Geo-Politics

Nuclear Waitress

By James Kunstler | February 17, 2017 | Clusterfuck Nation – Blog

The gaslighting of the American public continues, with Gaslighter-in-Chief, The New York Times, whipping up a frenzy of Russia paranoia.*

It reminds me of an old gambit in fly fishing called the “artificial hatch.” Trout like to gorge on mayfly nymphs as they rise out of a stream and shuck their nymphal shells to fly away as winged adults. The bugs do this in bunches, at a particular time of day, according to sub-species. This “hatch” drives the trout into a feeding frenzy.

General Flynn

| February 16, 2017 | Asia Times

For the world at large, the resignation by the US National Security Advisor Michael Flynn on Monday is not about an obscure 19th century law that defines a phone conversation between him and the Russian ambassador.

What it conveys are three things. First, the US is sliding into a vicious civil war. A Fox News poll released on February 14 shows that the American public is almost evenly divided over President Donald Trump’s job performance since his inauguration on January 20. When asked if the Trump administration is working on things that will help their family, 47% of voters say yes, while 48% say no.

Alfred Nobel, Barrack Obama

Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:16AM | PressTV.com

[Ed. Note:  Alfred Nobel (western developer of gunpowder) and Barrack Obama may seem a fitting pairing in the development of the means and the will to kill repeatedly for profit. DU is a newer and far more diabolical murder method. Further reading follows this Press TV report.]

The US military has admitted that it used depleted uranium (DU) ammunition in Syria, the controversial weaponry that causes serious health problems among the population.

The military fired thousands of rounds containing mutagenic weapon depleted uranium during strikes against purported Daesh (ISIL) positions in Syria in late 2015, reports said on Tuesday.

Deep State Men

The Saker |

Less than a month ago I warned that a ‘color revolution ‘ was taking place in the USA.  My first element of proof was the so-called “investigation” which the CIA, FBI, NSA and others were conducting against President Trump’s candidate to become National Security Advisor, General Flynn.  Tonight, the plot to get rid of Flynn has finally succeeded and General Flynn had to offer his resignation.  Trump accepted it.

By Darius Shahtahmasebi | theantimedia.org

The mainstream media has attempted to frame Donald J. Trump’s election victory as a sort of collusion between Russia and Trump — a scheme allegedly intended to promote an American president who would do Vladimir Putin’s bidding. But the truth is that there is one other country that stands to be the prime beneficiary of Trump’s reign as president: Israel.

Under the Obama administration, the United States had a curious relationship with Israel. In 2011, Obama vetoed a U.N. Security Council Resolution that would have condemned Israel’s settlement expansion. During Obama’s tenure, Israel’s settlement population increased from 500,000 to 600,000. According to Obama’s secretary of state, John Kerry, no administration in U.S. history has done more for Israel than Obama’s did:

By Pepe Escobar | February 08, 2017 "Information Clearing House" - "Asia Times" -

Donald Trump won't be winning any wars against Islamist terror if he imagines dismantling the Russia-China-Iran alliance is possible. His saber-rattling against Iran is pointless

 Here we go again. General “Mad Dog” Mattis, the US Secretary of Defense, declares Iran “is the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world.” National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn puts Iran “on notice.” President Trump says “they are not behaving,” and, on his Superbowl interview, doubles down: “They are the No 1 terrorist state. They’re sending money all over the place – and weapons. And… [they] can’t do that.” Iran is slapped with new sanctions. It’s as if Dick “Dark Side” Cheney and Donald “known unknowns” Rumsfeld never left.

angel in flag

By David Swanson| February 6, 2017 | Information Clearinghouse

February 06, 2017 "Information Clearing House" - It was bound to be the case that if a U.S. president ever admitted that the United States murdered people and did so on a scale at least as significant as other countries, he would be defending the practice, not denouncing it.

It is not a secret in much of the world that the United States is (as that Putin stooge Martin Luther King Jr. put it) the greatest purveyor of violence on earth. The United States is the top weapons dealer, the top weapons buyer, the biggest military spender, the most widespread imperial presence, the most frequent war maker, the most prolific overthrower of governments, and from 1945 to 2017 the killer of the most people through war.

Syrian Refugees

By Alison Weir | February 4, 2017 | If Americans Knew Blog

President Trump has issued an executive order suspending entry to the U.S for people from Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Iran, and Yemen (the order is called “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States”). These same countries were the focus of the “Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015” under President Obama.

While reports on Trump’s ban emphasize that these are Muslim majority countries, analysts seem to have ignored another significant characteristic that these countries share.

With just a single exception, all of these countries were targeted for attack by certain top U.S. officials in 2001. In fact, that policy had roots that went back to 1996, 1991, 1980, and even the 1950s. Below, we will trace this policy back in time and examine its goals and proponents.

War is Peace

By Prof. James Petras | January 24, 2017 | Global Research

Introduction: 

The malady, common among political leaders who commit heartless crimes while craving popular adulation as heroes and misunderstood saints, is ‘Political Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy’ (PMSP).

PMSP best explains the pathologic drive of politicians and policy makers who inflict relentless, systematic mass destruction and then intervene in a most theatrical manner to save a few victims – thus drawing gratitude from the victim and public support for their ‘humanitarian intervention’ – ignorant of their fundamental role in creating the mayhem in the first place.

The actions of the outgoing President Barack Obama in the last three days of his administration present an example of PMSP on the domestic front.

Blood Serving

By Nile Bowie | January 17, 2017 | New Eastern Outlook

Judging from how the mainstream media has characterized the legacy of Barack Obama so far, the outgoing president will be most remembered for his many rousing aspirational speeches and well-timed shows of emotion.

His talent as a persuasive public communicator and the strength of his personal brand, bolstered by years of apple-shining from liberal magazines and newspapers, has been Obama’s most valuable asset.

This perception of Obama that has been propagated from the top, the view that he is essentially a benevolent figure with deep integrity or the personification of a modern liberal-statesmen, is a stunning smokescreen.

The contradiction between the high-minded rhetoric of the president in contrast to the actual policies pursued by his administration has been stark and utterly scandalous.

To hear Obama wax poetic about ‘the politics of hope’ and ‘how ordinary Americans can steer change’ feels deeply perverse coming from a figure that has institutionalized a vast, unaccountable permanent warfare state.

Pilger quote

by John Pilger | 16 January 2017 | Telesur, Sri Lanka GuardianOpEd News

On the day President Trump is inaugurated, thousands of writers in the United States will express their indignation. "In order for us to heal and move forward," say Writers Resist, "we wish to bypass direct political discourse, in favor of an inspired focus on the future, and how we, as writers, can be a unifying force for the protection of democracy."

They continue, "We urge local organizers and speakers to avoid using the names of politicians or adopting 'anti' language as the focus for their Writers Resist event. It's important to ensure that nonprofit organizations, which are prohibited from political campaigning, will feel confident participating in and sponsoring these events."

Thus, real protest is to be avoided, for it is not tax exempt. 

trump in self mirror

Guy McPhersonBy Guy McPherson | December 4, 2016 | Weekly Hubris

“The further a society drifts from truth
the more it will hate those who speak it.”
—George Orwell
 

This short essay, first published on Nature Bats Last on 17 August 2016, seems relevant to the recent presidential election in the United States.

The masses are confused after they select a wealthy, overt misogynist and racist in a culture characterized by . . . overt misogyny, racism, and monetary disparity. They seek to blame others.

Sometimes, a society gets the politicians it deserves. Appealing to the lowest common denominator in a dumbed-down culture leads to the abyss.

Confusion reigns. It’s accompanied by abundant denial, anger, bargaining, and depression, and also by very little acceptance or gallows humor.

Maybe it’s time to open your eyes to the culture you inhabit? To the culture many of you promote as virtuous? Civilization.

Trump & Putin
 
Introduction

Obama has formally accused Moscow of interfering in the US elections on behalf of Donald Trump. These are serious allegations.  Whereas the sanctions are  directed against Russia, the ultimate intent is to undermine the legitimacy of president-elect Donald Trump and his foreign policy stance in relation to Moscow. 

According to the US media, the sanctions against Moscow were intended to ”Box in President-elect Donald J. Trump” because  Trump “has consistently cast doubt” that Putin was involved in the alleged hacking of the DNC.  In an earlier report on Kremlin meddling, the NYT  (December 15) depicted Donald Trump as “…a Useful Idiot”… an American president who doesn’t know he’s being played by a wily foreign power. (emphasis added)

Countries US bombed

And would some Power the gift give us
To see ourselves as others see us!
It would from many a blunder free us,
And foolish notion:
What airs in dress and gait would leave us,
And even devotion!

~ Robert Burns, 1786

When Will the U.S. Confront Its Role in Fueling Terror Attacks Across the Planet?

By Vijay Prashad | January 06, 2017 | Information Clearing House

Stories upon stories pile up about what appears to be senseless violence at an Istanbul (Turkey) nightclub or a market in eastern Baghdad (Iraq), on the streets of Tripoli (Libya) or in a mosque in Kabul (Afghanistan). Some in the West turn away from this news, eager to shut it off or to blame it somehow on the failings of Eastern societies. Have they not always been like that? Will they not always kill each other?

Russian Revolution Putilov 1920
By Ron Horn | January 5, 2017 | Surviving Capitalism

Click here to access article by Sally Campbell from Socialist Review (Britain). 

Campbell uses the upcoming centenary of the Russian Revolution to review the real significance of that event which shaped profoundly most subsequent events of the 20th century and of many events into this century. She focuses on the ideological significance of Lenin's thoughts about real democracy which is in sharp contrast what most of us have been taught through capitalist ideological institutions--schools, corporate media, and corporate entertainment. 

Veterans Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

By Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity | December 12, 2016 | Consortium News

As the hysteria about Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. election grows, a key mystery is why U.S. intelligence would rely on “circumstantial evidence” when it has the capability for hard evidence, say U.S. intelligence veterans.

MEMORANDUM

Allegations of Hacking Election Are Baseless

A New York Times report on Monday alluding to “overwhelming circumstantial evidence” leading the CIA to believe that Russian President Vladimir Putin “deployed computer hackers with the goal of tipping the election to Donald J. Trump” is, sadly, evidence-free. This is no surprise, because harder evidence of a technical nature points to an inside leak, not hacking – by Russians or anyone else.

American Imperialism

By Stephen Berk | November 2016 | Hipfish Monthly

Since the Bush II administration, under the influence of neocons Vice President Cheney and Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, invaded Iraq in 2003, the American empire has claimed the right to preemptive invasion and “regime change.” This doctrine is a further development of previous US claims of right to invade countries and alter their governments begun in the 1898 Spanish American War. At that time, the McKinley administration claimed to be liberating the Cubans while leaving them free to govern themselves; but then Congress passed the Platt Amendment, in which the US claimed the right to intervene militarily in Cuba whenever it served our interest. Thus, the US retains a military installation and notorious prison camp at the best Cuban harbor, Guantanamo Bay.

media defeats Trump

By Jeff J. Brown | November 21, 2016 | Greanville Post - Dispatch from Beijing

If you believe that Donald Trump was “elected” by the citizens of the United States, then you are woefully ignorant of American history. At least since Harry Truman’s “miraculous” defeat of Thomas Dewey, in the 1948 presidential election, the owners of the country make sure their candidate gets put into the White House. From the beginning of American history, elections at all levels have reeked with the stench of corruption and stolen votes. Whichever political party controls the state government, we are supposed to believe that it and its appointed Attorney General, will honestly count the votes in opaque ballot boxes, which disappear into the night and now in thirty states, on computer hard drives they control.