Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fair game

Traditional enemies of peace:
  1. "How to Defeat the Grand Bargain with Iran"  The Iran deal is a personal tragedy for Ledeen, whose life work has been tricking Americans into various Mid-East holocausts.
  2. "Bernie Sanders: Savior or Seducer of the Anti-War Left?"  The voting record is incredibly damning.  You can see why the Traditional Enemies of Peace don't care for Counterpunch.  Having said that, and in the full expectation of many, many more Wars For The Jews from President Bernie, he's still a lot better than Hillary.
  3. "The Iran Deal and the Rut of History" by Leon Wieseltier.
  4. "Israel's $100 Million Gamble"
  5. "Israel exploits Syrian chaos to plan looting of Golan oil"
  6. "Goals Diverge and Perils Remain as U.S. and Turkey Take on ISIS"  The contradictions are only understandable within the context of an Israeli-driven rolling Yinonization of Syria.
  7. "How to Treat Jonathan Pollard in the Age of Edward Snowden"  You see, Pollard, if understood correctly, is just a noble whistle blower!  Rummy disagrees!
"Did Iranian Nukes Matter?":
"I think it’s become exceedingly clear over the last few months that US hawks, Israeli hawks, and the various Gulf states did not, and do not, care about the Iranian nuclear program. These groups have shifted, almost effortlessly, from whining about Iran achieving nuclear capability in “18 months,” to whining about Iran achieving nuclear capability after the sunset of the current inspection provisions in ten years. This isn’t even an accurate characterization of the deal, but that’s beside the point; the threat of a nuclear Iran has never amounted to more than a side-show for the hawks.
What the hawks want is indefinite militarized confrontation between the United States and Iran. From the perspective of Israel and Saudi Arabia, this is hardly irrational. Iran supports terrorist groups and other non-state actors that like to mess with the Saudis and the Israelis, and both the Saudis and Israelis would like to have the military capabilities of the United States at their disposal. Nor is it irrational for the Saudis and Israelis to believe that the US will come through with this kind of support; the entire GOP Presidential field (with the possible, partial exception of Rand Paul) seems committed to making it happen.
The nuclear program provided a convenient rhetorical focal point for this argument, for the same reason that WMD provided a focal point in the case for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The idea of nuclear weapons is scary; we have an emotional commitment to freaking out about nukes well beyond any operational or strategic utility that they offer. Bleating about how Iran will have nukes in less than 18 months (a claim that Israeli, US, and Saudi hawks have been reiterating since the 1990s) is an easy way of saying “hit those people hard” without the need for any careful strategic analysis.
This is why, for hawks, it is always the right time to strike Iran.  The Oren piece is useful in this regard.  No conceivable deal could achieve what Oren declares that he wants, but of course the point is that he doesn’t want a deal.  He, and other hawks, want the constant threat of US military action, in order to reassure our allies that we will always be prepared to bomb their enemies. There is no conceivable set of nuclear concessions that could make Michael Oren (or Doran, or Kroenig, or Lake, or Kristol, or Cotton, et al ad nausuem) pleased with this deal, because they want military confrontation based on other Iranian foreign policy behaviors.  They’ve known, for quite some time, that the Iranian nuclear program actively detracts from Iran’s ability to pursue its national security goals, both in terms of sucking up resources, and in drawing international sanctions."

Tweet (Steven Salaita) (this two part video review of Sandler's oeuvre is amazing):
"Israel is less popular than ever, but has unleashed its secret weapon: a subliterate racist who makes horrible films:"
"Gawker Fires Bill Arkin" "William Arkin critiques Gawker story on the way out"  Phaze Zero was appalling American imperialist propaganda, so good riddance.  David Geithner is brother of Timothy and CFO of Condé Nast, one of the great deceivers, and should thus always, and forever, be fair game.

"Jeb Bush Snares a Democratic Moneyman on Hamptons Tour"  What word starting with J does not appear in this story?

"Doogie Huckster:  A Terrorism Expert’s Secret Relationship with the FBI"  The Zionist agenda behind the War on Terror could not be clearer.

"The Indoctrination Game, Part 2: Jewish media influence as decisive in creating a positive public culture of homosexuality"  One of the obsessions of the far right is that the Jews are conspiring to sap the 'precious bodily fluids' (the Jewish Kubrick mocking the American far right!) of Americans by turning Americans queer using their control of the media and entertainment industries.  Given the strange psycho-sexual notions of supremacists - remember Dershowitz actually got away with writing an anti-miscegenation book! - the far right is not necessarily wrong.

"David Cameron: UK property no safe haven for 'dirty money'" The entire history of The City is based on 'dirty money'.

"Want to be rich? It helps if you're a psychopath: Economist reveals common factors among the world's wealthiest people":
". . . Wilkin has determined that behind almost every great fortune, there lies what he calls a 'wealth secret'. This is a piece of knowledge or a technique that, while not exactly criminal, certainly skirts the customs of the time, and possibly the laws as well. All of them, he says, involve 'some sort of scheme for defeating the forces of market competition'. Many involve legal manoeuvrings or the exercising of political influence. Boldness and fearlessness are a given. Mild psychopathy probably helps, too."
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