Archive for March, 2011

US Approaching Insolvency but there’s always money for Israel

The following was sent to me by General (Ret) James David who is mentioned on the cover of the third edition of former Republican Congressman Paul Findley’s ‘They Dare to Speak Out’ book about the power/influence of the pro-Israel (AIPAC and similar) on the US political system and media:

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 11:58 AM
From: General (Ret) James David
 
I hope this Federal Reserve official (see article below) is wrong because the United States needs to stay solvent in order to continue paying Israel the $30 billion we promised them.

 
 
And now that Israel is asking for another $20 billion on top of the already promised $30 billion that we already give them, it just makes our solvency that much more important. 
  
I’m sure that the people on FOX News will convince the American people that this is the only right thing to do.  And with the exception of a few in Congress, it will pass the vote with flying colors. After all, isn’t Israel our strongest ally in the Middle East?  This systematic psychological conditioning has been used to brainwash most dumbfounded Americans for the past 40 years. It won’t stop now.
  
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

US Approaching Insolvency, Fix To Be ‘Painful': Fisher

Published: Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 | 10:10 AM ET
 
The President of the Federal Bank of Dallas, Richard W. Fisher
Jean Ayissi | AFP | Getty Images

 

The United States is on a fiscal path towards insolvency and policymakers are at a “tipping point,” a Federal Reserve official said on Tuesday.

“If we continue down on the path on which the fiscal authorities put us, we will become insolvent, the question is when,” Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher said in a question and answer session after delivering a speech at the University of Frankfurt.

“The short-term negotiations are very important, I look at this as a tipping point.”

But he added he was confident in the Americans’ ability to take the right decisions and said the country would avoid insolvency.

“I think we are at the beginning of the process and it’s going to be very painful,” he added.

Fisher earlier said the US economic recovery is gathering momentum, adding that he personally was extremely vigilant on inflation pressures.

 Fisher added that the U.S. Federal Reserve had ways to tighten its monetary policy other than interest rates, including by selling treasuries, changing reserves levels and using time deposits.

 Copyright 2011 Thomson Reuters. Click for restrictions.

 

James Morris & Ralph Schoenman Discuss Libya War on Press TV

James Morris & Ralph Schoenman Discuss Libya War on Press TV-Part 1
 
 
James Morris & Ralph Schoenman Discuss Libya War on Press TV-Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTSAcgUeQfs
 
James Morris & Ralph Schoenman Discuss Libya War on Press TV-Part 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlNrpMebWGQ
 

James Morris & Ralph Schoenman Discuss Libya War on Press TV-Part 4 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDPYATgst-g

Neo-Cons Applaud Obama’s War, Call For Occupation Of Libya

 

Neo-Cons Applaud Obama’s War, Call For Occupation Of Libya

http://www.infowars.com/neo-cons-applaud-obamas-war-call-for-occupation-of-libya/

I am not a supporter of the conspiracy kook Alex Jones but what is conveyed about Bill Kristol and c…ompany via the URL linked above seems to fit with the following:

Neocons’ Goal: Iran by Way of Libya (see the comments section at bottom as well):

http://tinyurl.com/IranbyWayofLibya

Helen Thomas: Jews Control White House, Congress

Helen Thomas: Jews Control White House, Congress

http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/helen-thomas-jews-white/2011/03/18/id/390000?s=al&promo_code=BE63-1

Helen Thomas: Playboy Interview:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2011/03/playboy-interview-helen-thomas/

Helen Thomas, 1 year later – Patrick Gavin

 http://www.politico.com/news/s​tories/0711/58340.html

Sinking Liberty

Sinking Liberty (the USS Liberty) – see comments section at bottom of following URL as well:

http://www.amconmag.com/blog/the-uss-libertys-final-chapter/

Israel Has the Right to Attack Iran’s Nuclear Reactors Now

Israel Has the Right to Attack Iran’s Nuclear Reactors Now
 
Here you go as Israel firster Dershowitz weighs in in support of war with Iran for Israel (are you ready to go to war with Iran because Iran supports the Hamas resistance against Israel? – I’m not!)

Warning: Neoconservatives Are Pushing Their War Agenda in the Middle East

Warning: Neoconservatives Are Pushing Their War Agenda in the Middle East (be sure to watch/listen to the youtubes that play automatically after the first one finishes)
 
 

Neocons’ Goal: Iran by Way of Libya

Neocons’ Goal: Iran by Way of Libya

By Stephen J. Sniegoski

The following is a lead-up to my essay “Neocons’ Goal: Iran by Way of Libya,” which can be found on the following websites (among others):

Veterans Today  http://tinyurl.com/vetsiranlibya

My Catbird Seat: http://tinyurl.com/catbirdiranlibya

Opinion Maker: http://tinyurl.com/opinioniraniraq

America Hijacked:   http://tinyurl.com/hijackediranlibya

Since I wrote this piece, the UN Security Council voted unanimously—with Russia, China, Germany, India, and Brazil abstaining—for the establishment of an immediate cease-fire in Libya and authorized the international community to  impose a no-fly zone over Libyan territory and use “all necessary measures” to protect civilians from Muammar Gaddafi’s forces (UNSC Resolution 1973) The U.N. resolution, however,  declares that humanitarian relief, not aid for the rebels, is the aim of military action. Moreover, it explicitly excludes a “foreign occupation force of any form.” .

The meaning of the resolution is far from clear. The  Indian deputy ambassador to the UN, Manjeev Singh Puri, maintained that “We do not have clarity about details of enforcement measures, including who and with what asset will participate and how these measures will be exactly carried out,” in his explanation of India’s abstention. “It is of course very important that there is full respect for the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Libya,” he added. It is unclear if the resolution would prohibit  any type of  ground invasion that might entail a temporary deployment on Libyan territory

And it should be pointed out that the UN resolution does not explicitly call for removing Gaddafi from power.

Moreover,  the no-fly zone authorized by the UN resolution is likely insufficient to prevent a victory by Gaddafi’s forces, as Air Force Chief of Staff Norton Schwartz pointed out before a classified briefing of U.S. senators on Thursday, March 17.  http://tinyurl.com/cablebriefing

Where does Obama stand?  As Stephen Stromberg wrote in the Washington Post (March 18): “Obama also tried to allay fears of mission creep following direct American involvement: ‘We are not going to use force to go beyond a well-defined goal, specifically the protection of civilians in Libya.’ Where does ‘protection of civilians’ end and, say, ‘regime change’ begin? That language is still conveniently vague. As is what would happen if limited intervention doesn’t prevent Gaddafi from brutally reasserting his power. And the critical issue of what a post-Gaddafi Libya would look like. The president has much lot more explaining to do as America gets more involved.”  http://tinyurl.com/4gotyv3

This ambiguity in the UN resolution undoubtedly will lead to disagreements on both national and international levels.  And the neocons will be in the forefront in  advocating a hard-line “regime change” position, a view that they are already expressing. For example, Max Boot writes: “In his public statement today Obama sounded resolute—but he also set out fairly narrow goals and did not reiterate his previous call for Qaddafi’s ouster. Qaddafi has said he is imposing a ceasefire. What if his forces pull back from eastern Libya? Does that mean we won’t impose a no-fly zone or mount air strikes? If so that would leave Qaddafi in control of a substantial part of the country where he could continue the human rights abuses that are rightly condemned by the United Nations—and could force the U.S. to undertake a lengthy and costly military involvement to make sure that Qaddafi stands by his promises not to march into Benghazi. Much simpler and surer to do everything possible, short of dispatching ground troops, to topple Qaddafi. I have previously noted that such steps would include a no-fly zone combined with air strikes on Qaddafi’s ground forces and also training and arms for the rebel forces

“That represents a substantial commitment on our part, and comes with attendant risks. No doubt there is still a faction in the administration hoping that a few symbolic moves will be enough to get Qaddafi to cease and desist. But our goal should not be simply a temporary cessation of the violence. A lasting solution requires Gaddafi to be gone, and that won’t be easy to achieve. We may have a real fight on our hands. I only hope that the administration is ready for that.”   .[”Credit and Concern Due on Libya,” March 18, 2011,  http://www.commentarymagazine.com/]

And,  as I maintain in my article,  the neocons will be advocating a hard-line interventionist position towards Libya, in large part, because they see that such an endeavor can facilitate U.S. military intervention  in Iran.

Neocons’ Goal: Iran by Way of Libya

By Stephen J. Sniegoski

    Although the neocons had initially been rather cool toward the popular uprisings in the Middle East which threatened  regimes friendly to the U.S. and Israel,  such as Mubarak’s in Egypt, they have reverted to their militant regime change stance toward Gaddafi ’s regime in Libya.  In espousing this interventionist position, they are not as conspicuous as they had been regarding Iraq and Iran, when they had stood in the vanguard,  but are only one component of a popular mainstream cause, which unites many otherwise disparate groups.  Nonetheless, they are vital players who apparently look to involvement in Libya as a chance to renew their  now-stalled effort to reconfigure the Middle East in the interests of Israel (whose interests, they allege, coincide with those of the United States).  [See Sniegoski, The Transparent Cabal, http://home.comcast.net/~transparentcabal/]

The Libyan uprising has captivated the minds of many mainstream American liberals who simply advocate military intervention there for humanitarian reasons, a position  harkening back to the widespread liberal support for U.S. intervention against Serbia over Kosovo.  Thus, we see such liberals as Senator John Kerry and Bill Clinton advocating a no-fly zone over the country to prevent Gaddafi from using his airpower.  And while some of these liberals have been hawks on the Middle East and thus not much different from the neoconservatives (and often called neoliberals), such as the staff of The New Republic magazine, support for U.S. involvement in a no-fly zone also includes numerous opponents of the war on Iraq.  For example, Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times wrote in his article “The Case for a No Fly Zone”:  “I was a strong opponent of the Iraq war, but this feels different.  We would not have to send any ground troops to Libya, and a no-fly zone would be executed at the request of Libyan rebel forces and at the ‘demand’ of six Arab countries in the gulf.  The Arab League may endorse the no-fly zone as well, and, ideally, Egypt and Tunisia would contribute bases and planes or perhaps provide search-and-rescue capabilities.” [New York Times, March 9, 2011, March 9, 2011 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/10/opinion/10kristof.html]

Kristof provides what serves as the appeal of the no-fly zone to liberals and others who shy away from full-scale military intervention.  It appears to offer a way of supporting the anti-Gaddafi protesters without getting deeply involved in an actual war.

    Similarly, Shadi Hamid, Director of Research at the Brookings Institute’s Doha Center and a Fellow in its Saban Center for Middle East Policy, contends that the situation in Libya is completely different from what had existed in Saddam’s Iraq.  “This is not an Iraq situation,” he said. “This is a situation where a regime is killing its own citizens in broad daylight.  It has said unequivocally on television that it wants to kill its own citizens.  So this is unprecedented.  It’s very rare to hear a leader declare his intentions in such a manner, and I think we should take it seriously.”  [Cecily Hilleary, “Libya:  Is Military Intervention a Viable Option?, Voice of America, March 2, 2011, http://tinyurl.com/Voalibya]

The popularity of the idea of U.S. action in Libya was manifested by a non-binding resolution that received unanimous support in the U.S. Senate on March 1 which “urges the United Nations Security Council to take such further action as may be necessary to protect civilians in Libya from attack, including the possible imposition of a no-fly zone over Libyan territory.”  Although not calling for unilateral American action, any UN involvement would invariably rely heavily on United States air power.

Furthermore, in Europe, usually the bastion of anti-war feeling, there is even stronger support for military intervention than in the United States.  President Nicolas Sarkozy of France has taken the lead here and France has become the first major power to offer official recognition to the rebel  Libyan National Council as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people.  Support in Europe for military involvement even has firm backing from leftist and the Green Parties. [ Jean Bricmont, “Libya and the Return of Humanitarian Imperialism,” CounterPunch, March 8, 2011, http://www.counterpunch.org/bricmont03082011.html; Diana Johnstone, “Libya: Is This Kosovo All Over Again?,” CounterPunch, March 7, 2011, http://www.counterpunch.org/johnstone03072011.html

And, on March 12, the Arab League voted to back a no-fly zone over Libya and recognized the  rebel movement as the country’s legitimate government, which increased the pressure on the United States to intervene.

    Neocons expressed their support for a more militant U.S. stance on Libya in a February 25 open letter to President Obama from the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI), a two-year-old neoconservative group that is often looked upon as the successor to the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), which had pushed for the war on Iraq.  The organization’s directorship  is comprised of  neocon stalwarts:  Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol; Brookings Institution fellow Robert Kagan; former Iraq Coalition Provisional Authority spokesman Dan Senor; and former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy and Ambassador to Turkey, Eric Edelman.  Kagan and Kristol had co-founded and directed PNAC.

In addition to these aforementioned individuals, other neocons signing the FPI document included  Elliott Abrams, Paul Wolfowitz, Max Boot, Eliot Cohen, Thomas Donnelly, Reuel Marc Gerecht, John Hannah, Michael Makovsky, Joshua Muravchik, Danielle Pletka, John Podhoretz, and Randy Scheunemann.

The FPI letter, reminiscent of missives sent by PNAC and other neocon ad hoc committees to Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush advocating militant action toward Saddam Hussein, proposed  a series of actions for the United States and NATO to take against the Libyan dictator, which included the establishment of a no-fly zone, naval control of Libyan waters to prevent sea attacks against civilians, the freezing of Libyan government assets, a consideration of a temporary halt to importation of Libyan oil, and the  immediate provision of humanitarian aid.  The letter asserted that failure to take more aggressive action “will cast doubt on the commitment of the United States and Europe to basic principles of human rights and freedom.”  The letter maintained that “[t]here is no time for delay and indecisiveness” and that “clear U.S. leadership” is required.

Other neocons who have expressed support for a U.S. enforced no-fly zone against Libya have included John Bolton, Charles Krauthammer, Michael Ledeen, and Richard Perle.  For Bolton this represents a 180 degree change from his outright opposition to the uprising in Egypt which he held would bring about the rule of the anti-American Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.  And Richard Perle had actually been lobbying in favor of the Gaddafi regime around the time in 2006 when the U.S. removed Libya from a list of nations that sponsor terrorism and restored full diplomatic relations.

    Most advocates of the military action against Gaddafi view it simply in humanitarian terms—as a way of stopping a brutal, crazed dictator from slaughtering his own people and thus allowing for human freedom and democracy to prevail.  And this is how the neoconservatives are presenting it.  For example, Bill Kristol in criticizing Secretary of Defense Robert Gates for opposing U.S. military intervention in Libya, focused on its humanitarian aspect:  “Is it right to characterize an attack on the Gaddafi regime’s air defenses and airplanes, and the execution of a no-fly zone that would protect the Libyan people from Gaddafi , as ‘an attack on Libya’?  Can’t we distinguish a regime that’s lost whatever legitimacy it once had from the nation that regime is destroying and the people that regime is terrorizing?”

[“Gates’ successor should understand that our power is a force for good in the world, says FPI Director William Kristol,” The Weekly Standard, March 5, 2011, http://tinyurl.com/kristolgates]

It can be seen that most advocates of United States intervention in Libya perceive it as being (1) fundamentally humanitarian; (2) very limited in scope; and (3) dealing with a rather unique situation.  The neocons, however, likely perceive it in broader strategic terms.  For them, United States action against Libya would serve to revive their stalled Middle East agenda by providing the ideal justification for the U.S. to become involved militarily in the internal affairs of Iran, currently their (and Israel’s) major target, which they so far have been unsuccessful in achieving.  Neocons have pointed out that the democratic wave threatens the Islamic regime in Iran, which they certainly want the United States to facilitate.  As Michael Ledeen put it at the time of the revolt against Mubarak’s regime in Egypt:  “if we’re going to praise the Tunisian and Egyptian freedom fighters, all the more reason to hail the true martyrs in Iran.”

[Michael Ledeen, “Egypt: Revolution? By Whom? For What?,” January 28, 2011, http://tinyurl.com/ledeenegypt ]  

    That neocons would exploit any U.S. intervention in Libya to justify intervention in Iran is underscored by  continued propagandizing about the alleged Iranian nuclear threat.  For example, last month, a neocon-inspired fearmongering documentary, Iranium, was released, which was screened across the U.S., including at AMC Theatres, the second largest movie theater chain in North America.  It portrays Iran as a brutal totalitarian state and the mastermind behind world terrorism, including the alleged training of Al Qaeda terrorists.  The documentary implies that Iran strives for global domination and that it would possibly use nuclear weapons against the U.S. and  Western Europe.  It  calls for “crippling sanctions” against Iran and holds that “if economic pressure is not successful then military force may be utilized.”

     Iranium features neocons and their fellow travelers,  such as Bernard Lewis, a scholar on the history of Islam and the Middle East and one of the intellectual gurus of the neocons;  James Woolsey, the CIA director under President Bill Clinton; John Bolton, former Ambassador to the UN in the George W. Bush administration; Frank Gaffney, founder and president of the American Center for Security Policy; Dore Gold, former Israeli Ambassador; Harold Rhode, a specialist on Iran and a long-time Pentagon official who helped to set up what became the Office of Special Plans, which provided some of the most extreme propaganda to justify the invasion of Iraq; Michael Ledeen, a veteran neocon who has focused on Iran and  authored Accomplice to Evil: Iran and the War Against the West; Reuel Marc Gerecht, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, who was previously a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and director of the Middle East Initiative at PNAC; and Kenneth Timmerman, executive director of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran.

Just as in the case of their propaganda build-up to the war on Iraq, the neocons are appealing to both democratic idealism and fear regarding Iran (and would, in all likelihood, greatly intensify this effort should the U.S. intervene militarily in Libya), so as to win over two different  audiences for their cause.  The humanitarian approach simply echoes and amplifies the view many liberals hold on the subject, though many are reticent about actually launching wars.  The fear approach appeals to the national self-interest of  conservatives and more non-ideological people.

 If the United States should make any type of military attack on Libya, and if that attack in any way could be portrayed as successful (which would require far less than the establishment of a new non-Gaddafi democratic regime) immense pressure could be brought to bear on President Obama to take the same militant approach towards Iran.  Neocons are already arguing that the current democratic upheavals in Libya and the Middle East vindicate the neocon-inspired “Bush freedom agenda.”  Since Bush’s agenda involved the use of force in addition to ideas there is the definite implication that this should also be applied when needed.  And, if the United States intervened militarily in Libya, it would have once again ignored international law’s prohibition of initiating military force against a sovereign country, further helping to establish the precedent that international law’s position on this mater is passé and thus making opposition to such aggressive wars more difficult.  (Most wars in recent times have been justified, at least in part, with a “humanitarian” rationale; even Hitler went to war against Poland on the grounds that it was oppressing its German minority.)

    Should Obama attempt to resist calls to intervene militarily in Iran, he would likely face charges of  hypocrisy and outright indifference to American security. For it likely would be argued that the Iranian situation is far worse than that which had existed in Libya, because unlike Libya, Iran poses a threat which reaches far beyond its borders,  even affecting U.S. security.  The neocons have already argued that Iran threatens to poison the other democratic uprisings in the Middle East and move them in the direction of anti-American Islamism.  If Iran were successful in the latter effort, they maintain, the inhabitants of those countries who overthrew their old rulers would suffer even  more under a totalitarian Islamist state.  And even worse from the standpoint of American security, the creation of Iran-friendly regimes in the region would enable Iran to exercise  hegemonic power over the Middle East sources of oil.  In achieving such regional hegemony, Iran would control the world’s oil spigot posing a grave threat to the United States and the industrialized West and be in a much better position to enhance its budding nuclear program.

    The aforementioned scenario is not hypothetical and largely represents neocon thinking at this time.  The neocons have expressed concern as to why the U.S. is making no effort to take advantage of the revolutionary ferment in Iran to bring about  regime change and  continue to excoriate the Obama administration for failing to take action  there during the popular protests following the disputed 2009 Iranian presidential election.  [An editorial at that time (June 29, 2009) in The Weekly Standard, co-authored by Bill Kristol, was titled “Resolutely Irresolute: Obama dithers while Tehran burns.” http://tinyurl.com/obamairan2009 ]

     If the U.S. opts to intervene in Libya, only an obvious failure would definitely serve to prevent an attempted replication in Iran.  Thus, while the uprisings in the Middle East have threatened to lead to democratically-elected governments that, in some instances, would be more hostile to Israel than their autocratic predecessors, the neocons still have a way of  making the ultimate regional outcome a net positive for what they regard as Israel’s fundamental security interests.

Margolis: YOU WANT WAR? PAY FOR IT.

ATTN. ALL FLAG-WAVERS. YOU WANT WAR? PAY FOR IT.
NEW YORK – October 29, 2010
By Eric Margolis
I don’t ever recall seeing such an ugly, dim-witted, childish American election as this coming week’s mid-term vote.
 A national frenzy has seized America.  Fierce debate and name-calling  has raged about job losses,  the nation’s growing $12 trillion debt, mandatory health care, socialism – and even witchcraft.   Sarah Palin, the patron saint of low IQ Americans, has hovered over this sordid contest like an evil Halloween wraith.    
 
If we believe polls, the Democrats look like toast. President Barack Obama may be ready to join the ranks of the unemployed.  
 
What did Democrats think would happen when they eagerly took over the monumental financial and military mess created by George W. Bush and the Republicans?   No wonder Republicans are gleefully rubbing their hands. But now they may be next to get stuck with Bush’s Tar Baby.
 
Amidst all the low-brow invective, Tom Brokaw, the respected former national news host for NBC News, recently wrote a fine opinion column, “The Wars That America Forgot About.”
 
He quite rightly asked why the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have been ignored during the election race. After nine years of combat, 5,000 US dead and 35,000 seriously wounded soldiers, and expenditure of over $1 trillion – silence.    
 
These longest and second most expensive wars in US history have dropped off the radar. Not even the latest WikiLeaks shocker, which revealed the US condoning death squads, torture and mass human rights violations in Iraq, became a campaign issue.
 
No one raised the scandalous fact that US-run Afghanistan and Washington’s political satraps there produce and export  94% of the world’s heroin. Russian drug authorities just claimed that Afghan heroin kills 10,000 Russians annually.
 
The Iraq and Afghan wars are ignored, Brokaw rightly says, because Americans are totally focused  on high unemployment and economic insecurity. America’s wars have become irrelevant. 
 
The US professional military represents less than 1% of the population, mostly working-class people  from small towns in America’s rural, poorly-educated heartland.  
 
It’s not like Vietnam War days, when millions of Americans were drafted to serve in the war, creating huge public protests that eventually ended the war. 
 
The US has adopted Imperial Britain’s model of small, all-volunteer armies fighting in remote colonial wars to supposedly bring the light of Christianity and justice to benighted natives.
 
However, it now costs $1 million per annum to keep each of the 120,000 US troops in Afghanistan. The US has also deployed over 40,000 armed mercenaries in that nation.
 
Americans have become psychologically detached from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, even as the specter of stalemate or even defeat in both conflicts looms.  
 
Brokaw calls on Americans to re-engage and give their wars and politicians the public attention they urgently need.
 
Waging stealth wars is undemocratic and unwise.
 
During World War II, America’s “Home Front” was engaged in the conflict by war taxes, rationing, buying war bonds, collecting clothing and metal, and accepting shortages of consumer products.
 
By contrast, President George W. Bush actually cut income taxes in wartime, the only time in US history this has happened. 
 
In an act of profound financial deception, instead of funding the Afghan and Iraq Wars through higher taxes, the Bush White House and subservient Congress financed the wars by “Emergency Supplement Requests,” which were supposed to be only used short-term for natural disasters and the like.  
 
Bush’s view appears to have been, “après moi, le deluge.” He raised the national debt to vertiginous levels, vastly expanded the size of government, increased military spending by 50%, on top of cutting taxes.
 
The first wave of the deluge came in 2007-2008, as a financial cataclysm hit America. More is on the way as the US stumbles from one financial crisis to another – the latest being bankrupt states and pension funds.
 
The real $1 trillion plus costs of the wars were quietly added to the $12 trillion national debt,  America’s credit card.   Funds to finance these huge war loans was borrowed from China and Japan, putting America ever deeper in thrall to the Asian powers, and undermining its finances.
 
The Obama administration and Democratic-controlled Congress continued Bush’s dishonest method of war finance, hiding costs from the public.
 
America’s wars should be fully funded through direct taxes.  History shows great powers cannot long go on waging imperial wars on credit. Look at Spain, Holland, France, Britain, and the Soviet Union. Which empire do we think will be next?
 
A special war tax ought to be levied on all Americans to fully cover the mounting costs of Afghanistan and Iraq. We must pay for our wars and world hegemony.
 
It will be interesting to see how all the flag-waving Republican “patriots” will react when asked to pay for the wars they so passionately support from the safety of their sofas, and at no apparent cost. 
 
Make Americans actually pay for Afghanistan and Iraq and these wars would be ended in short order.  
 
But if Republicans likely retake Congress, it is most unlikely a war tax – or any major new taxes –will be implemented.   Republicans have gone from being the party of balanced budgets and pay as you go to a northern version of Argentina’s wild spending Peronista Party. 
 
Right-wing Republicans will press for more war, in more places – financed, of course, by the magic of credit.   Few stop to think that this manic borrowing it wrecking America.
 
 
copyright Eric S. Margolis 29 October 2010

Not guilty. The Israeli captain who emptied his rifle into a Palestinian schoolgirl

Not guilty. The Israeli captain who emptied his rifle into a Palestinian schoolgirl | World news |:
“”It’s a little girl. She’s running defensively eastward.” “Are we talking about a girl under the age of 10?” “A girl about 10, she’s behind the embankment, scared to death.” “I think that one of the positions took her out.” “I & another soldier … are going in a little nearer, forward, to confirm the kill … Receive a situation report. We fired & killed her … I also confirmed the kill. Over.” “
 
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No surprise why the US was tragically attacked at the World Trade Center in 1993 and on 9/11 when the US supports Israel’s brutal oppression of the Palestinian people which was the primary motivation for both attacks (look up ‘Israel as a terrorist’s motivation’ in the index of James Bamford’s ‘A Pretext for War’ book and look at the following video as well):
What Motivated the 9/11 Hijackers? See testimony most didn’t!