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Full Text Of Obama's Coming Speech on Wednesday

My fellow citizens, at this hour, American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm ISIL, and to defend the world from grave danger.

On my orders, coalition forces have begun striking selected targets of military importance to undermine ISIL's ability to wage war. These are opening stages of what will be a broad and concerted campaign. More than 'XX' countries are giving crucial support -- from the use of naval and air bases, to help with intelligence and logistics, to the deployment of combat units. Every nation in this coalition has chosen to bear the duty and share the honor of serving in our common defense.

To all the men and women of the United States Armed Forces now in the Middle East, the peace of a troubled world and the hopes of an oppressed people now depend on you. That trust is well placed.

The enemies you confront will come to know your skill and bravery. The people you liberate will witness the honorable and decent spirit of the American military. In this conflict, America faces an enemy who has no regard for conventions of war or rules of morality. ISIL has (committed) atrocit(ies) (list) against (list) people.

I want Americans and all the world to know that coalition forces will make every effort to spare innocent civilians from harm. A campaign on the harsh terrain of a nation as large as California could be longer and more difficult than some predict. And helping Iraqis achieve a united, stable, and free country will require our sustained commitment.

We come to Iraq with respect for its citizens, for their great civilization, and for the religious faiths they practice. We have no ambition in Iraq, except to remove a threat and restore control of that country to its own people.

I know that the families of our military are praying that all those who serve will return safely and soon. Millions of Americans are praying with you for the safety of your loved ones and for the protection of the innocent. For your sacrifice, you have the gratitude and respect of the American people. And you can know that our forces will be coming home as soon as their work is done.

Our nation enters this conflict reluctantly -- yet, our purpose is sure. The people of the United States and our friends and allies will not live at the mercy of an outlaw GROUP that threatens the peace with weapons of mass murder. We will meet that threat now, with our Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Marines, so that we do not have to meet it later with armies of fire fighters and police and doctors on the streets of our cities.

Now that conflict has come, the only way to limit its duration is to apply decisive force. And I assure you, this will not be a campaign of half measures, and we will accept no outcome but victory.

My fellow citizens, the dangers to our country and the world will be overcome. We will pass through this time of peril and carry on the work of peace. We will defend our freedom. We will bring freedom to others and we will prevail.

May God bless our country and all who defend her.

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/wariniraq/gwbushiraq31903.htm




OOPS MY BAD! Looks like that's Bush's speech for Operation Iraqi Liberation (OIL)!!! But somebody changed 'Saddam Hussein' to 'ISIL', etc....


Sorry

Al-Qaeda suspects were brought to the 'point of death' during 'real torture' by CIA



At least two al-Qaeda suspects were brought to the “point of death” during “real torture” by CIA officials following the 9/11 attacks, a security source has claimed.
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“They weren’t just pouring water over their heads or over a cloth,” the source told The Daily Telegraph.

They were holding them under water until the point of death, with a doctor present to make sure they did not go too far. This was real torture.”

The US Senate is planning to publish a 3,600-page document – dubbed the Torture Report – spelling out what happened to al-Qaeda suspects in US custody. Another source said the report would “deeply shock” people in the US.


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/alqaeda-suspects-were-brought-to-the-point-of-death-during-real-torture-by-cia-9717388.html

How can you tell the New War is BS? Because if you tried to pass a war tax in Congress,

the war would become completely unnecessary, at least, that's how I see it.

If it's really an existential threat, the wealthiest & their corporations (sitting on hundreds of billions in cash) should be happy to pay for it.

Obama is preparing the country to go back to war:


CHUCK TODD:

Thanks for doing this. We start with a very basic question. Are you preparing the country to go back to war?

PRESIDENT OBAMA:

I'm preparing the country to make sure that we deal with a threat from ISIL. Keep in mind that this is something that we know how to do.



http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/president-barack-obamas-full-interview-nbcs-chuck-todd-n197616


In my view, that's a yes.

Iraq war II cost us 3-6 TRILLION. How we gonna pay for this?

Terrorist Leader Says Goal is to Bankrupt the US by Luring it into War in Iraq

http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/11/01/binladen.tape/

Al-Jazeera aired portions of the videotape Friday but released the full transcript of the entire tape on its Web site Monday.

"We are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy. Allah willing, and nothing is too great for Allah,".


How we gonna pay for the new war?

Civilians Killed in Airstrikes in Iraq; 72 Killed, 8 Newborns, 27 Wounded

Airstrikes in northern Iraq have accidentally killed civilians, including seven newborns at a hospital. This would not be the first government strike against civilian targets, accidentally or purposefully. Overall, at least 72 people were killed and 27 were wounded. Those were the documented casalties. Security forces reported killing and injuring dozens of militants in Anbar province.

Iraqi warplanes bombed a Hawija hospital, leaving 18 dead and 16 wounded. Eight of the fatalities were newborns housed in a premature baby wing that collapsed due to the strike.


http://original.antiwar.com/updates/2014/09/06/civilians-killed-in-airstrikes-in-iraq-59-killed-27-wounded/?

YES WE CAN! Sen. Sanders calls for wealth tax at AFL-CIO convention

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-described socialist, called for a progressive estate tax on multi-millionaires and billionaires during a speech on Saturday.

“A nation will not survive morally or economically when so few have so much while so many have so little,” Mr. Sanders said at the Vermont AFL-CIO annual convention.

“We need a tax system which asks the billionaire class to pay its fair share of taxes and which reduces the obscene degree of wealth inequality in America,” said Mr. Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats.

According to Mr. Sanders, taxing the top .25 percent of wealthiest Americans is the fairest way to reduce wealth inequality, lower the $17 trillion national debt and pay for investments in infrastructure, education and other neglected national priorities. Mr. Sanders‘ proposal would not raise taxes for the remaining 99.75 percent of Americans.



http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/sep/6/sen-sanders-calls-wealth-tax-afl-cio-convention/


They'll never miss it

Launch all-out blitz on jihadists, says Kissinger


HENRY Kissinger has urged US President Barack Obama to “launch an all-out attack” on the terrorist group Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, warning that Americans have become “bystanders” in the Middle East.

In an exclusive interview, the former US secretary of state said air strikes should be of “limited duration as a punitive measure” and “not make any distinction between Syria and Iraq”.

“There can’t be any debate any more about fighting them,” he said. Dr Kissinger, an influential force in US foreign policy for more than four decades, accused Mr Obama of failing to appreciate that other countries yearned for American guidance in the Middle East and other crisis areas.

“We don’t have the power to impose our preference, but without us, and without some leadership from us, the new order cannot be created,” he said. “That I think has not (been) understood.”

http://thepuffington.com/kissinger-launch-blitz-on-jihadists/


In my view, this is all part of the neo-con plan for "A New World Order".

Don't fall for it.

It only benefits the ultra rich megalomaniacs, and actually bankrupts America. War is what collapsed the Soviets.

Don't fall for it.

Russia Moves Tactical Nukes Closer to NATO. Gulp.

http://www.wired.com/2010/11/russia-moves-small-nukes-closer-to-europe-gulp/


As recently as this spring, the Russians have moved their tactical nukes to sites close to their Western frontiers, alarming the Baltic and Eastern European members of NATO, the Wall Street Journal reports. Russia’s longstanding position is that it won’t pull its tactical nuclear weapons behind the Ural Mountains until the U.S. gets its own small nukes out of Europe. True totals of Russian tactical nuclear weapons is a tightly-held secret, but the Federation of American Scientists estimated last year that Moscow has nearly 5,400 of them, with about 2,000 deployed.

The Russian nuke movement isn’t expressly forbidden by prior nuclear treaties; and the Journal notes that it “appeared to coincide” with the arrival of NATO missile defense systems near Russia’s European borders. At the NATO summit in Lisbon this month, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev endorsed building a joint NATO-Russia missile defense system over the next ten years — a big NATO priority — but warned that if “universal” missile defense couldn’t be fielded, a “new round of arms race will start.” So it’s tense, but it’s not necessarily time to dig out that old Sting song out of the record crates.


You sure you guys want to do this Ukraine thing?

Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault

According to the prevailing wisdom in the West, the Ukraine crisis can be blamed almost entirely on Russian aggression. Russian President Vladimir Putin, the argument goes, annexed Crimea out of a long-standing desire to resuscitate the Soviet empire, and he may eventually go after the rest of Ukraine, as well as other countries in eastern Europe. In this view, the ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014 merely provided a pretext for Putin’s decision to order Russian forces to seize part of Ukraine.

But this account is wrong: the United States and its European allies share most of the responsibility for the crisis. The taproot of the trouble is NATO enlargement, the central element of a larger strategy to move Ukraine out of Russia’s orbit and integrate it into the West. At the same time, the EU’s expansion eastward and the West’s backing of the pro-democracy movement in Ukraine -- beginning with the Orange Revolution in 2004 -- were critical elements, too. Since the mid-1990s, Russian leaders have adamantly opposed NATO enlargement, and in recent years, they have made it clear that they would not stand by while their strategically important neighbor turned into a Western bastion. For Putin, the illegal overthrow of Ukraine’s democratically elected and pro-Russian president -- which he rightly labeled a “coup” -- was the final straw. He responded by taking Crimea, a peninsula he feared would host a NATO naval base, and working to destabilize Ukraine until it abandoned its efforts to join the West.


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Washington may not like Moscow’s position, but it should understand the logic behind it. This is Geopolitics 101: great powers are always sensitive to potential threats near their home territory. After all, the United States does not tolerate distant great powers deploying military forces anywhere in the Western Hemisphere, much less on its borders. Imagine the outrage in Washington if China built an impressive military alliance and tried to include Canada and Mexico in it.

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There is a solution to the crisis in Ukraine, however -- although it would require the West to think about the country in a fundamentally new way. The United States and its allies should abandon their plan to westernize Ukraine and instead aim to make it a neutral buffer between NATO and Russia, akin to Austria’s position during the Cold War. Western leaders should acknowledge that Ukraine matters so much to Putin that they cannot support an anti-Russian regime there. This would not mean that a future Ukrainian government would have to be pro-Russian or anti-NATO. On the contrary, the goal should be a sovereign Ukraine that falls in neither the Russian nor the Western camp.


MORE: http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/141769/john-j-mearsheimer/why-the-ukraine-crisis-is-the-wests-fault
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