Stockman Slams "The Deep State's 'Bogus Iranian Threat'"

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Authored by David Stockman via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,

Last week, we identified a permanent fiscal crisis as one of the quadruple witching forces arising in October 2017 which will shatter the global financial bubble. Then, the Donald made the crisis dramatically worse by decertifying the Iranian nuke deal, thereby reinforcing another false narrative that enables the $1 trillion Warfare State to continue bleeding the nation's fiscal solvency.

In a word, the whole notion that Iran is a national security threat and state sponsor of terrorism is just as bogus as the Russian meddling story or the claim that the chain of events resulting from the coup d' etat fostered by Washington on the streets of Kiev in February 2014 is evidence of Russian expansionism and aggression.

Likewise, it's part of the same tissue of lies which led to Washington's massive, destructive and counterproductive interventions in Syria and Libya -- when neither regime posed an iota of threat to the safety and security of the American homeland.

To the contrary, all of these false narratives are the cover stories which justify the Warfare State's massive draw on the nation's broken finances. We will get to the Big Lie about Iran momentarily, but first it is useful to demonstrate just how enormously excessive the nation's defense budget actually is, and why the denizens of the Imperial City---especially the neocon ideologues----find it necessary to peddle such threadbare untruths.

Spoiler alert: Iran has actually never attacked a single foreign nation in modern history whereas Washington has chosen to unilaterally intervene in or arm virtually every surrounding country in the region.

Here's some historical context that dramatizes our point about Washington's hideously excessive spending on defense. Back in 1962 on the eve of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the US defense budget was $52 billion, which would amount to $340 billion in today's (2017$) purchasing power.

Needless to say, the world came to the brink of nuclear Armageddon at a time when the Soviet Union was at the peak of its power and was armed to the teeth. In addition to thousands of nuclear warheads deliverable by missiles and bombers, it had 50,000 tanks facing NATO and nearly 4 million men under arms.

The now open Soviet archives, of course, show that the Soviets had far more bark than bite and never conceived of attacking the US or even western Europe; they didn't remotely have the wherewithal or the strategic nerve.

Nevertheless, by 1962 false moves and provocations by both sides had created a state of "cold war" that was real. Yet even then, the $340 billion military budget was more than adequate to deter the Soviet threat. Nor is that our view as an armchair historian.

The 1962 defense budget was essentially President Dwight D. Eisenhower's budget, and it is one that he had drastically slashed from the $500 billion (in today's dollars) he had inherited from Truman at the end of the Korean War.

That is to say, the greatest general who ever led American forces had concluded that $340 billion was enough. And that came as he left office warning about just the opposite----the danger that the military/industrial complex would gain inordinate political power and pursue foreign policies which required ever larger military spending.

Unlike standard cold warriors, Ike believed that the ultimate national security resource of America was a healthy capitalist economy and that excessive government debt was deeply inimical to that outcome.

That's why he balanced the Federal budget three times during his tenure and presided over a fiscal consolidation---thanks to sharply reduced defense spending---that generated an average deficit of hardly 1 percent of GDP. That's an outcome scarcely imaginable at all in the present world.

Even then, the Soviet empire with all the captive republics that have become independent nations since 1991 (e.g. Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan etc.) had a GDP in 1960 that was estimated to be 50 percent the size of the US. So Ike's bet was that capitalist growth over time was the ultimate source of national strength; that a healthy domestic economy would eventually leave the centralized command-and-control Soviet economy in the dust; and that ultimately the Kremlin's brand of statist socialism and militarism would fail.

He was right. Russia today is a shadow of what Ronald Reagan called the Evil Empire. Its GDP of $1.3 trillion is smaller than that of the New York metro area ($1.6 trillion) and only 7 percent of total US GDP.

Moreover, unlike the militarized Soviet economy which devoted upwards of 40 percent of output to defense, the current Russian defense budget of $60 billion is just 4.5 percent of its vastly shrunken GDP.

So how in the world did the national security apparatus convince the Donald that we need the $700 billion defense program for FY 2018----12X bigger than Russia's---- that he just signed into law?

What we mean, of course, is how do you explain that---- beyond the fact that the Donald knows virtually nothing about national security policy and history; and, to boot, is surrounded by generals who have spent a lifetime scouring the earth for enemies and threats to repel and reasons for more weapons and bigger forces.

The real answer, however, is both simple and consequential. To wit, the entire prosperity and modus operandi of the Imperial City is based on a panoply of "threats" that are vastly exaggerated or even purely invented; they retain their currency by virtue of endless repetition in the groupthink that passes for analysis. We'd actually put it in the category of cocktail party chatter.

For crying out loud. Why is Russia considered a threat to the American homeland when it doesn't even have a blue water navy or any other basis to project offensive power to the North American continent?

Indeed, its "attack" fleet consists of a  single, 40-year old smoke-belching aircraft carrier that could never get out of the Mediterranean bathtub ringed by overwhelming US forces.

Beyond conventional offensive power there is the non-power of its 1500 or so deployable nuclear warheads. Whatever you may think of Vlad Putin's kleptomania and hard-edged suppression of internal dissent, he is surely the "Cool Hand Luke" of the modern world. Do you think he would be rash or suicidal enough to threaten the US with nuclear weapons?

Or for that matter that Russia with its pipsqueak $1.3 trillion GDP and limited military capacity actually intends to invade and occupy Europe, which has a GDP of $17 trillion and sufficient military force---even without the US----to make such a project unthinkable.

Likewise, so what if the Chinese want to waste money building sand castles (i.e. man-made islands with military uses)in the South China Sea. It's their backyard---just as the Gulf of Mexico is ours.

Besides, the great Red Ponzi is utterly dependent upon exporting $2 trillion per years of goods to the US, Western Europe, Japan, South Korea etc. Without those markets its massively leveraged, speculation-ridden, malinvested bubble economy would collapse in 6 months or less. So does anyone really think that the PLA (People Liberation Army) will be bombing 4,000 Wal-Marts in America any time soon?

The truth is, the US defense budget is hideously oversized for a reason so obvious that it constitutes the ultimate elephant in the room. No matter how you slice it,  there just are no real big industrialized, high tech countries in the world which can threaten the American homeland or even have the slightest intention of doing so.

Indeed, to continue with our historical benchmarks, the American homeland has not been so immune to foreign military threat since WW II. Yet during all those years of true peril, it never spent close too the Donald's $700 billion boondoggle.

For instance, during the height of LBJs Vietnam folly (1968) defense spending in today's dollars was about $400 billion. And even at the top of Reagan's utterly unnecessary military building up (by the 1980s the Soviet Union was collapsing under the weight of its own socialist dystopia), total US defense spending was just $550 billion.

That gets us to the bogus Iranian threat. It originated in the early 1990s when the neocon's in the George HW Bush Administration realized that with the cold war's end, the Warfare State was in grave danger of massive demobilization like the US had done after every war until 1945.

So among many other invented two-bit threats, the Iranian regime was demonized in order to keep the Imperial City in thrall to its purported national security threat and in support of the vast global armada of military forces, bases and occupations needed to contain it (including the Fifth Fleet in the Persian Gulf and US bases throughout the region).

The truth, however, is that according to the 2008 NIE ( National Intelligence Estimates) of the nation's 17 intelligence agency, the Iranian's never had a serious nuclear weapons program, and the small research effort that they did have was disbanded by orders of the Ayatollah Khamenei in 2003.

Likewise, what the Imperial City claims to be state sponsored terror is actually nothing more than Iran's foreign policy---something that every sovereign state on the planet is permitted to have.

Thus, as the leader of the minority Shiite schism of the Islamic world, Iran has made political and confessional allliances with various Shiite regimes in the region. These include the one that Washington actually installed in Bagdad; the Alawite/Shitte regime in Syria; the largest political party and representative of 40 percent of the population in Lebanon(Hezbollah); and the Houthi/Shitte of Yemen, who historically occupied the northern parts of the country and are now under savage attack by American weapons supplied to Saud Arabia.

In the case of both Syria and Iraq, their respective governments invited Iranian help, which is also their prerogative as sovereign nations. Ironically, it was the Shiite Crescent alliance of Iran/Assad/Hezbollah that bears much of the credit for defeating ISIS on the ground in Mosul, Aleppo, Raqqa, Deir ez-Zor and elsewhere in the now largely defunct Islamic State.

There should be no doubt about the consequence: Trump's decertification of the Iran nuclear deal will reinforce the neocon dominance of the Republican party and insure that the nation's $1 trillion Warfare State remains fully entrenched.

Needless to say, that will also insure that the America's gathering fiscal crisis will turn into an outright Fiscal Calamity in the years just ahead.

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skbull44's picture

Whatever happened to bringing home America's overstretched military??

 

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myorouter's picture

Pre trump has a lot on rite now.  Give him a time. He has to unravel the crap of Obozo.

espirit's picture

"Back in 1962 on the eve of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the US defense budget was $52 billion, which would amount to $340 billion in today's (2017$) purchasing power."

Was wondering why my dollar only buys cat food and rice.

End The Fed.

Déjà view's picture

...in his piece Klein makes several arguments regarding Bannon’s friendship towards our community. He cites Bannon’s support for moving the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — an aggressive maneuver that diplomatic experts call “a very bad idea.” Klein mentions that Bannon thinks Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is a “terrorist.” He lauds Bannon for opposing the Iran nuclear deal, the peaceful diplomatic arrangement that has successfully stopped Iran from achieving a nuclear weapon. And Klein mentions that several of Breitbart Jerusalem’s hires “are yarmulke-wearing Orthodox Jews.”  
http://jewishcurrents.org/of-course-the-zoa-loves-steve-bannon-theyre-fa...
U.S./Israeli BLUE has handed baton to Israeli RED team...BATON ROUGE !

Mustafa Kemal's picture

" Give him a time. He has to unravel the crap of Obozo."

Dont piss down my back and tell me its rainin

In case you havent heard, the MIC is draining the treasury at a massive rate and the war mongering is increasing at a massive rate.  Perfect plan if you want to head to destruction.

The Saker

http://thesaker.is/trump-goes-full-shabbos-goy/

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

Ex-CIA agent: Zionist/Neocon Jews are Driving America's Wars

http://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/americas-jews-are-driving-americas-wars/

And see: http://america-hijacked.com/2014/02/24/us-has-neocon-agenda-in-ukraine-r...

By way of deception...

For those conversant with the Bible, the twin themes of Jewish resource acquisition and deceit will be familiar. For example, in A People That Shall Dwell Alone: Judaism as a Group Evolutionary Strategy, Kevin MacDonald describes this:

The biblical stories of sojourning by the patriarchs among foreigners are very prominently featured in Genesis. Typically there is an emphasis on deception and exploitation of the host population, after which the Jews leave a despoiled host population, having increased their own wealth and reproductive success. Indeed, immediately after the creation story and the genealogy of Abraham, Genesis presents an account of Abraham’s sojourn in Egypt. Abraham goes to Egypt to escape a famine with his barren wife Sarah, and they agree to deceive the pharaoh into thinking that Sarah is his sister, so that the pharaoh takes her as a concubine. As a result of this transaction, Abraham receives great wealth . . . .

Far from being a unique story, it portrays a pattern. MacDonald concludes, “Like the others, the Egyptian sojourn begins with deception and ends with the Israelites obtaining great treasure and increasing their numbers.” The most famous Biblical story of deceit is the story of Exodus. Joseph helps his relatives enter by telling them to deny being shepherds because the Egyptians dislike shepherds. The Israelites reside in Egypt and are successful: “And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt . . . and they got them possessions therein, and were fruitful, and multiplied exceedingly” (Gen. 47:27).

The Book of Esther is another fascinating tale of deceit in which Esther, a beautiful Jewish woman, insinuates herself into the inner court of a powerful king but keeps secret her Jewish identity. Eventually, she is able to both save her fellow Jews and have the king kill her enemy, Haman, and his ten sons. The Jews then kill 75,000 others with the approval of the king: “The Jews struck down all their enemies with the sword, killing and destroying them, and they did what they pleased to those who hated them” (Est. 9:5). Meanwhile, her cousin Mordecai assumes a prominent position in the royal court. To this day, Jews celebrate these acts of deception and political murder as the holiday of Purim. This is an important indication that fraud and deception are part of the official ideology of Judaism.
http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2009/08/01/the-culture-of-deceit/

Also See:

https://books.google.com/books?id=fZ9NAAAAQBAJ&pg=PA404&lpg=PA404&dq=ham...

http://jesusneverexisted.com/chosen-people.html

(The Esther story is another fiction in the Jews-As-Sacred-Victims-For-No-Reason but deceive and steal from a host population. No other records speak to anything like its events happening and as the first link notes, it seems to be a very late addition to the Old Testament written many centuries after purported events.)

What is the archetype of the Jew in the Jews’ own founding myth? It is that of the liar or trickster. Recall what happened in Genesis 27:5-45. Nearing death, the elderly Isaac sent Esau out to trap game in order to prepare a meal appropriate to the blessing Isaac was to bestow upon his first son. With Rebecca’s participation, Jacob deceived his father into believing that he was in fact Esau. Numerous times Isaac suspected a ruse, finally asking, "Are you really my son Esau?" "I am," Jacob lied. Jacob was ultimately successful in deceiving his father and received his blessing.
This passage is a stark instance in which we see one origin for the still-common Jewish belief that others (goyim) are to serve them. “Let peoples serve you, and nations bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers.”

Also of note is Isaac’s ambivalent blessing to his deceived son Esau: "Behold, away from the fatness of the earth shall your dwelling be, and away from the dew of heaven on high. By your sword you shall live, but your brother you shall serve.”

About the only hopeful note comes when Isaac concludes: “But when you break loose you shall break his [Jacob’s] yoke from your neck.”
http://theoccidentalobserver.net/authors/Connelly-DeceitII.html

One might ask what relevance such ancient history has to the present. By way of answer I refer to the remarks made at the outset of this essay. Exodus remains a pivotal text in the Jewish mental landscape, shaping ideas about identity, victimhood, and validation. Its early reception has also come to represent, in the Jewish mind, the origins of “anti-Semitism” and the plagiarism of a putative Jewish genius. Because of the influence of Christianity in retaining and reinforcing the Pentateuch, and even extending it somewhat into the Western psyche, the story of the Exodus has been undeservedly preserved under a kind of cultural permafrost.

We have for the most part lost touch with the fact that it was at one point in time merely one tribal {ie the Jews' effort at} repudiation of an overwhelming consensus.

Historian Gohei Hata has argued that by the time of Josephus at least seven major Greek or Greek-Egyptian writers and intellectuals had published accounts asserting that Jews had some distant connection to Egypt, that they had been banished, that they had suffered from an affliction of the skin, and that Moses himself was an unstable Egyptian apostate.[29]
While our people may recall none of these chroniclers, they are extremely familiar with the tales of oppressed Jews fed to them by their churches, and by a Hollywood that continues to produce both adult and children’s movies concerning a “heroic”

Moses stripped of the murderous, psychopathic qualities that drench the pages of the Pentateuch. Imagine if they were instead confronted with the fact that the tale of Moses familiar to them is even more distant to reality than they could imagine, concealing a much more sinister history in Egypt, and revealing instead the psychotic and fevered imaginings of a cabal of Alexandrian rabbis.

Even if Moses never existed other than as a kind of Golem squatting in the psychological recesses of the intellectuals who conceived him, he still retains a kind of “reality.” And in this regard we might consider the comments of Christian Bale, the Welsh actor chosen to play Moses in the 2014 film Exodus: Gods and Kings. Asked about the character he had been asked to play, and his own research into the figure, Bale replied that Moses “was ‘likely schizophrenic’ and was one of the most ‘barbaric’ individuals he’d ever read about in his life.”

He cited biblical passages that were not included as events in the film: The chapter in Numbers where Moses orders the slaughter of all Midianite prisoners of war, save the virgin girls; and the section of Exodus in which Moses punishes the Israelites for worshiping the golden calf by forcing them to drink a scalding liquid made of the ground-up idol before ordering the slaughter of 3,000 Hebrews for the transgression. Bale closed his remarks by adding that “if Moses were alive today, he would likely be tried for war crimes.”
http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2017/01/07/exodus-redux-jewish-iden...

The mashiach [Jewish messiah] will bring about the political and spiritual redemption of the Jewish people by bringing us back to Israel and restoring Jerusalem (Isaiah 11:11-12; Jeremiah 23:8; 30:3; Hosea 3:4-5). He will establish a government in Israel that will be the center of all world government, both for Jews and gentiles (Isaiah 2:2-4; 11:10; 42:1). He will rebuild the Temple and re-establish its worship (Jeremiah 33:18). He will restore the religious court system of Israel and establish Jewish law as the law of the land (Jeremiah 33:15)...The world after the messiah comes is often referred to in Jewish literature as Olam Ha-Ba (oh-LAHM hah-BAH), the World to Come...In the Olam Ha-Ba, the whole world will recognize the Jewish G-d as the only true G-d, and the Jewish religion as the only true religion (Isaiah 2:3; 11:10; Micah 4:2-3; Zechariah 14:9)." -- From "Mashiach: The Messiah", Judaism 101

http://www.judeofascism.com/2011/11/jewish-doctrine-vowing-to-indebt.htm...

stacking12321's picture

yes, yes, clearly "jews" like bush, clinton, obama, and trump are driving american aggression.

we christians are the good guys, we would never do something like that.

but we are only 90+% of the usa, what can we do? we are helpless against the jews' cunning ways.

falconflight's picture

I'm thinking about converting!!

historian40's picture

From your posts, you already have.

historian40's picture

You confuse Christians and "Judeo-Christians".  The two are not the same.  The US regime started pushing the false "Judeo-Christian" label in the 40s, just in time to try to link up the two religions after "holy-cost guilt" they blamed on Christians.  The holy-cost aka "Passion of the Jews" replaced the Passion of the Christ, and the "Jewish State" counterfeit Israel replaced Jesus Christ, who God calls Israel(Matthew 2:13-15-->Hosea 11:1).

The latter are proselytes of Pharisaism(judaism).  They teach a spun version of "end times" taught by the Pharisees.  The same traditions rebuked by Jesus.  The "Judeo-Christian" cult would have been in the mob shouting "crucify him!", and frankly, they are.  They renounce Jesus Christ, and embrace a different Jesus they say was a failure.  The Church is just a parenthesis in God's plan, not the purpose.  They worship the antichrist "jews" and have made an idol of the "Jewish State", an antichrist state.

With their duped minions, the so-called "christian zionists", the jews have a host of workers and propagandists for their cause.  I grew up in a zionist "church" aka nuSynagogue.  They even admit that if it came to war between the US and the zionist state, they would fight for the zionist state.  People with this very ideology, claiming to be Christians, are in the government.  Mike Pence is one of them.

I would remind those "christians" that God's promise to Abraham has been fulfilled in Christ.  These "jews" are no such thing, and they have no more promise than that of the Gospel, like EVERYONE ELSE.  There is no concord between Christ and Belial.  No union between Christ and Antichrist.  If you wish God speed to those who don't hold the doctrine of Christ, you are partakers of their evil deeds.  For all these false teachers claiming to be Christian, and telling their congregation to support, bless, and "wish God speed" to the antichrist state, consider how many evil deeds they commit....

 

 

 

historian40's picture

I'd be curious to know why people claiming to be "Christian" are going over to the antichrist State, to put on a yarmulke and participate in a ritual to antichrist before the wailing wall.  Just take a look at the candidates, they all go to worship antichrist.  They all have to go grovel before AIPAC.

Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.

liverdiefree's picture

Ah yes. The tiny number of Jews in the world are so much smarter than the Christians that they are able to control everything. Since you believe it it must be so. As Einstein said: "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe." Nice of you to illustrate his point.

NiggaPleeze's picture

 

Not smarter, just better organized.  Of course, it's not permitted to speak about this better organization:

https://media.giphy.com/media/4WHkXdDx8wjS0/giphy.gif

So that fools/liars can pretend that there is no organized Jewish oligarch controlling the tribe and therefrom our institutions (media, education, corporations, finance, government) and make the point you are making.

Under your argument, dictatorship is also impossible, it has never existed.  Because obviously one (or a handful of) person cannot organize and control millions.  You have also proven that war is impossible, since a few people could not possibly organize others to undertake such an effort.

Your insurmountable logic has indeed proven that N. Korea is nothing but a thriving democracy. 

"Management of many is the same as management of few. It is a matter of organization." - Sun Tzu

 

falconflight's picture

An evaluation of your mental health might get you an involuntarity 72 hr hospital stay (At least).  Oh, dat's right; psychiatry is a Jooooo invention.

historian40's picture

You and borealis getting the same memo?  You both can't respond to revelations concerning the zionist threat to the US.  You simply wail and gnash your teeth like the jews who killed Stephen, or you start throwing around the "mental illness" red herring.

Dig Deeper1's picture

Whatever happened to bringing home America's overstretched military??

Well, what do you think will happen to the un/under employment after the boys come home?

The military (including all related defense contractors,) like all .gov beuracracies is a make work program.

myorouter's picture

Stockman gets one right once in a while.  He is trying to make a connection to hte markets and this stuff.  Again, he fails.  Shepwave analysts called the Trump rally in the US and continue to call gold.  

Fireman's picture

It is clear that Donald Chump is on a suicide mission for his zionazi masters in shekelville.

Shame really that the anglos still haven't figured it.

Anteater's picture

Trump has no Agenda, so he's frontman for Goldman:Pentagon.

Sad.

wisehiney's picture
  Oct 14

More

US Congress had Iran on brink of collapse by 2013. Obama admin & echo chamber pursued and sold deal that flooded Iran with billions, unleashed it across Mideast, and legalized its nuclear program. Now same crew says Iran is too strong to roll back, so we have to live with deal.

Anteater's picture

That's just a straight up lie, dude.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Sanctions by the West have become a sad joke, Cuba, North Korea, Russia, Iran

- Bill Clinton Pardoned Marc Rich & His Partner Pincus for 65 Crimes or Arrest Warrants by the FBI for trading with the Enemy Iran, Providing them weapons, Americans will money & power traded with the enemy and were allowed to get away with it
- 2003 George W. Bush allowed North Korea to end inspections and monitoring of it's nuclear program... so now why are the Neocons crying?

stacking12321's picture

" trading with the Enemy Iran,"?

lol

what flavor kool-aid are you drinking?

washington dc is the enemy. not iran.

Giant Meteor's picture

I found the money shot to be here ..

"The real answer, however, is both simple and consequential. To wit, the entire prosperity and modus operandi of the Imperial City is based on a panoply of "threats" that are vastly exaggerated or even purely invented; they retain their currency by virtue of endless repetition in the groupthink that passes for analysis. We'd actually put it in the category of cocktail party chatter."

And of course it filters on down to various media sycophants , all of them, (and fellow pimps and whores) and is then disseminated far and wide for mass media  sheeple consumption. In short, it's all bullshit, all the time. 

Conscious Reviver's picture

"In a word, the whole notion that Iran is a national security threat and state sponsor of terrorism is just as bogus as the Russian meddling story or the claim that the chain of events resulting from the coup d' etat fostered by Washington on the streets of Kiev in February 2014 is evidence of Russian expansionism and aggression."

For me, this was the best part of a great article.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

Lies and more lies

Maybe instead of wisehiney you should be dumbass

TeethVillage88s's picture

All it needs is a few stars, theme song, great hollywood director, badda bing

"Wag the Dog", staring Dustin Hoffman.

- Iran can not be allowed to keep their resources from big global corporations that specialize in producing and extracting great wealth by bring those resources to the most expensive markets which are developed as monopolies with big moats to prevent competition

Dig Deeper1's picture

Long calico um, I mean white kittens.

sand_puppy's picture

The war on Iraq:
Conceived in Israel

By STEPHEN J. SNIEGOSKI

http://www.thornwalker.com/ditch/snieg_conc1.htm

And now the same with Iran.

The Zionist side of the AngloZionist Empire strikes again as it seeks to fill the Oded Yiinon Plan for Greater Israel.  (And nurture a Trillion dollar "defense" industry.)

https://www.globalresearch.ca/greater-israel-the-zionist-plan-for-the-mi...


Wingnut6799's picture

So is North Korea just another another "False Flag" ?

Was 9-11 just another "False Flag" ?

This much I know is that if the Military Industrial Complex doesn't have an enemy it will find one or make one.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

"For crying out loud. Why is Russia considered a threat to the American homeland when it doesn't even have a blue water navy or any other basis to project offensive power to the North American continent?"...

Cause Russia got all the ENERGY and the U.S. DON'T!
To Stockman's veiled point without mentioning that FACT. At the level of desperation and "This Time Being Different"...

United States Government to Russian Federation and PRC.

SEND U.S. THE $5 trillion loan with no interest on the principal on "lay away" immediately... Or "ROCKET MAN" GETS IT!.. Even if WE ALL HAVE TO "RETIRE" EARLY!!!

Deep Snorkeler's picture

Trump, America's Tangerine Amoeba

Our stud boar, without moral agenda.

God loves Pence, not him.

I hear the cow bell alarm of fiscal calamity.

I must not question his sanity in public.

 

WTFUD's picture

Good article, it's not how much you spend but how you make use of it and 50% of that Defense Budget is PORK, kick-backs, maintenance of Proxy Armies/Mercs, Hookers, Blow, Pedophilia . . . Don did mention though, that he'd expect an ROI in the form of Iraqi-Other Oil. Listen why should BP, Exxon, Chevron benefit as Private Concerns, protected & subsidized with Tax-Payer monies? Don'll get his cut though, just as Every Politician will suck up that gravy. Pull your nose out of Bibi's ring-piece Donny and do the White Stuff instead ( for free too, lucky fucker ). Dave's also wrong about Iran, in that, if attacked, many US cities will see their fair share of domestic suicide bombers, terrorism etc etc. Just as Israel did in Lebanon, scurrying away, tae think again.

falconflight's picture

Utterly disreputable and dishonest confabulating the truly, without a shred of proof regarding Trump colluding with Putin's gov't and the decades long Jihadist Shia theocracy of Iran sponsoring attacks around the planet.  BTW, didn't Stockman get a get out of jail card by paying a civil penalty of seven million dollars?

WTFUD's picture

Come on bro 17 Intelligence Agencies can't be wrong. sarc

TheLastTrump's picture

"Spoiler alert: Iran has actually never attacked a single foreign nation in modern history whereas Washington has chosen to unilaterally intervene in or arm virtually every surrounding country in the region."

 

 

How many ME countries is the Iranian Republican Guard Qod's Force operating in, anyway? All of them? Most of them?

 

How does one overlook this fact to write tripe like the above quote?

 


 


farflungstar's picture

Another one who wishes he could see headlines of Iranian backed terrorism - but absent those in real life, he makes it real in his mind - so therefore non-existent Iranian terror is now fact. Shill harder for the war party sucking the country dry, you cunt. 

No matter how much invasion and terrorism Iran does not engage in, there's always a gaggle of dupes ready to front for Sunni-Saudi-Qatari & Israeli-American backed ISIS terror and blame Iran - wonder who has an interest in that redirection? (((Hmmmm)))

OY VEY FILLING THE UNINFORMED WITH ABSOLUTE TERROR

 

Dratpmurt's picture

BUT BUT BUT Drumpf was going to save us from the deep state.

opport.knocks's picture

Stockman doesn't mention Israel once, odd, LOLOLOL

The rest of the world wants peace, prosperity and fair trade, There is only the "money power" gang that insists skimming their vig on every transaction that causes problems. And they need the US Military to protect the $USD as world reserve currency to do that. 

Rebelrebel7's picture

ATTENTION ALL ENVIRONMENTALISTS! WAR IS BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT! IT CREATES TONS OF CARBON!

There. Now may be they will vandalize Obama's library, since he presided over 7 wars, started 5, and was the only modern president to have been at war every day during his 8 year reign of carbon terror. 

They thought that it just killed people. 


Iran has been on the agenda since 53, when the CIA overthrew Mossadegh, then with Carter Ayatollah Khomeini collusion to overthrow Reza Pahlavi, installed by the CIA, then in the Green revolution and assassination of Neda in 2009 which failed. 

I recall George W. Bush on the 2000 election day including Iran as one of the evil doers in a list of nations, who I had planned on voting for, but after hearing that bat shit crazy statement, it was the only presidential election that I did not vote in. I hated Gore, because he was a total fraud. The statement caught me compmetely off guard.  I stayed home, and watched the election take three weeks to be decided, with the election winner changing several times over the course of those weeks in an outbreak of what had appeared to be a national epidemic of mad cow disease among politicians and news  casters.

Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the U.S. have always colluded with eachother in the take down of Iran. 

In 1953 with the CIA overthrow of Mossadegh, the 1979 Carter collusion to overthrow CIA installed Reza Palavi, and install the Ayatollah Khomeini, and  the failed 2009 assassination of Neda in the CIA Green revolution.

The U.S. support of Iraq in the brutal Iran Iraq war friom 1980-1988 killing conseratively 500,000, some esrtimates place it at 2.5 million, in which Iraq had invaded Iran and the U.S. backed Iraq and supplied them with chemical weapons that were used against the Iranians.

It has not only been since the past decade. It's been since the creation of the CIA,  and like Paul Craig Roberts said, " it seems to have become a habbit."

Ex CIA agent  Ray McGovern has also been hypercritical of this barbaric Trilogy of terror policy against Iran, along with ex CIA  economic hit-man, John Perkins , author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman. 

Let israel fight their own battles. They are starting wars  with every country in the Middle East. If not overtly, covertly through Mossad. Bank on it. They are dangerous. That's the thanks that Iran gets for Cyrus the Great freeing the Israelites, abolishing slavery, and allowing freedom of religion.

 They are nothing but a liability and are totally dishonest. End Israeli welfare. It's absurd that Americans should go into debt for a foreign nation that isn't even remotely poor, when people in Baltimore,  Chicago,  and Detroit are living in third world conditions! It is disgusting! 

Give them an inch and they take a mile every time without fail. 

No more government workers or politicians with dual citizenship! Its just asking for treason, which has also been met with treason!

King of Ruperts Land's picture

It kills people. I think they get carbon credit for that as long as burial is used rather than cremation.

falconflight's picture

"I recall George W. Bush on the 2000 election day including Iran as one of the evil doers in a list of nations..."   

Your recollection is quite off...he made that comment following 9/11.  The "axis of evil;"  Iraq, Iran, and North Korea.

Rebelrebel7's picture

No. My recollection is accurate. Were you watching all channels all day on the 2000 election day? It's why i didn't vote. You are a total asshols to make such a claim. Typical of assholes like you, if you didnt see it, or dont remember it, it didnt happen. Fuck you! You've just proved to zero hedge that you are a total asshole.

Bush also made the axis of evil statement about 9/11. It was a seperate incident and statement.

falconflight's picture

Listen sonny boy, please provide a dated quote on January 20, 2001 supporting your bitch like emoting.

Rebelrebel7's picture

What the fuck does january 20 2001 have to do with the 2000 election day asshole?! Nothing! Fucking retard!