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William Kristol knows what is wrong with the United States. As he wrote recently in the flagship magazine of the neo-conservatives, the Weekly Standard, the problem with the US is that we seem to have lost our appetite for war. According to Kristol, the troubles that have befallen us in the 20th century have all been the result of these periodic bouts of war-weariness, a kind of virus that we catch from time to time.
He claims because of the US “drawdown” in Europe after World War II, Stalin subjugated Eastern Europe. Because of war weariness the United States stopped bombing Southeast Asia in the 1970s, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. War weariness through the 1990s led to Rwanda, Milosevic, and the rise of the Taliban. It was our fault for not fighting on! According to Kristol, our failure to act as the policeman of the world is why we were attacked on September 11, 2001. Of the 1990s, he wrote, “[t]hat decade of not policing the world ended with 9/11.”
That revisionism is too much even for fellow neo-conservatives like Paul Wolfowitz to swallow. In a 2003 interview, Wolfowitz admitted that it was the presence of US troops in Saudi Arabia that led to the growth of al-Qaeda:
“(W)e can now remove almost all of our forces from Saudi Arabia. Their presence there over the last 12 years has been a source of enormous difficulty for a friendly government. It’s been a huge recruiting device for al Qaeda. In fact if you look at bin Laden, one of his principle grievances was the presence of so-called crusader forces on the holy land, Mecca and Medina.”
But for Kristol and his allies there is never enough war. According to a new study by Brown University, the US invasion of Iraq cost some 190,000 lives, most of them non-combatants. It has cost more than $1.7 trillion, and when all is said and done including interest the cost may well be $6 trillion. Some $212 billion was spent on Iraqi reconstruction with nothing to show for it. Total deaths from US war on Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan have been at least 329, 000. None of this is enough for Kristol.
The neo-con ideology promotes endless war, but neo-cons fight their battles with the blood of others. From the comfortable, subsidized offices of magazines like the Weekly Standard, the neo-conservatives urge the United States to engage in endless war – to be fought by the victims of the“poverty draft” from states where there are few jobs. Ironically, these young people cannot find more productive work because the Federal Reserve’s endless money printing to keep the war machine turning has destroyed our economy. The six trillion dollars that will be spent on the Iraq war are merely pieces of printed paper that further erode the dollar’s purchasing power now and well into the future. It is the inflation tax, which is the most regressive and cruel of all.
Yes, Americans are war weary, concedes Kristol. But he does not blame the average American. The real problem is that the president has dropped the ball on terrifying Americans with the lies and imaginary threats that led to the invasion of Iraq. Writes Kristol: “One can’t, for example, be surprised at the ebbing support of the American public for the war in Afghanistan years after the president stopped trying to mobilize their support, stopped heralding the successes of the troops he’d sent there, and stopped explaining the importance of their mission.”
If only we had more war propaganda from the highest levels of government we could be cured of this war-weariness. Ten years ago the US invaded Iraq under the influence of neo-conservative lies. Those lies continued to promote US military action in places like Libya, and next on their agenda is Syria and then on to Iran. It is time for the American people to shout “enough!”
http://youtu.be/vgTvs6A2VkAWilliam Kristol knows what is wrong with the United States. As he wrote recently in... more
Why isn't he unemployed?
http://latestbloomer.uskoa.com/the-anythings-they-say-neoconservative-bill-kristol/Why isn't he unemployed?... more
Did Libya have a humanitarian crisis back in 2007 when Wesley Clark admitted to Amy Goodman of the Neocon cabal's plot to destroy seven nations in five years?
The plot to destroy Libya in addition to Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Sudan, And Iran
hav been in the works for years, if not a decade or more before the "spontaneous" Arab Spring uprisings.Did Libya have a humanitarian crisis back in 2007 when Wesley Clark admitted to Amy... more
Former CIA asset Susan Lindauer gives insight into the Libyan war and how war is being waged against the Libyan people under the guise of a humanitarian effort.Former CIA asset Susan Lindauer gives insight into the Libyan war and how war is being... more
Christopher Hitchens possessed a mind that made you either love him or hate him. I do love his intelligence but his warmongering and embrace of the neo-conservative movement provoked me to also hate some of his thoughts. But love or hate he certainly is a force to be reckoned with. thinkingblue
Christopher Hitchens to Begin Cancer Treatment
By JEREMY PETERS
Christopher Hitchens, the author, Vanity Fair contributing editor and frequent television pundit, has suspended a tour to promote his new book while he receives chemotherapy.
Mr. Hitchens, a former smoker who recently quit, made the announcement in a statement through his publishing house on Wednesday.
"I have been advised by my physician that I must undergo a course of chemotherapy on my esophagus," he said. "This advice seems persuasive to me. I regret having had to cancel so many engagements at such short notice."
The book, "Hitch-22," has been on The New York Times bestseller list for three weeks and has received generally favorable reviews.
Reviewing the book in The Times, Dwight Garner wrote of Mr. Hitchens, "He has a mind like a Swiss Army knife, ready to carve up or unbolt an opponent’s arguments with a flick of the wrist. http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/30/christopher-hitchens-to-begin-cancer-treatment/
Yup that sounds like the ole' Neoconservative Hitchens... The man you hate to love... Sorry to hear of his health malady.
In my opinion...Except for his war-mongering notions... his other characteristics were of an honest nature! thinkingblue
Hitch-22 Buy it here. http://www.amazon.com/Hitch-22-Memoir-Christopher-Hitchens/dp/0446540331
At the front of his book (Hitch-22) he includes two excerpts from other writers:
W.H. Auden, "Death’s Echo"
The desires of the heart are as crooked as corkscrews
Not to be born is the best for man
The second best is a formal order
The dance’s pattern, dance while you can.
Dance, dance, for the figure is easy
The tune is catching and will not stop
Dance till the stars come down with the rafters
Dance, dance, dance till you drop.
–W.H. Auden, "Death’s Echo"
Excerpt from Chapter I, "The Anaesthetic of Familiarity," of his 1998 book Unweaving the Rainbow (by Richard Dawkins)
To live at all is miracle enough.
-- Mervyn Peake,
The Glassblower (1950)
We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here.
More here: http://richarddawkins.net/articles/91Christopher Hitchens possessed a mind that made you either love him or hate him. I do... more
We could say the same for the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The oppression that is Iran should thank Israel and neocons in the United States.
Israel’s far-right government only helps Iran
By thumbing its nose at the U.S. and the world, Israel makes it harder to build a coalition against Iranian nukes
By Juan Cole
For more from Juan Cole, visit his blog Informed Comment.
The far right-wing government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have a choice between expanding settlements in the West Bank or achieving a global consensus on the need to sanction and coerce Iran into giving up its nuclear enrichment program. Netanyahu is so dedicated to the settler project that he cannot see the ways in which it forestalls other, broader Israeli objectives.
The serious policy differences between Netanyahu and the Obama administration are helping Iran, and reducing pressure on that country.
The Times of London reportsthat Netanyahu was put firmly in his place by President Obama during his visit to Washington earlier this week. At one point Obama is said to have left Netanyahu for dinner with Michelle and the girls after urging the prime minister to contact him if anything changed.
Obama is said to have still been bristling at the slight of Vice President Joe Biden when the latter was in Israel. (In the form of an announcement of the building of more homes on occupied Palestinian land.) The Palestinian Authority leadership, including President Mahmoud Abbas, refuses to restart peace negotiations as long as Netanyahu refuses to commit to a freeze of Israeli colonization efforts. Abbas had been about to set aside his objections and begin proximity talks when Netanyahu’s government announced a substantial settlement expansion. And they made the announcement on the very day of Biden’s arrival to kick off the talks with the Palestinians. Predictably, the Palestinians pulled out of the talks.
There may have been more to the policy differences than just the lack of a state dinner. A report at the Herald Scotland site that the U.S. was moving bunker busting bombs to the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia set off a flurry of speculation that the U.S. was getting ready to move against Iran.
But in reality, the U.S. may well have been sequestering the bunker busters and denying them to Israel. Netanyahu came to Washington in part to ask for jets and other materiel, including the bunker busters.
Netanyahu has called for “crippling” sanctions to be applied to Iranif it does not dismantle its civilian nuclear enrichment program. Among the sanctions Netanyahu sought was probably a gasoline embargo. The call was immediately rejected by the Russian Federation (and probably by China behind the scenes).
The sanctions resolution being prepared by the U.S. on behalf of the United Nations was abruptly watered down to meet Russian and Chinese objections. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad responded to the news, saying sanctions had no ability to harm or influence Iran. (He might have added, “especially watered down ones!”)
That China and Russia know how tense U.S.-Israeli ties are at the moment may also incline them to avoid the sanctions route.
Netanyahu is convinced that Iran is committed to acquiring a nuclear weapon, and is further convinced that such a development would pose an existential threat to Israel. It is unclear why he reaches that conclusion, since Mutually Assured Destruction would operate to deter Iran from attacking Israel (which has 200 nuclear warheads), lest it be devastated itself. It is a ludicrous idea that the shrewd and pragmatic leadership in Tehran, which has launched no wars since coming to power and has dealt cannily with a multitude of challenges, consists of erratic madmen who would risk seeing their capital annihilated. Not to mention that there is no good evidence that they have a weapons program, and every reason to think that they are a decade or more away from a nuclear warhead even if they did. Some of the more hysterical pronouncements attributed to Netanyahu and to his foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, if true, would also raise questions about the safety of the nukes in Israel’s arsenal.
The long and the short of it is that Israel and the U.S. have poor relations for the moment, and that the rest of the world is aware of it, making it harder for the two of them to pressure the UN Security Council.We could say the same for the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The oppression that is Iran... more
2/24/2010 The FDA is a classical case of the broken window.
Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate and now the darling who plays guitar on Fox News, wants to engage in mass murder.
Is Mike Huckabee really a psychopath or is he simply sucking up to the neocons?
For the Full Story of Mike Huckabee And others Wanting to Bomb Iran ... And start ww3.....A Must Read !!! http://ctpatriot1970.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/pres-hopeful-gov-mike-huckabee-%E2%80%9Cabsolutely%E2%80%9D-backs-drive-to-bomb-iran-another-war/
“The U.S. should support an Israeli military strike against Iranian nuclear installations if the Jewish state, fearing diplomacy has failed, ultimately takes that course of action, stated former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee,” reports WorldNetDaily.Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate and now... more
Scott Brown is not for free markets, he doesn’t even understand the term. He is just another blind big government neocon republican….Scott Brown is not for free markets, he doesn’t even understand the term. He is... more
Rudy Giuliani and the Neocon crowd just can’t get enough fearmongering. This is not the way to spread the message of Liberty, it is simply another form of statism through the military industrial complex.
“Those who sacrifice Liberty for security will lose both and deserve neither.” ~Benjamin Franklin
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Congressman Dennis Kucinich debated Fox analyst (Former Senator) Rick Santorum (R-PA) on Afghanistan.
Don't miss this explosive exchange which once against demonstrates why Dennis Kucinich is the indispensable member of Congress and why now is the time for all of us to join in his effort to end the WarCongressman Dennis Kucinich debated Fox analyst (Former Senator) Rick Santorum (R-PA)... more
11/14/2009 Mike Shanklin Reports From The Anti-Healthcare, Freedomworks Rally in Raleigh, NC. As you can tell, not many libertarians were in attendance, but to those of you I met today who were, thank you for defending REAL Liberty!
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Marches toward socialism, death panels and health care rationing, oh my! If you've been watching the news these days you know that few people seem interested in having a serious debate about our health care industry in America. It would be funny to watch if it weren't for the fact that 45 million Americans don't have insurance and the 200 million who do are finding it more difficult to afford. It would be hilarious if we weren't beholden to the Robber Barons of health insurance monopolies and their shills on Capitol Hill. Are you sick and tired of this mockery that we call a debate? Watch this video and find out what you can do to make sure we get the comprehensive health care reform we need!Marches toward socialism, death panels and health care rationing, oh my! If... more
Is Glenn Beck a Libertarian? No...he is far from being considered a constitutionalist libertarian. He is simply a neocon sympathizer who rarely exposes the neocon agenda. From supporting the Patriot Act to stating that the first round of bailouts wasn’t enough money, Glenn Beck can only be seen as an opportunist, not a Liberty fighter. He never advocates self-ownership, personal freedoms (big on the war on drugs), and although he calls himself a constitutionalist, he has backed hundreds of pieces of unconstitutional legislation. Glenn Beck supporters everywhere could use an upgrade......
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Voight asks, "Is President Obama creating a civil war?"
Actor Jon Voight is on his way to Cincinnati, and Atlanta, in order to participate in Fox News host Sean Hannity's latest "Freedom Concerts." But first, he paused long enough to share some extra nuttiness with the Washington Times.
"There's a real question at stake now. Is President Obama creating a civil war in our own country?" Voight said in an interview with the paper.
We are witnessing a slow, steady takeover of our true freedoms. We are becoming a socialist nation, and whoever can't see this is probably hoping it isn't true ...
Do not let the Obama administration fool you with all their cunning Alinsky methods. And if you don't know what that method is, I implore you to get the book "Rules for Radicals," by Saul Alinsky. Mr. Obama is very well trained in these methods.
The real truth is that the Obama administration is professional at bullying, as we have witnessed with ACORN at work during the presidential campaign. It seems to me they are sending down their bullies to create fist fights among average American citizens who don't want a government-run health care plan forced upon them. So I ask again: Is President Obama creating a civil war in our own country?Voight asks, "Is President Obama creating a civil war?" Actor Jon Voight... more
This is disturbing. I believe it is more about the hair than the attire. I hope they say the same thing about Miley Cyrus.
"we;’re being represented by a family of ghetto trash."
"Looks like a bunch of ghetto thugs. A stain on America."
"Looks like a typical street whore."
"What we now are sending the ghetto over to represent us. and if so who the hell is that flea bag who looks to be dragged from the trash dumpster."
"you could go down any ghetto right now and see exactly the same."
"could you imagine what world leaders must be thinking seeing this kind of street trash and that we paid for this kind of street ghetto trash to go over there"
"the world must be laughing like mad right now at that we have this kind of street trash in our white house."This is disturbing. I believe it is more about the hair than the attire. I hope they... more
The late Samuel Francis often quipped that the United States has two political parties: the Evil Party and the Stupid Party. Occasionally, you see a true bi-partisan effort and you can count on that bi-partisanship involving both evil and stupidity.
This bailout package was passed with pressure from the Democratic leadership in the House and the influence of the Bush White House.The late Samuel Francis often quipped that the United States has two political... more