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How To Sell A War

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With the spigot of propaganda wide open and Washington appearing increasingly bent on instigating the next war, we thought lessons from past "wars" might help the people when thinking about what is spoon-fed to them each and every day. "To Sell A War" is a documentary that first aired in December 1992 exposing the Citizens for a Free Kuwait campaign as public relations spin to gain public opinion support for the Gulf War. Among other things, it reveals that Nurse Nayirah was in fact Nijirah al-Sabah, the daughter of Kuwait's ambassador to the United States Saud Nasir Al-Sabah, coached by Hill & Knowlton to forge her infamous testimony about Iraqi soldiers removing babies from incubators, which was widely reported and repeated throughout the media.



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Sat, 08/02/2014 - 20:49 | 5039109 ebworthen
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"She turned me into a newt!"

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 20:56 | 5039124 AlaricBalth
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Did you get better?

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 21:18 | 5039166 SafelyGraze
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white house releases Authentic satellite images proving that missile launchers were born in russia

lorena fuddy 

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Sat, 08/02/2014 - 21:39 | 5039194 Xibalba
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Hill+Knowlton, ... hmmmm where have I heard that name before??  Is that the same firm that Big tobacco hired to sell the public that tobabcco was safe?  Is that the same firm that Big Oil has hired to sell fracking as safe?  


hint: yes

Fracking and the gas and oil industry[edit]


In 2009, members of America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), a lobbying organization for the gas industry, spread $80 million in funds across several agencies that included Hill & Knowlton to try to influence decisions on the process of gas extraction known as hydraulic fracturing or "fracking".[17] Similar to the strategy it employed for the pro-cigarette campaigns of the 1950s and 1960s, the company seeks to raise doubt in the public's mind about the dangers of fracking.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 23:07 | 5039456 notadouche
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Not much different than the lobbying organization trying to sell the notion of "clean coal" perhaps the most laughable oxymoron of all time.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 23:06 | 5039439 Kirk2NCC1701
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IF 'Mericans want decent news in English, getting is from the Canadian sources -- where they hire people with real Journalsim degress -- is the place to go.

Part of the reason is that it's OK for Canadians to have more of the real truth, because their leaders won't make a difference in NY or DC anyway... so, "Who cares if Canucks know what's going on!" is the mentality.

For similar reasons, but less so, they are also not too troubled about disclosures in the UK or EU... Because, as long as their politicians toe the American line, all the the US Regime needs to do, is to "manage" the US public.  It's pure "asset allocation" priorities for TPTB.  Sad, but true.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 23:32 | 5039501 Hugh G Rection
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Harper is a zionist stooge just like Obama.  Also, good luck questioning the official WW2 narrative in the great white zio north.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 10:52 | 5040144 crazzziecanuck
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THe USA is the most propagandized population in the world.

How else can you maintain such staggering levels of inequality?  In other places, like North Korea, they can just "disappear" dissidents into the back of black cars.  Can't do that (yet) in the USA.

That's why propaganda is a prerequisite for maintaining central power in the hands of a tiny elite.  That's why the USA is very Orwellian.  The elite have tricked members of the Outer Party to be the controllers of the proles on behalf of the Inner Party elite.

Just as in 1984, if a person approaches an average person on the street the receipient of any contrary information will either be indifferent or incapable of understanding (proles) or actually hostile (other members of the Outer Party).  Outer Party organizational structures like professional associations and the mass media keep members of the Outer Party "in line."


Sun, 08/03/2014 - 11:18 | 5040214 Bad Attitude
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"In other places, like North Korea, they can just 'disappear' dissidents into the back of black cars. Can't do that (yet) in the USA."

No need to "disappear" dissidents. Just accuse them of a sex crime - rape, pedophilia, or having child porn on their computer. They are automatically assumed guilty, publicly shamed, their life destroyed, and they ultimately end up in prison. The few that have the will and resources to fight the accusation are financially ruined - the process is the punishment. There are enough real sex criminals that the accusation against any dissident is accepted without question.

Forward (over the cliff)!

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 01:47 | 5039673 Hugh G Rection
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2 thumbs down for Sun Tzu, or for pointing out Israel is a lying pile of shit?

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 03:07 | 5039712 SHRAGS
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Cant be Sun Tzu as he doesn't have access to the raw ingest required for fraudulent online poll rigging.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 08:57 | 5039969 CH1
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2 thumbs down for...

Your sick obsession with Jews.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 10:58 | 5040175 Hugh G Rection
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Mmmm Hmmmm...


Actually pal, I'm trying to save a lot of Jewish people from the invariable blowback when the world awakens to Zionism.  I'm non violent, and have never been in so much as a fist fight.  Imagine how folks down in the bible belt will react when they realize 9/11 was a Mossad false flag, their Country has been hijacked by AIPAC and the zio banking cabal, and they've been played for fools.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 18:46 | 5041735 BigJim
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'Imagine' is about all we can do, as I doubt it'll ever happen.

People love their brainwashing. They will die to defend it and the people who crammed it into their heads in the first place.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 03:26 | 5039729 kchrisc
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"War is a racket." - Smedley Butler

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 18:48 | 5041740 BigJim
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"Yeah, but this is a racquet." - Bjorn Bjorg

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 23:24 | 5039482 HardAssets
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That looks a helluva lot like trees & bushes in my neighbors backyard

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 05:38 | 5039805 hibou-Owl
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I thought a missile was a pointy thing, not a low resolution picture that looks like some farmers pile of straw.

Come on US, if you want to justify a war make it look a little more realistic.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 21:08 | 5039154 lordbyroniv
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The truth is that I never shook my shadow
Every day it's trying to trick me into doing battle
Calling out "faker" only get me rattled
Want to pull me back behind the fence with the [cattle]
Building your [lenses]
Digging your trenches
Put me on the front line
Leave me with a dumb mind
With no defenses
But your defenses
If you can't stand to feel the pain then you are senseless

[Since] this
I've grown up some
Different kind of fighter
And when the darkness come let it inside you
Your darkness is shining
My darkness is shining
Have faith in myself

I've seen a million numbered doors on the horizon
Now which is the future you choosen before you gone dying.
I'll tell you 'bout a secret I've been underminding
Every little lie in this world come from dividing
Say you're my lover, say you're my homie,
Tilt my chin back slit my throat take a bath in my blood get to know me
All out of my secrets
All my enemies are turning into my teachers.
Because, lights blinding, no way dividing what's yours or mine when everything's shining
You darkness is shining my darkness is shining
Have faith in ourselves
Yes I'm only loving, only trying to only love
That's what I'm trying to do is only loving
Yes I'm only lonely loving feeling only loving
Till I'm feeling only loving
Ya say it ain't loving ain't loving my loving
But I'm only loving only loving only loving
Only loving the truth.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 23:59 | 5039552 ebworthen
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"She turned me into a newt!"

Point being, it is a witch hunt, just like the:  Syrian "gas attacks", and the "inflammatory video" that "caused" the deaths in Libya, and the "WMD" in Iraq, and the "Tonkin Gulf attack", etc., etc., etc.

"It got better"...then..."It doesn't matter, she's a Witch!  Burn her!".

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 00:24 | 5039575 junction
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Posted earlier on zerohedge was a link to an array of photos showing damage to the flight MH17 passenger jet.  The ragged holes in the fuselage look like the jet was riddled with cannon fire, yet the SU-25 jets the Ukrainians have supposedly only have a top altitude of 23,000 feet.  So, how to explain those holes, if a SU-25 jet and not a BUK missile shot down the jet?  The black box and the air traffic control recordings would show the jet's altitude before it went down.  Was MH17 flying at 33,000 feet or was it flying much lower for some reason.  Say, did the Kiev controller tell the pilot there was turbulent weather ahead and to divert to a lower flight corridor to avoid that turbulence.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 01:00 | 5039586 giovanni_f
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The SU-25 can make 35000 ft minimum, the coffin corner being still higher. That often cited service ceiling number is way below that fighters real range. Find and ask an aviation expert you can trust.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 01:18 | 5039641 The_Dude
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I'm pretty sure that if this MH17 thing doesn't escalate the fighting that we will have satelite images revealing underground gas chambers soon...

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 03:32 | 5039733 kchrisc
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I heard that they have "yellowcake" from Niger. LOL

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 08:33 | 5039934 SoilMyselfRotten
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Yellowcake? Is that what's stamped on those $10 heroin packets?

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 08:54 | 5039965 Winston Churchill
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The whole storyline never rang true, in a lot of ways.

Didn't stop the US sheeple buying it hook, line ,and sinker.

The undeniable 30 mm cannon shell damage may have been the primary cause,or the coup de grace,

of downing the plane, but the sheeple will believe the federalists had fighter jets if told so by

the MSM, and Uncle Scam.

The european public are not buying it. The US is isolating itself even more, if thats possible .

Americans have no concept of the RoW's antipathy, even among supposed allies , even before MH17.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 00:26 | 5039580 Zabugrom1
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"She turned me into a newt!"  

Who is the problem, a snake oil Seller or a snake oil Buyer? 

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 01:34 | 5039650 junction
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For the past six hours, the Drudge Report banner headline is Bibi tells White House "not to ever second guess me again."  The problem now for Netanyahu is that he lied about the Israeli soldier being taken hostage by Hamas.  Instead, this soldier, along with others, was busy violating the truce by attacking a Hamas tunnel complex in the first minutes of the truce.  Who killed this soldier is also in question, was it friendly fire?  Netanyahu made a mistake belittling Obama.    



WASHINGTON (AP) -- Following the quick collapse of the cease-fire in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the White House not to force a truce with Palestinian militants on Israel.

Sources familiar with conversations between Netanyahu and senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, say the Israeli leader advised the Obama administration "not to ever second guess me again" on the matter. The officials also said Netanyahu said he should be "trusted" on the issue and about the unwillingness of Hamas to enter into and follow through on cease-fire talks.


Sun, 08/03/2014 - 03:42 | 5039737 kchrisc
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This "Israel being 'dissed'," propaganda is just hilarious.

Anyone paying attention knows that the DC US is Israel's bitch and that the only questions the puppets on the Potomac ask is "How hi?"

And this whole Ukraine/Syrian thing is all Israel's doing in the first place for their pipeline and Lebensraum.


"Some see a star, I see a six-pointed swastika."

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 04:02 | 5039748 Paveway IV
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First Obama defies Bibi, then the New York Times pisses off Israeli military: 

Israel’s Military Censors Demand ‘Prior Review’ Of NYT’s Gaza Reporting [MintPress]

If congress doesn't start forcing Americans to be obedient to the will of Israel, then those pictures of U.S. senators on top of little boys WILL be released.

And American taxpayers better stop whining about the $3.1 billion in annual military aid and just pay the fuck up. Israel didn't sell all of those 350 W54 nuclear warheads that it got from the U.S. to third-world countries. It still has a few that it upgraded to maybe 2 - 3 kiloton yield stashed away in Dimona. Israel will not hesitate to nuke U.S. citizens that refuse to financially support Israel's right to exist.

Refusing to send your tax dollars to Israel is tantamount to terrorism. God damn it... OBEY!

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 20:51 | 5039114 q99x2
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Propagandists do not fear God and invalidate life. Caliphate going to get them.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 21:00 | 5039129 Atomizer
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How Islam Built The Very Fabric of America

Bunifa goes Through Airport Security

Just a little humor. BTW, Debra was smoking hot back in the day.. Always enjoyed her skits.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 21:10 | 5039130 nmewn
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Ummm, I know this is going to sound pedantic to some (you know who you are) but exactly what were Iraqi soldiers doing in Kuwait?


Was it something I said outside the proposed narrative? ;-)

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 21:16 | 5039165 Schmuck Raker
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Providing the US a pretense to invade Iraq?

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 21:27 | 5039187 nmewn
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The timeline is 1990, the raping & pillaging of Iraqi troops is absolutely undeniable and to be fair, some were shot by their commanders for doing it...the raping, not the pillaging.

But I ask again, what were Iraqi troops doing in Kuwait so that propaganda could be used as the pretext for a multi-nation ouster of Iraqi troops?

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 21:37 | 5039208 disabledvet
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A better look is understanding how the Ambassador to Iraq at the time of Gulf War I pretty much told Saddam Hussein upon building up a massive military that could only be used for one purpose that "the US has no position in this matter."

I remember right after 9/11 folks saying to me "if we don't fight them over there we'll have to fight them over here." I think folks here in the USA are starting to wonder about this form of propaganda insofar as the sales pitch goes.

That happens after twelve years of fighting. "Reality sets in."

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 21:52 | 5039250 nmewn
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The best thing to ever happen in this country, is right/left & tweens saying no to Obama's redline.

I really don't care (tangentially) if rape, murder & torture is common over there, I care if its carried out here. The governement (not we, them) is seventeen trillion in debt, to itself.

That is what should concern them.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 08:11 | 5039912 shovelhead
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Ain't no thang. It's on the tab.

Working Joe will pick it up.

He doesn't know about bail-ins.


Sun, 08/03/2014 - 04:04 | 5039749 AnAnonymous
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what were Iraqi troops doing in Kuwait so that propaganda could be used as the pretext for a multi-nation ouster of Iraqi troops?

What were they doing? Not enough as it took tales like this nurse's to strengthen the narrative. They did not enough to sell the story by itself.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 08:14 | 5039915 Agstacker
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So why not be honest and say we are going to invade Iraq because they have oil, why lie about WHY we are doing it?

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 08:33 | 5039935 nmewn
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The article in question pertains to Saddams invasion of Kuwait (1990). I guess you could ask Australia, the UK, France, Egypt, Canada and the thirty or so others the same question.

I'd start with the Ottomans and the Brits first though ;-)

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 21:45 | 5039229 Atomizer
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Expanding a pipeline. 

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 21:29 | 5039192 ACP
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Yeah, this article is a bad example because Iraq actually invaded Kuwait.

It didn't occur because of some "perceived threat", but an actual event that had already taken place.


Sat, 08/02/2014 - 21:42 | 5039219 nmewn
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Sat, 08/02/2014 - 23:37 | 5039507 ACP
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Judging by the downvotes, apparently a lot of people here fully support pre-emtive strikes, especially ones perpetrated by dictators in the middle east.

Good thing they aren't in charge in the US, or we'd be occupying Canada and Mexico.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 00:36 | 5039589 Al Huxley
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Historically, Iraq has apparently always considered Kuwait to be a part of their territory (borders being somewhat arbitrarily drawn up in colonial days).  Saddam at the time was good buddies with the US (remember the picture of Rumsfeld and Hussein arm in arm during the Reagan years).  So Saddam asks the US Ambassador for his blessing to invade - just to make sure he's got their approval so he doesn't damage the friendship.  So the ambassador tells Saddam something along the lines of 'we don't consider these types of issues to be any of our business'.  What Saddam doesn't know is that the US military is developing some really high-end battle simulation software, and they've just done a simulation of what would happen if they had to fight a war with the Iraqis and the simulation software says they'll totally kick ass, but they need to validate it.  So they tell Saddam 'yeah go ahead knock yourself out' and he invades.  Then they act all shocked 'how could you do this!' and kick off desert storm - and damn! that simulation software works just great - pretty much nailed exactly how the whole thing would turn out. 


So not to say Saddam was justified in invading, but it wasn't exactly the big shock to the US govt that it's been made out to be.  It was disaster capitalism at it's finest - never let a good crisis go to waste.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 01:31 | 5039652 Socratic Dog
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Wonder if that simulation extended out, say, 24 years, to 2014, and predicted the rise of the caliphate?  Must have, if it was so good.

I don't fucking think.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 23:07 | 5039455 pods
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One reason I saw was that Kuwait was trying to "drink Iraq's milkshake" as well as remove babies from incubators.


Sat, 08/02/2014 - 23:33 | 5039499 ACP
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I see, so the Iraqi aggression was all about oil, which is OK for them to do, but no one else.

And the incubator reason makes no sense. It was the Iraqs who were doing that in Kuwait. Unless some Kuwaitis were sneaking into Iraq and removing Iraqi babies from incubators? Please clarify.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 21:59 | 5039267 SgtShaftoe
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Here's a possibility. I have no idea if it's true. It's certainly plausible, but here goes:

Rumsfeld and Burzinski tell Saddam in non-direct terms that the US won't interfere in an invasion of Kuwait. Hoping he'll attack so they can manufacture a war, line their pockets and those of their friends with defense contractor money. Possible? maybe.

I'm certain however that nobody was broken hearted about going to war in the senior state dept and DoD. There's so much money to be made!

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 22:24 | 5039325 nmewn
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I have no idea if its true either.

But I do know modern day stingers got into the hands of the Taliban in order to shoot down a Chinook.

Our very best & brightest, looking out for you ;-)

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 00:53 | 5039564 HardAssets
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It seems many keep missing the central point, so I'll repeat it - Iraq indicated they would accept euros for oil, not just dollars. The petrodollar was threatened. Also, Saadam called for M.E. oil powers to form closer relationships in light of unchecked US hegemony after the fall of the USSR. That's why they were attacked.

Of course you can't tell the American people that their sons & husbands will kill and be killed to protect the petrodollar. That raises all sorts of uncomfortable questions for TPTB. So instead, you give the public fairy tales & wave the flag. That usually works . . . and it did.

The Memory Hole is fully operational.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 11:51 | 5040329 Chief Wonder Bread
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This was Gulf War I, right? i.e., before the Euro came into existence.

Other Europeen currencies? (Deutschmarks, Brit Pounds, Francs?)

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 00:38 | 5039590 Al Huxley
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It is true, see my post above.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 23:42 | 5039484 earleflorida
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the 1979's iraqi military coup threw the ussa and uk into a panic mode. iraqi coup d`etat put saddam in power, and... the iranian revolution also of 1979 put the usa on high alert. a two-fer.

the baghdad pact was dissolved in 1979 because of Saddam (CENTO /Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Pakistan and the UK). 

the following year in 1980... Iraq starts a eight year war with iran that ended in a cease fire with no clear victor late 1988.

the ussa had to reign in saddam? his claim for invading kuwait was slant drilling! kuwait and iraq have never been close, but its strategic geography at the head of the persian gulf makes it the wealthiest real-estate per footage in the me.

the 1st gulf war was launched late 1990 and ended early 1991... ~ six months. basically that was the end of saddam' adventurist?conquest, other than gasing the kurds.

kuwait geography:

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 23:48 | 5039528 HardAssets
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West in a panic mode ? Hardly.

Actually you've got it completely wrong, the 180 degree opposite of what actually took place:

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 18:13 | 5041541 earleflorida
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before 1979 saddam was a general in iraq which was then a happy go-lucky socialist state-- the flourishing iraqi state was the epitome of all its arab peers to follow in its very foot[happyfeet?]steps before 1979! we all know that saddam coup d`etat in 1979 changed all that?                                                                       now we go backwards in tyme:

the arabian-american oil co., which operated in SA was the single greatest ussa overseas investment. in several other 'oil states'*[ME] american capital was heavily invested and healthy american dividends were being produced.

there were two-states in the middle-east [ME]... iraq and persia [iran] which had joined the ussa allianace, and might there`fore be regarded as american wards! america's policy had been largely responsible for the creation of 'Israel', and there was still an influential body of american opinion ready to excert pro-zionist pressure on american policy!?!

by nov/1956 the ussa... share of me'oil, was 65% and british 30% -- before wwii in 1939 the ussa's share was only 13% and the british 60%.

in arab eyes, israel and the 'point-four' & triparitite declaration were equally manifestations of dollar imperialism (baghdad pact/ sykes-picot agreement/ british,'white-paper-1957')-- that ill-defined, mystify envisaged bugbear which so harnesses america's relation with, 'small powers' (ussa $$$/ petro`dollar hegemony).    *note1: the ussa owned saudi arabia [SA] outright [it was their resource only... and for no one else, period!], and also iraq and iran [persia] were also off limits to everyone except america.     note2: OPEC 1970s &  'Arab Embargo 1973 & Baghdad pact/ sykes-picot (oil sharing 1939-- **uk=60% & ussa= 13%___ 1956 uk= 30% & ussa= 65%.

the arabs wanted western technical help, as all were aware of... they [arabs & ussa on both sides yearned for co`existence] needed their help anyway, as the companies it needed hardly be sad, wanted the oil. the shift in ownership, indeed, has generally been within the western community. british[bp], french[total s.a.], dutch[shell] companies were all represented in the ME, but the most important producers had long been americans[rockefellers/ saudi-aramco]. they exploited the saudi's, and bahraini oilfields outright,... had a halfshare in Kuwait, and a substantial cut in the Iraqi, Persian, and Qatari fields!  Britain on the other hand, had only a halfshare in Kuwait and a major share in Iraq, Persia, and Gulf fields.  

in 1939 the ussa me oil share was miniscule?, but after wwii --1956 it, had increased exponentially[two fold?]. this was because of the diplomatic pressure put on by the ussa state department-- the uk was broke ,and the ussa had to take over greece, turkey, and cyprus from the uk... eventually folding them into NATA!    Note3: the famous 'Hubbard Oil Scale' report/ analysis in the ussa issued implicitely, that domestic oil production stateside would max-out in 1975! his report was spot-on!!!

now a days, the compedition chiefly concerns the marketing rather than the extraction of oil, but in arabia where most exploration was being done, the lingering sense of contest between american and british companies, and the natural rivalry between the pound sterling and the dollar, was unhappily linked with the saudi ambitions... so the oil companies found themselves fighting dynastic battles far removed from the struggles between  us service stations.

but, if the oil cauldron was simmering in the autumn of 1956, and stirred only by colonel nasser's 'suez canal' coup d`e'tat, the real threat of ultimate seizure still lay heavily over the companies [***nasser nationalizes the suez canal and throws the british out]. it was obvious enough that one day the arabs, whether separately or in unity, would become the owners of their means of production.   note4: a study in 1960 had proven that the arab ME had ~75% of the entire planets oil reserves.  

Important--- Note5:  iraq and syria were borderline ba'athist, which was nationalism and a sliver of communism, the last thing the ussa wanted in the ME was nationalism, period! soon afterwards, they... deposed of nasser [assasinated] , blaming the muslim brotherhood. 

Conclusion via conclusion::  saddam was the perfect fit [his mo was ideal, pure evil] for the new iraq, that america sorely wanted. he... hussein, was working behind the scenes with the cia and fbi from the early 60's. once in office he did the 180^ and turned totally against socialism and nationalism and moar towards sectarianism. the ussa loved it!!!


so there you have it. some [sic] quoted excerpts, but mostly from memory, and notes... 

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 23:59 | 5039488 HardAssets
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Terms to look up -

slant drilling by Kuwait into Iraq oil fields
US indicates it isn't their business & won't interfere
Iraq indicates that they want to accept euros rather than just dollars for oil - The last factor was THE reason for the war. And it is the same reason more recent wars have been fought.

All this is published & well known. The fact that this isn't common knowledge among the public indicates how effective is the propaganda campaign. IMO part of that campaign is conditioning people to not even question the official story, especially when a 'known bad guy' is involved.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 02:08 | 5039692 Iwanttoknow
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read a little history.look at a map of Ottoman empire.BTW,ever haerd of April glaspie?

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 04:09 | 5039751 Disenchanted
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nmewn said:

but exactly what were Iraqi soldiers doing in Kuwait?


Slant drilling by the Kuwaitees?

edit: I see, after I already replied, that Hard Assets beat me to it...

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 07:28 | 5039873 nmewn
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It was mostly a rhetorical question but the point was (as ACP pointed out) that Iraq was already engaged in the act of war.

Which by the way, didn't give Iraqi soldiers the right to slant drill Kuwaiti women (commonly called rape in case you're wondering) or steal from civilians or attempt to take hostages back to Iraq with them.

And I think you know why I said "attempt" to take hostages back to Iraq, as many of these "brave Mesopotamian soldiers" didn't make it, which many thought an act of cosmic justice for what they did back in Kuwait City, including me.

We'll leave the purposeful torching of close to 600 oil wells for a manmade global warming thread ;-)

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 11:12 | 5040194 HardAssets
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Saddam was an evil psychopath, no doubt about it.

Evil psychopaths have been put in power by elements within the US establishment numerous times. Hell, they provided the chemical weapons that Saddam used against civilians. These US elements are also psychopaths, so have no problem dealing with others of that type.

The reason for the invasion of Iraq had nothing to do with 'humanitarian' motives. That was just the story to sell it to the masses.

PS - given the constant lies and 'spin' it's probably a very good idea to question everything & anything reported - including accounts of what did or did not happen somewhere.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 04:28 | 5039766 kchrisc
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Okay. Here goes:

Israel has long desired Lebensraum--Greater Israel. With the fall of the Wall and the predicted fall of the rest of Eastern Europe, Israel along with their CIA bitches in the DC US--Bush Sr. was and is CIA and was president--saw an opportunity to quickly reduce the Pentagon's footprint in Europe and get their Lebensraum in the Middle-East.

Iraq had been used as a proxy in the 80s against Iran, therefore it was easy to goad Saddam into an invasion of the disputed and shared Kuwaiti border areas. They showed him evidence of Kuwait drilling and taking more oil from the disputed border areas than they were allowed, and then gave him a nod to invade. I don't know if they thought he would take all of Kuwait or not, but they certainly encouraged him to take at least the border areas.

The Iraqi troops in Kuwait were doing what the DC US' troops had been doing for nearly 50 years in Europe--enjoying themselves.

Once Saddam had made his move, CIA-Bush Sr. then made his move. He moved troops to the Middle-East, mostly from Europe, and then invaded Iraq. He stopped short of taking Iraq because, being CIA, he thought that the CIA could take Saddam down fairly quickly after and then divide up Iraq into three new countries--Kurdistan in the north, a Sunni controlled country in the middle and a Shia dominated south. This should sound recently familiar.

Of course it didn't work out the way the CIA had planned. The CIA sponsored and supported uprisings in the north and south of Iraq were brutally put down. Saddam also used chemical weapons that the DC US had provided him in the 80s, but that the CIA had, I guess, forgotten about. After a few years they upped the sanctions and started bombing, etc. The ever sly Saddam then made business arrangements with France, Russia and China. That meant that when the sanctions finally failed and then ended those powers would get access to Iraq's oil fields. Those arrangements also made it impossible for the DC US and masters to use the UN as their rubber-stamp war justification machine against Iraq.

Additionally, after the First Gulf War CIA-Bush Sr. was able to rapidly reduce and diminish the Pentagon by way of not returning the troops to Europe. If he and the rest of the pols and crats had tried it any other way, the Pentagon would have fought it tooth and nail.

So Saddam is preventing Anglo-US access to Iraq's oil and sitting on part of Greater Israel. Not yet fatal, but then Saddam goes and starts selling oil for gold and other currencies--i.e. not in Petro-dollars. Game over, and so we have the Israeli and CIA 9/11 and Bush Jr.'s Gulf War II.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 21:03 | 5039134 JustObserving
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Here is how CIA does it:

Today, on the other hand, the CIA is directing an incendiary propaganda campaign against Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, a campaign that seems intent on provoking a direct military confrontation with the country with the second largest nuclear arsenal in the world. There is no question that the CIA is mobilizing all the resources and assets it commands—within governments, the media, and among academics—in a carefully orchestrated campaign aimed at polluting public opinion with anti-Russian hysteria.

As of now, there is nothing approaching a definitive explanation of the chain of events that led to the destruction of MH17. Despite all the massive surveillance technology at its disposal, upon which it lavishes tens of billions of dollars annually, the US intelligence agencies have not produced a shred of hard evidence to back up the accusations of Russian responsibility.

But while the physical circumstances surrounding MH17’s destruction remain unknown, the political purposes to which this tragedy is being put to use have become all too clear.

Since the beginning of the week, the three most influential mass circulation newsmagazines of the United States, Britain, and Germany—Time, The Economist, and Der Spiegelhave published cover stories that combine wild accusations against Vladimir Putin with demands for a showdown with Russia.

The most striking and obvious characteristic of these cover stories is that they are virtually identical. The CIA has scripted them all. The stories employ the same insults and the same fabrications. They denounce Putin’s “web of lies.” The Russian president is portrayed as a “depraved” mass murderer.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 22:01 | 5039270 SgtShaftoe
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“The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.”

Ernest Hemingway

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 00:07 | 5039557 HardAssets
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Seems very wordy to have been said by Hemingway.

"Bankers aren't like you and me, they're much bigger s.o.b.s That's coming from an s.o.b. " Seems more in line with what he would've said.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 00:44 | 5039596 disabledvet
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"He's Hitler! Remember the surrender of Munich!"

I mean seriously...this is coming from the media....not the CIA.

Americans just want an economic recovery worthy of the name.
"Jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs."

Not "debt, debt, debt, debt, debt."
Income, income, income.

So far "only North Dakota remains in compliance with the Prime Directive" here...and indeed the bulk of the USA appears to remain in full on full reverse.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 21:07 | 5039151 Rootin' for Putin
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I didnt watch it.  Did she say Putin did it?   I'm pretty sure he did.  Along with JFK, the Challenger explosion and the drought in California.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 21:12 | 5039159 potato
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Just like the stock market bottomed in Nov 1914 in anticipation of a large market for US-made goods in war-torn Europe, so too today we stoke the flames of war in anticipation of destruction in Europe to continue to send stawks to new highs when it becomes clear the Fed has no more cards to play.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 23:13 | 5039466 August
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>>>today we stoke the flames of war in anticipation of destruction in Europe to continue to send stawks to new highs...

The simultaneous crippling of both the EU and Russian economies will bring quiet joy to the hearts of those who are correctly positioned.  Then, give China a little push, and those happy days are here... again!

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 21:30 | 5039178 earleflorida
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'the theist?propagandist that spews from this locomotive breath, never slows down in the end? as progress outstrips reason... and the agnostic succumbs to atheism, and the train..., the train won't slow down,... never moar, stopping at the signstation...?'

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 21:32 | 5039196 Bear
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Does this Administration really want a war that no one can win? If that's true then it's 1914 all over again ... with nukes ... I'm going to join Code Pink (but we'll have to wait for a Republican before we can picket)

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 21:48 | 5039238 Atomizer
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Please don't consider that. We are in a currency war. Keep your upper lip up and hang in there. 

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 04:39 | 5039774 kchrisc
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"Does this Administration really want a war that no one can win? If that's true then it's 1914 all over again"

With respect, but the pols and crats of this DC US administration, or any of the other players, does not want or desire war. They do as they are told by the banksters. If the banksters will benefit from and desire war, then war it shall be--Lives and blood be damned, so long as the banksters get their lucre.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 11:41 | 5040287 HardAssets
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War is great for scaring the people so they give up their freedom for the illusion of security. In addition, you can make a lot of money from war and the preparations for war.

Unfortunately, for TPTB, scientists invented The Bomb. So total war means the end of all life on the planet. For that reason you create a Cold War. Same benefits as war in the past, but you avoid using The Bomb.

The question now is: How crazy are those 'in charge'? Do they actually think they can 'win' a nuclear war ? Do they think they can launch a first strike and use 'Star Wars' type technology to limit losses to just the 'useless eaters' not in nice hardened bunkers ? Are they truly insane ? Is it all a big con job to scare the citizenry into demanding a 'new world order' so as to 'insure a peaceful planet' ? Are they trying to guarantee some prophecy about the end of the world ? Are they just trying to stimulate the economy with more saber rattling (it takes money to buy sabers) ?

Who knows

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 21:33 | 5039198 Karaio
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It appears only an interesting Post and appears a lot of Troll criticizing. 

Of course they are not all, there are still many good people in the network. 


Sat, 08/02/2014 - 21:34 | 5039204 samsara
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"The Only Thing New in the World, Is History You Don't Know."

Harry Truman

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 21:42 | 5039220 MalteseFalcon
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Sat, 08/02/2014 - 21:47 | 5039228 alexcojones
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I Wonder what ever happened to this little Actress?

She should have moved to Hollywood.

The Tribe would have made her an Oscar-winner.

Without her performance, Wag The Dog wouldn't have been so good.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 21:47 | 5039235 Reaper
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Who's ready to die for a war for the glory of Obama and McCain?

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 01:07 | 5039624 HardAssets
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That's why they recruit 18 year olds -

"Young, dumb, and full of cum" and just itching to prove their 'manhood'.

Too bad their elders back home didn't pass on some good sense to them. Hell many of their folks probably believe the b.s. too.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 04:06 | 5039750 AnAnonymous
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Who's ready to die for a war for the glory of Obama and McCain?

Who 'american' is ready to kill for their own fun and pleasure?

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 21:52 | 5039252 EHM
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"Support the troops" propaganda. A trick to get you to support the war.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 22:07 | 5039280 Cacete de Ouro
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Only dumb people support troops in manufactured wars, which is all wars

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 22:06 | 5039274 db51
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I'll lay a Cleveland there won't be any WWIII happening in the next 24 months.   Shit folks, wasn't that long ago we were fixated on Anna Nicole and OJ.   We'll move on from this in time for fall football season.....and Christmas is right around the corner....time to get off this War shit and Ebola hoax and focus on Black Friday numbers and such.    I hear pent up consumer demand from this abnormally cold summer is expected to see early sales skyrocket.  We'll be sitting around Thanksgiving turkey this year discussing how great things are and celebrating the complete anhilation of the GOP in fall elections.  Cheers folks.    

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 22:15 | 5039306 Atomizer
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Depends how much pressure we put on them. You could be right, a old fashion Cleveland Steamer may delay the agenda. 


Sat, 08/02/2014 - 22:12 | 5039298 samsara
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Does anyone else remember the 2002-2004 timeframe and events on the topic of "Selling the War"

I was getting most of my news from the internet at the time and remember seeing this rolled out in real time.


Remember watching TV "News"  about Aluminum Tubes, and centrifuges, and Me seeing the real  pictures on the net and read the back story...

Mobile Bio-Units TV news vs real pictures of the vehicles and the fact the UK sold them the truck in the '80 for weather baloons,

And EVERYbody at work and everywhere else Believed it. 

Keep your sanity while playing Casandra

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 22:24 | 5039321 Atomizer
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Thanks for waking up. Pass batton. 

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 22:27 | 5039335 reader2010
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"Where Descartes needed God to mediate his relations with his fellows, secular man is happy with his television set, and with all the other commodified channels of pseudocommunication with which his civilization has so thoughtfully endowed him."

— Nick Land

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 22:34 | 5039352 Downtoolong
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Saud Nasir Al-Sabah, Kuwait's ambassador… Sooo busted.

Who needs fancy ad monitoring tech when your eyes show your lies.

I wonder what other obscene things he forced his 15 year old daughter Nijirah al-Sabah to do?

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 00:13 | 5039565 garypaul
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I wonder

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 22:41 | 5039384 samsara
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If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.

 ~ Thomas Pynchon

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 23:51 | 5039540 Oh regional Indian
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Now THAT is brilliant! Wickedly brilliant!

Pinch on!

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 22:46 | 5039392 notadouche
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Any one remember footage showing an Iranian factory that was bombed.  US claiming it was a weapons factory or some shit.  The Iranians released footage of Iranian workers wearing uniforms and on the back of the uniforms were the words "Baby's Milk" in order to support Saddam's claim that it was a plant that manufactured baby formula.  Now the most obvious question is why would Iranian factory have english words on the uniform?  

It was laughable at the time seemingly a clumsy PR stunt by Saddam,  but now thinking back I wonder how the US news got the tape to begin with?  I never questioned that part of the story before but now....???  

Who the hell knows but the one thing for certain is that every government on the planet no longer should expect to be believed by their citizens.  That is going to end up being the biggest problem for civilization, the loss of credibility of governments by the people.  What is worse, governments don't seem to understand the loss of credibility  nor do they seem to care.  They have taken blind patriotism for granted and now they have no idea how to behave or accept the fact that they no longer enjoy that particular privilege.   The next move for them, instead of earning credibility back, is to force that patriotism and loyalty.  

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 01:16 | 5039640 HardAssets
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You equate 'civilization' with government ?

Truly civil behavior seems to be lacking by those in government today.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 04:10 | 5039754 AnAnonymous
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Now the most obvious question is why would Iranian factory have english words on the uniform?

Because an 'american' world destroys diversity and advances homongeneity?

People buy on a world maket standardized products and having clothes covered in english mentions is the standard.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 04:32 | 5039771 notadouche
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I hate to point out how ridiculous your statement is as I really don't like to summarily dismiss anyone's opinion or comment.  

Iraq "baby milk" factory manufacturing baby milk for Iraqi's.  In early 90's Iraq wasn't exporting baby milk.  Think about it, following you're logic a North Korean or iranian or Chinese manufacturing facility employing North Korean's/Iranias/Chines are going to have their standard issue uniform covered in the english language.  Not to mention that the factory function would be what the uniform would advertise as opposed to the name of the company.

How many uniforms have you ever seen in a work facility in the history of the world has a foreign language describing the function of the business as opposed to the name of the business.   It's late and I don't mean to be rude but that's just ignorant.  

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 08:37 | 5039941 AnAnonymous
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Why exporting milk? It is about importing goods and the standards of imported goods.

Uniforms?A lot. People buy from the world market and goods are standardized. One can walk in a factory and see all the notice boards written in english.

'American' industries would require to hire people knowing the language, they do not like that and prefer to sell products in english.

If Iraq bought their clothes on the world market, they did not get an Iraqi edition, but the 'american' world edition.

A funny example: souvenirs. One could think that souvenirs come in a version adequate for locals. Nope. Locals get the 'american' world version.
Some few oddities like some Gaddafi mementos all written in english (while destined to local consumers)

Only 'americans' think that their world is about diversity.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 15:09 | 5041037 notadouche
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Not talking about "notice boards", souvenirs, etc....   I am referring a very specific example where matching uniforms, the clothing every single worker shown in the footage  of a country that had so many sanctions prohibiting its ability to do business with other countries.  Furthermore the claims made by Saddam at the time was accused the UN/US bombed a factory used for making baby's milk, not a munitions factory.  Think about it, a factory for the specific purpose of manufacturing "baby's milk".  So many things wrong with that picture.  

I am attempting to point that this an example from 1990 of how I along with most Americans took for granted that it was, as the US media and government were suggesting nothing more than a clumsy PR stunt by Saddam.  He couldn't very well show uniforms that said "baby's milk" in Arabic as only about 3 Americans know how to translate.  Plus, nothing moves the general US public opinion more than babies, kids and puppies and I took it for granted and at face value.   I recognize now that there could perhaps be other possibilities other than the original narrative accepted by 99.9% of Americans at that time.  Maybe, just maybe it was a US planted story, exploiting the prejudiced attitudes of American's in believing that Saddam and the Iraqi's would be so simplistic in his thinking.   I attempting to show how some 25 years later I view news with a much more jaundiced eye and were this story rerun today I wouldn't take it at face value.  

I can't tell if you are totally missing the point, thinking much more broadly and in generalized terms as opposed to the very specific example I am talking about. Either than or you just do not want to get the point and are intentionally being obtuse but whatever the case may be, with my current situation with the brain tumors, medication and a much shortened expiration date I just don't have the time nor the energy to waste indulging you with this ridiculous back and forth in which I submit you are intentionally being difficult.  If not intentional then, well I'll just say you are exhausting and unwilling to engage in intellectually honest discourse.  It's one thing to agree to disagree and to have honest differing viewpoints but this dialogue doesn't remotely pass the smell test for me.  

You win because this particular back and forth makes me want to just hang myself and not wait for the inevitable.  Good luck to you and have a nice rest of your life.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 22:55 | 5039420 wewillwin
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Same fabrication in Ukraine, but Vlad is much much more wise than then Sadam to be draw in Ukrain so the junk in the US use it as pretence to mobilize the world "....russian solider took the incubators and left the babies to die on the cold floor...." ah ah won't happen this time they find the MH instead "...vladimir putin killed innocent babies in the flight MH...." but Putin is not Saddam....just afraid on him to be assassinated by the junk CIA


Sat, 08/02/2014 - 23:04 | 5039423 Atomizer
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Thank you Tyler. We are aware of corruption. I forgot about this story. I'm going to give you a virtual hug. Nothing gay.

This is all connected. You already know. Time will disclose. Fuck me, we still have a chance to restore United States of America. 



Sun, 08/03/2014 - 04:13 | 5039757 AnAnonymous
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Restoring what?

This was classical 'american' way of doing. Maybe it was meant to be "we still have a chance to alter United States Of America"

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 22:58 | 5039424 Downtoolong
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I haven’t seen that much back-pedaling since I rewound my recording of the Tour de France on my DVR.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 23:16 | 5039471 Atomizer
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Where are you doping yourself while watching Dr Seuss version of Green eggs and ham?

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 23:36 | 5039512 robertocarlos
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Iraq. Iran. What's the difference?

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 00:33 | 5039585 the grateful un...
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then we proceeded to kill a whole bunch of Iraqi babies, by turning off the power to their hospitals.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 02:23 | 5039698 Dre4dwolf
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Also dont forget about the DU shells they left all over the place.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 09:47 | 5040037 tony wilson
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gaza is a test bed for weapon sales.

the children have to melt

israel testing du weapons,direct energy weapons and tactical nukes in gaza

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 04:12 | 5039755 AnAnonymous
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This 'american' woman who committed perjury was offered a grant to study in New York.

'Americans' reward their own.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 07:12 | 5039860 smacker
smacker's picture's program series "Going Underground" by Afshin Rattansi (he quit the BBC I believe after he got sick and tired of the BBC's journalistic constraints on reporting the truth) is very appropriate to this discussion.

This week Afshin interviews John Pilger about the lies and propaganda MSM spew out to support their masters in government:

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 09:19 | 5039999 shovelhead
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Sometimes I get confused...

Who do we have to kill this week?

We got Ukrainian separatists, Islamic State invaders in Iraq, old stand-bys like Assad in Syria and some Ayatollahs in Iran...

We buggered up Afghanistan and all of North Africa already and Turkey may make the list soon.

Hey! Why don't we go whack Israel for doing some terroristy stuff in Gaza?

Nah, we'll give them a pass.

They're like, all democratic and stuff.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 09:37 | 5040028 tony wilson
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a good start is understanding the demonic satanic forces among us.



Sun, 08/03/2014 - 09:50 | 5040042 22winmag
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What a joke. Iraqui soldiers allegedly dumping Kuwaiti babies on the floor and stealing the baby incubators. That's so funny it's a knee slapper. Tell me another one.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 11:09 | 5040199 Limbs Akimbo
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Once again proving that addage "truth is the first victim in any war".

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 11:31 | 5040258 thamnosma
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Tylers -- you need to post an update on IS.   They took Iraq's biggest dam yesterday and are threatening to flood towns.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 15:27 | 5041106 smacker
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Your wish is Tyler's command :-)

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 12:06 | 5040372 Mi Naem
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Coming to a remote control near you. 

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 12:30 | 5040448 lasvegaspersona
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Hopefully the world's people will realize they are being led by lies.

Eisenhower said war is man's greatest folly and those who choose it or fail to try to prevent it are a black mark on all of mankind (paraphrased). We all should remember.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 14:39 | 5040934 FeralSerf
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The lies that started the First World War
Tim Butcher
The Telegraph
Sat, 28 Jun 2014 10:45 CDT

The personality and motives of the young assassin, Gavrilo Princip, who fired the fatal shots at Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, were twisted by Austrian propaganda.

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Gavrilo Princip is paraded by his Austrian captors after assassinating Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo
This day 100 years ago dawned memorably bright over Sarajevo. After days of stormy rain, Sunday June 28,1914 began cloudless as Austria-Hungary, the imperial power that held dominion over the small Balkan province of Bosnia, prepared for a show of ostentatious pageantry in its capital.

Loyal citizens came out in their thousands, lining the route into the city centre that was to be used for a rare official visit by a top member of the Habsburg royal house, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, second only in imperial protocol to the venerable, mutton-chopped emperor himself, Franz Joseph. Witnesses remember the morning sun being fierce as the crowds gathered, eight deep in places, many of them waving the yellow imperial standard of Austria-Hungary with its double-headed black eagle, some shouting ''Long Live the Archduke'' as the Gräf & Stift limousine drove sedately by. An imperial 21-gun salute, from the fortress high in the hills that ring Sarajevo, sent out puffs of smoke, vivid white against the blue summer sky.

But the crowd was seeded with six would-be assassins united in their loathing of Austria-Hungary. By the time the sun set, what happened in Sarajevo would plunge the world into the darkness of global war for the first time.

The details were well recorded: how the first attacker lost his nerve as the cortege passed, how the next attacker threw a grenade that struck the limousine but did not harm the Archduke, how the royal party nevertheless continued with the visit, how three would-be assassins melted away into the crowd and how one, a 19-year-old peasant, stood his ground.

Gavrilo Princip was his name and he took up station at the street corner where the royal vehicle was scheduled to turn right, according to the route flagged up for days in local newspapers, off the wide riverside boulevard that gives Sarajevo its spine, before taking the Archduke to visit a museum.

What might be called the devil's luck then enters the story as the decision had been taken after the grenade attack for the Archduke's car not to turn right but to continue down the boulevard. All the senior members of the royal party were informed. But nobody told the driver.

When the driver made the turn, an imperial officer on board with the Archduke and his wife, Sophie ordered: ''Stop.'' The driver braked immediately, presenting the assassin with his targets right in front of him in a now stationary car, the canvas roof folded helpfully back because of the sunny conditions.

Princip needed to take only half a step forward before he aimed his 9mm, semi-automatic Browning pistol and fired what amounted to the starting gun for modern history. The killing of the Archduke and his wife was the trigger for the First World War. What happened next is a bone well worried by historians. But the details of who Princip was, his motivation, his actions and his support network have been mired ever since in political bias, ethnic rivalry and sloppy homework.

We have been told that: Princip jumped on the running board of the Archduke's limousine to take his shot, the Archduke's wife was pregnant when she died, the shooting happened on the anniversary of their marriage, the car did not have a reverse gear, the Archduke caught the grenade thrown earlier and tossed it away safely, and Princip stopped to eat a last sandwich at the café on the corner before emerging to take his shot. It's all myth.

Yet, given that this is the young man with perhaps the greatest impact on modern history, I have been drawn to spend the past three years researching what the historical record definitively reveals about the assassin from Bosnia.

Gavrilo Princip was born in 1894, a serf's son from the hamlet of Obljaj in remotest western Bosnia, short and slight of build with the strong chin that is the dominant hallmark of the Princip male line. His father Petar was trapped in the grinding poverty of generations of Princips before him. Princip was the feudal subject of two local lords who effectively owned him, one called Jovic, the other Siercic. Although the Princips came from the ethnic Serb community, a hundred years ago rivalries with the Bosnian Croats and Bosnian Muslims were not as charged as today. Instead their anger was directed against Austria-Hungary, a foreign power responsible for occupation of particular austerity. And there were plenty of grounds for anger. Six of Princip's brothers and sisters died in childhood, a level of child mortality that appears routine.

Gavrilo Princip's break came in 1907 when, after excelling at primary school, he left Obljaj and made the long journey to Sarajevo to take up secondary education. I found his school reports, passed over by a century's worth of historians, and saw grades that charted the development of a slow-burn revolutionary. The reports show him as a starred-A grade student to begin with, but as the years pass his truancy goes up, his academic performance down. He had fallen in with other young radicals who dared to think the unthinkable: doing away with Austria-Hungary.

And just as with other independence movements across the world, the talk slowly turned to direct action and political violence. Again, Princip was not headstrong, watching and learning as an unsuccessful assassination attempt was made in 1910 by a slightly older Bosnian student in Sarajevo against an Austro-Hungarian target. What stands out, however, is how inclusive Princip's nationalism was. He learnt to trust Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats, not just his ethnic kin from the Bosnian Serb community. He made contact with extreme Serb nationalists in Belgrade, capital of Serbia, to acquire the weapons used in the assassination but this appears opportunistic. There is no evidence he shared their chauvinistic agenda, not least because the attackers were planning on using trusted Bosnian Croats to spirit away the weapons, while one of the six would-be assassins was Bosnian Muslim.

Princip was caught within seconds of firing his pistol, his bid for martyrdom doomed when the dose of cyanide he stuffed down his throat failed to kill him.

Two weeks short of his 20th birthday, Princip was too young to be executed as Austro-Hungarian law said the death sentence could only be given to criminals aged 20 or more. Instead, he was jailed, sentenced to 20 years solitary confinement with the condition that one day a month he was to receive no food. He died in a prison hospital on April 28 1918, his body so badly ravaged by skeletal tuberculosis that his right arm had had to be amputated.

Over the last century his voice has rarely been heard, drowned out by more powerful forces, not least Vienna which was desperate to use the assassination as a pretext to attack its small and potentially troublesome neighbour, Serbia. For this to work, Austria-Hungary worked to represent Princip and the assassination plot as the work of the Serbian government. And this alone is perhaps the greatest misrepresentation of the truth about Gavrilo Princip, with the historical record containing no convincing evidence to support the claim.

Wilfred Owen wrote of the patriotic invocation dulce et decorum est pro patria mori as "the old lie'', but I have come to see an even greater lie at the founding moment of the First World War. It is the lie used by Vienna in its deliberate misrepresentation of the Sarajevo assassination. On its hundredth anniversary, now is high time to straighten the record.

Tim Butcher's 'The Trigger - Hunting the Assassin who Brought the World to War' is published by Chatto & Windus

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 16:09 | 5041263 AdvancingTime
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When governments spy on their people and government propaganda programs intersect it is very dangerous and the potential of abuse is huge. This leads down a road towards less freedom and is paved with the bones of all those who have failed to be outraged by governments slowly removing their liberties

This leaves all of us open to both blackmail or abuse by those in power for what they claim is a greater good as they determine just what that might be. Never overestimate the sophistication and ability of our government to clarify exactly what is happening anywhere and at any time. The recent score of scandals plaguing Washington makes it clear that more fact-free confusion and speculation the fuel of propaganda-based reporting system is in no shortage. More on this subject in the article below.

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