Moon of Alabama Brecht quote
February 03, 2024

Ending The U.S. Presence In Middle East

The Biden administration, in its utter stupidity, is launching a(nother) full fledged war throughout the Middle East.

U.S. launches retaliatory strikes after deadly attack on Jordan base - Washington Post - Feb 3, 2024
The operation, targeting numerous sites in Iraq and Syria used by Iranian forces and its affiliates, followed the killing of American troops last weekend

> U.S. forces launched a broad attack against Iran鈥檚 powerful military wing and affiliated militias in Iraq and Syria on Friday, delivering a blow to armed groups that Washington has blamed for killing American troops in Jordan and a surge of violence across the Middle East. <
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Daniel McAdams @DanielLMcAdams - 11:01 UTC 路 Feb 3, 2024

The Biden Administration just literally just blew up all the weapons of the Iraqi brigade that was fighting ISIS!
Let that sink in...

Hawkeye1812Z @Hawkeye1745 22:09 UTC 路 Feb 2, 2024

馃嚭馃嚫馃挜馃嚠馃嚩Footage shows the explosions of the headquarters of the Anbar Operation Command & the headquarters of the 13th Hashd al-Sha鈥檅i Brigade, after it was targeted by US raids, in the Anbar province of Iraq

That is is unit which is fighting ISIS ... 馃
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Secretary Antony Blinken @SecBlinken - 21:01 UTC 路 Feb 2, 2024

I am returning to the Middle East this coming week to continue working with our partners on how to achieve durable peace in the region, with lasting security for Israelis and Palestinians alike.

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President Biden @POTUS - 22:45 UTC 路 Feb 2, 2024

Today, at my direction, U.S. military forces struck targets in Iraq and Syria that the IRGC and affiliated militia use to attack U.S. forces.

We do not seek conflict in the Middle East or anywhere else in the world.

But to all those who seek to do us harm: We will respond.

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Elijah J. Magnier @ejmalrai - 14:11 UTC 路 Feb 3, 2024

The US: We don't want to escalate the war in the ME, but we bombed Yemen & killed 10 Yemenis, we bombed Syria & Iraq & killed 16 Iraqis, 7 Syrians, but please de-escalate coz we will bomb you more in the coming days. In the meantime we are sending bombs to Israel to bomb Gaza.

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In 2020, after the U.S. assassination of General Qassam Suleimani, the leadership of Iran announced that, in consequence, the U.S. presence in the Middle East will be ended. Iran and its allies have since diligently prepared themselves to achieve that aim.

The hot phase of the process itself was initiated primarily by Hamas on October 7 (which followed the October 2 desecration of Al-Aqsa Mosque by Zionist settlers). The secondary and tertiary steps were launched by Ansarollah in Yemen and Kataib Hizbullah in Iraq.

In each cases the U.S. and its Israeli proxy responded with harsh escalations.

It was the biggest mistake they could make.

agitpapa @agitpapa - 15:07 UTC 路 Feb 3, 2024

Harakat al Nujaba PMF declares that it will not be defeated or subdued by US airstrikes and vows to teach the US humility with fire, says it has surprises in store.
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Syrian military statement: US occupation cannot persist - Al Mayadeen - Feb 3, 2024
In its statement, Syria's military emphasizes that the US is working on reviving ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

> The statement also affirmed that the Syrian army will continue to defend Syria's land and people, and strike all terrorist groups, regardless of how much their sponsors and supporters try to obstruct this goal. It added that it is determined to liberate the entire Syrian territory from all terrorism and occupation, including the US occupation which "cannot persist." <

The Axis of Resistance is present throughout the Middle East. It has its own economic and social networks. It produces its own weapons and its fighters are well trained to fight under the local circumstances. This is an enemy the U.S. can not defeat.

As Aaron Mat茅 explains:

These groups鈥 decision to strike US forces in response to the Gaza genocide follows a well-entrenched pattern of resisting joint US-Israeli aggression, or what the Journal describes as efforts to 鈥減ush back against American and Israeli influence鈥 in the Middle East. And contrary to US claims that Iran鈥檚 main regional allies 鈥 Hezbollah in Lebanon, Ansar Allah in Yemen (the Houthis), the PMU in Iraq, Hamas/Islamic Jihad in Palestine, and the Syrian government -- are all mere Iranian 鈥減roxies鈥, these groups 鈥渉ave domestic agendas of their own and operate with some measure of autonomy,鈥 the Journal notes. US intelligence analyst Brian Katz concurs. Iran鈥檚 allies 鈥渁re no longer simply Iranian proxies,鈥 Katz writes. 鈥淩ather, they have become a collection of ideologically aligned, militarily interdependent, mature political-military actors committed to mutual defence.鈥

The conflict has boiling on a low flame for some time:

As the Washington Post notes, Iranian allies in the region 鈥渂egan targeting U.S. interests in 2018, after then-President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from a landmark nuclear deal with Tehran鈥 as part of a hawkish policy of 鈥渕aximum pressure.鈥 Rather than return to the Iran nuclear deal upon taking office in January 2021, Biden continued the Trump agenda 鈥 and knowingly endangered US troops in the process.

When Biden 鈥渙rdered airstrikes on militia groups鈥 in Syria, the Washington Post reported in August 2021, that ended up 鈥渟parking a fresh cycle of reciprocal violence, with militiamen firing at a facility housing U.S. troops and American forces responding with artillery fire.鈥 Biden鈥檚 support for Israeli aggression against Syria yielded the same result. When a drone strike hit a US military base located in southern Syria in October 2021, US and Israeli officials acknowledged that it was 鈥淚ranian retaliation for Israeli airstrikes in Syria,鈥 the New York Times reported.

In launching and encouraging attacks on Iranian allies in the region, Biden was pursuing an arrangement that he forged with the Israeli government In August 2021, then-Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett urged Biden to pursue 鈥渁 death by a thousand cuts鈥 strategy, in which the US and Israel would 鈥淸counter] Iran through a combination of many small actions across several fronts 鈥 both military and diplomatic 鈥 instead of a single dramatic strike,鈥 Axios reported. The goal would be to put Iran鈥檚 鈥渞egional aggression鈥 鈥 a euphemism for resisting US-Israeli hegemony 鈥 鈥渂ack in the box.鈥 Toward that goal, one of Bennett鈥檚 key requests was that 鈥淏iden not to pull U.S. forces out of Iraq and Syria,鈥 which the Israeli delegation felt quite 鈥渙ptimistic鈥 about. In Biden, Bennett gushed, 鈥淚 found a leader who loves Israel, knows exactly what he wants and is attuned to our needs.鈥

In opposite to those plans it is the Resistance which is using small and increasingly larger cuts to eliminate, over time, the U.S. presence in the Middle East. It is dead serious.

As Aleks of Black Mountain Analysis writes:

I would like to ask you now to understand the following: It is not what I want or my opinion; it is the ice-cold reality: On October 7th, a war was started by the Axis of Resistance. It was started against both Israel and the Western occupation of the Middle East. As stated above, it will not end before all occupation forces are out of the Middle East, the Two State Solution has been implemented in Israel, or all people in the Middle East are dead ... period.

I have no emotions here; I鈥檓 not invested in the region. This is a logical assessment of what is currently happening in the region. It is not going to stop until one of the scenarios is implemented.

Other interested powers are already positioning themselves for a new situation in the Middle East.

Give it two, three or maybe even five years. But the envisioned results WILL be achieved.

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Thanks b first rate up to date assesment.
The western public need to apply maximum pressure to govenment.
Force them to heed the ICJ rulings.
Or be regarded as war criminals. Perpitraters of Genicide.
Cut the arms and weapons off at source.
Remind them its election year.

Posted by: Mark2 | Feb 3 2024 15:56 utc | 1

"Harakat al Nujaba PMF declares that it will not be defeated or subdued by US airstrikes and vows to teach the US humility with fire, says it has surprises in store."
"Attached image"

Hi b, Great job as usual but did X take the image down? It did not work for me when I clicked.

Posted by: CeaClearly | Feb 3 2024 16:07 utc | 2

I can't understand why USA like to play the cow boys all around the world, and why no western country oppose that
Also they say they are there fighting ISIS (which they created) while they are really just pumping out gas and petrol from Iraq and Syria. How can lies that big perdure and no one can do anything about it ?

Posted by: Animal | Feb 3 2024 16:07 utc | 3

The Biden Administration just literally just blew up all the weapons of the Iraqi brigade that was fighting ISIS!
Let that sink in...

If only this simple fact could penetrate dense US American skulls: USUK48 is and has been the principle sponsor of ISIS "terrorists" from the git-go. The resistance targets and chaotic goals of the former and latter happen to be indistinguishable.

January 15 was MLK day, in USA...

They asked if our own nation wasn't using massive doses of terror to solve its problems, to bring about the changes it wanted. Their questions hit home, and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the terror of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of terror in the world today -- my own government.

Posted by: Aleph_Null | Feb 3 2024 16:08 utc | 4

With all due respect, allow me to correct a mistake in your text. You write, "..the U.S. and its Israeli proxy,..". That should read, "... Israel. and its U.S. proxy...". The levers of power in the U.S. are in the hands of the organized jewish/Israeli cabal.

Posted by: jfrchitect | Feb 3 2024 16:08 utc | 5

Aleks of BMA has it right.


1. The United States suffers the most humiliating military-political defeat in human history.

or

2. The Israeli Zionist project is terminated in its entirety.

or

3. The conflagration spreads to its inevitable outcome: planetary-scale nuclear war.


One of the above WILL ensue.

Posted by: Matthew | Feb 3 2024 16:08 utc | 6

Escalation is not a *mistake* for rich warmongers; it's eyes-wide-open deliberate.
Rich investors fully support the people-killing industry because it's the fastest and easiest way to get richer.
And of course, the super-rich can never have enough money, so when war ends here, they'll push for more war somewhere else.

Posted by: Mark Mosby | Feb 3 2024 16:11 utc | 7

Biden = Andropov

Posted by: Exile | Feb 3 2024 16:13 utc | 8

Thanks for the posting b.

The latest bombing by empire should consolidate the ME world against it but will it?

Can the ME stand up to empire without dealing with the internal conflicts? I expect so but it will still leave issues to resolve if not brought into the fray by empire to sow discord.

May peace and social equity come to our world.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Feb 3 2024 16:15 utc | 9

@Animal

"How can lies that big perdure and no one can do anything about it ?"

That's easy. Just control the mainstream-media and destroy everyone's career who says the truth, or even kill him (Gonzalo Lira).

Posted by: Apollyon | Feb 3 2024 16:16 utc | 10

I honestly don't know how or even if I can reconcile the fact that the Palestinians and the rest of the Axis of Resistance chose this method of going forward knowing/accepting the massive death and destruction that would result.

I understand that death and destruction has been a part of life for a very long time but it still seems super extreme and there had to be some alternative ways to accomplish the same result.

The west has been collapsing pretty well on their own. I believe that both China and Russia have been encouraging patience along with increasing pressure and support and the "envisioned results WILL be achieved."

It is my belief that Israel understands this inevitability and what it means for them so THEY ramped up the violence in order to get full Westen backing to destroy all resistance. They litterally have nothing to lose.

If the West is pushed out of the Middle East then Africa is next, then Indonesia, Latin America....

Most Americans do not realise how dependent the US is on what Michael Hudson accurately calls "the greatest free lunch in the history of the world". The US and the EU simply can not exist without it.

Posted by: jef | Feb 3 2024 16:16 utc | 11

I do fully agree that Iran, and all of the Axis of Resistance are well prepared and becoming more so and more autonomous.

Posted by: jef | Feb 3 2024 16:20 utc | 12

BATTLE HYMN OF THE HEGEMON

IF YOU WANNA VOTE FOR WAR
YOU BETTER BE THE FIRST IN LINE
IF YOU WANNA BOMB THE FOLKS
AND STEAL THEIR STUFF WELL THATS A SIGN
YOURE NOT A WELCOME SAVIOUR
YOU'RE A PSYCHO GREEDY SWINE
AND IT'S TIME YOUR TIME WAS DONE

chorus
CIA they wanna own ya
gonna bomb ya then rezone ya
brace yourself they gonna bone ya
cuz they are the good guise

BE A MAN AND GET YOUR GUN
YOUR PROXY NAZIS HAD THEIR FUN
YOUR FRIENDS ARE OUT OF AMMO
PUTIN'S GOT THEM ON THE RUN
THE PETRODOLLAR'S DEAD
AND THE COUNTRY IS IN SHREDS
THE HEGEMON IS DONE

THEY ASSASINATE THE PRESIDENT
AND ANYONE THEY PLEASE
THEY ARE ROTTEN TO THE CORE
THEY ARE A TERMINAL DISEASE
THEY BOMB CHEAT AND STEAL THEN
BLAME THE RUSSIANS AND CHINESE
ITS TIME THEIR TIME WAS DONE

CIA they wanna own ya
gonna bomb ya then rezone ya
brace yourself they gonna bone ya
cuz they are the good guise

THE FOLKS ARE GETTING ANGRY
INSURRECTION'S ON THE RISE
GONNA TAKE AWAY THEIR POWER
GONNA CUT THEM DOWN TO SIZE
TIME TO FACE THE JUDGMENT
OF THE ONES THEY'VE BRUTALIZED
THIS TIME THEIR TIME IS DONE

Posted by: ld | Feb 3 2024 16:27 utc | 13

Thanks b, yes it is rank stupidity from the US, but hardly a surprise as earlier this week these idiots were bombing 鈥渄rone launch sites鈥 in Yemen.

YANKEES GO HOME

Bring the boys back home. And the girls. And the transgenders.

Posted by: Lev Davidovich | Feb 3 2024 16:29 utc | 14

Hi b, Great job as usual but did X take the image down? It did not work for me when I clicked.

Posted by: CeaClearly | Feb 3 2024 16:07 utc | 2
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Same here!

Posted by: Ed | Feb 3 2024 16:30 utc | 15

As b stated: 鈥 In each case the U.S. and its Israeli proxy responded with harsh escalations.
It was the biggest mistake they could make.鈥

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Russia is a solid part of the resistance. It has troops in Syria and is patrolling the 鈥榖order鈥 with the Golan Heights.

鈥斺斺斺斺斺斺斺-

馃嚪馃嚭馃嚨馃嚫 Russian Ministry of Defence is ready to develop a full range of relations with military organisations and special services in Palestine
鈥斺斺斺斺

The Syrian, Iran, Israel, Russia, Turkey, Palestine issue is heating up also.

Russia has apparently said that Syria could be a battleground between Iran and Israel.

Also Turkey may make a move on 鈥楿S assets鈥 in northern Syria.

Posted by: financial matters | Aug 17 2022 22:02 utc | 48

Posted by: financial matters | Feb 3 2024 16:36 utc | 16

Biden = Andropov

Posted by: Exile | Feb 3 2024 16:13 utc | 8

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More like a Yeltsin (corrupt, with thug smarts instead of intelligence) with senility added. Andropov, unlike Biden, was a highly intelligent and capable man 鈥 his 16 (I think) years as KGB head ought to be sufficient proof of that.

Posted by: malenkov | Feb 3 2024 16:42 utc | 17

"The Americans will do what is in their interest"... That right there is what makes them the real threat in this world.
Making tbem the true terrorist.

Lets be clear i'm not including the American public. They are victems to, but arent so awre.... media public perseption manegment.

Posted by: Mark2 | Feb 3 2024 16:42 utc | 18

Worth revisiting the 4th Generation Warfare thinkers.

Posted by: Exile | Feb 3 2024 16:43 utc | 19

thanks b...

it seems simple enough... the usa remains in iraq and syria, and israel continues to bomb syria... the people of these countries want the usa out, but the usa is explaining how they have to remain their... foreign occupation is what imperial powers think they have a right to.. the people who live in these same areas see it very differently.. apparently the usa puts it all on iran, when it is clear the leadership of both syria and iraq want them out... again - the rules based order, or international order? we know the usa is not following the later..

laguerre and waynorinorway shared a bbc link to some commentary from professor mirandi from 1:16 minutes on this link.. he essentially says the usa bombed the areas where the military supplies were to dealing with isis...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m001vzkd

Posted by: james | Feb 3 2024 16:45 utc | 20

shit like this is precisely why I can't rule out World War 3. marry the kind of hubris that launched the Spanish Armada to nuclear weapons and a willingness to launch a a first strike and what do you get?

Posted by: pretzelattack | Feb 3 2024 16:50 utc | 21

The zionist entity and its US proxy are bombing the resistance forces preventing the jewish supremacist project of "Eretz Israel" that aims to steal and genocide its way from Cairo to Istanbul and Tehran. The zionists in control of DC (and London,Berlin, Paris etc.) have been clear, loud (in Hebrew) and consistent for decades. From Egypt to Persia is their objective. US and euro nation-states, including military instruments, are just hosts full of gentile idiotic sheeps to be used and discarded.

Posted by: Moon of Amalek | Feb 3 2024 16:50 utc | 22

"The Biden Administration just literally just blew up all the weapons of the Iraqi brigade that was fighting ISIS!
Let that sink in..."

And this is strange because? ISIS is and always was an American foreign legion.

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | Feb 3 2024 16:56 utc | 23

I cannot understand the American mentality that says it is OK for them to go into other peoples' countries, steal their resources and kill people who resist, and then steal and kill more when people object.
It would not surprise me if their was a dirty bomb hidden in large Israeli city nor that Iran already has the technology and ability to create nuclear weapons given that USA gave Israel the resources to create their own.

Posted by: Bill R | Feb 3 2024 16:56 utc | 24

Posted by: james | Feb 3 2024 16:45 utc | 20

Credit to Mark2 for that tip of Mirandi interview.

Posted by: waynorinorway | Feb 3 2024 17:03 utc | 25

CeaClearly | Feb 3 2024 16:07 utc |聽2

Me neither. It said it did not exist.

Posted by: KingCobra | Feb 3 2024 17:05 utc | 26

Quoted by our host: "...it will not end before all occupation forces are out of the Middle East, the Two State Solution has been implemented in Israel, or all people in the Middle East are dead ... period."

There is a fourth option that doesn't involve everyone dying.

Why is the fourth option always dismissed? That option being the "One State Solution", where that state is a modern, secular and pluralist one with equal rights for all?

Posted by: William Gruff | Feb 3 2024 17:07 utc | 27

That is well aimed post b.

It is clear that American presence in Syria, Iraq and the Middle East is endangering everyone and most of all Israel.
Is it coming so soon to an end? Probably not, as so far and no matter who runs America, they will not leave peacefully and in an agreement with the others. They stay, and it is up to a joint effort of the local nations with the help from bigger allies to oust them out. How that can be done, even in 5 years, it is probably another discussion. The war will go on until Israel begs for peace.

Alex forgot one extra option, and that a most serious outcome that might be that at the end, when Americans are gone, results in that there is no Israel left behind. Americans should take Israelis along. That would be the only fair outcome.
Israel and the USA created so much pain and the destruction ever since they came into the region, already 120+ years ago, simmering the conflict from an escalator to a quiet lull, still degrading the Palestine and its allies on many other perfidious ways.
7th October didn't just happen because of al-Aqsa, but it was the non-synced action with the counter West alliance, to get the USA out of the region, resulting currently in having them even more around, with more probably coming and some more secret bases popping up. So it seems.
Unless RF bombs them out - as they did with ISIS.
I am not sure if Syria ever asked Russia for that extra effort, but RF could come with a proposal, as things in Ukraine progress. Not that it'll be a direct conflict, but surely the same ISR and weapons that RF supplies to Syrian Army, is not making RF a party to a conflict with the USA.
Cynicism aside, only powerful and well trained Syrian army can take those strong points out.
Everyone has to have an interest in the Middle East or a West Asia, even if not invested in the region, as it dictates across the spectrum on how the World lives or dies, in an unison to what is happening in Ukraine. It is the same struggle, after all.

Posted by: whirlX | Feb 3 2024 17:08 utc | 28

I'm a 70 year old Californian who has been paying attention to US Politics since the Nixon/Kennedy debates of 1960 and US Foreign Policy since the Vietnam War.
I do not believe that anyone can understand US Foreign Policy without reading Whitney Webb's "One Nation under Blackmail", even someone like myself who has dug deep, starting with Alfred McCoy's "The Politics of Heroin in SE Asia.
The Clinton's drove the nail in the coffin, if you recall Russia in the 90's when the boys from the Chicago school of Economics turned it into a Neo liberal hellscape you have an idea of what today;s USA is like.
In Russia you got Putin in the year 2000, in the USA we got "The French Don't even have a word for Entrepeneur" on a 5-4 vote, followed by "I'm all that stands between you and the pitchforks", the end of Habeas Corpus and the assassination of a 16 year old American Citizen who had never been charged with a crime.
Next was Trump as the result of Podesta's "Pied Piper Strategy", where the Dem's promoted the most vile and despised Republicans (Cruz and Trump) in order to give Hillary Clinton. a sure victory.
Which did not work as planned because NO ONE is more vile and despised than HRC.
Biden was chosen because he is utterly corrupt and depraved, the FBI had proof of his corruption on Hunter's laptop in May 2019 and sat on it.
Even with that and the "MAGA Terrorist Plot" to kidnap Whitmer which was planned and funded by the FBI it was a very close thing, 70K voted made the difference.
Here in the USA the Boys from Chicago have been in power since the election of Clinton in 1992 and they have corrupted every aspect of the Federal Government.
How corrupt?
That whole thing about turning little boys into little girls is funded by one Family, the Pritzkers.
Trump will be stopped "At any cost" and Biden will be reelected if the husk of a once vile man is still animate, otherwise we will get Gavin Newsome who is so dyslexic he can't read a teleprompter.
He has nice hair, great teeth, a distinctive voice and he is less ethical than a weasel in rut.
The Globalists have pushed the USA to the point of collapse,chaos is one step away, a step that the deranged "Leader of the Free world" might take because his diaper rash is bad one day.

Posted by: Tom Stone | Feb 3 2024 17:08 utc | 29

Posted by: jef | Feb 3 2024 16:16 utc | 11

I'm not so sure Hamas was really expecting the insane bloodlust that izzys unleashed, nor the slobbering BJ agreement of the psychotic genocide joe. IMHO they were anticipating a similar incursion like 2012 or 2014 which they were much better prepared to wage to make the zionists really hurt.

Posted by: hedlykarok | Feb 3 2024 17:09 utc | 30

Posted by: ld | Feb 3 2024 16:27 utc |聽13


Did you write that ld? It's good.

Posted by: KingCobra | Feb 3 2024 17:13 utc | 31

Escalation is not a *mistake* for rich warmongers; it's eyes-wide-open deliberate.
Rich investors fully support the people-killing industry because it's the fastest and easiest way to get richer.
And of course, the super-rich can never have enough money, so when war ends here, they'll push for more war somewhere else.

Posted by: Mark Mosby | Feb 3 2024 16:11 utc | 7
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Mosby, I agree 100%: The Military Industrial Complex (MIC) that President Eisenhower so correctly (and prophetically) warned us about in 1961 and is today one of the last bastions of Americas once great industrial base. Most of the rest of North America's industrial base has been deliberately exported overseas to reduce labor cost of labor for US corporations. But as you said Mark, an industrial base must be fed (someone must buy their products).

Most working-class families have no use for tanks, 155 MM Howitzers, or F16's Fighter Jets; yet we pay for them with our taxes or a future deficit for our children. This means that the owners (and major stockholders) of the MIC must control the government that authorizes military the budget, and the Pentagon, including the entire national security state as well. This is the mostly unelected DEEP STATE that everyone one talks about but have difficulty identifying, while others even deny that it exists.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=8y06NSBBRtY&embeds_referring_euri=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bing.com%2F&embeds_referring_origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bing.com&source_ve_path=Mjg2NjY&feature=emb_logo

Posted by: Ed | Feb 3 2024 17:15 utc | 32

Ronald Reagan relied on astrologers. George Bush II relied on Dispensational prophecy preachers. Where is Biden and Blinken getting their idea that Iran is to blame for the Jordan attacks, and not some Jordani or Saudi? Do they have someone reading chicken guts and sheep livers? Some New Age channeler? Public opinion pollsters?

Posted by: lester | Feb 3 2024 17:16 utc | 33

@ waynorinorway | Feb 3 2024 17:03 utc | 25

okay - thanks mark2!

Posted by: james | Feb 3 2024 17:16 utc | 34

If only this simple fact could penetrate dense US American skulls: USUK48 is and has been the principle sponsor of ISIS "terrorists" from the git-go. The resistance targets and chaotic goals of the former and latter happen to be indistinguishable.

January 15 was MLK day, in USA...

They asked if our own nation wasn't using massive doses of terror to solve its problems, to bring about the changes it wanted. Their questions hit home, and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the terror of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of terror in the world today -- my own government.

Posted by: Aleph_Null | Feb 3 2024 16:08 utc | 4

Speak for yourself, crypto Dem anti worker. Every voter in America could oppose this foreign policy (the majority actually already does!) and it would continue. There is no fucking American democracy! There is no organized opposition to imperialist war. It must be built and only a class civil war can stop the imperial foreign policy.

Get out of your basement, turn off CNN, stop reading the NYT or WaPo and talk to your neighbors! They aren't as stupid as your Dem overlords have convinced you to think. You're not a unique sensitive soul alone in your superiority. You just think you are.

Posted by: Ahenobarbus | Feb 3 2024 17:18 utc | 35

Animal #3
Not only they are not fighting ISIS, but they started their war on Syria with the creation of Jabhat al Nusra in Lebanon, during the summer of 2010, as a proxy force (already associated with some local Hamas guys) who would attack representatives of PLO among the populations of the Palestinian refugees camps in Lebanon. But of course the wiki page claims that JN was formed in 2012. 2010 corresponds to the multiple rhetorical and legal escalations against Syria in the aftermaths of Hariri's assassination.
When the so-called Arab Spring was launched Jabhat al-Nusra reappeared in Syria as one of the most well-armed proxy group of the West, and even praised by French Laurent Fabius for the "good job they were doing".

Posted by: Minaa | Feb 3 2024 17:18 utc | 36

They died in support of genocide.

If your kid joins the US military they are signing up to support genocide.

January 6th, 2024

"Iraqi resistance forces target three US-occupied military bases in Syria and neighboring Iraq in retaliation for Washington鈥檚 support for the bloody Israeli onslaught against the Gaza Strip."

https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2024/01/06/717684/Iraqi-resistance-targets-three-US-bases-in-Syria,-Iraq-in-solidarity-with-Gaza

Dying in support of genocide.

Posted by: librul | Feb 3 2024 17:22 utc | 37

Posted by: Animal | Feb 3 2024 16:07 utc | 3

To answer to your question: no western county will oppose US actions because every western country supports such actions. Being entitled with a licence to kill is the mark of a true Homo Occidentalis. And that has been the great success of the white liberals of the Anglosphere: they have poisoned all westerners with notions of extreme supremacism, an ideology that is so addictive that all other considerations are ignored.

One must simply apply a heavy dose of virtue-signalling and there you have it: the Homo Occidentalis, a superior branch of the Homo Sapiens, with discretionary powers of life and death over the rest of mankind.

Posted by: Constantine | Feb 3 2024 17:23 utc | 38

"That should read, "... Israel. and its U.S. proxy...". The levers of power in the U.S. are in the hands of the organized jewish/Israeli cabal.

Posted by: jfrchitect | Feb 3 2024 16:08 utc | 5"

Nope. US policy re Israel is largely controlled by 10s of millions of Christian Zionists and Dispensationalists, eager for the End of the World, the Judgement, after which they will rule everyone else with a rod of Iron. All Jews who don't become Christians get killed.

It sounds stupid, and is stupid, but these stupid Fundamentalsts have the clout and the votes.

Posted by: lester | Feb 3 2024 17:25 utc | 39

whirlX
In comparison to what the Arab populations pay in rent and food, a Westernized population would buy expensive (and sunny!) meter squares in real estate, and be happy to pay globish food a fortune.

Posted by: Minaa | Feb 3 2024 17:26 utc | 40

Bobby Kennedy Jr per R.T.

RFK Jr slams American attacks on Syria and Iraq

The US presidential candidate urged Washington to get 鈥渦nwelcome鈥 troops out of the Middle East

The US should withdraw its ground troops from Middle Eastern countries that do not welcome them, independent candidate for US president Robert F. Kennedy Jr has said.

He said the escalation could have been avoided, reacting in an X (formerly Twitter) post to Washington鈥檚 attack on more than 80 targets allegedly linked to Iran鈥檚 Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) in Iraq and Syria in a wide-ranging air assault.

US Central Command says it hit 85 Iranian-linked targets in Syria and Iraq in retaliation against the recent 鈥淚ran-affiliated鈥 fighters鈥 attack that killed three US servicemen in Jordan. President Joe Biden鈥檚 X post read that the US does not 鈥渟eek conflict in the Middle East or anywhere else in the world. But to all those who seek to do us harm: We will respond,鈥 despite Iran denying involvement in the incident.

鈥淚f we 鈥榙o not seek conflict,鈥 then let鈥檚 get the troops out of there,鈥Kennedy said, apparently reacting to Biden鈥檚 statement. 鈥淭hey are not welcome. They are not needed,鈥 he added.

Kennedy claimed that the current escalation would not have been necessary if Washington hadn鈥檛 put its military 鈥渋n the crosshairs鈥 of Shiite militias. He described the existence of these groups 鈥渁s a legacy of our illegal war in Iraq.鈥 He recalled that both Iraq and Syria had asked the US troops to leave their territory while Iran would not tolerate America鈥檚 military presence on its borders.

Besides pulling US troops 鈥渙ut of the Mideast,鈥 Kennedy urged Washington to forge ties with regional powers instead. The presidential candidate also described the troop presence in the area as 鈥渋ndefensible targets for anyone in the region who wants to provoke a conflict.鈥漑.]

Not just unwelcome but illega, uninvited. The house crashers were asked to leave and stop stealing from the oil pantry.

Just maybe we have an anti-warmongering candidate...we'll see. RFK, Jr is being urged to run on the Libertarian ticket enabling being placed on the ballot.

In March Biden may do an LBJ, different construct: "on the advice of my dear wife Janet...urm Jill, I will not seek re-election because by EO I have signed there will not be one; depends.

Posted by: Likklemore | Feb 3 2024 17:27 utc | 41

Zionists are simply using their captured imperial center to fullfil the demented dreams of jewish Lebensraum. And the US being cursed by its own eurocolonial genocidal past, ii is easy for those professional liars and swindlers to manipulate the Murican collective psyche. But pretending that it is the zionist project being manipulated by DC (disproportionately Jewish) ruling class is at best crass ignorance.

GRN telegram channel is spot on, again.

Here again is professional land thief and supremacist settler-succubus Daniela Weiss expounding the Jewish ideas underpinning 'Israel' and Zionism. I want you to pay attention here. Because yet again, the fact that she is speaking to a Jewish interviewer means she is very candid. In her own words she exposes the true nature of the cancerous entity in the clearest possible way. 鉂楋笍 馃嚨馃嚫

"I want to have for the Jewish nation the promised land from the Bible. From the Euphrates to the Nile, and I'm sure it will be...

Southern Lebanon is part of it, all of it. Even parts of Syria, part of Iraq, part of Iran. It's huge!"

Remember at this time that 'Israel' is the only 'country' on the entire planet that has not declared its borders. Why do you think that is?

Remember at this time every laughable Zionist claim of "self-defence" as they occupy Palestine and seek to violently expand into Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Iran.

What do you EXPECT them to tell you? Do you honestly think they will tell you Goyim that they want to steal the entire middle east? Nah! They claim they are poor widdle victims that the Arabs are trying to push into the sea!

This interview with this she-devil gives the game away as the US ZOG bombs the very nations the Jews are seeking to conquer.

The Zionists' false narrative of self-defence is for na茂ve Gentile ears. Don't fall for it. Listen to them when they tell you who they are.

Posted by: Expat EU | Feb 3 2024 17:27 utc | 42

Anyone read S the thinker recently? He's made the exact opposite analysis to B and seems to believe US imperialism is going to force the creation of a Palestinian state on the Zionazis, force a cease fire on the Zionazis and leave Iraq and Syria and basically the entire middle east.

I love the guy, but this recent post of his is just absurd. He was subject to some serious economic pressure recently. Think they got to him?

Posted by: Ahenobarbus | Feb 3 2024 17:28 utc | 43

It's a horrid thought, but the current blow-ups in the MIddle East have distracted the Biden administration from provoking war with PR China, destroying Taiwan's chip factories, etc.

Posted by: lester | Feb 3 2024 17:28 utc | 44

Tom Stone
I agree with Clinton being a turning point. For Europe too it was in my mind the first straight attack of the US on the EU as too dangerous a rival.
It took shape as the war in Yugoslavia, fermented by a group that had received help from the Tirana-mafia in the US.

Posted by: Minaa | Feb 3 2024 17:30 utc | 45

It's a horrid thought, but the current blow-ups in the MIddle East have distracted the Biden administration from provoking war with PR China, destroying Taiwan's chip factories, etc.

Posted by: lester | Feb 3 2024 17:28 utc | 44

Oh and they'll go full retard to appease Israel, literally crippling themselves militarily right before the big dance with China.

I've said it before but the billionaires backing the Dems are almost uniformly committed Zionazis. They make so much money off the china trade that a war with China is unthinkable to them. Occasionally, I wonder if they want to bog the US down with losing ventures in Ukraine and the ME so as to make some agreement with China a fait accompli.

Posted by: Ahenobarbus | Feb 3 2024 17:34 utc | 46

Posted by: Ahenobarbus | Feb 3 2024 17:18 utc | 35

If you believe that the US American workers are against the imperial regime in critical numbers, I must say you are deluded Ahenobarbus. Or at least you must provide some credible reference.

The unfortunate reality is that despite the negative attitudes of many in the US and the west in general towards "the government", there is an overall aupport for the imperialist policies or at least a silent acquiescence. The Anglo-American regime is drenched in the blood of entire nations and yet most go along with it, even when it actively harms their interest. Finland is a recent, but prime example of this trend.

It's a crappy state of affairs, but one has to deal with this sad reality.

Posted by: Constantine | Feb 3 2024 17:35 utc | 47

US airstrikes in Syria Iraq, from a map I saw look to be concentrated in the corridor between Tanf/ISIS held territory and the Euphrates.

It looks like the Americans are trying to build a land corridor from at-Tanf to the Euphrates. Over the years, a lot of the sporadic airstrikes have been in that area, basically I assume, to assist their ground force which is ISIS.

The initial strike on the tower 22 base was quite different to the many harassing strikes on bases in Syria and Iraq so I assume that was the Israeli's in conjunction with at least a faction in the US.
One thing that has stood out though is that the Israelis have good intel on location of resistance leaders of various levels so they may be a bit loose with electronic coms allowing them to be tracked but also I would assume Israel/US have a lot of human assets throughout the region. In contrast, the Houthi appear to have better security in that regard. Perhaps due to it being a much tighter knit community.

If the strike against Tower 22 was designed to take US into direct war with Iran that has not eventuated although according to Johnson, there was much talk of it in the 'beltway'.

Now it remains to be seen what the resistance response will be. Continue the same level of harassing strikes on bases in Syria and Iraq, or step it up with strikes designed to inflict maximum US casualties

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Feb 3 2024 17:39 utc | 48

Nope. US policy re Israel is largely controlled by 10s of millions of Christian Zionists and Dispensationalists, eager for the End of the World, the Judgement, after which they will rule everyone else with a rod of Iron. All Jews who don't become Christians get killed.

It sounds stupid, and is stupid, but these stupid Fundamentalsts have the clout and the votes.

Posted by: lester | Feb 3 2024 17:25 utc | 39

Nope. The voters in a non democracy don't mean shit. It's the Zionazi elites at the top of finance, government, media and education that are driving this.

Your analysis may have made sense when the country was run largely by protestants in the 50s. It's ridiculous today.

Posted by: Ahenobarbus | Feb 3 2024 17:40 utc | 49

Posted by: Ahenobarbus | Feb 3 2024 17:18 utc | 35

If you believe that the US American workers are against the imperial regime in critical numbers, I must say you are deluded Ahenobarbus. Or at least you must provide some credible reference.

The unfortunate reality is that despite the negative attitudes of many in the US and the west in general towards "the government", there is an overall aupport for the imperialist policies or at least a silent acquiescence. The Anglo-American regime is drenched in the blood of entire nations and yet most go along with it, even when it actively harms their interest. Finland is a recent, but prime example of this trend.

It's a crappy state of affairs, but one has to deal with this sad reality.

Posted by: Constantine | Feb 3 2024 17:35 utc | 47

Well, either you or I are deluded Constantine. History will decide.

But, for evidence, look up any poll on war. Again, every worker in America can oppose the imperial foreign policy but it will continue. That's the system we have.

Posted by: Ahenobarbus | Feb 3 2024 17:43 utc | 50

Posted by: Likklemore | Feb 3 2024 17:27 utc | 41

RFK Jr is a rabid zionist.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Feb 3 2024 17:44 utc | 51

Pretzelattack @21
It was not hubris that launched the Spanish Armada, it was the necessity to curb the activities of the worlds's largest pirate island. Unfurtunately the weather intervened. Had the Armada achived its objectives, the world would be a better place now.

Posted by: AJ | Feb 3 2024 17:45 utc | 52

It鈥檚 the end of Israel as we鈥檝e known it.

Hurrah!

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | Feb 3 2024 17:47 utc | 53

constantine / ahenobarbus

my take.. it is a bit of both, but you won't get that from the media which always suggests americans stand by their president, right or wrong.. from speaking with american friends - they all think usa is fucked in the head on the foreign policy front, but we are not given this impression in the msm ever...

Posted by: james | Feb 3 2024 17:48 utc | 54

The unfortunate reality is that despite the negative attitudes of many in the US and the west in general towards "the government", there is an overall aupport for the imperialist policies or at least a silent acquiescence. The Anglo-American regime is drenched in the blood of entire nations and yet most go along with it, even when it actively harms their interest. Finland is a recent, but prime example of this trend.

It's a crappy state of affairs, but one has to deal with this sad reality.

Posted by: Constantine | Feb 3 2024 17:35 utc | 47

One more note here. They "silently acquiesce". Pray tell, what organized opposition to US imperialist foreign policy can they join? There is no credible vehicle to express their clear anti war sentiment.

What would you have them do? Run as individuals into the street screaming? Commit acts of terrorism that would only bolster the power of the imperialists domestically?

The will is there. The opposition, the vehicle must be built.

Posted by: Ahenobarbus | Feb 3 2024 17:49 utc | 55

The US still does not wish to get to grips with its status. The US is indisputably a great power.
But inside Russia and within 1,000 km from the Russian border, Russia is able to escalate beyond anything the US or its allies can endure.
In the Middle East / West Asia, Iran is able to escalate beyond anything the U.S. or its ally can bear.
And in South East Asia, it would be most unwise to challenge China. Yet I am afraid that is exactly what will happen.

Posted by: Passerby | Feb 3 2024 17:50 utc | 56

Posted by: AJ | Feb 3 2024 17:45 utc | 52 yeah i know about the weather, and Drake's and the Crowns pirate activities. it was a bad miscalculation. and no the activies of the Conquistadors that led to all that Spanish Gold were not going to make the world a better place than the imperialism of the English. The Spanish settler colonialists were if possible even more brutal than the English.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Feb 3 2024 17:54 utc | 57

James @ 34
No problem, i'm easy on being credited. Its not important.

But glad the other guys added their weight to the important interview.

Keep well and lots of respect.

Posted by: Mark2 | Feb 3 2024 17:55 utc | 58

Posted by: Tom Stone | Feb 3 2024 17:08 utc | 29

slow clap


Posted by: lex talionis | Feb 3 2024 17:56 utc | 59

the way i see it the usa is an increasingly untenable position...

they have to make a choice to go deeper in, or get out.. they got out of afganistan, maybe because they had to focus on ukraine... how do they get out of this mess? and of course the warmonger freaks in israel don't want them to get out and we know usa politicians have all sworn fealty to israel, so where do that leave the usa? in an untenable position... what's next? it is like playing 4 or 5 games of poker at the same time... i can't see the usa hanging onto all these games.. something has to give.. iran, russia and etc are playing a long game, not a short game... israel is playing an insane game, and the usa continues to go along with it.. i can't see it working out..

Posted by: james | Feb 3 2024 17:59 utc | 60

@ Mark2 | Feb 3 2024 17:55 utc | 58

thanks.. i like to acknowledge appreciation for helpful contributions regardless~!

Posted by: james | Feb 3 2024 18:00 utc | 61

@ lex talionis | Feb 3 2024 17:56 utc | 59

thanks lex.. good to see you!

Posted by: james | Feb 3 2024 18:02 utc | 62

Posted by: Expat EU | Feb 3 2024 17:27 utc | 42
(Zionism)

Thanks. You said that for me.
And let's not forget that jolly little strumpet, Caroline Glick's "We Con The World" gloatfest after the IOF slaughtered UNARMED crew members of the Mavi Marmara mercy mission in International Waters.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Feb 3 2024 18:02 utc | 63

@ constantine & ahenobarbus

You are both giving waaayyy too much credit to the US masses. I would venture about 30% of us know exactly what's going on, who's doing what and why. 10% are actively involved in the shenanigans but 60% don't know/don't care. As long as they have their insipid reality shows and musk/zuck/bezos brainwashing media, they will remain zombies. Hell, 50% or more who can vote don't bother as they see no reason to.
As far as JFKjr (likklemore #41) he is a rabid zionist POS almost as bad as trump and biden so I just laugh at his tirade about the escalation bombing.

Posted by: hedlykarok | Feb 3 2024 18:07 utc | 64

by Minaa | Feb 3 2024 17:30 utc | 45

Yes, you are right. It was Albanian mafia that hates Albanian Kosovar's competition. They hoped to see the B-52 carpet bombing runs, devastating opium and cannabis fields in Kosovo, along pummeling the civilian infrastructure.
Their money is as good as the Israeli one.

Posted by: whirlX | Feb 3 2024 18:08 utc | 65

Posted by: whirlX | Feb 3 2024 18:08 utc | 65

The real reason for the Serbia bombing in 1999 was, as usual, oil and profits.

https://wou.edu/history/files/2015/08/Francesca-Morrison.pdf

"The US and NATO had a different motive for the attack. Their agenda was to
establish a security corridor for pipelines to transport oil from the Caspian Sea, through the
Balkan region and onto the Mediterranean. (see map 1) This quest for oil would bring the
U.S. government into a ring of drug cartels, liars, known terrorists, and armed insurgencies,
and may also have jeopardized U.S. national security by installing permanent bases in the
Balkans."

Posted by: hedlykarok | Feb 3 2024 18:14 utc | 66

james | Feb 3 2024 17:59 utc | 60

I often get the impression that the middle east, Israel in particular is like Crimea is to Russia. Crimea controls the black sea and is vitally important to Russia for defense. And as we have seen with the doomed southern offensive plus utterances still coming out of UK is a prime strategic objective to be taken in the war against Russia.

Whereas Russia requires Crimea for strategic defence, US requires Israel Palestine to project force into the region. US does not do defense, only offense.

But for US offensive purposes, Israel is as important to the US as Crimea is to Russia for defense.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Feb 3 2024 18:16 utc | 67

The dispiriting thing is that changing the US president won't change anything, as Trump, who moved the US embassy to Jerusalem at Israel's behest, is at least as pro-Israel as Biden.

Posted by: D J G | Feb 3 2024 18:17 utc | 68

my follow-up @ 41
U.S. chest thumping the reprisal strikes most likely in vast open desert out there...just observing since back channel conversations for targets were refused.

Open your dictionaries for these words: "swarm" "swarming" "swarmed"

The article at link was cited by Alastair Crooke in his article... 'The Three Strands to the Swarming of Biden'

Jan 29, 2024

'Swarming' the US in West Asia, until it folds

The US is so deeply mired in an unwinnable battle from the Levant to the Persian Gulf that only its adversaries in China, Russia, and Iran can bail it out. - MK Bhadrakumar, former Indian diplomat

LINK

one finds this morsel that there have been meetings ........ note the dates.

[..]
A US exit from Syria and Iraq?

But in the final analysis, President Biden鈥檚 political considerations in the election year will be the clincher. And that will depend on the calibration by West Asia's resistance groups, and their ability to 鈥榮warm鈥 the US on multiple fronts until it caves. It is this 鈥榢nown unknown鈥 factor that explains the Astana format meeting of Russia, Iran, and Turkiye on January 24-25 in Kazakhstan. The three countries are preparing for the endgame in Syria. Not coincidentally, in a phone call last Friday, Biden once again told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "to scale down the Israeli military operation in Gaza, stressing he is not in it for a year of war," Axios' Barak Ravid reported in a 'scoop'.

Their joint statement after the Astana format meeting in Kazakhstan is a remarkable document predicated almost entirely on an end to the US occupation of Syria. It indirectly urges Washington to give up its support of terrorist groups and their affiliates 鈥渙perating under different names in various parts of Syria鈥 as part of attempts to create new realities on the ground, including illegitimate self-rule initiatives under the pretext of 鈥榗ombating terrorism.鈥 It demands an end to the US鈥 illegal seizure and transfer of oil resources 鈥渢hat should belong to Syria,鈥 the unilateral US sanctions, and so on. (my emphasis added here)

Simultaneously, at a meeting in Moscow on Wednesday between the Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev and Ali-Akbar Ahmadian, secretary of Iran鈥檚 Supreme National Security Council, the latter reportedly stressed that Iran-Russia cooperation in the fight against terrorism 鈥渕ust continue, particularly in Syria.鈥 Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to host a trilateral summit with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts to firm up a coordinated approach.

The Axis of Resistance: deterrence means stability

Iran鈥檚 patience has run out over the US military presence in Syria and Iraq following the revival of ISIS with American support. Interestingly, Israel no longer abides by its 鈥渄e-confliction鈥 mechanism with Russia in Syria. Clearly, there is close US-Israeli cooperation in Syria and Iraq at the intelligence and operational level, which goes against Russian and Iranian interests. Needless to say, the backdrop of the imminent upgrade of the Russia-Iran strategic partnership also needs to be factored in here.

These developments are a vintage illustration of defensive deterrence. The Axis of Resistance turns out to be the principal instrument of peace for the issues of security that entangle the US and Iran. Clearly, there isn鈥檛 any method or any reasonable hope of convergence to this process, but, fortunately, the appearance of chaos in West Asia is deceiving.[.]

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Posted by: Likklemore | Feb 3 2024 18:19 utc | 69

@ Peter AU1 | Feb 3 2024 18:16 utc | 67

i think that is a good analogy and you are right... it goes back to the palestine mandate that came out of the treaty of versailles.. empire building... controlling the oil and etc, while also appeasing the zionists.. it was a big mistake, but not from the point of view of monopolizing the middle east in the worst of ways.. the question is, will the usa eventually extract itself from wanting to control others resources, or will they continue to believe 'might is right' and it all belongs to them?? so, while the analogy works up to a point, it is very different why russia retains crimea, as opposed to why the usa/uk want to retain israels foothold in the middle east, and of course complicated further by zionist goals...

Posted by: james | Feb 3 2024 18:21 utc | 70

James # 20
Seyed Mohammad Marandi Iranian went to usOfa High School.

https://twitter.com/s_m_marandi?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Once on CrossTalk Khashoggi kept interrupting every time, loud and harsh every time Marandi spoke. At end LaVelle muted Khashoggi and Marandi asked Khashoggi why he kept supporting the Saudi war on Yemen killing children when the Saudis wanted him dead. Prescient eh?

Not the easiest to find in search engines. PressTV and Sputnik He is worth the listen to. He was really on a tear about the starving children in Yemen. I do not believe it is a show. You have to like a commentator who factors in heavily the starvation of children.

Posted by: paxmark1 | Feb 3 2024 18:22 utc | 71

@D J G | Feb 3 2024 18:17 utc | 68

The dispiriting thing is that changing the US president won't change anything, as Trump, who moved the US embassy to Jerusalem at Israel's behest, is at least as pro-Israel as Biden.
So you expect the US to fix the Middle East? I think the spiriting thing is that the region is well on their way to throw the US out of the region permanently. From that follows the end of Israel.

As it was mentioned above, a one state solution is the only solution.

Posted by: Norwegian | Feb 3 2024 18:22 utc | 72

by Norwegian | Feb 3 2024 18:22 utc | 72

As it was mentioned above, a one state solution is the only solution.

I agree there. It should be called Palestine, as it ever was.

Posted by: whirlX | Feb 3 2024 18:24 utc | 73

@ Norwegian | Feb 3 2024 18:22 utc | 72

I just want them to stop meddling. The locals can fix it.

Posted by: D J G | Feb 3 2024 18:24 utc | 74

It seems a stretch to argue that current events are all one been multiyear plan to get back at the West for Suleimani's assassination.

And this "Black Mountain Analysis" website claims to be "I have no emotions here; I鈥檓 not invested in the region." Yet it describes the October 7 attacks as "started by the Axis of Resistance" even though this very website described it as a "terror attack".

For the record, the fighting may end and Israel may end Hamas, but I agree that the tensions won't end until the two-state solution has been implemented. It's a wonder that this BMA website is not vilified as some Hasbarah mouthpiece for saying "Two state solution".

Posted by: Inka | Feb 3 2024 18:27 utc | 75

Posted by: paxmark1 | Feb 3 2024 18:22 utc | 71

Thank you for that ultra-harsh peak at reality. I'm actually surprised those posts are still accessible. But don't look for any of them to be on any MSM in the west - ever.

Posted by: hedlykarok | Feb 3 2024 18:35 utc | 76

PeterAu1 @ 48
Im really glad you mentioned about coms security.
Both in gaza and Yemen i worry about mobile phone security. Is it that lack of basic security whats cousing all the assinations, and bombing targets.
As a freedom fighter your phone will give your exact location by triangulisation,
It will give your identity, who you meet, how many of you are in one place, your hide out, your and your home and family. A target on your back. Not least they will hear your phone calls text msg read your emails, internet usage.
Always take the battery out when on the move or its not needed, never ever carry your personal phone with your burner phone.
85 bombing targets last night did mobiles give them the targets ?

I hope those guys read this or already know it.
Big respect an thanks for the back up the other day.

Posted by: Mark2 | Feb 3 2024 18:36 utc | 77

Ahenobarbus | Feb 3 2024 17:28 utc | 43

"Anyone read S the thinker recently? He's made the exact opposite analysis to B and seems to believe US imperialism is going to force the creation of a Palestinian state on the Zionazis, force a cease fire on the Zionazis and leave Iraq and Syria and basically the entire middle east.

I love the guy, but this recent post of his is just absurd."

I had the same harsh reaction to such an awful idea: Minsk I-II Redux, on a much vaster scale, so the empire and the Zionists can gain time to regroup, do their usual co-optations and divide-and-conquer, and relaunch their war of aggression from what they hope would be a more advantageous position.

Posted by: Flying Dutchman | Feb 3 2024 18:38 utc | 78

Norwegian | Feb 3 2024 18:22 utc | 72

"As it was mentioned above, a one state solution is the only solution."

Yes, a one-state solution which includes the eradication of the Zionist state and of Zionism as such, and the building of a Palestinian state. But the commenter above indicated he wants a Zionist-dominated one-state.

Posted by: Flying Dutchman | Feb 3 2024 18:42 utc | 79

James # 20

Following on from bbc radio 4, more of the same from Marandi who resembles a cheshire cat as he skewers Lawrence Korb on Aljazeera. Korb resembles a barely competent tiddlywinks player taking on a chess grandmaster.

https://www.aljazeera.com/program/inside-story/2024/2/3/how-far-will-the-us-go-in-attacking-iran-linked-targets-in-the-middle-east鈥

Posted by: Diogenes | Feb 3 2024 18:42 utc | 80

james | Feb 3 2024 18:21 utc | 70

A lot has changed since the Palestine mandate. Oil wasn't a strategic world commodity. French and British in competition taking territories from the Ottoman empire, carving the place up into its current borders, and I assume trying to keep the Germans out.

Oil in the region didn't really become strategic until the end of the second world war. Although the Americans were first to recognize the government of Israel and pushed that on the world via UN recognition, ties seemed somewhat loose until the seventies when US went from the gold backed dollar to the petro dollar. There is the USS Liberty and also interviews of SR-71 pilots who overflew Israel in I think the early seventies.

US is an economic hegemon, the hegemony is based on the petro dollar and Persian gulf oil is central to the petro dollar.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Feb 3 2024 18:47 utc | 81

James # 20
Seyed Mohammad Marandi Iranian ...

Not the easiest to find in search engines. PressTV and Sputnik He is worth the listen to. He was really on a tear about the starving children in Yemen. I do not believe it is a show. You have to like a commentator who factors in heavily the starvation of children.

Posted by: paxmark1 | Feb 3 2024 18:22 utc | 71

Marandi was on an episode of Peter Lavelle's show Crosstalk some years ago in which he talked about the blind cats of Fallujah. I think he claimed that the Iraqi military used chemical weapons in the Iran-Iraq war and blind cats in that city was one of the results. Marandi fought in that war and was exposed to such weapons I think.

In any case, the story of the blind cats was most poignant. I have never stopped watching Marandi since then. This is a very special person whose experience of war has, I think, changed him permanently and for the better.

Posted by: N Hanrahan | Feb 3 2024 18:48 utc | 82

Posted by: jef | Feb 3 2024 16:16 utc | 11

I honestly don't know how or even if I can reconcile the fact that the Palestinians and the rest of the Axis of Resistance chose this method of going forward knowing/accepting the massive death and destruction that would result.
...
The west has been collapsing pretty well on their own.

I think it is perfectly understandable. It is not simply that "death and destruction has been a part of life for a very long time", as you put it, but that the destruction of the people has been going on and accelerating, threatening to eliminate or significantly destroy the potential for resistance for a long time: that's how you can read the subjugation of Egypt (Camp David), the destruction of Lebanon, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and before all that Palestine. The balance of forces in the region has started to shift in favor of the resistance, as shown in the 2006 war on Lebanon, but the following years saw the opposite tendency gaining momentum. The resistance is still on the defensive even as it launched the October 7 attack. It was not a choice. The alternative was the destruction of the resistance in Palestine. In short, when your enemy is killing your people non-stop at whatever rate there is a point where you're losing more of your forces while on the defense than you're able to generate reserves. At that point, October 7 becomes a necessity.

As for the west collapsing on their own, it pretty well simply cannot be true.

Posted by: SlowDL | Feb 3 2024 18:50 utc | 83

they all think usa is fucked in the head on the foreign policy front, but we are not given this impression in the msm ever...

Posted by: james | Feb 3 2024 17:48 utc | 54

Aye, I agree, that鈥檚 part of the propaganda matrix: there鈥檚 quite a difference between the public opinion vs the published opinion. And that鈥檚 valid for the whole western media complex.

Posted by: Zet | Feb 3 2024 18:53 utc | 84

by hedlykarok | Feb 3 2024 18:14 utc | 66

Oh, yes. Good link, thanks. But it is just another layer. I was addressing Albanian lobby in the USA that was/is strong and its reasoning to have Kosovo devastated.
At that time Albania was the most prominent heroin and cannabis producer and exporter in Europe.
Also it goes on countering the South Stream pipeline that Russia intended to build, avoiding Albania and the region all together, connecting to Montenegro and Italy.
Russian Sberbank came to Europe, because of that project, only to successfully conquer Eastern and Central Europe, buying the other banks along, but the main purpose to enter Europe for Sberbank was a role of a guarantor in financing the building it.
Only in 2009 or so, it was clear that South Stream is not happening and the NS2 project has been born instead. EU knew back then that Ukraine is a thorn in a foot, and tried to circumvent it. Two times.
When bombing the Yugoslavia, the European NATO participated with a few planes, mainly Dutch, French and Italians flying the patrols bordering the conflict zone and along its Eastern borders.
Everything else was, indeed, done by the USA/UK.



Posted by: whirlX | Feb 3 2024 18:54 utc | 85

The dispiriting thing is that changing the US president won't change anything, as Trump, who moved the US embassy to Jerusalem at Israel's behest, is at least as pro-Israel as Biden.

Posted by: D J G | Feb 3 2024 18:17 utc | 68

Of course, all US presidents are dependent on the goodwill of rich Jews - just look at the major campaign donors - but of course somewhat less so are those who already have sufficient capital. They can then also afford symbols, they don't necessarily have to kill.


Posted by: Oliver Krug | Feb 3 2024 18:54 utc | 86

@6 Mathew

"The United States suffers the most humiliating military-political defeat in human history.

or

2. The Israeli Zionist project is terminated in its entirety.

or

3. The conflagration spreads to its inevitable outcome: planetary-scale nuclear war.


One of the above WILL ensue."

I think we should look to ukraine and syria as examples of what a modern all out war would look like.

I suspect the result will be a new world order with the US bloc controlling a smaller but substantial area facing off against a Eurasian bloc in a balance of power situation.

It's doubtful a Hollywood esque Armageddon will be in anyone's interest, therefore is unlikely.

Tactical nukes would be used but that isn't going to lead to mass murder against civilian targets. The poor damned infantry will be taking and it dishing it out.

Posted by: Neofeudalfuture | Feb 3 2024 18:59 utc | 87

@ 43 ahenobarbus

I have come to the conclusion that the entire "Q" adventure that has been prognosticating in the wings since thr dawn of the DJT-phenomenon is a massive FED psyop to steer otherwise patriotic Americans and keep them in the fold; that being: believing China is the real enemy and that Israel will be judiciously handled. The person's mind wherein this takes root is hopelessly lost and believes that the U.S. is headed for life-saving reform and not total collapse, of which I believe it is heading.

What is the endgame of this Q-psyop? Total trust in the Federal-centralized state. Flipping otherwise patriot-Americans into firm believers that Daddy-knows-best.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Feb 3 2024 19:00 utc | 88

Mark2 | Feb 3 2024 18:36 utc | 77

Hamas and Houthi security seems good. Where people are being targeted and hit is in Iraq, Syria, and occasionally Lebanon. These are all divided geo-graphical areas, borders on maps being drawn by the British and French. Easy to divide and control. Electronic coms could be an issue but when we look at where the strikes occur that target leaders of various levels, the security issue is likely to be human. These are areas where US/Israel will find it easier to enlist assets. But then there is also the electronic coms of naive locals who talk about someone of importance in the area and that sort of thing.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Feb 3 2024 19:00 utc | 89

Roger that peter.
When ever i hear a helecopter i dive into a ditch or under the bed.

Posted by: Mark2 | Feb 3 2024 19:05 utc | 90

"Why is the fourth option always dismissed? That option being the "One State Solution", where that state is a modern, secular and pluralist one with equal rights for all?"

Posted by: William Gruff | Feb 3 2024 17:07 utc | 27
I noticed that william. Both sides will only accept a one state solution. Yet here we have another example of the two-state solution still being pushed.

Posted by: David G Horsman | Feb 3 2024 19:07 utc | 91

When you see anti Iran speak think anti Shi鈥檃!

US and recently Israel have sided with Sunni against Shi鈥檃 and non Sunni Syrian government. Arab spring in Syria was US fund al Qaeda to oust non Sunni Assad. Daish had US support until it went off the ranch and established Caliphate where U.S. had used the Kurds to insurrection against Syria.

US and Sunni not on right side of trashing colonialism.

Posted by: paddy | Feb 3 2024 19:07 utc | 92

"Yehuda Vald, the Director General of the Religious Zionism party, has confirmed the deliberate setting of fire to Palestinian houses during the invasion of Gaza.

Vald's remarks came to light in an Israeli article that exposed Israeli generals commanding soldiers to burn down homes belonging to Palestinians in Gaza.

The Director General of the Religious Zionism Party stated: "Yes, we set fire to houses. As much as possible. And we are proud of it.""

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/58/1262/517072/War-on-Gaza/War-on-Gaza/%F0%9F%94%B4-LIVE-UPDATES-Israel-kills-dozens-of-Palestinian.aspx
18:30

Posted by: Minaa | Feb 3 2024 19:12 utc | 93

ZH has a posting up with the title

US Strikes Killed At Least 39, Including "Many Civilians," As Iraq Warns Stability Is On "Brink Of The Abyss"

the quotes

Widespread reports say at least 39 were killed in the Friday US airstrikes on Iran-linked targets across Western Iraq and Eastern Syria, which used over 125 bombs and precision munitions, according to a Pentagon statement.

There are reportedly civilians among the dead. The Baghdad government on Saturday said that 16 Iraqis, among them civilians, were killed - while on the other side of the border the Syrian Defense Ministry confirmed that both militants and civilians were killed but without providing a figure. The Syrian military said that "many civilian and military martyrs" died. The anti-Assad monitoring group, UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said that the Syria strikes killed 23 militia fighters.

......
The strikes lasted for over 30 minutes, having begun at 4pm Eastern Time, and additionally utilized B-1B bombers which flew over 6,000 miles after departing from Dyess Air Force Base in Texas, among other aerial assets. This was supposedly for the element of "surprise" - despite the White House taking nearly a week to respond.

On Saturday it has come to light that the Pentagon let Iraqi government officials know shortly before the strikes began. The Biden administration has come under fire especially from hawkish GOP Congress members over telegraphing the operation to the point that IRGC officers could vacate bases and military assets.

.....
鈥淭he strikes were well coordinated against a set of targets focused on the IRGC Quds Force, the major trainer and supplier to the other proxies. The targets hit all facets of command and control, supply points, launch locations, and missile/UAV storage locations. We will see an analysis of battle damage and follow-up strikes to ensure that we achieved the desired effects. This included our full complement of capabilities such as aircraft launching from the U.S. directly to targets in the AOR. As expected, this was an increase in scale and scope, and a strike against the Iranian IRGC Quds Force, not just the proxies they support. This is more than just a single targeting effort; I am sure that there will be more in the next few days.鈥 鈥 General Frank Kearney

Posted by: psychohistorian | Feb 3 2024 19:13 utc | 94

About time! The rest of theworld has endured the hubris of the Zionist regimes of the collective West long enough. About time it is all dismantled. Perhaps a saner world would be born afterwards.

Posted by: Steve | Feb 3 2024 19:14 utc | 95

"I love the guy, but this recent post of his is just absurd. He was subject to some serious economic pressure recently. Think they got to him?

Posted by: Ahenobarbus | Feb 3 2024 17:28 utc | 43"

That was my immediate take, too. That he was somehow coerced into absurdity.

Posted by: Mary | Feb 3 2024 19:19 utc | 96


Posted by: james | Feb 3 2024 16:45 utc | 20

thanks james and waynorinorway for the link to Mirandi. Hard to listen to the bbc but mirandi is a master, always gets the better of the neocon pricks.

Posted by: migueljose | Feb 3 2024 19:19 utc | 97

鈥淚f we 鈥榙o not seek conflict,鈥 then let鈥檚 get the troops out of there,鈥滽ennedy said, apparently reacting to Biden鈥檚 statement. 鈥淭hey are not welcome. They are not needed,鈥 he added.


Just maybe we have an anti-warmongering candidate...we'll see. RFK, Jr is being urged to run on the Libertarian ticket enabling being placed on the ballot.


Posted by: Likklemore | Feb 3 2024 17:27 utc | 41

Well, Little Bobbie has been a slave to the Israel lobby all along. I expect that he'll walk that back soon, because removal of the US presences in the ME means the end of Israel. In the meantime, a little virtue signaling never hurt anyone. It keeps the rubes believing there's someone to vote for.

Posted by: Honzo | Feb 3 2024 19:22 utc | 98

The Cradle has a posting up refuting part of the ZH reporting above

https://thecradle.co/articles/iraq-denies-washington-notified-govt-prior-to-deadly-overnight-attack

The quote

Iraqi government spokesman Bassem al-Awadi on 3 February denied US claims that Washington notified Baghdad before an overnight bombing campaign that killed at least 16 people and injured 25 more.

鈥淭he US side deliberately falsified the facts by announcing prior coordination to commit this aggression, which is a false claim aimed at misleading international public opinion and disavowing legal responsibility for this crime by all international laws,鈥 Awadi told reporters on Saturday, adding that the latest US aggression on Iraqi soil 鈥渨ill put security in Iraq and the region on the brink of the abyss.鈥

On Friday night, US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby claimed the US informed the Iraqi government about the strikes before they were launched. Baghdad says US warplanes hit the positions of Iraqi security forces in Akashat and Al-Qaim, as well as neighboring civilian places.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Feb 3 2024 19:24 utc | 99

It keeps the rubes believing there's someone to vote for.
Posted by: Honzo | Feb 3 2024 19:22 utc | 97

Too bad rubes aren't allowed to know there are 2 alternatives - Cornel West and Jill Stein

Posted by: hedlykarok | Feb 3 2024 19:26 utc | 100

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