Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The pageantry of public negotiations.

"John Bolton on the Warpath" (Filkins) (my emphasis in red):
"As the Bush White House made the case to invade Iraq, Bolton came into conflict with José Bustani, who was in charge of overseeing the Chemical Weapons Convention—a treaty, endorsed by the U.S. and a hundred and ninety-two other countries, that bans the production of chemical weapons. Bustani, a former senior diplomat from Brazil, was negotiating with the Iraqi government to adopt the treaty, which mandated immediate inspections by outside technicians. He thought that, if inspectors could verify that Iraq had abandoned its chemical-weapons program, an invasion wouldn’t be necessary. But, he told me, when the Iraqis agreed to accept the convention, the Bush Administration asked him to halt his negotiations. “I think the White House was worried that if I succeeded it would mess up their plans to invade,” he said.
Not long afterward, Bustani recalls, Bolton showed up at his office in The Hague and demanded that he resign. When Bustani refused, Bolton said, “We know you have two sons in New York. We know your daughter is in London. We know where your wife is.” (Bolton has denied this.) Bustani held firm, and the White House, determined to remove him, convened an extraordinary session of the Convention’s members—in many cases, Bustani said, paying the travel expenses of delegates to insure that they attended. The group voted forty-eight to seven, with forty-three abstentions, to cut short Bustani’s term.
Later that year, Bustani was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, for his work against chemical weapons. When U.S. troops moved into Iraq, they found no evidence of weapons of mass destruction. Commentators across the political spectrum have decried the invasion—even Trump calls it “a big, fat mistake”—but Bolton hasn’t changed his view. In 2015, he told the Washington Examiner, “I still think the decision to overthrow Saddam was correct.”"
and:
"Tony Blinken, who was the staff director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told me that the members began to reconsider as they examined Bolton’s work in the State Department. “We saw a pattern of Mr. Bolton trying to manipulate intelligence to justify his views,” Blinken told me. “If it had happened once, maybe. But it came up multiple times, and always it was the same underlying issue: he would stake out a position, and then, if the intelligence didn’t support it, he would try to exaggerate the intelligence and marginalize the officials who had produced it.”"
and:
"McMaster also acquired enemies outside the White House. Mort Klein, the head of the Zionist Organization of America, told me he believed that McMaster was “hostile to Israel,” citing offenses that ranged from advocating “Palestinian self-determination” to dodging a question about whether the Western Wall is in Israeli territory. Klein began a quiet campaign against McMaster, with help from Sheldon Adelson, the Republican casino magnate, and Safra Catz, the C.E.O. of Oracle, both of whom are fervent supporters of the Israeli right wing. “We were pushing for him to be fired,” Klein told me. For Klein and his allies, Bolton’s politics were more appealing. He has deep connections to the Israeli national-security establishment and to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In 2018, he gave a well-compensated speech to the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. “John almost regards Israel as part of the United States,” the former official who worked with Bolton told me. “He thinks our interests and their interest are identical.”
In March, 2018, according to a former Administration official, the President called McMaster and asked what he would think if Bolton became the new national-security adviser. It was clear to McMaster that he was being fired, but less clear that the President was certain Bolton was the right replacement. The official, who overheard Trump’s side of the conversation, recalled that the President ended the call with an uncomfortable joke: “Bolton is a hawk like you. He’s going to get us into a war.”"
and:
"Trump has recently expressed willingness to leave a small American force in Syria, but its exact size has not been settled; officials say that it may be as few as two hundred troops. “They are making it up as they go along,” a Senate staffer who works on national-security issues told me. When I first spoke to Bolton about the reduction in forces, he seemed disappointed. “Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose,” he said. A few weeks later, though, he was more cheerful as he outlined an ambitious roster of operations that appeared to mirror the one the President had tried to scale back: restraining the Iranians, limiting the Russians’ territory, keeping the Turks away from the Kurds. The adviser on Middle East issues suggested that Bolton was responsible for the entire affair, because he’d tried to push the President too far. “It’s a catastrophe, and I blame Bolton,” he said."
and:
"People who have worked with Bolton say that he is focussed less on North Korea than on Iran, where his vigilance can sometimes seem out of proportion to the apparent threat. “There are only two countries that can really threaten the United States—China and Russia,” the former senior national-security official said. “But Bolton has had this anal focus on Iran for twenty years. I don’t know why.” When I asked Bolton about it, he said, “I care about Iran because I care about nuclear weapons.”
On February 11th, Bolton released a video on Twitter, in which he addressed Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran. In a professorial tone, he noted that it was the fortieth anniversary of the Iranian Revolution and enumerated what he saw as its results: repression at home, terrorism abroad, a dismal economy, and the enmity of the world. “So, Ayatollah,” he said, “for all your boasts, for all your threats to the life of the American President, you are responsible for terrorizing your own people and terrorizing the world as a whole. I don’t think you’ll have many more anniversaries to enjoy.”
The Trump Administration has persistently spoken out against Iran, but it has also made scattershot efforts at diplomacy. A senior Iranian official told me that, in 2017, Trump sent eight requests to meet with the Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani. “Trump invited President Rouhani to dinner!” the official told me. Rouhani evidently declined, but, a few weeks before Bolton posted his video on Twitter, there was another apparent attempt. Admiral Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s national-security council, told an Iranian news agency that a U.S. official had approached him, during a visit to Afghanistan, and “asked to hold talks.” Shamkhani didn’t say whether Iran had responded, but a Middle Eastern businessman told me that, around the same time, an Iranian official had asked him to pass a message to the White House."
and:
"In November, as Iran prepared to test-fire a medium-range ballistic missile, White House officials fiercely debated whether to destroy the missile on the launchpad. (“Anything that happens, they lurch to kinetic options,” the adviser on Middle East issues said, ruefully.) Eventually, they decided against it. The source familiar with Bolton’s thinking declined to discuss specifics, but said, “You can imagine where he came down.”
Sadjadpour, the Iran expert, believes that the tensions inside the White House over Iran have not been resolved. “Trump doesn’t want to go to war—he doesn’t want to intervene anywhere,” he told me. Trump’s real goal, he suggested, was the pageantry of public negotiations. The main obstacle to direct talks is Khamenei, he said; having the United States as an enemy has been a linchpin of the regime’s self-justification. “Bolton’s worst nightmare is that Khamenei will write Trump a letter saying, ‘Why don’t we get together and talk?’ Because he knows that Trump would jump at that opportunity.”"
"Waivers Over – Bolton Gets His Way" (Crooke).  While Trump looks like a shoe-in given the field of Democrats, things will look much different if he wrecks the economy by stressing oil prices, and the double whammy of removing both Venezuelan and Iranian oil from the world market may be just the thing to reveal the deep problems of Assholia.  I should also note that it is an error - and an error built by the (((usual suspects))) - to overemphasize the importance of the 'Evangelical base'.  While rapture nuts like Pompeo and Pence make a lot of noise (and making a big deal out of the rapture is part of the conspiracy to protect the real (((culprits)))), American Christians are perfectly capable of seeing the massive damage to their communities caused by all the Wars For The Jews.  They are not the monolith they were back in 2001.  There has been some painful learning.

Tweet (Max Blumenthal):
"Wonder why so many Venezuelans reject the US coup? The right-wing National Assembly of Juan Guaido has passed a law to privatize these homes and undo one of the signature accomplishments of the Bolivarian Revolution. "
Blitzer, Holocaust Museum, Elie Wiesel Award and the White Helmets, this is what powerful people do when they feel that they have so much power they don't even have to pretend any more: tweet (Max Blumenthal):
"Former AIPAC staffer Wolf Blitzer honors a US-backed outfit that lobbied for sanctions & war on Syria, and whose members were evacuated by Israel. Yet the Holocaust Museum refuses to drop war criminal & Venezuela putsch leader Eliot Abrams from its board "
"Blame Palestinians for Gaza" (Giraldi).  Again, total arrogance in that (((they))) know (((they))) can say the most outrageous things and nobody in the (((media))) will contradict them.  This is the bully who takes your arm and forces you to hit yourself, all the while mockingly telling you to stop hitting yourself.  Non psychopaths find this behavior abhorrent, but it is normal for the Khazars.

"Senate Passes Anti-Semitism Bill for Florida Public Schools That Bans Criticizing Jewish Power" (Pomidor Quixote) - "Examples of anti-Semitism include:
. . . 
2. Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as a collective, especially, but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions."

"Fake News Media Suffers Body Blow on Case Linked to Seth Rich by Larry Johnson".

"Israel lobbyists shield white supremacists after synagogue attack" (Abunimah). The usual wailing, but even more cynical than the norm.  It is a wonder they didn't blame Iran.

"Will New Netanyahu Coalition and Kushner’s “Deal” Bring Destruction to Jerusalem’s Golden Dome?" (Peled). (((They))) know that the blackmailed Trump is their best bet.

"Did Netanyahu cut deal with Assad?" (Caspit):
"As it turns out, the head of the most radical right-wing government that Israel has ever known [Netanyahu], is conducting indirect but extensive negotiations with Hamas (under Egyptian mediation) for months. And now we’re told that he is also strengthening his relationship with President Assad (under Russian mediation). And all this, of course, while publicly distancing himself from both processes. Only Netanyahu is capable of pulling this off."
"The Mueller Report, Alfa Bank, and the Deep State" (Scott). Even Scott is not immune from misidentifying a Khazar conspiracy as a Russian one!  Published, of course, by one of the most embarrassing outlets for Russiagate junk.  Here's an example sentence, improved with brackets:  "Bank Alfa was the creation of three Russian oligarchs, (((Mikhail Fridman))), (((Pyotr Aven))), and (((German Khan)))."  Russians, goyim, Russians!  To a large extent, Bank Alfa looks like another intelligence honeytrap, a means to get certain people in trouble with a paper trail for use as a pressure point.

"Biden? Grandpa should not be president." (Lang).  The sunny disposition is an act.

"Mueller's Lies About George Papadopolous by Larry C Johnson" (Mueller didn't want to look so closely that the nexus started to come back to Mueller himself!):
". . . the people who brokered the contacts with Mifsud—Nagi and Arvinder Sambei—have ties to British and US intelligence organizations and the FBI.
Arvinder Sambei’s ties, for example, are reported by Disobedient Media:
Mifsud and Papadopoulos’s co-director Arvinder Sambei was also the former FBI British counsel working 9/11 cases for Robert Mueller. She also runs a consultancy which deals with Special Investigative Measure (SIMs) which is just a posh description for covert espionage and evidence gathering. She has worked for major intelligence and national law agencies in the past. She wore two hats as a director of London Centre and a consultant for the Global Center on Cooperative Security (GCCS), a counter-terrorism think tank which is sponsored by the Australia, Canada, UK and US governments. Alexander Downer’s former Chief of Staff while at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade now works for the Global Center. Mifsud was also due to meet with Australian private intelligence figures in Adelaide in March 2016. So. Australia is certainly a major focus for the investigation.” 
Sambei’s critical role in introducing Papadopolous to Joseph Mifsud is not, in my view, a mere coincidence.
Joseph Mifsud bears all the hallmarks of an MI-6 intelligence asset (please refer to my previous article, Special Counsel Mueller: Disingenuous and Dishonest. Introducing Papadopolous to Mifsud is a classic humint covert action. In this case the plan was to select an individual—a naïve, inexperienced eager soul--who had access to the Trump campaign, who could be fed compromising information and put into an incriminating situations that would feed the concocted meme that the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians.
The entire concept of working with the Russians and having Trump meet with Putin was a meme introduced and encouraged by Joseph Mifsud. George Papadopolous was an unwitting, albeit eager, patsy.
Then we have Alexander Downer. He is closely tied to the Clintons. Bill and Alexander signed a deal that produced millions of dollars for the Clinton Foundation. Downer, despite his credentials and pedigree, was not an honest actor. I believe that he was engaged in a pre-planned political dirty trick, to feed the lie that the Trump campaign was working with the Russians to “steal” Hillary’s emails.
Remember. The critical meeting with Downer took place while the Russians were ostensibly hacking the DNC. This is not a tin-foil hatted conspiracy theory. The facts are clear."
"Tipping Point: The Gilets Jaunes are winning, what’s next?" (Studdert).  The Rothschilds are going to have to find a new stooge.

"Khashoggi Murder Suspect Found Dead In Turkish Prison" (Durden):
"On Monday, WSJ reported that one of two suspected UAE spies under investigation by the Turkish government for playing some unspecified role in the Khashoggi's killing - and who were helping Saudi and its allies spy on Arab critics living in Turkey - had been found hanged in his cell at a notorious Turkish prison.
The cause of death was quickly ruled a suicide."
Tweet (The Hill):
"Question: "What advice would you have for 2020 candidates based on the experiences you had in 2016?" Hillary Clinton: "Don't get on the wrong side of Vladimir Putin. That would be the first.""

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