Good Question, Terrible Answers

Digby asks the question I keep asking:

Everyone is aware that Russia is still a nuclear power, right? And that we spent more than 30 years avoiding war with it? #WTH?

— digby (@digby56) August 31, 2014

In all seriousness, I think the mindset of the National Security Elite has changed. First, Exceptional people [...]

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Off To War MEE Go!

Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests..

(Palmerston, who was no slouch when it came to Imperialism).

Let’s examine the evidence:

Middle East in Chaos US Pushing NATO to Russian Borders US Oil & Gas Production rising sharply Russia major energy supplier to Europe & China Middle East Oil [...]

Obama Announces New War Plan for Iraq

Today, the White House has announced a new war plan for Iraq, with a new Secretary of Defense, a new commanding General, and the clear identification of the leader of ISIS (or ISIL), in Northern Iraq.

Obama announced:

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Flyover Country

A no-fly zone is an act of war http://t.co/IvQHKWzLcA

— Patrick Lang (@pat_lang) February 21, 2014

 

Pretty soon we can add Syria to a long list of countries destroyed by the American inability to mind its own fucking business, especially when it has no vital national interests at stake. And yes, I am quite [...]

Seymour Hersh, Sarin, and the Obama Deception on Syria WMD

The people of the United States were subject to a deliberate deception by the Obama administration concerning the use of chemical weapons in Damascus, Syria on August 21 according to leading investigative reporter Seymour M. Hersh. No stranger to big stories, Hersh has a successful track record of books and articles based on sources deep [...]

Reporting from Aleppo, Syria on the looming battle – Dark visions

Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, 2.5 million people.

Reporting from inside Aleppo makes the case for a government offensive, soon.

Shortly after the Syrian government victory at Qusayr, Operation Northern Storm was announced. In conjunction with Hezbollah fighters, the Syrian Arab Army would attack the rebel-controlled section of Syria’s largest city within days of a [...]

VoltaireNet – Truth as an Issue on Syria – View from the resistance

Interesting presentation of the history of the Syrian conflict. Meyssan reports from Damascus

Truth as an Issuez by Thierry Meyssan VoltaireNet Nov 21, Creative Commons

French President Francois Hollande and President Barack Obama full of themselves

What has been happening in Syria for the past three years? According to NATO and GCC media reports, [...]

Anti Syria Coalition Collapsing – Rebels and Patrons in Discord

The attack on Syria by outside powers and their proxies has gone on for over two years. The rebels fighting to overturn the Assad regime are a mixed lot but we know one thing for sure. Were it not for outside aid and thousands of recruits from neighboring countries, the so-called civil war would have [...]

The people spoke through the eloquence of unity on Syria

I rejoice that America has resisted William Pitt to Parliament, 1766

Sixteen years before the British gave up their war effort in the American colonies, William Pitt and others told King George III that he was absolutely wrong to kill and maim Americans seeking freedom. (Image)

Every day of every year from Pitt’s warning in [...]

What President Obama Said and Didn’t Say about Syria

Wishful thinking made me hear things not said in President Obama’s Rose Garden speech on Saturday afternoon.

Said: The U.S. government has made a “powerful case” that the Syrian government was responsible for the recent chemical attacks that killed over a thousand Syrians.

Not said: The case that the Syrian government is responsible for the [...]

Decline and Fall – Bill Clinton and the pathos of power

Clinton told Senator John McCain said that “Obama and other presidents run the risk of being seen as complete fools if they act only according to opinion polls…Nobody wants US troops in Syria. The question is how to help the rebels who represent the majority and balance out the battles there, when [...]

Aleppo, Istanbul, and London

The war in Syria went from a seeming quagmire to a conflict that may reach a dramatic climax with the coming battle for Aleppo, a city of nearly three million people that was once the commercial center of the nation. Political leaders and events in two other cities, Istanbul and London, will play a central [...]

NATO asks Russians for info on Afghan troop withdrawal

NATO made a secret request to the Russian militry for information on the 1989 withdrawal from Afghaistan.

NATO commanders have unofficially asked the Russian Defense Ministry for information on the Soviet troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1989, in order to use the experience in the planned pull out from the country, a Russian [...]

“It is about time to stop lying to us and treating people like imbeciles.”

Speech by Laurent Louis – Posted by Michael Collins (This is a feel good post;)

“And today, in the name of democracy and the fight against terrorism, our states grant themselves the right to violate the sovereignty of independent countries and to overthrow legitimate leaders.” Laurent Louis, Belgian MP

Tearing Down [...]

Was David Rothkopf Channeling Michael Oren?

Last week, after it appeared that the warmongering from Israel had died down, an article appeared in Foreign Policy by David Rothkopf, its editor. It was widely tweeted, and some reporters I respect seemed to be taking it seriously. I found that hard to do after this statement, about halfway through the article:

Indeed, according [...]