Category Archives: Politics

Charles Hugh Smith ~ What Have We Learned From 24 Years Of War?

“The responsibility for starting and ending wars, the way wars are fought and the losses we suffer all rest with our elected civilian leadership.” – C H Smith

CharlesHughSmithWhat have we learned from 24 years of war? Since the First Gulf War in early 1991, the U.S. has had continuous combat operations in one theater or another. After the first war, combat air patrols enforced the No-Fly Zones over Iraq for years, until 9/11 triggered the first phase of the Afghanistan War and President Bush led the nation into the Second Iraqi War in March 2003.

Though this war officially ended with U.S. troop withdrawals in December 2011, the war continues to burn through lives and treasure in Iraq and it continues on in the memories, wounds and lives of veterans and their families.

What have we learned from 24 years of continual warfare? There may be two sets of answers: one set for policy-makers, those we have elected to make the consequential decisions of war and withdrawal, and another set for the citizenry who provide the volunteers who actually fight the wars and the treasure to pay for the wars and their long aftermath.

For policy-makers, Foreign Affairs just published three informed essays on the complex legacy of the Iraq/Afghanistan wars. Each is thoughtful and worth reading:

More Small Wars: Counterinsurgency Is Here to Stay? Foreign Affairs by Max Boot

Pick Your Battles: Ending America’s Era of Permanent War? Foreign Affairs by Richard K. Betts

Withdrawal Symptoms: The Bungling of the Iraq Exit?? Foreign Affairs by Rick Brennan

I also recommend a previous Foreign Affairs article from 2005, just two years into the Second Iraqi War by former Defense Secretary Melvin Laird: Iraq: Learning the Lessons of Vietnam  Continue reading

Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN ~ Historic Protests Convulse Mexico

“Enough, I’m tired,” Mexico’s top prosecutor said, cutting off reporters’ questions.

Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam had just revealed that authorities believe 43 missing students were kidnapped, executed and dumped in a river — and he was ready to call it a day.

His words spread like wildfire through an outraged nation.

Mounting fury over government officials’ response to — and possible role in — the students’ disappearance has convulsed the country for weeks, posing a mounting challenge to Mexico’s President amid demonstrations where at times violence has flared.

It’s one of the most serious cases in the contemporary history of Mexico and Latin America, Human Rights Watch Americas Director José Miguel Vivanco told Mexico’s El Economista newspaper. He compared it to a massacre of students during a Mexico City demonstration in 1968. Continue reading

Jon Rappoport ~ Depopulation Vaccine In Kenya And Beyond

“To a highly significant degree, the CDC and the World Health Organization are PR agencies, whose job is to convince the public that stepping up, rolling up their sleeves, and submitting to shots containing germs and toxic chemicals is the most natural and wise action possible.” – J Rappoport

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We have this current claim:

“Kenya’s Catholic bishops are charging two United Nations organizations with sterilizing millions of girls and women under cover of an anti-tetanus inoculation program sponsored by the Kenyan government.

“According to a statement released Tuesday by the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, the organization has found an antigen that causes miscarriages in a vaccine being administered to 2.3 million girls and women by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Priests throughout Kenya reportedly are advising their congregations to refuse the vaccine.

“We sent six samples from around Kenya to laboratories in South Africa. They tested positive for the HCG antigen,” Dr. Muhame Ngare of the Mercy Medical Centre in Nairobi told LifeSiteNews. “They were all laced with HCG.”

“Dr. Ngare, spokesman for the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, stated in a bulletin released November 4, “This proved right our worst fears; that this WHO campaign is not about eradicating neonatal tetanus but a well-coordinated forceful population control mass sterilization exercise using a proven fertility regulating vaccine. This evidence was presented to the Ministry of Health before the third round of immunization but was ignored.” (“Mass Sterilization: Kenyan Doctors Find Anti-Fertility Agent in UN Tetanus Vaccine,” November 8, 2014, by Steve Weatherbe, earth-heal.com)

You have to understand that every promoted so-called “pandemic” is an extended sales pitch for vaccines.

And not just a vaccine against the “killer germ” of the moment. We’re talking about a psyop to condition the population to vaccines in general.

There is much available literature on vaccines used for depopulation experiments. The research is ongoing. Undoubtedly, we only know a fraction of what is happening behind closed laboratory doors. Continue reading

Shawn Mitchell ~ The Unbearable Barackness Of Being

“What does a Transforming Earth Whisper do when the people stop listening? Barack Obama pretends to hear the mandate of the two thirds of eligible Americans who didn’t vote. With straight face and steely eyes, he announced a steady course. He welcomes Republican cooperation to get things done—his things.” – S Mitchell

Obama2014ElectionsCartoonWhat does a prophet do when the people reject his message? On November 5th, Barack Obama took the pulpit and grimly delivered the same sermon he has since in the beginning, daring the infidels to defy him. It’s the only scripture he knows; he has no other verses to rely on.

Maybe Obama is for real in his own mind: He believed he was the One to heal the nations, lower the oceans, erase divisions between black and white, red and blue, and deliver a harmonious, transformed America. He famously told Congressional Democrats they’d have a stronger hand in political clashes, because “Now you have me.”

Obama’s revolutionary promises were doomed from the start because of us and because of him. For our part, political differences exist because Americans’ beliefs, values, and interests differ. No soothing speech can erase differences of view and purpose among millions of Americans. In any society where the people are heard, those differences manifest as political disagreement. Continue reading

Mark Corske’s Engines Of Domination [Video]

Political power — armed central authority, with states and war — is it part of human nature? Is it necessary for human communities? Or is it a tool that ruling elites use to live at the expense of communities? A tool that does violence to human nature and the world?

Engines of Domination offers a theory of political power as a tool for making tools of human beings — an engine that converts human energy into authority and privilege for the rulers. Invented in the Bronze Age, brilliantly refined for six thousand years, today the engine has caused a human emergency that threatens to destroy our world.

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Stephen Lendman ~ Loretta Lynch For AG: Holder 2.0?

“America and rogue EU partners operate unaccountably. Committing high crimes. Avoiding tribunal justice. Don’t expect US officials to explain. Or prosecute high-level culpable ones.” – S Lendman

steveLendmanOn November 7, a White House press release announced her appointment for Attorney General. Succeding Eric Holder.

Calling her a “strong, independent prosecutor who twice led one of the most important US Attorney’s Offices in the country.”

Obama called her perhaps “the only lawyer in America who battles mobsters and drug lords and terrorists and still has the reputation for being a charming people person.”

Holder disgraced the office he held. Francis Boyle called him “a total disaster for the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights, Human Rights and the Rule of Law.”

White House press secretary Josh Earnest lied. Saying his “tenure (was) marked by historic gains in the areas of criminal justice reform and civil rights enforcement.”

Obama ludicrously called him another Ramsey Clark. His departure won’t change things. Expect business as usual to continue. Nothing suggests otherwise.

Before Lynch’s nomination, Boyle said he expects no positive change. It remains to be seen if he’s right.

Holder served monied interests. Subservient to wealth, power and privilege. Let Washington’s criminal class run things. Complicit with Wall Street and other corporate crooks.

Permitted unprecedented grand theft. Let corporate criminals escape accountability. Not a single culpable executive did prison time.

Authorized out-of-control Big Brother surveillance. Waged war on privacy rights. Due process. Press freedom. Whistleblowers exposing government wrongdoing.

He’s what Beltway insiders call a “sin eater,” said Law Professor Jonathan Turley. Shielding presidents and other top officials from accountability.

Nixon had Halderman and Ehrlichman. Oliver North and Bud McFarlane served Reagan. Bush had Cheney. The “ultimate sin eater,” said Turley.

Obama had “no better sin eater than Holder.” Absolving CIA torturers from prosecution. Supporting secretive/lawless/expanded warrantless surveillance. Continue reading

James Corbett ~ China And The New World Order [Video]

Military tensions, cyber espionage accusations, a brewing currency war; with every passing day, the headlines paint a convincing portrait of an emerging cold war between China and the West.

But is this surface level reality the whole picture, or is there a deeper level to this conflict? Is China an opponent to the New World Order global governmental system or a witting collaborator with it? Join us in this in-depth edition of The Corbett Report podcast as we explore China’s position in the New World Order.


SF Source corbettreport  Nov 9 2014

State Of The Nation ~ Secret History Revealed — Putin Played Critical Role In The Pre-Planned Collapse Of The USSR

 

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Special Note: For the many intuitive souls out there who can look at a photo and apprehend the spirit of the person being photographed, here’s a great teaching moment about the real Vladimir Putin

Why is the Anglo-American Axis so afraid of Putin and determined to bring him down?

No world leader has been so demonized by the West over the past decade as President Vladimir Putin of Russia has.

No other president or prime minister has been subjected to so many outrageous personal attacks and unrelenting false accusations.

Clearly, Vladimir Putin represents a genuine threat to the World Shadow Government (WSG) in a way that profoundly unnerves those who reside at the peak of the global power pyramid.

Why are they so afraid of him?

Before that question can be answered, the hidden history of the preplanned collapse of the USSR must first be understood and properly considered. Only by understanding the true historical context in which Vladimir Putin operated at that time will his actions and pronouncements of today take on great meaning.  This unknown history is also quite important if one is to comprehend the reactions of his countless detractors throughout the leadership of the Anglo-American Axis (AAA).  As follows:

Ultra-Secret Deal Made Prior To The Engineered Collapse Of The USSR Following The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

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John Hawkins ~ GOP Leaders Shouldn’t Forget They Won Because Obama Sucks, Not Because They’re Great

“The only changes we should agree to make with Obamacare are ones that make the law less viable. For example, we should move to end the Obamacare bailouts for insurance companies. It’s outrageous that these insurance companies are getting huge payouts from the same taxpayers who are being forced to buy policies they don’t want. Additionally, isn’t it time to end the Obamacare subsidy for members of Congress and their staffs? Why should the American people suffer under the law while members of Congress and their staffs are getting a special break?” – J Hawkins

U.S. President Barack Obama (Reuters / Kevin Lamarque)

U.S. President Barack Obama (Reuters / Kevin Lamarque)

For the American people, voting in the 2014 election was like choosing whether they’d rather get Democrat Ebola or the Republican flu. Just because they chose the flu doesn’t mean that Republicans should start assuming that people love them.

They don’t.

Hell, I’m a conservative and even I don’t love the Republican Party.

Our leadership teams in the House and Senate are comprised of inarticulate country club Republicans who are to politics what the Waffle House is to fine dining. Many of the Capitol Hill staffers and consultants are out-of-touch lickspittles who hold flyover country conservatives in contempt because they’ve errantly concluded that being in the proximity of members of Congress somehow raises their IQ 40 points. The National Republican Senatorial Committee? Everyone in that organization should be fired and run out of politics. Afterwards, the GOP should burn the building to the ground and salt the earth so nothing will ever grow there again. Continue reading