The Truth About Root Causes of Terrorism by Ramzy Baroud — Antiwar.com

What on Earth has cause the uptick in terrorism in the last decade or so?

Good question and we could debate the reasons for the rising terror group……makes No different your political persuasion you will have an opinion……we could blame the US or the Arab Spring or dictators or…..well there is a wealth of stats on whatever side you have chosen to take…….

This piece is written by a guy that has great insight and has looked at the phenom of terrorism…..

 

The Truth About Root Causes of Terrorism by Ramzy Baroud — Antiwar.com.

“I Am Ashamed Of My Country”

For almost seven years now I have heard all the spin around anything Obama has said…..and recently NYC ex-Gestapo-esque Giuliani has said that he does not believe that the prez loves his country and so far not many in the GOP have bothered to smack him down for his irresponsible comment…..but then I was not expecting respect from the GOP….they want respect but will not give respect….so in my humble opinion….f*ck ‘em!

And then I saw a quote by America’s favorite Senate rabid war hawk, McCain……..he has said …”I Am Ashamed Of My Country”…..want the full quote……

Sen. John McCain on Sunday said he is “ashamed” of the U.S., President Obama and himself for not arming Ukraine’s military in its fight against Russian-backed separatists.

“I believe that the German chancellor and the president of France legitimized for the first time in 70 years the dismemberment of a country in Europe. It’s shameful,” McCain said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “Vladimir Putin has not paid any price. Even the ceasefire was violated.

McCain said that “Ukrainians aren’t asking for American boots on the ground.”

“That’s not the question here. They’re asking for weapons to defend themselves. And they are being slaughtered. And their own military’s being shattered,” he said.

“This is a shameful chapter. I’m ashamed of my country, I’m ashamed of my president, and I’m ashamed of myself that I haven’t done more to help these people,” he added. “It is really, really heartbreaking.”

Thanx to The Hill for reporting on this…..now I am waiting for the GOP to go batcrap crazy over the comment.

Any bets if and when the GOP will smack down McCain for his disrespect?

I am waiting…..waiting……wait………….(the sound of his voice tails off to silence)……

The “Islam” Speech

I know I am a bit behind the headlines….sorry….but my lady friend was far more important………but as some say….”better late than never”…….

Yep….the prez made his “Islam” speech.  After weeks of Right wing bullshit on what to call the murders of ISIS the prez stepped up and made that speech….kinda along the lines of GW’s speech after 9/11….you know the stuff about Muslims are not our enemies, stuff about the good qualities of the religion…..stuff like that…….

Did it answer all the detractors that have made headlines in the last weeks?

President Obama today elaborated on why you’ll never catch him referring to “Islamic terrorists.” Doing so would give them too much credit, said the president at a White House summit on violent extremism. “No religion is responsible for terrorism—people are responsible for violence and terrorism,” Obama said, as quoted by USA Today. Again and again, he stressed the point:

  • “We are not at war with Islam—we are at war with people who have perverted Islam.”
  • “They try to portray themselves as religious leaders, holy warriors in defense of Islam. We must never accept the premise that they put forward because it is a lie. Nor should we grant these terrorists the religious legitimacy that they seek. They are not religious leaders. They are terrorists.”
  • “The terrorists do not speak for a billion Muslims who reject their ideology. They no more represent Islam than any madman who kills innocents in the name of God represents Christianity or Judaism or Buddhism or Hinduism.”

Obama, however, also stressed the need to be vigilant on the hunt for extremists, adding that Muslim leaders “need to do more to discredit the notion that our nations are determined to suppress Islam,” reports CNN. For an opposing view on the president’s word choice, see this op-ed in the New York Post headlined “Say it, Obama: Islamic.”

The difference between the speech of Obama and that of GW is that GW’s speech was made in an attempt to save the family friend…..Saudi Arabia’s bin Laden family….Obama’s was meant as a way to explain certain things he has said or in most cases not said…….

The Prez’s speech left a lot to discuss….all of which is unimportant…..you will either love the speech or hate it……which do you think will get more headlines?

I guess since I am a bit late….it is a moot point……

Democrats Need an Elizabeth Warren for Foreign Policy | The Nation

The Dems need to find a real expert on international relations…..now they have a bunch of policy wonks that will find the narrative of their party and play the role……few are willing to give sage advice…

There is a major election in about 18 months!

The Middle Class has Warren……foreign policy has……(pause here for thought)……well NO body!  I see absolutely NO one that I would trust on foreign policy at this point.  Lots of opinions but none of them sound enough to become policy.

May I suggest that if they are looking for someone that will be brutally honest then look no further than Dr. Bueno De Mesquita…..the man is a genius….and a genius making foreign policy is just what the doctor ordered……

Read and weep…..the Dems have a hole in their policy sector…..a hole that needs a cork….and soon!

 

Democrats Need an Elizabeth Warren for Foreign Policy | The Nation.

“Bomb Bomb Iran” McCain, Chairman

A New Year and a new Congress….there will be changes now that the GOP is in control….there will be changes and some will not be for the better…..

Let’s be honest…..I am not a fan of Sen. John McCain….personally, I believe he has not been right on foreign policy in about 30 years…..with all that said he is in position to become chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee…..a position he would relish…..

This could be a good thing……yep…you heard me right….a good thing.  Why on earth would I say that?

With Senate leadership changing, John McCain appears poised to be the new head of the Armed Services Committee—and that could have big implications for US defense, Reuters reports. McCain has a history of criticizing what he sees as excessive spending on some weapons programs; as chair of the committee, he’ll have more control over how the Pentagon spends its cash. Defense contractors are expecting to spend more time responding to questions from Capitol Hill. Among McCain’s concerns have been a $399 billion F-35 fighter jet program as well as the continued use of Russian-made rocket engines.

Another favorite target of McCain’s has been President Obama’s foreign policy; now, he’ll have a “megaphone” with which to address the subject, the National Journal reports. He’s called, for instance, for greater US support for Ukraine’s military and boots on the ground against ISIS. But though he holds strong views, he’s also known as a negotiator on issues like immigration, the National Journal notes. “With Senator McCain, what you see is what you get. It’s part of his charm and persona, that he is a maverick—he is an outspoken maverick—that tells it like it is to anyone of any party,” says an analyst.

I would not think he would be any good for foreign policy…..but he could be a breath of fresh air when funding worthless programs like the F–35….and he may be an important voice for veternas……but that will be seen………this may be the only time that anyone will hear me say anything nice about McCain and his neocon ramblings……

Take it for what it is worth.

Iran: What’s The Big Secret?

The whole world knows of the problems that Iran has caused worldwide since 1979…..the hostages, the nuke thing, its hatred of Israel and so on….and on….and on.  Well all that is up to interpretation…….

Let’s take a short trip in the “way back machine” to 1953 and the events up to that year…..first Persia, as it was known for eons,  becomes Iran in 1935……1941 - The Shah’s pro-Axis allegiance in World War II leads to the Anglo-Russian occupation of Iran and the deposition of the Shah in favour of his son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.  1950 - Ali Razmara becomes prime minister and is assassinated less than nine months later. He is succeeded by the nationalist, Mohammad  1951 April – Parliament votes to nationalise the oil industry, which is dominated by the British-owned Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. Britain imposes an embargo and a blockade, halting oil exports and hitting the economy. A power struggle between the Shah and Mossadeq ensues and the Shah flees the country in August 1953.

Now you are caught up with the events from Persia becoming Iran to the year of a coup that brought the shah into power….

Let me bring the events of 1953 into focus…….1953 August – Mossadeq is overthrown in a coup engineered by the British and American intelligence services. General Fazlollah Zahedi is proclaimed as prime minister and the Shah returns.

That coup lead to the Shah regaining power that lasted into the 1970’s when he was removed from power by a popular uprising…..

A long waited report on the coup which was lead by the CIA has stayed classified……but why?

Jason Ditz brings us a bit more info on this report……

In 1953, the CIA orchestrated a coup d’etat against the democratically elected government of Iranian Premier Mohammad Mossadegh, installing Shah Reza Pahlavi.

It’s no secret that the CIA did it, and the US has admitted it time and again, but the State Department has announced it is once again delaying the release of its study on the coup, claiming the admission would undermine “ongoing negotiations with Iran.”

The coup was carried out primarily for the benefit of British oil interests, as Mossadegh was planning nationalization. Legally speaking, the State Department was only supposed to keep the history secret for 30 years.

It’s hard to imagine anything in the history of the coup is unknown, let alone that it could do any further harm to US-Iranian relations after decades of acrimony. Still, the lure of secrecy seems to be winning out among officials, as usual.

This could lead to a wealth of conspiracies, that is if anyone cared enough to even know about this report……but this is just another story that most Americans will glaze over on their way to the comics.

My thought is that is more to the coup than the socialistic leanings of the new, popularly elected PM……..my guess is a major corporation or more had a major influence and it is not time for us mere mortals to be told…..

Any thoughts?