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Jun 09 09:31

British ‘world-record sniper’ says he can still see and smell the people he killed in his nightmares

The British sniper who holds the world record for the longest confirmed kill has said he has been “hung out to dry” by the Army since being discharged.

Jun 09 08:28

Donald Rumsfeld: George W. Bush Was Wrong About Iraq

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, one of the staunchest defenders of the Iraq war, said in an interview with the Times of London that his boss, former President George W. Bush, was wrong to try to create democracy onto Iraq.

“The idea that we could fashion a democracy in Iraq seemed to me unrealistic. I was concerned about it when I first heard those words,” Rumsfeld said, adding, “I’m not one who thinks that our particular template of democracy is appropriate for other countries at every moment of their histories.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And what about that whopper that Saddam had nuclear weapons? Any comments on that? By the way, did you ever find that $3 trillion of the taxpayer's money the Pentagon lost; you know, the money you announced was missing just the day before 9-11?

Jun 08 21:52

The story of Bush and Blair's great lie

A film that reminds us exactly why Bush, Blair, and others in their administrations should stand trial.

Jun 08 12:04

'We Are Many': The Story of Bush and Blair's Great Lie

Tony Blair’s not entirely unexpected resignation from his job as Middle East peace envoy last month – and the ensuing Twitter jokes about it – coincide with the UK release of a documentary film that firmly puts him and George W Bush at the centre of this century’s Middle East disasters.

Jun 08 10:44

Ex-intel officials: Pentagon report proves US complicity in ISIS

According to leading American and British intelligence experts, a declassified Pentagon report confirms that the West accelerated support to extremist rebels in Syria, despite knowing full well the strategy would pave the way for the emergence of the 'Islamic State' (ISIS).

The experts who have spoken out include renowned government whistleblowers such as the Pentagon's Daniel Ellsberg, the NSA's Thomas Drake, and the FBI's Coleen Rowley, among others.

Jun 07 18:38

Britain to send 125 more military trainers to Iraq

“We’re already the second largest contributor in terms of air strikes in Iraq, and support for the Syrian opposition,” Cameron told reporters. “But I’m announcing today that we’re increasing our training effort in Iraq. It’s a particular request the Abadi government has made, it’s a particular thing we’ve been working with the Americans on.”

Jun 06 08:50

Survivor Contestant and Iraq War Vet Currently Being Held Against His Will in VA Hospital

Iraq Veteran and Freedom Fighter Shamar Thomas is currently being held against his will at the Northport Medical VA Center in Northport, NY. Thomas released a statement earlier today stating:

Jun 06 08:50

Iraqi MP: Baghdad Angry at Saudi Warplanes' Flight Near Al-Anbar

Head of the Iraqi parliament's Security and Defense Committee Hakem al-Zameli said that Baghdad is angry at Riyadh for its warplanes' flights near the restive al-Anbar region and has sent a protest message to Saudi Arabia.

Jun 06 08:49

US Warplanes Strike Iraqi Army Bases in Fallujah, Kill 6 Soldiers

The US-led coalition warplanes hit the bases of Iraqi army's Hezbollah battalions in Fallujah in Anbar province, killing 6 soldiers and injuring 8 others.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wait ... weren't they on OUR side (for the moment)?

Jun 05 14:27

U.S. quietly starts channeling arms from $1.6 billion fund to Iraq

The United States has quietly started delivering promised arms for Iraqi soldiers from a $1.6 billion fund approved by Congress last year, officials said, following mounting Iraqi frustration over the pace of coalition assistance. The Pentagon said long-awaited equipment from the Iraq Train and Equip Fund (ITEF) started being fielded about two weeks ago and was moving as fast as possible. Officials noted extensive, previous arms transfers under different U.S. authorities.

Jun 05 11:26

Iraqi Sunni Tribes Announce Backing for ISIS as Sectarian Tensions Soar

The Pentagon has made its centerpiece of its strategy in Iraq arming Anbar Sunni tribes to convince them to back the Shi’ite-dominated government. That plan has been stalled by the government blocking most of the arms transfers, and with sectarian tensions on the rise, it looks like some of those tribes are going the other way.

Today, key Anbar sheikh Ahmed Jumaili read a joint statement from a number of key tribes in Fallujah, pledging loyalty to ISIS, and expressing their belief that the best way to return calm to the province was by backing ISIS against the “infidels, apostates and Shias.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

HOW WONDERFUL!!

JUST when you think US foreign policy could not get any more screwed up than it already is concerning Iraq, you get surprised yet again, and reminded of that profound one-liner by the American comedian Ron White: "You can't fix stupid!"

Jun 04 18:26

Ex-intel officials: Pentagon report proves US complicity in ISIS

According to leading American and British intelligence experts, a declassified Pentagon report confirms that the West accelerated support to extremist rebels in Syria, despite knowing full well the strategy would pave the way for the emergence of the ‘Islamic State’ (ISIS).

The experts who have spoken out include renowned government whistleblowers such as the Pentagon’s Daniel Ellsberg, the NSA’s Thomas Drake, and the FBI’s Coleen Rowley, among others.

Their remarks demonstrate the fraudulent nature of claims by two other former officials, the CIA’s Michael Morell and the NSA’s John Schindler, both of whom attempt to absolve the Obama administration of responsibility for the policy failures exposed by the DIA documents.

Jun 04 13:59

Destabilization, Inc. - Regime change by any means necessary

When the official history of the realm is one day written, it may contain several chapters that establish President Barack Obama as a great flag-bearer of liberty, free trade, and economic recovery. Those chapters will be drenched in distortion, tinged with the blood of true freedom fighters, darkened by the vanished jobs and sickly pall of an economy in permanent decline. But though parlor tricks like fiddling with unemployment numbers and disguising offshoring as free trade are notable for their sheer chutzpa, few deceits are more striking than those that occur in the sordid arena of regime change.

Jun 04 09:52

Gen. Allen: ISIS War to Last ‘A Generation or More’

Out of and quickly back into Iraq, the Pentagon and its officials have talked about the new ISIS war with barely restrained glee as another chance to keep pushing Congress for bigger budgets, and for “emergency” war funding every single year.

Retired Marine Gen. John Allen, who has become President Obama’s special ambassador for the war, going around the world selling it to potential allies, today predicted the conflict would be much longer than anyone imagines, saying it “will likely take a generation or more.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Some interesting 5-year stock charts showing a bonanza for the principal arms merchants since “ISIS” (whatever it is) arose. Coincidence? I’ll leave it you.

Boeing


Raytheon


Northrup Grumman


General Dynamics


Lockheed Martin

War is big business!

Jun 04 09:48

Iraqi PM Warns That New ISIS Fighters Are Overwhelming the Iraqi Army

Haidar al-Abadi warns that Iraq needs more help to fight ISIS but rules out a return of U.S. troops

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Just send us more money!"

Jun 03 12:57

Hard Truths About Iraq

In Washington, a town in which most people, both government and non-government
employees, are involved, one way or another, in public relations spin, the thing that will get you in the most trouble is telling the simple truth. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter recently stepped in it by stating what should have been obvious to the world: he blamed Iraqi forces for the loss to ISIS of Ramadi, an important Iraqi provincial capital, telling CNN that, “The Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight. They vastly outnumbered the opposing force and yet they withdrew from the site.”

Jun 03 12:09

Never Mind FIFA, How about a Crackdown on the Banksters?

The belated focus of American and British authorities on the alleged wrongdoings at FIFA can be readily seen as both ludicrous and laughable when we compare that with the absolute dearth of interest by these same authorities in applying law enforcement where it ought to be applied – on the Wall Street and City of London banksters.

Both the timing of the US-launched corruption probe – in the week of FIFA’s annual conference and leadership election – plus the way that senior American and British officials, not to mention the publicity of Western news media, have weighed-in to rebuke FIFA suggests that it is all part of a coordinated political campaign authored at the highest level of government. That, in turn, suggests that there is an ulterior political agenda behind the supposed criminal crackdown on FIFA, and that the ulterior agenda is the Western objective to undermine Russia.

Jun 03 10:57

BEX ALERT - ISIS issues dire warning to Israel

If Hamas does not cease its crackdown on ISIS supporters in Gaza, the backers of the movement that has taken over half of Syria and one-third of Iraq will violate a truce with Israel and carry out more rocket attacks against the Jewish state, a leader of the jihadist organization that represents ISIS in Gaza told WND.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

False-flag alert!

Jun 03 10:26

US Claims They’re Winning ISIS War

With most of the Paris summit on the ISIS war in Iraq focusing on just how bad the conflict is going, Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken, the US representative at the meeting, seemed to remain in denial about the problems, insisting the US is winning the war against ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yeah, yeah, yeah; and Saddam had nuclear weapons, humans are warming the Earth, and the economy is doing great!

Jun 01 13:25

US bombers hold fire in Iraq, Syria due to lack of intel

Nearly 75 percent of US military aircraft targeting ISIL positions in Iraq and Syria returned to base without firing any weapons in the first four months of 2015 because of a lack of intelligence on the ground, according to a report.

Jun 01 12:01

Over 4,000 Killed in Iraq during May

At least 1,094 civilians and security forces were killed during May. This figure is only an estimate as many of the casualties occurred behind the lines in the Ramadi area.

Jun 01 08:47

U.S. bombers hold fire on Islamic State targets amid ground intel blackout

Nearly 75 percent of U.S. bombing runs targeting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria returned to base without firing any weapons in the first four months of 2015, holding their fire mainly because of a lack of ground intelligence and raising questions about President Obama’s key tactic in pushing back an enemy that continues to expand its territory in the war zone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or comfirming that ISIS is a US creation to oust Assad and split Iraq into pieces!

Jun 01 08:23

ISIS captured 2,300 armoured vehicles from Iraqi army

Iraqi security forces lost 2,300 Humvee armoured vehicles to the Islamic State in Mosul last summer, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi revealed.

"In the collapse of Mosul, we lost a lot of weapons. We lost 2,300 Humvees in Mosul alone," Al-Abadi said, pointing out that "several Russian and American maintenance companies and contractors left the country because of the deteriorating security situation in Iraq."

May 31 16:33

Israel Is A Discredit To America — Paul Craig Roberts

Jeffrey St. Clair, one of the few remaining Western journalists with a moral conscience, describes the latest Israeli horror to which we are all accomplices.

The Israel Lobby tries to prevent reports and criticism of Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians by branding every critic of every policy of the extreme right-wing Israeli government an “anti-semite.” In other words, if you object to Israeli armed forces shooting down Palestinian children in the streets and then bombing the funerals of the kids the Israelis have already murdered, you hate Jews and are an anti-Semite.

The success that the Israel Lobby has enjoyed in imposing this twisted logic on Congress, the White House, the media, the universities and the insouciant American public is astonishing. As a consequence, Americans are no longer answerable to Christian morality but to the evil that the Israel Lobby represents.

May 31 15:04

Russia and China mock divide and rule

Divide et impera? It’s not working. And it’s bound to fail miserably.

As it stands, what we do know is that 2015 will be a hair-raising year in myriad aspects... we all still remain under the sign of a fearful, dangerous, rampantly irrational Empire of Chaos.

Russia could outmaneuver Western financial markets by cutting them off from its wealth of oil and natural gas. The markets would inevitably collapse – uncontrolled chaos for the Empire of Chaos (or “controlled chaos”, in Putin’s own words).

In a different vein of the “soft beds of the East” seducing Marcus Aurelius, the silky splendors of chic Beijing offer a glimpse of an extremely self-assured emerging power. After all, Europe is nothing but a catalogue of multiple sclerosis and Japan is under its sixth recession in 20 years.

May 31 14:59

US preparing for war with China and Russia to save the banks

“There’s a general recognition growing that the driving force for this war is the utter collapse of the entire Western banking system,” Billington said.

“And the view from London and Washington and New York is we have to go to war, we cannot allow this BRICS alliance between Russia, China, India, South Africa and most of Latin America creating new financial institutions to take away our ability to loot the resources in the developing sector,” Billington noted.

May 31 11:22

The Years Since I Was Jailed for Releasing the 'War Diaries' Have Been a Rollercoaster

Today marks five years since I was ordered into military confinement while deployed to Iraq in 2010. I find it difficult to believe, at times, just how long I have been in prison. Throughout this time, there have been so many ups and downs – it often feels like a physical and emotional roller coaster.

May 30 18:49

Pentagon Report Says West, Persian Gulf States and Turkey Created ISIS

When asked repeatedly by journalist and ex-US marine Brad Hoff to dispel claims that the West aligned itself with IS or ISIS at some point in Syria, the DIA’s official response was telling: “No comment.”

May 29 14:05

US Cries FIFA Foul to Penalize Russia

The melodrama had the air of a politically driven media campaign for maximum publicity.

?But the real goal of the full-frontal assault on FIFA, which involved dawn raids at a five-star hotel in Swiss city Zurich, seems more to do with American political purpose to damage Russia’s World Cup plans. That objective has to be seen in the context of Washington’s aim to isolate and destabilize Moscow in an ongoing geopolitical battle that is currently centred on Ukraine.

Russia’s World Cup plans appear to be now similarly targeted for an ulterior political agenda. Within hours of the US-launched arrests of FIFA officials in Zurich, the football federation was obliged to state that the forthcoming World Cup in Russia was not in jeopardy of cancellation over related claims of wrongdoing in the selection of that venue.

May 29 14:01

A Critique of US “Grand Strategy toward China”

If one were to propose a realistic and reasonable ‘US Grand Strategy toward China’ one would have to start by shedding all the false assumptions and bellicose proposals that have been put forth by the CFR and the authors of the Report under review.

The US should not attempt to block China’s growth and expansion; it should assist and share in its ascendancy, especially in the face of great global climate and energy challenges. Washington is much more likely to strengthen its Asian – Pacific partnership and succeed in its diplomacy if it replaced its military posturing with robust economic growth.

May 29 13:25

White House: US Not Responsible for Iraqi Security

In an effort that simultaneously seeks to eschew responsibility for the situation on the ground and to define certain limits on the scope of the US war, the White House today declared itself to be unwilling to be “responsible” for the security situation in Iraq.

Though press secretary Josh Earnest emphasized the growing problem of foreign fighters flowing into Iraq, he insisted the war itself, at least on the ground, was up to the Iraqi government to fight and win.

This comes irrespective of Pentagon efforts to dictate exactly where and when Iraqi forces launch offensives, and to try to push them into cooperative relationships with pro-US tribal factions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I LOVE the smell of irony in the morning!

How in the name of heaven can the government of this country NOT take responsibility for destroying this country?!?

The blame shifting will NOT go well for the Democrats in 2016, nor for the Republicans either; and no one in Congress or the White House actually gave, or gives, a damn about the US kids who would get killed or maimed for life in this circus for oil, and oil only to be paid for in US dollars.

After all, it would always be other people's kids, so that made it all right to invade and occupy Iraq.

May 29 07:44

Lack Of U.S. Air Support In Ramadi Points To Disguised Darker Aim

Why were there so few U.S. air attacks on the Islamic State attackers when they took Ramadi?

The first excuse put out by the U.S. military was "a sandstorm ate my lunch". That excuse was placed as news in the NYT:

Islamic State fighters used a sandstorm to help seize a critical military advantage in the early hours of the terrorist group’s attack on the provincial Iraqi capital of Ramadi last week, helping to set in motion an assault that forced Iraqi security forces to flee, current and former American officials said Monday.

May 28 08:55

To beat ISIS, kick out US-led coalition

It is time to cut these losses and bring some heavyweights into this battle against extremism.

Baghdad and Washington are pointing fingers, each accusing the other of being asleep on the job.

An objective look at US interests in the region paint an entirely different picture. The Americans seek to maintain absolute hegemony in the Mideast, even as they exit costly military occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Their primary interests are 1) access to low cost oil and gas, 2) propping up Israel, and more recently, 3) undermining Russian (and Chinese) influence in the region.

May 28 08:28

The ‘war’ word is being increasingly heard as Europe, Russia, China and the United States adopt provocative postures

IS the world going mad? Military posturing is quietly reaching new extremes in Europe, the Mediterranean and the South China Sea. And the provocative bluster has just reached new heights.

The source was anonymous. But the mouthpiece has a measure of credibility. High profile military analyst and former US Naval War College lecturer John Schindler tweeted last week: “Said a senior NATO (non-US) GOFO to me today: ‘We’ll probably be at war this summer. If we’re lucky it won’t be nuclear.’ Let that sink in.”

May 28 07:23

Declassified docs: Hillary aided rise of ISIS

More than 100 pages of previously classified Department of Defense and Department of State documents implicate the Obama administration in a cover-up to obscure the role Hillary Clinton and the State Department played in the rise of ISIS.

The documents were obtained in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the Washington watchdog Judicial Watch.

May 27 12:13

PENTAGON REPORT PREDICTED WEST’S SUPPORT FOR ISLAMIST REBELS WOULD CREATE ISIS

A declassified secret US government document obtained by the conservative public interest law firm, Judicial Watch, shows that Western governments deliberately allied with al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to topple Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad.

May 27 11:16

Biden proposes dividing Iraq into three pieces.

The senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee proposed Monday that Iraq be divided into three separate regions — Kurdish, Shiite and Sunni — with a central government in Baghdad.

In an op-ed essay in Monday’s edition of The New York Times, Sen. Joseph Biden. D-Del., wrote that the idea “is to maintain a united Iraq by decentralizing it, giving each ethno-religious group ... room to run its own affairs, while leaving the central government in charge of common interests.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This from the same Federal Government trying to strip the states of all power and autonomy!

May 27 10:54

Key Iraq War Architect: “Our Objective Should Be a New Sunni State Out of the Western Part Of Iraq, the Eastern Part of Syria”

We’ve previously noted that the powers-that-be have been planning for MANY DECADES to break up Iraq into several countries.

And the same has been true for Syria.

May 27 07:31

Is there a link between climate change and terrorism?

Barack Obama has spent considerable time in recent months publicly explaining his positions on both climate change and violent extremism.

But in a Coast Guard commencement address last week, the U.S. president deliberately combined the two, saying that climate change "constitutes a serious threat to global security."

Security analysts say the idea has been percolating in Western military circles for the past few years, but there is still skepticism about a direct link.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are two kinds of terror. Real terror is created by mucking about with other peoples' governments. fake terror is used to scare a population into agreeing to wars of conquest. Neither has any link to global warming.

May 26 10:43

US Shoots Itself in the Foot Escalating Tensions With Russia, China, Iran

The Obama administration has repeatedly sent wrong signals to Russia, China and Iran, slamming the countries for non-existent expansionism and so far showing the disheartening dysfunction in America’s foreign policy, former CIA Case Officer and Army Intelligence Officer Philip Giraldi underscored, according to Sputnik.

US President is shooting himself in the foot, but he should wake up and realize what is going on "before Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush arrives on the scene to make everything worse"the former CIA officer Philip Giraldi concluded.

May 26 08:35

Why is the US Trying to Replace the Assad Government With al-Qaeda in Syria?

Be careful what you wish for

Regime change is full of unintended consequences.

In the case of Syria, our opposition to the Assad government is so obstinate that we are apparently promoting the defeat of a government that is not our enemy in order to replace it with one that is.

May 26 08:28

Far from Facing the Truth, the US Is Telling New Lies about Iraq

A couple of weeks ago, the Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush was asked in an interview with Fox News whether, knowing what he knows now, he would have invaded Iraq. It’s the kind of predictable question for which most people assumed he would have a coherent answer. They were wrong. Jeb blew it. “I would have [authorised the invasion],” he said. “And so would have Hillary Clinton, just to remind everybody. And so would almost everybody that was confronted with the intelligence they got.”

May 25 19:34

US and Allies have Created a Transnational “Islamist” Terrorist Network, Head of Russia’s Military Intelligence (GRU)

Posted below is the transcript of the speech of Colonel-General Igor Sergun, Head of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia.

This speech was delivered at the Moscow Security Conference in May 2015.

As a general rule, the GRU never makes a public statement, nor does the person heading it. It is thus interesting that on one of the very few occasions where General Sergun agreed to speak in public, he chose to focus on the risks of the so-called “Islamic” extremism and that in a relatively short presentation, he made four references to the fact that these “Islamic” terrorists are basically a creature of the West.

May 25 16:07

Declassified Document Proves US Created ISIS

P.S. - Is anyone really that shocked by this??

Ever since ISIS began its bloody rampage across the Middle East, many of us have been suspicious of their origins. The West seemed perfectly willing to support the rebellion against Russian backed Assad, but as soon as those supposedly “moderate” rebels formed ISIS, they turned against them (according to the media at least). But according to a recently declassified document, the US government knew more than they were letting on (gasp) in regards to the formation of ISIS.

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May 25 11:11

A Poem On War

Beyond the count of years I walked the world,

and my children built their shrines to me.

Decades and centuries and millennia pass,

and still the shrines are built.

Temples insubstantial to men,

clear to my eyes.

No foundations or walls or roofs,

but shrines nonetheless.

Holy ground, consecrated

Today, every day, somewhere in the world,

the earth is prepared for my coming.

My hallowed grounds are everywhere.

In valleys and on mountains,

on broad plains and deep in hidden passes,

in deserts, on city streets.

Nameless, unremembered places.

May 25 09:40

Iran Left Battling ISIL Alone as US-Iraq Alliance Disintegrates

As America holds back from intervention against the Islamic State and the blame game between the US and Iraq escalates, Iran is the only power confronting the militant organization, says a senior Iranian general.

May 25 09:31

Iraq prime minister rebuts Pentagon chief: ‘He was fed with the wrong information’

Iraq on Monday rejected accusations by the US defence chief that its security forces dodged battle in Ramadi and lack the will to fight the Islamic State group.

May 24 09:51

THE BATTLE FOR PALMYRA: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED ACCORDING TO OUR MILITARY SOURCES

Even nominally friendly sites like NSNBC are misreporting events in this historically important town in the far east of Homs Governorate. Many sites are simply making the fatuous statement that the entire city of Palmyra has been overrun by ISIS fanatics and that includes Alalam and Al-Mayaadeen. Interesting to note that neither news source has anyone on the ground there to report directly.

May 24 09:51

U.S. Intelligence Predicted: U.S. Support For Rebels in Syria Would Lead To Fall of Ramadi

Thanks to Brad Hoff for pointing in the comments here to the Defense Intelligence Agency reports from August and October 2012 about the war on Syria. The DIA was the one U.S. intelligence agency that got the Iraq WMD case right but its appraisals, for example that the famous "aluminum tubes" were ordered by Iraq to build mortar tubes, were suppressed by the Bush administration. The now published heavily redacted DIA reports were released after Freedom Of Information Act litigation by the conservative Judicial Watch.

May 24 09:46

McCain: 75% of the aircrafts do not strike its goals , Iraqi forces will dissolve without ground intervention

About whether the time is right to send US ground troops to Iraq, McCain said, "We had a hearing (in the Armed Services Committee affiliated to the Congress) and I think that the time has come to send ground troops should be numbering about ten thousand, and must be ground troops

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle. John!

May 23 11:12

Iraqi forces fled Ramadi without a fight

Iraqi security forces fled Ramadi without putting up a fight, despite holding as much as a 10-to-1 advantage over Islamic State militants, according to two senior U.S. defense officials.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss key details of the battle, said the primary blame in Ramadi rested with Iraqi security forces.

May 23 11:00

Jeb Bush, James Baker, and the Pro-Israel Mega-Donors

What is the issue, that gets little attention in the mainstream, is that the presidential candidates find it necessary to pay obeisance to ultra-powerful individuals who represent the interests of Israel, not the United States.

What exists now is a “passionate attachment” to a foreign country on steroids that undercuts American security.

For while the mainstream media is analyzing in microscopic detail Jeb’s stumbling over his Iraq war response, it naturally ignores that third rail in contemporary American politics, the power of the Israel lobby.

May 23 08:27

‘Surge’ architects call for 20,000 troops in Iraq

Retired Army officers and military experts, who engineered the 2007 “surge” in Iraq, call for a return of American combat troops to the country, saying the current US war strategy is “fundamentally flawed.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Those #@#$% conquered Iraq people refuse to stay conquered!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 22 13:45

What the Fall of Ramadi Means

The Middle East is becoming a basket of failed states. And as we look around that region, every country is looking out for No. 1.

The Turks looked the other way as volunteers entered Syria to join ISIS. The Turks then let Kurds cross into Syria to keep ISIS out of Kobane. Now, according to Assad, the Turks are aiding al-Qaida (the Nusra Front) in establishing its own caliphate in Idlib. The Saudis and Gulf Arabs also, says Assad, aided the Nusra Front in taking Idlib.

And what of us?

Considering the millions of dead, wounded, uprooted, homeless, sick and suffering, American-born and native-born, have our wars and bombings in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen been, on balance, more a blessing than a curse to the people we went to help?

Before we plunge back into these Middle East wars from which, at long last, we have begun to extricate ourselves, we ought to recall the words of that anonymous U.S. officer in Vietnam:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I agree with a lot Pat Buchanan says, but he leaves out a couple of critical factors here.

Number one, the US government did not invade and occupy Iraq, and the other countries he names, in order to 'help them'; we invaded Iraq for the oil, and to make absolutely certain that the oil was sold only in US dollars.

The US government invaded Libya to create regime change, and destroy the gold dinar, which Qaddafi was about to inaugurate.

The US government invaded Afghanistan for its curse of geographic significance, for the pipelines, and to control opium production.

The US government is backing Saudi intervention in Yemen, because by supporting Al Hadi, and with the Yemenite people having absolutely no say in their government's affairs, we created a failed state.

The US government is attempting to create regime change in Syria to further
isolate the current Iranian regime.

And one final thing about Iraq: anyone remember Muktada Al Sadr, the Iranian cleric, who stated that if US troops stayed one date beyond the SOFA agreement, that they would be considered fair game for his Mahdi army?!?

As reported in the longwarjournal.org, 3 May, 2015:

Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr threatened to attack US personnel inside Iraq and beyond if the US House of Representatives passed a bill that would have recognized Kurdistan and Sunnis in western Iraq as their own independent countries. Sadr, whose Iranian-backed militia battled US and Coalition troops in Baghdad and central and southern Iraq during the occupation of Iraq, released a statement on his website on April 29 calling for attacks on US interests if Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act for 2016. The statement was translated on the Facebook page Shiʿa Jihadica: Clericalism, Militias, and Messianism.

I would strongly suggest that going back into any of these countries is one heck of a double-plus ungood thing for the US government to do.

The American people are war-weary, and war-skeptical at this point, and most generally, don't believe ANYTHING coming out of DC these days because of all the lies.

May 22 13:40

Russia, Iraq to conduct regular military cooperation talks at expert level — Kremlin

Russia and Iraq will maintain regular expert-level dialogue on military-technical cooperation, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday. He said this issue was discussed at a meeting of President Vladimir Putin with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday.
"They held a discussion on the subject of military-technical cooperation. The dialogue will continue at a regular expert level," said the Kremlin official.
According to him, the meeting also focused on the expansion of bilateral cooperation in the energy sector. "There is the potential for cooperation in this sphere," Peskov said.
The presidential press secretary generally assessed the conversation as substantive. "The sides touched upon issues of economic cooperation, especially in the energy sector, the activity there [in Iraq] of Russian companies, which, despite all the difficulties, are ready to expand their presence [in Iraq]," the Kremlin spokesman said.

May 22 12:19

OBAMA’S STRATEGIC SHIFT

President Obama has belatedly detected the looming catastrophe in Syria and Iraq as Sunni terrorists gain ground. He also grasps the need for Russian and Iranian help. But his administration remains infested with neocons and liberal war hawks who could sabotage the needed deals, reports Robert Parry.

t’s finally dawning on President Barack Obama the grave dangers that have been created for the American Republic by decades of neoconservative dominance of U.S. foreign policy, but his moves in response to this dire threat remain hesitant and indecisive.

The only game-saving play open to Obama now – in response to recent Saudi-backed escalation of Sunni extremism in Syria and Iraq as well the new right-wing racist government in Israel – may be to forge an alliance with Iran and Russia as a counterforce in the Middle East that could save Syria’s relatively secular regime and reverse gains by the Islamic State inside Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to believe that the above is possible. But unfortunately, this President is way too hubristic and narcissistic to make the necessary changes to bring about a possible lasting peace.

I frankly think Obama is trying, by deploying ISIS, to get Americans to go along with a 3rd invasion of Iraq; an overthrow of Al-Assad in Damascus; and a re-invasion of Libya.

A short memo, based on a statement of the character Tony Soprano, to President Obama: FURGETTABOUTIT!!! There will be no support for US troops on the ground, and the equipment you are sending to Iraq is absolutely no good without skilled operators to make them do what they are supposed to do.

May 22 09:29

Israel’s Descent into Barbarism — Norman Finkelstein

“Israeli troops go on a rampage in the West Bank, kill Palestinians, demolish Palestinian homes”

Paul Jay of the Real news Network interviews Norman Finkelstein about his new book: Method and Madness: The Hidden Story of Israel’s Assaults on Gaza.

May 22 08:38

Obama Calls Loss Of Ramadi A 'Setback,' But Denies U.S. Is Losing To ISIS

President Obama says that while the loss of Ramadi to the self-declared Islamic State is a "setback," he doesn't think the U.S. is losing to the militant group.

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May 22 08:29

Hope – versus Neoliberalism – an Ode to Solidarity

The new apparent Hope – is it what my friend Finian Cunningham says – the first ‘eye blinking’ by Washington facing Russia?

We are so thirsty for hope, hope for another, more just, more equitable world, we see hope in the first ‘blinking of an eye’. Hope is good. Hope is the basis for action. And action must be the consequence of hope – hope that not all is lost. Action to break that impasse of neoliberal all-engulfing greed must be simple. We have become strangers to ourselves. We must return to our roots, recognizing where and why we failed to diagnose the beast. Our awakened, re-kindled sense of consciousness may lead us to what we have lost – our inherent sense of solidarity.

Let’s hope together for that to happen – to happen soon, for the suffering is too great to endure much longer. We, the 99.99 % have it in our power to stop this misery and save our planet.

May 22 08:08

Lies, Damned Lies and the Invasion of Iraq

For almost two weeks, the political buzz in the US has focused on those who have already declared their candidacy for the 2016 presidential run, Republicans and Democrats.

May 22 07:34

William Kristol: We were right to fight in Iraq

We were right to invade Iraq in 2003 to remove Saddam Hussein, and to complete the job we should have finished in 1991.

Even with the absence of caches of weapons of mass destruction, and the mistakes we made in failing to send enough troops at first and to provide security from the beginning for the Iraqi people, we were right to persevere through several difficult years. We were able to bring the war to a reasonably successful conclusion in 2008.

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So according to Kristol, the US killed a lot of people, bombed Iraq into rubble, utterly failed to accomplish the stated goals for the war because the nuclear weapons did not actually exist, leaving Iraq in utter chaos, but it was still a success?

I wonder what Kristol thinks is a failure?

May 22 07:33

PENTAGON SENDING 2,000 ANTI-TANK WEAPONS TO IRAQ

The Pentagon announced on Thursday it is sending 2,000 anti-tank weapons to Iraq, following the rout of U.S.-backed forces in Ramadi by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The weapons will arrive as early as next week, said Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren. He said the U.S. is also expediting the delivery of other equipment, including ammunition and other equipment to counter ISIS's increasing reliance on vehicle-borne bombs.

May 22 07:14

So How's It Going In Iraq?

The U.S. government has a very peculiar strategy when it comes to fighting against ISIS. Let us not forget that ISIS is simply blowback (or an unexpected consequence) of the U.S. government's bone-headed move of invading and occupying Iraq.

May 22 07:12

McCain: Obama's "Not Losing" Against ISIS Comments "Mind-Boggling"

Arizona Sen. John McCain says it's 'mindboggling' that President Obama says the U.S. is 'not losing' the fight against ISIS. He says about 10,000 boots on the ground are needed to combat the terror group.

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Okay, John, here's your rifle!

Technically, Obama is correct. The US is not losing to ISIS, the US is losing to the people of Iraq, who want to take their nation back from US puppet rule. This is Iran 1979 all over again.


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May 21 19:13

Paul Krugman Blames GOP White Men for Zionist War in Iraq (ie No Mention of the Zionist Neocons!)

The New York Times recently published an editorial by Paul Krugman called "Errors and Lies." Krugman is trying to pin the Iraq war on GOP White men, without mentioning a peed about Israel's interest in Middle Eastern affairs or how AIPAC controls American foreign policy or how their friends in the media pushed these lies on the American public (and the world) as a pretext to invade Iraq, who had no connection to 9/11.

May 21 14:16

The US-Islamic State Dance: One Step Forward and Two Steps Back – By Design

That said, there exists too much overwhelming evidence to prove that the Islamic State is the US Empire’s latest creation of a designated enemy to propagate unending global war and destruction in all resource rich regions on earth. Reagan and Bush senior used Osama’s al Qaeda machine beginning in the early 1980’s as Washington’s proxy war mercenaries on the ground against the Soviet Empire that led eventually to its demise within the decade. Then in the 90’s al Qaeda was used to help “balkanize” Yugoslavia into 13 obliterated, ineffectual little pieces carved up and served as Empire bases against resurrected cold war enemy Russia as well as the Middle East. Then came the pivotal role of Osama’s 19 box-cutters - 15 of whom were Saudi Arabian - used as inside job 9/11 stooges, close to half of whom have since surfaced alive and well on the planet. Only the 3000 Americans murdered and sacrificed that fateful day by the neocons Bush and Cheney et al with Israeli-Saudi help remain dead. The extensively long history of the United States government covertly utilizing al Qaeda/ISIS/Islamic State as America’s oft-repeated actual ally in its fabricated bogus “war on terror” is nothing but a diabolically driven hoax on this planet. The Islamic State is the fake US enemy deployed by the DC crime cabal as its Empire paid-for-hire tool.

May 21 12:13

Obama says US not losing against Islamic State

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Technically, Obama is correct. The US is not losing to Islamic State. The US is losing to the people of Iraq who want their country back from US puppet rule!

May 21 07:57

Bush’s brother blames crisis in Iraq on Obama

Presumed US Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, brother of former US President George W. Bush, has criticized President Barack Obama’s Iraq policy.

May 20 14:32

Pentagon sending 1,000 anti-tank missiles to Iraq: Official

The Pentagon is sending 1,000 ant-tank missiles to Iraq to strengthen its forces against terrorist attacks, a top US official says.

May 20 14:31

FLASHBACK - The Lie Factory

Kwiatkowski, 43, a now-retired Air Force officer who served in the Pentagon's Near East and South Asia (NESA) unit in the year before the invasion of Iraq, observed how the Pentagon's Iraq war-planning unit manufactured scare stories about Iraq's weapons and ties to terrorists. "It wasn't intelligence‚ -- it was propaganda," she says. "They'd take a little bit of intelligence, cherry-pick it, make it sound much more exciting, usually by taking it out of context, often by juxtaposition of two pieces of information that don't belong together." It was by turning such bogus intelligence into talking points for U.S. officials‚ -- including ominous lines in speeches by President Bush and Vice President Cheney, along with Secretary of State Colin Powell's testimony at the U.N. Security Council last February‚ -- that the administration pushed American public opinion into supporting an unnecessary war.

May 20 11:20

The fall of Ramadi and the criminality of US imperialism

Nearly a year after the debacle suffered by US imperialism and the regime it imposed during more than eight bloody years of war and occupation of Iraq—the fall of the country’s largest city, Mosul to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)—a similar collapse has unfolded in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar, Iraq’s largest province.

May 20 11:20

Jeb Bush Bobs & Weaves the Iraq War

A little over a week ago, Fox News aired an exclusive interview with Jeb Bush. It has caused a stir. Jeb has yet to announce officially that he is running for President, even though it is perfectly obvious that he is running whole hog for President. Didn’t he take part in the Sheldon Adelson Primary, after all? What could be more grotesquely Presidential than that? Welcome to the horror show known as the 2016 U.S. election cycle.

May 20 11:09

Was the Iraq War a Crime or a Mistake? Yes.

Pretty much everybody in American politics now agrees that the Iraq War was not a great idea. The source of disagreement has moved, instead, to a different question: Was it a failure, or a crime? Republicans insist the Bush administration was merely the victim of bad intelligence. “I still say it was not a mistake,” says Marco Rubio, “because the president was presented with intelligence that said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.”

Liberal critics reject the honest-mistake explanation.

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So do conservative critics!

May 20 10:47

FLASHBACK - THE LIE OF THE (LAST) CENTURY

There is nothing new in a government lying to their people to start a war. Indeed because most people prefer living in peace to bloody and horrific death in war, any government that desires to initiate a war usually lies to their people to create the illusion that support for the war is the only possible choice they can make.

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With all of America now aware that the US Government lied to them about the use of torture it is time to remind Americans of the other lies told by the US Government, including the lies used to trick us into war with Iraq. Today the politicians and media are trying to re-wriote the history of the 2003 Iraq invasion, claiming it was all "bad intelligence" and an innocent mistake. BULL BISCUITS!

Every crippled veteran, every family member of a serviceman who died, should finally accept that those who were killed and crippled suffered only to make rich men richer. Where is the rage?

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May 20 10:40

US Reaffirms Support for Iraqi Offensive to Retake Ramadi

U.S. President Barack Obama reaffirmed his government's support for Iraq's prime minister and the decision to plan an operation to retake control of Ramadi, as Iraqi forces and Shi'ite militias gathered outside the western city.

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With the majority of US politicians now admitting that the 2003 invasion of Iraq was a mistake and that Saddam did not have nuclear weapons, why are we compounding the mistake even further by continuing to pour more weapons into that beleaguered nation, leading to more bloodshed? Two wrongs do not make a right. The current US puppet regime should not be there in Baghdad at all. It is time to let the people of Iraq have their nation back and stop wasting any more time and money on this debacle!

May 20 09:34

Iraqi Troops Abandon US-Made Tanks, Artillery to ISIS in Ramadi Loss

When ISIS took the Iraqi city of Mosul last year, they seized an army’s worth of US-made weaponry and vehicles. The US air war against ISIS over the last nine months has centered in great measure on destroying that gear, while ferrying new gear to the Iraqi military.

Then Ramadi fell over the weekend, and it’s Mosul all over again. Despite the US downplaying the significance of the loss, the Pentagon is confirming that half a dozen tanks and significant artillery and armored vehicles, along with other gear, were abandoned by Iraqi troops fleeing the Anbar capital.

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So, basically, you get to pay for the weapons and ammunition on BOTH sides of this third invasion of Iraq!

May 20 09:16

Deception, Thy Middle Name is Divert

The New York Times’ Jerusalem bureau slavishly responds to unfolding Israeli stories as though the computers there are set on robotic control to: “Divert, Divert”.

Pope Francis has presented President Abbas with “a bronze medal that represents an angel of peace”, canonized two Palestinian nuns, and recognized Palestine as a state.

That is the big news out of the Vatican.

Not so for the NYTimes. After its initial report on canonization and recognition, the Times turns quickly to the “importance ” of the difference between “may you be” and “you are an angel of peace”...

May 20 09:11

Time for FIFA to show Israel the red card

The truth must be told from the outset: I hope Israel is suspended from FIFA.

A soccer ban doesn’t kill anyone. A boycott spills no blood. It is a legitimate weapon to establish justice and apply international law. Israel supported and supports boycotts, and encourages them: against Hamas, against Gaza, and, of course, against Iran. It even joined the boycott against South Africa, albeit in spite of itself. Now its turn has come.

May 20 09:07

Song for Yemen

A short video and song by Finian Cunningham - Inspiration by Bente Petersen, dedicated to the children of Yemen.

Song for Yemen (Lyrics)

What’s it coming to?
What’s it coming to?
When they’re killing children every day
And the whole world looks away

What’s it coming to?
What’s it coming to?
When kings and presidents say they’re right
To bomb the poor day and night

And the whole damn world just stays quiet
And the whole damn world bows to might is right

What’s it coming to?
What’s it coming to?
When they’re killing children every day
And the whole world looks away

And the whole world looks away
And the whole world looks away

May 20 09:02

ABOUT THOSE U.S. TROOPS WHO DIED IN RAMADI

I can’t help but wonder how the family of Michael A. Monsoor is reacting to ISIS’s recent conquest of Ramadi in Iraq. Monsoor was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions taken during the 2006 Battle of Ramadi, when U.S. forces fought insurgents for control of the city. The medal was awarded posthumously.

Monsoor wasn’t the only U.S. soldier who died in Ramadi. According to the Wikipedia page “Battle of Ramadi (2006),” more than 80 U.S. soldiers were killed and more than 200 were injured.

My hunch is that at least some of the family members of all those dead Americans are thinking to themselves, “Okay, ISIS now controls Ramadi. But at least my loved one died so that Americans can be free.”

Of course, that’s easier than thinking that they died for nothing. But the fact is that they did die for nothing. Just look at Ramadi today for proof. Indeed, just look at Iraq.

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Wars fought overseas are NOT fought "to keep Americans free"; they are fought for control of resources major American corporations wish to claim, and to which they have no moral right whatsoever.
As the lyrics from a new song I have just shipped off to my soloist, state:

"War's never fought for the reasons you're given,
Those in power keep feeding you lies
And the reasons you're made to keep fighting and killing
should come as no big surprise
War's not about freedom, or courage or honor,
or preserving the American way;
It's all about money, control greed and power,
And making those who resist go away....
And making those who resist go away..."

The US government, with its preemptive war against Iraq, caused the situation which gave rise to Isis (IF, in fact, Isis is not a US tool, just as was Al Quaeda, to scare the stuffing out of Americans, and scare them out of thinking.) The corporate presstitutes are bemoaning Iraq's coming complete demise, if the US doesn't go in a 3rd time, militarily.

Folks, just say no, peacefully, to this government on a third invasion of Iraq; they cannot get anything straight, and will most likely botch things up more than they already are botched in this country. It is your children who will fight, get maimed for life, or die, in the name of corporate profits.

And no kid should get maimed or die for that; EVER!!

May 20 08:21

Obama set to speed arms, training to Iraq tribes after rout

US President Barack Obama is poised to quicken the pace of weapons supplies and training to Iraqi tribes, while eyeing a rapid offensive to recapture Ramadi from the Islamic State group.

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Given that we are not seeing an outright invasion today after yesterday's constant "We must go back into Iraq" propaganda from ABCNNBBCBSFOX I would speculate that the overnight internal polls on a new Iraq war were a disaster!

May 20 08:02

David Brooks’ sickening Iraq apologia: How the New York Times hack just rewrote history

New York Times columnist David Brooks was once an enthusiastic backer of George W. Bush’s disastrous invasion of Iraq. He’d write columns for the Weekly Standard – the official journal of bankrupt neoconservative thought – glorifying Bush for his steely-eyed determination and tartly mocking the pansy liberals and other anti-war types who opposed Bush’s righteous exercise in nation-building and freedom-spreading. “History will allow clear judgments about which leaders and which institutions were up to the challenge posed by Saddam,” Brooks prophesied in the March 2003 column, “and which were not.”

May 20 07:55

The GOP Still Doesn’t Get It on Iraq

During a friendly interview on Fox News, a Republican presidential hopeful from Florida was asked a simple question: Was it a mistake to go to war in Iraq?

May 20 07:55

Lindsey Graham: Iraq Was Not A Mistake; Obama, Not Bush, To Blame For Current Mess In Iraq and Syria

In an interview on CNN Monday afternoon, soon-to-be presidential candidate Senator Lindsey Graham told Wolf Blitzer he believed the Iraq War was not a mistake. Graham also said President Obama is to blame for the current mess in Iraq and Syria, not former President George W. Bush.

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We The People were told that the invasion of Iraq was about 9-11, Iraq's support for Al Qaeda, and because Iraq had nuclear weapons.

But ...

We have President Bush on video tape admitting Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11. The claim that Iraq was supporting Al Qaeda came from a single discredited source, and as a secular government, Iraq was a target of Al Qaeda, which promoted theocratic rule. And finally, as we all know now, there were no nuclear weapons.

So by what delusional twisted sense of logic does Graham insist the Iraq war was not a mistake ... unless there was another reason for the war we are not being told, like Israel wanted it!

May 20 07:38

Hillary Clinton says her Iraq war vote was a 'mistake'

After days of Republican presidential candidates wrestling with questions on the Iraq war, Hillary Clinton weighed in Tuesday, telling reporters that her vote in favor of the war in 2002 was a “mistake.”

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We don't need another President who makes such huge mistakes! 4400 dead Americans, half a million Iraqis, and countless more crippled for life.

May 20 07:35

The U.S. is at last facing the neocon captivity

The best thing about this political moment in the U.S. (if not for the good people of Iraq) is that the rise of ISIS and the Republican candidates’ embrace of the Iraq war is posing that deep and permanent question to the American public, Why did we invade Iraq?

Last night Chris Matthews asked that question again and David Corn said it was about the neoconservative desire to protect Israel.

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Wars are never fought for just one reason. The US was opposed to Iraq's selling their oil for the Euro. But there is no question that Israel wanted to smash a regional power that threatened their dominance, and absent that support and the copious amounts of fake evidence about Saddam's nuclear weapons, the US might have sought a peaceful resolution to the economic problems.

May 19 15:05

Fall of Ramadi result of US occupation of Iraq: US scholar

The recent capture of the Iraqi city of Ramadi by the ISIL terrorist group is a consequence of the US war against Iraq and Washington’s “divide and rule” policy in the Arab country, an American political scholar says.

May 19 11:25

Losing the American Republic

Decades of letting neocons dictate a hawkish foreign policy have put the American Republic in profound danger, just as presidents from George Washington to Dwight Eisenhower predicted, warnings that Americans must finally take to heart...

We may lament our poverty of leadership, but there are ways to make it function. “Princes,” since long before Machiavelli have always used advisers; some even listened to them. Surely the capable people among us — like the “wise men” who whispered in the ears of those earlier leaders — can guide today’s leaders toward more viable policies and away from the chaos that engulfs us.

May 19 09:41

Experts: U.S. claims Ramadi a mere setback are ‘delusional’

The Obama administration Monday called the fall of the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province to the Islamic State a temporary setback that Iraqi forces would reverse with U.S. support. Experts dismissed that assessment as ludicrous.

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May 19 09:01

Forget What We Know Now: We Knew Then the Iraq War Was a Joke

One of the first "gotcha" moments of the 2016 presidential race came about as follows: Reporters following Jeb Bush on a pre-announcement campaign tour smartly decided to badger him about his position on the Iraq invasion. "Knowing what he knows now," they asked, would he have done the same thing as his brother?

Jeb's answer was characteristically Bushian: yes, no, and maybe. Bush III somehow hadn't prepared for the one question he was most absolutely certain to face the moment he decided take a step in the direction of the White House.

It was a little bit like invading a country and having no plan at all for what you do after you seize the capital. In other words, the kind of thing that should disqualify a person not just from the presidency, but maybe also from having a driver's license. George W. specialized in these jaw-dropping oversights, and it seems his brother might have a similar talent.

May 19 07:02

New documentaries probe elaborate cons behind the war on terror ‘mirage’

Before the screening of War of Lies, the film’s German director, Matthias Bittner, was called to the stage and introduced. He said very little, mainly cryptically that “in Germany this film will never be broadcast in a festival – even a student festival – or in a cinema.”

Someone in the audience asked: “Why?”

Bittner didn’t answer. Instead, he shrugged his shoulders and quickly left the stage, pointedly looking at the audience, as if to say: “You decide – after you see the film.”

What the audience saw is that War of Lies exposes, from the inside, that the war on Iraq was based on lies, and that the German security forces were instrumentally involved. From this the audience could infer that this politically embarrassing fact is the reason the German establishment will do all it can to squelch the film.

May 18 14:29

Iraqi officials report the fall of Ramadi

Iraqi government sources said Sunday that the city of Ramadi, capital of Anbar province, has fallen to the forces of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Sunni insurgent force that has overrun nearly one-third of Iraq’s territory, including most of the Sunni-populated region in the north and west.

May 18 12:03

FLASHBACK - THE LIE OF THE (LAST) CENTURY

It is inescapable historical reality that leaders of nations will lie to their people to trick them into wars they otherwise would have refused. It is not "conspiracy theory" to suggest that leaders of nations lie to trick their people into wars. It is undeniable fact.

This brings us to the present case.

Did the government of the United States lie to the American people, more to the point, did President Bush and his Neocon associates lie to Congress, to initiate a war of conquest in Iraq?

This question has been given currency by a memo leaked from inside the British Government which clearly indicates a decision to go to war followed by the "fixing" of information around that policy. This is, as they say, a smoking gun.

But the fact is that long before this memo surfaced, it had become obvious that the US Government, aided by that of Great Britain, was lying to create the public support for a war in Iraq.

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The corporate media is parroting the "bad intelligence" excuse for what is now acknowledged to have been a disastrous decision to go into Iraq. But there was no bad intelligence. The real goal of the war was to end Iraq's selling of their oil for the Euro and the claims about nuclear weapons was the lie told to you to trick you into sending your children to be killed and crippled for the US dollar's continuing hegemony!

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May 18 11:57

The Phony ‘Bad Intel’ Defense on Iraq

Presidential aspirant Jeb Bush this week may have damaged his chances by flubbing the answer to an entirely predictable question about his big brother’s decision to attack Iraq.

May 18 11:52

US Blinks in Face-Off with Russia

After staring Russia in the face for the best part of a year, the poker-faced Americans finally realized they are holding a bunch of worthless cards. And the Americans blinked.

Last week started with US Secretary of State John Kerry coming to Russia to lay a wreath for the millions of Soviet soldiers who gave their lives in the historic defeat of Nazi Germany. Then the week ended with Kerry’s deputy at the State Department, Victoria Nuland, flying to Moscow to meet Russian officials to discuss implementation of the Minsk ceasefire in Ukraine.

That’s what you might call «America blinking first» in its high-stakes and reckless face-off with Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

May 18 10:19

Prepare for the Battle of Baghdad: ISIS hold victory parade after taking key city of Ramadi just 60 miles from capital in an orgy of violence and beheadings

ISIS could march on the Iraqi capital Baghdad within the next month after capturing the nearby city of Ramadi - where it has already carried out beheadings and a twisted victory parade - experts have said.

Mutilated bodies scatter the streets of the 'Gateway of Baghdad', where Islamic State slaughtered around 500 and forced over 8,000 to flee their homes over the last few days.

Now ISIS has released images of militants celebrating, children wielding automatic weapons and a fleet of pick-up trucks carrying its jubilant fighters through the blood-stained streets of Ramadi.

May 18 08:42

REPORT: US Troops Flee Habbaniyya Base Near Ramadi From ISIS

There are numerous reports from Ramadi, Iraq that US troops have fled from the nearby Habbiniyya Base east of the city.

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Is it really ISIS? Or just the Iraqi people kicking out their US puppet rulers, and the US simply calls them ISIS to obfuscate that fact!

May 18 08:30

Islamic State killed hundreds as it took Iraq's Ramadi

Islamic State militants likely killed up to 500 Iraqi civilians and soldiers and forced 8,000 people to flee from their homes as they captured the Iraqi city of Ramadi, a provincial official said Monday, while the extremists went door-to-door looking for policemen and pro-government tribesmen.

May 18 07:46

New figures for British air and drone strikes in Iraq

Six months on from the UK’s first drone strike against ISIS, new figures have been released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to Drone Wars UK detailing the number of air and drone strikes that have been undertaken by UK forces in Iraq.

May 17 11:49

UN Official Breaks Down Over Shelled Gaza School

UN official Chris Gunness could not contain his grief while on camera with Al Jazeera Arabic.

The interviewer appears to thank him for appearing, upon which Gunness breaks down and weeps.

Joe Scarborough had harsh words for Israel’s actions in Gaza, saying the country was engaging in “indiscriminate” killing.

“This is asinine,” said the MSNBC host and former Republican congressman. “This continued killing of women and children in a way that appears to be indiscriminate is asinine.”

May 17 11:42

Is Washington Coming To Its Senses? — Paul Craig Roberts

There is much speculation about US Secretary of State John Kerry’s rush visit to Russia in the wake of Russia’s successful Victory Day celebration on May 9. On May 11, Kerry, who was snubbing Russia on the 9th, was on his way to Russia, and Putin consented to see him on May 12.

As time passes we will find out why Kerry was snubbing Putin on May 9 and 3 days later was criticizing Washington’s puppet regime in Ukraine. For what is known at this time, a possible explanation is that Washington is coming to its senses.

May 17 08:55

Flashback: Iraq’s Secret War Files – U.S. Killing Innocent People

Dispatches exposes the full and unreported horror of the Iraqi conflict and its aftermath. The program reveals the true scale of civilian casualties, and allegations that after the scandal of Abu Ghraib, American soldiers continued to abuse prisoners; and that US forces did not systematically intervene in the torture and murder of detainees by the Iraqi security services.

May 16 13:30

How Israel wants to restart the war in the Levant

Far from admitting defeat, Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to sabotage the agreement between Washington and Teheran which is to be signed the 30th June 2015. In order to do so, he could restart the war in Syria. His idea is to continue the work already accomplished by the Islamic Emirate in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, by applying the Wright plan and creating an independent pseudo-Kurdistan straddling Iraq and Syria.

May 16 08:49

How to fight western propaganda

First they manufacture monstrous lies, and then they tell us that we should be objective!

I truly believe that there is not much time for “objectivity” in any battle, including those ideological ones, especially when these are battles for the survival of humanity!

I strongly believe no! We are obliged to fight those who are burning our dwellings, to hit with full force those who are attempting to rape our women, and to confront fire with fire when innocent beings are slaughtered.

May 16 08:13

Abu Sayyaf, key ISIS figure in Syria, killed in U.S. raid

U.S. Special Operations forces killed a senior ISIS commander during a daring raid intended to capture him in eastern Syria overnight Friday to Saturday, U.S. government officials said.

The ISIS commander, Abu Sayyaf, was killed after he fought capture in the raid at al-Omar, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said in a statement. His wife, an Iraqi named Umm Sayyaf, was caught and is being held in Iraq.

May 16 04:17

The Phony ‘Bad Intel’ Defense on Iraq

Jeb Bush’s stumbling start to his presidential bid has refocused attention on Official Washington’s favorite excuse for the illegal, aggressive and disastrous war in Iraq – that it was just a case of “bad intelligence.” But that isn’t what the real history shows.

May 15 18:32

George could be Jeb’s secret weapon IN N.H

Our Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll showed the former president is wildly popular among New Hampshire Republican primary voters. And they are the ones Bush is failing to reach out to right now.

(*And no way could "W" ever be a handicap to J.E.B .
No way , what so ever .
NONE !!! )

May 15 08:01

Ramadi government HQ captured by Daesh: Iraqi officials

ISIS (also known as Daesh) militants have seized the government headquarters of Ramadi Friday and raised their flag over the compound, according to Iraqi officials.

Jihadi fighters seized the government complex at around 2:00 pm (1100 GMT) and raised ISIS's black flag, capping an offensive launched Thursday, a police officer said.

May 15 07:07

New figures for British air and drone strikes in Iraq

Six months on from the UK’s first drone strike against ISIS, new figures have been released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to Drone Wars UK detailing the number of air and drone strikes that have been undertaken by UK forces in Iraq.

May 15 06:34

BEX Alert!!! - "Jeb Bush Reverses on Iraq: 'I Would Not Have' Invaded"

After days of refusing to say whether, with the benefit of hindsight, he would have ordered an invasion of Iraq in 2003, Jeb Bush relented Thursday and said he would not have done so.

"If we're all supposed to answer hypothetical questions, knowing what we know now, what would you have done?" Bush said with a twinge of annoyance while campaigning in Arizona. "I would have not engaged. I would not have gone into Iraq."

May 14 07:37

Kasich says U.S. shouldn’t have attacked Iraq

Dealing with a question that tripped up Jeb Bush, Gov. John Kasich says the U.S. never should have gone to war with Iraq, knowing what we know now.

“There’s a lot of people who lost limbs and lives over there, OK?” the governor told The Dispatch this week. “But if the question is, if there were not weapons of mass destruction should we have gone, the answer would’ve been no.”

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The 2003 invasion of Iraq was never about weapons of mass destruction. The 2003 invasion of Iraq was about Iraq starting to sell their oil for Euros instead of dollars in 2002. Since the end of WW2 the United States has dominated the global financial system, first through Bretton-Woods and more recently with the petrodollar. Iraq's selling oil for the Euro threatened the dollar's hegemony, and that was th real reason for the invasion, to install a puppet regime in Iraq that would put Iraq's oil on the world market, but only for US dollars. That was also the reason for the invasion of Libya, following Gaddafi's establishment of the Gold Dinar and his announcement that Libya's oil was for sale only for the Gold Dinar.

May 12 21:53

America as Dangerous Flailing Beast

Despite pretty talk about “democracy” and “human rights,” U.S. leaders have become the world’s chief purveyors of chaos and death – from Vietnam through Iraq, Libya, Syria, Ukraine and many other unfortunate nations.

May 12 20:35

The Anti-Arab Zionized Ruling Al Saud

The Saudi ruling family follows an anti-Arab, anti-Muslim, pro-Zionist, terror-sponsored, tyrannical, suppressive, ruthless, authoritarian, and treacherous absolute monarchy. The Saudi monarchy was established on betrayal, chauvinism, elitism, and discrimination

May 12 12:36

PSYCHOPATHS, 9/11 AND EVERLASTING WAR

The lie of 9/11 has provided the pretext for the most terrible wars on the Muslim peoples in defiance of the Nuremberg Protocols and the UN Charter.

Unless that lie is laid bare by truth, 9/11 will be seen as the crucible from which World War Three erupted. There will be no way back from the smoking ruins for those unfortunate enough who survive. The images from Hiroshima and Nagasaki are there to warn us.

I cannot recall when I became certain that 19 Muslims with box cutters were NOT responsible for these events.

May 12 12:28

Media obfuscation and the Khadr controversy

The story of Omar Khadr unveils the sickening depravity of the Western/Zionist/Neocon warmongers and their bought-and-paid-for presstitutes.

For just shy of a decade, the Americans tortured the Canadian-born Khadr in the Guantanamo Bay concentration camp before relinquishing him to Canada where he has been held in Canadian jails since 2012.

Upon his release on bail on May 7, Canadian neocons began screeching from the hilltops about the ‘travesty’ of temporarily freeing a ‘convicted terrorist.’ Meanwhile, the neo-liberal crypto-militarists who occupy Canada’s mainstream media engaged in stereotypical faux debates consisting of highly constrained babble about the ‘rights and wrongs’ of the treatment of Khadr by the Canadian and American governments.

The issue is never framed properly and is in fact intentionally obfuscated.

May 11 09:52

Jeb Bush Admits He Would Have Invaded Iraq Based On Lies Just Like His Brother

In this clip from the Kelly File, Jeb Bush declares that he still would have invaded Iraq based on the “faulty intelligence” that was available at the time, and that he would still have done it knowing what we know now. It’s a shocking admission that seriously puts his foreign policy credibility into question.

May 11 07:39

Scale of UK attacks on Islamic State in Iraq revealed

British aircraft and unmanned drones have attacked Islamic State targets in Iraq with more than 200 bombs and missiles in military operations that have been largely ignored, a Guardian analysis has shown.

The air strikes, which began in the autumn, have been undertaken by the RAF’s oldest bombers – Tornado GR4s and its newest weapon – the remotely piloted Reaper.

Tornados have dropped at least 87 Paveway IV bombs and fired at least 47 Brimstone missiles. Reapers have fired more than 80 Hellfire missiles.

May 11 07:19

Jeb Bush says he would have invaded Iraq in 2003

“I would have [authorized the invasion], and so would have Hillary Clinton, just to remind everybody. And so would almost everybody that was confronted with the intelligence they got,” Mr Bush said.

May 10 05:27

flashback: How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power

The debate over Prescott Bush's behaviour has been bubbling under the surface for some time. There has been a steady internet chatter about the "Bush/Nazi" connection

(*Submitted not so much as a 'hit' on J.E.B. , as much as a timely reminder as the west disses Russia's VDay celebration , and lends support to Poroshenko's reveling in Neo Nazi celebrations , at the same time http://whatreallyhappened.com/content/ukraine-commemorates-v-day-wagin... )

May 09 19:03

PMO enlists soldiers as propaganda tools: Toronto Star Editorial

Stephen Harper’s surprise trip to visit battle zones in Iraq and Kuwait last weekend held all the promise of a touchdown to boost the prime minister’s goal of appearing tough on terror and supportive of our troops.

That is, until the Prime Minister’s Office fumbled the ball, putting Canadian soldiers at risk by enlisting them as publicity props for blatantly partisan video clips.

It was a dangerous and shameful manoeuvre.

May 09 13:21

More Neocon-Zionist Theater in Texas

The Zionist-influenced mass media has predictably seized on this latest terror stage-play to push the fear campaign of ‘homegrown terror’ harder than ever before, plunging the already credulous masses deeper into an artificially-induced slumber of willful ignorance about the fabricated nature of ‘terrorism’ in the West.

May 09 13:18

Some advice for Pamela Geller

So, Pam, please change your ways. They are more than just hateful, bitter, and despicable. They're simply not working. If you insist on persisting in your current methods, I don't see bright days ahead. If your stubbornness gets the best of you, you might end up unemployed. But don't worry. There are other ways to survive. I'm sure Terry will have a spot for you in Florida. He could always use help on the fryer.

May 08 22:40

V-DAY: Russia’s Perpetual Fight Against Fascism

70 years since the great Victory! 70 years since Soviet people saved the world by smashing Nazism.

All accords with Russia were broken, whenever it suited invaders. The Scandinavians wiped out countless Russian lives, and so did the Germans, French, Poles, Brits, North Americans and Czechs, to name just a few. Russians never really ‘punished’ anybody, in the Protestant, Anglo-Saxon way. Punishment is mainly puritan, Protestant rubbish; the Russian way of thinking is too quixotic for that.

The West lied to Lenin, to Stalin, to Khrushchev and finally to Gorbachev. The West has been lying to Putin and about Putin.

May 08 15:26

Obama's latest scam: The splitting of Iraq

A bill that could divide Iraq into three separate entities has passed the US House Armed Services Committee by a vote of 60 to 2. The controversial draft bill will now be debated in the US House of Representatives where it will be voted on sometime in late May. If approved, President Barack Obama will be free to sidestep Iraq’s central government in Baghdad and provide arms and assistance directly to Sunnis and the Kurds that are fighting ISIS. This, in turn, will lead to the de facto partitioning of the battered country into three parts; Kurdistan, Shiastan, and Sunnistan.

May 08 06:50

More Neocon-Zionist Theater in Texas

Gellar’s ‘Draw the Prophet’ charade was the perfect bait for any would-be radical trying to make a name for himself, yet they allowed the provocation to proceed under the pretext of ‘upholding the first amendment.’

As the Garland police spokesman confessed, this had all been pre-planned months beforehand. Only the very naïve or hopelessly deluded will put any faith in the FBI’s lame-duck denials that they deliberately allow attacks of these sorts to take place, or organize them directly by way of informants, such as the one linked to Simpson.

May 07 21:53

Iraq's Children Ever Expendable - From Madeleine Albright to 'Save the Children.'

"It's a hard choice, but the price, we think the price is worth it." (Madeleine Albright, then US Ambassador to the UN, on the "embargo related" deaths of half a million Iraqi children, 12th May 1996.)

"Nutritious food and clean water", had, of course, been deliberately destroyed on US Central Command's order to bomb all water facilities in Iraq in 1991. Food was poisoned by the use of Depleted Uranium (DU) weapons, contaminating all fauna and flora. DU's "half-life" is 4.5 Billion years. And it is not "depleted."

May 07 08:39

US Senate mulls bypassing Iraqi government in arming Kurdish militia

Two Republican presidential contenders are backing a Senate bill that would bypass Baghdad in arming Kurdish militias fighting the Islamic State.

Senators Joni Ernst (R-Ia) and Barbara Boxer (D-Ca) have submitted a bill giving the White House emergency authority to provide weapons and training directly to the Kurds, without going through the Iraqi government.

Republican presidential candidates Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida are among the bill’s co-sponsors, reports The Hill. South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, rumored to be considering a presidential run, is a supporter as well.

May 06 10:52

Iraq Sends Reinforcements to Key Refinery as ISIS Gains Mount

Though Iraq’s Interior Ministry denies reports that ISIS controls the majority of the Baiji oil refinery, the nation’s largest, Iraq is dispatching a new round of reinforcements to the area, aiming to keep ISIS from routing what few troops remain there.

May 06 09:34

Putin Aide Says Israel is Training ISIS

A senior aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Israel's Mossad of training Islamic State (aka ISIS) terrorists operating in Iraq and Syria, Iran's Press TV reports.

Alexander Prokhanov told the state-controlled news outlet that Mossad is also likely to have transferred some of its “spying experience” to the leadership of ISIS, even as Israeli military advisers assisted the terrorists in other ways.

Prokhanov said ISIS is a byproduct of US policies in the Middle East.

"ISIS is a tool at the hands of the United States. They tell the Europeans that if we (the Americans) do not intervene, ISIS will cause you harm," he said. In fact, however, he added, Iran and Russia are the main targets of ISIS terror.

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