Posts Tagged ‘War’

To better manufacture consent, U.S. Army soldiers are embedded as intern and fellows at local TV affiliates, along with previously reported newspapers and national outlets.


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A U.S.-Iraqi night raid results in the deaths of eight civilians weeks after U.S. combat operations were announced as over.

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Michael Corcoran: Just as the media lied to help us get into a war, they are now lying us out of one.

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Eden Abergil, former Israel government militant, proudly posted pictures with bound and blindfolded prisoners to her Facebook profile. She is defending her pride and went so far to say she would “gladly kill Arabs—even slaughter them”, adding: “In war there are no rules.”

Yousef Munayyer, executive director at The Jerusalem Fund & The Palestine Center, debated this is much bigger issue of racism and dehumanization with Richard Hellman, president at the Middle East Research Center on “The Alonya Show” at RT where host Alonya Minkovski goes a bit fair, asking if this is Israel’s Abu Ghraib. The images were extraordinarily graphic from Abu Ghraib, but more importantly, more people paid attention to it, yet not enough. Her point that the “dehumanization”  aspect is striking and goes to the root of the problem (8:41):

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Kabul today announced it plans to replace U.S. militant contractors with Afghan militants. Jack Rice—criminal defense attorney, journalist and former C.I.A. analyst—discussed why he doesn’t expect U.S. military contractors out of Afghanistan soon. He stressed that Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s puppet status, the size of the corporate force machine occupying the country and political motivations igniting recent Newspeak at RT, yesterday evening (6:13):

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Man is Coward

Posted: 16 August 2010 by Little Alex in Philosophy
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Man is coward. He is.

The man who chooses to not stand against war chooses to stand for nothing and is the vilest coward of all mankind. He is the sociopath that plagues the zeitgeist.

He ought to be ostracized from any community pursuing anything near virtue.

He is the hate.

He hates humankind for the Truth of humankind.

He is below the Neanderthal.

Caring not for the undead, he doesn’t deserve to kiss the dirt upon which the hypothetical zombie walks.

He’s never surpassed the machine of the flesh.

Is he even Man?

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News and views from around the web posted to the Wonderland Wire:

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The first military commission of a detainee renditioned to the U.S. detention center at Guantánamo Bay under the Obama Administration opened Tuesday. Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen, was kidnapped eight years ago in Afghanistan at the age of 15 by the U.S. military, threatened with rape in detention at the U.S. air base at Bagram, transferred to Guantánamo where he was tortured until he confessed that he threw a grenade that killed a U.S. soldier. Monday evening, Texas A&M at Qatar associate professor Todd Kent noted that it will likely not be a political issue for the Adminsitration because the mainstream media is downplaying it, though criminal justice is a large part of the president’s avatar, at Al Jazeera English’s “Inside Story”—which focused on the coming so-called ‘trial’ (23:41):

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Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Mises Institute President Lew Rockwell, Jr., earlier today, discussed the connection between the U.S. government’s war and monetary policy with Judge Andrew Napolitano on his FOX Business Network program, “Freedom Watch.” Dr. Paul notes that consent is manufactured for the Fed because it’s tyranny is necessary for the Republicans’ war fetish and Democrats’ welfare illusion. Mr. Rockwell notes the ‘dictatorship’ of the presidency and Washington’s quest for global domination and usurpation (5:23):

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With 70,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, President Obama yesterday dropped his 2009 pledge to remove all combat troops before September, extending the target date 15 months, Gareth Porter reported today at Inter Press Services. The drawdown is intended by the Administration to leave 50,000 ‘residual troops’ indefinitely, but investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill notes the so-called “withdrawal” is a replacement of combat troops with ‘private’ mercenary firms. Earlier today, he spoke with Amy Goodman at Democracy Now! (11:48):

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Prof. Chomsky writes the WikiLeaked Afghanistan War Logs “may contribute to the unfortunate and prevailing doctrine that wars are wrong only if they aren’t successful—rather like the Nazis felt after Stalingrad”.

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Last week, the WikiLeaks editor-in-chief discussed the video footage of the Garani Massacre committed by the Obama Administration in May 2009, the U.S. government hunting him down, the ‘rendition’ of alleged leak-source PFC Bradley Manning, the effects of Collateral Murder leading to more leaks, renditions from Somalia to Kenya and Ethiopia, and the recently leaked Afghanistan War Logs with Scott Horton at AntiWar Radio (14:46):

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Of the $9.1bn allocated to the Pentagon for development in Iraq, $8.7bn is not ‘properly accounted for’—$2.6bn for which there are no records at all—according to a audit by the Spc.I.G. for Iraq reconstruction. “The report also said the U.S. military continues to hold at least $34.3 million of the fund, even though it was required to return it to the Iraqi government in December 2007,” Ernesto Londoño reported last week at The Washington Post after stating: “U.S. officials failed to create bank accounts for $8.7 billion in the Development Fund for Iraq, as mandated by the Department of Treasury”.

“Inside Story”, hosted by Mike Hanna at Al Jazeera English, discussed with:

  • Mundher Adhami, an analyst on Iraqi affairs;
  • Jeremy Carver, a board member of Tranparency International; and
  • Scott Lucas, a professor of American Studies at the University of Birmingham and editor of Enduring America.com

Mr. Adhami and Mr. Carver are right—this was no “blunder”, but a “deliberate effort”. Government accounting flaws, especially relating to international affairs, are calculated under-rug sweepings. the blunder is when the rug is lifted. Mr. Lucas added that, “ironically”, the policies to create what the U.S. calling a “free market economy” were antithetical to that of a free market, though still very different from the “State-controlled economy under Saddam Hussein” (24:41):

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Sooo, Congress is bothered by a little corruption? Hah! Also, will there be war with North Korea and/or Iran? (9:30):

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Jeremy Scahill, leading journalist on the Pentagon’s military contracting, discussed the “incredibly disappointing” Washington Post series on giant system of ‘top secret’ operations of the U.S. government with AntiWar Radio host Scott Horton at Pacifica. He discussed “preparing the battlefield” operations, the WaPo as a “dumping ground” for the C.I.A. and the ‘system intended to give cover to clandestine operators in the private sector acting on behalf of the government’.

Later, Mr. Horton discussed blowback in Somalia against foreign intervention in Somali society perpetuating the horror in the Horn of Africa, giving a great summary of the recent history that led to the current state of affairs in the territory from the Bush Administration’s invasion to the Obama Administration shipping in arms, but blocking food entry. He also discussed 9/11 as blowback for Washington’s enabling of Israel’s ‘war crimes’ (25:50):

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