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Philip Giraldi is the executive director of the Council for the National Interest and a recognized authority on international security and counterterrorism issues. He is a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer who served eighteen years overseas in Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Spain. Mr. Giraldi was awarded an MA and PhD from the University of London in European History and holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the University of Chicago. He speaks Spanish, Italian, German, and Turkish. His columns on terrorism, intelligence, and security issues regularly appear in The American Conservative magazine, Huffington Post, and antiwar.com. He has written op-ed pieces for the Hearst Newspaper chain, has appeared on “Good Morning America,” MSNBC, National Public Radio, and local affiliates of ABC television. He has been a keynote speaker at the Petroleum Industry Security Council annual meeting, has spoken twice at the American Conservative Union’s annual CPAC convention in Washington, and has addressed several World Affairs Council affiliates. He has been interviewed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the British Broadcasting Corporation, Britain’s Independent Television Network, FOX News, Polish National Television, Croatian National Television, al-Jazeera, al-Arabiya, 60 Minutes, and other international and domestic broadcasters.


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Unites States of Israel, From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Pandering to Israel Has Got to Stop It is disheartening to realize that a clear majority of state legislators and congressmen thinks it is perfectly acceptable to deny all Americans the right to free political expression in order to defend an internationally acknowledged illegal occupation being carried out by a foreign country.
From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 31, 2013
John McCain: War Hero or Something Less? It is perhaps not too late to take another look at McCain and the post-Vietnam POW issue while many veterans of that conflict are still alive. It might also help to discredit the Senate's leading warmonger. Either way, it would be a reckoning that is long since overdue.
121220-N-ZN152-189 NORFOLK (Dec. 20, 2012) The aircraft carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) are in port at Naval Station Norfolk, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 28, 2018
America's National Defense Is Really Offense Pentagon planners clearly anticipate another year of playing at defense by keeping the offense on the field. An impetuous and poorly informed president is a danger to all of us, particularly as he is surrounded by general-advisers who see a military solution to every problem. Hopefully, wiser counsel will prevail.
From ImagesAttr
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 4, 2012
Why I Dislike Israel The Israeli government is a rogue regime by most international standards, engaging as it does in torture, arbitrary imprisonment, and continued occupation of territories seized by its military. Worse still, it has successfully manipulated my country, the United States, and has done terrible damage both to our political system and to the American people, a crime that I just cannot forgive, condone, or explain away.
Barack Obama, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 8, 2015
There Are None So Blind ... As Those Who Will Not See President Obama fancies himself the leader of the "free world" yet he heads a nation that until recently organized black site prisons for torturing suspects and which continues to use armed drones to kill innocent and guilty alike.
From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 6, 2020
Who Made Coronavirus? Was It the U.S., Israel or China Itself? If it is correct that the virus had either been developed or even produced to be weaponized, it would further suggest that its escape from the Wuhan Institute of Virology Lab and into the animal and human population could have been accidental.
U.S. and Iran nuclear negotiations, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Who Did the Eavesdropping? As the White House clearly now has the details regarding "how" the Israelis stole the information and "why" in terms of its use with Congress to undermine the talks, it might be suggested that the whole story be revealed to the American public. Just who were the Congressmen and was there anyone on the U.S. negotiating team playing both sides?
From InText
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 29, 2019
Monsters Walk the Earth. Why These Three Countries Are the Real Troika of Evil Americans, Saudis and Israelis have become monsters in the eyes of the rest of the world even if in their own minds they are endowed with special privilege due to their being "Exceptional," "Chosen by God" or "Guardians of Mecca and Medina." All three countries share a dishonest sense of entitlement that supports the fiction that their oppressive and often illegal behavior is somehow perfectly legitimate.
From ImagesAttr
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 6, 2014
Does the CIA Believe Obama? Within the intelligence community memories of Iraq and the prefabricated judgments made regarding Syria's alleged use of sarin gas last year are still fresh among both analysts and information collectors, requiring the political leadership to make its case unambiguously. Intelligence work makes one naturally cynical, but the rank and file are now becoming generally suspicious of and even hostile to what is going on.
Robert Mueller and President Trump, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Russiagate Suddenly Becomes Bigger Russia, if the indictment is accurate, may have run an influencing operation and gotten caught with its hand in the cookie jar. Or maybe not. And Washington might also actually have information suggesting that Russia is preparing to engage in further interference in the 2018 and 2020 elections, as claimed by the heads of the intelligence agencies, though, as usual, evidence for the claim is lacking.
Donald Trump Is President And The World Is Freaking Out!, From YouTubeVideos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 28, 2018
The Madness Gripping Washington The immediate knee-jerk resort to threats of using overwhelming conventional military power or even nuclear weapons to resolve international disagreements is being played far too often by a president whose understanding of the world clearly has a manic-aggressive quality derived from a life spent selling and buying real estate in New York City.
From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 19, 2012
House Passes Stealth Legislation HR 4133 basically provides Israel with a blank check drawn on the US taxpayer to maintain its "qualitative military edge" over all of its neighbors combined. It requires the White House to prepare an annual report on how that superiority is being maintained. It passed on May 9 by a vote of 411-2 on a "suspension of the rules," which is intended for non-controversial legislation requiring little debate and a quick vote.
From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 18, 2015
AIPAC Discovers 47 Useful Idiots More than 165,000 Americans have signed a petition calling Cotton's letter treasonous. Behind that outrage we have a speech, a letter and the usual banal tale of corruption, opportunism and money. And it all starts with Israel, a foreign country that has somehow inserted itself into the American political DNA. So much for the billions of dollars given to Israel and the irreparable damage to American interests.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 2, 2012
Israel Uber Alles The Israel firsters in Congress are both shameless and relentless. We Americans who do not share their views should mark them out and hope for the day when they will be voted out of office and eventually prosecuted as the useful idiots and betrayers of our constitution that they most surely are.
Trump, joint chiefs have very different views, From YouTubeVideos
(29 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 17, 2018
The Ruinously Expensive American Military Some numbers-crunchers in the Pentagon have already raised the alarm that the current pay, benefits and retirement levels for military personnel is unsustainable if the United States continues its worldwide mission against terrorists and allegedly rogue regimes. And it is also unsustainable if the U.S. seeks to return to a constitutional arrangement whereby the nation is actually defended by its military.
.Bring Our Troops Home!., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 18, 2020
America's Recessional: Time to Bring the Troops Home It is past time for Donald Trump to make a bold move. End the foreign wars, shut down the overseas bases and bring the soldiers home. Spend tax dollars to improve the lives of Americans, not to fight wars for Saudis and Israelis.
Police Now Have Weaponized Drones, Because What Could Possibly Go Wrong?, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 17, 2017
Why America's Law Enforcement Empire Resembles Secret Police in a Dictatorship America's law enforcement empire has all the characteristics of secret police in a dictatorship. It is not transparent in its actions, has a history of bending the rules to obtain convictions, and its officers are rarely held accountable. It has also been politicized.
Little Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi washed ashore, From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 10, 2015
A Refugee Crisis Made in America The United States has taken in only a small number of the refugees and a usually voluble White House has been uncharacteristically quiet about the problem, possibly realizing that allowing in a lot of displaced foreigners at a time when there is an increasingly heated debate over immigration policy in general just might not be a good move, politically speaking.
Dick Cheney. Evil Incarnate, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 25, 2014
The Road to Torture One political party, the Republicans, has by-and-large disputed the substantial body of evidence that the United States government has engaged in torture, presumably because it occurred under a GOP administration. But it is clearly a practice that is a violation of both federal statutes and the United Nations Convention against Torture.
From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Unending War on Terror The unrelenting expansion of Washington's military role is consequently little more than a simplistic response to many diverse overseas developments that are poorly understood, most of which are not actually genuine threats to the United States. This is demonstrated by the White House decision to extend the U.S. terrorism fight to the entire continent of Africa.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 25, 2017
America's Militarized Police America has always been a violent place relative to much of the rest of the world, but even so there has been a noticeable shift in how, since the trauma of 9/11, some policemen believe themselves to be superior to and detached from the society they are supposed to be protecting.
The Capitol Building at Night, From FlickrPhotos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 18, 2017
How America's Deep State Operates to Control the Message Deep State is the widespread belief that there exists in many countries an entrenched and largely hidden infrastructure that really controls the national narrative and runs things. It explains why, for example, a country like the United States is perpetually at war even though the wars have been disastrous failures ever since Korea and have not made the nation more secure.
Benjamin Netanyahu, From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 15, 2016
Israel Wins in November One does not expect congressmen to do very much in return for their generous salaries and perks but there is something seriously wrong when they go around the world and uncritically accept what they are hearing from foreign liars and scoundrels who want the United States to do the heavy lifting after they generate regional crises that are beyond their capability to control.
Tulsi Gabbard, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 7, 2019
Tulsi Gabbard Pushes No War Agenda -- and the Media Is out to Kill Her Chances The most interesting candidate is undoubtedly Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who is a fourth term Congresswoman from Hawaii, where she was born and raised. She is also the real deal on national security, having been-there and done-it through service as an officer with the Hawaiian National Guard on a combat deployment in Iraq. Though in Congress full time, she still performs her Guard duty.
From ImagesAttr
(36 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 14, 2013
The Two Snowdens Snowden would have gotten absolutely nowhere if he had attempted to "go through channels" in any attempt to resolve the violations of law that he observed and was right to go public, but that is where the acceptance of his actions by me and my former colleagues pretty much ends.
Lindsey Graham, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 24, 2019
Lindsey Graham's Blank Check. Why a Defense Agreement With Israel Would Be a Disaster for Americans Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has been calling for a "defense treaty" with Israel since last April. In his most recent foray, Graham announced late in July that he is seeking bipartisan support for providing "blank check" assurances to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and is hoping to be able to push a complete defense treaty through the Senate by next year.
From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 19, 2013
Some Might Call It Treason The principal Israeli lobby AIPAC has basically declared war on the White House over the issue and the Senators who are leading the charge are firmly in Israel's pocket. Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois is even being briefed by Israeli intelligence, and Israeli cabinet ministers have been observed pleading their case on Capitol Hill to a very receptive audience.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 22, 2012
The Disappearing Terrorists Lacking any real terrorists and recognizing that the war on terror must go on for reasons best known to bureaucrats and defense contractors, it has perhaps become an acceptable option to make some up. But the greater and more important agenda is to blacken Iran and create from whole cloth one more phony reason to go to war.
From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 25, 2017
The Neocon Lament It is a pleasure to watch the think tanks begin thinking of their own demises. It is also intriguing to speculate that Trump with his populist message might just take it all one step farther and shut the door on the K Street lobbyists and other special interests, which have symbiotic relationships with the think tanks.
Ambassador Jeffrey Comments on Iraq, From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Explaining Syria Ambassador James Jeffrey maintains that "Russia needs to change its policies." That is not correct. It is the United States that must change its policies by getting out of Syria and Iraq while also stopping the deference to feckless "allies" Israel and Saudi Arabia that has produced a debilitating cold war against both Iran and Russia.
Sheldon Adelson promotes respect for fallen Jewish-defenders, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Understanding Jewish Power Israel, which claims perpetual victimhood, is reflexively referred to as "the only democracy in the Middle East" and "Washington's closest ally and friend," assertions that are completely false but which have been aggressively and successfully promoted to shape how Americans view the Israeli-Arab conflict. Palestinians resisting the Israeli occupation are invariably described as "terrorists" both in the U.S. and Israel.
From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 10, 2013
Are Israel and the U.S. Becoming Fascist States? To what extent are both Israel and the United States trending towards a fascist model? In some areas the affinity is clear. Both Israel and the United States claim victimhood from terrorism and have used that as an excuse to maintain aggressive foreign policies that emphasize the use of force as a first option. So, the answer to whether Israel and the U.S. are developing into fascist-style states is a qualified yes.
From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 31, 2013
Riyadh Says Let America Do It If the Israelis and Saudis were really threatened by Iran, one suspects that their response would be more robust. Meanwhile they will see if they can shame and coerce President Obama into doing what they think is best for them. Hopefully, he will be able to resist the pressure.
Cruise missile type Termit fired from Kotelny, New Siberian Islands., From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 10, 2018
Why Russia's New Strategic Capabilities Come As a Shock to US Intelligence Community Many CIA officers who were made redundant or forced to retire were precisely those individuals who had cut their teeth on running operations directed against the old Soviet Union. They had the language and cultural skills necessary to collect information on Russia. With their departure, those capabilities also largely vanished.
Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 28, 2020
Victoria Nuland Alert Confronting Russia as some kind of ideological enemy is a never-ending process that leaves both sides poorer and less free.
Julian Assange, From WikimediaPhotos
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 23, 2018
Assange's Persecution Highlights Dangers to the Freedom of Speech and Free Media Wikileaks has become famous, or perhaps notorious, for its publication of materials that have been leaked to it by government officials and other sources who consider the information to be of value to the public but unlikely to be accepted by the mainstream media, which has become increasingly corporatized and timid.
From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 15, 2013
Why Remain in Afghanistan? Karzai, who will be leaving office next Spring and is undoubtedly looking forward to a comfortable retirement in Dubai in close proximity to the bank accounts holding all the money he stole, is quite likely relying on a continued US presence no matter what agreement is reached.
U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Nikki Haley meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his office in Jerusalem, June 7, 2017., From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 28, 2017
Nikki Haley: The De Facto Agent of Influence As governor of South Carolina, Haley first became identified as an unquestioning supporter of Israel. Immediately upon taking office at the United Nations she complained that "nowhere has the U.N.'s failure been more consistent and more outrageous than in its bias against our close ally Israel" and vowed that the "days of Israel bashing are over."
From ImagesAttr
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 12, 2013
The Meaninglessness of Elections Here in the United States, we have congressional elections every two years but the dominant parties that alternate in power have rigged and gerrymandered the process in such a way that only candidates acceptable to the corporate/military/political status quo can rise to the surface.
Trump signs Caesar Act sanctioning Syrian regime, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 3, 2020
The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act: Why Washington Is Both Corrupt and Ignorant One can only wish that politicians would actually commit themselves to doing good for the American people, but the sad reality is that they spend so much time raising and distributing money that they only respond to constituents with the deepest pockets or those who make the most noise.
State Department Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Neocons Triumphant in Washington and Geneva At the end of the day, the greatest neocon triumph is its continued grip over policy with Russia, which is the sole power in the world that can attack and destroy much of the United States. The confrontation with Moscow makes no sense as the only United States vital interest at stake is to maintain a good working relationship, but the tension continues to mount.
From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 2, 2014
Is AIPAC Doomed? There will be speeches by Sen John McCain and by Sec of State John Kerry. Attendees will descend en masse on the Capitol Hill offices of Senators and Congressmen, delivering the message that AIPAC is alive and well in spite of some recent very public setbacks. They will demand that the US pressure Iran with new sanctions even as the White House is searching for a way to avoid another catastrophic war in the Middle East.
Goodbye to the Dollar Bill!, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 6, 2019
Goodbye Dollar, It Was Nice Knowing You! The White House has initiated trade disputes, insulted allies and enemies alike, and withdrawn from or refused to ratify multinational treaties and agreements. It has also expanded the reach of its unilaterally imposed rules, forcing other nations to abide by its demands or face economic sanctions. This created a consensus within the international community that Washington is not a reliable partner and cannot be trusted.
From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 19, 2013
Fixing Congress Means Fixing the Government It is an ultimate irony that institutions like the Post Office that actually provide a necessary service for most Americans are starved for funds while the National Security Agency seems to have plenty of cash to build and operate its vast new spy center in Utah. A spy center that will collect information on the American people. The priorities of government are skewed and it is not just in congress.
From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 16, 2015
MH17: The Blaming Putin Game Goes On Americans have been lied into intervention and war more than once over the past 15 years and it should be clear to all that any contrived crisis based on an erroneous conclusion regarding a shot-down airliner that develops into an armed conflict with Russia will have unimaginable consequences.
From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 23, 2013
Sitzkrieg on the Potomac Both Democrats and Republicans, presenting different faces of the war party, seem unconcerned about the gradual destruction of our nation's liberties, wrapped up as they are in obtaining temporary advantage in a struggle that has everything to do with obtaining more power and little to do with the wellbeing of the United States.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 3, 2012
Tightening the Noose on Iran Lest there be any confusion, the new bill -- coming on top of previous legislation and executive orders, not to mention the covert Stuxnet and Flame computer viruses -- sets the stage for war against Iran, a country that has not attacked the United States nor threatened to do so unless it is attacked first. If this seems reminiscent of the lead-up to war against Iraq in 2003, it should.
Donald Trump says Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats are disloyal -- to Israel., From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 30, 2019
Lying for Israel: Why Nearly Everyone in Washington Does It Trump has further exercised his claim to the Jewish vote by accepting the sobriquet "King of Israel" bestowed by a demented talk radio host. As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has already asserted that Trump's election victory was the result of divine intervention to "save Israel from Iran," the kingship is presumably an inevitable progression. One can only imagine what will come next.
Israel Flag Hand, From GoogleImages
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Whose Wars? Israel is not at all shy about what it wants to happen, namely a war in Syria targeting both Damascus and Tehran, leading to a much bigger war with the Iranians. Fought by Uncle Sam, to be sure, as Jewish lives are far too precious to waste.
Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin in meeting with PM Netanyahu, on October 28, 2019., From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 3, 2019
The White House Plan to Strangle Iran Make no mistake, the United States is conducting an economic war against Iran that is undeniably aimed at making the Iranian people so miserable that they will rise up in revolt. And the punishment being meted out will hurt the poorest and weakest most of all while also hardening support for the regime rather than weakening it.
From youtube.com: Palestinian Resistance, From Images
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Let's End the Israeli Tie-That-Binds America on moral grounds should not be supporting an apartheid regime loaded with racist thugs, headed by a cynical regime that sends its "soldiers" into Palestinian areas to shoot people without legs and children, but it would only inflame the hasbarists that gather like vultures anytime anyone writes or says anything negative about the "only democracy in the Middle East" and "America's greatest and best ally."
War of words between President-elect Donald Trump and CIA Director John Brennan., From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 16, 2018
When Former Spies Turn into TV "Experts" Brennan, who was hated by much of the CIA's rank-and-file during his tenure as director, does not have much of a reputation for truth-telling. Concerns that Brennan will represent the Agency's viewpoint on NBC News are largely irrelevant as the network should have instead considered his credibility and judgment before hiring him.
Trump says Putin .competitor., From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 7, 2020
Why Both Republicans and Democrats Want Russia to Become the Enemy of Choice Donald Trump's erratic rule has certainly dismayed many of his former supporters, but the Democratic Party is offering nothing but another helping of George W. Bush/Barack Obama-establishment war against the world. But the argument that it is essential to do so because of Russia lurking is complete nonsense.
Rep Adam Schiff, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 8, 2019
Feeding the Israel Lobby Everyone in Washington knows very clearly but will never admit that Israel has seriously corrupted the United States government and its elected officials at all levels. The Israel Lobby in the United States is far more powerful than it was in 1990, so much so that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu actually boasts to his voters that he directs U.S. policy.
Secretary Mike Pompeo, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 23, 2020
A New Definition of Warfare The one area where Trump and his team of narcissistic sociopaths have been most active has been in the imposition of sanctions with lethal intent.
Mike Pompeo and Benyamin Netanyahu, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Pompeo Gives Away the Palestinian West Bank The Israelis could continue their creeping annexation of the West Bank for 10 more years or so while also deliberately driving the remaining Arabs out. They will be empowered to do so by the United States, which will never develop either the integrity or the courage to push back against "America's closest ally and best friend in the entire world."
From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 6, 2018
Expect Even Less Freedom of Internet in 2018 Major social media and internet service providers have been meeting secretly with the United States and Israeli governments to remove content as well as ban account holders from their sites. The United States and Israel have no legal right to tell private companies what to do but it is clearly understood that the two governments can make things very difficult for those service providers that do not fall in line.
James Mattis, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 29, 2018
The Mattis Dilemma Mattis does indeed hold views that were shaped by four decades of experience, but most of it was bad and produced wrong conclusions about America's place in the world. Conveniently forgotten are Mattis comments relating to how to "Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet." His sobriquet in the Corps was "Mad Dog."
From commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Benjamin_Netanyahu_portrait.jpg: Benjamin Netanyahu, From Images
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 29, 2016
Israel's $38 Billion Scam As most observers of the odd United States relationship with the Middle East will no doubt agree, when it comes to Israel and the U.S. Treasury "too much" is not part of the vocabulary. Obama's agreement with Israel stipulated that in return for the guaranteed money every year Israel would not go to Congress seeking more unless there is a war.
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 6, 2013
Independence Day Blues Overall, it has become somewhat shameful to be an American. But possibly far worse than the way the rest of the world perceives us is the damage that we have done to ourselves. Consider for a moment what the past 12 years have meant in terms of what the United States government can now do to any American citizen.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said unless the U.S. lifts economic sanctions against Tehran, any meeting between the two leaders would just be a photo op., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 10, 2019
Sanctioning Away Free Speech: Americans Meet With Iranians at Their Peril The United States was a country that prior to the "Global war on terror" was generally liked and respected, but today it is widely regarded as the most dangerous threat to peace in the world. This shift in perception is due to the actual wars that the US has started as well as the sanctions regime which has as its objective regime change of governments that it disapproves of.
From flickr.com: Trump speaking at AIPAC, From Images
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 30, 2017
Should AIPAC Register as a Foreign Agent? AIPAC's website declares that it is "America's Pro-Israel Lobby." It blankets Capitol Hill with its lobbyists and is a prolific source of position papers explaining Israel's perception of what is taking place in the Middle East. Its easy access to the media and also to politicians in Washington is so widely accepted on Capitol Hill that it reportedly frequently drafts bills that Congress then goes on to propose.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 25, 2016
How the World Ends Russians are not exactly failing to notice what is going on. No one but Victoria Nuland and the Kagans actually want a war but Moscow is being backed into a corner with more and more influential Russian voices raised against detente with a Washington that seems to be intent on humiliating Russians at every turn as part of a new project for regime change.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 6, 2015
War Inside the Beltway The U.S. media and inside the beltway punditry boast about their professionalism and integrity but it all goes out the window when Israel is the topic. Many of those involved are themselves Jewish and identify as "strong Israel supporters" and for those who are not of the Tribe the understanding that criticism of Israel is a quick ticket out of town frequently prevails.
Israel and Saudi Arabia influence US elections..., From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 25, 2018
When Will Congress Investigate All Interference in Elections? There are America's friends who in similar fashion interfere in US politics to support their own national agendas. The Saudi lobby in the United States operates largely below the surface, working on individual congressmen and through the funding of think tanks. Israel's manipulation of the US is, however, much more in the open.
From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 3, 2019
The Ukraine Impeachment Fiasco: Both Republicans and Democrats Being Manipulated by the Deep State The real question will be how the impeachment product is sold and how the public will regard the activity. The emerging narrative will determine how Senators vote and also on the 2020 election. And it has to be noted, of course, that no matter what happens, Joe Biden and son will come out smelling bad, two more entitled wealthy men exploiting public office to become even richer even if they did not actually break any laws.
DAVID COPPERFIELD, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Senate Torture Report Vanishes The latest account of the head-butting between the Agency and Congress reveals a bad working relationship between the Senate and CIA, while also suggesting that Langley is again closing ranks against its critics. But if the ISIS thing continues to pick up steam everyone in the media and among the public will in any event forget that there was ever a Senate torture report. In intelligence slang, it will "be disappeared."
Monroe's Presidency, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 5, 2019
What Monroe Doctrine? The current situation with Venezuela is similar to that with North Korea in that Washington is operating on the presumption that it has a right to intervene and bring about regime change, using military force if necessary, because of its presumed leadership role in global security, not because Caracas or even Pyongyang necessarily is threatening anyone.
From ImagesAttr
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 15, 2012
Why Remember Iraq? If the United States cannot learn from the experience of Iraq it is doomed to repeatedly fail in similar endeavors until the last soldier comes home in a body bag and the last dollar is spent, leaving behind an empty treasury and an impoverished American people.
From flickr.com/photos/81213601@N04/9219214728/: BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, From Images
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 1, 2016
Reining In Government Surveillance Most Americans would accept that a principal government role is to protect the people from harm initiated by foreign states and non-government players but most would also insist that the Bill of Rights affords fundamental liberties that must be maintained. Setting limits that are clearly understood on the government is one way to accomplish both.
World Insight: regret over US withdrawal from UNESCO, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 28, 2018
The United States Withdraws from the World The U.S. withdrawal from U.N. agencies is, if anything, a sign of weakness rather than strength. If Washington were indeed confident in its own brand of international leadership it would welcome the opportunity to sit on panels and help shape the views of other countries with which it has a politically neutral or adversarial relationships.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 20, 2017
Fracking Around with the Russians Probing and maneuvering is all part and parcel of what intelligence agencies do when they are dealing with adversaries and very often even with friends. It does not necessarily imply that Moscow was seeking to overthrow American democracy even if it was trying to advance its own interests.
Israel, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 13, 2012
A Tipping Point for Israel Ten years ago in America, it was impossible to place even a letter in a mainstream newspaper or magazine that was in any way critical of Israel. But then, all of a sudden, the conspiracy of silence began to break down.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 24, 2017
Iraq Redux in the Making? US Rhetoric on Iran Brings Back Memories of 2003 Donald Trump, during his successful electoral campaign, repeatedly denounced Iran, and his foreign policy team, including Generals James Mattis and H.R. McMaster, as well as CIA Director Mike Pompeo, are all unrelentingly hostile to Tehran, as are the pathologically pro-Israel Congress and mainstream media. Are we about to see Iran on center stage in a performance of Iraq Redux? Quite likely.
Vladimir Putin, From WikimediaPhotos
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Russian Harassment and Other Fables Russians are not exactly failing to notice what is going on and are drawing their own conclusions about what they must do to defend themselves. None but Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and the Kagan family actually want a war, but Moscow is being backed into a corner, with more and more influential Russian voices raised against detente with a Washington that seems to be intent on humiliating Moscow.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Killing Free Speech in America Free speech is free speech, no matter how loathsome or misguided. Government officials should be allowed to express private opinions outside the parameters of their public responsibilities, just as students at a university should be able to invite speakers to controversial conferences or seminars without requiring those invited to sign a paper pledging that they will not criticize a certain country.
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The Torture Chronicle The bipartisan willingness to avoid confrontation over possible war crimes makes the recently completed 6,000 page long Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture an extraordinary document. Though it is still classified and might well never see the light of day even in any sanitized or bowdlerized form, its principal conclusions have been leaking out in the media over the past two weeks.
Pence opens up about his father's military service, From YouTubeVideos
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Pence Goes to War: America Will Be Fighting Forever On May 25th Vice President Mike Pence was the featured speaker at the United States Military Academy commencement. His speech was predictably an encomium celebrating both the diversity and the success of the newly commissioned officers as well as of the system at West Point that had produced them.
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John McCain's Terrorists John McCain may have been guilty of a ridiculous publicity stunt, but he certainly did not knowingly meet with a terrorist-affiliated group. Yet the fact that he did appear with these rebels -- presumably after receiving the imprimatur of whomever from the intelligence or spec-ops community was managing ground operations in Syria from the U.S. perspective--demonstrates just how murky the whole Syrian enterprise has become.
Trump's letter to Erdogan released, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 30, 2019
An Imperfect Bit of Statecraft Along the way, President Trump was not exactly acting with a free hand. He has been beleaguered by a Deep State conspiracy against him that began even before he was nominated, though he didn't have to help his enemies by shooting himself in the head at every opportunity through tweets and demeaning language.
Jewish Zionist power over America., From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 6, 2017
How I Got Fired If we suffer through a catastrophic war with Iran, many people might begin to ask "Why?" We Americans will stand by mutely as we begin to wonder what has happened to our country. And some who are more perceptive will even begin to ask why a tiny client state has been allowed to manipulate and bring ruin on the world's only super power. Unfortunately, at that point, it will be too late to do anything about it.
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 17, 2014
Israel Is Serious About Spying -- But Not About Peace Kerry's reluctance to speak the truth unambiguously is not surprising as is the use of anonymous quotes to register displeasure with Israeli behavior. The White House operates under the shadow of powerful international Jewish organizations that appear to regard Israel as something that has to be protected at all costs and by any means no matter how it misbehaves.
PM Netanyahu and US Secretary of State Pompeo, From YouTubeVideos
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What Can We Do? They Are Insane! Pompeo clearly believes that this is all part of some divine plan. Anyone who persists in thinking that nations should pursue policies that are rational and based on genuine interests should be appalled by the Pompeo comments and fearful of what the consequences might be.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 18, 2012
Obama's Report Card The terrifying prospect of a Mitt Romney foreign policy has somehow obscured just how badly President Barack Obama has performed. Obama's grades are somewhat disappointing: a B, a C, a D, and four F's. He will likely have trouble getting into a good college, and I recommend that he instead learn a useful skill such as basket weaving or pottery design.
Protection concept: pixelated icon on digital background, 3d render, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 9, 2019
Internet Free Speech All But Dead President Donald Trump has had a lot to say about fake news and is reported to be supporting limiting protections relating to the Internet. In May, a "net neutrality" bill that would have prevented service providers from manipulating Internet traffic passed in the House of Representatives, but it is reported to be "dead on arrival" in the Senate, so it will never be enacted.
Israeli Jews admit they run America, From ImagesAttr
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U.S. legislation abused by foreign entities The latest twist took place this week, when a New York City jury sided with the plaintiffs in a Shurat HaDin-supported lawsuit filed by victims of Palestinian bombings carried out in 2004 in Israel, and which alleged that the Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation Organization sanctioned the attacks.
Paul Wolfowitz, William Kristol, Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, Scooter Libby, John Bolton, Michael Ledeen, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Neocons as a Figment of Imagination Possibly there is a largely Jewish cabal within that Deep State, call it what you will, that works very hard behind the scenes to favor Israel while also pushing for a state of perpetual war, from which it benefits personally. I know that thinking that we Americans are on the receiving end of a vast and very effective conspiracy makes many uneasy, but history has taught us that sometimes our worst nightmares are actually true.
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A Syrian Solution? Nearly everyone would be able to find a comfort zone if the Syrian civil war were to end, so there is strong motivation to take whatever steps are necessary to accomplish just that. And it would be a political victory for nearly everyone involved, with the US and its allies claiming that they had stopped the bloodshed while blocking the extremists from forming a government.
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Nunes Memo: Another Step Towards Proving Russiagate Is a Hoax If the alleged Russiagate conspiracy is never actually demonstrated, which looks increasingly likely, it would certainly disappoint the many American talking heads and media "experts" who have been making a living off of bashing Moscow 24/7, but it might also provide a window for the White House to fulfill its electoral promise to fix the Russia relationship.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Edward Snowden Is No Traitor The White House's colossal data-mining operation has now been exposed by Edward Snowden, and the American people have discovered that they have been scrutinized by Washington far beyond any level that they would have imagined possible. Many foreign nations have also now realized that the scope of U.S. spying exceeds any reasonable standard of behavior.
Ilhan Omar, From FlickrPhotos
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No, Dual Loyalty Isn't Okay Many in congress and the media won't discuss loyalty to Israel
Trump supports Israel, From YouTubeVideos
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Virginia Goes Zionist Politicians, bureaucrats and media talking heads have long turned a blind eye to legislation and policies that benefit the state of Israel to the detriments of United States' interests. The U.S. Treasury is plausibly describable as a gift that never stops giving to the people and governments of Jewish state.
From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 13, 2019
Donald Trump and Israel: When Does a 'Passionate Attachment' Threaten National Security? The president is elected to represent the interests of all Americans, not just a wealthy and powerful ethno-religious minority that is able and willing to give him a great deal of money to run his political campaigns.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 25, 2013
The Lobby Never Sleeps When it comes to actual war and peace, those of us who have been preoccupied by the crises in Egypt and Syria would be well served by taking another look at what Israel has been up to. Settlements are expanding and still more Arabs are being dispossessed, making peace all but impossible.
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Failed by the Fourth Estate Today's corporate media continue to work towards their apparent goal to provide less and less information and more and more opinion. Recent coverage of the President's visit to the Middle East invariably referred to the militarily occupied West Bank as "disputed," a usage that has also become common over at the State Department and which obscures the injustice being committed against the Palestinians.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Liars Lying About Nearly Everything Donald Trump turns out to be a pretty good liar, even if he frequently has no idea what he's talking about, says Philip Giraldi in this commentary. But the prize for lying has to go to the British.
John Bolton and Nikki Haley, From YouTubeVideos
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Scarier Than John Bolton? Nikki Haley very much comes across as the neoconservatives' dream ambassador to the United Nations -- full of aggression, a staunch supporter of Israel, and assertive of Washington's preemptive right to set standards for the rest of the world. And there is every reason to believe that she would nurture the same views if she were to become the neocon dream president. Worse than John Bolton? Absolutely.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks via video conference to the Digital Culture Forums, organized by Argentina's Ministry of Culture, 2015., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 1, 2017
Is U.S. Congress Declaring War on WikiLeaks? To unleash the CIA on WikiLeaks the White House will have to come up with a "finding" to authorize special action. President Donald Trump will no doubt sign such a document and follow up with a tweet. It is particularly ironic that Trump once was a self-professed great fan of WikiLeaks, stating how he "loved it" while on the campaign trail in October 2016 after Hillary Clinton's emails were made public. A lot has changed.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 25, 2012
Blaming the Muslims We are the ones who have created the enemy and we are the ones who should have the sense to realize that it is our policies and actions that have poisoned relationships all around the world, and not just in Islamic countries. Will Mitt Romney or Barack Obama someday express that reality? Somehow I don't think so.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 3, 2013
How Government Grows Americans have witnessed in the short space of 11 years a government that has metastasized built around a fiction that the American people are somehow under serious threat from foreign enemies. Government never admits failure and its response to shortcomings is to throw more resources at the problem in an attempt to either make it go away or delay the day of reckoning.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Bad Moon Rising What is wrong about the whole Trump team is that they all seem to believe that you can go around the world kicking the sh*t out of everyone without there being any consequences. And they all hate Iran for reasons that continue to be obscure but may be connected to their relationships with -- you guessed it -- the neoconservatives and the Israeli Lobby!
United States Capitol Building in Washington DC, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 10, 2017
The New Know-Nothings In Congress Information provided must generally conform to what the congressmen already believe and want to hear so no one will be embarrassed. That such ignorance would be particularly notable in the realm of foreign policy should surprise no one because congressmen as a group are no longer very well educated. Few speak foreign languages and no one any longer studies the history or culture of any country but the United States.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Israel's International Conspiracy Israel has lost the war of public opinion based on its own actions, which are becoming more and more repressive and even inhumane and so are difficult to explain. That means that the narrative has to be shifted by Israel's friends through subterfuge and the corruption of the information process in each country.
Mike Pompeo Swearing In Ceremony, From YouTubeVideos
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Washington's Gunboat Diplomacy Invading Venezuela would have been a very bad idea, but the untrammeled growth of executive authority in the United States means that if Mr. Trump had pushed a little harder he might have obtained what he wanted. It is a reality that should worry every American.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 16, 2013
Don't Forget Syria Syria in danger of ceasing to exist as a nation-state. Its collapse could inspire a new global jihad and provoke violence throughout the Middle East, while its chemical weapons could easily fall into dangerous hands. Israel is already threatening to intervene, which could produce a major regional conflict.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Haim Saban at the 2006 Saban Forum., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 25, 2015
No Matter Who Becomes President Israel Wins the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee might consider developing some backbone and combine in issuing a joint statement refusing to take any donations from either Adelson or Saban in the current election cycle. It could remove both considerable influence peddling and Israel itself from the electoral process, which would be a blessing all around.
House approves measure to limit President Trump's war powers against Iran; veto expected., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 14, 2020
Toothless Congress Fails to Limit Presidential War Powers The American people are stuck with a president who believes that he has the authority to use military force as he sees fit. When things are going badly domestically, as with the coronavirus, a war can serve as a great distraction and a demonstration of strong leadership. Let us hope that no one puts that idea into Donald Trump's head.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 10, 2013
Throw the Bums Out So the game goes on, with no one winning but the thuglike and expansionistic Israeli settlers. And if you wonder why Washington persists in engaging in self-destructive behavior, just go ask Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham. They will wave a paper in your face and on it will be the latest directives from AIPAC.
John O. Brennan, From FlickrPhotos
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What Did John Brennan and Anonymous Sources Really Say? Speaking to a Russian becomes treasonous The Washington Post and a number of other mainstream media outlets are sensing blood in the water in the wake of former CIA Director John Brennan's public testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 26, 2013
Crying Wolf Over Iran Targeting Iran for special treatment as a rogue nation seems a bit hard to explain beyond the bromides as it has not attacked a neighbor since the 17th century and is itself threatened nearly daily by Washington and Tel Aviv. And even the CIA and Mossad agree that it is not developing a nuclear weapon. Beyond that, Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which grants it the right to enrich uranium.
Border, Israel-Palestine, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 13, 2014
Such A Deal Kerry's objective from the start has been to get the maximum possible for Israel while enticing the Palestinians to accept the barest minimum that will get them to agree to sign on to something. Even if Kerry wanted to be an honest broker he knows he can't go that route because the Israel Lobby is so powerful and pro-Palestinian sentiment means nothing in terms of American elections.
The Room Where It Happened, From WikimediaPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 25, 2020
Trump Unloads on Bolton After Bolton Unloads on Trump John Bolton's new memoir "The Room Where It Happened," which came out two days ago in spite of White House attempts to block it, is the standard kiss and tell that senior American politicians and officials tend to write to make money for their retirement.
A monumental Roman inscription found in Jerusalem by the Israel Antiquities Authority. (photo credit: Moti Tufeld)  Read more: Rare Roman monument bearing Hadrian's name found in Jerusalem, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Exceptionalism Rules in Tel Aviv and Washington In the absence of any serious consequences coming from Washington, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will do whatever he wants in the firm belief that there is no one who can force him to do otherwise. Israel owns Congress and the mainstream media while its proliferating think tanks and promoters in a score of major Jewish organizations continue to spew out self-serving nonsense. So who is going to say nay?
US Army Best Warrior Competition, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Rumors of War: Washington Is Looking for a Fight The development of the United States as a hostile and somewhat unpredictable force has not gone unnoticed. Russia has accepted that war is coming no matter what it does in dealing with Trump and is upgrading its forces. By some estimates, its army is better equipped and more combat ready than is that of the United States, which spends nearly 10 times as much on "defense."
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 27, 2013
What Has Bibi Been Doing? The new Israeli government will not be interested in compromise on any front, though it is somewhat divided on when and how to attack Iran (or how to get the United States to do the job for it). It will exhibit much of the racist extremism that has characterized Israeli politics of late.
The US has imposed strict rules on defence and intelligence employees to preclude information leaks, From Images
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 27, 2014
The information wars Few would argue that there are legitimate secrets, the flood of information revealed by WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden suggests that in some cases at least classification is used to conceal either illegal activity or actions that might widely be condemned as inappropriate if they had been revealed to the public.
Dead from the My Lai massacre on road, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 14, 2015
The "A" Word That Terrifies Washington The "A" word that must never be spoken inside the United States government is "accountability," which is by design as the government must never be made to look bad. Without demanding accountability, even meticulous investigations into possible war crimes have no meaning and are literally not worth the paper they are written on.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 6, 2013
Palestinians Lose Again What does the White House do? It comes down on both sides of every issue whenever it possibly can, criticizing the growth of Israeli settlements while at the same time doing nothing to stop them and doing even less to expedite the development of a viable Palestinian state. This to avoid confronting directly the Israel Lobby, which is unrelenting to have its viewpoint be the only acceptable narrative inside the Beltway.
President Trump Meets with the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 2, 2020
American Troops to Leave Germany: Is It Goodbye or Just Auf Wiedersehen? The continued presence of tens of thousands of American military personnel in Europe seventy-five years after the end of the Second World War is rarely questioned either by politicians or the mainstream media.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Killing by PowerPoint Do not ask for whom the bell tolls, it is ringing for all of us. In the past 11 years we have fallen into an abyss. That the president of the United States meets weekly to draw up a list of people to be killed without producing an immediate demand for impeachment from Congress, the media, and the public boggles the mind. What kind of monsters have we become and how much worse can it get?
From ainhoaaristizabal.wordpress.com/2016/03/17/httpwp-mep2sum5-7sb/: Hillary Clinton, From Images
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Oh, What a Lovely War! President Obama is going around warning that "the fate of the world is teetering" over the electoral verdict, which he intends to be a ringing endorsement of Hillary even though the choice is not nearly that clear cut. Part of the problem with Trump is that he has some very bad ideas mixed in with a few good ones and no one knows what he would actually do if he were president.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 26, 2012
Four More Years of Warrantless Surveillance The NSA, like an enormous vacuum cleaner, is monitoring nearly all electronic and voice communications in real time and storing the information that is not used immediately. The volume collected cannot even be calculated. The Act is now up for re-approval by the Senate, and President Barack Obama, who ran for office promising greater transparency and accountability in government, strongly supports the extension.
DONALD TRUMP NUCLEAR WAR APOCALYPSE, From YouTubeVideos
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Trump the Peace Candidate? This President Abhors International Treaties The Donald Trump White House is currently considering detonating a nuclear weapon. It would be the first "test" of a nuke since 1992 and is clearly intended to send a message that those weapons sitting around in storage will be available for use.
Memorial Day, From GoogleImages
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 1, 2018
A Nation That Doesn't Know War: America Celebrates Memorial Day For most Americans war is little more than a video game, seen in snippets on the nightly news. It is a peculiar form of cultural blindness, an exercise that involves foreign people in faraway places and is not to be taken seriously. The rest of the world, which has experienced far too much of war's devastation first hand has quite a different viewpoint, however.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Did Iranian Weapons Kill Americans? In 2005 the Bush Administration began to claim that Iran had been "interfering" in Iraq. The claim, rarely backed up by any substance, was based on suppositions about Tehran's likely interests regarding its predominantly Shi'ite neighbor and it was little more than an excuse to explain the persistence and intensity of Iraqi resistance to the American invasion.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 18, 2012
The Hidden Costs of the War on Terror The so-called global war on terror, now referred to as overseas contingency operations, is without end and without limits, and has made the US hated and feared in most of the world, not respected. It has even made American citizens potential targets of their own government without any recourse to the protections afforded by the constitution.
Carly Fiorina, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Foreign Policy by Intimidation What is being largely ignored is the actual content of the so-called debate, which was supposed to be focused on foreign policy. Presuming that all the potential candidates had been assiduously primed on the major issues by their advisers, what might have been informed opinion was instead pathetically ignorant and, more than that, dangerous.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 10, 2016
Rating the Candidates The problem with Americans in general is that they have never experienced close up the full horror of modern warfare. That American presidential candidates can promote carpet bombing, annihilation of families and going to war to remove an undesirable government tells one that they are willfully ignorant of the consequences of their words.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 1, 2017
"Taking Down" British Officials Israel has lost the war of public opinion based on its own actions, which are becoming more and more repressive and even inhumane and so are difficult to explain. That means that the narrative has to be shifted by Israel's friends through subterfuge and the corruption of the information and political processes in each country.
David Schenker, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Welcome David Schenker The use of unrelenting pressure to include threats of military intervention rather than negotiation has been noted by many, but the media predictably has failed to discuss the implications of having a team in place making decisions relating to the volatile Middle East and beyond that consists overwhelmingly of Orthodox Jews and Christian Zionists.
Iraq Descends Into Chaos, From YouTubeVideos
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Washington's Terrorism as Usual Governments have learned that if they shout "terrorism" often enough they will get a free pass on budgets and on approving legislation that restricts the freedom of the average citizen. Freedom is, unfortunately a zero-sum game, power taken from the people is gone forever; given over to what we Americans have begun to call the "unitary executive."
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Remembering the U.S.S. Liberty After 49 years, the dwindling number of survivors of the Liberty are not looking for punishment or revenge. When asked, they will tell you that they only ask for accountability, that an impartial inquiry into the attack be convened and that the true story of what took place finally be revealed to the public.
Predator and Hellfire, From WikimediaPhotos
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Obama Legitimizes the Drone Wars There will soon be a White House report on the numbers of civilians killed since 2009 in drone strikes, but, as is often the case, the devil will be in the details. The government is trying to demonstrate that the civilian death toll is minimal, though it is unlikely to go as far as CIA Director John Brennan, who argued that the agency's attacks had killed "no civilians."
From flickr.com: John Bolton, From Images
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 6, 2018
What's Wrong with Trump's New National Security Adviser Given what John Bolton did when last in office, he should never again be allowed to have access to classified information since he would clearly abuse that privilege to satisfy his own agenda. Unfortunately, urging President Trump to reverse the Bolton decision because of the grave damage it will inevitably do to the United States is not likely to be received favorably by the White House.
From flickr.com: Maria Butina, From Images
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 29, 2018
Two Stories from the Propaganda War The Maria Butina story reveals how there is a fundamental flaw in the justice system in the United States. When someone is found guilty by the media there is no way to right the wrong when the story shifts and starts to break down. The New York Times or Washington Post is unlikely to leap to the defense of the accused.
Protesting AIPAC and Israeli Treatment of the Palestinians, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 2, 2021
What to Do About Israel? Here are some suggestions Critics of U.S. policy with and about Israel like myself have been relatively successful in describing the considerable downside in the bilateral status quo. We have demonstrated that the lopsided relationship supports absolutely no U.S. interest.
Michael Flynn., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 9, 2017
Iran Hawks Take the White House Flynn once maintained that Iran has killed more Americans than al-Qaeda. Few in his staff dared to disagree. When he took over DIA, Flynn said to his senior staff that what everyone needed to know was that he was always right. His subordinates would only be right when their views became the same as his.
MUSHROOM CLOUD, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Faking the Terrorist Threat The alarming story of ISIS's seeking a nuclear weapons to attack America turns out to be something considerably less, a bit of propaganda to justify continuation and even expansion of the U.S. war on terror. And there is a bit of evil Russia thrown in to explain how it is all happening.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 1, 2013
Spinning Yarns in the Mainstream Media If you want your neocon news straight from the source, the Washington Post is the way to go. It will explain to you why we should be prepared to intervene militarily worldwide and why some bureaucrat reading your mail or reviewing your phone calls is not a bad thing as all that stuff will make you a lot safer.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 4, 2013
Coming to Terms With Iran Washington should be racing to talk to Iran to find an exit from the longest running unnecessarily sustained neither-war-nor-peace conflict since the cold war. An unnecessary armed conflict with Iran, which might easily be avoided, could well be the final blow that will sink the American ship of state.
Bashar al-Assad, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 4, 2016
An Improbable Solution Stating that Russia is only interested in propping up a client and enabling mass murder is both sloppy and does not allow for other considerations that might actually be both sensible and legitimate while a willingness to confront major power Russia militarily over unimportant Syria is something closely akin to madness. Syria is not taking place in a vacuum.
John Bolton speaking at the Mojahedin e Khalq event., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 5, 2020
A Killing in Iran: Who Gains From Yet Another Assassination? It is not often that one can agree with the pronouncements made by former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John Brennan, but his tweeted comment on the killing of Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh suggesting that the incident ""was a criminal act & highly reckless.
Cyclone-class patrol ships in the Persian Gulf, From WikimediaPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 19, 2020
War à la Mode: Will a Vindictive Trump Start a War With Iran or Will He Bring the Troops Home? My greatest concern is that I fear that Trump is going to attack Iran, either through some kind of false flag contrivance or through direct aggression.
Syrian Refugees, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 13, 2016
A Terrorist Under Every Bed In reality, the likelihood of being killed by a terrorist almost anywhere but an active war zone is miniscule. In the U.S. it is so small as to be statistically insignificant, but the public has been led to believe that heavily armed Islamic militants are lurking around every corner.
Julian Assange, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 29, 2020
A Pardoning Time of Year If Donald Trump seriously seeks to strike a blow against his enemies, he should pardon Assange and Snowden on that basis alone. Let us hope that President Trump has both the wisdom and fortitude to take that step in his last days in office.
PNAC logo., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 12, 2020
Neocons Poised to Join New Government Foreign policy hawks expected to have senior positions in the Biden Administration include Antony Blinken, Nicholas Burns, Susan Rice, Valerie Jarrett, Samantha Power and, most important of all the hawkish Michele Flournoy, who has been cited as a possible secretary of defense. And don't count Hillary Clinton out.
Yawning Monkey -- nobody listening, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 16, 2021
No One Is Listening: A Country Divided Against Itself The U.S. may morph into two nations with the increasingly impoverished helot "deplorables" under the heel of the empowered social justice warriors.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Seeking Bibi's Favor Netanyahu knows he can in reality behave with impunity because he de facto owns the U.S. Congress and the mainstream media and has said as much, noting that for him "I know what America is. America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction. They won't get in the way."
Domestic Terrorism, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 3, 2021
A Domestic Terrorism Law? War on Dissent Will Proceed Full Speed Ahead President Joe Biden has already made it clear that legislation that will be used to combat what he refers to as "domestic terrorism" will be a top priority.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 16, 2016
AIPAC Is Coming to Town U.S. national security would be best enhanced by telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take a hike and never come back. AIPAC is a political pressure group, not an educational foundation, which is purely a pretext exploited to secure it tax exemption.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Why Secrecy Rules Apply to Everyone So much for equal justice under law. The politically best connected abuser of classified information walks, the next one down the ladder in terms of political importance is fined but not otherwise punished, and the least institutionally protected individual goes to jail.
DDCIA-Gina-Haspel, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 23, 2020
Iran Seeks to Confuse the United States? On Wednesday Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe, held a news conference at which he laid out details of the most recent dastardly plot against American democracy. He described how Iran and Russia both obtained American voter registration data, apparently through publicly accessible databases and through purchases of email lists.
Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Trump Dances to Israel's Tune Trump will no doubt expect Bibi to return the favor when he is running for reelection in 2020 by encouraging American Jews who care about Israel to support the Republicans. Trump is focused on his own electability and is absolutely shameless about his betrayal of actual American interests in the Middle East, possibly because he has no inkling of the actual damage that he is doing.
Obama and Netanyahu, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 11, 2015
What Obama Should Have Told Bibi If you think Obama is spineless when confronted by Ron Lauder and the usual suspects, just think of how bad it will be when we have President Clinton or President Rubio, proxies for their Israel firster donors Haim Saban and Paul Singer respectively.

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