and holding the whip, all this can disappear if these waves of resistance are not reversed! http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/25/mh17-sacrificed-airliner/#.U9O1LsKx1Xs.email


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Too many solid points made here to repeat,hopefully this article will be studied and sent far and wide,the writer,Andre Vltchek is a name not to be forgotten!

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Foundation of the U.S. Empire: Axes of Evil

aa-American Empire - statue of liberty and military The U.S. Empire today is in the midst of a long-term decline, during which it has suffered a series of costly defeats. In addition, Washington has assumed long-term burdensome commitments to allies who have imposed their own ambitions of seeking ‘mini empires’ (Israel, Turkey and Saudi Arabia). The U.S. White House has increasingly adopted a military definition of ‘imperial leadership’ at the expense of reconfiguring imperial relations to accommodate potential new political and economic partners. As the empire slides, the political elite, operating with a highly militarized mind set, has expanded its intrusive global intelligence networks to spy on allies, adversaries and its own citizens. Washington has risked deepening hostilities among key allies (Germany and Brazil), and exacerbating conflicts with conciliatory competitors (Russia), by refusing to curtail its massive espionage. Spying is a clear hostile act and part of the policy of military-driven empire building. http://petras.lahaine.org/?p=1995


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Planned Chaos in the Middle East — and Beyond

aa-military industrial complex Geopolitical observers of the Middle East turbulence tend to blame the raging chaos in the area on the presumed failure of the “incoherent,” “illogical” or “contradictory” policies of the United States. Irrefutable evidence (some of which presented in this study) suggests, however, that in fact the chaos represents the success, not failure, of those policies—policies that are designed by the beneficiaries of war and military adventures in the region, and beyond. While U.S. policies in the region are certainly irrational and conflicting from the standpoint of international peace, or even from the standpoint of the U.S. national interests as a whole, they are quite logical from the viewpoint of economic and geopolitical beneficiaries of war and international hostilities, that is, from the viewpoint of (a) the military-industrial complex, and (b) the militant Zionist proponents of “greater Israel.” The seeds of the chaos were planted some 25 years ago, when the Berlin Wall Collapsed. Since the rationale for the large and growing military apparatus during the Cold War years was the “threat of communism,” U.S. citizens celebrated the collapse of the Wall as the end of militarism and the dawn of “peace dividends”—a reference to the benefits that, it was hoped, many would enjoy in the United States as a result of a reorientation of part of the Pentagon’s budget toward non-military social needs. But while the majority of the U.S. citizens celebrated the prospects of what appeared to be imminent “peace dividends,” the powerful interests vested in the expansion of military/security spending felt threatened. Not surprisingly, these influential forces moved swiftly to safeguard their interests in the face of the “threat of peace.” http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/18/planned-chaos-in-the-middle-east-and-beyond/


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Isolationism and Pan-Interventionism

aa-American Empire - shining city on a hill The American pretense of forming a new and uncorrupted world was tolerable for others as long as it remained associated with isolationist policies. A global line dividing the world in a binary manner in terms of good and evil is a line based on moral values. When it is not strictly limited to defense and self-isolation, it becomes a permanent political provocation to the other side of the planet. http://www.counter-currents.com/2014/07/isolationism-and-pan-interventionism/


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The Empire’s European Colonies

aa-American Empire - world hegemony Unwisely, Washington still deals with Europe and the EU as if dealing with minor vassal states: “foot soldiers for America’s nuclear knights,” in the pithy words of Germany’s late defense minister, Franz Josef Strauss. Washington’s arrogance and contempt for Europe was best illustrated by State Department neocon Victoria Nuland’s reply when asked if the EU should get more involved in US attempts to overthrow Ukraine’s pro-Russian government, “f-k the EU.” Washington has never accepted any European state or the EU as an equal. While official US policy backs a united Europe, unofficially the US has sometimes tried to thwart or delay unification – particularly a European armed force. NATO – 76% financed and run by Washington – is still the EU’s police force and America’s big stick in Europe. At times, it looks as if not so much has changed in Europe since 1945. The Soviets are gone, but the more amiable Americans are still around. But it often seems that Washington is almost trying to alienate its natural European allies by treating them like banana republics with old world charm. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/07/eric-margolis/the-empires-european-colonies/


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If Only the U.S. Had Stayed Out of WWI

aa-World War I The first big wave of embracing a liberal international economic order — relatively free trade, rising international capital flows and rapidly growing global economic integration — resulted in something remarkable. Between 1870 and 1914, there was a 45-year span of rising living standards, stable prices, massive capital investment and prolific technological progress. In terms of overall progress, these four-plus decades have never been equaled — either before or since. http://davidstockmanscontracorner.com/if-only-the-u-s-had-stayed-out-of-wwi/


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Globalist Think Tank Calls for Pentagon Emphasis on War with China and Russia

aa-war - good illustration Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Jimmy Carter’s former national security adviser and co-founder of the globalist Trilateral Commission with David Rockefeller, is a longtime adversary of the Soviet Union and now Russia. He has worked to revitalize the Cold War ethos by exploiting the conflict in Ukraine and warns about the threat of “Russian chauvinism” and the need for containment. Under the pretext of responding to a federal budget sequestration, the CSIS study suggests the United States “maintain its full triad of bombers, submarines, and intercontinental ballistic missiles meant to deter or carry out nuclear warfare” as emphasis shifts from the Middle East to an ultimate confrontation with Russia and China. http://www.infowars.com/globalist-think-tank-calls-for-pentagon-emphasis-on-war-with-china-and-russia/


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Putin Condemns Washington’s Drive Toward World Domination

aa-Vladimir Putin - 8-12-13 As I have previously observed, Americans live in The Matrix, not in the real world. One day Americans could wake up stunned by reality, or they could die from weapons of mass destruction and not wake up. Americans are nothing but cannon fodder for the neoconservative drive for Washington’s world hegemony. The media on which Americans rely lies to them and prevents them from knowing any significant truths. Americans can learn that they lost the World Cup, but they cannot learn of their government’s crimes and drive toward war, or of the responses of other powerful countries whose governments are unwilling, unlike England, Germany, and France, to be Washington’s vassals. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/07/01/guest-column-vladimir-putin/


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I think Mr. Putin realizes that the only thing Washington, (ie. the USA )is "driving to" is over a cliff. It ain't Washington. Identify who is doing the "driving".

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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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Some Men Just Want to Watch the World Boil

aa-American Empire - try and stop us In the 1980s sci-fi flick Scanners, the villain is a telepath who is so powerful that he can make a victim’s head explode using just his mind. If anyone in real life had such a power, it would be the American political class; and they would accomplish it using the cognitive tension from all the conflicting ideas, goals, and justifications they try to have people hold in their heads at once. Unfortunately, it would only work really well on libertarians and other government skeptics, because they seem to be the only ones perturbed in the slightest by such contradictions. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/07/dan-sanchez/putting-us-all-in-the-cannibals-pot/


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Cold War Renewed With a Vengeance While Washington Again Lies

aa-American Empire - world hegemony The Cold War made a lot of money for the military/security complex for four decades dating from Churchill’s March 5, 1946 speech in Fulton, Missouri declaring a Soviet “Iron Curtain” until Reagan and Gorbachev ended the Cold War in the late 1980s. During the Cold War Americans heard endlessly about “the Captive Nations.” The Captive Nations were the Baltics and the Soviet bloc, usually summarized as “Eastern Europe.” These nations were captive because their foreign policies were dictated by Moscow, just as these same Captive Nations, plus the UK, Western Europe, Canada, Mexico, Columbia, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Georgia, and Ukraine, have their foreign policies dictated today by Washington. Washington intends to expand the Captive Nations to include Azerbaijan, former constituent parts of Soviet Central Asia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia. During the Cold War Americans thought of Western Europe and Great Britain as independent sovereign countries. Whether they were or not, they most certainly are not today. We are now almost seven decades after WWII, and US troops still occupy Germany. No European government dares to take a stance different from that of the US Department of State. Not long ago there was talk both in the UK and Germany about departing the European Union, and Washington told both countries that talk of that kind must stop as it was not in Washington’s interest for any country to exit the EU. The talk stopped. Great Britain and Germany are such complete vassals of Washington that neither country can publicly discuss its own future. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/06/28/cold-war-renewed-vengeance-washington-lies-paul-craig-roberts/


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Fearing Russia-EU Economic Integration, U.S. Provoking Moscow Over Ukraine

aa-American Empire - mcdonalds at iwo jima Paul Craig Roberts believes if Putin cannot get the right answers from Hollande and Merkel, Russia should turn off energy supplies to Europe, accept that Europe is controlled by Washington, accept that Washington is Russia’s committed enemy, and look to the East. “Russia and China should help India to rise. There is very little left of the West, except monuments. The populations have been looted. Despite all the talk about democracy and voting, the people have no input into policy,” Roberts said. “Russia and China have emerged from tyranny. The West is falling into tyranny,” Roberts explained, adding that for Russia and China to be involved with the West is to risk a return to tyranny and “Russians should wash their hopes of being part of a decaying, immoral West, a ‘civilization’ that loots its own.” http://en.ria.ru/world/20140623/190670998/OPINION-Fearing-Russia-EU-Economic-Integration-US-Provoking.html


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A New Recession and a New World Devoid of Washington’s Arrogance?

aa-American Empire - banana republic Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has pointed out to Europe that Washington’s policies in the Middle East and Libya are not merely total failures but also devastatingly harmful to Europe and Russia. The fools in Washington have removed the governments that suppressed the jihadists. Now the violent jihadists are unleashed. In the Middle East the jihadists are at work remaking the artificial boundaries set by the British and French in the aftermath of World War I. Europe, Russia and China have Muslim populations and now must worry if the violence that Washington has unleashed will bring destabilization to regions of Europe, Russia and China. No one anywhere in the world has any reason to love Washington. Least of all Americans, who are being bled dry in order that Washington can parade military force around the world. Obama’s approval rating is a dismal 41 percent and no one wants Obama to remain in office once his second term is complete. In contrast, two-thirds of the Russian population want Putin to remain president after 2018. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/06/25/new-recession-new-world-devoid-washingtons-arrogance-paul-craig-roberts/


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The George Kennan Diaries

aa-George Kennan The recent publication of a one-volume selection from the extensive diaries of the late George Kennan–he died in 2005 at the age of 102–has elicited cries of “racism” and “bigotry” from mainstream reviewers. They were shocked to discover that Kennan had long opposed large-scale, non-white immigration into the United States, and did not believe that racial and cultural diversity was a good thing. If any of these reviewers had bothered to read his books, they would have known this long ago, and if they had the slightest awareness of how Americans who live outside the capitals of entertainment, finance, and politics think, they would have known that his views are widely shared. Furthermore, those who have read his memoirs and essays know that if his advice had been followed the U.S. would not now be a declining imperial power, nor would its demographic profile increasingly resemble that of Latin America. http://www.amren.com/features/2014/06/the-george-kennan-diaries/#.U6GSMc02X0k.email


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Don’t Walk Away from War

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


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The Bergdahl Thing — One Vet’s Take

aa-Christian soldiers - onward We are very like our enemies. We do not notice this. Carefully we do not notice. Guernica, the Warsaw ghetto, Fallujah, Nanjing—they are all the same. Soldiers are all the same, wars the same. All are fought on the most irreproachable moral grounds. We fight for peace, for freedom, for Allah, for the Fatherland, the Motherland, for the Homeland, for white Christian motherhood. We do not fight for Lockheed-Martin, or for oil. Oh no. Even the suckers might revolt at dying for low-sulfur crude, or Caspian pipelines. People are squeamish these days, so we hide the horror of what we do. The public might gag and say, “No. No more.” Besides, we do not want to discourage recruiting. In our Fallujahs we do not show the rotting corpses, or footage of the disemboweled as they try to crawl, god knows to where, while they bleed to death. And we do not show Johnny with his new colostomy bag, or blind, or with three stumps and one partial arm, or paraplegic or, never, ever, the quads, paralyzed below the neck, lying on slabs, turned over from time to time to avoid bed sores. The public does not see—though I have seen—the seventeen-year-old sweetheart of the young Marine from Memphis, when she first sees her betrothed irremediably blind with half his face a hideous mass of mangled flesh—and her obvious thought, oh Jesus, Johnny, oh Johnny, how can I do this? Onward Christian soldiers. http://www.fredoneverything.net/Bergdahl.shtml


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Beware of Kicking the Dragon and Bear

aa-China - dragon It is not prudent and it is not safe to stick an iron rod into a dragon’s mouth. Whatever they say in the West about dragons… but here in Asia, the dragon is revered as the greatest fabled creature on Earth and in the sky. The dragon is wise and patient, and it hardly ever uses force first. But if treated with disrespect and aggression, it is capable of retaliating in a deadly, determined and powerful way. It is also thoroughly idiotic to go and start terrorizing a sleeping bear. It is obvious what would follow if one descended into a bear’s hole and then started poking a hibernating creature in the head. Nothing good would follow, nothing good at all. But it appears that those who are ruling the Empire are not obsessed with prudence. They seem to be tired of tiny conflicts, which they are continuously stirring all over the globe. Libya is not enough and Congo is not enough. They need something big, really big; even much bigger than what they had already ‘achieved’ a few decades ago – like the destruction of the entire Indochina or Indonesia. The Empire needs a mortal fight with mighty opponents. http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/06/06/beware-of-kicking-dragon-and-bear/#.U5MUTkz2Mec.email


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The Military Industrial Complex and Total Collapse

aa-militarization - of America Ukraine could well devolve into a full-fledged civil war, and that would be really unfortunate for the people. That is the result of the constitutional and political crisis that was provoked last November and December, not by Putin and the Russians, but by the (U.S.) State Department and the CIA and the so-called non-governmental organizations that are swarming all over eastern Europe trying to stir up trouble It’s an indication that what I call the military-industrial complex, this warfare state with all the spy agencies and this massive war machine that we have, is a dangerous thing to keep in being. We don’t need it. It should be demobilized. It should be dramatically reduced so that the people who operate it aren’t tempted to start stirring up trouble. http://kingworldnews.com/kingworldnews/KWN_DailyWeb/Entries/2014/6/5_Stockman_-_The_Military_Industrial_Complex_%26_Total_Collapse.html


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What Obama Told Us at West Point

aa-American Empire - statue of liberty and military At West Point Obama told us, to the applause of West Point cadets, that “American exceptionalism” is a doctrine that justifies whatever Washington does. If Washington violates domestic and international law by torturing “detainees” or violates the Nuremberg standard by invading countries that have undertaken no hostile action against the US or its allies, “exceptionalism” is the priest’s blessing that absolves Washington’s sins against law and international norms. Washington’s crimes are transformed into Washington’s affirmation of the rule of law. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/06/02/obama-told-us-west-point-paul-craig-roberts/


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Psycho Politics in an Age of Imperial Decline

aa-Obama - as emperor The time of rational politics, if it ever existed, is over. ”Realpolitik” has become a mixture of marketing soundbites, propaganda and leaders making statement that borders on the Theatre of the Absurd. Thinner and thinner links to Reality. This is what happens when decline in being denied. http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/05/23/psycho-politics-in-an-age-of-imperial-decline/


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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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The Globalization of Special Forces

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


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Militarist Bunkum

aa-American Empire - map of bases around the world The only war fought on US territory was the war against Southern Secession. In this war Irish immigrants fresh off the boat gave their lives for American Empire. As soon as the South was conquered, the Union forces were set loose on the Plains Indians and destroyed them as well. Empire over life. That has always been Washington’s guiding principle. America’s wars have always been fought elsewhere–Cuba, Haiti, Mexico, Philippines, Japan, Germany, Korea, Vietnam, Panama, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Somalia. Washington even attacks countries with which the US is not at war, such as Pakistan and Yemen, and engages in proxy wars. The article cited above reports: “The United States launched 201 overseas military operations between the end of World War II and 2001, and since then, others, including Afghanistan and Iraq.” Not a single one of these wars and military operations had anything whatsoever to do with defending the US population from foreign threats. Not even Japan and Germany posed a threat to the US. Neither country had any prospect of invading the US and neither country had any such war plans. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/05/19/militarist-bunkum-paul-craig-roberts/


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What about the War for Independence, War of 1812, and the battles fought in Hawaii, and the Aleutian Islands? And then there was Poncho Villa and his bandits waging war on the American Southwest. Perhaps a history lesson is in order! Except for 1776, 1812, Korea, and Vietnam, America is always taking the wrong side. Failed foreign policies, failed military alliances, and a population of sheep spell doom for USA!

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The Three-War Doctrine

aa-American Empire - 3-12-14 The United States maintained its two-war doctrine more as a yardstick for measuring how much money to allocate to the Pentagon. In the 1980s, hawks were not pushing the United States to start a war with the Soviet Union or Iran. Rather, they wanted to maintain the capabilities to fight both wars simultaneously if need be. Here’s the nightmare scenario for 2016. The War Party will fight against any cuts in Pentagon spending and argue for upping the allocation in order to fight three wars simultaneously: against Russia, against China, and against non-state actors wherever they threaten U.S. interests. Sound unlikely? The Bush administration was able to transform a ragtag group of crazies into the “heirs of all the murderous ideologies of the twentieth century.” Imagine what the War Party, if it controlled the White House and Congress, could do with the likes of Russia, China, and the heirs of the heirs of all those murderous ideologies? If we’re lucky, we’ll avoid any outright conflict. But the price will nevertheless be bankruptcy. Forget about that imperial 401(k) plan. http://original.antiwar.com/feffer/2014/05/16/the-three-war-doctrine/#.U3d3gpOzr9Y.email


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90% of All Deaths in War Are Civilians

aa-American Empire - statue of liberty and military And the U.S. launched 201 out of the 248 armed conflicts since the end of WWII. http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/05/90-deaths-war-civilians.html


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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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Smoking Mirrors

aa-American Empire - mcdonalds at iwo jima All the while… all the while as the American Crack Whore Administration wages the Suicide of Imperialism, for which so much historical record abounds. Behind the scenes, the dominoes of their sure and certain fall are assembling and trembling as the inevitable approaches. The signs are everywhere. http://www.smoking-mirrors.com/2014/05/the-lap-dancing-prostitutes-from.html


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The Elites Are Pushing for War

aa-New World Order - banksters in restaurant w war going on Why war? A simple diversion used to cover the total insolvency of the entire Western banking system and the failure of all fiat currencies. The only solution will be financial destruction, and major economic life disruptions, especially in the ill-prepared United States. Previews of what is in store for the United States are found in Greece, Cyprus, Ireland, Venezuela, Argentina. The list grows. There is only one head of state pushing for war against Russia, using Ukraine as a pawn, and that is the elite front-man, Barack Obama. What business does he have instigating chaos in that part of the world? None, quite simply, yet he leads the charge. Are the citizens of the United States urging him on? No. What about the Europeans who transact billions of dollars in business with Russia, depend upon Russia for 20% to 35% to supply their natural gas needs? Are individual European states urging him on? No. Too much at risk, and European leaders do not want to bear the consequences of yet more sanctions that can end up hurting them more than hurting Russia. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/05/no_author/the-power-elite-wants-war%e2%80%a8/


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U.S. Civil Unrest, Crisis and Decline

aa-casino capitalism All of the financial markets, all of them, are now rigged. So the question of whether we have capitalism any longer is a real question. You could make the argument that American capitalism has become an illusion because all the markets are rigged. So the whole thing is full of problems. There is so much opportunity for things to go wrong — for domestic violence, and foreign violence. And it’s all done because of this stupid neoconservative goal of American hegemony over the world. This has been elevated into something that is so important, and it threatens not just the foreign countries that the policy applies to, but the United States itself because it (the U.S.) is really not in a position to achieve any such goal. http://kingworldnews.com/kingworldnews/KWN_DailyWeb/Entries/2014/5/2_Paul_Craig_Roberts_-_U.S._Civil_Unrest,_Crisis_%26_Decline.html


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Washington Intends Russia’s Demise

aa-map of Russia The Wolfowitz doctrine is the basis of U.S. policy toward Russia (and China). The doctrine regards any power sufficiently strong to remain independent of Washington’s influence to be “hostile.” The doctrine states: “Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere, that poses a threat on the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union. This is a dominant consideration underlying the new regional defense strategy and requires that we endeavor to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to generate global power.” The Wolfowitz doctrine justifies Washington’s dominance of all regions. It is consistent with the neoconservative ideology of the U.S. as the “indispensable” and “exceptional” country entitled to world hegemony. Russia and China are in the way of U.S. world hegemony. Unless the Wolfowitz doctrine is abandoned, nuclear war is the likely outcome. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/05/02/washington-intends-russias-demise-paul-craig-roberts/


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U.S. Sanctions Against Russia an Act of War, Ron Paul Says

aa-American Empire - try and stop us Former GOP congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul says U.S. sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis are an act of war, adding that the American people are tired of U.S.-imposed wars. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/05/no_author/americans-want-no-part-of-a-russian-conflict%e2%80%a8/


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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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Off-Balanced Empire

aa-American Empire - banana republic The remedies proposed by the establishment for globalization-caused social disruption are education and acculturation; and they come with the assurance that millions of persons of disparate ethnicities and cultures can be welded together by civic nationalism. This belief continues despite the fact that the old idea of the melting pot was rejected decades ago in favor of multiculturalism. The ace up the sleeve, the ultimate trump card is American exceptionalism. It is not surprising that the authors implicitly subscribe to American exceptionalism. They ask, “Will [the U.S.] be doomed to repeat the cycle of historical decline?” No. “There is good reason to believe the United States will avoid the Great Power curse” that has brought down every other empire in history (pp. 239–240). Although the historical record shows that all great powers eventually abate, and although social science points to diversity as socially divisive, yet somehow, in this time and place — postmodern America — things will be different. Acceptance of American exceptionalism is akin to belief in magic, that the laws of nature can be suspended. http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2014/04/off-balanced-empire/#more-23041


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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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Nationalism, Not NATO, is Our Great Ally

aa-NATO encirclement of russia Secessionism and nationalism are growth stocks today. Centralization and globalization are yesterday. A new world is coming. And while perhaps unwelcome news for the transnational elites championing such causes as climate change and battling global economic inequality, it is hard to see any great threat in all this to the true interests of the American people. http://original.antiwar.com/buchanan/2014/04/21/nationalism-not-nato-is-our-great-ally/#.U1ZssUouwzc.email


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How America’s Wars Came Home With the Troops

aa-troops - injured After an argument about a leave denied, Specialist Ivan Lopez pulled out a .45-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun and began a shooting spree at Fort Hood, America’s biggest stateside base, that left three soldiers dead and 16 wounded. When he did so, he also pulled America’s fading wars out of the closet. This time, a Fort Hood mass killing, the second in four and a half years, was committed by a man who was neither a religious nor a political “extremist.” He seems to have been merely one of America’s injured and troubled veterans who now number in the hundreds of thousands. Some 2.6 million men and women have been dispatched, often repeatedly, to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and according to a recent survey of veterans of those wars conducted by the Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly one-third say that their mental health is worse than it was before they left, and nearly half say the same of their physical condition. Almost half say they give way to sudden outbursts of anger. Only 12% of the surveyed veterans claim they are now “better” mentally or physically than they were before they went to war. http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175832/tomgram%3A_ann_jones%2C_star-spangled_baggage/


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Vladimir Putin and the Sane Man Theory

aa-Vladimir Putin - wearing suit Back in the 1960s US President Richard Nixon purposely tried to cultivate and project an image of latent insanity to the enemies of America so that they would think twice about provoking a Superpower with such a mentally unstable man at the controls. This was the famous “Madman theory.” Alas, Vladimir Putin is no such madman or even pretend madman, but instead an eminently sensible and controlled person. To the discerning observer this perception has not been altered much by recent events, such as the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and the events in the Eastern Ukraine. Rather than aggressions, these actions, when viewed geopolitically, are essentially defensive in nature in that they were triggered by a major Western economic push into Russia’s backyard. Putin is no mad man flying off the handle, but rather someone engaged in damage limitation, the damage having been done to his geopolitical position by the Ukraine’s sudden and tumultuous Westward swing. In fact, if Putin had been more careful to cultivate an image as a madman and appeared to the West as another Hitler or Kim Jong Il, then he would actually be in a stronger position now. The weak-willed countries of the West would inevitably have been sucked into appeasing him. But, instead of this they are fully prepared to wage diplomatic and economic war on Russia to the degree that it doesn’t infringe too much on their own economies. http://www.counter-currents.com/2014/04/vladimir-putin-and-the-sane-man-theory-2/


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Washington Drives the World to War

aa-American Empire - 3-12-14 The CIA director was sent to Kiev to launch a military suppression of the Russian separatists in the eastern and southern portions of Ukraine, former Russian territories for the most part that were foolishly attached to the Ukraine in the early years of Soviet rule. Washington’s plan to grab Ukraine overlooked that the Russian and Russian-speaking parts of Ukraine were not likely to go along with their insertion into the EU and NATO while submitting to the persecution of Russian speaking peoples. Washington has lost Crimea, from which Washington intended to eject Russia from its Black Sea naval base. Instead of admitting that its plan for grabbing Ukraine has gone amiss, Washington is unable to admit a mistake and, therefore, is pushing the crisis to more dangerous levels. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/04/14/washington-drives-world-war-paul-craig-roberts/


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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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Is the U.S. or the World Coming to an End?

aa-1984 - freedumbville great one 2014 is shaping up as a year of reckoning for the United States. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/04/09/us-world-coming-end-paul-craig-roberts/


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Neo-Liberalism and the Machinery of Disposability

aa-Republicrats - two parties one ideology Under the regime of neoliberalism, especially in the United States, war has become an extension of politics as almost all aspects of society have been transformed into a combat zone. Americans now live in a society in which almost everyone is spied on, considered a potential terrorist, and subject to a mode of state and corporate lawlessness in which the arrogance of power knows no limits. The state of exception has become normalized. Moreover, as society becomes increasingly militarized and political concessions become relics of a long-abandoned welfare state hollowed out to serve the interest of global markets, the collective sense of ethical imagination and social responsibility toward those who are vulnerable or in need of care is now viewed as a scourge or pathology. http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/22958-neoliberalism-and-the-machinery-of-disposability#.U0VC0k1t9BI.email


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

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


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Obama Issues Threats to Russia and NATO

aa-American Empire - going out of business Washington’s objection to the Russian/Iranian deal made it clear to all governments that Washington uses the dollar-based international payments system as a means of control. Why should countries accept an international payments system that infringes their sovereignty? What would happen if instead of passively accepting the dollar as the means of international payment, countries simply left the dollar system? The value of the dollar would fall and so would Washington’s power. Without the power that the dollar’s role as world reserve currency gives the US to pay its bills by printing money, the US could not maintain its aggressive military posture or its payoffs to foreign governments to do its bidding. Washington would be just another failed empire, whose population can barely make ends meet, while the One Percent who comprise the mega-rich compete with 200-foot yachts and $750,000 fountain pins. The aristocracy and the serfs. That is what America has already become. A throwback to the feudal era. It is only a matter of time before it is universally recognized that the US is a failed state. Let’s pray this recognition occurs before the arrogant inhabitants of Washington blow up the world in pursuit of hegemony over others. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/04/06/obama-issues-threats-russia-nato-paul-craig-roberts/


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Another Fake Afghan Election

aa-democracy - coming to neighborhood near you Afghanistan’s national election held this week is a sham. A group of candidates, handpicked by the U.S., will pretend to compete in an election whose outcome has already been determined – by Washington. The candidates include U.S. groomed politicians, and drug-dealing warlords from the Tajik and Uzbek north. Chief among them, Rashid Dostam, a major war criminal and principal CIA ally who ordered the massacre of over 2,000 Taliban prisoners. Such is the rotten foundation on which Washington is hoping to build a compliant Afghan “democracy” that will continue to offer bases to U.S. troops and warplanes. Afghanistan’s majority, the Pashtun tribes, have little voice in the election charade. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/04/eric-margolis/another-fake-afghan-election/


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‘Reactionaries’ — Against What?

aa-hubris as mathematical model They tell us we are reactionaries. Against what are we reacting? The obvious answer is liberalism, since its mental lock on the population of the West is used to exclude any common sense that might limit the license of the mob. But I think it goes farther: We are also reactionaries against hubris. The modern definition for hubris is “excessive pride,” but the original definition — the one that sent thousands of editors with liberal sympathies scurrying to erase, obliterate, and destroy — is more complex. http://alternative-right.blogspot.com/2014/04/reactionaries-against-what_3.html#more


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A 15-Year Murder Spree

aa-American Empire - statue of liberty and military The peace movement is gathering in Sarajevo this summer. The moment seems fitting to recall how NATO’s breakout war of aggression, its first post-Cold-War war to assert its power, threaten Russia, impose a corporate economy, and demonstrate that a major war can keep all the casualties on one side (apart from self-inflicted helicopter crashes) — how this was put over on us as an act of philanthropy. The killing hasn’t stopped. NATO keeps expanding its membership and its mission, notably into places like Afghanistan and Libya. It matters how this got started, because it’s going to be up to us to stop it. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/04/david-swanson/a-15-year-murder-spree/


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Hijacking the American Plane of State

aa-American Empire - deamericanization The world, as Dick Cheney & Co. took for granted, looked ready to be dominated by the only (angry) hyperpower left after centuries of imperial rivalry. The U.S. military, its technological capability unrivaled by any state or possible grouping of states, was to be let loose to bring the Greater Middle East to heel in a decisive way. Between that regular military and para-militarizing intelligence agencies, the planet was to be scoured of enemies, the “swamp drained” in up to 60 countries. The result would be a Pax Americana in the Middle East, and perhaps even globally, into the distant future. It was to be legendary. And no method – not torture, abuse, kidnapping, the creation of “black sites,” detention without charges, assassination, the creation of secret law, or surveillance on a previously unimaginable scale – was to be left out of the toolkit used to birth this new all-American planet. The “gloves” were to be taken off in a big way. Thirteen years later, those plans, those dreams are down the drain. The Greater Middle East is in chaos. The U.S. seems incapable of intervening in a meaningful way just about anywhere on Earth despite the fact that its military remains unchallenged on a global level. It’s little short of mind-blowing. And it couldn’t have been more unexpected for those in power in Washington and perhaps for Americans generally. This is perhaps why, despite changing American attitudes on interventions and future involvement abroad, it’s been so hard to take in, so little focused upon here – even in the bogus, politicized discussions of American “strength” and “weakness” which circle around the latest Russian events, as they had previously around the crises in Iran and Syria. Somehow, with what in any age would have seemed like a classic winning hand, Washington never put a card on that “table” (on which all “options” were always being kept open) that wasn’t trumped. Events in Ukraine and the Crimea seem to be part of this. http://original.antiwar.com/engelhardt/2014/04/03/hijacking-the-american-plane-of-state/#.Uz6zv2NBRqE.email


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Debunking the Gutting of the Military Storyline

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


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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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Russia to Create Own National Payment System in ‘Bid to Reduce Dependence on the West’

aa-Russia and US struggle The more the West attempts to “isolate” Russia and pushes it away from its “core values” and of course the U.S. dollar, the more Russia will seek the safety of a non-dollar based system. We have previously described how Putin has been scrambling to enmesh Russia in tight bilateral commodity-based trade with both China and India, and now it is Russia’s turn to announce it would seek its own “national payment settlement system” following last week’s surprising and unmandated service halts by both Visa and MasterCard, which as Vladimir Putin said earlier today, will be a “bid to reduce economic dependence on the West.” http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-27/russia-create-own-national-payment-system-bid-reduce-dependence-west


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How Much War Does Washington Want?

aa-American Empire - world hegemony The neo-conservatives, who have controlled U.S. foreign policy since the Clinton regime, concluded that the Soviet collapse meant that History has chosen America as the socio-economic system for the world. They declared the U.S. to be “exceptional” and “indispensable” and above international law. Washington had a free pass to invade, murder, destroy, and dominate. The neo-conservative claims of “American exceptionalism” sound like Hitler’s claims for the German nation. When the White House sock puppet expressed in a speech the claim of American exceptionalism, Putin replied: “God made us all equal.” Washington’s opinion is that the exceptional and indispensable nation–the U.S.–is above not only all other nations but also above law. What Washington does is legal. What anyone else does in opposition is illegal. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/03/26/much-war-washington-want-paul-craig-roberts/


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The Capture of Ukraine by the IMF and EU

aa-international monetary fund logo It should be obvious that the recent putsch and regime change in the Ukraine inspired and backed by the U.S. shadow government, benefits the international banksters. For the average EU resident, only further economic displacement and diminished prospects can be expected from any inclusion of Ukraine into the EU dictatorial structure. http://www.batr.org/corporatocracy/032614.html


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The Spanish-American War: Three Who Made a War

aa-Spanish American War The Spanish-American War was caused by three people: Teddy Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, and William Randolph Hearst. The war, which killed a number of Spaniards and Americans, including some prominent Harvard “Swells,” was based entirely on lies and machinations of these three men and served no purpose other than their personal needs. Princeton University historian Evan Thomas calls these three monsters The War Lovers. Hearst needed a war to build his newspaper circulation. Roosevelt needed a war to slate his blood-lust and desire for military glory. Lodge needed a war to reinvigorate American manhood and to enlist American manhood in his “Large Policy” of American Empire. Between them, thanks to the ignorance and stupidity of the American people, they pulled it off. Their adversary was Speaker of the House, Thomas Brackett Reed, “the Czar,” the most powerful politician in Washington. Reed, an honest and incorruptible politician, saw Lodge’s policy of “American exceptionalism” as naked imperialism that stood in total opposition and in great danger to American purposes. Reed saw Roosevelt’s war lust as a diversion of national purpose from the reconstruction of an economy that increasingly served a shrinking minority at the expense of the American people. But Hearst, Roosevelt, and Lodge made “peace” an epithet. The American people, whose gullibility is never-ending, were captivated by war-lust. Reed lost confidence in the American people whom he so well served. Reed could find no moral purpose in pushing the country toward war over nothing but fake news reports by “yellow journalism.” http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-spanish-american-war-three-who-made-a-war/5374938


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Marching as to War

aa-American Empire - statue of liberty and military Sweeping through Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania this week, Joe Biden reassured all three that the United States’ commitment to Article Five of the NATO treaty remains “solemn” and “iron clad.” Article Five commits us to war if the territory of any of these tiny Baltic nations is violated by Russia. From World War II to the end of the Cold War, all three were Soviet republics. All three were on the other side of the Yalta line agreed to by FDR, and on the other side of the NATO red line, the Elbe River in Germany. No president would have dreamed of waging war with Russia over them. Now, under the new NATO, we must. Joe Biden was affirming war guarantees General Eisenhower would have regarded as insane. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/03/patrick-j-buchanan/the-evil-of-nato/


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Violence and Terror: The Ukrainian and Colombian Road to Empire Building

aa-American Empire - map of bases around the world The conversion of the Ukraine into a US-EU vassal state has been a prolonged process which involved large scale, long term financing, indoctrination and recruitment of cadres, organization and training of politicos and street fighters and, above all, a capacity to combine direct action with electoral politics. Seizing power is a high stakes game for empire: (1) Ukraine, in the hands of clients, provides a NATO with a military springboard into the heart of the Russian Federation; (2) Ukraine’s industrial and agricultural resources provide a source of enormous wealth for Western investors and (3) Ukraine is a strategic region for penetrating the Caucuses and beyond. http://www.globalresearch.ca/violence-and-terror-the-ukrainian-and-colombian-road-to-empire-building/5374440?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=violence-and-terror-the-ukrainian-and-colombian-road-to-empire-building


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Is Putin the Irrational One?

aa-American Empire - 3-12-14 At the end of the Cold War, writes ex-ambassador to Moscow Jack Matlock, 80 percent of Russia’s people had a favorable opinion of the USA. A decade later, 80 percent of Russians were anti-American. That was before Putin, whose approval is now at 72 percent because he is perceived as having stood up to the Americans and answered our Kiev coup with his Crimean counter coup. America and Russia are on a collision course today over a matter — whose flag will fly over what parts of Ukraine — no Cold War president, from Truman to Reagan, would have considered any of our business. If the people of Eastern Ukraine wish to formalize their historic, cultural and ethnic ties to Russia, and the people of Western Ukraine wish to sever all ties to Moscow and join the European Union, why not settle this politically, diplomatically and democratically, at a ballot box? http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/03/patrick-j-buchanan/is-putin-irrational/


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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

aa-American Empire - statue of liberty and military The hubris and arrogance that arises from Washington’s belief that it is the government of the “indispensable and exceptional nation” means Washington has no respect for any other country, nor for law whether its own or international. Washington can invade countries without cause, a war crime. Washington can kidnap and torture people, a crime under U.S. and International law. Washington can ignore the self-determination of peoples, such as Crimeans. Who are mere Crimeans to vote on their own future without Washington’s consent, without Washington determining the outcome? Washington declares the Crimean people’s self-determination “illegitimate and illegal,” and refuses to recognize self-determination, while pretending to be the home of “freedom and democracy.” http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/03/17/two-steps-forward-one-step-back-paul-craig-roberts/


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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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The Madness of Stirring a War Over Ukraine

aa-neo-cons Just who are the maniacal lunatics that drive this insatiable need to threaten continuous war to achieve global imperium? One needs not be a Putin booster to recognize that the post 911 expansions of a garrison mentality guarantees further military expeditions into the internal affairs of any country that bucks the “international community” New World Order goals. http://www.batr.org/terror/031714.html


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Return of the Japan Scam

aa-Franklin Roosevelt By means of an economic blockade, a noose was being placed around Japan’s neck. The US, Britain, Holland, and China had encircled Japan through economic pressure, but also naval forces in the region of the Philippines, Singapore, and Malaya were redeployed and strengthened. Yet despite all the provocations, Japan attempted to negotiate with the great powers and made concession after concession in the hope of finding a peaceful solution. The Japanese are not stupid. They knew that Uncle Sam had the ability to produce warplanes and material that little Japan had no hope of ever approaching. Japan finally decided to go to war on December 1, 1941, and we all know the rest. Roosevelt got his war by ignoring the warnings that Japan was about to attack the fleet at Pearl. He has the blood of dead Americans on his hands, as well as the blood of those who died fighting Japan and Germany during the next four years. His bloodthirsty successor, the ex-haberdasher Truman, did himself proud by dropping the A-bombs. His excuse was that he did it to save American lives in the invasion of Japan. The unconditional surrender Uncle Sam demanded, and the fact that Japan was desperately looking to end the war, ensured that Japan’s militarists had the final say. Almost seventy years later, even after Stalin’s and Mao’s crimes of over 100 million dead have been revealed, what does good Uncle Sam do? He allows people such as Sneider to stir the pot and with the help of Hollywood remind us of the little yellow men who mistreated pilots that had incinerated their wives and mothers. http://takimag.com/article/return_of_the_japan_scam_taki/print#axzz2wEO8s0NZ

 


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World War One All Over Again

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


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From Now On, Russia Will No Longer Be Able to Compromise With Washington

aa-Russia and US struggle When, on February 21st, Washington decided to default on the agreement signed between Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich and the so-called “democratic opposition,” including Neo-Nazis, it finally crossed the red line. Washington has defaulted on all of its key agreements made with USSR/Russia during the last 30 years. Gorbachev was promised that Eastern Europe would not be taken into NATO. Country by country, it became part of NATO, and Yugoslavia was dismantled despite Russia’s objections. The U.S. acted as the winner of the Cold War and guided its policies by the famous principle of “Vae victis!” Woe to the vanquished! The “hawks” in Washington think they can push Russia around indefinitely, that Russia, in order to become an “accepted partner” in the West, would still try to negotiate, be diplomatic and peaceful. Washington’s defaulting on an explicit agreement regarding Ukraine’s future and the prospect of NATO troops on the ground in Ukraine finally convinced Vladimir Putin and a big part of the Russian elite that there is no point in negotiating with the US. It means that from now on, no compromises are possible. For America, the situation in Ukraine is a geopolitical game, another opportunity to hurt Russia’s interests. For Russia, it’s not a geopolitical game. It’s a matter of national identity, it’s an ethnic matter. Almost every Russian I know has relatives in Ukraine. Roughly a third of Russian senators and members of the government were born in Ukraine. http://www.testosteronepit.com/home/2014/3/10/from-now-on-no-compromises-are-possible-for-russia.html


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Let Crimea Go!

aa-map of Crimea As the US and its European allies rally around the Ukrainian coup leaders and denounce the Crimean referendum, we have yet another opportunity to stand in awe of Washington’s limitless supply of arrogance. Meeting with the new “Prime Minister” of Ukraine – who achieved his high office by unleashing mobs on the duly elected government – President Barack Obama averred Washington would be “forced to apply a cost” unless the Crimean vote is called off. So here is the United States, the alleged champion of “democracy,” hailing a decidedly undemocratic coup, honoring one of the coup leaders with an appearance at the White House, and railing against the decision of the democratically elected Parliament of Crimea to let the people vote on their own future. http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/03/13/let-crimea-go/#.UyMHvfNdPCE.email


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