» American Immorality Is At A Peak



The above photograph by Noor Behram shows three children surrounded by the debris of their former home, a few hours after it was reportedly obliterated by a Hellfire Missile fired from a Central Intelligence Agency drone in the early hours of August 23, 2010.  Their father and mother, and their 8- and 10-year-old brothers were killed in the blast.
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EVIL IS EVIL, BIGGER OR LESSER

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by Paul Craig Roberts

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To all those now hailing the re-election of Barack Obama as a triumph of decent, humane, liberal values over the oozing-postule perfidy of the Republicans, a simple question:

Is this child dead enough for you?This little boy was named Naeemullah. He was in his house — maybe playing, maybe sleeping, maybe having a meal — when an American drone missile was fired into the residential area where he lived and blew up the house next door.

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When Chris Floyd is at his best, as he is below, he puts things in perspective for readers that they otherwise never confront. Obama has won reelection, and his supporters think that somehow things are going to be different. Fat chance.

While evil continues to envelop America, the public is focused on CIA director General Petraeus’ resignation. The FBI spied on him and found that he was having an affair with his biographer, a woman 20 years younger than his 60 years.

What is it with Americans and sex? Why is an illicit affair the ONLY reason for removing someone from political office? Why is it that government officials, presidents and vice presidents included, can violate US statutory law and torture people, spy on Americans without the necessary warrants, murder US citizens without due process, confine US citizens to dungeons for life without evidence and due process of law, start multi-trillion dollar wars on the basis of contrived allegations that have no basis in fact, murder civilians in seven countries, overthrow legitimate governments, and all of these massive crimes against humanity can be accepted as long as no one in Washington gets any sex out of it? Is this feminism’s contribution to American morality?

Has the United States, the hero of the cold war, become in its behavior and motivations the enemy it overcame? Why does Washington want hegemony over the world? Why does Washington want this hegemony so badly that Washington is willing to murder women, children, aid workers, husbands and fathers, village elders, anyone on earth including its own American heroes?

What is the evil that drives Washington?

How can the evil that drives Washington be contained, stamped out, prevented from destroying the human race?

What does the world do when it confronts unbridled evil, which is what Washington is?

The Reality of the “Lesser Evil” (more…)

Afghanistan: the Smell of Defeat


There’s a reason why the US media doesn’t use the term defeat however applicable it may be. It’s because your average “Joe” understands defeat, the shame of defeat, the sting of defeat, the anger of defeat.
Defeat is a repudiation of leadership, proof that we are ruled by fools and scoundrels. Defeat is also a powerful deterrent, the idea festers in people’s minds and turns them against foreign interventions, police actions and war.
That’s why the Times won’t utter the word, because defeat is the antidote for aggression, and the Times doesn’t want that. None of the media do.
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CUT-AND-RUN TIME

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by Mike Whitney

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Note for WoP writers: In the post that follows, Mike Whitney raises an important point. Selecting an excerpt from the New York Times, he quotes: America thinks it is in Afghanistan to help the Afghan women. Take a look at this August 2012 editorial titled “The Women of Afghanistan”:

“Afghanistan can be a hard and cruel land, especially for women and girls. Many fear they will be even more vulnerable to harsh tribal customs and the men who impose them after American troops withdraw by the end of 2014.

Women s’ rights have made modest but encouraging gains over the past decade. But these could disappear without a strong commitment to preserve and advance them from Afghan leaders.

The editorial continues:

…all Afghans should be invested in empowering women. As Mrs. Clinton has argued, there is plenty of evidence to show that no country can grow and prosper in today’s world if women are marginalized and oppressed.” (“The Women of Afghanistan”, New York Times)……

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The author has rightly pointed out that actually its not the rights of women in Afghan society, but Washington and other international partners….

So says Whitney, its more It is about “America’s global interests”, particularly, pipeline corridors, mineral extraction and the Great Game, controlling real estate in thriving Eurasia, the economic center of the next century. That’s why the US invaded Afghanistan, the rest is propaganda.

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In addition to what the oped writer of Counterpunch has so tacitly answered about this pseudo feelings for Afghan women, question arises what about the women of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan etc. where women can’t even vote, go to a shopping center if not accompanied by their menfolk.

Fact is that the American administration gets passionate for women’s rights only when a country goes astray from the goals set for it by the US. Similarly, the other US passions for human rights, democracy, enlightened moderation and such bla bla come only in action when a country follows an open, independent policy in its national interests, but may not fit into the agenda set by the US and its allies in the West.

In our context we have seen a manifestation of this hypocritical, sinister policy with respect to its stance on Kashmir. When respective Pakistani governments sided with US vis-a-vis its arch rival in the cold war era, US had espoused the human rights for Kashmiris with perhaps still more warmth than Pakistan itself. But after the demise of the erstwhile Soviet Union there was nothing left by which the US could get an advantage from Pakistan and hence the same Kashmiri freedom fighters are now branded as “terrorists” same as US has termed the Afghan Mujahideen who fought against the USSR on America’s behest, but now are fighting a war of independence as terrorists. [Nayyar] (more…)

Rogue Republicans


The true republicans have unfortunately been been replaced now by rural politicians from the deep south and west with no knowledge of the outside world and no sense of history or culture. America’s closet fascist neocons now write the GOP’s foreign policies.
Dr. Ron Paul was the last chance for the GOP to reform, redefine and renew itself. Paul was sidelined and ignored. As a result, Republicans may be marching towards irrelevance and unimportance.

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US ELECTIONS 2012: MITT ROMNEY LIKELY TO TRAIL BEHIND OBAMA

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by Eric Margolis

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NEW YORK – October 5, 2012 – The two titans of American politics, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, locked horns this week in the first televised debate of the election season.

Romney managed to show that he was still a viable candidate in spite of a barrage of recent criticism and increasingly negative polls. Obama spoke with his usual oratorical mastery and projected an air of deep thought and calm. But to many, the president appeared rather tired and lacking in his usual pep. Being president and campaigning at the same time is exhausting.

The first debate alleviated some of the gloom previously felt by Republicans and slightly lifted Romney’s poll standing. Yet neither candidate generated much emotion, unlike the waves of hysterical adulation for Obama in 2008. Instead of being the Expected One, Obama turned out to be another typical politician mouthing platitudes and making promises that are not kept.

Even so, the underlying arithmetic of the election was still against the Republicans – known as the Grand Old Party, or GOP.

White, middle-aged men are Romney’s key supporters, along with Bible Belt Republicans, farmers and ardent supporters of Israel. Say “Republican” and up pops the image of an angry, overweight, 60-something male golfer, shaking his putter in fury at the “socialist” “Muslim” president.

Problem is, there are not enough angry overweight white men and religious fundamentalists to give Romney a decisive victory. Evangelical Protestant fundamentalists voted 78% for George Bush in 2004 and 74% for John McCain in 2008.

But many of these “born-again” Christians, who make up 45% of Republican voters, are leery of Romney’s Mormon faith which is regarded as weird and heretical by mainstream Christians. Many may simply not vote for Romney.

American women, particularly younger ones, are totally turned off by the wooden Romney and his deer-slaughtering vice presidential running mate, Paul Ryan. Polls show women 40 to 60 against Romney – a potential kiss of death in the race.

I suspect that Romney reminds many American women of all the things they didn’t like about their fathers. Obama reminds them of the kind of fast-talking cool cat that their fathers warned them against. The GOP’s jihad against abortion, public health care, and benefits for poor blacks has further angered many women.

Polls show 93% of black Americans will vote for Obama – provided they vote at all. Obama mania has cooled among blacks. Latinos, the most important new voter group, back Obama by 68% to 26% for Romney.

Independents will prove vital in key “battleground” states that determine the election: Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Arizona. Many of these better-educated voters are turned off by Romney’s warlike bluster and by Obama’s continuation of Bush policies.

America has rapidly turned brown and yellow. The days of white supremacy are over. There are 2 million Muslims living in the great melting pot of America. East Asians top all the educational surveys. Latinos have the fastest growing families.

For the first time, whites have become a minority in California, the 11th biggest economy on earth.

Unless there is an unexpected revival, the Republican Party seems destined to become a fringe party of the far right and religious fundamentalists. GOP leaders loudly advocate war against all sorts of enemies, assassinations around the globe, torture and indefinite jailing of suspected anti-Americans, and the endless growth of military spending – without raising taxes. As the party shrinks, it will likely grow more extreme.

I have been a card-carrying Republican all my life. A signed picture of President Dwight Eisenhower hangs over my desk. I’m a veteran of the regular US army.

But today’s Republican party is no longer my Republican party. Back in the day, the GOP was run by East Coast elite of well-educated, sophisticated internationalists who exercised America’s great power with restraint.

Alas, they have been replaced by rural politicians from the deep south and west with no knowledge of the outside world and no sense of history or culture. America’s closet fascist neocons write the GOP’s foreign policies.

Dr. Ron Paul was the last chance for the GOP to reform, redefine and renew itself. Paul was sidelined and ignored. As a result, Republicans may be marching towards irrelevance and unimportance.

copyright Eric S. Margolis 2012

More from Eric Margolis oWonders of Pakistan

1. One of America’s Finest Hours – Rescuing the Balkan Muslims from genocide 2. America is deluded by its Drone Warfare Propaganda 3. Americans need the truth about 9/11 4. HUMILATING AMERICA 5. Spending America into ruin 6. The `Peace President’ wants to keep America’s nukes 7. Dangerous war games in Syria 

Eric S. Margolis is an American born journalist and writer. For 27 years, ending in 2010, he has been a contributing editor to the Toronto Sun chain of newspapers, writing mainly about the Middle East, South Asia and Islam. He contributes to the Huffington Post and appears frequently on Canadian television broadcasts, as well as on CNN.
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Your Vote for Mitt Romney, will bring the Neocons Cabal back to Power



“If Romney aspires to being president, one of the things you learn is, you are ultimately responsible for the conduct of your operations, that’s probably a question that he’s going to have to answer, and I think that’s a legitimate part of the campaign,” Obama said of the Bain report in an interview with Washington TV station WJLA.
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Mitt Romney Wants To Refight the Failed Terror War–Looking To Return One of It’s ZIOCONNED Authors…

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by Joe battenfeld

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[To be sure, a vote for Romney is a vote to return the Neocon cabal to power. Condoleeza Rice is just the most obvious manifestation of this stagnant lack of vision suffered by Mitt. Even his foreign policy white papers from his campaign site are copied from the Neocon bible, the Project for a New American Century (SEE: An American Century—A Strategy To Secure America's Enduring Interests and Ideals). If Americans ever again turn the government back over to the Republicans, we will deserve the Police State which they will bring with them.]

… And Mitt Romney finally stands up to Barack Obama


Mitt Romney, facing the harshest attacks yet from the White House, launched a new offensive last night, demanding an apology from President Obama as speculation swirled he’s looking at former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as his running mate.

The presumptive GOP nominee gave a round of televised interviews and prepared to sit down with advisers this weekend as speculation heated up about Rice. Another VP contender, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, appeared at a Romney fundraiser in Boston yesterday.

But it’s Rice who has Republicans buzzing. While some GOP leaders lauded her as a running mate, others said she is unlikely to get the nod because of her pro-choice views — a deal-breaker for many conservative voters.

“It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me,” Larry Sabato, a professor at the University of Virginia, told the Herald about the Rice rumors.

Sabato also scoffed at a new report raising questions about whether Romney lied about leaving Bain Capital after 1999, predicting most voters won’t care about the old charge come Election Day.

“It’s a tempest in a summer teapot,” Sabato said. “It’s a clear attempt by the Obama campaign to keep the focus off President Obama and the economy.”

The former Massachusetts governor, asked whether he thinks Obama should apologize for his aide suggesting Romney committed a felony for misrepresenting his position at Bain in federal documents, delivered a stinging reply — for Romney, anyway.

“Absolutely — my goodness!” an animated Romney told CBS News in a round of televised interviews aired last night.

“What kind of president would have a campaign that says something like that about the nominee of another party?” Romney added. “This is reckless and absurd on his part, and it’s something that’s beneath his dignity.”

But Obama refused to let up, citing a Boston Globe report about Romney being listed as CEO of Bain until 2002 in Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The Globe claimed the scoop but later admitted it had already been reported by two other news organizations.

“If he aspires to being president, one of the things you learn is, you are ultimately responsible for the conduct of your operations, that’s probably a question that he’s going to have to answer, and I think that’s a legitimate part of the campaign,” Obama said of the Bain report in an interview with Washington TV station WJLA.

Sabato said Romney’s new aggressive stance against the Obama campaign, which has been blistering the airwaves with ads focusing on Bain, is long overdue.

“Who cares about whether he left Bain in 1999 or 2002,” he said. “But there is a correct answer. They (the Romney campaign) give the impression of being too afraid of too many things. Don’t look like you’re hiding something.”

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Drone me down on the killing floor


As much as The Drone Empire is global, drones can only be effective if ground intelligence is effective. A simple example is enough. Ultimately, in AfPak, it’s not Obama that decides on his “kill list”. It’s the Pakistani ISI – which relies the info that suits its contingencies to the CIA. And this while the Pentagon and the CIA keep working under the galactic illusion of absolute supremacy of American technology – when they cannot even neutralize an inflation of cheap, ultra low-tech IEDs.
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ZIOCONNED AMERICA AS A ROGUE STATE, DRONE ME DOWN ON THE ZIO’S KILLING FLOOR….

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by Pepe Escobar

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Lord knows, I should’a been gone Lord knows, I should’a been gone And I wouldn’t’ve been here, down on the killin’ floor
- Howlin’ Wolf, Killing Floor

As convenient as it is for someone in a cubicle in the Nevada desert to press a button and incinerate a Pashtun wedding party in North Waziristan, now, with only a click, anyone can download a 359 KB file available on Amazon for only $8.99 – including free wireless delivery – and learn everything there is to learn about All Things Drone.

It’s fitting that Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050 has been put together by Tom Engelhardt – editor, MC of the TomDispatch website and “a national treasure”, in the correct appraisal of University of Michigan professor Juan Cole – and TomDispatch’s associate editor Nick Turse, author of the seminal 2008 study The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives.

This is essentially Tom and Nick’s revised and updated body of work detailing the uber-dystopian Dronescape over the past few years – spanning everything from secret Drone Empire bases to offshore droning; a Philip Dick-style exercise on a more than plausible drone-on-drone war off East Africa in 2050; and a postscript inimitably titled, “America as a Shining Drone Upon a Hill”. It does beat fiction because it’s all fact-based.

AN MQ-1 PREDATOR OR AN MQ-9 REAPER TO GO?

This digital file becomes even more crucial now that US and world public opinion knows US President Barack Obama is the certified Droner-in-Chief; the final judge, jury and digital Grand Inquisitor on which suspicious Muslim (for the moment, at least, they are all Muslims) will get his paradise virgins via targeted assassination

Obama owns his newspeak-drenched “kill list”. He decides on a “personality strike” (a single suspect) or a “signature strike” (a group). “Nominations” are scrutinized by Obama and his associate producer, counter-terrorism czar John Brennan. The logic is straight from Kafka; anyone lurking around an alleged “terrorist” is a terrorist. The only way to know for sure is after he’s dead.

And the winner of the Humanitarian Oscar for Best Targeted Assassination with No Collateral Damage goes to… the Barack Obama White House death squad.

Targeted – and dissolved – throughout this grim process are also a pile of outdated concepts such as national sovereignty, set-in-stone principles of US and international law, and any category which until the collapse of the Soviet Union used to define what is war and what is peace. Anyway, those categories started to be dissolved for good already during the Bush administration – which “legalized” widespread CIA and Special Ops torture sessions and death squads.

Any self-respecting jurist would have to draw the inevitable conclusion; the United States of America is now outside international law – as rogue a state as they come, with The Drone Empire enshrined as the ultimate expression of shadow war.

INCINERATE THE FAITHFUL

Reading Terminator Planet inevitably evokes the incestuous interaction between Hollywood and the Pentagon. Even discounting the trademark wacky paranoia of Hollywood screenwriters and producers, a simple re-run of both the Robocop and Terminator series reveals this may end up badly.

And we’re not even talking about a Revolt of the Drones – yet. In 2010 there was already a hint of juicy possibilities to come, when a RQ-170 Sentinel crash-landed in Western Iran via sophisticated jamming, and was duly reverse-engineered, to the delight of Iranians, Russians and the Chinese. The Pentagon hysterically denied it had been outmaneuvered.
The notion that a Drone Empire may win definitive control over what the Pentagon used to call the “arc of instability” between the Middle East and Central Asia – at the behest of Big Oil – is eminently laughable.

As laughable as the notion that a Drone Empire active in AfPak, Yemen, Somalia and soon in all points across the “arc of instability” will save the homeland from jihad, Sharia law, a new Caliphate set up by a bunch of fanatics, and all of the above.

Especially now that the Pentagon itself ditched the rhetoric – and is focused on a “pivoting” to face the potential peer competitor that really counts, China.
And US Army brigades (and Special Ops commandos) from 2013 onwards will be rotated all around the world – with an emphasis in Africa – according to a Pentagonese “regionally aligned force concept.”

And Southcom has announced that Predator, Reaper and Global Hawk drones will be deployed in Central and South America for “anti-drug operations, counter-insurgency and naval vigilance”.
As much as The Drone Empire is global, drones can only be effective if ground intelligence is effective. A simple example is enough. Ultimately, in AfPak, it’s not Obama that decides on his “kill list”. It’s the Pakistani ISI – which relies the info that suits its contingencies to the CIA. And this while the Pentagon and the CIA keep working under the galactic illusion of absolute supremacy of American technology – when they cannot even neutralize an inflation of cheap, ultra low-tech IEDs.

UNCLE SAM WANTS YOUR ASS

 Americans must also worry about the Inland Drone Empire – as the pitifully unpopular US Congress and President Obama have now fully authorized their “integration” into American airspace by 2015; by 2020, they will number at least 30,000. For the moment, the Pentagon has “only” 7,000 drones (ten years ago there were less than 50).
Predictably, massive corporate lobbying by drone manufacturers such as General Atomics was key for the approval of the new legislation. There’s even a drone caucus, with 55 Congressmen (and expanding), and a global lobby with 507 corporate members in 55 countries, the Association for Unmanned Vehicles International, which essentially sets the rules.

The Orwellian – and Philip Dick – overtones are inescapable; this is all about 24/7 drone surveillance of large swathes of the US population via radar, infrared cameras, thermal imaging, wireless “sniffers” and, crucially, crowd-control weapons. You better monitor the skies very closely before you even start thinking about protesting. And wait for the imminent arrival of nuclear-powered drones, which can go on non-stop for months, and not only days.

Tom and Nick’s digital file is absolutely essential reading for contextualizing the lineaments of an already de facto surveillance state, where everyone is a suspect by definition, and the only “winner” is the military-industrial complex. Welcome to Motown as Dronetown: “Nowhere to run to, baby, nowhere to hide…” Obama and the Dronellas, anyone?

More from Pepe Escober on Wonders of Pakistan

1. Billion-dollar Obama rocks Yemen 2. Yemen, the new Waziristan and the full spectrum dominance machine… 3. Pentagon’s Full spectrum dominance 4. Rebranding the Long War: BALOCHISTAN is the ULTIMATE PRIZE [in four parts]
Pepe Escobar is analyst & correspondent for The Real News Network. He also writes columns entitled The Roving Eye for Asia Times online. Pepe has authored Globalistan; How the Globalisd World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007) and Red Zine Blues; a snapshot of Baghdad during th surge. His most recent book is Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).

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