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‘Syrian airstrikes raise lone wolf terror threat in US,’ shrieks ABC News

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Our government has apparently finally determined that bombing other counties can indeed lead to blowback here. So, of course, they keep bombing. Why it’s almost like they want attacks at home. Such attacks would of course give them a fine excuse to stifle more freedoms, ratchet up surveillance, and howl about threats to the country.

Me, I think politicians and the national security apparatus are our biggest threats to security and freedom. Our peril is internal, an out of control government that no longer much cares what the people think or want, and which must always have war.

The American airborne offensive could potentially embolden self-radicalized terrorists to strike inside the homeland, the Department of Homeland Security and FBI say in a joint bulletin issued to local, state and federal law enforcement late today.

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Obama is blindly repeating LBJ’s mistakes in Vietnam

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Syrian rebels. Credit: sanders.senate.gov

Small Wars Journal, which is neither leftist nor pacifist, explains how Obama is blundering into a quagmire fighting ISIS, just as LBJ did in Vietnam, saying “If You Liked Vietnam, You’ll Love the War With the Islamic State.”

President Obama is repeating three key strategic mistakes that President Johnson made in Vietnam. First, he has embarked on an open ended commitment; there was no measurable end state.

If the president’s aim is to destroy the military forces of the Islamic State, he is making the second mistake by thinking it can be done by airpower alone.

President Obama has emulated Johnson and will create sanctuaries by taking the ground option off the table. He hopes that we can use the Iraqi Army, Kurds, or moderate Syrian rebels to eject the Islamic State forces from occupied territory. That is sheer fantasy.

A comment makes the strong point that Saudi Arabia is not our friend and never has been. I agree. Also, why is ISIS our fight? Let Middle East countries deal with their own mess.

I think it fair to suggest that the lunatics are now running the asylum and have been for a while. IMO we should be telling the House of Saud as far as we are concerned it is their responsibility to close the circus down.

The KSA is probably the only modernized wealthy country wherein a tyrannical form of Law Enforcement is widely accepted by the local populace as not only legitimate but enlightened. They chop dozens of people’s heads off every month for ‘crimes’ we consider a normal feature on a Saturday night out and it doesn’t even make the local newspaper.

So what I’m advocating is not war-war with the KSA but very loud jaw-jaw. KSA citizens are responsible for so much blood spilt and treasure spent (much of it American) and our leadership has to start yelling that fact into their faces. It is way past the time for quiet diplomacy and we should refuse to have anything to do with them and denounce their homegrown terrorists loudly and publicly until they get rid of them.

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America’s Frankenstein war machine blunders on

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After making a mess in Libya, Egypt, and Syria, by supporting supposed moderates who turned out the be anything but, the US is about to blunder into a new and even more dangerous territory by bombing ISIS in Syria. No matter that the US helped create and arm ISIS because we wanted to depose Assad, now we want to bomb ISIS (and our own weapons.) Right. That’ll surely work out well.

Justin Raimondo at Antiwar.com says US policies are wrong-headed, which they surely are. However that’s only part of it. Why does the US have so many wars (which it generally loses, creating disasters instead)? Who in the US benefits from such wars? Why the banksters, war pigs, and assorted politicians and think tanks in DC, that’s who. That’s why we have so many wars. War profiteers in the US increase their power and wealth. That others die and countries are trashed is of no concern to them.

Whether it’s three years, three months, or three centuries, Iraq War III – which is sure to encompass Syria, just as the Vietnam conflict enveloped Cambodia – promises to be an even worse disaster than the previous editions. Everyone who jumps on board this particular bandwagon is going to be leaping off sooner than they imagine – or else denying they were ever on it. So don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Obama is about the announce more war, this time against ISIS in Syria, who poses little or no direct threat to the US homeland. No matter, the war machine must be fed.

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Maybe someone should tell Kerry the Middle East is ignoring him

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All the politicians making crazy sounds.

Gaza crisis: Kerry rushes to Cairo, but does he have a strategy?

Kerry appeared to be chomping at the bit before he dashed to Cairo, hoping to end the bloodshed in the Gaza Strip. The cost of failure is high, some experts say.

What’s the point in rushing to the Middle East when you have no plan, unless of course you are a grandstanding sociopath. And why is the cost of failure high when it’s not our battle? Tell me again why the US simply must get involved in every conflict?

And all the dead bodies piled up in mounds.

Does it really matter if it’s a Palestinian or Israeli mother sobbing hysterically over her dead son’s body? Does Hamas even care about the innocent Palestinian lives it is putting in danger by continuing to lob rockets in a battle it can’t win? Israel’s psychotic overreaction guarantees more suicide bombers as does Israelis sitting outside watching the fun as Palestinian children get killed. Have they all just gone fucking insane? And then there’s Ukraine…

Of such shrieking lunacy, nihilism is born.

“Because when the smack begins to flow
I really don’t care anymore
About all the Jim-Jims in this town
All the politicians makin’ crazy sounds
And everybody puttin’ everybody else down
And all the dead bodies piled up in mounds”
— Heroin, The Velvet Underground

Great lyrics, even if drugs are no answer. But you knew that. Lordy, we are living in deranged times.

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Eddie Vedder: Imagine that – I’m still anti-war

Eddie Vedder speaks at anti-war rally. Hollywood. March 2003

Me too, Eddie, me too. And thank you for being at the anti-war protest in LA in 2003 when few other celebs would publicly take such a stance. Susan Sarandon was there too as were her then-husband Tim Robbins, and Pedro Almodovar.  Sarandon in particular got harpooned by the MSM for being one of them damn uppity anti-war women. (I helped organize the protest and took both photos.)

Yes, some wars do need to be fought. However the US seems to revel in getting embroiled in conflicts which invariably end badly for us and everyone else. Only the war pigs profit from them. The rest of us, not so much. Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and Iraq are destabilized, in large part thanks to us. Maybe the US, at the very least, should pick its fights smarter, better, and choose way less of them. Because what we are doing now is beyond counterproductive, kiyt’s bordering on being self-destructive.

July 16 2014

Most of us have heard John Lennon sing

“You may say I’m a dreamer,… but I’m not the only one.”

And some of us, after another morning dose of news coverage full of death and destruction, feel the need to reach out to others to see if we are not alone in our outrage. With about a dozen assorted ongoing conflicts in the news everyday, and with the stories becoming more horrific, the level of sadness becomes unbearable. And what becomes of our planet when that sadness becomes apathy? Because we feel helpless. And we turn our heads and turn the page.

Currently, I’m full of hope. That hope springs from the multitudes of people that our band has been fortunate enough to play for night after night here in Europe. To see flags of so many different nations, and to have these huge crowds gathered peacefully and joyfully is the exact inspiration behind the words I felt the need to emphatically relay. When attempting to make a plea for more peace in the world at a rock concert, we are reflecting the feelings of all those we have come in contact with so we may all have a better understanding of each other.

That’s not something I’m going to stop anytime soon. Call me naïve. I’d rather be naïve, heartfelt and hopeful than resigned to say nothing for fear of misinterpretation and retribution.

The majority of humans on this planet are more consumed by the pursuit of love, health, family, food and shelter than any kind of war. War hurts. It hurts no matter which sides the bombs are falling on.

With all the global achievements in modern technology, enhanced communication and information devices, cracking the human genome, land rovers on Mars etc., do we really have to resign ourselves to the devastating reality that conflict will be resolved with bombs, murder and acts of barbarism?

We are such a remarkable species. Capable of creating beauty. Capable of awe-inspiring advancements. We must be capable of resolving conflicts without bloodshed.

I don’t know how to reconcile the peaceful rainbow of flags we see each night at our concerts with the daily news of a dozen global conflicts and their horrific consequences. I don’t know how to process the feeling of guilt and complicity when I hear about the deaths of a civilian family from a U.S. drone strike. But I know that we can’t let the sadness turn into apathy. And I do know we are better off when we reach out to each other.

“I hope someday you’ll join us,…”

Won’t you listen to what the man said.

Eddie Vedder

Susan Sarandon. Anti-war rally. Hollywood. March 2003

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Russell Brand: Is Fox News more dangerous than Isis?

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Russell Brand deconstructs Fox News extremism, which apparently exists primarily to throw gasoline on fires in hopes of goosing ratings without much caring what the consequences of their actions are. Sure, lots of other media organizations do the same, including so called liberal media. MSNBC can be just as mindlessly and stupidly partisan but generally aren’t endlessly cheerleading for the US to go invade another country. By contrast, Fox News seems to thrive on war, blowback be damned. Like the Joker in recent Batman movies, Fox seemingly likes to see things burn.

Most everything Fox News accuses Obama doing in this video have of course been done by Republican presidents too, like arming insurgents who turn against us and being almost completely clueless about the consequences of reckless attempts to build empires.

Brand is funny, incisive, and biting. Watch the video

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No more whack-a-mole for US, which is out of clues in Iraq

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The Iraq debacle signals the end of American Exceptionalism. Good. President Obama says no more whack-a-mole against terrorists or invading countries, except to we send in “advisors” to train apparently inept locals. Oh wait, the locals in Iraq want nothing to do with the US. Just about every other country has voiced the same opinion. US stay out of Iraq. You’ve already screwed things up badly enough. I’d say US has blown it big time.

Obama:

“And as I said yesterday, what we can’t do is think that we’re just going to play whack-a-mole and send US troops occupying various countries wherever these organizations pop up.

‘We’re going to have to have a more focused, more targeted strategy and we’re going to have to partner and train local law enforcement and military to do their jobs as well.’

I’m going out on a limb and say many countries will do just fine without our help. Plus, shouldn’t we ask them if they want our help before barging in (again). And, as we’ve done a rather piss-poor job ourselves, maybe it’s time to clean up our own backyard first?

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US wants Iraq to solve political crisis quickly. Really?

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The US initiative to force Maliki from power in hopes a new leader with magically bring warring Iraq factions together is brain-dead and counter productive. Does anyone in DC ever actually think these things through before proposing them? A peaceful resolution now means all the players would have power within a new government, including  ISIS and Kurds. I’m guessing Washington would be horrified were that to actually happen. Further, there’s no way the warring factions could possibly co-exist now peacefully because underlying problems have not been resolved.

The Kurds want their own area. ISIS wants to control whatever it can grab. The Sunni vs Shia fratricide is not something that can be resolved in a few weeks. The US needs to let those in the Middle East solve their problems as all we’ve accomplished is to make things far worse than they were before our invasion based on lies.

Even if a new government forms, it will not be able to stop the fighting because it will have no real power. The Iraq Army deserted when ISIS advanced. And despite the bleatings of Obama and Kerry that darn it, you Iraqis just have to do something now, the schisms are too wide for peace to happen now.

“Those who call for him to step down, step aside, or otherwise quit are ignoring the clear message of the last election: most Shi’a want him to stay in place and crack down on a Sunni insurgency,” according to Daniel Serwer, a professor of conflict management at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington.

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Saudi Ambassador: No bombing of Iraq. This is their problem

Eddie Vedder. antiwar protest. Los Angeles. Spring 2003

Eddie Vedder. antiwar protest. Los Angeles. Spring 2003

The Saudi Ambassador to the UK strongly opposes foreign intervention and bombing of Iraq, saying it is Iraq’s mess and only they can fix it. Foreign intervention favoring one side over another will only inflame the situation. It will also increase the chances of terrorist attacks against the country doing the bombing. Let’s hope “Bombs Away” Obama has the sense to heed what the ambassador says.

Italics added.

We absolutely oppose all foreign intervention and interference. So the call by the Iraqi foreign minister for President Obama and the US government to launch airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Al Sham (Isis) rebels is beyond our comprehension.

An airstrike will not just eliminate extremists – whom we do not support – but will effectively sign the death warrant of many Iraqi citizens, innocent families trapped and terrified by this crisis. This request to President Obama is madness: it reveals a government that no longer sees clearly and no longer cares about the people it has been appointed to care for.

There must be no meddling in Iraq’s internal affairs: not by us or by the US, the UK or by any other government. This is Iraq’s problem and they must sort it out themselves. Any government that meddles in Iraq’s affairs runs the risk of escalating the situation, creating greater mistrust between the people of Iraq – both Sunni and Shia.

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‘No boots’ Obama sending troops ready to fight to Iraq

no-boot Apparently heavily armed Navy SEALs and Army Rangers will be magically non-combative once in Iraq, only doing defensive security, which if involving shooting, won’t be considered fighting. Such sleazy fabrications are what passes for accepted truth in DC. Fighting isn’t fighting if we say it isn’t. US involvement in Iraq will be minimal until it isn’t. Simply because the US completely screwed things up in Iraq before and may do the same thing again is no reason to assume the results will be the same.

The U.S. is urgently deploying several hundred armed troops in and around Iraq and considering sending an additional contingent of special forces soldiers as Baghdad struggles to repel a rampant insurgency, even as the White House insists anew that America will not be dragged into another war.

Wouldn’t a far better way to avoid another war be to not do anything in Iraq and let the people there fight it out.? Not getting involved there also reduces the chance of terrorist attacks here at home.

While Obama has vowed to keep U.S. forces out of combat in Iraq, he said in his notification to Congress that the personnel moving into the region are equipped for direct fighting.

You can’t keep combat troops out of Iraq by sending them in, This would seem to be obvious.

But sending Navy SEALs and Army Rangers into harm’s way could help ISIS draw the U.S. into a series of firefights to which Obama would likely have to respond with greater force.

The war pigs would very much like that. Greater force means greater profits for them.

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