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JANUARY 15, 2020

American Murder

by PAUL EDWARDS


Clausewitz said, “War is the continuation of politics by other means”, but American Presidents have modified his apothegm. No one knows when it was first judged–How to put it? Not legal, no; not moral, no, surely not. Conceiveable..? Permissible..?–politically safe, for a nation to assassinate a human being, a foreign enemy. There is no record of that meeting of our government’s most powerful men–only such a group could plan so radical an action–when one of them first dared to say, “Suppose we kill him?”

Those souls shocked and wounded by our latest murder, need to know that meeting was not recent: didn’t happen under the Suppurating Pustule that infects the White House today, nor the charming Grand Bullshitter who preceded him, nor the aphasic buffoon before him. It was a century ago. There’s no dating it to a particular hit but it was certainly held before our deviously arranged murder of Sandino in Nicaragua in 1934.

For the last century the US government has made it its regular business to execute, or to buy the execution of, men it deemed geopolitically damned. There isn’t space here to review the long roster of America’s secret victims, nor any need for that. The uninformed need to take their own education in hand or continue mooing meekly down the chute toward who knows what end? Perhaps even their own date with the stungun.

Skipping past our more notorious standard issue deep cover CIA murders–Lumumba, Che, Allende, Diem–and excepting killings during phony “police actions” and “incursions”, gets us to the phase of dedicated, clandestine extermination outfits, to the era of “terminating with extreme prejudice” by quasi-military units like the Phoenix Program that murdered thousands of Viet Cong and NVA. It was a short step then to creation of specialized military hit squads. Navy SEALS with their Osama murder are typical.

In this era of magical tech innovations–GPS wizardry, HUMINT, SIGINT, IMINT and MASINT–America vaunts the uncanny accuracy of drones that slaughter wedding parties instead of jihadi honchos, and Hellfire missiles that maim and eviscerate more peasant children than diabolized hajjis. Targeted assassination has, in its current iteration, thrown over the traces and expanded its lethal reach so that nailing its purported target is now irrelevant. Busloads of Yemeni kids will do. It’s now a case, as a Marine buddy told me in Khe Sanh, of “Kill ‘em all; let God sort ‘em out.”

It needs to be clear that none of this cowardly murder was done in the heat of authorized battle. None of it has come during legally declared war. These assassinations are just that: murders without acknowledgment, much less official justification that, when exposed, are flatly denied by implausible baldfaced bullshit from our robotic, faux-Christian Mandarins. Our government always keeps, among its court jongleurs, trained slugs whose unique sociopathic gift consists in being able to look a clueless public in the face and solemnly assure them that dogshit is ice cream.

What is notable about this sordid history is not that it happened, since this country has foisted the dirtiest, most flagrant deceptions on the world and its own people as a matter of course for generations, but this: that from the beginning of our state murder program enormous effort has gone into keeping the fact of it hidden or, at least, deniable. It remained to Jabba, the President, not only to end that charade, to blow that cover in the Soleimani murder, but also, with idiot vanity, to celebrate himself as its author.

Quite apart from being astoundingly, stupidly reckless, since The Empire’s functionaries, military and other, become immediate potential targets, it is an offence against the laws of nations and of war. America, the full rogue state, cares nothing for such laws, of course, but some quaint nations still do and it puts it in seriously bad odor with the few suckup lackeys it still may have despite Trump’s relentless campaign to demean and alienate them. Candidates for another “coalition of the willing” to mask America’s brute adventurism are going to be scarce as birdshit in a cuckoo clock.

So much for side effects. This murder of Soleimani was, to cop a line from Hamlet, a “Murder most foul, as in the best it is, but this most foul, strange, and unnatural”, because of his history as a once critical American ally. He, with forces loyal to him, was key in defeating ISIS after our multi-billion dollar, half-assed, spit-and-baling wire Iraqi Army’s meltdown and flight. America murdered no Takfiri barbarian, no crazed, fanatic Jihadi in him, but a temperate, judicious statesman, and a hero to most Iranian people.

If the intent was crude, direct provocation of war with Iran, that intent may now be realized. With millions of Persians in the streets mourning him and Khamenei vowing stern vengeance, symbolic rockets are no expression of that outrage. If retaliation does come, as it may, the world will know it.

At that point, Trump has to fish or cut bait. If his authority is heeded then– which is not certain–by a military that much prefers no-risk bullying of weak entities that generate big money for little blood, and a Congress at once warmongering and cowardly, the balloon could go up. If so, speculation is useless beyond one ineluctable reality: the US will be, at a minimum, badly hurt and the world economy will be shaken to pieces. Needless to say, the results of Big Power war would be orders of magnitude more catastrophic.

Very Serious People, men who make regular appearances on the MSM– the PR arm of the Deep State–and their owners who don’t, are betting that nothing so insane as Great Power war could come about as a result of this murder and they’re probably right. It would take an interlocking set of wild errors of judgment and calculation on the part of the powerful men who control world order, such as it is, for a major cataclysm to be triggered.

That was the case in 1914, as Tuchman detailed in The Guns Of August. Men of broad experience and vaunted acumen, in charge of armies, fleets, and nations, slow marched in their egotism, arrogance, and wilful rigidity, into the most devastating war in history, mesmerized by their own folly.

A wag has said that history doesn’t repeat itself but it rhymes.

Wisdom and sound judgment are not unattainable by men who value them. They forever elude the arrogant, the egoist, and the sociopath. The men and women who now lead us are such people, enlisted by, and devoted to, our Capitalist rulers, and their voracious quest for dominion of the world and the acquisition of its wealth that is their only purpose and goal. People of this barren, soulless, biophobic creed are incapable of rational, humane, and life-affirming decisions. The impending dangers of rape economics, climate change, and world war do not appear to these defectives as the horrifying, immanent threats they are. We are hostage to their inadequacy.

It is not impossible that the murder of Soleimani could result in a disaster of greater magnitude than did that of the Archduke Ferdinand, and that we may, in the days ahead, suffer our own 1914 and its dreadful aftermath.

Paul Edwards is a writer and film-maker in Montana. He can be reached at: hgmnude@bresnan.net

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:47 pm 
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These Ayatollahs are pretty unhinged.

"Iranian cleric says UK ambassador should be ‘chopped into pieces’ for attending vigil for plane shootdown victims"
- Hundreds of Thousands of U.S. Soldiers Were Killed in Our Missile Attack;
- Iranians Who Refused to Step on Flags of Israel, U.S. Should Be Court-Martialed, Executed


https://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2020/01/ ... n-victims/


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Holyman wrote:
JANUARY 15, 2020

American Murder

by PAUL EDWARDS



It needs to be clear that none of this cowardly murder was done in the heat of authorized battle. None of it has come during legally declared war. These assassinations are just that: murders without acknowledgment, much less official justification that, when exposed, are flatly denied by implausible baldfaced bullshit from our robotic, faux-Christian Mandarins.


Has Iran "legally" declared war to justify the thousands of people Solomeini and the IRGC have killed in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen?

Does Paul Edwards consider the thousands of Iraqis that had power drills used on their heads by Solomeini's nazis?

Does Paul Edwards consider the thousands of Iranian protesters that have been killed, tortured and jailed by Solomeini's nazis in the last few months?

If Iran wants to go around and "meddle" in countries outside their borders without declaring war and hiding behind proxies, they better be able to pay the price. America sure has.


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What was the last country that the United States declared War on?

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Holyman wrote:
What was the last country that the United States declared War on?

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Why bother with a declaration when you can just do cowardly airstrikes at random intervals?


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PBFMullethunter wrote:
Holyman wrote:
What was the last country that the United States declared War on?

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Why bother with a declaration when you can just do cowardly airstrikes at random intervals?


Is that was America has done over the last 19 years with hundreds of thousands of troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan doing rebuilding and trying to keep crazy Muslims from killing each other?

That said, I think I can get behind the "rubble don't make trouble" school of foreign policy that Trump seems to favor. No more sending US troops to be target practice between various crazy Muslim sects.

Can't wait until our new Space Force can zap them from outer space!


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Foota wrote:
PBFMullethunter wrote:
Holyman wrote:
What was the last country that the United States declared War on?

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Why bother with a declaration when you can just do cowardly airstrikes at random intervals?[/quote

Is that was America has done over the last 19 years with hundreds of thousands of troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan doing rebuilding and trying to keep crazy Muslims from killing each other?


And a swell job Murrica has been doing too :-bd

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Slacks wrote:
Foota wrote:
PBFMullethunter wrote:

Why bother with a declaration when you can just do cowardly airstrikes at random intervals?[/quote

Is that was America has done over the last 19 years with hundreds of thousands of troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan doing rebuilding and trying to keep crazy Muslims from killing each other?


And a swell job Murrica has been doing too :-bd



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And a swell job Murrica has been doing too :-bd


Our lapdogs the UK have been helping too.

- Nearly 20 years after 9/11 and no major terrorist attacks on US soil
- Iraq now ruled via demographic reality and friendly to the US
- Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt basically extinct (at least the one who were in political power)
- Iran teetering and boxed in with protests against Iran in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria.
- Bin Laden dead
- Bagdhadi dead
- Solomeini dead
- Caliphate destroyed
- Israel still exists and stronger than ever
- OPEC and Russia's oil influence eliminated by America becoming an energy exporter

That said, I can't really point to any American gains in Afghanistan. That was the "good war" all of the Euros supported during the Bush years against the bad war in Iraq - but can't see any geopolitical reason to keep troops there going forward. We can drone or zap from Space Force if any Taliban or Al Qaeda leaders get uppity and start up training camps again.


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Foota wrote:
Slacks wrote:

And a swell job Murrica has been doing too :-bd


Our lapdogs the UK have been helping too.

- Nearly 20 years after 9/11 and no major terrorist attacks on US soil
- Iraq now ruled via demographic reality and friendly to the US
- Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt basically extinct (at least the one who were in political power)
- Iran teetering and boxed in with protests against Iran in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria.
- Bin Laden dead
- Bagdhadi dead
- Solomeini dead
- Caliphate destroyed
- Israel still exists and stronger than ever
- OPEC and Russia's oil influence eliminated by America becoming an energy exporter

That said, I can't really point to any American gains in Afghanistan. That was the "good war" all of the Euros supported during the Bush years against the bad war in Iraq - but can't see any geopolitical reason to keep troops there going forward. We can drone or zap from Space Force if any Taliban or Al Qaeda leaders get uppity and start up training camps again.



You don't do sarcasm do you ?

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Is it true that an armed militia, as per Constitoooshun, is taking over the Capitol now?


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Is it true that an armed militia, as per Constitoooshun, is taking over the Capitol now?


No - it is fake news.


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Is it true that an armed militia, as per Constitoooshun, is taking over the Capitol now?


No - it is fake news.


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Apparently "no casualties" from Iran's missile attack on US bases was also fake news. 11 apparently

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Apparently "no casualties" from Iran's missile attack on US bases was also fake news. 11 apparently


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Apparently "no casualties" from Iran's missile attack on US bases was also fake news. 11 apparently


freedom isn’t free


In b4 "only possible minor concussions"

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Mozambique vs. Ghana: who would win?


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Ghanaian women are the most beautiful of all sub-Saharans.

Never met one who wasn't a stunner, and I've met a few.

"Are you Ghanaian?"

"Yes!! How did you know?!"

"Because Ghanaian women are the most beautiful in all Africa."

Effective way to introduce one's self, I've found.

(Only with women who are potentially Ghanaian, obvs.)

Thought I'd share that.

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*Adds Ghana to list...*


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So, just to be clear:

For the last 40 years, successive U.S. Governments have been painting Iran up to be an Existential threat to Truth, Liberty and the American Way.

Whenever a U.S. Government has been trying to justify putting ABM equipment in nations bordering the Russian Federation, it has always claimed "Protection Against Iran” as the primary justification (definitely *NOT* as a “First-Strike” weapon for use against Russia…).

And because most Americans don’t know or understand there’s a difference between Sunni and Shia Islam, U.S. Governments also continue to conflate Sunni Islamist “terrorism” with the (Shia) Iranian State.

All of which is intended to convince Americans that the Iranian Government is full of mad, dangerous theocrats, desperate to kill Americans at any given opportunity; and that, intended to keep American taxpayers funnelling ever-increasing amounts of their incomes into the mighty U.S. War Machine, without objecting too strongly…

…Whilst their Home Nation crumbles into dust, due to almost zero Pubic Sector expenditure on domestic infrastructure and services.

OK then.

So what just happened?

The President of the United States of America illegally (domestically and internationally) executed a representative of the Iranian Government, who was travelling on a diplomatic passport, having been invited to Baghdad by the Iraqi Government (who also had a senior member of their Military Staff killed in the same execution).

In response, the Iranian Government targeted U.S. Military installations for ballistic missile strikes.

And we all thought: *THIS IS IT*!

Right?

Because of everything the U.S. Government has ever said about the murderous, mad Mullahs of Iran.

But no, apparently not.

It seems some “back-channel” communications, mediated by the Swiss, was all it took for the U.S. and Iranian Governments to not let “things get out-of-hand”…

So my question is this:

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JANUARY 22, 2020

The Media and the Military Mindset

by MELVIN GOODMAN


U.S. national media have been lazy in their treatment of our military—pandering to the military itself and using retired general officers with ties to the military-industrial complex as spokesmen. The United States is largely in an arms race with itself, but the media typically ignore bloated defense spending. It is past time to reinforce Martin Luther King’s address to the Riverside Church in 1967 that linked chronic domestic poverty and military adventurism.

Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Department of Defense has been playing an outsize role in the implementation of U.S. foreign policy and has too much clout in the production of intelligence analysis. The administrations of Clinton, Bush, Obama, and Trump have given the Pentagon an unprecedented position of power and influence, including huge increases in defense spending and a dominant voice in the making of national security policy. The media, relying for the most part on retired general officers, have been insufficiently critical of this militarization.

The news on cable television relies on retired general officers to analyze and assess the military actions of the United States. Nearly all of these retired generals and admirals have high-level positions at various arms manufacturers, but this is rarely noted. General Jack Keane, one of Donald Trump’s favorite generals, is a frequent analyst on Fox News, but it is never mentioned that the retired general is executive chairman of AM General, a leading defense contractor, best known as the manufacturer of the Humvee and other tactical military vehicles. Keane obviously has a direct financial interest in the use of force.

NBC News and MSNBC, the so-called liberal voice of cable television, rely on a former student of mine at the National War College, retired Admiral James Stavridis, who is described as the networks’ “chief international security analyst.” The networks never mention that Stavridis, the former supreme allied commander at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, currently works for the Carlyle Group, advising Carlyle on its multibillion-dollar portfolio of defense companies.

According to a recent article in the Washington Post, CBS’s in-house military expert is retired Admiral James Winnefeld Jr., a former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but also a member of the board at Raytheon, a major defense manufacturer. CNN relied on retired General James Marks in the early years of the Iraq War, without mentioning Marks’ role in obtaining military and intelligence contracts for McNeil Technologies. Marks is back at CNN, but the network never mentions that now he is a venture partner and adviser to a company that invests in military companies.

The Washington Post is guilty of the same kind of enabling of the military. In the wake of the killing of Qassim Soleimani, Stephen Hadley, President George W. Bush’s national security adviser, endorsed the actions of the Trump administration, arguing that the killing could open the door to diplomacy. The Post needed to mention that Hadley is a director at Raytheon, which manufactures components of the drone that killed Major General Soleimani. In other words, it should be noted that Hadley has a vested financial interest in the war. As a letter writer to the Post noted, drone targeting systems aren’t cheap.

In the field of intelligence reporting, MSNBC relies almost entirely on the views of former CIA director John Brennan and deputy director John McLaughlin. Brennan is a peculiar choice because he supported the policy of torture and abuse while serving on the executive staff of the Central Intelligence Agency as well as aiding in the cover-up of the CIA’s role in shooting down a missionary plane over Peru in a botched mission to stop drug trafficking. Brennan was also responsible for the order to CIA lawyers and technicians to hack into the computers of the Senate intelligence committee to remove sensitive documentary evidence of the sordid acts of CIA officers.

McLaughlin is a bizarre choice as an intelligence analyst because he led the effort to craft the spurious speech that Secretary of State Colin Powell gave to the United Nations only six weeks before the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The speech was designed to convince a domestic and international audience of the (non-existent) weapons of mass destruction in Iraqi inventories. The speech was particularly successful in fooling the editorial and oped writers of the Washington Post, who claimed they were “convinced” that Iraqi WMD justified Bush’s war.

The U.S. reliance on military force has damaged U.S. national interests at a time when the global community is facing severe economic stress. The Iraq and Afghan wars have cost trillions of dollars and have not made America more secure. The war on terror has created more terrorists than it has eliminated, and recent secretaries of state have failed to question the strategic and geopolitical implications of a wider war in Southwest Asia. The budget of the Department of Defense, exceeding levels reached during the worst days of the Cold War, receives overwhelming bipartisan support.

Even so-called liberal organizations are attracted to these policies. The Brookings Institution and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and their scholars—Michael O’Hanlon and Robert Kagan, respectively—have advocated the use of military force in Iraq and Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the media largely ignore the loss of civilian life as they do the destruction of civilian economies, including hospitals, schools, and infrastructure.

Nearly sixty years after President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s warning about the military-industrial complex, the United States must come to terms with its elevation of the role of the military; its cult of military spending that has become sacrosanct; and the culture of militarism that has placed U.S. bases all over the globe. The American public is in danger of knowing only those military policies and actions that the government wants it to know, and the media are insufficiently aggressive in uncovering the nature of U.S. militarism the world over.

Melvin A. Goodman is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and a professor of government at Johns Hopkins University. A former CIA analyst, Goodman is the author of Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA and National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism. and A Whistleblower at the CIA. His most recent book is “American Carnage: The Wars of Donald Trump” (Opus Publishing), and he is the author of the forthcoming “The Dangerous National Security State” (2020).”

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The President of the United States of America illegally (domestically and internationally) executed a representative of the Iranian Government, who was travelling on a diplomatic passport, having been invited to Baghdad by the Iraqi Government (who also had a senior member of their Military Staff killed in the same execution).



Worth reminding that Solomeini was under a United Nations travel ban as even the feckless UN realized that Solomeini was going around the Middle East creating division and strife starting sectarian violence.

So what was he doing illegally traveling in Iraq just days after his proxies attacked the US embassy?


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He was visiting Baghdad, at the invitation of the Iraqi Government, to meet with representatives of the Saudi Arabian Government, to discuss diffusing tensions in the Region (now that the U.S. has collapsed).

He was travelling, to the country bordering Iran, on a diplomatic passport, on a diplomatic mission, at the request of the Iraqi Government.

Despite the 2007 UNSC travel ban on Soleimani and other Quds Force personnel (that passed without China or Russia vetoing it), Soleimani has been travelling freely (to places like Russia) since at least 2015.

The United States has done more over the last 20 years to undermine the legitimacy and potency of the United Nations, than any other nation on Earth.

The U.S. repudiates and rejects UN oversight and authority whenever it suits it to do so. The U.S. tried to get authorisation from the UN for its 2003 Invasion of Iraq, failed, and went ahead anyway.

Now you are saying that the US fairly and reasonably executed Soleimani, because he was under a 2007 UN travel ban.

Was he executed for breaching the travel ban?

Is that how Trump justified the execution?

Finally:

Did the United Nations Security Council authorise the execution of Soleimani?

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C'mon... Let's hear it.

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Now you are saying that the US fairly and reasonably executed Soleimani, because he was under a 2007 UN travel ban.


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Nope - just disputing the notion that Solomeini was just some random politician who got greased for nothing while passing through Iraq.

Solomeini and the Quds force were as destabilizing to the Region as ISIS and Al Qaeda were. Just the Shia side of the coin.


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As destabilising to the region as the U.S?

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