Posted by Martin C. Fox on February 13, 2016
Spanish born philosopher Santayana said those who ignorant of history are bound to repeat it. He also said only the dead have seen the end of war.
There was a predominate superpower hell-bent for world hegemony via compliant puppet governments. Military bases and an all powerful navy were spread throughout the world. Control of the Middle East was crucial. This superpower played allies and enemies against each other to further it’s agenda. Promises were repeatedly made and broken. Western powers all wanted a piece of the Middle East action.
The Middle East was made up of numerous tribes and sects, each of which had their own particular needs and goals. Many of these groups were at odds with their neighbors and religious variants.
This superpower was unable to recognize these rivalries let alone deal with them. The overall situation was incredibly complex. The superpower did not let ignorance hinder its efforts. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on December 20, 2015
Tom Ridge 12-18-15
The attached Tom Ridge editorial appeared in the 18 Dec Erie Times News. Tom Ridge is a neocon poster boy. He accepted W’s offer to start the department of homeland security after 9/11. Ridge is a local hero. First a representative, then PA governor, had the Erie airport named after him, then made the father of DHS, now an international security consultant making a bundle from terrorism. The editorial is worth a read to see where Ridge and my editorial response below come from.
Tom Ridge’s 18 Dec editorial on confronting terror was so divorced from reality I am forced to comment.
“(America) has led the free world by tapping into humanity’s courage and sense of duty, not hate, to overcome evil.” So many empty words in such a small space. What sense of duty led the US to tear the Middle East apart? Was it the CIA’s duty to overthrow the Iranian government in 1953 and install the brutal Shah? Was it Ambassador Alice Glaspie’s duty to give Saddam Hussein the green light to invade Kuwait so we would have an excuse to retaliate? Is it our duty to vaporize every Middle Eastern male capable of holding a gun or shovel, broom, hoe or anything that looks like a gun from a drone camera?
And no, Donald Trump is not a ‘go it alone’ guy. When Trump says he has no problem with Russia taking on ISIS fear strikes the hearts of neocons. Anyone that threatens US control and power anywhere on the planet must be put in their place.
Next come the real whoppers. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on September 13, 2015
Notice the stunted discussion of the origin of the current refugee crisis and non-existent discussion of the end game?
The US policy of democratization via overthrow for governments that fail to do as they are told has torn the Middle East apart. The “we had to destroy the village in order to save it” mentality has sent millions of refugees toward Europe.
Angela Merkel committed Germany to 800,000 refugees. What is her plan to house, feed, clothe and (gainfully) employ these Muslims? Will they become European Germans? Will they be accepted by ethnic Germans? Doubtful.
Multiply this scenario by the number of ethnic European countries under EU pressure to accept refugees. European Christian birth rates are rapidly losing ground to prolific immigrants. Europe and the UK already have more immigrants than they know what to do with, let alone track. Many are relegated to the fringes of society and strain welfare systems. Former French President Sarkozy has said “multiculturalism does not work”. Nationalism is strong everywhere. Europe’s future holds great strife thanks to US.
The single-state Europe the EU honchos crave may well be a Muslim one.
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on October 18, 2014
The New York Times recently had an article talking about how many coalition soldiers had been seriously hurt after discovering buried caches of old chemical weapons in 2003. The chemical weapons had been used against Iran by Iraq. The US government put a lid on these casualties.
Who supplied these chemical weapons? US, UK, Germany, France and Holland. The usual US sock-puppets.
I can recall, around this time, Rush Limbaugh screaming with delight after being told by Rick Santorum that chemical weapons had been found. One of these old chemical dumps was what Santorum was talking about. I knew at the time where these weapons came. I am betting Limbaugh and Santorum did too.
This article by Eric Margolis adds more detail to this story. Including how the UK sent scientists over to Iraq to help develop Saddam’s chemical stockpile.
The NYT article admits European countries and some US companies were involved. They don’t go so far as to explain the major sponsor for this was the Reagan administration.
The NYT was all for Hussein’s war against Iran. They got what they wanted.
All the news that fits.
Be seeing you
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on September 1, 2014
One could say the latest round of Middle East discontent began with Bush I giving a green light to Hussein invading Kuwait, then pulling the rug out as it were. Clinton, Bush II and Obama have each made the situation exponentially worse.
Pat Buchanan has recently expanded on Ran Paul’s question: What did Hillary accomplish as secretary of state? Wrecking havoc is about all.
The CIA, National Endowment for Democracy and Hillary’s coercion in the overthrow of Libya, Eqypt and Ukraine have unleashed tribal and ethnic chaos. ISIS and Boko Haram being a direct result. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox 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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Posted by Martin C. Fox on June 12, 2014
Prior to 2001 and sanctions Iraq may not have been the greatest place to live but there was relative peace and women were allowed to get an education and were treated fairly well (women are third class citizens in Saudi Arabia home to our “friends” that bankrolled 9/11). There was no Al Qaida like there were no WMDs. The US liberated and democratized Iraq by bombing it to splinters and killing a million innocent civilians. Not to mention the loss of thousands of US soldiers. Now hundreds of thousands flee in fear of being overrun by so-called Al Qaida faction ISIS.
The result: Total hate for the US.
Afghanistan had the Taliban but few Al Qaida. But we were entrenched fighting a Taliban that never attacked the US. Thanks to US, a regional “terror” group escalated in power. Al Qaida grew too, big enough that the world’s policeman had to bribe to them not attack its truck convoys. Like those before us, Afghanistan was our graveyard. Not mention is a sinkhole for hundreds of millions worth of shrink-wrapped pallets of US dollars. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on February 23, 2013
We are very ready for war but not for peace.
The 22 Feb Erie Times guest voice, an ROTC company commander and Penn State history major, attempts to compare the use of militias in the war of 1812 to “lack of readiness” as the cause of our “problems” in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Payne could write for the Weekly Standard.
There is much to compare that was not mentioned.
The US defense budget is more than most of the industrialized world combined. Who else has 7 or 8 carrier fleets, ICBMs, spy satellites, the most advanced aircraft, 700+ bases in 170 countries, cameras in soldiers helmets and innumerable varieties of special forces? No one. How on earth can the US not be ready to defeat countries barely out of the stone-age? Yet we continue to get our butts kicked.
Men, women and matériel are not the issue. The people running the show are the problem. Today’s political and military leaders are like 1812’s William Hull. The incompetent Hull lead us to disaster in Canada. Defeated by forces that were half militia. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on September 11, 2012
I have always been of the mind that the reason we are in Iraq is oil and oil pipelines. Initially we were told we had to capture the weapons of mass destruction. When the public discovered there were no WMDs the reason changed to freeing the people from their yoke. We are performing our divine duty bestowing the nation with democracy they don’t want. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on December 11, 2011
Once in a while the radio gets boring and I switch to Sean Hannity for some light-hearted comedy after a grueling day at work. Rick Santorum was being interviewed, this being long before the election campaigning started. Our troops had just “discovered” a cache of empty gas cylinders somewhere in Iraq. Read the rest of this entry »
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