Has Hillary Ever Been Right?

en. Rand Paul raises an interesting question:
When has Hillary Clinton ever been right on foreign policy?
The valkyrie of the Democratic Party says she urged President Obama to do more to aid Syrian rebels years ago. And last summer, she supported air strikes on Bashar Assad’s regime.
Had we followed her advice and crippled Assad’s army, ISIS might be in Damascus today, butchering Christians and Alawites and aiding the Islamic State in Iraq in overrunning Baghdad.
But if the folly of attacking Assad’s army and weakening its resistance to ISIS terrorists is apparent to everyone this summer, why were Clinton, Obama and Secretary of State Kerry oblivious to this reality just a year ago?
Consider the rest of Hillary’s record. Her most crucial decision as Senator came in 2002 when she voted to invade Iraq. She now concedes it was the greatest mistake of her Senate career.

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on August 30, 2014.

Henry Kissinger on the Assembly of a New World Order

The concept that has underpinned the modern geopolitical era is in crisis.
Libya is in civil war, fundamentalist armies are building a self-declared caliphate across Syria and Iraq and Afghanistan's young democracy is on the verge of paralysis. To these troubles are added a resurgence of tensions with Russia and a relationship with China divided between pledges of cooperation and public recrimination. The concept of order that has underpinned the modern era is in crisis.
The search for world order has long been defined almost exclusively by the concepts of Western societies. In the decades following World War II, the U.S.—strengthened in its economy and national confidence—began to take up the torch of international leadership and added a new dimension. A nation founded explicitly on an idea of free and representative governance, the U.S. identified its own rise with the spread of liberty and democracy and credited these forces with an ability to achieve just and lasting peace. The traditional European approach to order had viewed peoples and states as inherently competitive; to constrain the effects of their clashing ambitions, it relied on a balance of power and a concert of enlightened statesmen. The prevalent American view considered people inherently reasonable and inclined toward peaceful compromise and common sense; the spread of democracy was therefore the overarching goal for international order. Free markets would uplift individuals, enrich societies and substitute economic interdependence for traditional international rivalries.
This effort to establish world order has in many ways come to fruition. A plethora of independent sovereign states govern most of the world's territory. The spread of democracy and participatory governance has become a shared aspiration if not a universal reality; global communications and financial networks operate in real time.

This post was published at Wall Street Journal

This Is How ISIS Is Building An Airforce

The Islamic State is nothing if not ambitious. Despite no record of current ‘airplane’ assets in their annual reports, ISIS has begun detaining and forcing Syrian pilots to train militant fighters to fly stolen aircraft. According to CNN Arabic, the pilots (and their planes and helicopters) were abducted when the terrorist group gained control of Tabqa military base. It appears that if beheadings, executions, and whippings are not enough to strike fear into the hearts of the locals, then (just as America is tryiung to do), an air assault will greatly demoralize. We can only imagine how this changes Obama’s strategy (and just where are all the rest of Syria and Iraq’s airplanes stored?)

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/30/2014.

ISIS AND AL-NUSRA MAY SLAUGHTER UN ‘PEACEKEEPERS’ IN GOLAN HEIGHTS

Dozens of UN soldiers surrounded by al-Nusra fighters infamous for beheading prisoners United Nations soldiers and al-Nusra fought it out on Saturday in the Golan Heights on the Syrian-Israeli occupied frontier.
On Wednesday al-Nusra, the former al-Qaeda affiliate that merged with ISIS earlier this year, overran the Quneitra crossing on the border and seized 44 Fijian UN soldiers.
Nusra also surrounded nearby Rwihana and Breiqa encampments where dozens of United Nations soldiers are trapped. The gun battle on Saturday erupted after al-Nusra surrounded the Rwihana camp and ordered the soldiers to surrender.


This post was published at Info Wars on AUGUST 30, 2014.

The Mother of All Blowback

President Barack Obama is being lambasted by US Republicans for admitting that ‘we don’t have a strategy yet’ for dealing with the rise of the militant group, ISIS, or Islamic State, as it’s now known.
Given that the US had made an unbelievable mess of its Mideast policies, the president is right to pause and think, something his shoot -from- the- lip Republican critics rarely do. They are demanding the US attack both Iraq and Syria without asking ‘what then oh brave Washington warriors?’ These are the Republicans who ardently supported George Bush’s catastrophic invasion and destruction of Iraq.
The problem is that too many cooks in Washington are spoiling its Mideast soup. In his magnificent new book, ‘The Sleepwalkers,’ Prof. Christopher Clark of Cambridge describes how World War I was in part ignited by small numbers of anti-German officials in France, Russia, Serbia and Britain who often undermined their own government’s moderate policies.
The same process occurred under President George W. Bush when cabals of neocon officials in the Pentagon, State Department, CIA and media drove the US into a calamitous war whose negative effects are still being felt.

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on August 30, 2014.

Has the U.S. Targeted Nuclear-Armed Russia with Regime Change?

America Has Undertaken Regime Change In Many Countries Before In 1957, the U. S. and British governments planned regime change in Syria … because it was drifting too close to the Soviet Union.
20 years ago, influential U. S. government officials decided to effect regime change throughout the Middle East and North Africa. The countries targeted were ‘old Soviet regimes’.
The U. S. has, of course, already carried out regime change in Guatemala, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Chile, Haiti and many other countries. The U. S. was also instrumental in the recent regime change inUkraine.
Soviet leader Gorbachev allowed the Soviet Union broken up only after the U. S. and NATO promisedthey would not encircle Russia militarily. Ever since 1991, they have broken their promise and encircledRussia.

This post was published at Washingtons Blog on August 30, 2014.

Islamic State tortured James Foley, other Westerners with harsh CIA tactics

The American photojournalist who was beheaded by Islamic State militants was also tortured using some of the same methods employed by the CIA in its controversial, post-9/11 interrogation program.
James Foley was subjected to waterboarding multiple times while being imprisoned by the Islamic State, as were three other kidnapped Westerners. According to the Washington Post, several unnamed American officials confirmed the news, with one adding that Foley ‘suffered a lot of physical abuse’ before his death.
A French journalist who was held by the Islamic State along with Foley said, in addition to waterboarding, the American was punished even more than others after militants discovered his brother was a member of the US Air Force.
In a video released last week, Foley was beheaded by a masked, English-speaking Islamic State militant. The actions of the hardline Islamist group, which has brutally torn through parts of Iraq and Syria, have triggered a military response from the United States, and they described Foley’s murder as ‘a message to America’ for its use of airstrikes in Iraq.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on August 29th, 2014.

Rand Paul Slams US Interventionists’ “Unhinged Foreign Policy” For Abetting The Rise Of ISIS

As the murderous, terrorist Islamic State continues to threaten Iraq, the region and potentially the United States, it is vitally important that we examine how this problem arose. Any actions we take today must be informed by what we’ve already done in the past, and how effective our actions have been.
Shooting first and asking questions later has never been a good foreign policy. The past year has been a perfect example.
In September President Obama and many in Washington were eager for a U. S. intervention in Syria to assist the rebel groups fighting President Bashar Assad’s government. Arguing against military strikes, I wrote that “Bashar Assad is clearly not an American ally. But does his ouster encourage stability in the Middle East, or would his ouster actually encourage instability?”
The administration’s goal has been to degrade Assad’s power, forcing him to negotiate with the rebels. But degrading Assad’s military capacity also degrades his ability to fend off the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham. Assad’s government recently bombed the self-proclaimed capital of ISIS in Raqqa, Syria.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/29/2014.

Is this what General McInerney was talking about last week on Fox News? Henry Kissinger Plugs His New Book on WSJ – The Assembly of a New World Order

Adapted from his book “World Order,” to be published Sept. 9 by the Penguin Press.
Libya is in civil war, fundamentalist armies are building a self-declared caliphate across Syria and Iraq and Afghanistan’s young democracy is on the verge of paralysis. To these troubles are added a resurgence of tensions with Russia and a relationship with China divided between pledges of cooperation and public recrimination. The concept of order that has underpinned the modern era is in crisis.
The search for world order has long been defined almost exclusively by the concepts of Western societies. In the decades following World War II, the U. S. – strengthened in its economy and national confidence – began to take up the torch of international leadership and added a new dimension. A nation founded explicitly on an idea of free and representative governance, the U. S. identified its own rise with the spread of liberty and democracy and credited these forces with an ability to achieve just and lasting peace. The traditional European approach to order had viewed peoples and states as inherently competitive; to constrain the effects of their clashing ambitions, it relied on a balance of power and a concert of enlightened statesmen. The prevalent American view considered people inherently reasonable and inclined toward peaceful compromise and common sense; the spread of democracy was therefore the overarching goal for international order. Free markets would uplift individuals, enrich societies and substitute economic interdependence for traditional international rivalries.
This effort to establish world order has in many ways come to fruition. A plethora of independent sovereign states govern most of the world’s territory. The spread of democracy and participatory governance has become a shared aspiration if not a universal reality; global communications and financial networks operate in real time.
The years from perhaps 1948 to the turn of the century marked a brief moment in human history when one could speak of an incipient global world order composed of an amalgam of American idealism and traditional European concepts of statehood and balance of power. But vast regions of the world have never shared and only acquiesced in the Western concept of order. These reservations are now becoming explicit, for example, in the Ukraine crisis and the South China Sea. The order established and proclaimed by the West stands at a turning point.

This post was published at Wall Street Journal on Aug. 29, 2014.

White House Scrambles To ‘Clarify’ Obama’s “ISIS Strategy”

“Strategy” or “No Strategy”? Minutes after last night’s admission by the President that “we don’t have a strategy yet,” the White House public relations department went into full damage control mode. Shameless spokesman Josh Earnest used the word “strategy” 33 times in a brief interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and this morning the “clarifications” continue. As NBC reports, ‘The president hasn’t yet laid out a specific plan for military action in Syria,’ White House press secretary Josh Earnest. ‘And the reason for that is simply that the Pentagon is still developing that plan and he is still reviewing it.’ This seems to us like yet another admission that there is ‘no strategy’ akin to being half pregnant.
Seemed pretty clear what he meant?

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/29/2014.

ISIS Sends 2nd Beheading “Message In Blood” Video; Warns Kurds “Huge Mistake Joining Hands With America”

Just hours after hours after another video purporting to show the mass execution of up to 250 Syrian soldiers in the desert, The Independent reports ISIS has released a video apparently showing the beheading of a Kurdish man in Iraq as a warning to Kurds fighting the group in the country. The video, entitled “A Message in Blood” ends with the victim beheaded and the fighters warn others will face the same fate should Kurdish leaders choose to continue an alliance with the US.
Image from the latest beheading clip:

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/29/2014.

UK Raises Terror Threat Level To Severe (From Substantial)

UK Home Secretary Theresa May has announced that a terrorist attack on the UK is :highly likely,” although stressed that there is no information to suggest an attack is imminent:
*UK TERROR THREAT LEVEL RAISED TO SEVERE FROM SUBSTANTIAL *REAL AND SERIOUS THREAT IN THE UK FROM TERRORISM, MAY SAYS Her decision is based on the latest intelligence from Syria and Iraq (and we suspect, as Brandon Smith notes, “the goal will be to terrify you and those around you into seeking out a more powerful, more centralized government authority to protect your security.”)

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/29/2014.

U.S./Ukraine Pushing Russian Invasion Propaganda – Episode 453

The following video was published by X22Report on Aug 28, 2014
The recovery illusion in the US is continuing. Q2 GDP has been revised hire to 4.2%. Pending home sales decreased YoY. The housing bubble mimics the housing bubble of 2008. US and Ukraine are losing the war against the people of Ukraine. Ukraine and the US are using the Russian invasion propaganda once again. Ukraine had purchased the same T-72 tanks from Hungary on Aug 2 that are now being reported in the Ukraine. President Obama wants to strike into Syria but needs a major event. The central bankers are prepared to carry out a false flag event on the people of the US
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Russia Invades Ukraine, ISIS Update, Israel-Hamas Cease Fire and More!

The following video was published by Greg Hunter on Aug 28, 2014
I have been predicting wider war in Ukraine, and now we have one with the Russian invasion of Eastern Ukraine. The President said in a press conference that there is not going to be a military response to this escalation, but my sources say the U. S. has been covertly helping the Ukrainians. How do you think they have been able to overtake the pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine? Looks like Vladimir Putin has had enough and is now directly involved with his military.
Meanwhile, in the Middle East, everyone is talking about ISIS or ISIL or, simply, the Islamic State. The Islamic State has taken over large parts of Iraq and Syria. Now, the Islamic State is threatening the Golan Heights on the Northern Israeli border. The President said in a press conference he ‘did not have a strategy’ for dealing with the Islamic State. What??? This after the Secretary of Defense and the head of the Joint Chiefs gave a press conference that said the Islamic State was an ‘imminent threat’ and that IS was ‘not like anything we have seen.’
The Israelis and Hamas have agreed to another cease-fire. The Israelis wanted Hamas to disarm before they opened the borders of Gaza and extended fishing off the coast. The new cease-fire allows the borders to be open for humanitarian aid and construction material to rebuild Gaza. Hamas did not agree to disarm. So, why did the Israelis cave in? I think that the military wing of Hamas has been damaged so badly that it is now much less of a threat. Israel sees wider war coming and wants Washington to resupply it with offensive weapons such as Sidewinder missiles that the Obama Administration stopped recently.

Obama’s Grand Plan For ISIS: “We Don’t Have A Strategy Yet”

UPDATE: Damage Control Spin begins…
In his remarks today, POTUS was explicit – as he has been in the past – about the comprehensive strategy we'll use to confront ISIL threat.
— Josh Earnest (@PressSec) August 28, 2014

President Obama ‘knows’ how to handle Putin’s ‘continuation’ (not ‘invasion’) – more sanctions (and costs for Europe) – but when it comes to beating the most “barbaric” terrorists known as ISIS, ISIL, or The Islamic State; he had this to offer… “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet.” Rest assured Americans – who have been told that ISIS could be crossing the borders every day and a constant threat, President Obama is ‘working on it’. Perhaps most crucially, while we ‘joke’ that the administration has no strategy, it is noteworthy that Obama stated it was “not US policy to defeat ISIS, only reverse gains.”
QUESTION: Do you need Congress’s approval to go into Syria?

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/28/2014.

The Leninist in the White House – Paul Craig Roberts

According to Lenin, the Soviet government rested ‘directly on force, not limited by anything, not restricted by any laws, nor any absolute rules.’ (V. I. Lenin, ‘A Contribution to the History of the Question of the Dictatorship,’ October 20, 1920, in Collected Works, 4th Russian edition, p. 326.)
In the 21st century the US government has echoed Lenin. No laws, domestic or international, restrain the US from torture. Laws do not prevent the US from attacking sovereign countries or from conducting military operations within the borders of sovereign countries. Constitutional protections and due process do not prevent the US from detaining citizens indefinitely or from murdering them on suspicion or accusation alone.
The latest manifestation of Washington’s Leninism is Washington’s announcement that the US government has no plans to coordinate US attacks on ISIS on Syrian territory with the Syrian government. Washington recognizes no limitations on its use of force, and the sovereignty of countries provides no inhibition.

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on August 27, 2014.

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.

Central Bankers Will Attack ISIS and The Assad Regime – Episode 452

The following video was published by X22Report on Aug 27, 2014
France’s President replaces the economy minister with a central banker. France is collapsing, unemployment hits an all time high. China and Russia start using rubles and yuan for oil trade bypassing the dollar. NATO planning for more bases, military assets in Eastern Europe. US preparing to bomb the Islamic State which is a cover to bomb Syria and to remove Assad. The UN came out with a report which implicates the Islamic State and Assad in war crimes. The report also mentions the false flag chlorine chemical attacks which occurred in April. Russia is now being targeted as carrying out cyber attacks on the financial system. Be prepared the false flag event is coming.

2nd American ISIS Fighter Killed In Syria, CNN Reports

The anti-ISIS operation, Naharawan al-Sham, who distributed images of the first American to be killed fighting for ISIS yesterday, has according to CNN announced a second American was killed in battle representing ISIS. So far, neither ISIS (which often comments on death of its “martyrs”) or Naharawan al-Sham has released any images or evidence of the second death.
As CNN reports,
Douglas McAuthur McCain is not the only American who has been killed while fighting for ISIS, a coalition of Syrian opposition groups said Wednesday.
A second American was killed in a battle with rival opposition groups as well, said the coalition, which calls itself the Nahrawan of Syria.
But while the coalition released photos of McCain’s body and his passport, it did not offer any evidence of a second American’s death.
ISIS, which sometimes comments on the death of its “martyrs,” has made no official mention of the death of any American fighters.


This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/27/2014.

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.