Bombs Away Over Syria! Washington Has Gone Stark Raving Mad

America’s spanker-in-chief is at it again – threatening to bomb Syria owing to the uncivilized actions of its inhabitants. And when it comes to Syria, Washington avers that there are punishable malefactors virtually everywhere within its borders.
Exactly one year ago Obama proposed to take Bashar Al Assad to the woodshed because he had allegedly unleashed a vicious chemical attack on his own citizens. That was all pretext, of course, because even the CIA refused to sign-off on the flimsy case for Assad’s culpability at the time – -a reluctance corroborated since then by the considerable evidence that hundreds of Syrian civilians were murdered during a false flag operation staged by the rebels with help from Turkey. The aim of the rebels, of course, was to activate American tomahawk missiles and bombers in behalf of ‘regime change’, which was also the stated goal of the Obama Administration.
Now the White House is threatening to bomb Syria again, but this time its ‘regime change’ objective has been expanded to include both sides! In 12 short months what had been the allegedly heroic Sunni opposition to the ‘brutal rule’ of the Assad/Alawite minority has transmuted into the ‘greatest terrorist threat ever’, according to the Secretary of Defense.
So Obama has already unleashed the drones and surveillance apparatus to identify targets of attack that will help bring down a regime in northern and eastern Syria – the so-called Islamic State – which did not even exist a year ago. And a regime that is now armed to the teeth with America’s own latest and greatest weaponry as previously supplied to the disintegrated Iraqi army and the Syrian rebels trained by the CIA in Jordan.
Adding to this blinding farce is the warning of Syria’s Foreign Affairs minister that Obama should please to request permission before he rains destruction from the sky on the Opposition – -that is, the opposition to the very same Damascus regime which the White House has vowed to eradicate. Needless to say, the Washington apparatus is having nothing to do with aiding the enemy of its new enemy:

This post was published at David Stockmans Contra Corner on August 27, 2014.

Russia Sanctions Hit German Consumers, ‘Economic Expectations Completely Collapse’

It starts out un-alarmingly. The optimism of German consumers weakens somewhat, according to the forward-looking Gfk survey, conducted on a monthly basis for the European Commission. So the overall index fell to 8.6 for September, from 8.9 in August. It was the first decline since January 2013.
The index bottomed in late 2008 below 2, after a breathtaking crash during the financial crisis. In late 2007, it had hovered above 9. Early 2014 was the first time since the prior bubble that the index broke above 8. And August’s level of 8.9 represented an ‘extremely optimistic economic outlook,’ as Gfk calls it. German consumers have been feeling good, and according to the headline index, they’re stillfeeling good up there somewhere in the rarefied air above 8.
But beneath the surface, there is serious trouble. Gfk reports that the sub-index of economic expectations, ‘in light of the intensified state of international affairs, completely collapses.’
It plunged 35.5 points to 10.4. The worst monthly plunge since the beginning of the survey in 1980. In a single month, it nearly wiped out all the gains of the boom of the last 12 months. Gfk cites the escalation of the situation in Iraq, Israel, the Eastern Ukraine, and particularly ‘the faster rotating sanctions spiral with Russia.’

This post was published at Wolf Street on August 27, 2014.

Video of the Day – Chris Hedges on Overthrowing the Corporate Fascist State

The relationship between those who are constantly watched and tracked, and those who watch and track them, is the relationship between masters and slaves.
– Chris Hedges
Below you will find an extremely powerful and inspiring speech by Chris Hedges. The award winning journalist has been ahead of the curve on many issues of national and global importance, including being one of the earliest critics of the Iraq war. Chris has an unshakable moral compass and a passion to match it. He has been a shining light in a sea of darkness and cowardice when it comes to public figures speaking truth to power, including having led the charge to sue the Obama administration on the right to imprison American citizens without trial.
Thank you for all you do, Chris.


This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Aug 27, 2014.

The Murder of James Foley

In response to the Islamic State’s execution of American journalist James Foley, President Obama referred to Foley’s killers as a ‘cancer.’ That, of course, implies that anti-American terrorism is like a disease, one that strikes at nations willy nilly, without rhyme or reason. Obama’s cancer metaphor for ISIS brings to mind what President Bush said about al Qaeda after the 9/11 attacks – that the terrorists were motivated by hatred for America’s freedom and values. Under either formulation – cancer or hatred for America’s freedom and values – the war on terrorism is going to last a very long time, which naturally means an ongoing presence and ever-increasing budgets for the Cold War-era national-security establishment, i.e., the military and the CIA. But the truth is that anti-American terrorism is not like cancer and it’s not motivated by hatred for America’s freedom and values. It is instead a direct result of the U. S. government’s interventionist foreign policy. Interventionism generates the rage within foreigners that motivates them to respond with acts of anti-American terrorism. This is what Obama and Bush, who share the same commitment to foreign interventionism, just don’t get or won’t get. They can’t afford to get it. If they got it and said it, the American people might ask a very simple, discomforting question: Why not bring an end to foreign interventionism, which would bring an end to anti-American terrorism?
Consider the beheading of James Foley. He was being kept alive by his captors up until Obama’s air force initiated bombing runs over Iraq that killed many of the ISIS fighters. Those U. S. killings of ISIS fighters produced the rage within Foley’s captors that motivated them to respond by killing an American citizen, in this case James Foley. What conclusion can be drawn from this episode?

This post was published at Ron Paul Institute on August 27, 2014.

Central Bankers Sending In Drones To Map Out Targets In Syria – Episode 451

The following video was published by X22Report on Aug 26, 2014
Argentina is collapsing and they just stopped Bank Of New York Mellon from operating. Government confidence hits all time high, completely opposite from U Mich confidence. Case Shiller reports housing prices are slowing and falling. The Government is creating a “truthy” database system to monitor twitter to find anti-government speech. British special forces arrive in Iraq. Central bankers/US government sending in drones and surveillance equipment to Syria to map out targets to be used in bombing runs. Obama administration says he doesn’t need congress approval. Be prepared for a false flag event.

The ISIS’ Top Line: $2 Million In Daily Revenue From “Oil Sales, Extortion, Taxes And Smuggling”

A few days ago when we commented, somewhat in jest, on the seemingly impressive strategic planning behind the Islamic State jihadists becoming a “commodities trading powerhouse” (when it was revealed that ISIS had sold the grain it had stolen from the Itaqi government back to the government), we described just how well-versed in the ways of the modern world ISIS was: “from quickly taking control of (i.e., robbing) a central bank, to capturing the latest and greatest in US military equipment, to staging an amazing blitz-campaign that has resulted in the creation of a caliphate and captured the bulk of northern Iraq and a third of Syria including all of the former country’s oil fields, to even having glossy year end annual reports, one would almost be forgiven in assuming that some vastly more strategic minds are behind what on paper at least would be a far more disorganized force.”
Now, thanks to Bloomberg we can quantify this particular strategy, and put top-line numbers with the ISIS faces, so to speak: “The Islamic State, which now controls an area of Iraq and Syria larger than the U. K., may be raising more than $2 million dollars a day in revenue from oil sales, extortion, taxes and smuggling, according to U. S. intelligence officials and anti-terrorism finance experts.“
In other words, a well-greased government machine, and not only that but one which has an infinitely greater net worth than the US, because with a net worth of some $2 billion (and rising by $2 million daily), the Islamic State has a “worth” of some $17 trillion more than the United States, which instead of equity is funded entirely through debt, and ever more debt, thanks to the ongoing devaluation of the world’s reserve currency.
Some more on how ISIS became the world’s first self-contained, and funded, jihadist entity:

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/25/2014

Creepy Mission: Obama “Lays Groundwork For Air Strikes” In Syria Next

What’s the opposite of ‘limited’ air-strikes? As The WSJ reports, The Pentagon is preparing to send surveillance aircraft, including drones, into Syrian airspace to gather intelligence on Islamist targets, laying the groundwork for a possible expansion of the limited U. S. military air campaign beyond Iraq, senior U. S. officials said. The ‘Nobel-Peace-Prize-Winner-In-Chief’ appears to have suddenly gone full hawk-tard – one wonders which little birdy whispered in his ear that, with the Fed pulling out, the whole ponzi is up unless the US undertakes a populist deficit-bursting war…

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/25/2014

The ‘Sunni Turn’ Against The ‘Shiite Crescent’: How The Strategic Stupidity Of Washington And Its Allies Created ISIS

The Islamic State in Syria (ISIS) is being touted as the newest ‘threat’ to the American homeland: hysterics have pointed to Chicago as the locus of their interest, and we are told by everyone from the President on down that if we don’t attack them – i.e. go back into Iraq (and even venture into Syria) to root them out – they’ll soon show up on American shores.
How is this supposed to work? Well, you see, that monster who beheaded James Foley had a British accent, and there are reports of more than a few Brits (and Americans) traveling to Syria to fight on behalf of ISIS. So these jihadi ‘internationalists’ could always just fly back to either Britain or the US, where another 9/11 would shortly be in the works.
Let’s put aside the FBI statement that, while Americans abroad may be in some unspecified degree of danger, ISIS represents ‘no credible threat’ to the continental United States. If we take the ISIS-threatens-us-at-home war propaganda seriously we have to believe Western law enforcement agencies, with all the tools at their command – including near total surveillance of online and telephonic communications worldwide – have no idea what dubious characters have traveled to Syria via, say, New York or London, and would in any case be powerless to prevent their return.
In short, we have to invade yet another country (or two) because our own post-9/11 security arrangements are virtually nonexistent – in spite of having spent untold billions on building them up.
Can that really be true?

This post was published at David Stockmans Contra Corner on August 25, 2014

Mystery Chart Of The Day – Obama Vacation Edition

President Obama’s ‘well-earned’ vacation on Martha’s Vineyard is drawing to a close as he heads back to Washington tomorrow. And what a time it’s been. As WaPo notes, his summer vacation has been a mix of golf, world crises, golf, domestic crisis, golf, time on the beach, and — well, you know…

The answer won’t surprise you…
Here’s the president’s vacation, by the numbers:
Days on Martha’s Vineyard this month: 15. The president returned to Washington briefly late last week for two days of meetings, but has otherwise been enjoying the island since August 9.
Rounds of golf: 8. The most notable activity of the president’s vacation, which has brought him criticism from some and defense from others. At the time of writing, the president has hit the links eight times. Given his love of the game, it is likely Obama will try and squeeze in another round or two over the weekend.
Press statements: 3. The president addressed the traveling White House press corps twice last week, and again on Wednesday. His remarks have covered elections in Iraq, the unrest in Ferguson, Mo. and the killing of James Foley. One of the statements took place outdoors, the others came from the canteen of Edgartown School.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/23/2014

Directed History of a Phony War?

Islamic State threat ‘beyond anything we’ve seen’: Pentagon … The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants represent a major threat to the United States that may surpass that once posed by al Qaeda, U. S. military leaders said on Thursday. “They are an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it’s in Iraq or anywhere else,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters at the Pentagon. Hagel’s assessment of Islamic State, which gained strength during Syria’s civil war and swept into northern Iraq earlier this summer, sounded a note of alarm several days after the group posted a video on social media showing one of its fighters beheading an American hostage kidnapped in Syria. – Reuters
Dominant Social Theme: The threat of the Islamic State is truly an existential one. The world is now faced with the specter of nuclear destruction based on religious motivations.
Free-Market Analysis: The talk coming out of Washington is grim, as this short news analysis by Reuters shows. In only a month or two, an obscure insurgency making trouble in Iraq has turned into an existential Western threat.
Just read: Hagel says “IS” is an “imminent threat to every interest we have.” The speed with which IS has emerged and been so grimly acknowledged is, well … breathtaking.

This post was published at The Daily Bell on August 22, 2014

McCain gets more support for hawkish plan for Islamic State, but will Obama follow?

Chris Wallace reports for Fox News. He reports: Sen. John McCain, one of Congress’ most hawkish members, called on President Obama Sunday to show greater leadership in the international fight to eliminate Islamic State and to present a more comprehensive plan to eliminate such terror groups in the Middle East. (Image: John McCain)
‘The president has to articulate the challenge and what we need to do to meet it,’ McCain, R-Ariz., a member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, told ‘Fox News Sunday.’ ‘That’s what has to be explained to the American people. And I think they will follow.’
His remarks follow the startling rise of Islamic State in northeast Syria through northern Iraq, and, most recently, the group’s beheading of American journalist James Foley — allegedly in retaliation for U. S. airstrikes in Iraq.

This post was published at GotGoldReport on Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ferguson: The War Comes Home

America’s attention recently turned away from the violence in Iraq and Gaza toward the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of Michael Brown. While all the facts surrounding the shooing have yet to come to light, the shock of seeing police using tear gas (a substance banned in warfare), and other military-style weapons against American citizens including journalists exercising their First Amendment rights, has started a much-needed debate on police militarization. The increasing use of military equipment by local police is a symptom of growing authoritarianism, not the cause. The cause is policies that encourage police to see Americans as enemies to subjugate, rather than as citizens to “protect and serve.’ This attitude is on display not only in Ferguson, but in the police lockdown following the Boston Marathon bombing and in the Americans killed and injured in ‘no-knock’ raids conducted by militarized SWAT teams. One particularly tragic victim of police militarization and the war on drugs is ‘baby Bounkham.’ This infant was severely burned and put in a coma by a flash-burn grenade thrown into his crib by a SWAT team member who burst into the infant’s room looking for methamphetamine.

This post was published at Ron Paul Institute on sunday august 24, 2014