Katherine Frisk – The thing about a pathological liar is that no matter how affable they might be, no matter how good-looking, no matter how successful or wealthy they become, no matter how powerful, there is no compromise with these people. They will deny everything. Only one thing counts with them. I win.
They simply are incapable of understanding that this behaviour is unacceptable. The worst part is, they actually expect you to go along with the lies and play the game and when you don’t they are shocked and horrified that you would even consider contradicting them. Negotiation is not possible.
They even expect you to go along with their lies when doing so is to your disadvantage and at your own expense. They cannot understand why you would challenge them and not play the game to their benefit. Truth, justice or even a fair deal does not and never did count. Only their desired outcome. The unacceptable in their minds is acceptable and they expect you to become a convert.
In the last week we have seen many exposures in the media about the CIA. This is not news to anyone familiar with Independent media. It has been clear to all of us that two different US interests have been at play in Syria. The official one supported by the Pentagon and the covert CIA one, backed by big money; drug, organ and arms dealers; and oil traders. As Tulsi Gabbard pointed out:
“The U.S. is waging two wars in Syria…The first is the war against ISIS and other Islamic extremists, which Congress authorized after the terrorist attack on 9/11. The second war is the illegal war to overthrow the Syrian government of Assad.”
And steal oil. Let’s not forget about all that oil. Lies, duplicity and theft. The unacceptable has become acceptable. And the 350,000 Syrians who have died, the 11 million people displaced, are merely collateral damage. Continue reading →
Chris Hedges – It is nearly certain that we will endure, sooner rather than later, another catastrophic terrorist attack on American soil. The blundering of our military into the Middle East; the failed states that have risen out of the mismanagement and chaos of Iraq and Afghanistan; the millions of innocents we have driven from their homes, terrorized or slaughtered; the bankrupt puppet regimes we have equipped and trained that will not fight; the massive amounts of munitions and military hardware we have allowed to fall into the hands of jihadis—thousands of them carrying Western passports; and the myopic foreign policy whose single tenet is that more industrial violence will get us out of the morass created by our industrial violence in the first place means that we, like France, are in for it.
All the major candidates for president, including Bernie Sanders, along with a media that is a shameless echo chamber for the elites, embrace endless war. Lost are the art of diplomacy, the ability to read the cultural, political, linguistic and religious landscape of those we dominate by force, the effort to dissect the roots of jihadi rage and violence, and the simple understanding that Muslims do not want to be occupied any more than we would want to be occupied. Continue reading →
Katherine Frisk – Daesh/ISL is a private army, with private funding and with no oversight from any government. Daesh has been making a profit through oil stolen from Syria and transported to Turkey where it has been bought by Erodogan’s son. Who he is selling it to is still under debate.
But what we have been wondering for months and what we hope some enterprising journalist will soon answer, is just who are the commodity trading firms that have been so generously buying millions of smuggled oil barrels procured by the Islamic State at massive discounts to market, and then reselling them to other interested parties.
In other words, who are the middlemen. What we do know is who they may be: they are the same names that were quite prominent in the market in September when Glencore had its first, and certainly not last, near death experience:the Glencores, the Vitols, the Trafiguras, the Nobels, the Mercurias of the world.Continue reading →
Stephen Lendman – The day before the November 13 Paris attacks, Obama told ABC News: ISIS is “contained. I don’t think they’re gaining strength.” Following the attacks, he warned of “live activity and dangers that are taking place as we speak.”
Irresponsible US scoundrel media reports hype the threat of ISIS terrorists entering America from Mexico and Central America, calling US borders insecure. Other reports warn these elements already arrived, planning attacks in US cities, despite no corroborating evidence.
Fox News claimed US Border Patrol agents captured “at least 10 ISIS fighters” entering America through Mexico. How would anyone know what a terrorist looks like? They don’t wear IDs or openly brandish weapons, the latter only when intending to use them.
FBI witch-hunts are ongoing nationwide, just like post-9/11, director James Comey saying ISIS elements and sympathizers are being sought. He claims numerous conversations go on between people in America and ISIS supporters abroad, despite admitting no evidence proves it.
So-called ISIS videos or statements threatening attacks on US cities lack credibility without verification. Anyone can claim anything, calling themselves whatever name they wish.
The latest threat comes from the hacker collective Anonymous’ OpParis Intel, its anti-ISIS initiative, or someone claiming to be this source – warning about planned Sunday, November 22 terrorist attacks (the date of JFK’s assassination) in America, Paris, Indonesia, Italy and Lebanon. Continue reading →
Brandon Turbeville – While Bernie Sanders may be tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton’s “damn emails,” the recent scandals that have resulted from her Capitol Hill hearings, combined with the virtually non-existent investigation into the State Department funding of terrorist organizations have gone only a short distance in demonstrating the lengths to which Hillary Clinton has acted as the supporter and executioner of warfare since the first day she assumed any national position in government.
In addition to her history regarding the Syrian and Libyan crises, it should never be forgotten that Hillary Clinton has supported virtually every military conflict launched during and since her husband’s own disastrous tenure as President.
Remember, in 2002-2003, Hillary Clinton not only supported the push for war in Iraq, she voted for the invasion. In fact, she was fervent in her support for the war, delivering impassioned speeches on the Senate floor in order to convince members of Congress who might have been on the fence, as well as the general American population and a handful of Democrats and liberals who valued her opinion on the topic, that war was the right choice. Indeed, Hillary’s speech promoting war in Iraq rivaled only George W. Bush who was campaigning night and day on American television.
Hillary stated on the floor of the Senate:
I believe the facts that have brought us to this fateful vote are not in doubt. Saddam Hussein is a tyrant who has tortured and killed his own people, even his own family members, to maintain his iron grip on power. He used chemical weapons on Iraqi Kurds and on Iranians, killing over 20,000 people. – SourceContinue reading →
Katherine Frisk – This is what I think. Rightly or wrongly. Time will tell and history will most probably either bear me out or discredit me long after I have gone home.
Putin is behaving like a gentleman. Strange concept I know. Must say I have not seen one of those in a long, long time.
The Chinese have a similar social etiquette. It is called not making someone else lose face, which is considered the height of bad manners. The West on the other hand has no such ethic.
When you are sitting with a winning hand and your opponent is in the corner, you offer them a polite way to save face and the situation is defused. The West on the other hand, kicks over the table, flips out the lights and all guns are blazing.
At every turn I do believe Putin has made this offer to the West. And I might add, I think he has also done it because he is supported by and has very good ties with many in the West who have literally gone to him for help, because all else has failed.