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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

Dmitry Orlov ~ How To Start A War And Lose An Empire

“[Hunter Biden] just got outed for being a coke fiend. In addition to the many pre-anointed ones, like the VP’s son, there are also many barns full of eagerly bleating Ivy League graduates who have been groomed for jobs in high places. These are Prof. Deresiewicz’s “Excellent Sheep.”” – D Orlov

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A year and a half I wrote an essay on how the US chooses to view Russia, titled The Image of the Enemy. I was living in Russia at the time, and, after observing the American anti-Russian rhetoric and the Russian reaction to it, I made some observations that seemed important at the time. It turns out that I managed to spot an important trend, but given the quick pace of developments since then, these observations are now woefully out of date, and so here is an update.

At that time the stakes weren’t very high yet. There was much noise around a fellow named Magnitsky, a corporate lawyer-crook who got caught and died in pretrial custody. He had been holding items for some bigger Western crooks, who were, of course, never apprehended. The Americans chose to treat this as a human rights violation and responded with the so-called “Magnitsky Act” which sanctioned certain Russian individuals who were labeled as human rights violators. Russian legislators responded with the “Dima Yakovlev Bill,” named after a Russian orphan adopted by Americans who killed him by leaving him in a locked car for nine hours. This bill banned American orphan-killing fiends from adopting any more Russian orphans. It all amounted to a silly bit of melodrama.

But what a difference a year and a half has made! Ukraine, which was at that time collapsing at about the same steady pace as it had been ever since its independence two decades ago, is now truly a defunct state, with its economy in free-fall, one region gone and two more in open rebellion, much of the country terrorized by oligarch-funded death squads, and some American-anointed puppets nominally in charge but quaking in their boots about what’s coming next.

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Garikai Chengu ~ America Created Al-Qaeda and the ISIS Terror Group

Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region.

IslamicState2_truckInvasionThe fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore history.

The CIA first aligned itself with extremist Islam during the Cold War era. Back then, America saw the world in rather simple terms: on one side, the Soviet Union and Third World nationalism, which America regarded as a Soviet tool; on the other side, Western nations and militant political Islam, which America considered an ally in the struggle against the Soviet Union.

The director of the National Security Agency under Ronald Reagan, General William Odom recently remarked, “by any measure the U.S. has long used terrorism. In 1978-79 the Senate was trying to pass a law against international terrorism – in every version they produced, the lawyers said the U.S. would be in violation.”

During the 1970′s the CIA used the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt as a barrier, both to thwart Soviet expansion and prevent the spread of Marxist ideology among the Arab masses. The United States also openly supported Sarekat Islam against Sukarno in Indonesia, and supported the Jamaat-e-Islami terror group against Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in Pakistan. Last but certainly not least, there is Al Qaeda.

Lest we forget, the CIA gave birth to Osama Bin Laden and breastfed his organization during the 1980′s. Former British Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, told the House of Commons that Al Qaeda was unquestionably a product of Western intelligence agencies. Mr. Cook explained that Al Qaeda, which literally means an abbreviation of “the database” in Arabic, was originally the computer database of the thousands of Islamist extremists, who were trained by the CIA and funded by the Saudis, in order to defeat the Russians in Afghanistan. Continue reading

Stephen Lendman ~ 9/11: The Mother of All Big Lies

“America is unfit to live in. It’s on a fast track to tyranny. It’s perilously close to full-blown. Perhaps just another 9/11-type False Flag away. The fullness of time will tell.” – S Lendman

steveLendmanThey’re an American tradition. They date from the republic’s inception. Notable ones began in the mid-19th century.

They facilitated annexing Texas. Half of Mexico followed. America became Cuba’s colonial power.

Controlling the Philippines, Guam, Samoa, Hawaii, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Canal Zone, Puerto Rico and other territories followed.

In 1917, Woodrow Wilson manipulated public sentiment. He did so with Big Lies.

They turned most Americans into raging German haters. Big Lies work this way. Wilson got the war he wanted.

FDR manipulated Japan to attack Pearl Harbor. Doing so let him wage war.

He had to convince Congress and a pacifist public to go along.

What better way than by manufacturing terror.

Washington and Seoul conspired against Pyongyang. Numerous 1949/1950 cross-border incursions provoked its June response. Truman got the war he wanted.

War against North Vietnam followed the fake August 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident. Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. Doing so authorized war without declaring it. Continue reading

RT News ~ World News Links (Sept 2 2014)

Remember Iraq? Former US intel officers warn Merkel against NATO images of Ukraine

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel.(AFP Photo / John Macdougall )


German Chancellor Angela Merkel.(AFP Photo / John Macdougall )

With the escalating Ukrainian crisis towards the top of the agenda at this week’s NATO summit in Wales, a group of former American intelligence workers is urging the alliance to be careful before crafting a response.

Sixty foreign leaders and dozens of diplomats and defense officials from around the globe will convene at the event this week and are expected to approve a plan that calls for assembling a 4,000-strong “spearhead” force to counter “Russia’s aggressive behavior,” NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday, in the wake of the release of satellite images purported to show the advancement of at least 1,000 Russian troops and artillery into eastern Ukraine.

But on the eve of the first major NATO meeting since 2012, a coalition composed of seven former United States intelligence officers is asking the alliance to recall the 2003 invasion of Iraq before authorizing any military action.

According to the group, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, the evidence produced by NATO from the Ukrainian-Russian border is on par with the “same dubious, politically ‘fixed’ kind used 12 years ago to ‘justify’ the US-led attack on Iraq.”

“We saw no credible evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq then; we see no credible evidence of a Russian invasion now,” reads an excerpt from the memo signed by the VIPS steering group — a coalition composed of former National Security Agency analyst William Binney, retired CIA analyst Ray McGovern, retired US Army Colonel Ann Wright and others — published online over the weekend and addressed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Continue reading . . .

Selected RT_News LInks

Drone gets peek at Apple’s new ‘spaceship’ campus (VIDEO)

Rotherham child abuse: South Yorkshire police face ‘independent’ investigation

Rich vs Poor: Dietary gap widens rapidly, study shows

India-Pakistan-Afghanistan: Will the triangle give peace a chance?

Hope US won’t help Ukraine as it did Libya and Iraq – Lavrov

‘People of Europe have never been asked whether they want to live in a super state’

53 ton fish-kill: Dead ‘popocha’ fish removed from Cajititlan Lagoon, Mexico

EU prepares emergency ‘Plan B’ blueprint in case Russia halts gas – report

Liberia’s nurses go on strike amid Ebola outbreak

Castro compares NATO to Nazi SS, slams US, Israel for ‘creating ISIS’

Be more Internet-tolerant, Iran’s Rouhani urges clerics

Biblical scenes: Billions of locusts descend onto Madagascar capital (PHOTOS)

Russia outraged after Kiev accuses Moscow of nuclear attack threats

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X22 Report ~ Episode 418 – July 17 2014 [Audio]

Was Malaysian Airliner Brought Down By A Missile To Start A War With Russia?

  • Microsoft has tripled the number of employees they are laying off. Meanwhile US corporate news is reporting initial claims are continually falling.
  • Housing starts, mortgage apps, refinancing apps all tumbling. Bankers are continually pushing a strong, recovering economy where the dollar is strong to distract everyone from the collapse.
  • The EU just like the US is now preparing for civil unrest and are beefing up the military police to keep control.
  • John Kerry is interfering with Afghanistan elections to get a President that will sign the bilateral security agreement to keep troops in Afghanistan.
  • Ukraine is now implicated in shooting down a Malaysian airliner. The missile might have been meant to assassinate President Putin.
  • Inspire al-Qaeda magazine is warning of a terrorist attack in August. Be prepared for a false flag.

All source links to the report can be found on the x22report.com site.

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Dr. Steve Pieczenik ~ House Of Lies: The Inevitable Downfall Of Iraq

 “The story of Korea, VietNam, Iraq and Afghanistan are wrapped in a painful package of lies contrived by civilian elites and executed by their consorts,  the military leadership.” ~S Pieczenik

A Vietnam Redux!  A Repeated Case Study of America’s Obsessional Need to Delude its People and the World! 

General Stanley McChrystal

General Stanley McChrystal with President Obama

This is the story of a fallen US military and  corrupt US/Vietnamese/Iraq civilian governments,  wrapped in self-delusion;  harnessed by incompetence; and leading us to the inevitable outcome of massive carnage and historical  shame.

As a teenager in Toulouse, France,  the first and last memory I had of French Indochina was that Dien Bien Phu had been overrun by the Viet Cong.  A few years later,  I was to hear those same words of defeat regarding the vicious War in Algeria where France had brutally colonized an Arab country for well over one hundred years.  Clearly,  the country of France and all of its adjunct philosophies expiated its colonial imperialism to spell ‘defeat’, ‘anachronism’ and ‘futility’.

Imagine my reaction when I had heard that a 37 year old French Military Officer named David Galula had written two books entitled:  Pacification in Algeria, 1956-1958 and another ironically called, Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory And Practicewritten in 1964.  David was part of a school of French Military officers associated with “GUERRE REVOLUTIONNAIRE”.   Rather than accept the fact that the French Army was born,  bred and brainwashed to be nothing more than an instrument of defeat,  these arrogant Organisation de L’Armee Secrete,  or OAS [they tried to assassinate Charles De Gaule],  blamed the French Government for being ineffectual.

This COIN [counterinsurgency] theory of ‘winning the hearts and minds of the restless natives’became popular with General William Westmoreland [father of our Vietnam Defeat] and my former boss,  Henry no war is a bad warKissinger.  In addition,  this hearts/minds theorypermeated the CIA tentacle in the personages of William Colby,  General Edward Landsdale [“The Quiet American”] and his stool pigeon,  Dan Ellsberg [Pentagon Papers; yesterday’s Snowden].  Thus this nonsensical theory which had never worked in the past two hundred years was used to justify the death of 58,195 American soldiers in VietNam and hundreds of thousands wounded veterans. Continue reading

Greg Hunter ~ Weekly News Wrap Up June 6 2014 [Video & Transcript]

“There is still phony accounting being allowed in that financial institutions can look solvent by attaching fantasy valuations to the underwater assets they have on the books.  With all of this, there is still no real recovery.  The Fed policies are a total failure for the common man.  What the Fed has done, according to the Department of Agriculture, is raise food prices.  Recent data shows food inflation in the U.S. is on a 22% pace for this year.” G. Hunter

The top story is the global economy.  It’s not fixed and there is no real recovery. Yes, I know the stock market hit all-time highs again, but that’s because the market believes the Fed; and now the European Central Bank will continue the easy money policies.  The ECB just announced it will go to negative interest rates of -.1% on deposits. That’s right.  In Europe you have to pay a bank to hold your money!  If Europe was really in a so-called “recovery” as we have been told constantly for several years, would it need to go negative on interest rates?  Of course, it wouldn’t.

ZeroHedge.com called the move for negative interest rates “Officially Entering the Monetary Twilight Zone.”  It is no less than confirmation that nothing the ECB has done to date has fixed anything, and, in fact, the economy has gotten worse.  Please keep in mind, the Eurozone is in trouble despite the tens of trillions of dollars the Fed pumped into it through its swap lines.    Continue reading

Catherine Austin Fitts ~ War Greatest Risk-Not Global Financial Collapse [Video + Transcript]

USAWatchdog  June 2 2014

In her latest report, investment advisor Catherine Austin Fitts says, “The greatest risk is not global financial collapse. Our greatest risk is war.”  Ms. Fitts explains, “I am talking about war in many different venues.  What we’ve seen in a place like Ukraine is very much defined by what’s called “soft weapons.”  So, we are watching war through the information systems and cyber hacking.  

We’ve got Edward Snowden warning us about everything that can go on through the digital systems, and then we’ve got boots on the ground.  We’ve got the President now saying he’s pulling boots on the ground.  It’s just like the Roman Empire pulled the army back and left the church in place.  The American empire is going to pull the boots on the ground back and leave the drones in place.”  Continue reading