Not Just Trump, The Lunatic US Presidents — and John McCain

The Lunatic US Presidents — and John McCain

 

The list of lunatic US presidents just keeps growing.  It’s a bipartisan list too, so maybe there’s something in the White House ventilation system.

George Bush: “Good versus evil, right versus wrong.”
He started the murderous sanctions on Iraq which led from it being a prosperous state to lying in ruins and in never ending war 27 years later.

Bill Clinton: Mired in the sex scandal with Monica Lewinsky, he came clean (well part way clean). His approval ratings plummeted. 3 days later he bombed Afghanistan and the Sudan. The news of the bombings upstaged the Lewinsky scandal. He was “fighting terrorists” (aren’t they all?). It soon emerged he bombed Sudan’s only medicinal factory.

George W. Bush: The man of “Shock and Awe” or “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” He said Iraqis would “witness the honorable and decent spirit of the American military.” Since the dark day of the criminal invasion and occupation of Iraq by the US, at least a million have died and the numbers rise each day.

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Kidnapped Iraqis enjoying the decency of Abu Ghraib

Did George come up with the slogan “Shock and awe”? Clever enough? Well he said, “fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.” I’ll leave it to people’s judgement.

Barack Obama: Plenty to choose from with this silver tongued man. He proudly announced that the US supported “peaceful protesters” in the Maidan in Ukraine, while condemning the government for brutal repression of the protesters.

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Nazimaidan freedom fighters, 2014

Anyone who has seen the hours and hours and hours and hours of footage of the protests will know this is a bald faced lie. You have never seen such a well organised, armed, coordinated and violent group of protesters as those at the Maidan. They were virtually as well armed as the police. Batons, helmets, full sized shields, molotov cocktails, slingshots, steel rods, gas masks and as we saw from buildings surrounding the Maidan, armed with guns with which they murdered police and civilians indiscriminately. The demonstrations were dominated by neo-Nazi nationalists such as Right Sector who chanted, “Glory to Ukraine, death to enemies, death to Russians.” These were the people Obama called “peaceful protesters.” He and his State Department prostitutes continued the lies of Ukrainians asserting their right to freedom while Kiev launched a criminal war of aggression on Ukrainians in the Donbass. The Kiev junta called ordinary men, women and children of the Donbass “terrorists.” In Obama’s world these people were excluded from the right to freedom.

We can’t neglect to mention he is the man who authorized the CIA train and assist program in Syria in 2013. The covert planning started well before then though, with Obama stepping right into the middle of the plot to unseat Assad when he assumed the presidency in 2009.

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Obama supported terrorists who forced child to hack off head of tethered Syrian man, as ‘legitimate’ representatives of the Syrian people. al Jazeera and not in Syria ‘doctor’ make same demands

Donald Trump: “Fire and fury the likes of which the world has never seen.” This is how the current US President engages with North Korea as tensions reach boiling point. A manufactured crisis which justifies the expansion of the gargantuan military industrial complex threatens to break out into war. An unhinged megalomaniac as commander in chief with his finger on the nuclear trigger. War on the Korean Peninsula initiated by Donald Trump will cause death and destruction in the first few days the likes of we have not seen since Hiroshima and Nagasaki; an unpunished American war crime.

Trump surpassed Barack Obama in Syria in terms of deliberate unabashed bombing and murdering of troops and civilians. He liked it so much -perhaps even more than the chocolate cake- that he did it again. He may be getting rid of the covert CIA train and assist program, described in US media as a debacle and a failure, but only in terms of a waste of money and not resulting in the coveted regime change, but not in terms of its true damage of unleashing savage terrorists to murder Syrians and tear the country apart. Regardless, it hardly matters anymore. The terrorists have become a bedraggled, rag tag mob, holding onto pockets of territory and fighting each other in Idlib, their last bastion. They are now irrelevant in the bigger picture of US plans for what Syria will look like in the future. In short it won’t be Syria, it will be fragmented mini states with the US controlling large parts of resource rich territory under the stewardship of the Kurds. The Kurds will get a few pieces of silver for being the flavor of the month proxies and will be expected to perform as puppets for the privilege.

Some reports claim the US has 10 bases in Syria. This number is unconfirmed. but 1 or 10 equally remarkable considering:

  • Every single one is illegal under international law
  • All US presence in Syria is illegal
  • The US is in effect occupying Syria
  • They have more bases in Syria than many countries where they actually have agreements to place bases
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American terrorists training other terrorists, in Syria

US strikes in Syria may be lawful if Syria consents to the use of force in their territory.  If Syria does not consent, the strikes would violate international law, unless the US demonstrates that the strikes were taken in self-defense.  — Sarah Knuckey, international lawyer and Professor at Columbia Law School

The US has thousands of troops surrounding Syria which can be bought in from Jordan, Qatar, Iraq, Kuwait, UAE and Bahrain. Trump may or may not bring in large numbers of troops, but the war addicted US deep state will not let him give up Syria. Balkanization is on the horizon and the war hawks will not be deterred, even in the face of potential military conflict with Russia.

I should throw in a few dishonorable mentions:

Madeline Albright: Who can forget when she said “We think the price is worth it.” The price was the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children due to murderous US led sanctions. What a vile woman. In prison now for her psychopathic views and war crimes against Iraq? Hardly. She is still a player in the US deep state, her dirty fingers still in the pies of international relations and finance.

Hillary Clinton: “We came, we saw, he died.” The savages that dragged Muammar Gadaffi through the streets before murdering him may have had a good chuckle at this, but any non psychopath should have felt horror at such macabre behavior. But this is what to expect from a woman who never saw a war she didn’t like and who runs a corrupt empire through her Clinton Foundation.

Clinton was also the strongest of the advocates for a no fly zone in Syria. She urged tough action to oust Bashar al-Assad and who knows what she would have done if coronated as President, as was widely anticipated. Rather than cut the CIA covert train and assist program off at the knees, she probably would have given it a new lease of life, with carte blanche to do whatever it takes to overthrow Assad, the man Syrians want to lead their country though and beyond this war on them. Hillary the Goddess of war must have savored the moment she could say of Assad; “we came, we saw, he died.”

And then there’s John McCain: Well, where do we start here? As Georgian forces launched an assault on South Ossetia in 2008, he said, “Today we are all Georgians.” Media and deep state lies aside, it very quickly emerged that the short war was started by Georgian forces massacring South Ossetians, with Russian forces responding to protect the lives of innocent civilians.

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Senator McCain spends more time with terrorists abroad than he does on Capitol Hill

At The Maidan in Ukraine in 2014, he said, “The free world is with you, America is with you, I am with you.” He stood next to Oleh Tyahnybok, the Stephan Bandera worshipping Nazi as he said this. His message was well received by Right Sector led neo-Nazi thugs who soon after played an integral part in the violent coup which installed a government which is a pathetic US puppet and is leading the country down the path of disintegration.

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McCain’s Nazimaidan pal, Oleh Tyahybok. CNN had no complaints over this ‘sieg heil.’
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McQaeda and the Nazimaidan

 

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McCain was “honored” to meet Nazimaidan icon reputed to hate Jews

 

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McCain somehow missed the JTA’s report on Nadya Savchenko’s anti-Jewish slurs

 

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Kiev Rabbi Moshe Reuven Asman warned the Nazimaidans were plotting a pogram against the Jewish community

 

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Ma’ariv reported on the rabbi’s warnings. Then silence. No viralization by western media

 

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Vice President Joe Biden‘s son Hunter, kicked out of the Navy for cocaine, quickly got a job in the Nazimaidan government.

John McCain is unrepentant in his desire to overthrow Bashar Al-Assad as the leader of Syria. He threw a hissy fit when Trump announced the end of the CIA train and assist program. Naturally this was “playing into Russian hands.”

After his jaunts into Libya, leaving a trail of death and despair in his wake, he ventured into Syria. He wanted to spread the virtues of “American democracy” so in May 2013 he met with terrorists in Syria, planning to help implement no fly zones and dramatically increase arms to the “rebels.” Among the terrorists was strongly rumored to be a certain Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS. Let me repeat, he appears to have met with (and I imagine shook hands) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Would he shake hands with Baghdadi? Well he supported the war criminal Mikheil Saakashvili, ditto for Oleh Tyahnybok, sits down for coffee with heart eating Free Syrian Army types, so the question is rhetorical. And after all, demonic US political leaders have a long history of supporting terrorists to do their bidding. In truth, if it was Baghdadi, McCain probably didn’t wash his hands for a week afterwards.

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Illegal McCain’s translator Mustapha Muoaz refused to deny they met with alBaghdadi

Also among the backslappers was a Free Syrian Army leader who supports Al-Aqaeda terrorists. As Miri Wood reported in Syria News: “During that illegal trip, McCain met with other terrorists, including kidnappers of Lebanese pilgrims, Syrian traitor Salim Idriss, an “FSA” head who supports its offspring, Jabhat al Nusra (JaN). JaN has been on the US terror list, since 10 months after its inception (and 10 days after the Washington Post described it as ‘the most successful arm of the rebel forces.’). Idriss gave his public support for JaN in March 2013, more than two months before McQaeda McCain met with him.”

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American Foreign Terrorist and illegal alien McCain meets with kidnappers and other terrorists. To his right is FSA/JaN terrorist Idriss

McCain went on another sortie into Syria in February 2017 (again as an illegal alien, who should have been quite rightly tracked down and locked up). Ostensibly to discuss the counter ISIS campaign according to his spokeswoman. Yeah right, and pigs fly too.

Shortly after McCain’s visit came the Khan Shekhoun incident, now only credible as a Syrian government chemical weapons attack to Erdoganstan, the military industrial complex media, the deep state and US lackeys such as the UK and France. The rest of us, unless we are as brain dead as a tin of sardines, have grown weary of the propaganda and psyops war waged against Syria.

Not long after the Khan Shekhoun incident came the terrorist bombing of buses evacuating civilians from Fua and Kefraya in the al-Rashideen neighbourhood of western Aleppo. The outrage was notably dampened because it couldn’t be pinned on Bashar al-Assad. If it could, the catcalls for more Tomahawks to be launched at Syria would have been deafening. As it couldn’t, it was little more than a passing story, a blip in the media landscape. Bombing in Syria……and now for sports news. The despicable BBC didn’t even deem it a terrorist attack, which I wrote about shortly after the atrocity.

On his soon probable big sleep, McCain’s last words are likely to be, “is that Assad gone yet?” No, but you soon will be, you Nazi lover.

— Paul Mansfield

U.S. Prisons (slave labour gulags) are shielded from public view on purpose

Heather Ann Thompson on Prison Access

‘Today, the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world. With over 2.3 million men and women living behind bars, our imprisonment rate is the highest it’s ever been in U.S. history. And yet, our criminal justice system has failed on every count: public safety, fairness and cost-effectiveness.’ – Alex Stamm

Heather Ann Thompson on Prison Access

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Prison fence (photo: Pixabay)This week on CounterSpin: The US locks up more people than any other country, in a criminal justice system whose racial and class biases are demonstrated, and whose entrenchment in the economy is highly problematic. As prison unrest sparks around the country, highlighting conditions that shock the senses, many would like to reopen a conversation about the purposes of incarceration…for individuals, and for society. But it’s difficult to have an informed conversation when a key ingredient—public knowledge of what happens inside prisons and jails—is missing.

Prisons are shielded from public view on purpose, and journalists have to work hard for access when it’s possible at all. The result is a media landscape that pairs relative silence about prison life with an absurdly outsized focus on crime—certain kinds of crime; it hardly encourages compassion for those who wind up behind bars, or even an accurate understanding of who they are.

The question of public access to the country’s prisons is the subject of a recent article on TheConversation.com by Heather Ann Thompson. Thompson teaches at the University of Michigan in the Afro-American and African Studies and History departments, and in the Residential College. She wrote the book Whose Detroit? Politics, Labor and Race in a Modern American City and, more recently, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in history for this year.

We spoke with Heather Ann Thompson about “What’s Hidden Behind the Walls of America’s Prisons,” this week on CounterSpin.

Polls: US Is ‘the Greatest Threat to Peace in the World Today’

Polls: US Is ‘the Greatest Threat to Peace in the World Today’

Eric ZUESSE | 07.08.2017 |

US Is “The Greatest Threat To Peace In The World Today,” New Poll

It has happened again: yet another international poll finds that the US is viewed by peoples around the world to be the biggest threat to world peace.

But, to start, let’s summarize the first-ever poll that had been done on this, back in 2013, which was the only prior poll on this entire issue, and it was the best-performed such poll: «An end-of-the-year WIN/Gallup International survey found that people in 65 countries believe the United States is the greatest threat to world peace», as the N.Y. Post reported on 5 January 2014.

On 30 December 2013, the BBC had reported of that poll: «This year, first [meaning here, ‘for’] the first time, Win/Gallup agreed to include three questions submitted by listeners to [BBC’s] Radio 4’s Today programme». And, one of those three listener-asked questions was phrased there by the BBC, as having been «Which country is the biggest threat to peace?» The way that WIN/Gallup International itself had actually asked this open-ended question, to 67,806 respondents from 65 countries, was: «Which country do you think is the greatest threat to peace in the world today?» #1, 24% of respondents, worldwide, volunteered that the US was «the greatest threat». #2 (the second-most-frequently volunteered ‘greatest threat’) was Pakistan, volunteered by 8%. #3 was China, with 6%. #s 4-7 were a four-way tie, at 5% each, for: Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, and North Korea. #s 8-10 were a three-way tie, at 4% each, for: India, Iraq, and Japan. #11 was Syria, with 3%. #12 was Russia, with 2%. #s 13-20 were a seven-way tie, at 1% each, for: Australia, Germany, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Korea, and UK.

The way that W/G itself had phrased this matter, in their highly uninformative press release for their year-end survey (which included but barely mentioned this finding, in it — as though this particular finding in their annual year-end poll, hardly even deserved to be mentioned), was: «The US was the overwhelming choice (24% of respondents) for the country that represents the greatest threat to peace in the world today. This was followed by Pakistan (8%), China (6%), North Korea, Israel and Iran (5%). Respondents in Russia (54%), China (49%) and Bosnia (49%) were the most fearful of the US as a threat». That’s all there was of it — W/G never devoted a press-release to the stunning subject of this particular finding, and they even buried this finding when mentioning it in their year-end press-release.

I had hoped that they would repeat this excellent global survey question every year (so that a trendline could be shown, in the global answers over time), but the question was unfortunately never repeated.

However, now, on August 1st of 2017, Pew Research Center has issued results of their polling of 30 nations in which they had surveyed, first in 2013, and then again in 2017, posing a less-clear but similar question (vague perhaps because they were fearing a similar type of finding — embarrassing to their own country, the US), in which respondents had been asked «Do you think that the United States’ power and influence is a major threat, a minor threat, or not a threat to (survey country)?» and which also asked this same question but regarding «China,» and then again but regarding «Russia,» as a possible threat instead of «United States». (This wasn’t an open-ended question; only those three nations were named as possible responses.)

On page 3 of their 32-page pdf is shown that the «major threat» category was selected by 35% of respondents worldwide for «US power and influence», 31% worldwide selected that for «Russia’s power and influence,» and also 31% worldwide said it for «China’s power and influence». However, on pages 23 and 24 of the pdf is shown the 30 countries that had been surveyed in this poll, in both 2013 and 2017, and most of these 30 nations were US allies; only Venezuela clearly was not. None of the 30 countries was an ally of either Russia or China (the other two countries offered as possibly being «a major threat»). And, yet, nonetheless, more respondents among the 30 sampled countries saw the US as «a major threat», than saw either Russia or China that way.

Furthermore, the trend, in those 30 countries, throughout that four-year period, was generally in the direction of an increase in fear of the US — increase in fear of the country that had been overwhelmingly cited in 2013 by people in 65 countries in WIN/Gallup’s poll, as constituting, in 2013, «the greatest threat to peace in the world today».

Consequently: though WIN/Gallup never repeated its question, the evidence in this newly released poll, from Pew, clearly suggests that the percentage of people in the 65 nations that WIN/Gallup had polled in 2013 who saw the US as being «the greatest threat to peace in the world today» would be even higher today than it was in 2013, when 24% of respondents worldwide volunteered the US as being the world’s most frightening country.

Perhaps people around the world are noticing that, at least since 2001, the US is wrecking one country after another: Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and Ukraine. Which is next? Maybe Iran? Maybe Russia? Maybe Venezuela? Who knows?

And this country has just increased its ‘defense’ spending, which already is three times China’s, and nine times higher than Russia’s. Do the owners of America’s military-industrial complex own the US government, and own the US ‘news’media, to permit this rabid military to control the government’s budget, in a ‘democracy’?

Scheer: ‘Fake News’ Label Is Used to ‘Whitewash American History’ (Video)

Scheer: ‘Fake News’ Label Is Used to ‘Whitewash American History’ (Video)

Editor’s note: The following video is a clip from a 19-part series filmed at a Truthdig and KPFK co-sponsored event in Los Angeles recently. The discussion features Oliver Stone, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter and director, and Robert Scheer, Truthdig’s editor in chief. The two talk about “The Putin Interviews,” a new Showtime series by Stone, as well as the published transcript, for which Scheer wrote the foreword. We are publishing one video per day. This is the fourth installment.

“This question of ‘fake news’ has real power now,” says Robert Scheer, “and you can use it against anyone who comes up with a narrative that’s different from yours.”

Watch the next clip in the series, in which Oliver Stone discusses changing his political views, on Saturday.

— Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata

 

Just how evil is John McCain?

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As soon as John McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer, a bipartisan chorus of praise for the career politician emerged.

Whether McCain is the good man and good “public servant” that he is now being made out to be are empirical questions. The evidence with respect to both is overwhelmingly in the negative.

Since a disastrous public servant is and must be a person with bad character, i.e. not a good person, we needn’t even look at McCain’s private life in order to see that he is neither a good man nor a good public servant.

Let’s take his foreign policy “achievements” alone.

No one, including McCain himself, denies that he is a war “hawk.” Indeed, as can be gotten readily enough by sites like Geopolitics Alert, one would be hard pressed to find an American military conflict or potential conflict on behalf of which McCain did not advocate vigorously.  Whether it was in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya or Iran; Nigeria, Sudan, or Mali; Bosnia, Kosovo, or Ukraine; Russia, North Korea, and possibly even China—McCain’s has been the loudest and among the most influential of voices calling for military action.

It  is not an exaggeration to say that had McCain’s foreign policy not prevailed, literally hundreds of thousands and possibly more human beings around the globe would have been spared the incalculable suffering that they in fact were made to endure. A substantial number of these people would not have lost their lives.

In Iraq alone, at least 200,000 or so Iraqis, the majority of whom were noncombatant civilians, were killed.  Some estimates place the number of Iraqis killed at one million.  Doctors and teachers were either murdered by insurgents and criminals or forced to flee.  The majority of children (70%) suffer from trauma, some being suicidal, and as many as 800,000 children under 18 have been orphaned.  Ancient Christian communities and those of other religious minorities have been decimated and their inhabitants displaced.

Of course, it wasn’t just Iraqis whose lives were ended or damaged.  Thousands of American soldiers who would have otherwise been alive today were killed.  Thousands of American families that endured the agony of losing loved ones would have been spared this fate.

So too were journalists, contractors, and relief workers killed in Iraq.

Thousands of young Americans lost their lives in McCain’s wars, and well over 100,000 Americans who served in Iraq returned home maimed and severely traumatized.

Anyone who maintains that McCain is a good man is in the unenviable position of having to explain how a man who has been as instrumental as McCain has been in facilitating this much death, pain, and misery can possibly be good.

And anyone who maintains that McCain is a good public servant is in the no less difficult position of pointing out to those millions of us who remain unconvinced the invaluable services that he allegedly provided.

But, his defenders will argue, McCain’s intention was never to harm, much less kill, any innocent civilians.  He certainly never intended for a single hair on the head of any American soldier to be harmed. However, this is war. Moreover, the wars for which McCain was such an ardent proponent were just wars, wars aimed at liberating oppressed peoples from the brutal conditions under which they lived and of “protecting Americans.”

A closer look at this argument readily reveals it for the weak species of reasoning that it is.

McCain’s “intention

For the better part of the last 2,000 years of Christian (Western) morality, it was understood that the goodness of an act is not determined by a person’s subjective intention.  Even if he desired to produce a wonderful or utopian state of affairs, the means by which he pursues that end may still be immoral.

To paraphrase St. Paul’s memorable remark, we must never do evil—even if good may come from it.

To put it another way, the ends never justify the means.

Yet if the only factor that is of moral relevance in judging a person’s conduct is his intention to produce a desirable outcome, then the ends do indeed justify the means. In fact, the ends always justify the means.

Outside of the context of war, most of us have no difficulty understanding this in our everyday lives.  When we say of some kind of act that “it is just wrong,” or of another that there is no reason for performing it other than that “it is just the right thing to do,” we speak as if we suppose that acts are right or wrong regardless of people’s intentions and regardless of their outcomes.

For example, suppose that a dangerous convicted criminal escapes from prison.  Even if this convict is threatening innocents on a crowded city street, few will deny that it would be wrong for police to shoot at him while he is in close proximity to numerous bystanders.  If the police shoot and strike, say, innocent children, it will not cut it for them to respond by claiming that they never intended to shoot these innocents.

The reason for this verdict is simple: The act of shooting guns in crowded space is intrinsically reckless whether anyone is shot or not.  The act intends or is oriented toward harming others.

Officers who engaged in this action would justly invite a negative moral judgement against themselves. Yet for officers who failed to learn from this one act and who continually shot and killed innocents because they were aiming for the guilty we would reserve nothing but contempt.  In reality, it’s not likely that police officers who made this mistake once would remain police officers. It is inconceivable that police officers could continually make this same kind of mistake while remaining a police officer.  They would become the convicts.

Yet this is exactly the sort of mistake that McCain has made throughout his career in calling for one failed war after the other. The only difference between McCain and our hypothetical police officers is that McCain is responsible for far more death.

The ends of “liberating” oppressed peoples and “protecting Americans”

Morally good ends can never justify immoral deeds. This most people and all good Christians have always known. However, even on the assumption that the ends do justify the means, the argument in McCain’s defense still fails.  It fails on its own terms.

There isn’t a single war for which McCain has advocated that has come remotely close to making the lives of the oppressed any better.  Just the opposite, in fact, is the case. Iraq is the classic textbook illustration of how McCain-style American interventionism plucks the oppressed from the proverbial frying pan and hurls them into a raging fire.

Iraq is the quintessential example of this phenomenon. Tragically, it is not the only example.

And how, we must ask, have the years of war in Iraq and in any number of other foreign lands that McCain demanded protected any Americans? Americans, specifically those soldiers who lost their lives, limbs, and peace of mind, have been harmed by it.

The families and loved ones of these soldiers have as well been harmed by McCain’s wars.

No one is any safer because of them.

The original verdict stands:

McCain is neither a good man nor a good public servant.

The burden is on anyone who thinks otherwise to show me the error of my ways—or my moral compass.

All of this being said, I wish no pain and suffering upon McCain.  As a Christian, I’m called to love.  In praying for others, including my enemies, I love them.  God is infinitely merciful and infinitely just.  I pray that God’s will for McCain be done and that he may spend the remainder of his days performing acts of a far different kind than those that he performed for most of his adult life: acts of contrition.

The Chinese Have Realised That Washington is Evil

The Chinese Have Realised That Washington is Evil

How Information Is Controlled by Washington, Israel, and Trolls, Leading to Our Destruction

Paul Craig Roberts — sinopolitico

Dear Readers: I very much appreciate the support you show for me in your emails. I seldom receive a rude email from you, and when I do it is usually something off subject, such as a reader angry with Israel and unloading on me with an accusation that I am a coward and a “Jew-lover” because I don’t do enough to expose the crimes of the Jews.

This accusation always amuses me as the ADL lists me as an anti-Semite because I occasionally make an entirely justified criticism of Israel’s mistreatment of Palestinians and excessive influence over US foreign policy, as have many outstanding scholars, such as John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, and many Jews themselves.

My friends find my designation by the ADL as an anti-Semite hilarious. The person whom I selected as my principal deputy in the US Treasury is a Jew. David Meiselman, my friend and co-author with me of an important study of the Congressional Budget Office, is a Jew (deceased). I went to Oxford for the express purpose of studying under Michael Polanyi, a Jew who had to leave his scientific post in Germany to escape the Nazis. Milton Friedman, an early supporter of the Institute for Political Economy, is a Jew (deceased). When my book (1971) on the Soviet economy was republished in 1990 without a word changed, it was a Jew who wrote the Introduction. He asked, “Why did only Roberts get it right?”

I have had Israelis as house guests.

And the ADL labels me an anti-Semite. Clearly, the term no longer means anything.

I hold Israel and the Israel Lobby accountable, just as I held accountable the Reagan administration, the George H.W. Bush administration, the Clinton regime, the George W. Bush regime, the Obama regime, and the Trump regime. (I differentiate between administration and regime on the basis of whether the president actually had meaningful control over the government. If the president has some control, he has an administration.)

According to the ADL’s logic, I am both anti-Reagan and anti-American. But readers see me as a true patriot, and Reagan-haters see me as a Reagan-apologist. Clearly, something is wrong with the ADL’s logic.

Obviously, the Israel Lobby has destroyed the meaning of anti-Semite. In its effort to control the explanation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Israel Lobby has made “anti-Semite” into a badge of honor.

Control over explanations is important to Zionist Israel. If Americans can be convinced, as many have been, that Palestinians are terrorists out to kill all Jews, Israel’s theft of Palestine and mistreatment of Palestinians is not the issue that it would otherwise be. The Israel Lobby also works hard to control which voices are acceptable and which are not. For example, no one is permitted to investigate the Holocaust. Some European countries have a law against Holocaust investigation, and historians have been sent to prison for challenging the official explanation, which it is mandatory to believe.

In the US the Israel Lobby can even overturn decisions on academic tenure. For example, the outstanding scholar, Norman Finkelstein, a Jew and a critic of Israel, was denied tenure at a Catholic University solely on the basis of objection from the Israel Lobby. I find it extraordinary that not even Catholic Universities can stand up to the power of the Israel Lobby. The tenure committee and the faculty voted Finkelstein’s tenure, and the Israel Lobby interceded with the university president and blocked it. (黃盛﹕我們有文章談論過這件事情。)

Similarly, Steven Salaita was offered a tenure appointment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, accepted it, resigned his tenure at Virginia Tech, sold his house and moved his family to Illinois only to have the president of the University of Illinois illegally cancel his appointment, apparently on orders from the Israel Lobby. Salaita’s attitude toward Israel was not acceptable to Israel.

The Israel Lobby succeeded in eliminating two outstanding scholars from American academic life, thereby extending Zionist control of the Israeli/Palestinian explanation by eliminating alternative explanations. As far as I can ascertain, neither scholar has been able to overcome the slander and obtain an academic appointment, a great loss to students and scholarship.

If a writer so much as reports these factual events, the writer is branded an anti-Semite by the Israel Lobby. In former times, an anti-Semite meant a person who hated Jews. But today it means anyone who makes even a mild criticism of Israel’s policy toward the Palestinians whose lands Israel occupies and is stealing. Indeed, practically nothing is left of Palestine except the Gaza ghetto that is totally controlled by Israel. All movements of supplies and people in and out are controlled by Israel. Essentially, Gaza is the Warsaw Ghetto. (黃盛﹕香港的民主派在高舉普世價值和公義的時候有關心過巴勒斯坦嗎﹖當然沒有,但他們曾經為昂山素姬搖旗吶喊。為什麼﹖很簡單,因為昂山素姬是政治明星,生活在以色列的持續暴虐恐嚇之下的巴勒斯坦人算得什麼﹖)

These are simple irrefutable facts. Every aware person knows this, but if you say it or write it, you are a “Jew-hater.”

Many Jews have been conditioned to believe that any criticism of Israel, no matter how justified, is anti-Semitic. Even Israel’s friend, former US President Jimmy Carter, is reviled by the Israel Lobby as an anti-Semite. Carter cautioned Israel against mistreatment of the Palestinians and was instantly branded a “Jew-hater.” The Jews on the board of the Carter Center resigned.

How do we account for the vast power of the lobby of a foreign power whose entire consequence in the world depends solely on Washington’s support? How does a dependent country control, or if control is too strong, so heavily influence, Washington’s policy in the Middle East, resulting in millions of deaths of Muslims and the destruction of entire countries, and also overturn the tenure decisions of US Catholic and state universities? If the US is a superpower, clearly Israel is the Hyperpower.

Israel owes much of its influence to the billions of US taxpayers’ dollars that Washington gives each year to Israel. Money is fungible, and it comes back to the US in the form of political campaign contributions to support Israel’s friends and defeat Israel’s critics. It come back in support for friendly media, academics, and university administrations. It influences entertainment and some say court cases, not by paying off judges, but by influencing the explanation of the case. And so on. In other words, US taxpayers’ money is used to give a foreign government more control over the US than US citizens have.

There is a great deal of hostility toward the Zionist government among European populations and Muslims. But this hostility does not transfer to all Jews. People are capable of differentiating the responsible from the powerless.

All Jews are not Israelis and all Israelis are not Zionists. Some Israelis complain that the Zionist government is squeezing morality out of the Israeli population, and they pay a price for saying so. Israelis who organize in protest to the Zionist policies against the Palestinians, such as Jeff Halper, coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions, are branded “self-hating Jews” by the Zionist government.

Few Americans know that the Israeli government confiscates entire Palestinian villages and demolishes Palestinians’ homes, using specially built equipment by the American corporation, Caterpillar, and constructs housing for Israelis. The Israel Lobby will deny this despite the fact that Israeli citizens have formed an organization that seeks to use law and Israeli courts to prevent it. Western governments and presstitutes are not interested in what becomes of the dispossessed Palestinians.

Halper is Jewish, but the Palestinians do not hate him. He can go to Gaza without any danger from the Muslims. The only danger he faces is from the Israeli government who arrested him for going to Gaza. Indeed, distinguished Israelis, such as Gilad Atzmon and Ilan Pappe have left Israel for safety in Europe. Both are demonized by the Israel Lobby. If you care to understand Zionist Israel, read Atzmon’s book, The Wandering Who? For Palestine, read Pappe’s books.

Think about this more generally. As Muslims have been under foreign occupation for a very long time, they are aware that they have no control over “their” governments. Some of them are aware that Europeans and Americans also have no control over their governments. Just as Muslims in Palestine do not hold Halper responsible for Israel’s murderous policies toward Palestinians, what sense does it make for Muslims to hold hapless Europeans and Americans responsible for the evil policies of the US and European governments?

If you think about this, you can see why it is suspicious that “Muslim terrorism” commits acts only against innocents, who have no influence over government policy, and not against the responsible government officials.

If Muslim terrorists are so sophisticated that they can pull off events such as 9/11 and the Nice truck attack, they are sufficiently sophisticated to understand who their real enemies are. They know that the enemy is not Frenchmen enjoying an evening on French streets.

As I have previously observed, the main neoconservatives are well known from their high positions in the George W. Bush and Obama regimes. Their responsibility for the years of US invasions, bombings, and destruction of millions of Muslim peoples is known. None of the neoconservatives have any protection. Yet there has never been a terrorist attack against any of them.

Considering that the alleged Muslim terrorists are so inconsiderate of their own lives, they could easily take out former VP Dick Cheney, who has only minimal protection. Consider that there have been no Muslim terror attacks on unprotected US Senators and Representatives and presstitutes who have fervently supported two decades of murderous warfare against Muslims. Consider that the US and Europe are now full of Muslim refugees from Washington’s wars, and terrorist events (which are probably false flag events) are rare.

In a real democracy with a real media and real opposition parties, these questions would be investigated and part of public debate, not dismissed as “conspiracy theory.” As I reported in a previous column, CIA documents were discovered that show that the CIA invented the use of “conspiracy theory” to prevent a real investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2016/08/31/are-you-a-mind-controlled-cia-stooge-paul-craig-roberts/

To return to the purpose of this missive, which is to thank you for your support, I agree with the numerous readers who wrote to tell me that they do not waste time reading comment sections in which the majority of comments are the work of narcisstic idiots and paid trolls, and in which anonymous commentators slander not only the columnist but also one another. Readers advise me to treat the comments as water off the duck’s back.

I did not protest because of thin skin. As I understand it, many governments, agencies of governments, and private interest groups and individuals with agendas, such as Monsanto and George Soros, finance trolls to attack Internet writers who are critical of their agendas. Other reports say that Google is cooperating with the government’s control over explanations by making it more difficult to find truth-tellers online. Other reports say that Twitter and Facebook are censoring what can be posted.

The process of discrediting truth-tellers works as follows: A writer provides an explanation that differs from the official explanation. He or she is set upon both by narcissists full of themselves and by trolls.

His or her argument is mischaracterized. He or she is branded a “conspiracy theorist,” a “Putin dupe” or “Russian agent,” an “anti-Semite,” an “anti-American,” a “Reagan apologist.” Once these comments are posted, the troll network spreads them into social media, with the intention of discrediting the writer and creating suspicion about his or her motives and sanity. (黃盛﹕香港的網絡及傳媒環境同樣有這種情況,Dr P C Roberts 說的其實就是新中國用了多年的「扣帽子」,香港民主派繼承了這個偉大的傳統﹗) As most people are poorly informed and have difficulty differentiating The Matrix from The Reality, the trolls succeed in limiting the writer’s audience.

It is not “thin skinned” to object to a process that discredits those who provide real information when the purpose of the discrediting is to protect the official disinformation used to control explanations.

Readers continually ask me what can be done to regain control over the government. My answer is that the people cannot do anything until they understand the situation. Without good information, they cannot understand the situation. Narcissists and trolls work to keep people confused about legitimate sources.

If comment sections required real names and real email addresses, comments would be less damaging to the truth as commentators would be less inclined toward irresponsibility and malice.

Everywhere in the Western World, and this includes the Asian provinces of the American Empire, it is close to impossible to acquire accurate information. The only purpose of information from Washington and from the print and TV media and NPR is to get the captive populations to accept the officlal explanation that serves the ruling agenda. Those who provide real news, such as RT, are attacked as fonts of “fake news.” In other words, for Washington truth is an enemy. As George Orwell said, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

The Saker says that the agenda most in need of our attention is the “anglo-zionist agenda” of US/Israeli domination. The overriding fact of our time is that any country or person in the way of US/Israeli domination is destined for destruction.

That is our reality.

Russia and China have finally caught on that the democratic rhetoric issuing from Washington is a cloak for the evil that is the operating force of the US government.

Will Russia and China accept the hegemony of this evil or will they not? It is a very serious matter that Washington has convinced the Russian and Chinese governments that Washington is preparing a preemptive nuclear strike against them. This is extremely serious, not something for narcissists and trolls to play with.

For all who ask what to do, the answer is to speak out strongly against Washington for risking all life by convincing Russia and China that Washington is preparing to nuke them. To understand how dire the situation is, ask yourself why you hear no protests against such provocation of Russia and China from the West’s print and TV media, from the US Senate, from the House of Representatives, from European political leaders, from hardly anyone.

The absence of protest tells the Russians and Chinese that the American Empire is OK with the preemptive attack. Where is Merkel’s voice? Where is May’s? Where is any leader’s voice?

The absence of protest voices tells Russia and China that the die is cast.

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Quote “Nazis used torture & escaped prosecution, so should Spokane psychologists”

Spokane psychologists should not liable for interrogation methods they designed  including waterboarding

The ACLU challenges that claim, saying psychologists should be held accountable for the methods they designed following the Sept. 11 terror attacks, including waterboarding and beatings. The sides plan arguments Friday in U.S. District Court in Spokane.

The two psychologists who helped craft the CIA’s harsh interrogation methods used in the war on terror should be as free from liability as a worker for a company that supplied the Nazis with poison gas used in concentration camps, defense lawyers said in a motion to dismiss a lawsuit from former detainees.

The American Civil Liberties Union challenges that claim, saying the psychologists should be held accountable for the methods they designed following the Sept. 11 terror attacks, including waterboarding and beatings. The sides plan arguments Friday in U.S. District Court in Spokane.

 The outcome will determine whether the lawsuit will go to trial, set for Sept. 5. The judge could decide that the psychologists are guilty of aiding and abetting torture and no trial is needed. He also could dismiss the suit or limit what claims can be pursued.

Like the gassing technician who was acquitted on charges of helping the Nazis, Spokane psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen were independent contractors who lacked authority to “control, prevent or modify” the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques, their lawyers said.

Challenging that argument is Dror Ladin, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer who sued on behalf of three former detainees: Suleiman Abdullah Salim, Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud and a representative of Gul Rahman, who died in custody.

They were subjected to physical assaults and sleep deprivation, forced to stand for days in diapers with their arms chained overhead, doused with icy water and stuffed into boxes.

“In fact, the Nuremberg tribunals that judged the Nazis and their enablers after World War II established the opposite rule: Private contractors are accountable when they choose to provide unlawful means and profit from war crimes,” Ladin said.

 The owner of the company that developed the poison gas for the Nazis was executed after World War II.

Mitchell and Jessen came up with the “torture methods,” personally tested them on the CIA’s first prisoner, and formed a company that took in $81 million to run the program, Ladin said.

“Making money by choosing to supply the tools for torture isn’t ‘simply doing business,’” Ladin said. “It’s illegal.”

The psychologists’ lawyers say they hoped to “prevent another catastrophic attack on the United States.”

 When the CIA asked for help interrogating Abu Zubaydah, a “high value” detainee, Mitchell suggested methods used for decades at an U.S. Air Force school, his lawyers said. When the CIA asked for more details, Mitchell provided that help and brought in Jessen.
 The techniques were designed to motivate a person to provide information, “while avoiding permanent physical harm or profound and pervasive personality change,” defense lawyers said. Mitchell and Jessen “never acted beyond the scope of their CIA contracts,” the attorneys said.

They noted the lawsuit over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, in which federal contractors received immunity from clean water laws for any damage resulting from their actions as long as they acted within the government’s directives.

 In this case, Congress empowered the president to respond to terrorist threats, and he directed the National Counterterrorism Center to capture and interrogate al-Qaida operatives. The CIA then hired the psychologists. Therefore, the government’s immunity extends to Mitchell and Jessen and the lawsuit should be thrown out, their lawyers said.

The ACLU says there’s a legal and moral imperative to hold the men accountable

Mitchell helped implement interrogation techniques used on Zubaydah that began with extreme sensory deprivation, shifted to coercive methods to instill fear and despair, then moved to the “aggressive phase,” involving assaults, waterboarding and stuffing him into coffin-like boxes, the ACLU said.

Zubaydah “cried, begged, pleaded, vomited, trembled, shook and became so hysterical he could not communicate,” the group’s lawyers said.

By 2003, the psychologists’ methods were formalized in instructions sent to a secret CIA prison where the plaintiffs in the new lawsuit were held and tortured, the ACLU said. Mitchell and Jessen participated in some interrogations, the lawyers said.

When Jessen observed prolonged physical assaults on Rahman, his reaction “was to opine that it was worth trying” and suggested alterations that might prove more effective, the ACLU said.

After those methods were added, Rahman, “starved, sleepless and freezing,” died of hypothermia.

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