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Hiding in Plain Sight – US Military Sales Gone Rogue? – Original

Posted by M. C. on February 18, 2019

Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State, wrote a memo in 2009 that was released by WikiLeaks. The memo acknowledged state “donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide… Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaida, the Taliban, LeT [Lashkar e-Tayyiba], and other terrorist groups, including Hamas, which probably raise millions of dollars annually from Saudi sources.”

In the 60s the US military had the ingenious idea to purge the armed services of excess and dated weaponry that would increase operational capability of US forces and allow America’s allies to purchase military equipment that would improve interoperability. Congress formally created the Foreign Military Sales program (FMS), however, like any well-intentioned government program, it morphed into something other than its intended purpose, in this case, an international arms trafficking business… Read the rest of this entry »


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Turkey Finally Goes To War In 20 words Or Less-Is The Media Really This Shallow?

Posted by M. C. on July 27, 2015

A few days ago I heard the following paraphrased soundbite on NPR.

Turkey has launched attacks in Syria against ISIS and Kurdish rebels.

Is that it? Such an important development in a complex context and all we get is a dozen or so words.

Turkey has been covertly aiding ISIS and Al Qaida because they are doing the ‘regime change’ heavy lifting in Shiite Syria. Al Qaida has been allowed to freely cross the Turkish border into Syria. Thanks to Seymour Hersch we know Turkey supplied ‘moderate’ Al Qaida with the chemical weapons used in the attacks blamed on Assad. ISIS bad, Al Qaida not so much.

Maybe all is not as presented to us. The key is in the attacks on the Kurds. This may be where most of the Turkish effort is going. Read the rest of this entry »

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We Arm ISIS In Syria To Defeat Assad While Battling ISIS In Iraq – The World Was A Much Saner Place Before Desert Storm

Posted by M. C. on June 21, 2014

Figuring out our Middle East policy makes explaining how WW I started look simple.

The modern era of Middle East destabilization began with the CIA’s overthrow of the Iranian government. It has been downhill ever since.

Ten years of Iraqi nation building, unwanted democratizing and the sacrifice thousands of US lives and a million innocent Iraqi citizens is instantly down the drain. A total waste.

Now Obama, McCain, Graham, Hagel and their war party want to start all over. Just like all the other government spawned programs that make things worse their answer is throw more money at it, not to mention the lives. It is easy when war is just something on a capital office TV screen.

Remember when the government says “no boots on the ground” that does not include special ops nor CIA. There will be more than the promised 300 advisors. I recollect we started with just 50 advisors in Vietnam. A year from now remember “300”. Read the rest of this entry »

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