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  • Princeton Study Confirms 'US Is An Oligarchy'

    04/17/2014 7:20:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 4/17/14 | tyler durden
    Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But we believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened. - From a recent...
  • EU spy chief rules out Russian military presence in Ukraine

    04/16/2014 11:15:12 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 24 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 04-16-2014 | Staff
    There is no large Russian military presence in East Ukraine, head of EU intelligence, Commodore Georgij Alafuzoff, has said. The spy chief has dismissed multiple accusations from the West alleging Russian involvement in the unrest in the region. In an interview with Finnish national news broadcaster, Yle, Alafuzoff said the Russian military had nothing to do with the seizing of government buildings in eastern Ukraine. “In my opinion, it’s mostly people who live in the region who are not satisfied with the current state of affairs,” said Alafuzoff, referring to the situation in East Ukraine. He went on to say...
  • Syrian opposition fighters obtain US-made anti-tank missiles

    04/17/2014 3:38:53 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 22 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | April 16, 2014 | Karen DeYoung
    Syria's opposition fighters have been supplied with U.S.-made anti-tank missiles, the first time a major American weapons system has appeared in rebel hands. It is unclear how the rebels obtained the wire-guided missiles, which are capable of penetrating heavy armor and fortifications and are standard in the U.S. military arsenal. The United States has sold them in the past to Turkey, among other countries, and the Pentagon approved the sale of 15,000 of the weapons to Saudi Arabia in December. Both countries aid Syrian opposition groups. U.S. officials declined to discuss the origin of the weapons but did not dispute...
  • UN agency's choices to replace Richard Falk at Palestinian post accused of anti-Semitism

    04/09/2014 8:15:16 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 08, 2014
    Under pressure from Arab nations, the United Nations Human Rights Council has rejected a U.S.-backed choice to replace its outgoing point man on Palestine, and is now eyeing two candidates who share a long history of alleged anti-Israel bias. The current front-runner to replace Richard Falk, a 9/11 truther who once praised Ayatollah Khomeinei and was reliably anti-Israel while serving as the council's special rapporteur on Palestinian rights, is Christine Chinkin, a law professor at the London School of Economics. Chinkin authored the Goldstone report, an infamous UN study on the Gaza conflict that was repudiated by Israel. A dark...
  • Rand Paul’s Hostile Takeover of the Republican Party Is Getting More Hostile

    04/10/2014 9:52:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | April 10, 2014 | Jonathan Chait
    Republicans, I come in peace.Until very recently, Rand Paul’s project of insinuating himself comfortably within the Republican Party, and positioning himself as a plausible presidential nominee, had gone along with remarkable ease. Yes, the author of his campaign book turned out to be an unreconstructed neo-Confederate. That was a speed bump. (Who among us has not entrusted the explication of his worldview to a man who has cheered on the assassination of President Lincoln?) Paul had staged a masterful piece of political theater with his marathon Senate speech denouncing the Obama administration’s drone policy. He has assembled a top-tier campaign...
  • US Contractor Greystone Denies Its ‘Mercenaries’ in Ukraine

    04/08/2014 4:29:43 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | 4/8/2014 | Kirit Radia, James Gordon Meek, Lee Ferran and Ali Weinberg
    The Russian government today claimed there are more than 100 American 'mercenaries' from a defense contracting company disguised as Ukrainian troops in the embattled former Soviet nation, a claim the American firm and top U.S. officials deny. ... The latest news relesae from Greystone, as posted on a company blog, is from September 2012, titled "New business in Russia" and simply says the company "provided executive protection services in Russia." In April 2012, the company announced it had been awarded a similar contract in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. ...
  • GBTV: Glenn analyzes Ron Paul's record (Soros ties exposed)

    01/04/2012 8:07:32 AM PST · by LSUfan · 25 replies
    GBTV ^ | 3 January 2012 | Glenn Beck
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFSHGhq19CM&feature=share
  • War Party Oligarch

    04/01/2014 4:06:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Is the Republican Party's Middle East policy up for bid? For four days ending Sunday, a quartet of presidential hopefuls trooped to Las Vegas to attend the annual gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Impresario: Sheldon Adelson, the Vegas-Macau casino mogul whose fortune is estimated at $39 billion -- 8th richest man on the planet -- and who dumped $92 million into the election of 2012. Adelson kept Newt Gingrich alive with a $15 million infusion of ad money, gutting Romney, and then sank $30 million into Mitt's campaign. This time Sheldon wants to buy himself a winner. Ari Fleischer,...
  • 30,000 Alaskans sign petition to ditch US, rejoin Russia

    03/29/2014 1:46:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/29/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Unrest in the nation must be running high if people are looking for ways to pull up stakes and leave the union entirely. Some Texans petitioned the White House to break away in 2012, though not much came of the effort. Possibly my favorite breakaway story was that of the Conch Republic, which seceded from the US in 1982, immediately suing the government for $1B in war damages.Despite the lack of success on the part of these previous efforts, they all had one thing in common. They weren’t looking to join up with any other nations, but rather to strike...
  • Turkey Warns of Syrian Intervention to Protect Ancient Tomb

    03/28/2014 3:02:21 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 3 replies
    Voice of America News ^ | March 27, 2014 | Dorian Jones
    Turkey has warned it will take any necessary steps to protect the Suleyman Shah tomb in Syria if it comes under attack. The tomb, which is protected by Turkish soldiers, is located in the city of Aleppo in Syria near the Turkish border and Ankara considers it to be Turkish territory. Turkey’s political leadership has reacted strongly to a threat made by the radical group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS, to attack the Suleyman Shah tomb protected by Turkish soldiers in Syria. Tensions recently have been on the rise with Ankara strongly condemning ISIS’s tactics in Syria....
  • Netanyahu Orders Israel Army To Prepare For Possible Military Strike Against Iran In 2014

    03/19/2014 8:36:58 AM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    zero hedge | 3/19/14 | tyler durden
    Back in 2013 it was Syria where the world was gearing for imminent military action after a relentless series of false flag provocations by the United States (intent on securing a Qatar gas pipeline to Europe) which in the last minute was deftly diffused by Vladimir Putin. In 2014, it was the Ukraine's turn, and after a prolonged campaign orchestrated by Victoria Nuland and the US State Department (again) which succeeded in the now traditional violent coup (see Egypt and Libya), once again saw Putin victorious, after yesterday's annexation of the all important Crimean peninsula, achieved without the firing of...
  • Staying Out of Other People's Wars

    02/08/2014 11:41:02 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Sunshine State News ^ | February 8, 2014 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    "If these negotiations [with Iran] fail, there are two grim alternatives," said Sen. Richard Durbin, "a nuclear Iran, or war, or perhaps both." Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham returned from the Munich security conference saying that even John Kerry agrees that President Obama's Syrian policy has failed. They are urging another look at air strikes. North Korea is warning that should the annual U.S.-South Korean military exercises go forward in March, it could mean war, possibly nuclear war. Philippines President Benigno Aquino III this week compared his country's situation to Czechoslovakia in 1938, and the disputed islets off his...
  • Kerry: threat of US force against Syria 'remains real'

    09/15/2013 12:56:47 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 18 replies
    google hosted news ^ | Sept 15, 2013 | AFP
    JERUSALEM — The threat of US military action against Syria remains "real", Washington's top diplomat said on Sunday a day after striking a deal with Russia to destroy Damascus's chemical weapons stockpile. "The threat of force remains, the threat is real," US Secretary of State John Kerry said at a news conference in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "We cannot have hollow words in the conduct of international affairs." Kerry's remarks were made following a four-hour meeting with Netanyahu at which the two men discussed the US-Russian agreement on eradicating Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons, and also talked...
  • How Does Obama Measure Up: Putin and Obama Side by Side; I Reflect, You Decide.

    09/15/2013 12:55:36 PM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 14 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 9-15-2013 | MOTUS
    Vladimir Putin (5'7", allegedly), let’s review: His first term as President of Russia coincided with George W. Bush’s stolen American Presidency. I hate this American President, his stick is much bigger than mine From 2000-2008 Putin tried, more or less, to make nice with America and the West. Accordingly, he confined most of his inner-machismo to his big game hunts; and dealing with internal enemies. Ask Litvinenko: Is polonium a chemical weapon? Then, when GWB’s second term was over, he gave Dmitry Medvedev (5'4") In Russia, the difference between 5'7" and 5'4" is what they say it is. a “short”...
  • Russian TV Host Invites McCain to Speak on Syria

    09/15/2013 12:34:07 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 26 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | September 15, 2013 | Staff
    MOSCOW, September 15 (RIA Novosti) – A Russian state TV host has invited US Senator John McCain to take part in his show and discuss his stance on Syria. Popular Russian TV presenter Vladimir Solovyov said Sunday that the Republican senator known for his critical views on Russia’s leadership can appear in his show to respond to President Vladimir Putin’s recent article in the New York Times on Syria. “On our behalf, the broadcaster and myself invite Senator McCain, who wanted to respond to Putin’s letter … to the Sunday Night program,” Solovyov said on Sunday. McCain said earlier that...
  • Syria: nearly half rebel fighters are jihadists or hardline Islamists, says IHS Jane's report

    09/15/2013 12:34:09 PM PDT · by Dysart · 18 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 9-15-2013
    Nearly half the rebel fighters in Syria are now aligned to jihadist or hardline Islamist groups according to a new analysis of factions in the country's civil war.Opposition forces battling Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria now number around 100,000 fighters, but after more than two years of fighting they are fragmented into as many as 1,000 bands. The new study by IHS Jane's, a defence consultancy, estimates there are around 10,000 jihadists - who would include foreign fighters - fighting for powerful factions linked to al-Qaeda.. Another 30,000 to 35,000 are hardline Islamists who share much of the outlook of...
  • The Adults’ Debate on Syria: Just War Theory

    09/15/2013 12:32:23 PM PDT · by RBStealth · 5 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 13, 2013 | George Weigel
    Might moral theology, in the form of the venerable just-war tradition of moral reasoning, point a path beyond the fantastic mess that is American policy toward an imploding Syria — a fiasco created by the Obama administration’s dangerous combination of ideological besottedness, fecklessness, and mind-boggling incompetence? The question is not as odd as it may seem at first blush. For the better part of 1,500 years, the just-war tradition — initially developed by such sophisticated thinkers as Augustine and Thomas Aquinas — has provided a framework for collaborative deliberation about ordering various means (armed force and other instruments of political...
  • Candy Crowley: ´Who Cares´ if Putin Gained from Syria Deal?

    09/15/2013 11:47:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/15/13 | Staff
    CNN´s "State of the Union" host Candy Crowley asked House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers whether it makes any difference that Vladimir Putin and Russia got the upper hand over the U.S. in the deal struck on Syria´s chemical weapons.
  • Obama praises deal with Russia on Syria, but cautions that work remains

    09/15/2013 10:35:00 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 13 replies
    FOX News ^ | Sept 15, 2013
    President Barack Obama praised an agreement reached Saturday between the U.S. and Russia, saying it offers a chance to destroy Syria's huge stockpile of chemical weapons and promises to end the threat the weapons pose to the region and the world as well as the Syrian people. Obama said in a statement Saturday that the international community expects Syria to "live up to its public commitments" to hand over its chemical weapons stockpile. Warning that the U.S. "remains prepared to act" if Syria falls short, he also cautions that more work remains even after the progress the deal represents. ~~snip...
  • Obama says Iran shouldn’t misinterpret U.S. response to Syria

    09/15/2013 10:33:51 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/15/13 | Z Goldfarb
    [The Clown] declared that the United States is still prepared to act militarily to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons despite the decision to pursue a diplomatic deal and not strike Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons. He also acknowledged that his approach to the Syria crisis has been uneven, but defended it... Obama spoke in an interview broadcast Sunday on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos,” taped Friday before the United States and Russia agreed on a plan to bring Syrian chemical weapons under international control in order to avoid military strikes.
  • Syrian official declares 'victory,' thanks Russia

    09/15/2013 10:24:31 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept 15, 2013
    (CNN) -- A Syrian minister declared "victory" for his country on Sunday, thanking Russia for orchestrating a chemical weapons deal to avert U.S. military action, Russia's state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported. "We welcome these agreements. On the one hand, they will help Syrians come out of the crisis, and on the other hand, they prevented the war against Syria by having removed a pretext for those who wanted to unleash it," National Reconciliation Minister Ali Haidar was quoted as saying. He called the deal an achievement of Russian diplomacy, and "a victory for Syria won thanks to our Russian...
  • Top House Democrat and Republican agree Putin leading on Syria

    09/15/2013 10:15:06 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 8 replies
    FOX News ^ | Sept 15, 2013
    A top House Democrat and Republican differed Sunday about how the United States' effort to solve the Syria crisis swerved from a threat of military force to a possible diplomatic solution, but they agreed that Russian President Vladimir Putin is now leading the effort. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., argued that a potential diplomatic solution couldn’t have been possible without President Obama first saying the U.S. would take military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad for an Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack that killed nearly 1,500 of his own people. “We wouldn’t be at this point if not for the...
  • CNN’s Crowley: ‘Do We Really Care that Russia Got the Diplomatic Edge?’

    09/15/2013 10:05:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 15, 2013 | Staff
    CNN’s State of the Union host Candy Crowley asked Rep. Mike Rogers (R., Mich.) if the U.S. really cared whether Russia had the diplomatic edge in the deal over Syrian chemical weapons, which provides a framework for the destruction or removal of them over the next year. Rogers explained the deal was a “Russian plan for Russian interests” before Crowley cut over him with her question Sunday. Rogers replied that it was serious because the U.S. had given away the credibility of its military force by allowing Russia to take the lead in the region. “The Syria plan has been...
  • Syrian minister calls chemical weapons deal a Russian-won 'victory' over U.S.

    09/15/2013 10:00:01 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 2 replies
    Syrian minister calls chemical weapons deal a Russian-won 'victory' over U.S. 10:09am EDT MOSCOW (Reuters) - Syria's Minister for National Reconciliation said on Sunday that the chemical weapons agreement between Russia and the United States was a "victory" for Damascus, won by its Russian allies, and had taken away the pretext for war. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on Saturday in Geneva on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to account for his chemical weapons within a week. The deal may avert U.S. military strikes. "This agreement, an achievement of Russian diplomats and the...
  • Syria: The Shocking Truth Incriminates the USA

    09/15/2013 10:58:33 AM PDT · by yldstrk · 51 replies
    Pravda ^ | September 12, 2013 | Columnists
    Firstly let us take a look at the "evidence" Obama and Kerry were peddling. For a start, John Kerry makes his mark under Peter's Principle as a failed Presidential candidate. As a diplomat and statesman, as US Secretary of State, he is either an incompetent jackass or else he is a barefaced, blatant liar, either case rendering him totally unfit for the job. One of the photos he was waving around as evidence to incriminate President Al-Assad was taken in Iraq in 2003.
  • Obama's Blink on Syria Could Bring Peril to Allies

    05/02/2013 4:46:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2013 | Michael Barone
    "We're eyeball to eyeball, and I think the other fellow just blinked," Secretary of State Dean Rusk famously said during the Cuban missile crisis. Barack Obama has been doing a lot of blinking lately. On Syria especially. "There would be enormous consequences if we start seeing movements on the chemical weapons front or the use of chemical weapons," he said back in August 2012. Chemical weapons were a "red line." Presumably the president hoped that his statement would deter Bashar Assad's embattled regime from using chemical weapons. And presumably he hoped that his demand in 2011 for Assad to relinquish...
  • The President’s Next Act: Blaming the GOP For Government Shutdown He Will Engineer

    09/14/2013 8:34:35 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 35 replies
    Hugh Hewitt.com ^ | September 13, 2013 | Hugh Hewitt
    And while the old canards are rolled out, the president will try and force a shutdown of the government for which they will blame the Republicans in an attempt to get the MSM back in its grove of loving POTUS and hating the Speaker. He has to bump headlines like this one from Friday’s Times: “Listing Demands, Assad Uses Crisis to His Advantage.” To repeat: Again and again and again, the House has to pass bills that it points to while demanding that the Senate act on the same subject matter and proceed to the conference where the bills are...
  • What Putin Got Right

    09/15/2013 5:14:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 15, 2013 | Derek Hunter
    It’s a sad day for the United States when the president of any other country, but especially Russia, can outmaneuver our president and successfully claim the moral high ground on anything. But that’s exactly what happened thanks to President Obama's feckless “foreign policy by gaffe” – if you can even it call it policy – toward Syria in recent weeks. But in the course of seizing that high ground, Vladimir Putin got a couple of things wrong. He wrote a column in The New York Times Wednesday that concluded, “My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by...
  • Petition - Give to President Putin the Nobel Peace Prize Mr. Obama was given in 2009.

    09/15/2013 5:07:15 AM PDT · by ricmc2175 · 10 replies
    White House ^ | 9/11/2013 | White House
    Give to President Putin the Nobel Peace Prize Mr. Obama was given in 2009. Whereas Mr. Obama made a sincere commitment to starting a war with Syria, engaging our military in unwanted conflict, and doing so without the support of his people we resolve that Mr. Obama should deliver the Nobel Peace prize given to him in 2009 to a man of Peace, the President of Russia, Mr. Putin. Where as Mr. Putin enabled the United States to avoid an unwanted and unwarranted military action he has brought us to the "brink" of peace.
  • Biden to face anti-war Democrats at Iowa picnic

    09/15/2013 8:30:22 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    MSN ^ | 9/15/13 | Thomas Beaumont
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Vice President Joe Biden is heading into the belly of Democrats' anti-war opposition, venturing into a politically influential heartland state for the first time since President Barack Obama publicly endorsed a possible military strike on Syria. Biden is scheduled to headline a fundraiser in Iowa Sunday for Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, an annual steak picnic for the senator who is popular with anti-war Democrats. Even if Biden sidesteps talk of Syria, the issue will be as much a part of the backdrop as the bales of hay and smoke from the grilling steaks, and in a...
  • Putin hits a nerve with jibe at U.S. belief in its special status

    09/15/2013 7:36:34 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 31 replies
    National Post ^ | September 13, 2013 | Kelly McParlan
    As if it didn’t have enough problems on its hands, the U.S. now finds itself in a debate over one of the unchallenged notions of U.S. national consciousness. The argument was set off by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who clearly knows what buttons to press to quickly get Americans riled up. Button number one is American “exceptionalism, the notion that the U.S., based on its values and history, occupies a unique place in the world.
  • Al-Qaida leader calls for attacks inside US [Obama's "allies" in Syria]

    09/13/2013 6:21:50 AM PDT · by xzins · 85 replies
    Daytona Beach News Journal ^ | 13 sep 13 | MAAMOUN YOUSSEF
    Al-Qaida's leader on Friday marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks by calling on Muslims to strike inside the United States, with big attacks or small, using any opportunity they can to "bleed" America financially. In an audio message released two days after the 12th anniversary of the attacks, Ayman al-Zawahri said America is not a "mythic power" and that the mujahedeen - Islamic holy warriors - can defeat it with attacks "on its own soil." Al-Zawahri, the successor to Osama bin Laden, used the anniversary to argue that the United States can be defeated by targeting its...
  • Report: Syria transported chemical weapons to Iraq

    09/15/2013 9:02:56 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 16 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | September 15, 2013 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    Lebanese daily says 20 trucks crossed into Iraq last week, bearing equipment and material used for manufacturing chemical weapons. Syria has moved 20 trucks worth of equipment and material used for the manufacturing of chemical weapons into neighboring Iraq, the Lebanese daily Al-Mustaqbal reported on Sunday. The newspaper reported that the trucks crossed the boundary separating Syria with Iraq over the course of Thursday and Friday. Border guards did not inspect the contents of the trucks, which raises suspicions that they contained illicit cargo, according to Al-Mustaqbal.
  • U.S. Officials: CIA Has Been Supplying Arms To Syrian Rebels For Weeks

    09/12/2013 5:20:10 AM PDT · by xzins · 121 replies
    TPM ^ | September 12, 2013 | KIMBERLY DOZIER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the CIA has been delivering light machine guns and other small arms to Syrian rebels for several weeks, following President Barack Obama’s decision to arm the rebels. The agency has also arranged for the Syrian opposition to receive anti-tank weaponry like rocket-propelled grenades through a third party, presumably one of the Gulf countries that has been arming the rebels, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official and two former intelligence officials. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the classified program publicly.
  • Qaeda tells Syria fighters to shun secularists in sign of deeper rebel rift

    09/15/2013 8:00:32 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 18 replies
    Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has told the Islamist militants who are some of Syria's toughest opposition forces to avoid alliances with other rebel fighters backed by Gulf Arab states and the West. His comment reflects a deepening rift between groups of the Western- and Arab-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) and guerrillas sympathetic to Zawahri's ultra hardline network, which seeks to wage a transnational armed campaign against the West
  • AMERICA’S WAR-HORSE HARLOTS (The shame is boundless, the rape obscene.)

    07/28/2012 4:54:02 AM PDT · by a_Turk · 7 replies
    BRIGHTENING GLANCE ^ | 6/29/2012 | James Ryan
    AMERICA’S WAR-HORSE HARLOTSStoop, Romans, Stoop,And let us bathe our hands in Caesar's bloodUp to the elbows, and besmear our swords;Then walk we forth, even to the market-place,And waving our red weapons o'er our heads,Let's all cry, "Peace, freedom, and liberty !"                            Julius Caesar, Act III, i According to experts if you really, really want to get rid of a neighbor—“bump off” is the professional term—call the mafia. But if you’re a down-at-the-heels fast fading super power, broke and bewildered, and need to continue the Arab Spring fairy tale about having the Arabs choose America-friendly democracies that sprout like orange groves throughout the Middle...
  • Syrian Rebels Now Picking a Fight with China

    09/14/2013 7:31:23 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 7 replies
    FrontpageNews ^ | 09/14/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    China doesn’t have the same record of killing foreign enemies overseas that Russia does. But it has a large enough overseas network and piles of cash that it could get the job done if it needed to. Just ask Naw Kham what happened after the Mekong River Massacre. The bodies of the Chinese, the crew of two cargo boats, were found badly mutilated on the Thai side of the river in early October 2011. The killings, the worst slaughter of Chinese citizens abroad in recent memory, angered the Chinese public. Chinese investigators insist that Mr. Naw Kham was the mastermind...
  • Rand Paul, 2016 Republican Front-Runner

    09/15/2013 7:01:45 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 92 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | September 13, 2013 | Chris Cillizza
    The first eight-plus months of 2013 have convinced us of one thing: Rand Paul acts and the rest of the potential 2016 Republican presidential field reacts. On drones, Paul led a 13-hour-long filibuster that drew Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (among others) to the floor in support. On Syria, Paul was out front in his opposition to a military strike — a position that 30 of his Senate Republican colleagues shared as of this writing. Those 30 include both Rubio,who voted against the use-of-force resolution in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. ... Below are our rankings...
  • Dangerous Times: Putin the Peacemaker vs. Obama the Warmonger

    09/14/2013 4:19:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 14, 2013 | James Lewis
    President Obama has now sabotaged four decades of stability in the Middle East. First he pulled down the biggest pillar of peace, the Mubarak regime in Egypt; then he bombed Libya into the Dark Ages; and now he has paraded "My Army" and "My Navy" against the Assad regime in Syria, which is just as evil as the rebels. The one thing Obama has never faced honestly is what everybody knows to be the real threat -- namely mullahs with nukes. In the strangest twist of history, it is Obama the radical leftist who is now acting as the destabilizing...
  • McCain, Graham blast Syrian chemical weapons deal

    09/14/2013 6:44:11 PM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    AP ^ | 9/14/2013 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE
    Two Republican senators who are among President Barack Obama's sharpest foreign policy critics on Saturday blasted a Syrian chemical weapons agreement as "an act of provocative weakness" by America that will embolden enemies such as Iran as it continues its push for a nuclear weapon. The House Democratic leader said the deal, under which Syria will be expected to put its stockpile of chemical weapons under international control before they ultimately are destroyed, represented "significant progress" in efforts by the U.S. to prevent the use of weapons of mass destruction. "What concerns us most is that our friends and enemies...
  • Maher: America’s Syria Policy Makes Us ‘Look Like George Zimmerman’

    09/14/2013 6:53:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Mediaite ^ | September 14, 2013 | Matt Wilstein
    For his final New Rule of the night, Bill Maher returned to Syria and this week’s 12th anniversary of 9/11. With the country on the verge of bombing another Muslim country, Maher said, “America must stop asking, ‘Why do they hate us?’” “We’re starting to look not so much like the world’s policeman, but more like George Zimmerman,” he explained. “Itching to use force and then pretending it’s because we had no choice.” As much as he hates chemical weapons, Maher said, “We have to stop bombing Muslim countries if we ever want to feel safe from terrorism in our...
  • Why does Mark Levin perpetuate FDR’s slavish Victory Tax with a Liberty Amendment?

    09/14/2013 3:33:06 PM PDT · by JOHN W K · 65 replies
    9-14-2013 | johnwk
    In one of Mark Levin's Liberty Amendments he promotes keeping alive taxes calculated from profits, gains and other incomes. If one wants to judge the motives and character of those who advocate changes to our Constitution, there are two specific issues which give us a clue: (a) the manner in which Congress fills our national treasury; and (b), what our nation uses for “legal tender”. In other words, “its all about the Benjamins”. So, let us take a look at issue (a) and ask ourselves why does Mark Levin offer to perpetuate taxes calculated from profits, gains and incomes which...
  • Embattled Syria analyst vouched for rebel group that depicted burning US Capitol (O'Bagy)

    09/13/2013 7:13:29 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 35 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 9/13/2013
    Elizabeth O’Bagy, a pro-Syrian opposition analyst whose credibility has come under fire, might have even more explaining to do – as court documents show she once vouched for a rebel group whose website displayed extremist and anti-American images. Among the pictures was one showing a burning U.S. Capitol. O’Bagy was fired earlier this week by the Institute for the Study of War for allegedly lying about her academic credentials. Her writings had been used by U.S. officials to bolster their case for military action against the Assad regime. O’Bagy discussed the rebel group in question in a June 19, 2013...
  • MUST LISTEN: Walid Shoebat says Obama admin HARASSING and SPYING on him

    09/14/2013 2:01:28 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 31 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 9-14-2013 | The Right Scoop
    On the Kuhner Report yesterday, Walid Shoebat told of he is now being harassed and spied upon by the Obama administration over the work he has done uncovering Obama’s familial Islamist ties, especially his brother Malik Obama who is a supporter of terrorism. Shoebat said his phone is being tapped so they can listen into his house even when he is not on the phone. He said he has received harassing phone calls over and over and that a pre-taped, un-aired phone interview he had just recorded was played back to him on his phone just after he had finished...
  • Why the West should want Bashar Assad to stay in Power

    02/07/2012 3:25:31 PM PST · by Ben Barrack · 3 replies
    Walid Shoebat ^ | 2/7/12 | Ben Barrack
    ore than 5,400 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising began in March. The number of dead in Homs alone is now over over 200 and climbing. The Assad regime says terrorists acting out a foreign conspiracy to destabilize the country are behind the uprising, not people seeking to transform the authoritarian regime. He’s right, it was Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood that claimed responsibility in December 2011 for two suicide bombings in Damascus that killed 44 people. Yet, you have Israeli politicians like Moshe (Boge) Ya’alon telling Army Radio that the end of Assad’s regime could bring ‘relatively moderate’...
  • McCain and Graham denounce US-Russian deal "the start of a diplomatic blind alley."

    09/14/2013 1:44:02 PM PDT · by sunmars · 37 replies
    U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today released the following statement on the U.S.-Russian agreement on Syria: “What concerns us most is that our friends and enemies will take the same lessons from this agreement – they see it as an act of provocative weakness on America's part. We cannot imagine a worse signal to send to Iran as it continues its push for a nuclear weapon. “Without a U.N. Security Council Resolution under Chapter 7 authority, which threatens the use of force for non-compliance by the Assad regime, this framework agreement is meaningless. Assad will use...
  • Obama Insists: Assad must Step Down

    09/12/2013 9:13:36 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 57 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 09/12/2013 | Adam Ross
    Leading Kuwaiti newspaper Alrai has reported that the U.S. administration will demand that any agreement made with Syria should commit President Bashar al-Assad to step aside, and commit the remaining parties to working towards a cease-fire agreement. Reportedly, the new U.S. demand has been met with fury in Syria, where regime officials claim such a move would ride roughshod over the "democratic rights" of the Syrian people to elect their own leader. Sources close to the Syrian President were quoted as saying: "Not Iran, Russia and not the United State can decide who the Syrian President will be, " adding,...
  • US Government Paid Propagandist Commited Perjury

    09/13/2013 8:11:39 AM PDT · by Red Statements · 7 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 09/13/2013 | Steven H Ahle
    Elizabeth O'Bagy, who was paid by the British and US government to provide propaganda favorable to the Islamists fighting in Syria has apparently committed perjury in the trial of American Eric Harroun, who was accused of fighting alongside al-Nusra in Syria., an Al Qaeda linked group. O'Bagy submitted an affidavit that his group was not Islamist.Until recently, their web site included a picture of the US Capitol in flames. Click here to see affidavit.
  • Wall Street Journal sat on knowledge of O’Bagy’s link to Islamists

    09/13/2013 12:19:46 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/12/13 | Charles C. Johnson
    Contrary to claims from its editorial pages editor, a Wall Street Journal editor knew of Elizabeth O’Bagy’s connections to the Islamist Syrian Emergency Task Force and took at least three days to publish a clarification. “We were not aware of Elizabeth O’Bagy’s academic claims or credential when we published her Aug. 31 op-ed, and the op-ed made no reference to them,” editorial pages editor Paul Gigot told Politico in a statement on September 11. “We also were not aware of her affiliation with the Syrian Emergency Task Force, and we published a clarification when we learned of it,” Gigot wrote....
  • Think Tank's Reason For Firing O'Baloney [Elizabeth O’Bagy]

    09/12/2013 9:19:53 AM PDT · by CMB_polarization · 19 replies
    http://patdollard.com/ ^ | Sept. 11, 2013 | Pat Dollard
    Excerpted from The Daily Caller: The Institute for the Study of War knew that controversial Syria analyst Elizabeth O’Bagy lacked a Ph.D. long before it fired her, according to the group’s own website. The Institute announced Wednesday that it had fired O’Bagy, ostensibly for faking her PhD credentials. The termination came after a series of articles in The Daily Caller revealed O’Bagy’s connection with a pro-rebel lobbying group that was not disclosed in a Wall Street Journal op-ed by O’Bagy. In fact, the neoconservative think tank knew she was in a joint Ph.D. program all along. The author bio from...