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Ron Paul asks, How expansive is FBI spying?

Jacob Hornberger on interventionism making Americans less safe, and the absurdity of the U.S. prosecution of Meng Wanzhou.

Jon Miltimore: “Jack Ryan” gets 4 Pinocchios on Venezuela.

Matt Agorist: New bill in Kentucky to allow cops to detain citizens, force them to explain who they are and what they’re doing. (In “libertarian” Rand Paul’s state. Will he protest this?)

Peter Schweizer: How five members of Joe Biden’s family got rich through his connections.

Becky Akers on “recovering” what wasn’t yours to begin with.

Kelley Vlahos on U.S. bureaucrats looking the other way as Saudi bureaucrats help Saudi criminals flee the U.S.

Zero Hedge with an article on a former CIA officer who suggests the U.S. government hacked Ukrainian plane transponder to provoke Iran shootdown. And Joe Quinn asks, Was Iranian missile operator tricked into shooting down the Ukrainian Airlines plane over Tehran?

Sheldon Richman on warmonger Sen. Tom Cotton accusing antiwar think tank of anti-Semitism.

Richard Ebeling: understanding the freedom we have lost.

Laurence Vance on why Christians should not pray for the troops.

J.D. Tuccille: Virginia Gov. Northam smears gun control opponents to frighten his base.

Michael Boldin has this introduction to Virginia 2nd Amendment “sanctuaries.”

James Ostrowski says, The Second Amendment works.

Bill Sardi on the false prop of “Get your flu shot”: “influenza-like illness.”

Tyler O’Neil: Court refuses to kowtow to personal pronouns like “xemself” and faerself.”

Jonathan Turley on Germany criminalizing flag-burning.

Gary Barnett: The real serial killers exposed.

Pat Buchanan on the articles of impeachment against Trump: a malicious indictment Mitch McConnell should throw out.

Doug Bandow: Note to Trump: Iraq is not a U.S. colony.

Jon Schwartz: Key architect of 2003 Iraq War now a key architect of Trump’s Iran policy.

And John Stossel: Occupational licensing hurts the little guy.

No, Iran Is Not an “Existential Threat” to Israel

Scott Horton of Antiwar.com has this article asking, Iraq War IV? and gives a lot of the history of U.S. government and military/CIA aggressions in the Middle East, and includes a lot of summary and analysis of events including over the past two years. He mentions the neocons and their roles in war-planning, and the evil Bush Presidents.

But, as some commenters note, he doesn’t really give much attention to Israel and its influence on U.S. foreign policy especially in Middle East.

The late Justin Raimondo, co-founder of Antiwar.com, had a 3-part series in 2012 on the roots of the Iranian “crisis,” and in Part 2, he states “It’s all about Israel.” Oh, is it, really? Do the Israelis have that much control over U.S. foreign policy? And if so, why? Raimondo also has written about the Israel angle of the 9/11 story, in this 2010 column.

The Israelis have been wanting to bomb Iran for decades, but really they have wanted the U.S. government to do it for them. Bibi Rebozo Bibi Nutty-Yahoo Bibi Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders have been saying for many years that Iran is an “existential threat” to Israel. Yet, as the writers at Antiwar.com have pointed out many times, there are no facts to back that up. Israel has the strongest military in that whole region, and they have a hundred or 200 nukes.

But the conservatives in America, especially the talk radio crowd, seem to believe every word of the propaganda that Nutty-Yahoo and his U.S. slobberers disseminate. And yes, they are slobbering over the Israeli leader. Just watch his speeches before Congress, in which the obedient slaves cheer on just about every sentence he utters. They act that way because they are cowards and afraid of looking like they are anti-Semites if they don’t give him a standing ovation for his every word. Yet, like them, he is a buffoonish bureaucrat, and that can be better understood by seeing this.

As I mentioned recently, much of the Israeli influence on U.S. foreign policy, besides the Israeli bureaucrats themselves, comes from the Christian Zionists, who “love Israel” and “the Jews,” because they are True Believers in the Bible and Biblical scriptures. They believe in the “End Times” and the “Rapture,” and that “the Jews” will convert to a belief in Jesus as THE Lord and Savior in order to be “saved” when the “End Times” arrive. In fact, Justin Raimondo elaborated on that very aspect of all this in this article on the Israeli “Amen Corner.” And some of the Christian Zionist Bible-thumpers are real nutsos in their wanting to make the “End Times” happen if you know what I mean. It is possible that George W. Bush, our Secretary of Belligerence Mike Pompeo, and our current vice president Mike Pence may be three of those nutsos. I hope not. But then, George W. Bush did start the 2nd war on Iraq after 9/11, a group of terrorist attacks that wouldn’t have happened had Bush’s evil father, George H.W. Bush, not started the first war on Iraq in 1991.

But the Israel angle of the obsession with Iran isn’t the only reason why U.S. bureaucrats and military have been invading, bombing, murdering and occupying in the Middle East. There are also the oil and other natural resources. But the U.S. has plenty of oil. No need to get involved in that Middle Eastern region for oil. There is also this obsession with Israel and the Middle east for “geopolitical, strategic” purposes, i.e. the compulsive need of some career government parasites to have control over not only their fellow people but over people in foreign lands. But I think that, deep down, the politicians such as U.S. Presidents just like to bomb and destroy whole parts of the world, because they are psychopaths. The Iran stuff specifically, however, is mainly all about Israel. The Biblical True Believers believe in an expanded Greater Israel, and they will do what they think they have to to get their Greater Israel.

Why Do You Believe the Government’s Lies in Its Craving for More War?

Ron Paul explains why he doesn’t trust Trump on Iran. Because the bureaucrats and neocons in Warshington have been giving us nothing but lies in the past many years now to justify their aggressions overseas.

Caitlin Johnstone explains how the bureaucrats and neocons have been lying constantly, but that the American sheeple continuously swallow the lies, hook, line and sinker, and points to several other articles debunking Trump’s claims about Iranian general Soleimani.

Whitney Webb says that a dubious official story masks the true motives behind the Soleimani assassination.

And finally, Robert Wenzel explains Tulsi Gabbard’s dilemma regarding her fellow military personnel possibly being sent to the Middle East for no good reason.

The Bloodthirsty War Criminals in Warshington Are Obsessed with Iran

Moon of Alabama says that the U.S. will come to regret the Trump administration’s assassination of Qassim Soleimani. Eric Margolis says that faux tough guy Trump reinforces America’s image as “Murder, Inc.”, but has “boosted his standing with Republican/Evangelical voters” (and Israel). Patrick Cockburn says the assassination was an “act of escalation by President Donald Trump that ensures that Iraq faces a violent future.”

And David Stockman says, “the US military-industrial complex’s greed and appetite for power and pelf is so voracious that it will embrace any and all missions anywhere on the planet – no matter how stupid or futile or immoral, as per the case of 19-years in Afghanistan – that keep the budgetary loot flowing.

“Accordingly, the Washington apparatus conspires to keep the 35 Mideast bases in place and to trigger actions like last night’s insane assassination of Iran’s foremost military leader in order to reify the threat and to periodically stoke tensions and counterattacks that keep missions alive and the forces deployed.”

Well, I am sure that the military contractors (a.k.a. the “Merchants of Death”) love the profits they rake in from all the death and destruction their products cause. And of course there’s that military-news media-propaganda revolving door, with all the high-up military bureaucrats or retired bureaucrats making their appearances on MSNBC, CNN, etc.

But I think that the lunatics in the CIA have psy-opped the easily malleable Donald Trump to turn him from wanting to “end the endless wars” into being a mindless neocon robot thug suffering from short-sightedness and not able to see the guaranteed blowback that will come about by his acts of aggression in foreign lands.

The CIA wants the blowback, to ensure more U.S. military aggressions overseas, to justify the continuing existence of an agency that never should have existed in the first place, and to justify the CIA’s always expanding budgets. Secretary of State Mike Bombpeo is a former CIA director, and a former member of the “House Constitution Caucus” that long ago became the House Constitution Carcass because the members endorse all the unconstitutional U.S. military wars and aggressions.

See Jon Basil Utley on Mike Pompeo’s Christian Zionist fanaticism and belief in “End Times,” and see the NYT: “The Rapture and the Real World: Mike Pompeo Blends Belief and Policy.”

These people are nuts. It’s an enmeshment of zealous religious fanaticism and power-mad bureaucrats. Not good. Warshington is literally insane.

And by the way, prior to these current conflicts that Trump is causing, Warshington had been inflicting sanctions on Iran, which in and of themselves are an act of war, a provocation by Obama-Trump against Iran.

Here is Congressman Ron Paul in 2012 arguing in opposition to sanctions on Iran:

And this anti-Iran crapola has been going on for decades now. When CIA goons imposed a coup on Iran in the 1950s, Operation Ajax, and then supported the prime minister’s replacement, the “Shah,” and his police state Savak, that obviously caused blowback and contributed to the radicalizing of many Iranians leading to the 1979 Iranian Revolution and the taking of American hostages in Iran.

Short-sighted CIA and other U.S. bureaucrats and “Regime Change” crusaders have resented Iran for the hostage taking ever since then, even though the U.S. bureaucrats themselves caused it. Because of their short-sightedness they could not see that the CIA’s own interventions in Iran for the 25 years previous to 1979 caused the blowback.

The same thing goes for Iraq. In 1991 the late President George H.W. Bush started a war of aggression by the U.S. military against Iraq, a country that was of NO threat to the United State. The neocon war criminal obviously could see that the Cold War was ending and there was no more threat by the U.S. government’s enemy the Soviet Union, which collapsed on its own weight. The neocons and U.S. government apparatchiks needed a new enemy to provoke and to justify higher “defense” budgets, more CIA power and control and a greater police state to keep their own fellow Americans in submission.

And that is why Bush Sr. started that war against Iraq, promoted with lies and propaganda, which included bombing and destroying civilian water and sewage treatment centers and electrical facilities, which caused the Iraqi people to have to use untreated water which led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. This policy of war crimes and death and destruction was continued by President Bubba Clinton who continued the sanctions and no-fly zones on Iraq which prevented the shipments of needed medical supplies and construction materials to rebuild the water and sewage treatment centers that the evil Bush regime destroyed. This all occurred during the 10 years before 9/11, by the way.

 

But Trump already became a war criminal on his first day in office, in which he immediately authorized drone strikes, killing mainly innocent civilians. In just two months Trump escalated the drone strikes by 432% more than Obama’s drone strikes. See: U.S. airstrike kills family of eight, U.S. drone strike kills three civilians and four “suspects,” and Trump has killed beautiful babies in four countries. And after Trump’s assassination drone last week, he couldn’t wait to unleash more drone strikes that killed 6 medics as part of a medical convoy. Duh, Donald.

But after 3 years, Trump’s civilian death toll is in the thousands. War criminal. (But would the retards in Congress impeach Trump for that? Of course not. They are impeaching him for being nasty, for being rude and saying things they don’t like! That’s what morons we have in Congress! They are also impeaching him for wanting to “Drain the Swamp”! Which he is NOT doing, by the way. THEY and their cohorts in the bureaucracy would be drained!)

So, don’t believe anything these criminals in Warshington say, especially regarding their drooling for more wars! These wars are all based on lies. The bloodthirsty neocons and warmongers have been lying their way to war, propagandizing the people to support them. Don’t believe a word they are telling you. In fact, when the warmongers of Warshington do these things, just assume they are lying, and don’t support them.

But will the American people ever learn? I think not. People are extremely brainwashed with American Exceptionalism and all the Orwellian nonsense especially since 9/11, so I am not holding my breath. And will there be severe blowback from The Donald’s idiocy, like a cyber attack? (Is Trump getting bad advice from his CIA handlers to start a new war, because his swamp creatures want him to lose his reelection bid? Or is it possible that Trump is making bad moves now because he just doesn’t want to get reelected? Hmm.)

Actually, if there were a cyber attack, or another bombing like the Boston Marathon bombing, it would probably be the CIA causing it, as in false flag. Wouldn’t surprise me. They’re insane in Warshington. And that is what bureaucracy (.pdf) gives us.

Afghanistan War: Lies, War Crimes, a Trillion Dollars Wasted

Thomas Knapp: Afghanistan: Oh, when will we ever learn?

Jacob Hornberger: A Pentagon paradise built on lies.

Caitlin Johnstone: The most significant Afghanistan Papers revelation is how difficult they were to make public.

Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams (video discussion): The Afghanistan War revealed, an 18-year, trillion dollar lie.

Barbara Boland with 5 infuriating takeaways from the Afghanistan Papers.

And Zero Hedge with an article on the revelations of the Afghanistan Papers.

Ron Paul on Trump Sending More Troops to Middle East for More War

Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams discuss Donald Trump’s latest warmongering blunder, Trump’s possibly sending 14,000 more troops to the Middle East to, as John McCain would say, “Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran,” etc., etc.

On the RonPaulLibertyReport YouTube page, it notes: “So much for getting out of endless wars! President Trump has announced that he is sending 14,000 more US troops to the Middle East and may even send more. The reason is the manufactured ‘Iran threat’ that Trump continues to delude himself over. Neocons are thrilled. So are Saudi Arabia and Israel, who would love nothing more than to have the US fight and die in their wars. But what about America first?”

Dr. Paul asked, Where are the Constitutionalists? (As Laurence Vance points out in an article today, they hardly exist. He cites “The Freedom Index: A Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution.” And, as he writes, “There are fifty-three Republicans in the Senate. The average Republican score is only 31.75 percent. Twenty-three Republicans senators scored 20 percent or lower, including three who received a zero. Aside from the two Republican senators who scored a perfect 100 percent, only 5 of them scored above 50 percent.”)

Donald Trump Just Like His Creepy Warmonger Predecessors

Jacob Hornberger has a good post at his campaign website on Donald Trump, interventionist. Trump hasn’t ended the “forever wars,” hasn’t brought the troops home, and has gone on a secret trip to Afghanistan, returning quickly out of fear for his safety yet leaving the U.S. troops there in Afghanistan for no good reason. Trump is just like all his predecessors, the previous war criminals.

Articles for Armistice Day

Arjun Walia: War propaganda and fake news.

Gary Barnett: Why oppose war?

Barry Brownstein: Without free speech, all speech becomes government speech.

Alex Knight: Greta Thunberg vs. Boyan Slat.

Peter Quinones: Blaming libertarianism for every “societal woe.”

Brandon Smith: There are things worth fighting for, and fates far worse than death.

Jacob Hornberger: The case for open immigration.

Robert Wenzel: New tactic from Trump administration to decrease lawful immigration.

Dr. Mercola: Stark evidence of Google censoring health news.

Mac Slavo: NBC uses propaganda to promote the “benefits” of microchipping.

Patricia Hynes: Novermber 11, remembering the tragedy and legacy of World War I.

Matt Agorist: Entire police department now gone after good cops refused to enforce quota system.

Charles Burris: Jean-Jacques Rousseau as the first leftist, and the anti-individualist, anti-capitalist “conservatives.”

Watts Up With That?: Meet the doomers, depressed climate warriors.

Reason: Michigan counties steal properties based on minor tax payment mistakes.

And Alexander Zubatov: 4 reasons why socialism is becoming more popular.