"Will there ever be a world without the 'art of war'?"
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The Era of Magical Thinking: SOFA Smokescreens and Presidential Power
"Obama and those around him embrace the folly of the “war on terror.” They may want to shift the emphasis of this war to Afghanistan rather than Iraq, but this is a difference in strategy, not policy. By clinging to Iraq and expanding the war in Afghanistan, the poison will continue in deadly doses. These wars of occupation are doomed to failure. We cannot afford them. The rash of home foreclosures, the mounting job losses, the collapse of banks and the financial services industry, the poverty that is ripping apart the working class, our crumbling infrastructure and the killing of hapless Afghans in wedding parties and Iraqis by our iron fragmentation bombs are neatly interwoven. These events form a perfect circle. The costly forms of death we dispense on one side of the globe are hollowing us out from the inside at home....
Those clustered around Barack Obama, from Madeline Albright to Hillary Clinton to Dennis Ross to Colin Powell, have no interest in dismantling the structure of the imperial presidency or the vast national security state. They will keep these institutions intact and seek to increase their power. We have a childish belief that Obama will magically save us from economic free fall, restore our profligate levels of consumption and resurrect our imperial power. This naïve belief is part of our disconnection with reality. The problems we face are structural. The old America is not coming back."
Chris Hedges via Chris Floyd
Obama advisers: No charges likely against workers who authorized harsh interrogation methods
Barack Obama's incoming administration is unlikely to bring criminal charges against government officials who authorized or engaged in harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists during the George W. Bush presidency. Obama, who has criticized the use of torture, is being urged by some constitutional scholars and human rights groups to investigate possible war crimes by the Bush administration.
Two Obama advisers said there's little - if any - chance that the incoming president's Justice Department will go after anyone involved in authorizing or carrying out interrogations that provoked worldwide outrage. AP
"It's just another Bushonian Bitch Slap to the Republican Right.What is ironic about this is that a regime - and a political party -- which has so touted capitalism and whose very raison d'etre is to champion capitalism has been the regime to destroy it."
"Before the nation's governors, mayors and county executives propose furloughing or laying off police officers, school teachers, sanitation workers, doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, social workers, and recreation aides who care for our family members and protect public safety, there is one question that the public employee unions should demand answered: How much revenue from marijuana taxation are they throwing away in order to sacrifice those jobs and the families of public employees?
Eric Sterling via Pete Guither
How 9/11 Was Done
"It was a masterly plot, carried out by a handfull of Israelis and dual passport 'Americans'. Larry Silverstein buys a nearly worthless WTC building complex (worthless due to the asbest the buildings were stuffed with) weeks before 9/11, makes sure it is over-ensured against terrorist acts, tellingly with a german ensurer, next hires an israeli security firm and in the 2-3 weekends before 9/11 cuts off power in all the WTC buildings with 'maintenance' as an excuse, so the buildings are virtually empty and the demolition experts can work undisturbed. At that moment the coast is clear to let a team of demolition experts from the israeli army led by Peer Segalovitz into the WTC buildings. These charges plus detonators had been prepared at the premises of the Urban Moving Systems company, a Mossad front. During these weekends these prepared charges were loaded into vans, driven into the basement of WTC next to the elevator shaft, unloaded into the elevator, and lifted onto the roof of the elevator through the openening in the elevator ceiling. Next the elevator moved from floor to floor while charges where being attached to the columns as displayed in this video from 0:22 onwards. The detonators of these charges were radiographic controlled and finally detonated from WTC7 on the day of 9/11."
News From the West
John F. Kennedy and Pigs of War
"It was becoming clearer and clearer that John Kennedy did not take the loss of American lives as lightly as did those who ran the wars and the corporations that profited and the conspirators that pulled the strings behind the scenes.
On November 16, 1961 in Seattle, President Kennedy declared,
"We must face the fact that the United States is neither omnipotent nor omniscient -- that we cannot impose our will upon the other 94 percent of mankind -- that we cannot right every wrong or reverse each adversity -- and that therefore there cannot be an American solution to every world problem."
So, Iran will have a bomb when?
"Neocons for years in their various magazines have been scaremongering about an imminent Iranian nuclear weapon ever since the US-sponsored Shah got the boot out of Iran way back in October 1979. The neocons were saying then that Iran was only a few years away from having a bomb.
The one thing all these articles have in common is a total lack of any evidence whatsoever that Iran even has a nuclear plant up and going yet, let alone a nuclear weapons program. Despite nearly thirty years of propaganda and rhetoric about Iran’s nuclear weapon program there has been not one tiny piece of evidence that even remotely suggests that Iran has a nuclear weapons program.
Now, if you were to ask me about Israel on the other hand…"
And as the transition process advances, it is becoming increasingly clear that—tactical differences over US foreign policy notwithstanding—the pursuit of the global strategic aims of America’s financial oligarchy by means of military aggression and international criminality is not about to come to end when Obama enters the White House in January.
Rather, the change in administrations is seen within the ruling establishment as a means of bringing about changes that will make American militarism more effective while providing, in the person of Obama, a better political cover for the pursuit of American capitalism’s worldwide interests."Bill Van Auken
“Where is it written in stone that bankers and traders have to be paid millions of dollars for their services? The gibberish about needing to pay that much just to keep superstars from fleeing to private-equity firms or hedge funds is just another Wall Street myth. The truth is most of them are lucky to have a job at all and they know it.”
William Cohan, Wall Street historian, Our Risk, Wall Street’s Reward, New York Times, November 16, 2008
If the President-elect is serious about taking that advice, he first might want to review the extensive evidence of Gates’s devious behavior and consider whether Gates deserves the trust of the American people – and their newly elected government."
The Real Goal of Israel's Blockade of Gaza
Eyal Sarraj, the head of Gaza’s Community Mental Health Programme, said this year that Israel’s long-term goal was to force Egypt to end the controls along its short border with the Strip. Once the border was open, he warned, “Wait for the exodus.”
California Wild Fires
"1. Tom Henegan (yes, I know he is shrill... scroll down to 11/16) claims the fires were deliberately set and alleges that French intelligence services have satellite images to that effect.
Reason given: to fulfull KBR contracts for $75 million, signed earlier this month, to provide emergency power to western states in case of emergency situations like earthquake, wildfires, etc. These wildfires also distract the American people from other important matters and give psyops news outlets plenty of things to talk about. Have you seen the breathless coverage on CNN? Catastrophe porn."
'Settlers See No Equivalence in the Moral Worth of a Non-Jew and a Jew'
"Yesterday my friend James North said to me again, Why have the western media accepted the term "settlers"? There is a precise description of what these people are, they are colonists. Settlers of course gives it a good sound. Orwell's quarrel with Orwellian language was that it prevented people from thinking clearly. This is such an instance."
Conflict of Interest for Hillary As Secretary of State
"Bill Clinton has his fingers in the piggie banks of so many foreign countries that one has to ask themselves wouldn’t there be a conflict of interest here for Hillary?
So it is not too difficult to connect the dots and see how favors are going to need to be repaid and asked for and since President Clinton is being secretive about contributions there must be something there that he really doesn’t want to have exposed. At least now we know why the Clintons were so happy to jump on Obama’s bandwagon. We all knew something big had been promised."
On Freedom's Wings
Wheels Within Wheels
"Looking back over the last four decades it’s clear that Bush was only the outgrowth of the depth-of-corruption that came before him; and yet for all the blind treachery of his darkest deeds what has been accomplished? So many sinister schemes and plans in which each ‘promised’ some major catastrophe; but still, these potential nightmares litter the landscape of the nation, seemingly without conclusions."
Do You Care Who Carries Out the Next Attack on America
"It is Spring 2009.
Just as many people have warned, a series of attacks using nuclear "dirty bombs" kills thousands of Americans.
Government intelligence agencies point to Iran, China and Russia as the source of the attacks.
The president and Congress set in motion plans for war against the 3 giants. A war which will undoubtedly cost tens of trillions of dollars, kill thousands of Americans, and cause untold misery for years to come.
Of course you would.
Well, then you would also want to know whether Bin Laden was really behind 9/11, whether rogue elements within the U.S. allowed the attacks to succeed, or whether it was actually an "inside job".
Think about it. If, like Howard Zinn, you say "I don't care if 9/11 is an inside job", you are really saying you don't care if future attacks are real attacks or false flag attacks intended to justify war against a concocted enemy.
Is that what you're saying?
In addition, false flag attacks - being aided and abetted by rogue elements within the government - can easily be prevented . . . just don't aid and abet, and the attack won't happen, or at least won't succeed. So thousands of American lives can be spared if the topic of false flag terrorism is investigated and understood."