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Forget '5 Minutes To Midnight', We Are 'An Inch From War'

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After last night's sabre-rattling missile-hurling efforts in 'The Koreas', one could be forgiven for strolling down memory lane to the Doomsday Clock and how many minutes we are to the midnight of global disaster. Well, Leon Panetta has the answer today in this clip. Somewhat shockingly honest, Panetta changes the metric from time to distance and states, on CNN's 'Situation Room', that "We’re within an inch of war almost every day in that part of the world, and we just have to be very careful about what we say and what we do". As Politico reports, the lugubrious Leon says that America is prepared for "any contingency" that might result from North Korean actions. While cool diplomat Clinton "believes that [Kim Jong Un] may have some hope that the conditions in North Korea can change", Panetta underlined the administration's firm stand to any further provocative actions concluding "unfortunately these days, there is a hell of a lot that keeps me awake."

 

 

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Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:27 | 2360058 williambanzai7
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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:32 | 2360071 SHEEPFUKKER
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Leon Panetta......an angry inch. 

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:36 | 2360074 Yes_Questions
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Leon Panetta's angry inch best just talk it out on some couch.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:40 | 2360082 Eireann go Brach
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Send Joe "Whiskey Dick" Biden over there to negotiate on behalf of the world!

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:06 | 2360141 Dr. Engali
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Shit just send him some where. Get him out of here.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:15 | 2360155 nmewn
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+1

Sherriff Joe will fix it!!!...we really are in the very best of hands ;-)

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:25 | 2360176 LetThemEatRand
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Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:39 | 2360198 Yes_Questions
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Thu, 04/19/2012 - 23:38 | 2360286 LetThemEatRand
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Hi back.

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Fri, 04/20/2012 - 00:05 | 2360312 erg
Fri, 04/20/2012 - 00:19 | 2360332 erg
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Panetta is mere nanometers from believability.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 00:39 | 2360348 BooMushroom
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<--war w/ Iran
<--war w/Norks

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 01:38 | 2360393 Michael
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Everything is not supposed to be complicated, people.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:07 | 2360144 nmewn
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"While cool diplomat Clinton "believes that [Kim Jong Un] may have some hope that the conditions in North Korea can change", Panetta underlined the administration's firm stand to any further provocative actions concluding "unfortunately these days, there is a hell of a lot that keeps me awake."

There's something a little disquieting yet peversely stimulating about that passage...perhaps a night at the Caribe would clear the snot out of my head ;-)

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 03:41 | 2360471 13thWarrior
Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:59 | 2360122 Dr. Engali
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So I wonder who junked you, Kim Jong Un or the ghost of Louis Armstrong. My guess is Kim Jong since Mr. Armstrong was a creative genius.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 01:37 | 2360392 RafterManFMJ
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJNBfBr-OGU

 

After watching the above N. Korean propaganda video, I realize they have no hostile intentions.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 09:40 | 2360868 trembo slice
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that's hilarious

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:29 | 2360060 CURWAR2012
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The Amerikan military complex will win the political favors and get us to war: Iran or Koreas? Hell I don't care since Canada is not too far to go expatriate. I will never let my kids get dragged into another war somewhere else. You want my kids to fight, they will do it on Home soil (not flying a drone either)

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:07 | 2360140 Ima anal sphincter
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Will they be fighting a supposed enemy or the real one in D.C. and New York?

If any country actually had the balls to fight us here, I'm pretty sure our second amendment rights would prove to be pretty wicked indeed.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:30 | 2360063 BlueCollaredOne
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"unfortunately these days, there is a hell of a lot that keeps me awake"

Just turn your phone on silent panetta, your bosses at lockheed, general dynamics, and the rest of the MIC will get the message that they only can give you orders in the morning you fucking puppet

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:53 | 2360105 Teamtc321
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Well he has to keep it on for U.N. doesn't he?

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:05 | 2360136 dick cheneys ghost
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Politics of fear.................

 

this shit is getting old...........

 

dont forget, CNN is a subsidiary of The War Department............and the CIA................oh and the NSA

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 05:13 | 2360519 Moe Howard
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Doesn't stop him from taking the weekend off in Cali at taxpayer expense, does it?

How many troops go home at taxpayer expense every weekend I wonder?

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 07:52 | 2360606 BeetleBailey
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Agreed. +10 on the post. These two lying pricks are priming the public for "Obama: Never switch leaders in the middle of a (we started it/provoked it/backed it) military conflict", a la Shrub.....hell...even FDR (their "hero") used that ka ka to wheelchair around the oval for 8 years.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:32 | 2360067 max2205
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Panetta is a big douchebag.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:46 | 2360209 Jake88
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Having been the head of the two most amoral organizations on earth he qualifies as scum of the earth.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 04:04 | 2360482 jeff montanye
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medium-sized

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:54 | 2360095 LetThemEatRand
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Looks like one of those annual Wal-Mart meetings.  Only they don't have tanks, because they bought the military and let them do it for them.   Four of the ten wealthiest people in the U.S. inherited their money from Sam Walton.  Never worked a day in their lives, kind of like the Dear Leader.  U.S.A.!  U.S.A.!

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:04 | 2360134 headless blogger
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Let's get the Wal Mart Walton kids signed up for war!!

 

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:05 | 2360137 LetThemEatRand
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If we could figure that out, there would be no more war.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 00:59 | 2360362 sof_hannibal
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tax the one percent by sending their kids to Afghanistan...

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 11:58 | 2361366 prole
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Or just send them all back to their own country and everybody would be happy

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:33 | 2360069 GCT
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Funny how the Dems were calling bush the warmonger.  I guess Obama is trying to beat his record.  This next war there may be no place to hide.  Unless you have an underground bunker.  Fallout is a killer.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:48 | 2360096 LetThemEatRand
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Meet the new boss.  Same as the old boss.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:51 | 2360102 Dr. Engali
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You're making the assumption that they are the boss.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:51 | 2360106 LetThemEatRand
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Not really.  The new boss and the old boss are one and the same.  The middle manager barking orders is irrelevant.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:39 | 2360199 WonderDawg
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You've got to win a pre-emptive, WTF? kind of Nobel Peace Prize before you can be a warmonger of Hopey's status.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 04:17 | 2360489 jeff montanye
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i thought kissinger and menachem begin were poor choices but obama sets the bar.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:07 | 2360139 DaveyJones
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it will only get worse as the oil dries up...until we bite it... which could be soon 

 

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:44 | 2360205 streetcrawler
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Get em while they're still available.

 

http://www.missilebases.com/properties

 

 

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 23:32 | 2360281 wisefool
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Something tells me that the 70%+ markdowns from asking price has to do with a smart young local tax collector who boldy redefined the definition of living/commercial space WRT bunkers. 

They pulled that trick on lots of folks who put up horse arenas, personal hockey rinks, indoor pools, even freaking gazeebo's starting back in the 1970s. Ironic how most of these missle sites have greek names.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 08:30 | 2360653 Blankman
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In the case of a true World War wouldn't these be the first targets of a missle attack... just sayin.  

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 23:04 | 2360243 WillyGroper
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What's the fooking difference?

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 23:51 | 2360297 agNau
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Bama must carry the Bush torch. Axis of Evil must be defeated and submit to a Central Bank run by Goldman.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 01:07 | 2360366 sof_hannibal
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and for as awful as that coke head w. Bush Jr. was, at least he didn't really lie to the Muppet's about it-- like Obama [and Clinton for that matter did]...

We are all fucked... Obama is a psycho and and Mitt is the white horse mormon prophecy sent to outlaw drinking alcohol and birth control via Joseph Smith; where the only thing that matters for all of congress is who can raise the most capital from their corporate overlords... Amerika is phucked (repeat)...

they are quickly losing control on the matrix. front row seats to the shit rodeo... when does skynet take over again?

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:34 | 2360072 Yes_Questions
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The Winds of War need not always culminate in a storm.

The Fan is not there to receive the shit.

I guess what I hope is that rhetoric does advance to declaration here.

 

 

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:08 | 2360086 Yes_Questions
Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:41 | 2360203 WonderDawg
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The MIC doesn't profit from threats and posturing, they need war.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 23:08 | 2360250 Yes_Questions
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Thank you Doctor.

 

and the sun rises in the east..I was envoking hope.

 

 

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 00:07 | 2360316 WonderDawg
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My first thought was a smartass reply, something along the lines of "And my dick rises in the morning. There's your hope." But then decided to say something else, instead.

and the storm clouds form on the horizon... I'm invoking (note the correct spelling) impending doom.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:36 | 2360078 bugs_
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clintonite first, democrat second, nothing in third place.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:23 | 2360173 Yes_Questions
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except us.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 04:22 | 2360490 jeff montanye
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lack of moral compass.  systemic, endemic, apocalyptic

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 10:19 | 2361023 Deo vindice
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Lack of moral compass IS the issue for the demise of the west.

This is not just within the ranks of bankers, politicians and their masters. It is throughout society and has affected rich and poor.

Because it is systemic and endemic it will result in the apocalyptic.

 

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:38 | 2360079 cbaba
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Funny though, just few weeks after India test fired a long range missile and there were no US response:)

 

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:41 | 2360083 CaptFufflePants
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I'm amazed you fall for this propaganda.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:43 | 2360084 wisefool
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I am not going to be worried until they send out war wearyness "economic stimulus" checks. If they had to give $600, pre-financial crash, only a few years into the current wars, I can not imagine the amount it is going to take to bribe the US citizens for a 3rd theater in this current economy.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 23:05 | 2360247 WillyGroper
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Reservations for 2, Smith, call the front desk for ur FEMA room number.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:48 | 2360088 Dr. Engali
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I have an idea... pull our American bases and let them fuckers settle it.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:32 | 2360185 Yes_Questions
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Sell the video on pay per view with reruns on netflix.

Blu Ray releases with post games interviews by Ceaser Flickerman

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:46 | 2360208 WonderDawg
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If you really want to know why we fuck with people everywhere, read Blackwater, or Crossing the Rubicon (a little OT, but the message is there) or The Shock Doctrine. It's all about the righteous dollars to be made by war, my good Doctor. Huge contracts, huge bonuses for the connected executives.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 23:08 | 2360251 WillyGroper
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Someone posted 2 links on shock doctrine in NZ. Read 1 then couldn't find the other. Anyone remember? TIA

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 23:38 | 2360287 DavidPierre
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 THE SHOCK DOCTRINE

http://vimeo.com/26718047

 Naomi Klein explodes the myth that the global free market triumphed democratically.  Exposing the thinking, the money trail and the puppet strings behind the world-changing crises and wars of the last four decades.

 

 

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 02:40 | 2360426 The Navigator
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Thanks David

This is a great video for those wanting to go further down the rabbit hole, taking the Red Pill of truth.

What none of us gets in public education is truth in our history studies - we all have to work to undo our fantacies of history, take the red pill, and learn the real truth of history.

Once you learn that our govt has been fucking us over since 1913, or a bit earlier, you're on the path.

What will we use as our secret hand shake in FEMA region 9 camps? May I suggest the sign language for ZH?

Like Ted Nugent said, "I'll either be dead or in jail a year from now if Obama wins a 2nd term" - yeah, me too.

http://unicornbooty.com/blog/2012/04/19/ted-nugent-i-will-either-be-dead...

Watch THE SHOCK DOCTRINE listed in David Pierres link- you'll need this in your arsenal of knowledge.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 01:40 | 2360396 sof_hannibal
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shoot, read "war is a racket"... published before 1945...

"War is a racket. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives."
--Smedley Butler (Maj. Gen. USMC)

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:54 | 2360227 Jake88
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It is not about them fuckers.  It is completely about the American Empire and the petrodllar.  Them fuckers, the Israel Iran conflict and the nukes that don't exist, is a side show.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 04:32 | 2360495 jeff montanye
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oil is important but truly look at the genesis of the war in iraq, for instance, or who is really behind the current attacks on iran.  not the oil industry, not even the cia as first cause. 

http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?t=152806

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:47 | 2360092 palmereldritch
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All the ronery people
Where do they all come from?
All the ronery people
Where do they all belong?

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 00:08 | 2360320 WonderDawg
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berong

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 07:46 | 2360601 palmereldritch
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+Kim lol

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 08:57 | 2360735 WonderDawg
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Considering your handle, Palmer, wondering if you're a golfer?

Sat, 04/21/2012 - 00:53 | 2363225 palmereldritch
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Hey Dawg,

Golf drives me crazy.  Never learned it as a kid plus no talent so it frustrates me to no end :(

The avatar handle is from a Philip K. Dick novel The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch.  I'm a huge PKD fan and the book is one of his trippiest.

Inverting the elements of transcendence and sacrifice with submission and techno devolution to drugs, media and technology, it is a 20th Century warning not unlike Orwell's 1984 as to what currently subsumes us in the 21st century.

Check out the book...SciFi...just another form of self medication... and LESS frustrating than golf!   lol

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:48 | 2360093 Dr. Engali
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At first glance I thought this post was by Travis7777 when I saw the smiley face.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:56 | 2360116 LetThemEatRand
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No hoods.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:33 | 2360189 Yes_Questions
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I was waiting for the big FUCK YOU scrolling through.

 

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:50 | 2360099 Stuck on Zero
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And Mr. Panetta how will our involvement in the Korean peninsula help our unemployed, homeless, and hopeless masses at home?

 

 

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:11 | 2360146 DaveyJones
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sir, we do not work for them

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:51 | 2360104 disabledvet
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i hope our next Defense Secretary smokes pot myself. Preferably DURING the interview.
"latest from the Pentagon" :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFHjdYoNb_Y&feature=player_detailpage

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 03:59 | 2360477 FREEEEEEEEEDOM
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Our next prez needs to be a true ghetto-n***a and not like the halfbreed motherfucker we have now, pay for an Xbox and unlimited government weed(the one thing the gub'ment actually can grow?) and the shit will be magic. Implement a bonus system based on Xbox achievement to keep him from doing shit and we will be better off than we are now, maybe John Mayer as vp?

We need to break the cycle that makes every new prez worse then the former.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 04:33 | 2360497 jeff montanye
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not an absolutely practical suggestion but, were you king, it might just work.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:53 | 2360112 Paul Atreides
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Panetta openly states the executive branch and international powers control the US military not congress or the american people.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:59 | 2360118 headless blogger
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The "Elites" should send their god-dammed kids to these wars since they are the ones who want this evil and benefit from it.

Let's get some Rockefellers, Du Ponts, Rothchilds, Warburgs, and all the rest of this trashy crowd to send their kids.

 

Sick of it!

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:13 | 2360151 shuckster
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The elites don't have kids. They're all unics who practice child sacrifice and butt rape little boys

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 04:44 | 2360502 jeff montanye
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that's why they got rid of the draft.  too much friction.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI7-m919ynU

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 02:59 | 2360440 The Navigator
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I'm trully amazaed that this hasn't happened yet.

Seven days in May - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058576/

Do any that take the oath to protect the Constitution really mean it? Are there no more General Smedley Butlers in service any more??

I ask the President, the Congress, the Supreme Court - from where do your powers derive? If not from the Constitution, then where?

If not from the Constitution, then you have no power, you are meaningless.

If you say 'by the Constitution' I derive my power, then you have to abide by it and live/rule under it.

Answer that logic you SOBs in DC.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 05:24 | 2360522 Moe Howard
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They certainly don't follow the Constitution.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 08:07 | 2360618 Henry Hub
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"The Constitution is just a piece of paper" - George W. Bush

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:53 | 2360114 JustACitizen
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Gosh - another war/conflict/police action/humanitarian effort that we do not have money $$$$ to pay for...who-da-thunk-it?

Let's see - do we attack the filthy godless Reds?

Or do we attack the filthy terrorist supporting Persians?

Decisions...decisions...

Awww heck - just attack them both! After all it won't be any of our kids fighting and dying to be beloved maimed heroes...

Hugs and kisses,

The NeoCons and NeoLibs

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:56 | 2360115 A Lunatic
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I am an inch away from no longer giving a shit one way or the other.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:12 | 2360152 DaveyJones
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if the only thing they made me give was indeed a shit, this would be an easy decision.  

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 02:49 | 2360429 drunkenlout
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A wise ZH comment this week was on target:  Shit in one hand, hope with the other.  Observe which hand fills up first.

 

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 03:12 | 2360452 The Navigator
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TPTB are counting on you feeling this way - all part of the Shock Doctrine - see above.

Be vigilant, be prepared mentally and physically, buy PMs, and hand out some Red Pills.

The day of reckoning approaches soon.

Not soon enough for me, my shovel has been ready for 3 years

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 01:32 | 2360387 sof_hannibal
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I am there there already... ~

"All hail the American night!"

"Sounds like guns...thunder.

But anyway, I don't believe in it
I think it's a bunch of bullshit, myself
But I tell you this, man, I tell you this
I don't know what's gonna happen, man, but I wanna have
My kicks before the whole shithouse goes up in flames
Alright!

Jim: “I don’t know how many of you believe in astrology…”
Random Chick in Audience: “JIM! JIM! I do!”
Jim: “Yeah baby, I’m a Sagittarius, the most philosophical of all the star signs…”
RCIA: “Me too Jim! I’m a Sagittarius too!”
J: “Well I don’t believe in it myself.”
RCIA: “Neither do I Jim!”
J: “I think it’s a bunch of bullshit."

~the Doors

 

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:58 | 2360121 TooBearish
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Panetta is a leader of the kleptocrats from the Clinton admin whose sole purpose is to deconstruct the US as we have known it.  He is a dangerous evil player in the NWO I can't believe one of the Tylers fell for this propoganda clip......

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:37 | 2360196 wisefool
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Lately it seems when the strikethough pen is out, they are doing the toungue in cheek thing. Since there are lots of people who read this hear interwebs site with various levels of l33t speak, its kinda like a snarc tag without turning off the english teachers or confusing the oldsters like me.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 21:59 | 2360125 buzzsaw99
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Clinton and Panetta can both go blow a banker.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:15 | 2360158 DaveyJones
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don't punish them with their normal routine

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:02 | 2360129 Asher88
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Simon Cowell said it best..."what a complete and utter mess!"

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:02 | 2360132 BigJim
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Just what is so 'provocative' about test firing a missile?

We do it all the time... of yeah, that's right, I forgot, we're a democracy...

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:06 | 2360138 notadouche
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I thought Obama would fix North Korea and Iran because he was so much smarter than Bush and his way of dealing with these folks.  Hmmm.  Sounds like a page from the Bush playbook creating fear in order to maintain the status quo come election time.  Come to think of it the things the progressives hated about Bush haven't exactly changed.  Gitmo, Iran, North Korea, lobbiest, political polarization, race relations, debt ceilings and congressional budgets, Patriot ACT, running large deficits.  The only difference are between the two are the PR approaches and the fact that MSM doesn't hold Obama accountable for anything and when Bush farted they let the entire world know he sharted.  Reminds me of some old cartoon where the one character always said "We'll never make it"  I think now that phrase is more appropriate than ever before.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:07 | 2360142 SDRII
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north Korea is a stalking horse for us Asia strategy Inc south China sea. War is the last thing Panetta and the us want. Then again maybe that explains the Russian and Chinese naval exercise this week. 

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:09 | 2360145 engineertheeconomy
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yeah right, suckers.

just a justification for Bernanke and congress to print money till it's comin out their assholes.

and something to blame $100/gallon gas on.

instead of telling the truth

same old same old

 Boring as crap

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:11 | 2360147 shuckster
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Stop with the hand wringing and batten down the hatches Panetta. Either we're going to war or were not, but we need to be prepared if we are. The guys got a look on his face like his boss keeps sexually harassing him and he's all bummed about it. Almost as bad as Robert Gates. We want Rummy back. He knew how to burn through a cigar in one pull

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 07:53 | 2360607 Yes_Questions
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He knew how to burn through a cigar in one pull

 

 

Isn't that how Rummy got to SecDef?

 

Great quote, BTW.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:10 | 2360149 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Fuck that.  NK couldn't hit a broadside of a barn 100 yards away.  Who cares what they do.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:18 | 2360157 LetThemEatRand
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If you told the sheep that Uranus was about to attack, they would gas up their Hummers and get in their bunkers and ask you to please check everyone's inner solar system IDs to be sure no outer-solar-system types were hangin' around.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 23:05 | 2360245 wisefool
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I forsee an article written by Paul Krugman on the NYT editorial page within a week. I just wish I had time to package and market a derivative on the event.

Snarc aside, I have had access to cable TV recently. Seems like many of these survival bunkers are being set up like the old ponzi schemes, with a "tough guy" exactly as you described getting a bunker that is also a "classroom" to "teach" people how to buy a similar package to protect their families just like our very wealthy tough guy family man hero. There is that series, and on other shows I see the highend outdoors/hunting stores re-racking as "prepper supplies"

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:16 | 2360156 earleflorida
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another politician as head of the CIA that only knows how, NOT' to get his knee's dirtied by nodding his head. tenet will teach ya leon, that the easy way out is to throw the entire  agency under the bus and be a asswipe yes-man team player for ze "commander-n-chief!

pathetic!

where's hillary [?] - still sucking on that bottle?

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:16 | 2360161 Dingleberry
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wake me when the shooting starts....

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 01:16 | 2360372 sof_hannibal
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wake me up when the arch duke of Spain, Greece, France, and so on gets assassinated... false flag

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:18 | 2360162 chump666
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I love Alan Moores The Authority.

Anyways if you are Australian check this:

SYDNEY, Apr 20 (***) - Australia's export price index dropped sharply by 7.0% in the March quarter, according to ABS data released today.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:18 | 2360163 Atomizer
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India’s first ICBM Agni V Missile launched successfully  18 hours ago - newzstreet 1:20 | 2,401 views

India has successfully test-fired Agni V, Missile and has become one of the elite nations to possess an Inter-continental Ballistic Missile

 

Again, the game is all about what Bankster financed the project vs. Geopolitical agenda’s. Pretty obvious to see who can launch the next bottle rocket without Media exposure. NGO’s already made the India aid targets, 2012 North Korea aid are still empty NGO investment coffers. LOL

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 03:04 | 2360443 drunkenlout
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Ah, but that's India.  If they shoot a rocket at the US, they won't risk hitting a single cow.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:27 | 2360180 Nid
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Yes yes, of course Leon, big doin's over there and all.....oh yes, and don't forget about no switching horses midstream and all.....

Btw, weren't you the fucking White House butler before you scored this gig?

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:27 | 2360183 blindman
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we are at war, that being closer than one inch, eternal and perpetual.
it is what makes the economy an economy, as it were
in the age of systemic stupidity by fiat money necessity,
considering the influence of fraud and graft as legal free
speech as so determined by the best and most paid off creatures of
institutional embrace and what not. leadership by imbecility, is that
the term? must be the lead in the imports and the fiat money stuffing
in the parties pockets, yes, that is it. the preference for legal stealing
and eating of the elderly that is so enjoyed by our illumined elites. not to
mention the digesting the futures of the young in real time.
i'm sick and tired of the paid off stooges and con men posing as human beings
with something to say to the scumbag media and the muppets who believe this drivel.
apologies where needed. eisenhower described this bullshit 50 years ago, our featured
moron is a dunce in a long line of con men and crooks posing as intelligence experts to
a crowd of cowards and crooks. best of luck.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 01:09 | 2360368 sof_hannibal
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1984 is here, by a mac, fight the man

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:38 | 2360195 orangegeek
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Wars usually break out after a depression - we still have a few more years of depression to go.

 

This engagement is just Obama shifting voter attention away from the devastated economy to the middle east and elsewhere in the form of potential war.

 

 

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 01:12 | 2360369 sof_hannibal
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i completely agree, and by that point the US military power will be irrelevant --

 

post from above: "Wars usually break out after a depression - we still have a few more years of depression to go. This engagement is just Obama shifting voter attention away from the devastated economy to the middle east and elsewhere in the form of potential war."

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:45 | 2360210 lynnybee
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i don't sleep much anymore; pace floors at night, worrying.      extricate yourself from the system as much as possible, make your homes into bunkers.      get right with yourself & your family; educate them (if they will even listen) as to what the crap is going down in this United States of America & be prepared for real revolution against the Federal Reserve Bank & their European shareholders.    These people must be eliminated from our lives for the sake of our kids & grandkids.    sincerely ...

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:55 | 2360226 blindman
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l,
you can relax. the scumbag war is at a distance, depending on your
location of course. rhetorical and symbolic annihilation is taking place
in the rhetorical and symbolic sphere. watch for the local spill over and
confront it immediately; confront it immediately but stay cool and open.
this is no time to go underground. imo. turn up the volume if possible!
you the bee !

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 01:49 | 2360403 the tower
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What you need to do is stop reading all this bullshit on the internet and get a life. Switch off your preferred reading device and go out, meet friends for dinner and have a laugh, play with your kids and make them curious about life and all the wonders that are out there to discover, build up a business, do that thing you always wanted to do.

 

Life goes on as it always has. Things today are the same as they always were, not better nor worse.

The future belongs to those that DO, not to those that read rediculous blogs and sit behind the door with a shotgun waiting for the world to end.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 04:07 | 2360481 The Navigator
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lynnybee

You have reason to be worried. Warn your kith & kin to prepare. TPTB have conspired to fuck us over in so many ways (excuse my French) and you know better than to follow a blind man.

If nothing happens, you've lost not much. But if it does happen and you can save a few, you've saved a thousand. Even if it's preparing that saves some in a tornado, earthquake, or tsunami, you've done some good.

BUT, if the SHTF and you're partially prepped, someone in your family will prosper from it.

I show my kids the stacks of silver and say "Open only in case of emergency" - wish my grandfather would have had the same foresight - but he did pass down to me a .30-.30 and what it means.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 22:52 | 2360219 eddiebe
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It's in sociopthic persons in power best interest to keep everything stirred up and in crisis and to keep as many people as possible confused misinformed and afraid of the other. That way they can be heroes and great leaders and get lots of money and more power and push through more of their selfish and perverted schemes.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 23:48 | 2360233 q99x2
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Don't do that. Don't do that anymore.

I listened to Coast to Coast last night with guest Nick Begich. They talked about using HAARP to create earthquakes. Iran keeps having larger and larger quakes. The one that just hit was a 5.0. A couple days ago it was 5.1 a couple miles away from the Straight of Hormuz. About 3 weeks ago they were averaging in the 4s.

USGS

 

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 23:03 | 2360241 Jake88
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Yes we can. Change we can believe in. How could anyone re-elect an administration that daily threatens us with nuclear holocaust.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 00:15 | 2360256 BlackholeDivestment
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...they are playing Sunday's Game. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RW1Yil7ZRk 

Awe, come on, Mr. Down Arrow does not have a macabre sense of humor? ..really old ladies playing roulette? Lol. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSbB_VgGJw0

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 23:15 | 2360260 nah
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north korea is starving for war

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 23:43 | 2360290 Yen Cross
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5 Minutes to MIDNIGHT!    Courtesy of Z/H!

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 00:28 | 2360336 bankruptcylawyer
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wtf is this balogna. the u.s. has been within an inch of war for the past 65 years and for most of that time, it's been a foot deep in war as well. EVERYWHERE. 

 

long live the empire!

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 00:47 | 2360354 sof_hannibal
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just like the British of the past. It's quite the conundrum, no military at the moment can truly pose a substantial threat to the US military; however, US military assets, especially Army combat soldiers are at a breaking point. I don't think the US Airforce, Navy, and Marines are at the same breaking point when compared to the Army, but nontheless...

For now it's a stalemate. At some point, however, our ships and planes will rot, like in Russia... that happens when the money stops flowing into the military industrial complex.

good riddence when it happens

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 00:41 | 2360351 sof_hannibal
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at least in the meantime, my guess is no "war" across the board until the global financial collapse (first), which seems to be a no go until after the US election.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 00:44 | 2360352 chump666
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China about to crack open, the only power holding Nth Korea back.

0409 GMT [Dow Jones] The crisis surrounding the removal of former Chongqing communist party chief Bo Xilai is a crack in the facade of the Chinese leadership, and therefore should raise warning signals for investors, writes Christopher Wood in the CLSA "GREED & fear" newsletter. It isn't time to "hit the panic button," but investors should be on guard; Shanghai shares have been lackluster since the scandal broke despite positive news on the lending and property front. "Given the history, any hint of instability within the leadership clearly makes local investors nervous," he writes.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 00:53 | 2360356 sof_hannibal
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good point; and seriously what the fuck is going on in China right now... they clearly aren't working enough hours at Foxconn...

"All [people] are the same. Just like [the sheeple], [you got to keep 'em broke]. [If] They wake up one mornin' with some money, they subject to go crazy..." - Central Planner

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 01:59 | 2360407 chump666
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Asia goes the world goes, Obama/Fed will print the US into a grave just to cover the UST payments...oil spikes and America gets hit full force hyper inflation. 

War will cause utter panic and long behold it may break out in Asia rather than Iran.  But Nth Korea gets frisky, Israel will look for that window.  Bang!  Major war outbreaks.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 02:13 | 2360411 zilverreiger
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Maybe its because you invaded half the region, doofus.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 02:12 | 2360412 dinastar2
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Panetta thinks North Korea Missile firing is very provocative : LOL.

What is very provocative is Mr Panetta inertia and jawbone mumbling, in front of China running the arm-race show in the your face ( North Korea is just a proxy of PRChina ). But the US face saving show must goes on and on : the US king is pants down, naked, his butt open for the chinese torture. The real north korea play is a small part in the bigger USA decline.The more you american suckers buy chinese goods, the more you deplete your industrial base, the more you run for chinese money loans ( under guise of US T bonds ) and the more the TECTONIC POWER SHIFT will drag you down.It may take another 15 years , but I can see you american braggards jumping like boatpeople ( remember south vietnamese ) to the China mainland to work into sweatshops , sewing Nike sneakers for 3 $ per day. You have only one very deep issue : your total lack of honour, your total lack of morality, your mental rooutine is the one of a 3 years old toddler : Where is my milk bottle !

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 08:45 | 2360700 Ace Ventura
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While I sympathize with your view of Americans in general, you are failing to realize there is a sizeable portion of America that still holds the virtues of honor and morality as significant keypoints in their lives. That sector of the population will reach their breaking point in the not too distant future, and risk it all in an effort to cast off the ever-tightening chains of tyranny.

It may not look like it now, given the job our propaganda agencies are doing in controlling the reality everyone 'sees'....but it's going to happen. Whether it results in a positive outcome, or the full-blown descent into a modern American Gulag State, remains to be seen.

We're long past the point where this could be resolved via peaceful means. It can only be changed now by watering the almost dead Tree of Liberty. Perhaps there is a way other than this, but for the life of me I don't see it.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 02:22 | 2360414 Yen Cross
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 That " MISSILE" was "Paper Mache"... When it blew up over the ocean, it sprinkled body parts from the DPRK GULAGS!

That little weeble wobble lives on.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 02:52 | 2360431 css1971
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Y'know. When war comes, the majority will welcome it with celebration and happily send their neighbours children to die for their ambition.

 

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 12:09 | 2361392 prole
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Any military parent or future military parent who votes for Obamni/Romnel is signing their own kid's death warrant.

Of course they could vote for the guy who said "end the wars" (Paul)...

Do you want to vote for the guy who will end the wars and not kill your kid? No.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 03:09 | 2360444 Amagnonx
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North Korea does not want war - what a crock of shit - the only reason they try to maximize their military power is to try and deter the US from invading.

 

Sure - it will be a 'South Korean' preventive strategy .. backed by US troops, hardware and supply, dependent on a successful false flag incident and enough propaganda to ensure everyone is duped into supporting it.

 

The idea that NK desires war, or is any position to provide a viable offensive threat is pure propaganda.  NK is based on a self sufficieny philosophy and they want nothing to do with international banksters.  Thats why they are an enemy ..

 

This kind of crap should not find its way onto more enlightened blogs such as ZH except to be mocked for the obvious propaganda that it is.  Panetta is a zionist, bankster shill and general piece of shit.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 08:30 | 2360661 Ace Ventura
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I agree with your views on Panetta bread. However, I'm not sure I believe your enlightened view of the the Nork self sufficiency philosophy. More like a captive state of peasants locked under an extortionist regime of megalomaniacal overlord(s). They may not cater to the bankster oligarchs as a people, but I tend to believe it is more likely that Kim Jung Whatever is himself a well looked-after bankster puppet (along with his inner circle). His job is to occasionally rattle his saber and give pretext for other puppets (such as Mr. Panetta bread) to point a finger and tell us we need to give up more control over our lives.....because we are 'inches from war' at any moment.

 

Sat, 04/21/2012 - 00:10 | 2363180 Amagnonx
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I don't have a great deal of information from NK that I have much faith in - the information that I do have tends to indicate a paranoid, over reactive leadership that respresses its people and is supported by a great deal of propaganda.

 

That description would suit many western states - the major differences in that western states are more affluent - and the populations within them tend to conflate wealth with freedom.  While the middle classes having more money does put them in a better position to raise some defense against the state - it seems to me the level of freedom in many western democracies isn't much different than in NK (the land of insane, tyrannical warmongering demons - orly?).

 

No - I am fairly sure that the NK leadership is not a puppet on the banksters.  Having an external threat for Japan and Sth Korea to get them to militarize makes sense (from the bankster point of view, allowing more plunder from the public purse) - but the NK leadership very much appears to be isolationist - though they do have a long term desire for the reunification of Korea - though all real public statements I have read from Nk always indicate this cannot be achieved with violence.

 

Importantly - I think the Nk leadership are non aggressive - this flies in the face of the massive propaganda campaign that is constantly in motion to make us believe the opposite.

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