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After 17 Years of War, Afghanistan Is All But Forgotten

Posted by M. C. Fox on December 13, 2018

https://truthout.org/articles/after-17-years-of-war-afghanistan-is-all-but-forgotten/

William Rivers Pitt

Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, John Bolton, Paul Wolfowitz and the other neo-con wild boys who came to power with George W. Bush in 2001 all shared a vision. In their minds, they saw a cowed, conquered Iraq as the stepping stone to a wider conflict that would, in the righteous fullness of Republican time, lead to broad regional transformation and the enforced peace of empire, all of it lubricated by “liberated” Middle Eastern petroleum.

Using Iraq as a jump-off point, they would knock off regime after regime, running up the stars and stripes as they went, and then watch as peace and prosperity unfolded like a desert blossom. That cauldron of seemingly endless conflict would soon become a happy democratic paradise filled to bursting with McDonald’s customers tying the laces of their new Nike sneakers with fingers stained purple from voting. All the wild boys needed was a catalyst, a “new Pearl Harbor,” to get the ball rolling. When the Towers came down, they took their shot, and we were off to the races.

It has not worked out exactly as planned. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson sends out mass email attacking CODEPINK and appealing to Congress not to stop the war in Yemen | CODEPINK | AGR Daily 60 Second News Bites

Posted by M. C. Fox on December 11, 2018

Certainly a brazen hussy!

Keeping Lockheed Martin’s and Saudi Arabia’s pockets lined by paying for the Yemen war. Yemen is the big loser. You and me somewhat less so…unless you are in the US military and dying or dismembered in Yemen.

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https://agrdailynews.com/2018/11/10/lockheed-martin-ceo-marillyn-hewson-sends-out-mass-email-attacking-codepink-and-appealing-to-congress-not-to-stop-the-war-in-yemen-codepink/

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Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson sends out mass email attacking CODEPINK and appealing to Congress not to stop the war in Yemen | CODEPINK

Marillyn Hewson, the CEO of Lockheed Martin, has sent out a mass email toady attacking the peace organization CODEPINK and asking U.S. citizens not to let Congress curtail weapons sales to Saudi Arabia by voting for new legislation introduced today that would do that. In her email, sent to over 200,000 people, she calls CODEPINK “bad for business” and openly criticizes H. Con. Res. 138, the War Powers Resolution to End US Military Involvement in Yemen…

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Western Media Make One Death a Tragedy, Millions a Statistic

Posted by M. C. Fox on November 2, 2018

One of the most despicable headlines was from the BBC which described it as a “forgotten war”. The conflict is only “forgotten” because the BBC and other Western news outlets have chosen to routinely drop it from their coverage.

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/10/31/western-media-make-one-death-tragedy-millions-statistic.html

FINIAN CUNNINGHAM

The Western media coverage devoted to the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi proves the cynical adage that one person’s death is a tragedy, while millions of deaths are a mere statistic.

During the past four weeks since Khashoggi went missing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the case has been constantly in the news cycle. Contrast that with the sparse coverage in Western news media of the horrific Saudi war in Yemen during the past four years.

The United Nations has again recently warned that 16 million in Yemen were facing death from starvation as a result of the war waged on that country by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab partners, with the crucial military support of the US, Britain and France. That imminent death toll hardly registered a response from Western media or governments.

Last week, some 21 Yemeni workers at a vegetable packing plant near the Red Sea port of Hodeida were killed after US-backed Saudi warplanes launched air strikes. Again, hardly any condemnation was registered by Western governments and media pundits. Read the rest of this entry »

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The World Looks the Other Way – Taki’s Magazine

Posted by M. C. Fox on October 23, 2018

http://takimag.com/article/the-world-looks-the-other-way/#axzz5UV0rGzyd

by Taki 

Is Mohammad bin Salman a murderer? Is it fair to say he is a hairy coward who has starved millions of children in Yemen? Did his crawling parasites dismember Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last week? Is this man a perverted sadist? If so, this is the real scandal.

I doubt much will come of this murder most foul. Jared Kushner, The Donald’s son-in-law, could well see to it. Kushner probably smelled money to be made from the Saudis as soon as he got his Jersey bum in the White House. But I suspect he has been played by MBS, as has The Donald, and as will every financier licking their chops for the initial offering of Aramco. MBS might well be a maniac and out of control, though Thomas Friedman of The New York Times described him as a messiah, a cross between Lincoln and Roosevelt. No prizes for guessing what MBS did for Friedman in return… Read the rest of this entry »

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Why is Saudi Arabia under fire over Jamal Khashoggi, but not Yemen? | Global development | The Guardian

Posted by M. C. Fox on October 19, 2018

Unlike Khashoggi, the thousands of Yemeni civilians who have been blown up by the Saudi royal air force do not write for the Washington Post.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/oct/17/why-is-saudi-arabia-under-fire-over-jamal-khashoggi-but-not-yemen

The alleged killing of a dissident journalist has had more global impact than unchecked Saudi aggression in Yemen…

Reports of an airstrike claiming the lives of at least 20 members of a wedding party, or 40 children killed when a Saudi bomb hit their school bus, may prompt a story in a national newspaper and perhaps a handwringing statement expressing “concern” by a foreign minister.

But real political action does not follow.

The deaths are instead explained away. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is This the Break With Saudi Arabia We’ve Been Waiting For? | The American Conservative

Posted by M. C. Fox on October 16, 2018

Sure, but will anything come of it? It shouldn’t have come to this to begin with.

Despite its alleged complicity in the 9/11 attacks

Complicity…now there is a mild word.

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/is-this-the-break-with-saud-weve-been-waiting-for-khashoggi-bin-salman-mbs-saudi-arabia/

By MICHAEL HORTON

If the reports of Jamal Khashoggi’s abduction, murder, and dismemberment at the hands of a Saudi kill team dispatched to Istanbul prove correct, his death might achieve what years of abuses by a despotic government have failed to: a meaningful rebuke by the U.S. and its Western allies.

That may have begun with a “60 Minutes” interview of President Donald Trump on Sunday. He said his administration is seeking to “get to the bottom of” the reporter’s disappearance, and if it turns out the reports of Khashoggi’s murder are correct, there would be “severe punishment” for the Kingdom. The comments came as the Saudi stock market continued to plunge on Sunday.

Despite its alleged complicity in the 9/11 attacks, a long history of supporting radical Islamist groups, one of the world’s worst human rights records, and the prosecution of a savage war in Yemen, Saudi Arabia—up until now—has largely escaped censure by both Republicans and Democrats in Washington.

In fact, politicians from both parties have implausibly lauded Saudi Arabia as one of Washington’s most important allies.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Sen. Rand Paul Pushes to Halt Saudi Arms Sales Over Journalist’s Disappearance – News From Antiwar.com

Posted by M. C. Fox on October 11, 2018

Lindsay Graham says this could be a game changer in our relationship with SA.

I guess tens of thousands of dying. diseased children in Yemen, due to SA, doesn’t count.

I don’t believe warmonger Graham for a second.

https://news.antiwar.com/2018/10/09/sen-rand-paul-pushes-to-halt-saudi-arms-sales-over-journalists-disappearance/

Jason Ditz

The latest fallout from the disappearance and presumptive murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi could see the Saudis losing their main source of arms. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) says he intends to force a vote on blocking further US arms sales to the Saudi kingdom.

Sen. Paul announced the plan on a local radio show, saying he hopes to force a vote in the Senate by the end of the week which would force a full halt to US arms shipments if there is “any indication” the Saudis are behind killing Khashoggi.

The fate of the journalist, who has been critical of the Saudi crown prince, has been a subject of speculation over the past week, after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and was never seen again. His body has not been found, and Turkey has been pressing the Saudis on the investigation.

Saudi warcrimes in Yemen have led to previous votes on cutting Saudi arms sales. Though President Trump has previously opposed such cuts, the fate of the high-profile reporter may be shifting administration attitude on the matter.

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Pompeo Lied to Congress About Yemen To Protect Arms Sales – Antiwar.com Blog

Posted by M. C. Fox on September 21, 2018

Here the experts couldn’t be more wrong

Government “experts” usually are…some names would have been nice.

because it is in America’s national security interest. Yemen is a US national security issue? I need an “expert” to explain to me…why?

https://www.antiwar.com/blog/2018/09/20/pompeo-lied-to-congress-about-yemen-to-protect-arms-sales/

Daniel Larison

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

Mike Pompeo’s certification earlier this month that the Saudi coalition was working to reduce harm to civilians in Yemen was an obvious sham. According to a new report in The Wall Street Journal, Pompeo made the decision to lie for the Saudis and Emiratis because he feared it would hurt arms sales:

Mr. Pompeo overruled concerns from most of the State Department specialists involved in the debate who were worried about the rising civilian death toll in Yemen. Those who objected included specialists in the region and in military affairs. He sided with his legislative affairs team after they argued that suspending support could undercut plans to sell more than 120,000 precision-guided missiles to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to a classified State Department memo and people familiar with the debate.

Cutting off refueling to the coalition likely would make it extremely difficult to sell more weapons to the Saudis and Emiratis, but that is not a good reason to ignore evidence and expert advice and then lie to Congress… Read the rest of this entry »

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The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity : Why Are We Siding With al-Qaeda?

Posted by M. C. Fox on September 11, 2018

http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/september/10/why-are-we-siding-with-al-qaeda/

written by ron paul

Last week, I urged the Secretary of State and National Security Advisor to stop protecting al-Qaeda in Syria by demanding that the Syrian government leave Idlib under al-Qaeda control. While it may seem hard to believe that the US government is helping al-Qaeda in Syria, it’s not as strange as it may seem: our interventionist foreign policy increasingly requires Washington to partner up with “bad guys” in pursuit of its dangerous and aggressive foreign policy goals.

Does the Trump Administration actually support al-Qaeda and ISIS? Of course not. But the “experts” who run Trump’s foreign policy have determined that a de facto alliance with these two extremist groups is for the time being necessary to facilitate the more long-term goals in the Middle East. And what are those goals? Regime change for Iran.

Let’s have a look at the areas where the US is turning a blind eye to al-Qaeda and ISIS. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Seditionists – Antiwar.com Original

Posted by M. C. Fox on September 10, 2018

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/09/09/the-seditionists/

The Deep State dictatorship comes out of the closet

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I’m often asked “How can you claim President Trump is in any way supporting your antiwar agenda when he …” and this is followed by a reference to at least one of the places on earth where he’s violating his “no more regime change” pledge or otherwise supporting the unsupportable, as in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. I’ve always answered by saying that, in the long run, and in a general sense, his November 2016 win was a giant step forward in that the anti-interventionist principle has been victorious even if it’s being imperfectly implemented.

However, back in April I raised the possibility of an active “resistance” inside the White House that is specifically preventing him from carrying out his mandate for peace. In “A President Held Hostage?” I outlined the scenario an anonymous White House official described in a recent New York Times op ed piece, wherein he or she describes the forces out to destroy Trump’s presidency:

“The dilemma – which he does not fully grasp – is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.

“I would know. I am one of them.” Read the rest of this entry »

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