Wednesday, 26 July 2017

The Israel Lobby: Time for a Second Edition - Paul Craig Roberts


A decade ago in 2007 John J. Mearsheimer, the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and codirector of the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago, and Stephen M. Walt, the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Academic Dean of the Kennedy School from 2002-2006, published The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy. The publisher was the prestigeous publishing house, Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The authors made a convincing case that Israel operating through its American lobbies, which are not registered as foreign agents, succeeds in using US foreign policy in Israel’s interests. The authors conclude that the use of US foreign policy in Israel’s interests is damaging to both America’s national interests and to Israel’s long-term security.

Many were pleased that two distinguised experts had breached a taboo issue. But the Israel Lobby was not among them. Instantly, the authors and the book were denounced as anti-semetic. The demonstration that Israel had influence was misrepresented as the claim that Israel controlled the US government. The authors were denounced for their “extremism” which some alleged could result in a new holocaust.

Other critics took a different approach and claimed that there was no difference between Israeli and US interests and that anything that served Israel also served America. Some evangelicals added: “and also serves God.”

The authors remained dispassionate throughout the long controversy and stuck to their point that Israel’s influence on US foreign policy was not in the interest of either country.

If we think of a spectrum with influence at one end shading into control at the other, in the decade since The Israel Lobby was published Israel has moved closer to the control end of the spectrum. For example, we learn from the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that a bill in the US House of Representatives “would require U.S. to consult with Israel before selling arms in Mideast” http://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-1.794835 .

Last month the House of Representatives unanimously passed HR 672 titled “Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of 2017.” Former CIA official Philip Giraldi reports that “the bill requires the State Department to monitor what European nations and their police forces are doing about anti-Semitism.” In other words, the bill makes Washington an enforcer over Europe for Israel. There is a companion bill in the US Senate http://www.globalresearch.ca/israels-dirty-little-secret/5595437 .

And then there is S. 722 backed by AIPAC, titled “An act to provide congressional review and to counter Iranian and Russian aggression.” Iranian and Russian “aggression” exist by assertion, not by fact. The bill more or less makes it impossible for President Trump to remove the sanctions and normalize relations.

And there is much more since 2007. In 2010 the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported Netanyahu’s boast that America was a country easy for him to manipulate http://www.haaretz.com/tricky-bibi-1.302053. In 2015 Congress without consulting President Obama invited Netanyahu to address Congress on the appropriate US foreign policy toward Iran. Congress is accustomed to grovelling at Israeli feet. Every year Congress attends AIPAC’s meeting and pays homage to its liege lord. One would think that the sight of the legislative body affirming its allegiance to Israel would raise questions about what country Congress represents.

If Mearsheimer and Walt have the strength, the time is ripe for a second edition of The Israel Lobby.
http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/07/24/israel-lobby-time-second-edition/

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[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 26th, 2017.]

Syrian War Report – July 24, 2017: Syrian Army Made Large Gains In Raqqah Province


The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces and tribal forces, backed up by the Russian Aerospace Forces, have liberated Al-Dakhilah, Bir Al-Sabkhawi, and Al-Sabkhawi from ISIS terrorists in the southern countryside of Raqqah and, according to pro-government sources, reached the Euphrates River and cut off the Al-Bukamal-Aleppo highway.

Thus, the army and its allies repeated the al-Bab-style operation when they built a buffer zone in order to stop a possible Turkish advance into central Syria. Control over the Al-Bukamal-Aleppo highway prevents a possible US-led operation in the direction of Deir Ezzor from the area of Raqqah.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 26th, 2017.]

Trump’s Appointees Worse Than Obama’s


I didn’t think it possible to assemble a less competent and more vicious government than Obama assembled, but Trump has succeeded in doing so. Stephen Lendman takes to
task the moron Trump appointed as CIA director. (PCR)


Neocon CIA Director Pompeo’s Venom

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

The agency operates unaccountably, its diabolical agenda incompatible with democratic values and rule of law principles.

It’s mostly a global Mafia hit squad. Its unchecked power threatens everyone. As long as it exists, no one anywhere is safe.

Imperialism is tyranny by another name. The CIA acts as its enforcer. America is the United States of Amnesia, learning nothing from its imperial history, repeating the same mistakes, ordinary people at home and abroad suffering most.

Pompeo is the latest in a long line of rogue CIA directors. At an Aspen, Colorado security summit last week, he substituted venom and fiction for truth-telling.

Pompeo: “ The agency, along with our great partners from DOD and foreign partners are working diligently to defeat ISIS in” the Middle East.

Fact: Washington created and supports ISIS and likeminded terrorist groups, using them as imperial foot soldiers, the CIA heavily involved in arming, funding, training and directing their fighters.

Pompeo: “Iran (is) extending its boundaries, extending its reach, now making an effort to cross the borders and link up from Iraq, a very dangerous threat to the United States.” 

“Iran is the world’s largest state sponsor of terror, and they now have a significant foothold in Syria.”

Fact: Iran is the region’s leading proponent of peace and stability. It’s aiding its Syria ally combat the scourge of US-supported terrorism.

Pompeo called Russia America’s “enemy…When the decision was made to allow the Russians to enter into Syria…coming on four years ago, (it) fundamentally changed the landscape. And it’s certainly been worse for the Syrian people.”

Fact: Russia intervened legally at Assad’s request on September 30, 2015, less than two years ago. It’s actions changed the dynamic on the ground positively, saving Syrian sovereignty.

Fact: Its actions represent a vital counterweight to US imperial ruthlessness.

Pompeo: “America’s interests (involve) providing the conditions (for) a more stable Middle East.”

Fact: America pursues its “interests” by raping and destroying one country after another in the region and elsewhere.

Pompeo: “Assad is not a stabilizing influence in Syria…(I)t is difficult to imagine a stable Syria that still has (him) in power.”  

“He is a puppet of the Iranians and therefore it seems an unlikely situation where Assad will be sitting on the throne and America’s interests will be well served.”

Fact: Assad is overwhelmingly supported by Syrians, wanting no one else leading them.

Fact: No nation knows more about puppets than America. It’s installed so many of them worldwide. Assad isn’t one of them for anyone.

Pompeo: “…Hezbollah is but one example of the Iranians using proxy forces to achieve their outcomes, which is an expansionist capacity to control and be the kingpin in the Middle East.”

Fact: Hezbollah is a democratically elected part of Lebanon’s government, a proxy for no one. Iran has no revanchist aims.

Pompeo: Russia’s interest in Syria is to have “a warm water naval port, and they love to stick it to America.”

Fact: Russian/Syrian relations go back decades. They “stick it” to no other country. America “stick(s) it” to everybody everywhere.

Pompeo: Asked if Russia pursues a serious anti-ISIS strategy, Pompeo said “(no).”

Fact: Russia is smashing ISIS, driving Pompeo and other neocons in Washington nuts for defeating its imperial agenda in Syria.

Pompeo: “…America has an obligation to push back against” Russia.

Fact: America represents the greatest threat to world peace, Russia and China the best hope to preserve it.

Pompeo: ISIS is “dangerous.”

Fact: Its danger lies in the US-led foreign support it receives. Its heavy weapons don’t materialize out of thin air. They’re supplied by America and its rogue allies.

Pompeo ranted about nonexistent Russian, Iranian and North Korean threats. These countries threaten no one. America threatens everyone.

Pompeo: “…WikiLeaks will take down America any way they can and find any willing partner to achieve that end.”

Fact: WikiLeaks publishes credible material supplied the group, breaking no laws doing it. America “take(s) (itself) down” by waging war on humanity.

Washington is the world’s leading state terrorism sponsor, Pompeo as CIA head one of the nation’s leading proliferators.
http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/07/23/trumps-appointees-worse-obamas/

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 26th, 2017.]

The New Cold War: Brought to You by the Socialist Neocons and Socialist Neoliberals - CNN Host Shocked to Learn US Meddled in 81 Elections in 47 Countries






Story thanks to Trump is Right.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 26th, 2017.]

Criminal Psychopaths Run The Government...Let's Give Them More Power!!!


We all know that the criminal psychopaths who populate the government will stop at nothing to achieve their sadistic ends. But you've gotta vote for someone, right? So why not vote for the criminal psychopath that promises you free healthcare? Or maybe the criminal psychopath that promises to keep you safe from the big, bad turban-wearing (Gladio-sponsored) boogeymen? Anyway, I'm sure it'll all work out...



If you need Government then hyper-transparency and accountability is vitally important. Everything must be recorded and available to the public plus psychological testing done to eliminate psychopaths. A system of Laws, as outlined in the US Constitution, is a good idea. The problem is with implementation and opaqueness when it comes to how things are run (ie the lobbyist system). We know what the problems are. We just need to address them (improved vigilance versus the corrupt and special interests). 

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 26th, 2017.]

Orban: ‘Europe Must Regain Sovereignty From The Soros Empire’, Build Border Wall to Stop ‘Muslimized Europe’


Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has made an impassioned defence of European values and identity at the Bálványos Summer University camp in Romania Saturday, calling on European nations to end their association with billionaire open-borders financier George Soros.

Speaking at the 28th Bálványos Open University camp Saturday, which was this week was hailed as “one of the most important discussion forums of the Hungarian community” by Hungary’s deputy Prime Minister, Orban contributed to an apparently new tradition of the Hungarian PM using the event as a launch pad for pro-European rhetoric and policy.

Hitting out at the Hungarian-born billionaire George Soros, who stands accused by the Hungarian government of using his vast wealth to fund pro-mass migration organisations to create a “new, mixed, Muslimized Europe”, Orban said Brussels was in an “alliance against the people’s will” with the financier

Laying out his vision for a future Europe without the influence of Soros, Orban said: ““In order for Europe to be able to live, it has to win back its sovereignty from the Soros Empire… Once this is done, migrants must be taken back outside the EU. It sounds strict, but those who came illegally, must be transported back,” Prime Minister Orbán said. “We have to admit that the European continent cannot remain unprotected.”

Discussing immigration to Hungary in a speech that came just days after his government announced the total requests submitted for Hungarian citizenships had hit one million, Orban said he would continue to oppose migrants “who could change the country’s cultural identity”.
http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/07/22/orban-europe-must-regain-sovereignty-soros-empire-build-border-wall-stop-muslimized-europe/

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 26th, 2017.]

Liam Fox Is In The US To Do A Free Trade Deal, Which Will See GM Foods Flood Into The UK!




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 26th, 2017.]

Scientific Consensus And Mass Delusion - 150 Years Of Scientific Insanity (Tony Heller)


One incorrect observation by a scientist in 1879, snowballed into 150 years of consensus mass delusion.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 26th, 2017.]

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Pulitzer Prize Winning Reporter Asks Russia For “Clinton Information”, 2 Days Later He’s Dead


A shocking new Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) report circulating in the Kremlin today states that this past Tuesday (18 July), the Consulate General’s office in New York City was contacted by Wall Street Journal reporter/editor Joseph Rago who requested a Thursday (20 July) in person interview with Federation consular officials regarding an upcoming article he was preparing on Hillary Clinton and her links to Russia—but who failed to attend the meeting he requested due to his being discovered dead in his apartment of as yet “unknown causes” just hours prior to this meeting occurring.

According to this report, Joseph Rago was a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter whose expertise was in the health care field and whose stated purpose for this meeting was his investigating Hillary Clinton's links to the 2014 sale of Veropharm (one of Russia's largest medical companies) to the American medical giant Abbott Laboratories.



Credible witnesses, prestigious reporters, and insiders who go up against Clinton end up dead.

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[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 25th, 2017.]

CLINTON EMAIL BREAKING NEWS: Trump Tweets About Special Council for Clinton Email Indictments (H. A. Goodman)


So many people are asking why isn't the A.G. or Special Council looking at the many Hillary Clinton or Comey crimes. 33,000 e-mails deleted?



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[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 25th, 2017.]

Assange: ‘CIA Not Only Armed Syria’s Insurgents–It Paid Their Salaries’


Wikileaks’ Julian Assange is continuing his attempt to “take down America any way he can” by accurately reporting the truth.

Saturday on Twitter, Assange highlighted an article from Thursday where the Financial Times noted how many Syrian rebels are getting salaries from the CIA.

Assange said they “buried the lede”:
http://www.blacklistednews.com/Assange%3A_%E2%80%98CIA_Not_Only_Armed_Syria%E2%80%99s_Insurgents%E2%80%93It_Paid_Their_Salaries%E2%80%99/59886/0/38/38/Y/M.html

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The Covert Origins of ISIS


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 25th, 2017.]

#DefendEurope: The Far Left's Attempt to Silence REALITY - Black Pigeon




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 25th, 2017.]

INVASION-21: UN Document Plans People Replacement War Against West


A United Nations document from 2000 exposes “The Great People Replacement” as their final solution. Offered as a solution for the unsustainable entitlement states of Europe, it is now being implemented by the EU superstate as “refugee quotas”. But it’s not about responding to unforeseen tragedies and wars that create refugees. David Knight breaks down the UN’s plan for a 21st Century invasion and subjugation of the West.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 25th, 2017.]

Trump Claims "Complete Power to Pardon": My Thoughts - Styx


Trump is right but would be dumb to pardon anyone.



Story thanks to Trump is Right.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 25th, 2017.]

This Week in Stupid (23/07/2017) - Sargon of Akkad


Regressive professors are attempting to unionise.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 25th, 2017.]

Your Tax Dollars Being Used To Promote The Big Global Warming Lie On Public Radio (Tony Heller)


Public radio is promoting a wildly fraudulent study which predicts 6C summer warming in the midwest - a region where sunmmer temperatures have been declining since the 19th century.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 25th, 2017.]

Monday, 24 July 2017

Be Suspicious of the Fake News that US is Withdrawing From Syria and Ceasing to Arm ‘Rebels’ (Stephen Lendman)


It’s naive to believe otherwise. It’s central to US strategy since launching war for regime change.

Tactics alone changed from then to now, not Washington’s objective – allied with Israel and other rogue states to topple Syria’s legitimate government.

In response to Trump’s announced end to covert CIA-arming and training of so-called “moderate rebels” (aka terrorists like all other anti-government groups), Russia’s Information and Press Department deputy director Artyom Kozhin said the following:

“We have not heard anything regarding this decision from the official sources. Neither do we know about the status of other similar programs that could be implemented by other US agencies.”

“(W)e have expressed how we feel when it comes to the US flirting with militants in Syria more than once. We have forewarned that this flirtation could have unpredictable military and political consequences.”

“We repeatedly pointed to the Americans’ unscrupulous actions taken in Syria in the pursuit of their self-seeking geopolitical interests.”

“It is an open secret that a substantial number of militants who have been trained under the US Train and Equip program ultimately joined ISIS and al-Nusra.”

“We regard this as a repetition of the tragic story of Afghanistan and Libya. The potential consequences of this should be obvious to everyone.”

On Friday, Sergey Lavrov minced no words, saying Washington continues arming anti-government terrorist groups in Syria, euphemistically called the moderate opposition.

It has illegal bases in the country, established without Security Council or Damascus authorization.

According to CENTCOM commander General Joseph Votel, US forces will remain in Syria after the battle for Raqqa is over – on the phony pretext of stabilizing the region.

Washington wants northern Syrian territory occupied, along with other areas it’s able to gain control over – a scheme risking direct confrontation with Russia and Damascus.

Trump wants increased funding for US military bases in Iraq and Syria, reflecting plans for permanent (illegal) US occupation.

Saying it’s to continue combating ISIS is willful deception, concealing America’s support for the terrorist group and likeminded ones.

On July 19, Russia’s upper house Federation Council ratified a January protocol agreed on in Damascus to establish the legal presence of Russian aerial forces and support personnel in Syria for 49 years – to be automatically extended for subsequent 25-year periods.

The move aims to secure and protect Syrian sovereignty. It continues longstanding mutually cooperative bilateral relations.

It signifies Russia’s intention to challenge US, NATO and Israeli imperial designs on the country.

Separately in letters to the UN secretary-general and Security Council president, Syria demanded compensation from Washington and its “illegitimate coalition” allies for terror-bombing civilian targets and destroying vital infrastructure.

Damascus called for an immediate halt to US-led aggression, massacring tens of thousands of civilians, a demand the Trump administration surely will ignore.

Endless war and regime change remain its objectives, no matter the human toll.
http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/07/22/suspicious-fake-news-us-withdrawing-syria-ceasing-arm-rebels/

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 24th, 2017.]

Geopolitical Turbulence in the Caucasus


If at the mention of Azerbaijan its delicious lamb and rice national dish plov comes to mind, or the equally tasty vinegret salad in the case of Georgia, that certainly would not be the wrong association. Lamentably, however, both countries – as well as the entire Caucasus region where they are key strategic players – are increasingly becoming notable for reasons far less innocuous than outstanding gastronomy.
 
To put it very simply, after Syria the Caucasus – barely 800 miles to the northeast – is literally Russia’s second line of defense, its “soft underbelly,” to use a worn but apposite phrase. Quite understandably, Russia is in Syria, among other reasons, precisely to make sure that it would not have to fall back to the aforementioned defense line. Its geopolitical opponents, however, are doing their utmost to see to it that it does. Hence the intense turbulence and maneouvering between Baku and Tbilisi, and beyond.
 
NATO Flags in Tbilisi. On a recent day, the main street of Georgia’s capital of Tbilisi was awash with American flags. Like neighboring Azerbaijan, Georgia is another strategically positioned former Soviet republic in the Caucasus. The occasion for the flag display was the visit of US lieutenant-general Frederick Hodges, commander of US forces in Europe, who arrived on a special mission, ostensibly to commend the performance of Georgian troops who were undergoing combat training at the US military base in Oberpfalz, in Germany. But as it turns out, the US is also constructing a new military facility in Georgia.[1] According to Georgia’s defense minister Levan Izoriya, the base is expected to open before the end of this year.
 
It takes little imagination to appreciate that the training Georgian soldiers are currently undergoing could, at some point in the future, come in handy for hypothetical operations such as, for instance, raising tensions on the border with Abkhazia or again, as in 2008, South Ossetia. True enough, with Saakashvilli’s unregretted departure Georgia now seems to have a leadership that is disinclined to become involved in such reckless adventures. It is also true, however, that the US military presence in Georgia is not confined to maintaining just a special forces training facility. A slew of foreign operated antennae, radar installations, and other surveillance facilities in Georgia attests to that. The US and NATO, Georgia’s prospective membership in the latter is again becoming an active conversation topic, apparently are committed to some long-range goals in this particular part of the world.

The scope of observable foreign activities would be incomprehensible on the theory that they are designed to serve no more than purely regional ambitions. Their true goal is more likely to be significantly broader: to extend US and NATO presence beyond the Caucasus. In that context, Georgia is no more than Washington’s stepping stone, a forward post.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/geopolitical-turbulence-in-the-caucasus/5600336

A reminder about the wider context with regards to the war in Syria.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 24th, 2017.]

Why The Seth Rich "Investigation" Should Scare The Hell Out Of All Of Us - SETH RICH LAPTOP TAKEN BY POLICE AFTER "BOTCHED ROBBERY": Why Would Police Need Laptop In Robbery?






Story thanks to Trump is Right.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 24th, 2017.]

Jeff Sessions Must be Fired - Styx




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 24th, 2017.]