Foreign Interference in Elections: Is it Real or Just Political Noise?

Foreign Interference in Elections: Is It Real or Just Political ...

Philip Giraldi

July 30, 2020

A recently concluded British Parliamentary inquiry has determined that Russia may have interfered in the 2016 Brexit referendum, which resulted in the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union. But, ironically, it also concluded that Russia might not have interfered given the fact that the British government never bothered to try to find out if there had been any attempt made by the Kremlin to manipulate the voting.

The Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee is reportedly perplexed by the lack of official interest in what might have been a foreign intelligence operation that had major impact, all too plausible given that it is assumed that Moscow would have welcomed Brexit as a first step that will eventually put an end to European political and economic unity.

So, no one knows if Russia or anyone else interfered in Britain, which is perhaps just as well as inquiries into voting in the U.S. also in 2016 have likewise created nothing but confusion and no smoking pistol. And, of course there is a question of definitions of interference. Millions of pounds were spent on advertising by those pro- and con-Brexit, just as billions were spent in political adverts in the United States. Much of the “information” provided in that fashion was deliberately misleading, often fearmongering, both in the U.K. and the U.S., suggesting that the problem is much bigger than one country’s possible attempt to influence the vote, if that even took place.

There were similar claims about Russian generated fake news and “a massive hacking attack” in the French presidential election in 2017, while Germany’s Federal Election was notable for a lack of any identifiable Kremlin interference in spite of warnings from some observers that Berlin would be targeted.

So, while claims of Russian interference in elections are fairly common, they are difficult to prove in any serious way. And one should recognize that the “victimized” governments and political parties have strong motives to conjure up a foreign enemy to explain to the public why things are going wrong, be it for coronavirus fumbling or for general political ineptitude. To be sure, as the allure of blaming Russia has faded China is increasingly being targeted by American politicians as a scapegoat, indicating that there must always be a foreigner available to blame for one’s problems.

The most recent nugget to come out of the U.S. Congress on foreign interference in elections originates with Adam Schiff, the sly head of the House Intelligence Committee. In an interview with MSNBC, Schiff revealed that U.S. intelligence has obtained information suggesting multiple nations could be trying to meddle in the 2020 U.S. elections, to include feeding or “laundering” possible disinformation through Congress.

Schiff explained how various nations us different tactics to get “fake news” messages through to the American voters. Some governments openly support a particular candidate or policy, while others like the Chinese provide misinformation during their trade negotiations with Washington. He observed that “The Russians may get involved in hacking and dumping operations or social media campaigns. The Iranians may have their own tactics and techniques like the North Koreans may have theirs.”

letter signed by Schiff, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Senate Intelligence Committee ranking member Mark Warner, D-Va has asked for a counterintelligence briefing for Congress regarding foreign efforts to interfere in the upcoming election. It includes “We are gravely concerned, in particular, that Congress appears to be the target of a concerted foreign interference campaign, which seeks to launder and amplify disinformation in order to influence congressional activity, public debate, and the presidential election in November.”

Democratic Party presidential candidate presumptive Joe Biden also has confirmed that he has received briefings about Russian alleged plans to interfere in November saying “The Russians are still engaged in trying to delegitimize our electoral process. China and others are engaged as well in activities that are designed for us to lose confidence in the outcome.”

Of course, there are a number of things to say about the claims that other nations are possibly planning to meddle in the voting. First, the list of possible players being presented by Schiff and others is all too convenient, kind of like a Congressional dream list of bad boys. Russia pops up because of longstanding claims about it, but China is a new entry in the game because it all ties up into a neat package, including the “Wuhan virus” and its challenges both to American economic supremacy and to U.S. naval power in the South China Sea. And of course, there are Iran and also North Korea.

One should ask what exactly China, Iran and North Korea stand to gain by attempting to “interfere” in the election? What message could they possibly be sending and what would be the mechanisms they would use to get their points of view across to a skeptical American public? In a campaign that will undoubtedly cost hundreds of billions of dollars in advertising and other “messaging,” what exactly is the possible place of Iran and North Korea?

There is also a lack of “realism” in the Schiff comments. By far the country that interferes the most in U.S. politics is Israel. Israel and its domestic Lobby initiate legislation relating to the Middle East and Israeli diplomats, lobbyists and soldiers all have free access both to Capitol Hill and to the Pentagon. If a Congressman dares to speak up against the Jewish state’s crimes he or she is smeared in the media and eventually forced out of office by a well-funded pro-Israel opponent. No other country gets away with all that. As it is highly likely that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be pulling out all the stops to reelect Donald Trump in November, why isn’t the Jewish state included on Schiff’s list?

And then there is the tantalizing bit about concerns over disinformation being “laundered” through Congress. It is difficult to imagine what exactly Schiff is referring to as the corrupt gasbags in Congress already constitute one of the world’s biggest sources of false information, second only to the fully coopted U.S. mainstream media.

In any event, if some countries that are accustomed to being regularly targeted by the United States are taking advantage of an opportunity to somehow diminish America’s ability to meddle globally, no one should be surprised, but it is a politically driven fantasy to make the hysterical claim that the United States has now become the victim of some kind of vast multi-national conspiracy to interfere in its upcoming election.

Selected Articles: The Pentagon’s “Anti-China Weapons” and “The New Silk Roads”

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Busted: 11 COVID Assumptions Based on Fear Not Fact

By Makia Freeman, July 13, 2020

COVID assumptions – the assumptions people make about COVID, how dangerous it is, how it spreads and what we need to do to stop it – are running rampant, running far more wildly than the supposed virus SARS-CoV2 itself. The coldly calculated campaign of propaganda surrounding this ‘pandemic’ has achieved its aim. Besieged with a slew of contradictory information coming from all angles, people in general have succumbed to confusion. Some have given up trying to understand the situation and found it is just easier to obey official directives, even if it means giving up long-held rights. Below is a list of commonly held COVID assumptions which, if you believe them, will make you much more likely to submit to the robotic, insane and abnormal conditions of the New Normal – screening, testing, contact tracing, monitoring, surveillance, mask-wearing, social distancing, quarantine and isolation, with mandatory vaccination and microchipping to come.

Congress Wants More Unnecessary Anti-China Weapons Programs in Annual Defense Bill

By Michael T. Klare, July 13, 2020

Cotton’s proposal, stuffed with lucrative giveaways to the defense industry — $1.6 billion for “logistics and security enablers,” $775 million for “building national resilience to space weather,” among others — bears little apparent relevance to the military equation in Asia and is unlikely to be embraced by a majority of Senators. However, many of his proposed budgetary add-ons have been incorporated into other measures aimed at boosting U.S. military might in the Asia-Pacific region.

75 Years Ago: When Szilard Tried to Halt Dropping Atomic Bombs Over Japan

By Greg Mitchell, July 13, 2020

On July 3, 1945, the great atomic scientist Leo Szilard finished a letter/petition that would become the strongest (virtually the only) real attempt at halting President Truman’s march to using the atomic bomb–still almost two weeks from its first test at Trinity–against Japanese cities.

We rarely hear that as the Truman White House made plans to use the first atomic bombs against Japan in the summer of 1945, a large group of atomic scientists, many of whom had worked on the bomb project, raised their voices, or at least their names, in protest. They were led by the great physicist Szilard who, among things, is the man who convinced Albert Einstein to write his famous yes-it-can-be-done letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, setting the bomb project in motion.

As the Arctic Burns, Trump Bailouts Fossil Fuel Industry with Billions

By Andy Rowell, July 13, 2020

The Arctic is once again on fire. And the extremely warm temperatures in the region — and concurrent wildfires — are another urgent reminder that we need to divest from fossil fuels as soon as possible.

They are a pressing reminder that any post COVID-19 bailout should be focused on an immediate just recovery toward industry workers, renewables, and clean energy.

The UK Reading Stabbings: Al Qaeda LIFG Terrorists Supported by UK. Product of British Foreign Policy

By Tony Cartalucci, July 12, 2020

It should surprise no one paying attention that the suspect in the recent stabbing spree in Reading, UK was not only known to British security agencies as an extremist and security threat, but that he comes from the pool of extremists the British aided Washington in funding, arming, training, and providing air support for during the 2011 overthrow of the Libyan government and have harbored before and ever since.

Looks Like Sweden Was Right After All

By Mike Whitney, July 12, 2020

Why is the media so fixated on Sweden’s coronavirus policy? What difference does it make?

Sweden settled on a policy that they thought was both sustainable and would save as many lives as possible. They weren’t trying to ‘show anyone up’ or ‘prove how smart they were’. They simply took a more traditionalist approach that avoided a full-scale lockdown. That’s all.

Iran and China Turbo-charge the New Silk Roads

By Pepe Escobar, July 12, 2020

Two of the US’s top “strategic threats” are getting closer and closer within the scope of the New Silk Roads – the leading 21st century project of economic integration across Eurasia. The Deep State will not be amused.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi blasted as “lies”  a series of rumors about the “transparent roadmap” inbuilt in the evolving Iran-China strategic partnership.The original source of this article is Global ResearchCopyright © Global Research News, Global Research, 2020

Pelosi Calls for Legislation Limiting US President’s Powers After Stone Sentence Commuted

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U.S. President Trump arrives at Miami International Airport in Miami, Florida

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Saturday has called for new legislation that would limit the powers of the United States president after Donald Trump commuted the jail sentence of his former adviser Roger Stone.

“President Trump’s decision to commute the sentence of top campaign advisor Roger Stone, who could directly implicate him in criminal misconduct, is an act of staggering corruption,” Pelosi said in a statement.

Pelosi called for new legislation that would prevent the US president from commuting the jail sentences of those who have been convicted for similar crimes.

“Congress will take action to prevent this type of brazen wrongdoing. The legislation is needed to ensure that no President can pardon or commute the sentence of an individual who is engaged in a cover-up campaign to shield that President from criminal prosecution,” Pelosi remarked.

Trump on Friday signed an executive order commuting the 40-month jail sentence handed to Stone for his role in obstructing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Roger Stone was sentenced on February 20 to 40 months in prison. He is one of six Trump associates who were convicted following Mueller’s investigation and was expected to report to prison by July 1

Germany SITREP: Former German Chancellor Says U.S.-EU Alliance Could Now End

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Germany SITREP: Former German Chancellor Says U.S.-EU Alliance Could Now End

by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog

A German equivalent to UK’s Financial Times and America’s Wall Street Journal is the Dusseldorf Handelsblatt or “Commerce Sheet,” which headlined on June 30th, “Former Chancellor Schröder: USA Ending Transatlantic Partnership”.

They reported:

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder has condemned possible new US sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline as “deliberate termination of the transatlantic partnership.” A draft law currently under discussion in the US Congress is “a widespread, unjustified attack on the European economy and an unacceptable interference with EU sovereignty and the energy security of Western Europe,” Schröder writes in his statement for a public hearing of the Economic Committee scheduled for Wednesday in the Bundestag.

The article closes:

Schröder sees the relations with the USA as “heavily burdened” by “escalating tariffs and going it alone” policy by the Americans. Schröder writes: “Economic fines against a NATO ally during the current economic recession are nothing other than a deliberate termination of the transatlantic partnership.”

This is as if Jimmy Carter or Barack Obama were to say that EU policymakers had a trade policy toward the U.S. that is so hostile and uncooperative that in order to comply with it, the U.S. would have to subordinate itself to the EU and lose some of its own sovereignty, and as if he were to tell the U.S. Congress that for them to okay the EU’s demands in this matter would be “nothing other than a termination of the transatlantic partnership.”

Congress has not yet passed this legislation (new economic sanctions legislation that is co-sponsored in the U.S. Senate by Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen) but it (“S.1441 – Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act of 2019”) enjoys strong bipartisan support and has been considered almost certain to be passed in both houses of the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump. It is not a partisan issue in the United States.

Neither is it partisan in Germany. Both of Germany’s main political Parties (Schröder being SPD) support strongly the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, which will be considerably more economical for supplying natural gas to the EU than would be the U.S. Government’s demand that American shipped fracked liquified natural gas be used, instead of Russian pipelined natural gas, in Europe. Though this U.S. legislative initiative is called “Protecting Europe’s Energy Security,” its overwhelming support in the U.S. Congress is instead actually for protecting U.S. fracking corporations. The bill’s title is only for ‘patriotic’ propaganda purposes (which is the typical way that legislation is named in the United States — as a sales-device, so as to sound acceptable not only to the billionaires who fund the Parties but also to the voters on election day).

Both of America’s political Parties are significantly funded by America’s domestic producers of fracked gas. One of the few proud achievements of U.S. President Obama that has been proudly continued by President Trump has been their boosting U.S. energy production, largely fracked gas, so as to reduce America’s foreign-trade deficit. However, if this control over the U.S. Government by frackers continues, then there now exists a strong possibility, or even a likelihood, that the transatlantic alliance will end, as a result.

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

In Strongly-Worded Letter, Ocasio-Cortez, Other Democrats Lobby Congress against Israeli Annexation (FULL TEXT)

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New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
On Tuesday, several members of the US Congress signed and promoted a letter calling for the US to limit military aid to Israel if Tel Aviv goes ahead with the annexation of Palestinian land. 
The letter, addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, contained a strongly-worded call for a US intervention to block the annexation of Palestinian land as championed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 
“Unilateral annexation in the West Bank would alienate US lawmakers and citizens. We cannot support an undemocratic system in which Israel would permanently rule over a Palestinian people denied self-determination or equal rights,” the letter, which has not been officially released yet, but a copy of which was made available to the media, read in part.
Spearheaded by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and signed by Reps. Betty McCollum of Minnesota, Pramila Jayapal of Washington, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, along with Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the letter also warned, 
“Should the Israeli government move forward with the planned annexation with this administration’s acquiescence, we will work to ensure non-recognition as well as pursue conditions on the $3.8 billion in US military funding to Israel, including human rights conditions.”
The letter further threatened to withhold “funds for the off-shore procurement of Israeli weapons equal to or exceeding the amount the Israeli government spends annually to fund settlements, as well as the policies and practices that sustain and enable them”.
In response, the Washington D.C.-based pro-Israel lobby group, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), moved quickly to promote the Israeli government annexation agenda, calling on members of Congress not to show any support for the letter.
The Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz reported that AIPAC has also “opposed an earlier anti-annexation letter that won the support of more than 190 Democrats in the House of Representatives, but did so much less publicly.”
“That letter, which contained a more centrist and pro-Israeli argument against annexation, was eventually signed by many Democratic lawmakers considered allies of AIPAC and strong supporters of Israel,” Haaretz added.
Click here for the full text of the letter. (PDF)
(The Palestine Chronicle)

The Fall of Eliot Engel: Israel-Firster Defeated in Congressional Primary

By Philip Giraldi

Global Research, June 30, 2020

Sometimes listening to the morning news on television is a bit like entering into an alternate universe. Last Wednesday, the day after primary elections in New York State, CBS News reported that New York Congressman Eliot Engel was “facing a challenge” from Democratic Party challenger Jamaal Bowman. NBC News reported that Engel was “trailing.” The reality, according to the New York Times tally of the results that morning was that Bowman had beaten Engel by a margin to 60.9% versus 35.6% with more than 82% of votes counted. Even though it posted the numbers, the Times felt compelled to describe the apparently impending lopsided loss as if it were something less than that, as a “stiff challenge” for Engel.

The media deference to Engel derives from the fact that he is a protected species, possibly the leading Israel-firster in Congress. In 2003, Engel supported the invasion of Iraq and in the following year he organized a group of fellow congressmen to demand cuts in the U.S. contribution to the United Nations office that assists Palestinian refugees. He attended the infamous Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu address to Congress in 2015 that many other Democratic lawmakers boycotted due to the insult to President Obama and afterwards called Netanyahu’s speech “compelling.”

Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Andrew Cuomo and Nancy Pelosi all had endorsed Engel, who has been in Congress for going on 32 years and currently heads the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Clinton explained that Engel “…is deeply committed to working with our allies to maintain American leadership on the global stage.” She was, of course, referring to Israel.

Engel was also endorsed by the Congressional Black Caucus even though Bowman is black, a demonstration of how politics in Washington works. Engel will in any event likely be replaced to chair the Foreign Affairs committee by a similar Jewish Israel-firster Brad Sherman of California, but his imminent defeat has already sent a shockwave through the centers of pro-Israel power in the United States.

Bowman, a progressive so-called Justice Democrat, is on record as favoring cuts in aid for Israel based on its human rights record. He has attacked Engel for being on the dole financially from defense contractors and also for being an active promoter of a military attack on Iran, even though the Iranians pose no threat to the United States. He has, in fact, made Israel something of an issue in his campaign, pointing out that Engel had been one of the few Democratic members of the House of Representatives to vote against President Barack Obama’s Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2015. The JCPOA was the major foreign policy achievement of the Obama Administration and it set up a framework to prevent Iran from taking steps to produce a nuclear weapon. It was strongly opposed by Israel and its American lobby even though the agreement enhanced U.S. national security.

In 2016, after the Obama administration abstained on a United Nations resolution condemning Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank, Engel responded with a House resolution condemning the U.N. Engel often in his career has boasted about his close relationship with Israel. Speaking at the 2018 national convention of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the U.S.’s principal Israeli lobby, he boasted how“There’s a bunch of legislation coming out of the Foreign Affairs Committee. I want to tell you that I sit down with AIPAC on every piece of legislation that comes out. I think it’s very, very important. In the past 30 years I have attended 31 consecutive AIPAC conferences in March, I haven’t missed one.”Some might suggest that serving in one country’s legislature and working for the interests of another country amounts to treason.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls Fox News host Tucker Carlson a ...

The other good news coming out of New York was that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her district with 72.6% of the vote. AOC, controversial to be sure but no friend of the Israel Lobby, was running against Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a CNBC reporter. As is often the case, there is considerable back story to the two races and that back story is Jewish money, lots of it, intended to re-elect Engel and get rid of Ocasio-Cortez. Engel received more that $1.5 million from one group alone, the so-called Democratic Majority for Israel and also obtained large sums bundled by the AIPAC-tied group Pro-Israel America as well as from other Jewish groups. AOC was opposed by the not surprisingly well-funded Caruso-Cabrera, whose money largely came from pro-Israel and Jewish affiliated organizations

And more bad news appears to be coming from the Hudson Valley district currently held by yet another Israel-first congresswoman Representative Nita Lowey, who is retiring. Mondaire Jones, a gay Harvard-educated lawyer, has the lead based on early returns. Jones calls himself a progressive and he is unlikely to emerge as a cheerleader for Israel if he is elected.

Representing parts of Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan in New York City, Carolyn Maloney, who chairs the Oversight and Reform Committee, is meanwhile maintaining a small lead over Democratic challenger Suraj Patel. Maloney describes herself on her website as a strong supporter of Israel and Jewish issues. In fact, she goes far beyond that, actively sponsoring and otherwise promoting legislation favorable to Israel and the Jewish community, most recently being the sponsor of the waste of taxpayer money in promoting the holocaust myth through H.R.943, the Never Again Education Act. Maloney is hanging on to a slim lead against Patel, though numerous postal and absentee votes have not yet been counted and the outcome could go either way. Nevertheless, it is undoubtedly a shock to the Israel Lobby that a completely reliable Maloney might be in danger of losing her seat.

To be sure, Congress continues to be Israeli occupied territory, as Pat Buchanan once put it. Last week 116 out of 198 Republican congressmen signed a letter to President Donald Trump asserting their support for Israel’s annexation of much of the West Bank, due to start shortly. The letter stated that the annexation was justified “based on the critical premise that Israel should never be forced to compromise its security,” indicating very clearly that actual U.S. national interests had nothing to do with it.

What is surprising about the Republican letter is that it was not unanimous, and the loss of Engel, replacement of Lowey and possible defeat of Maloney could be indications of a real shift among voters regarding what has been an assiduously cultivated overwhelmingly positive view of the Jewish State. Recent opinion polls suggest that a majority of Americans do not support either Israeli expansion or its form of apartheid.

Israel is feeling somewhat vulnerable. Its Lobby stalwarts in the media and in politics are working hard to disengage the current anti-racism turmoil in the U.S. from any mention of Israel, which trained American police in their “anti-terror” tactics. The Jewish state also practices a far more virulent and brutal racism than anything prevailing in America, something that is becoming increasingly clear to the public. It is early days to be hopeful, but the New York primary election results, coming as they do from a state where Jewish groups wield enormous power, just might be an indication that some things are about to change.

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This article was originally published on American Herald Tribune.

Philip M. Giraldi is a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer who served nineteen years overseas in Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Spain. He was the CIA Chief of Base for the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and was one of the first Americans to enter Afghanistan in December 2001. Phil is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a Washington-based advocacy group that seeks to encourage and promote a U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East that is consistent with American values and interests. He is a frequent contributor to Global Research.

Featured image: Eliot Engel. Credit: Wilson Center Maternal Health Initiative/ FlickrThe original source of this article is Global ResearchCopyright © Philip Giraldi, Global Research, 2020

ترنّح اللوبي الصهيوني في أميركا

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ما زالت بعض النخب العربية وفي لبنان تعتقد أنّ الولايات المتحدة قدر مفروض على العالم وأنّ الكيان الصهيوني له اليد العليا في الولايات المتحدة عبر نفوذ اللوبي الصهيوني الذي يطيح بكلّ من يقف ضدّ الكيان. وضحايا اللوبي الصهيوني في الفضاء السياسي الرسمي وفي الفضاء الجامعي والفضاء الإعلامي كان عددهم كبيراً يُضرب المثل بهم. حتى الآن.

لكن من يتتبّع بدّقة التحوّلات التي تحصل في المجتمع الأميركي وفي السياسة وفي الجامعة وفي الإعلام يرى بكلّ وضوح خطاً بيانياً يشير إلى ترهّل ذلك النفوذ منذ نهاية ولاية بوش الابن. فالمغامرة الأميركية غير المحسوبة (نعم) في احتلالها للعراق لا لسبب وجيه كالمصلحة الأميركية، أو الأمن القومي الأميركي، ولا الحرص على السلام العالمي، فهذه المغامرة المكلفة بشرياً، واقتصادياً، وقبل كلّ ذلك معنوياً وأخلاقياً كانت لمصلحة الكيان أولاً وأخيراً. فسياسة المحافظين الجدد كانت وما زالت سياسة صهيونية فقط لا غير تلبس لباس المصلحة الأميركية. لكن انكشافهم كان ملحوظاً وإنْ حالفهم في ولايتي باراك أوباما المتدخلّون الليبراليون. فبدأ المشهد يتغيّر تدريجياً حيث نرى عبارات كـ «الحلف الانجلو صهيوني» في مواقع الكترونية محافظة كموقع «اونز ريفيو» على سبيل المثال وليس الحصر.

نتائج الحرب على العراق من جهة وانتشار وسائل التواصل الإعلامي التي تجاوزت احتكار المعلومات بالإعلام المهيمن والذي يقوده اللوبي الصهيوني من جهة أخرى ساهما في فضح انتهاكات الكيان الصهيوني كما كشفا أيضاً ضعف الكيان وعجزه عن تحقيق مصالح الولايات المتحدة. فحرب تموز 2006 التي يحيي لبنان ذكراها الرابعة عشر قريباً كانت نقطة تحوّل في الوعي الأميركي حول «الأسطورة الصهيونية» والجيش الذي لا يُقهر. فالوعي الباطني الأميركي لا يحبّذ الخاسر وينظر إلى القوّة بعين الإعجاب وإنْ لم يقدر على التعبير عن ذلك بشكل صريح.

واللوبي الصهيوني مُني خلال السنوات الماضية بسلسلة من الهزائم في الفضاء السياسي والجامعي والإعلامي. فعلى الصعيد السياسي كانت رهانات اللوبي الصهيوني خاسرة خلال الانتخابات الرئاسية سنة 2008 و2012 و2016. فاللوبي الصهيوني لم يدعم باراك أوباما في انتخابات 2008 بل دعم منافسه جون ماكين، وفي انتخابات 2012 تدخّل نتنياهو بشكل سافر ومعه اللوبي في الانتخابات ودعم ميتش رومني ضدّ باراك أوباما، وفي انتخابات 2016 دعم بشكل سافر هيلاري كلنتون. واللوبي الصهيوني في أميركا لم يوقف الحملات ضدّ دونالد ترامب منذ بداية الولاية رغم العلاقة الحميمة بين ترامب ونتنياهو. وتجلّى ذلك في موقف الاعلام المهيمن والمناهض لترامب الذي يسيطر عليه اللوبي الصهيوني بدون منازع.

أما على صعيد الكونغرس الأميركي تلقّى اللوبي الصهيوني صفعات متتالية عامي 2018 و2020 في الانتخابات الأولية لتسمية مرشّحي الحزب الديمقراطي. ففي 2018 تمّت هزيمة جو كرولي النائب عن الدائرة رقم 14 في المدينة، ورئيس تجمّع الديمقراطيين في مدينة نيويورك والرقم الثالث في التراتبية الحزبية داخل الكونغرس بعد نانسي بيلوزي. فمدينة نيويورك هي المعقل الرئيسي للجالية اليهودية في الولايات المتحدة، والهزيمة أتت على يد شابة في التاسعة والعشرين من عمرها ومنحدرة من أصول بورتوريكية الكسندرا اوكازيو كورتيز. واشتهرت كورتيز، مع زميلتيها في مجلس النوّاب الأميركي رشيدة طليب والهان عمر، خلال ولايتهن الأولى بتأييد القضية الفلسطينية وطرح أجندة تقدّمية للإصلاح الاقتصادي والسياسي الأميركي ما أغضب قيادة الحزب الديمقراطي.

واعتبر اللوبي الصهيوني أنها صدفة لن تتكرّر وعمل سنة 2020على رصد أموال لصالح منافستها في الانتخابات الأولية في مدينة نيويورك. رغم ذلك استطاعت كورتيز التفوّق على منافستها ميشال كاروزو كابريرا، وهي مراسلة في محطة «ان بي سي» الأميركية، بنسبة 73 بالمائة من الأصوات.

لكن الصدمة الأكبر التي تلقّاها اللوبي الصهيوني هي خسارة أكثر المتشدّدين لصالح الكيان الصهيوني اليوت انجيل رئيس لجنة العلاقات الخارجية في مجلس النوّاب الأميركي وأيضاً في مدينة نيويورك المعقل الرئيسي للوبي الصهيوني. هزيمة انجيل كانت أيضاً بفارق كبير لصالح منافسه جمال بومان المنحدر من أصول أفريقية الذي فاز بنسبة 61 بالمائة. الفارق الكبير بين المرشح الصهيوني المهزوم في الدائرتين له دلائل عدّة.

الدلالة الأولى هي أنّ قيادة الحزب الديمقراطي لا تستطيع السيطرة على القاعدة وخاصة القاعدة الشبابية وفي الجاليات الأقلّية. فهناك انقطاع كبير بين القيادة والقاعدة الشبابية يبرز في العديد من الملفّات التي تهمّ القاعدة والتي تعارضها القيادة، والعكس صحيح.

الدلالة الثانية هي أنّ الانفصام داخل الحزب الديمقراطي قد يلقي بظلاله على الانتخابات الرئاسية في تشرين الثاني حيث مرشّح اللوبي الصهيوني جوزيف بايدن الذي يحظى بتأييد الاعلام المهيمن لا يستهوي القاعدة الشبابية. ومن مؤشرات ذلك الحماس المنخفض هو أنّ في الانتخابات الفرعية التي جرت في الدائرة 25 في ولاية كاليفورنيا في شهر أيار 2020 استطاع المرشحّ الجمهوري مايك غارسيا أن يهزم منافسته من الحزب الديمقراطي كريستي سميث. والمعروف أنّ ولاية كاليفورنيا صوّتت بشكل مكثّف لصالح هيلاري كلنتون سنة 2016 بفارق 3 ملايين صوت! صحيح أنّ دائرة واحدة لا تعني أنّ كلّ الدوائر مثلها لكن ما حصل كان بمثابة إنذار للحزب الديمقراطي. فرغم الدعاية ضدّ الحزب الجمهوري وضدّ الرئيس ترامب شخصياً استطاع الحزب الجمهوري الفوز وسط هذه الأجواء المشحونة بالاحتقان الحزبي. لم يقدم الشباب الديمقراطي على التصويت كما كان مرتقباً وهذا ينذر بنتائج وخيمة للمرشح الرئاسي جوزيف بايدن في تشرين الثاني 2020.

الدلالة الثالثة أنّ المال والإعلام المهيمن اللذين يملكهما اللوبي الصهيوني لم يعد كافياً في مواجهة المعلومات المتدفّقة على المواطن الأميركي عبر التواصل الاجتماعي. فالسردية التي كانت سائدة لصالح الكيان لم تعد مقبولة. لذلك نرى تصاعد الدعوات عند عدد من أعضاء الكونغرس لقطع المساعدات للكيان الصهيوني في الحدّ الأقصى أو تخفيضها في الحدّ الأدنى بسبب انتهاك الكيان الصهيوني لحقوق الإنسان ونظام التمييز العنصري الذي يفرضه الكيان على الفلسطينيين. هذه ظاهرة جديدة لم تكن مألوفة ومسموحة. فالتمييز العنصري الصهيوني في فلسطين يصطدم مع الموجة العارمة المناهضة للعنصرية التي تجتاح المدن الأميركية ما يؤجّج التعبئة ضدّ الكيان ويفسّر الظاهرة الجديدة.

وهناك إشارة إضافية حول التحوّل في المزاج السياسي الأميركي. فإذا كان الكونغرس الأميركي أرضاً محتلّة من قبل اللوبي الصهيوني وفقاً لمقولة بات بيوكنان وما زال، فإنّ أصوات داخل الحزب الجمهوري الذي يسيطر عليه الانجيليون الجدد ترتفع مندّدة بمحاولة ضمّ الضفة الغربية إلى الكيان. فالعريضة التي وقّعها منذ بضعة أسابيع 116 نائب من الحزب الجمهوري من أصل 198 يؤّيدون فيها ضمّ الضفة الغربية بحجة أنها ضرورية لأمن الكيان إلاّ أن تخلّف 72 نائب عن التوقيع له دلالات كبيرة وذلك في موسم انتخابي في غاية الشحن والاستقطاب. صحيح أنّ أكثرية وقّعت على العريضة ولكنها ليست كاسحة كما أنّ المعارضين لها أقلّية ولكنها وازنة. هذا لم يكن موجودا أو ممكناً منذ بضعة أشهر. ويعتبر المحلّل المرموق فيليب جيرالدي أنّ نتائج الانتخابات الأولية في نيويورك قد لا تكون حاسمة إلاّ أنها تنذر بتغييرات كبيرة في المشهد السياسي. ما لم يكن ممكناً أن يتصوّره المرء منذ بضعة سنين أصبح واقعاً وإن لم يصل إلى درجة الهيمنة. لكن مسار الأمور هي اتجاه تراجع نفوذ اللوبي الصهيوني.

تصرّفات حكومة نتنياهو وسوء إدارة البيت الأبيض للملف الفلسطيني من قبل الرئيس بسبب نفوذ صهره جاريد كوشنر ووزير خارجيته مايك بومبيو أصبح مصدراً للقلق عند القيادات اليهودية في الولايات المتحدة. فدنيس روس يعتقد أنّ قرار الضمّ قد يهدّد ليس فقط الكيان عبر انتفاضة عارمة بل أيضاً مستقبل الجالية اليهودية في الولايات المتحدة بسبب التصرّف اللاإنساني لحكومة الكيان. ويشاطر في هذا الرأي العديد من القيادات اليهودية التي لا تريد الانشقاق عن الموقف العام لكنّها غير راضية عن مسار الأمور في الكيان وانعكاساته المحتملة على الجالية اليهودية. من ضمن هذه الشخصيات جاريد غرينبلاط المستشار السابق في الأبيض للرئيس ترامب والمسؤول مع صهر الرئيس كوشنر عن الملفّ الفلسطيني.

أما على صعيد الفضاء الجامعي فهناك شبه تسليم بأنّ الكيان الصهيوني خسر الحرب الدعائية. فنجاح حملة «بي دي أس» في العديد من الجامعات الأميركية الكبيرة ستكون له ارتدادات في الوعي السياسي للنخب عندما يصبح الطلاّب في مراكز القرار بعد بضعة سنين. كما أنّ قرار مجمع الكنائس الانجيلية البريسبيتارية بإنهاء استثمارات أوقافها في محفظات مالية توظّف في الكيان الصهيوني له أيضاً دلالات كبيرة وإنْ لم تكن تلك الكنيسة أكبر الكنائس الانجيلية في الولايات المتحدة. هذا لا يعني أنّ الحرب انتهت فاللوبي الصهيوني استطاع أن ينتزع تشريعات في المجالس المحلّية في 28 ولاية تعاقب من يلتزم بالمقاطعة وتمنع التعامل والمقاولة مع كلّ من لا يوقّع على وثيقة يلتزم بها في نبذ المقاطعة. القضية أصبحت في المحاكم الاتحادية ويعتبر العديد من الحقوقيين أنّ تلك التشريعات تخالف الدستور بشكل واضح خاصة في ما يتعلّق بحرّية التعبير والتعاقد.

وعلى الصعيد الإعلامي أيضاً نشهد في الإعلام الموازي للإعلام الشركاتي المهيمن تنامي المقالات والأبحاث التي تندّد بجرائم الكيان الصهيوني وتندّد أيضاً بالإعلام المهيمن الذي يسكت عن تلك التجاوزات بل يمعن أيضاً في تشويه المشهد في فلسطين. والاعلام الموازي يحظى بأقلام نيّرة وعالمة بينما الكتاب في الإعلام المهيمن في منتهى الرداءة الفكرية والأخلاقية. هناك عالمان مختلفان. ففي عالم الإعلام الموازي الذي يضمّ العديد من المواقع الإلكترونية المتخصصة بالشؤون الدولية والداخلية في الولايات المتحدة تتبلور ثقافة تميّز بين مصالح الولايات المتحدة ومصالح الكيان بينما ذلك التمايز مفقود في الإعلام المهيمن.

هذه الملاحظات لا تعني أنّ اللوبي الصهيوني انتهى. فما زال قويا ومؤثّرا في الكونغرس رغم الانتكاسات التي عرضناها. بات واضحاً أنّ حدود نفوذه لم تعد تتجاوز الكونغرس ومحيط واشنطن الكبرى وهذا دليل على التراجع مع الزمن وبسبب نضال الجهات المعادية لنفوذ الكيان الصهيوني في المجتمع الأميركي. فالانتكاسات تتكاثر لتتخطّى «الصدفة» او «الحالة الفريدة» وقد تبشّر بانقلاب كامل في الموقف. فمكان مستحيلاً منذ فترة قصيرة أصبح ممكنا. لعلّ النخب العربية واللبنانية تتعظ من تلك التحوّلات فتخفّف من المراهنة على الكيان والولايات المتحدة.

A View From Afar

June 15, 2020

by Auslander for The Saker Blog

It is interesting to watch a full blown coup come to life. The responsibility for this coup can be laid directly at the feet of President Donald John Trump for having the absolute gall to defeat Hillary Diane Rodham in an open and free election in 2016. Of course the falsely defeated Rodham, ringed by her ever more strident and blindly faithful minions including the world wide media, immediately began to strike back even as the final vote counting was at hand. The rallying cry? “Impeach Trump!!!” This ‘impeach’ movement was ongoing for months before Donald Trump took the oath of office in 2017, but for me it was a head scratcher, how could he have done anything to warrant impeachment before he was even sworn in as President? Somehow no one in the feckless media had the brains to ask that question, ergo they have all been bought and paid for.

But scream they did, every day and all day, but behind the scenes they were planning and planning well. When they finally did manage to get an impeachment article against the president through Congress it didn’t fly, but that didn’t matter, the plans were well afoot and ready for one spark to go national and global. That ‘spark’ was the death of one man in police custody, actually in the process of being put in police custody, and his death became the cause for the coup to spring to life. As planned. It matters not what the spark was or who, if anyone, died, the fact is the well planned and financed coup grew exponentially in hours.

So, just as US was coming off the ‘Chinese pandemic’ and the country was in shut down with severe financial and cultural repercussions,  the country exploded. As was planned. Having watched months of the debacle in Kiev in late ’13 through early ’14, I instantly recognized the tactics and organizations, just as I recognized them at the Krim Rada Riot on, if memory serves, 24 February ’14 when the orcs tried to take Rada. The same well organized units, readily identifiable ranks and easily identifiable units with various tasks. While the actors have morphed from ‘banderites’ to ‘antifa’, it’s the same tactics now well honed after the trial runs on the left coast two years ago. The media is in lock step with the coup participants and screaming bloody murder all day every day and now, as planned, the chaos has expanded to west Europe, albeit nothing like what is happening in US.

Make no mistake, this is an organized, violent and bloody coup d’etat against the sitting President of the United States of America. President Trump is being artfully hemmed in by ever increasing and ever more violent events and is to the point, if one listens to the ever patriotic media, damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. Case in point, the little area in Seattle which is now ‘liberated territory’. Liberated from what no one knows, but the mayor of Seattle and the governor of Washington State both seem to be in favor of this little dab of US territory owned by openly self identified fascists and devolving by the minute in to ever deeper chaos and anarchy. No President can allow or condone these actions by armed insurgents, so President Trump will have to act. The problem is there is some problems in the upper echelon ranks of the US Armed Forces, a couple of whom don’t seem to remember who is the CiC of the Armed Forces of the United States of America and also seem to have forgotten their oath to defend USA from all attacks both foreign and domestic. So be it. A very few, read one or two, senior officers have openly disavowed their oaths and have turned against the President. This is not good, it will bring confusion and hesitation in the Field Grade and Company Grade officers if and when they are issued orders to quash this open and blatant attack in the Sovereign States of the United States of America. As planned. Any coup will find spineless upper echelon officers who can be bought or blackmailed, comes with the events.

As such, again make no mistake, the rank and file and company grade officers and NCO’s, the actual fighters, will stand with the President. The take down of that little spit of land in Seattle, and the other quasi ‘liberated’ areas in other states, will be violent and bloody. As planned. The political party in opposition to President Trump would rather bring civil war, real civil war with all it’s resultant death and destruction, to the United States of America rather than see President Trump win another election. This is typical of the ‘liberal’ and ‘woke’ echelons who consider themselves the elite and proper guiders of our country rather than what the voters will decide. It will not work and when the dust settles and the blood in the streets is washed down the gutters, the country we knew will be changed forever. I do not know that the ‘new’ United States of America will be, but I can assure I’m standing here in a peaceful and quiet community watching this organized and chaotic coup run it’s course with mouth agape. One can only hope the bloodshed will not be ‘too’ serious, but every life is precious and many more innocents, either misguided fools or true innocents, will die. As someone once said, damn their eyes, damn their souls, back to their lord Satan where they belong.


Auslander – http://rhauslander.com/

Update:  The image of the Collies had to be made smaller to fit in the space, but they are so lovely that I thought to put the big image here.

سورية/ الشام تستعدّ لمواجهة السيناريو الأسوأ

د . بيير عازار

Docteur Pierre Azar (@drpazar1) | Twitter

في الوقت الذي لا تزال فيه الولايات المتحدة تحترق بنار المحتجين على سياسة الديكتاتور دونالد ترامب، وفي الوقت الذي عرفت فيه هذه الاحتجاجات توسّعاً لافتاً وشملت حوالي 130 مدينة أميركية؛ لجأت واشنطن إلى تصدير أزماتها الداخلية إلى الدول التي تعارض سياساتها العوجاء، وهي سعت، في هذا المجال، إلى تكثيف عقوباتها الاقتصادية على سورية/ الشام قبيل دخول قانون سيزر (قيصر) حيّز التنفيذ في السابع عشر من شهر حزيران الحالي بهدف الضغط على دمشق لقبول العروض السياسية الأميركية؛ لكنّ سورية تبدو، وفق بعض المراقبين والإعلاميين، قادرة على تحمّل وتجاوز كلذ هذه العقوبات الاقتصادية.

وكان المبعوث الأميركي إلى سورية/ الشام جيمس جيفري أعلن متباهياً، في لقاء مع مجاميع من المعارضات السورية في الخارج عبر الفيديو، أنّ العقوبات الأميركية المفروضة على البلاد السورية ساهمت في انهيار قيمة الليرة السورية، وأنّ الحكومة السورية لم تعد قادرة على إدارة سياسة اقتصادية فاعلة، ولا على تبييض الأموال في المصارف اللبنانية بسبب الأزمة الاقتصادية التي تعصف بلبنان أيضاً. وأشار جيفري إلى “أنّ الكونغرس الأميركي يقف وراء قانون سيزر، وأنّ العقوبات المشمولة بقانون حماية المدنيين السوريين ستطال أيّ نشاط اقتصادي بشكل تلقائي، وكذلك أيّ تعامل مع ايران”.

من المعلوم أنّ «قانون سيزر» يستهدف، إلى جانب الحكومة السورية، جميع الأفراد والشركات الذين يقدّمون التمويل للشعب السوري، كذلك يستهدف كمّاً من الصناعات السورية بما في ذلك تلك المتعلقة بالبنية التحتية والصيانة العسكرية وإنتاج الطاقة، وهو يتجاوز حصار سورية/ الشام إلى حصار كلّ من إيران وروسيا والصين وسائر البلدان العربية والأجنبية التي ترغب في إعادة العلاقة مع دمشق، وتشارك في ملف إعمار سورية/ الكيان الشامي.

إنّ مباهاة جيمس جيفري وعجرفته في عرضه لـ «قانون سيزر» ستسقط، لأنه سياسي منافق وكذوب على شاكلة رئيسه دونالد ترامب؛ كما أنّ «قانون سيزر» سيصطدم بصمود الشعب السوري الأسطوري وأيضاً باقتدار الجيش السوري النموذجي.

ويُضاف إلى ذلك، أنّ الرئاسة السورية كانت قد رفضت عروضاً تُقدّر بمئات المليارات من مشيخات الخليج المترهّلة للقبول بفضّ التحالف مع المقاومتين الفلسطينية واللبنانية وأيضاً إيران، وهي العروض نفسها التي حَمَلَها جيفري إلى دمشق ولم تجد آذاناً صاغية، بل اعتبرتها الشام بمثابة «إعلان حرب».

لا يحق للولايات المتحدة أنْ تحاصر الدول التي تناهض سياساتها القمعية، كما لا يحق لها أن تفرض عقوبات اقتصادية على دول حضارية مثل سورية/ الشام، لأنّ أميركا دولة مارقة وقاطعة، فهي تسرق 150 ألف برميل نفط من حقول النفط في شمال شرق سورية/ الشام، أيّ أكثر من أربعة مليارات دولار سنوياً؛ وهي تسرق كذلك 400 ألف طن من القطن سنوياً، أيّ حوالى خمسة مليارات دولار، كما تسرق أكثر من ثمانية ملايين رأس غنم من الثروة الحيوانية السورية.

وقبل سورية كان العراق – البوابة الشرقية لبلاد الشام – حيث فرضت الولايات المتحدة حصاراً جائراً بدءاً من شهر آب عام 1990 مما أدّى إلى وفاة مليون ونصف مليون طفل عراقي نتيجة الجوع ونقص الدواء الحادّ وسط ذهول دول العالم المتمدّن وتشفّي دول الخليج.

ونرى لزاماً علينا التذكير بأنّ المعارض العراقي أحمد الجلبي، الذي كان عميلاً لوزارة الدفاع الأميركية ويتقاضى منها راتباً شهرياً قدره 335 ألف دولار شهرياً، كان الأخير يفخر على الدوام بدوره في إصدار الكونغرس الأميركي» قانون تحرير العراق» عام 1998، والذي أصبح في ما بعد الأساس القانوني لغزو العراق عام 2003 ومن ثم وضع مشروع تقسيمه وتفتيته إلى دويلات طائفية وعرقية.

وعلى شاكلة «الجلبي» انبرتْ المعارضات السورية في الخارج إلى تأييد «قانون سيزر»، ولا عجب في ذلك، فهي تعمل بغالبيتها لدى مخابرات الدول الغربية حيث يقيم (بسام جعارة وجورج صبرا) نموذجاً، وأيضاً لدى المخابرات المركزية الأميركية (سهير الأتاسي ورضوان زيادة) نموذجاً آخر، والتي تُشغّلهم حسب الطلب لمحاربة الدولة السورية، وكذلك محاربة المواطن السوري حتى في لقمة عيشه، وهو الذي ناظر أيوب في الصبر على الشدائد والتحمّل الشاق على خلفية تكريس النهج الوطني والقومي وصولاً إلى البناء والإعمار من خلال التكامل الناجز بين الشعب والجيش والقيادة السورية.

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كيف يُواجَه «قانون قيصر» الإجراميّ ومشتقاته وأمثاله…؟

العميد د. أمين محمد حطيط

تصاعدَ التهويل واشتدّت الحرب النفسية التي تشنّها أميركا على سورية وحلفائها والمتعاملين معها في المجال الاقتصادي والمالي تهويل وضغوط من باب تطبيق “قانون قيصر” الأميركي الكيدي الإجرامي الذي يستهدف خنق الاقتصاد السوري وتجويع الشعب السوري عبر عزل سورية عن العالم اقتصادياً ومنع التعامل معها على أيّ صعيد مالي واستثماري، بقصد دفعها إلى موقع تتخلى فيه عن انتصاراتها في الحرب الكونية التي استهدفتها خلال 10 سنوات ولا تزال، ثم القبول بشروط الاستسلام الأميركي التي طالما رفضتها منذ العام 1973 وحتى اليوم.

بيد أنّ القانون الذي أقرّه الكونغرس الأميركي مستنداً إلى أسباب موجبة لفقها تحت عنوان “محاسبة النظام السوري لانتهاكه حقوق المدنيين السوريين وسلامتهم” يشكل (أيّ القانون) أكبر طعنة لهذه الحقوق في أبسط أشكالها من حيث الغذاء والدواء ومتطلبات العيش الأوّلي الضروري، ولا يغيّر من طبيعته ومفاعيله الإجرامية وتصنيفه كجريمة ضدّ الإنسانية، ادّعاء أميركا انه لن يمسّ بمصالح المدنيين. فأميركا احترفت النفاق والتزوير وتستسهل الكذب والخداع فتقتل الإنسان مدّعية أنها تقدّم له مساعدة للحياة.

فأميركا التي تتشدّق بحقوق الإنسان وتشنّ الحروب زاعمة السعي لحمايتها تحترف وبكلّ وقاحة انتهاك حقوق الإنسان أينما كان. فالسياسة لدى أميركا هي سياسة جمع المال وتراكم الثروات لطبقة من الرأسماليين على حساب الإنسان أينما وجد ولنا في ما يحصل اليوم في مدن أميركا وشوارعها من اضطرابات ومواجهات سببها العنصرية وانتهاك حقوق الإنسان خير مثال على ما نقول، حيث إنّ الحكومة الأميركية تتصرف خلافاً لما تتشدّق به حول حقوق الإنسان إلى الحدّ الذي يجعلنا نعتقد ونؤمن بأنّ مقولة “حماية حقوق الإنسان” هي سلعة أميركية معدّة للتصدير وللاستهلاك الخارجي فقط وليس للتطبيق والاستعمال الداخلي”.

إنّ أميركا وتحت عنوان “حماية حقوق الإنسان السوري”، سنّت قانوناً لتقتل هذا الإنسان ولتشنّ عليه حرباً تؤدي إلى القتل الممنهج عبر قرارات تتخذها هيئاتها الدستورية وتفرضها على العالم في تجاوز واضح لسيادة الدول واستقلالها. ونحن نفهم أنّ تتخذ أميركا تدبيراً تلزم به نفسها ضدّ دولة ما، وهذا حقّ سيادي لها، أما أن تفرض تدبيراً هي قرّرته، وتلزم به دولاً أخرى فهو أمر في منتهى العدوان والانتهاك للسيادة الوطنية لأيّ دولة أجنبية تكرهها أميركا على تطبيق قراراتها العدوانية.

فالجريمة الأميركية من باب “قانون قيصر” ومشتقاته وأمثاله من التدابير الكيدية التي تسمّيها أميركا “عقوبات” خلافاً لمدلول الكلمة الاصطلاحي قانوناً هي جريمة ضدّ الإنسانية يرتكبها من ليس له الصلاحية بالقيام بها. لأنّ العقوبة هي ما تقرّره وتفرضه جهة مخوّلة شرعاً وقانوناً بحقّ طرف وضع تحت سلطتها وكان لها حياله صلاحية العقاب. وأميركا ليست وليّ أمر سورية وليست مخوّلة من أيّ جهة دولية بأن تكون شرطي العالم بل إنها جعلت لنفسها هذه الصلاحية افتئاتاً على القانون والشرعية الدولية وأحكام وقواعد القانون الدولي العالم. وتكون الجريمة الأميركية من باب هذا القانون مركبة من جرائم عدة أوّلها التصدّي لأمر ليس من صلاحيتها، ثانيها عدوان على شعب لم يمارس هو وحكومته أيّ سلوك عدائي ضدّها وثالثها انتهاك لسيادة الدول التي تكرهها أميركا على التقيّد بقانونها. وهنا يطرح السؤال كيف نواجه القرار حتى نعطل مفاعيله ثم هل من طريق لمحاسبة أميركا على جريمتها المتمثلة بهذا القانون وسواه من الجرائم المشابهة؟

نطرح هذا مع علمنا بأنّ أميركا تتصرّف على أساس أنها فوق القانون وأن ليس من سلطة في العالم قادرة على محاسبتها وهي في الوقت الذي تطالب بملاحقة الدول أمام القضاء الدولي لا تقبل بأن تلاحق كدولة أو يلاحق أفرادها لدى هذا القضاء الذي لم توقع على اتفاقيات إنشائه.

أما عن المواجهة فإنها برأينا تكون بمنع تحقيق القرار لأهدافه التي هي في الحدّ الأدنى:

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ـ إطالة أمد الصراع في سورية ومنعها من تحرير ما تبقى من أرضها في يد الإرهاب أو تحت الاحتلال التركي أو الأميركي وترى انّ الخنق الاقتصادي يعطل العمل العسكري ويمنع الحسم.

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ـ حمل الشعب السوري على العودة إلى الشارع والانفضاض من حول قيادته تحت وطأة الجوع والمطالبة أو الاستجابة للمطالب الأميركية بإسقاط النظام.

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ـ منع حلفاء سورية من مساعدتها ومنع تمتين أواصر العلاقات البينية معها وبشكل أدق منعهم من الانتظام في دورة إعادة البناء التي تعمّق الحلف أو الأحلاف الاستراتيجية بين سورية وأصدقائها.

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ـ عرقلة عودة سورية إلى الانتظام في المنظومة الدولية كدولة قوية مؤثرة متمسكة باستقلالها وسيادتها، رافضة أيّ تبعية أو تنازل عن حقوقها وحقوق الأمة خاصة في فلسطين.

هذه هي الأهداف المباشرة التي ترمي أميركا إلى تحقيقها من خلال تطبيق قانون قيصر وأمثاله مما سبق أو قد يلحق من تدابير كيدية تتخذها بحقها وتباهي بها وبكلّ وقاحة وفجور، مؤكدة أنها تؤلم سورية كما سمعنا جيمس جيفري المبعوث الأميركي إلى سورية والمنطقة الذي باهى وبكلّ صلف “انّ تدابير أميركا تسبّبت بانهيار الليرة السورية”… (ما تسبّب بضائقة اقتصادية مسّت المواطن السوري بلقمة عيشه ودواء دائه).

وعليه فإنّ مواجهة هذا التدابير يجب أن تتركز قبل كلّ شيء على منعها من تحقيق أهدافها عبر سلة من التدابير التي تفهم أميركا بأنّ خطتها الإجرامية لن تنجح، ولن تحقق رغباتها في استسلام سورية. فسورية التي عانت ما عانت وضحّت ما ضحّت خلال حرب الدفاع عن نفسها وحققت الانتصار الاستراتيجي التاريخي في إفشال العدوان عليها من المستحيل ان تضيّع ما قدّمت وضحّت به وتسلّم لأميركا بما تريد بمجرد أنها مارست التضييق الاقتصادي عليها. وانّ في الردّ السوري الأوّلي على القانون هذا برفض الإذعان للشروط والإملاءات الأميركية ما يؤكد أنّ سورية اتخذت قرارها بالمواجهة الدفاعيّة ويبقى وضع استراتيجية الدفاع الاقتصاديّ ومطالبة كلّ مَن يعنيه الأمر في الداخل السوري والخارج بالقيام بدوره في هذا الدفاع. دفاع يكون مركباً من تدابير عسكرية وإعلامية واقتصادية وسواها التي تقدّر سورية وحلفاؤها نجاعتها خاصة في مجال:

أ ـ العمل العسكري: حيث سيكون من المفيد العودة إلى الميدان سريعاً واستغلال الظرف الدولي والأميركي القائم والانشغال التركي الحالي واستئناف معركة تحرير إدلب التي اتخذ قرار تحريرها بشكل لا عودة عنه. وسيكون هذا الأمر محرجاً لأميركا عندما يتمّ إنجاز التحرير لأنها ستجد نفسها وحيدة في احتلال شمال شرقي الفرات وستجد إمكان انطلاق المقاومة لمنع إنضاج الحالة الانفصاليّة أمرأ في متناول يد الشعب والدولة السورية وعندها ستوقن أن لا طائل من قيصر وقانونه لأنّ الدولة السورية تعمل لاجتثاث أسس المشروع الأميركي في سورية.

ب ـ العمل الشعبي والإعلامي والحرب النفسية إذ بعد أن أثبت الشعب مناعته في مواجهة الضغوط الأجنبية وقدرته على التحمّل، فإنّ تحصين هذه المناعة والقدرة سيكون مطلوباً من أجل تمتين علاقة الشعب بقائده وحكومته وإفهام أميركا أنّ الجوع لن يخرج الشعب عن مبادئه. طبعاً ويجب أن يترافق ذلك مع أقصى ما يمكن من تدابير من أجل تخفيف الضغط الاقتصادي على الشعب، وهنا ننوّه بما شهدته السويداء مؤخراً من تظاهرات شعبيّة تؤكد رفض العدوان الأميركي وتتمسّك بالدولة المركزية وقيادتها.

ج ـ أما الدور المعوّل عليه وبشكل أساسي فهو دور الحلفاء خاصة إيران وروسيا والصين، وهم جمعاً أو فرادى، قادرون على تحدّي أميركا في قانونها وقادرون على كسر إرادتها ولنا في عملية ناقلات النفط الإيراني الخمس إلى فنزويلا خير مثال. إن بضعة مليارات من الدولات مع عمل شركات هذه الدول داخل سورية كافية لتعطيل مفاعيل قانون قيصر.

د ـ وأخيراً يكون مفيداً جداً الذهاب إلى السوق المشرقيّة والتكامل الاقتصاديّ بين الدول التي تحيط بسورية، لبنان والعراق، إيران ما يعطل مفاعيل انهيار العملة في هذه الدول ويشجع الإنتاج والتبادل البيني للسلع من دون الخضوع لسلطان الدولار.

إنّ سورية ومعها وحلفاؤها خاصة إيران وروسيا والصين قادرون مجدّداً على إفشال أميركا في جريمتها الجديدة، وقادرون على إفهامها أنّ قانونها يسري عليها هي ولا يتجاوزها للغير وان قرارها ليس قدراً، ومن انتصر على أميركا في الميدان وفي مواجهة الإرهاب وفي الحرب النفسية والسياسية قادر أيضاً على إضافة انتصار جديد في المجال الاقتصادي. فأميركا اليوم تتراجع وتنهشها الاضطرابات والارتباكات وغير مؤهّلة لتحقيق نصر مهما كانت طبيعته.

*أستاذ جامعي – خبير استراتيجي

The US Caesar Sanctions, Washington’s Last Stray Bullet against Syria

June 9, 2020 Arabi Souri

Caesar Act - Maximum Pressure by the USA through Sanctions and Intimidation - Shooting Itself

Caesar Act of the sanctions regime is being implemented this month, it’s an unprecedented sanctions bill imposed by the United States of America against a single country preventing that country of any trade with any other party, country, or corporation, that deals with the US dollar or with any US entity in any way. But what does the USA want from imposing such a draconian regime of sanctions against the country that is fighting terror on behalf of the world already double the period of World War II?

Let’s start by reminding that earlier this month, the European Union showed its hypocrisy ever blatantly by renewing its sanctions against the Syrian people because their ‘regime’ is oppressing them, therefore, the EU needs to add more pressure on the Syrian people so their ‘regime’ will stop oppressing them. These EU and also the US sanctions do not include Syrians living in the ‘oasis of freedoms’ under Al-Qaeda terrorists in Idlib or in northeast Syria under the US and the Kurdish separatist SDF militia, the US created and is sponsoring to Israelize parts of Syria.

Adding to the above, all countries that host US military base are also imposing the sanctions and blockade against the Syrian people ‘to help them be free of oppression’, namely the Gulfies and countries with no sovereign decision-making, also the sanctions do not include people living in the aforementioned oases.

The US special envoy to [colonize] Syria, James Jeffrey, said that Washington made an offer to Damascus to avoid the consequences of Caesar’s law and its economic sanctions, and the price is to break its alliance with Tehran and not secure a foothold in Syria.

As there is no US Embassy in Syria, there can be no US Ambassador to Syria, yet surely Jeffrey gets a paycheck from American taxpayers.
Photo taken 3 March after various NATO officials visited Madman Erdogan criminals. Though taken in Turkey, several Turkish & State Department approved sites claimed these Americans illegally entered Syria.

Washington is betting on draining the incubating environment of the Syrian state and striking the home front to increase pressure on Damascus.

The following report by Al Mayadeen talks about the latest US envoy’s statement and followed by an important opinion by the leading political analyst and former Lebanese MP Nasser Qandil, editor in chief of the SSNP Al Binaa newspaper dismantling Ceasar sanctions law, its purpose and effects:

English translation transcript of the above video report:

The US special envoy to Syria, James Jeffrey, said that Washington made an offer to Damascus to avoid the consequences of Caesar’s law and its economic sanctions, and the price is to break its alliance with Tehran and not secure a foothold in Syria.

Washington is betting on draining the incubating environment of the Syrian state and striking the home front to increase pressure on Damascus.

It was no coincidence that James Jeffrey, the US special envoy to Syria, came out with his last statement to say that the measures taken by Washington led to the collapse of the value of the Syrian Lira, and that this indicates that Damascus’s allies are no longer able to provide assistance, and that Damascus is unable to ‘launder’ its money in Lebanese banks which is also in crisis, as he put it.

The opposition and Gulfies (GCC) media were ready at the same time by spreading rumors about the security situation in Damascus after demonstrations in some areas were launched in protest against the deteriorating living conditions and to suggest a comprehensive economic collapse.

It was not a passing thing for Jeffrey to say that Washington had offered President Assad a way out of the crisis, and if he cared for his people, he would accept the offer, and that it wanted a political process that would not lead to regime change but rather to changing its behavior by breaking its alliance from Tehran.

Washington, with its clear political offer, does not want to wait for the consequences of Caesar and the impact of its new sanctions for a long time. It is trying to narrow the time margin and present itself as the savior of the last moments. It is betting on the depletion and restlessness of the incubating environment of the Syrian state with an economic and psychological war, which will put more pressure on Damascus and its allies to accept its terms, or its offer that Jeffrey talked about.

The Syrian answer to the American offer came with the Prime Minister’s statement that Damascus would seek loans from friendly countries to help it in the current economic situation and the collapse of its currency.

Washington wanted to present itself as a savior from sanctions imposed by itself, and the price is not regime change but rather changing its mechanism of political alignment.

Dima Nassif – Damascus, Al-Mayadeen

End of the transcript.

But is Syria alone targeted? And why would such a law sleep for since July 2016 in the drawers of the US Congress and suddenly becomes needed a few months before the US presidential elections? What changed and who it really serves if it mainly targets the Syrian ordinary people as the US envoy himself said?

Nasser Qandil has this view:

Caesar Act – Remnant of a Bullet from a Time that Passed

The circles associated with Washington in the Arab world, including the Lebanese branch for sure, and under the direct auspices of the U.S. embassies, are organizing a campaign entitled Woe and Carnage and Great Harm await you like the effects of the Caesar Law of Sanctions on Syria come into force.

Syria has a greater threat of cutting off the oxygen needed to breathe, and in Lebanon, the intimidation targets, in particular, the resistance allies that the time for sanctions has come, and in Iraq, a campaign entitled don’t you ever think of any economic cooperation with Syria.

It seems to each observer that the real ramifications of the law are these campaigns if we investigate the course of the law, its temporal and spatial location, and what is represented in the context of the equations governing international and regional relations.

It is very important to follow the temporal course of the context of the law and the circumstances of its birth and to link it to the confrontation that was taking place at the time in the region and in the world, and here it appears that the bill was submitted by a group of members of the US Congress in July 2016, i.e. at the height of the battle of Aleppo, and this is clear in its texts in terms of what the text described as “participation in the killing of civilians” and “the complexity of humanitarian access”, in clear references to the spatial circumstances that were targeted by the lawmakers to influence the positions of Syrian allies engaged in the battle and at their forefront Iran, and Hezb Allah, but in particular, Russia, which has been considering options related to participating in the battle or enforcing the truce in cooperation with Turkey, who studies the texts of the law in detail will realize that its major objective is to pressure inside Russia to avoid engaging in the battle for the liberation of Aleppo.

Who will go back to those days and recall the intensity of the diplomatic pressure which was represented by daily sessions of the United Nations Security Council and US and European accusations of Russia participating in the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity, will also discover from the projects of the then-UN envoy, Stéphane de Mistura, the nature of the U.S. plan, which was lacking Russia’s retreat from the battle for the liberation of Aleppo, the battle which changed the face of the war in Syria, and the core plan was to break up Syria into cantons starting with Aleppo under the banner of a self-authority run by the Al-Nusra Front groups in Aleppo, under Turkish sponsorship.

For the law to sleep for three years in the US Congress drawers and to be passed in December 2019 is not normal and shouldn’t be overlooked by the reader, and the three years are the years that have marked the rolling victories of the Syrian Arab Army to make choices for the battle of Idlib between military resolve and political settlement while recognizing that in the settlement, the first is the recognition of the victory of the Syrian state, its president and its army, but in return seeking to maximize the size of Washington and its allies’ share of the cake of power.

Washington, through the law passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump, puts its negotiating paper on the table, which is clear in the provisions of the law where the provisions of the law and sanctions are suspended by decision of the president in the event of signs of a political solution, such as “in case the talks are likely to end with an agreement,” and the bill provides for a date for its expiry with the premise of renewal of course at the end of 2021, which will see the presidential elections in Syria before the expiry date of the law.

Since the passage of the law in the US Congress and the signing of it by President Trump, the Americans have been in negotiations with Russia, which remains the main target of the law as a sponsor of the political process recognized by the U.S. administration, European governments and the United Nations, and have put the law on the table to influence the negotiating process.

It is perhaps surprising that some will address the Russian president’s decision to authorize the Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs to expand the size of the Russian presence in Syria in the context of their attempts to undermine Syrian sovereignty, while it is the Russian negotiating response to the U.S. hinting of the approaching of the law by ignoring the risks the Americans preach through sanctions, which any reasonable person concludes are directed mainly against Russia, taking in consideration that Iran and Hezb Allah are pursued by a more comprehensive and harsh sanctions regime, and the title that the law takes as the entry point for new sanctions against entities and individuals related to accusations of war with including civilians has one title, that is Russia.

Since the signing of the law by President Trump, America has changed and the world has changed, and the law has become a stray bullet in search of a target, rather the remnants of lost fragments being threatened with so that it does not go to waste and it becomes the subject of psychological warfare that goes beyond the provisions of the law and the context of its birth.

The Coronavirus epidemic has created a new America and a new world, and the American street wars have created new priorities, and the Iranian tanker war towards Venezuela has shown the extent of America’s new readiness to confront, as President Trump’s statements and positions show by seeking a Saudi-Russian understanding in the oil sector and calling for trilateral Russian – American and Chinese negotiations on Arms Control, with the intention of easing tensions with Russian President Vladimir Putin and not seeking to escalate it.

In Lebanon, despite all the intimidation, Washington does not need to impose sanctions on the resistance allies by turning towards a law concerning Syria. The Free Patriotic Movement, the main target of this intimidating and psychological warfare campaign, is engaged with Hezb Allah by a public understanding document not linked to Syria. It is more reasonable to say that Washington does not need this lackluster excuse if it wants to subject the Movement and its leadership to the sanctions regime, and it can say in the words of its Secretary of State that it gives all Lebanese political entities that support Hezb Allah and are allied with it three months to declare a clear position that disavows this relationship under the penalty of being included in the sanctions and by instructing the U.S. ambassador in Beirut to prepare a final report to the State Department at the end of the deadline.

It is a psychological war in which the weak fall while Washington sends under the Iraqi table assurances because it fears that its steps be taken seriously towards escalation, that the Caribbean carriers showed that they do not want because a real war may break out in northeastern Syria under the title of resistance to the American occupation, which the Americans a few days ago began to look at ways to gradually hand over to the Russians, and the Russians are the main target sought by the law for their role in Syria, and another war that may begin southern Syria and southern Lebanon if tampering with balances and equations reaches the limits of taboos.

End of Nasser Qandil’s opinion.

The Caesar Act — created from fictitious photos which Qatar paid a London law firm to vett — was put on hold after the 2016 election, by the phony progressives of Capitol Hill, simply because its wording sounded Trumpish. Screengrabs from the original attempt found here.

A non-Trumpish rewritten Caesar Bill was included in Rubio’s S. 1 legislation of early 2019, but that gem did not get off the ground, either.

The Caesar hoax bill was finally passed with the renewal of the Orwellian National Defense Authorization Act, in December 2019. Despite its two previous failures, Caesar was inserted somewhere within the 3,488 page NDAA, which the House had a whopping 19 hours to review, and which most Congress members voted to pass, nonetheless.

Has any foreign policy step taken by the United States of America since at least the early 60s of last century been in favor of the interests of the USA and its citizens and especially its taxpayers and its military servicemen and women footing the bills of the cost of its interventionist adventure in the Arab World (MENA region, if you may) with their hardearned tax money and with their lives, blood, and limbs?

Donald Trump himself was crying that the intervention wars in the ‘Middle East’ cost the USA 7 trillion dollars (Minute 35:13 in the below video) and had nothing in return, and if we add the interest we come to the total debt of the USA towards those who took control of its currency:

https://www.c-span.org/video/standalone/?444641-1/president-trump-remarks-michigan-rally

Whether his figures are correct that’s up to those who elected him and those who advise him to tell, but what we know for stated official facts that the USA spends far too much over its interventions against the Semite people of the Levant than it spends all over its own infrastructure, click here for a fraction of that spending which will only increase times fold with the new pledges announced by the US Secretary of State Pompeo last month.

There’s only one small party benefiting from all the US very costly interventions in the region and that party has nothing to do with the USAians, the US people, it’s a small cult that wants to collect all unwanted Jews from all around the world and dump them as cannon fodders over the land of the real Semite people of the Levant in order to set the stage, as per their own books and publications, for the coming of their Messiah, aka the Anti-Christ. Let that sink in.

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Syria responds to offer to ease sanctions after US mocks economic crisis

By News Desk -2020-06-09

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – Syria criticized the statements of the American envoy, James Jeffrey, about the current situation in Syria, stressing that it affirms that the United States is looking at the region with “Israeli eyes”, and it also represents a recognition by Washington of its responsibility for the suffering of the Syrian people.

An official source in the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told state-owned SANA, “The intensification of sanctions is the other side of the declared war on Syria after the aggressive project staggered in the face of successive defeats of its tools from terrorist groups,” according to the Syrian News Agency.”

The source said, “These statements confirm once again that the United States is looking at the region with Israeli eyes, because the demands that Jeffrey talks about are old and renewed Israeli demands to impose their control on the region.”

He continued: “This American policy, which constitutes a flagrant violation of the most basic human rights and international humanitarian law, will fail again in the face of the Syrians insistence to adhere to the sovereignty of their homeland and the independence of their political and economic options.”

The U.S. envoy to Syria, James Jeffrey, said in a video interview with a number of Syrians abroad two days ago that the U.S. sanctions against Damascus “contributed to the collapse of the value of the Syrian pound” and that “the Syrian regime is no longer able to manage an effective economic policy, or launder money from Lebanese banks, due to the economic crisis that is also affecting Lebanon. ”

He added that “the U.S. Congress stood behind (Caesar’s law), and that the sanctions covered by the law to protect Syrian civilians, will automatically affect any economic activity, as well as any dealings with the Iranian regime.”

The U.S. administration recently approved the “Caesar Law” which comes into effect this month.

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قانون «قيصر» والغاية منه… وعوامل فشله

حسن حردان

لوحظ أنّ التحضير للإعلان عن ما يسمّى قانون «قيصر»، الذي أقرّه الكونغرس الأميركي، لتشديد الحصار المفروض على سورية، بذريعة حماية المدنيين، قد سبقته وصاحبته حملة إعلامية وسياسية ممنّهجة ومكثّفة تولى القيام بها المسؤولون الأميركيون ووسائل الإعلام المرتبطة بالأجندة الأميركية، وهدفت إلى التهويل على سورية، حكومة وشعباً، ومحاولة التأثير على معنويات شعبنا في سورية والنيل من صموده والتفافه حول قيادته، عبر العمل على مفاقمة معاناته الاقتصادية والاجتماعية والمعيشية، والقول له، إنَّ السبيل لوضع حدّ لهذه المعاناة إنَّما يكون بالضغط على قيادة بلاده ودفعها لتقديم التنازلات التي تحقق لواشنطن مكاسب سياسيّة واقتصاديّة لقاء موافقة الإدارة الأميركيّة على تسهيل الحل السياسي ووضع نهاية للحرب الإرهابيّة.. أيّ أنّ واشنطن تُحاول من خلال قانون «قيصر» أن تحقق ما عجزت عن تحقيقه بوساطة الحرب الإرهابيّة التي فشلت في إسقاط الدولة الوطنية السورية المستقلة وتحويل سورية إلى بلد تابع للولايات المتحدة، سياسياً واقتصادياً وعسكرياً وأمنياً…

هذه الخلاصة تَظهر بوضوح من خلال قراءة ما تضمنهُ «قانون قيصر» من استهدافات اقتصاديّة وسياسيّة:

أولاً، اقتصادياً.. يستهدف القانون الدول، لا سيما روسيا والصين وإيران، والشركات والأفراد، الذين يتعاملون اقتصادياً وتجارياً مع سورية، وتهديدهم بعقوبات وتجميد أصولهم المالية إذا لم يوقفوا علاقاتهم الاقتصادية مع سورية.. ويستهدف القانون من خلال ذلك منع سورية من الحصول على قطع الغيار والمعدات والتّجهيزات اللاّزمة لصيانة معاملها ومنشآتها العسكريّة والمدنيّة، والضغط على الشّركات الروسيّة المتخصّصة في مجال الطاقة لوقف وارداتها من الغاز إلى سورية، التي تستورد نحو ٦٠ بالمائة من احتياجاتها المحليّة منه..

ثانياً، سياسياً.. يستهدف القانون دفع الحكومة السوريّة إلى التفاوض مع واشنطن تحت الضغط لانتزاع تنازلات سياسيّة منها، وهذا الهدف تحدث عنه القانون صراحة عندما ترك الباب مفتوحاً للحلّ الدبلوماسي.. حيث سمح للرئيس الأميركي برفع إجراءات الحصار في حال «لمس جدية» في التفاوض من قبل الحكومة السوريّة بشرط، وقف الدعم العسكري الروسي والإيراني للرئيس الأسد، كما يمكن للرئيس الأميركي رفع الإجراءات لأسباب تتعلق بالأمن القومي الأميركي»..

لكن هل أنّ هذه الأهداف الاقتصاديّة والسياسيّة ممكنة التحقق؟ أم أنها ستلاقي الفشل كما فشلت سابقاتها على مدى سنوات الحرب الإرهابيّة التي دخلت عامها العاشر؟

المُدقّق في المعطيات والوقائع الرّاهنة على صعيد سوريّة وحلفائها، وعلى صعيد موازين القوى الإقليميّة والدوليّة يتضحُ له أنّ الفشل هو ما ستحصدهُ الإدارة الأميركية، وأن قانون «قيصر» لن يحقق أهدافه، وذلك للعوامل التالية:

العامل الأول، إنَّ سوريّة اعتادت أصلاً على الحصار الأميركي المفروض عليها منذ بدء الحرب الاستعماريّة بالوكالة، وقد اشتدّ الحصار في السنوات الأخيرة،، وأن سوريّة صمدت في مواجهة هذا الحصار لكونها ترتكز إلى اقتصاد إنتاجي غير ريعي، يوفر نسبة كبيرة من الاحتياجات الغذائية والصحيّة للشعب السوري، على الرغم مما أصاب البنية الإنتاجيّة من تدمير وأضرار فادحة بفعل استهدفها من قبل الإرهابيّين.. ويعود الفضل في بناء هذه البنية الاقتصاديّة الإنتاجيّة إلى السياسات التنّموية التي انتهجها الرئيس الراحل حافظ الأسد في السبعينيات والثمانينيات من القرن الماضي والتي أدت إلى تمكين سورية من تحقيق الاكتفاء الذّاتي في احتياجاتها من الغذاء والدواء، الأمر الذي شكّل رصيداً هاماً مكّن سوريّة من الصمود رغم شراسة الحرب عليها…

العامل الثاني، انّ سوريّة استندت في صمودها ومقاومتها الأسطورّية، ولا تزال إلى دعم كبير وهام من الحلفاء، لا سيما إيران وروسيا والصين، ممّا أسهم في كسر الحصار الأميركي وإحباط أهدافه السياسيّة.. ومن المستبعد أن تتخلى هذه الدول الحليفة لسورية عن مواصلة دعمها وتعاونها الاقتصادي والعسكري والسياسي معها لاعتبارات عديدة أهمّها:

الاعتبار الأول، إنَّ هذه الدّول تواجهُ، كما سوريّة، عقوبات اقتصاديّة أميركيّة، بسبب مواقفها المعارضة بشدة لسياسات الهيمنة الاستعماريّة، وسعي هذه الدّول لإقامة نظام عالمي جديد متعدّد الأقطاب.. ولهذا فإنّ مصلحة هذه الدول الحليفة لسورية إنما تكّمنُ في مواصلة دعمها لها وكسر الحصار المفروض عليها، وإحباط خطط واشنطن لتعويم مشروع الهيمنة الأميركية المتراجعة على الصعيد الدّولي..

الاعتبار الثَّاني، إن الدّول الحليفة لسوريّة تُدرك جيداً أن إحباط أهداف الحصار الأميركي على سورية، وتمكّينها من استكمال انتصاراتها على قوى الإرهاب سوف يُسهم في إسقاط أهداف الولايات المتحدة الساعية إلى تطويق روسيا والصين وإيران وإضعاف قدراتهم على مقاومة الهيمنة الأميركيّة في المنطقة والعالم..

الاعتبار الثَّالث، إنَّ هذه الدّول الحليفة تربطها بسوريّة علاقات استراتيجيّة تتجسّد باتفاقيات ثنائية للتعاون في المجالات كافة، الاقتصاديّة والعسكريّة، إلى جانب محاربة الإرهاب ومواجهة الهيمنة الأميركيّة.. كما تساهم هذه الدول وشركاتها الخاصّة في مشروع إعادة إعمار سوريّة وهي بدأت فعلاً في ذلك، وبالتالي لها مصلحة اقتصاديّة، إلى جانب المصلحة السياسيّة، في مساعدة سوريّة على النّهوض من آثار الحرب، لا سيما أنّ سوريّة تحوزُ على ثرواتٍ هامة وخصوصاً بعد اكتشاف وجود كميّات كبيرة من النفط والغاز في برّها وبحرّها..

العامل الثَّالث، إنَّ الولايات المتحدة الأميركيّة باتت تعاني من تآكل دورها القيّادي العالمي، كما قالت مجلة فورين بوليسي، وذلك بالتّزامن مع تراجع هيمنتها وسطوتها وهيبتها في المنطقة والعالم نتيجة الضعف الذي أصاب عناصر قوّتها الاقتصاديّة والعسكريّة والسياسيّة على خلفية موازين القوى النّاشئة إقليمياً ودولياً من رحم انتصارات سوريّة.. وتنامي قوة الصين الاقتصاديّة وعودة روسيا إلى الحلبة الدّولية كلاعب أساسي، وتنامي قوَّة إيران وفرضها معادلات الردع في مواجهة القوَّة الأميركيّة جواً وبراً وبحراً..

العامل الرابع، إنَّ الولايات المتحدة تعصفُ بها أعنف أزمة اقتصاديّة وماليّة واجتماعيّة عرفتها في تاريخها تزامنت مع تفجر انتفاضة شعبية عارمة اجتاحت أكثر من ٢٢ ولاية أميركيّة ضدّ استفحال سياسة التمييز العنصري في النظام الأميركي على اثر إقدام رجال شرطة على قتل مواطن أميركي من ذوي البشرة السمراء.. هذه التّطورات التي أدخلت أميركا في مرحلة من عدم الإستقرار والاضطراب أضعفت من سلطة وشعبية الرئيس الأميركي ترامب وأغرقتهُ في أزمة كبيرة عشية الانتخابات الرئاسيّة الأميركيّة، التي يطمع فيها للفوز بولاية ثانية.. والحال هذه من الطبيعي أن تُسهم هذه الأزمة في جعل أولويات إدارة ترامب تتركز على الداخل على حساب أولويات الخارج..

العامل الخامس، إنَّ سوريّة، في سياق نهجها الاقتصادي المستقلّ، اتجهت، منذ زمن، في علاقاتها الاقتصاديّة نحو الشرق، لا سيما مع إيران وروسيا والصين، وهي دول تقاوم الحرب الاقتصاديّة الأميركيّة وتعمل على إسقاط أهدافها وبناء منظومة جديدة من العلاقات الاقتصاديّة والتجاريّة الدّولية تقوم على التحرّر من هيمنة الدّولار والنظام المالي الذي تهيمن عليه أميركا منذ انتهاء الحرب.. العالميّة الثَّانية..

لكلّ هذه العوامل فإنّ قانون «قيصر» لن يؤثر كثيراً على الوضع الاقتصادي في سوريّة طالما أنّ حلفاء سوريّة مستمرونُ في التّعاون معها وقادرون على كسر الحصار الأميركي، كما فعلوا طوال سنوات الحرب.. ولهذا ما هو مطلوب عدم الوقوع في فخ الحرب الإعلامية والنفسية التي تستهدف النيل من صمود سورية ومحاولة التأثير على علاقاتها وتحالفاتها الاستراتيجيّة المتينة التي تعمدّت في ميادين القتال ضد قوى الإرهاب المدعوُمة أميركيّاً…

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August 1: when the unemployment runs out and a new era of US labor battles begin

August 1: when the unemployment runs out and a new era of US labor battles begin

May 28, 2020

by Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker Blog

TITANIC LARGEST SHIP IN THE WORLD SINKING

personally I am not sure that the twelvehour day is bad for employees especially when they insist on working that long in order to make more money

— John Dos Passos, The 42nd Parallel, part one of the U.S.A. trilogy

What if the bailouts actually work?

Naturally, socialists aren’t inclined to explore this question, but what’s so interesting is that the Western Mainstream Media doesn’t want to admit the truth: the US bailouts for the lower classes have been hugely effective.

Too effective, they fear, and their fears are entirely correct. Make sure to circle August 1 on your calendar because that will be something of a US class war D-Day.

The Mainstream Media does not want to touch this issue with a 10-foot pole, so we cannot find much coverage of the reality that the Great Lockdown payouts to the lower classes have been – by US standards – incredibly generous. (Note: this article was written last week. The latest Fed Beige Book came out yesterday and addressed this issue, so I bumped this column up in the queue.)

2020 saw the very first “People’s QE”, with $1,200 in direct payments and a $600 increase per week in unemployment insurance until July 31.

Even if the bureaucracy sometimes moved too slowly and there were inevitable issues with this enormous and unprecedented redistribution, the verdict was in immediately: this was a hugely popular success with the lower classes. And why wouldn’t it be? It’s the most generous unemployment payout since the 1930s. For the first time in recent memory governmental policy favoured the lower class worker instead of the upper-middle and upper classes.

The average worker went from $378 per week in state unemployment benefits to $978 per week – a jump of 160%. You ever get a 160% raise before? I haven’t. Indeed, a socialist had to have gotten a lump in their throats when this was announced. One study showed that a whopping 68 percent of unemployed workers who can receive benefits are eligible for payments that are greater than their lost earnings. That number seems a bit high, but the massive desire to support the stay-at-home orders was surely a reflection of a desire to support this radically different approach to poverty prevention.

For the incredibly stingy US system the payout was unexpectedly generous and even based on good sense: the payout was $978 per week because the national average salary for unemployment recipients is $970 per week. It passed the smell test, too: $4,000 per month is a pretty good salary in the US… if you have no kids. However, if you have a very good upper-middle class job then it’s a pay cut, but democratically orienting policy to the needs of the lower classes and not the upper and upper-middle classes in the US? Since when?!

This is when socialists had to think – maybe these bailouts will actually work?

But it’s not as if they pulled the plug on capitalist-imperialist culture, so I think the US 1% made a major mistake in suddenly growing a conscience – they have unwittingly done more to raise class consciousness than any union or socialist party has done for many decades.

Buy some popcorn and watch the show – August 1 is going to see public labor-related rage for the first time since the 1930s.

Big, big problems in almost too many ways to count starting August 1

Michiganders demanding their constitutional right to fish was interesting, courageous and an example of ancestor worship any East Asian would be proud of, but let’s talk turkey about why in May – when it became clear that comparisons of coronavirus with the Spanish Flu of 1918 were obviously tabloid journalism – polls showed so many people refused to go back to work:

The early reopening of the economy was shot in the foot by this “unemployment bailout” – why on earth would the lower classes want to return to their low-paid jobs, where they could contract huge corona-related health care costs, when they can be totally safe and paid better to boot?

Don’t get it twisted for even a moment: the problem was NOT an excessive government handout but the TERRIBLE wages lower class workers have to endure since 1980. What “shot the recovery in the foot”, therefore, was capitalist greed and decades of stagnant wages, not “overly-generous government programs”. If the US had paid proper wages, and had shown proper skepticism to the now-unproven claims of corona hysterics, then they wouldn’t have so many employees telling bosses to take their job and shove it.

And the anger will seethe long-term, because the long, long, LONG overdue payout only sowed the seeds of future class discontent: it took a deadly pandemic for America’s most abused workers to finally get a living wage of above $15/hour. How can the lower classes – who are totally denied class consciousness by the US education system and pop culture – now ever forget that money for them really is there, but it is unfairly redistributed?

The US already has 41 million unemployed officially – given that the median weekly income in the US is $865, we are conservatively talking about 20 million workers who will only go back to work grudgingly on August 1.

The long-term cultural ramifications of that should not be underestimated.

Equally necessary to not underestimate: after August 1 many millions of workers won’t have these proper unemployment benefits nor a job either – at least 25% to up to over 40% of jobs aren’t coming back. So, conservatively, 20-30 million workers are going to get a huge pay cut as they have to survive on the “normal” benefit of just $378 per week.

Again, the cultural ramifications add up to massive discontent.

I think there is no chance that the US 1% authorises an extension of the $600 per week extra past August 1 – it was totally out of keeping with US ideology to begin with, and yet another indicator of the hysteria which swept the US regarding coronavirus. If unemployment benefits remained that high the only choice would be for bosses to raise wages to attract workers, and 40 years of recent shows that simply won’t be allowed to happen in the US.

Congress will, however, likely extend the number of weeks workers can live on the inadequate $378 wage (usually around 6 months in the US) but that will hardly be viewed as sufficient. They are talking about giving a $450 back to work bonus to get workers to accept jobs, and this only shows what a huge mistake the US 1% made amid the corona hysteria (thankfully!) and how they are now scrambling to erase it by offering crumbs.

The Democratic leadership has proposed extending the $600/week until 2021, but that’s typically-empty Democratic electioneering: if they really wanted to protect the lower classes and not corporations then they would have included that proposal in the first bailout package. Democrats waited until they knew extending $600 plus had no chance of getting passed

The cultural discontent will also be amplified and extended by the upcoming US elections in November.

Should we expect on August 1st the media to “play ball” with the 1%, like they normally do, and shepherd the masses to go back to work? Not hardly. I think it’s staggeringly unpatriotic to have “played politics” during this pandemic but nobody would doubt that many journalists, politicians and governors have done and are doing exactly that – why would they stop just a few months prior to Trump’s re-election vote?

(Indeed, whereas pre-corona I viewed Trump as a near-lock to be re-elected the odds of him winning amid such economic depression now seems rather illogical. As he is an extreme narcissist Trump views absolutely everything as being all about him, but I can see why he said back in February that corona was being overhyped to damage him politically.)

Will the fake-leftist MSM agitate in favor of labor/the unemployed army, thus against the 1%? That would be rather amazing, and something not seen since the 1970s, but it actually seems likely because they want to better Democratic election chances. It is only a temporary change caused by the corona hysteria and won’t stick long-term, of course.

Countering the fake-leftist MSM will be the always unwanted presence of Austrians/Chicagoans/Republicans who sanctimoniously rail about the “moral hazard” of “incentivising sloth” – people who never knew working hard at a lousy job yet still being unable to pay the most basic bills – will be equating extending the $600/week with the arrival of Satan, whom they are sure is also a Stalinist socialist. These greedy toads had effectively kept a lid on class consciousness for four decades, but no longer.

By August 1 all will be reminded: the problem remains unequal distribution

The term “working class” is so distorted in US culture that the term has no meaning anymore – I prefer the Iranian term “the lower classes” because everybody instinctively knows if they are in the “upper class” or one of all those “lower classes”. And, far more importantly, is that everyone knows whom they politically support: Mao came from a wealthy family but lived his motto of “Serve the People”, whereas plenty of New York City rappers would set an urban housing project on fire just to get on MTV. Many in the US are aware of Eugene “Daddy Socialist” V. Debs’ saying “while there is a soul in prison, I am not free,” but they are not told what preceded it: “while there is a lower class, I am in it”.

So support/opposition to $600 extra per week is going to go a long way in showing who supports which class.

Ultimately, the bailouts will not work – in terms of aiding society – for the three other major components of the US economy: the small- and medium-sized business, corporations and high finance. Addressing “Will the bailouts work?” for those sectors requires another article, but this column democratically addressed the bailouts’ effect on the largest sector of society – the lower classes.

August 1 will mark a critical new era in which domestic disenchantment with the American system reaches an all-time peak, and then only increase from there. Mark your calendars.

It’s not as if American socialism doesn’t have a history to draw upon for strength and guidance, such as John Dos Passos. The U.S.A. trilogy was ranked 23rd on Modern Library’s 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century, but today Dos Passos has been banished from schools, academia and public consciousness – he chronicled the early years of American socialism.

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Corona contrarianism? How about some corona common sense? Here is my list of articles published regarding the corona crisis.

Capitalist-imperialist West stays home over corona – they grew a conscience? – March 22, 2020

Corona meds in every pot & a People’s QE: the Trumpian populism they hoped for? – March 23, 2020

A day’s diary from a US CEO during the Corona crisis (satire) March 23, 2020

MSNBC: Chicago price gouging up 9,000% & the sports-journalization of US media – March 25, 2020

Tough times need vanguard parties – are ‘social media users’ the West’s? – March 26, 2020

If Germany rejects Corona bonds they must quit the Eurozone – March 30, 2020

Landlord class: Waive or donate rent-profits now or fear the Cultural Revolution – March 31, 2020

Corona repeating 9/11 & Y2K hysterias? Both saw huge economic overreactions – April 1, 2020

(A Soviet?) Superman: Red Son – the new socialist film to watch on lockdown – April 2, 2020

Corona rewrites capitalist bust-chronology & proves: It’s the nation-state, stupid – April 3, 2020

Condensing the data leaves no doubt: Fear corona-economy more than the virus – April 5, 2020

‘We’re Going Wrong’: The West’s middling, middle-class corona response – April 10, 2020

Why does the UK have an ‘army’ of volunteers but the US has a shortage? – April 12, 2020

No buybacks allowed or dared? Then wave goodbye to Western stock market gains – April 13, 2020

Pity post-corona Millennials… if they don’t openly push socialism – April 14, 2020

No, the dollar will only strengthen post-corona, as usual: it’s a crisis, after all – April 16, 2020

Same 2008 QE playbook, but the Eurozone will kick off Western chaos not the US – April 18, 2020

We’re giving up our civil liberties. Fine, but to which type of state? – April 20, 2020

Coronavirus – Macron’s savior. A ‘united Europe’ – France’s murderer – April 22, 2020

Iran’s ‘resistance economy’: the post-corona wish of the West’s silent majority (1/2) – April 23, 2020

The same 12-year itch: Will banks loan down QE money this time? – April 26,

2020

The end of globalisation won’t be televised, despite the hopes of the Western 99% (2/2) – April 27, 2020

What would it take for proponents to say: ‘The Great Lockdown was wrong’? – April 28, 2020

ZeroHedge, a response to Mr. Littlejohn & the future of dollar dominance – April 30, 2020

Given Western history, is it the ‘Great Segregation’ and not the ‘Great Lockdown’? – May 2, 2020

The Western 1% colluded to start WWI – is the Great Lockdown also a conspiracy? – May 4, 2020

May 17: The date the Great Lockdown must end or Everything Bubble 2 pops – May 6, 2020

Reading Piketty: Does corona delay the Greens’ fake-leftist, sure-to-fail victory? – May 8, 2020

Picturing the media campaign needed to get the US back to work – May 11, 2020

Scarce jobs + revenue desperation = sure Western stagflation post-corona – May 13, 2020

France’s nurses march – are they now deplorable Michiganders to fake-leftists? – May 15, 2020

Why haven’t we called it ‘QE 5’ yet? And why we must call it ‘QE 2.1’ instead – May 16, 2020

‘Take your stinking paws off me, you damned, dirty public servant!’ That’s Orwell? – May 17, 2021

The Great Lockdown: The political apex of US single Moms & Western matriarchy? May 21, 2021

I was wrong on corona – by not pushing for a US Cultural Revolution immediately – May 25, 2021


Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for Press TV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. He is the author of the books Ill Ruin Everything You Are: Ending Western Propaganda on Red China’ and the NEW Socialisms Ignored Success: Iranian Islamic Socialism.

Toothless Congress Fails to Limit Presidential War Powers

Toothless Congress Fails to Limit Presidential War Powers ...

Philip Giraldi

May 14, 2020

Some weeks ago, the world woke up to the fact that World War III had just started without anyone being invaded or shots fired. It began when American President Donald J. Trump declared himself to be a “war president” in the fight against the coronavirus, an assertion that now has been followed by a claim that the disease is actually “…really the worst attack we’ve ever had. This is worse than Pearl Harbor. This is worse than the World Trade Center. There’s never been an attack like this,” Pearl Harbor was, of course, the Japanese sneak attack that brought the U.S. into World War II. Invoking the spirit of the war fought by America’s Greatest Generation in the Second World War, Trump has called upon “The people of our country should think of themselves as warriors.”

Fortunately for the U.S. military industrial complex, fighting COVID 19 has apparently not diminished the White House’s zeal to take on other, perhaps better armed and more serious traditional opponents. But of perhaps more interest is the different kind of conflict that has been initiated by the White House in attacking the United States Congress, which has been demonstrating the temerity to deny to the Chief Executive the inherent right to start a war against whomever he feels deserves a bit of “Made in U.S.A.” shock and awe.

This war fought in Capitol Hill in Washington is perhaps more significant than what is going on with coronavirus as its outcome will decide whether post 9/11 executive authority includes a president being able to attack another country that does not directly threaten the United States. Current legislation based on the War Powers Act of 1973 permits a president to respond to an imminent threat without the consent of congress, but the action thus initiated has to be terminated within 60 days. Any conflict lasting longer than that requires a declaration of war by Congress, as is stated in the Constitution of the United States of America.

Trump’s dissent relates to two attempts by Congress to specifically rein in U.S. involvement in the Saudi Arabian aggression against Yemen and also to preempt a possible attempt to attack Iran. On the Yemen resolution (S.J. Res 7), approved last March, the Senate voted 54-46 in favor followed by the House passing the same resolution by a vote of 248 to 177. The Iran resolution (S.J. Res 68), which had bipartisan support through a 55-45 vote in the Senate in February and a 227-186 vote in the House in March, finally reached the president’s desk last Wednesday. Both resolutions were immediately vetoed by the president.

The two resolutions would have limited Trump’s ability to continue an armed conflict or go to war without the specific authorization of Congress. In characteristic fashion, Trump called the latest iteration on Iran “very insulting,” and also criticized its Republican supporters Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida, accusing them of helping the Democrats in the lead up to November’s election. In an official statement explaining his veto, Trump stated that “The resolution implies that the President’s constitutional authority to use military force is limited to defense of the United States and its forces against imminent attack. That is incorrect. We live in a hostile world of evolving threats, and the Constitution recognizes that the President must be able to anticipate our adversaries’ next moves and take swift and decisive action in response.”

To be sure, President Barack Obama and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton contrived to attack Libya even though it in no way threatened the U.S. To do so, the mission was initially framed as humanitarian in nature and NATO was subsequently involved in it so it could be framed as a collective action against a country that posed a potential security threat to the Mediterranean region. President George H. W. Bush and his son George W. likewise were careful to get United Nations authorization for the use of force in the two wars against Iraq and the latter also relied on 2002’s blanket Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) which permitted military action against the perpetrators of 9/11. The AUMF was later expanded to de facto include all “terrorist” groups. Most of those justifications were, of course, nonsense, frequently little more than contrivances based on fabricated intelligence to permit wars of aggression.

Donald Trump’s viewpoint on the authority of the president is somewhat less fastidious, though he has also cited the AUMF. He is currently involved in a litigation going to the Supreme Court over his claim of “temporary absolute immunity” regarding an admittedly politically motivated suit by the Manhattan district attorney to obtain his tax records. He has similarly embraced the idea that he, as commander in chief of the armed forces, can use them as a resource to conduct his foreign policy, an idea possibly put into his head by his belligerent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Conceding that he has that power would grant him de facto authority to intervene anywhere in the world any time based on any pretext. It also ignores the original War Powers Act and Article I Section 8 of the Constitution which gives the sole authority for declaring war to Congress.

Given his propensity to seek military solutions and his belief that he has the absolute authority to do so, Trump has not hesitated to attack Syria several times in spite of there being no imminent treat and his act of war/war crime assassination of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq in January nearly ignited an armed conflict with Iran. Indeed, though Trump has been engaged in “maximum pressure” economic warfare against Iran for the past two years, he and his administration frequently claim that it is only being done to modify Iranian bad behavior.

As there is no chance that Congress will overturn Trump’s veto in an election year in which the Republicans will be counting heads and circling their wagons, we the American people are stuck with a president who believes that he has the authority to use military force as he sees fit. And “as he sees fit” is the danger as “restraint” is not exactly Donald Trump’s middle name. And one has to also recognize that there is another political reality at play. When things are going badly domestically, as with the coronavirus, a war can serve as a great distraction and a demonstration of strong leadership. Let us hope that no one puts that idea into Donald Trump’s head.

The Federal Reserve: More Lethal than Coronavirus

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written by ron paulmonday may 4, 2020

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Last week the Federal Reserve announced it will keep interest rates at or near zero until the economy recovers from the government-imposed shutdown. Following this announcement, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell urged Congress and the Trump administration to put aside any concerns about the deficit and spend whatever it takes to stimulate the economy and combat coronavirus.

The Federal Reserve previously announced it would make unlimited purchases of Treasury securities, thus encouraging Congress and the president to increase spending and debt. With some members of Congress talking about another multi-trillion-dollar stimulus bill, and with President Trump proposing a two trillion dollars infrastructure plan as a way to get Americans back to work, it is obvious, and not surprising, that Congress and President Trump gleefully agree with Powell’s advice.

Increasing the purchase of federal debt is not the only action the Fed has taken in a desperate attempt to keep the economy afloat. Since the coronavirus lockdowns began in early March, the Fed has greatly expanded its balance sheet. The Federal Reserve has also launched an unprecedented program to “loan” money directly to businesses.

While some states are beginning to end the lockdowns, it may be months or even another year before all the lockdowns are finally ended. It is unlikely that the economy will completely recover after the shutdown ends.

The economy was teetering on the brink of a recession months before anyone heard of coronavirus. Last September, a panicked Fed began emergency infusions of cash into the repurchasing market, which is where banks make short-term loans to each other. The Fed’s balance sheet expansion also began in September. The Fed was also pushing interest rates down before the coronavirus panic, and it will likely keep rates at or even below zero long after the crisis related to the shutdown subsides.

Economic stagnation combined with zero or negative interest rates remove incentive for people to save. This depletes the supply of private capital available to invest in businesses and jobs. The lack of private capital will put pressure on the Federal Reserve to maintain, and even expand, its new lending programs indefinitely.

Each of the Federal Reserve’s responses to the coronavirus shutdown increases the distortions of the market caused by the Federal Reserve’s meddling with the money supply and interest rates. These increased distortions guarantee the inevitable crash will be much more severe than the current downturn. The one upside is that the next meltdown will likely lead to the end of the fiat money system and thus the end of the welfare-warfare state.

The only way to minimize the coming crisis is to begin immediately unwinding the current system. The first step is to end the lockdown and let businesses reopen and people go back to work. Congress must then begin challenging monetary policy by passing the Audit the Fed bill. Congress should also cut spending, starting with ending our hyper-interventionist foreign policy and bringing the troops home. Ending the welfare-warfare state and the fiat money system may cause some short-term pain, but that pain will be dwarfed by the long-term gains in liberty, peace, and prosperity.

Trump veto’s Iran War Powers resolution, bill was passed after Soleimani’s assassination

By News Desk -2020-05-07

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump has vetoed the Iran War Powers resolution, putting an end to a bill that would have limited his ability to wage war against the Islamic Republic.

The resolution was previously passed in January after Trump ordered the assassination of Quds Force commander Major General Qassem Soleiamni.

In March, federal lawmakers passed a resolution amending the War Powers Act of 1973 by requiring the president to obtain Congressional approval before ordering military actions against other states.

“Congress should not have passed this resolution,” the White House said in a Wednesday press release announcing the veto decision.

“This was a very insulting resolution, introduced by Democrats as part of a strategy to win an election on November 3 by dividing the Republican Party,” the statement reads. “The few Republicans who voted for it played right into their hands.”

Trump further argued the resolution was “based on misunderstandings of facts and law,” adding that his January 3 order to assassinate Iranian Quds Force commander Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani with a drone strike outside Baghdad Airport “was fully authorized by law, including by the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 and Article II of the Constitution.”

The 2002 AUMF gave then-President George W. Bush the congressional authority to order the invasion of Iraq in order to depose Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

“Finally, S.J. Res. 68 would have greatly harmed the President’s ability to protect the United States, its allies, and its partners,” the statement continues. “The resolution implies that the President’s constitutional authority to use military force is limited to defense of the United States and its forces against imminent attack. That is incorrect. We live in a hostile world of evolving threats, and the Constitution recognizes that the President must be able to anticipate our adversaries’ next moves and take swift and decisive action in response. That’s what I did!”

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Congressmen Press Trump to Lift Iran Sanctions amid ‘Borderless’ Pandemic

Congressmen Press Trump to Lift Iran Sanctions amid ‘Borderless’ Pandemic

By Staff, Agencies

Dozens of US legislators have written to top officials in the administration of US President Donald Trump, calling for the suspension of economic sanctions against Iran, which is fighting, along with other world states, to contain a new coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter sent on Tuesday to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, over 30 members of Congress urged the Trump administration to step in with humanitarian aid rather than worsening the situation.

“Rather than continue to invoke new sanctions in the Iranian people’s hour of need, we urge you to substantially suspend sanctions on Iran during this global public health emergency in a humanitarian gesture to the Iranian people to better enable them to fight the virus,” the letter read.

Additionally, we encourage the US to find a way to deliver aid directly to the Iranian people to support their fight against Coronavirus, the letter noted.

“By targeting an entire economy that supports more than 80 million people, US sanctions make it harder for ordinary Iranians to obtain basic necessities like food and hygienic supplies essential to stemming the pandemic and that are basic to survival,” it added.

The US reinstated its sanctions against Iran in May 2018 after leaving a United Nations-endorsed nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic and five other countries.

Calls have recently been growing on the international stage for the US to ditch its illegal anti-Iran bans, which have hampered the country’s access to lifesaving medical supplies during the battle against the coronavirus.

Several types of medical equipment essential for fighting the fast-spreading disease are on a list of dual-use items that require specific US Treasury authorization.

Iran has been among the countries hardest hit by COVID-19, recording over 44,600 infections and 2,898 deaths.

Over the past two weeks, however, the US government has issued three rounds of new sanctions targeting companies doing business with Tehran, defying criticism from the UN as well as several countries, political figures and prominent humanitarian organizations.

Elsewhere in their letter, the American lawmakers denounced the fresh punitive measures against Iran as “callous and short-sighted.”

“Sanctions relief that should be considered are those that encompass major sectors of the Iranian economy, including those impacting civilian industries, Iran’s banking sector and exports of oil, and should last for at least as long as health experts believe the crisis will continue,” the letter said.

“Failure to do so risks inhibiting the delivery of key humanitarian goods and putting the Iranian people into further health and economic peril,” it added.

It further stressed that the coronavirus outbreak in Iran threatened the economic and security interests of the US and its allies in the region.

“Pandemics know no borders. Allowing this crisis to become more dire in Iran threatens significant harm not only to the people of Iran but also to people in the United States and around the world,” the letter read.

Will Coronavirus End the Fed?

By Rep. Ron Paul

Global Research, March 31, 2020

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity 

30 March 2020

September 17, 2019 was a significant day in American economic history. On that day, the New York Federal Reserve began emergency cash infusions into the repurchasing (repo) market. This is the market banks use to make short-term loans to each other. The New York Fed acted after interest rates in the repo market rose to almost 10 percent, well above the Fed’s target rate.

The New York Fed claimed its intervention was a temporary measure, but it has not stopped pumping money into the repo market since September. Also, the Federal Reserve has been expanding its balance sheet since September. Investment advisor Michael Pento called the balance sheet expansion quantitative easing (QE) “on steroids.”

I mention these interventions to show that the Fed was taking extraordinary measures to prop up the economy months before anyone in China showed the first symptoms of coronavirus.

Now the Fed is using the historic stock market downturn and the (hopefully) temporary closure of businesses in the coronavirus panic to dramatically increase its interventions in the economy. Not only has the Fed increased the amount it is pumping into the repo market, it is purchasing unlimited amounts of Treasury securities and mortgage-backed securities. This was welcome news to Congress and the president, as it came as they were working on setting up trillions of dollars in spending in coronavirus aid/economic stimulus bills.

Read more: Global Economy: Is the ‘Mother of all Bubbles’ About to Pop? QE on Steroids

This month the Fed announced it would start purchasing municipal bonds, thus ensuring the state and local government debt bubble will keep growing for a few more months.

The Fed has also created three new loan facilities to provide hundreds of billions of dollars in credit to businesses. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has stated that the Fed will lend out as much as it takes to revive the economy.

The Fed is also reducing interest rates to zero. We likely already have negative real interest rates because of inflation. Negative real interest rates are a tax on savings and thus lead to a lack of private funds available for investment, giving the Fed another excuse to expand its lending activities.

The Fed’s actions may appear to mitigate some of the damage of the coronavirus panic. However, by flooding the economy with new money, expanding asset purchases, and facilitating Congress and the president’s spending sprees, the Fed is exacerbating America’s long-term economic problems.

The Federal Reserve is unlikely to end these emergency measures after the government declares it is safe to resume normal life. Consumers, businesses, and (especially) the federal government are so addicted to low interest rates, quantitative easing, and other Federal Reserve interventions that any effort by the Fed to allow rates to rise or to stop creating new money will cause a severe recession.

Eventually the Federal Reserve-created consumer, business, and government debt bubbles will explode, leading to a major crisis that will dwarf the current coronavirus shutdown. The silver lining is that this next crisis could finally demolish the Keynesian welfare-warfare state and the fiat money system.

The Federal Reserve’s unprecedented interventions in the marketplace make it more urgent than ever that Congress pass, and President Trump sign, the Audit the Fed bill. This would finally allow the American people to learn the truth about the Fed’s conduct of monetary policy. Audit the Fed is a step toward restoring health to our economic system by ending the fiat money pandemic that facilitates the welfare-warfare state and the unstable, debt-based economy.

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I will not let Hillary intimidate me or other patriotic Americans into silence

I love our country. I’ve served as a soldier for nearly 17 years, deployed twice to the Middle East, and served in Congress for over 7 years. If Hillary & allies can destroy my reputation by implying I am a traitor to the country I love, they can do it to anyone #StandWithTulsi

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