Yes, some of it is likely muscular bellicosity that won’t necessarily lead to war, but it sho’ don’t help ‘Peace’, or even the status quo, sick as it is. Iran, Russia, and China will be aware of these think-tank papers and news items all too well; the authors know that in spades. Some of this rubbish is designed to create a new cold war arms race for Fun and Profit®, some of it to provoke China into some alleged over-reach or such in the South China Sea. Come to think of it, I haven’t included some of the ‘Dare ya, China, Dare ya, North Korea links I thought I’d saved, but no matter: it’ all of a piece. Some titles I’ll just let stand alone, some I’ll paste in a paragraph or two for the essence. Not all of it is really about the Imperium, either. I’ve chosen to leave out ‘war by other means’, especially in the global south.
‘Kill Russians and Iranians, threaten Assad,’ says ex-CIA chief backing Clinton’ Mike Morrell on Charlie Rose), via RT
“Thinking Through the Unthinkable”, RAND Corporation lays out scenarios for US war with China, 5 August 2016 wsws.org
The text at Rand.org.
‘Military Success in Syria Gives Putin Upper Hand in U.S. Proxy War’, NYTimes, Aug 6, Hiroshima Day
“WASHINGTON — The Syrian military was foundering last year, with thousands of rebel fighters pushing into areas of the country long considered to be government strongholds. The rebel offensive was aided by powerful tank-destroying missiles supplied by the Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi Arabia.”
Cool admission, no?
‘Pictures appear to show British special forces on Syrian frontline’; Images published by BBC depict soldiers securing the perimeter of a rebel army base following an attack by Islamic State, the Guardian, Aug. 9
‘New US Ambassador to Lebanon: I Came to Paralyze Hezbollah’, english.almanar.com.lb Final paragraph:
“In her latest post before being appointed to custodianship on the Lebanese people, Richard was the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the State Department. In her testimony at the congress in July 2015, she boasted the State Department’s achievements; counting the projects she supervised, such as: the initiative to qualify and develop industrial cities, creating job opportunities, activating exportation in Egypt, Jordan and “Israel”, the General Motors agreement to provide Egypt with huge amounts of electric energy, qualifying the railways in Algeria, buying tons of Iraqi rice, encouraging investments in the Gulf countries, supporting the youths initiatives and medical cooperation with “Israel” and the Arab Emirates… Most of the Middle Eastern and North African countries were present, yet Lebanon was absented from the achievements of Richard and her department last year, and now she comes to the weakest country in the region, having in her pocket a single (non-developmental) political project, promises to armament… and a raised wand!”
Yes, we always think ‘beneficence’ when we think of the US State Dept., don’t we?
Liz Richard’s State Dept. bio; eminently qualified./s Nah, Nuland’s Twit thing has nothin’ about it… mebbe she’s on a short leash now because: Ukraine and the Red Ovien (h/t: jason) Queen?
Note the contrast in coverage:
‘Putin raises stakes over alleged Ukrainian terror plot in Crimea; Russian president says Moscow will not ignore incidents in which two soldiers were killed, but which Kiev denies took place’, the Guardian
‘Ukrainian president orders forces on border with Crimea and eastern Ukraine on highest alert’ at RT, Aug. 11
‘Atlantic Council proposes to develop Poland as a stronghold for war with Russia, wsws.org (provocative ‘asks’ of Poland, see below. Poland will surely be seen to comply, in any event.)
Paul Craig Roberts: ‘The Atlantic Council: The Marketing Arm of the Military/Security Complex’
‘US Air Strikes in Libya Receive Mixed Reviews’, Neo.org.
The reviews don’t seem quite so ‘mixed’ to me, as the author cites comments at Al-Arab, Al-Kabar, Al-Sabah, etc. er…opinions.
“The situation on the ground is further complicated by the fact that there’s thousands of ISIS militants operating in the immediate vicinity of the city of Sirte, the town that is located near the vitally important hydrocarbon artery that feeds the failing states. The NCG troops that have been suffering severe losse[s] as of lately, decided to request the assistance of Fayez al-Sarraj, who, in turn, even though has not been recognized by the legitimate Parliament of the country yet, just phoned Washington to ask for help.
This step provoked harsh criticism in the Libyan Parliament, that described this move as unacceptable. A number of committees of the Parliament, namely the security and defence committees have labeled the US assault of Sirte as “politicization of the fight against terrorism.” According to them, the bombing raid is playing in the hands of Democrats in the US, providing them with an upper hand in the election race”.
Now why would they think that?
‘Turkey: Yet Another CIA Operation Uncovered by Journalists’, neo.org
It sounds about right to me, but most all of it is based on the alleged fact that it started last year:
“The new phase of confrontation between Ankara and Washington started last April, once Turkish officials threatened to ban US military personnel from using the Incirlik military base. Yet, the main reason behind the failed military coup that was prepared in much haste, was rapprochement between Ankara and Moscow that was perceived by the White House as a major threat to US domination in the Middle East.
According to a recent journalistic investigation, US intelligence services spent over 2 billion dollars on the preparations of the failed military in Turkey. The mastermind behind the coup, we are being told, is the former commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, General John F. Campbell. He was behind the planning of this operation and instructing Turkish military officers at the Incirlik military base. It’s been reported that this American General acted under the direct supervision of the CIA and in close contact with the movement of the self-exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen, who resides in Pennsylvania. The 2 billion dollars that Washington decided to spent on the coup was transferred to Campbell via Nigerian bank UBA. This sum was used to bribe Turkish officers who decided to participate in the failed coup attempt.” (the rest is here.)
‘Hundreds of protesters arrested in Kashmir’ (ha; subtitled): Indian forces arrest more than a thousand protesters as part of a security lockdown to stem anti-India demonstrations;, 8 August 2016, aljazeera
“Inspector-General Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gillani said on Monday that the arrests were made in a bid to end a month of protests in which more than 55 civilians had been killed and thousands of others injured.
Kashmir has been under a security lockdown and curfew since the killing of a popular rebel commander on July 8 sparked some of the largest protests against Indian rule in recent years.”
India said it’s all down to Pakistan, Pakistan denies it, but there seems to be no plan afoot except ‘talks’. No Kashmiri Independence plebiscite in the works, tragically. And Modi is now a new BFF to the Empire, so…
Because the police state war on the Rabble would need another separate diary, let this suffice for now. It’s not clear to me how many know of this decision from June of this year. ‘A Mind-boggling travesty of justice: SCOTUS Further Enshrines Police State’, Café Babylon.
This just in, so bloody outrageous, it’s almost delicious: Via the WSJ: ‘U.S. Considers Sanctions Against Russia in Response to Hacks of Democratic Groups’; Levying sanctions would require White House to publicly accuse Russia or Russian-backed hackers’ (behind a paywall for me, but what’s readable is tuff enuff) Do they consider that even J. Clapper (iirc) had admitted that there was (ahem) no evidence? Will they next consider ‘sanctioning Trump’ for the leaks? ho ho ha ha…
‘Solidifying behind Clinton, foreign policy establishment gins up a cold war with Russia/Iran Middle East’, Philip Weiss at Mondoweiss, and oof, does he cover a lotta bases; soe you’ll recognize, some I hadn’t, at any rate.
Now this is a sincere find-fuck, although I’m not sure I’m getting where RedKahina’s going with her ‘for Clinton’ belief, but reading the piece shows that policy critiques can sure sure make for strange bedfellows: ‘ AG Lynch Announces Global Police Force Partnership With UN – ABC News: ‘AG Lynch Announces Global Police Force Partnership With UN’
“During her speech at the United Nations, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that the Department of Justice is launching a global police force in order to combat “violent extremism” in the United States.
A proposal such as this, with all of its various implications of an overreach of power, should be front-page news everywhere, but unfortunately, not many noticed. And that’s a concern to constitutional attorney KrisAnne Hall who released a video to make the rallying call.
“Something happened yesterday that I’m afraid will go completely unnoticed,” Hall began. “Yesterday, the Department of Justice, several cities within the United States, several municipalities, linked up with the United Nations to form a global police initiative. It is called the Strong Cities Network.”
“This is such an attack on our Constitution. This is such an attack on the sovereignty of our states,” she added. “This will eliminate the rights of the people as we know them under a constitutional republic.”
Now the Pam Gellars (her part follows) of the nation are already convinced that we’re run by UN Fiat, and the piece didn’t say anything about what new powers the Force will have, but you can bet yer bottom dollar that it ain’t healthy for everyday Rabble Suspects, and yes: all dissidents are suspects now.
Feeling a mite depressed or a yittle bit crazy? How about a boogie tune? Sure can’t hurt! Yo, Titi!!