Former Bush officials teaching course on Iraq War ‘decision-making’ | TheHill

When I saw the title of this piece my first thought was….REALLY?  Could colleges really be that hard up for teachers that they must turn to these dicks?

My have times have changed!  When I was at university we were taught the pursuit of truth was the only calling……

Now we have a group teaching our young about the lies that was the 2003 invasion of Iraq……maybe it will illustrate how NOT to start a war…..we can only hope that students will see through their blatant attempts to re-write history and the lies they told to get Americans killed.

I wish I was younger…..I would be their worst nightmare in class…….pathetic what they are offering as TRUTH!

 

Former Bush officials teaching course on Iraq War ‘decision-making’ | TheHill.

The Dangers of Religious Primitivism | Consortiumnews

Since the war in the Middle East I have noticed that there are camps, religious camps, the a population breaks down into……one cannot say anything remotely positive about Islam without a barrage of hate filled insults thrown at them……some coming from under most circumstances normally sane individuals…….

I think this “choosing sides” will be disastrous in the long run……let’s call it what it is……religious primitivism…….

 

The Dangers of Religious Primitivism | Consortiumnews.

The Islamic State Is Here to Stay | VICE News

Today is the one year anniversary of the establishment of the Islamic State…….since the US wading ass deep into this situation we have been told that we can defeat ISIS and send them packing to whatever hole they crawled out of……..

I have been analyzing the conflict and the situation from the beginning and to tell you the truth …..the if the US does not change its strategy then I fear that ISIS will be part of the world for some time…….nothing we are doing is actually leading to the defeat of this vicious machine…

We may have to learn to live with ISIS……..

 

The Islamic State Is Here to Stay | VICE News.

Isis: A year of the caliphate – The Unz Review

In for a recent history lesson…….

Today, 29 June 2015, is the one year anniversary of the proclamation of the establishment of the Islamic State…….so what has really happened in the spans of that year?

We have had it all….all out war, humanitarian crisis, successes, failures, sectarian violence and death and destruction…..but read it for yourself.

Hopefully Americans will care enough to educate themselves…..but I am NOT holding my breath!

 

Isis: A year of the caliphate – The Unz Review.

Ukraine And The World

While most everyone else is watching the carrying ons in the Congress and states I have been watching Ukraine and the situation the West is setting up for itself…..

Russia is playing a talking game……while it positions itself along the borders with NATO…….NATO is sending in troops and equipment to position along the borders with Russia……….

The “spearhead” force was initially meant to forestall a Russian invasion of Europe, something which US officials were constantly predicting was imminent. A year later and with the invasion still looking extremely unlikely, officials just keep doubling down at every opportunity.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has headed to Europe this week to try to convince various European nations, notably Germany, to dramatically increase military spending so they can afford to send a bunch of excess troops to the Russian border. He will also commit US troops and equipment to the plan.

If a full scale invasion seems unlikely…..what is all this troop movement about?

Why is the world playing the Cold war game again?  Is all this weaponry really a good idea?

 

Why Arming Ukraine Is a Really Bad Idea | The National Interest.

Institutionalization Of Conflict–Page 2

An alternate title could be…..”Time To Re-Think Dictators?”

A few years ago I wrote a piece on the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis entitled “Institutionalization Of Conflict”……now that the battle for the hearts and minds in the Middle East by ISIS I feel I need to expand on my assumptions…….

The US has a long history of siding with dictators until it is inconvenient to do so……think Iran, Guatemala, Grenada, Panama, Iraq, Syria and others that have escaped my memory……once we turn our backs on them then the whole region comes tumbling down…..kinda like the walls of Jericho, well actually there is NO historical evidence that ever happened.  Once we withdraw our support then violence and destruction is the rewards for our inaction…….civilians always pay the price for our geopolitical maneuvering….

Our constant interventions have cost the country dearly……and that interventionism has cost the people of the countries we deal with even more in deaths and destruction.

Our ‘war’ on dictators has accomplished little over the years…..Saddam was our friend, Mubarak was our friend and threw them under the bus at the first signs of conflict……then there is Qaddafi never was a friend but at the first signs of conflict the CIA trots out their agent in Gen. Haftar to take over the control of rebel factions in the early days of the Libyan revolt…..now there is Syria and Assad, a scenario still in motion.

My point is that the dictators that were our friends and then they weren’t……… the countries are in constant turmoil…..the loss of life and property is enormous.

Staring in 2001 with the attacks on the Twin Towers…..the US made it official….they were going to institutionalize conflict.  There is a case to be made that the attacks in Afghanistan were legit and warranted….but in 2003 the US decided that Saddam had to go and every possible angle was used to justify the invasion….chem weapons, AQM, on and on……there has never been any proof of any of the allegations to justify the attack.

Of course some could use the Cold War as the beginning of the institutionalization of conflict…..the US had proxies back in those days that would glad do the fighting for the US……those days are gone.  The Military-Industrial Complex (M-IC) had to find away to keep their fingers in foreign policy and the rise of AQ was such an opportunity.

Under the guise of democracy these influential companies made more war possible and to the point that it will be continuous.  The best problem with fighting terrorism is that the planners look to the past for answers in the future…..the same can be said about the Israel-Palestine conflict……there will never be a solution as long as the past is used as a model.  And so it is with the fight against terror.  The reason there a few good answers in this fight is that the people making the plans have NO idea what the enemy is like or capable of doing.

Back to the premise…….

The area known as The :Levant has been a hot bed of violence, rebellion and chaos for centuries…..from many peoples and various empires to the Abbasids to the Ottomans to Mandates of early 20th century to the US and its 2 invasions…….all that history that is too extensive to chronicle here ……… (suggestion…if intersected the Google machine will help)………

The point being that the only times of relative calm and quiet is when a strong man was in charge…..i e a dictator.

We have seen what happens when the US aides in the demise of a dictator in the Middle East and/or North Africa…….

As evidence that a dictatorship isn’t the worst scenario, Ken Roth cites the case of Syria, where autocracy’s ostensible calm has given way to mass slaughter. Yet Roth’s answer is for the west to get tough on Assad, perhaps with military action, which would only extend and deepen the war. I draw a different conclusion while applying the same there-are-things-worse-than-dictatorship lesson. The answer to the war in Syria is peace in Syria, a negotiated settlement under which Assad or a successor remains in power. This appears to be the approach favored by a strong majority of Syrians, who back Assad according to all available information. Data compiled last year by Western activists (and given to NATO) found that 70% of Syrians support Assad over foreign-backed rebels. That is, they’ve chosen dictatorship over war.

I’m not suggesting that dictatorships are acceptable. People need governments much better than corrupt, torturing (and great-power appeasing) autocracies. But they won’t get them through western imperialism masquerading as revolution, or through “solidarity” that comes in the form of hellfire missiles. “We” must help those under attack by the dictator, says the humanitarian hawk, but the “we” in question is the US government, and the US government — bent on division, destruction, and domination — is never the friend of democratic movements. In both Libya and Syria, we can see all too vividly what results when relatively weak uprisings get assistance from (are hijacked by) imperial forces, and, yes, it’s worse than what existed before. People living in repression need indigenous movements powerful enough both to dislodge regimes and to reject the insidious help of western countries. There are no shortcuts.  (thanx to Rogue Nation and David Mizner)……

We may not want to admit it…..because of our love for democracy and the belief it can cure all ills……but in a society that has NO experience in the functions of a democratic society a dictator may be the only thing that stands between violence and relative calm…..

Another UN Whitewash

Since the last Gaza War there has been a movement to hold Israel up for crimes against humanity at the ICC…..of course Israel has pulled out all stops especially in the US to see that this does not happen……I was hoping that common sense and logic would possibly prevail……I was WRONG!

A recent report that was issued has blamed both sides for “crimes”…….

Evidence of “serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law” in the Gaza Strip was noted in a UN report released today—and both Israelis and Palestinians got hammered, the AP reports. But the Human Rights Council probe into the Gaza war that started last July pays special attention to Israel’s role, saying “the onus is on Israel” to explain why so many civilian targets were hit. It also criticizes the country for not giving adequate evacuation warning to civilians before airstrikes, per the Times of Israel. “The commission is concerned that impunity prevails across the board for violations of international humanitarian and human rights law allegedly committed by Israeli forces, whether it be in the context of active hostilities in Gaza or killings, torture, and ill-treatment in the West Bank,” the report reads. “Israel must break with its recent lamentable track record in holding wrong-doers accountable.”

Not that the Palestinians are off the hook. The report found evidence of “indiscriminate” targeting of Israeli civilians by Palestinian rockets; described the “immense distress and disruption to the lives of Israeli civilians”; and cited testimony on the “trauma caused by the constant threat of rocket attacks, infiltrations, and displacement,” as well as from the tunnel system that “traumatized Israeli civilians who feared they could be attacked at any moment by gunmen bursting out of the ground,” as the Times puts it. Neither side is pleased with the report, per the Guardian. Benjamin Netanyahu—who refused to cooperate with the probe—called it “biased” and written “under a committee that does everything but protect human rights.” A senior Hamas official swung at the accusations that civilians were targeted.

To avoid any criticism the UN has blamed both sides for “violations”…..apparently targeting schools and clinics, as well as children is not as bad as firing a rocket that has the success rating of about 5%…….

This was nothing but a whitewash conceived to let Israel off the hook for its crimes………….

When will the world start making Israel responsible for the deaths they create and the destruction they produce and in turn the humanitarian crisis that follows every one of their so-called “self-defense” excursions?