Who’s your Daddy? “ISIS has many, many fathers, all of whom now deny patrimony.” Glen Ford
1.Terrorism is the symptom. US imperialism is the cancer. The war on terror is TERRORISM! (Garikai Chengu) Read more about Why is the US Waging War on Humanity? (20 Considerations)
Some people still don’t get that Obama is a pragmatist with a heart of stone. Both domestically and internationally speaking.
Internationally speaking, according to Melkulangara Bhadrakumar, Obama got what he wanted from the trip to Israel when at the very end of it he played catalyst to Turkey's and Israel's “making up” after the killing of nine Turkish nationals by Israeli commandos in the 2010 Turkish flotilla on a humanitarian mission to help the Palestinians of Gaza. Read more about Obama Wants Turkey/Israel to Help Bomb Shit Outta Syria
The humanitarian crisis in Syria is an indictment of the United States, Britain and the other major powers that have deliberately stoked the sectarian civil war, and given support to a rag-tag opposition, dominated by reactionary Islamist tendencies, in a bid to oust the Assad regime and install a pliant puppet government. The US and its allies cynically exploit the social disaster they have helped create, in order to intensify the push to remove Assad. Oliver Campbell
NATO ministers met in Brussels today, December 5th, to approve Turkey’s request for Patriot missiles and for foreign and US troops to be deployed to their border with Syria.
The US/NATO War-machine plows onward in the attempted illegitimate overthrow of Syria, much as it did with its successful illegitimate overthrow of Libya.
Turkey has offered geographical strategic assistance to the US- and NATO-backed so-called “rebels” trying to overthrow Assad’s Syrian regime. Turkey now offers itself as a flimsy fig-leaf for craven powerful western intervention into Syria. Read more about Obama, US, NATO Heart Al Qaeda in Syria (WTF?)
Paul Craig Roberts recently suggested an archly apt bumper sticker: “Be nice to America or we will bring democracy to your country.”
Our government does not bring democracy to countries. Raise your hand if you are naive enough to believe it does. Especially after the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were launched (still ongoing). Those two countries are two of the five most corrupt countries in the world thanks to our craven "involvement" -- involvement a profoundly understating word. Read more about The Bitter Truth Behind the Syrian Crisis
Pepe Escobar of Asia Times has been analyzing closely the Libyan War or, as he corrects himself per the White House, a "time-limited, scope-limited military action.”
On the Libyan Rebels' Military Commander:
And what about the INC's new military commander, Khalifa Hifter - a former Libyan army colonel who spent nearly 20 years in Vienna, Virginia, not far from the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley? Progressives will love to learn that the romantic "rebels" are now led by a CIA asset.
On the Rebel Coalition: Read more about The Libyan Fiasco: "Neo-Colonialism with a Facelift" says Pepe Escobar
Get a load of this:
Tensions mounted along the Iraqi-Turkish border on Monday as the Turkish government sought parliamentary approval for authorizing military incursions into northern Iraq.
The vote in Parliament would permit Turkish armed forces to cross the border in pursuit of Kurdish rebels who launch raids into Turkish territory from Iraqi Kurdistan.
What are they thinking? What's wrong with them? Read more about What the heck is wrong with the Turks, anyhow?
Turkey — and George W. Bush who relies on Asia Minor as a transportation hub in his war on logic — is up in arms about a pending Congressional vote declaring the massive, early 20th-century killings of Armenians a genocide.
"I have been trying to warn the (U.S.) lawmakers not to make a historic mistake," said Egemen Bagis, a close foreign policy adviser to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
How dare some foreigner ask the U.S. Congress to stop making historic mistakes in a time of war! Read more about Cramping our style
Looks like the Turks might roll out a "new product" just before an election. Way go show 'em the way, there, Commander Guy! AP:
Sinan Ogan, head of the Turkish Center for International Relations and Strategic Analysis, said one option was a limited air force operation, which would help the government deal with domestic demand for action. If ground forces do go in, he said, the military would want them to stay for at least six months to assess the impact of the mission.
If you think Iraq is a Clusterfuck now, just wait: Things can always get worse. AP, in a story I missed yesterday:
Turkey's government and military have agreed on detailed plans for a possible cross-border operation against Kurdish rebels based in northern Iraq, the foreign minister said Friday.
Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul urged the United States and Iraq, which oppose a Turkish military move into Iraq, to crack down on rebels of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. But he said Turkey was ready to stage an offensive if necessary.
200,000 Turks, God bless 'em, marched against the pending threat of a de-secularized government.
Like that jerkwater country situated between Canada and Mexico, Turkey is increasingly in the thrall of creationism.
I guess in place of "American exceptionalism" we can take pride in being a cautionary tale. Read more about Will Constantinople, er, Istanbul get the works?
n October, police raided a trailer home which doubled as a meth factory - and they stumbled across a treasure trove of nuclear secrets that had somehow escaped from Los Alamos. As CBS reported: