August 17, 2008
Elaine Meinel Supkis
The warmongering editor of the Washington Post has a line up of extremely stupid editorials and articles today. Too many to tackle all at once. So....I picked a few juicy, stupid ones. The US is now going on a spending frenzy thanks to Russia using old-fashioned soldiers and tanks to retake parts of the Soviet Union. Also, Bin Laden's strategy of bankrupting the US sails merrily onwards as neocons claim he as lost his long war with us. HAHAHA. And of course, we look at sovereign funds to see who is winning the economic wars. Ain't the US.
As the moving vans approach 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., the foreign policy establishment has begun churning out its obligatory judgments on the lessons and legacy of the George W. Bush era. Three new essays render an unexpected verdict, suggesting that history may treat The Decider much more gently than many of his critics might imagine. Although Newsweek International editor Fareed Zakaria, neoconservative commentator Robert Kagan and even former Bush aide David Frum find plenty to dislike about the past eight years -- say, the rise of enhanced interrogation techniques, the bungled post-invasion planning for Iraq or the nuclear ambitions of Iran or North Korea -- they all contend that a President McCain or a President Obama will actually find a great deal to emulate in his predecessor's policies. Kagan and Zakaria argue that although the administration made significant mistakes along the way, it learned from them and took steps to make things right.
Which of course raises a delicate question: How should history, not to mention Bush himself, feel about a legacy in which the ability -- which implies the need -- to frequently self-correct ranks as a major selling point?
This warmonger rag then proceeds to ask a bunch of crazy, criminal neocons what they think about American foreign policy. As I keep pointing out, anyone who looks at foreign policy issues while ignoring trade issues, for example, sees the world in a very limited way. Like, being unable to see the cliff we just fell off. This infantile way of looking at the reality of geo-political power politics is across the board with virtually all the mainstream pundits who get paid a pretty penny to bloviate. This army of wretches infest all our political commentary about international politics.
This, in turn, makes it nearly impossible for American voters to see hazards, dangers and systems set to grind us to dust. The Washington Post endorses endless wars in the Middle East so Israeli Jews can expand their little empire of hate. The US media also wants us to have European Union laws that forbid anyone comparing Israeli right wing fascist policies with the Nazi ideology. Even though both are a near even match.
I am guessing that if Israeli Jews could get away with simply incinerating all the Palestinians one by one the same way the Nazis tried to ethnically cleanse Europe, they would happily do this. The only bar to this dark deed is the fact that even the US public might notice and stop this crime. But the desire is very much there. And the US: the American people are constantly tempted to simply nuke all resistance and win via the ultimate war crime. The rest of the planet deals with this in various ways. This is partially why everyone tries to appease us....except for the Iranians who have no choice but to arm themselves.
The US foreign policy is now so twisted and bad, it is restarting the Cold War, waging Vietnam-style wars in Muslim lands, has alienated vast swaths of humanity and has utterly devastated our Constitution which was drawn up so as to prevent Presidents from roaming the planet, entangled in many foreign treaties and obligations, fighting imperial wars on behalf of the European Powers. Here we are, 100 years of entangled wars on behalf of the French and British empires! And it is getting worse, not better.
I think the editor of the Washington Post should be arrested and hauled off to the Hague simply because he calls the outrageous torture, abuse and vicious US mishandling of CIVILIAN prisoners as well as our abuse of Saddam. This criminal editor talks about all this as 'enhanced interrogation techniques' which is Nazi-KGB speak for 'torture them until they fall apart but don't leave too many obvious marks or the Red Cross might publicize this.' We know for a fact that the US seized a child in Afghanistan and to get his parents to cooperate with our imperial wars, we took this child to Gitmo and tortured him mentally and physically. We still hold this child and now that, years of torture later, he is finally an adult, we want to put him, not Bush or the editor of the Washington Post, on trial? For fighting American soldiers invading Afghanistan?
How many Hitler Youth like Ratzinger, the Pope, did we imprison and torture after WWII? And how many Hitler Youth did we put on trial for fighting Americans invading Germany, itself? The lunacy and viciousness of all this is astounding and dismaying. And perfectly fine with the Zionists who rule us. They are quite comfortable with this anti-Constitutional universe they foisted on us. This is why they constantly claim, we should not prosecute US criminals or US-supported dictators when they are finally other thrown.
The threat posed by the “Pakistani Taliban”, both in the tribal areas that blur into Afghanistan, and in Pakistan itself, is mounting. Fighting this week alone has claimed some 300 lives. The struggle against the extremists has been unpopular in Pakistan. It is seen as America’s, Afghanistan’s and Mr Musharraf’s war. Politicians have therefore tended to play down its importance. But Pakistanis are not, by and large, religious extremists. Defeating Pakistan’s version of the Taliban is in the interests not just of the West but also of the country’s moderate majority.
The other priority must be the deteriorating economy. Mr Musharraf made much of his governments’ alleged economic competence. But despite the billions of dollars of American aid that have poured into the country, the Asian Development Bank reported last year that its poorest people were worse off than they were a decade earlier, before Mr Musharraf took over. Uniquely in Asia, Pakistan had seen a slight rise in the number of people living on less than the equivalent of a dollar a day. In the past year the sharp increase in food and fuel prices has made their lot even harder. Annual inflation is now running at 25%. Economic hardship is feeding extremism. Pakistan’s politicians have more important things to do than settle old scores.
I have a fairly good memory of 'scores to be settled' in Pakistan. For example, the week of the first coup, Musharraf's goons stormed into the office of the previous President's lawyers and machinegunned all of them dead including the secretaries. Musharraf is a gangster. The US found him very useful so they OKed his gangsterism. There are many powerful people in the DNC who are very anxious to not let us arrest and jail the war criminals in the United States. Most emphatically, Bush and Cheney. The news media barely whispers about the long hard push by Kucinich to impeach these criminals. Now there are going to be hearings about the Susskind accusation that Bush and Cheney forged letters to make it look as if Saddam was the anthrax terrorist. How convenient that a scientist working for the secret military labs has been accused of this crime and then conveniently killed himself before a trial. That whole business stinks from top to bottom.
The need to clean up past messes is an important part of fixing things that are not working. Of course, the standard operating procedure for the US government is to always support right wing violent military coups. When I was in Europe in 1968, this meant supporting a draconian military coup in Greece, for example. To hear our dictator run around this planet, talking wildly about spreading democracy when the US track record is far more attuned to supporting, funding, enabling and promoting violent military coups. The difficulties we are having in Iraq are due to being forced to support 'democracy' there when we far, far, far rather have some brutal dictator ruling with an iron fist.
Pakistan, like all Muslim countries, has been extremely radicalized by American military blunders. Bin Laden figured this would happen if he could lure us into Afghanistan. When he blew up our embassies in Africa, Clinton sent missiles to hit the renegade's camps. But we did nothing else. Now we are there, we set up a narco-anarchist state and all is well...for bin Laden.
Two decades after al-Qaeda was founded in the Pakistani border city of Peshawar by Osama bin Laden and a handful of veterans of the war against the Soviets in Afghanistan, the group is more famous and feared than ever. But its grand project -- to transform the Muslim world into a militant Islamist caliphate -- has been, by any measure, a resounding failure.
In large part, that's because Osama bin Laden's strategy for arriving at this Promised Land is a fantasy. Al-Qaeda's leader prides himself on being a big-think strategist, but for all his brains, leadership skills and charisma, he has fastened on an overall strategy that is self-defeating.
Bin Laden's main goal is to bring about regime change in the Middle East and to replace the governments in Cairo and Riyadh with Taliban-style theocracies. He believes that the way to accomplish this is to attack the "far enemy" (the United States), then watch as the supposedly impious, U.S.-backed Muslim regimes he calls the "near enemy" crumble.
This might have worked if the United States had turned out to be a paper tiger that could sustain only a few blows from al-Qaeda. But it didn't. Bin Laden's analysis showed no understanding of the vital interests -- oil, Israel and regional stability -- that undergird U.S. engagement in the Middle East, let alone the intensity of American outrage that would follow the first direct attack on the continental United States since the British burned the White House in 1814.
In fact, bin Laden's plan resulted in the direct opposite of a U.S. withdrawal from the Middle East. The United States now occupies Iraq, and NATO soldiers patrol the streets of Kandahar, the old de facto capital of bin Laden's Taliban allies. Relations between the United States and most authoritarian Arab regimes, meanwhile, are stronger than ever, based on their shared goal of defeating violent Islamists out for American blood and the regimes' power.
This is typical neocon tripe. The Zionist Washington Post is always jumping up and down, yelling that the Muslim revolutions of various sorts are failing. But what has happened this year? Bombings by Muslim revolutionaries have hit many countries including, very recently, China. Far from diminishing, it is slogging along, taking hits but delivering an amazing number of blows. The neocons can't see this for the simple reason, they are stupid people. They have to lie to themselves and pretend things aren't connected. So they point to the US and claim 'We won' just because there has been no big 'terror' attacks here in 7 years. Anyone with two brain cells knows that these attacks come a decade apart. Goading the US to do stupid things works best if one applies the whip sparingly.
The fatal misunderstanding of Bin Laden's tactics and strategy is at the heart of the US future collapse. Bin Laden knew the Muslims couldn't defeat the US on the battlefield. He knew that the true battle will be economical. Just as the Chinese leadership believe the same thing. Heck, the Russians believe this, too.
The dark fears of Europe and Japan is this same fact: the US will go bankrupt. But even they work day and night to insure this comes to past. So I would suggest, Bin Laden's allies are many and immensely powerful. All of them want the US to continue accumulating debts and for our industrial base to be destroyed.
The paragraph of the above article where Bergen [a Jewish pundit] claims that the US is all-powerful because we 'patrol' a number of Muslim capitals...this is the height of insanity. We patrol them, wracked with fear. Covered from head to foot with armor and weapons, still, every day, one soldier is decimated. One by one, picked off by a population that hates the US, hates what we are doing and can't wait to slit our throats at night.
During WWII, for example, the British were mortified and horrified as the Japanese swept them out of Asia. The French were eliminated rapidly, too. This was because the natives were happy to see the previous conquerers deposed. After WWII, the Brits and French marched right back in and resumed oppressing and controlling the native populace. This led to the communists successfully challenging this. Which we blamed on Russia, not the European imperialists.
A brief look at the data and we see that all oil pumping nations such as Saudi Arabia, Russia, NORWAY and CANADA, for example, have growing sovereign wealth. So do major manufacturing countries like ALL of Asia including Japan. They are all getting richer as we get poorer. There are many lessons here. One is, the US cannot afford the New World Order or the War on Terror.
Russia's attack on Georgia has become an unexpected source of support for big U.S. weapons programs, including flashy fighter jets and high-tech destroyers, that have had to battle for funding this year because they appear obsolete for today's conflicts with insurgent opponents.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has spent much of the year attempting to rein in some of the military's most expensive and ambitious weapons systems -- like the $143 million F-22 Raptor jet -- because he thinks they are unsuitable for the lightly armed and hard-to-find militias, warlords and terrorist groups the U.S. faces in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been opposed by an array of political interests and defense companies that want to preserve these multibillion-dollar programs and the jobs they create.
When Russia's invading forces choked roads into Georgia with columns of armored vehicles and struck targets from the air, it instantly bolstered the case being made by some that the Defense Department isn't taking the threat from Russia and China seriously enough. If the conflict in Georgia continues and intensifies, it could make it easier for defense companies to ensure the long-term funding of their big-ticket items.
For example, the powerful chairman of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. John Murtha, quickly seized on the Russia situation this week, saying that it indicates the Russians see the toll that operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are taking on the U.S. military.
"We've spent so many resources and so much attention on Iraq that we've lost sight of future threats down the road. The current conflict between Russia and Georgia is a perfect example," said Rep. Murtha during a recent visit to his district.
The aptly named 'Raptor' jet: it was made to rape the taxpayers. We didn't need multi-billion dollar jets to murder wedding guests or run down little 9 year old boys in Bagdad. Now, a confrontation with Russia and China: worth trillions. The military brass and Congress make oodles of money along with Cheney and Bush, betting on more military hardware spending. They hate spending on soldiers. Love spending on military war systems. This utterly delights Bin Laden. He hopes we pour all our money into these useless toys.
Frankly, the US can't afford any of this! The Chinese know that when we go bankrupt, we have to give them lots of access to our systems. They and the Arab religious fanatics of Saudi Arabia, etc, will eventually own all of this and we will have to hand our systems over to them to pay for our wild spending. So they don't mind it if they loan us money so we can play 'Boom! Boom! Varroom!'
Needless to say, Russia took over Georgia using mostly lower-tech stuff including a thing called 'soldiers.' They didn't send in assassin drones or laser jets zapping the Georgians.
The Advanced Tactical Laser is a major Department of Defense technology project receiving technical expertise and support from the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Directed Energy Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. The Directorate is also developing advanced technologies that will eventually improve the aircraft’s laser. Overall, the project involves the installation of a kilowatt class chemical laser in a C130H cargo aircraft, along with a battle management and beam control capability that will direct laser energy on targets to demonstrate the accuracy and lethality of an aircraftbased laser weapon.
In an operational role, a tactical aircraftbased laser weapon could provide a precision, speed of light destructive capability that could greatly reduce collateral damage. The system uses a C130H cargo aircraft that has been modified with the most obvious visual difference being a rotating turret protruding from the aircraft’s underside through a 50inchdiameter hole. A laser beam can be focused and directed to a target through this turret.
Every day, we resemble more and more, the original Star Wars: fighting civilians in the desert, terrorizing young ladies, snarling, 'We will destroy your home planet, Princess Leila' and in general, aping Darth Vader. The Chinese were very interested in laser research and this is one of the reasons why they told Nixon, they wanted my dad to come to Beijing. They, too, are using this new toy. We hope to use it to pull sneak attacks on people who have no air defenses. The Chinese plan on using it to destroy our satellites that guide our missiles.
AP) -- A group of Native Hawaiians claiming to be the state's legitimate rulers occupied the grounds of a historic palace for two hours before being arrested by state officers in the second recent takeover of its kind.
A staff member of the Iolani Palace said she was assaulted and slightly injured during the takeover Friday night and then snubbed by city police who claimed that they didn't have jurisdiction. Gov. Linda Lingle said Saturday that there would be an investigation into the police response to the takeover.
Tibet! Tibet! DARFUR!!!! Hey, I said this would happen. The US says, populations taken over by colonialists should overthrow the invaders! Ethnic minorities who were displaced have a right to riot! Small shepherd groups in various lands have the right to fight imperialist invaders! OOPS. We have a situation here where our message is being massaged backwards. We want OTHER nations to dissolve. We do not want the US to do the same thing we want China or Russia to do! We will crush any uprisings by the natives! We crushed the Hawai'ians in the past, we will do it in the future! The US right wing right now is claiming Obama isn't a real American because he was born in Hawai'i. This means US occupation of those islands is illegal, eh?
A prayer group in Washington DC is claiming the credit for the recent sharp drop in the US price of petrol.
Rocky Twyman, 59, a veteran community campaigner, started Pray At The Pump meetings at petrol stations in April.
Since then, the average price of what the US calls gasoline has fallen from more than $4 a gallon to $3.80.
And I am including this because it is so pathetic. Oil prices are dropping because the oil overlords here are worried the GOP will be crushed in the next election. So they are dropping prices, temporarily. So I suppose, they are god. Like in 'Goddamn.'