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    These days, lamenting the apparently aimless character of Washington’s military operations in the Greater Middle East has become conventional wisdom among administration critics of every sort. Senator John McCainthunders that “this president has no strategy to successfully reverse the tide of slaughter and mayhem” in that region. Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and...
  • @anon
    They don't call it the military-industrial complex for nothing.

    Its name has changed. It’s “military-congressional-industrial complex” now (see the Ron Paul Institute for instance)

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  • $lop in the war pig trough

    snouts dripping with the blood and gore of ground up untold hundreds of thousands of men, women and children

    entire countries destroyed to sate an insatiable appetite for flowing lucre and ripped entrails

    they squeal with giddiness – the foul stench of blood and death still on their feculent breath
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    (with apologies to four legged swine who’re radiantly angelic compared to the sow in the video)

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  • @Wally

    I coined the phrase “welfare weapons industry” ...
     
    No you didn't, it's been used repeatedly.

    You don’t appreciate how old I am and I grew up in a doomsday R &D center. At any rate, good for you for paying attention and good for anyone calling the spade a bloody shovel.

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  • Pentagon paradise as easy as 1,2,3.
    The following from EXTENDING AMERICAN POWER: Strategies to Expand U.S. Engagement
    in a Competitive World Order

    http://www.cnas.org/sites/default/files/publications-pdf/CNASReport-EAP-FINAL.pdf

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    1. The best way to ensure the longevity of a rulesbased international system favorable to U.S.
    interests is not to retreat behind two oceans, lower American standards, or raise the tolerance level for risk. The proper course is to extend American power and U.S. leadership in Asia, Europe, and the Greater Middle East – regions where threats to the international order are greatest and where either new approaches or more consistent application of time-honored approaches are most urgently needed.
    2. Achieving this critical objective will require strengthening all the elements of American power: diplomatic, economic, and military. An urgent first step is to significantly increase U.S. national security and defense spending and eliminate the budgetary straitjacket of the Budget Control Act. A second and related step is to formulate policies that take advantage of the substantial military, economic, and diplomatic power Washington has available but has been reluctant to deploy in recent years.
    3. Despite all the predictions of decline in the West and the rise of the rest, America’s economy has proven to be the most dynamic and the most resilient in the face of financial and other recent shocks. As a result, a substantial increase in spending on military, international
    economic, and diplomatic capabilities is well within our means.
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  • When the plan is endless war for profit there is no exit strategy.

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  • I disagree. The trees seem to be blocking your view of the forest. In order to take over “America”, our ruling Satanic cult had to first corrupt everything.
    The “Pentagon” is wasteful and ineffective for the same reason that “health care” is wasteful and ineffective: “America” is corrupt and rotten to the core.
    The same corruption that brought the present ruling class to power, will also figure prominently in its destruction.

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  • They don’t call it the military-industrial complex for nothing.

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    Its name has changed. It's "military-congressional-industrial complex" now (see the Ron Paul Institute for instance)
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  • Why did Washington nuke Japan?

    So the Department of energy would continue receiving it’s bloated budget.

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  • @Jim Christian
    Carriers, what a joke. 11 carriers staffed by many single mothers with children without a clue what to do with them if deployed. And so they do not. Tied up, they're floating office buildings, a welfare support system. Same for the squadrons that used to fly aboard and operate from carriers. And so instead of attacks close-in on Syria from the Med-Sea, our planes fly 1500 miles from the Gulf. And so, scrap the carriers, write the lady-sailors a check-for-life because at least we spare the expense of pretending to have blue water carrier aviation. Just one more thing we cannot do anymore. Because equality.

    Aircraft carriers are simply floating targets of another era. Useless against any real foe, like, let’s say China or Russia.

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  • @mtn cur
    I coined the phrase "welfare weapons industry" when describing the use of artillery mules in the Whackistan wars. Violence, especially war, is the new, respectable porn. I have to wonder about those who feel endangered by fairies or any other fornication, given the permissive view on leadership that allows the military to play army as if they were brats "On the Beach," building and destroying sand castles. I note that same sex marriage being an absurdity, by definition it remains fornication at least as silly as the other styles of license.

    I coined the phrase “welfare weapons industry” …

    No you didn’t, it’s been used repeatedly.

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    You don't appreciate how old I am and I grew up in a doomsday R &D center. At any rate, good for you for paying attention and good for anyone calling the spade a bloody shovel.
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  • Carriers, what a joke. 11 carriers staffed by many single mothers with children without a clue what to do with them if deployed. And so they do not. Tied up, they’re floating office buildings, a welfare support system. Same for the squadrons that used to fly aboard and operate from carriers. And so instead of attacks close-in on Syria from the Med-Sea, our planes fly 1500 miles from the Gulf. And so, scrap the carriers, write the lady-sailors a check-for-life because at least we spare the expense of pretending to have blue water carrier aviation. Just one more thing we cannot do anymore. Because equality.

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    Aircraft carriers are simply floating targets of another era. Useless against any real foe, like, let's say China or Russia.
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  • Both Sen. John McCain and Dr. Anthony Cordesman, founder of the ‘Center for Strategic and International Studies’ are known Israel’s paid idiots. Both are close friends of Pentagon’s ‘kosher’ Dr. Ashton Carter.

    Carter along with Zionist Dennis Ross and Michael Makovsky, the ‘head of Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs,’ is the author of the ‘Carter-Makovsky-Ross’ report which claims that Iran’s nuclear program is a great threat to America’s global interests.

    https://rehmat1.com/2014/12/05/ashton-carter-the-kosher-gentile-to-head-pentagon/

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  • Warfare Queens.

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  • The Grand Strategy. 1+1=4

    When we take two triangles and add one to the other to make the tetrahedron, we find that one plus one equals four. This is not just a geometrical trick; it is really the same principle that chemistry is using inasmuch as the tetrahedra represent the way that atoms cohere. Thus we discover synergy to be operative in a very important way in chemistry and in all the composition of the Universe. Universe as a whole is behaving in a way that is completely unpredicted by the behavior of any of its parts. Synergy reveals a grand strategy of dealing with the whole instead of the tactics of our conventional educational system, which starts with parts and elements, adding them together locally without really understanding the whole.

    Another way of not understanding the strategy is to have no strategy. There’s no strategy like Grand Strategy. 1+1 resulting in 4 means more surplus.

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  • @boogerbently
    Obama has a strategy to "reverse the tide of slaughter and mayhem” in that region."

    He'll bring it over here.

    Mission Accomplished!

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  • Obama has a strategy to “reverse the tide of slaughter and mayhem” in that region.”

    He’ll bring it over here.

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    Mission Accomplished!
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  • We had the argument years ago that we were wasting tons of money on a few F-15s and F-16s when we could fill the skies with swarms of F-5s. The F5 was nice, but the F-15 was cooler because it was an “Air Superiority Fighter”, which kind of leaves one wondering if the AF is recruiting Aviators/Pilots or merely hiring appliance operators.

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  • I coined the phrase “welfare weapons industry” when describing the use of artillery mules in the Whackistan wars. Violence, especially war, is the new, respectable porn. I have to wonder about those who feel endangered by fairies or any other fornication, given the permissive view on leadership that allows the military to play army as if they were brats “On the Beach,” building and destroying sand castles. I note that same sex marriage being an absurdity, by definition it remains fornication at least as silly as the other styles of license.

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    I coined the phrase “welfare weapons industry” ...
     
    No you didn't, it's been used repeatedly.
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  • the russians keep near peer parity at a fraction of the cost

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  • As the war on terror nears its 14th anniversary -- a war we seem to be losing, given jihadist advances in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen -- the U.S. sticks stolidly to its strategy of “high-value targeting,” our preferred euphemism for assassination. Secretary of State John Kerry has proudly cited the elimination of “fifty percent” of...
  • @ua2
    The best thing Andrew ever made.....Olivia.

    WB with the force of a thousand suns

    Dang, I did not know that. Andrew, you’re the best.

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  • guest says:
    @Anonymous
    Seems the argument of Cockburn is working ( means it is proving to be accurate and valid) since you are getting all shook up and upset !
    Hitler must have been a success since neocon still sense his presence in the most of the foes and enemies. So must have been Chamberlin in Munich since Weekly Standard can't stop obsessing about what Churchill would have tried different .

    I always wonder why neocons and everyone who sees phantom Hitlers (not the real Hitler, but the fictitious propaganda Hitler, who would’ve enslaved the world had it not been for Gallant Little Britain) wherever they want to start wars, conveniently, see 1938-39 through British or British-French eyes. It’s debatable whether Britain/France came out of WWII better or worse. (France was liberated, yes, but she started it; Germany might’ve started it anyway, but we’ll never know.) I say worse, considering the death, destruction, economic cost, loss of empire/prestige/independence, but you can’t put a price on the self-satisfaction of being the heroes of a grand drama of your own invention. But what about the rest of us? The US and Britain are still seperate countries, anglophilic sentiment notwithstanding. Whatever was at stake in Munich, it wasn’t our business. (It wasn’t Britain’s or France’s business, either, since the most a world war could do to alter conditions in Eastern Europe was replace the Nazis with the commies.)

    The supposed proof of the pudding in Hitler’s eating half of Poland disproves isolationism, if you believe a neocon. But why? What had we to do with Czechoslovakia or Poland? Even less than Britain, which had no business pretending it could defend them. When did our retrospective consciousness overleap the Atlantic and merge with Churchill’s? (Like Obama’s whiteness, Churchill’s American half doesn’t count.) This is a giant, gaping hole in the neocon worldview.

    I imagine the rationalization runs something like the emancipation justification for the Civil War. We know it wasn’t a war to free the slaves, but slaves were freed as a result of it, so it’s a good war because slavery is bad. Likewise, America didn’t want to be World Police, but after Pearl Harbor it found itself in a multicontinental total war, victory in which left it one of two countries capable of pretending to run the world. So now when we look back at the runnup to WWII we naturally look at it as World Police, and since the British ran “Pax Britannica,” had set themselves up as Continental Police, speak our language, share common history, and have since become our lapdogs, we tend to see things from their point of view.

    Lazy argumentation!

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  • @Bill Jones
    You can't have all the government criminality in one article. It would be a book- or series of volumes.
    Why didn't you mention that?
    Are you a tool of the state?

    You can’t have all the government criminality in one article. It would be a book- or series of volumes.
    Why didn’t you mention that?
    Are you a tool of the state?

    Oh yeah, Bill the state just loves me:

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2015/02/03/people-who-behave-as-stupid-as-they-look/

    ^ Maybe a future satire will be something like ‘people who look as stupid as they comment’

    The more serious can have a look here:

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2014/12/24/americas-deep-state-corporate-oligarchy/

    ^

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  • guest says:

    “Monopolistic competition” may be “arcane” because it’s part of an historical school, neoclassical economics, that’s been out of power for a while. But it’s common knowledge, still taught to young, vulnerable minds in college, and not particularly helpful to understand the cartel business (or anything, really). The tricky part is that “monopoly” doesn’t mean here what it means in everyday parlance. Drug cartels are, of course, monopolies in the everyday sense, since they literally kill their competition. Monopolistic competition could be going on in the soft drink industry as easily as the cocaine industry. All it means is that there’s more than one business selling comparable (though not identical; the public must be able to differentiate) products, each with the ability to affect price. That’s it.

    I don’t think the cartel business qualifies, as monopolistic competition requires low barriers to entry for new market participants. Certainly you can’t say that the price of any product in a market with monopolistic competition varies the way this guy says it does. Price isn’t divisible by the number of producers. And however much nonsense we speak of “market share,” what the share will be after one producer or another changes is up in the air. Just because the number of producers gets doubled doesn’t mean the price of any particular product would be cut in half. That’s ridiculous. This “number cruncher” may be the world’s foremost authority on whatever it is he does (crunching?), but he’s like the retarded kid with a shiny new toy as concerns economic theory. He’ll have some meaningless, innocent fun, but watch out, he may also poke his eye out!

    What all this has to do with the effectiveness of assassinating the Rockefellers of cocaine is nothing. It has just as much to do with Coca Cola as cartels, both being “monopolies” in the neoclassical sense. The government’s stupidity can be well illustrated by thinking of coke, however. Imagine I were to murder the CEO of Coca Cola. Would that interrupt the supply of coke? Why on earth would it?

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  • I live in Colorado. Pot is legal here. As a resident, and user of Pot, this subject of the illegal drug industry interests me. So, as a self-proclaimed amateur historian, I took it upon myself to try to monitor this world’s apparent first occurrence of sanity and pragmatism. What particularly came to my notice, as I sifted thru the internet getting opinions and ideas about legal marijuana, was that an impossible number of American citizens believe that marijuana did not exist before Colorado legalized it. Read that last sentence again. I know it sounds impossible, but, unfortunately, it is not.

    As for the govt eliminating the competition, this is not exactly correct. There is no “competition”. There may be some who wander off the reservation (and they, too, shall pass), but there is no competition. The best explanation for this was given by the president of a bank. A great BIG bank. “Look, these countries (that generate the drugs), they are up to their eyeballs in hock to the western countries. (Read IMF) Now, how do you suppose these countries are going to pay that money back? By selling sombreros and tamales to the tourists?”

    This article is interesting, but as close to reality as the ditzed out housewife crying, “But what about the children!” (The easiest place to get pot (legal or otherwise) in this country is via your local high school.)

    Here is an excellent documentary about this subject: Drug Lord The Legend of Shorty. It’s about Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, the undisputed leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. Watch this movie and then decide whether assassination is necessary, other than as a statement of power.

    America, you really, really, really need to grow up.

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  • The best thing Andrew ever made…..Olivia.

    WB with the force of a thousand suns

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    Dang, I did not know that. Andrew, you're the best.
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  • Failed? It has been a roaring success! The Pentagon’s budget has nearly doubled, and those of the “intelligence” agencies. Profits for the major military contractors are at record highs. The USA has more “enemies” than ever. Our global empire continues to expand. Does anyone think the objective of our Pentagon is peace?

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  • KA says:

    Let’s not forget of the fact that the drug war became a rallying cry for a new battle in NY state in 70s Rockofeller wanted to become president . He wanted a new talking point . He chose drugs as the new scourge . He turned personal foibles and proclivities into a crime to be addressed and contained by laws .
    But drug has never left the economic political landscape of Anglo Saxon outfit since the days of British . British forced Indian farmers to grow opium . British sold those opium in China . Roosevelt ‘s grandfather made tons of money from the trade . New class of newly rich people grew into aristocrats in India ( Some of their accomploshments include museuem ,school,universities,art center and beautiful buildings in Bombay and Calcutta and gavecrise to other commercial enterprises.
    HSBC bank originated from the economic need to bring the opium money into main market . Summer palace of Chinese empire was burnt in the opium war .
    Close on the heels of many anti communist wars in this century ,drug has followed America. There was no golden triangle . There was no Afghanistan poppy. Drug has surfaced in Africa . Kosovo is another route for drug to penetrate Europe .

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  • @Ronald Thomas West
    I wonder how Cockburn could travel through all of that business and not stumble across the elephant in the living room; Department of Defense and CIA are/have been in the business of international narcotics trafficking themselves, and for a very long time. It's not about eradicating the drug trade, it's about eliminating the competition. If there were a strategist went from the DEA to working Ray Odinero in Iraq, the first thought to cross my mind would be 'war zones are perfect places to process raw product on a large scale.'

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2013/05/08/heroin-bags-of-cash-the-cia/

    And point out our government assassins double as cartel hit-men:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/07/the-terrifying-background-of-the-man-who-ran-a-cia-assassination-unit/259856/

    How can responsible reporting miss that s**t?

    You can’t have all the government criminality in one article. It would be a book- or series of volumes.
    Why didn’t you mention that?
    Are you a tool of the state?

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    You can’t have all the government criminality in one article. It would be a book- or series of volumes.
    Why didn’t you mention that?
    Are you a tool of the state?
     
    Oh yeah, Bill the state just loves me:

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2015/02/03/people-who-behave-as-stupid-as-they-look/

    ^ Maybe a future satire will be something like 'people who look as stupid as they comment'

    The more serious can have a look here:

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2014/12/24/americas-deep-state-corporate-oligarchy/

    ^
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  • Taking out HVI’s in local organized crime rings work, but it doesn’t scale to cartels or Islamic Jihadis who can easily replace the local headman when he gets whacked. Because there are always other guys waiting for the big boss to take a tumble and step in.

    Also over time new organizations form where the older ones failed. AQ was superseded by ISIS who went beyond being two bit terrorists into the country making business and having a recruiting model that is very attractive to Muslim males all over the world. Something that AQ failed at.

    ISIS is now big enough to absorb all those half-assed drone strikes and keep on chugging. Killing Al-Bagdadhi won’t change anything, because there will be a new leader/martyr to take his place.

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  • @matt
    Andrew's late brother Alex cowrote a book about that, so I doubt that Andrew is unaware of it.

    You're "How come [author] didn't write about this other, semi-related topic?! He must be a controlled-opposition shill!"-shtick is getting very old.

    If he knows about it, it’s irresponsible to paper over it. What are we dealing with, ‘degrees’ of legitimacy in these agencies? They’re corrupt to the core and that is what people need to know.

    http://www.narconews.com/

    What’s old is the kitsch journalism

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Renoman
    The World is waking up to War on Drugs BS. It's just a big lie that doesn't work, Portugal is proving that every day. There is no way to stop the trade in easily transported items that cost 5 cents and sell for $2.00, it will never happen.
    As for Drones in the Middle Eat, well the whole Middle East is just like the Drug wars - useless. They have been fighting for 3000 years and will continue to fight for another 3000. Get out, to Hell with the Jews, focus on making the American homeland strong, the rest will fall in line no problem. You have the tar sands, the fracking and soon Venezuela, you don't need Mid East oil.

    You need ( keep control) China India S Korea,Japan and S Europe . They need oil . That’s what motivate now US to make sure the flow of oil is in the direction that it wants .
    Is ME fighting for 3000 yrs? Well. That is a news but what is not news that America has been fighting non stop since Pilgrims showed up on Mayfair , that’s about 500 yrs .

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Adar.
    1. Cockburn is part of the famous/infamous English Cockburn family. NOTED left wing apologists and propagandists.

    2. Phoenix Program must have worked. otherwise the commie and their lackey fellow travelers would not have complained about it.

    3. The drones must be working. Otherwise the left would not be complaining about them.

    4. Right! Drones make people mad [the jihadi]. As if they are not already mad.

    Seems the argument of Cockburn is working ( means it is proving to be accurate and valid) since you are getting all shook up and upset !
    Hitler must have been a success since neocon still sense his presence in the most of the foes and enemies. So must have been Chamberlin in Munich since Weekly Standard can’t stop obsessing about what Churchill would have tried different .

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    I always wonder why neocons and everyone who sees phantom Hitlers (not the real Hitler, but the fictitious propaganda Hitler, who would've enslaved the world had it not been for Gallant Little Britain) wherever they want to start wars, conveniently, see 1938-39 through British or British-French eyes. It's debatable whether Britain/France came out of WWII better or worse. (France was liberated, yes, but she started it; Germany might've started it anyway, but we'll never know.) I say worse, considering the death, destruction, economic cost, loss of empire/prestige/independence, but you can't put a price on the self-satisfaction of being the heroes of a grand drama of your own invention. But what about the rest of us? The US and Britain are still seperate countries, anglophilic sentiment notwithstanding. Whatever was at stake in Munich, it wasn't our business. (It wasn't Britain's or France's business, either, since the most a world war could do to alter conditions in Eastern Europe was replace the Nazis with the commies.)

    The supposed proof of the pudding in Hitler's eating half of Poland disproves isolationism, if you believe a neocon. But why? What had we to do with Czechoslovakia or Poland? Even less than Britain, which had no business pretending it could defend them. When did our retrospective consciousness overleap the Atlantic and merge with Churchill's? (Like Obama's whiteness, Churchill's American half doesn't count.) This is a giant, gaping hole in the neocon worldview.

    I imagine the rationalization runs something like the emancipation justification for the Civil War. We know it wasn't a war to free the slaves, but slaves were freed as a result of it, so it's a good war because slavery is bad. Likewise, America didn't want to be World Police, but after Pearl Harbor it found itself in a multicontinental total war, victory in which left it one of two countries capable of pretending to run the world. So now when we look back at the runnup to WWII we naturally look at it as World Police, and since the British ran "Pax Britannica," had set themselves up as Continental Police, speak our language, share common history, and have since become our lapdogs, we tend to see things from their point of view.

    Lazy argumentation!

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  • Adar. says:

    1. Cockburn is part of the famous/infamous English Cockburn family. NOTED left wing apologists and propagandists.

    2. Phoenix Program must have worked. otherwise the commie and their lackey fellow travelers would not have complained about it.

    3. The drones must be working. Otherwise the left would not be complaining about them.

    4. Right! Drones make people mad [the jihadi]. As if they are not already mad.

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    Seems the argument of Cockburn is working ( means it is proving to be accurate and valid) since you are getting all shook up and upset !
    Hitler must have been a success since neocon still sense his presence in the most of the foes and enemies. So must have been Chamberlin in Munich since Weekly Standard can't stop obsessing about what Churchill would have tried different .
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  • “…the path to success lies in directly attacking and taking out your enemy’s leadership…”

    Whereas all America’s enemies realised long ago that it is much to their advantage to leave the current American hierarchy unharmed. They do far more damage to America than any foreign attacks or terrorist operations possibly could.

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  • The World is waking up to War on Drugs BS. It’s just a big lie that doesn’t work, Portugal is proving that every day. There is no way to stop the trade in easily transported items that cost 5 cents and sell for $2.00, it will never happen.
    As for Drones in the Middle Eat, well the whole Middle East is just like the Drug wars – useless. They have been fighting for 3000 years and will continue to fight for another 3000. Get out, to Hell with the Jews, focus on making the American homeland strong, the rest will fall in line no problem. You have the tar sands, the fracking and soon Venezuela, you don’t need Mid East oil.

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    You need ( keep control) China India S Korea,Japan and S Europe . They need oil . That's what motivate now US to make sure the flow of oil is in the direction that it wants .
    Is ME fighting for 3000 yrs? Well. That is a news but what is not news that America has been fighting non stop since Pilgrims showed up on Mayfair , that's about 500 yrs .
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  • @Ronald Thomas West
    I wonder how Cockburn could travel through all of that business and not stumble across the elephant in the living room; Department of Defense and CIA are/have been in the business of international narcotics trafficking themselves, and for a very long time. It's not about eradicating the drug trade, it's about eliminating the competition. If there were a strategist went from the DEA to working Ray Odinero in Iraq, the first thought to cross my mind would be 'war zones are perfect places to process raw product on a large scale.'

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2013/05/08/heroin-bags-of-cash-the-cia/

    And point out our government assassins double as cartel hit-men:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/07/the-terrifying-background-of-the-man-who-ran-a-cia-assassination-unit/259856/

    How can responsible reporting miss that s**t?

    In fact, Andrew’s wife Leslie also wrote a book on the subject. I seriously doubt he is unaware or trying to cover anything up.

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  • Mr Cockburn might also like to acquaint himself with the work of Alfred McCoy and Peter Dale Scott for an insight into the integral links between the CIA and the drug cartels throughout the world.

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  • @Ronald Thomas West
    I wonder how Cockburn could travel through all of that business and not stumble across the elephant in the living room; Department of Defense and CIA are/have been in the business of international narcotics trafficking themselves, and for a very long time. It's not about eradicating the drug trade, it's about eliminating the competition. If there were a strategist went from the DEA to working Ray Odinero in Iraq, the first thought to cross my mind would be 'war zones are perfect places to process raw product on a large scale.'

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2013/05/08/heroin-bags-of-cash-the-cia/

    And point out our government assassins double as cartel hit-men:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/07/the-terrifying-background-of-the-man-who-ran-a-cia-assassination-unit/259856/

    How can responsible reporting miss that s**t?

    Andrew’s late brother Alex cowrote a book about that, so I doubt that Andrew is unaware of it.

    You’re “How come [author] didn’t write about this other, semi-related topic?! He must be a controlled-opposition shill!”-shtick is getting very old.

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    If he knows about it, it's irresponsible to paper over it. What are we dealing with, 'degrees' of legitimacy in these agencies? They're corrupt to the core and that is what people need to know.

    http://www.narconews.com/

    What's old is the kitsch journalism
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  • I wonder how Cockburn could travel through all of that business and not stumble across the elephant in the living room; Department of Defense and CIA are/have been in the business of international narcotics trafficking themselves, and for a very long time. It’s not about eradicating the drug trade, it’s about eliminating the competition. If there were a strategist went from the DEA to working Ray Odinero in Iraq, the first thought to cross my mind would be ‘war zones are perfect places to process raw product on a large scale.’

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2013/05/08/heroin-bags-of-cash-the-cia/

    And point out our government assassins double as cartel hit-men:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/07/the-terrifying-background-of-the-man-who-ran-a-cia-assassination-unit/259856/

    How can responsible reporting miss that s**t?

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    Andrew's late brother Alex cowrote a book about that, so I doubt that Andrew is unaware of it.

    You're "How come [author] didn't write about this other, semi-related topic?! He must be a controlled-opposition shill!"-shtick is getting very old.
    , @matt
    In fact, Andrew's wife Leslie also wrote a book on the subject. I seriously doubt he is unaware or trying to cover anything up.
    , @Bill Jones
    You can't have all the government criminality in one article. It would be a book- or series of volumes.
    Why didn't you mention that?
    Are you a tool of the state?
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