Move over “Bush Doctrine.” There’s a new war doctrine in town...
Move over “Bush Doctrine.” There’s a new war doctrine in town and it’s simply called “The Bad Dudes Doctrine.” Since ISIS wasn’t an imminent enough threat to the U.S., President Obama and the intelligence establishment invented a new group to attempt to justify their plans to bomb inside of Syria–”The Khorasan Group.”
How immanent of a threat does Khorasan pose to the U.S.? Let’s let Rear Adm. John Kirby, spokesman for the Pentagon tell us in his own words. I’ve also posted the video which I haven’t seen anywhere else.
I don’t know that we can pin that down to a day or month or week or six months. It doesn’t matter…We can have this debate about whether it was valid to hit them or not, or whether it was too soon or too late. . .We hit ‘em. And I don’t think we need to throw up a dossier here to prove that these are bad dudes.
Remember the dramatic testimony on American television of a tearful young Kuwaiti girl describing Iraqi soldiers “taking babies out of incubators (in a Kuwaiti hospital) and leaving the babies to die?” That testimony, now discredited, was pivotal in shaping public opinion and ushering in the original Persian Gulf War. Take a minute to refresh your memory:
Glenn Greenwald’s latest write-up on the “Khorasan Group” is a must read:
…What happened here is all-too-familiar. The Obama administration needed propagandistic and legal rationale for bombing yet another predominantly Muslim country. While emotions over the ISIS beheading videos were high, they were not enough to sustain a lengthy new war.
So after spending weeks promoting ISIS as Worse Than Al Qaeda™, they unveiled a new, never-before-heard-of group that was Worse Than ISIS™. Overnight, as the first bombs on Syria fell, the endlessly helpful U.S. media mindlessly circulated the script they were given: this new group was composed of “hardened terrorists,” posed an “imminent” threat to the U.S. homeland, was in the “final stages” of plots to take down U.S. civilian aircraft, and could “launch more-coordinated and larger attacks on the West in the style of the 9/11 attacks from 2001.””
As usual, anonymity was granted to U.S. officials to make these claims. As usual, there was almost no evidence for any of this. Nonetheless, American media outlets – eager, as always, to justify American wars - spewed all of this with very little skepticism. Worse, they did it by pretending that the U.S. Government was trying not to talk about all of this – too secret! – but they, as intrepid, digging journalists, managed to unearth it from their courageous “sources.” Once the damage was done, the evidence quickly emerged about what a sham this all was. But, as always with these government/media propaganda campaigns, the truth emerged only when it’s impotent…1 Comment
Audio and transcript has been released early by NPR.
(NPR: This American Life) An unprecedented look inside one of the most powerful, secretive institutions in the country. The NY Federal Reserve is supposed to monitor big banks. But when Carmen Segarra was hired, what she witnessed inside the Fed was so alarming that she got a tiny recorder, and started secretly taping.
Among other things, Carmen is told that, “credibility at the Fed is about subtleties and about perceptions, as opposed to reality…
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Our prayers and hearts go out to the families of the victims…
MT @ajslachta Sergeant Greg Day of the Indiana State Police confirms no survivors in a plane crash off Oard Road west of Bloomington.
— IndianaDailyStudent (@idsnews) September 18, 2014
I was driving nearby and didn’t know the cause of the fire:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A small aircraft crashed Thursday afternoon on approach to the Bloomington airport, the FAA confirmed. Federal aviation officials confirmed the crash occurred around 12:45 p.m. Search and rescue crews had been dispatched to the scene. Another pilot circling the area could be heard on air traffic feeds confirming the wreck with airport traffic controllers. “I do see the wreckage,” the pilot says. “There is a fire. We see no one walking around the crash site.”Leave a comment
Minutes ago, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 273-to-156 to approve President Obama’s plan to arm “moderate” Syrian rebels. It’s difficult to even express how crazy this policy is in the face of readily available facts:
UPDATE: The Roll Call vote is posted here.
The CIA Skeptical about Arming Rebels
(HuffPost 9/17/14) One Democratic member of Congress said that the CIA has made it clear that it doubts the possibility that the administration’s strategy could succeed.
…the CIA regards the effort as doomed to failure,” the congressman said in an email. “Specifically (again without referring to classified information), the CIA thinks that it is impossible to train and equip a force of pro-Western Syrian nationals that can fight and defeat Assad, al-Nusra and ISIS, regardless of whatever air support that force may receive.”
He added that, as the CIA sees it, the ramped-up backing of rebels is an expansion of a strategy that is already not working. “The CIA also believes that its previous assignment to accomplish this was basically a fool’s errand, and they are well aware of the fact that many of the arms that they provided ended up in the wrong hands,” the congressman said, echoing intelligence sources.
Lather, Rinse, Repeat
In other words, we’re sending arms to the very people who will be the Greatest Hitlers in History in 10 years, which will require us to arm a new generation of rebels, who will then turn on us the decade after. And so on…
“Moderate” Rebels Sign Non-Aggression pact with ISIS
There are legitimate reports that ISIS has signed a non-aggression pact with “moderate” rebel groups in Syria.
“Moderate” Rebels sold one of the beheaded Americans to ISIS
In letters addressed to the Democratic and Republican leaders in the House of Representatives, the Syrian Speaker of Parliament calls on the United States to refrain from arming and training so-called moderate Syrian rebels and from entering into a coalition with countries whose religious ideologies, the Speaker says, has fueled the growth of ISIS. Speaker Jihad al-Lahham also writes that one of the two American journalists beheaded by ISIS was sold to the militant group by the moderate forces. (Do you suppose they might sell their weapons too?) LINK: http://abcnews.go.com/International/top-syrian-warns-congress-moderate-rebels-sell-weapons/story?id=25539314
President Obama and Kerry Claim to already have Authority for War
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Later today, Congress (the House) is planning to vote on giving President Obama authority to arm ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels to fight (non-moderate) Islamic militants sometimes called, “ISIS” or “ISIL.” All of this despite reports that “moderate” rebel groups in Syria have recently signed a non-aggression agreement with ISIS.
You can find your representative’s contact information HERE.
Congressional Switchboard Number: (202) 224-3121
Will you make time today to let your representative know your views?
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Senator John McCain attempted to respond to his very own gaffe by attacking Senator Paul. The comments on the Fox Facebook post are priceless…
The top comments are not looking good for John McCain!
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It makes no sense to me…you can’t sell this stuff!
(THE//INTERCEPT) West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin on Tuesday scathingly criticized a key element of the Obama administration’s strategy to confront the Islamic State, saying that history has shown that training local forces doesn’t work.
“How can I go home to West Virginia and make sense out of this at all?” he asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey at a Senate Armed Services Committee. (Must see video)
I have a hard time with all of this… When I go home to West Virginia,… people say: What do you expect to be different than what you have done in that region of the world for 13 years? If money or military might hasn’t changed it, what makes you think you can change it now?
And when you look at the money we spent — $20 billion trying to build up an army in Iraq — and the first time they were tested they ran, turned over the arsenal that we equipped them with and is now being used against us…. And then when you look at what we have done in that part of the world: Total of Iraq, $818 billion spent — those are the figures I have — $747 [billion] in Afghanistan and growing; [total[ $1.6 trillion to date and growing — 4,400 lives lost in Iraq, 36,000 wounde; 2,200 lives in Afghanistan and 21,000 wounded.
Sen. Manchin then divided the $500 million President Obama has said he want Congress to spend on arming and training Syrian rebels by the 5,000 rebels Manchin said it would be spent on.
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At $100,000 per person if my math is correct — $500 million for 5,000, correct? So that’s $100,000 per person that we are supposed to do. The only thing I know we are sure of is that training and those weapons will probably be used against us at some time in the future…
A new poll Wednesday suggested Scots are getting closer to parting ways with the U.K. than previously thought, finding that of 970 people who said they would vote, 47.6% would oppose independence and 42.4% support it, with the rest undecided. A vote on independence will take place on September 18.
Alex Salmond, the leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party and chief minister in the semiautonomous Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, called a referendum on independence soon after winning a landslide victory in Scottish parliamentary elections in 2011.Nationalists need a simple majority to launch the process of ending the union. Mr. Salmond says Scotland could be officially independent by March 2016 if Scots vote “yes.”
A vote for independence would likely make it harder for the opposition Labour Party, which relies on Scottish votes as a significant part of its base, to win general elections in what would be left of the U.K. It could also change the outcome of a future vote David Cameron has promised on whether Britain should remain in the EU, as Scotland tends to be relatively pro-European.Leave a comment