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Lines In The Sand - The 5 Key Maps Of The Middle East Crisis

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Reams of paper have already been spilled about the past, present, and potential future of Iraq and the rest of the Middle East but in order to attempt to simplify things a little, we offer 5 maps that answer: What ISIL already have..., What they want..., What they will gain control of if they win..., and where all the allies.. and enemies are...

 

The updated map of the situation in Iraq... (what they have...)

 

As WaPo reports, the remarkable success of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in capturing huge swaths of land in Iraq and Syria is even more surprising when you consider the scale of the lands captured: Iraq and Syria are big countries, and ISIS controls a lot of them.

This map helps to put ISIS' reach into perspective for U.S. readers. As you can see, it pretty much stretches from Illinois to Virginia.

There's another remarkable factor here. ISIS troop numbers are not huge: According to The Guardian, just 800 militants managed to force 30,000 Iraqi soldiers to flee in Mosul. In total, there are believed to be between 7,000 and 10,000 fighters.

 

Here is the oil and gas pipelines around Iraq's oil hub in Kirkuk (via Platts) which ISIL will gain control of (if allowed)

 

"This entire system is disintegrating like a house of cards that starts to collapse," Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz said.

As WSJ reports, the group—known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham—isn't a threat only to Iraq and Syria. It seeks to impose its vision of a single radical Islamist state stretching from the Mediterranean coast of Syria through modern Iraq, the region of the Islamic Caliphates established in the seventh and eighth centuries.

Governments and borders are under siege elsewhere, as well. For more than a year, Shiite militias from Lebanon have moved into Syria and operated as a virtual arm of the Syrian government. Meanwhile, so many Syrian refugees have gone in the opposite direction—fleeing into Lebanon—that Lebanon now houses more school-age Syrian children than Lebanese children.

And in Iraq, the Kurdish population has carved out a homeland in the north of the country that—with the help of Turkey and against the wishes of the Iraqi government—exports its own oil, runs its own customs and immigration operations and fields its own military, known as the Peshmerga.

The mess puts Mr. Obama in a box. A few weeks ago he laid out in a policy speech his rationale for staying out of the mire of such sectarian conflicts, since they seem far removed from concrete U.S. interests. Yet, he now seems to acknowledge the U.S. must do something.

The danger for the president is the U.S. are being drawn back into the fray, but with very few options, never mind good ones.

Especially when one considers the Sunni-Shiite splits across each and every nation in the region that the US is trying to befriend...

 

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Fri, 06/13/2014 - 18:17 | 4855085 Cattender
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it's Fine don't worry... buy stock and pay $4 a Gallon for your BARGAIN Gas while you still can!

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 18:26 | 4855111 THX 1178
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in the grand scheme of things is this the black swan.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 18:28 | 4855121 surf0766
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As a wise man once said , it will spread across the middle east, into europe and across the globe.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 18:33 | 4855138 CClarity
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Nostradamus.   Same as it ever was.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 18:50 | 4855172 AlaricBalth
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In 2011, the US defense budget represented 4.7% of total gross domestic product; 2014's projected percentage will be 2.7%. In real dollars, US defense spending will decline from $705.6 in 2011 billion to $496 billion, a budget cut of approximately 30%.

These defense cuts will have a very real detrimental impact on contractors and ancillary industries. The status quo has been disturbed and these companies are not going to take these defense budget cuts without a fight. Hundreds of billions of dollars are at stake, perhaps trillions over time.

It would not surprise to find that some of these malicious entities are investing dollars in fomenting the winds of war in various places around the globe.

Financing destabilization is a cheap price to pay when you are trying to push the narrative that the world is getting more dangerous and we should be relying upon increased defense budgets to guarantee the safety and security of the American people.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:12 | 4855245 machineh
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In real dollars, US defense spending will decline from $705.6 in 2011 billion to $496 billion, a budget cut of approximately 30%.

Utter bullshit. Post a link. (Of course, you can't.)

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:36 | 4855300 AlaricBalth
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The Obama Administration’s FY 2011 budget request includes a total of $712 billion for the Department of Defense (DoD).

http://www.csbaonline.org/publications/2010/06/fy-2011-defense-budget-an...

President Barack Obama released his fiscal year 2015 budget on Tuesday, calling for $495.6 billion for the nation’s military — just $4 billion less than fiscal 2014 enacted levels, and still below the $496 billion cap set by Congress under the Bipartisan Budget Act.

http://www.defenseone.com/management/2014/03/obama-requests-smaller-500-...

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:47 | 4855324 johngaltfla
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As I warned back in 2011:

 

World War III will Begin in Babylon, not Libya
Fri, 06/13/2014 - 22:40 | 4855737 strannick
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The US will get involved to thwart Russian gas exports (recent Russia-Iran deal).

The US has been trying from every angle to demolish the Iran-Iraq-Syria pipeline, by fostering civil war in Syria, Ukraine, and now again back in Iraq.

Controlling gas export -or thwarting Russia's control- is the only thing in the region the US gives a shit about.

Isis atrocities are in the same vein as Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, Syrian poisonous gas, Iran nuclear facilities. This stuff never gets old, and the TV watchers of the world will ever sponge it up.

''America ruins the world to rule it''

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 00:19 | 4855887 zhandax
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I would replace 'gives a shit about' with 'has a vested interest in'.  Remember that gas pipeline from Qatar to Turkey the Saudis were pushing?  Look at a map and follow the rivers.  Takes some of the confusion out of the new F350'a storming out of the desert, doesn't it?

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 00:27 | 4855908 jeff montanye
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there is certainly some of this oil/gas/pipeline stuff involved. but the people who invented the iraq war were first and last israel firster zionists: robert kagan, husband of victoria nuland of both the bush and obama administrations who helped foment the coup in ukraine and william kristol, chief of staff for dan quayle and william bennett and long time advisor to john mccain.  these are the folks who did it: them and perle, feith, wolfowitz, woolsey, abrams, bolton. rumsfeld, zoellick. all members, signatories and participants in the bush administration. it couldn't be clearer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_for_the_New_American_Century

and don't think i'm picking on republicans.  like vicky nuland it is bipartisan.  who did good old al save the planet gore pick for his v.p. and one to succeed him if he, say, got "sick"? oh that's right, joe lieberman.  trust me they got us coming and going.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 01:44 | 4855973 zhandax
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I suspect this is what drives those you mention and it could care less whether red or blue.  But the opportunity to laminate a side business deal onto the central premise is just icing on the cake, no?

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 13:30 | 4856816 sgt_doom
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Is this the point we begin to look for "Samobryn"?

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 21:13 | 4855528 hangemhigh77
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You heard me say that?

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 18:36 | 4855146 NOTaREALmerican
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Pretty damn old one if it is. 

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 21:50 | 4855621 Eyeroller
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A black swan that left markets in the green on a FRIDAY with all the potential for escalation on the weekend!

No one is the least bit concerned about Teflon Barry doing anything to upset the Muzzies.

This is why today's news of tanks flowing into Ukraine was also greeted with a big market yawn.

It wouldl take an ISIS attack on US soil to make the VIX return to any semblance of normal levels.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 10:07 | 4856393 max2205
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Me thinks the PTB want $200 oil.....distraction!

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 18:20 | 4855094 I Write Code
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Obama: 70% mashie, 30% niblick

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 18:23 | 4855102 Charles The Ham...
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I really dont feel like remembering the reason why sunnis and shi'as are the way they are, would be nice if the Tylers gave us an article on the history of that just for a recap. thanks.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 18:29 | 4855124 surf0766
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G-O-O-G-L-E.

 

Are you on food stamps too.

 

lazy

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:52 | 4855334 NoDecaf
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What's G-O-O-G-L-E? It would be nice if you could just tell us.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 07:26 | 4856187 waterwitch
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Thanks. I liked this one:  http://www.religionnews.com/2014/06/13/sunni-vs-shiite-primer/

The succession of Mohamed kinda reminds me about the 'hanging chad' issues in one of our presidential elections and its outcome.  Still rancors many.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 23:48 | 4855846 TheReplacement
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Sunnis are the ones who spend too much time in the sun.  Shia are related to those chia pet things.

LALALALALAL-boom.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 18:31 | 4855133 nmewn
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Here ya go, basically its about power & lineage within Islam.

http://www.religionnews.com/2014/06/13/sunni-vs-shiite-primer/

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:02 | 4855208 disabledvet
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"It's all Jihad now."

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 07:50 | 4856208 waterwitch
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The comments by Atheist Max are particularly well written and thought out.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 10:02 | 4856378 nmewn
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To someone who "believes" as Atheist Max does, I suppose so...lol.

"The Islamic Caliphate is coming together.
Everyone get ready.
Religion is about to become a mortal threat to the world. Again.

ALL FAITH is a disgrace to human dignity.
And all religion is a hoax of self-centered assertions
of the superiority of ONE’S OWN GOD over someone else’s .

A world of 30,000 religions…and they are all wrong.
But there will be war over them anyway."

Yes, of course, because godless communists could never-EVER-torture, imprison and slaughter millions...

"Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people." Karl Marx

Whoopsie ;-)

There is a very large difference in the state taking a neutral posture towards ANY religion and using the only thing it has ever had at its disposal (law & force, its monopoly on "legal force") to impose itself and atheism as the state-sanctioned belief system.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 18:39 | 4855154 Quicksilver
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I wouldn't bother, it's just religion. Let's just say they interpreted "a displeasing cut" differently, so one side grow beards, and the others shave. what's important is their cultural differences and loyalties.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 22:00 | 4855656 optioneer
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One likes their toast butter side up, I believe.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 08:58 | 4856275 Took Red Pill
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+1 for bringing Dr. Seuss into it.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 00:44 | 4855926 newbie vampire
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"I really dont feel like remembering the reason why sunnis and shi'as are the way they are,"

If I am not mistaken, it involves POWER.  More or less WHO should inherit the Mantle of Power as Wolf Leader of the pack after the death of the Prophet Mohammed.  And they have had this continuing argument since then.

My thinking is, STAY OUT OF IT.  No good will come from being an idiot in the middle of a wolf pack.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 18:30 | 4855122 Da Yooper
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I will say this

I AM SICK of the middle east

sick of our military dieing for nothing

sick of wasting money on that area for nothing

sick of trying to so call "help these people " who really dont want our help.


who bennifits

bankers & military industrial complex

screw that

let them kill each other & let GOD sort them out


Fri, 06/13/2014 - 18:34 | 4855143 NOTaREALmerican
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The smart-n-savvy people have created an extremely functional political system where the dumbasses aren't asked their opinion and - in exchange - the dumbasses get perpetual entertainment and (near food) and the smart-n-savvy get wealthy.

Been working for, oh, few hundred years now.  

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 02:20 | 4856009 SF beatnik
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Were they here today, the Ancient Athenians / Spartans would choose to sterilize the entire area with neutron bombs and then steal the oil, unhindered.

 

Those among us who would leave the Middle East to the Rusians, Chinese, and Europeans should consider that our nation's prosperity and its long term security are much tied to access to the world's remaining cheap oil and gas.

 

 

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 03:57 | 4856077 conscious being
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You smell like another one of those affinity frauds. No SF Beatnik would shill for the PNAC/Exon program would they?.?


 


 

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 14:18 | 4856878 SF beatnik
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Just expressing what I believe is a fundamental, unacknowleged truth. 

 

For my sake, I prefer that we in the USA bring the troops home,  endure impoverishment, and do with much less military spending. Let the rest of the world fight it out, as they certainly will. 

 

But I don't see this happening. It is deeply engrained national habit to meddle, to push for advantage, and to resort to force whenever doing so looks easy. It's what nations do.

 

People in the USA enjoy a level of prosperity that is attributable as much to global pillage and plunder as it is to "Yankee ingenuity". don't you think?  One might consider this when one pushes for less military spending and adventurism.

 

I think one of the original beatniks, W. S. Burroughs, would sense some plausibility in what I've said.

 

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 08:39 | 4856251 Time for Titus
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"cheap oil and gas" ?

 

One trillion and counting is a pretty high price.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 18:31 | 4855127 ebworthen
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It would appear the goal of U.S. actions since all this started is to destabilize the entire region, and foment war between the Sunni and Sh'ia factions, to create chaos.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 18:40 | 4855156 Freddie
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Reagan did that with Iran and Iraq war.  I am not picking on Reagan because he was better than the last NWO four.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:16 | 4855252 machineh
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Yeah, Reagan gave us federal sentencing guidelines (95% conviction rate) and the AML (anti-money laundering, a standard 'kitchen sink' charge now in every federal prosecution).

But other than creating a 2-million-plus Gulag, he was a real nice guy.

As his sweet wife said, 'Just say no (OR ELSE).'

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:29 | 4855282 cynicalskeptic
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"...just 800 militants managed to force 30,000 Iraqi soldiers to flee in Mosul. In total, there are believed to be between 7,000 and 10,000 fighters."

 

and HOW MANY US troops did we have in Iraq?   

Big difference if the population WANTS you there and supports you.... which clearly they did NOT in the case of the US and its puppets....

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 21:18 | 4855536 Urban Redneck
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So 1,700 Iraqi soldiers and police surrendered to 800 "insurgents" and got themselves slaughtered.

There's a simple lesson in that: NEVER SURRENDER YOUR FIREARM. NEVER

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 13:55 | 4856872 DoChenRollingBearing
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+ 1

NOMI.  CATIYMFs.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 23:30 | 4855819 TBT or not TBT
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500k people fled Mosul, supposedly. Obviously they just wanted to get some fresh desert air.  Nothing to do the psycho jihadists invasion.   

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 00:56 | 4855935 newbie vampire
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"and HOW MANY US troops did we have in Iraq?"

  The US has been fighting with both arms tied behind its back as if they were making a film in Hollywood. 

It has been doing that since the Korean war.  Which results in unnecessary casualties and loss of lives among US servicemen because "world opinion" would not allow the US to use the maximum force of its superior weapons and technology.

It makes better sense to STAY OUT because both sides in any conflict will NOT thank you but will blame you for whatever reason suits them.

 

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 13:44 | 4856840 sgt_doom
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Now why oh why does the Americanski Corporate McMedia universally and uniformly refer to these soldiers, invaders or whatnot as militants ?

WTF is up with that?  What the eff is a militant exactly?

Does that mean they are Sunnis, ISIS, indescribable wankers?

WTF??????????????????????

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 23:54 | 4855857 TheReplacement
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US=Anarchist

Terrorists=Bullet

Maliki or some other high up Shia=Archduke Ferdinand

 

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 18:31 | 4855129 NOTaREALmerican
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Did the Britsh draw the first line in the sand?  Or was it somebody else?

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:54 | 4855338 knukles
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Pretty much, yes.
Vested self-interests no doubt played a modicum of a role

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Persian_Oil_Company

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 13:51 | 4856859 sgt_doom
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Ahh, the oil company which later became BP, and was (is?) owned half by the British gov't with the other half ownership split among Rockefeller, Mellon and Rothschild families.  (Wonder who in the British gov't owns them?)

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 14:06 | 4856886 DoChenRollingBearing
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The ownership of BP is murky!  I took a quick look around the Internet, and did not find much...  For what this is worth, this is the "best" I could find (from wikipedia, like I said, the "best"):

wikipedia snip:

As of 2012, 38% of BP shares were held by American investors, 36% by British investors, and 14% by the rest of Europe with the remaining shares held by investors from other countries.[285] Major institutional shareholders include BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Ltd. (5.39% as of 19 February 2013), Legal & General Investment Management Ltd. (3.82% as of 19 February 2013), and Capital Research & Management Co. (Global Investors) (2.33% as of 19 February 2013).[286]

/wikipedia snip

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 23:35 | 4855827 TBT or not TBT
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The British had "maps" on "paper" which they "drew" lines on...over the remains of the half millennia old Ottoman Empire.  Turns out a category killer furniture store with ottomans only couldn't handle competition when tastes demanded also couches, lazy boys, end tables etc in a harmonious ensemble.   With or.without an ottoman.  

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 12:29 | 4856683 KnuckleDragger-X
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The European powers got what they wanted by drawing the lines as they did but unfortunately reality once again reared its ugly head and the uninteneded consequence part takes over.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 18:33 | 4855137 Freddie
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I see the overlay with the USA Rust Belt.  Maybe ISIS can have Detroit.  They already control Dearborn.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 20:22 | 4855415 TruthHunter
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"They already control Dearborn."

A very high percentage in Dearborn call themselves Chaldeans, which are christians.

Saddam Hussein was secular and protected the christians. Now they are 

all dead or refugees.

Even if the Iraqi army takes a stand around 
Baghdad, it looks like we will have a new state to deal with in the middle east. 

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 21:52 | 4855628 Eyeroller
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ISIS couldn't make Detroit any worse than the Dems did.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 23:57 | 4855864 TheReplacement
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Sure but do you think they could take Chicago?  Seems they need heavy weapons to kill like the gangs in Chicago have been doing for years with plain old handguns.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 01:29 | 4855955 zhandax
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Yes, but they now have those heavy weapons.  Winner gets the Pay-per-View revenue.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 18:42 | 4855160 Freddie
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It is a good thing they did not take over Pittsburgh and Indianapolis.   A few beheadings before a Steelers game or the Indy 500 would have been a downer.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 20:56 | 4855482 cossack55
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All the drunks on W. 16th Street and Georgetown would have just yelled "Fuck the beheading shit, just show us your tits".

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 18:44 | 4855163 Bemused Observer
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Those "borders" are a joke. They aren't even REAL, they were drawn up by the West after WW1, out of the remnants of the Ottoman Empire. The people of the mideast didn't draw them up themselves, nor were they consulted.
When Kurds cross from Syria into Iraq, they aren't crossing a border. To US it seems that way, but they don't even recognize that line, it's an artificial construct.
One of MANY reasons we will never understand the Arab mind is our inability to see how THEY see their territories.

We figure that Maliki would naturally bring Kurds and Sunni into the government, because they're all Iraqi's, right?
Wrong. They are Shia, Sunni and Kurds all living in an area we CALL Iraq. They will always hate each other more than they love the Western-created Iraqi nation.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:08 | 4855230 kchrisc
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All "borders" are nothing more than "revenue boundaries."

I.e. "Those are your victims and these are mine. This is my "pie," and that is your "pie."

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:21 | 4855261 Anusocracy
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They are plantation property lines.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:23 | 4855267 kchrisc
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Much better definition. Good stuff.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 20:41 | 4855452 TruthHunter
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"Western-created Iraqi nation."

Kind of like Crimea and Ukraine. 

Most of our politicians seem to hav slept through world history class. Certainly they never read

by David Fromkin's "Peace to End  All Peace" which spells out the roots of our modern Middle East mess. 

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 20:59 | 4855490 cossack55
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What are the chances of re-animating T.E. Lawrence.  He seemed to have a pretty good grasp on how to handle these folks.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 03:47 | 4856070 Treason Season
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Agreed but why then the use of the term '' Mideast'' What's it east from? The city of London perhaps?

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 18:54 | 4855174 Jack Burton
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I am watching a bit of CNN to see how they cover this Iraq crisis. Because more than anything, it was CNN who ran cover for the Iraq inavsion and occupation. They pounded the war drums and spewed lies in order to gin up support for the war. They covered all the great victories and relished the smart bombs and destroyed cities. CNN rolled in war coverage like a dog in shit.

Now these little fucks are caught trying to explain why THEIR great war victory has turned to shit. Most of all they say "Nobody could have seen this coming". "This came out of nowhere." "Syria is allowing these ISIS fighters a safe haven". Blah! Blah! Blah!  Trying to blame Syria when CNN fails to report that the Jihadists and Al-Qaeda have been funded, armed and trained by NATO, they are fully allied with NATO to attack and conquer Syria. CNN fails to mention this FACT! I wonder why.

Now the CNN bitches and military experts are pissing all over themselves trying to find a win win situation for America, in a nation THEY invaded, bombed, conquered and destroyed. A nation that had Al-Qaeda on the run, dead or in prison. Saddam was Al-Qaeda's nighmare, he rounded up the Jihaists and made short work of them. The USA changed all that, now they have handed Syria and Iraq over to Jihad, to Al-Qaeda and to the Organ Eaters.

The CIA has run Al-Qaeda in Libya and Syria for the gain of US Foreign policy goals. This was and is a major fuck up. Now Obama must decide how to fight in an Iraq awash in Islamic Terrorists, Al-Qaeda and Jihadists from all across the world. The EU estimates over 2,000 EU passport holders are fighting in Syria or Iraq for ISIS or Al-Qaeda. 2,000+, because reports are that many more Muslim young men are boarding planes in Europe to get to the ISIS battle Fields and fight Jihad. The EU is doing nothing to stop them, and what is worse, when these same people come back from fighting in Syria or elsewhere, they are allowed back into the EU. Britain has nearly 1,000 citizens as Al-Qaeda and ISIS fighters, more are leaving every day. Estimates are that all those returning are going to be allowed to return home to the UK.

Now, how crazy is this. OR, as some people suspect, the EU governments want these terrorists among the population so as to justify the complete destruction of civil liberties and the right to spy 24/7 on every living being in the EU. Government is beyond corrupt. they are now evil. Especially the Supreme Communist Parliament in Brussels. Pure evil.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:20 | 4855259 machineh
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Good analysis. 

Probably this is the EU's passive-aggressive way of cocking a snook at the US.

Whereas, if they had any balls, they'd evict the yankee occupation troops after 70 years and wind down NATO.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:27 | 4855275 JR
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…following “The Post 9/11 Era and Washington’s Dirty Modus Operandi in the Middle East." (excerpt):

“In other words, the post-9/11 era provided the US government with a pretext to wage a war on terror or to put it more precisely, to wage a crusade against the Muslim world and to accelerate and vindicate their efforts in destabilizing regional strategic governments, thereby drawing nigh to their monstrous objectives…

“John Bolton, the former US envoy to the UN explicitly said in May, 2007 that the ‘color movement’ in Iran was supported by the US intelligence agencies.

‘A US military attack on Iran would be a last option after economic sanctions and attempts to foment a popular revolution had failed.’”

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-post-911-era-and-washingtons-dirty-modus-operandi-in-the-middle-east/5367998

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 20:42 | 4855455 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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Next stop for ISIS: Mecca and Medina (Saudi), those are the REAL prizes. Then it WILL be troops on the ground time again for our Peace Prize winner.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 21:02 | 4855498 AurorusBorealus
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They already control Mecca and Medina.  ISIS is Saudi Arabia.  It is the cultural extension of the Wahabbiism of Saudi Arabia with financial and military support from Saudi Arabia.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 12:34 | 4856695 KnuckleDragger-X
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Yes and no, it's Frankenstein's monster, they built it but they can't control it.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 20:26 | 4855423 Things that go bump
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Yes, and now we're all karma's bitch.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 20:31 | 4855433 kurt
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Jack,

You know what they did to the last voice crying in the wilderness. I've said things I can't take back so I hope we can tap messages on the pipes. Where are our men of valor? 

It's incredible that our government continues to back a terrible play, double down, I mean its like a stupid blackjack player who read, but didn't understand, a book on card counting. Sitting there in Vegas, sweating, waiting for the ATM to allow him to take out another $400; He doesn't understand the gambler's fallacy.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 21:09 | 4855520 AurorusBorealus
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The real question is how long will the Europeans continue to support U.S. leadership, when it is clear that U.S. and EU leadership is at best very confused regarding the Muslim question and at worst openly supportive of Wahabbiism and its expansion.  What also should become clear to the European masses is that 1 country is showing them a way out of this whole mess: Russia.  Putin is firmly against Muslim terrorism.  Putin is firmly for national sovereignty and regard for national identity.  Putin is not pro-Israel.  Putin has the energy Europe needs.

The bottom line: Russia wins again.  This time, however, the stakes are very high.  Nothing less than the allegiance of Europe is at stake, and Putin seems to offer a much clearer path into the future for the European masses than U.S. EU leadership.  Sentiment in Europe is portrayed as anti-immigrant.  That is true, and it is not.  I don´t think the French object much to English immigrants.  What the Europeans object to is more Muslims emigrating to Europe.  It is an anti-Muslim sentiment that permeates Europe, and the U.S. should increasingly be seen as a source of the problem as a leading cause of Muslim extremism, both provoking it and supporting it through their allies in Arabia.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 04:07 | 4856085 conscious being
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Must mention also that US policy encourages all those war refugees to hit the road and make their way to Europe.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 00:00 | 4855872 TheReplacement
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Take that bit about dogs back or else.  Dogs do not deserve to be compared to anyone in the MSM.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 18:54 | 4855184 tncaver
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If they get into Baghdad the shiite are gonna hit the fan. It won't be nice and sunni and the forecast will call for pain.

 

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 00:00 | 4855873 TheReplacement
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Very nice (golf clap).

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 18:55 | 4855188 mvlazysusan
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I would like to point out.

In the magic kingdon of Saudi-land, while the majority are Sunni, the places where the Shi'it live is the places where the oil is under.

 

The Persians would rather not die to save some arabs.

 

The Kurds would be the most powerful nation in the whole area if they were not cheated out of having their own nation.

 

And, we should stay the hell out of it!

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:02 | 4855205 bankonzhongguo
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Things like this take years to organize.

Why do you think we even went into Syria in the first place? That was the staging area for this. Duh.

The Obama media machine is pretending that this is the Fulda Gap they never heard of.

They have been arming both sides for years.

The plan is to arm the Muslims to kill one another and keep the heat off Israel for the time being.  The rewards are a new Kurdistan "to hold the line" as a buffer for NATO Turkey and all the pipeline stuff.

It will be interesting to see if the Chinese get pushed out and how far Iran gets pulled into this thing - pretty far if the various Sunni houses are going to be a shilling for Israel for the next 10 years.

This is like Fast n Furious, but instead of the Mexican cartels its various "black flag" nut-job hadjis with zero prospects.

This is what happens when your food prices go parabolic and the sex ratio exceeds 104.

The scary thing is once the Amerikan Millennials come to power they will consider the whole region a useless cat-box populated by an army of children only busy on Man Love Thursday and send in the war-bots to sterilize Islam.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 00:06 | 4855882 TheReplacement
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The muslims sure seem willing and able to kill each other.  As for war materials, most of their gear is combloc, not NATO.  At least that was true before Mosul fell.  Well combloc and Toyota, the ultimate violent exhibit of globalism.  An sunni using a Russian made machinegun mounted on a Japanese vehicle attacking away from Assad and Israel and killing shia.

It makes no sense until the pipelines are overlayed.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:04 | 4855213 Oldballplayer
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I don't give a fuck about any of the moon worshipping douche bags.

I don't mind paying $6 a gallon, as I don't drive much any more.

My friends are all out of the army.

My kids are to old to be drafted.

Build a wall around the whole area and let them solve it. Or just fill it with water.

I am so sick of all of them crying about the wrongs done to them.

Fuck. Them. All.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:54 | 4855339 Way2much
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Good for you, on all counts. How bout this: build a wall around yourself and check out.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:06 | 4855220 limacon
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See

http://andreswhy.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-quiet-revolution.html

These Dominance type societies are headed for the fossil heap .

Their hearts are as hollow as the Iraqi Army .

Shades of Ashurbanipal .

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:06 | 4855221 A Lunatic
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Don't get your burkas in a knot just yet........

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:10 | 4855231 JR
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It seeks to impose its vision of a single radical Islamist state stretching from the Mediterranean coast of Syria through modern Iraq… i.e., “Greater Israel.”

That’s the trigger: that’s the new war to be fought in the Middle East on behalf of Israel, because those dimensions are completely unacceptable to America’s special ally, Israel.

Obama and the Congress will have almost an impossible task in keeping the United States out of this conflict, as was intended.

Serious reasons will now come forth showing how America’s vital interests are being threatened. As incredible as it seems, the entire area – Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Palestine – was created as explosive trouble regions in the conference rooms of Paris, 1919, when the victors of WWI carved the Middle East for their greed and revenge.

The eventual extermination of the Palestinians by the Jews was preordained by the British Empire.

In his new book, Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East, Scott Anderson explains how T.E. Lawrence, helping the Arabs drive the Turks out of the entire area on behalf of the British learned that the British intended to break their promise to the Arabs. King Faisal, the leader of the Arabs, was led to believe that if he drove out the Turks, an independent or semi-Independent land for the Arabs that stretched through Damascus would be guaranteed by the British.

Lawrence, knowing this promise would be broken, told Faisal and thereafter worked as well as he could to help the Arabs in their struggle. All along, British Prime Minister Lloyd George intended to give Chaim Weizmann, leader of the World Zionists Organization, the green light to establish a Jewish state in Palestine and close out the Palestinians who were there.

In addition, Lloyd George and French Premier Georges Clemenceau made a secret agreement between each other as to how the entire Syria area was to be divided when the Paris Peace Conference was held. The British always stressed that Palestine would be a location for a “Jewish national home,” rather than publicly indicating they would occupy the entire area. It was never mentioned except within the Zionists circles that it would be eventually a Jewish state.

When Lawrence came to the peace conference in Paris as a translator for King Faisal, both of them were eventually marginalized so much that they had no influence on the outcomes. Throughout the process, from Lloyd George through Woodrow Wilson’s rubber stamp and eventually Harry Truman’s rapid fire support, the Jewish State emerged and the bulldozing of the Arabs and their continual torture and destruction began unabated.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:27 | 4855276 d edwards
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Watch ISIS load up with US heavy weapons we gave the Iraqis, along with the millions of $$ they're looting from every bank they see, then turn around and go back into Syria with the improved weapory and take out the Assad regime.

Just sayin'

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:39 | 4855304 JR
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Exactly. The CIA and US intelligence groups whose names we wouldn't even recognize have been mapping the Middle East for years, assigning priorities and arrangements for the puzzle to finally create the end of Islamic control. Naturally, most everything is shared with the Mossad.

It is not known how much the Chinese will be involved. But so far the key blockades to world government are the Russian Federation because of Putin's unbelievable leadership and Islam that refuses compromise. Americans, completely clueless, are not even in this loop. As the borders of sovereignty fall around the world, they have not yet seen that U.S. sovereignty already is being folded into world governance.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:30 | 4855280 machineh
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Wolfowitz, Feith, Perle, Wurmser ... and the beat goes on.

Don't we miss Scooter Libby ...

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:36 | 4855298 cynicalskeptic
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The PNAC hit list is alive and well.....

we got Libya under Obama, a start in Syria and they're STILL pushing for Iran desite the numerous non-starts under Bush... we've also greatly expanded the US presence in Africa and have made a mess with the Ukraine as a bonus.  

The neo-cons must be having wet dreams over the prospect of a revived Cold War - too bad the fools don't realize they've bankrupted us with their overreaching.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:36 | 4855299 cynicalskeptic
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The PNAC hit list is alive and well.....

we got Libya under Obama, a start in Syria and they're STILL pushing for Iran desite the numerous non-starts under Bush... we've also greatly expanded the US presence in Africa and have made a mess with the Ukraine as a bonus.  

The neo-cons must be having wet dreams over the prospect of a revived Cold War - too bad the fools don't realize they've bankrupted us with their overreaching.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 20:34 | 4855438 Addibrux
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HaHa...you're still playing right and left douche bag. Try to keep up..

" The vast majority of any group, tribe, state, nation, and empire, are the unenlightened, and the demise of all these due this fact, "- Aristotle

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 20:22 | 4855414 kurt
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Sunni Shia unite dumb asses. You are being played like the devil's fiddle. 

Please include Brezinski, Kissenger, and Cheney.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 21:17 | 4855537 hangemhigh77
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Bring back Kissinger, he's still breathing.  i don't think he's murdered enough people yet.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 00:12 | 4855890 TheReplacement
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So the jews wanted a country, were eventually given it, and that is bad on all accounts but the arabs wanted a country, were not given it then, and that is completely different?  Blame Britain for being unfair and deceitful but the jews and the arabs don't look all that different except one had better luck than the other.  Were a coin flipped and the result reversed who would you criticize then?

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 22:45 | 4857875 Milestones
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JR; Excellent, well thought out post. One of several recently and appriciated.               Milestones

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:41 | 4855308 Fix It Again Timmy
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"I am watching a bit of CNN to see how they cover this Iraq crisis. Because more than anything, it was CNN who ran cover for the Iraq inavsion and occupation. They pounded the war drums and spewed lies in order to gin up support for the war. They covered all the great victories and relished the smart bombs and destroyed cities. CNN rolled in war coverage like a dog in shit."

Prior to the Iraq war, I attended a number of daily meetings in CNN's WAR Room located in their Atlanta offices.  They were planning for this war in a BIG way.  Every time there was a mention of a possible resolution, everyone was sullen and downcast and hoped that this would not be the case.  In May of 2003, at CNN Center in Atlanta, there was a HUGE celebration to mark the END of the war.  All the correspondents were gushing over each other and congratulating themselves on their marvelous job under difficult conditions.  They all thought of themselves as "Edward R. Murrows".  It was quite sickening and the dumbshits really believed the war was over....

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:47 | 4855325 NoWayJose
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Saw on NBC where the Shiite clerics are rallying their flocks to fight the Suuni rebels. If the rebels start destroying Shiite shrines this will blow up very fast.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 00:59 | 4855938 TBT or not TBT
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Related apocryphal Kissinger quote:  I wish they could both lose.   

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 20:01 | 4855361 navy62802
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The area is a clusterfuck. Always has been ... always will be. No reason for it to change now. The real question is when the guise of "fighting terrorism" will melt away in favor of the real motive ... oil. Eventually, the US will have to own up to the true motive. It's only a question of time. Or perhaps a question of economics ... in which case we will have to see what $6 gas does to the economy before we abandon the facade of humanitarianism in favor of economic survival.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 05:35 | 4856108 JR
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We don't have a "humanitarian facade" to abandon; the people in charge of America and Israel are killers.

 “Greater Israel”: The Zionist Plan for the Middle East

The Infamous "Oded Yinon Plan." Introduction by Michel Chossudovsky

Global Research Editor’s Note:

The following document pertaining to the formation of “Greater Israel” constitutes the cornerstone of powerful Zionist factions within the current Netanyahu government, the Likud party, as well as within the Israeli military and intelligence establishment.

According to the founding father of Zionism Theodore Herzl, “the area of the Jewish State stretches: “From the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates.”  According to Rabbi Fischmann,  “The Promised Land extends from the River of Egypt up to the Euphrates, it includes parts of Syria and Lebanon.”

When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing war on Syria, not to mention the process of regime change in Egypt, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East. The latter consists in weakening and eventually fracturing neighboring Arab states as part of an Israeli expansionist project.

“Greater Israel” consists in an area extending from the Nile Valley to the Euphrates.

The Zionist project supports the Jewish settlement movement. More broadly it involves a policy of excluding Palestinians from Palestine leading to the eventual annexation of both the West Bank and Gaza to the State of Israel.  

Greater Israel would create a number of proxy States. It would include parts of Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, the Sinai, as well as parts of  Iraq and Saudi Arabia. (See map). 

According to Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya in a 2011 Global Research article,   The Yinon Plan was a continuation of Britain’s colonial design in the Middle East: 

“[The Yinon plan] is an Israeli strategic plan to ensure Israeli regional superiority. It insists and stipulates that Israel must reconfigure its geo-political environment through the balkanization of the surrounding Arab states into smaller and weaker states.

Israeli strategists viewed Iraq as their biggest strategic challenge from an Arab state. This is why Iraq was outlined as the centerpiece to the balkanization of the Middle East and the Arab World. In Iraq, on the basis of the concepts of the Yinon Plan, Israeli strategists have called for the division of Iraq into a Kurdish state and two Arab states, one for Shiite Muslims and the other for Sunni Muslims. The first step towards establishing this was a war between Iraq and Iran, which the Yinon Plan discusses.

The Atlantic, in 2008, and the U.S. military’s Armed Forces Journal, in 2006, both published widely circulated maps that closely followed the outline of the Yinon Plan. Aside from a divided Iraq, which the Biden Plan also calls for, the Yinon Plan calls for a divided Lebanon, Egypt, and Syria. The partitioning of Iran, Turkey, Somalia, and Pakistan also all fall into line with these views. The Yinon Plan also calls for dissolution in North Africa and forecasts it as starting from Egypt and then spilling over into Sudan, Libya, and the rest of the region. 

Greater Israel” requires the breaking up of the existing Arab states into small states.

“The plan operates on two essential premises. To survive, Israel must 1) become an imperial regional power, and 2) must effect the division of the whole area into small states by the dissolution of all existing Arab states. Small here will depend on the ethnic or sectarian composition of each state. Consequently, the Zionist hope is that sectarian-based states become Israel’s satellites and, ironically, its source of moral legitimation…  This is not a new idea, nor does it surface for the first time in Zionist strategic thinking. Indeed, fragmenting all Arab states into smaller units has been a recurrent theme.” (Yinon Plan, see below)

Viewed in this context, the war on Syria is part of the process of Israeli territorial expansion. Israeli intelligence working hand in glove with the US, Turkey and NATO is directly supportive of the Al Qaeda terrorist mercenaries inside Syria.

The Zionist Project also requires the destabilization of Egypt, the creation of factional divisions within Egypt as instrumented by the “Arab Spring” leading to the formation of a sectarian based State dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, April 29, 2013

http://www.globalresearch.ca/greater-israel-the-zionist-plan-for-the-middle-east/5324815

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 15:20 | 4858984 Jaka98
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blogy Paranoids

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 20:13 | 4855389 kurt
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This is the best yet for the Pentagramagon! I do love the overlay on the midwest. You guys are almost good. I have to think that those starchy outfits are chafing your assholes though. 

Happy War-Mongering!

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 20:21 | 4855406 cape_royds
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Mesopotamia is a very old political unit--one of the oldest political units in the world. Whether sovereign unto itself or as a component in a larger empire, Mesopotamia again and again shows itself on the map as a unit, with only relatively minor shifts in boundary.

Whether you look at the Chaldean empire, Persian or Parthian satrapies, and so forth, you almost always see a Mesopotamia.

It's a case in which the essential integrity of the natural geographic again and again overrides the various racial and religious factors. Many different cultural and linguistic groups have inhabited the region, but Mesopotamia as a unit is the constant across time.

So I always laugh when I see anybody saying that Iraq will split up, or that it is not a "real" country (whatever the hell that means). The people who write such things have never even bothered to look at an historical atlas, let alone actually give serious thought to the matter.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 20:26 | 4855424 bigrooster
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"There's another remarkable factor here. ISIS troop numbers are not huge: According to The Guardian, just 800 militants managed to force 30,000 Iraqi soldiers to flee in Mosul. In total, there are believed to be between 7,000 and 10,000 fighters."

Remember these numbers you CIA/DHS/FBI/NSA fucks because you are the same as the incompetent Iraqi army when it comes down to it.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 20:44 | 4855458 AurorusBorealus
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I don´t believe those numbers for one second.  This is all part of the same line Kerry fed congress; most of the rebels are moderates, only a handful of extremists, we have intelligence that indicates, and on and on, because that is what the intelligence community and the neo-cons want to believe (just like they wanted to believe there were WMDs in Iraq).  They want to believe that there is this "moderate" Sunni resistance, and they have to believe this to continue holding together the neo-con coalition of Jewish Wall Street, sympathetic to Israel, with Texas oil men, sympathetic to Arabia.  Hence the claims: the Arabians are supporting "moderate" Sunni resistance groups so we should help: after all, we have to destroy down Russia´s allies to the South, we have to undermine support for Hezbollah (a Shi´ite threat to Israel supported by Iran and Syria).

This is what they have to believe so, as usual, they produce the intelligence to believe it.  It is all BS though.  The CIA, NSA, etc. are as much institutions of propoganda as intelligence agencies, blithely creating the information that the aristocrats want to see.  There are no f-ing moderates.  There is no such thing as a f-ing moderate in a religious civil war.

I think a much better estimate is 30-40,000 Sunni rebels in Syria and Iraq.  Maybe there were 7-8,000 active in Syria, but they have another 25,000 in Iraq who have been ready to go at the word "go."

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 01:05 | 4855942 TBT or not TBT
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They're moderate evildoers.  

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 20:35 | 4855440 stormsailor
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muslims killing muslims?  

 

i don't seem to be able to raise a shit to give.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 21:12 | 4855527 Quaderratic Probing
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Violence makes Violence makes Violence makes Violence makes Violence makes Violence makes Violence makes Violence makes Violence...........

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 00:19 | 4855903 TheReplacement
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What makes violence to begin with?

Violence tends to end when one side wins and the other loses and both recognize and accept it.  Artificially stopping wars and reordering things for stability only prolongs conflict.  Places like the middle east, Taiwan-China-Japan, Ukraine, and various parts of Africa will continue to simmer until the conflicts they have can run their natural cycle.

Consider the US-England, US-American Indians, Allies-Axis and so on.  Total victory/defeat really is the only thing that stops this kind of thing.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 01:06 | 4855944 TBT or not TBT
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AKA the Limbaugh Doctrine. 

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 21:14 | 4855532 hangemhigh77
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Why aren't all these people in the Middle East watching the NBA Finals?

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 03:05 | 4856029 mt paul
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maybe

they are racists 

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 21:57 | 4855645 alexcojones
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Urban Redneck +1

Strange how DC seeks to disarm the folks here, while arming murderous gangs overseas.

Ironically, DC will be culpable for immense bloodshed both here and overseas.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 22:49 | 4855767 MopWater
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I have an easy solution.

Do nothing.

As the song goes, "We dont need no water, let the motherfucker burn.  Burn motherfucker, burn"

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 12:49 | 4856716 KnuckleDragger-X
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Sounds good but the do-gooders, the greedy and most of all the greedy do-gooders won't allow it.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 00:02 | 4855877 Joe A
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Wow, these nation building efforts really paid off.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 00:09 | 4855884 robertocarlos
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Once ISIS takes Baghdad, their next target will be Charlottesville

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 00:52 | 4855920 Paracelsus
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I have been scratching my head trying to remember where I saw this movie before.

Then it hit me: The fall of South Vietnam.

Lets see,Umm: Corruption---Check

    Incompetent government----check

   Plenty of perfectly operational weapons abandoned ---

  Check

  Storeroom full of gold bullion left at Bien Hoa airport----

  Check

  No evacuation policy set up because that would demoralize the population----check

 Bordering a country with drugs cultivation or transshipment----check

Involvement with CIA or other intelligence agencies

----check

Complete underestimation of enemy based upon rosy forecasts etc.---check

Squandering of significant amounts of blood and treasure to enrich Wall Street war profiteer types----check

Cause of massive economic dislocation to US Dollar reserve currency status----check

Distraction of attention and foreign policy resources to detriment of other worthy causes over twenty year period---check

Potential to contribute to destruction of American Empire----check

Education of the American people in dark arts done in their name,e.g., waterboarding,testicular electrodes,etc.-----check

Creation of millions of refugees which need to be resettled at huge costs in Europe and the West.Many of the sons of these refugees will become insurgents someday (UK Pakistani terrorism problem,etc.)

Check

 Poisoning of Landscape with toxic weapons which would fit the definition of war crimes:

2,4,5,T Dioxin (Agent Orange defoliant herbicide---South Vietnam

Depleted Uranium shells fired in Kosovo,Iraq,Kuwait,Afghanistan

Check

Quod Erat Demonstratum

 

  

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 01:15 | 4855946 TBT or not TBT
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You forgot Democrat abandonment of overrun country, just after war won at high cost but high determination by a Republican president.  That's the common proximal causal relation here.   Dems in Congress dumped support of South Vietnam.   Obama scuttled the status of forces negotiations and let Iran run loose.  

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 01:29 | 4855958 monad
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Since the Israelis have extirpated the hebrews, who do you think the Israelis represent?

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 01:34 | 4855965 3rd Pig
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This army was born in Turkey, trained in Syria and paraded Iraq, to be the staging post before being unleashed, on some unsuspecting neighbour in the region.

Their  financiers know where they are going – Maybe south to Baghdad, maybe west to Damascus, but they will need a ‘no fly zone’ cover to succeed – this reminds me of the Libyan takeover... so in all honesty who is pulling the strings here?

 

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 02:08 | 4855998 Gilad.alper
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The Middle East is like a zombie apocalypse movie and Israel is the shopping mall where humanity is holding up

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 06:00 | 4856127 q99x2
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Old man Bush is still alive. Nobody every brought him to trial for war crimes. He does look like the wind could blow him over from old age. Still plenty of time to prosecute the rest of them.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 08:33 | 4856231 falak pema
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The divide and rule strategy initiated by Pax Americana, since the FDR/Saud handshake guaranteeing Saud military protection by USa in exchange for US control of Saudi oil; an affirmation by FDR to include Saud oil in the US sphere post Yalta carve up of the Euro-near Asian world; was followed on by the annexation of Iran under CIA concocted rape of Iran's secular, fledgling democracy and imposition of their stooge the Shah. That was the first step in the US's wanton desire to impose an American century on the world WHATEVER THE COST.

Thirty years later after that, the Nixon Petrodollar doctrine; and "our money your problem" abandonment of gold exchange and initiation of Friedmanian fiat hegemony; allowed US foreign policy to morph from FDR's benign, paternalistic Marshall Plan approach to "divide and ruin" Reaganomic's virulent hubris. We now have rape of world's raw materials by the Oligarchs coupled to the slave labour arbitrage meme of Outsourcing; the unkindest cut of all to Jefferson's legacy, as it destroys "we the people" democracy and it proudest achievement : the middle class. 

Today is payback on that calamitous mindset change of Pax Americana, as the US has betrayed its own favourite poster child of capitalist creation : abandoning innovation and progress for regressionary financialized Don Corleone "Madoffian" bubbleonomics; the road to deperdition for Western world.

We are now in CRISIS OF CIVILIZATION; nothing less, and the ME oil patch is the Nexus of that corruption. Modern Man's second fall from his garden of Eden.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 11:11 | 4856487 Pie rre
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I've read that Islam considers gold, silver, precious gems and barter as the only form of currency and that usury us blasphemous.  Must of been a real poke in the eye when tpaper money reared it head from the great financial maw.

 

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 15:45 | 4857109 Jano
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They should run over Saudi Arabia.

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