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Obama Nominates Hagel for Secretary of Defense
EF OFF JEW BOYS and HOMOS!
Today Obama announced the nomination for Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel. Oh boy, the traitor Zionist creeps out there are foaming at the mouth!
Hagel is an ENLISTED Viet Nam veteran and a highly decorated patriot. Jew traitors hate him because he once had the cojones to say he was not elected as an ISRAELI senator, but as an United States senator. He even had the nerve to call the Zionists the JEWISH LOBBY.* Of course, that wasn’t entirely true (with all the idiot Christian Zionists out there), but does pinpoint the real source of nefarious Fifth Columnist Neocons now infesting DC and putting our boys in harm’s way.
Good for you, Obama! I guess I now had better start dressing the part as an Obama boy (right). Yep, back off, INCOG MAN is going grunge! It’s just to hook up with the hippie chicks, so don’t go have yourselves any fits.
Pay attention and you’ll see all kinds of boisterous Jews coming out of the woodwork with crap against Hagel during the confirmation hearings. Already the Zio traitors are enlisting the faggot brigade since Hagel once called Clinton’s nomination for ambassador to Luxembourg, James Hormel, “openly, aggressively gay.” RINO South Carolina senator, Lindsey Graham, went on FOX news the other day all twittered up about Hagel, supposedly because of Israel, but really because he’s a “Friend of Dorothy,” or giant closet homo the Jews have in their pocket (see photos below).
Yep, the confirmation hearings are going to be hot. Expect the Jews to dredge up all kinds of dirt on Hagel.
Let’s say the guy once knocked up some babe in high school. The Jews will know. Let’s say Hagel once got busted with a dime bag of cheap Mexican skunkweed. The Jews will know. Let’s say Hagel built a 1/32nd model kit of the evil Nazi Stuka airplane when he was a kid (like I did). The Jews will know.
The poor guy is going to get hammered with all sorts of stupid nonsense going back decades.
I say unto you, my brothers and sisters, support Chuck Hagel. Should the Jew creeps get their corrupted Shabbos Goys not to confirm him, we can use that for Agit/Prop purposes. Should he get in, maybe we’ll have more exposure of the Zionist snakes at AIPAC, or at least keep us out of another Jew-instigated war like in Iran.
Democrap Congress creep and AIPAC spy Jane Harman (right) with Palestinian-murdering Arch Zionist and Satan’s favorite vegetable, Ariel Sharon. Can you imagine this traitor as head of the CIA? The US branch office of MOSSAD, sure.
If Syria’s Assad bites the dust, expect the Iran business to once again jump to the front burner. The Globalist Jews want Syria neutralized before they suck the US into war with Iran. That way, less precious Jewboys will have to fight anyone besides the sling-shot wielding Palestinians.
Now I’m not saying Hagel’s perfect for the cause. But you use the cards you’re dealt with. Understand, hombres?
I don’t know a whole lot about John Brennan to head the CIA. All I can say is that I’m just happy Obama didn’t nominate that creepy Jewess spy, Jane Harman, as some speculated he might. Gawd, if that happened, my brain would’ve melted.
– Phillip Marlowe
* They even reported this on ABC and later on FOX (because the Globalist Jews at ABC did). Why? Because it’s already out there everywhere by now. Why fight it, when they can spin it? They made it look like it’s a potential problem not only to “Israel-supporting Christians,” but also to the Gays. Pay attention and you’ll notice how they blend all the Jew crap together — it’s less stinky that way.
We’re supposed to be so understanding of the lovable, tasteful homos, yet always totally supportive of the ever besieged, ever holocausted hebrews in sacred Israel — no matter what!
Best Person for the Pentagon?
by Ludwig Watzal / December 18th, 2012
The rumor mill is cooking in Washington D.C. that the former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel should become the next Secretary of Defense. If US President Barack Obama chooses him, it would be a wise decision. Whether he would get this candidate approved by the US Senate remains to be seen. It seems there is something to this because the Israel Lobbyists are going haywire. A long list of Chuck Hagel’s alleged misconduct or “insufficient voting record” on Israel-issues has been presented and an anti-Hegel mood has been created to undermine his approval by the Senate. It would be ridiculous if the Lobby succeeded in preventing Hagel’s appointment, like they did with former ambassador Charles Freeman. After the Lobby had bullied Freeman, Obama dropped him like a hot potato.
Definitely Hagel does not belong to the huge crowd of Israel lobbyists and “Israel-firsters” that populate the inner Belt Way and determine US foreign policy towards the Middle East to the detriment of the US. He is just a “normal” former US senator who sticks to his oath of office and to the US constitution, putting the national interest of his country before the Israeli one. He also has refused to sign on to many silly pro-Israel statements that came from the Hill such as the “Syria Accountability Act “or the “Libya-Iran sanctions act”. And he has called for direct negotiations between Iran and the US and between Hamas and the US. The Israel lobbyists defame him already as an “anti-Semite”. Coming from the “Israel lobby” such smear rhetoric should not mean a thing anybody, except, that he views Israel like it is: an occupying power that violates human rights on a regular basis, disregards international law, and disdains the United Nations. Such a state constitutes not an asset but a heavy liability to the foreign policy of the US.
In his book America: Our Next Chapter, he writes about Iran: “Isolating nations is risky. It turns them inward, and makes their citizens susceptible to the most demagogic fear mongering.” The answer, he says, is engagement. “Distasteful as we may find that country’s rulers, the absence of any formal governmental relations with Iran ensures that we will continue to conduct this delicate international relationship through the press and speeches, as well as through surrogates and third parties, on issues of vital strategic importance to our national interests. Such a course can only result in diplomatic blind spots that will lead to misunderstandings, miscalculation, and, ultimately, conflict.” For Hagel, an Iranian bomb would not be the end of the world, an opinion that is also held by Kenneth Waltz and other realists in international relations. They argue that Iran needs the bomb in order to counterbalance Israel’s huge unchecked nuclear arsenal which is perceived as a security threat to the whole region. Hagel does not regard Iranian diplomats as outcasts; consequently, he met several times with the Iranian ambassador to the United Nations.
Already in 2006, Hagel wrote in an article in the New York Review of Books“that negotiating with Hamas was Israel’s last chance for peace”. Israel should grasp the opportunity to engage in direct negotiations with Hamas. Israeli politicians know that the rhetoric of the Hamas charter is meaningless. One should read Khaled Hroub’s book Hamas: A Beginner’s Guide. It’s written in a question-answer sequence in a way that even US politicians would understand. The Emir of Qatar has already pulled the teeth of the organization by financially sweetening Hamas’ move from Damascus to Doha. The Emir even paid a visit to the Gaza Strip to substitute the radical rhetoric with money. Hamas has since mutated from a roaring lion to a rug, not to speak of “President” Mahmoud Abbas.
Hagel sees the attack on Iraq as a triumph of neoconservative ideology. As the new Secretary of Defense he could represent a counterweight to the liberal interventionists that still dominate Obama’s inner circle. He also could back the President against the bullying of the “Israel lobby” and its cheerleaders on Capitol Hill. President Obama needs guys like Hagel and John Kerry as the new Secretary of State around him to reframe US foreign policy towards the Middle East. American interests must have top priority. The US should engage in direct talk with Iran on the nuclear issue without the European cacophony and Israel’s detrimental influence. Iran has to be treated on an equal footing. And Obama should put the Israeli Prime Minister in its place. He cannot accept any longer to be pushed around by a leader of a tiny little country. Hopefully, Obama and his new team will open a more realistic chapter on US Middle Eastern policy.
Roosevelt Wanted The Japs To Attack Pearl Harbor
ONE OF THE big questions of history is whether or not Roosevelt knew the Japs were going to bomb Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. You know, “The Day of Infamy” and all that jazz. Well, I’m here to tell you that not only did FDR know the Japs were coming, he purposefully worked at goading them to do just that for over a year!
Finding a way to get Americans in a fighting mood for his fat cat International Jew buds became FDR’s secret lust after getting re-elected for his second term. He really wanted America to get at Der Fuehrer man, the Jew’s worst enemy at the time (and still being used to this day). The deal was to make the Japs attack us first and get Americans riled-up enough to deflect into killing the enemies of the Globalist Jews — the Nazi Germans (White people). The Japs stabbing us in the back would be just the ticket. Pretty much the same thing happened with 9/11 and Iraq, when you think about it.
FDR even admitted a “Europe first” effort from day-one (because of logistics he couldn’t hide it). Most of America didn’t want to go fight in another European war overseas (88% were against it in a poll at the time). However, the fools sucked-down FDR’s bold-faced lie about keeping them out of war and re-elected the squirrelly bastard to another term (or the election was stolen). That sealed the deal for 2,500 dead at Pearl Harbor and another 418,000 dead American Goyim (virtually all White Gentile men) over the next four years, to say nothing of the tens of millions of other people in the world.
Three civilians were killed in this Packard sedan when an errant 5 inch US anti-aircraft shell exploded nearby, gutting them out with flying, twisted shrapnel. About 50 locals died from “collateral damage,” including a 3-month old baby.
“So, what’s all this got to do with me, in this day and age?” You might be asking.
Let’s just say you live in a pissant little town somewhere in middle America, minding your own business, trying to make a buck. Now, imagine some hook-nosed, greedy Khazar bastard someplace (maybe even Tel Aviv), who wants to stir-up war hysteria against Iran by faking a terror attack on America. At this very moment Mr. Chubby Neocohen has just spun himself around in a little circle with a blindfold on and jabbed his fat, freckled finger on a map — right where your White ass lives. Guess what? Sayonara, sucker!
People can’t seem to get it through their big fat heads that these kind of arrogant people don’t give a damn whether you live or die. If it advances what they want in the world, then your ass is grass. Compare it to the False Flag travesty of all time: 9/11. The same power structure willing to let the Japs sneak up on us and kill Americans back in 1941 are the very same slime that were willing to see 3,031 civilians die on that September morning, just a few years ago.
“Oh, you don’t know all this about Pearl Harbor,” befuddled fools might blubber. “You’re just going off on all the conspiracy nonsense like you always do,” they’ll whine. Uh, brainiac boy, just because the History Channel hasn’t done anything on the story doesn’t mean it’s not true. Far from it. In fact, just like the evidence that 9/11 was an inside job, it’s conclusively obvious to anyone with half-a-brain and has read what’s out there now.
Robert B. Stinnett in a book published back in 2000 called “Day of Deceit, the Truth about FDR and Pearl Harbor,” totally blows the lid off the lies and cover-ups of Pearl Harbor so much it’s not funny. He unearthed intelligence memos and decrypted radio traffic that clearly shows — without a shadow of doubt — what the mainstream media won’t dare say: FDR most definitely knew in advance the Japs were coming and where they would strike.
Stinnett also conclusively proves the existence of documents still carefully hidden from the public to this very day. Why would they keep secret information from WWII, should you ask, should you have any kind of brain left after all the BS Jew media puts out?
Well, because they don’t want it to become too public that FDR was trying to get us into the war. It’s like this: (A) leads to B, (B) leads to C and (C) leads to D. Don’t you get it? The Jew Zionists behind all the bull in today’s world had a firm hand in the machinations way back when and still don’t want the Goyim in the US to get wise today. It’s so obvious that it totally irks the hell out of me that anyone could be so stupid not to see it.
Stinnett (who served in the same squadron as Dubya’s dad, George H. W. Bush) used decades of research, Freedom of Information requests (FOI), careful cross-referencing of multiple diary entries and whatever military plans and reports that have surfaced over the years. He uncovered a secret 8 step program, designed by a guy named Captain Arthur H. McCollum [right], that FDR happily instituted (the actual memo can be readhere). This whole thing was specifically created to make the Japs angrier than hornets and itching to put the smack-down on America’s Pacific fleet!
One big cover-up of Pearl Harbor was the existence of a Jap spy, Tadashi Morimura, who moved freely about the island, spying and partying hard at night in Honolulu’s bars. The government lied, saying they had no knowledge of him until after December 7. But Stinnett shows that senior intelligence, the FBI and even Roosevelt himself had long been reading the Jap’s detailed secret messages that described Pearl Harbor as a sitting duck.
Roosevelt even had his Jew bud, RCA chairman David Sarnoff (later head of NBC), get into the act by dispatching him to Hawaii to make soothing assurances that the spy’s secret communications would be made available to Admiral Kimmel and General Short – the poor saps in charge of Hawaii’s defenses. But Stinnett clearly shows that Morimura’s intelligence messages were “deliberately derailed and mistranslated. There is only one plausible reason for the failure — to keep information from Kimmel and Short and so ensure an uncontested overt Japanese act of war.”
The government (and El Stupido historians ever since) have insisted the Japs maintained complete radio silence as they sailed out to attack Pearl Harbor, taking us by surprise. Nonsense, says Stinnett. The Japs broke the airwaves with numerous messages that correctly pin-pointed Admiral Nagumo’s aircraft carriers, revealing they were on a course for Hawaii. US code-breakers could read almost every word because they had long decrypted the Jap’s secret 5-Num code (usually called “JN-25″) as far back as October, 1940. This intelligence was routed only to certain military officers in the know and the White House.
Lt. Commander Joseph Rochefort ran the Navy’s code-breaking unit in Pearl Harbor (Station HYPO) and was obviously tasked beforehand to keep Kimmel and Short in the dark as much as possible. Now considered a hero of WWII because of Midway, Rochefort (played by actor Hal Holbrook in the movie, bottom left) was described as eccentric because he like to wear a smoking jacket and house slippers around the joint. The big time media Jew, David Sarnoff, also helped screw America at Pearl Harbor.
Roosevelt also kept Kimmel and Short from having the decryption machine needed to crack the Japanese PURPLE code (mostly used for diplomatic messages), forcing them to rely on whatever Washington deigned to share. Yet even Churchill (by that time owned by the Jews, too) received his PURPLE equipment and necessary decrypt info from FDR. Some historians have long said Churchill knew about the attack in advance, but cynically failed to alert FDR to get America into the war. But guess what? Both of these Zionist-corrupted bastards knew at the exact same time!
Hell, even the press knew far more about the dangers facing Pearl Harbor than Kimmel and Short. Chief of Staff, General George C. Marshall, held a top secret press briefing in November for seven print reporters (including NY Times and Newsweek), telling them that war would break out in the first 10 days of December, but to keep quiet in the meantime. The press also played a huge part in the subsequent cover-ups and blame games; UPI ran a story all across the nation by a reporter named Joseph Myler that placed the fault totally on Kimmel and Short. Anyone who says the press can’t be used to keep us American people in the dark doesn’t know JACK!
Roosevelt even specifically ordered the north Pacific ocean vacated by commercial vessels and even US naval ships (where the attack would most likely come from)! Can you believe that BS? Far be it for the Jap strike force to be detected unexpectedly and give Pearl Harbor the time to prepare and possibly save American lives.
Hawaii’s General Short asked Station HYPO code-breaker and insider to FDR’s efforts, the eccentric Lt. Commander Joseph Rochefort, for decryption help on November 27th, but Rochefort’s reply (if any) has yet to be made public. Stinnett relates that another request was seemingly made in January 1942, long after Short was dismissed; it turns out some secretive party had later used the same document serial number as Short’s real request back in November and was probably done to confuse any future investigators as to exactly when Short wanted the help.
Navy communication eavesdroppers had even picked-up and understood the final attack order from Tokyo to the strike force then moving into position: “Climb Mount Niitaka 1208 repeat 1208″ (December 8th was Tokyo time). Rochefort specifically held back these crucial decrypts from Kimmel and Short, which would have given them plenty of time to meet the Japs head-on.
You might remember that one scene from the 1970′s movie “Tora, Tora Tora,” where the befuddled Japanese diplomat was hurriedly typing-out with one finger the final transmission of the infamous 14 part Tokyo War Ultimatum for a real-life deadline of 1 pm to Secretary of State Cordell Hull? Well, my friends, Roosevelt was reading the first 13 parts at 10 pm, the Saturday night before. He exclaimed: “This means war!” Sipping his morning joe at 10 am that Sunday morning (4:30 am in Hawaii), the final decoded 14th part was set down before him — in plenty of time to alert Pearl.
Yep, there was indeed time to get off a message off to alert the troops and sailors. For reasons never adequately explained, the scrambler phone wasn’t working and the message was sent on a Jew boat to China, via Sarnoff’s RCA commercial teletype. Of course, that too was inexplicably delayed, only arriving at army headquarters right as the attack was taking place. General MacArthur received his warning in the Philippines (even further across the Pacific), in plenty of time to take action.
Almost exactly like the 9/11 commission whitewash, Congress held hearings about Pearl Harbor back in 1945-46. Basically, it was all show and the real facts never came close to the light of day. The so-called “Winds Code” was really all BS, never even used by the Japs and turned into a red herring by the Democraps to confuse Retardicans and protect Roosevelt. It meant nothing except fodder for reporters and fooled historians ever since.
All the secret decrypts and memos were even kept from public exposure during Senator Strom Thurmond’s 1995 inquiry about the injustice done to Kimmel and Short; asked for by the families trying to get their good names cleared. These two fall guys suffered miserably from a stupid public who totally blamed them for Pearl Harbor. Sadly, Thurmond’s efforts did not officially exonerate the two; the important documents were, once again, not allowed as evidence in public.
Back in 1944, this army JAGD officer (more like “JAG-off”) named Henry C. Clausen, was sent out by Secretary of War Henry Stimson, to “interview” army personnel involved in Pearl Harbor. It was actually an intimidation mission to find scapegoats, protect the big fish involved and shift as much of the blame on Navy intelligence, as possible. His 800 page report covered the butts of FDR, Gen. George C. Marshall, Col. Walter Bedell Smith and other Army top brass. His work has been referred to by clueless historians ever since.
In his 1991 book “Pearl Harbor: Final Judgement,” Clausen even dares to call the few historians who said Roosevelt knew in advance as “conspiracy buffs.” Somethings never change. In his self-serving book’s forward, he stupidly writes:
“One merely has to employ common sense and remember Roosevelt was a Navy man through and through. he loved his ships; he loved the men who sailed them. Never, never would he allow his battleships sunk and his sailors drowned.”
Yeah, right. What a Goy putz. Most of the ships set-up as sitting ducks were antiquated WWI class, basically 27 years out of date. FDR even had Admiral Stark order out to sea at the last minute the two modern aircraft carriers we had to ferry a few planes to Midway and Wake island (a third was in San Diego). As for the sailors back at Pearl, they were merely cannon fodder who really meant nothing to Roosevelt.
Stinnett relates the bizarre story about this Clausen suck-up having his British driver chase down Colonel Rufus Bratton’s car on the autobahn in destroyed post-war Germany during the Potsdam conference.
Clausen wanted to intimidate Bratton into “modifying” his recollection of his delivery to General Marshall of the Tokyo Ultimatum. Back in Paris with the designated scapegoat in tow, Clausen (relating the story in his book) seems positively gleeful as Bratton, head bowed down after reading cover-your-boss’-ass affidavits from his, by now, former army pals. Bratton understands his army career is now ruined and all because he simply told the truth (Clausen, to protect Marshall and Col. Walter Bedell Smith, insists he was lying).
Stinnett, for all his excellent research and startling revelations, fails in the end putting two and two together about Roosevelt’s real ulterior motives. Either that, or understood where his research led.
He somehow concludes that Roosevelt was doing all this to combat a greater evil, that of Hitler springing the “holocaust” on all the Jews in Europe. That’s patently ridiculous as Roosevelt could not foresee any of that when he started the stealth efforts at getting us into war, even if true (which it wasn’t). More likely, Stinnett was emphasizing the holocaust business to placate Jew freaks in advance, quite possibly his publisher insisted that he tack on a couple of nonsense paragraphs before printing. That’s how strong the holocaust brainwashing of America has become.
If any brainiac boy tries to tell you that conspiracies or secrets can’t occur on the scale of 9/11, than you just tell them this: “The truth behind the attack on Pearl Harbor was kept a secret just like that, you moron.”
No, FDR didn’t “fake” the attack on Pearl, but the real facts behind it have been kept secret from the American people, even to the very day. Pearl Harbor is a prime example of what is termed the “Let It Happen On Purpose” (LIHOP) theory of 9/11, i. e. Bush and his minions knew what was going down, but turned a blind eye so they could use it to inflame the American public. Sounds plausible, but there’s tons of other evidence that screams the Zionists in DC and Tel Aviv had a hand in it from the get-go.
— Phillip Marlowe
CONTINUES AT “ROOSEVELT WAS A STINKING JEW” (to come)
SPECIAL INCOG MAN 3 PART SERIES!
INCOG MAN PERSONAL NOTE: I’ve had the honor of personally talking with people who were at Pearl Harbor on that fateful morning of December 7, 1941. The father of one of my friends was on his back porch shaving as the first wave of Jap planes flew in low and right past him through a notch in the mountains above Pearl. Being a military man, he knew exactly what was going down, Jack!
A Pretext for Deeper US Intervention
by Ben Schreiner / December 5th, 2012
With dubious reports that Syria is preparing its stockpile of chemical weapons for use now dominating US media coverage, the familiar menace of WMDs in the Middle East has been resurrected once again to haunt the American public and gin up support for military intervention.
First appearing in a report Sunday in the New York Times, the latest Syrian WMD scare surfaced with an assertion from an unnamed US official that the Syrian military had begun “some potential chemical weapon preparation.” The official went on to state that the US is “worried about what the [Syrian] military is doing.”
One day later, yet another unnamed American official, again citing classified intelligence, told Wired magazine’s Danger Room blog that, “Engineers working for the Assad regime in Syria have begun combining the two chemical precursors needed to weaponize sarin gas.”
“International observers,” the Danger Room report continued, “are now more worried than they’ve ever been that the Damascus government could use its nerve agent stockpile to slaughter its own people.”
Similar reports on Syria’s purported preparation of chemical weapons have subsequently proliferated throughout the US media. Yet, as McClatchyreported, despite the widely published claims of anonymous US officials, “no public evidence” has been offered by the administration to justify its amplified concerns. Nor, it might be added, has any explanation been offered as to why the Syrian regime would knowingly seek to provoke a foreign military intervention by actually using its chemical weapons.
Of course, the propagandizing on behalf of the US government by the loyal legion of stenographers in the elite American media has allowed the Obama administration to renew its threat of military intervention.
Speaking Monday at the National Defense University in Washington, President Obama warned that the use of chemical weapons by Syrian forces would result in “consequences” and that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would be personally “held accountable” for their use. President Obama’s press secretary, Jay Carney, later went on to allude to a possible military intervention.
“We think it is important to prepare for all scenarios,” Carney said. “Contingency planning is the responsible thing to do.”
(US officials have previously stated that any effort to safeguard chemical weapons in Syria would require 75,000 troops.)
Breaking Free From Electoral Shackles
This stepped up US posturing towards Syria comes amid reports that the Obama administration, now free of any electoral restrains, is seriously contemplating greater intervention into the Syrian crisis.
As the New York Times reported late last month (11/28), the Obama administration is now “considering deeper intervention to help push President Bashar al-Assad from power.”
According to the paper, “the combination of President Obama’s re-election, which has made the White House more willing to take risks, and a series of recent tactical successes by rebel forces, one senior administration official said, ‘has given this debate a new urgency, and a new focus.’”
The precise nature of the administration’s “deeper intervention” into Syria became clearer Tuesday, as the US-dominated NATO military alliance approved the deployment of the American-made Patriot anti-missile system along the Turkey-Syria border. According to a military source quoted by AFP, “up to six Patriot batteries and some 300-400 foreign troops to operate them” are to be deployed along the already tense border.
In explaining the need for deploying the Patriot batteries, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen directly cited the revived Syrian “chemical threat.” As Reuters reported, Rasmussen asserted that the specter of Syrian chemical weapons “made it urgent for the alliance to send Patriot anti-missile missiles to Turkey.”
The NATO alliance, of course, maintains that the missile deployment is simply defensive in nature. (A suspect claim repeatedly made regarding missile defense systems.) In fact, Rasmussen even went so far as to claim that the “weapons could help deescalate tensions” along the Syria-Turkey boarder. How exactly the deployment of yet more advanced weapons could function to deescalate tensions, Rasmussen left unclear. Instead, as Russian President Vladimir Putin countered Monday while in Istanbul, “increasing (military) potential will not settle the situation but create the opposite effect.”
Indeed, for in actuality, the NATO missile deployment will likely function to effectively carve out a “no-fly zone” in northern Syria. This, then, will pave the way for creating—a la Libya—a NATO-enforced safe haven for rebelsfighting to topple the Assad regime. The Patriot missile batteries, in other words, will function to embolden and legitimate those in both rebel and government ranks pushing a military solution to the crisis, while further sidelining those seeking the necessary political dialogue needed to ultimately resolve the crisis.
Dressing Up Intervention
The provocative deployment of the Patriot batteries, coupled with the orchestrated media furor over Syria‘s WMDs, thus makes it quite clear that the process of preparing the American public for the very real possibility of yet another US-led military intervention in the Middle East has begun in earnest. And once again, we see the veil of a humanitarian intervention and the “responsibility to protect” hastily donned to cloak nefarious motives.
The deafening silence of the US during just the latest round of Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip mere weeks ago, however, ought to give pause to any still suspended in the illusion that humanitarian interests guide US foreign policy in the least. US foreign policy is instead dictated by imperial ambitions and imperatives. Andthese ambitions, it should to be noted, are not confined to Damascus, but stretch all the way to Tehran.
Britain rejects US request to use UK bases in nuclear standoff with Iran
Secret legal advice states pre-emptive strike could be in breach of international law as Iran not yet ‘clear and present threat’
Nick Hopkins, The Guardian UK
Britain has rebuffed US pleas to use military bases in the UK to support the build-up of forces in the Gulf, citing secret legal advice which states that any pre-emptive strike on Iran could be in breach of international law.
When the U.S. has bases surrounding Iran, why do they need Britain’s?
The Guardian has been told that US diplomats have also lobbied for the use of British bases in Cyprus, and for permission to fly from US bases on Ascension Island in the Atlantic and Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, both of which are British territories.
The US approaches are part of contingency planning over the nuclear standoff with Tehran, but British ministers have so far reacted coolly.
They have pointed US officials to legal advice drafted by the attorney general’s office which has been circulated to Downing Street, the Foreign Office and the Ministry of Defence.
This makes clear that Iran, which has consistently denied it has plans to develop a nuclear weapon, does not currently represent “a clear and present threat”. Providing assistance to forces that could be involved in a pre-emptive strike would be a clear breach of international law, it states.
“The UK would be in breach of international law if it facilitated what amounted to a pre-emptive strike on Iran,” said a senior Whitehall source. “It is explicit. The government has been using this to push back against the Americans.”
Sources said the US had yet to make a formal request to the British government, and that they did not believe an acceleration towards conflict was imminent or more likely. The discussions so far had been to scope out the British position, they said.
“But I think the US has been surprised that ministers have been reluctant to provide assurances about this kind of upfront assistance,” said one source. “They’d expect resistance from senior Liberal Democrats, but it’s Tories as well. That has come as a bit of a surprise.”
The situation reflects the lack of appetite within Whitehall for the UK to be drawn into any conflict, though the Royal Navy has a large presence in the Gulf in case the ongoing diplomatic efforts fail.
The navy has up to 10 ships in the region, including a nuclear-powered submarine. Its counter-mine vessels are on permanent rotation to help ensure that the strategically important shipping lanes through the Strait of Hormuz remain open.
The Guardian has been told that a British military delegation with a strong navy contingent flew to US Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Florida, earlier this summer to run through a range of contingency plans with US planners.
The UK, however, has assumed that it would only become involved once a conflict had already begun, and has been reluctant to commit overt support to Washington in the buildup to any military action.
“It is quite likely that if the Israelis decided to attack Iran, or the Americans felt they had to do it for the Israelis or in support of them, the UK would not be told beforehand,” said the source. “In some respects, the UK government would prefer it that way.”
Lots of U.S. bases around Iran
British and US diplomats insisted that the two countries regarded a diplomatic solution as the priority. But this depends on the White House being able to restrain Israel, which is nervous that Iran’s underground uranium enrichment plant will soon make its nuclear programme immune to any outside attempts to stop it.
Israel has a less developed strike capability and its window for action against Iran will close much more quickly than that of the US, explained another official. “The key to holding back Israel is Israeli confidence that the US will deal with Iran when the moment is right.”
With diplomatic efforts stalled by the US presidential election campaign, a new push to resolve the crisiswill begin in late November or December.
Six global powers will spearhead a drive which is likely to involve an offer to lift some of the sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy in return for Tehran limiting its stockpile of enriched uranium.
The countries involved are the US, the UK, France, Germany, Russia and China. Iran will be represented by its chief negotiator, Saeed Jalili.
A Foreign Office spokesman said:
“As we continue to make clear, the government does not believe military action against Iran is the right course of action at this time, although no option is off the table. We believe that the twin-track approach of pressure through sanctions, which are having an impact, and engagement with Iran is the best way to resolve the nuclear issue.
We are not going to speculate about scenarios in which military action would be legal. That would depend on the circumstances at the time.”
The Foreign Office said it would not disclose whether the attorney general’s advice has been sought on any specific issue.
A US state department official said: “The US and the UK co-ordinate on all kinds of subjects all the time, on a huge range of issues. We never speak on the record about these types of conversations.”
General Dempsey put the breaks on the pre-emptive Iran attack
The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, warned at the UN general assembly last month that Iran’s nuclear programme would reach Israel’s “red line” by “next spring, at most by next summer”, implying that Israel might then take military action in an attempt to destroy nuclear sites and set back the programme.
That red line, which Netanyahu illustrated at the UN with a marker pen on a picture of a bomb, is defined by Iranian progress in making uranium enriched to 20%, which would be much easier than uranium enriched to 5% to turn into weapons-grade material, should Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, take the strategic decision to abandon Iran’s observance of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and try to make a weapon. Tehran insists it has no such intention.
In August, the most senior US military officer, General Martin Dempsey, distanced himself from any Israeli plan to bomb Iran. He said such an attack would “clearly delay but probably not destroy Iran’s nuclear programme”.
He added: “I don’t want to be complicit if they [Israel] choose to do it.”
Gaza: The Red Line Israel Crassly Crossed
Jihad Misharawi carries his son’s body at a Gaza hospital
Reports indicate that Israel is reportedly setting the stage for a full-scale war on Gaza. According to Israeli media, 16,000 reservists are being briefed on a full-scale war on the Gaza Strip while Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak hasordered 75,000 military reservists drafted.
There are reports which indicate the units of the Israeli elite paratroop and Givati Brigades have been mustering outside the Gaza Strip.
Israeli sources have confirmed that Palestinian missiles have hit several districts of Tel Aviv and that the Iron Dome missile shield which was proudly thought to be impenetrable has only intercepted one-fifth of the rockets launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip since Wednesday while Israeli media had earlier reported that the Iron Dome was incredibly advanced and that it had intercepted 100 percent of the launched missiles. Israel’s Channel 2 has said that only 210 missiles, out of a total of 650, fired from Gaza have since Wednesday been intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome missile shield.
Only on Friday morning, Israeli war planes conducted multiple air strikes on the Gaza Strip, including several hits on Gaza City.
“There have been 130 strikes overnight until now,” Hamas interior ministry spokesman Islam Shahwan told AFP.
According to Israeli media, Israel has hit the besieged Gaza Strip some 830 times since Wednesday.
Harry Fear, an activists and a film-maker, tells Press TV what he has witnessed in Gaza, “What’s occurring in the Gaza Strip is what the Palestinians are calling a massacre. We’re seeing the killing of pregnant women, elderly men, and children. It’s a very, very grave situation here in Gaza, with practically every part of the Gaza Strip receiving either Israeli airstrikes or naval shelling. We’re seeing tanks amassing on the border.”
Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip have provoked the anger of the Muslim world.
Israel is in a conundrum.
Thanks to the developments in the region, the political equations have drastically turned to the loss of Israel. The regime is no longer supported by a US-installed dictator Hosni Mubarak who contributed financially and militarily to the Zionist regime over the past decades.
Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi has recalled his ambassador from Israel and has berated the Israeli attacks as a “blatant aggression against humanity.”
“Egypt will not leave Gaza on its own… What is happening is a blatant aggression against humanity,” he said after Friday prayers at a Cairo mosque.
“I tell them in the name of all the Egyptian people that the Egypt of today is not the Egypt of yesterday and that the Arabs of today are different than the Arabs of yesterday,” Morsi noted.
The Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil says his country will “pay everything” to end the new wave of Israeli attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip.
“Egypt will pay everything to stop the aggression and achieve a lasting truce. We will be with the Palestinians until their independence… That’s the only way for stability in the region,” Xinhua quoted Qandil as saying on Friday.
For its part, Iran has also slammed the atrocities of the Israeli regime against the Palestinians. Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has voiced Iran’s moral and political support for Palestine.
Surprisingly enough, Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani expressed his nation’s ire and said, “I condemn in the name of Qatar… This filthy crime must not pass without a punishment. The UN Security Council must shoulder its responsibilities in preserving peace and security in the world.”
Some pundits and world leaders believe that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is perpetrating an act of genocide as a pre-election stunt.
For instance, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said, “Before this election they (Israel) shot these innocent people in Gaza for reasons they fabricated. The dominant world powers are now making the Gaza people and fighters pay, and as the Republic of Turkey we are with our brothers in Gaza and their just cause.”
Palestinian Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip Ismail Haniya (R) and Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil hold the body of a Palestinian baby boy who was killed in an Israeli air strike on November 16, 2012 during a visit to the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City (AFP Photo / Manmud Hams)
There is indeed some consolation in hearing these words particularly from Turkey and Qatar. But words are not enough and hardly help the people of Gaza who are in immediate danger of losing their lives. Instead of verbal support, they should contribute financially and militarily to the Gazans, supply them with arms and artilleries (as they do with the rebels in Syria). When it comes to Syria, they insist that they have good intentions in arming the rebels and that they are championing a righteous cause. Let them do that for the people in Gaza and prove that their good intentions are not just reserved for one group but withheld from another.
Besides, popular protests against Israeli strike against Gaza have erupted across the Muslim world with many of them chanting “death to Israel”.
The universal show of solidarity in the Muslim world with the Gazans is a good sign that the Zionist entity will not be allowed to embark on any gory diabolical adventurism and there is a red line which it has so brazenly crossed.
Every death that takes place in Gaza is not just the loss of a human life but a gradual demise of collective conscience which is so agonizingly silent towards the sufferings of a downtrodden nation and to the unspeakable tyrannies of a colonizing murderous regime.
There is some considerable degree of truth in the adage that silence in the face of tyranny is complicity in tyranny itself.
Petraeus Resigns, McCain Celebrates with New Friend (shocking exclusive photo)
Rumors about the Resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus Pure Misdirection
Today, David Petraeus resigned from the CIA citing marital infidelity as the reason. Paula Broadwell, a West Point graduate and 15 year “intelligence agent” with highest security clearances is cited by most publications and said to be under FBI investigation for attempting to “hack” General Petraeus’ email accounts.
Stranger still and, related or not, John McCain was seen with a high ranking member of America’s National Socialist Movement. Proof? We have proof.
Senator John McCain with Communications Director of the National Socialist Movement. Harry Hughes, while en route to the NSM National Convention in Charlotte North Carolina, a photo taken only hours ago.
From the New York Times:
To Harry Hughes, regional director of the National Socialist Movement, the largest neo-Nazi group in the United States, Mr. Ready was “a patriot” — “a sincere and compassionate man,” he said in a telephone interview.
Mr. Ready had been a member of the movement, Mr. Hughes said, but resigned two years ago to found the U.S. Border Guard, an armed group that conducted expeditions in the Arizona desert to search for migrants and drug smugglers.
Mr. Hughes said he had joined one of those expeditions. “We’d come across people who have been out in the desert for eight or nine days, we’d give them water and then we’d notify the Border Patrol,” Mr. Hughes said.
Frankly, Harry Hughes is not an awful person and his defense of J.T. Ready is approriate. We have his autopsy records along with those of Sheriff Larry Deaver, both confirm murder and not suicide or accidental death. Ready was exactly as described by Hughes, according to those close to him.
DARLING OF ISRAEL, JOHN McCAIN A NAZI?
“John, you got some splainin’ to do.”
PLOTS WITHIN PLOTS
Vice Admiral Gaouette
Just before the election, Vice Admiral Gaoulette was “perp walked” off the deck of the USS Stennis, 20 miles off the coast of Iran. Goulette was commander of nearly a third of the naval forces in the Persian Gulf.
Goulette has neither been seen nor heard from since his removal from the region under force for “unfitness for command.”
Across the military, people are disappearing, quick retirements or simply “gone to lunch, don’t know if I am coming back.”
Something is very very wrong and it isn’t “Benghazi” and the “Fox News fairy tale” that has President Obama ordering the murder of an American diplomat. They haven’t lost their minds, they never had minds to begin with.
Petraeous being sworn in as CIA chief
First of all, we aren’t ready to throw Petraeus to the wolves.
He came to the CIA in handcuffs, historically tied to the phony war on terror, his role in the “Sunni Awakening” which paid off Baathist terrorists who are now tearing Iraq apart.
And then there was his job in Afghanistan, having to clean up the mess made by Stanley McChrystal, who, with Richard Hollbrooke, know more about heroin than Arnold Rothstein ever did.
It is obvious that Petraeus was compromised by a foreign power or found to be involved in something so serious that he would destroy his career and reputation in writing rather than some other consequence, typically “suiciding” or arrest.
We share friends and all I know of Petraeus makes this, the most obvious conclusions, very difficult to believe. He is a man of humor and insight though very ambitious.
Who could have “set up” the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency?
Perhaps there is a real story though so unlikely that no one will ever believe it, that two West Point graduates, both with strong backgrounds in overachievement, would destroy each other’s lives over a “spat” of some kind.
It is possible…however.
We have solid information that powerful financial forces tied to the Mexican Cartels, the Romney financial “insider” and the Netanyahu extremists are gunning for the US, perhaps literally.
We have found Israel’s fingerprints and those of extremist groups in the US along with traitors within the State Department behind the Benghazi murders.
We tracked down the security detail, through a large and respected London based contractor to a small subcontracting firm that gives an address in an rundown farm building on a moor in Wales.
Something is very wrong there.
THE USUAL SUSPECTS
We will wait a few days before hanging General Petraeus “out to dry.”
First come the lies, they are flowing now.
In a few days, I will cajole or pressure the truth out of someone.
Then, depending on what it is, I will or will not be able to print it. Welcome ot Amerika. g…..
Editing: Jim W. Dean
U.S. soldier’s testimony on Afghan rampage at odds with prosecution
By Bill Rigby
TACOMA, Washington | Tue Nov 6, 2012 11:09pm EST
(Reuters) – A U.S. soldier’s testimony appeared to cast doubt on Tuesday upon the U.S. government’s case that a decorated colleague acted entirely alone during a killing spree that left 16 villagers dead near a remote Army base in Afghanistan earlier this year.
Military prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, accusing him of killing the villagers – mostly women and children – when he ventured out of his camp on two revenge-fueled forays over a five-hour period in March.
Testifying at a pre-trial hearing to determine whether Bales can be sent to a court martial, Private First Class Derek Guinn said he was told by Afghan guards that two U.S. soldiers were seen entering the compound in the early hours of March 11, and one was seen leaving again.
But Guinn, who spoke to the guards through an interpreter, said he personally did not see anyone leaving or entering Camp Belambay.
His testimony was at odds with the U.S. Army prosecutors’ case – supported by several witnesses on Monday – that Bales, 39, left and entered twice on his own, and was solely responsible for the Afghans’ deaths.
Bales, a veteran of four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, faces 16 counts of premeditated murder and six counts of attempted murder as well as charges of assault and wrongfully possessing and using steroids and alcohol while deployed.
The shootings in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province marked the worst case of civilian slaughter blamed on an individual U.S. soldier since the Vietnam War and eroded already strained U.S.-Afghan ties after more than a decade of conflict in the country.
POSSIBLY SUFFERING PTSD
The apparently contradictory testimony may give Bales’ defense team, which declined to make an opening statement at the start of proceedings Monday, a chance to fault the prosecution’s case and advance a theory that Bales did not act alone. Lawyers representing Bales have not said what their defense will be.
But lead civilian defense attorney John Henry Browne has suggested over the past few months that Bales may not have acted alone and may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Witnesses from the Afghan villages where the alleged killing spree took place are set to testify on Friday via video link to the hearing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, which was expected to last two weeks. Some villagers have said that more than one U.S. soldier was present during the attacks.
Private Guinn told the hearing he heard shots coming from the direction of the village where Bales is accused of committing his first shootings, somewhere between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. local time. He said sporadic gunfire, which sounded like single shots in clusters rather than machine gun fire, lasted about 35 minutes.
In answering questions from prosecution and defense lawyers, Guinn said it was the first time he had heard shots while on guard, but was not panicked as they did not appear to be aimed at the base. He said he and a fellow soldier shot a flare to illuminate the area where the shots were heard, but he could not see anything unusual.
Guinn’s testimony was the first notable discrepancy from the version of events laid out by military prosecutors on Monday.
In the first session of the hearing, lead prosecutor Lieutenant Colonel Jay Morse said Bales alone was responsible for the deaths, in two premeditated attacks. He showed the court a video taken from a surveillance balloon apparently of Bales returning to the base for a second time, just before 5 a.m.
Further U.S. servicemen will testify at the hearing over the next two days, with Afghan witnesses scheduled to be heard from Friday and the following week.
Press TV: Understanding the US-Israeli Business of War
By Gordon Duff and Press TV
American counter-intelligence officials intercepted their video transmissions, television of killings of Americans broadcast directly from American made sniper rifles modified with Israeli video and transmitter capabilities.”
One day we may have questions for the American officials that knew of this and chose to keep it from the American people.
CAPTURED VIDEO SNIPER RIFLE USED
American counter-intelligence officials intercepted their video transmissions, television of killings of Americans broadcast directly from American made sniper rifles modified with Israeli video and transmitter capabilities.
Israel actually posted it on YouTube, part of Israel’s “Google” operation.
We have their equipment they left behind, fingerprints identify German passport holders, employees rebuilding Iraq with American money and spilling American blood instead.
The Germans are very generous in giving out passports to terrorists.
I have the video and we will be releasing it as intended, Israeli origin, showing the cold-blooded murder of 400 Americans, carefully filmed and edited in Tel Aviv.
Wikileaks had the video for years but was told by Israel not to allow its release. Assange was cheerfully compliant.
Similarly, Israel has one of the lifeboats from the USS Liberty on display, filled with machinegun holes, a trophy of murder, but a reminder that the entire military of Israel given an entire day, bombers, fighters, torpedo boats and submarines could not sink one American ship.
The Captain, William McGonagle, Medal of Honor winner, testified at length that this was an act of war against the United States. He is dead but surviving crewmembers and his record survive.
Therefore, when a car bomb exploded in Beirut, another in Baghdad and another in Damascus, another in Pakistan and one more in Afghanistan, all so close together, Israel made their message clear.
There were more bombings, spreading across Africa, same signature, just like the Church bombing in Alexandria.
Perhaps it is more polite to bomb churches than to paint “Jesus is a monkey” on them as has been done to Christian churches across Israel. This is, at least, far better treatment than Mosques receive.
Nobody asks the hard questions. They get close but never on the right track. The real question is very simple. Why is there always war?
The answer is simple. War has always been a business, it is just that now, it is the “negotiation method of choice” for all other businesses. There would be no world economies, no oil, no minerals, no narcotics, no crime, no terrorism, no weapon, nothing but peaceful people living fulfilling lives.
Nobody wants that, it is considered a “poor business model.”
There have always been armies but two recent trends, the focus on unaccountable “special operations” units, often military arms of multinational political and economic groups above any law or organization and “privatized security,” mercenaries that make wars “invisible” to everyone but the victims.
Complicating the issue further, is destruction of the world’s moral center, where laws meant to defend rights of the individual are now bought and paid for, twisted into “policies” that justify military action based on perceived threats.
Even crazier, there is actually an industry that creates non-existent “perceived threats” on order. If you want a war, simply buy an “intelligence assessment,” results determined in advance, make sure it is subjected to no scrutiny, wind up the press and send out the troops.
The most prevalent methodology for destabilization is the car bomb. Car bombs are actually designed by national governments and have used primitive explosives, military grade demolitions and, when needed, 5th generation fusion devices that can flatten a square kilometer or cause a minor explosion but spread radiation sickness that won’t be detected for years.
Evidence of these weapons has been discovered in Russia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. Oh yes, we do not want to forget, two such weapons were used against the Japanese in 1945.
One of my favorite instances of nuclear car bombs occurred in the city of Rostov in Russia when a postal van with a half-ton capacity flattened three huge apartment blocks. The government reported that the “device” used contained the equivalent of 300 tons of TNT. (Source CNN)
This was one postal van, considering the type of explosive claimed, it would have taken 1,200 postal vans to do the job. It would have been difficult to part that many in an empty one square kilometer parking lot but no questions were asked even though Russian officials very purposefully made it clear they had been “nuked.”
In Oslo, Andrew Berwick, an acclaimed Zionist reactionary exploded a car bomb before killing 77 children with the help of friends in the Norwegian police.
His tiny Opel held a bomb requiring nine 55 gallon barrels to contain. Unreleased footage of the destruction shows a building some distance away with an entire side vaporized.
Similarly, in Fallujah, Iraq, Dr. Chris Busby, while investigating the use of Depleted Uranium, a dangerous cancer causing material widely used by the United States in most of its munitions processes, from bombs and shells to simple rifle bullets, discovered, not signs of DU but of Uranium 235.
America had used fission-based nuclear weapons in Iraq, hard scientific proof, samples of fissionable material has been gathered from the region.
It has also been gathered from the people, their bodies, their hair, and, of course, there is a wealth of evidence and witness testimony that leads to the reasonable conclusion that the United States has used dozens of “nuclear demolitions” and “micro-nukes” throughout the Middle East.
The use of these weapons, along with the cluster bombs and phosphorous weapons used against civilians in Gaza and other regions, certainly Libya, perhaps Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, how many others, we may never know, are officially war crimes and clear violations of the Geneva Convention.
Earlier we began talking about war for profit. A critical aspect of the war in Afghanistan was the prime mover, retaliation against Afghanistan for its supposed involvement in 9/11.
Over a decade later, no training facilities have been found, one poor “plotter” after years of being drugged, brainwashed and tortured is the only “smoking gun” evidence that Israel was not responsible for 9/11.
Give me six months and I could have David Cameron believing he is a parakeet.
No, there is another issue, special operations and privatization. All eliminate the accountability that legitimate armies have.
Since the beginning of time, it has been a battle to keep warfare between armies, maintain discipline and limit looting, rape and troops turning on each other like ravening dogs.
The Afghan armies and police forces, with well over a decade of training and a trillion US dollars spent, not only kill their American allies but also turn their weapons and ammunition over to those they were hired to fight.
America’s military has fared only slightly better, infiltrated by street gangs, military bases around the world are subject dens of murder and rape, life on an American military base can actually be more dangerous than any combat zone.
What has “raised the bar” on the permanent and endemic violence our new form of warfare has brought about has been the cult of secrecy.
The idea that special operations troops are not meant to be the most skilled or intelligent but the most morally flexible, the most easily coerced and, when they “learn too much,” the most easily murdered and cast aside is part of what is never mentioned in training.
We have seen this time and again, as with the coincidences that caused so many Navy SEAL deaths after the disaster at Abbottabad, a helicopter crash and the killing of an unarmed old man, another imaginary death for Osama bin Laden.
Then a day later, 22 Navy SEALS under circumstances considered tactically impossible were supposed to have died in a helicopter crash. History has already erased that, the cover stories were written in advance and the noticeable lack of curiosity and need to avenge these murders has not gone unnoticed.
We count every lie, every drone attack is carefully cataloged, the grief of thousands of families demands it.
We will also ask an accounting. I can only hope the indifference to murdering children that millions of Americans have shown over the past decade will subside and, despite the media barrage of monstrosity, there will be an awakening of freedom, of humanity and even one or two folks actually reading those holy books they own but seldom open.
www.yourmilitaryvoter.us: Your vote…make it count
For more than 12 months now we have been working on a new website which will help voters get a handle on the candidates running for national office. There are thousands of websites on the Internet that provide information about the candidates, many with an obvious bias, but also many that are non-partisan. Our goal was to build a site which would provide links that would help sift through all the information and provide:
- Voting record of the incumbents
- Sources which provide funding for their re-election bid (follow the money)
- The key committee memberships each holds
- A link to their personal website (s)
- Photograph of the candidate
- Political party platforms
- PLUS information on the Executive and Legislative branches of government
As to the challengers, it was far more difficult to dig up information that would be of value in judging how theymight vote if they were elected, but we have provided the key referral websites, photo (if available), and information leading to the sources of their funding.
We felt an appropriate name for the site would be www.yourmilitaryvoter.us, and hoped to have it completed in time so our troops overseas who may not be privy to all the information we are fed every day, would have a way to find valid information on the candidates. We had to hustle, relying on all Veterans, Veteran network programs, and social media to complete the project and now have to spread the word about the website. We hope that armed with the facts, Veterans and others can make their votes count, particularly our troops overseas who may not have the access to information we have here at home.
We have read however, that there has been an effort to hinder the voting process for those stationed out of the country as many states have restricted voter registration and voting deadlines in their states. This is not fair to those defending our right to vote, and we must all voice our outrage over any attempt to limit the military vote.
Here’s some of the details about our website and why it should be read by anyone headed to the polls to vote. Many of us have never read a complete “party platform”. The party platform is a set of standards that the major political parties adopt at their National Convention which determines how the party stands on individual issues…foreign aid, abortion, education, Veteran’s issues, defense, etc. Since the incumbents have voting records to verify how they stand on a particular issue, understanding how they will vote on future issues is pretty easy to determine, however, a challenger may not be so easy to pin down; Hence the need to refer to the political party platform.
As most of us have learned from years of elections, listening to candidates, and then tracking them through the course of their political careers, we don’t always get what we bargained for. Many major decisions are influenced by special interest lobbyists, which always have money to spread around to the political coffers of those in office. The longer a politician is in office, the more likely they are to bend to the influence of money. The Supreme Court has ruled that that campaign donations equal “freedom of speech”, and therefore moneyhas become the greatest problem we face and the most difficult problem to overcome. It has also become the biggest stumbling block to altering the status quo and to rid Congress and other elected officials from office.
Listed on our website are the platforms of the political parties that we were able to find. On the smaller parties, we couldn’t find much other than “propaganda” as spelled out on their websites, so we decided it was better to substitute that information rather than go without. Other parties like the Socialists and the Communist Parties have stated their positions which have become fairly well known. I don’t believe anyone in the US could name all 54 political parties we have inside the borders of our country…that’s right; I said 54! They are all listed under the “Reference Websites” link of www.yourmilitaryvoter.us. Check ‘em out and see the positions of those voting for and against you.
While I will always question government, I hope every person, before going into the voting booth, will ask themselves, “if the 2008 financial meltdown was the largest financial catastrophe since the Great Depression”, why did a President, hired to solve the nation’s collapsing financial stability waste $5 trillion dollars of taxpayer, money run off on a tangent to force Obamacare (now estimated to cost near $2.7 Trillion) down our throats, dump a trillion dollars into “shovel-ready jobs” (which Mr. Obama later said “weren’t so shovel ready”), invested hundreds of billions of dollars into 16 failed green energy boondoggles to reward campaign contributors, and issued a mindboggling 140 executive orders to put burden after burden on the private sector economy. The true and ONLY focus should have been job creation, which is the only way out of the hole!
What we are left with is an economy that is stagnant and includes 24 million unemployed or underemployed, $40,000 devaluation of family wealth, 47 million people on food stamps (15% of the total population), and the average wage of those working lowered by $4500 per year. We have no leadership in Washington and an economy quickly resembling the failed economies of Europe, and with most American feeling our best days are behind us.
Throughout the year I have written about the importance of the 2012 election. We are a divided nation. In 2008, the voters loudly proclaimed “we want change”, and elected Barack Obama as President. With total control over the government…a super majority in the Senate and a majority in the House of Representatives, we have seen government run a muck. Certainly the events leading up to the financial meltdown in 2008 didn’t happen overnight but with origins starting in the Clinton Presidency years and compounded by the Bush Presidency. The meltdown started with the really dumb idea that “everyone deserved to purchase a house”, whether they could afford it or not.
Most of us have not heard about GSE’s, and much of the finger pointing needs to be pointed in that direction. What are GSE’s? Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) which essentially control the mortgage market. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae are the three main GSEs. When someone gets a mortgage from a bank or mortgage broker, that lender can hold the mortgage, but more often sells it to a GSE.
The best analysis I was able to find and one which cuts to the chase of the problem is by T.J. Hancock (Cornell University). His analysis is said to be, by far and away, the best of the best in easy-to-understand language of how our country got into the mess we are in today. It will also help us to understand how failure to address the real culprits of the meltdown doomed the era of Hope and Change to the “scrap-heap of history”.
“GSEs get the money to buy mortgages from selling bonds to investors…you, me, mutual funds, etc. Because GSEs are linked to the US federal government, which has the safest credit rating in the world (currently), investors buy those bonds while demanding low interest payments in return. Someone who gets a mortgage pays much higher interest rates than GSEs do. GSEs therefore raise money at low rates and purchase mortgages that pay higher rates. They keep some of the mortgages, and resell the rest just as the banks did with them. One big difference… when Fannie Mae, for example, resells a mortgage it has purchased — it typically guarantees the payments. Whether Fannie keeps the mortgages, or guarantees and resells them, it assumes the risks that the mortgage holder may not be able to repay, or that the interest rate environment could change, leaving it stuck with worse-than-market payment terms”.
So it is time for all of us to put away the canned sales pitches we hear every day from politicians; the spin we get from radio talk-show hosts and political parties; and get our heads out of the sand. Now that we are $16 trillion dollars in debt as a nation and headed over the financial cliff, we can easily see that government is not the solution but that government is the cause of the problem.
Before everyone gets into a tizzy that this is some right wing rant, let’s start with the premise that the financial meltdown could not have happened had WE THE PEOPLE not been so damn greedy, and I mean ALL THE PEOPLE.
Everyone is to blame for the mess we’re in, but the buck stops at the desk of the President!
From those complicit in obtaining mortgages they couldn’t afford, to the realtors reaping commission from the escalating value of homes they were selling, to excessive bonuses paid to bankers who were “doctoring the credit applications”, to the builders building homes at ridiculously inflated prices, to the Wall Street Fat Cats who were packaging mortgages, and to the political hacks who were in charge of oversight who looked the other way as long as the campaign contributions continued to roll in. Everyone is to blame.
“If GSEs obey standard accounting rules, investors would know right away if the point of diminishing returns is being reached. As we learned this decade with the Enron, WorldComm, and Bernie Madoff scandals, if a company wildly violates regulatory rules, management could paint nearly any picture it designs, at least until something radically changes to make the problem impossible to hide. By far the largest and most active of the GSEs…Fannie Mae would put the entire economic system at risk if its management pulled a Madoff. Because Fannie is government sponsored, that could never happen unless some very powerful force assisted the cover up, either overtly or inadvertently”.
In the case of the housing crisis, that power, as President Clinton has even recognized, was the Democrat party. Democrats united to steadfastly resist many repeated efforts to effectively increase transparency with regard to GSE accounting and mortgage market activities. In a nutshell, as Congressman Artur Davis stated — who was one of those Democrats on the House Financial Service Committee — they were worried that increased transparency would slow GSEs’ mortgage buying, because investors might stop giving money to GSEs so freely and at such low interest rates. In Clinton’s own words…
“I think that the responsibility that the Democrats had may rest more in resisting any efforts by Republicans in the Congress, or by me when I was President, to put some standards and tighten up a little on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.” September 25, 2008
“Like a lot of my Democratic colleagues I was too slow to appreciate the recklessness of Fannie and Freddie. I defended their efforts to encourage affordable homeownership when in retrospect I should have heeded the concerns raised by their regulator in 2004. Frankly, I wish my Democratic colleagues would admit when it comes to Fannie and Freddie, we were wrong.” – Congressman Artur Davis (D-AL), September 30, 2008
The biggest hoax perpetrated on the American public however, is the spins being dished out that the financial meltdown was caused by Bush and the greedy rich.
It was caused by all of us. In our system of checks and balances form of government, one should look directly at Congress for failing in their fiduciary duties to perform OVERSIGHT. In those days, Congress was controlled totally by Democrats. Even Barack Obama has tried to deflect the issue when in fact he was part of “the posse at the hanging”. He was in Congress and was among the Democrats and a heck of a lot of Republicans that simply turned a blind idea to the forthcoming financial Armageddon that hit in 2008. Instead of standing up to accept some of the Congressional blame, the President said…
“I don’t mind cleaning up the mess that some other folks made, that’s what I signed up to do” – Barack Obama (D-IL), October 20, 2009…YES, but he has not, and cannot figure out how to do it…and throwing more money at it isn’t a solution.
No…when he took office under the battle cry of Hope and Change, transparency, clean government, tossing out the influence of special interest lobby groups, all we the people got was more of the same. In fact we have a whole plethora of those crooks now running the show under the guise of Czars. They were not approved by the Senate and are not recognized by any Constitutional legislation.
As Mr Hancock points out, “to demonstrate just how bad things were, between 1994 and 2004, Fannie executives improperly reported $10.6 billion of earnings. Franklin Raines, the Clinton-appointed CEO, received over $90 million. Jamie Gorelick — a top Clinton Administration lawyer whom he appointed in 1997 to be Fannie Mae vice chairman despite having no formal financial experience – received over $26 million. Just by way of reference, in 2002, 21 senior Fannie Mae executives received over $1 million each”.
“Just before Mr. Clinton curiously appointed Jamie Gorelick to the lucrative Fannie Mae post in 1997, she had authored a very significant and controversial legal document that came into sharp focus on 9-11. Her policy, which became known as the Gorelick Wall established barriers that prevented federal anti-terrorist criminal investigators from accessing various federal records and databases…one of the top causes for the 9-11 intelligence failure. And Jamie Gorelick’s curious appointments did not stop with Fannie Mae… Democrats selected her to serve on the 9-11 Commission; the official government investigation into what happened from an intelligence standpoint, and why. She was in the perfect spot to head off the Gorelick Wall from being a cause celeb in the 9-11 Commission’s final report”.
Folks, these are trying times. This is the era of sound bites and “gotcha”. This is a time when there is little if any investigative journalism, and where journalism has an obvious left of center leaning, where “talking points” of the administration are often dished out in unison by a press corps that has lost touch with the great journalists of US history, and then reported as fact without verification.
Today, for the most part we have journalists in all media, failing to hold our political representatives accountable for their actions. Great journalists have gone the way of horse-drawn carriages. The GREATS of history, starting with John Peter Zenger in 1735, to Ben Franklin, Joseph Pulitzer, Edward R. Murrow, Tim Russert, Walter Cronkite, Seymour Hersh, are down to but a few including Bob Woodward (Woodward and Bernstein fame), Robert Novak, Jim Lehrer, and Brit Hume. If you want real news along with the TRUTH, you have to get it for yourself and you have to dig deep.
Leading up to the 2012 election, I will trying to be as informative as possible on the issues and candidates, by pointing you in the right direction to verify facts, so we don’t continue to fall prey to the propaganda to which we are subjected.