Archive for December, 2011
December 21, 2011 - From the remorseless liars that brought America into the Iraq War, have kept the US mired in Afghanistan for now over a decade, oversaw the genocide in Libya wrought by NATO-backed Al Qaeda terrorists, and are attempting to incite war with both Syria and Iran, comes a frothing, if not entirely elementary attack against one of the few obstacles that stands in their way of perpetual war fought at America’s expense but for their personal gain.
That obstacle is Ron Paul and the Constitutional reawakening he has spurred. Leading the charge is a slightly misfitting addition to the Neo-Conservative corporate-fascist propaganda machine, openly-homosexual warmongering “libertarian” James Kirchick. While Kirchick’s sexual orientation really is a matter of his own personal business, the necessity of him making it a public issue and the fact that those he works for have used anti-homosexual rhetoric to manipulate the American political landscape for decades is already a display of undermining and astounding hypocrisy.
Kirchick’s argument is based on the same tired, already addressed “newsletter” published in Ron Paul’s name decades ago, and despite none of the articles cited by Kirchick actually even being written by Ron Paul, he still enjoys preceding each accusation with, “He says…” Kirchick’s servile obedience to the Neo-Con agenda, which has cultivated and is directing Ron Paul’s competition - Cain, Romney, Perry, and Gingrich - is fairly obvious to detect. However, it is now a matter of record that Kirchick literally sits, as a “fellow” within a Neo-Con corporate and US State Department-funded think-tank, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD).
The FDD features as its “executive team,” the likes of James Woolsey and Clifford May while its “leadership council” includes Paula Dobriansky, Steve Forbes, Max Kampelman, Bill Kristol, and Senator Joseph Lieberman. Richard Perle, Eric Cantor, Gary Bauer, and Charles Krauthammer sit on the FDD’s “board of advisors,” while Reuel Marc Gerecht, Bill Roggio, and James Kirchick himself sit as FDD “fellows.” Truly exemplary of everything that is wrong with America, and everything Ron Paul and the ideals he promotes aim at fixing, the FDD is a weed that needs to be pulled from America’s political landscape. (For further reading regarding these names, please see “NED & Freedom House are run by Warmongering Imperialists,” “Neo-Cons for Human Rights?” and to see a good example of FDD’s contrived propaganda exposed and in action, “Neo-Con Infomercial: Iranium.”)
Former Swedish Head of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Hans Blix told Russia Today news network on Tuesday that there are no indications in the agency’s latest report that Tehran is in pursuit of nuclear arms.
Blix added that the threats currently publicized by hawkish elements within the US government and the Israeli regime will not succeed in scaring off the Iranians from their present course and would not halt the nation’s drive towards nuclear energy.
“I do not see an immediate threat from Iran – but I can understand that the Israelis are nervous,” he stated.
Blix voiced optimism that the Israeli regime would realize the dangers of using nuclear weapons for real and not dare to attack Iran with or without them, since Tehran’s response would be immediate.
“Any kind of attack risks a total confrontation in the Middle East. Iranians are not sitting to tittle-tattle. They will have a counter attack and maybe they will drag the US into the war,” the former IAEA chief pointed out.
Blix, who was also the Chief of the UN Inspections Commission on WMD’s in Iraq from 2000 – 2003, argued that there were certain similarities between the futile search for weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in Iraq and Iran’s nuclear issue.
“In the case of Iraq, they talked about weapons that in fact did not exist. Today they are talking about Iranian intentions [on a military diversion] that may not exist,” he said.
The former IAEA chief stressed that the international community should keep the channels of communication open with Tehran, arguing that the colonial upper-hand tone that the West often adopts in addressing Iran should be dropped altogether, because the Islamic Republic should be treated as an important and equal partner.
“They are proud people as many other nations are,” he said.
Senior American officials and the Israeli regime have repeatedly threatened Tehran with the “option” of a military strike against the Islamic Republic.
Despite the rhetorical and widely publicized claims by the US, Israel and some of their European allies that Iran’s nuclear program may include a military diversion, Iran insists that its nuclear program has a civilian nature. The Islamic Republic argues that as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
The IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never pointed to any evidence indicating that Tehran’s civilian nuclear program has been diverted to weapons production.
Remember, Americans are only hated because we’re free. This is very important. No one cares that our CIA and military has been flying around the world for decades assassinating foreign leaders, propping up ruthless dictators who later ravaged the nation, and engineering their governments by hand to benefit our corporate interests.
To support/defeat this claim, please read the below quote from USMC Major General Smedley Butler, one of only 19 men in history to win the Medal of Honor two times, and three-decade veteran of The Corps.
I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914.
I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916.
I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.
Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.
This is the reason we are targeted by terrorists, this is the reason we are attacked, this is the reason we need to pull our brave troops out of harms way around the world and return to a rational, responsible, reasonable foreign policy.
Did you know there are 25 synagogues in Tehran? Or that Iran is second only to Israel in Jewish population? How about the 30 centuries-long Jewish community living in the country?
In this very interesting video, Siamak Marsedeh a “pillar of the Jewish community” and the representative in Parliament for Iranian Jews makes a sharp distinction between the religion of Judaism and the political movement of Zionism.
This is the central issue of the modern debate over Iran and their alleged hate for the Jewish people. If this were so, why isn’t Iran waging an internal war against their Jewish population?
If you’re remembering Ahmadinejad’s statement about “wiping Israel off the map” please read this previous post and explore the intricate but extremely important translation details—much more than meets the eye is present.
…and indefinite detention can be implemented by the military by word of one man (The President), we could be have a real problem on our hands.
Add in the recently passed National Defense Authorization Act and the MIAC Report that says Ron Paul supporters, veterans and Constitution advocates are right wing extremists and we’ve got some real interesting stuff going on right now.
We face a great many problems, and only a few potential solutions. Will we bunker down and depend on our ability to survive? Will we turn to God and seek guidance?
A very interesting historical look into American media and the powerful interests that influence—or outright control—our journalists.
Long term Council on Foreign Relations memeber, director and policy maker David Rockefeller said in his memoirs that he was “proud” of “working against the interests of The United States.” Should we be looking into these people with more depth?
“For more than a century, ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents such as my encounter with Castro to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions.
Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure — one world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”
It’s a slow boil and a slippery slope towards fascism. Are we on it or are we just paranoid? History proves that we have legitimate concerns for our safety, liberty and prosperity from the prying eyes, meddling hands, and cruel minds of the politicians that #occupy our government.
Is our Constitution an idea or a Law? Do we have privileges allowed by our government or rights resulting from our humanity detailed in our Bill of Rights?
In the video, law enforcement cites Timothy McVeigh being pulled over by police and subsequently released due to poor procedures. Therefore are any means necessary to stop another OK City? NO! A police state is very safe but leads to a terrible quality of life.
Speaking of the Oklahoma City bombing, FBI Chief Ted Gunderson has some shocking research on that subject and there are video clips from news crews on site showing bomb squads pulling multiple bombs from the building.
Why isn’t this more widely reported? If McVeigh and Terry Nichols used a van full of fertilizer bombs to blow up the building, what are these other bombs doing there? More importantly, who put them there?
I accept that this puts me in the class of “conspiracy theorist,” an unfortnuate misnomer for many people today who seek information outside of the TV.
Are we being told to “take out Iran’s nuclear power” because they are a threat to Israel—or because it would make it more difficult to launch another regime change campaign in the country?
Make sure to check the articles at the very bottom, gold.
Article from the surprisingly striking MilwaukeeStory.com
The Iran question is often posed, as it was in last week’s debate to Ron Paul, as a hypothetical. If Iran was proven to have a nuclear weapon what steps would be taken by the US to assure they did not attack Israel? The establishment media is skillful in the presentation and structure of the debate. The question assumes it is the responsibility of the US to protect Israel from a strike by Iran. But more importantly it assumes that Iran has the ability and strategic desire to attack Israel.
This unclassified assessment of Iran’s military capability by the US Department of Defense clearly states that “To ensure regime survival, Iran’s security strategy is based first on deterring an attack.”
The document goes on to make this key statement, “Iran’s nuclear program and its willingness to keep open the possibility of developing nuclear weapons is a central part of its deterrent strategy.”
But what if the unpredictable Ahmadinejad and company in Tehran suddenly changed their strategy and decided to go on the offensive? Fortunately they would not have the capability according to the DoD which states, “At present Iran’s forces are sufficent to deter or defend against conventional threats from Iran’s weaker neighbors such as post-war Iraq, the GCC, Azerbaijan or Afghanistan but lack the air power and logistical ability to power much beyond Iran’s boarders or to confront regional powers such as Turkey or Israel.”Stated simply Iran wants to obtain the necessary weapons to defend itself in a bad neighborhood where it finds itself surrounded by a global superpower.
The hyping of the potential nuclear program in Iran is Washington’s attempt to establish a pretext that would garner public support for a strike/destabilization campaign on Iran. The obvious goal would be regime change.
So the real reason the Pentagon sees a nuclear program in Iran as a threat is not because it would be used as a first strike weapon against Israel, but because it would make it more difficult for the US and its allies to take out the regime in Tehran.
Many in Washington would love to have cooperative leadership in place in Tehran because it would tilt the control of world energy resources sharply in favor of the US and its allies. But as long as Iran is rogue and friendly with Russia and China we can expect to hear about Iran’s potential nuclear program and the danger it presents Israel and the world.
In the light of these facts the current debate in the Republican presidential primary seems like nothing but propaganda, save the argument made by Ron Paul.
Newt Gingrich’s campaign is rapidly imploding, and Ron Paul has now taken the lead in Iowa. He’s at 23% to 20% for Mitt Romney, 14% for Gingrich, 10% each for Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry, 4% for Jon Huntsman, and 2% for Gary Johnson.
Gingrich has now seen a big drop in his Iowa standing two weeks in a row. His share of the vote has gone from 27% to 22% to 14%. And there’s been a large drop in his personal favorability numbers as well from +31 (62/31) to +12 (52/40) to now -1 (46/47). Negative ads over the last few weeks have really chipped away at Gingrich’s image as being a strong conservative- now only 36% of voters believe that he has ‘strong principles,’ while 43% think he does not.
Paul’s ascendancy is a sign that perhaps campaigns do matter at least a little, in a year where there has been a lot of discussion about whether they still do in Iowa. 22% of voters think he’s run the best campaign in the state compared to only 8% for Gingrich and 5% for Romney. The only other candidate to hit double digits on that question is Bachmann at 19%. Paul also leads Romney 26-5 (with Gingrich at 13%) with the 22% of voters who say it’s ‘very important’ that a candidate spends a lot of time in Iowa. Finally Paul leads Romney 29-19 among the 26% of likely voters who have seen one of the candidates in person.
Paul’s base of support continues to rely on some unusual groups for a Republican contest. Among voters under 45 he’s at 33% to 16% for Romney and 11% for Gingrich. He’s really going to need that younger than normal electorate because with seniors Romney’s blowing him out 31-15 with Gingrich coming in 2nd at 18%. Paul is also cleaning up 35-14 with the 24% of voters who identify as either Democrats or independents. Romney is actually ahead 22-19 with GOP voters. Young people and non-Republicans are an unusual coalition to hang your hat on in Iowa, and it will be interesting to see if Paul can actually pull it off.
Romney’s vote share is up 4 points from a week ago to 20% from it previous 16% standing. His favorability numbers have improved a little bit as well from 48/44 to 49/40. One thing Romney really has going for him is more room for growth than Paul. Among voters who say they’re not firmly committed to their current candidate choice, Romney is the second choice for 19% compared to 17% for Perry, 15% for Bachmann, and only 13% for Paul. It’s particularly worth noting that among Gingrich- who seems more likely to keep falling than turn it around- voters, he’s the second choice of 30% compared to only 11% for Paul.
In addition to having more support right now Paul also has firmer support (73% solidly committed) than Romney does (68% solidly committed.) But at the same time Romney appears to have more room for growth, which could allow him to overtake Paul in the last two weeks.
Two other notes on Romney: he’s now winning the electability primary- 25% of voters think he would have the best chance to defeat Obama compared to 17% for Gingrich and 16% for Paul. And he also leads Paul 24-18 among voters who watched the Sioux City debate on Thursday night, confirming general perception that he had the stronger performance.
The rest of the field isn’t getting much traction. Among the three candidates tied at 10%, Santorum has gained a couple points compared to last week, Perry has moved up a single point, and Bachmann is down a point. There is some indication that Iowans are warming up to Perry a little bit. He’s gone from a -4 (43/47) favorability to a +8 (48/40).
With six candidates in double digits there are still a lot of different things that could happen the final two weeks in Iowa. But it looks like Paul and Romney have emerged as the clear front runners.
Full results here