Nikki Haley, United States’ Ambassador United Nations, shows pictures of Syrian victims of chemical attacks as she addresses a meeting of the Security Council on Syria at U.N. headquarters, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) (The Associated Press)
Thanks to Russia’s limited intervention, Assad’s position in the civil war has gone from strength to strength. The military balance has swung dramatically in the government’s favour, while Trump has acknowledged that putting Syria into the hands of Wahabbist crazies would not be in the United States’ best interests, and said just days ago that the US will no longer go after President Assad as a war criminal. Why then would Assad risk throwing all this away for the sake of a shocking and provocative, but militarily insignificant, chemical weapons attack ? It would be an act of the most extreme folly.
“Even if you take no sides, it doesn’t make sense for Assad under these conditions to all of a sudden use poison gas. I think there is zero chance that he would have done this deliberately.” ~ Ron Paul
”I am therefore for now unconvinced that this was a deliberate use of chemical weapons by Assad forces. I do not rule it out, but it would take much more concrete evidence than currently offered to prove they did something so strongly and obviously against their own interest. But western governments and media have determined to make that the narrative, so the truth is, as so often in modern geo-politics, entirely incidental to the course of future events.” ~ Craig Murray
”At the start of the Vietnam War, when I was 19, we were told that North Vietnamese ships had attacked an American ship and they started bombing North Vietnam. Three-and-a-half million Vietnamese died in the years that followed. And then 20 years later it comes out that that was all complete fiction – made up – and so I never rush to accept anything I’m told by America, it is all about American imperialism.” ~ Ken Livingtone
Deleted Daily Mail Online Article, (January 29, 2013) : “US Backed Plan for Chemical Weapon Attack in Syria to Be Blamed on Assad”
The ‘Deep State’ is the pervasive engine of social, political and economic control, largely impervious to the views or demands of elected representatives, or the people.
Its dominance is achieved and perpetuated through its control of narratives, and the contingent monopoly of expertise and authority.
Once the legitimacy of the expertise and authority is questioned, control of the narrative itself is imperilled.
‘The Deep State’s dominant narratives are crumbling’ ~ article by Charles Hugh Smith https://desultoryheroics.com/2017/03/27/the-deep-states-dominant-narratives-and-authority-are-crumbling/
On four core issues : Trump = Obama = Bush = Clinton
1) More war
2) Making the rich richer (Wall Street puppets)
3) Spying on American citizens
4) Supporting dictators who sponsor terrorism
Clearly, Trump is not in control of the most important part of his agenda—peace with the thermo-nuclear powers and cessation of interference in the affairs of other countries.
Even the Pentagon would probably be reluctant to go to war with either Russia or China, but the monkey on its back – the military industrial complex – needs to have its periodic fix in order to sustain itself. Simply put, there is big, unaccountable money in war, or even just the shadow of it; and war is not only a racket, but a psychopathic addiction,
The military/security complex is using its puppets in the House of Representatives and the Senate to generate renewed conflict with Iran and to continue threats against China.
And Trump cannot simultaneously make peace with Russia and make war on Iran and China.
IS TRUMP BEING SABOTAGED BY THE PENTAGON ? : https://geopolitics.co/2017/02/02/is-trump-being-sabotaged-by-the-pentagon/
ALL WARS ARE BANKERS’ WARS (video) :https://mpbondblog.wordpress.com/2013/11/01/all-wars-are-bankers-wars/
~ article by John Steppling (edited)
”….There was a jaw dropping but not unexpected article in The Guardian this week. It was actually part of a series that has sought to manufacture a legacy for Obama, the outgoing president, since his actual legacy is one of imperialist foreign policy, CIA support of jihadists, right wing coups, and most acutely, perhaps, a massive subverting of free speech and civil liberties…..
How is it possible to become so alarmed by Trump, while supporting Democrats? Those millions on the street protesting the looming invasion of Iraq must have noticed that every single Democrat in government voted FOR the invasion (save for the honorable Barbara Lee). And yet here they all are wringing their hands in dismay that Hillary lost. Here they are constantly repeating the litanies of Trump evil and never noticing the crimes of earlier Democratic presidents and administrations. So, yes Trump’s appointments are awful. But I refuse to even dig into that until Obama’s appointments are discussed and dissected. First came Rahm Emanuel, former member of the IDF, all around thug and bully and lover of never ending war to help expand Israeli power. Penny Pritzker, heiress and elitist and friend to the 1%, or Robert Rubin or Tim Geithner (!!!) or Tom Daschle, the senator from Citibank. I’m just scratching the surface. Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton. The point is that I am coming to feel that almost any focus on Trump feels misplaced. Certainly now it does since he isn’t even president yet…
The deconstruction of liberal Obama is far from complete and the propaganda apparatus is working overtime to rewrite not just recent history, but the present. And the anti Russian propaganda is so absurd, so transparent, that this feels far more important than the predictable stupidity of Trump. I mean Obama is massing troops near the Russian border. Obama is ramping up the building of purpose built naval bases near China. Obama is still looking to prosecute whistle-blowers, and he is still signing draconian legislation to curb free speech and institutionalize legitimacy for the new McCarthyism. Talking about Trump is a form of forgetting. I can’t do it. And if there is an easier target for parody or even non parodic narrative than Donald Trump, I haven’t met them. And easy is never an act of rigorous self examination…
The manufacturing of an image of a culture, rather than an actual culture, is what organs of disinformation such as The Guardian are in the business of doing. And this is also what Hollywood does, of course……..”
Full Article : https://desultoryheroics.com/2017/01/12/future-crimes/
In the year 2016 alone, the Obama administration dropped at least 26,171 bombs. That’s equivalent to the US military blasting combatants or civilians overseas with 72 bombs every day last year. That’s three bombs every hour, 24 hours a day….
(edited extract from an article by Brandon Martinez, ‘Non-Aligned Media’)
Before people get too upset about the defeat of Hillary Clinton, they should perhaps reflect on her record at the State Department – as a war-criiminal and corrupt enabler of the Zionist / Neocon ‘New World Order’ project.
Amongst other things…
…”She used her office to continuously aid and abet the genocide in the Congo, arming the Ugandan and Rwandan armies and the M23 militia now rampaging through the eastern Congo committing atrocities and mass-rape. She likewise consented to the demolishing of villages in both the Congo and South Sudan to make room for the mining operations of the same Canadian/Swedish company – the Lundin Group – that donated $100 million to the Clinton Foundation. She had UN Ambassador Susan Rice block and veto a UN report in 2010 that exposed the atrocities of those Clinton was arming.
She orchestrated, along with a cabal of other “humanitarian” liberal interventionists and Zionist/Neocons, the bombing and meddling in Libya which led to the arming of fanatic Wahhabist rebels and militias that have descended a once-prosperous country into civil war and plunder by vulturous bankers and multinationals; that led to the mass-slaughter of Bedouin and Berber tribes loyal to Gaddafi, to racist mass-murder of the indigenous Blacks of Fezzan and gangs hunting down Sub-Saharan African migrants. The war and economic vulture policies of her and others in Libya and elsewhere was a major contributing factor to unleashing the migrant crisis now enveloping Europe.
She ensured through her office in the State Department, that the Clinton Foundation’s embezzled millions that were supposed to go towards Haitian earthquake relief in 2010, were instead used to rig an election in Haiti for a corrupt local robber-baron and ensure her brother Tony Rodham was awarded a lucrative mining deal through which he can loot from already-impoverished Haiti of even more of its natural wealth while the Haitian masses continue to suffer.
She used her office at the State Department to ensure that her corporate friends at Boeing could sell F-15s to Saudi Arabia in December 2011, knowing these would immediately be used by the Saudis to bomb, strafe and murder thousands of Yemenis and to further wreck destruction of the natural, architectural and cultural treasures of Yemen. She likewise used her office to ensure there would be no UN censoring of the atrocities and human rights abuses committed by her friends the Saudi government, which funded the Clinton Foundation to the tune of millions.
She spearheaded a Honduran military coup that overthrew the democratically-elected Manuel Zelaya in 2009, and personally used her State Department via USAID to spend over $26 million on a propaganda campaign “Honduras Convive” meant to serve as nothing but a PR campaign to justify, hide and abet the atrocities of the new regime’s “security” forces against Hondurans, including indigenous activists, and which oversaw the huge spike in homicides.
She repeatedly used her State Department to aid, abet and justify Israeli bombings and crimes against the Palestinians in Gaza; she continuously acted like a faithful lapdog to AIPAC and Benjamin Netanyahu in subverting U.S. interests to those of Israel. (Not that Trump will be any different in that regard.)
She repeatedly championed domestic policies and trade policies that have harmed working-class communities of all races and inner-cities; meanwhile she was taking millions in stolen blood-money from her sugar-daddies at Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and Wells Fargo, the same criminal banks that wrecked the economy, looted from other economies and now profit from the Dakota Pipeline.
This is without mentioning her use of the State Department to arm and fund the rebel groups in Syria that have led to and exacerbated the death and destruction in that country; or her use of the State Department to meddle in and subvert the political process in the Ukraine (not that Putin’s Russia is innocent, either); or as U.S. Senator from New York her support for the Iraq war, with the smooth transition of murderous PNAC Neocons like Victoria Nuland and Robert Kagan right into her State Department; or her infamous “super predator” racism and constant taking-for-granting of votes from Black and Latino communities, even while continuously pursuing the same racist economic and crime laws meant to target exactly those communities.
Those protesting and rioting right now because they are more concerned about Donald Trump’s words and rhetoric, but cannot find it amidst their crocodile tears and their myopic self-absorbed selective moral outrages to even have an iota of anger at Hillary Clinton’s track-record of actual murderous policies, are seriously indicative of some of what’s wrong with the state of modern America, and the bankruptcy of their own ideology whose outer rhetorical shell masks the inherent reality of their own paternalistic racism, “humanitarian” militarism and bourgeois trendy consumerism….”
It seems to be the fashion, especially among the young, naive and imperfectly educated, to describe 2016, ludicrously, as ”the worst ever year”.
Even the latest TV ad for the de-sensitizing brainwash ‘game’ Call of Duty cynically makes use of this grossly flawed (and self-righteous) interpretation of events. Presumably the reference is to Brexit and Trump, two historic blows delivered by ordinary voters to the neo-liberal, corporatist establishment. Now protesters are on the street, ridiculously demonstrating – against what ? – absurdly, against the democratically-expressed dissatisfaction of austerity-hammered people !
What a testament to the efficiency of neo-liberal brainwashing it is, that well-meaning people actually feel moved to protest against, of all things, a predominantly working-class, grass-roots rejection of the kleptocratic elite’s globalist, neo-feudal agenda.
”Those protesting and rioting right now because they are more concerned about Donald Trump’s words and rhetoric, but cannot find it amidst their crocodile tears and their myopic self-absorbed selective moral outrages to even have an iota of anger at Hillary Clinton’s track-record of actual murderous policies, are seriously indicative of some of what’s wrong with the state of modern America, and the bankruptcy of their own ideology whose outer rhetorical shell masks the inherent reality of their own paternalistic racism, “humanitarian” militarism and bourgeois trendy consumerism.” ~ (Brandon Martinez, Non-Aligned Media)