"Barrel Bombs" And Bullshit: The Tangled Threads Of Washington Lies About Syria And Russia

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Submitted by Robert Parry via ConsortiumNews.com,

One way to view Official Washington is to envision a giant bubble that serves as a hothouse for growing genetically modified “group thinks.” Most inhabitants of the bubble praise these creations as glorious and beyond reproach, but a few dissenters note how strange and dangerous these products are. Those critics, however, are then banished from the bubble, leaving behind an evermore concentrated consensus.

This process could be almost comical – as the many armchair warriors repeat What Everyone Knows to Be True as self-justifying proof that more and more wars and confrontations are needed – but the United States is the most powerful nation on earth and its fallacious “group thinks” are spreading a widening arc of chaos and death around the globe.

President Barack Obama meets with his national security advisors in the Situation Room of the White House, Aug. 7, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama meets with his national security advisors in the Situation Room of the White House, Aug. 7, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

We even have presidential candidates, especially among the Republicans but including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, competing to out-bellicose each other, treating an invasion of Syria as the least one can do and some even bragging about how they might like to shoot down a few Russian warplanes.

Though President Barack Obama has dragged his heels regarding some of the more extreme proposals, he still falls in line with the “group think,” continuing to insist on “regime change” in Syria (President Bashar al-Assad “must go”), permitting the supply of sophisticated weapons to Sunni jihadists (including TOW anti-tank missiles to Ahrar ash-Sham, a jihadist group founded by Al Qaeda veterans and fighting alongside Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front), and allowing his staff to personally insult Russian President Vladimir Putin (having White House spokesman Josh Earnest in September demean Putin’s posture for sitting with his legs apart during a Kremlin meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu).

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Sept. 21, 2015.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Sept. 21, 2015.

Not surprisingly, I guess, Earnest’s prissy disapproval of what is commonly called “man spread” didn’t extend to Netanyahu who adopted the same open-leg posture in the meeting with Putin on Sept. 21 and again in last week’s meeting with Obama, who – it should be noted – sat with his legs primly crossed.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with U.S. President Barack Obama in the White House on Nov. 9, 2015. (Photo credit: Raphael Ahren/Times of Israel)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with U.S. President Barack Obama in the White House on Nov. 9, 2015. (Photo credit: Raphael Ahren/Times of Israel)

This combination of tough talk, crude insults and reckless support of Al Qaeda-connected jihadis (“our guys”) apparently has become de rigueur in Official Washington, which remains dominated by the foreign policy ideology of neoconservatives, who established the goal of “regime change” in Iraq, Syria and Iran as early as 1996 and haven’t changed course since. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “How Neocons Destabilized Europe.”]

Shaping Narratives

Despite the catastrophic Iraq War – based on neocon-driven falsehoods about WMD and the complicit unthinking “group think” – the neocons retained their influence largely through an alliance with “liberal interventionists” and their combined domination of major Washington think tanks, from the American Enterprise Institute to the Brookings Institution, and the mainstream U.S. news media, including The Washington Post and The New York Times.

This power base has allowed the neocons to continue shaping Official Washington’s narratives regardless of what the actual facts are. For instance, a Post editorial on Thursday repeated the claim that Assad’s “atrocities” included use of chemical weapons, an apparent reference to the now largely discredited claim that Assad’s forces were responsible for a sarin gas attack outside Damascus on Aug. 21, 2013.

After the attack, there was a rush to judgment by the U.S. State Department blaming Assad’s troops and leading Secretary of State John Kerry to threaten retaliatory strikes against the Syrian military. But U.S. intelligence analysts refused to sign on to the hasty conclusions, contributing to President Obama’s last-minute decision to hold off on a bombing campaign and to accept Putin’s help in negotiating Assad’s surrender of all Syrian chemical weapons (though Assad still denied a role in the sarin attack).

Subsequently, much of the slapdash case for bombing Syria fell apart. As more evidence became available, it increasingly appeared that the sarin attack was a provocation by Sunni jihadists, possibly aided by Turkish intelligence, to trick the United States into destroying Assad’s military and thus clearing the way for a Sunni jihadist victory.

We now know that the likely beneficiaries of such a U.S. attack would have been Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front and the spinoff known as the Islamic State (also called ISIS, ISIL or Daesh). But the Obama administration never formally retracted its spurious sarin claims, thus allowing irresponsible media outlets, such as The Washington Post, to continue citing the outdated “group think.”

The same Post editorial denounced Assad for using “barrel bombs” against the Sunni rebels who are seeking to overthrow his secular government, which is viewed as the protector of Syria’s minorities – including Christians, Alawites and Shiites – who could face genocide if the Sunni extremists prevail.

Though this “barrel bomb” theme has become a favorite talking point of both the neocons and liberal “human rights” groups, it’s never been clear how these homemade explosive devices shoved out of helicopters are any more inhumane than the massive volumes of “shock and awe” ordnance, including 500-pound bombs, deployed by the U.S. military across the Middle East, killing not only targeted fighters but innocent civilians.

Nevertheless, the refrain “barrel bombs” is accepted across Official Washington as a worthy argument for launching devastating airstrikes against Syrian government targets, even if such attacks clear the way for Al Qaeda’s allies and offshoots gaining control of Damascus and unleashing even a worse humanitarian cataclysm. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “Obama’s Ludicrous ‘Barrel Bomb’ Theme.”]

False-Narrative Knots

But it is now almost impossible for Official Washington to disentangle itself from all the false narratives that the neocons and the liberal hawks have spun in support of their various “regime change” strategies. Plus, there are few people left inside the bubble who even recognize how false these narratives are.

So, the American people are left with the mainstream U.S. news media endlessly repeating storylines that are either completely false or highly exaggerated. For instance, we hear again and again that the Russians intervened in the Syrian conflict promising to strike only ISIS but then broke their word by attacking Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front and “our guys” in Sunni jihadist forces armed by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and the CIA.

Though you hear this narrative everywhere in Official Washington, no one ever actually quotes Putin or another senior Russian official promising to strike only at ISIS. In all the quotes that I’ve seen, the Russians refer to attacking “terrorists,” including but not limited to ISIS.

Unless Official Washington no longer regards Al Qaeda as a terrorist organization – a trial balloon that some neocons have floated – then the Putin-lied narrative makes no sense, even though every Important Person Knows It to Be True, including Obama’s neocon-leaning Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.

The U.S. political and media big shots also mock the current Russian-Iranian proposal for first stabilizing Syria and then letting the Syrian people decide their own leadership through internationally observed democratic elections.

Okay, you might say, what’s wrong with letting the Syrian people go to the polls and pick their own leaders? But that just shows that you’re a Russian-Iranian “apologist” who doesn’t belong inside the bubble. The Right Answer is that “Assad Must Go!” whatever the Syrian people might think.

Or, as the snarky neocon editors of The Washington Post wrote on Thursday, “Mr. Putin duly dispatched his foreign minister to talks in Vienna last weekend on a Syrian political settlement. But Moscow and Tehran continue to push for terms that would leave Mr. Assad in power for 18 months or longer, while — in theory — a new constitution is drafted and elections organized. Even a U.S. proposal that Mr. Assad be excluded from the eventual elections was rejected, according to Iranian officials.”

In other words, the U.S. government doesn’t want the Syrian people to decide whether Assad should be kicked out, an odd and contradictory stance since President Obama keeps insisting that the vast majority of Syrians hate Assad. If that’s indeed the case, why not let free-and-fair elections prove the point? Or is Obama so enthralled by the neocon insistence of “regime change” for governments on Israel’s “hit list” that he doesn’t want to take the chance of the Syrian voters getting in the way?

Reality Tied Down

But truth and reality have become in Official Washington something like Gulliver being tied down by the Lilliputians. There are so many strands of lies and distortions that it’s impossible for sanity to rise up.

Another major factor in America’s crisis of false narratives relates to the demonizing of Russia and Putin, a process that dates back in earnest to 2013 when Putin helped Obama sidetrack the neocon dream of bombing Syria and then Putin compounded his offense by assisting Obama in getting Iran to constrain its nuclear program, which derailed another neocon dream to bomb-bomb-bomb Iran.

It became ominously clear to the neocons that this collaboration between the two presidents might even lead to joint pressure on Israel to finally reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians, a possibility that struck too close to the heart of neocon thinking which, for the past two decades, has favored using “regime change” in nearby countries to isolate and starve Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Palestinian groups, giving Israel a free hand to do whatever it wished.

So, this Obama-Putin relationship had to be blown up and the point of detonation was Ukraine on Russia’s border. Official Washington’s false narratives around the Ukraine crisis are now also central to neocon/liberal-hawk efforts to prevent meaningful coordination between Obama and Putin in countering ISIS and Al Qaeda in Syria and Iraq.

Inside Official Washington’s bubble, the crisis in Ukraine is routinely described as a simple case of Russian “aggression” against Ukraine, including an “invasion” of Crimea.

If you relied on The New York Times or The Washington Post or the major networks that repeat what the big newspapers say, you wouldn’t know there was a U.S.-backed coup in February 2014 that overthrew the elected Ukrainian government of Viktor Yanukovych, even after he agreed to a European compromise in which he surrendered many powers and accepted early elections.

Instead of letting that agreement go forward, right-wing ultra-nationalists, including neo-Nazis operating inside the Maidan protests, overran government buildings in Kiev on Feb. 22, 2014, causing Yanukovych and other leaders to flee for their lives.

Behind the scenes, U.S. officials, such as neocon Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland, had collaborated in the coup plans and celebrated the victory by Nuland’s handpicked leaders, including the post-coup Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, whom she referred to in an earlier intercepted phone call as “Yats is the guy.”

Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland, who pushed for the Ukraine coup and helped pick the post-coup leaders.

Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland, who pushed for the Ukraine coup and helped pick the post-coup leaders.

Nor would you know that the people of Crimea had voted overwhelmingly for President Yanukovych and – after the coup – voted overwhelmingly to get out of the failed Ukrainian state and reunify with Russia.

The major U.S. news media twists that reality into a Russian “invasion” of Crimea even though it was the strangest “invasion” ever because there were no photos of Russian troops landing on the beaches or parachuting from the skies. What the Post and the Times routinely ignored was that Russian troops were already stationed inside Crimea as part of a basing agreement for the Russian fleet at Sevastopol. They didn’t need to “invade.”

And Crimea’s referendum showing 96 percent approval for reunification with Russia – though hastily arranged – was not the “sham” that the U.S. mainstream media claimed. Indeed, the outcome has been reinforced by various polls conducted by Western agencies since then.

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses a crowd on May 9, 2014, celebrating the 69th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Crimean port city of Sevastopol from the Nazis. (Russian government photo)

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses a crowd on May 9, 2014, celebrating the 69th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Crimean port city of Sevastopol from the Nazis. (Russian government photo)

The MH-17 Case

The demonization of Putin reached new heights after the July 17, 2014 shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine killing all 298 people onboard. Although substantial evidence and logic point to elements of the Ukrainian military as responsible, Official Washington’s rush to judgment blamed ethnic Russian rebels for firing the missile and Putin for supposedly giving them a powerful Buk anti-aircraft missile system.

That twisted narrative often relied on restating the irrelevant point that the Buks are “Russian-made,” which was used to implicate Moscow but was meaningless since the Ukrainian military also possessed Buk missiles. The real question was who fired the missiles, not where they were made.

But the editors of the Post, the Times and the rest of the mainstream media think you are very stupid, so they keep emphasizing that the Buks are “Russian-made.” The more salient point is that U.S. intelligence with all its satellite and other capabilities was unable – both before and after the shoot-down – to find evidence that the Russians had given Buks to the rebels.

Since the Buk missiles are 16-feet-long and hauled around by slow-moving trucks, it is hard to believe that U.S. intelligence would not have spotted them given the intense surveillance then in effect over eastern Ukraine.

A more likely scenario of the MH-17 shoot-down was that Ukraine moved several of its Buk batteries to the frontlines, possibly fearing a Russian airstrike, and the operators were on edge after a Ukrainian warplane was shot down along the border on July 16, 2014, by an air-to-air missile presumably fired by a Russian plane.

But – after rushing out a white paper five days after the tragedy pointing the finger at Moscow – the U.S. government has refused to provide any evidence or intelligence that might help pinpoint who fired the missile that brought down MH-17.

Despite this remarkable failure by the U.S. government to cooperate with the investigation, the mainstream U.S. media has found nothing suspicious about this dog not barking and continues to cite the MH-17 case as another reason to despise Putin.

How upside-down this “Everything Is Putin’s Fault” can be was displayed in a New York Times “news analysis” by Steven Erlanger and Peter Baker on Thursday when all the “fundamental disagreements” between Obama and Putin were blamed on Putin.

“Dividing them are the Russian annexation of Crimea and its meddling in eastern Ukraine, Moscow’s efforts to demonize Washington and undermine confidence in NATO’s commitment to collective defense, and the Kremlin’s support of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria,” Erlanger and Baker wrote.

Helping ISIS

This tangle of false narratives is now tripping up the prospects of a U.S.-French-Russian-Iranian alliance to take on the Islamic State, Al Qaeda and other Sunni jihadist forces seeking to overthrow Syria’s secular government.

The neocon Washington Post, in particular, has been venomous about this potential collaboration which – while possibly the best chance to finally resolve the horrific Syrian conflict – would torpedo the neocons’ long-held vision of imposed “regime change” in Syria.

In editorials, the Post’s neocon editors also have displayed a stunning lack of sympathy for the 224 Russian tourists and crew killed in what appears to have been a terrorist bombing of a chartered plane over the Sinai in Egypt.

On Nov. 7, instead of expressing solidarity, the Post’s editors ridiculed Putin and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi for not rushing to a judgment that it was an act of terrorism, instead insisting on first analyzing the evidence. The Post also mocked the two leaders for failing to vanquish the terrorists.

Or as the Post’s editors put it: “While Mr. Putin suspended Russian flights on [Nov. 6], his spokesman was still insisting there was no reason to conclude that there had been an act of terrorism. … While Western governments worried about protecting their citizens, the Sissi and Putin regimes were focused on defending themselves. …

“Both rulers have sold themselves as warriors courageously taking on the Islamic State and its affiliates; both are using that fight as a pretext to accomplish other ends, such as repressing peaceful domestic opponents and distracting attention from declining living standards. On the actual battlefield, both are failing.”

Given the outpouring of sympathy that the United States received after the 9/11 attacks and the condolences that flooded France over the past week, it is hard to imagine a more graceless reaction to a major terrorist attack against innocent Russians.

As for the Russian hesitancy to jump to conclusions earlier this month, that may have been partially wishful thinking but it surely is not an evil trait to await solid evidence before reaching a verdict. Even the Post’s editors admitted that U.S. officials noted that as of Nov. 7 there was “no conclusive evidence that the plane was bombed.”

But the Post couldn’t wait to link the terrorist attack to “Mr. Putin’s Syrian adventure” and hoped that it would inflict on Putin “a potentially grievous political wound.” The Post’s editors also piled on with the gratuitous claim that Russian officials “still deny the overwhelming evidence that a Russian anti-aircraft missile downed a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine last year.” (There it is again, the attempt to dupe Post readers with a reference to “a Russian anti-aircraft missile.”)

The Post seemed to take particular joy in the role of U.S. weapons killing Syrian and Iranian soldiers. On Thursday, the Post wrote, “Syrian and Iranian troops have lost scores of Russian-supplied tanks and armored vehicles to the rebels’ U.S.-made TOW missiles. Having failed to recapture significant territory, the Russian mission appears doomed to quagmire or even defeat in the absence of a diplomatic bailout.”

Upping the Ante

The neocons’ determination to demonize Putin has upped the ante, turning their Mideast obsession with “regime change” into a scheme for destabilizing Russia and forcing “regime change” in Moscow, setting the stage for a potential nuclear showdown that could end all life on the planet.

To listen to the rhetoric from most Republican candidates and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, it is not hard to envision how all the tough talk could take on a life of its own and lead to catastrophe. [See, for instance, Philip Giraldi’s review of the “war with Russia” rhetoric free-flowing on the campaign trail and around Official Washington.]

A nuclear test detonation carried out in Nevada on April 18, 1953.

A nuclear test detonation carried out in Nevada on April 18, 1953.

At this point, it may seem fruitless – even naïve – to suggest ways to pierce the various “group thinks” and the bubble that sustains them. But a counter-argument to the fake narratives is possible if some candidate seized on the principle of an informed electorate as vital to democracy.

An argument for empowering citizens with facts is one that transcends traditional partisan and ideological boundaries. Whether on the right, on the left or in the center, Americans don’t want to be treated like cattle being herded by propaganda or “strategic communication” or whatever the latest euphemism is for deception and manipulation.

So, a candidate could do the right thing and the smart thing by demanding the release of as much U.S. intelligence information to cut this Gordian knot of false narratives as possible. For instance, it is way past time to declassify the 28 pages from the congressional 9/11 report addressing alleged Saudi support for the hijackers. There also are surely more recent intelligence estimates on the funding of Al Qaeda’s affiliates and spin-offs, including ISIS.

If this information embarrasses some “allies” – such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey – so be it. If this history makes some past or present U.S. president look bad, so be it. American elections are diminished, if not made meaningless, when there is no informed electorate.

A presidential candidate also could press President Obama to disclose what U.S. intelligence knows about other key turning points in the establishment of false narratives, such as what did CIA analysts conclude about the Aug. 21, 2013 sarin attack and what do they know about the July 17, 2014 shoot-down of MH-17.

The pattern of the U.S. government exploiting emotional moments to gain an edge in an “info-war” against some “enemy” and then going silent as more evidence comes in has become a direct threat to American democracy and – in regards to nuclear-armed Russia – possibly the planet.

Legitimate secrets, such as sources and methods, can be protected without becoming an all-purpose cloak to cover up whatever facts don’t fit with the desired propaganda narrative that is then used to whip the public into some mindless war frenzy.

However, at this point in the presidential campaign, no candidate is making transparency an issue. Yet, after the deceptions of the Iraq War – and with the prospects of another war based on misleading or selective information in Syria and potentially a nuclear showdown with Russia – it seems to me that the American people would respond positively to someone treating them with the respect deserving of citizens in a democratic Republic.

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TeamDepends's picture

Barry has visited all 57 Middle Eastern states and has instructed Victoria Nudleman, using the phony voice of "Josh Earnest".....can you believe people buy this shit?...!?..?..!

Manthong's picture

Gotta’ love them McCain Barrel Bombs.

I know a certain Nulander that really needs one up her behind.

And it will cost a lot less than the $5 Billion she bragged about spending to destroy Ukraine at a Chevron sponsored event way back in 2013.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2fYcHLouXY

 

fxrxexexdxoxmx's picture

Thank goodness the Soviet bombs being delivered courtesy of President for Life Putin are free. Not only that they do not kill innocent faithfull servants of Allah

Best wished to the ex KGB, never lie, they do not know how in the Soviet spy game, to Vlad and his countries second war on Islam, Afganistans and about a decade and hundred thousand deaths of proud, good, men of mother Russia, was the first. 

But if the bombs come from the west, remember to show the bill, and tell eveyone how expensive is. 

Latina Lover's picture

Hey Stupid, google translations from Ukrainian to English don't work. Instead of trolling why don't you get a real job, like donating your organs to Israel?

greenskeeper carl's picture

Unfortunately, he isn't a mere troll, at least I don't think he is. Way back when(don't remember, but a pretty long time ago, might have even been before you) that screen name used to post a lot, and it wasnt nonsensical shit like that. Not sure what he is trying to do there. You are right, it does look like some kind of bullshit translation, and I haven't noticed him posting in a while. Maybe he will explain himself.

Ignatius's picture

Propagandists never explain themselves, they double-down or change the subject.

Ima anal sphincter's picture

The votes are all that is needed to keep you from stepping in shit. Let-um ramble on. Everyone needs a good laugh now and then.

theallseeinggod's picture

I sincerely believe that ukrainians have an inferiority complex. No wonder when ukraine isn't even a real country, but a russian-made quasi-state created for defense against the ottomans.

Volkodav's picture

main problem is the pollacks in the west

and some baltics types and other

                    Ukraine has never been a sovereign nation

BarkingCat's picture

The history of the region is a little more complex than that.
The name Ukraine might not have been used but you cannot deny the existence of Galicia..or did you learn your history in the Soviet Union days and have not had the curiosity
to correct what you have been fed.

I would suggest you contain your anger against neighboring Slave and focus your mind on who gains from such divisions.
It certainly is not any of the Slavic nations.

BarkingCat's picture

That's pure bullshit.
Ukraine was part of the Polish Commonwealth until about 4 centuries ago when they sought Russian help in their rebellion against the Poles. Russians provided the help and then simply became the new masters.
Actually Russians got part of Ukraine and Poland still had a part of it.
As for the Ottoman Empire, Ukrainians sought their help also. The Ottomans got their asses kicked by Poland. Then got decimated again in the battle of Vienna and started their decline.
Ukrainians are their own nationality and just
because they dominated byi their more powerful
neighbors throughout history does not mean they don't diserve independence. Just like the Armenians deserve their and so do the Kurds.

were

theallseeinggod's picture

They are so not like the Kurds. When I said Ottoman, I also meant the Crimean Khanate, their vassal, which was a slave state earning revenue mainly by selling the people of modern day Ukraine to the Islamic world. Even the name Ukraine means borderland. Also the territory called by Russia the New Russia was conquered by Russia, not Ukraine, to rid the people there of the slavery problem.

The problem with Ukrainians is that they don't have a national identity, which is why they try so hard to get one and what they get is a very simplistic version of an identity.

BarkingCat's picture

And where did you learn that Ukraine means border lands???
Do you speak Ukrainian?? Or any Slavic language?

The translation would be much more accurate as "In the Nation".
It breaks down the same way in many Slavic
languages including Ukrainian and Polish.

"U" basically means "in" and "kraina" means
"country". That was in Ukrainian language.
In Polish the meaning of " U" is the same but "country" is "kraj" ("j" is pronounced like "y").

Baby Bladeface's picture
Baby Bladeface (not verified) fxrxexexdxoxmx Nov 21, 2015 11:49 PM

Wow. The monkey taught to write!!!

Raymond_K._Hessel's picture
Raymond_K._Hessel (not verified) fxrxexexdxoxmx Nov 22, 2015 1:41 AM

Any comments on *this* article and its contents?

Latina Lover's picture

As you know, the USSA bombs are much more humanitarian than the so called barrel bombs.  Unlike the crude  bombs used by Assad, a  2,000-lb JDAM magically blows up only the bad guys, sparing ISIS and other innocents.

gladius17's picture
gladius17 (not verified) Latina Lover Nov 22, 2015 3:48 AM

We have a kinder, gentler machine gun hand.

Manthong's picture

NBFD..  Monsanto, Cargill, ADM, Chevron et. al. will churn the burnt ground of Ukraine and make a buck.

They are pretty used to it over there.

..just gotta' get rid of all the unexploded rounds and land mines.

espirit's picture

Man spreads are nothing new, just ask Reggie Love.

Can't hold Nulander to anything she-it said that far back, shees a wo-man.

Ethelred the Unready's picture

Seems like the only GOPs who are not itching to start WWIII is Trump (and much further down ther poll listings:  Paul).

Demdere's picture

https://thinkpatriot.wordpress.com/2015/11/22/if-windows-crashes-wwiii/

I don't wish to alarm anyone unduly, but the probability of war is proportional to the probability of the oldest automated weapons system in the fleet being a bit stressed by a new Russian radar and taking down the ships weapons systems. Squared on a good day, but fog of war, no bets.

Read that only if you don't care about sleeping tonight.

Parrotile's picture

Thanks a bunch sunbeam! This is up there with pacemakers running Win95 ('cause upgrading the OS would require full FDA resubmission that is TOO COSTLY!)

Next thing you will be telling us is that they use PC-Tools to provide running repairs :-) :-)

PoasterToaster's picture
PoasterToaster (not verified) Nov 21, 2015 11:08 PM

How to dislodge the Neo Tards?

conscious being's picture

Economic collapse will necesitate the end of the empire and political apathy.

Insurrexion's picture

This is a long rant of driveling bullshit.

The American people do not care.

They are watching fucking college football while Rome burns.

There is only one regime change that matters. It is in Washington D.C. and it involves the death of millions.

Latina Lover's picture

The article is a fair summary of what's wrong with USSA foreign policy vis a vis Russia. 

But I agree with your conclusion that the American people do not care. More Americans can identify kardashians butt-cheeks than find Syria on a map.  This is ultimately why they are slaves to  the wall street banksters, because they live unconsciously. 

lincolnsteffens's picture

No they live subconsciously on auto pilot.

Tao 4 the Show's picture

or maybe on "desire pilot". This is why so many of the eastern religions point out that what people call freedom is an illusion. They are really just slaves to desires that are biologically driven or, more common these days, desires that are implanted by the media. This is why they teach that time spent freeing oneself from the blind motivations of the ego is worthwhile, and one of the reasons Christianity teaches people to look beyond themselves. Modern slavery is mostly self inflicted.

Chairman's picture

I sometimes have to do an internet search for terms such as "Kardashian" as I thought it was something from Star Trek.  ZH and Lew Rockwell are my only connections back to the USA.  By the way I really like your icon image with the nice boobs. 

 

Chairman's picture

I sometimes have to do an internet search for terms such as "Kardashian" as I thought it was something from Star Trek.  ZH and Lew Rockwell are my only connections back to the USA.  By the way I really like your icon image with the nice boobs. 

 

Freddie's picture

Dumb white American males love their Trayvon thugs and Jameis FSU rapist quarterback and NFL quarterback now.

They love cheering on this feral scum like little girls.  Cheering on the genocide of the white race.

Thank God for the Russians.  They are more serious and intelligent people. They also have balls and make some amazing planes (see short video).  Americans make F-35 fraud hangar queens.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ja_kvsngEFI

WTFUD's picture

A lot of resources gone into discrediting Putin and all to no avail, in fact, detrimental as they have strengthened Russia's credibility on the world stage.

It's all downhill from here on in for the Neocon's , just a matter of how many more of us will be sacrificed before the trials and hangings commence.

HowdyDoody's picture

Putin, bring out the 40 names! Raise international arrest warrants and send them to Black Dolphin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8cbnrBBI3g

 

CHoward's picture

America, we have a problem.

yogibear's picture

Victoria Nuland is a war mongering bitch.

She'll get the US into WWIII.

Insurrexion's picture

Correction:

Victoria Nuland is a syphlitic, drippping cock infecting millions of ignorant men and women.

And I'm being nice.

Freddie's picture

She comes from the same line of Khazar zio scum that took over Russia in 1917 and then murdered 25 millions Russian Christians.   I hope the Russians NEVER forget that and realize what good things Putin has done for Russia.   One of the first was throwing out Soros and his band of Red Shield zoligarch evil vermin.

 

Raymond_K._Hessel's picture
Raymond_K._Hessel (not verified) yogibear Nov 22, 2015 4:18 AM

So is Samantha Power whose Gollum-like transformation into a duplicitous Neocon should be studied by graduate students of government and fp.

http://www.alternet.org/world/samantha-power-obamas-atrocity-enabler

gezley's picture

It's sad to see so many Irish in hock to Washington.

We are a craven lot now, unable to pursue our own policy, willingly prostrating ourselves on the altar of Anglo-American interests. My brother told me yesterday that in all of Dublin there remains only one fully Irish-owned department store now. So many British- and American-owned businesses here now we might as well lower the Tricolor and hoist the Union Jack over Dublin Castle once more. That would be the honest thing to do.

The Irish are still a race who will do anything to satisfy their masters in London and the States. it makes me sick.

WTFUD's picture

How many Congress critters could point to Syria on a map? Around 25% being generous i expect, although to be fair everything is classified these days as the minutes of most meetings are only allowed to be viewed by a small trusted inner-circle of both party machines.

MIC, Goldman and Significant Others decide who can be trusted to view their written handy work and Big Baz delivers a general need to know summary from his teleprompter.

DEMOCRAZZZEEEEEEEE

Yen Cross's picture

 LET'S discuss the merits of this article in a few hours.

 Some dipshit congressional aide decided to drop a middle of the night " STATUATORY" tape bomb.