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So the CIA is on the ground supporting Al Qaeda terrorists, the same ones who attacked us

on 9-11, and now they want to go in and provide air support for the terrorists....

Do I have that right?

Well, what could go wrong with that plan?

Obama on Syria: "We need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards"

Oh, crap, no that was about torture during the Bush administration....
Posted by grahamhgreen | Tue Sep 3, 2013, 03:20 PM (4 replies)

For Those Doubting if Syria is Part of the Neo-Con Plan, May I Present:

“ Five-year campaign plan … a total of seven countries, beginning with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia and Sudan” (Pentagon official quoted by General Wesley Clark)

- According to General Wesley Clark–the Pentagon, by late 2001, was Planning to Attack Lebanon

This is consistent with the US Neocons’ plan, “Rebuilding America’s Defenses,” published in August 2000 by the Project for the New American Century (PNAC):

That is why, according to the CIA, a number of regimes deeply hostile to America – North Korea,
Iraq, Iran, Libya and Syria – “already have or are developing ballistic missiles” that could threaten U.S allies and forces abroad. And one, North Korea, is on the verge of deploying missiles that can hit the American homeland. Such capabilities pose a grave challenge to the American peace and the military power that preserves that peace.

The ability to control this emerging threat through traditional nonproliferation treaties is limited when the geopolitical and strategic advantages of such weapons are so apparent and so readily acquired....

We cannot allow North Korea, Iran, Iraq or similar states to undermine American leadership, intimidate American allies or threaten the American homeland itself.

In my view, it's not about chemical weapons, it's about fulfilling the neocon wet dream of perpetual war.

All war will do is make them hate us more in the Middle East. nt

Posted by grahamhgreen | Mon Sep 2, 2013, 07:32 PM (3 replies)

What are some good options besides war with Syria?

Here's one from Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.): Try Assad in an international court.
Here's one from me: Stay out of it, we've already proven we have no idea what we're doing in the Middle East.

So, how does Obama's war get paid for? Can we have an special tax on the wealthiest? Can

we guarantee that no cuts will happen to any social programs because of it?

Can we enact something like the:

War Profiteering Act of 2007

Similar to the goals of the renegotiation acts to control excessive war profits, the War Profiteering Act of 2007 (“WPA”) seeks to amend the federal criminal code to prohibit profiteering and fraud by levying more stringent penalties on such illegal actions. The WPA provides in relevant parts that it shall be a violation of law for any person involved in the performance of a contract “in connection with a war, military action, or relief or reconstruction activities within the jurisdiction of the United States Government,” who “ knowingly and willfully” defrauds or attempts to defraud the government or “materially overvalues any good or service with the specific intent to defraud and excessively profit from the war, military action, or relief or reconstruction activities.”38 A contractor found to have overcharged the government may be fined the greater of $100,000 or not more than twice the gross profits or other proceeds derived from the overvaluation.39 In addition, such parties may also be subject to imprisonment for up to not more than ten years.

What is the cost of this war?

Why is Obama not representing the American people?

What about the deficit that everyone screams about?

Why was chained CPI on the table, but war is not?

Etc, etc, etc....

I could not be more dissatisfied with my representation in the White House.

Cyprus President announces ‘Guaranteed Minimum Income’ for all citizens

Beneficiaries will be all of our fellow citizens who have an income below that which can assure them a dignified living, irrespective of age, class or professional situation,” Anastasiades said in a statement.

He said the level of the Guaranteed Minimum Income would take into consideration the needs of every citizen and every household concerning nourishment, clothing, consumption of electricity and other indispensable items.

At the same time, it will guarantee the right for housing of the economically weaker groups of the population, he said. This will be done either through the subsidisation of the rent if the beneficiaries don’t own their own residence, or through the subsidisation of the interest on housing loans in the cases where people own a house but face problems in paying instalments.

Also covered will be unforeseen expenses, which unfortunately come up in every household, such as, for example, absolutely necessary construction and repairs to houses, municipal taxes, etc,” he said. http://cyprus-mail.com/2013/07/26/president-announces-guaranteed-minimum-income-for-all-citizens/

In my view, Obama should propose the same.

Bradley Manning Trial Witness Says Zero Deaths Linked To Names In Afghan War Diary Release

FORT MEADE, Md. -- The Defense Department task force that scoured WikiLeaks' Iraq and Afghanistan war logs did not find any deaths of people identified in the leaked reports -- discovering only that the Taliban claimed credit for the death of one person not named in the massive cache of files.

That revelation came as the sentencing phase of WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning's court martial began on Wednesday, a day after he was convicted on charges that carry a maximum sentence of 132.5 years. The prosecution's first sentencing witness, a former U.S. Department of Defense official, spoke to one of the most hotly contested elements of Manning's legacy -- whether his leaks put any American intelligence sources at risk.

Ret. Brig. Gen. Robert Carr testified that his task force identified more than 900 Afghan names as potentially at risk in the 70,000-plus leaked files. But only a single death -- of someone not actually named in the logs -- was ever linked to WikiLeaks.

"As a result of the Afghan logs, I only know of one individual that was killed," Carr said. "The individual was an Afghan national. The Afghan national had a relationship with the United States government, and the Taliban came out publicly and said that they killed him as a result of him being associated with the information in these logs."


Drone Strikes Ruled War Crimes; Public Outcry Forces Cutbacks

The tempo of CIA drone strikes in Pakistan has slowed significantly in recent months, and anonymous officials tell The Associated Press that the reason has to do with the public's intensifying criticism of the program, which has reportedly killed hundreds of civilians since 2004.

While the attacks are by no means stopping, their frequency has reached a low not seen since the secret program began in Pakistan, with 16 strikes occurring so far this year. That's a far cry from the peak of 122 strikes in 2010, according to data from the New America Foundation, whose most recent estimates show those strikes killed 97 alleged "militants" and four "others" in 2013. Current and former intelligence officials tell AP that public scrutiny has led the program to be more focused on "high value" targets, supposedly dropping the controversial practice of "signature strikes," which attack anonymous individuals based solely on behavior observed in the field....

The decreased number of strikes comes after massive public outrage in Pakistan, where the high court in Peshawar has ruled that US drone strikes constitute war crimes and violations of the country's sovereignty. Ben Emmerson, the UN's special rapporteur on civil rights, reached similar conclusions during his own investigation of the ongoing US drone campaign. In the past, Pakistani officials have publicly spoken out against drone strikes while secretly consenting to them behind closed doors. But anonymous US officials told the AP that the strikes decreased after Pakistani officials made it clear the attacks could not continue at the current rate, citing concerns over the civilian death toll.


Don’t buy the right-wing myth about Detroit

There's a lot of right wing spin on Detroit floating around the internet. Here's some good info:

As mythology goes, the specific story being crafted about Detroit’s bankruptcy is truly biblical — more specifically, just like the fact-free mythology around the Greek financial collapse, it is copied right from the chapter in the conservative movement’s bible about how to distort crises for maximum political effect.

In the conservative telling of this particular parable, Detroit faces a fiscal emergency because high taxes supposedly drove a mass exodus from the city, and the supposedly unbridled greed of unions forced city leaders to make fiscally irresponsible pension promises to municipal employees. Written out of the tale is any serious analysis of macroeconomic shifts, international economic policy failures, the geography of recent recessions and unsustainable corporate welfare spending.

This is classic right-wing dogma — the kind that employs selective storytelling to use a tragic event as a means to radical ends. In this case, the ends are — big shocker! — three of the conservative movement’s larger long-term economic priorities: 1) preservation of job-killing trade policies 2) immunity for corporations and 3) justification for budget policies that continue to profligately subsidize the rich.

Pretending Detroit and the NAFTA era are unrelated: The bait-and-switch on the first two objectives is fairly easy to see.

Detroit isn’t just any old city — it happens to be the biggest population center in the state hit the hardest by the right’s corporate-written trade agenda. Indeed, according to the Economic Policy Institute, the state lost more jobs than any other from NAFTA (43,600, or 1 percent of its total job base) and lost another 79,500 jobs thanks to the China PNTR deal. And that’s just two of many such trade pacts. Add to this the city’s disproportionate reliance on American auto companies which made a series of horrific business decisions, and Detroit is a microcosmic cautionary tale about what happens when large corporations are allowed to write macro economic policy and dictate the economic future of an entire city.

If told, this cautionary tale would likely spark a discussion about revising current trade deals, regulations, public investment and industrial policy in general. That is, it would spark precisely the discussion that the conservative movement and the corporations that fund politicians don’t want America to have. So the right works to make sure that discussion is short circuited by a narrative that focuses the Detroit story primarily on taxes and public pensions.

MORE: http://www.salon.com/2013/07/23/dont_buy_the_right_wing_myth_about_detroit/

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