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Oil Prices: US Govt Playing with Fire

1. The USGovt is now waging war on Russia and Iran with every weapon at its disposal short of outright overt invasion by official US military forces. That latter, with a Republican Congress, is not unlikely. 2.  The USGovt economic sanctions on Iran have seriously affected the Iranian economy, and the economic sanctions on Russia are now beginning to bite.   The latest weapon is the price of oil.

Hagel Fired: A Bad Omen

Chuck Hagel, Obama’s “moderate Republican” Defense Secretary was forced out of office a couple of days ago. The administration’s clumsy handling of the Middle East mess left by the Bush administration, together with the anti Obama AIPAC pressure on Congress, and the Netanyahu demands for attacks on Syria and Iran, have emboldened the Washington neo cons to beat their drums of war even more loudly. Hagel was not their man. Below I have linked to six articles on the general subject to give both the background of the firing and the probable consequences.  The best understanding of the reasons for the firing is given by Robert Parry a highly experienced independent reporter writing on his news site “Consortium News”

Syria: One Year Ago and Now: Obama (and Nation) Manipulated?

Seldom has a propaganda exercise been so obvious, so measured, and so quickly effective as this particular manipulation of this particular public and this particular President, about this particular war. Within twelve months the American people have been moved from a position of wanting to pull out of Iraq, and not wanting another war, towards now wanting war throughout much of the “Levant”.

Veterans Day: Schwarzkopf: Veteran, Psychopath, Media Hero

Stormin’ Norman Thomas Young, the severely wounded Iraq veteran who died a few days ago was the subject of my last post.  He passed without much fanfare. I wanted to do one more Iraq “Veterans Day” post about a dead high level Iraq veteran to see how the press handled that death. Fortunately the British “Media Lens” had already done a much better job than I would ever have been able to do. Schwarzkopf died in December 2012. Because the article touches all the bases I wanted to cover, although it is rather long, I have copied the article in its entirety. The emphasis is mine. From the editors of Media Lens: How the media create heroes for public consumption—hagiography at its best. Using the Lexis-Nexis news database, we searched all UK press reports and obituaries about General Schwarzkopf and we could not find a single mention of the live burial of Iraqi soldiers by bulldozers. Or the deaths of several hundred civilians in the Amariyah shelter. Or the total death toll of Iraqis…”   …

Veterans Day: Thomas Young, Obituary for a Veteran

Tomas Young from Truthdig From Truthdig Tomas Young, Veteran Author of ‘The Last Letter,’ Dies at 34 Posted on Nov 10, 2014 Iraq War veteran and activist Tomas Young has died, “Democracy Now” is reporting. There is no word as of this posting about the cause of death. Young was the author of “The Last Letter,” a message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, published by Truthdig, in which he stated his intention to die. Young, who was in hospice care at the time and required assistance to live, later changed his mind, saying he wanted to spend more time with his wife. Chris Hedges wrote about Young and worked with him. The columnist wrote,

Something to Remember on Veterans Day: Washington’s Foreign Wars

On June 8, 1972, AP photographer Nick Ut took this photo of 9-year-old Kim Phuc as she ran from an aeral napalm attack. From War is a crime Something to Remember on Veterans Day: Washington’s Foreign Wars Gar Smith / Environmentalists Against War Nov 11 2014 Remembrance Day, November 11, was established to mark and mourn the 20 million deaths that occurred during WWI. Unlike most nations, the US has shifted the original focus of the commemoration from the victims of war to the practitioners — US soldiers, living and dead. Before there was a ‘Veterans Day’ — complete with flags and marches to celebrate aging soldiers — November 11 was an international day of peace. Ninety-six years ago, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, fighting ceased in the “war to end all wars.” Congress passed an Armistice Day resolution calling for “exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding . . . inviting the people of the United States to observe the day …

Perpetual War

‘Our troops are not engaged in combat,’ Obama said on Sunday. But his definition of ‘combat troops’ has been ‘rejected by virtually every military expert’. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP This post is the beginning of a long series of yet to be written essays, the rest of which will be continued in the “Essays” section of the blog. It is now Nov 10th 2014, the elections have ended, the Republicans have control of both houses of Congress, yet not a word of criticism from Congress about a Democratic President “doubling down” in his new war on Syria, nor any tough questions from the US Main Stream Media. Trevor Timm’s piece (copied below) poses a number of (rhetorical) questions which gives me a good starting point to  begin a relatively deep look into who controls USGovt foreign policy, and the reporting of it by the US Main Stream Media. Previously in my posts Foreword, and “USGovt, Existential Threats, Perpetual War” I referred to the US Congress and thus the American people, losing control of the foreign policies …