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The Anti-Iran Propaganda Campaign at Full Tilt »

Let me state at the outset that I condemn pedophilia, anti-semitism and discrimination against blacks. I also do not believe that Iran is a utopian regime and undeserving of its bad reputation. But I do believe it is essential to be truthful about Iran and our role in helping create this entire mess in the Middle East. We started the fire of sectarianism. Not Iran. Yet, if you are watching the network and cable shows, you are being inundated with the drum beat that Iran is the one meddling throughout the Middle East and that Iran is the root of the violence in Syria and Yemen.

The latest propaganda push concerns the “defection” of Iranian journalist in Switzerland.

A close media aide to Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, has sought political asylum in Switzerland after travelling to Lausanne to cover the nuclear talks between Tehran and the West.

Amir Hossein Motaghi, who managed public relations for Mr Rouhani during his 2013 election campaign, was said by Iranian news agencies to have quit his job at the Iran Student Correspondents Association (ISCA). Read the rest

America, the Whore of Saudi Arabia? »

When the pimp tells you to go to the corner and suck dick, you go to the corner and suck dick. You resist. The pimp beat your ass. Right?

Well, that sort of sums up our relationship with the Saudis. Confused? Okay, you explain to me why we continue to cater to the interests of a country whose wealthiest citizens have funded radical Sunni Islamists, including Osama Bin Laden. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers that struck our country 14 years ago on September 11 were Saudis.

Let’s not forget that, as Sy Hersh reported last year, the Saudis paid the Pakistanis to keep Osama Bin Laden in Abottabad.

Then there is that Arab Spring thing. Read the rest

Pilot Suicide–An Islamic Angle? »

This will be short and sweet. Now that word is out that one pilot locked the other out of the cockpit, it is clear that this was a suicide. Given the German Government’s refusal so far to release the names of the pilots tells me that at least one of the guys was not an Aryan. Was he a German of Turkish heritage?

Or, was this a guy who got bad news in his personal life and decided to end it all?

Looks like the Germans will have to change their policy and require two persons to always be inside the cockpit. Leaving one person alone is no longer acceptable. Read the rest

Trading for a Deserter? »

One more feather in Barack Obama’s cap. He traded five dangerous, radical Islamic terrorists for an Army deserter. But look on the bright side–Obama got to feel up the deserter’s MILF Mom. How sweet is that?

This is but one more piece of evidence of the juvenile, myopic mindset that afflicts Barack Obama and his White House. They cannot think “down the road.” They live in the here and now, only weighing the political calculation of whether a certain action will garner Obama a bump in the pulls.

Boy, did they step in a pile of turds on the Bowe Bergdahl case. Not only did Obama destroy the U.S. policy of “not making concessions” to terrorists, but he got a two-fer. Read the rest

Do We Really Want Another Inexperienced First Term Senator? »

Ted Cruz is smart and articulate. No denying that. Wired a little tight. Too tight for me. I have no doubt that he is smarter than Barack Obama. He certainly was very articulate today and showed real chops for speaking extemporaneously (Okay, he rehearsed real good).

He really served up some conservative red meat today. Pushed all of the hot buttons. My fav was, “Iran will not get a nuke.” Precious.

Seriously people. Short of a full scale invasion of Iran and occupation of the entire country, Iran will eventually get a nuke. But, just having a nuke without a means of reliable, accurate delivery, is like having a gun with no bullets.

A CIA buddy of mine who ran assets with knowledge of this subject matter told me very matter of factly, 8 years ago, that Iran would eventually get a nuke. Read the rest

The Dangerous Chaos of Barack Obama »

Remember the “good old days” when Barack Obama, a newcomer on the political stage, promised to usher in a new era of foreign policy utopia? Well, he was right about one thing. He certainly has ushered in a new foreign policy. Only one little problem–it is a total disaster.

Can you name me one area in the world where the United States is now more respected? More feared? More consequential? We have fled in fear from Syria, Libya and Yemen. We are relying on Iran to save what is left of Iraq. Yet, that very policy, enrages our erstwhile ally, Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, we continue to pontificate, gesticulate and threaten on critical issues. Consider relations with Russia. We are sabre rattling with a nuclear power. We are sending troops to train a potential enemy of Russia. And the American public? Largely oblivious to this insane policy. Read the rest

America’s Mistaken Iran Obsession »

Are Republican Senators and Representatives really so stupid? The are all over the media repeating the false litany–IRAN IS THE LARGEST SPONSOR OF TERRORISM IN THE WORLD. Nope. Not even close. There was a time that was true. Go back to the 1980s. From 1982 thru 1989, Iran was one of the world leaders in sponsoring terrorist groups. But that was yesterday.

Today? The last terrorist attack that is believed to be carried out with Iran’s support was the July 2012 bombing of the bus hauling Israeli tourists in Bulgaria. But that was not just gratuitous violence to kill Jews for the sake of killing Jews. This was retaliation for Israel’s terrorist campaign in Iran. What?

Yes, Israel carried out a terrorist campaign in Iran that focused on murdering engineers and scientists believed to be involved with Iran’s Nuclear program. Read the rest

ISIS Using Chlorine Gas in Iraq? »

Remember back in August of 2013 when the Obama Administration tried, but failed, to carry out a Gulf of Tonkin type hoax in order to justify invading Syria? The Syrian Government was accused of carrying out a Sarin gas attack against Syrian civilians and rebels. I wrote extensively about this propaganda campaign (The WMD Bamboozle, The SARIN Psyops Story–A US/UK Contrivance, and Obama and Kerry Are Lying About Syria, just to mention three) to gin up world support to oust a secular leader and replace him with Islamic groups backed by Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Renowned investigative journalist Seymour Hersh got on the story and produced two outstanding articles (Whose Sarin? and The Red Line and the Rat Line) that exposed the big lie of the Obama Administration.

So, here we are in March 2015 and what is Fox reporting? Read the rest

Injustice in Oklahoma »

So much for free speech. The push is on for politically correct speech and ginned up outrage when someone says something reprehensible or stupid. Of course I’m writing about outrage de jour over the racist song sung by Freshman aspirants for the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. If one of those young men caught on camera singing about hanging “a nigger from a tree,” had been my son there would have been a serious ass kicking. My son would be reminded that there is no reason, even if you think you are joking, to go down that road.

As bad and hateful the ditty, the response of the so-called adults has been worse. Two 18 year olds acting like fucking fools with minimal judgment is akin to a dog licking his balls. It happens. The real question is what do you do about it?

Expelling the two without any due process or any attempt to confront them with the true depths of the hurt their language can inflict is like shooting a dog for eating your pet chicken. What should have been done? Read the rest

Hillary Doubles Down on Stupid »

This gets worse by the day. Just when you think that Hillary has probed the depths of mendacity and foolishness, surprise!!! She goes to new lows.

For me this is sad. The Hillary I met in person is a kind, funny, intelligent person. I do not recognize that She-Hag that appeared yesterday at the UN and proceeded to shove her feet into her maw.

Jesus God!! Read the rest

A VIPS Memo on Planned Changes at CIA »

I am a signatory to the following. I will post my own comments and observations later in a separate post. LJ

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President

FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

SUBJECT: John Brennan’s Restructuring Plan for CIA

Mr. President, the CIA reorganization plan announced by Director John Brennan on Friday is a potentially deadly blow to the objective, fact-based intelligence needed to support fully informed decisions on foreign policy. We suggest turning this danger into an opportunity to create an independent entity for CIA intelligence analysis immune from the operational demands of the “war on terror.”

On Feb. 5, 2003, immediately after Colin Powell’s address to the UN, members of VIPS sent our first VIPS memorandum, urging President George W. Bush to widen the policy debate “beyond the circle of those advisers clearly bent on a war for which we see no compelling reason and from which we believe the unintended consequences are likely to be catastrophic.”

The “former senior officers” whom Brennan asked for input on the restructuring plan are a similar closed, blinkered circle, as is the “outstanding group of officers from across the Agency” picked by Brennan to look at the Agency’s mission and future. He did not include any of the intelligence community dissidents and alumni who fought against the disastrous politicization of intelligence before the attack on Iraq. Nor does Brennan’s plan reflect the lessons learned from that debacle. Read the rest

Did the CIA Really Get a “Bum Rap” on Torture? »

Mel Goodman graciously gave me permission to re-publish this here. You can read the original at CounterPunch.org

Melvin A. Goodman is senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and professor of government at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of “The Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA;” “National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism;” and the forthcoming “The Path to Dissent: A Whistleblower at the CIA” (City Lights Publishers, 2015). Goodman is a contributing editor for national security issues at CounterPunch.org.

Last week, David Cole, the Hon. George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center, the co-chairman of the Constitution Project’s Liberty and Security Committee, and the Nation’s legal affairs correspondent, concluded that the CIA got a “bum rap” from the Senate intelligence committee’s report on torture and abuse. As a result, he wrote an exculpatory brief for the CIA in the New York Times. Cole believed he was justified in doing so because he had finally read the entire report and concluded that the CIA “was treated unfairly.”

Well, I’ve also read the report, and I am shocked by what Cole doesn’t deign to mention in his article. Nowhere does Cole mention that the torture and abuse was sadistic; that it began before the Department of Justice sanctioned certain measures; and that it incorporated measures that were never permitted by the so-called Torture Memoranda. It is noteworthy that even the leading co-author of the memoranda, John Yoo, another legal scholar, believes that those individuals who conducted sadistic measures could be indicted. Read the rest

The Despicable GOP »

Damn John Boehner and damn Mitch McConnell. Boneheads all. Today’s 50 year commemoration of the march from Selma will not have the Republican leaders in attendance. Ass clowns!! This is a major event in American history. That march marked a shift in the inexcusable racism and persecution of black Americans.

Kudos to Charles Cooke for summing it up:

This afternoon, in the hot center of the state of Alabama, a parade of Americans will pay homage to a historic march. Meeting on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, on which hundreds of black Americans were beaten for the crime of standing up to their government, Barack Obama will remember a heroic feat of rebellion, and a brutal act of repression. The president, the White House has announced, will speak personally “about what it means to stand on the spot where police beat and gassed 600 unarmed protestors,” and he will explain what the moment means to him as an African American. And the Republican party’s current leadership will be nowhere to be seen. By declining to join, Ohio representative Marsha Fudge told Politico, the GOP has “lost an opportunity to show the American people that they care.” Fudge is, of course, entirely correct. But the absence is far, far worse than that. By electing to skip the proceedings — and to send a former president and a handful of congressional representatives in lieu — the Republican leadership suggests that it does not recognize what Selma represents within America’s long history of public dissent.

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The NeoCon, Israeli Iran Obsession »

If you are watching Fox News you will notice that a full court propaganda campaign is underway under the guise of “breaking news.” Starting with Bibi Netanyahu’s speech, in which he declared that Iranian Islamic Republic is the same as ISIS, the other shoe has dropped–Iran is a key supporter of Al Qaeda. The not so subtle message is this–we must stop Iran in order to stop Al Qaeda.

The evidence? Documents entered in a recent trial in New York City against an AQ operative were obtained from Osama Bin Laden’s home in Abottabad and show that some Al Qaeda operatives were able to find safe haven in Iran. Yep. Based on that evidence we must invade Iran. Right?

But wait. Do you not see the inherent fallacy in this analysis/propaganda? Read the rest

Speaking of Stupid, Ben Carson »

I remain an admirer of Ben Carson as a skilled neurosurgeon. But on other matters he has demonstrated that he is a total dumb ass. He claimed on CNN this morning that homosexuality is a choice. People who go into prison straight come out gay. They like gang rape in the ass so much that they beg for more once they’re free?

While I agree with him that the issue of gay marriage should be left to the states, he comes off as batshit crazy asserting that gay people choose to be gay. Read the rest

Hillary, So Smart that She’s Stupid? »

The Hillary Clinton email debacle leaves me scratching my head, with a heavy heart. The Hillary I met and briefed back in 2007 was a very intelligent, engaged person. But that person is missing. She has become a clown show of incompetence, arrogance and hubris.

In 2012, congressional investigators asked the State Department for a wide range of documents related to the attack on the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. The department eventually responded, furnishing House committees with thousands of documents.

But it turns out that that was not everything.

The State Department had not searched the email account of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton because she had maintained a private account, which shielded it from such searches, department officials acknowledged on Tuesday. Read the rest

Why Does Israel Get a Pass? »

Are you an American or a Christian? Are you an American or a Muslim? Are you an American or a Jew? A deliberately provocative question. I don’t know about you, but I am troubled by the spectacle of American politicians trooping to genuflect before the annual meeting of the American Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC).

Seriously, is there any other country that gets this kind of pandering behavior? Ever heard of the American Pakistani Political Action Committee? How about China? Mexico? Canada?

I get the Holocaust motive. I have contributed to the US Holocaust Museum before it opened. But why treat Israel in a way we treat no other country? Read the rest

What is a “True” Conservative? »

The Barry Goldwater era is long dead. He was the genuine symbol of “conservatism.” If he popped from the grave today and showed up at the CPAC conference, I suspect he too would be booed and considered too much a liberal flake. Republicans and Democrats find themselves facing significant opposition from within–the extremes on the ideological spectrum that are stridently attacking political leaders for not being a “true” conservative or a “true” liberal.

Look at the vitriol heaped on Jeb Bush. Jeb, a RINO? Seriously? Jeb was a great Governor in Florida. That’s a fact. That fact does not mean he would be a great President, but the Conservatives vilification of him seems more than strange.

What is it Conservatives want? What is a bona fide Conservative? Read the rest

Iran and Al Qaeda–The Big Lie »

Fox News is busy today carrying water for the NeoCons and the Netanyahu crowd with the claim that the Obama Administration is sitting on intel recovered from Osama Bin Laden’s porn palace in Abottabad 5 years ago that shows Iran and Al Qaeda are working together.

Horseshit!! We’ve seen this play before. Remember the hot insistence by many of these same characters in late 2001 and thru 2002 that Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda were working in tandem? Laurie Mylroie, who allegedly had been involved romantically with a senior Iraqi military guy, was the go-to gal for people like Paul Wolfowitz and Dick Cheney in “proving” that link.

The latest push in the meme trying to link Al Qaeda and Iran as the evil twins of international terrorism comes from Thomas Jocelyn at the Weekly Standard. He writes:

This week, prosecutors in New York introduced eight documents recovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan as evidence in the trial of a terrorism suspect. The U.S. government accuses Abid Naseer of taking part in al Qaeda’s scheme to attack targets in Europe and New York City. And prosecutors say the documents are essential for understanding the scope of al Qaeda’s plotting. . . .

Some of the key revelations in the newly-released bin Laden files relate to al Qaeda’s dealings with Iran and presence in Afghanistan. Read the rest

Final Proof, John Kerry is a Moron »

Yes. We knew he was a sanctimonious, pompous ass. But Moron? Totally. Kerry declared yesterday that we are the safest ever:

Our citizens, our world today is actually, despite ISIL, despite the visible killings that you see and how horrific they are, we are actually living in a period of less daily threat to Americans and to people in the world than normally, less deaths, less violent deaths today than through the last century.

Say what?

Let’s get things in proper perspective. Read the rest