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Many moviegoers will remember the 1997 film, “Wag the Dog,” starring Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman—not my favorite actors by any means, but nevertheless, the movie made a significant and critical point in this age of corrupt FBI and intelligence agencies working in tandem with a major political party to stage a veritable coup d’etat—a “silent coup”—against a sitting president.

Here’s the storyline:

Two weeks prior to his possible re-election, the United States president lands in the middle of a sex scandal. In need of outside help to quell the situation, presidential adviser Winifred Ames (Anne Heche) enlists the expertise of spin doctor Conrad Brean (Robert De Niro), who decides a distraction is the best course of action. Brean approaches Hollywood producer Stanley Motss (Dustin Hoffman) to help him fabricate a war in Albania — and once underway, the duo has the media entirely focused on the war [and not on the scandal].

The greater point here is that today our citizens are almost entirely at the mercy of what the government tells them and what the media reports to them.

Recall the rationale for invading Iraq: those infamous “weapons of mass destruction” (WMDs) that we were told by George W. Bush and Paul Wolfowitz with absolute certainty existed in large quantities? Recall Colin Powell going to the UN to state unequivocally that we had “proof” that such weapons existed near Bagdad? Remember that very probably some of the “documents” supposedly proving the existence of WMD were forged? Remember that this “information” was used as a pretext for invading Iraq, deposing Saddam Hussein (who although a dictator was by Middle East standards, something of a moderate, at least when it came to his country’s large Christian population), and…then, we watched the emergence of a pro-Iranian Shi’a government, far more hostile to “our interests”?

Well, as we later learned there were no WMDs, despite Wolfowitz and company. Yet, by then the severe damage was done. The “regime change” so desired by the globalist Neoconservatives was almost directly opposite of what they promised: instead of a “democracy like the USA,” a pro-Iranian regime emerged—after the deaths and wounding of hundreds of American boys and many thousands of Iraqis, and billions of dollars gone (or in the pockets of arms dealers).

At the heart of that episode was John P. Bolton, consistently and ferociously advocating the imposition of democracy on, let’s see, Iraq (failed), Iran (no go), Libya (another failure), Afghanistan (don’t even ask), Syria (Assad, another dictator who is the champion of Christians and religious tolerance, has triumphed against the wishes of Bolton and other Neocons, including the late and very unlamented John McCain). And these are just a few examples.

Not a good record, to say the least. Yet, President Trump—the champion of America First and not getting this nation into a far-off conflicts, not into quagmires where we have no business being—named Bolton back on April 9, 2018, as his National Security Advisor. And ever since then the irrepressible war hawk has been searching for another war in which to involve American boys and arms (to the benefit of the major arms makers and dealers, whose donating coffers seem to open up at the sound of the guns).

Under another Neocon hawk, Mike Pompeo, as Secretary of State, the even more saber-rattling Elliot Abrams was actually brought into the administration as Special Envoy for Venezuela in January. But, wait, isn’t this the same Elliot Abrams who was an unrelenting and hardcore Never Trumper that former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wanted as his Deputy Secretary of State (February 2017), but was vetoed by President Trump due to Abrams’ staunch opposition during the presidential campaign? [“Trump rejects veteran GOP foreign policy aide Elliot Abrams for State Dept. job,” The Washington Post, February 10, 2018]. What gives here? Why does the president let those with a stated agenda directly—and supposedly—opposite to his own into his administration?

Certainly, it has much to do with the loudest voices and most visible talent pool inside the Washington DC Beltway and that many of those globalists, who were former Never Trumpers, strategically attached themselves to Donald Trump after he was victorious, hoping—in many cases successfully—to shape his foreign policy along their internationalist lines. And, also, the fact that during the critical days after the 2016 election many of the Establishment Neocons were able to bend Trump’s ear first, and that a major gap, a major lacuna, in the president’s knowledge was his lack of familiarity with foreign policy. As president, Donald Trump hoped to unify the Republican Party, and, thus, his desire was to bring in various factions, including those who had opposed him (but now offered “support”)…not realizing that such additions could—and would—undermine his announced America First agenda. Lastly, the support of major pro-Israeli pressure groups and personalities, and their bank accounts, certainly was not to be ignored.

Bolton’s entry into the administration was, to use Thomas Jefferson’s famous expression, “a fire bell in the night.” It should have alerted us all that, like in the Reagan years, the battles to be waged would not just be with Democrats, but also with Establishment and Deep State globalists who claim the “conservative” mantle, but whose goals and vision are very much at odds with a president who has very little experience in navigating the snake pit which is Washington DC. And a president who faced a nearly impenetrable foreign policy swamp and a powerful internationalist establishment which has learned nothing from our national reverses in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, Syria….But who would love to mire us waist-deep in another quagmire in the Persian Gulf. Or, even, as the benighted inheritors of John McCain earnestly wish, a proxy shooting conflict with Russia!

So, as to be expected, Bolton has been at it again, first regarding Venezuela, where the so-called “democratic revolution” of Juan Guaido against the socialist Maduro government has fallen flat, despite Bolton’s attempt to infer that the US was “prepared to send 30,000 troops” to the country. Remember his intentionally visible note pad with that number written in large print for all to see?

And now, it’s Iran’s time in the barrel. Of course, that large nation is no friend of the United States, and it has not been since the Shah (in many ways “our man,” even our puppet) was overthrown in 1979. And, yes, Iran has definite interests in the Middle East; it has supported (successfully) Assad in Syria and has been successful in Lebanon. More significantly, Iran is seen by Israeli Likudnik hawks and their staunch supporters here in the United States (e.g. the powerful AIPAC, etc.) as a threat to Israel (mostly via Iran’s support for Hamas), and it is no secret at all that Israel would love, so to speak, for the US to help it “get its bacon out of the fire” by attacking Iran, or at least roughing it up a bit—and by whatever means necessary.

Thus, the bated breath and frenzy of most Fox News commentators (with the exception of Tucker Carlson), who like Bolton, Pompeo, and Abrams (and the dominant globalists of the GOP) wait anxiously for some, any, “military response” to Iran’s latest “provocations”—although we have no information, no data yet about what these provocations might be. Basically, we are told to “accept on faith” that they exist, and Bolton & co. plan to brief Congress.

But the essential question arises like thunder in a storm: Iran has always been somewhat hostile to us in the Persian Gulf—yet, there have been no attacks, no assaults on any American personnel, no attacks on our vessels or our interests. Indeed, Iran, despite its fundamentalist Shi’a regime knows fully well that ANY such attack would bring swift retaliation. So, who, then, is being provocative here?

Interestingly, the Wall Street Journal and other media have reported that Bolton’s (and Pompeo’s) headlong push for (another) war has been, apparently, stymied, at least for the time being by Trump himself and that the present situation may be due to mutual “misreading” by both the US and Iran. (cf. “Intelligence Suggests U.S., Iran Misread Each Other, Stoking Tensions,” The Wall Street Journal, May 16, 2019] In fact, in his administration Donald Trump, despite his virtual lack of knowledge vis-à-vis foreign policy, may be, ironically, the only person who stands in the way of what can be called “continual war for unobtainable peace.”

For if he lets Bolton and others of that ilk have their way and we do go to war against Iran, that very simply will be the final nail in the coffin of the Trump agenda, and very probably the end of the Trump presidency in 2020. Neocons like Bolton are quite capable of using or manipulating Donald Trump…until he is no longer useful to them.

 
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  1. anonymous[192] • Disclaimer says:

    So far it’s just been a parade of posturing with both sides demonstrating how an armed clash would have undesirable results for the other side. The US would certainly have war-gamed this thing through to realize it can’t have any clear-cut victory, hence the bluffing and bullying. Hopefully things don’t progress to a higher level due to miscalculation.
    What loons like Bolton and Pompeo are doing being employed by this administration is a head scratcher. Theories abound about this. Should they be allowed to prevail and another war ensues, this time with Iran, then yes, a huge blow would be delivered against the Trump administration much as Vietnam was an albatross around the neck of the US. I don’t think Trump is that stupid.

  2. TG says:

    Trump fought the swamp, and the swamp won.

  3. It’s astonishing that Trump has been able to trash every aspect of his campaign promises.

    In fact it’s surreal.

    The man had a total mandate, could have done anything, could have saved this country.

    The Nose screwed Trump and ruined his presidency.

    • Replies: @Sally
    , @Gg
    , @YN1F
  4. Biff says:

    In fact, in his administration Donald Trump, despite his virtual lack of knowledge vis-à-vis foreign policy, may be, ironically, the only person who stands in the way of what can be called “continual war for unobtainable peace.”

    As more time goes by, one can’t help but to agree with this statement. The neocons got Obama to open up new war theaters by this time into his presidency without a single argument, and forget about Bush – he was a neocon puppet on a string.
    Since September 11, 2001 it’s been neocon full-steam-ahead until Trump – despite his bullshit threats of fire and fury, but one has to remember his threats of getting the troops out of Syria and Afghanistan that got quashed immediately.

    What is really happening?

  5. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @TG

    As expected?

    “In 2008, Obama was touted as a political outsider who will hose away all of the rot and bloody criminality of the Bush years. He turned out to be a deft move by our ruling class. Though fools still refuse to see it, Obama is a perfect servant of our military banking complex. Now, Trump is being trumpeted as another political outsider.

    A Trump presidency will temporarily appease restless, lower class whites, while serving as a magnet for liberal anger. This will buy our ruling class time as they continue to wage war abroad while impoverishing Americans back home. Like Obama, Trump won’t fulfill any of his election promises, and this, too, will be blamed on bipartisan politics.”

    Linh Dinh, “Orlando Shooting Means Trump for President,” The Unz Review, June 12, 2016.

    • Replies: @YN1F
  6. Antares says:

    I heared similar stories during the reign of Obama. His staunch supporters would always maintain that he is on the good side. “No, it are his advisors who make him do these horrible things.” But who hired them? Trump is no difference.

    We have to learn to live with the term “controlled opposition.” Alt-right still believes that they have voted “their man” into the White House. In my country, every anti-immigration politicus is pro-Israel. Who is behind mass-immigration? In Italy, Salvini gives the country away to China. That is their “alternative.” We either vote pro-against-ourselves, or against-pro-ourselves.

    Look at the left: they are against mass-immigration to Palestine, but pro when it comes down to Europe. Look at the right: they are against mass-immigration to Europe but pro when it comes down to Palestine. How is this possible? Israel wants mass-immigration into our countries but mass-expulsion from their ‘own’ state and they own our popular media. Together, both sides do exactly what the Zionists want them to.

    • Agree: Robert Dolan
  7. SafeNow says:

    Yes, Wag the Dog, but another old movie is to me instructive. Twilight’s Last Gleaming, starring Burt Lancaster and Charles Durning. Burt seizes control of an ICBM silo, and manages to acquire launch capability. His demand: That the U.S. government publicly acknowledge the actual motive for the seemingly preposterous Vietnam war: To make the Soviets and Chinese believe that we are insane.

    Military action against Iran would result in any future aggression-minded Russia or China being deterred by the “America is militarily insane” factor. We already have this insanity factor working for us, but it needs to be renewed from time to time. Mr. Trump picked The Walrus for this reason.

  8. bucky says:

    The question is, why did Trump appoint Bolton in the first place? He did so two years in.

    He was not forced to in any way.

    The reasons are myriad, but it is fundamentally Trump’s emotional weakness. He is a Fox News junkie and Bolton was on Fox News.

    I’m sure that Trump also thought that he would also 1) get a critic in house so that he was pissing out of the tent, so to speak 2) get a mad dog of sorts that he would play good cop to and 3) that he could control him ultimately.

    Trump should have realized that Bolton is a very good bureaucrat and would be hard to control. But the bright shiny lights of Fox News hold a hypnotic pull on this president and he does as it tells him to do.

  9. Miro23 says:

    Interestingly, the Wall Street Journal and other media have reported that Bolton’s (and Pompeo’s) headlong push for (another) war has been, apparently, stymied, at least for the time being by Trump himself.

    IOW Trump is being presented as the good hearted guy who doesn’t appreciate the Iranian threat.

    For example, from the Washington Post:

    When asked about the accounts of Trump’s frustration with Bolton, National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis said, “This reporting doesn’t accurately reflect reality.”

    Trump is not inclined to respond forcefully unless there is a “big move” from the Iranians, a senior White House official said. Still, the president is willing to respond forcefully if there are American deaths or a dramatic escalation, the official said…

    The second paragraph is saying that everything changes when the US Jewish Mafia get their Gleiwitz. They are already moving the ships, aircraft and troops to their jump off points.

    Gleiwitz:

    The Gleiwitz incident is the best-known action of Operation Himmler, a series of special operations undertaken by the Schutzstaffel (SS) to serve Nazi German propaganda at the outbreak of war. The operation was intended to create the appearance of Polish aggression against Germany to justify the invasion of Poland.

    Wikipedia

    • Replies: @Wally
  10. Wassap says:

    It’s actually very simple:
    It’s ALL for Apartheid Israhell.
    Satanyahoo of APARTHEID Israhell has been beating the war drums vs Iran for years.
    Neocon is CODE for ZIONIST JEWS and their paid shills.

    • Replies: @annamaria
  11. At the moment, seems the only grown-up in the White House what the imaginary Iranian threat is concerned. His chief advisers, although not all of them are Jewish-Zionists, are Israeli Firsters. Trump’s slogan is to make America great again and not to make Israel great again. The exaggerated “Iranian threat” is nothing but hot air. The current situation there are Israel’s fingerprints all over the place.
    The staged incidents, the so-called intelligence, which Bolton wants to show Congress stems most likely from Mossad. The CIA wouldn’t want to be misused by political rascals such as in the Iraqi case. But these scabs won’t give up; perhaps they come up with a redux of the USS liberty. After such a new staged incident by America’s so-called closest ally, President Trump would have no other choice than go to war with Iran.
    If “President Bolton’s” and Netanyahu’s wildest dreams will come true, Trump has fulfilled his role as a “useful idiot,” and the Zionists will drop him like a hot potato. The only way out of this precarious situation is to chuck Bolton, Pompeo, Abrams, and the rest of the ZioCon war hawks. Trump shouldn’t allow D. C. swamp to have the upper hand.

    • Replies: @Geraldo Kaprosy
  12. They have done a super great job in keeping the masses confused and distracted with all the “Russian interference”….And then the case was dropped like a hot potato as soon as Trump opened up to the Neo-cons and their extremist positions on Israel, although he has always been soft for Israel.

    Suddenly, the news changes. They are now placing the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants in locations throughout the nation. Nothing was done, and in fact, more of these people are poring over the borders than ever…expect millions. You will begin to notice them soon in your communities as their presence and need for housing will cause an even bigger housing crisis to the many working class people (Or maybe Trump will get the working classes to build the illegals some housing).

    When the Supreme Court takes the DACA case, you can be sure it will be in favor of DACA.

    Trump just cancelled the California high speed train he had been talking about since campaign trail.

    Trump has paved the way for Israel to embolden itself even more than it already has. He was caught at the “wailing wall” with his beenie hat on, and gave Bibi the go-ahead to announce the Golan Heights as Israels forever.

    He has also dropped his relationship-building series with Kim Jong-Un, which some people were praising.

    And the list goes on. Trump has no intention of fulfilling any of his campaign promises.

    If he is able to keep our military out of Iran, it might be the one worthwhile thing he has done. But I wouldn’t hold your breath.

    THINGS ARE BEGINNING TO LOOK VERY BLEAK for Constitution Republic loving people. Be very worried. Time to make arrangements elsewhere and make sure your passport is up to date.

    • Replies: @anon
  13. Realist says:

    Neocons like Bolton are quite capable of using or manipulating Donald Trump…until he is no longer useful to them.

    More excuses for Trumps stupid decisions. These excuses such as Trump is being manipulated, controlled, managed, hoodwinked, deceived etc. are insulting to Trump. Trump is certainly not a high IQ person and is a lair for sure, but he surrounds himself with these warmongering assholes because he believes in and is a member of the Deep State.

    • Agree: RVBlake
    • Replies: @RVBlake
  14. Realist says:
    @anonymous

    I don’t think Trump is that stupid.

    Trump surrounded himself with these people because he is a member of the Deep State as they are.

  15. Z-man says:
    @TG

    Trump fought the swamp, and the swamp won.

    LOL and you have a point. You can look at it two ways though.
    The first is like you said and Trump is totally under the spell/intimidation of the Zionist Beast. This also includes the Republi’tard policies with regard to tax breaks for the rich, mass ‘legal’ immigration of the unwashed and so on, all things he was against in his campaign. And he hasn’t built much of that WALL. This all hurts Trump BTW.
    But I’m hoping, in the case of Bolton/Plump’eo at least, that he’s a cynical SOB who’s keeping Plumpy and especially that rabid NEOCON boot licker Bolton on to keep the Zionist/Judaic Beast at bay until the election. By addind Judaic I mean the left side of the Cabal who would be even more hysterically anti Trump if there was a bigger whiff of anti Israel, thus anti Semitism, in Jewspeak.

  16. @bucky

    “‘[B]ut it is fundamentally Trump’s emotional weakness. He is a Fox News junkie and Bolton was on Fox News. ”

    I think you nailed it. Fox’s biggest draw is the blustering moron cartoon-character, Sean Hannity, who is cheerleader for blowing up Iran.

  17. Z-man says:
    @Antares

    Yes I’ve seen Salvini kiss ‘Yahoo’s ass in Tel Aviv. Very dissapointed. He’s also always bending over backwards trying to be so ‘Democratic’ and inclusive. (Puke)
    As far as China is concerned I don’t know the details of Chinese penetration into Italy but I think he and other populist/real right wing minded pols there would rather be beholden to China than to the Western bankers. So there I can see an anti Judaic bent that is refreshing. I’d rather have a few more Chinks in Italy than Zionist Israelis.

  18. Z-man says:

    Thus, the bated breath and frenzy of most Fox News commentators (with the exception of Tucker Carlson), …

    Thank God for Tucker. He and his family have already been threatened by the CABAL, but he hasn’t flinched. I give him credit for that. If only scum bag’s like Kristol or Boot could be attacked, only worse, but then again slime like them have the protection of the BEAST/Zion mafia, whatever you want to call it.
    I gotta think people like Carlson and Buchanan have Trump’s ear and like I said above hopefully he’s keeping those two slugs (Plumpy and rabid dog Bolton) around to protect his flanks from the full spectrum of the CABAL until re election, or else we’re in deep ‘do do’.

  19. Moi says:
    @TG

    “But the essential question arises like thunder in a storm: Iran has always been somewhat hostile to us in the Persian Gulf…”

    And no mention in the article of us overthrowing the government of Iran in 1953? No wonder we’re in deep shit if we cannot be honest with ourselves.

  20. anastasia says:

    Why would a President appoint people who are in direct opposition to what he says he wantsto do for America?

    It is not a sane act to appoint people who are so vehemently and so directly opposed to what you want to do.

    Is Trump insane? No. But if Trump is sane, it simply means they are like-minded with him, and that should give us all cause to worry.

  21. mike k says:
    @anonymous

    Unfortunately Trump is that stupid. His mind is so f***ed up it is hard for people to grasp how demented he is. The hallmark of intelligence is the ability to critique one’s own thinking – Trump totally lacks this capacity, he is all phony ego and no real brains. We have what is essentially a madman at the helm.

  22. Anon[303] • Disclaimer says:

    Idris wanton,who wrote “no knot left undone” said this about Iran in the days of the phah.The Iranian people love there pistachios but have no nuts.

  23. @Antares

    “I heared similar stories during the reign of Obama. His staunch supporters would always maintain that he is on the good side. “No, it are his advisors who make him do these horrible things.”
    Funny — lots of Germans said exactly the same about Hitler. The more things change, the more they stay the same…..

  24. puffer says:
    @bucky

    He appointed Bolton because Sheldon Adelson told him to, that 20 million campaign support was for Isreal.

  25. annamaria says:
    @Wassap

    Why were Israelis so eager to save the Hollywood-celebrated “White Helmets:” “Leaked OPCW memo casts doubt on watchdog’s Douma ‘chemical attack’ conclusions” https://www.rt.com/news/459643-opcw-leaked-report-syria/

    It is hard to overstate the significance of this revelation. The war-machine has now been caught red-handed in a staged chemical weapons attack for the purposes of deceiving our democracies into what could have turned into a full-scale war amongst the great-powers

    The context: “Israel evacuates 800 of Syria’s White Helmets and their families to Jordan:” https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-evacuates-800-of-syrias-white-helmets-and-their-families-to-jordan/
    “IDF says it launched ‘irregular humanitarian effort’ to save civil defense volunteers who faced ‘immediate risk’ to their lives; refugees to be resettled in UK, Canada, Germany.” At the same time, Israel had been killing with glee the Palestinian families (the “undesirables”).

  26. “… isn’t this the same Elliot Abrams who ….”

    … dissembled and downplayed news of the El Mozote massacre by the Salvadoran military of hundreds of civilians in El Salvador because beating back communism was the paramount cause.

    Same guy who went to jail for withholding info on Iran Contra from Congress. Same guy who solicited $10m from the Sultan of Brunei for the Contras, who never got the money because it mysteriously went (through Oliver North’s office) to the wrong Swiss bank account.

    Peach of a guy.

    @Robert Dolan in #3

    The question is, why did Trump appoint Bolton in the first place? He did so two years in.

    He was not forced to in any way.

    Fox News does love Bolton … Maybe Trump looked at Bolton and saw a bright-red headline “As Seen on TV” as those of a certain age remember seeing plastered on a number of things to seemingly make them more saleable.

  27. People need to grow up and realize ALL the players in the game of international politics suffer from psychopathy: A mental disorder in which an individual manifests amoral and antisocial behavior, lack of ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships, extreme egocentricity, failure to learn from experience, etc.

    People do not rise to these levels of power without containing many, if not all of the characteristics listed above. Donald Trump, and yes even the beloved Ronald Reagan are no exceptions. As long as the sheeple blindly follow the likes of Trump or any of the candidates in the now “standing room only Democrat clown car” things will not change.

    Dr. Andrew M. Lobaczewski states in his book “Political Ponerology”: Mankind has a natural predator, the psychopath, and this predator is invisible because there are no easily discernible markings that set him apart. In a society where evil is not studied or understood, they easily “rise to the top” and proceed to condition normal people to accept their dominance, to accept their lies without question. The trick of the psychopath’s trade is to make us believe that evil comes from others.

    Lobaczewski continues: In other words, completely free of internal restraints, with unhampered liberty to do just as they please, and with no pangs of conscience, makes them conveniently invisible to the world.

    This invisibility gives them huge, secret and strange (form of black magik) advantage over the majority of people, who are kept in line and are handicapped by their consciences and are unaware that not all people operate from a place of personal integrity.

    The following Russ Winter article is a “must read”: https://www.winterwatch.net/2019/05/political-ponerology-a-psychological-anatomy-of-evil-politics-and-public-trauma/

    https://i2.wp.com/www.winterwatch.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/John-Bolton.jpg?zoom=1.75&resize=236%2C138&ssl=1

  28. It isn’t fair to hold Trump accountable for his bad decisions because he is playing 137th level checkers…or something.

    Why do men despair when the man they voted for turns out to be a loser?

    IF you are going to vote you have to understand your vote doesn’t really count

    • Agree: BengaliCanadianDude
  29. anon[371] • Disclaimer says:
    @freedom-cat

    Trump is bad Pure and simple. A bad guy is easy to manipulate ( there was an article in I think in Intercept – about being a bad guy and having the main job as president ensured for rest of the term and for election ) .The more he falls, the more the demand comes to take him down replace him impeach him but the power behind the manipulation tells him that the nkosie will subside and the melodrama will melt away as long as he does what the manipulator wants him do like groveling before each and every Jew with jewelry ,stones, diamonds,, shekel, and armed men as offerings. Watch Sean Hannity, Maddows ,Bannon, Gorka, batting for the celebrations and Kushner divining them with the Jewish smile of the century. FOX NYT CNN MSNBC BBC will look at the specter of the potential Jihadi emergences at the Honduran borders asking what Trump is doing against Hizbullah drug dealers .

    • Agree: freedom-cat
  30. anon[371] • Disclaimer says:

    Still I will vote for him against Biden Hillary or Beto, even Sander . Arrogance of Trump is what has saved us from venturing into a lot of wars .He doesn’t forget that he has made certain promises . His arrogance overrides the opposition from sick men like Bolton and his(Bolton ) handlers or promoters to those promises. It is good. He has not started any war yet . He has made US aware of the dangers China pose and Russia doesn’t .

    • Replies: @freedom-cat
  31. “. . . fundamentalist Shi’a regime . . .

    Does the word fundamentalist add anything here, or is it just an appeal to emotion and snobbery (low-church Islam ~ low-church Christianity)?

  32. All the m ideast wars have been fought for Israel and the zionists goal of a satanic zionist NWO and the zionists control the US government so they have no problem using the military and taxpayers money of the US in pursuit of this goal.

    Zionist control of the US gov was proven on 911 when Israel and the zionist controlled deep state and elements of the US gov attacked America and killed some 3000 Americans and got away with it , when every thinking American knows that Israel and the deep state did it and used this as an excuse to attack the mideast!

    These satanic bastards not only got away with 911 , but they created AL CIADA aka ISIS and all the offshoots thereof to give the excuse to invade and bomb Syria back to the stone age and are continuing to do so at this very minute and the only one in congress aka the lower house of the knesset to raise a voice against this zionist instilled insanity is Tulsi Gabbard!

    Zionists will destroy America just as a parasite destroys its host so shall zionists and zionist Israel destroy America

  33. @TG

    “Trump fought the swamp…”

    LOL! Maybe in your dreams.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  34. Griza says:
    @bucky

    The most likely reason, one id bet my money on, is that Israel asked for Bolton to be placed in his position.

    They asked for the embassy to be moved. They asked for the USA to pull out of the JCPOA. They asked for recognition of the Golan heights. They asked for support in Syria. They asked for the Iranians to be placed on a terrorist group list. They asked for a new “peace” plan that would totally leave out the Palestinians, with only a ultimatum and a dotted line for a contract. They asked for the refugees of the nakba to be defunded and left to suffer. They asked for the first laws of this year to be censorship laws against criticism of israel. They asked Blumpf to include an awkward and cringeworthy holocaust section in his state of the union speech, including token holocaust survivors and all the toppings along with it.

    All of this was done, instantly, by an american president who is being investigated for colluding with Russia… when obviously it was Israel and still is.

    If you Google Mueller israel, you’ll see articles where midway through his investigation, Mueller kept running into shady Israeli involvement and Jewish operatives.

    Hillary was a zionist nutcase also, so I dont know if Israel tried to influence the election more then they usually do.. but I wouldn’t doubt it. Hillary would have bowed down and kissed the ring, but would she have done spontaneous, random, serious acts of favoritism that changed the reality on the ground and destroyed decades of political precedent?

    I dont know.

    Maybe they pushed trump because they knew, fucking knew, 100%, that by using money and power and even more money-backed-flattery, they could get trump to be a major catalyst for greater Israel’s takeover of the Levant.

    I’m no expert but this is getting crazy to watch. Israel is getting EVERYTHING. With regular smiley 2 faced greasy AIPAC politicians they may have gotten one of these big policy gifts every 4 years.. and some may have never happened at all.

    Trump was like the personification of a new 9/11, but instead of the obliteration of civil liberties and massive neverending wars, we got a non stop Israeli prize giveaway. The tentacles were hitting walls before this. Now the vampire squid with the yarmulke can do things we’ve never dreamed of..

    You dont think getting Bolton placed in trumps admin was the easiest thing ever? Ha

    Trump really did some serious damage to the world here. He was a vessel but a powerful one that doesn’t come along often. Bolton is another vessel, who will advance the Israeli war tentacle closer to Iran.. and if war can be waged.. it will.

    If popular support can be drummed up, even better.

    If not, let the people protest.

    If the protests are too big, well then well do it in secret. Well do it with agent provocateurs. Well do it like syria.

    I’m from NYC.. my father is a hairdresser. He’s always been quite liberal but apolitical. He made money and owned businesses and had fun in his life. He was never into politics.

    Yesterday he told me we need “one million more police in america”, that the “military budget needs to be drastically expanded” and that he wants me to “shut the fuck up” because I dont know anything… after he randomly started fearmongering and warmongering about iran.. he saw it on the computer news. He said they are suicide bombing Americans every day and they have nukes and we need to go to war with them as soon as possible.

    He’s 76 years old. I try to blame his newfound hypee conservatism on his old age but this only became his views since trump was elected.

    I was told to SHUT THE FUCK UP for saying Iran is not a threat, that they attack nobody, and that we definitely should not expand the military budget.

    What the hell am I going to do? What are you going to do? What am I going to do?

    I’m far left politically and I am starting to really become anti semetic and I dont like that the actions of this theocratic nation are making me become this person

    Damn

    • Agree: DESERT FOX
    • Replies: @DaveE
    , @follyofwar
    , @peterAUS
  35. RVBlake says:
    @Realist

    Yes…Trump is either being manipulated or he is playing 4-D chess. The possibility that he is actually at the controls of this BS is rarely posited. And, Jefferson’s “fire bell in the night” began clanging at first sight of the generals and bankers Trump initially named to his Cabinet; Bolton and Pompeo are merely later, more outlandishly bloodthirsty iterations..

    • Replies: @follyofwar
    , @annamaria
  36. FLgeezer says:
    @Antares

    >Together, both sides do exactly what the Zionists want them to.

    Precisely. This from The WSJ, Page A5, May 17, 2019:
    ————————-
    Nominee to Succeed Rosenstein Approved
    The Senate confirmed President Trump’s pick to be deputy attorney general over the
    concerns of Democrats that the Department outsider lacks the experience needed to
    manage the sprawling institution.
    Jeffery Rosen, who had been the No. 2 official at the Transportation Department, was
    confirmed by a 52-45 party-line vote Thursday. A longtime litigator, Mr. Rosen, 61, has
    never served in the Justice Department.
    Mr. Rosen succeeds Rod Rosenstein, whose tenure was tumultuous, as he tried to
    steady a department rocked by political storms while overseeing Robert Mueller’s
    investigation.
    —————————-

    Just what our fractured nation needs: another (((lawyer))). I guess we should be grateful that
    he is ever “Number 2”. ☹️

  37. “For if he lets Bolton and others of that ilk have their way and we do go to war against Iran, that very simply will be the final nail in the coffin of the Trump agenda…”

    Which “Trump agenda” are you referring to, the fraudulent pre-election “America first” agenda or the one we actually got, i.e. the post November 8, 2016 “let’s sacrifice what’s left of America on the altar of militant zionist extremism” agenda?

    “…and very probably the end of the Trump presidency in 2020. Neocons like Bolton are quite capable of using or manipulating Donald Trump…until he is no longer useful to them.”

    The laughably absurd theory that orange clown is a good-guy-in-a-bad-situation-a-well-intentioned-but-naive-political-babe-in-the-woods-unfortunately-being-manipulated-by-some-bad-people just won’t die.

    It seems that no amount of evidence or reasoning can convince the true believers of the painfully obvious fact that orange clown is a con man whose whole campaign was a calculated bait-and-switch fraud from the beginning.

    • Replies: @lavoisier
  38. anon[276] • Disclaimer says:

    Those blaming the Jews conveniently forget to blame the Holy Hook that inures the West to “Jews’ megalomaniac and narcissistic claim of their metaphysical exceptionality,” or as Romans 9:4 puts it, “The people of Israel, chosen.”

  39. What is surprising about the article is that there was no mention of why Trump hired Bolton and other Israeli Firsters. The answer is that Bolton is a tool of Sheldon Adelson and that Trump is a Shabbat goy of Adelson, Bernard Marcus and Paul Singer. That explains it all!

    • Agree: DESERT FOX, Saggy
  40. The Americans are not going to attack Iran. Maybe do something in Lebanon or Syria, but there is no way the American oligarchy as a whole would risk a major war against Iran.

    • Agree: Wally, bluedog
  41. Wally says:
    @Miro23

    said: “The second paragraph is saying that everything changes when the US Jewish Mafia get their Gleiwitz. They are already moving the ships, aircraft and troops to their jump off points.”

    LOL
    Gleiwitz? As stated by Zionist dominated Wikipedia?

    ‘Gleiwitz: A False, False Flag?’, By Veronica Clark : https://codoh.com/library/document/6340/?lang=en

    The alleged Gleiwitz Incident has been utterly refuted, see: http://www.cwporter.com/gleiwitz.htm
    and:
    https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/02/24/alfred-naujocks-and-the-start-of-world-war-ii/

    The Gleiwitz “False Flag” Incident is Pure Fiction, By Carolyn Yeager: http://carolynyeager.net/gleiwitz-%E2%80%9Cfalse-flag%E2%80%9D-incident-pure-fiction
    more here:
    https://forum.codoh.com/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=7282

    • Replies: @Gsjackson
  42. The Yankee Empire has, since 1861, been willing to spend any amount of money necessary and spill as much blood as required to expand its crony capitalist empire. The Confederate States of America was its first victim but not its last. And notice how the Yankee Empire always has a “moral” excuse for every invasion, occupation or interference in a foreign nation.

  43. From the article:

    “threat to Israel (mostly via Iran’s support for Hamas)”

    Iran supports Hezbollah, a Lebanese-based militia. Hamas is a front organization created and controlled by Israel to discredit legitimate Palestinian resistance. Surprised this one got by the editors.

    • Agree: DESERT FOX
  44. @anonymous

    “What loons like Bolton and Pompeo are doing being employed by this administration is a head scratcher.”

    Really?
    Who’d be better for “a parade of posturing”?

    • Replies: @Herald
  45. @TG

    Not quite yet, my friend.
    Now, after “Ruuuuusssssssia” the Jews turn on Trump’s tax return thing.
    Imagine though, if Trump orders a NEW and REAL investigation on 9/11/2001.

    Just saying: “Imagine” .

    • Replies: @DESERT FOX
  46. DaveE says:
    @Griza

    Well said. I concur and sympathize. I come from a family of over-“educated” morons whose brains are so crammed with pedantic, superficial university-induced garbage and jargon that they forgot how to think, years ago. (Even my own BS in engineering was exactly that, BS, designed to create obedient catatonic corporate soldiers.)

    And this piece is just so typical of the normal “ignore the elephant in the room” nonsense that passes for even “alternative” journalism these days. By the word “elephant” I mean “Jew” and its vile ideology, now infesting Christianity as well.

    When being branded an “anti-Semite” is universally considered a compliment, we will be getting somewhere. But we got a LONG way to go.

    • Replies: @Fuerchtegott
  47. Why Iran is in trouble:

    List of Countries by Proven Oil Reserves (in millions of barrels):

    1. Venezuela (300,878)
    2. Saudi Arabia (266,455)
    3. Canada (169,709)
    4. Iran (158,400)
    5. Iraq (142,503)
    6. Kuwait (101,500)
    7. UAE (97,800)
    8. Russia (80,000)
    9. Libya (48,000)
    10. Nigeria (37,602)
    11. USA (35,000)

    All the countries in 1-10 are either good little neocon puppets or have been invaded, except Venezuela, Iran and Russia.

    We just can’t have that now, can we?

    These also happen to be the same 3 countries that we’ve has imposed the harshest sanctions on, purely coincidental, I’m sure.

  48. @DaveE

    Let me guess, the same people claim blacks have mythical street smartness.

    • Replies: @Wally
  49. Republic says:

    http://www.unz.com/tsaker/anglozionist-attack-options-against-iran/

    Last August The Saker had an excellent article on possible attack options of the US
    Against Iran.

    He stated this very chilling possibility:

    [MORE]

    Trump as the “disposable President” for the Neocons?
    The Neocons hate Trump, but they also own him. The best example of this kind of “ownership” is the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem which was an incredibly stupid act, but one which the Israel Lobby demanded. The same goes for the US reneging on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or, for that matter, the current stream of threats against Iran. It appears that the Neocons have a basic strategy which goes like this: “we hate Trump and everything he represents, but we also control him; let’s use him to do all the crazy stuff no sane US President would ever do, and then let’s use the fallout of these crazy decisions and blame it all on Trump; this way we get all that we want and we get to destroy Trump in the process only to replace him with one of “our guys” when the time is right“. Again, the real goal of an attack on Iran would be to bomb Iran back into a pre-revolutionary era and to punish the Iranian people for supporting the “wrong” regime thus daring to defy the AngloZionist Empire. The Neocons could use Trump as a “disposable President” who could be blamed for the ensuing chaos and political disaster while accomplishing one of the most important political objectives of Israel: laying waste to Iran. For the Neocons, this is a win-win situation: if things go well (however unlikely that is), they can take all the credit and still control Trump like a puppet, and if things don’t go well, Iran is in ruins, Trump is blamed for a stupid and crazy war

    • Replies: @Wally
  50. @RVBlake

    I thought that crazy 4-D chess meme died a long time ago. At this point, I wonder if Trump even knows how to play checkers.

    • Replies: @RVBlake
    , @renfro
  51. renfro says:
    @anonymous

    What loons like Bolton and Pompeo are doing being employed by this administration is a head scratcher.

    No it isn’t. Goggle Adelson and Bolton news reports shortly before Bolton’s appointment. He was in Las Vegas meeting with Adelson. Cross reference that on the ZOA site (Adelson is now their main funder).where you will see a long list of people the ZOA wanted hired and fired,, like Tillison and etc.. Those wanted hired have been, those wanted fired have been.

    • Agree: Cloak And Dagger
  52. @Tired of Not Winning

    And not coincidentally, all have run afoul of Organized Jewry in some way.

    • Agree: Iris
  53. @Griza

    Trump gives the Zionists (who are, as a whole, distinct from the Jews) everything they want. Yet 3/4ths of American Jews (many fervently opposed to Netanyahu’s extreme form of Zionism) will still vote Democrat no matter how much Trump panders to them. He is taking the White American vote for granted at his great peril. Let’s face it – Trump has become Netanyahu’s Useful Idiot. I’ll bet that Bibi has trouble containing his laughter.

    • Replies: @Beefcake the Mighty
  54. Iris says:

    In this very interesting RT Crosstalk show, the Israel lobby is depicted as the main force pushing the US to war with Iran, with President Trump much more inclined to negotiated solutions.

  55. @follyofwar

    American Jews still vote overwhelmingly Democratic because the Dems are just as obsequiously pro-Israel as the Repubs. And while they may blanch at Netanyahu’s overt thuggishness (and he’s mild by Likud standards), they fully agree (for the most part) with the principle that Israel is and should be an exclusivist, racialist state. In other words their well-known embrace of liberalism is extremely selective.

    • Agree: Wally
  56. RVBlake says:
    @follyofwar

    I still see it posted, ‘though not often.

  57. If Trump invades any country he’ll lose my support as he’ll be a proven liar.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  58. @Harold Smith

    Do you really think the bullshit “Russian interference.collusion” narrative would have gone anywhere if Trump wasn’t seen as a threat? The mere fact that “drain the swamp” appeared on the campaign trail would be seen as a fight by the swamp.

    There’s a lot not to like about Trump, but he was put in a box on day 1. IMO his fight has been to keep the lid off of the box. Appointing cartoon characters like Pompeo, Bolton, and Abrams, all of whom lack the slightest bit of credibility, simply point out how ridiculous their mindset is, and how easily they have been outsmarted by the next “dictator” they target. They easily discredit themselves without any interference from Trump. Note that Kim made it perfectly clear that Trump wasn’t the problem, Pompeo and Bolton were. Sure he gets questioned about their appointment, but he hasn’t started any wars – yet.

    • Agree: Iris
  59. @Tired of Not Winning

    Iran is in trouble for the same reason Saddam was in trouble and Qaddafi got offed. Selling, or threatening to sell oil in currencies other than the US dollar.
    Venezuela is in trouble, because a goal of the Bolivarian Revolution is to trade commodity for commodity eg. oil to Argentina for beef.
    In the first case, selling in other currencies destabilizes the Rothschild bank dollar, and in the second case it avoids the Rothschild Bank of International Settlements.

    Germany’s most unforgivable crime before the Second World War was her attempt to extricate her economic power from the world’s trading system and to create her own exchange mechanism which would deny world finance its opportunity to profit.

    Winston Churchill to Lord Boothby.

    History repeats itself, all wars are economic wars.

    • Agree: turtle
  60. @Longfisher

    he’ll lose my support as he’ll be a proven liar.

    Unlike any of the US Presidents over the last century?

  61. @Antares

    I question your assumption that the “alt-right still believes that they have voted their man into the White House.”

    The so-called alt-right (I prefer the term Dissident Right) were nearly uniformly America-first, anti-war, and anti-imperialism. That’s why they voted Trump. They thought that they had their man in the WH, but that all came crashing down when Trump started firing cruise missiles into Syria before the chemical weapons hoax was even investigated – and he did the same thing a second time. Alt-right leaders like Richard Spencer got off the Trump Train after the first fiasco.

  62. Ram says:

    Why do people still keep repeating this canard that the US efforts in the Middle East have not been successes ? Is it to blind the reader to the truth ?

    Every country that the US and it’s vassals have attacked have been rendered failed states, i.e. unable to control the landmass within their recognised boundaries. If they were a minimal threat to Israel before, today they are militarily castrated and will be a long time before they recover any such ability. US foreign policy has not changed one bit, although Trump was elected on such a promise. It is time to replace those MAGA caps with MIGA caps. trump is happy to wallow in the Swamp.

  63. renfro says:
    @follyofwar

    Trump has so far been nothing but a loud mouth failure and is trying to back his way out of the economic disasters he created for the US. Sounds like he is trying to do the same on Iran because all these would go against him in the next election.

    Trump reaches deal with Canada, Mexico to lift steel, aluminum tariffs, … Washington Post 4 hours ago

    Trump lifts steel tariffs on Turkey by half | l The Hill 18 hours ago

    Trump Delays Auto Tariffs in Press for Deal With Japan, Europe The New York Times 4 hours ago

  64. Sun Tzu says:

    Iran can shutdown the Petrodollar ponzi scheme overnight. The US is in a debt spiral. The Petrodollar is its source of strength and greatest weakness against Iran. Why? Because all these Oil & Gas producing, processing, storage and transportation assets are concentrated geographically around Iran. All Iran needs to do is hit all the soft targets in their region belonging to the Sunni sheikhdoms, like desalination plants, Crude Oil and/or Gas infrastructure. If there is no Sunni Arab Crude Oil production then the Petrodollar is dead for practical purposes. The world may have to regress to a pre-industrial state.

  65. @Curmudgeon

    Money is a concern for the nose, but it’s used as a form of control.
    Control is the main agenda, the exercise of power on behalf of their satanic tribe.
    Wrecking the ME is a big concern for them.
    They don’t want unity ANYWHERE for ANYONE, except for their own nasty little crew.
    The more discord they can sow, the happier they are.
    Money is not their end goal, as money is the means by which they do their nation wrecking.
    The Rothchilds are surely worth trillions so the idea that they primarily care about oil
    or banking is missing the mark.
    They want to destroy any and all competition….from muslims…..from Christians……
    from all sentient beings.
    They seek to reign supreme over all mankind. Ben Gurion’s prophecy is coming to fruition.
    Trump is just another shabbos goy sellout.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  66. @Patrikios Stetsonis

    Hell will freeze over before Trump turns on the zionists and Israel who did 911!

    • Replies: @tac
    , @Patrikios Stetsonis
  67. Wally says:
    @Fuerchtegott

    And the same people who make commercials showing black families with pinatas in their backyards at parties.

  68. Wally says:
    @Republic

    Won’t happen in spite of what Saker wishes.

  69. @anon

    I get what you’re saying, but the thought of voting for him seems like a vote for Israeli/Jewish power structure. He does seem to throw the occasional curve ball at those who appear to be on his Team (but aren’t). A Biden/Kamala ticket would be gruesome. She makes me ill to watch her badger people like Barr, etc. Biden looks like he has one foot in the grave so we could end up with Kamala running things with her aggressive attitude. She’s a total embarrassment to the more conservative and analytical type females.

  70. turtle says:
    @Curmudgeon

    That would be the primary economic reason, at least from U.S., and world banking, POV.
    Big trouble worldwide if U.S. dollar (petrodollar) collapses.

    Possible secondary economic reason from the Israeli POV is that Iran is the closest thing to a modern, industrialized country in the region, other than the so-called “Jewish state,” which depends on U.S. taxpayer largesse for its prosperity, if not its very existence. If U.S. public begins to see Iran as “more like us,” or a “natural ally” in the region, the U.S. money tit to State of Isunreal could dry up, and then Bibi and his Likud thugs are in big trouble.

    The “existential threat” to Israel from the Islamic Republic of Iran is not “nuclear weapons.” In my view, that is a red herring which will be used as an excuse to destroy Iran as a modern country, if war comes, which we can hope it will not.

    Iranian “threat to Israel” comes from things like:
    a) existence of an Iranian legislature (yes, the people have some say in their government)
    b) civil rights, educational and economic opportunities for women (in contrast to medieval Saudi Arabia)
    c) religious tolerance of Christians and, more importantly from Israeli POV, Jews, in Iran (Jews are guaranteed representation in Majlis. Jews and Christians are allowed to practice their religion in Iran, unlike Saudi Arabia. Even Muslims celebrate Christmas – tip: google “Christmas in Tehran” )
    d) modern industry (Iran produces approx 2 million autos domestically per year, has significant steel and cement industries, various other mining and minerals extraction and refining, including uranium, as we know. Also has a significant aerospace industry, which the U.S. and Israel do not like.)
    e) possible tourism industry (Iran has ski areas – suppose U.S. citizens decide to try out the slopes, and Tehran gets a reputation as the “Denver of the Middle East?” More importantly, cultural exchange breeds trust – what if Americans visit Iran and discover the Iranians are not ogres and do not hate us?)
    All of the above are “bad news” for the State of Israel.

    • Replies: @KA
  71. renfro says:

    Lets see if INSTEX, kicks in for Iran. ..if it does..well then,?

    May 16, 2019
    Europeans Promise Political and Economic Steps to Salvage the Iran Deal

    Berlin — Europe will provide Iran with concrete economic and political support over the next two months in an effort to keep Iran compliant with the 2015 nuclear agreement.
    Europeans will also try to stave off the threat of war in or around the Persian Gulf and are rejecting US claims of an enhanced threat from Iran or Iran-backed forces in the region.
    These are the main points derived from my meetings this week with European officials who focus on the issue of Iran and Middle Eastern stability more broadly.

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo received a frosty reception in Brussels on May 13 when he crashed a meeting of EU foreign ministers to present what the Trump administration claims is intelligence about rising Iranian threats. The United States has also faced pushback from European military officials on these claims even in the aftermath of the sabotage of several tankers in the Persian Gulf and attacks on Saudi pumping installations.
    British Maj. Gen. Chris Ghika, deputy commander of the anti-ISIS coalition, went so far as to tell reporters, “There’s been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria” to US and other troops in the region, directly contradicting statements from the Trump administration, which has withdrawn non-essential personnel from the US Embassy in Baghdad.

    Beyond seeking to prevent the outbreak of new hostilities in the Middle East, the Europeans are moving forward on the activation of a new financial mechanism to allow trade between European companies and Iran. This mechanism, dubbed INSTEX, has taken several months to create, to the frustration of the Iranian government. But Europeans expect to complete the first transactions within the next sixty days.
    https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/europeans-promise-political-and-economic-steps-to-salvage-the-iran-deal

    • Replies: @KA
  72. peterAUS says:
    @Griza

    What the hell am I going to do? What are you going to do? What am I going to do?

    About (high probability) fireworks with Iran? Nothing.

    Now, depending on what kind of fireworks are going to happen several scenarios are possible. Some of them could present a chance to actually start doing something.

    Try to envisage those scenarios. Try to see those chances…opportunities. Most importantly, prepare for them.
    I am sure you could acquire/improve certain skills and capabilities, even try to CAREFULLY network with similar people, to increase your chance of success in those scenarios.
    Makes sense?

  73. renfro says:

    In regard to war with Iran what the Ziocons stay away from mentioning is …..that even if Iran was bombed to smithereens , that is only the beginning….. you would have to put boots on the ground after that to control it.….and we all know it would be US boots not yellow bellied Israeli boots.

    Iran would be another country where other countries go to die, just like Afghanistan and Iraq… 16 yrs + trillions + 100 thousands dead we control nothing, have gained nothing.

  74. peterAUS says:
    @Ram

    …Every country that the US and it’s vassals have attacked have been rendered failed states, i.e. unable to control the landmass within their recognised boundaries. ….today they are militarily castrated and will be a long time before they recover any such ability….

    Yep.
    Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Lybia.
    That’s, IMHO, the primary objective of the (likely) military intervention against Iran.

    • Agree: turtle
  75. @Robert Dolan

    “They want to destroy any and all competition….from muslims…..from Christians……
    from all sentient beings.
    They seek to reign supreme over all mankind.”

    Wow! You’re one of the very, very few people I’ve ever encountered who understands this concept.

    Satanists rise to the top by bringing everything and everyone else down. They don’t actually want Venezuela’s oil, or Iran’s oil – for themselves – nor do they care very much whether it’s sold for dollars or euros or whatever; they just don’t want Venezuelans or Iranians (or the people of any resource-rich independent country) to benefit from their resources and to create successful nations.

  76. that even if Iran was bombed to smithereens

    Yes, I agree. Besides the fact that Iran’s mountainous terrain makes a bombing campaign exceedingly difficult (yes we could bomb cities like Tehran), Iran will be simultaneously launching missiles at US, Israeli, and Saudi assets, which would render world economy to a complete standstill in a matter of hours.

    With or without help from Russia, China, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, this would be the end of Israel and KSA, and a serious blow to the US, even if (unlikely) Iran is destroyed.

    And don’t forget, Iran has its own version of S-300 armaments, so those bombing missions would not be toll free.

  77. KA says:
    @renfro

    There was an Op-Ed by W Sherman in today’s NYT
    supporting the efforts of European and encouraging them to hasten the processINSTEX . Somewhere there is a resistance to this neocon mounted warmongering .

  78. KA says:
    @turtle

    Pletka told AEI attendees that it were not the nukes of Iran that was of concern but the worries were that Iran wouldn’t do anything with those nukes and would accepted as a rational player .

    • Replies: @annamaria
  79. @DESERT FOX

    the only one in congress aka the lower house of the knesset to raise a voice against this zionist instilled insanity is Tulsi Gabbard!

    I made only my third political contribution in my life to Tulsi, to help get her on the debate stage, but she has NO chance of being their candidate. Not unless someone builds a time machine and Hitler wins.

    Like John Hurt in 𝐴𝑙𝑖𝑒𝑛, once the invader reaches a certain point of infiltration, its removal kills the host. America will never be free of Zionist control.

    • Replies: @DESERT FOX
  80. Sean says:

    Iran thinks it is a great power and has been acting as such. Now it has to pick up the tab.

    • Replies: @annamaria
  81. lavoisier says: • Website
    @Harold Smith

    The laughably absurd theory that orange clown is a good-guy-in-a-bad-situation-a-well-intentioned-but-naive-political-babe-in-the-woods-unfortunately-being-manipulated-by-some-bad-people just won’t die.

    Trump is no damn good, regardless of the reason. He is untrustworthy, venal, and extraordinarily incurious and ignorant.

    I agree that there is nothing of real merit or nobility in the man. But I do not think he is a schemer or a con man. Those qualities require a level of intelligence he does not have.

    He is basically just a fool who has no core convictions or integrity that could serve as a framework to guide his actions.

    Regardless of why he has been such a failure, he has failed miserably.

    • Agree: DESERT FOX, Republic
  82. KA says:

    Russian president Vladimir Putin warned in response to the Iranian threat that “as soon as Iran takes its first reciprocal steps and says that it is leaving, everyone will forget by tomorrow that the US was the initiator of this collapse. Iran will be held responsible, and the global public opinion will be intentionally changed in this direction.” countercurrent.org

    Dr. James M. Dorsey is a senior fellow at Nanyang Technological University’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies,

  83. anon[149] • Disclaimer says:

    Boycotting Israeli tortured policies based products is anti Semitic

    Boycotting Iranian products leading to death and destruction is pro Semite

    May be destruction of this entry and identity what’s required

  84. renfro says:
    @lavoisier

    One thing the Iran issue is doing is preventing the public from knowing what he’s doing domestically.
    The msn never reports on domestic issues any more…..people have no idea at all how thoroughly screwed they are.
    Giving our public power agencies is truly psychopathic …..electricity cost will be sky high and make neighborhoods into shanty towns .

    *So far Trump has sold off US emergency Oil reserves to cover his spending
    *Tried to have public lands turned over to real estate developers for resorts etc.
    *Cut federal funds for public parks and lands to facilitate that giving of the land to for profit corps for ‘cost’ reasons.
    *Suggested selling off US highway, bridges, infrastructure to the Saudis to finance and develop as ‘toll’ enterprises
    *Defunded Pell (gov educational loans) to fund his “space force” in the sky at NASA.
    *Which means more business for the private loan shark education lenders.
    *He just approved Kushners immigration plan to bring in more HB college educated immigrants to compete with the Us middle class for jobs.
    * I could go on….and on and on.
    We are all fucked, screwed, reamed, violated and some still suckered by this piece of excrement who is first,… not a patriot and ….second, even if he was he doesnt have the balls to govern…even though he has the power of the highest office in the land. Tough guy my ass….he’s all mouth, nothing else.

    Trump Wants to Sell Public Power Agencies to Wall Street
    Move Will Hand Over New Deal-Era Giants TVA and Bonneville Power; Much Higher Electricity Costs for the Public and Businesses

    https://www.dcreport.org/2019/05/15/trump-wants-to-sell-public-power-agencies-to-wall-street/

    • Agree: DESERT FOX
    • Replies: @turtle
  85. @Curmudgeon

    It should be recalled that Nazi Germany attempted to bypass the parasitical finance capitalist system by entering into barter agreements with Central Europe (raw material for German manufacturing goods), see p. 469-471 of this revisionist history by the brilliant libertarian economist Rothbard:

    https://mises-media.s3.amazonaws.com/History%20of%20Money%20and%20Banking%20in%20the%20United%20States%20The%20Colonial%20Era%20to%20World%20War%20II_2.pdf

    The Anglo-Americans will go to war to protect the reserve currency status of the dollar (previously the pound played that role).

    • Replies: @Iris
  86. @Nancy Pelosi's Latina Maid

    Agree, but the one thing that would be the key to ending zionist control of America would be abolishing their private ATM aka the FED and their IRS which is also zionist privately owned and both have been used to get America into wars for zionist banking kabal profit starting with WWI and on down to the mideast.

    Also Tulsi knows that the US and Israel and Britain created AL CIADA aka ISIS and all off shoots there of, and so am surprized they have not taken her out of this world!

    People who speak the truth about the zionist control of the zio/US don’t seem to last long!

  87. Gsjackson says:
    @Wally

    OT Wally, I’m in Krakow and will probably go to Auschwitz in the next few days. Anything in particular to look for re proving/disproving the Holohoax?

    • Replies: @Miro23
  88. Iris says:
    @Beefcake the Mighty

    It should be recalled that Nazi Germany attempted to bypass the parasitical finance capitalist system by entering into barter agreements with Central Europe

    Funny how the powers-that-be-which-we-cannot-name-by fear-of-being-sued-for-anti-Semitism become nervous as soon as Usury is threatened.

    I remember reading a few years back how a prominent Hebraic banking figure was fuming because China had made barter agreements with rich but war-torn Congo. All while Western oligarchy pretends to fight corruption in Africa, which is precisely what barter prevents…

  89. renfro says:
    @lavoisier

    This is typical of Trumps business acumen ….same scenario he used in his real estate business….create a colossal failure then run to his bank lenders to bail him out before he loses it all which would mean the bank loses everything they loaned him also. So the bank would fund him enough to give him time to sell off property to pay the bank back.
    Unfortunately its the taxpayers who are bailing Trump out of his fucked up trade mongering that could hurt him in the next election …….and we wont be paid back.

    Trump’s farmer bailout begins. USDA spends $1.2 billion to buy …
    https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/28/politics/farmer-bailout-trump/index.html
    Aug 28, 2018 – The government is starting to pay farmers that have been hurt by the fallout of President Donald Trump’s widening trade feuds. The USDA announced Monday that it would release an initial $4.7 billion payment, and buy $1.2 billion of surplus food. The move is part of a larger, $12 billion aid….

    Cost of Trump’s
    bailout program for
    farmers is poised to
    more than double …another $15 billion
    Markets Insider – Business Insider
    1 day ago

    • Agree: DESERT FOX
  90. renfro says:
    @lavoisier

    Oh wait…it gets even worse.

    Trump farm bailout 40 million taxpayers money will go to Brazilian-owned meatpacking firm, USDA says

    BTY….the owners of the firm have twice been arrested and once again in federal custody in Brazil. Federal Police returned former JBS Chairman Joesley Batista to prison Friday morning, this time as part of their “Operation Carwash,” the 4-year old corruption probe involving bribing politicians and businessmen. Batista and his brother, Wesley Batista, until earlier this year, were being held in connection with bribery of food safety inspectors.

    [MORE]

    ”After yet again ramping up his trade war against China last week with a new round of tariffs on Chinese goods, President Donald Trump quickly took to Twitter to assure our “Great Patriot Farmers” that he would shield them from the fallout. Soon after, US Department of Agriculture chief Sonny Perdue announced that the president had directed him to “work on a plan quickly,” adding that “@POTUS loves his farmers and will not let them down!” Trump later hinted he would come up with “about $15 billion” in public funds to offset the losses expected due to retaliatory tariffs on American exports. No details of the new aid package have been released.
    This promise comes on the heels of the $12 billion “trade mitigation package” the administration rolled out last year to assist farmers “suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations.” To finance the tariff reimbursement program, Trump and company reverted to grabbing funds from a USDA agency launched during the Great Depression to stabilize crop prices for farmers. The response from farm country to the trade war and Trump’s attempts to salve its effects can be summed up by a recent statement from Roger Johnson of the National Farmers Union, who expressed appreciation for the short-term assistance, but added that “such temporary solutions are not sufficient to address the permanent damage the trade war has inflicted on agricultural export markets.”

    As Trump prepares to disperse more cash, it’s worth pointing out where some of the president’s past bailout funds ended up: Into the hands of one of the globe’s most massive multinational agribusiness companies.
    “Why is the USDA bailing out plants operated by JBS, the largest meatpacker in the world, with a program designed to help domestic companies and producers under economic duress?”
    Most of last year’s $12 billion trade mitigation package was devoted to delivering cash to growers of commodities the USDA deemed most affected by the trade dispute, mainly soybeans and live hogs. A smaller amount, around $1.2 billion, was directed towards buying up finished food products that might otherwise have been exported to China, and distributing them to schools and other public institutions in the United States. About half of those funds—$559 million—went to buying back pork.
    In January, the Greeley, Colorado Tribune reported that as part of the trade-bailout package, the USDA signed contracts to purchase $22.3 million of that pork from JBS USA, the American arm of JBS, a gigantic Brazil-based meat company that owns massive shares of the US beef, chicken, and pork markets. The news drew outrage. The Organization of Competitive Markets, a farmer-led group that organizes against corporate control of agriculture, circulated a petition calling for a halt to sending cash meant for struggling farmers to “global meatpacking corporations.” Undaunted, the USDA has signed two additional contracts to buy JBS pork with bailout funds, the environmental advocacy group Food and Water Watch points out: one on Feb.15 for $14,522,880 and another one on May 2 for $25,614,708.40.
    “Why is the USDA bailing out plants operated by JBS, the largest meatpacker in the world, with a program designed to help domestic companies and producers under economic duress?” said Tony Corbo, a senior lobbyist for Food and Water Watch. “This company does not seem to be hurting.” In an emailed statement, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, which administers the program, wrote that the agency “buys American commodities, produced on American farms by American farmers…regardless of who the vendor is, the products purchased are grown in the US and benefit US farmers. JBS qualifies as a bidder under this criteria.”
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    Just as Trump was shoveling bailout money to JBS, the Center for American Progress released a report finding that because big buyers like JBS dominate the market, farmers face a paucity of choices to market their hogs. JBS is one of four companies that slaughter more than two-thirds of US-grown hogs, and their buying power “not only holds down the prices that hog farmers get for their product, but affects the entire nature of their operations…forcing them to take on burdensome debt, accept low prices derived from opaque formulas, and assume risky liabilities,” the CAP report states. Soon after taking office, Trump had a chance to sign an Obama proposal to rein in the power of the big meat packers called the Farmer Fair Practice Rules, which I explained here. He nixed it instead.
    And just as JBS’ US pork arm is being handed bailout money, its Brazil operations are managing to cash in on the US-China trade spat. China has already started to shift its meat purchases to Brazil to punish the United States. After JBS’ CEO told investors that growing demand in meat from China would boost its profits this year, the company saw its share price jump in late March. A JBS exec told investors the company “may also re-direct some pork production from the United States to China if demand warrants,” Reuters reported. On Monday, JBS reported first-quarter profits 2019 of $273 million, with nearly a quarter of its exports going to its biggest customer, China.
    A China-based company was getting taxpayer cash to buffer it from Trump’s trade war with China.
    Last year, the USDA also agreed to buy $240,000 worth of pork under the bailout from another enormous corporation that exports to China, Smithfield Foods, which is owned by China-based meat conglomerate WH Foods. So a China-based company was going to get taxpayer cash to buffer it from Trump’s trade war with China. After public outrage, Smithfield quietly terminated the contract.
    Until hostilities broke out last year, China was the biggest overseas market for US farm goods, particularly soybeans and pork. And the places where these soybeans and hogs are grown tend to solidly support Trump. So a trade war against China means a direct economic attack to the president’s turf on the electoral map. Handing cash to a multinational corporation already benefiting from the trade war seems like an odd way to address these self-inflicted.
    https://www.motherjones.com/food/2019/05/among-the-beneficiaries-of-trumps-tariff-bailout-for-farmers-a-brazilian-owned-meat-company/

  91. Miro23 says:
    @Gsjackson

    @Wally

    OT Wally, I’m in Krakow and will probably go to Auschwitz in the next few days. Anything in particular to look for re proving/disproving the Holohoax

    Where are the bodies? Try and work out the methods and logistics (not to mention the fuel) need to dispose of 6.000.000 Jewish bodies without a trace.

    The bodies of thousands of Polish officers murdered by the Soviets in Katyn forest (at about the same time) have all been found and identified.

    This book isn’t on Wally’s reading list, but the German occupation of Poland was brutal and murderous:

    “The Forgotten Holocaust – The Poles under German Occupation 1939 – 1944” https://www.amazon.com/Forgotten-Holocaust-Third-Richard-Lukas/dp/0781813026/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+forgotten+holocaust&qid=1558215950&s=books&sr=1-1

  92. @lavoisier

    “I agree that there is nothing of real merit or nobility in the man. But I do not think he is a schemer or a con man. Those qualities require a level of intelligence he does not have.”

    I would have to disagree. I don’t think a person has to be a genius to be a con man; it takes a shameless pathological liar with an exaggerated sense of entitlement, which is Trump all over.

    “He is basically just a fool who has no core convictions or integrity that could serve as a framework to guide his actions.”

    No doubt Sheldon Adelson and Bibi Netanyahu would disagree with you. In their view he’s a man of integrity who delivers. And he’s willing to sacrifice what’s left of “America” for the jewish-supremacist cause, even if it risks planetary extinction. That suggests a fairly strong conviction, wouldn’t you say?

  93. annamaria says:
    @RVBlake

    Wallowing in zionist slime: https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/05/13/iran-preparing-the-battle-space/

    Bringing regime change to Iran – the primordial threat, in Lewis terms – was always a Lewis fantasy. “Should we negotiate with Iran’s ayatollahs?” Henry Kissinger asked him on one occasion; “Certainly not!” … “I believe that one of the things you’ve got to do to Arabs is hit them between the eyes with a big stick. They respect power.”

    The “Bernard Lewis plan”, as it came to be known, was a design to fracture all the countries in the region – from the Middle East to India – along ethnic, sectarian and linguistic lines. A radical Balkanisation of the region.

    …now, inspired by his intellectual hero (Lewis), Pompeo, together with Richard Perle’s PNAC colleague, John Bolton, seem to be itching to try it, using the Lewis recipe of ‘hitting Iran between the eyes with a big (sanctions) stick’.

    A portrait of a bloody war criminal and enemy of humanity Bernard Lewis: https://archive.org/details/BernardLewisPlan

    “The Bernard Lewis — Oded Yinon Israeli Plan To Carve Up The Middle East:” https://coercioncode.com/2018/09/19/the-bernard-lewis-oded-yinon-plan-to-carve-up-the-middle-east/

    • Replies: @Iris
  94. renfro says:

    I think its time to boycott Jews socially and business wise in home towns …and explain to them why in polite terms. ..is that anti semitic? ……probably……or it is just educating them on the error of their big Jews ways?….….I don’t care….and there’s nothing they or their gov toadies can do about it.

    One way to silence Israel boycotts? Get lawmakers to pass anti-BDS bills

    Note: This story was produced as part of the COPY, PASTE, LEGISLATE series, which is a partnership between USA TODAY, the Arizona Republic and the Center for Public Integrity.

    [MORE]

    The front lines in a bitter debate between Israel’s defenders and critics lie in an unexpected place: state capitals across America.
    Palestinian rights activists calling for people to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel have racked up policy victories over the past 14 years across the globe and in the USA, particularly on university campuses.
    In response, pro-Israel advocates have taken the battle to state legislatures, where their lobbyists worked with sympathetic lawmakers to shut down an effort they said threatens the existence of a Jewish state.
    A rapid succession of states – 27 in four years – adopted measures to curb the initiative known as BDS.
    These new laws and executive orders were crafted by activists, then copied from one state to the next and adopted with virtually identical language. Most require tens of thousands of state contractors to pledge not to boycott Israel or lose their government funding. Other efforts require state pension boards to divest from companies that boycott Israel.

    A man holds a sign during a rally in the War Room at the state Capitol on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Albany, N.Y. Critics of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians protested Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order prohibiting state investments in any company that supports a boycott of Israel. (Photo: Mike Groll, AP)
    As part of a two-year investigation into copycat legislation in state capitols, the Center for Public Integrity and USA TODAY examined dozens of anti-boycott bills and executive orders, then traced the communication between pro-Israel lobbyists and lawmakers who supported their efforts.
    The broader investigation, “Copy, Paste, Legislate,” shows for the first time how governors and lawmakers across the country allowed a handful of private advocacy groups to write public policy word for word.
    In Nevada, a pro-Israel lobbyist guided the legislation’s sponsor with detailed and frequent feedback, in one case reviewing and approving statements by a lawmaker who planned to support the bill.
    In South Carolina, state Rep. Alan Clemmons called an activist supporting the anti-boycott legislation Clemmons sponsored his “buddy and wordsmith-in-chief.”
    A network of pro-Israel Jewish and evangelical Christian advocacy groups have quietly but forcefully pushed the anti-boycott legislation, marketing it as a solution to address a growing trend of anti-Semitic incidents. Among the leaders are well-known organizations such as the Jewish Federations of North America as well as smaller groups such as the Israeli-American Coalition for Action.
    The groups pushing the bills build on goodwill generated from years of courting state officials with – sometimes free – trips to Israel. The Israeli government then writes to thank state officials instrumental in passing the measures.
    Pro-Israel groups urge states to enforce the new divestment laws against specific companies, such as Danske Bank and Airbnb, which angered pro-Israel advocates last year when it announced it would remove Israeli rental listings on the West Bank. The groups push for passage of measures to undermine pro-Palestinian activism on college campuses.
    Some anti-boycott activists said they took the debate to state legislatures in part to find friendlier waters than universities. “You don’t want to fight on your enemy’s terrain,” Noah Pollak said in 2016. “While you were doing your campus antics, the grown-ups were in the state legislatures passing laws that make your cause improbable.”
    The anti-boycott measures are a largely successful effort to embed controversial foreign policy into state law, short-circuiting public discourse about Israel, to the detriment, some say, of Americans who would like to do business with their states but also hold deep convictions about Palestinian rights.
    The American Civil Liberties Union and Council on American-Islamic Relations spearheaded a slew of lawsuits over the demands for contractors to disavow Israel boycotts. Among the plaintiffs: a Texas speech pathologist who decided she could not work a 10th year at her suburban school district, a former Maryland state legislator who lost out on a $50,000 state contract and an Arizona lawyer who had to choose between advising state prison inmates and a newfound zeal to promote his cause overseas.
    Backers say the anti-boycott laws fit with the United States’ long-standing alliance with Israel and clamp down on discrimination against Israelis. Attacks on Jews jumped by 37% in 2017, according to the FBI, and they’ve since grown more deadly. In October 2018, a gunman killed 11 people at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue.
    “The BDS movement is an anti-Semitic movement. It discriminates against no one on the planet other than Jews,” said Peggy Shapiro, executive director of the Midwest chapter of StandWithUs, which has advocated for anti-boycott laws. “It’s important for governors and legislatures to speak up and say this is not something our states will invest in.”
    The U.S. Senate in February passed federal legislation championed by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., that would protect the state laws from legal challenges, though it appears unlikely to pass the House.
    Supporters of the international BDS movement argue Israel’s treatment of Palestinians amounts to an inhumane form of apartheid. They say the anti-boycott state laws help insulate Israel from legitimate criticism.
    “They’re attacking individuals’ and even companies’ and nonprofits’ ability to engage on this issue through First-Amendment-protected activities,” said Dima Khalidi, director of Palestine Legal, a group that provides legal support to Palestinian rights advocates. “This movement is about human rights.”
    It’s a high-stakes, emotional discussion. The anti-BDS lobbying campaign pits Holocaust survivors and their memories of 1930s German boycotts of Jewish goods against activists who, seeing similarities between Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and the Jim Crow South, hope to usher in an era of equality for Palestinians.
    The anti-boycott movement in the states has frustrated some American Jews, who in surveys support Israel yet criticize some of its policies.
    “Boycotts are a tactic. It’s a neutral tactic,” said Rabbi Jill Jacobs, executive director of T’ruah, a Jewish human rights group that supports neither BDS nor anti-BDS laws. “The best way to protect Israel is to fight for the human rights of both Israelis and Palestinians there and not to argue about the tactics.”
    Illinois and South Carolina were the first states to pass anti-boycott measures in 2015, and many of the bills that followed shared their exact wording, from Arizona to Rhode Island and more states in between.
    In Nevada, Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison worked closely with a pro-Israel lobbyist, Dillon Hosier, to craft and pass the bill modeled from Arizona’s law, according to emails obtained by the Center for Public Integrity.
    “I don’t think there’s a First Amendment right to have the government do business with you,” Hutchison said in an interview.
    Hutchison has traveled to the Middle East at least twice, including on a $15,000 trip in 2013 paid for by the American Israel Education Foundation, an affiliated charity of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel lobbying Israel is a common destination for state officials, including other anti-boycott bill sponsors. At least 21 of the 50 sitting governors have visited or planned to visit the country at least once, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of news reports.
    An assemblywoman supporting the Nevada bill asked for the lieutenant governor’s thoughts on her planned testimony. His office forwarded the testimony to Hosier.
    “Hits all the right notes,” the lobbyist replied.
    Hosier worked for the Israeli-American Coalition for Action, a Los Angeles-based advocacy group that works to strengthen U.S.-Israeli ties. A board member of the group, Adam Milstein, said in a speech in 2017 that his organization was “spearheading” efforts to combat BDS at the state and federal level, taking credit for passing legislation in California and working to pass it in five other states, according to prepared remarks. The charitable group that created the IAC for Action, called the Israeli American Council, has received more than $60 million in donations from GOP mega-donors Sheldon and Miriam Adelson.
    Anti-boycott legislation has been a team effort, Hosier told the Center for Public Integrity, saying there was “a core group of organizations that attempted to drive it across the country.”
    Republican state Rep. Clemmons sponsored the first anti-boycott law dealing with contractors in South Carolina in 2015. He said a trip to Israel, paid for with election campaign funds, inspired the legislation and he received help from multiple groups, including the D.C.-based Israel Allies Foundation.
    “We’ve not been a big financial player. It’s just really coordinating the different groups to work together,” said Daniel Williams, a former executive director of the foundation. “And the person that has been driving that is Joe Sabag.”
    In 2017, Clemmons, in an email obtained by the Center for Public Integrity, called the foundation’s Sabag his “buddy and wordsmith-in-chief.” Sabag, formerly the foundation’s U.S. director who has moved to the IAC for Action, said he often helps legislators who ask for his expertise.
    George Mason University law professor Eugene Kontorovich helped draft the bill and went on to assist other states with their anti-boycott measures and frequently defends the laws’ constitutionality in the news media.
    “One man’s boycott is another man’s discrimination,” Kontorovich said.
    In 2015, Illinois passed a bill forcing state investment funds to divest from companies boycotting Israel, aided by the American Jewish Committee and a local Jewish Federation, according to emails obtained by the Center for Public Integrity.
    The Israel Allies Foundation announced it was combining the South Carolina and Illinois bills into “one piece of model legislation.” Clemmons said he urged lawmakers in other states to copy his bill.
    Hosier, who left IAC for Action to help start a new Israeli American advocacy organization, criticized some of the model anti-boycott legislation. At least five states passed laws mimicking South Carolina’s prohibition on Israel-boycotting contractors, which he said is unconstitutional.
    In Louisiana, Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards did not write his anti-boycott executive order nor the news release accompanying it. Both drafts were sent to him by Mithun Kamath, a pro-Israel advocate for the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans. In an email obtained in a public records request
    In Louisiana, Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards did not write his anti-boycott executive order nor the news release accompanying it. Both drafts were sent to him by Mithun Kamath, a pro-Israel advocate for the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans. In an email obtained in a public records request by the Center for Public Integrity, Kamath said that the draft executive order was reviewed by AIPAC and Israel Action Network, a group founded by the Jewish Federations of North America to “counter delegitimization” of Israel.
    The final executive order and news release were nearly word-for-word what the federation had delivered.
    The federation hired powerful Louisiana lobbyist Ryan Haynie, who emailed a pro-Israel speech drafted for the governor, though it’s unclear whether Edwards used it.
    “No pride of authorship just want to help jumpstart the process for you guys,” Haynie wrote to the governor’s office. Haynie and his mega-lobbyist father, Randy, are fixtures in Louisiana politics and have represented everyone from tech titan Apple to tobacco giant Altria.
    A spokesperson for the governor, Shauna Sanford, said it is common for interest groups to supply the governor with talking points and said about the speech that “there’s no way to know what remarks were delivered” since the event was private.
    The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, AIPAC and the Israel Action Network did not respond to requests for comments.
    Omar Barghouti, a Qatar-born Palestinian resident of Israel and co-founder of the BDS movement, predicted that the statehouse countermovement will backfire and actually strengthen BDS in the USA.
    Israel’s “attempts to muzzle free speech and undermine the U.S. Constitution are decisively and perhaps irreversibly alienating the liberal mainstream, including younger Jewish-Americans,” Barghouti told the Center for Public Integrity in an email.

    • Agree: Cloak And Dagger
    • Replies: @annamaria
  95. Amon says:

    Trump 2020 is already dead in the water with the main star coming off as little more than a hot air balloon with massive holes in it.

    He’s lost the silent majority center by bending the knee to Israel and the fundamentalist Christian born agian/rapture nutters.

    Added to that has been 3 years of him ignoring and downplaying the radical lefts push to silence through violence anyone they don’t like.

    He’s reversed course on immigration, cucked pn the wall, empowered his vapor headed daughter and her equally vapor headed sleazebag of a husband who pushes for agendas that goes against everything that Trump’s base believes in.

    On the economy he’s betrayed the great trade deals, provided massive tax cuts to the superwealthy who spent that money on buying back more of their own stocks thus sending the stock market and GDP soaring even as the actual economy is choking to death.

    Inferstructure has been completely ignored even as Israel and the US military got a golden shower worth billions.

    Add to that the fact that relations with Russia is worse than ever and that the the swamp he promised to drain is now overflowing with neocon creeps that he willing put there.

    Am I tired of winning.

    I don’t know, we have to start winning first before we can decide if we like it or not.

    • Agree: Sick of Orcs, DESERT FOX
  96. annamaria says:
    @KA

    Danielle Pletka most likely is from the same stock of low-grade East-Europeans Jews that gave Bolshevik thugs to Russia and gave ziocon scum to the US; see Kristol, Perle, Wolfowitz, Feith and other obnoxious half-wits full of their “choosenite” essence.

  97. annamaria says:
    @Sean

    “Iran thinks it is a great power and has been acting as such.”

    — True. This is a great civilization with deep roots and well known contributions to humankind. The Iranian / Persian civilization is older than 5779 years, which should be intolerable for certain excessively proud tribe.

    • Agree: Iris
    • Replies: @turtle
  98. You don’t need high intelligence to predict what would happen if the US provokes Iran too much. Iranians, being cornered in their own neck of woods, thousands of miles away from the US, will certainly sink at least one US aircraft carrier. For the US it would mean a huge loss of face, proving to the whole world that the king has no clothes (many actually suspect this, but that would be an incontrovertible proof). Hoi polloi in 4/5th of the world would gleefully rejoice, Putin and Xi would rejoice quietly and privately, the US sidekicks in Europe, Australia, Israel, and Canada would be dismayed and disheartened, third-rate imperial boot lickers in the Baltics, Poland, and Ukraine would be devastated.

    I think even dumb as a brick US elites understand this. So, my prediction is that the US will use the same strategy it used with NK: issue loud empty threats, send aircraft carriers, but make sure they don’t get in range of Iranian weapons, make a lot of stink, and then get out of the region with their tail between their legs, all the time making victorious noises. If the US follows through on its threats, that would be a sure sign that the US elites are even dumber than I think, and sinking of even one US aircraft carrier would be the end of the US hegemony. We’ll see soon enough.

  99. @AnonFromTN

    Yes, whatever else is going on here, there will be NO attack. One nit-pick in your analysis: should your (likely) scenario play out, deracinated cucks in the European leadership will indeed fret as you say. However, Israel will simply be enraged and demand its US attack dog raise the stakes. Psychopathic Israel is again the wild card in all of this.

  100. Iris says:
    @annamaria

    Great sources, thanks ever so much, dear Annamaria.

  101. annamaria says:
    @renfro

    In short, “you have no right to notice crimes against humanity committed by the Jewish State.”

    Not only Israelis rob and murder the native Palestinians of all ages, the zionists demand from Americans and Europeans to be blind and deaf to these crimes. Otherwise, “antisemitism.”

    No wonder that anti-zionism has been growing steadily and will eventually hit the vicious tribe that has been milking other people’s sympathy and good will for decades while using the extractive holo-biz schema.

    The tribe became so accustomed to unimpeded parasitism, that the simple questions of normative morality have become intolerable and generate direct attacks by zionists against the most cherished values of western civilization — the freedom of speech and freedom of information.

    • Agree: DESERT FOX, Robjil
    • Replies: @turtle
  102. @AnonFromTN

    Agree, however the zionists want a war with Iran and Russia, a nuclear war that they believe they can survive in their DUMBs ie Deep Underground Military Bases that they have throughout the zio/US and Europe and in Israel, with the result being armageddon , with these satanic bastards in control of what is left of the world.

    The US and Europe will be a waste land, hundreds of millions will die, maybe even billions, but they do not give a damn, for in the end they believe they will have their satanic zionist NWO.

  103. turtle says:
    @renfro

    These valuable taxpayer-owned assets would be sold at deep discounts to their net worth, essentially another Trump scheme to transfer wealth from millions of taxpayers to a relatively few and already rich Wall Street investors.

    Sounds to me like those “Russian oligarchs” we used to read about.

  104. Herald says:
    @Fuerchtegott

    This is the kind of posturing that causes wars….whoops!

  105. Sally says:
    @Robert Dolan

    Pinocchio, maybe ..what ruined Trump’s presidency was secrecy.. Had he exposed everything as he promised, had he exposed the people to Hillary, Obama and Bushy activities, he would be still be in total control..

    If Trump wants to continue as el Presidente, he needs to send special forces to get Assange from British Zionist claws, and pardon Assange for all crimes, real or fake, if any, then replace Bolton with Assange.. and expose and expose and expose.. until the cows come home.. The white house website would look like Wikileaks^2.. and his speeches would expose.. (expose^400=the 400th power of expose would become a campaign mark). He then should order that nothing in the USA government is to remain a secret from anyone..the government is an open book without redaction. Everything is to be made immediately available under freedom of information act and if that failed he could arrange to have the white house fill information requests to provide American citizens, as fast as the white house staff could fill the requests).

    He could put the military to work making web pages that exposed and exposed and exposed.. and he could invite the leaders of the world’s nations to Present themselves on appropriate American media for open, public, unrestricted citizen to guest question and answer sessions to get answers to all questions about government and its dealings around the world.

    After I won the next election, he might have the AG indict every government person revealed to be corrupt since Abe Lincoln. and order them to trial, conviction and punishment.

    It would serve the people well if Trump would propose to congress an amendment to the USA Constitution.. Maybe call it the Obligation of those in government to respect the human rights of the governed. Such an Amendment might look something like the following: =>

    The congress shall appropriate each year the sum of $100 times the numbers of governed persons accounted for in the latest USA census and transmit such sum without restriction to a human rights court. Any citizen ( no qualification required) would be authorized to write a proposal to the court, to audit a person, an office or any agency of government, and if the human rights court found the proposal acceptable, the 9 member court would authorize the audit and provide the funding necessary to carry out the proposed audit. The court would be comprised of those who passed an examination on legal theory and human rights, and who win by standing for election, a place on the court. Each member of the court would be eligible to serve only once, for three years, and while serving paid a salary equal to the salary the members of the USA supreme court are paid.

    If a final citizens human right audit report recommends that a person, office or agency be indicted, under criteria established by the Human Rights Court, then the Human Rights Court would issue a cease operations order together with a warrant to appear and answer for the findings of corrupt doings presented in the report . Those found guilty would be punished at the pleasure of the Human Rights Court ( not an Article 3 court, not a part of the USA constitution, but an independent citizens court, organized to be sure those who are in the government do not use the government to violate the human rights of the citizens they govern)..

    Corruption of any kind in government, by government, or by those who are employed by, contracted to, or who are in privy to government is a violation of the human rights of the governed and is therefore within the jurisdiction of the human rights court to punish. The human rights court develops legal criteria and publish such criteria to the governed each year, for approval, if the governed affirm by vote such legal criteria, the criteria become part of the body of law that protects humans from corruption of purpose of government or from corrupt activities of persons in privy with government.

    Yeah I know this is way out, but its real purpose is to show that a third party auditor (with unlimited authority and unrestricted funding to audit any entity of government) is needed to keep the elected government and its members straight.

  106. turtle says:

    sink at least one US aircraft carrier

    I have no idea if the Iranians presently have the capability to do this (I doubt it), but I expect that, sooner or later, some foreign military power will do so.
    If (or should I say, when) that happens, it will certainly be a game-changer, comparable to the sinking of the Bismarck by the British,and the sinking of the Yamato and her sister ship the Musashi by the U.S. Navy.
    Air power has “ruled the waves” since then, but its time may be coming to a close.
    Time will tell…

    • Replies: @Beefcake the Mighty
  107. turtle says:
    @annamaria

    The Iranian / Persian civilization is older than 5779 years

    Iranian FM, Mr. Zarif, made the comment here:

    that the Persians once had an empire which ruled the world for longer than the U.S. has been a country.
    Also, that their dignity is not for sale.
    Good on you, Mr. Zarif.
    Iran is not my enemy.
    Nor the enemy of the majority of Americans, I’ll wager.

    • Replies: @Vianney
  108. “(to the benefit of the major arms makers and dealers, whose donating coffers seem to open up at the sound of the guns).”

    Sure, the logic is as clear as the love of private prison operators and prison officers’ unions for “three strikes” legislation but what do the probably reliably recorded stats on corruption of American politics and policy by arms manufacturers show? And how can it be connected up with Bolton, Abrams and/or Pompeo?

    And here’s a distant observer’s hypothesis. The tricky dealmaking Trump must know very eell that he is being subjected to attempted manipulation by neocons and others who know far more than he about the specifics of foreign policy. So he decides to tie them up and neutralise them in the run up to reelection knowing or at least hoping with some reason that it gives him extra leverage in dealing with Iran (as well as keeping Likudniks on side). All he has to do is make sure that there is no war with Iran with or without enough incidents to keep what he is really up to and intends obscure. Is he losing any votes while appearing to be threatening war with Iran? Probably not, so it sort of hangs together, doesn’t it?

  109. turtle says:
    @annamaria

    “antisemitism.”

    You say that like it is some kind of “Bad Thing.”
    I say, so what? WGASA?
    There is “Semitism” and there is “anti-Semitism.” BFD.
    “Semitism” to me means “Jewish supremacism,” or “Jewish exceptionalism.”
    “Anti-Semitism” means “criticism of a Jewish person or the foreign or domestic policies of the Jewish State of Israel.”
    As such, it is nothing reprehensible, only a point of view.

    A related idiocy is the statement that “if the Nazis had won, we (in the U.S.) would all be speaking German right now,” generally mouthed by the likes of Mr. Thomas Friedman.
    Yeah? So? Consider the source.
    Do you mean I would have been encouraged to learn the language of my ancestors, who emigrated to the U.S. in the 1870s, and in which a great deal of important scientific literature is written, not to mention philosophy and poetry? And this would be a Bad Thing?
    How?
    Afraid more Americans might be able to read Werner Heisenberg in the original?
    Or what?

  110. Robert Dunn says: • Website

    I’m sure it was that first envelope of white powder one of Trump’s step daughters got that hospitalized here finally convinced Trump of something he only suspected all along: They know where he is and can get to him whenever they want. ‘THEY’ are AIPAC – the most powerful force in US politics and Israel’s mouthpiece and, the Christian, white race hating Talmud – their blueprints for conquest. It was actually Obama that was more determined against this evil by forcing the issue of UNSCR 242 at them only to have idiot Donald Trump criticize him as an ‘enemy of Israel’! America will never be great until it gets a lot more enemies of Israel! For, as mentioned by a few here already, they are behind the massive inflow of immigrants to destroy European culture and Christianity here, as well as the genocide of white Americans not to mention the billions of dollars being given to Israel by a president that insisted nations will have to pay for their own security and NATO nations picking up their part of the tab.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  111. @turtle

    I think it’s generally accepted that modern, anti-ship missiles (which the Iranians possess) are more than capable of sinking an aircraft carrier, which have no real defense against them. Aircraft carriers are anachronisms anyway, really just shows-of-force. The American Navy has been obsessed with them since the war with Japan, classic example of generals/admirals fighting the last war.

    • Replies: @turtle
  112. Israel already caused the end of BLORMPF’S fraudsidency.

    Take comfort, Frens. We were never going to vote our way out if this.

  113. Anon[712] • Disclaimer says:

    Donald Trump is done.

    Breaking bombshell.

    Today is a turning point.

    The beginning of the end.

    Impeachment.

    The walls are closing in on him.

    Trump will resign.

    This is a tipping point.

    The last days of Nixon.

    His presidency is crippled.

    We’re in the third quarter.

    Trump’s going down.

    Trump will not serve out his term.

    It’s over.

    The watershed week.

    Today changed everything.

    He’s underwater.

    • Replies: @Beefcake the Mighty
  114. Avery says:
    @AnonFromTN

    {….will certainly sink at least one US aircraft carrier. For the US it would mean a huge loss of face,}

    The loss of a capital ship to direct Iranian action would be far more than a loss of face.
    Entire US would go nuts; MSM will whip the mobs to a frenzy and all Hell will break loose.
    US would throw everything at Iranians.
    It would be completely irrational, but Washington D.C is evil and completely irrational, and they feel personally secure 1,000s of miles away from any retaliation. Any retaliation against US civilian targets by Iranian proxies that kills innocent civilians will suit these reptilians just fine: they will use the occasion to murder even more Iranian civilians (via carpet bombing).

    I am certain Iranians are too smart to confront US directly, even if US does attack them.
    They will most certainly hurt and bleed US asymmetrically: Iranians have a lot of assets and experience in that category.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  115. @Anon

    So, things aren’t looking good for him?

  116. @Robert Dunn

    “They know where he is and can get to him whenever they want.”

    Nonsense. Trump’s their loyal agent.

  117. tac says:
    @DESERT FOX

    If Trump wanted to start a 9/11 investigation he can do so anytime because the owner of Urban Moving–Dominik Suter–is back in the US living and working in the Francisco Bay Area. Don’t hold you breath though.

    The company’s owner — Dominik Otto Suter, an Israeli citizen — had fled to Israel on September 14, 2001, two days after he had been questioned by the FBI. The FBI told ABC News that “Urban Moving may have been providing cover for an Israeli intelligence operation.” Surprisingly, since at least 2016, Suter has been living in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he works for a contractor for major tech companies like Google and Microsoft. According to the public records database Intelius, in 2006 and 2007 Suter also worked for a telecommunications company — Granite Telecommunications — that works for the U.S. military and several other U.S. government agencies.

    https://www.mintpressnews.com/newly-released-fbi-docs-shed-light-on-apparent-mossad-foreknowledge-of-9-11-attacks/258581/

    • Replies: @tac
  118. Vianney says:
    @turtle

    Thanks for posting this interview of Dr. Zarif, a voice of sanity .

    What great sin did USA commit that it ended up infested with zionists rather than allied with a nation like Iran.

    • Replies: @turtle
  119. wayfarer says:

    “Terrorists Targeting Iran | Christopher Bollyn.”

  120. turtle says:
    @Beefcake the Mighty

    Aircraft carriers are anachronisms anyway

    If not now, then Real Soon Now.
    When (not if) that happens, the fit will definitely hit the shan in U.S. military planning.
    Nimitz class would be bad enough, but if some towelheads manage to sink a Ford class…ay yi yi, eh?
    100 years of smug planning @ the bottom of the sea..

  121. gsjackson says:

    FWIW — and I really have no idea — the position of Q explicators is that the Deep State established a strong presence in Iran, including a black site, whatever that is, in large part through Obama’s agreement with the country. Trump has no interest in a war with Iran, only in compromising the DS operation. I know — wouldn’t it be nice.

  122. @DESERT FOX

    Well my good friend Desert Fox, in my village (I am from the same village of Socrates and Plato) people are saying:

    “You may get a Big bite, but never say a Big word”, which means in plane English, that some times the impossible can happen.
    We ‘ll see.

  123. Gg says:
    @Robert Dolan

    Trump’s mandate was blocked by the Russia probe and the constant threat of impeachment that is being pushed by dems but is actually a tool of the neocon rinos in Congress who are now the only people who can save him from impeachment. Hopefully trump can outmaneuver them, avoid war and throw the bums out in 2020 so he can administer the nation w/out interference.

  124. “Trump’s mandate was blocked by the Russia probe and the constant threat of impeachment…”

    ROTFL! On the contrary – and for the Nth time – Trump’s a con man whose whole campaign was a calculated bait-and-switch fraud. Give it up already and quit wasting bandwidth with this nonsense.

    • Agree: DESERT FOX
  125. peterAUS says:
    @Avery

    The loss of a capital ship to direct Iranian action would be far more than a loss of face.
    Entire US would go nuts; MSM will whip the mobs to a frenzy and all Hell will break loose.
    US would throw everything at Iranians.

    Yep.

    I am certain Iranians are too smart to confront US directly, even if US does attack them.

    At the very beginning, probably. Wars tend to have their own logic, unfortunately.

    They will most certainly hurt and bleed US asymmetrically.

    Most likely.Will that be effective enough, well, we’ll see, won’t we?

  126. YN1F says:
    @Robert Dolan

    I know it has been said until it’s tiring, but the “Trump-Train” seems to have been destined to wreck from day-1. Like many others, I don’t buy the “Trump is being sabotaged by the Deep State!” noise. I believe we, the American people (and to a larger degree, much of the White world) have been gamed… or played as many call it. Conned is another way of saying it. The article mentioning the movie Wag The Dog is very appropriate, although we’ve been wagged in a different manner than the public in the movie.

    Almost everything that has “befallen” the Trump presidency can be seen as dog-wagging.

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