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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.

Discorporate

"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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LabMan

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

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


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Obama Regime’s Hypocrisy Sets New World Record

aa-Obama - pointing w menacing look Sanctions are likely to backfire. Sanctions would damage economies of Washington’s NATO puppet states, making them think again about providing cover for Washington’s aggressive words and deeds. It is Europe that will pay for Washington’s aggressive actions. Sanctions are likely to speed up the implementation of the BRICS negotiations to leave the dollar system and settle their international accounts in their own currencies. All countries with financial and economic links to the West can be intimidated, punished, and destabilized by Washington. National sovereignty is inconsistent with being part of the US dollar system. From Washington’s standpoint, the importance of sanctions is not any economic effects. The importance is the propaganda advantage of portraying Russia as an offending party who is punished by Washington. Not only does this propaganda put Russia in the wrong, it also portrays Russia as subservient to Washington. http://www.infowars.com/obama-regimes-hypocrisy-sets-new-world-record/


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

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


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

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


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The State Department’s New World Order Agenda

Flag waving Americans want to believe that their government is on the right side of history. Especially in the realm of foreign policy, the myth that the United States saved the world from despotic tyrants, popularly reflected in the victor’s account of post World War II, is the accepted viewpoint. Hidden from public education is that the New World Order was the actual winner. The specific inception of the globalist forces that originated the sub rosa directions behind formable institutions and governments dates well back over centuries. However, the modern technocratic era allows for the dramatic acceleration of a one-world system imposition, which was never possible in previous times. http://www.batr.org/totalitariancollectivism/031014.html


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Counter Coup in Crimea

aa-Crimea - pro Russian demonstration The stakes are high in the Ukraine: after the coup, as Crimea and Donbas asserted their right to self determination, American and Russian troops entered Ukrainian territory, both under cover.The American soldiers are “military advisers”, ostensibly members of Blackwater private army (renamed Academi); a few hundred of them patrol Kiev while others try to suppress the revolt in Donetsk. Officially, they were invited by the new West-installed regime. They are the spearhead of the U.S. invasion attempting to prop up the regime and break down all resistance. They have already bloodied their hands in Donetsk. http://henrymakow.com/2014/03/Israel-Shamir-Counter-Coup-in-Crimea%20.html


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Putin Flouts Obama as Neo-Cons Stew

aa-Vladimir Putin - flipping Obama In the latest episode in the ongoing reality show “Death of a Narcissist’ it is almost painful to see the incredible shrinking president Barack Obama continuing to thrash about on his own hook. For the second time in six months he has talked much smack in leading the international law violation machine that is neocon U.S. foreign policy towards yet another crisis from which he has no way of emerging victorious. In the late 1980′s dark comedy “The War of the Roses” the divorce attorney played by Danny DeVito wisely offered up his counsel that “There is no winning! Only degrees of losing!” which Obama would be wise to consider. http://www.opednews.com/articles/Putin-Flouts-Obama-as-Neoc-by-Donn-Marten-Foreign-Influence-On-Elections_Media-Corruption_Media-Manipulation_Neocon-Military-Aggression-140308-882.html


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America’s Advancing Empire: Putsch, Pillage and Duplicity

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


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Obama Comes Out Against Self-Determination

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


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America’s Staggering Hypocrisy

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


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Paul Craig Roberts – They Will Get the Whole World Blown Up

aa-three stooges The Chinese government regards Washington as an insane asylum. They think they’re completely insane. If Putin comes to this conclusion too, he may say, ‘OK, I’m not going to take any risk with these crazy people’ and simply occupy Ukraine. Russia and Putin have been demonized because they’ve blocked the American attack on Syria and Iran. When they show up at meetings of the G8 or the G20, they are very forceful. They point out all of the mistakes and the lies that Washington tells. They do this in front of Washington’s allies, the Europeans. http://kingworldnews.com/kingworldnews/KWN_DailyWeb/Entries/2014/3/5_Paul_Craig_Roberts_-_They_Will_Get_The_Whole_World_Blown_Up.html

 


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How the Empire Might Strike Back

aa-Russian military vehicles Many observers have focused on the relative paucity of the West’s diplomatic and military options in Ukraine. Others focus on Russia’s sources of leverage: cutting off natural gas to western Ukraine and Europe and/or dumping its reserves of U.S. dollars. That applying such leverage could backfire on Russia receives less coverage. Does anyone doubt the Federal Reserve’s ability to print $200 billion to buy the entire Russian holdings of Treasuries? What’s another $200 billion on top of $4 trillion? Recall that Russia holds those Treasuries/U.S. dollars as reserves for its own benefit. Dumping the dollars simply creates the need for an immediate replacement, especially as the ruble craters. All those focusing on the West’s lack of leverage are forgetting that the Empire retains multiple way of striking back. For example, bringing the costs of misadventure home to Russia’s politically influential 1/10th of 1%. http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/03/empire-might-strike-back.html


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Washington’s Arrogance, Hubris, and Evil Have Set the Stage for War

aa-American Empire - world hegemony Washington wants missile bases in Ukraine in order to degrade Russia’s nuclear deterrent, thus reducing Russia’s ability to resist US hegemony. Only three countries stand in the way of Washington’s hegemony over the world, Russia, China, and Iran. Iran is surrounded by US military bases and has US fleets off its coast. The “Pivot to Asia” announced by the warmonger Obama regime is ringing China with air and naval bases. Washington is surrounding Russia with US missile and NATO bases. The corrupt Polish and Czech governments were paid to accept US missile and radar bases, which makes the Polish and Czech puppet states prime targets for nuclear annihilation. Washington has purchased the former Russian and Soviet province of Georgia, birthplace of Joseph Stalin, and is in the process of putting this puppet into NATO. http://www.infowars.com/washingtons-arrogance-hubris-and-evil-have-set-the-stage-for-war/


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

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


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A New World Order?

aa-American Empire - statue of liberty and military There is, of course, a single waning superpower that has in this new century sent its military into action globally, aggressively, repeatedly — and disastrously. And yet these actions have failed to reinforce the imperial system of organizing and garrisoning the planet that it put in place at the end of World War II; nor has it proven capable of organizing a new global system for a new century. In fact, everywhere it’s touched militarily, local and regional chaos have followed. In the meantime, its own political system has grown gargantuan and unwieldy; its electoral process has been overwhelmed by vast flows of money from the wealthy 1%; and its governing system is visibly troubled, if not dysfunctional. Its rich are ever richer, its poor ever poorer, and its middle class in decline. Its military, the largest by many multiples on the planet, is nonetheless beginning to cut back. Around the world, allies, client states, and enemies are paying ever less attention to its wishes and desires, often without serious penalty. It has the classic look of a great power in decline and in another moment it might be easy enough to predict that, though far wealthier than its Cold War superpower adversary, it has simply been heading for the graveyard more slowly but no less surely. Such a prediction would, however, be unwise. Never since the modern era began has a waning power so lacked serious competition or been essentially without enemies. Whether in decline or not, the United States — these days being hailed as “the new Saudi Arabia” in terms of its frackable energy wealth — is visibly in no danger of losing its status as the planet’s only imperial power. http://original.antiwar.com/engelhardt/2014/03/02/a-new-world-order/#.UxSQpGYD1rM.email


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U.S. Arrogance

aa-American Empire - try and stop us Talking about war games – the US-NATO in recent months were holding war games in Latvia and Lithuania – practicing flying NATO warplanes right up against Russia. Were they trying to draw a response? And the US has been heavily arming Georgia and doing joint war games there, again right along the Russian border. At this very moment the US and South Korea are running war games aimed at North Korea which is bordered by Russia and China. But the American people would never know about US war games because the network TV news never reports those facts. They only report the news that is intended to lead the public in a certain direction – and that direction is demonizing Russia (and China) in order to justify US imperial moves. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37781.htm#.UxCYTz-KYGk.email


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The Crisis in Ukraine

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


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Ukraine: Another Piece in U.S.-NATO-EU Neo-Con Puzzle

aa-Ukraine - 2-24-14 In my journalistic work I have attempted to robustly detail for years what US/NATO have been doing in their redesigning of world’s geopolitical landscape and I cannot repeat this enough, what we are seeing in Ukraine is just another regime change for the West. The tactics they use are always the same, we have seen them and documented them time and again and they continue to be illegal and egregious. Yet they continue with impunity. All of the regime change actions and provocations that US/NATO/EU have used in Ukraine have been documented and exposed before the fact, yet the US president, EU leaders and their compliant media continue to egregiously stick to their own artificial pre-planned narrative. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37740.htm#.UwtZ63iD73A.email


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Is Ukraine Drifting Toward Civil War and Great Power Confrontation?

aa-map of Ukraine We are witnessing this today in western Ukraine where a mixture of witless university students, pawns in Washington’s drive for world hegemony, together with paid protesters and fascistic elements among ultra-nationalists are bringing great troubles upon Ukraine and perhaps a deadly war upon the world. Many of the protesters are just the unemployed collecting easy money. It is the witless idealistic types that are destroying the independence of their country. Victoria Nuland, the American neoconservative Assistant Secretary of State, whose agenda is US world hegemony, told the Ukrainians what was in store for them last December 13, but the protesters were too delusional to hear. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/02/20/ukraine-drifting-toward-civil-war-great-power-confrontation/


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It’s Raining Bankers to Protect U.S. Dominance

aa-American Empire - try and stop us We are looking at unrest around the world. Look at the riots in Venezuela, the protests going on in Brazil and Argentina. They can’t get the people off the streets in Thailand. But here is the key: I have said this before, but it’s very important to remind people — when all else fails, they take you to war. Or maybe in the case of the bankers, when all else fails and you know too much, you’re dead. http://kingworldnews.com/kingworldnews/KWN_DailyWeb/Entries/2014/2/18_Celente_-_Its_Raining_Bankers_To_Protect_The_US_Dominance.html


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Diplomacy is a Four Letter Word

aa-American Empire - banana republic Ideologues like Victoria Nuland, who might serve as a poster child for what is wrong with the US government, constitute only one element in the dysfunctional White House view of the world and how to interact with it. Former Senior State Department official James Bruno asks “Why does America send so many stupid, unqualified hacks overseas?” For the first time since the Second World War more than half of all US Ambassadors overseas are political appointees rather than career diplomats, yet another instance of President Barack Obama’s saying one thing while running for office and doing another thing when actually in power. Bruno describes an ambassador to Sweden lying drunk in the snow, the current hotel chain owner nominee for Norway who did not know the country was a constitutional monarchy, and a TV soap opera producer pick for Hungary who had no idea what interests the US might have in the country. One Obama appointee Seattle investor Cynthia Stroum actually was forced to resign after running her embassy in Luxembourg into the ground, verbally abusing her staff and spending embassy funds on personal travel and alcohol. All of these splendid examples of American officialdom have one thing in common: they gave a lot of money to the Obama campaign. Raising $1.79 million is now the going price for an ambassadorship. Good work Mr. Obama. You promised transparency and have again exceeded all expectations by appointing ambassadors whose lack of qualifications would embarrass the head of state of a banana republic. http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2014/02/17/diplomacy-is-a-four-letter-word/#.UwNuKSvPmgg.email


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U.S. and EU Are Paying Ukrainian Rioters and Protesters

aa-American Empire - world hegemony I have no objection to Ukrainians protesting government corruption. Indeed, such gullible people could benefit from the lesson they would learn once their country is in the hands of corrupt Brussels and Washington. What I object to is the lack of awareness on the part of the protesters that by permitting themselves to be manipulated by Washington, they are pushing the world toward a dangerous war. I would be surprised if Russia is content to have US military and missile bases in Ukraine. It was fools like Nuland playing the great game that gave us World War I. World War III would be the last war. Washington’s drive to exploit every opportunity to establish its hegemony over the world is driving us all to nuclear war. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/02/17/us-eu-paying-ukrainian-rioters-protesters-paul-craig-roberts/


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America’s Nuclear Moonscape

aa-Nevada - craters from nuke explosions It looks like the surface of the Moon but this pock-marked landscape is actually the result of decades of nuclear weapons testing in the Nevada desert. As the Second World War ended and the Cold War began, the U.S. military detonated hundreds of devices in its desert test site, with the last explosions taking place in 1992. When testing first began in the 1950s, few residents living near the site were concerned by the rumble of explosions or mushroom-shaped clouds on the horizon. But fears about radiation poisoning, and peace protests in later decades, put pressure on the military to end the tests. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2558673/Out-world-Interactive-map-reveals-Moon-like-craters-blasted-Nevada-desert-decades-nuclear-weapons-tests.html


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Russia Under Attack

aa-media - monkeys As a holdover from the Cold War, the U.S. media retains the image of a free press that can be trusted. In truth, there is no free press in America (except for Internet sites). During the later years of the Clinton regime, the U.S. government permitted 5 large conglomerates to concentrate the varied, dispersed and somewhat independent media.The value of these large mega-companies depends on their federal broadcast licenses. Therefore, the media dares not go against the government on any important issue. In addition, the media conglomerates are no longer run by journalists but by corporate advertising executives and former government officials, with an eye not on facts but on advertising revenues and access to government “sources.” Washington is using the media to prepare the American people for confrontation with Russia and to influence Russians and other peoples in the world against Putin. Washington would love to see a weaker or more pliable Russian leader than Putin. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/02/14/russia-attack-paul-craig-roberts/


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Obama’s Liberal Imperialism

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


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Washington Destabilizes Ukraine

aa-American Empire - world hegemony The control freaks in Washington think that only the decisions that Washington makes and imposes on other sovereign countries are democratic. No other country on earth is capable of making a democratic decision. The world has witnessed this American self- righteousness for eons as Washington overthrows one democratic government after the other and imposes its puppet, as Washington did in Iran in 1953 when the CIA, as it now admits, and as Ervand Abrahamian proves in his book The Coup (The New Press, 2013), overthrew the elected government of Mossadeq, and more recently the elected government of Honduras and many governments in between. Currently Washington is working overtime to overthrow the governments of Syria, Iran again, and Ukraine. Washington has also targeted Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Brazil, and in its wildest dreams the governments of Russia and China. Washington will soon be back at work on destabilizing the government of Iran again, a habit I suppose, but for the moment Washington is focused on destabilizing Ukraine. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/02/06/washington-destabilizes-ukraine/


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Staying Out of Other People’s Wars

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


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The Inescapable Antagonism Between a Prosperous China and an Imperial U.S.

aa-China - and US at odds Hence if the U.S. Empire to remain the first of global military powers in a way that is beyond challenge, it has no choice but to keep China down. There is an unavoidable contradiction between U.S. military dominance and Chinese economic development. Moreover even China’s economic power by itself is at odds with the hegemonic maneuvers of the U.S. Sanctions on sovereign nations, embargoes and blockades by the US will not work if China is willing to trade with the threatened nations. This forecloses U.S. economic control of other, weaker nations. However, there is no necessary conflict between the two nations, China and the U.S., or the two peoples. The prosperity of China does not preclude a high level of prosperity in the U.S. Economic development and prosperity is not a zero sum game. As the Chinese repeat at every turn, there can be a win-win situation for all nations of the world with China’s development. That has already proven true in the present Great Recession where the Chinese economy has been the main driver of the global economy, perhaps preventing the Great Recession from tumbling into the Great Depression. That is also true for the development of other nations, India for example. http://www.unz.com/article/the-inescapable-antagonism-between-a-prosperous-china-and-an-imperial-u-s/


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America Unhinged

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


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