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    Actually, that was a title of a post I wrote in July 2010, before island-building, before the Senkaku crises, before the rare earths brouhaha, even before Hillary Clinton declared that the US had a “national interest” in freedom of navigation at the 2010 ASEAN foreign ministers’ conference in Hanoi and formally kicked off the “pivot”....
  • Tibet and Taiwan are such a weird kabuki theatre. On Tibet, Obama threatens the vaguest of rhetorical head-fakes, hinting at the most non-specific demi-sympathy possible for something resembling Tibetan national aspirations – and Beijing actually gives a sh*t, making a point of cajoling him into changing his tune! (Taiwan is a bit different, since they actually have a little weight of their own to throw around, unlike the phantom menace that is Tibet)

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  • @Kiza
    Peter, you are a master and a gentleman. Although, it takes getting used to your Homeric writing style, all without an Executive Summary. Thanks for the humor and verve, I thoroughly enjoyed this detailed expose and can now put personal name tags on people who are doing things in the SCS.

    Excuse me for providing an Executive Summary to your article, but here it is.

    China makes unrealistic off-shore claims, but pretty much every other nation of SCS does the same. The starting points of all the claimants would be funny, if it were not for the US involvement. The US transformed a maritime border dispute, which would have been normally resolved by negotiations, based on the relative military strength of the parties and their ability to project it over the disputed area (you can own only what you can defend), into a hot-spot of a potential nuclear confrontation.

    BTW, it is a standard practice that whenever the US gets involved, the parties involved stop negotiating and start fighting. The US will always fool the weaker side into believing that it can maximize its winning from the dispute/fight. So nothing new here. But, if I were Vietnam, Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia etc, I would remember that China is the elephant which will remain my neighbor, long after the declining US withdraws intro its own borders. Therefore, negotiate, negotiate, negotiate! Confrontation with China is the worst idea possible, especially if the US is "on your side".

    Absolutely right. China will bide its time, but when it moves, probably 10-15 years from now, those who provoked the tiger will be in a lot of trouble.

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  • A great article doesn’t necessarily elicit great comments!

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  • @Karl
    >> china and russia is just 1 step away from being allies for life


    "till death do us part" oops, there's a 50% divorce rate nowadays!


    Raise your hand if you think that Putin will lift a finger to assist China in doing anything which raises the price of a bottle of vodka in the KGB commissaries.

    Perhaps you are a bit too optimistic…

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  • @Karl
    >> china and russia is just 1 step away from being allies for life


    "till death do us part" oops, there's a 50% divorce rate nowadays!


    Raise your hand if you think that Putin will lift a finger to assist China in doing anything which raises the price of a bottle of vodka in the KGB commissaries.

    am I or anyone else supposed to understand your comment?

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  • @Karl
    >> china and russia is just 1 step away from being allies for life


    "till death do us part" oops, there's a 50% divorce rate nowadays!


    Raise your hand if you think that Putin will lift a finger to assist China in doing anything which raises the price of a bottle of vodka in the KGB commissaries.

    So long as the West is he’ll bent on dividing and conquering Russia and China, there is no reason for them to do anything but cooperate.

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  • @Karl
    Overall, the "containment" of the USSR - worked out quite well for Washington

    Raise your hand if you think that history tends to repeat itself.

    *Overall, the “containment” of the USSR – worked out quite well for Washington*

    kid,
    it doesnt work out too well for the world…
    now we’ve a ussa running amok like a two bit punk with his
    first gun !

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  • @Karl
    Mark Green >>What the world desperately needs is some kind of policy to contain Washington


    IslamicState beat you to it, Mr Green.

    They accept cannon-fodder recruits from any country, Mr Green. When will you be putting your ass where your mouth is?

    *IslamicState beat you to it, Mr Green.*

    kid
    isis = cia

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  • @Priss Factor
    China should court other Asian nations, not confront them.

    By acting arrogant, China has given the US an opportunity to step in as protector of smaller Asian nations.

    China is acting dumb.

    when i first heard of the *pivot*,
    there was no war on the eastern front, china was doing roaring biz with all asean and jp, the scs, ecs dispute had been left dormant for yrs.
    i was chuckling to myself how the hell would the snake turn the table on china ?
    now we know,
    taking out china’s allies in nepal, sri lanka, bhutan, thailand, myamnar etc by regime change, assasination , stick and carrots., instigate jp, ph to confront china over scs, ecs. , armtwisting asean to challenge china as a united front.
    now all we hear is china the *bully is showing its true color*, pushing all its neighbors to the arms of uncle sham !
    gotta hand it to uncle sham, fiendishly wicked, agent provocateur par excellence. !
    after all, it has all of three centuries to practice this art of deception since 1875 !

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  • @Astuteobservor II
    it isn't 1989. china and russia is just 1 step away from being allies for life. time will tell I guess. put it another way, do you seriously think china would quietly let another opium war happen?

    this time around, they aren't fighting guns and cannons with sharp sticks and china got home turf advantage.

    >> china and russia is just 1 step away from being allies for life

    “till death do us part” oops, there’s a 50% divorce rate nowadays!

    Raise your hand if you think that Putin will lift a finger to assist China in doing anything which raises the price of a bottle of vodka in the KGB commissaries.

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    So long as the West is he'll bent on dividing and conquering Russia and China, there is no reason for them to do anything but cooperate.
    , @Astuteobservor II
    am I or anyone else supposed to understand your comment?
    , @annamaria
    Perhaps you are a bit too optimistic...
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  • @Karl
    Overall, the "containment" of the USSR - worked out quite well for Washington

    Raise your hand if you think that history tends to repeat itself.

    it isn’t 1989. china and russia is just 1 step away from being allies for life. time will tell I guess. put it another way, do you seriously think china would quietly let another opium war happen?

    this time around, they aren’t fighting guns and cannons with sharp sticks and china got home turf advantage.

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    >> china and russia is just 1 step away from being allies for life


    "till death do us part" oops, there's a 50% divorce rate nowadays!


    Raise your hand if you think that Putin will lift a finger to assist China in doing anything which raises the price of a bottle of vodka in the KGB commissaries.
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  • I have little to contribute except admiration for this article, and the pious wish that America would hand Japan some of the nuclear weapons that are currently being decommissioned.

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  • Overall, the “containment” of the USSR – worked out quite well for Washington

    Raise your hand if you think that history tends to repeat itself.

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    it isn't 1989. china and russia is just 1 step away from being allies for life. time will tell I guess. put it another way, do you seriously think china would quietly let another opium war happen?

    this time around, they aren't fighting guns and cannons with sharp sticks and china got home turf advantage.
    , @denk
    *Overall, the “containment” of the USSR – worked out quite well for Washington*

    kid,
    it doesnt work out too well for the world...
    now we've a ussa running amok like a two bit punk with his
    first gun !
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  • @Mark Green
    What the world desperately needs is some kind of policy to contain Washington.

    Mark Green >>What the world desperately needs is some kind of policy to contain Washington

    IslamicState beat you to it, Mr Green.

    They accept cannon-fodder recruits from any country, Mr Green. When will you be putting your ass where your mouth is?

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    *IslamicState beat you to it, Mr Green.*

    kid
    isis = cia
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  • Priss Factor [AKA "The Priss Factory"] says:

    China should court other Asian nations, not confront them.

    By acting arrogant, China has given the US an opportunity to step in as protector of smaller Asian nations.

    China is acting dumb.

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    when i first heard of the *pivot*,
    there was no war on the eastern front, china was doing roaring biz with all asean and jp, the scs, ecs dispute had been left dormant for yrs.
    i was chuckling to myself how the hell would the snake turn the table on china ?
    now we know,
    taking out china's allies in nepal, sri lanka, bhutan, thailand, myamnar etc by regime change, assasination , stick and carrots., instigate jp, ph to confront china over scs, ecs. , armtwisting asean to challenge china as a united front.
    now all we hear is china the *bully is showing its true color*, pushing all its neighbors to the arms of uncle sham !
    gotta hand it to uncle sham, fiendishly wicked, agent provocateur par excellence. !
    after all, it has all of three centuries to practice this art of deception since 1875 !
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  • Washington’s public enemy (number 1) is not a nuclear armed war machine – it’s a stronger economy ruled by someone else.
    Washington’s monetary system is not backed by gold or even paper – it’s backed by a military, and anyone who poses a threat or even just backs out(Libya) gets what ever de-stablizing effect Washington can muster – from political subversion(colored revolutions) to violent regime change(Iraq, Libya, Syria).
    The Federal Reserve is a debt based house of cards that if it’s military backing disappears, so does it, so domination is the only policy it has simply because that is the only way it can survive.

    When you look at Peter Lee’s work through this prism, everything from beginning to end makes sense.

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  • Somehow, as I read all this, the wisdom of Fredoneverything Reed keeps popping up in my memory:

    “The US is also looking for trouble with Venezuela, threatening North Korea, moving to “contain” China (Doesn’t a container need to be bigger than its scontents?)…”

    Yeah.

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  • It’s Official: America Has a China-Containment Policy

    Good.

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  • What the world desperately needs is some kind of policy to contain Washington.

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    Mark Green >>What the world desperately needs is some kind of policy to contain Washington


    IslamicState beat you to it, Mr Green.

    They accept cannon-fodder recruits from any country, Mr Green. When will you be putting your ass where your mouth is?
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  • 你这五毛花的可真划算

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  • Peter “Chinahand” Lee is indeed the preeminent analyst within the public domain (ie not at some private think tank) in regard to the South (& East) China Seas issue(s). I read the same titled article from 2010 and realized that then. Thank you for your continuing expertise, sir.

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  • Peter, you are a master and a gentleman. Although, it takes getting used to your Homeric writing style, all without an Executive Summary. Thanks for the humor and verve, I thoroughly enjoyed this detailed expose and can now put personal name tags on people who are doing things in the SCS.

    Excuse me for providing an Executive Summary to your article, but here it is.

    China makes unrealistic off-shore claims, but pretty much every other nation of SCS does the same. The starting points of all the claimants would be funny, if it were not for the US involvement. The US transformed a maritime border dispute, which would have been normally resolved by negotiations, based on the relative military strength of the parties and their ability to project it over the disputed area (you can own only what you can defend), into a hot-spot of a potential nuclear confrontation.

    BTW, it is a standard practice that whenever the US gets involved, the parties involved stop negotiating and start fighting. The US will always fool the weaker side into believing that it can maximize its winning from the dispute/fight. So nothing new here. But, if I were Vietnam, Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia etc, I would remember that China is the elephant which will remain my neighbor, long after the declining US withdraws intro its own borders. Therefore, negotiate, negotiate, negotiate! Confrontation with China is the worst idea possible, especially if the US is “on your side”.

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    Absolutely right. China will bide its time, but when it moves, probably 10-15 years from now, those who provoked the tiger will be in a lot of trouble.
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  • Wow! Peter Lee covers everything and even includes great maps. All that’s missing is the minutes of the latest NSC meeting … oh, yeah, and the minutes of the latest meeting of the Standing Committee. Do you suppose that the PTB exchange those?

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  • Priss Factor [AKA "The Priss Factory"] says:

    [It's really not good manners to leave very lengthy, totally off-topic comments on this article, especially when they've already been left on other articles elsewhere.]

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  • The forced resignation of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense and the continued prorogation of talks with Iran in Geneva might not seem to be connected but they are both major triumphs for the confrontational neoconservative foreign policy that continues to prevail in Washington in spite of repeated failures overseas. And, of course, they are...
  • 1 “When he agreed to make the administration’s case, why did he take only two personal staffers (Col. Wilkerson and executive assistant Craig Kelly) to the CIA to review what Cheney, Scooter Libby and Paul Wolfowitz had prepared and/or distorted, instead of bringing knowledgeable members of his own intelligence service, the State Department Intelligence and Research Bureau (INR), to protect him?

    On Feb. 5, 2004, I quoted Greg Thielman, former director of the Strategic, Proliferation and Military Affairs Office of INR, in Salon: “He didn’t have anyone from INR near him. Powell didn’t want to know what was true or not. He wanted to sell a rotten fish. At some point, Powell decided there was no way to avoid war. His job was to go to war with as much legitimacy as we could scrape up.” Why did Powell cut out his own people to his own ultimate detriment?

    The documentary “No End in Sight” depicts the creation of the multivolume “Future of Iraq” study prepared by Powell’s State Department staff for the reconstruction of Iraq after the war. When Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary of Defense Wolfowitz rejected the study and blackballed Powell’s staff, what did he do to counter them, if anything?

    http://www.commondreams.org/views/2007/08/09/will-real-colin-powell-stand

    It is the hatred against Arab and now Iran that permeate the dark souls of tehse neocons . The destruction of iraq was the sole intention and there was never any desire of any recosntrcution or rerstoration of semblance of normalcy .

    2- Regarding regime change in the Middle East, in 2002 Ledeen criticized the views of former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft, writing: Regime change is the overthrow of a government (or regime) considered illegitimate by an external force (usually military), and its replacement with a new government according to the ideas and/or interests promoted by that force.
    He (Scowcroft) fears that if we attack Iraq “I think we could have an explosion in the Middle East. It could turn the whole region into a caldron and destroy the War on Terror.” One can only hope that we turn the region into a cauldron, and faster, please. If ever there were a region that richly deserved being cauldronized, it is the Middle East today. If we wage the war effectively, we will bring down the terror regimes in Iraq, Iran, and Syria, and either bring down the Saudi monarchy or force it to abandon its global assembly line to indoctrinate young terrorists. That’s our mission in the war against terror.”
    http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Michael-Ledeen

    3 “” in a speech at American Enterprise Institute on October 29, 2001. Ledeen followed this up with a piece on National Review Online in August 2002, when he mocked Brent Scowcroft’s concern that an invasion of Iraq could turn the Middle East into a cauldron. Ledeen’s response:

    One can only hope that we turn the region into a cauldron, and faster, please. If ever there were a region that richly deserved being cauldronized, it is the Middle East today.

    Ledeen is no mere kibitzer on the rightwing gravy train. He is one of the architects and chief abettors of the cauldronization — the slaughter and suffering — we see across the Middle East today. As the Washington Post noted back in the glory days of 2003, when these bloodthirsty wretches were still strutting around beating their chests about their importance:

    One [of Karl Rove's advisers] is Michael Ledeen of the American Enterprise Institute, whose specialties include terrorism and the Middle East. His latest book, according to the official summary, asserts that “America must topple the regimes of the terror masters to eliminate the threat of terrorism.”

    The two met after Bush’s election. “He said, ‘Anytime you have a good idea, tell me,’ ” Ledeen said. Every month or six weeks, Ledeen will offer Rove “something you should be thinking about.” More than once, Ledeen has seen his ideas, faxed to Rove, become official policy or rhetoric.”

    http://www.chris-floyd.com/articles/1510-falling-cedars-fomenting-war-in-lebanon-and-beyond.html

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Neocons wear different hats,profess differnet faiths, sport differnet beards, lie through gold plated teeth, wear patriotic lapel pins on puffed out chest and serve one master by name Israel

    “Longtime Post columnist Richard Cohen attested to Powell’s unquestionable veracity with these words: “The evidence he presented to the United Nations — some of it circumstantial, some of it absolutely bone-chilling in its detail — had to prove to anyone that Iraq not only hasn’t accounted for its weapons of mass destruction but without a doubt still retains them. Only a fool — or possibly a Frenchman – could conclude otherwise.”

    Inches away, another venerable pundit held forth. Powell managed to “present the world with a convincing and detailed X-ray of Iraq’s secret weapons and terrorism programs yesterday,” wrote Jim Hoagland, a Post foreign-policy specialist. He concluded: “To continue to say that the Bush administration has not made its case, you must now believe that Colin Powell lied in the most serious statement he will ever make, or was taken in by manufactured evidence. I don’t believe that. Today, neither should you.”

    Fast forward to the current era. What are Richard Cohen and Jim Hoagland writing — about Iran?

    On February 6, 2012, exactly nine years after proclaiming that “only a fool” could doubt Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, Cohen’s column declared flatly: “The ultimate remedy is Iranian regime change.” Four months ago, Cohen wrapped up a column by observing “there is still time for Iran to back down before President Obama’s red line — no nuclear weapon — is crossed. This is a war whose time has not yet come.” Not yet.

    Hoagland — a decade after telling readers they should put their trust in Colin Powell’s “convincing and detailed X-ray of Iraq’s secret weapons” — is now making clear that his patience with Iran is wearing thin. “Until recently,” Hoagland wrote five weeks ago, “I had been relatively comfortable with Obama’s assertions that there is time to reach a peaceful resolution with Iran.” Hoagland’s column went on to say that military strikes on Iran “threaten disastrous political and economic consequences for the world,” so diplomatic efforts should try to avert the need for such strikes — before they become necessary.”

    http://www.commondreams.org/views/2013/02/05/ten-years-after-colin-powells-un-speech-old-hands-are-ready-more-blood

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  • It was the end of the road for Chuck Hagel last week and the Washington press corps couldn’t have been more enthusiastic about writing his obituary. In terms of pure coverage, it may not have been Ferguson or the seven-foot deluge of snow that hit Buffalo, New York, but the avalanche of news reports was...
  • TomB says,”…all these wars and interventions and minor conflicts costing us trillions and tens of thousands of dead and wounded and incalculable harm to our national interests were never truly occasioned by what Washington said was their cause.

    Instead their cause—as others observed from the start and as is now obvious from their result—was simply and supremely about neutralizing the threats faced by Israel…”

    I’m with TomB. As long as we, our politicians, the intelligence agencies and the military allow the Israeli’s to run our country it will never change. People go along because it’s easier. Remember what happened to the old guard troops in Russia when the Jews took over that country. They told them they would leave them alone if they didn’t partner with the White Russians fighting them. As soon as the Jews had the White Russians under control they killed they killed the old guard. That’s what they will do to all the politicians, the intelligence agencies and the military after they take control. Just like the Seals that supposedly killed Bin Laden.

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  • Every American President is now by definition and inclination a War President. Once the business of America was business. With offshoring and outsourcing, America’s main business opportunity has been concentrated into making war for profit for elites. America’s exports are increasingly warfare and weapons.

    Since politicians are bought up by donations by billionaires, it should be no surprise that 98% of them repay their owners by making policies that are profitable for them. Why should the presidency be of any better timber than the congress? There is no business quite like war business, which must be enabled by those same politicians, with profiteering by their clients that dwarfs all other human economic activity, even though the profits all accrue only to elites and the massive losses exclusively to ordinary citizens.

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  • As my blog has explained, invading Syria has been on the CIA/Pentagon agenda for years. They almost got approval a year ago, but with Americans tired of imperial wars fewer than 9% supported military action against Syria, and 9% of American are so nutty they approve of bombing any nation, including Canada! A new war is needed by our war machine since it has been ordered out of Afghanistan after 13 years of failure. Read these previous G2mil blog posts to refresh your memory:

    May 31, 2013 – Perpetual War Confirmed

    Critics have accused the U.S. Government of waging perpetual war for decades, dating back to the 1948 publication of the famous book “1984″. They claim citizens are kept in line and paying taxes for useless wars just to provide easy profits for millionaire insiders. This has always been denied, and those critics called delusional, until recently. A major military industry magazine just published an article: Top Marine Sees a Future of Perpetual War. It notes that our Generals see no end to combat once our forces leave Afghanistan, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said the military expects to remain on a permanent war footing.

    Sep 1, 2013 – Rogue Superpower

    Attacking Syria should erase all doubt that the USA has become a war machine monster. As our military withdrew from Iraq it shifted forces to Afghanistan. As it draws down there, a new enemy has arose. This war campaign plan was announced several years ago in public by retired General Wesley Clark….

    Oct 23, 2013 – The Objective of LIC

    As the U.S. military withdraws from Afghanistan, it is destroying billions of dollars of usable equipment because it is too costly to ship home. This reminds me of a passage from the late Col. Fletcher Prouty USAF:

    ” …we must understand that it has become the objective of ‘low intensity conflict’ to continue the wasting of money, the pointless killing of defenseless people, and the consumption or attrition of costly war materiel to make way for the procurement of more. ‘Low-intensity conflict’ is a way in which the hundreds of billions of dollars of armaments produced each year can be used, destroyed, and wasted this year in order that more may be procured and used next year.”

    __________________________

    Obama rejected demands for a new war, so the CIA/Pentagon propaganda machine invented a new scheme. The Syrian “rebels” funded by the CIA itself would become a new threat, bigger than al Qaeda! They would be directed to attack the worthless Iraqi Army to destroy billions of dollars of new American equipment that we are now replacing. Ironically, American airpower was used to destroy some of it! Col. Prouty would not have been surprised as $5.6 billion has been requested as a down payment for this new war.

    We now have American airpower conducting a dozen airstrikes a day in Syria! We are told this LIC may last for years! American advisors are in Syria too. Some may have been killed but the Pentagon will never tell the American public as it might disrupt their successful propaganda campaign to generate public and congressional support for an invasion of Syria. The next step is the introduction of “some” American troops to help the Iraqis defeat IS, or ISIS, or ISIL, or whatever name someone dreamed up. This should be approved soon after the idea is sold as “vital.”

    The final step is tricky and the same General Dempsey who announced last year that we would remain on permanent war footing is in Iraq right now plotting the invasion. Our new enemy is fighting our other enemy, the Syrian government. How to spin this into an excuse for an invasion of all of Syria? Most likely, an American aircraft will be shot down and a prisoner taken. American troops will arrive to rescue them. Somehow the Syrian government will be blamed, and Pentagon spokesman B. Obama will announce that we must act in “self defense” and to establish peace.

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  • Tom Englehart wrote:

    No single war, intervention, or minor conflict in which the U.S. military has taken part in these years has even come close to achieving the objectives set out by Washington and most have proven outright disasters. In just about every case, armed intervention, whatever form it took, demonstrably made matters worse, increased the destabilization of whatever country or region was involved, and led to the creation of more extremists and terrorists.

    As much as this is accurate, it still misses the point.

    That point is that the point of all these wars and interventions and minor conflicts costing us trillions and tens of thousands of dead and wounded and incalculable harm to our national interests were never truly occasioned by what Washington said was their cause.

    Instead their cause—as others observed from the start and as is now obvious from their result—was simply and supremely about neutralizing the threats faced by Israel, especially so that it could continue on with its colonialization of stolen Palestinian land and which now has nearly also accomplished the over-running of all of Jerusalem as well.

    Or in other words, the exact same ends laid out by our neocons back in the ’90′s in their “Clean Break” proposal to Netanyahu.

    So no, it hasn’t been a merely wrong intellectual chain of logic driving this. It’s been treachery and corruption.

    The failure of which to be pointed out has resulted in the continued confusion of the American public and thus the continuation of these things.

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  • The forced resignation of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense and the continued prorogation of talks with Iran in Geneva might not seem to be connected but they are both major triumphs for the confrontational neoconservative foreign policy that continues to prevail in Washington in spite of repeated failures overseas. And, of course, they are...
  • […] News Link  •  NeoCons 12-03-2014  •  http://www.unz.com-Philip Giraldi  […]

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  • “In truth, Chuck Hagel was reflecting informed opinion among the Pentagon’s top ranking military personnel in confronting National Security Adviser Susan Rice over the chaotic and constantly shifting series of responses to a growing Middle Eastern crisis. Generals and Admirals may be pompous self-serving asses but they are not stupid”

    Phil, that’s not altogether correct. At least one ‘General Officer’ (rear admiral John Kirby) at the Pentagon is dumber than a box of rocks and he proved it on camera:

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2014/10/18/rear-admiral-john-kirby/

    Also, Hagel altogether lacked the courage (or common sense) to take on the Pentagon’s religious extremism, and that is most definitely NOT good news:

    ^ “You’re telling me 28 to 34 percent of our military want 7 billion people to die” [believe in literal Armageddon] … “The simple answer is affirmative” (Mikey Weinstein on ‘The Young Turks’)

    Other than that, I could not agree more with the idea Susan Rice and Sam Power are privileged, incompetent, destroyers of nations (narcissistic killers) .. but I’m not so certain they’ve no reason to mistrust a Pentagon populated with tea-bagging generals who by no means are in love with Obama for reasons altogether independent of his incredibly poor judgement and egoistic inner circle

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  • @Don G.
    Art, Obama didn't do Syria. Remember how he played his dirty trick on the neocons and didn't honour his 'red line' demands? Remember how he got in bed with the evil Putin and together they prevented a war by snookering the wishes of the the majority of both congress and the American people? And now look at how he's angered Netunyahoo. Why Art, some would think Obama is in bed with the Russians! I'm sure the American people have been told to believe that!

    The Zionist neocons are doing a bit time major bait and switch – the bait for the American people is big bad ISIS – the switch is to attacking Assad and the non-Sunni peoples. This is an end-around the American people who already said NO to a war on Syria.

    Obama is the ONLY hope in stopping this from happening. Hold your nose and support him in this matter!

    Clearly the establishment elite Republican Party types are pro-war and anti-peace.

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  • @Art
    The tipping point to a major war is just one step away – attacking Assad. If Obama attacks Assad – then the Alawites, Druze, Christians, Kurds, and Lebanon Shea are all in grave danger. Russia and Iran will oppose that in a big way. For the people on the ground it will be a fight to the death.

    Zionism and the Sunni elite want a war where a benign Sunni puppet takes over ISIS territory.

    It is all up to Obama – will he do something stupid?

    Art, Obama didn’t do Syria. Remember how he played his dirty trick on the neocons and didn’t honour his ‘red line’ demands? Remember how he got in bed with the evil Putin and together they prevented a war by snookering the wishes of the the majority of both congress and the American people? And now look at how he’s angered Netunyahoo. Why Art, some would think Obama is in bed with the Russians! I’m sure the American people have been told to believe that!

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    The Zionist neocons are doing a bit time major bait and switch - the bait for the American people is big bad ISIS – the switch is to attacking Assad and the non-Sunni peoples. This is an end-around the American people who already said NO to a war on Syria.

    Obama is the ONLY hope in stopping this from happening. Hold your nose and support him in this matter!

    Clearly the establishment elite Republican Party types are pro-war and anti-peace.
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  • What’s to worry when we have the best leadership that money can buy.

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  • @Kiza
    Another nice article by Geraldi. The only point worth adding is that the US is a bankrupt giant. Any more wars by the neocons will result in the total financial and economic ruin of the country. The social environment in the US is already boiling. Maybe the neocon regime hopes to divert the attention and get rid of the opposition by starting wars (an ancient strategy of the rulers). But challenging Russia and China to war vouches for stupidity of this US political "elite". Good luck US, neocons in power is big trouble.

    The neo-conservatives and others may plan for endless war on behalf of Israel and other goals, and the political system might be incapable of stopping them, but nonetheless financial difficulties are going to interfere. Washington is running out of money fast.

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Neocon = Jew. America is effectively controlled by its Jewish lobby. With their money, power and influence they dominate the US government. The Jewish control of America and American subordination to Israel, a tiny, corrupt and racist country an ocean and a continent away, is a phenomenon without precedent in history.

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  • @Art
    The tipping point to a major war is just one step away – attacking Assad. If Obama attacks Assad – then the Alawites, Druze, Christians, Kurds, and Lebanon Shea are all in grave danger. Russia and Iran will oppose that in a big way. For the people on the ground it will be a fight to the death.

    Zionism and the Sunni elite want a war where a benign Sunni puppet takes over ISIS territory.

    It is all up to Obama – will he do something stupid?

    “It is all up to Obama – will he do something stupid?”
    Good one….you are kidding right?

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  • The tipping point to a major war is just one step away – attacking Assad. If Obama attacks Assad – then the Alawites, Druze, Christians, Kurds, and Lebanon Shea are all in grave danger. Russia and Iran will oppose that in a big way. For the people on the ground it will be a fight to the death.

    Zionism and the Sunni elite want a war where a benign Sunni puppet takes over ISIS territory.

    It is all up to Obama – will he do something stupid?

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    "It is all up to Obama – will he do something stupid?"
    Good one....you are kidding right?
    , @Don G.
    Art, Obama didn't do Syria. Remember how he played his dirty trick on the neocons and didn't honour his 'red line' demands? Remember how he got in bed with the evil Putin and together they prevented a war by snookering the wishes of the the majority of both congress and the American people? And now look at how he's angered Netunyahoo. Why Art, some would think Obama is in bed with the Russians! I'm sure the American people have been told to believe that!
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  • While Netanyahu may be happy that the Iranian talks haven’t yet resulted in any deal an interesting thing happened just in the last couple of weeks, Phil, that shows the spot the Israelis are in given the extremity of their position.

    I forget where I saw it—the J-Post I think—but in essence it was reporting some remarks made by Netanyahu himself and maybe a few other big Israeli-security-thinker types too that began to consider what the Israelis really have been asking for.

    That is, their comments were directed to the idea that even if they persuaded the U.S. and the P5+ to get the kind of strict deal the like out of the Iranians, that, well, just how long can it be reasonably expected that the deal would have as its term? So that now (honest-to-God as if they really hadn’t considered the logic of their position before), they are saying gee their problem may well be that Iran will go along with some otherwise satisfactory deal and just lie low for its … 5 or 10 year term … but that thereafter will be free as the wind to just get nukes or get nuke capable as fast as it wants.

    Like I say, it really brings home the logical problem the Israeli’s position alway had in that indeed it’s difficult to see the P5+ or even just the U.S. alone trying to lord it over the Iranians in perpetuity.

    In any event the piece just sort concluded by reporting such comments and didn’t go further but for what it’s worth my take at least was that Israel now believes like I do that in fact there will be a deal reached by the P5+ and Iran and is digesting that. All the really good pieces I’ve read about the thing seems to indicate that all sides feel some very good progress has been made.

    Nor did the piece venture into any talk about whether any such conclusion by the Israelis would lead them to launch their own attack on Iran, but, again for what it’s worth the statements reported sounded as if there was some resignation on the part of the Israelis that all same would do would be to obliterate any further Iran cooperation with the P5+, and then of course just increase any desire on the part of Teheran to actually get a nuke a million-fold.

    Anyway, sounds to me like Obama’s clear resistance to going to war with Iran (coupled with the clear probably even greater resistance to same amongst the other P5+ members) has finally sunk in and the Israelis are now in a thinking mode somewhat. The results of same, of course, might well determine what marching orders it gives its tools here.

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  • @Anonymous
    Let us hope that your analysis of present events is more realistic than some comments you made about the past.

    For instance, take that piece of pseudo history "Britain and France were drawn into a war with Germany after giving security guarantees to Poland". Really? Britain and France drawn into a war? Against their own sovereign wills? Drawn by whom? And what happened next?

    Consider in this context a piece of real history. By mid 1930s Poland had signed bilateral non aggression pacts with both Germany and Soviet Union. The Ribbentrop Molotov pact was signed a few years later, in late August 1939. A swift implementation followed in a few days (!): a military aggression by the signatories' armies which culminated in a joint military parade of Wehrmacht and Red Army in Brest Litovsk in late September 1939. One month from the pact to the parade.

    Can you see the difference?

    Greetings, Jerzy.

    Mainstream Jewish historian admits that FDR played a big role in inciting the war in Europe:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1557780218/ref=ox_sc_act_title_8?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A261XCYOOOCB2D

    For three quarters of a century, scholars have debated President Roosevelt’s role in bringing the United States into World War II. But this book goes far beyond that question: It argues that FDR was the mastermind behind the very war itself. From late 1938, Robert Herzstein writes, Roosevelt’s agents in Europe were busy at work agitating for a total European war to destroy Germany: They incited Poland and Germany against each other, and at the same time more or less bullied Britain and France into supporting Poland. At the same time, the President set up a virtual police state at home, using the HUAC, the FBI, and other government agencies to spy on, harass, and ultimately annihilate the domestic opposition.

    Herbert Hoover on FDR’s eagerness for war in Europe:

    http://bionicmosquito.blogspot.com/2012/05/poland-as-pawn-hoover-identifies.html

    Hoover would document his conversations with the various people he met with. An example is provided of Hoover’s meeting with Kennedy on May 15, 1945. Kennedy indicated he had over 900 dispatches which he could not print without consent of the U.S. Government. He hoped one day to receive such permission as it was Kennedy’s intention to write a book that would:

    …put an entirely different color on the process of how America got into the war and would prove the betrayal of the American people by Franklin D, Roosevelt.

    …Roosevelt and Bullitt were the major factors in the British making their guarantees to Poland and becoming involved in the war. Kennedy said that Bullitt, under instructions from Roosevelt, was constantly urging the Poles not to make terms with the Germans and that he Kennedy, under instructions from Roosevelt, was constantly urging the British to make guarantees to the Poles.

    He said that after Chamberlain had given these guarantees, Chamberlain told him (Kennedy) that he hoped the Americans and the Jews would now be satisfied but that he (Chamberlain) felt that he had signed the doom of civilization.

    Kennedy said that if it had not been for Roosevelt the British would not have made this most gigantic blunder in history.

    Kennedy told me that he thought Roosevelt was in communication with Churchill, who was the leader of the opposition to Chamberlain, before Chamberlain was thrown out of office….

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  • HOW JEWISH SUPREMACISTS CONTROL ALL 3 BRANCHES OF GOVT + MEDIA.

    Thanks for the great article, Mr. Giraldi. I agree with you.

    We are involved in wars in the Middle East for one reason only—to make the Middle East safe for Israel. The USA is a colony of Israel.

    Kristol’s comment that Obama is anti-Israel is so stupid. Kristol is a Jewish left-winger posing as a fake conservative. The Judaists control Obama too and got him elected and put in power. He is just more controlled by the likes of Soros who are not as pro-Israel as some of the other Oligarchs.

    The US gov. (all 3 branches) are owned and operated by the Judaists. Here is how a small country like Israel is able to control a big country like USA:

    Congress: 50% of the campaign contributions to the Democratic party (and 40% to Republicans) are from the Judaists. This is just what is disclosed. Billions more are paid to both parties disguised in other ways.

    Senate: 27 Jewish Senators (27%), compared with 1-2% of the population.

    Supreme Court: Totally under Jewish control. 3 Judaists openly on board, destroying USA. 0 Protestants (the same Xians who worship their Jewish masters).

    Those who do not take the bribes are taken to Israel to “soften them up.” See:

    http://www.ifamericansknew.org/us_ints/freetrips.html

    During these Israeli trips, the congressmen are wined and dined in Israel and bribed and “entertained” and pretty girls come to their hotel room to “entertain them”. These rooms are secretly wired (just like Al Gore’s was, as reported in Newsweek) so everything is videotaped. If the Congressman returns to the US and does not follow the orders of the Jewish Oligarchs (such as flooding and destroying his own country with raping murdering aliens or billions for Israel or the Oligarchs), then he can be blackmailed and the video released and he could even be criminally prosecuted, so he has no choice but to vote as ordered by the Jewish Lobby.

    Federal Reserve: Jewish controlled dollar printing press.

    Media: 90% Jewish controlled.
    See the admission by Jewish writer Joel Stein in the LA Times article of Dec. 19, 2008.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2008/dec/19/opinion/oe-stein19

    President: Illegal alien Barry Sotero, cases against him fixed, real Kenyan birth certificate in Israel by the Jewish Oligarchs, ready to be brought out and put Barry in jail if he strays. Barry paid Oligarchs trillions of dollars disguised as “stimulus” and carried out their order to destroy USA by flooding it with aliens.

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  • Latest AP story about CIA training Al-Qaeda allies in Jordan:

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/officials-us-training-syrians-forces-jordan

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  • The extent to which a tiny country on one side of the globe exercises enormous influence on the foreign policy of a huge country on the other side of the globe is one of the most remarkable phenomena in world history. Future historians looking back on this from centuries in the future will find it utterly astonishing.

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  • Well stated essay; the politics of the empire will trump reason until total imperial collapse, and that may be sooner than we think. American hubris escalates exponentially and for all those who relish this process, no doubt they actually look forward to a catastrophic apocalypse as well. Childish: if I can’t have it my way, then no one gets to play. Neocons are believe in military confrontation because we are “exceptional,” and it is our moral responsibility to confront and where necessary, destroy all perceived evil in the world. Such is a manichean worldview and it will certainly be the death of us. Here is the dark side of the American rise to global dominance after WWII. It is an old saying, but power certainly corrupts, does it not!

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  • Nuland is ready for poor young Americans to die in battle against Russia, but we know not ready to give proper care to the injured who survive. Part of being cannon fodder for Wall Street’s neocons is outliving your value to them. As for Peoria, the way government mismanagement and the domestic consequences of over-militarization is going, it’s more likely it will resemble Ferguson, or foreign war-ravaged occupation zones.

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  • The jewish elite and their useful idiots will get WWIII like they got WWI, WWII and the Iraq Invasion.

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    “The fall of Hagel combined with the probability of a Congressionally-driven new, harder line from Obama sits well with some constituencies. Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard puts it succinctly from his viewpoint of what is important, “America has the misfortune to have an anti-Israel president for two more years. America has the good fortune to have a pro-Israel Congress for that same period of time. It should be a priority for that Congress, through speech and deed, to signal unequivocally to Israel and its enemies that terror and pressure against Israel will not succeed, and that America stands with Israel in our common fight against terror and barbarism.”

    A president is anti Israel ( that when necessarry ,will be termed as anti Zionist and in same breath anti Semite) despite keeping quiet ,silent,and passive supporter of atrocities wrought by Israel in Gaza repeatedly,despite vetoing condemnation,despite offerring extra billions as bribes so that Israel delays an illegal construction for few months,despite punishing the victims of Israeli crimes ,despite allowing contacts,dialogues,and military hardwares to Israel ,despite repeated violations of international norms,laws,and mutual trusts, despite being personally attacked,undermined,and facing moneyed campaigns from the Israrli supporters in election openly ,despite allowing Israel to undermine Egyptian democratic process , allowing Israel create facts on the grounds of West Bank,Gaza,and to some extent in Lebanon and Syria( repeated attacks on these two sovereign countries and forcing Obama to an almost inevitable confrontation through the neocons pressure and through false Sarin propaganda ) ,despite continuing sanctions on Iran ,despite keeping / maintaing Iran,Syria,Hamas,and Hizbullah as Pariah and rouge elements ,despite keeping silent over killings of Iranian scientist by Israel,despite killing of Americans by Israel over the sea and in the occupied land of Palestine by Israel.
    He is anti Israel for he hasn’t done yet what Israel demands- 1 an attack on Iran
    2 an attack on Syria
    3 an attack on Gaza
    He is anti Istael for he shows the audacity of disapproval of Israeli behaviors in WB ,Gaza,and in the Mediterranean Sea ( Israeli aggression against various humanitarian boats by private citizens of various nationalities )
    4 for he has not committed and acted yet on massive bombing campaigns against Iran and Syria and Lebanon .

    Congress is pro Israel for 1 it has been trying Obama to bomb Iran 2 it has been pushing formoresanctions, 3 it has voiced criticism of American president’s policies on settlements and on East Jerusalem,3 it has signed on the bills written by Israel known as accountability Acts( Syrian Accountability, Lebanon Accountability, Iran Accoutability .. So on ) 4 it has promised that Israel wouldn’t face any cut in aids when cuts will be faced by foreign governments and by domestic programme, 5 Congress has come put batting for Israel when the whole world was condemning Israeli atrocities on Gaza 6 Cpngress was blaming Gaza for the violence inflicted on it by Israel, 7 Congress was sending arms and ammunitions when President was not aware that arms being sent to Israel.8 Congress was violating established rules in order to support illegal activities of Israel, 9 Congress was openly embracing anti American activities and statements of Israeli leaders and the neocon- Zionist circles .

    So to be accepted as pro Israel ,one has to give up legitimate self interest, has to put himself or helfself at risk of death and destruction, has to send his or her children or ward to possible death and mutilation, has to violate moral codes,has to violate legal obligations and treaties ,has to keep silent when one of his or her children dies,has to undermine strategic interests ,has to suffer economic losses ,has to create enemies has to go to war ,has to punish ,has to condemn the innocents and has to be ready to starve himself or herself so that bombs can be dropped on the victims by Israel , has to pass bills and acts written by foreign entities and make them into binding laws .

    Only an atmosphere of slavery can explain this phenomenon. The difference is in the open embrace of this form of obedience or slavery. To become Zionist or pro Israeli or be accepted as committed pro Israeli one has to become a slave .

    This is what Bill Krystal getting away with . But this is also the reality This has become American self interest .

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  • Another nice article by Geraldi. The only point worth adding is that the US is a bankrupt giant. Any more wars by the neocons will result in the total financial and economic ruin of the country. The social environment in the US is already boiling. Maybe the neocon regime hopes to divert the attention and get rid of the opposition by starting wars (an ancient strategy of the rulers). But challenging Russia and China to war vouches for stupidity of this US political “elite”. Good luck US, neocons in power is big trouble.

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    The neo-conservatives and others may plan for endless war on behalf of Israel and other goals, and the political system might be incapable of stopping them, but nonetheless financial difficulties are going to interfere. Washington is running out of money fast.
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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Let us hope that your analysis of present events is more realistic than some comments you made about the past.

    For instance, take that piece of pseudo history “Britain and France were drawn into a war with Germany after giving security guarantees to Poland”. Really? Britain and France drawn into a war? Against their own sovereign wills? Drawn by whom? And what happened next?

    Consider in this context a piece of real history. By mid 1930s Poland had signed bilateral non aggression pacts with both Germany and Soviet Union. The Ribbentrop Molotov pact was signed a few years later, in late August 1939. A swift implementation followed in a few days (!): a military aggression by the signatories’ armies which culminated in a joint military parade of Wehrmacht and Red Army in Brest Litovsk in late September 1939. One month from the pact to the parade.

    Can you see the difference?

    Greetings, Jerzy.

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    Mainstream Jewish historian admits that FDR played a big role in inciting the war in Europe:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1557780218/ref=ox_sc_act_title_8?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A261XCYOOOCB2D

    For three quarters of a century, scholars have debated President Roosevelt's role in bringing the United States into World War II. But this book goes far beyond that question: It argues that FDR was the mastermind behind the very war itself. From late 1938, Robert Herzstein writes, Roosevelt's agents in Europe were busy at work agitating for a total European war to destroy Germany: They incited Poland and Germany against each other, and at the same time more or less bullied Britain and France into supporting Poland. At the same time, the President set up a virtual police state at home, using the HUAC, the FBI, and other government agencies to spy on, harass, and ultimately annihilate the domestic opposition.
     
    Herbert Hoover on FDR's eagerness for war in Europe:

    http://bionicmosquito.blogspot.com/2012/05/poland-as-pawn-hoover-identifies.html

    Hoover would document his conversations with the various people he met with. An example is provided of Hoover’s meeting with Kennedy on May 15, 1945. Kennedy indicated he had over 900 dispatches which he could not print without consent of the U.S. Government. He hoped one day to receive such permission as it was Kennedy’s intention to write a book that would:

    …put an entirely different color on the process of how America got into the war and would prove the betrayal of the American people by Franklin D, Roosevelt.

    …Roosevelt and Bullitt were the major factors in the British making their guarantees to Poland and becoming involved in the war. Kennedy said that Bullitt, under instructions from Roosevelt, was constantly urging the Poles not to make terms with the Germans and that he Kennedy, under instructions from Roosevelt, was constantly urging the British to make guarantees to the Poles.

    He said that after Chamberlain had given these guarantees, Chamberlain told him (Kennedy) that he hoped the Americans and the Jews would now be satisfied but that he (Chamberlain) felt that he had signed the doom of civilization.

    Kennedy said that if it had not been for Roosevelt the British would not have made this most gigantic blunder in history.

    Kennedy told me that he thought Roosevelt was in communication with Churchill, who was the leader of the opposition to Chamberlain, before Chamberlain was thrown out of office….
     
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  • Priss Factor [AKA "Andrea Ostrov Letania"] says:

    Proper term is ‘Jewish Supremacists’.

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  • She surely understands but chooses to ignore the fact that Latvia is only part of NATO due to the unwise expansion of what was originally a defensive alliance after the fall of the Soviet Union.

    Whether it was wise or not Latvia is in fact a part of NATO so as bad as Nuland may be she is re-stating something the US signed up for.

    The expansion was itself a violation of the understanding between Moscow and Washington that the West would not take advantage of the situation to extend its sphere of influence into Eastern Europe.

    In a recent interview Gorbachev said NATO expansion never came up but that it “was definitely a violation of the spirit of the statements and assurances made to us in 1990″. I guess he should’ve got it “legally enshrined” as he did with regards to Germany.

    In 1939, Britain and France were drawn into a war with Germany after giving security guarantees to Poland even though they had no critical interests at stake.

    That’s an American opinion that few geopolitical observers in Britain or France back then or today would agree with.

    That the White House has fired a voice for restraint and moderation at the Pentagon is perhaps inevitable.

    Probably. Susan Rice does seem both reckless and incompetent. Based on MSM reports Hagel had a problem with the US strategy (if you could call it that) on Syria and it leaked out at the end of October. His removal seems to have more to do with not being a team player than anything to do with triumphant neocons. Despite his confirmation hearing Hagel was getting on well with the Israelis.

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  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam war veteran and the lone Republican on Obama's national security team, has been fired. And John McCain's assessment is dead on. Hagel, he said, "was never really brought into that real tight circle inside the White House that makes all the decisions which has put us into the incredible...
  • Haaretz is worried about blowback over the pentagon coup:

    Of course it will be hard to muster the kind of nasty opposition that Hagel was subjected to in late 2012, especially at a time of severe defense challenges around the globe. Former Under Secretary of Defense Michelle Flournoy, who many consider to be the leading candidate to replace Hagel, was the favorite of many Republican conservatives as well as the pro-Israel lobby last time around as well. Her appointment, as well as that of some of the other candidates who are being mentioned, could elicit pressures on GOP senators to make an exception in the name of honor and country and to quickly approve Flournoy’s appointment – providing ample fodder, if any is needed, to those who believe that Israel controls Congress in the first place.

    http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/west-of-eden/1.628339

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  • Hegel started the fire

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  • “Lest we forget, Vladimir Putin pulled our chestnuts out of the fire a year ago, with a brokered deal to rid Syria of chemical weapons”

    Pat, Obama didn’t appreciate Putin’s offer to save his butt, that’s hogwash. There was a groundswell in the USA against bombing Syria, and that’s the reason Obama took Putin’s deal. Since, ISIS is the new fear-mongering boogeyman, and related to this (even if it makes no sense at all) removing Assad is snaking its way back into the agenda. And ISIS isn’t what it’s cracked up to be; what the intelligence people know isn’t being honestly reported – the fact Saddam’s unemployed Sunni-Bathist military is aligned with ISIS in a temporary marriage of convenience, or restated, a temporary ISIS allied, concurrent Sunni nationalist uprising.

    Other than that and your inability to see through the (much smoother) criminal Reagan-Bush 41 era, good points (although you might consider pointing out McCain is legitimately insane, as Putin has pointed out, due to his POW years)

    Meanwhile you might appreciate this parody:

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2014/11/16/obamas-speech-at-queensland/

    Or not ;)

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  • “Who made these decisions that created the debacle?”

    Probably the same people who fan the flames of racial discord domestically by giving black rioters a get out of jail free card while blaming their lawbreaking on white racism.

    Today Salon’s lead was “NO JUSTICE IN AMERICA” while Slate led with “Killing Without Consequence”.

    Some one or ones is profiting from sowing and fertilizing widespread mayhem.

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  • The effort to derail the nomination of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense has marshaled every possible argument against him, including claims that his “temperament” is wrong and that he cannot possibly manage such a large bureaucracy because he has no experience doing so. As almost no one has Pentagon-management experience until he actually starts...
  • And the military hasn’t changed that much in 4 decades. The bureaucracy certainly hasn’t. And some of the planes ferrying troops around combat zones today are the self same ones that saw service in Vietnam.

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  • I agree that it is simply baffling that the same people who were so eager to go into Iraq, and have continued to press for more war, more war, more war, are now somehow against having a combat veteran as Secretary of Defense. Clearly, merely having served in ground combat as a non-com is not enough to qualify you as SecDef. But it sure adds some clout to your resume, having been at the pointy end of the bureaucratic colossus. Because combat is the point of the whole thing, after all. And as for his reticence to committing more troops to more wars – Hagel is not unwilling to do so. He simply is not eager. Which is refreshing.

    But right or wrong, as ERnest says, Eliot Cohen at least had a lot more skin in the game than most. I served with his son for a time in Iraq. Blonde, blue eyed Jewish kid with a Harvard degree, he sort of stood out from the crowd. The senior Cohen also did his own short peace-time stint in the Reserves.

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  • Mr. Giraldi,
    I like your defense of Chuck Hagel but not your acceptance of the left’s claim that Vietnam was unwinnable. Media panic and misinterpretation of Tet transformed that crushing defeat of the North into a loss for us; the war was certainly winnable then; and I’m sure you know Pat Buchanan himself said the war was winnable .

    And yes, by all means, trust those sergeants over the generals – but Marine Corps general Lew Walt early on advocated small unit tactics and staying close to the people – emulating the communists’ “grab their belts to fight them” rule rather than big sweeps and living on firebases. Either this type of warfare, or the conventional interdiction of the lines of supply from Laos and North Viet Nam would have won, but were never tried, to say nothing of the failure to press our advantage after the Tet rout.

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  • Strider, you are technically correct, also because Bush II was in the Texas Air National Guard, not the U.S. Air Force (except when he was in pilot training). However, my father and uncle were both AAF veterans in World War II and their loyalties were with the air force, not the army.

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  • CURSUS HONORUM, indeed.

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  • The confirmation of Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary is inevitable. Obama only needs 60 yes votes in the Senate. Jennifer Rubin and Eliot Cohen used nonsensical arguments to attempt to advance their case against Chuck Hagel. Jennifer Rubin propounds the idea that Chuck Hagel would look after enlisted men but not colonels and generals. That is too funny!! I like the part in this essay where Philip Giraldi quotes Eliot Cohen as writing “Does combat service uniquely provide empathy with the troops,an awareness of the horrors of wounds and violent death?” The answer to that question Eliot Cohen is a resounding yes. Another astute piece of writing from Mr. Giraldi

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  • @ SC Birdflyte: Uh, Reagan couldn’t have been in the Air Force, since it didn’t become a separate branch until 1947 (hence the “MCMXLVII” on its seal). Before that, the “air force” was part of the Army. So Reagan was Army.

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  • Too many people have had their lives wasted by illegitimate character assassination for just voicing a truthful observation. When will this form of mind-control also become a hate crime? Hagel for Defense.

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  • These “neoconservatives” never served in the military, period; and, as such, have no right whatsoever to deny any war veteran – in this case, Chuck Hagel – to serve as Defense Secretary.

    Mr. Hagel served in Vietnam and was awarded TWO purple hearts for having been injured in two separate battles. Now, has any so-called “neoconservative” ever served even one day; been awarded even one medal for meritorious service? Of course not, since they are COWARDS.

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  • Just as an adendum to my previous post, there is a dynamic at play in our politics that arises from the nature of our system of two semi-institutional political parties.

    The two major parties are electoral coalitions first and foremost, and only secondarily about any sort of ideological coherence. The Republicans are, and have been for at least the last 40 years, the “conservative” party, so factions within the Republican party all call themselves conservatives. But it has never been clear to me whether their claim to be conservatives arises from anything deeper than their belonging to the electoral coalition that, at that moment in time, makes up the Republican party. Likewise, their exclusion of others from the “conservative” title often goes no deeper than the fact that those excluded are currently not in the Republican electoral coalition.

    The bit about being electoral coalitions first-and-foremost can also be said of the Democratic party, but the Democrats don’t embrace any one ideological label (liberal, progressive, what-have-you) the way the Republicans have claimed the term “conservative.”

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Personally, I think that Hagel would make a great Sec/Def–his firm belief that war should only be undertaken as a last resort fits perfectly with the Catholic theory of the Just War. But you guys are being a bit unfair about my friend Eliot Cohen: He was in the Army Reserve, and his son served honorably in Iraq–so he has far more personal contact with the military than almost any of the other neo-cons. Yes, he is mistaken about Hagel being Sec/Def–but he has a much more serious grasp of the realities of military service than almost any of the other neo-cons. Take care!! Sincerely, Respectfully and In Christ, Ernest Evans

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  • Keep targeting the enemy. We need to reach the amount of people that the washington post and new york times does.

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  • “Even though I vehemently opposed the President’s re-election, I thought two good things may come of it. His nomination of Hagel for SecDef is one of the good things to clean house at the Puzzle Palace.

    My only compliant with the majority of TAC online commenters is, what conservatives do you folks actually like?

    For the last month, all we’ve heard is how stupid the economic conservatives are for fighting against higher taxes for anyone.

    This month, all we’ve heard is how stupid the national security conservatives are for fighting against the nomination of Hagel to preside over the shrinking of the MIC.

    So that’s two out of the three legs of the old conservative coalition, when are you going to abandon the social conservatives and become The American Liberal instead of The Disaffected Republican?”

    I think that the whole point of this publication is that it is a mistake to conflate “conservatism” with whatever ideological factions make up the Republican party at any moment in time.

    The writers on this site criticize what you call ” national security conservatives” precisely because they aren’t conservative–or at a minimum, they don’t have an exclusive claim on the title. Likewise–though I imagine others might differ with me on this–with so-called “economic conservatives” that would deign threaten the creditworthiness of the United States.

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  • Anoldmarine, Just to be clear, Mansfield called Cohen a Mossadist? Where can I find this? Not doubting you but would love to see this in print or on video.

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Phil, please find answer to this question.
    In 1973 during israel war with Arabia was Nixon told by beautiful Golda Meir that if USA did not re-supply israel, israel was gong to nuke the world with nuclear winter. I know the silos for Jerrico missles were open, Pat Buchanan has said that. When the Sampson Option is spoken of EVERY BODY DUMMIES UP; WHY?

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  • I knew Eliot Cohen as a fellow grad student at Harvard’s Government Dept. The late Samuel Huntington was his patron until he couldn’t stand the duplicity of Cohen anymore …. ’82?

    Harvey Mansfield once called a “Mossadist” at a luncheon …and Cohen didn’t seem to mind at all!!!

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    @max – “…when are you going to abandon the social conservatives and become The American Liberal instead of The Disaffected Republican?”

    That won’t happen. We’re American conservatives. That means paying just debts (which in the very short run could mean more tax), cutting government budgets, steering clear of foreign entanglements, and taking care of business and borders here at home, as the Founders and Constitution prescribe.

    As to abandoning the social conservatives, I can’t really do that because I am one.

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  • In truth, we need more people making policy who served in ground combat, or at least close to it. Truman and Eisenhower were our last two Presidents whose service wasn’t in the Navy (JFK, LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Bush I) or air force (Reagan, Bush II). That’s one reason I favored Bob Dole when he ran against Bush I for the GOP nomination in 1988.

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  • Thank you Mr. Giraldi.

    There’s nothing quite like direct experience with the true costs of war to make one pause before making the most important of all governmental decisions.

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  • With reservations I’ll endorse Hagel. But those reservations – he’s a politician – certainly aren’t that he’s a grunt. IS. Like it just goes away.

    However Sir: “The officer corps is the management level and the enlisted men correspond to the employees. Or, to put it another way, the officers make the sausage and the enlisted men are what goes into the casing.” Now. I’ve been both and actually ended enlisted [Iraq 06/07] and you are being rather too harsh on the Officers. Plenty of them are sausage. Plenty. You’re drawing a bit of a false dichotomy.

    And as for becoming General without leading troops in combat – there should be no promotion Officer or Enlisted without Blood. No Rank without Blood. Which means nothing more than it has to be REAL to them to make rank. Otherwise as some of us know it’s a game for many.

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  • Hagel warned Bush that the U.S. can not win a war of attrition in the Middle East and Southwest Asia. Nobody else has offered such wise advise while neocons have sought to use American blood and treasure to reshape the entire planet for Israel and oil.

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  • Thank the Lord – Someone has called the NeoConservatives on their outrageous bullsh*t!!

    How you can denigrate a decorated combat veteran by questioning their ability to streamline and lead the Defense department is totally idiotic and shameful.

    Someone else here has also pointed this out: Have any of these NeoCon War Lovers ever actually served in the military and seen combat? Have they ever experienced first hand what it’s like to see your buddies die or to actually kill someone yourself?

    I mean if they are going to be Israel-first, can’t they get any spokesmen who actually served in the IDF and seen combat there? There are US citizens who have served in the IDF – but I bet that having seen war up-close, they are not inclined to see it as a valiant, glorious affair rather than a grim, bloody, terrifying experience.

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  • Hagel’s service is quite relevant. As a former combat decorated NCO, the guy has the stones to know what works and what doesn’t.

    The *chicken-hawks* never had their own asses on the line – it’s much easier when it is someone else.

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  • Whether Hagel served or not is largely irrelevant. What is far more important is the whether he will cut waste and unnecessary activities and capabilities in DOD. The US needs a strong administrator to preside over deep cuts in defence over the next four years. What’s needed is a man who can call the militaries bluff. A skilled manager may be able to avoid some of the traps the military will prepare for him. Being an enlisted man 40 years ago is not preparation for standing up to the Pentagon.

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Even though I vehemently opposed the President’s re-election, I thought two good things may come of it. His nomination of Hagel for SecDef is one of the good things to clean house at the Puzzle Palace.

    My only compliant with the majority of TAC online commenters is, what conservatives do you folks actually like?

    For the last month, all we’ve heard is how stupid the economic conservatives are for fighting against higher taxes for anyone.

    This month, all we’ve heard is how stupid the national security conservatives are for fighting against the nomination of Hagel to preside over the shrinking of the MIC.

    So that’s two out of the three legs of the old conservative coalition, when are you going to abandon the social conservatives and become The American Liberal instead of The Disaffected Republican?

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  • Phil, your Roman ancestors were wise in this regard. Under the Republic, it was impossible to raise in elected service without having served in the legions. The entire Cursis Honoram made sure that you could never become a Consul unless you had served in the legions, overseen some infrastructure and been a magistrate.

    If I could enact any constitutional amendment, the adoption of such a mandatory career path would be it. Neither our President or the Neocons would flourish in such a practical, healthy system of advancement in which successful service rather than facile BS is rewarded.

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  • Great piece. The excerpts from Cohen and Rubin are so outlandish that one wonders if they were written in jest. Of course, one knows better.

    Is being a chickenhawk so deeply ingrained in neocon culture that they have such a strong knee-jerk reaction to the idea of a real veteran running the Department of Defense? It is a glaring inconsistency in their already hobbled thought that neocons idolize the military- more accurately, fetishize it- but hold a combat vet in such disdain. Of course this is circling the wagons for them: they fetishize the military, over-stating its capabilities when it is convenient to them, reenforcing their worldview and machtpolitik, but disdaining someone with real war experience because that experience would be inconvenient to that same worldview. That is, the veteran will most likely not share the fantasist conception of war that neocons do.

    On a separate note: does anyone know of any neocon pundits or public “intellectuals” who have any real service record, or one with experience in a war, let alone one who has actually been in combat? It seems that there is a positive correlation between lack of military experience and the fantasy-prone neocon.

    Anyway, as an army veteran of a neocon war (Iraq, two tours) I really appreciate the takedowns of neoconservatism that I find on this site, primarily the excellent ones by Kelley Vlahos and the ones from you, Mr. Giraldi. You people give voice to the anger that so many of us vets feel toward these chickenhawks, but that we cannot voice in any important way. Keep up the good work, keep providing an antidote to the neocon fantasy.

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  • “What is it, precisely, that one would bring by service as a sergeant in a war more than 40 years past? … It was an important, even searing, life experience, no doubt. But the technology, strategy, tactics and organization now are all utterly different.”

    1. Since Sun Tzu, not much has really changed.

    2. He knows how the idiotic bureaucracy impacts the people down the chain of command. He understands what it means to the men on the ground when some defense contract procures garbage for the field. And most importantly, he’s not from the rear-area, nor from the Navy nor Air Force. In other words, as a grunt, he probably has little to no respect for the pork barrel projects that are bankrupting the nation, which is a major reason why his nomination is hysterically opposed.

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  • While, I am not excited about Nominee Hagel’s nomination for reason’s totally unrelated to his service.

    It is more than disappointing that his fellow conservatives would challenge his integrity and public service with nary a complaint until now.

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  • Ironic that these two never made such a charge when a naval aviator, Donald Rumsfeld, so served. Nothing is so fungible for neocons as their standards.

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  • This ‘Swift Boating’ is really lame and maybe they can use argument against Kerry. Having actual experience as foot troop obviously does not make him qualified but it does seem like ‘Recommend qualification’ to Secretary Of Defense.

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  • Excellent article. It’s time that we call out these inexperienced pundits. That’s all Rubin and Cohen seem to be — pundits.

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  • These jack-in-the-box reappearances by Cohen and Rubin are not just tiresome, they’re inexplicable. Utterly discredited, both of them, and a lot of people are tired of maintaining the pretense that they are citizens in the same sense as the rest of us.

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  • It appears that these are the Christian Senators such as McCain and Graham who are opposing Sen. Hagel’s nomination.

    Because, Senators such as Boxer, Schumer and Feinstein who are not only Jewish by religion, but are also supporting Sen. Hagel’s nomination.

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  • We need more veterans serving in public office, not less. The neocon parasites listed in this piece are exactly the reason why. They like to wrap themselves in the flag but have not one shred of understanding in regards to honor and service.

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  • Going to war makes one appreciate just how nasty and awful war is.

    Can’t have that in the Pentagon.

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  • This is a terrific post, full of good information and spot-on judgments. But, please, don’t try to discourage the neocons from bloviating in this particular line. The administration has handed them a gilt-edged invitation to make barking fools of themselves over Hagel, and they have accepted with relish. What a bunch.

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  • I dont think an anti-military approach is going to win over that many conservatives. All it will do is allow the Democrats to own the mantle of Military Security.

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  • Phil — excellent analysis. The fact the Cohen was partially responsible for the protracted crack-up in Iraq is enough to make one gag when he speaks so condescendingly of Hagel’s Vietnam service. Yet when it was convenient, Cohen didn’t mind using his son’s Iraq service to bolster his own credibility in arguing for FOR more war. Let’s see what Cohen has to say when his son runs for office, or is up for a big government job someday.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/08/AR2005070802303.html

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  • Right effin’ on. Chuck Hagel will, I trust and hope, treat enlisted people with respect, and that will be a major change in the way we run the military. I was in boot camp during the Mayaguez incident, when the lives of Marines were thrown away like cannon fodder, and we didn’t even bring out our dead. That has colored my view of the Pentagon ever since. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are just the Mayaguez writ large. Enough of that! Give ‘em hell, Chuck!

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  • Excellent piece, Phil. It is bizarre how deluded the arguments against Hagel have become.

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says: • Website

    While I find Cohen’s diatribe against Hagel every bit as ridiculous as you do, in point of fact he served in uniform, albeit in a limited fashion. Back in the 1980s he was a USAR officer assigned to ONA at OSD … Just about the cushiest Reserve job imaginable and a far cry from infantry combat, yet service of a sort.

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