“President Trump appointed Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster as his new national security adviser on Monday, picking a widely respected military strategist known for challenging conventional thinking and helping to turn around the Iraq war in its darkest days.”
In reality, what President Trump has done, is select a man who will bring very little of his own thoughts with him to the position. Instead, he will – verbatim – repeat the talking points, reflect the agenda of, and serve the interests driving the collection of corporate-financier funded think tanks that devise – and have devised for decades – US-European foreign policy.
What General McMaster Represents
In a talk given at one such think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies – funded by corporations such as ExxonMobil, Hess, Chevron, and Boeing and chaired by individuals including President Trump’s Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson and representatives from Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Betchel – General McMaster provides a well-rehearsed pitch collectively reflecting the worldview hashed out by not only the CSIS itself, but admittedly the worldview and objectives of the Brookings Institution, the Council on Foreign Relations, and a myriad of other special-interest driven policy think tanks.
The talk, published on CSIS’ YouTube channel in May of 2016, features General McMaster in his military uniform accusing Russia of “invading Ukraine” and China of “challenging US interests at the far reaches of American power.” When describing China’s “challenging” of US interests, he presents a map of China itself and the surrounding South China Sea – quite decidedly nowhere near the United States or any logical or legitimately proximal sphere of influence Washington could justify in maintaining.
General McMaster predicates allegations that Russia and China pose a threat to “US interest” abroad – not US national security itself – by challenging the post World War 2 international order – an order admittedly created by and for the US and its European allies, granting them military, sociopolitical, and financial unipolar hegemony over the planet.
He predictably lists North Korea and Iran as threats to the US as well, despite neither nation attacking the US nor possessing a desire or capability to do so. He accuses Iran in particular of “fighting a proxy war against us since 1979,” referring to when Iranians finally, successfully overthrew the US-installed and buttressed brutal dictatorship of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi in 1979.
General McMaster accuses Iran of “building militias” beyond the control of Middle Eastern governments to both support them but also to use as leverage against them – not unlike what the US has done both through occupation forces deployed across the region and state sponsored terror groups armed, funded, trained, and directed by the US and its Persian Gulf allies everywhere from North Africa to the Middle Eastern nations of Iraq, Yemen, Syria, and Lebanon.
During his 2016, McMaster then moved on to address the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (ISIS). He presents a slide of ISIS’ territorial holdings clearly depicting supply lines running directly out of NATO-member Turkey, leading deep into Syria and Iraq, with a lesser line emanating out of US-ally Jordan. He makes no mention of the source of ISIS’ fighting capacity, depicting the conflict in the similarly cartoonish manner US-European media presents it to the general public.
General McMaster presents to his audience a defense strategy based on “deterrence by denial, and deterrence at the frontier to ratchet up the cost [for] potential adversaries at the frontier,” referring to regions of the planet thousands of miles from US shores where the US seeks to either maintain or reassert it power and influence, or to project its power into regions hitherto independent of Wall Street and Washington’s influence.
Seamless Continuity of Agenda
President Trump’s pick of General McMaster as National Security Adviser ensures that national security remains dominated by the corporate-financier funded think tanks that have devised, determined, and dominated US foreign policy for decades. Policy papers General McMaster repeatedly cites in every talk he gives, at one corporate-financier funded think tank after another, are the products of these very think tanks.
That General McMaster identifies Russia, China, and Iran as “threats” to the United States, not because they seek to harm the US within its territory or within any logical proximal sphere of influence, but simply for attempting to secure their own respective proximal spheres of influence from systematic and overt US subversion, influence, and encirclement, means a continuation of the destructive global spanning warfare seen under the administrations of numerous other presidents, including Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush Sr. Reagan, and even Carter.
While the United States poses as a “democratic” nation, driven by the interests of its people, it is apparent that special interests on Wall Street and in Washington have a singular agenda that transcends both the presidents the people “elect,” and the policies they believe they elected these presidents to carry out. That President Trump’s supporters labor under the delusion that he will roll back US aggression and regime change worldwide, only to put in place General McMaster as his National Security Adviser – a man who openly and repeatedly supports the pursuit of American global hegemony – indicates that yet again the people have been deceived and that this singular agenda will move forward unabated.
At the end of World War II, the military/security complex decided that the flow of profits and power from war and threats of war were too great to be relinquished to an era of peace. This complex manipulated a weak and inexperienced President Truman into a gratuitous Cold War with the Soviet Union. The lie was created, and accepted by the gullible American people, that International Communism intended world conquest. This lie was transparent, because Stalin had purged and murdered Leon Trotsky and all communists who believed in world revolution. “Socialism in one country,” declared Stalin.
Academic experts, knowing where their bread was buttered, went along with and contributed to the deceit. By 1961 the overarching power of the military/security complex was apparent to President Eisenhower, a five star general in charge of the US invasion of German occupied Western Europe during the Second World War. The private power that the military/security complex (Eisenhower called it the military-industrial complex) exercised disturbed Ike so much that in his last address to the American people he said we must guard against its subversion of democracy:
“Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.
“This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.
“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
“We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”
Eisenhower’s warning was to the point. However, it relied on “an alert and knowledgeable citizenry,” which the US does not have. The American population is largely insouciant, and is heading, across the ideological spectrum from left to right, to self-destruction.
The print and TV media, which serve as propagandists for the ruling military/security complex and Wall Street elites, make certain that Americans have nothing but bogus orchestrated information. Every household and person who turns on TV or reads a newspaper is programed to live in a false orchestrated reality that serves the tiny few who comprise the ruling Establishment.
Trump challenged this Establishment without realizing that it is more powerful than a mere President of the United States.
This is what has happened: During Obama’s second term, Russia and its president were demonized by the military/security complex and the neoconservatives using the presstitute media. The demonization has facilitated the ability of the controlled presstitute media, such as the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, and the rest, to associate contact with Russia and articles questioning the orchestrated tensions between the US and Russia with suspicious activity, possibly even treason. Trump and his advisors were too inexperienced to realize that the consequence of Flynn’s dismissal was to validate this orchestrated association of the Trump presidency with Russian intelligence.
Now we have the media whores and the political whores asking the question used to blacken President Nixon and to force his resignation: “What did the President know and when did he know it?” Did Trump know that Gen. Flynn spoke to the Russian ambassador weeks before Trump said he did? Did Flynn do the unspeakable—speak to a Russian—because Trump told him to do so?
The purveyors of fake news—the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, and the rest of the despicable liars are using irresponsible innuendo to entangle President Trump in a web of treason. Here is the New York Times headline: “Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence.” What we are witnessing is a campaign by the deep state using their media whores to set up Trump for impeachment.
The liberal/progressive/left has aligned with the One Percent against the “racist, misogynist, homophobic” working class—the “Trump deplorables”—who elected Trump. Even the uninformed muscian, Moby, felt compelled to post ignorant nonsense on Facebook:
Trump’s sacking of Flynn is being used as vindication by his opponents of their false charges that the President of the United States is compromised by Russian intelligence. Realizing the mistake, the White House has tried to counter its blunder by saying that Flynn was dismissed because Trump lost confidence in him, not because he did anything illegal or had connections to Russian intelligence. But none of Trump’s opponents are listening. And the CIA keeps feeding fake news to the presstitutes.
From the very beginning I warned that Trump lacked the experience and the knowledge to pick a government that would stand by him and serve his agenda. Trump has now fired the one person on whom he could have counted. The most obvious conclusion is that Trump is dead meat.
The effort of the American people to bring government back under their control via Trump has been defeated by the deep state.
The words that doomed Trump when he declared war before he had his army assembled:
“There is nothing the political establishment will not do, and no lie they will not tell, to hold on to their prestige and power at your expense. The Washington establishment, and the financial and media corporations that fund it, exists for only one reason: to protect and enrich itself. This is a crossroads in the history of our civilization that will determine whether or not We The People reclaim control over our government. The political establishment that is trying everything to stop us, is the same group responsible for our disastrous trade deals, massive illegal immigration, and economic and foreign policies that have bled this country dry.
“The political establishment has brought about the destruction of our factories and our jobs, as they flee to Mexico, China and other countries throughout the world. It’s a global power structure that is responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class, stripped our country of its wealth, and put that money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations and political entities.”
Donald Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer dropped a bomb on a great many supporters of the new president this week. The statement the US president experts Russia to give back Ukraine rolls over hopes of a reconciliation in between the great powers.
On the campaign trail back in 2016 Donald Trump said he would consider accepting Crimea as part of Russia, as well as lifting sanctions on the federation. For those hoping for a stand against the neocons and far left in the west to pursue peace, the 360 degree turnabout by Trump means one of two things. Either the new president is batting for the same team as Senator John McCain and the neocons, or the neocon-neoliberal assault on his presidency has forced him to reverse himself.
In the former case, half of Donald Trump’s national and worldwide support will evaporate. In the latter case, America has a far bigger mountain to climb in order to regain her dignity than was previously considered. The resignation of now-former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn is a stunning setback for a new administration. But Flynn’s demise may run far deeper than anyone imagines. The subsequent media and political shark feeding of the last few days means there is a lot of blood in the water in Washington. Onlookers can see this in Donald Trump’s demeanor. I noticed his dire look, and the contrasting “glow” on Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when the two met this week. What possible reason could Canada’s socialist leader have to smile so? I remember thinking this watching the joint press conference in which Trump looked totally beaten. Something dire has happened, this is what I believe.
Before the smoke cleared from the General Flynn bomb blast, CNN and the other liberal media sent barrage after barrage of Trump-Russia bomblets flying. Allegations without substantiation being the flavor of the year in media, the anti-Trump hordes have launched their biggest and most effective assault on the White House since Trump took office. The administration simply seems to be reeling now, and the reversal of the Crimea position is a very bad sign indeed. For many people the America-Russia reset was the campaign promise that differentiated Clinton from Trump. Domestic issues were important, but America’s role in foreign affairs was and is the most crucial problem the US faces. America has lost status in the world, and what the world thinks matters a lot. Weakening his stance on Russia and Crimea will ruin Trump’s chances at being at all effective.
Never before in US history has a new president been assailed by foes at home on so many fronts at once. The forces that have run America for decades now, they are in a guerrilla war on this administration, attacking from every dark corner, inflicting wound after wound. I have never witnessed anything like it. No president since Eisenhower, who I vaguely remember, not even ruined President Richard Nixon was so hated. But a devastating question looms large for those of us analyzing these events, “Is it all just great big dog and pony show?” Has Washington pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes and inserted a ringer from the same corner as the neocons? There is evidence now.
For months now I have thrown a lot of positivity and hope in the new president’s direction. But if General Flynn is a sacrificial lamb in a bigger scheme, there is ample evidence to at least revisit our ideas and assertions on Trump. Me and tens of millions others supported Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, even though his clear ties to the biggest money ever were readily apparent. The same holds true for Defense Secretary “Mad Dog” Mattis, who would as soon blast a hole in either a Russian or a Terrorist. The Dakota pipeline ramrod, the Iran turnabout, his Israel war cry, and most disturbingly the subtle moves toward a right-wing police state – Donald Trump is 50-50 today – either America’s salvation or her end. A month ago he was the great white hope of a once again great American society.
One executive order President Trump signed the day after Jeff Sessions was sworn in as attorney general peaked my interest. Among the three “anti-crime” orders Trump signed that day, the one opening the door for huge sentences for those “committing violence” against police was disturbing. There are already sufficient statues on the books for any judge to put away police killers and those who resist. So what sort of added prosecution means is the president talking about enacting? This reads a lot like building in a police immunity, or edging toward a police state. Most Trump supporters voted for moderation and a reversal of course – Fascism was not our first thought on Trump.
Is President Trump crawfishing on his loyal constituents? All I can tell you at this point is that the “Fake News” outlets like CNN and the New York Times are hell bent on stamping “Russian spy” on everybody including Trump. What this tells me is that the Crimea comment, the whole “tough on Russia” dogma may well be a parry to fend off the attack. Then again Trump the businessman may be throwing Crimea and Ukraine in the pot to get a better America-Russia bargain at the détente table. The point for most of you out there is, there is no news that can be trusted now. Maybe this has been the point all along. If people are not genuinely informed, there is no trust at all. What if this was the big picture all along? What if Clinton and Trump were good cop – bad cop? I gave this option a 10% chance of being true in 2016. Right now the odds are 50-50 unless Trump proves otherwise. It will be interesting to see Vladimir Putin’s reaction. This may give us the telltale signs.
The approach towards the Crimea by the United States of America is as unfounded, unjust and illegal as the transfer of the Crimea by Khrushchyov from the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic to the Ukraine Soviet Socialist Republic in 1954, meaning that calls for the return of this part of Russian territory are based on ignorance.
There appears to be a great deal of confusion among the new US Administration headed by President Trump as to the Crimea question. Let us once and for all address the history and the legality of the issue and we shall conclude that Crimea is Russia, Crimea belongs to Russia and should according to international law remain so.
The decision by the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics decided on February 19, 1954 to transfer the Province of Crimea from the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, in secret, without informing the population. The decree appeared only a week later on February 27 on the front page of Pravda newspaper, as follows:
“Decree of the Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet transferring the Crimea Province from the Russian SFSR to the Ukrainian SSR.
Taking into account the integral character of the economy, the territorial proximity and the close economic and cultural ties between the Crimea Province and the Ukrainian SSR, the Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet decrees:
To approve the joint presentation of the Presidium of the Russian SFSR Supreme Soviet and the Presidium of the Ukrainian SSR Supreme Soviet on the transfer of the Crimea Province from the Russian SFSR to the Ukrainian SSR.”
The decision was illegal
The decision was illegal, firstly because the Presidium of the Supreme Council did not have the quorum necessary, seating only 13 of 27 members, so fewer that 50 per cent. Secondly, the decision violated the Constitution of the Russian SFSR and the Constitution of the USSR. According to the text signed on June 27 2015, Russian Deputy Prosecutor General Sabir Kehlerova Mironov of the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation “Neither the Constitution of the RSFSR or the USSR Constitution … provide powers of the Presidium Supreme Soviet of the USSR and for the consideration of the changes in the constitutional legal status of the Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, members of the union republics. In view of the above, the decision adopted in 1954 by the Presidium of the Supreme Soviets of the RSFSR and the Soviet Union on the transfer of the Crimean region of the RSFSR to the Ukraine SSR, did not correspond to the Constitution (Fundamental Law) of the RSFSR and the Constitution (Fundamental Law) of the USSR.”
The decision was made before a constitutional change granted the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet (Advisory) Council under Articles 22 and 23 to carry out transfers of territories.
The legality of the current question
Let us imagine for a moment that the 1954 decision had been legal (which is was not). What happened in 2013 was that an illegal coup d’état removed the democratically elected President of Ukraine (Viktor Yanukovich). In the absence of the supreme representative of justice, according to the Constitution of the Republic of Crimea, its Legislative Assembly now passed to be the body exercising legal force. It was this body which decided to hold a free and fair referendum, internationally observed and approved, on the status of the population of Crimea, which voted overwhelmingly to return to its rightful place, inside the Russian Federation.
There is no possible doubt on the issue, which is crystal clear. Crimea is Russia, end of story. Move on and move forward, or keep pressing the same key and cause a damaging stalemate in international relations.
And more: isn’t it about time the United States of America ceased sticking its nose into everyone’s business? There are better claims for Lakota and Aztlan to change their status than the Crimea. Suppose someone decided to start stirring up trouble over there and see how Washington likes it?
After CIA Micro-Coup, Trump Suddenly Wants Russia To Give Up Crimea, Thinks Obama Was ‘Too Soft’
By Brandon Turbeville – February 15, 2017
Only a day after an apparent micro-coup conducted by elements within the CIA and U.S. intelligence apparatus, it appears that, if the CIA’s goal was to convince President Donald Trump that moves toward rapprochement with Russia would not be tolerated and that forces greater than Trump are in control of U.S. policy, that mission has been accomplished.
Despite a campaign of seemingly more rational foreign policy promises not to start World War Three, on the evening of February 14, mainstream headlines announced that Trump is now claiming that Crimea was “taken” by Russia and that Russia should give the region back to Ukraine.
“President Trump has made it very clear that he expects the Russian government to deescalate violence in the Ukraine and return Crimea,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday. Trump then later tweeted on Wednesday, February 15, “Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia?”
As is typical, senile warmonger John McCain, who is well-known for abandoning U.S. POWs in Vietnam and supporting every single military action ever put on the table including supporting actual terrorists, joined in a chorus of war fervor, urging Trump to “let’s take a different course together: give defensive lethal assistance to #Ukraine & keep sanctions on #Russia.”
Trump’s rhetoric on the campaign, mere hinting at the fact that the United States under a Trump administration might consider removing the idiotic and aggressive sanctions put in place under Obama, are now directly at odds with his behavior and decisions as President.
Russia is not backing down either, having called on Trump to live up to his more sensible rhetoric on the campaign trail regarding peace and a sane relationship with Russia. Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, Maria Zhakarova, also stated that the question of Crimea will simply not be discussed and is not open for debate. “Crimea is part of the Russian Federation,” she said.
Russian officials also denied the paranoid conspiracy theories of leftist commentators and mainstream media pundits regarding the alleged collusion between Trump’s team and Russian intelligence.
A clear intelligence operation, the Michael Flynn ouster has either provided justification for Trump’s sharp left?/right? imperialist turn against Russia or it was simply a message sent by the intelligence community that Trump has clearly received. If the incident was the former, we are witnessing clever theater being played at a level of complexity heretofore unseen in American politics. If it is the latter, however, Trump must immediately begin to get his intelligence apparatus under control, possibly by indictments of any individuals involved in the monitoring and leaking of Flynn’s phone call. Indeed, these rogue actors should be given all the comforts of Chelsea Manning’s vacated cell.
If the Rand Corporation found strong evidence vaccines cause Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), myalgia, seizures, meningitis, encephalitis and other adverse health problems, and Robert F Kennedy Jr., Esq. is revealing more and more research—almost daily—this time from the Yale School of Medicine and Penn State College of Medicine about an association between vaccines and brain disorders, then what’s all the ‘tap dancing’ about? Let’s get to some serious conclusions.
Like tap dancing that makes a lot of noise, so too are vaccine studies peripherally pointing to real vaccine concerns about which the U.S. federal health agencies (HHS, CDC and FDA) and state health departments probably won’t do anything to correct, i.e., eliminate vaccines, as some countries are doing with some vaccines. The ever-increasing—“growing like Topsy”—CDC vaccine schedule has to stop! With almost three hundred new vaccines in production, how many will infants, toddlers and teens be mandated to receive when those vaccines obtain licensure? Furthermore, aren’t vaccines Big Pharma’s annuity products, so what should consumers expect?
All one ever hears is more research has to be done! That seems to be the mantra for all science today.
Personally, I don’t think there ever will be enough research to ‘satisfy’ vaccine inventors, manufacturers, pushers, acolytes and those implementing certain population agendas that vaccines are harmful to human health, especially the developing immune and central nervous systems in infants, toddlers and children.
The research is there!
My book, Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, cites innumerable studies and peer reviewed scientific articles the U.S. Congress, Big Pharma and CDC/FDA deliberately ignore because, if they took them seriously, it would demand they implement dramatic changes, especially enforcing the Precautionary Principle.
According to Robert Kennedy’s latest article,
More than 95,000 children in the database that were analyzed had one of seven neuropsychiatric disorders: anorexia nervosa, anxiety disorder, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and tic disorder.
Furthermore, others over the years have found similar consequences. For instance, consider what Dr Timothy Craig, Division of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology at Penn State Hershey, had to say:
Antibiotics and vaccines, while protecting us from dangerous and serious diseases, have also weakened our resistance to allergies and asthma. [CJF emphasis added]
That statement, in my opinion, exemplifies the trade-off that’s taking place within the human organism, especially in young children: a seriously weakened or impaired immune system, which leads to chronic diseases earlier in life. This article, “America’s New Normal: Chronically Ill Kids” needs to be taken seriously.
According to the University of Michigan “Michigan Medicine”:
Chronic condition is an “umbrella” term. Children with chronic illnesses may be ill or well at any given time, but they are always living with their condition. Some examples of chronic conditions include (but are not limited to):
Asthma (the most common)
Sickle cell anemia
Congenital heart problems
I don’t know about you, but I find the chart below published at Focus for Health most revealing. Cancer was always connected to old age. But now, probably due to vaccines, cancer is the #1 killer of children. [That equates to vaccines being the #1 killer of children.]
I got news for you: We never had such statistics regarding chronic diseases in children. There were routine infectious childhood diseases, which I offer help strengthen the immune system—a fine tune for later in life by providing lifelong immunities.
Vaccines effectively are reprogramming and changing the human immune system from its innate capabilities to a pharmacologically-induced “adaptive or acquired” immunity, which demands vaccines and booster shots to maintain some ‘semblance’ of Big Pharma’s definition of “immunity.”
There has been a ‘comfortable’ trade-off of infectious diseases for chronic, lifelong illnesses where patients will be dependent upon Big Pharma meds for the rest of their lives. According to Focus for Health, “Approximately 27% of U.S. children live with chronic health conditions that can affect their daily lives and normal activities.”
Going from 12.8% in 1996 to 26.6% in 2006 statistics for chronic disease must be taken in proper context of correlation and causation, e.g., the number of vaccines for infants and toddlers on the CDC’s vaccine schedule and the growing trend in childhood chronic diseases. According to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, the leading cause of death in children ages one to four years is “congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities.” For children five to fourteen years of age, it’s “cancer.” 
Take a look at this comparative vaccine schedule chart 1983 versus 2015 from Peaceful Parent:
Ten vaccines in 1983 to 36-38 in 2015! That’s an almost a 400 percent increase!
I’d say that’s a pretty good return on their propaganda investment that vaccines are ‘safe, effective and life-saving’! Big Pharma was able to hoodwink the U.S. Congress into passing the law that gave Big Pharma a “get out of jail free” card, which took away all legal and financial liabilities for their defective products, e.g., vaccines.
It is time for everyone to lose this incredible American naivete concerning vaccinations. Anything less must, from now on, be considered abandonment of basic responsibility. There can be no excuse now for anyone to continue wearing blinders and claiming ignorance.
When opinions and speculations are preferred over science and real facts
There is a growing and disturbing trend of ignorant elitism in American culture. It’s the dismissal of common sense, morality, and humility replaced by celebrity, entertainment, self-righteousness, ignorance, smug gullibility, and a strange sense of “exceptionalism.” As Americans have gotten dummer, they continue to perceive themselves as smarter.
Dumbness in America has been in a steady process of being redefined. Idiocy has infected this culture through a multi-pronged attack from schools, churches, Hollywood, news media, and government. This comes through video culture which has enjoyed preference over print culture; a disjunction between Americans’ rising level of controlled formal education which has left them with a devaluation of basics, including math, philosophy, geography, science and history.
There has been a long tradition of mental assault in America. There is a cult of ignorance in the United States. It is often equated with “Americanism.” The strain of mental laziness and prejudice has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy empowers my ignorance so that it is just as good as your knowledge.
A whole generation of youth is being dumbed down by their aversion to reading anything of substance and their addiction to digital “crap” via social media.
Journalist Charles Pierce, author of Idiot America, adds another perspective: “The rise of idiot America today represents–for profit mainly, but also and more cynically, for political advantage in the pursuit of power–the breakdown of a consensus that the pursuit of knowledge is a good. It also represents the ascendancy of the notion that the people whom we should trust the least are the people who best know what they are talking about. In the new media age, everybody is an expert.”
We don’t educate people anymore. We train them to follow popular culture and secure positions in corporations. Value in doing the right thing has been replaced by value in “getting ahead” in competition.
Part of what’s causing America’s mental decline can be found in the declining state of education in the U.S. compared to other advanced countries:
After leading the world for decades in 25-34 year olds with university degrees, the U.S. is now in 12th place. The World Economic Forum ranked the U.S. at 52nd among 139 nations in the quality of its university math and science instruction in 2010. Nearly 50% of all graduate students in the sciences in the U.S. are foreigners, most of whom are returning to their home countries;
18% of Americans still believe that the sun revolves around the earth, according to a Gallup poll;
The American Association of State Colleges and Universities report on education shows that for the first time, the educational attainment of young people will be lower than their parents;
According to the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress, 68% of public school children in the U.S. do not read proficiently by the time they finish third grade. And the U.S. News & World reported that barely 50% of students are ready for college level reading when they graduate;
According to a 2006 survey by National Geographic-Roper, nearly half of Americans between ages 18 and 24 do not think it necessary to know the location of other countries in which important news is being made. More than a third consider it “not at all important” to know a foreign language.
More than 40% of Americans under 44 did not read a single book–fiction or nonfiction–over the course of a year. The proportion of 17 year olds who read nothing (unless required by school ) has doubled between 1984-2004;
In American schools, the culture exalts the athlete and good-looking cheerleader. Well-educated and intellectual students are commonly referred to in public schools and the media as “nerds,” “dweebs,” “dorks,” and “geeks,” and are looked down upon by the more popular “jocks” for openly displaying any intellect. These anti-intellectual attitudes are not reflected in students in some European or Asian countries, whose educational levels have now equaled and and will surpass that of the U.S.
In Japan, for example, teachers (rather than rich people) are held in high esteem and normally viewed as among the most important members of a community. In the U.S., public schools and public school teachers promote politically-correct curriculum built on popularity and/or profit. In Japan, teachers are typically held to a higher standard and are paid more than their peers in the U.S. The profession of teaching is seen as having central value in society and those who choose that profession are respected for their knowledge and their efforts on behalf of children.
In America we’re creating a world of dummies. Angry dummies who feel they have the right, the authority and the need not only to comment on everything, but to make sure their voice is heard above the rest, and to drag down any opposing views through personal attacks, loud repetition and confrontation.
The anti-intellectual elitism is not an elitism of wisdom, experience, or knowledge. The new elite are the angry social media posters, those who can shout loudest and more often; a clique of bullies and malcontents baying together like dogs cornering a fox. Too often it’s a combined elite of the anti-intellectuals and the ignorant arrogant – not those who can voice the most cogent, most coherent response. Together they foment a rabid culture lacking in common sense where fact is dismissed without investigation and rational thought is the enemy. Critical thinking is boring, considered merely opinion, and a waste of time.
The herd mentality takes over on the internet; the anti-intellectuals become the metaphorical equivalent of an angry lynch mob when anyone either challenges one of the mob beliefs or posts anything outside the mob’s self-limiting set of values.
The online young are skewed toward fashions, entertainment, spectacle, and voyeurism. They are directed towards trivia, towards the inconsequential, towards unquestioning and blatant consumerism. This results in intellectual complacency. People accept without questioning, believe without weighing the choices, join the pack because in a culture where convenience rules, real individualism is too hard work. Thinking takes too much time: it gets in the way of the immediacy of the online experience.
Reality TV and pop culture presented in magazines and online sites claim to provide useful information about the importance of silly fads that can somehow enrich our lives. After all, how else can one explain the insipid and pointless stories that tout divorces, cheating and weight gain? How else can we explain how the Kardashians, or Paris Hilton are known for being famous without actually contributing anything worth discussion? The artificial events of their lives become the mainstay of populist media to distract people from the real issues and concerns facing us.
The current trend of the increasing arrogance of ignorance now establishing itself in politics and business leadership, and supported by a declining education system should be a cause for concern for all of us.
[What we’ve known all along, here at ACM, is the Biblical axiom: “an evil tree cannot produce good fruit.” The evil tree is the US Government system. Therefore, we knew better than to place hope in a government process … like an election. We knew trump was not a “great white hope.” Now this is becoming more obvious to thousands more.
However, we agree with what “The Saker” says in the article below:
“We can only find some degree of solace in two undeniable facts:
1 Hillary would have been far worse than any version of a Trump Presidency. 2 In order to defeat Trump, the US deep state has had to expose themselves … revealing that the US democracy is a sad joke and that they, the Neocons, are an occupation regime.” Also, Hollywood celebrities along with the “Women’s Movement” have shown us, and the world, just how nasty and mean they really are … as if openly and proudly revealing themselves as immoral low-lifes and heartless baby killers wasn’t enough. – BW]
The Saker – February 14, 2017
Less than a month ago I warned that a ‘color revolution ‘ was taking place in the USA. My first element of proof was the so-called “investigation” which the CIA, FBI, NSA and others were conducting against President Trump’s candidate to become National Security Advisor, General Flynn. Tonight, the plot to get rid of Flynn has finally succeeded and General Flynn had to offer his resignation. Trump accepted it.
Now let’s immediately get one thing out of the way: Flynn was hardly a saint or a perfect wise man who would single-handedly save the world. That he was not. However, what Flynn was is the cornerstone of Trump’s national security policy. For one thing, Flynn dared the unthinkable: he dared to declare that the bloated US intelligence community had to be reformed. Flynn also tried to subordinate the CIA and the Joint Chiefs to the President via the National Security Council. Put differently, Flynn tried to wrestle the ultimate power and authority from the CIA and the Pentagon and subordinate them back to the White House. Flynn also wanted to work with Russia. Not because he was a Russia lover, the notion of a Director of the DIA as a Putin-fan is ridiculous, but Flynn was rational, he understood that Russia was no threat to the USA or to Europe and that Russia had the West had common interests. That is another absolutely unforgivable crimethink in Washington DC.
The Neocon run ‘deep state’ has now forced Flynn to resign under the idiotic pretext that he had a telephone conversation, on an open, insecure and clearly monitored, line with the Russian ambassador.
And Trump accepted this resignation.
Ever since Trump made it to the White House, he has taken blow after blow from the Neocon-run Ziomedia, from Congress, from all the Hollywood doubleplusgoodthinking (Orwellian) “stars” and even from European politicians. And Trump took each blow without ever fighting back. Nowhere was his famous “you are fired!” to be seen. But I still had hope. I wanted to hope. I felt that it was my duty to hope.
But now Trump has betrayed us all.
Remember how Obama showed his true face when he hypocritically denounced his friend and pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.? Today, Trump has shown us his true face. Instead of refusing Flynn’s resignation and instead of firing those who dared cook up these ridiculous accusations against Flynn, Trump accepted the resignation. This is not only an act of abject cowardice, it is also an amazingly stupid and self-defeating betrayal because now Trump will be alone, completely alone, facing the likes of Mattis and Pence – hard Cold Warrior types, ideological to the core, folks who want war and simply don’t care about reality.
Again, Flynn was not my hero. But he was, by all accounts, Trump’s hero. And Trump betrayed him.
The consequences of this will be immense. For one thing, Trump is now clearly broken. It took the ‘deep state’ only weeks to castrate Trump and to make him bow to the powers that be. Those who would have stood behind Trump will now feel that he will not stand behind them and they will all move back away from him. The Neocons will feel elated by the elimination of their worst enemy and emboldened by this victory they will push on, doubling-down over and over and over again.
It’s over, folks, the deep state has won.
From now on, Trump will become the proverbial shabbos-goy, the errand boy of the Israel lobby. Hassan Nasrallah was right when he called him ‘an idiot’.
The Chinese and Iranian will openly laugh. The Russians won’t – they will be polite, they will smile, and try to see if some common sense policies can still be salvaged from this disaster. Some might. But any dream of a partnership between Russia and the United States has died tonight.
The EU leaders will, of course, celebrate. Trump was nowhere the scary bogeyman they feared. Turns out that he is a doormat – very good for the EU.
Where does all this leave us – the millions of anonymous ‘deplorables’ who try as best we can to resist imperialism, war, violence and injustice?
I think that we were right in our hopes because that is all we had – hopes. No expectations, just hopes. But now we objectively have very little reasons left to hope. For one thing, the Washington ‘swamp’ will not be drained. If anything, the swamp has triumphed. We can only find some degree of solace in two undeniable facts:
1 Hillary would have been far worse than any version of a Trump Presidency.
2 In order to defeat Trump, the US deep state has had to terribly weaken the US and the AngloZionist Empire. Just like Erdogan’ purges have left the Turkish military in shambles, the anti-Trump ‘color revolution’ has inflicted terrible damage on the reputation, authority and even credibility of the USA.
The first one is obvious. So let me clarify the second one. In their hate-filled rage against Trump and the American people (aka “the basket of deplorables”) the Neocons have had to show their true face. By their rejection of the outcome of the elections, by their riots, their demonization of Trump, the Neocons have shown two crucial things: first, that the US democracy is a sad joke and that they, the Neocons, are an occupation regime which rules against the will of the American people. In other words, just like Israel, the USA has no legitimacy left. And since, just like Israel, the USA are unable to frighten their enemies, they are basically left with nothing, no legitimacy, no ability to coerce. So yes, the Neocons have won. But their victory is removes the last chance for the US to avoid a collapse.
Trump, for all his faults, did favor the US, as a country, over the global Empire. Trump was also acutely aware that ‘more of the same’ was not an option. He wanted policies commensurate with the actual capabilities of the USA. With Flynn gone and the Neocons back in full control – this is over. Now we are going to be right back to ideology over reality.
Trump probably could have made America, well, maybe not “great again”, but at least stronger, a major world power which could negotiate and use its leverage to get the best deal possible from the others. That’s over now. With Trump broken, Russia and China will go right back to their pre-Trump stance: a firm resistance backed by a willingness and capability to confront and defeat the USA at any level.
I am quite sure that nobody today is celebrating in the Kremlin. Putin, Lavrov and the others surely understand exactly what happened. It is as if Khodorkovsy would have succeeded in breaking Putin in 2003. In fact, I have to credit Russian analysts who for several weeks already have been comparing Trump to Yanukovich, who also was elected by a majority of the people and who failed to show the resolve needed to stop the ‘color revolution’ started against him. But if Trump is the new Yanukovich, will the US become the next Ukraine?
Flynn was very much the cornerstone of the hoped-for Trump foreign policy. There was a real chance that he would reign in the huge, bloated and all-powerful three letter agencies and that he would focus US power against the real enemy of the West: the Wahabis. With Flynn gone, this entire conceptual edifice has now come down. We are going to be left with the likes of Mattis and his anti-Iranian statements. Clowns who only impress other clowns.
Today Neocon victory is a huge event and it will probably be completely misrepresented by the official media. Ironically, Trump supporters will also try to minimize it all. But the reality is that barring a most unlikely last-minute miracle, it’s over for Trump and the hopes of millions of people in the USA and the rest of the world who had hoped that the Neocons could be booted out of power by means of a peaceful election. That is clearly not going to happen.
Trump, Putin, and the Fear of Operation Barbarossa II
Phil Butler – 2-11-2017
News Russian President Vladimir Putin scrambled his military for large scale military drills recently elicited a predictable western media response. With NATO pressing on Russia’s front door, some policy makers and media seem determined to force a war on the rest of us. Tensions in between western powers and Russia are reaching ever increasing heights. Is NATO off the reservation? This is the question some experts are asking.
NATO’s provocative stance calls to question the European allies’ real intentions and US command cohesiveness. Unless President Trump is upping the ante for coming dealings with Mr. Putin by leveraging NATO, something is just not right where the European theater is concerned. Former President Barack Obama’s disastrous policies seemed certain to be reversed by the new president, but German soldiers and tanks on Russia’s borders casts a dark shadow for Mr. Putin and his countrymen. RT news reported that when the Russian Air Force was put on high alert as part of a sudden combat readiness check ordered by President Vladimir Putin, the “west” immediately accused Russia of preparing for war. My question for NATO leadership and European leaders is; “What would you expect Mr. Putin to prepare for, a luau or tiki party?” Here’s the situation.
For several years Vladmir Putin tried in vain to establish better relations with the EU. The Russians sought free visa travel, unrestricted commerce, and an end to Cold War games around her borders. But even after American President Ronald Reagan had promise no eastward moves by NATO, the promise gave way to continued encirclement. This is undisputed, and a fact. From George Soros’ subversive NGO moves inside Russia, to the CIA and covert actions in the Caucasus, and finally the Euromaidan regime change, it is not Russia that has been on the offensive. This, despite the propaganda bull horns in Washington, London, and Berlin (I leave out Brussels purposely), is the reality. Since the Sochi Olympics mud slinging began, and since US Senator John McCain rallied Nazis in Ukraine to join the hegemony, we have been in a state of war. This is irrefutable as well, though some will argue.
In preparation for his departure, US President Obama approved the “biggest reinforcement since the Cold War,” by posting four multinational battalions to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. But this was a minor move compared to other exercise and strategies. While continual multinational training and security cooperation activities with partners in eastern Europe go on in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary probably would not rouse the Russian bear. What did awaken the waiting beast though was the deployment by Obama of hitherto abandoned Sky Wars initiative. For those unfamiliar with Anti-ballistic missiles, please allow me to explain.
The Euromaidan coup in Kiev not withstanding, the EU and NATO crowding up against Russia was an act of aggression even if Snow White had ordered it. The first act of the new government was to order Russian language out! Anyone who’s studied history knows, the identity of Ukraine is inextricably tied to its own language, and that of Russia. Millions in that country feared for the kind of repression the Nazis exacted on them. When Vladmir Putin came to the rescue in Crimea, all hell broke loose. Russian speakers in the east of Ukraine fighting to separate from Ukraine, made the situation still more complicated. What is NOT complicated is whose fault this was. I’ll leave this part of the discussion for another paper. The reason I mention Ukraine is because of strategic import. Crimea was Russian since forever, but the naval bases at Sevastopol are the key to understanding this crisis. Not only could Vladimir Putin not allow Russians to be abused by the Kiev Nazis and radicals, he could not allow his nation to lose those bases. NATO in Crimea? That my friends, will happen over all of our dead bodies.
The Donbass, the eastern part of Ukraine now being shelled daily by Kiev forces, it’s seconds away from Russian cities and targets for intermediate ballistic missiles. Seconds. Luhansk to the east of Donetsk, it’s less than 500 miles from Russia’s Caspian fleet. NATO in control of that city allows for cutting off the entire southeastern part of Russia from the interior. To the North of Luhansk, Kharkiv is 386 miles from the center of Moscow.
When the new ABM Aegis systems went live in Romania at Deveselu, Vladimir Putin said that Russia had “no choice” but to target Romania. I won’t get too far into the technicalities and capabilities of these systems, Aegis is an advanced shipboard system I am familiar with from my time in the US Navy at Pascagoula, Mississippi, where the Ticonderoga Class cruisers were deployed first initially. These ships were originally designed to protect carrier battle groups from missile attack, but later developments brought into play the so-called Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, designed to intercept ballistic missiles post-boost phase and prior to reentry. Still more recent developments of the SM-3 and SM-2 Block IV interceptor missiles provide for not only reentry phase interception, but midflight destruction above Earth’s atmosphere as well. What this means is, the US or NATO could have a first strike advantage over a Russian counterstrike. Make no mistake here, so-called terminal endo-atmospheric defensive capability of these missiles has been proven in Navy tests, so Putin’s fears are warranted.
A second Aegis ABM system is being set up in Poland as well, but something Mr. Putin said is more important than multiple Aegis sites. These land based modules can not only fire anti-missile missiles, but offensive weapons as well.
CBS News says Vladimir Putin is rattling his saber at NATO, when the reality is something completely different. Putin’s snap drills on this massive level have two purposes. First, actual readiness in the event of some crazy NATO move is what any leader would do. Second, Mr. Putin is sending the message “Hey, stop playing around, we are serious.” This is what any capable pragmatist would do, in the face of a rampaging bully storming across the schoolyard. “Stop, don’t make me” is one hell of a lot better than “Surprise!” Obama essentially created his very own Cuban Missile Crisis in reverse, that’s what this situation is. What worries me is the fact President Trump has not ordered General Curtis Scaparrotti, head of European Command and NATO, to stand down.
Is there some disconnect, some unseen game going on? If so, we are in a dangerous situation indeed. The Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), or Star Wars, was a program initiated by President Ronald Reagan, and later negotiated out of existence. Barack Obama put the initiative back in play even with the old criticism SDI will disrupt the strategic doctrine of Mutual assured destruction. Herein lies the greatest danger, and the biggest threat Mr. Putin sees. The “Obama strategic doctrine” is based on the potential for the US to WIN a nuclear war with Russia. This report at Global Research by Eric Zuesse outlines this disastrous strategy. Termed Nuclear Primacy, the idea of a first devastating strike is out of Dr. Strangelove. Even discussing the potential could cause the Russians to preempt in order not to be destroyed. In short, the Neocons and Obama tilted the balance of power too far. We’re lucky Putin is the patient pragmatist in my view.
What’s paramount now is that more people understand the gravity of the situation. But informing people has become almost impossible with “Fake News” coming from once trusted sources in the US and in Europe. Much is made of propaganda channels in Russia, when Russia is not the one stationing first strike weapons across the border from the United States. Not yet anyway. We have to pass these discussions along, and to look at what is happening with clear vision. Romanians do not want to be turned to ashes over a missile base for America or Germany on their soil. Neither do Russians want to be vaporized because they feared another World War II. And when old enemies line up battle tanks on the frontier, believe me Russians grow uneasy still.
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[Editor’s Note: Rarely do I find an article that cuts through the worthless rhetoric of contemporary news media and lays out the truth in its simplicity. This piece by Alison Weir is one such article.
All the political/economic problems in the world today, including the wars in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Ukraine, and the upcoming war in Iran and possibly Russia, are ALL the handiwork of Neocons in Washington DC whose loyalties lie first with Israel, and then with an absurd plan to destroy all nations and regimes that aren’t willing to accept Neocon hegemony.
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts has pointed out, correctly, that all the trouble in the world today, including the so-called Muslim migrant crisis, are being caused by 1. Israel, 2. Saudi Arabia, and 3. the United States. Of course, the Neocon-led US is the main problem. And all the finger pointing at Muslims and Russia are fantastic lies … lies that are happily believed by ignorant Americans.
The plan behind all the current turmoils of the world (wars, refugees, economic troubles) was laid out over 16 years ago when Neocons planned the wars in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Ukraine, and Iran … including the end result which is possible war with Russia and China. The truth is, if the Neocons had not been given positions and power to implement these plans, the world today would be peaceful and millions of innocent families would not be dead or chased out of their native lands. And it is pretty clear that Trump doesn’t understand this problem yet. I hope someone explains it to him. But the fact that his daughter, son-in-law, and new grandchild are Jewish are not good omens.
If you don’t’ know who the Neocons are, shame on you! Go on the internet and research it. You cannot understand current world politics without knowing about the Neocons. The following article by Alison Weir will get you started. You will need to re-read the article AFTER you research and learn about the Neocons. Then you will understand.]
Essential context about Trump’s refugee ban – Made in Israel
While reports on Trump’s ban emphasize that these are Muslim majority countries, analysts seem to have ignored another significant characteristic that these countries share.
With just a single exception, all of these countries were targeted for attack by certain top U.S. officials in 2001. In fact, that policy had roots that went back to 1996, 1991, 1980, and even the 1950s. Below, we will trace this policy back in time and examine its goals and proponents.
The fact is that Trump’s action continues policies influenced by people working on behalf of a foreign country, whose goal has been to destabilize and reshape an entire region. This kind of aggressive interventionism focused on “regime change” launches cascading effects that include escalating violence.
Already we’ve seen devastating wars, massive refugee movement that is uprooting entire peoples and reshaping parts of Europe, desperate and horrific terrorism, and now the horror that is ISIS. If this decades-long effort is not halted, it will be increasingly devastating for the region, our country, and the entire world.
2001 Policy Coup
Four-star general Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander, has described what he called a 2001 “policy coup” by a small group of people intent on destabilizing and taking over the Middle East, targeting six of the seven countries mentioned by Obama and Trump.
Clark gave the details in 2007 in an interview broadcast by Democracy Now and in a lecture at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco.
Clark described a chance meeting in the Pentagon in 2001 ten days after 911 in which he learned about the plan to take down these countries.
After meeting with then-Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, Clark went downstairs to say hello to people on the Joint Staff who had worked for him in the past. One of the generals called him in.
‘Sir, you’ve got to come in and talk to me a second.” He told Clark, “We’ve made the decision we’re going to war with Iraq.”
Clark was shocked. He said, “We’re going to war against Iraq? Why?” The officer said he didn’t know. Clark asked if they had found information connecting Saddam to Al-Qaeda. The man said, “No, no, there’s nothing new that way. They just made the decision to go to war with Iraq.”
A few weeks later, Clark went back to the Pentagon and spoke to the general again. He asked whether the U.S. was still planning to go to war against Iraq.
The general replied: “Oh, it’s worse than that.” Clark says that the general picked up a piece of paper and said, “I just got this down from upstairs today. This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.”
Clark asked, “Is it classified?” He said, “Yes, sir.”
Clark said he was stunned: “I couldn’t believe it would really be true. But that’s actually what happened. These people took control of the policy of the United States.”
Clark says he then remembered a 1991 meeting he had with Paul Wolfowitz. In 2001 Wolfowitz was Deputy Secretary of Defense, and in 1991 he was Under Secretary of Defense of Policy, the number three position at the Pentagon.
Wolfowitz is a pro-Israel neoconservative who an associate has called “over the top when it comes to Israel.”
Clark describes going to Wolfowitz’s office in March of 1991. Clark said to Wolfowitz, “You must be pretty happy with the performance of the troops in Desert Storm.” Clark says Wolfowitz replied, “Not really, because the truth is we should have gotten rid of Saddam Hussein, and we didn’t.”
Wolfowitz declared the U.S. had an opportunity to clean up “Syria, Iran, Iraq, before the next super power came on to challenge us.”
Clark says he was shocked at Wolfowitz’s proposal that the military should initiate wars and change governments, and that Wolfowitz believed that the U.S. should invade countries whose governments it disliked. “My mind was spinning.”
Clark says Scooter Libby was at that meeting. Libby is another pro-Israel neoconservative. In 2001 He was Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff, and worked closely with the Office of Special Plans, which manufactured anti-Iraq talking points.
“This country was taken over by a group of people with a policy coup,” Clark said in his 2007 lecture. “Wolfowitz, Rumsfield, Cheney, and you could name a half dozen other collaborators from the Project for a New American Century. They wanted us to destabilize the Middle East, turn it upside down, make it under our control.”
(The Project for a New American Century was a think tank that operated from 1997-2006, and was replaced by the Foreign Policy Initiative.)
Clark continued: “Did they ever tell you this? Was there a national dialogue on this? Did Senators and Congressmen stand up and denounce this plan? Was there a full-fledged American debate on it? Absolutely not. And there still isn’t.”
Clark noted that Iran and Syria know about the plan. “All you have to do is read the Weekly Standard and listen to Bill Kristol, and he blabbermouths it all over the world – Richard Perle is the same way. They could hardly wait to finish Iraq so they could move into Syria.”
Clark says that Americans did not vote George Bush into office to do this. Bush, Clark pointed out, had campaigned on “a humble foreign policy, no ‘peace keeping,’ no ‘nation building.’”
Others have described this group, their responsibility for pushing the invasion of Iraq, and their pro-Israel motivation.
Neoconservatives, Israel, and Iraq
A 2003 article in Ha’aretz, one of Israel’s main newspapers, reported bluntly: “The war in Iraq was conceived by 25 neoconservative intellectuals, most of them Jewish, who are pushing President Bush to change the course of history.” (Ha’aretz often brags about the Jewish affiliation of important players due to its role as a top newspaper of the self-declared “Jewish State.”)
It gave what it termed “a partial list” of these neoconservatives: U.S. government officials Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, and Eliot Abrams, and journalists William Kristol and Charles Krauthammer. The article described them as “mutual friends who cultivate one another.”
The article included an interview with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who was quoted as saying:
“It’s the war the neoconservatives wanted. It’s the war the neoconservatives marketed. Those people had an idea to sell when September 11 came, and they sold it. Oh boy, did they sell it. So this is not a war that the masses demanded. This is a war of an elite.”
The article continued:
“Friedman laughs: ‘I could give you the names of 25 people (all of whom are at this moment within a five-block radius of this office) who, if you had exiled them to a desert island a year and a half ago, the Iraq war would not have happened.’”
Another Ha’aretz article described how some of these individuals, high American officials, gave Israeli leaders tips on how to manage American actions and influence US Congressmen, concluding: “Perle, Feith, and their fellow strategists are walking a fine line between their loyalty to American governments and Israeli interests.”
Ha’aretz reported that the goal was far more than just an invasion of Iraq: “at a deeper level it is a greater war, for the shaping of a new Middle East.” The article said that the war “was being fought to consolidate a new world order.”
“The Iraq war is really the beginning of a gigantic historical experiment…”
We’re now seeing the tragic and violent result of that regime-change experiment.
American author, peace activist, and former CIA analyst Kathleen Christison discussed the neoconservatives who promoted war against Iraq in a 2002 article. She wrote: “Although much has been written about the neo-cons who dot the Bush administration, their ties to Israel have generally been treated very gingerly.”
The Bush administration, she wrote, was “peppered with people who have long records of activism on behalf of Israel in the United States, of policy advocacy in Israel, and of promoting an agenda for Israel often at odds with existing U.S. policy.”
“These people,” she wrote, “who can fairly be called Israeli loyalists, are now at all levels of government, from desk officers at the Defense Department to the deputy secretary level at both State and Defense, as well as on the National Security Council staff and in the vice president’s office.”
Author Stephen Green wrote a meticulously researched 2004 expose describing how some of these individuals, including Perle and Wolfowitz, had been investigated through the years by U.S. intelligence agencies for security “lapses” benefiting Israel.
Yet, despite a pattern of highly questionable actions suggestive of treason, they continued to procure top security clearances for themselves and cronies. The neocon agenda also became influential in Britain.
(During the recent U.S. presidential election, neoconservatives were extremely hostile to Trump, and have been perturbed to have less influence in his administration they they expected to have with Hillary Clinton. They may be relieved to see him targeting their pet punching bags in the Middle East. It’s unclear whether neoconservatives will remain outside the White House’s inner circle for long: neocon Michael Ledeen is quite close to Trump’s recently named White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. And there is talk that Trump may appoint Elliott Abrams as Deputy Secretary of State.)
1996 plan against Iraq and Syria
The neocon regime-change strategy had been laid out in a 1996 document called “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm.” It was written for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by a study group led by Richard Perle. Although Perle and the other authors were American citizens, the “realm” in question was Israel.
Perle was chairman of the United States Defense Policy Board at that time. He had previously been U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy.
The report stated that in the past, Israel’s strategy was to get the U.S. to use its money and weaponry to “lure Arabs” to negotiate. This strategy, the plan stated, “required funneling American money to repressive and aggressive regimes.”
The report recommended, however, that Israel go beyond a strategy just focused on Israel-Palestine, and address the larger region – that it “shape its strategic environment.”
It called for “weakening, containing, and even rolling back Syria” and “removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq.” The paper also listed Iran and Lebanon as countries to be dealt with (and Turkey and Jordan as nations to be used in the strategy).
The plan stressed that it was necessary to obtain U.S. support for the strategy, and advised that Israel use “language familiar to the Americans by tapping into themes of American administrations during the cold war … .”
Perle, Douglas Feith (who would be Deputy Under Secretary of Defense by 2001) and the other signatories of the report framed their proposal as a new concept, but the idea for Israel to reshape the political landscape of the Middle East had been discussed for years. (Lest we be unclear, “reshape the political landscape” means to change governments, something that has never been accomplished without massive loss of life and far-reaching repercussions.)
In 1992 Israeli leaders were already working to indoctrinate the public about an alleged need to attack Iran. Israeli analyst Israel Shahak wrote in his book Open Secrets that the goal would be “to bring about Iran’s total military and political defeat.”
Shahak reported: “In one version, Israel would attack Iran alone, in another it would ‘persuade’ the West to do the job. The indoctrination campaign to this effect is gaining in intensity. It is accompanied by what could be called semi-official horror scenarios purporting to detail what Iran could do to Israel, the West and the entire world when it acquires nuclear weapons as it is expected to a few years hence.”
1982 & 1950s Israeli plans to fragment the Middle East
The document, translated by Israel Shahak, called for the dissolution of existing Arab states into smaller states which would, in effect, become Israel’s satellites.
In an analysis of the plan, Shahak pointed out: “[W]hile lip service is paid to the idea of the ‘defense of the West’ from Soviet power, the real aim of the author, and of the present Israeli establishment is clear: To make an Imperial Israel into a world power.”
Shahak noted that Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon planned “to deceive the Americans after he has deceived all the rest.”
Shahak wrote that reshaping the Middle East on behalf of Israel had been discussed since the 1950s: “This is not a new idea, nor does it surface for the first time in Zionist strategic thinking. Indeed, fragmenting all Arab states into smaller units has been a recurrent theme.”
As Shahak pointed out, this strategy was documented in a book called Israel’s Sacred Terrorism (1980), by Livia Rokach. Drawing on the memoirs of the second Prime Minister of Israel, Rokach’s book described, among other things, a 1954 proposal to execute regime change in Lebanon.
Returning to the present, let’s examine the situation in the “countries of concern” named by President Trump last week, by President Obama in 2015, and targeted by Wolfowitz et al in 2001.
Several years ago, journalist Glenn Greenwald commented on General Clark’s statement about the 2001 policy coup: “If you go down that list of seven countries that he said the neocons had planned to basically change the governments of, you pretty much see that vision… being fulfilled.”
Greenwald noted that the governments of Iraq, Libya, and Lebanon had been changed; the U.S. had escalated its proxy fighting and drone attacks in Somalia; U.S. troops were deployed in Sudan; “and the most important countries on that list, Iran and Syria, are clearly the target of all sorts of covert regime change efforts on the part of the United States and Israel.”
Below are sketches of what’s happened:
Iraq was invaded and the country destroyed. According to a 2015 NGO report, the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq had led to the deaths of approximately 1 million Iraqis – 5 percent of the total population of the country – by 2011. More than three million Iraqis are internally displaced, and the carnage continues. The destruction of Iraq and impoverishment of its people is at the root of much of today’s extremism and it’s been demonstrated that it led to the rise of ISIS, as admitted by former British Prime Minister and Iraq war co-perpetrator Tony Blair.
Libya was invaded in 2011 and its leader violently overthrown; in the post-Gaddafi power vacuum, a 2011 UN report revealed torture, lynchings and abuse. Five years on, the country was still torn by civil war and ISIS is reportedly expanding into the chaos. A 2016 Human Rights Watch report stated: “Libya’s political and security crisis deepened … the country edged towards a humanitarian crisis, with almost 400,000 people internally displaced.” Warring forces “continued with impunity to arbitrarily detain, torture, unlawfully kill, indiscriminately attack, abduct and disappear, and forcefully displace people from their homes. The domestic criminal justice system collapsed in most parts of the country, exacerbating the human rights crisis.” [Photos here]
Sudan: The U.S. engaged in so-called “nation-building” in Sudan, advanced the claim in 2005 that the government was perpetrating a genocide, and some U.S. players ultimately organized the secession of South Sudan from Sudan in 2011. (Neocon Israel partisan Elliott Abrams was one of these players.) One journalist reported the result: “[A]n abyss of unspeakable misery and bloodshed … . Tens of thousands have been killed, 1.5 million have been displaced, and 5 million are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.”
Somalia: There have been a number of U.S. interventions in Somalia, most recently a clandestine war under Obama using Special Operations troops, airstrikes, private contractors and African allies; Somali extremists, like others, repeatedly cite Israel’s crimes against Palestinians, enabled by the U.S., as motivators of their violent extremism.
Iran: Iran has long been targeted by Israel, and Israel partisans have driven the anti-Irancampaign in the U.S. Most recently there has been a public relations effort claiming that Iran is developing nuclear weapons, despite the fact that U.S. intelligence agenciesand other experts do not support these accusations. Israel and the U.S. deployed a computer virus against Iran in what has been called the world’s first digital weapon. Young Iranian nuclear physicists have been assassinated by U.S. ally Israel, and the U.S. instituted a blockade against Iran that caused food insecurity and mass suffering among the country’s civilians. (Such a blockade can be seen as an act of war.) Democratic Congressman and Israel partisan Brad Sherman admitted the objective of the Iran sanctions: “Critics of sanctions argue that these measures will hurt the Iranian people. Quite frankly, we need to do just that.”
Syria: In an email revealed by Wikileaks, Hillary Clinton wrote that the “best way to help Israel” was to overthrow the Syrian regime.
Syria seems to be a poster child for the destruction recommended by Israeli strategists. As the UK Guardianreported in 2002: “Disorder and chaos sweeping through the region would not be an unfortunate side-effect of war with Iraq, but a sign that everything is going according to plan.”
Half the Syrian population is displaced – 5 million have fled the country and another 6 million are internally displaced – and over 300,000 are dead from the violence. Major cities and ancient sites are in ruins and the countryside devastated. Amnesty International calls it “the worst humanitarian crisis of our time.”
While the uprising against a ruthless dictator was no doubt begun by authentic Syrian rebels, others with questionable agendas flowed in, some supported by the U.S. and Israel. Israel’s military intelligence chief said Israel does not want ISIS defeated. Israel’s defense minister has admitted that Israel has provided aid to ISIS fighters.
A major factor in Syria’s chaos and the rise of ISIS was the destruction of Iraq, as revealed by in-depth interviews with ISIS fighters by researchers for Artis International, a consortium for scientific study in the service of conflict resolution:
“Many assume that these fighters are motivated by a belief in the Islamic State… but this just doesn’t hold for the prisoners we are interviewing. They are woefully ignorant about Islam and have difficulty answering questions about Sharia law, militant jihad, and the caliphate.”
“More pertinent than Islamic theology is that there are other, much more convincing, explanations as to why they’ve fought for the side they did.”
One interviewee said: “The Americans came. They took away Saddam, but they also took away our security. I didn’t like Saddam, we were starving then, but at least we didn’t have war. When you came here, the civil war started.”
The report noted that the fighters “came of age under the disastrous American occupation after 2003.”
“They are children of the occupation, many with missing fathers at crucial periods (through jail, death from execution, or fighting in the insurgency), filled with rage against America and their own government. They are not fueled by the idea of an Islamic caliphate without borders; rather, ISIS is the first group since the crushed Al Qaeda to offer these humiliated and enraged young men a way to defend their dignity, family, and tribe.”
The leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was imprisoned for eight months in the infamous Abu Ghraib, a U.S.-run Iraqi prison known for grotesque torture of prisoners. Photos published at that time show U.S. soldiers smiling next to piles of naked prisoners and a hooded detainee standing on a narrow box with electrical wires attached to his outstretched hands.
An Abu Ghraib interrogator later revealed that Israelis trained them in the use of techniques used against Palestinians. General Janis Karpinski (in charge of the unit that ran the prison) and others say that Israelis were involved in interrogations. It was reported that the head of the defense contracting firm implicated in the torture at Abu Ghraib prison had close ties to Israel and had visited an Israeli training camp in the West Bank.
Another major factor in the rise of anti-Western extremism is the largely unconditional support for Israel’s violent oppression of Palestinians. As a UN report documented, “The scale of human loss and destruction in Gaza during the 2014 conflict was catastrophic and has … shocked and shamed the world.”
Professor John Mearsheimer of and Professor Stephen Walt of Harvard have written that U.S. policies promoted by the Israel lobby have given “extremists a powerful recruiting tool, increases the pool of potential terrorists and sympathizers, and contributes to Islamic radicalism around the world.” Osama Bin Laden cited U.S. support for Israeli crimes against Palestinians among his reasons for fighting the U.S. The U.S. gives Israel over $10 million per day.
Reaction to the Trump executive order
Thousands of people across the U.S. have opposed Trump’s order for the extreme hardship it imposes on multitudes of refugees. The focus on Muslims (Trump has said that Christians might be exempted) has caused outrage at such religious discrimination and unfair profiling (the large majority of Muslims strongly oppose extremism).
New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, who supported the Iraq War and suggests God sent him to guard Israel, choked back tears at a press conference and called the order “mean-spirited and un-American.”
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), known for its fervent pro-Israel advocacy (and history of smearing criticism of Israeli policy as “anti-Semitism”), has vowed a “relentless fight” against the ban.
Some are concerned that Trump’s action will stoke terrorism, rather than defend against it. Many others support the order in the belief it makes them safer from extremist violence. (As mentioned above, the Obama administration undertook a similar, though milder, action for a similar reason.)
I suggest that everyone – both those who deplore the order for humanitarian reasons, and those who defend it out of concern for Americans’ safety – examine the historic context outlined above and the U.S. policies that led to this order.
For decades, Democratic and Republican administrations have enacted largely parallel policies regarding the Middle East and Israel-Palestine. We are seeing the results, and most of us are deeply displeased.
I would submit that both for humanitarian obligations and for security necessities, it is urgent that we find a different way forward.
[Butler’s article, below, overrates Trump’s morality and good intentions … but accurately describes the pitiful mental/moral state of Americans. He also points to the despicable fat-cat politicians, newsmen, and celebrities who are revered as role models. Butler’s term – “the pusher man” – is a reference to these deplorable fat cats as a most despicable kind of bottom-feeding, last resort, peddlers of mental and moral abandon. – BW]
When asked by Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly about Vladimir Putin being a “killer” in an interview last weekend, President Donald Trump turned a new page in American leadership, he told the world the truth. In a world where sensational lies rule hearts and minds, Trump’s words reveal a kind of salvation.
“There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What, do you think our country’s so innocent?” – US President Donald Trump
Détente, negotiations of any kind, politics and every form of human interaction on this planet depend on a single premise – trust. The truth of American policies in the last half century is, truth and trust have been supplanted by apathy or dire, helpless hope. The American people’s sense of “believing” was irreparably damaged in the Vietnam era, further damaged by Watergate, propped up in the Reagan era, and betrayed by successive Bush, Clinton, Bush administrations. Then the Barack Obama administration applied death spike to any sense of America as a credible partner in the world. Our relationships with every country have been utterly compromised.
At home three-hundred million souls wander in a hazy fantasyland where one day’s frivolity fades to tomorrow’s nightmare. An elite controlling cabal trickles money and power down through the top 10%, bleeding the rest like some sinister creatures from a Sci-Fi classic. Half of society in America is drugged with the endless stream of self-gratifying goods and indulgences. The other half of the country clung in silence to their old TV shows, small town legends, and the churches and synagogues that teeter perilously in between God and Satan. Morals, transfigured into a kind of masochistic new freedom, compel ignorance and meanness on a level that is biblical. Past presidents have been the big street dealers of these drugs, the urban legends – addicts – illuminate as “super cool” and above it all. Obama was a kind of celebrity for two generations of dopamine addicts – a man set in place to finally ruin it all.
These ideas, this reality is an impossible pill for most Americans to swallow. To reset a societal consciousness, to embrace a real truth, is something Americans find nearly impossible. In order for the left wing radical college student to construct a real truth today, he or she must totally deconstruct a living system promulgated from a fallacy. For America to accept the real truth of its legacy, the country will have to deconstruct itself first. Enter President Donald Trump – the anti-politician.
“Putin is a killer?” Nobody has come close to proving this. It’s amazing too, considering the trillions of dollars spent trying! Step back, think about it. Where is the certifiable proof the Russian president did any of the things he is being accused of by US politicians and news media? There is none! Let me say it again, there is no proof Putin has been complicit in the crimes they are trying to accuse him of. He has done his job. He has represented HIS people. Don’t take my word, find a “smoking gun” lie on Vladimir Putin. You can’t. All you’ll find are groundless or cooked-up allegations. Considering the weight of these allegations, the sheer number of them, you’ll also reach the same conclusion as me – Putin’s enemies have been the liars.
This simple truth is a template for studying Donald Trump as well. The new American president has been in office two weeks and already he’s accused of everything imaginable. Billions of dollars have already been spent in an attempt to discredit or destroy him. Racist, sexist, incompetent, liar, cheating businessman, fascist – the enemies of Donald Trump are the enemies of the real truth. Anyone who looks closely can see this. Corporations that made billions off the drug of self gratification hate Trump like a beast. Silicon Valley and all of California are like rabid animals willing to chew off their own paws to free themselves from Trump’s “truth trap”. The media has been the purveyor of the big American lie. You all know this. Hollywood has the people believing Rambo or Superman will rescue America if things get bad. US soldiers in Afghanistan were heroes and did not lose, the X-Men have just not arrived yet! This is not cynicism on the part of a disillusioned American, this is a cruel reality.
Trump stood before a record TV audience on inauguration day. He stood naked and alone in front of the world to proclaim truths no politician has been courageous enough to proclaim. Rabid in their clown suits of self-worship, the “New New Left” screamed, cried, and attacked like soulless zombies – they could not hear. They did not care to even try. Look at what Donald Trump said, then look at what he is doing now. Snap out of it! This is the truth. Let me show you the monumental truth Donald Trump had the courage to profess.
“For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth.”
President Trump went on to proclaim that what is important now is “not which party is in control of the government, but that government is controlled by the people again.” This is vital for understanding my point: the “people” have not been in control of America for decades. America has been drugged and date raped – grasp this. Trump’s further conviction on inauguration day struck at the heart of the leftist and elitist lie, he said America must exist to serve her people – he meant all of her people, not just those that want a free ride, free abortions, and free transgender sex in the streets. “We” are all Americans, my distaste for parading LGBT radicals in our streets is valid. I have the right to say this. I have the right to vote against this. This is what America is about.
President Trump proclaimed resilient truth in his assessment of US foreign and domestic policies of the last decades. Whether or not Americans care to take note, our country could have been far better off if certain policies had been abandoned. Mr. Trump continued:
“We’ve defended other nations’ borders while refusing to defend our own and spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon.”
As before, these truths are unimpeachable, unarguable, just plain true. Don’t take my word, read the New York Times annotated speech here. Even Trump’s most vehement enemies have to admit a modicum of truth. This inauguration speech was one of the greatest and most candid in American history, and half of America did not care to listen! What can cause such uncivilized idiocy? I think the reader knows. Donald Trump talked about closed factories, decaying cities, civil strife, the veterans in horrid hospitals and on the streets, and the robbery of the American people and the American Dream. Then he set out the next day to do exactly what he said he would.
Still, the forces against him were not swayed in the least. What drug dealer wants his customers to go straight, after all? Drugged! Drugged into submission! Manipulated like pitiful junkies, the “pusher man” has a hose pipe running into the jugular of a once great people. So can you see through the fog? Can you feel the dope of “anything goes” chugging into your blood? Get it, want it, eat or use it all! Yes, you can become a transgender abomination before the children of God Almighty and still be revered as a kind of savior! Extremes, we must recall the deserts of all such extremes. Mr. Trump is trying to save America from “the pusher man” – understandably this drug dealing scum will not just quit and take an honest job.
Truth. It hurts I know. The withdrawal will be even more painful, but tens of millions are committed, alongside Mr. Trump, to seeing our countrymen past the cold sweats and spasms of withdrawal. We’re dedicated to breaking free of the globalist pusher man.
The difference may be as extreme as night and day when looking at some mainstream media (MSM) reports on events and comparing them to what actually happened. However, in recent years, we have seen an encouraging (r)evolution in journalism as it continues to be redefined: Through alternative (independent) and social media sources, a number of us have discovered the startling revelations on how the owner/controller establishment use their MSM reporting as a tool for manipulating consensus reality to favour agendas, regardless of the truth.
In effect, because of alternative and social media’s exponentially increasing numbers of awakened individuals seeing right through MSM’s phony baloney and exposing it en masse, the establishment’s control of the narrative is failing.
Gaining in influence, the alternative/ social media has caused much disruption to the establishment’s agendas. For instance, in its influence, the alternative/ social media had prevented the establishment’s choice for president from winning the recent US presidential election….
In a desperate attempt to claw back that control, the establishment will use the ‘fake news’ label to censor the alternative and social media. For instance, the European Union has recently told Facebook to get rid of the ‘fake news’ or face the music, while the UK Parliament will make enquiries into ‘fake news…’
In other words, the establishment are censoring what they can’t control. The ‘fake news’ labelling will
…backfire, by serving as an indicator to the awakened public that the censored item/items will be something the establishment doesn’t want them to know about, so as a consequence, will gain greater attention.
Become a ‘status symbol’ for originators of the alternative/social media sources to want to achieve…
Be futile, as there are a number of ways to get past the censorship, such as, for example, setting up outlets different to the current social media giants who, by the way, are data sources for government spying agencies such the NSA.
Following on from point 3, be ‘suicide’ for the MSM outlets, as their popularity will further dwindle through more and more people boycotting…
Start the MSM outlets off by censoring the ‘obvious hoaxes,’ but as time goes by, in the way of the totalitarian tiptoe, they will eventually try and filter everything that goes against the wishes of the ruling establishment. Officially, that will mean everything the MSM says is factual! Which will be nothing more than ‘credibility suicide’ for the MSM.
Thus, the idea of thinking that through censoring alternative/social media sources by labelling it as ‘fake news’ while the MSM has total control over the narrative is nothing short of delusion. It simply will not work.
MSM – Talk about a kettle calling a pot black
Indeed, a number of us know that the real fake news comes from the MSM.
The prevaricating, misleading, biasing, lying corporate-controlled, politically agendized MSM, with their presstitutes, devoid of morality, conscience and respect for truth … have given us such things as:
Make no doubt about it, the entire Western-World ruling elite owned and controlled MSM propaganda machine is a humanity-destroying, major enemy to we-the-people. Shamelessly complicit in major crimes the despicable MSM have:
– Covered-up monumental war crimes such as those committed by US presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton, UK Prime Ministers Cameron and Blair involving the serious injury and killing of millions of innocent men, women and children in the affected countries. The MSM have also falsely justified the related military actions. These leaders and the other complicit excuses for human beings in the MSM should be put on trial for their heinous war crimes.
– An involvement in stirring up high tensions between Russia and the West, which directly endangers the life of every human on Earth, as well as other life forms.
– With their acts of commission and omission have allowed further advancements in the arms race, while encouraging and taking sides with belligerent bellicose politicians and military personnel, and reporting using such enticing headlines as ‘War Is On the Horizon…’
– Allowed unimpeded advancement of the militarized police state by, for example, leaving its extreme police pettiness and unprovoked violence on innocent citizens unreported…
– Legitimized other crimes such as those connected to perjury, false eyewitness testimony, reporting events and circumstances that never happened …
Indeed the list goes on and on.
The ‘fake news’ label is nothing more than an excuse for the ruling elite’s establishment to have complete control over the press. It is a stealthy way to silence a dissenting public. To think that this censorship will work effectively is a delusion: Who decides what is true and what is fake news? Consequently, the MSM will commit credibility suicide.
‘Fake news’ censorship is undemocratic and unconstitutional fascism. It threatens to strip away our freedom while the criminals complicit in its acts of omission and commission continue to get away with it. With so many people waking up to the lies of the MSM and its ties to political and corporatist agendas, the influence of the MSM will further dwindle due to a lack of support through growing mistrust.
The solution is to boycott the debunked MSM while supporting the alternative media as a healthy free press.
How The Mass Media Controls Consensus Reality
-By Paul A Philips 2-6-2017
ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT FUTURE TECHNOLOGY CONTROLLING YOUR MIND? OPEN YOUR EYES … THEY’VE BEEN CONTROLLING YOUR MIND FOR DECADES!
–”The people will believe what the media tells them they believe.” – George Orwell
–“It’s not a matter of what is true that counts, but a matter of what is perceived to be true.” – Henry Kissinger
–“Whoever controls the media controls reality.”–Peter Jennings.
–“When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.” –DresdenJames.
Nothing in the world is as it seems. On one level, the ‘theater of illusion’ world we live in believed by many to be true can be mainly attributed to two things.
1. The hidden controllers running the planet have managed to manipulate the mass media and in effect control consensus reality. This has been done to produce the desired behavioral patterns; thoughts, opinions, attitudes, social norms… in the masses so that they can be ruled over. In short, the media is regarded by the hidden controllers as a necessary tool for a dictatorship.
2. The majority of the human population has allowed itself to be deceived through ignorance, deception, stupidity, chronic apathy or a serious lack of curiosity and questioning, all somewhat bolstered by cynicism… Consumerism rules; as long as their bellies are full and heads filled with mindless entertainment or other gratuitous distraction… they’re happy. Genetic cloning is unnecessary. Cloning has already been done care of the effects of mass media brainwashing.
Taking the above two factors into account let’s look at just how the mass media controls consensus reality.
Tool for a Dictatorship
The hidden controllers regard the human population as nothing more than sheep incapable of looking after themselves, needing to be shepherded. This has been made abundantly clear over the years by spokesmen/agents for the controllers advocating mind control techniques in the mass media for shaping human thought.
–I would encourage looking up names such as Walter Lippmann (1920’s on), one of the founding fathers of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Tavistock Institute, England who have ties to Freemasons, Harold Lasswell (1939-40 Rockefeller funded), Sir Alexander King for the Club of Rome in the 1990’s touting the advantages of new communications technology as an agent of change for a ‘one world order.’ … It’s quite an interesting insight.
In through the backdoor of the subconscious mind
“If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing it.”
For me, one of the most interesting advocates was Edward Bernays. Most people today probably wouldn’t be familiar with him, but will know his Uncle, Sigmund Freud and many could well have been at some time in their lives under the extraordinary influence of his ideas. Having studied his Uncle’s work, Bernays knew how the unconscious worked and how it could influence others without them knowing. He very successfully took his ideas to the mass media in the form of subliminal advertising through subliminal perception.
This occurs when we perceive something in the media like, for example, an advert, but only a part of it reaches our consciousness awareness. The rest of the advert, containing a hidden message, is perceived by our subconscious and because we are unaware of this can cause us to behave in certain ways without knowing why. I call it’ in through the backdoor of the subconscious mind’. These ‘in through the backdoor’ hidden subliminal messages in mass media can influence us in many ways and without doubt as Bernays had predicted has been as major influence in controlling people’s thoughts, opinions, attitudes without them ever being aware of it.
Now take a look at these examples of subliminal advertising. Most people have found this piece of conniving trickery quite fascinating:
At first glance, this looks like a perfectly innocent advert for the 18-30 club, but when looked at closely you can see the carefully planned out sexual connotations. The same applies to the advert below. In both cases the adverts are planned so that the unaware prospective customer will only subconsciously perceive the various sexual positions hinted at (but will go on to the buy the item along with the hidden message).
They have used doctors to advertise cigarettes. Look at these 1950’s adverts.
The scheme behind this relates to the subliminal thought that Doctors are trustworthy figures. So people then get the idea in their subconscious that it’s healthy to smoke Camel cigarettes…
Remember, subliminal perception is used to influence the masses in a wide range of things; political, educational and scientific indoctrination…etc.
The mass media has been and still is a useful tool for the controllers in holding back opportunity for real human growth and development: It has become a massive dam of lies and cover-ups; holding back a wealth of knowledge for raising conscious awareness, self-sufficiency and unity for the human race. The result is basically a planet full of people going nowhere in their lives while the walls surrounding slowly draw in closer, further restricting their freedom.
Roughly over 20 years, it stuns me to write that the entire mass media ownership in the USA has gone from 50 to just 5 corporations: AOL-Time Warner, Disney, Sony, Vivendi Universal and Viacom.
The idea of having so few media corporations means that the hidden controllers can more easily be in charge of what they want to release to the people. This, in essence, means giving the public at large one limited viewpoint, one voice, one point of view, one propaganda message…to produce consent. For example, ‘There are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq…’ used to engineer consent for the war in Iraq.
A shift in the Wind
–“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be.” – Thomas Jefferson
An ignorant population does not look to see the greater way, never questions authorities or understand rights and therefore provides little opposition to a dictatorship. If we want to grow as a race we must start educating ourselves. Be able to learn to discern. Recognise when the media is trying to manipulate us. Whatever it is we’re subjected to in the media, beware of the hidden ulterior motive. Perhaps it would be better to boycott this propagandist pap altogether and instead of being listless or unresponsive, do something worth-while, demand truth!
He has declared Russia to be the number one threat to the US.
He has threatened intervention in China’s territorial affairs.
I was wrong. I thought Gen. Mattis was a reasonable choice as he rejects the efficacy of torture, and, according to Trump, convinced Trump that “torture doesn’t work.” Apparently Mattis cannot reach beyond this realization to higher geo-political realizations. Trump needs to fire Mattis who has placed the Pentagon in the way of normal relations with Russia.
There is no evidence in the behavior of Iran, Russia, and China to support Gen.Mattis’ views. His definition of threat is the neoconservative one—a country capable of resisting US hegemony. This is a convenient threat for the military/security complex as it justifies an unlimited budget in order to prevail over such “threats.” It is this hegemonic impulse that is the source of terrorism.
If truth can be spoken, there are only two countries in the world with hegemonic aspirations—Israel and the US—and they are the sources of terrorism. Israel terrorizes Palestinians and has done so for about 70 years. The US terrorizes the rest of the world.
All known Muslim terrorists are creations of the US government. Al Qaeda was created by the Carter administration in order to confront the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan with jihadism. ISIS was created by the Obama/Hillary regime in order to overthrow Gaddafi in Libya and then was sent by the Obama/Hillary regime to overthrow Assad in Syria, as Trump’s national security advisor, Gen. Flynn, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency revealed on TV. The Ukrainian neo-nazis assaulting the republics of Donetsk and Luhansk were also unleashed by the Obama/Hillary overthrow of the democratically elected government of Ukraine. All terror is associated with Washington and Israel.
The fact of Washington’s overthrow of Ukraine’s government is incontestable; yet large numbers of brainwashed Americans think Russia invaded Ukraine, just as they believe the fake news that Iran is a terrorist state.
The last time Iran initiated a war of aggression was in the last decade of the 18th century when Iran reconquered the Caucasus and Georgia, which Iran soon lost to Russia.
Iran in our time has done no offense except to refuse to submit to being a Washington vassal state.
Additionally, Iran, and Syria rescued by the Russians, are the only states in the Muslim world that are not US puppet states and mere vassals that are nothing in themselves, no independent foreign policy, no independent economic policy. Only Iran and Syria have independent policies.
Iran is a large country endowed with substantial energy resources. Iran has a long history going back to ancient times of independence and military prowess. Today Iran is essential to Russia as a buffer to the US created jihadism that neoconservatives plan to export to the Muslim areas of the Russian Federation. Consequently, Iran is the most inopportune of targets for Trump if he wishes to restore normal, non-threatening relations with Russia. Yet his mad dog Pentagon chief recklessly makes threating statements alleging Iran to be a “terrorist state.”
Do we see Israel’s hand at work in the threats against Iran? Iran and Syria are the only countries in the Middle East that are not American puppet states. Syria’s army has been hardened by combat, which is what Syria’s army needs in order to stand up to US-backed Israel. Both Syria and Iran are in the way of Israel’s Zionist policy of Greater Israel—from the Nile to the Euphrates. For the Zionists, Palestine and Southern Lebanan are merely the beginning.
Israel has successfully used the corrupt British and now the corrupt Americans to reestablish themselves on lands from which God evicted them. This doesn’t speak well of the intelligence and morality of the British and US governments. But what does?
We are also hearing from Mattis and from Tilerson threats to intervene in China’s sphere of influence. Trump’s appointees appear to be unable to understand that there can be no improvement in relations with Russia if the Trump regime has Iran and China in its crosshairs.
Is there any prospect that the Trump administration can develop geo-political awareness? Is the tough-talking Trump administration tough enough to overthrow the power that Zionist Israel exercises over US foreign policy and the votes of the US Congress?
If not, more war is inevitable.
For twenty-four years—eight years of the criminal Clinton regime, eight years of the criminal Bush regime, eight years of the criminal Obama regime—the world has heard threats from Washington that have resulted in the death and destruction of millions of peoples and entire countries. The Trump administration needs to present a different Washington to the world.
TRUMP: “US NEWS MEDIA AMONG THE MOST DISHONEST HUMAN BEINGS ON EARTH.”
Are the “chickens coming home to roost” for the corrupt, CIA-controlled American Press?
CNN, NBC, ABC, Time Magazine, etc., have waged media war against Trump from the beginning, first ignoring him, then later misrepresenting his campaign. Then since Trump won the election they have openly denied that Trump won the election honestly. They claim that Russia interfered in the election and that’s why Trump won over Hillary who was supposed to win.
Also, multi-billionaire George Soros poured millions of dollars into Hillary Clinton’s campaign and is now apparently funding anti-Trump protesters who support Planned Parenthood and are being paid to riot and protest by the hundreds of thousands. Soros has reportedly spent over a billion dollars financing Hillary’s campaign as well as the hateful and repugnant protests headed up by Hollywood’s disgusting and nasty female “stars.” Soros has ties to over 50 groups behind anti-Trump protest groups.
This, along with the Mainstream Media’s distortion of news, is shaping up as a full-fledged war of propaganda. Soros has called Trump “an impostor, con man, and would-be dectator.”
While Soros sponsors media outlets that claim Russia interfered with the US elections, they conveniently are silent about the fact that Soros, the US Government, and the CIA have been interfering in the regimes of nations all along. Soros has a longstanding reputation of funding rebellions and revolutions in other nations, in cooperation with the Obama administration and the CIA, in order to disrupt and overthrow governments in Syria, Ukraine, Serbia, Georgia, and Kyrgyzstan for example.
The Mainstream Media claims that Trump’s election was false due to Russian interference, but they don’t explain HOW Russia interfered … because it didn’t happen. The news media rulers, like CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX, etc., are afraid of losing their position of controlling American news. Americans don’t trust them. More and more Americans are looking to alternative news sources to learn what is really happening. The kings of the hill are losing their power, and rightfully so. If that is what they call “interference,” they might as well start laying off reporters because their days of owning and controlling all the news in America are ending … not because of Trump, but because the news monopoly has lied about everything and is no longer trusted. The major American news organizations are losing credibility fast, not only in America but around the world. Their rotten reporting of the recent election is proof that they don’t report news, but rather propaganda and disgusting gossip about Hollywood.
I’ve often said that the best thing that can come from politics is if factions within the government and media expend their efforts fighting one another so they won’t have as much time and inclination to scheme and oppress us and continue destroying American society.
The following clip from Russia Today comes closer to actual, useful news than the contrived propaganda we get from the main news outlets in America.
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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton walks on stage at the Clinton Global Initiative.
(The Clinton Foundation had recruited a large part of Capitol Hill denizens, adding to the criminal corruption of the power structure in Washington DC. At the Capitol hog farm they had been a feeding frenzy for years as they all had their front feet in the trough feeding on their pieces of the corrupt pie. That included the criminal news media (CIA-controlled CNN, NBC, ABC, etc.), all of whom fought to get Hillary elected and keep the Clintons in power to preserve their connection to money and power. Their connection to, and benefits from, the Clintons was why no news agency, except independent journalists, dared speak about the corruption and blatant buying of power and influence through the Clinton Foundation.
Well, now that Hillary and Bill are OUTED, that door to influence and favors from the Clintons is closing and a huge segment of corrupt, immoral, privileged fat cats are having to regroup and find new ties to power on Capitol Hill. I’m sure they are making plans right now. So we’ll be watching to see how corruptible Trump’s people are. As politicians, they will almost surely take part in the age-old tradition of corrupting themselves completely. It is the nature of the Beast System.
The best we can hope for in Washington is the jackals will fight and clamor among themselves so much they will have less time to oppress and destroy us. But that is probably too much to hope for. -ed.)
The Clinton Foundation Is Dead — But The Case Against Hillary Isn’t
While everyone’s been gearing up for President Trump’s inauguration, the Clinton Foundation made a major announcement this week that went by with almost no notice: For all intents and purposes, it’s closing its doors.
In a tax filing, the Clinton Global Initiative said it’s firing 22 staffers and closing its offices, a result of the gusher of foreign money that kept the foundation afloat suddenly drying up after Hillary Clinton failed to win the presidency.
It proves what we’ve said all along: The Clinton Foundation was little more than an influence-peddling scheme to enrich the Clintons, and had little if anything to do with “charity,” either overseas or in the U.S. That sound you heard starting in November was checkbooks being snapped shut in offices around the world by people who had hoped their donations would buy access to the next president of the United States.
And why not? There was a strong precedent for it in Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. While serving as the nation’s top diplomat, the Clinton Foundation took money from at least seven foreign governments — a clear breach of Clinton’s pledge on taking office that there would be total separation between her duties and the foundation.
Is there a smoking gun? Well, of the 154 private interests who either officially met or had scheduled phone talks with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state, at least 85 were donors to the Clinton Foundation or one of its programs.
The Clinton Foundation had taken in $100 million from a collection of Gulf sheikhs and billionaires, along with millions from private businesses, who expected — and received — special access to the State Department’s top official, Hillary.
In his 2015 book “Clinton Cash,” author Peter Schweizer showed how during Hillary’s years in government “the Clintons have conducted or facilitated hundreds of large transactions (either as private citizens or government officials) with foreign governments, corporations and private financiers.” He called the sums going to the Clintons “staggering.”
Using the Freedom of Information Act, Judicial Watch in August obtained emails (that had been hidden from investigators) showing that Clinton’s top State Department aide, Huma Abedin, had given “special expedited access to the secretary of state” for those who gave $25,000 to $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. Many of those were facilitated by a former executive of the foundation, Doug Band, who headed Teneo, a shell company that managed the Clintons’ affairs.
As part of this elaborate arrangement, Abedin was given special permission to work for the State Department, the Clinton Foundation and Teneo — another very clear conflict of interest.
As Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said at the time, “These new emails confirm that Hillary Clinton abused her office by selling favors to Clinton Foundation donors.”
The seedy saga doesn’t end there. Indeed, there are so many facets to it, some may never be known. But there is still at least one and possibly four active federal investigations into the Clintons’ supposed charity.
Americans aren’t willing to forgive and forget. Earlier this month, the IBD/TIPP Poll asked Americans whether they would like President Obama to pardon Hillary for any crimes she may have committed as secretary of state, including the illegal use of an unsecured homebrew email server. Of those queried, 57% said no. So if public sentiment is any guide, the Clintons’ problems may just be beginning.
Writing in the Washington Post in August of 2016, Charles Krauthammer pretty much summed up the whole tawdry tale: “The foundation is a massive family enterprise disguised as a charity, an opaque and elaborate mechanism for sucking money from the rich and the tyrannous to be channeled to Clinton Inc.,” he wrote. “Its purpose is to maintain the Clintons’ lifestyle (offices, travel accommodations, etc.), secure profitable connections, produce favorable publicity and reliably employ a vast entourage of retainers, ready to serve today and at the coming Clinton Restoration.”
Except, now there is no Clinton Restoration. So there’s no reason for any donors to give money to the foundation. It lays bare the fiction of a massive “charitable organization,” and shows it for what it was: a scam to sell for cash the waning influence of the Democrats’ pre-eminent power couple. As far as the charity landscape goes, the Clinton Global Initiative won’t be missed.
It did not take long before we knew there was no hope of change from President Obama. But at least he went into his inauguration with an unprecedented number of Americans on the Mall showing their support for the President of Change. Hope was abundant.
But with Trump, we are already losing faith, if not yet with him, at least with his choice of those who comprise his government even before Trump is inaugurated.
Trump’s choice for Secretary of State not only sounds like the neoconservatives in declaring Russia to be a threat to the United States and all of Europe, but also sounds like Hillary Clinton in declaring the South China Sea to be an area of US dominance. One would think that the chairman of Exxon was not an idiot, but I am no longer sure. In his confirmation hearing, Rex Tillerson said that China’s access to its own South China Sea is “not going to be allowed.”
Here is Tillerson’s statement: “We’re going to have to send China a clear signal that first, the island-building stops, and second, your access to those islands also not going to be allowed.”
I mean, really, what is Tillerson going to do about it except get the world blown up. China’s response was as pointed as a response can be:
Tillerson “should not be misled into thinking that Beijing will be fearful of threats. If Trump’s diplomatic team shapes future Sino-US ties as it is doing now, the two sides had better prepare for a military clash. Tillerson had better bone up on nuclear power strategies if he wants to force a big nuclear power to withdraw from its own territories.”
So Trump is not even inaugurated and his idiot nominee for Secretary of State has already created an animosity relationship with two nuclear powers capable of completely destroying all of the West. And this makes the US Senate comfortable with Tillerson. The imbeciles should be scared out of their wits, assuming they have any.
One of the reasons that Russia rescued Syria from Washington’s overthrow is that Russia understood that Washington’s next target would be Iran and from a destroyed Iran terrorism would be exported into the Russian Federation. There is an axis of countries threatened by US supported terrorism—Syria, Iran, Russia, China.
Trump says he wants to normalize relations with Russia and to open up business opportunities in the place of conflict. But to normalize relations with Russia requires also normalizing relations with Iran and China.
Judging from their public statements, Trump’s announced government has targeted Iran for destabilization. Trump’s appointees as National Security Advisor, Secretary of Defense, and Director of the CIA all regard Iran incorrectly as a terrorist state that must be overthrown.
But Russia cannot allow Washington to overthrow the stable government in Iran and will not allow it. China’s investments in Iranian oil imply that China also will not permit Washington’s overthrow of Iran. China has already suffered from its lost investments in Libyan oil as the result of the Obama regimes overthrow of the Libyan government.
Realistically speaking, it looks like the Trump Presidency is already defeated by his own appointees independently of the ridiculous and completely unbelievable propaganda put out by the CIA and broadcast by the presstitute media in the US, UK, and Europe. The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, and BBC have lowered themselves below the National Enquirer.
If the Chairman of Exxon and a Lt. General are not capable of standing up to the imbecillic Congress, they are unfit for office. That they did not stand up is an indication that they lack the strength that Trump needs if he is to bring change from the top.