May 13, 2018
The MoA Week In Review And Open Thread 2018-24
Last week's posts on Moon of Alabama:
On this day in 1985 the police of Philadelphia engaged in a gun battle with members of the black radical group MOVE. After it had fired some 10,000 shots without much result the police built an improvised "barrel bomb" from military grade explosives and and dropped it from a helicopter onto the groups house. The bomb killed 5 adults and 6 children. The resulting fire destroyed 61 homes and made 250 people homeless.
Use as open thread ...
Posted by b on May 13, 2018 at 01:50 PM | Permalink
I suppose it was just collateral damage'''
So it is untimely that b brings up unpleasant facts.
Posted by: Den Lille Abe | May 13, 2018 2:18:25 PM | 1
The Move bombing was the black Waco.
Posted by: Robert Browning | May 13, 2018 2:19:39 PM | 2
If Merkel really wanted to break away, the Hegemon would break her neck (literally).
She's a dedicated Liberal whackjob. She's devastated her nation's social structure, and was incapable of protecting the industrial base from the impact of Russian sanctions.
How she survives politically is a mystery.
But, thinking Germany would be allowed to dominate EU geopolitically? How? With UK leaving and Macron moving France to be the military spearhead for NATO (now that UK is distracted and Germany has no real armed forces and Turkey is an outlier), the US can crush any bolt away from Hegemonic vassalage by the Germans.
The History of post-war Germany seems to be the leaders of all parties and factions are completely "hacked" by US Intel. It is as if Marcus Wolf's Stassi was surveilling the German leaders and had something on all of them. When it matters, they obey.
I don't see how Germany slips the collar and leash.
The only place for them to "run to" is Russia and Eurasia. And that is a fantasy. It will happen only if and when the US is eclipsed.
It would be wonderful if Merkel did try. She could break Ukraine for starters.
And she could be adamant about Nord Stream 2--read out the Danes, Swedes and US Ambassador--"Hands off!"
We'll see . . .
Posted by: Red Ryder | May 13, 2018 3:02:08 PM | 3
wow.. never heard of that event back in 85... i guess i was busy focused on something else... sure sounds like a police state.. has that changed much?
Posted by: james | May 13, 2018 3:07:16 PM | 4
quote from pl.. no wonder i don't see eye to him with him.. trump as leader of a counter revolution... sounds good on paper, but it is a pile of steaming bullshit as i see it.. he is a cog in the wheel meant to continue the rape and pillaging of the usa, thanks the corporations that trump is fully on side with... that the christian evangelicals are a group of naive loons doesn't change any of it..
" In fact Trump is leading an attempt at counter-revolution, a revolt of the heartland against the elites of the left and right coasts and islands in the stream like Chicago. The counter-revolution is against globalist internationalism that discounts the welfare of the heartland as well as against "progressivism" which denies the faith writ large of the heartland. The Iran as enemy issue is derived from generations of pro-Zionist propaganda from those coastal elites. This has had a profound effect on the Christian evangelicals of the heartland who think Zion fulfills prophecy as a harbinger of the end of days. They are many of Trump's "troops."
Posted by: james | May 13, 2018 3:38:35 PM | 5
Re: the MOVE atrocity
I grew up in West Philly, close enough to Powelton Village and Osage Avenue to smell the smoke and hear the "rumor" of gunfire and mayhem on the night of May 13, 1985-- followed by the sounds and smells of an adjacent neighborhood burning down as a consequence of the police bombing. That day, the police chopper could've been emblazoned with the Airborne slogan "Death From Above".
MOVE occupied a typical Philadelphia row house, except that it was reinforced with plywood sheets and had a sort of crude wooden shack/observation post on the roof.
The local media invariably referred to it as the "MOVE compound"-- as if it were the lair of a supervillain, or an outlaw refuge like Hole in the Wall, or even an evil Bizarro version of the Kennedy Compound in Hyannisport. One of its members, who was burned in the fire but survived, was a parochial-school classmate of mine.
Afterwards, a local "blue-ribbon commission" was convened to publicly review the debacle; it was locally televised in full.
I think I watched every minute of the "MOVE Commission" hearings conducted that summer, and "appalled" is too weak a word for my reaction. It became clearer and clearer that both the institutional and public "verdict" on the officials responsible for the debacle was more or less that they may have made some questionable judgment calls, but did the best they could under difficult circumstances.
As far as I recall, no one characterized those hearings as a "truth and reconciliation commission". But that's exactly how they functioned, which is why I have no use for such commissions.
While-- again, as far as I remember-- there were no explicit grants of immunity, the only persons who faced criminal charges resulting from the confrontation were MOVE members. They, of course, were prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and then some.
FWIW, I can't remember any instance of ancillary legal action, i.e. a federal (DOJ) investigation to determine if there were civil rights violations. I'm sure that lawsuits were filed in the aftermath, but none of the officials responsible for the atrocity were subject to any "ruinous" litigation.
The mayor, police commissioner, and fire commissioner who'd jointly authorized the use of the bomb were allowed to retire honorably and without sanctions. The prevailing sentiment, expressed by civic leaders and local newspaper editorial boards, was that somehow, the persons in charge responsible for the homicidal devastation were more to be pitied than censured.
There was a collective implication that, in a way, dontcha know, the authories who were "put in an impossible position" were the real victims. The MOVE victims, on the other hand, didn't inspire sympathy. The popular view was that these oddball, quasi-feral radical troublemakers and instigators had it coming.
A more "high-minded" consensus emerged that it was, at worst, a sort of tragic Merry Mixup all around. That way, we could put it behind us and-- ironically enough-- move on.
This attitude of "let's agree that it was a horrible, mostly-accidental tragedy and leave it at that" is a convenient way of preempting calls for (social) justice. Many years later, Obama took this rhetorical tack with his infamous "look forwards, not backwards" excuse for not pursuing his predecessor's high crimes and misdemeanors.
Posted by: Ort | May 13, 2018 4:25:58 PM | 6
With regards to the Move attacks it's nothing new in American History. One of the first aerial bombing attack on US soil was done on the Black business district of Tulsa Oklahoma in 1921. The business district was razed to the ground by local authorities. In Murikkka blacks can't win, success will inevitably breeds envy from deplorables. In the early 20th century such ''pogroms'' were common, whites mobs and local authorities often decided to burn prosperous black enclaves. It happened in Wilmington, Omaha, Rosewood to name but a few such occurences, uppity negroes shouldn't build anything nice for themselves...
Some headlines from contemporary newspapers following the air assault on Tulsa:
- May 31st, 1921, Tulsa, Oklahoma. The ‘Negro Wall Street’ district of the Greenwood neighborhood is bombed from the air.
- Whites invade the enviable black business district, looting, burning, killing.
- The police commandeer private planes. The 101st Airborne is flown in. A load of dynamite is dropped. 75 instantly killed. Hundreds of homes and businesses destroyed.
A short doc on the subject
Posted by: Augustin L | May 13, 2018 4:40:38 PM | 7
Both the MOVE 9 and Mumia Abu Jamal were convicted on theories in which bullets ricocheted in mid air, i.e. shape shifting space reptile conspiracy theories.
Posted by: Johan Meyer | May 13, 2018 5:26:07 PM | 8
Don't know what qualifies Merkel as a Librul. She's essentially a toady for the warmongering USAUKIS. What makes her a liberal? Please pontificate.
Posted by: fast freddy | May 13, 2018 5:26:25 PM | 9
It’s like the noise of world has suddenly stopped for a minute. Like a drunk back from a tea-break Trump stuck a tyre lever into the creaking machinery of empire and it has come juddering to a halt. People look around to see the ghastly sight of the naked orange emperor all huge and pudgy.
Even Bibi in Moscow looked awkward, like he wasn’t wanted, like a man about to lose his mojo. For us in the cheap seats this is all good, isn’t it?
European leaders cannot transition from a crazy narrative to an utterly insane one and are standing there open-mouthed, lost for words. War with Iran? You have to be kidding. We cannot sell that one to the plebs, sorry. Could you please come back with a better idea… please.
And then the military machinery isn’t much cop either. And all those machinists and engineers and designers at the MIC who were trampled on by shareholder value and fucked around by creepy consultants with sick sigma black belts from Booz Allen and co will look up and say, “Told you so.”
Posted by: Lochearn | May 13, 2018 5:36:01 PM | 10
For most of American history the phrase "race riot" meant organized mobs of whitefellas, a lot of times Irish immigrants or their kids, going into black (or any other non-whitefella) neighborhoods to murder, rape, loot, and burn. Almost always with total impunity.
Now the phrase "race riot" is a dog whistle used to justify a totalitarian response to unrest in black neighborhoods... For many "Deplorables" in the so called heartland, Americans of a darker hue are barbarians at the gates, waiting to flood out of the cities and into their nice little towns, so anything to keep them in line is acceptable. Remember that one of Trump's campaign promises was to "get tough" on Chicago and its violence problem. It is just a modern extension of lynch law which was practiced openly until the 1950s.
As to the idea of a counter-revolution against the coastal elites in the quote from pl that james posted... Liberal elites do indeed hold these people in the utmost contempt. But! "Middle America" also hates hates HATES places like NYC and LA on a visceral level, seeing these cities as savage jungles or communist failed states and the people who live there (especially blacks) as parasitical degenerates sponging off their hard work. This attitude can even be found in the suburbs of said metropoles. They are especially furious at the electoral clout large cities have. I am from one of these towns in "real America" and have seen the kind of derangement against outsiders these people have first hand. It is not hard to understand from this the gusto that a lot of Americans feel for killing foreigners.
Posted by: Almand | May 13, 2018 5:48:43 PM | 11
I think this trait (or zeitgeist) is recognized and understood here. Although you have described it as it is.
These are the dupes that Trump and Republicans have been fooling for years. See Lee Atwater. I call them Trailer-park Republicans.
It is unfortunate to have discovered that the D Party is no better. While it offers slim hope among a few of its membership, it always tilts toward (votes with) the rich peoples' warmonger party.
And probably it is worse than a genuine "screw the commons party", b/c it presents itself as representative of the common ppl as it works against them.
Posted by: fast freddy | May 13, 2018 6:06:00 PM | 12
Augstin L @ 8: I vaguely recall reading that something similar to what you describe happened here in Australia: Aboriginal farming communities in the state of Victoria used to be harassed by police and their properties were seized or broken up by the Victorian state government if they were prospering or doing better than neighbouring white farming communities. Unfortunately I cannot find the original references.
Posted by: Jen | May 13, 2018 6:16:42 PM | 13
There are so many brutal injustices like this one! The truth is almost unbearable to eny right thinking person ,it's debilitating! And so the public close there mind to it,on mass! There we have it, we need to face the reality as hard as that is.look in the mirror and point the finger of blame. As long as we stay silent both home and abroad things will get much worse.
Posted by: Mark 2 | May 13, 2018 6:16:49 PM | 14
D has been openly treating minorities as vote banks whose loyalty is owed to D party royalty like Obamas and Clintons. The racial/social dynamic is drastically different, but at least in 2016 fear and loathing of Trump and rural whites was the main appeal to minority communities. Any divergence from party orthodoxy is evidence of self hate. Unfortunately it seems the elite in the USA is a-OK with party politics being a stand in for race politics in this country. It's almost like they're doing it on purpose! What a thought...
On the other hand, I think the urban/rural economic and cultural divide is a zeitgeist that plays out more or less the same in most nations across whatever the local fault lines are. City dwellers are seen degenerate criminal moochers by rural folks. Rural folks are seen as backwards, half-civilized hicks by urbanites. I know this divide is also very crucial to national politics in Russia, China, and India. We ain't so different.
Posted by: Almand | May 13, 2018 6:21:56 PM | 15
"It is unfortunate to have discovered that the D Party is no better. While it offers slim hope among a few of its membership, it always tilts toward (votes with) the rich peoples' warmonger party."
Thank you so much for enlightening me about the D Party. There was me voting for them all my life... and now you have given a most sophisticated analysis... You learn something every day...
Posted by: Lochearn | May 13, 2018 6:58:02 PM | 16
Eight years of Obama and lest we forget, Harry Reid explained that a D majority would put in the fix after Dubya. Tell me where I'm wrong. "We" had the House, the Senate, and the Presidency. We got "Cash For Clunkers" and HCR written by AHIP to line the pockets of AHIP.
Posted by: fast freddy | May 13, 2018 7:07:57 PM | 17
Wiki has a pretty good summary of the Wilmington riot
Here is a taste:
"The Wilmington insurrection of 1898, also known as the Wilmington massacre of 1898 or the Wilmington race riot of 1898, occurred in Wilmington, North Carolina on November 10, 1898. It is considered a turning point in post-Reconstruction North Carolina politics. The event marks an era of more severe racial segregation and effective disenfranchisement of African-Americans throughout the South, a shift already underway since passage by Mississippi of a new constitution in 1890 raising barriers to voter registration. Laura Edwards wrote in Democracy Betrayed (2000), "What happened in Wilmington became an affirmation of white supremacy not just in that one city, but in the South and in the nation as a whole," as it affirmed that invoking "whiteness" eclipsed the legal citizenship, individual rights and equal protection under the law of blacks.
"It was originally described by white Americans as a race riot caused by blacks. However, over time, with more facts discovered, the event has come to be classified as a coup d'etat, with complex causes that were social, political and economic. It is the only successful coup d'état on record in the U.S.
"The coup occurred after the state's white conservative Democratic Party conspired and led a mob of 2,000 white men to overthrow the legitimately elected local Fusionist government, expelling black leaders from the city, destroying the property and businesses of black citizens built up since the Civil War, including the only black newspaper in the city, and killing an estimated 60 to more than 300 people....."
An interesting aspect of this carefully planned attack, aimed by the Democratic Party and corporate interests against the 'Fusion' regime composed of (largely white) Populists and (black) Republicans, is that one of its leaders, the brain behind it was Josephus Damiels who later became Wilson's Secretary of the Navy. His Under Secretary and protegee was one Franklin Delano Roosevelt. I believe that it was Daniels who nominated FDR at the 1932 Democratic Convention.
I mention these things, firstly because Wilmington was not about jealousy at Black economic success but was aimed at breaking up a successful and radical political movement uniting workers of both races. It is always useful to remember that US disdain for populism dates back to ruling class fears of a radical workers movement undivided by race.
And secondly that FDR, the idol of Bernie Sanders and liberals, came from a Democratic party which was thoroughly racist. Jim Crow thrived during the New Deal.
Posted by: bevin | May 13, 2018 7:23:04 PM | 18
A word about the notions of "being realistic" and "pragmatic" also known as "practical politics."
Let us assume that we wish to be "pragmatic" as defined by those who claim to be the realists as they support some version of "lesser-evil politics."
OK, then, as realists they must agree to avoid magical thinking and illogical constructions when evaluating and reaching their conclusions.
Problem #1: An action either has merit or it does not. Buying a candy bar on the basis that other people do it is absurd. Avoiding the purchase of a candy bar because others are frightened of it is also absurd. Voting (or not voting) for a candidate in a representative democracy on the basis of other people's fears is a refusal to cast your vote on the merits of the candidate.
Problem #2: "Practical politics" as defined by the constraints of the two-party system (in reality there is only One Party- the Party of Big Business) have defined only two alternatives, Dem/Repub, as reasonable, when in reality there are more than two alternatives. This exactly creates the conditions that the "pragmatists" state they do not want ("we may not like, but we have to ..."). To continue to create circumstances that are the opposite of ones desires is not reasonable.
Problem #3: The challenge to "show viability" is, by the terms of the two-party Kabuki quite impossible. If the political landscape is a zero-sum game between Democrats and Republicans (who, incidentally, join hands to exclude other voices), then the "pragmatist" is asking that someone outside the two alternatives prevail despite the opposition and the opposition of those who they claim would agree, while supporting those with whom they do not agree. A candidate cannot be "viable" if all who agree with him or her are frightened into opposition.
Problem #4: The idea that throwing away support or a vote e.g. is constituted by supporting someone with whom you agree is simply false.
I invite anyone to reason through substitution. Pretend that the civil rights movement has not yet begun. Do you present your "realistic" argument to those who want change?
The argument of "practical politics in the end is the rationalization of fear and a blind eye to self-harm.
The comments about "being practical" echo the spirit of those "reasonable" people who thought slavery was clearly wrong, but recognized how essential it was to the economy of the time. Those "pragmatists" poo-pooed the Abolitionists as unrealistic radicals, favoring instead incremental changes in the Peculiar Institution- don't want to throw the baby out with the bathwater, right?
Our current system is at its heart differently (but still substantially) destructive to human dignity and is far more dangerous to our long term survival. It is a fundamentally unsustainable system that is putting our world in a position of being critically overstretched. We cannot sustain the year on year exponential growth required by the capitalist economic system, and when growth stops, contraction begins and the distribution of resources that billions depend on for survival will be profoundly disrupted. All politicians are servants of this system as are the vast majority of academics those in the media, and those in positions of economic power. Anarchists and Communists just don't get to be CEO's or Senators, or TV News Anchors- fealty to the system is kind of a job requirement. Those of us who would subvert and replace the system may seem crazy, but the insanity of the system is as clear as day and the bodies are piled a mile high for all to see but the blind and the bought off.
The "realism" that many purport to espouse is little more than a defense of suicidal madness on a mass scale, rooted in a failure to conceive of a better or different world. Those who support the status quo through their "practical politics" lack vision, understanding and wisdom. They are a collection of individuals who fall prey to the illusion that everything is as it should be (or close enough) because they may feel safe and comfortable. The American Myth has worked out all right for them- so how could things be as wrong as the radicals say?
Posted by: Allen | May 13, 2018 8:36:29 PM | 20
T the article itself is quite balanced, on the whole. I note that it doesn't explore the possibility that the Pantsir being destroyed by an Israeli missile had not been properly installed yet, and was waiting on the tarmac like a sitting duck but that is just a quibble.
There is not much that can be done about people who think that Putin is working for them and letting them down by not attacking their enemies-I sympathise, I'd love to see the Red Army wipe out the last bastion of fascism, the epicentre of international evildoing but it aint going to happen: that remains a job for socialists in the west and freedom fighters in the middle east. We, in the west, have to take control over our governments which currently dance to Netanyahu's tunes, ending the flow of subsidies, arms and diplomatic assistance which allow Israel to consolidate its land piracy and genocide.
Russia has its own work cut out, just maintaining its power against the relentless assaults of an Empire in which 'our' governments are armed robots, following the master's orders. Expecting it to make us feel better about Palestine and Iran, doing all the heavy lifting as it did the last time fascists made a play for world domination, is childish and self indulgent.
Personally I have enough on my plate keeping track of the treacherous careerists who run my country and whitewash every Israeli crime as it happens-if they don't manage to suppress all news of them, I haven't the time or expertise to give Russians any advice beyond not trusting anyone who speaks English. And they know that already.
Anyway count me out of the lynch Putin mob, I know nothing about air defences and I'm not going to pretend that I do.
Posted by: bevin | May 13, 2018 8:47:43 PM | 21
Her policies, her actions, her words, her unreliability are not just faint hints, but traits and marked events of Western Liberalism.
She's no popular nationalist, nor a conservative.
She could be leader of any EU vassal. She just happens to be Germany's leader.
Posted by: Red Ryder | May 13, 2018 8:56:43 PM | 22
Posted by: Red Ryder | May 13, 2018 8:56:43 PM | 23
It is not her fault what Carnegie thinks she should do.
Posted by: somebody | May 13, 2018 9:58:09 PM | 23
Bevin @ 22: Excellent comment and one I agree with.
Over at New Kremlin Stooge I suggested that the Pantsir destroyed by Israel may have been allowed to sit as a decoy on the airstrip after expending all its missiles, to divert Israeli attention. The crew was standing outside the vehicle and ran off just before the Israel missile hit.
The general consensus there though is that the Syrians are not sufficiently well trained enough to operate the Pantsir systems, as they had allowed a lone Pantsir to be destroyed without covering it with other Pantsirs. This may be a reason why Russia is still delaying (if it is) the delivery of the S300 missile defence system.
Netanyahu obviously intended to gatecrash Victory Day celebrations by arranging his trip to coincide with the public event. My thinking is that all heads of state or their representatives are invited to attend, and any one of these people who happen to be Moscow during Victory Day is invited, whether friend or foe. The message is that Victory Day is a time to set aside prejudices and grudges and to remember the fallen and those who sacrificed their lives to stop fascism.
There are videos on Youtube of Putin, Netanyahu and Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić placing a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and walking away from the memorial afterwards. Observe Putin's body language closely as he walks with Netanyahu and Vučić and tell me which of them he has a "bromance" with.
Posted by: Jen | May 13, 2018 10:16:01 PM | 24
Fast Freddy @ 10:
The NSA has a file on Angela Merkel and she knows it. The NSA won't tell her what dirt it has on her. It could very well have something on her father.
Merkel was born in West Germany but her father took her family to East Germany when she was a baby. He took up a position as Lutheran pastor to a community in that country - a country that was supposedly officially atheist and which was suppressing religion. Think about what a Lutheran pastor does or could do, and you may see the value of priests and pastors to the East German government of the time. Could that information be in her NSA file?
Imagine John Bolton reading her file with sheer unadulterated evil glee.
Posted by: Jen | May 13, 2018 10:20:43 PM | 25
Posted by: Red Ryder | May 13, 2018 3:02:08 PM | 4
Fact is Germany's social structure was devastated by Gerhard Schröder who is a Social Democrat and friend of Putin. A better description would be he destroyed the principle of "social participation" for poor people. Poor being relative. He also cut the safety net for the middle class.
What he did though is not so much devastate Germany's social structure or social participation but convert it into a labor camp where people have to work for subsistence. On the ideology that only work means social participation.
From an economic point of view he subsidized labor enabling a third world production in Germany that made the country competitive in world markets.
From a social point of view he created a foul mood and middle class angst that fuels the right wing.
All this is relative. For Eastern Europeans Germany is paradise.
Angela Merkel is a physicist of power. Much more reaction than action. You can trust her not to do anything stupid. Which is much more than you can say for Trump.
Posted by: somebody | May 13, 2018 10:22:40 PM | 26
Please forgive me, but I read your screed twice and I don't get what you're suggesting, if anything.
Personally I believe the structure of "democracy" in the U.S. is no such thing, including the "opportunity" to vote for one schmuck or another every four years, and so like many, many others I just don't vote. It only encourages them.
Posted by: Don Bacon | May 13, 2018 10:59:23 PM | 27
Unrelated note but Ayatollah khameinei just posted a picture of himself reading fire and fury in Farsi at the annaul Iranian book expo
Posted by: Ikl | May 13, 2018 11:00:31 PM | 28
Not to worry, nothing is unrelated on an open thread, especially a photo of the brilliant Khamanei reading up on his opponent.
wiki: The book highlights descriptions of Trump's behavior, chaotic interactions among senior White House staff, and derogatory comments about the Trump family by former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. Trump is depicted as being held in low regard by his White House staff, leading Wolff to state that "100% of the people around him" believe Trump is unfit for office
Posted by: Don Bacon | May 13, 2018 11:12:46 PM | 29
For the edification of all, I feel obligated to post the definition of the word LIBERAL now and then because its meaning is often misused and seems to confuse many..
Posted by: ben | May 14, 2018 12:42:14 AM | 30
@4 You will know that Germany is attempting to get out from under the US thumb if/when Merkel agrees with Trump that Germany isn't spending enough on defence. That Germany needs to up its spending on military matters as all good NATO members should.
If she says that this is a good idea - heck, why stop there, we'll spend more than that!! - then you know that she is preparing to break Germany away from the USA and plot its own course.
After all, a prerequisite for such a breakaway move is a very, very robust anti-aircraft defence.
And we're not talking "Patriots" here, we're talking about something that isn't Made In The USA.
Ask Erdogan, he might have some tips.....
Posted by: Yeah, Right | May 14, 2018 1:39:52 AM | 31
Ben @ 31: The definition of Liberalism is much clearer and gives an indication of where people started to misuse the word "liberal".
Definition of liberalism
1 : the quality or state of being liberal
2 a (often capitalized) : a movement in modern Protestantism emphasizing intellectual liberty and the spiritual and ethical content of Christianity
2 b : a theory in economics emphasizing individual freedom from restraint and usually based on free competition, the self-regulating market, and the gold standard ...
2 c : a political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy (see autonomy 2) of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties; specifically : such a philosophy that considers government as a crucial instrument for amelioration of social inequities (such as those involving race, gender, or class)
2 d capitalized : the principles and policies of a Liberal ... party
Posted by: Jen | May 14, 2018 2:11:31 AM | 32
The horrendous prospect of Gina Haspel becoming head of the CIA--how did this happen? A 50 year-old history of the Cold War ("Tragedy and Hope," Quigley, 1968) answered the question a half-century ago and, more tragically, foreshadowed the consequences.
In August 1945 Truman asked the JCS to come up with a post-war U.S. security strategy but their interservice rivalries made that impossible. Instead, the 1947 National Security Act created the NSC, NSA, and CIA, and "set up a system based on secrecy and anonymity which MAY IN TIME REVOLUTIONIZE THE WHOLE AMERICAN SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT." We are at that time.
Posted by: Glorious Bach | May 14, 2018 6:38:10 AM | 33
Almost 20 palestinians killed by Israel,
EU and US looking from the side, approving the murderer...
Posted by: Zanon | May 14, 2018 7:52:42 AM | 34
Trump is a Zionist pig. Palestinians are being butchered while he celebrates another move on Palestinian Territory, not to mention the hostile moves against Iran in the works.
Posted by: Circe | May 14, 2018 8:14:16 AM | 35
Roger Waters putting it mildly:
He is pig-ignorant and he always was and he always will be. He lives in the illusion that he’s admirable in some way. And obviously for somebody like me, he stands for everything that is not admirable in American society.
I would put it this way: He's a slobbering corrupt pig that American, Israeli and Russian Zionists put in the White House. He's a disgrace to humanity.
Posted by: Circe | May 14, 2018 8:33:30 AM | 36
Anyone looking at the outcome of the Iraqi elections? Looks like the US is going to have a tough time saving their bases there. Further confounding the logistics to Syrian bases.
Posted by: meme | May 14, 2018 8:35:54 AM | 37
Iraq 2003 vs Iran today
I've been skeptical that the U.S. would be stupid enough to repeat history but the parallels are striking ...
1. As B. has pointed out, Bolton threatening inspectors then and now and having an even bigger role today as he did back then.
2. The same people that knew Saddam had WMD back then know that Iran has a nuclear weapons today. Sean Hannity is one MSM puppet who really gets to me on a visceral level.
3. Iraq was the nexis of terrorism and instability in the M.E. and this Goebbels like accusations has been repeated against Iran thunderously.
4. The MSM is even less critical of the political establishment today then it was back then.
We in the U.S. just don't care what carnage we inflict on others if we do not perceive danger to ourselves. This is human nature I suppose, I naively thought that perhaps we were better than that. The appeal to one's ego is just too powerful a call. Just repeat, 'we are great because we are good', 'we are indispensable, ..., look, it's time for the Sean Hannity show, 'never have there been a people who have had more power and abused it less (than Genghis Khan? high bar)'.
Posted by: Christian Chuba | May 14, 2018 8:37:20 AM | 38
Like it or not today is a day to discuss the tectonic shift in Zionist power enabled by Trump. Trump is the President who will most solidify Zionist power. He is at the top of the Zionist Richter allegiance scale and irreversible shifts that solidify Zionism: Trump, Truman, Bush, Obama, Johnson, Clinton in that order.
Trump's moves on Iran and Jerusalem represent an irreversible, unilateral power grab dictating to the rest of the world that bi-lateral agreements don't matter (Jerusalem's status, Iran, trade, etc.,especially, if they don't enhance Zionist power or make Zionist America and Israel greater than others; that the rule of law doesn't matter (Jerusalem, attacking and occupying Syria, torture) and that rampant deception and corruption are an acceptable and soon to be legitimate means of sustaining power.
I repeat: Trump is an absolute disgrace to humanity and what he is doing is an affront to the rule of law that is needed to counter abuse of power.
Posted by: Circe | May 14, 2018 10:12:35 AM | 39
This might have been covered by someone else, but it occurred to me that a major motivation in the most recent Middle East unrest is the the need to prop up oil prices by creating an embargo on Iran to maintain the KSA power structure.
According to the IMF in 2015, the Kingdom would go broke by 2020 at then low oil prices of $46/barrel oil in August of 2015. In October 2017 oil prices still languished at $54/barrel, in January 2018, $66/barrel, April 2018, $69, and currently $77/barrel.
Posted by: Michael | May 14, 2018 10:31:09 AM | 40
@ Christian Chuba 39
While it's true that there are parallels between Iran today and Iraq before, there are many important differences that outweigh the similarities.
Posted by: Don Bacon | May 14, 2018 10:31:38 AM | 41
Addendum to 41.
In a related note it's interesting during the time period between April, 2017 and currently Venezuelan oil production has plummeted from 2194 BBL/D/1K to 1509 BBL/D/1K. It can be argued that I'm mixing the chicken and the egg, but it must be remembered that Mr.Obama started sanctions against Venezuela late in his term, and Mr. Trump has accelerated them.
Posted by: Michael | May 14, 2018 10:45:46 AM | 42
Here's a current map of who controls what area in Syria and Iraq. One takeaway is that the necessity of US forces to fight ISIS in Syria is no more. (They have recently left Iraq.)
Posted by: Don Bacon | May 14, 2018 10:53:22 AM | 43
@ Michael 43
Yes, Venezuela production is down thirty percent, but the price is up to the same degree.
Posted by: Don Bacon | May 14, 2018 11:00:03 AM | 44
Here's a good view from Russia about Putin's latest moves with regard to his new cabinet. Scott at the Saker translates Alexander Khaldey, whom I don't know, in a piece that reasserts what others including Pepe Escobar initially said, that: With Russia’s new government Putin transitions from defense to offense.
The article points out:
-- This government is the politically weakest ever, while at the same time being the most technically strong. It's a government built for working long hours and getting things done.
-- It's a bland government with no personal power. It obeys Putin. Putin makes all the policy directives. For the first time since Yeltsin, it's a government beholden to no interests except the president.
-- If Putin appointed new ministers, lobbyists of all kinds would attempt to court them. This is pointless with the same old bunch of ministers.
-- Medvedev has no power, has been reduced to a pawn in the game, and dependent on Putin (and as the DUMA hearings tended to suggest, no one would have approved him were it not for Putin's insistence).
-- For the first time ever, Putin starts out his term with a proclamation of what he wants accomplished. He says jump, the ministers ask, How high?
The article starts by summarizing many of the voices in Russia bemoaning Putin's moves as a sell out. Even the experts are puzzled, and the author asks: Why invite an expert for an interview if he starts with the words “I don’t understand…”
He also points out that in the west, the experts are silent, They do understand what Putin has done, and they're not happy about it. He's created a Stavka, a war government for a war that is largely economic.
Posted by: Grieved | May 14, 2018 11:17:33 AM | 45
@12 / 16 almand.. thanks for your comments.. the whole way us politics is framed is quite insane.. it almost seems like someone wants to breed hostility and insurrection among americans dividing them along rural verses urban - coastal verses inland - and etc. etc.. i really don't think it is helpful.. neither do i think a party 2 system is helpful.. at this point i don't think it matters.. the whole system is corrupt and beholden to corporations - financial and military corps in particular. i am not sure how the usa moves forward at this point... it may be the same in other countries, but not quite as bad as i see it, although those stereotypes on people do exist everywhere.. draining the swamp had a nice ring to it, but it is a pile of bs as i see it..
@22 bevin.. good comment.. thanks.
Posted by: james | May 14, 2018 11:39:45 AM | 46
Did you see Kudrin's been nominated to head the Accounts Chamber, which sounds like Russia's version of the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he expects to primarily fight corruption. Also, I don't agree with Medvedev being rendered powerless; as PM, he has plenty of power. This short item provides a bit of education into Russian political science. And I'm certain the overall direction of Putin's term was arrived at consensus in advance since that's the way Putin works.
Posted by: karlof1 | May 14, 2018 11:40:25 AM | 47
43 dead palestinians, will it stop there? How many lives must be murdered for the west to condemn this sickness violence going on by Israel?
Posted by: Zanon | May 14, 2018 11:44:35 AM | 48
FYI: May 11th, New freight train connections usually only have a limited potential to make global headlines, but a new service launched from China on Thursday could be different. Its cargo - 1,150 tons of sunflower seeds - may appears unremarkable, but its destination, however, is far more interesting: Tehran, the capital of Iran.
China's new train line to Iran sends message to Trump: We'll keep trading anyway
Anyone who has read Carl Zha's The Historic Background of China's Perception of the West should know how much China hates anyone to intervene any country's internal affairs. Business means just business for Chinese, nothing less, nothing more. But I guess US will be trying to punish Chinese companies that dare to do business with Iran, just like it recently did with ZSE.
Btw, don't give a hoot what Trump put in his twitter that he's asking the department of commerce to find a solution about ZSE because he "cares" about Chinese "losing too many jobs". In fact he is trying to let Chinese government delegation, which will visit US to negotate Sina-US trade on 15th, take his bait to make a "great deal for himself."
Actually by forzening ZSE out its US supply, Trump government is actually hurting American suppliers, who supply around 80% of ZSE's key components (value-wise), and therefore hurt American jobs.
ZSE is the main supply to US rurual areas, which will suffer more if ZSE go out of business.
Posted by: mali | May 14, 2018 11:51:36 AM | 49
Palestinians are being murdered every day in Gaza in the past weeks and today 43 have been killed by IOF. Trump has blood on his hands for the tragedy in Gaza.
Trump and Yahoo invited the most radical lunatic pastors, Hagee and Jeffress to address the U.S. Embassy opening in Jerusalem. Adelson, Trump's financier, was also there with his wife recording the ceremony on his cell phone.
All Trump supporters who pretended in the past to care about the suffering of Palestinians under the brutal Zionist occupation and have been zealously defending Trump's ongoing bullshit were merely paying lip service to Palestinians and their cause for freedom and their land. Your hypocrisy reeks.
The next book on Trump should be called The art of social depravity. He's normalizing and legitimizing every immoral flaw in our society; he's normalizing depravity. No doubt Trump zealots are proud of their man god. Your ugly means to an end is backfiring in a spectacular fail.
Posted by: Circe | May 14, 2018 12:27:29 PM | 50
I was bored at work and started reading an old CIA document Paper Mills and Fabrication from 1952 and had to share this gem about Soviet bloc émigré exile groups:
...Exile leaders neither understand nor respect the basic premise of
U.S. policy not to engage in war unless attacked. Their "intelligence' production,
true, embroidered, or false, is inevitably used to influence U.S. policy in
the direction of hostility to the Soviet bloc and to satisfy the ambitions of political
Was that ever really a premise of US foreign policy? This is the CIA seemingly writing this for consumption of its own leadership 65 years ago. Maybe they haven't read it yet?
Posted by: PavewayIV | May 14, 2018 6:22:50 PM | 52
I think by powerless I mean unable to wield any independent power. The moment Medvedev steps outside of his appointed role - and even as prime minster he is bound to Putin's task list - I suggest he is a spent force. He simply has no room to make kinetic alliances in this role, and can't step outside it except in high visibility.
The same is now true of Kudrin, I suggest.
The report says:
The Chamber of Accounts will particularly focus on delivery of strategic tasks and May Decrees of the Russian President, he added.
"Corruption control is also assigned to the function of the Accounts Chamber. We need to improve its control, prevent it in the first instance, and create mechanisms in the financial system that arrest corruption growth. Therefore, we see our task now to significantly reduce corruption in the finance sphere," Kudrin says.
So Kudrin has become an accountant. And I expect he will be a fierce one, and root out a lot of corruption. But his position is not one that allows him to float policy or ideology. He is no longer free in the world to be an influence. He is inside the tent, chained to his desk, part of the Stavka.
Also - no links to hand but probably Sputnik & TASS - Lavrov and Shoigyu remain in place. FM and MOD seem unchanged.
Posted by: Grieved | May 14, 2018 9:06:26 PM | 53
"The best way of dealing with neoliberals"
The vehemence of the speaker is not typical and shows exactly how pissed off everyone is with the deceitful behaviour of neolib pols.
A hapu (a clan which extends beyond blood relations but isn't a tribe or iwi which is comprised of multiple hapu)has been having a blue with politicians going back decades over a decision by the pols and bureaucrats to hand over title for all lands to the entire Iwi. This hasn't gone down well with the traditional owners who regard themselves as an oppressed minority within their iwi who have been under represented on the tribal council and copped a lot of disadvantageous decisions.
The allegedly new government in Aotearoa has been up to the usual neoliberal act of ensuring that the edicts handed down from its conservative predecessor remain. If you haven't noticed that is what neolibs do, they don't repair any damage they merely undertake not to make things worse - a promise that always remains undelivered upon because things always get worse when neolibs demur on the required root and branch clean out of greedies and bullies.
Anyway a kaumata aka 'Maori elder' in whitefella speak, was part of a Hikoi which is a long journey by foot, usual spread out over several days and is most often a protest, which had reached its destination. The Minister of Maori Affairs came out of parliament house to meet the hikoi and fob them off with the usual nonsense or "Bullshit" as the kaumata puts it.
Things of note. Even though the minister had surrounded himself with Tangata Whenua MPs who would normally be treated with respect by other Tangata Whenua but as you can see the entire hikoi backed their kaumata.
At one stage the Tangata Whenua MPs send out a woman to sing a karakia traditional song which would also usually be treated with respectful silence, but not today, leaving one to surmise that when the kaumata tells the minister that he, the minister, is about to start a war most of those present agree with that statement.
Ordinary humans have simply had enough wimpily deceitful neolibs and the push back against it is manifesting all over this planet. Fortunately outside of amerika, the pushback is almost entirely instigated by humanists determined to make our paddock better.
Posted by: Debsisdead | May 14, 2018 9:14:02 PM | 54
I'm so enraged @Israel right now I really wish the Mahdi's army will march to Al-Quods once and for all..
Posted by: Lozion | May 14, 2018 11:04:36 PM | 55
Today Putin delivered a big "Fuck You" to the EU and the United States and unlike the destructive shit we see from FUKUS it was non-violent and constructive. You just know that Crimea will never return to Ukraine until cockroaches rule the world.
Posted by: Ghost Ship | May 15, 2018 1:36:41 PM | 56
@58 zanon... south korea has to make a choice... does it want to remain in bed with the usa and if so, what is the cost? not sure how much south korea gets for being in bed with the usa, but that seems to be the hitch up here..
if the south korean leader can get out of that usa relationship, it can make way for getting into a relationship with it's true neighbour to the north.. if it can't - i suspect the usa won't want to let it either - then, north korea is not going to play ball here..
obviously it serves usa - military/financial complex - to keep the possibility of war and more war 24/7 ongoing..
Posted by: james | May 15, 2018 5:15:16 PM | 58
@60 zanon.. i don't know how big the payoff is for south korea.. i would like to know the $ figure that keeps s korea in the usa's back pocket...
same deal with egypt and a number of other countries that are going against the wishes of their public.. they are generally bought off by annual grants from big daddy warbucks... one would think they would tire of this, but apparently not... south korean leader seems like an honourable man... he would be even more so if he cut the money ties to the usa.. until that happens - talk is cheap and worthless if not backed by action..
Posted by: james | May 15, 2018 6:54:37 PM | 60
Have there been an reports from the OPCW fact finding mission in Douma yet? official or unofficial?
Posted by: oldenyoung | May 15, 2018 8:59:04 PM | 61
US-based Terrorist/Newspaper Writer calls for just completed Kerch Straight Bridge to be blown up. Under US domestic law, what this person's calling for is a felonious incitement to perform a terrorist act. Imagine if he were Muslim what the reaction would be.
Posted by: karlof1 | May 16, 2018 3:08:44 PM | 62
@63 karlof1.. i wonder if the usa police state will charge him with anything?
Posted by: james | May 16, 2018 3:32:35 PM | 63
Don't know but unlikely since he's not Muslim, plus the fact that his government breaks similar laws daily. However, his "advice" was noticed by Russian publications and is present within items by RT and Sputnik. His comment may not become known by many within Outlaw US Empire, but you can bet that within 48 hours most Russians will know what he advocated--and know that nothing was done about his criminal act.
Posted by: karlof1 | May 16, 2018 4:37:04 PM | 65
62 The Guardian hints that chlorine might have been used.
used to sterilize drinking water and to disinfect swimming pools, and it is used in the manufacturing of a number of commonly used products, such as paper, textiles, medicines, paints and plastic, particularly PVC, according to the Royal Society of Chemistry. Moreover, chlorine is used in the development and manufacturing of materials used in products that make vehicles lighter, from seat cushions and seat covers to tire cords and bumpers, according to the American Chemistry Council.
The element is also used in organic chemistry processes — for example, as an oxidizing agent and a substitution for hydrogen, according to the Los Alamos National Laboratory. An oxidizing agent has strong disinfecting and bleaching qualities. When used as a hydrogen substitute, chlorine can bring many desired properties in organic compounds, such as its disinfecting properties or its ability to form useful compounds and materials like PVC and synthetic rubber.
But chlorine also has a dark side: In its natural gas form, it is harmful to human health. Chlorine is a respiratory irritant, and inhaling it may cause pulmonary edema — an excessive buildup of fluid in the lungs that can lead to breathing difficulties. The gas can also cause eye and skin irritation, or even severe burns and ulcerations, according to the New York State Department of Health. Exposure to compressed liquid chlorine can result in frostbite of the skin and eyes, the agency reports.
Chlorine could be used as a chemical weapon but it is also used in everyday life. It is not on any chemical weapon ban.
Posted by: somebody | May 16, 2018 4:53:55 PM | 66
A free society, Tillerson noted, must have access to the truth. “Freedom to seek the truth is the very essence of freedom itself,” Tillerson stated. “It is only by a fierce defense to the truth and a common set of facts that we create the conditions for a democratic, free society comprised of richly diverse peoples.”
how does that apply to the usa-uks attitude towards julian assange?
hypocrites thru and thru is how it applies..
Posted by: james | May 16, 2018 11:34:10 PM | 67
The Arab League met in Cairo and here is China Net's report in total because, decent journalism
CAIRO, May 17 (Xinhua) -- The Arab foreign ministers council entrusted on Thursday the Arab League (AL) to outline a plan to counter United States or any other country recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel or moving their embassies to the disputed city.
Wrapping up the AL emergency meeting at the level of foreign ministers in Cairo, the council demanded the pan-Arab organization to form an international independent committee of experts to investigate into the recent "crimes and violations" conducted by the Israeli forces against Palestinians in Gaza Strip which left at least 63 people killed and hundreds injured.
The council reiterated its rejection and condemnation to the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and the relocation of its embassy to the holy city.
It also condemned Guatemala's plan to relocate its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, stressing that the Arab League would take all necessary political and economic measures against such a move.
On Monday, the United States moved its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of Jerusalem, six months after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized the city as the capital of Israel.
At least 63 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were killed and about 2,800 wounded over the past three days in confrontations between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters against moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, the city that the Palestinians want its eastern part to be the capital of their future state.
Mass Palestinian protests were launched from March 30 in five different locations along the borders between eastern Gaza Strip and Israel.
Some 111 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli gunfire since late March during the protests held to demand the return of Palestinian refugees to their homes in Israel.
Meanwhile, AL Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit said the Arabs will demand that the UN Security Council form an investigation committee into the Israeli latest crimes in the Gaza Strip.
If the United States blocks the Arab action as expected, the Arabs will recourse to the UN General Assembly, he told reporters during the meeting.
Aboul-Gheit said the UN Human Rights Council will convene on Friday in Geneva, noting that the body has the authority to form a committee for such incidents.
The AL delegation in New York will start from tonight to implement what was agreed upon during today's talks on the U.S. embassy relocation, the AL chief affirmed.
Saudi foreign minister Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir, who chairs the meeting, said the U.S. decision to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem defies the international legitimacy and ignores the rights of the Palestinian people.
He warned of the dangerous consequences of the U.S. decision, which provokes the feelings of Muslims.
Al-Jubeir stressed that Saudi Arabia rejects the U.S. decision on Jerusalem, adding that his country will always help the Palestinian people until they establish their independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The Saudi minister also condemned Israel's killing of dozens of peaceful protesters in the Gaza Strip in recent days.
Also speaking at the meeting, Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry said the U.S. decision to relocate its embassy is null and void and will not give the Israeli occupation any legitimate rights.
"East Jerusalem will remain the capital of Palestine," Shoukry said.
Shoukry called on the international community to stand up to Israeli practices against Palestinian civilians and launch a probe into Israel's violence committed against peaceful Palestinian protesters.
He also called for reviving political talks between the two sides based on international resolutions to end Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and establish an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Meanwhile, Jordanian foreign minister Ayman Safadi called on the international community to recognize East Jerusalem as a capital of the Palestinian state on the 1967 borders.
In his speech during meeting, Safadi stressed that solving the Palestinian crisis is necessary to maintain Middle East's peace and security.
He also slammed the U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.
Posted by: psychohistorian | May 18, 2018 2:33:26 AM | 71
And now Sergei Skripal has been released. But of course, police can't comment on the investigations because reasons, hospital can't comment on the case because reasons, and Skripal is nowhere to be found or interviewed.
Posted by: Clueless Joe | May 18, 2018 7:09:04 AM | 72
Rand Paul: Does Gina Haspel Know Something About Trump Campaign Spying?
"I'm concerned about Gina Haspel being a close acolyte of John Brennan. I also would like to know... what she know[s] about the surveillance of the Trump campaign and why was the CIA involved."
She was once station chief in London and as such would have had close contact with MI6.
Time in London is probably a natural thing for any rising star that is on track for leading the Agency. But then there's this:
Trump loves to attack Obama’s former top spies — except when they agree with him
Why would Trump agree to elevate a person that is endorsed by his enemies?
My speculation (since April 2017) is that Trump is the Republican Obama and that they both follow a 'faux populist' model of leadership. In essence, they are front-men for our 'inverted totalitarian' form of government.
'Faux populist' model: Elected to fight the establishment (end corruption and wars), faces crazy opposition that question patriotism (birthers, Russian influence) which provides an excuse to betray the people - the political impact of those betrayals are mitigated by apologists.
Posted by: Jackrabbit | May 18, 2018 11:02:25 AM | 75
Jackrabbit - 74
That Wikipedia is manipulated by propagandists and ideologues and that Jim Wales is a horrible person isn't news, it's been obvious for some time, depending on which topics interested you.
I see that Murray came to the obvious conclusion that I came to after the first few lines: this is an operation from some agency.
Posted by: Clueless Joe | May 18, 2018 11:31:09 AM | 76
Craig Murray is absolutely correct.
Wikipedia is a great tool, if you look for natural science or philosophical, political or arts topics that are not in dispute.
It helps using Wikipedia in a different language. Jeremy Corbyn's German entry is studiously neutral.
Posted by: somebody | May 18, 2018 11:58:08 AM | 77
Maybe fact-based journalists at organizations like off-guardian.org will create an off-wikipedia/alt-Wiki?
Posted by: Jackrabbit | May 18, 2018 1:03:36 PM | 78