By Larry Johnson on Aug 19, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 139 Comments
Barack Obama, with help from the media, is having his “Mission Accomplished” moment with respect to ISIS and Iraq. The headline? Iraq retakes dam at Mosul. Really? Just explain to me how aerial bombardment works on ISIS fighters holding a fixed position like the dam. Remember, if the dam breaks then the Tigris valley will be flooded with a 60 foot wall of water. If that’s the case, how do you drop bombs from a B1 Bomber on a dam without breaching the dam.
Something does not add up. In addition, whatever level of fanaticism exhibited by ISIS up to this point, we are now supposed to believe that they refused to die in place defending the dam to the end. The part of the story not being told is the role being played by US special ops and special forces in helping organize and direct Iraqi fighters. Our boys are essential to the success of any air strike. Laser designators can do real damage to entrenched troops, even ISIS fanatics.
The rest of the world appears to have be roused from their slumber and are taking the ISIS threat quite seriously. What has received little coverage or analysis in this country is the role that Iran played in ousting Maliki. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Aug 17, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 76 Comments
One of the other sad ironies of Robin Williams decision to choose the chicken shit way out of life is the messages he brought to the public thru his immense body of work as an actor. Some of his best work dealt with suicide and death in a memorable fashion–Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society and What Dreams May Come.
The latter is especially poignant and troubling. Williams plays a character who dies and then, in the afterlife, struggles to reconnect with and save his wife who had committed suicide. Suicides, per the movie, suffer an unimaginable horror in the afterlife. And Williams, because of his passion for his wife, is willing to surrender his very existence in order to save her.
Robin, what the hell were you thinking? Here’s a key passage of dialogue from the movie: Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Aug 17, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 20 Comments
It is maddening. Did not matter what channel I watched this morning, you could find a Republican or Democrat or pundit saying that we missed our chance to stop ISIS by not funding Syrian rebels back in 2012. That is pure madness and fantasy. This fantasy view is predicated on the narrative that Syira’s Bashir Assad was killing demonstrators. Really? That justifies intervention? Then when are we going to send the goddamn Army to Ferguson, Missouri?
Bashir Assad became a target of Saudi Arabia and Turkey, who were backing what they considered a “moderate” wing of the Muslim Brothers, in order to clip the growing power of Iran in the Middle East. What we have learned in recent weeks is that Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, Anne Marie Slaughter and Samantha Power were the proponents in the Obama Administration backing this crazy policy. Obama, the Rooster Soup President (ever hear the expression, “Weak as Rooster Soup?), adopted a passive aggressive strategy. He initially backed it until late August of 2012 when he and his campaign advisors became worried that the growing strength of Islamic radicals among the Syrian rebels would derail his campaign theme–Al Qaeda is on the Run.
We also are being subjected to the Maliki Malady explanation. What utter horseshit! Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Aug 16, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 162 Comments
An ass whipping by his Daddy? Absolutely. Michael Brown was a big fucking bully. Like many 18 year olds, thinking with his dick and not his brain. The videotape of him shoving the convenience store clerk and stealing Swisher sweets. Good Christ!! Was he gay too?
Brown deserved to be arrested and punished for this minor theft. But, being a complete asshole as an 18 year old does not merit the death penalty.
After watching the douche bag Police Chief of Ferguson, it is clear why the officer shot Brown–that police force make the Keystone Kopps look like Delta Force. These guys, especially the officer who shot Brown, were not properly trained.
Unless evidence emerges that Michael Brown disarmed the Police Officer and was brandishing the weapon, vowing to shot the cop, there is only one conclusion– Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Aug 14, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 109 Comments
There is enough evidence in to fully justify Federal intervention in Ferguson, Missouri. I was born and raised in the Show Me State. Fortunately, I came from the other side of the State. This is not a matter of rushing to judgment–the facts in so far simply point to more than an over zealous police officer. The man is guilty of murder.
You don’t put six shots in an unarmed guy who is running away. Had Michael Brown remained in the car and was giving the Police Officer a beat down, then it would be a different case. But Michael Brown was running away.
It also is troubling that the town is 67% black but less than 5% of the police force is black. How the hell does a white guy get elected in a city with a super majority black population. He’s not a racially sensitive guy with great relations with the black community. If he were, he would have been at the home of the Brown family the night their son died. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Aug 13, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 61 Comments
News is atwitter with word that Hillary and Barack are, “Going to Hug it Out.” Really?
The only question I have, Who is the Bitch? Actor Jeremy Piven put this phrase in our lexicon:
“Bitch” can be a technical term for a female dog. “Bitch” can be a sexist term to disparage a woman. And “bitch” can refer to a weak man, especially in prison, who is getting the Ned Beatty treatment from Deliverance.
So, I ask again? Who is the Bitch? Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Aug 12, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 165 Comments
A truly stunning and clueless interview performance by Hillary Clinton, who recently sat down and told the “truth” to Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg. The key passage was her comment on Syria:
Well, his former secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, isn’t buying it. In an interview with me earlier this week, she used her sharpest language yet to describe the “failure” that resulted from the decision to keep the U.S. on the sidelines during the first phase of the Syrian uprising.
“The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assad—there were Islamists, there were secularists, there was everything in the middle—the failure to do that left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled,” Clinton said.
As she writes in her memoir of her State Department years, Hard Choices, she was an inside-the-administration advocate of doing more to help the Syrian rebellion. Now, her supporters argue, her position has been vindicated by recent events.
Maybe Obama is not to blame for the stupidity in Egypt, Libya and Syria. Maybe it really is Hillary’s fault. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Aug 11, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 139 Comments
Stick with me here. I do have a point. Hearing that Robin Williams ended his life today left me sad and angry. Actually, mostly angry. If you had to rate the top ten comics of all time, from all countries, Williams would be in the top five. He was a man of enormous talent and ability. He was so much more than, “just” a comedian. He was a superb actor.
So, here we have a man widely idolized and respected. Worshipped even. And he’s fucking depressed? Oh, poor me, I have too much money. Oh, poor me, people want to pay money to hear me make fun of them and their society. Oh, poor me, I am regularly pitched the chance to appear in movies. Oh, poor me, I’m an accomplished actor.
Meanwhile, we watch in horror as women and children, facing extermination at the hands of radical Islamic fanatics in Iraq, scramble and beg for life. They want to live. They want some peace. And here is Robin Williams. Living with significant wealthy in a safe neighborhood and enough to eat and drink.
That why I say, without regret, Fuck You, Robin Williams.
Killing yourself is such a selfish, cunty thing to do. There is only dishonor in this act. You abandon those who depend on you for one reason or another. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Aug 10, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 83 Comments
Bush’s idiotic invasion of Iraq in 2003 sowed the seeds for what ISIS now is. But the fault is not solely with Bush. Obama’s pursuit of the Arab Spring and his meddling in Syria, which included helping arm the Syrian rebels, have fueled the rise of ISIS.
If you have the chance, please take time to read a recent ISIS publication. You will begin to appreciate their fundamentalist mentality and sincere belief that they are doing the will of God. You can find it here.
Take a look at page 31. The ISIS editors praise John McCain in a backhanded way:
On “12 June 2014,”the crusader John Mc-Cain came to the senate floor to rant irritably about the victories the Islamic State was achieving in Iraq. He forgot that he himself participated in the invasion of Iraq that led to the blessed events unfolding today by Allah’s bounty and justice. McCain had this to say:
Did you catch it? Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Aug 9, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 29 Comments
Rome is not burning. It is worse than that. ISIS aka the Islamic State is a bona fide Army and is poised to slaughter Kurds, Iraqis and Americans. And what is Obama doing? Ordering up weak ass air strikes that will do little to change the tactical and strategic situation on the ground. Meanwhile, Russia looks like it will move against Ukraine (I would if I were Putin) and the Israelis and Hamas are back to slugging it out, with more Palestinian bodies piling up. Yep, time to go on vacation.
It is fascinating listening to the various news readers glibly tout the FA-18 strikes and the laser guided bombs. What the average viewer does not understand is that it is not the jet with the laser guiding the bomb. Nope. That phrase means that someone is on the ground with a laser lighting up the target. The tactics are described in detail by Dalton Fury, a now retired Delta Force Operator, in the book,
Kill Bin Laden: A Delta Force Commander’s Account of the Hunt for the World’s Most Wanted Man.
What does this mean? Obama and his spokesman, Josh Earnest, are lying their asses off–we do have boots on the ground. If we did not we could not be helping fighter jets flying at over 400 miles per hour knock out artillery and mortar pieces on the ground.
But that’s not where Obama’s lies stop. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Aug 7, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 85 Comments
I don’t think you’ll be hearing much from Barack Obama in the coming days about how he brought an end to the US role in the war in Iraq. Sort of tough to sell that spin when the television is filled with images of dead children, raped women, headless men and desecrated Christian churches and shrines. That’s Obama’s new Iraq.
Yes, Obama owns this disaster; at least a part. His idiotic policy of backing and encouraging the so-called Arab spring and destabilization of the Syrian Government of Bashir Assad helped birth and empower ISIS. It is ISIS that is rampaging across Iraq–north, west and south. ISIS now controls major dams across Iraq and is in a position, should it choose, to unleash massive floods on key population centers.
And what is Barry Soetoro Hussein Obama doing about it? Nothing so far. Considering options. That’s not only a non-starter, there is a growing risk of the United States being perceived as weak and feckless. In other words, reflecting the pathos that is Barack Obama. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Aug 4, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 72 Comments
Flipping between channels–Fox, CNN, MSNBC, BBC and Al Jazeera–it was impossible to escape mass stupidity. I had two favorite moments. The first involved the nitwit Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer. What a chucklehead he is. Dremer is the same guy who came up with this jewel a month ago:
Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, in a Big Lie of his own, said last month at a conference of Christians United for Israel that the Israeli army should be given the “Nobel Peace Prize … a Nobel Peace Prize for fighting with unimaginable restraint.”
He showed up on today CNN and was being interviewed on the news that Israel had bombed another UN School:
an Israeli Air Force missile struck near the entrance of a United Nations school sheltering displaced Palestinians in Rafah, killing 10 people and wounding 35 others and drawing a new round of international condemnation. . . . Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Aug 3, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 150 Comments
If you think the current Israeli invasion of Gaza is a response to the discovery of the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers in late June, think again. Israel’s invasion was a pre-planned action and, if you simply go back and examine the news reports since April, you will realize that the missing teens became a convenient, tragic symbol that Israel disgracefully used as a pre-text for trying to destroy Hamas. Let me walk you thru some of the relevant press clippings.
Let’s start on 25 April 2014 with an article by John Lyons of the Australian entitled, Fatah, Hamas Unity Hurts:
After a bitter seven-year split, Fatah, which governs the West Bank, and Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, announced yesterday that they had agreed on reunification.
The US expressed “disappointment” and Israel reacted angrily, immediately cancelling a round of peace talks with the Palestinians. . . .
Periodically, Hamas fires rockets from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel. However, more often than not the rockets are fired by Islamic Jihad or one of the five Salafist groups who do not acknowledge Hamas’s right to rule Gaza. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Aug 1, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 115 Comments
Think I’m kidding about the Nazi mentality among some Israelis? It is not an anti-semitic fantasy. It is a sick, sad reality. I am reproducing a Blog posted by Yochana Gordon in the Times of Israel. As a hopeful sign that not all Israelis are batshit crazy, the blog was pulled by the editors at the Times of Israel.
This is not an isolated incident Pat Lang has personally witnessed the misconduct of Israeli soldiers. He wrote:
In Beit Suhur outside Bethlehem, I have seen IDF troops shoot at Palestinian Christian women hanging out laundry in their gardens. This was done with tank coaxial machine guns from within a bermed up dirt fort a couple of hundred yards away, and evidently just for the fun of it. In Bethlehem a lieutenant told me that he would have had his men shoot me in the street during a demonstration that I happened to get caught in, but that he had not because he thought I might not be a Palestinian and that if I were not the incident would have caused him some trouble. I have seen a lot of things like that. One might say that in war, s–t happens. That is true, but such behavior is indicative of an army that is not well disciplined and not a completely reliably instrument of state policy. In my travels in the west Bank in March of 2008, it was noticeable that the behavior towards Palestinian civilians of IDF troops at roadblocks was reminiscent of that of any group of post-adolescents given guns and allowed to bully the helpless in order to look tough for each other. I think the IDF would be well advised to grow some real sergeants.
All in all, I think the IDF ground forces can best be described as specialized tools that reflect 20th century Zionist socialist and nationalist ideals, and which have military traditions that are in no way reflective of those of the United States. They can also be justly said to have been been fortunate in their enemies. The Jordanians gave them a run for their money in 1948-49. Hizbullah delivered a hint of the inherent limits in such a socio-military system in 2006 and now we are seeing whatever it is that we will see at Gaza. pl
Sadly, the Israeli Army is neither professional nor disciplined. There are many in the Israeli Army that share the sentiment of Yochanan Gordon. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Aug 1, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 54 Comments
Listening to the Israelis and their toadies in the US media describe the breakdown in the ceasefire in Gaza today, with specific mention of a “kidnapped” Israeli soldier, should tell you everything you need to know about bias and propaganda:
A Hamas attack on IDF soldiers in southern Gaza, which occurred an hour and a half after the start of a humanitarian truce, ended with the suspected kidnapping of a soldier, the IDF said Friday.
Second Lt. Hadar Goldin, a 23-year-old Givati officer from Kfar Saba, was named as the IDF soldier presumed to be abducted by Hamas. His family has been notified.
Fox is going nuts with this line of bullshit. MSNBC to a lesser extent. Only CNN seems to be playing it straight up. Good on them. Even Obama’s mouthpiece, Josh Earnest, ignorantly asserts that the Israeli soldier has been taken hostage:
Can we be honest? If you are wearing a uniform, carrying a gun and on a battlefield and are grabbed by the enemy, you are not a victim of a kidnapper. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Jul 31, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 52 Comments
Time to fire CIA Director John Brennan. He’s a fool and a toady and today is eating a healthy helping of crow. From the Washington Post:
CIA Director John O. Brennan has apologized to leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee after an agency investigation determined that its employees improperly searched computers used by committee staff to review classified files on interrogations of prisoners. . . .
After briefing committee leaders, Brennan “apologized to them for such actions by CIA officers as described in the [inspector general] report,” the agency statement said. Brennan also ordered the creation of an internal personnel board, led by former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), to review the agency employees’ conduct and determine “potential disciplinary measures.”
Wny did Brennan need to apologize? Back to the Post: Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Jul 30, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 28 Comments
How can a rich guy like Michael Bloomberg be so goddamned stupid:
New York News
This is supposed to be an anti-gun ad. Yet, most people watching can’t help but wonder what would have happened if the woman had a Smith & Wesson 38 with hollow point bullets. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Jul 29, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 62 Comments
(The following is a new memo form the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS). I am proud to be associated with these men and women. I think you will find the information about the shoot down of KAL 007 particularly informative.)
With the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine turning a local civil war into a U.S. confrontation with Russia, U.S. intelligence veterans urge President Obama to release what evidence he has about the tragedy and silence the hyperbole.
MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)
SUBJECT: Intelligence on Shoot-Down of Malaysian Plane
U.S.–Russian intensions are building in a precarious way over Ukraine, and we are far from certain that your advisers fully appreciate the danger of escalation. The New York Times and other media outlets are treating sensitive issues in dispute as flat-fact, taking their cue from U.S. government sources.
Twelve days after the shoot-down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, your administration still has issued no coordinated intelligence assessment summarizing what evidence exists to determine who was responsible – much less to convincingly support repeated claims that the plane was downed by a Russian-supplied missile in the hands of Ukrainian separatists. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Jul 28, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 180 Comments
Here is a new definition of Chutzpah:
The situation facing European Jewry is “simply intolerable, unacceptable and inexcusable,” Israeli Jewish Congress president Vladimir Sloutsker told MKs and foreign diplomats at a special session of the Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Committee on Monday.
Calling the rise in anti-Semitic incidents accompanying Israel’s invasion of Gaza an “SOS situation,” Sloutsker warned that if left unchecked, such behavior could lead to another European genocide.
Let me see if I have this straight–an Israeli politician is issuing a dire warning about the potential extermination of Jews in Europe while Israel conducts a war of extermination against largely unarmed Palestinians. Yes, that is true “Chutzpah” or, as Michelle Bachman pronounces it, CHOOTZ PAH.
If you are keeping track of the body county, more than 1000 Palestinians are dead, which includes many women and children, while two Israelis have been killed by Hamas rockets. Yep, the Jews are facing a new Holocaust. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Jul 24, 2014 | In Current Affairs | 253 Comments
NOTE–THE FOLLOWING WAS PENNED BY JOHN FRANK. IT IS SUCH A DANDY PIECE OF WRITING IT MERITS ITS OWN SPACE. ENJOY. THANKS JOHN.
The movie, American Chaos, staring Barry and his girls.
A crisis erupts in a country supported by Russia whose government is corrupt, while running on financial fumes, with a basket case for an economy. The key protest organizers are highly trained and well financed operatives, with the protest receiving crucial support from the local American embassy.
Ultimately, after many months of protest, (with the government security forces and the protesters committing egregious acts), a killing spree is carried out by snipers, who may have been part of the protest. In response, an agreement is reached to resolve the crisis.
The protesters reject the agreement and proceed to overthrow the existing elected President and force the governing party to surrender power to a coalition of opposition parties using paramilitary forces trained in Poland. It is especially helpful that the key paramilitary force has neo-Nazi tendencies, as they take and follow orders rather well.
When the Russians complain, Barry and his girls answer by saying “we won, you lost, take a hike;” and then become outraged when Russia responds by taking back territory from Ukraine that belonged to Russia in the first place and contains a key Russian naval base. Read the rest »