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During more than a half-century of Washington watching we have seen stupidity rise from one height to yet another. But nothing—just plain nothing—compares to the the blithering stupidity of the Donald’s Iran “policy”, culminating in the mindless assassination of its top military leader and hero of the so-called Islamic Revolution, Major General Qassem Soleimani.

To be sure, we don’t give a flying f*ck about the dead man himself. Like most generals of whatever army (including the US army), he was a cold-blooded, professional killer.

And in this day and age of urban and irregular warfare and drone-based annihilation delivered by remote joy-stick, generals tend to kill more civilians than combatants. The dead civilian victims in their millions of U.S. generals reaching back to the 1960s surely attest to that.

Then again, even the outright belligerents Soleimani did battle with over the decades were not exactly alms-bearing devotees of Mother Theresa, either. In sequential order, they were the lethally armed combatants mustered by Saddam Hussein, George W. Bush, the Sunni jihadists of ISIS and the Israeli and Saudi air forces, which at this very moment are raining high tech bombs and missiles on Iranian allies and proxies in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.

The only reason these years of combat are described in the mainstream media as evidence of Iranian terrorism propagated by its Quds forces is that the neocons have declared it so. That is, by Washington’s lights Iran is not allowed to have a foreign policy and its alliances with mainly Shiite co-religionists in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen are alleged per se to be schemes of aggression and terror, warranting any and all retaliations including assassination of its highest officials.

But that’s just colossal nonsense and imperialistic arrogance. The Assad government in Syria, the largest political party in Lebanon (Hezbollah), the dominant population of northern Yemen (Houthis) and a significant portion of the Iraqi armed forces represented by the Shiite militias (the PMF or Popular Mobilization Forces) are no less civilized and no more prone to sectarian violence than anybody else in this woebegone region. And the real head-choppers of ISIS and its imitators and rivals have all been Sunni jihadist insurrectionists, not Shiite-based governments and political parties.

The truth is, America has no dog in the Shiite versus Sunni hunt, which has been going on for 1300 years in the region. And when it comes to spillover of those benighted forces into Europe or America, recent history is absolutely clear: 100% of all Islamic terrorist incidents in the US since they began in the 1990s were perpetrated or inspired by Sunni jihadists, not Iran or its Shiite allies and proxies in the region.

So we needs be direct. The aggression in the Persian Gulf region during the last three decades has originated in the Washington DC nest of neocon vipers and among Bibi Netanyahu’s proxies, collaborators and assigns who rule the roost in the Imperial City and among both political parties. And the motivating force has all along been the malicious quest for regime change—first in Iraq and then in Syria and Iran.

Needless to say, Washington instigated “regime change” tends to provoke a determined self-defense and a usually violent counter-reaction among the changees. So the truth is, the so-called Shiite crescent is not an alliance of terrorists inflicting wanton violence on the region; it’s a league of regime-change resisters and armed combatants who have elected to say “no” to Washington’s imperial schemes for remaking the middle eastern maps.

So in taking out Soleimani, the usually befuddled and increasingly belligerent occupant of the Oval Office was not striking a blow against “terrorism”. He was just dramatically escalating Washington’s long-standing regime-change aggression in the region, thereby risking an outbreak of even greater violence and possibly a catastrophic conflagration in the Persian Gulf where one-fifth of the world’s oil traverses daily.

And most certainly, the Donald has now crushed his own oft-repeated intent to withdraw American forces from the middle east and get out of the regime change business—the very platform upon which he campaigned in 2016. There are now upwards of 50,000 US military personnel in the immediate Persian Gulf region and tens of thousands of more contractors, proxies and mercenaries. After Friday’s reckless maneuver, that number can now only go up—and possibly dramatically.

In joy-sticking Soleimani while lounging in his plush digs at Mar-a-Lago, the Donald was also not avenging the innocent casualties of Iranian aggression—Americans or otherwise. He was just jamming another regime-change stick in the hornets nest of anti-Americanism in the region that Washington’s bloody interventions have spawned over the decades, and which will now intensify by orders of magnitude.

Sometimes a picture does tell a thousand words, and this one from the funeral procession in Tehran yesterday surely makes a mockery of Secretary Pompeo’s idiotic claim that the middle east is now safer than before. If there was ever a case that this neocon knucklehead should be immediately dispatched to his hog and corn farm back in Kansas, this is surely it.

Iranians carried the coffins of top general Qassem Soleimani and his allies in Kerman, Iran
Iranians carried the coffins of top general Qassem Soleimani and his allies in Kerman, Iran

The larger point here is that Imperial Washington and its mainstream media megaphones have so egregiously and relentlessly vilified Iran and falsified the middle east narrative that the Iranian side of the story has been completely lost—literally airbrushed right off the pages of contemporary history in Stalineseque fashion.

Not that the benighted, mullah-controlled Iranian regime is comprised of anything which resembles white hats. One of the great misfortunes of the last four decades is that the long-suffering people of Iran have not been able to throw-off the cultural and religious shackles imposed by this theocratic regime or escape the economic backwardness and incompetence of what is essentially rule by authoritarian clerics.

But that’s exactly the crime of Washington’s neocon-inspired hostility and threats to the Iranian regime. It merely rekindles Iranian nationalism and causes the public to rally to the support of the regime, as is so evident at the current moment.

Worse still, the underlying patriotic foundation of this pro-regime sentiment is completely lost on Imperial Washington owing to its false narrative about post-1979 history. Yet the fact is, in the eyes of the Iranian people the Quds forces and Soleimani have plausible claims to having been valiant defenders of the nation.

In the original instance, of course, Soleimani earned his chops on the battlefield contending with the chemical weapons-dropping air force of Saddam Hussein during the 1980s. And Saddam was the invader whose chemical bombs achieved especially deadly accuracy against often barely armed teenage Iranian soldiers owing to spotting and targeting assistance rendered by the U.S. air force—a Washington assisted depredation that a whole generation of Iranians know all about, even if present day Washington feints ignorance.

Then after Bush the Younger visited uninvited and unrequested Shock & Awe upon Baghdad and much of the Iraqi countryside, it transpired that the nation’s majority Shiite population didn’t cotton much to being “liberated” by Washington. Indeed, the more radical elements of the Iraqi Shiite community in Sadr City and other towns of central and south Iraq took up arms during 2003-2011 against what they perceived to be the American “occupiers” because, well, it was their country.

Needless to say, their Shiite kinsman in Iran were more than ready to give aid and comfort to the Iraqi Shiite in their struggle against what by then was perceived as Iran’s own mortal enemy. After all, a full year before Bush the Younger launched the utterly folly of the second gulf war in March 2003, his demented neocon advisors and speechwriters, led by the insufferable David Frum, had concocted a bogeyman called the Axis of Evil, which included Iran and marked it as next in line for Shock & Awe.

But the idea that the Iraqi people and especially its majority Shiite population would have been dancing in the streets to welcome the US military save for the insidious interference of Iran is just baseless War Party propaganda.

Stated differently, Washington sent 158,000 lethally armed fighters into a country that had never threatened America’s homeland security or harbored its enemies, and had no capacity to do so in any event. But contrary to the glib assurances of Rumsfeld, Cheney and the rest of the neocon jackals around Bush, these U.S. fighters soon came to be widely viewed as “invaders”, not liberators, and met resistance from a wide variety of Iraqi elements including remnants of Saddam’s government and military, radicalized Sunni jihadists and a motley array of Shiite politicians, clerics and militias.

Foremost among these was the Sadr clan which emerged as the tribune of the the dispossessed Shiite communities in the south and Baghdad. They rose to prominence after Bush the Elder urged the Shiite to rise up against Saddam after the 1991 Gulf War, and then left them dangling in the wind.

No U.S. support materialized as the regime’s indiscriminate crackdown on the population systematically arrested and killed tens of thousands of Shiites and destroyed Shiite shrines, centers of learning, towns and villages. According to eyewitness accounts, Baathist tanks were painted with messages like “No Shiites after today,” people were hanged from electric poles, and tanks ran over women and children and towed bodies through the streets.

From this horror and brutality emerged Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr, the founder of the Sadrist movement that today, under the leadership of his son Muqtada, constitutes Iraq’s most powerful political movement. After the collapse of the Baathist regime in 2003, the Sadrist movement formally established its own militia, known as the Jaysh al-Mahdi, or the Mahdi Army.

The vast Shiite underclass needed protection, social services and leadership, and the Sadrist movement stepped into these gaps by reactivating Sadeq al-Sadr’s network. In the course of U.S. occupation, the Mahdi Army’s ranks of supporters, members and fighters swelled, particularly as sectarian conflict intensified and discontent towards the occupation grew out of frustration with the lack of security and basis services.At one point the Mahdi Army numbered more than 60,000 fighters, and especially as Iraq degenerated into total sectarian chaos after 2005, it became a deadly thorn in the side of U.S. forces occupying a country where they were distinctly unwelcome.

But the Mahdi Army was homegrown; it was Arab, not Persian, and it was fighting for its own homes and communities, not the Iranians, the Quds or Soleimani. In fact, the Sadrists strongly opposed the Iranian influence among other Shiite dissident groups including the brutal Badr Brigade and the Iran-aligned Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution (SCIRI). As the above study further noted,

I raqis today refer to the Sadrist Movement’s Peace Brigades as the “rebellious” militias, because of their refusal to submit not only to Iran, but also to the federal government and religious establishment. Muqtada al-Sadr has oriented his organization around Iraqi nationalistic sentiments and derided the Iran-aligned militias. In line with the true political outlook of his father and his followers, Muqtada’s supporters chanted anti-Iranian slogans and stormed the offices of the Dawa Party, ISCI and the Badr Brigade when they protested against the government in May 2016.

As it happened, the overwhelming share of the 603 US servicemen the Pentagon claims to have been killed by Iranian proxies were actually victims of the Mahdi Army uprisings during 2003-2007. These attacks were led by the above mentioned Iraqi nationalist firebrand and son of the movements founder, Muqtada al-Sadr.

In fact, however, the surge in U.S. deaths at that time was the direct result of subsequently disgraced General David Petraeus’ infamous “surge” campaign. Among others, it targeted al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army in the hope of weakening it. Beginning in late April 2007, the U.S. launched dozens of military operations aimed solely at capturing or killing Mahdi Army officers, causing the Mahdi Army to strongly resist those raids and impose mounting casualties on U.S. troops.

So amidst the fog of two decades of DOD and neocon propaganda, how did Iran and Soleimani get tagged over and over with the “killing Americans” charge, as if they were attacking innocent bystanders in lower Manhattan on 9/11?

It’s just the hoary old canard that Iran was the source of the powerful roadside bombs called Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFPs) that were being used by many of the Shiite militias, as well as the Sunni jihadists in Anbar province and the west. Yet that claim was debunked more than a decade ago by evidence that the Mahdi Army and other Shiite militias were getting their weapons not just from the Iranians but from wherever they could, as well as manufacturing their own.

As the estimable Iran export, Gareth Porter, recently noted:

The command’s effort to push its line about Iran and EFPs encountered one embarrassing revelation after another. In February 2007 a US command briefing asserted that the EFPs had “characteristics unique to being manufactured in Iran.” However, after NBC correspondent Jane Arraf confronted the deputy commander of coalition troops, Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno, with the fact that a senior military official had acknowledged to her that US troops had been discovering many sites manufacturing EFPs in Iraq, Odierno was forced to admit that it was true.

Then in late February 2007, US troops found another cache of parts and explosives for EFPs near Baghdad, which included shipments of PVC tubes for the canisters that contradicted its claims. They had come not from factories in Iran, but from factories in the UAE and other Arab countries, including Iraq itself. That evidence clearly suggested that the Shiites were procuring EFP parts on the commercial market rather than getting them from Iran.

Although the military briefing by the command in February 2007 pointed to cross-border weapons smuggling, it actually confirmed in one of its slides that it was being handled by “Iraqi extremist group members” rather than by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). And as Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, the US commander for southern Iraq, admitted in a July 6 press briefing, his troops had not “captured anybody that we can directly tie back to Iran.”

On the other hand, what the Iranian Quds forces have actually accomplished in Iraq and Syria has been virtually expunged from the mainstream narrative. To wit, they have been the veritable tip of the spear in the eradication of the Islamic State.

Indeed, in Iraq it was the wobbly Iraqi national army that Washington stood up at a cost of billions, which turned tail and ran when ISIS emerged in Anbar province in 2014. So doing, they left behind thousands of US armored vehicles, mobile artillery and even tanks, as well as massive troves of guns and ammo, which enabled the Islamic State to briefly thrive and subjugate several million people across the Euphrates Valley.

It was also Washington that trained, equipped, armed and funded the so-called anti-Assad rebels in Syria, which so weakened and distracted Damascus that that the Islamic State was briefly able to fill the power vacuum and impose its barbaric rule on the citizens of Raqqa and its environs. And again, it did so in large part with weaponry captured from or sold to ISIS by the so-called moderate rebels.

To the contrary, the panic and unraveling in Iraq during 2014-2015 was stopped and reversed when the Iranians at the invitation of Baghdad’s Shiite government helped organize and mobilize the Iraqi Shiite militias, which eventually chased ISIS out of Mosul and Anbar.

Likewise, outside of the northern border areas liberated by the Syrian Kurds, it was the Shiite alliance of Assad, Hezbollah and the Iranian Quds forces that rid Syria of the ISIS plague.

Yes, the U.S. air force literally incinerated two great cities temporarily occupied by the Islamic State—Mosul and Raqqa. But it was the Shiite fighters who were literally fighting for their lives, homes and hearth who cleared that land of a barbaric infestation that had been spawned and enabled by the very Washington neocons who are now dripping red in tooth and claw.

So we revert to the Donald’s act of utter stupidity. On the one hand, it is now evident that the reason Soleimani was in Baghdad was to deliver an official response from Tehran to a recent Saudi de-escalation offer. And that’s by the word of the very prime minister that Washington has stood up in the rump state of Iraq and who has now joined a majority of the Iraqi parliament in demanding that Iraq’s putative liberators—after expending trillions in treasure and blood—leave the country forthwith:

Before the vote Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi told the parliament that he was scheduled to meet with Soleimani a day after his arrival to receive a letter from Iran to Iraq in response to a de-escalation offer Saudi Arabia had made. The U.S. assassinated Soleimani before the letter could be delivered by him. Abdul-Mahdi also said that Trump had asked him to mediate between the U.S. and Iran. Did he do that to trap Soleimani? It is no wonder then that Abdul-Mahdi is fuming.

At the same time, the positive trends that were in motion in the region just days ago—-ISIS gone, Syria closing in on the remaining jihadists, Saudi Arabia and Iran tentatively exploring a more peaceful modus vivendi, the Yemen genocide winding to a close—may now literally go up in smoke. As the always sagacious Pat Buchanan observed today,

What a difference a presidential decision can make.

Two months ago, crowds were in the streets of Iraq protesting Iran’s dominance of their politics. Crowds were in the streets of Iran cursing that regime for squandering the nation’s resources on imperial adventures in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen. Things were going America’s way.

Now it is the Americans who are the targets of protests.

Over three days, crowds numbering in the hundreds of thousands and even millions have packed Iraqi and Iranian streets and squares to pay tribute to Soleimani and to curse the Americans who killed him.

We have long believed that there is nothing stupider in Washington than the neocon policy mafia that has wrecked such unspeakable havoc on the middle east as well as upon American servicemen and taxpayers who have been marched time and again into the jaws of their folly.

But, now, the Donald has single-handedly given even neocon stupidity a run for the money.

David Stockman served as a Republican Congressman and Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan, later having a twenty year career on Wall Street.

(Republished from David Stockman's Contra Corner by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Sasha says:

    “Not that the benighted, mullah-controlled Iranian regime is comprised of anything which resembles white hats. One of the great misfortunes of the last four decades is that the long-suffering people of Iran have not been able to throw-off the cultural and religious shackles imposed by this theocratic regime or escape the economic backwardness and incompetence of what is essentially rule by authoritarian clerics.”

    I get it that maybe Iranians don’t have a Walmart in every town, and may not have the privilege of mortgaging their lives on a Visa or MC – but that’s not what I call backwardness, rather progress. If times are tough, is it the backwardness of their system, or might crippling sanctions play a small role in that? What “cultural and religious shackles” might these be? Please be more specific, or I might think you mean that they don’t have instant access to Hollywood blockbusters or something. The horror! Finally – if you want to use the term “regime”, please apply it with a broad brush, maybe even broad enough to touch on the oh-so-democratic West. Let’s just call them “governments”, OK?

  2. Nice to see the great David Stockman appear at Unz. Watch him teach Fox Business News blabbers economics and political realities. Then he stuns them by saying the Pentagon’s budget must be cut:

    • Agree: Miro23
    • Thanks: Jim Christian, Talha, chris
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    , @follyofwar
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  3. well said by Stockman, though it’s all water under the bridge now.

    Drumpf, a life-long Zion-stooge, and the (((neo-conz))) and their cucks

    have got their War of Choice. Depending how the Greater MidEast War goes,

    it may help solve all sorts of outstanding problems, there

    and here. Right now it’s just after dawn in Tehran….let’s see how far

    Drumpf et al. up the bloody ante today.

  4. @Sasha

    Well and truly spoken. American pop and consumerist culture along with pop drinks and endless fads, crude music and fast foods are being peddled as markers of serious culture. They are shoved down the throats of unsuspecting minds in asymmetric commerce as part of an aggressive campaign to turn the planet into a consumerist backyard for American junk and to consolidate American hegemony.

  5. The larger point here is that Imperial Washington and its mainstream media megaphones have so egregiously and relentlessly vilified Iran and falsified the middle east narrative that the Iranian side of the story has been completely lost—

    Iran’s foreign minister Zarif has been denied entry into the United States to attend a UN meeting. Speaking of idiocy in denying Iranians their side of the story. That has been the imperial modus operandi in appropriating narratives with the complicity of our poor excuse for journalism, the servile MSM.

    • Replies: @TGD
  6. JUSA says:
    @Sasha

    I agree. If Iranians are really that disgusted by the “cultural and religious shackles imposed by this theocratic regime or the economic backwardness and incompetence of what is essentially rule by authoritarian clerics”, those clerics wouldn’t still be in power. All they have to do is look at the degeneration of the West from drugs, alcohol, money, power, coarsening pop culture, pornography, all manners of sexual perversion and they know they are wise to take a different path.

    Culturally, economically, politically, even technologically, the US is on a downward spiral, courtesy of the Jews. This warmongering perpetuated by the same tribe will eventually finish us off. China, Russia and Iran have existed for thousands of years. They will have the last laugh.

  7. A123 says:

    Before the vote Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi told the parliament that he was scheduled to meet with Soleimani a day after his arrival to receive a letter from Iran to Iraq in response to a de-escalation offer Saudi Arabia had made. The U.S. assassinated Soleimani before the letter could be delivered by him.

    So, Iranian de-escalation was based on a sneak attack against the U.S. Embassy? No. Simple logic shows that Mahdi is lying. Iran *escalated* by attacking the embassy.

    — What does Stockman suggest as a response to the Iranian sneak attack on the U.S. Embassy?
    — Why are the voices that are always screaming about ‘International Law’ not outraged by Iran’s violations?

    Given the history of such actions from the Carter era, a strong response was necessary and inevitable. Iran offered war. And, Trump responded prudently and proportionally.
    ________

    Based on tonight’s news, Khameni made a ‘show’ reprisal that had little impact on U.S. Forces. (1)

    Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops, but preliminary reports suggest there are no U.S. casualties yet, two sources with direct knowledge of actions on the ground told Military Times Tuesday night.

    Khameni’s attack on the embassy was a failure that backfired badly. He is now desperately trying to back down, because he knows that Iran has no effective defense against U.S. Military options.

    PEACE 😇

    ______

    (1) https://www.militarytimes.com/flashpoints/2020/01/08/no-us-casualties-in-iran-missile-strike-preliminary-reports-say/

  8. Stockman knew Reagan’s first budget was a joke. He wrote it: telling the late Bill Greider –in real time– that it was a ‘Trojan Horse.’

    Now he’s telling Pompeo to go back to the pig farm but word is the Sec.State is now not running for a Senate seat. But I tend to believe Pompeo is not directing things it’s coming from Trump’s inner circle. Kushner strikes me as more of a neocon and he’s obviously down with what they want in Tel Aviv. Which I think is an attack on Iran Nuclear capabilities before the end of the summer.

    I heard Andrea Mitchell praising Stephen Hadley (Bush Neocon) as a “wise man” who called this an opportunity for negotiation. That’s gone Andrea: it went out when Trump got rid of the deal Iran was adhering to, which the neocons and Israel didn’t want.

  9. I was reading earlier today that American Military Contractor company’s stock began soaring right after the assassination; Ratheon, Northrup Grumman, Lockheed, Boeing, etc etc…

    Now Asian market defense contracting company stocks are soaring because Iran has fired missiles at a couple US bases in Iraq.

    Insanity. Hitting your head over and over on a brick wall, while thinking you’ll start feeling better.

    I’m sorry to say I voted for this moron; and all because I hated the alternative and he was flapping his jaws about ending the warring in M.E. I had my doubts from the beginning but I was willing to give him a chance. Won’t be voting in this fall’s election. There is not one candidate worth voting for; none.

    Geez, by November we might be in full blown WW3 & elections suspended. who the hell knows at this point.

    • Agree: Hail, bluedog
  10. gotmituns says:

    As stupid as it gets
    ——————–
    Well, the Iranians really loused up now. Now Trump and his Israeli loving friends can finally kick their butts really good. Very bad idea attacking us.

    • Replies: @bluedog
  11. Biff says:

    After the latest round of shit-slinging, Washington stinks, Tehran stinks, but Israel is still smelling like a rose even though they are the instigator of the whole affair.
    How do they keep getting away with it each and every time?

    • Replies: @Polemos
  12. Mr. Allen says:

    This is absurd. Don’t lump all generals in together as the same. You might as well say Nazi generals and Russian generals and British generals and American generals and Japanese generals are all the same – all equally culpable of equal war crimes in WWII.

    Unless you truly believe there is no good and bad sides in all these Middle Eastern wars … this can’t be true.

    The Americans are aggressors and invaders in the Middle East. For the Iraqis to turn on the Americans … it must mean something.

    We get closer to the truth when we see Soleimani as a freedom fighter and Americans as terrorists.

    To lump Soleimani with the American lot is devoid of morals and common sense…

  13. @JUSA

    All they have to do is look at the degeneration of the West from drugs, alcohol, money, power, coarsening pop culture, pornography, all manners of sexual perversion and they know they are wise to take a different path.

    Yes, although it is interesting to note that the Iran has been one of the top nations for sex-change surgeries because the regime would rather change tomboys and sissies into “boys” and “girls” rather than allow homosexuality or even atypical gender affect. They do avoid having a pernicious and culturally radicalizing gay lobby though.

    Anyway, it’s none of our business and if we really had to choose sides in the Saudi vs Iran conflict then Iran would be the rational choice. Maybe neocon stupidity will help bring that conflict to a truce as they unite against the USA.

  14. Passer by says:

    Pretty bad news for the US:

    Moqtada al-Sadr, the most influential person in Iraq, is now calling the US an enemy and threatening Trump personally. If Mahdi Army joins the other Shia groups around the world, big damage will be done to the US via many means and no american will be able to stay in Iraq. Embassy could be gone too. US companies working on oil and gas will be kicked out. The country will move strongly towards Russia and China. All US investment in the Iraq adventure will be totally lost.

    Angering iraqi shia is very stupid US move. They are an ascending force, with young combat ready population and young and expanding demographics. Last time the US angered the iraqi shia (2004), it lost the war in Iraq even before it knew it.

    This is the result of a declining power not recognizing its decline and making enemies everywhere.

    The 2020s will be a turbulent period of power transition where the US and Europe decline and the rest of the world rises, the end of the superpower moment and the beginning of a multipolar world.

    • Agree: bluedog, Ace
  15. JackOH says:

    That David Stockman? Kudos, Ron.

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  16. CBTerry says:

    Excellent article by a man so principled that as a representative from Michigan he voted against the Chrysler bail-out.
    So please forgive me for pointing out this error:

    From the interweb:

    A feint (noun) is primarily a deceptive move, such as in fencing or military maneuvering. It can also mean presenting a feigned appearance. Feint can also be a verb, but in that case it simply means to execute a feint.
    To feign (verb) is to deceive; either by acting as if you’re something or someone you’re not, or lying.
    There is some overlap between particular meanings of the two words (For example, his ignorance was a feint, he was feigning ignorance), but mostly they are separate.
    Both words come from the French feindre, which means to “pretend, represent, imitate, shirk”.

  17. Thanks for this well-written, passionate but nevertheless lucid analysis.

    Yet I feel mention should always be made of US corporate and imperial greed as a main motive for intervention anywhere in the world. It is about the oil and the profits and it is highly illuminating to turn to works by non-US authors. A good starting point would be Pino Solanas classic masterpiece La hora de los hornos (The Hour of the Furnaces) from 1968.

    Also read Alfons Goldschmidt’s eloquent and committed Die dritte Eroberung Amerikas (1929). And the recent magnificent overview by Matthieu Auzanneau, Or noir. La grande histoire du pétrole (2015).

    Here is the best short analysis of the crime that was the invasion and conquest of Iraq:

    • LOL: Momus, Agent76
  18. eah says:

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  19. swamped says:

    “In the original instance, of course, Soleimani earned his chops on the battlefield contending with the chemical weapons-dropping air force of Saddam Hussein during the 1980s. And Saddam was the invader whose chemical bombs achieved especially deadly accuracy against often barely armed teenage Iranian soldiers owing to spotting and targeting assistance rendered by the U.S. air force—a Washington assisted depredation that a whole generation of Iranians know all about, even if present day Washington feints (sic) ignorance”…and a whole generation (and more) know that this Washington-assisted depredation was carried out by the U.S. Administration in which Mr.Stockman served, whether or not he prefers now to “feint” ignorance of that, too. An Administration which also gave us the Nicaraguan Contra terrorists, the infamous Iran-Contra deal, Central American death squads, Israel’s invasion of Lebanon & much more. Funny how Mr. Stockman was mum on such matters at the time. Maybe, like Jimmy Carter, he’s found his moral compass since leaving government but wish he had found it a whole lot sooner. Hate to see a good Harvard Divinity School education go to waste. No matter, the article makes perfect sense even if it comes a little late.

  20. GeeBee says:

    ‘The dead civilian victims in their millions of U.S. generals reaching back to the 1960s 1944 surely attest to that.’

    There, fixed it for you.

  21. Sabretache says: • Website

    Whenever I see the kind of absurd foul language employed here by Stockman, I simply stop reading. What on earth is a “flying f**ck’ anyway, other than a supposed macho signal of just how big and angry a ‘BSD’ (to use another swaggering obscenity prevalent on his home turf) he thinks he is. Perhaps he’d care to explain.

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  22. Ronnie says:

    The recent and nearly simultaneous crash of the newish Ukranian 737 in Tehran (with the 15 missiles launched from Iran) may be quite significant – indirect way to hurt the US (Boeing) again and Israel too – owned by Ukraine’s most notorious billionaire Kolomoisky – and the guy who selected the new comedian President – and amazingly no US or Israeli passengers on board. Was it an accident or an exquisite punishment?

    • Replies: @Just passing through
  23. Vaterland says:

    And when it comes to spillover of those benighted forces into Europe or America, recent history is absolutely clear: 100% of all Islamic terrorist incidents in the US since they began in the 1990s were perpetrated or inspired by Sunni jihadists, not Iran or its Shiite allies and proxies in the region.

    It is especially hard to overlook that the terrorists and self-radicalized (mass-)murders who killed hundreds of Europeans, including my own countrymen, were adherents to the wahhabist ideology, created, funded and often staffed by the very countries which are the closest allies of the USA and Israel. And whom they sell hundreds of billions of weapons to as they wage their so called “war on terror” which is mostly the war to take out Israel’s and Saudi-Arabias enemies.

    David Stockman may be at the center of the intelligentsia which built the empire that many in the world looked up to and admired, and which crude figures like Pompeo, Bolton, Shapiro, Perle and Nuland are tearing down. But the problems and outright evilness of the empire now are inherent to its system and not merely a question of sophistication versus brutishness.

    It’s past time to close Rammstein.

  24. @Sabretache

    Stockman is just guilty and fake thats all..why he uses such language.

    there is not a sincere word in all that he wrote above there, save that there is somethng important in there that Stockman is losing… or wants..and is trying to set up to get

  25. Ipostle says: • Website
    @Sasha

    You can’t fault David Stockman for calling Islam a shackle. Unless you want to agree with Bush that Islam is peaceful.

  26. Biff says:
    @A123

    Iran *escalated* by attacking the embassy.

    And you have proof of this where?

  27. Amon says:
    @A123

    So this is what a paid shill looks like.

  28. Mass murderer and Assassin in Chief is SIMPLY continuing to execute blood lusty and genocidal policies established by alliance of TERROR which calls itself 5 eyes but Sovereign, FREEDOM loving people call 5 headed BEAST.
    God Bless Axis of Resistance!
    Resist Slavery, TERROR and neoNazis!

  29. @Mr. Allen

    This is absurd. Don’t lump all generals in together as the same. You might as well say Nazi generals and Russian generals and British generals and American generals and Japanese generals are all the same – all equally culpable of equal war crimes in WWII.

    Yes indeed, all generals are fundamentally the same. War crimes are not the exclusive realm of any one nationality or political or religious category.

    Hollywood says otherwise, but what Hollywood says is little to do with historical fact and accuracy.

    • Replies: @Mike P
    , @Harold Smith
  30. David Stockman blames “neocon stupidity”, but Trump’s foreign policy has nothing to do with stupidity it’s planned and it’s all about Israel ,”endless wars” , arms manufacturing and sales , and ensuring that the “war on terror” continues . We live in a Pathocracy and are governed by psychopaths and narcissists who have no compunction about the killing of civilians (collateral damage ) ,murder by drone , the destruction of cultural sites, the killing of 500,000 Iraqui children by sanctions (it was worth it – Madeleine Albright) and the murder of populist leaders such as Allende .

  31. barr says:
    @Sasha

    How does the mind develop? A boy grows up loving baseball ,because he grew up watching it since age 3 or 10 . If he watched soccer or Tennis, that would have been his favorite game . A blank page is ready for description of murder or love in English or Iranian language .
    It is same about religion ,participation in civic rituals ,enjoying certain shows or music or theaters, food,consumption,and giving into outside demands rather than to self restraint self reflection and self observation and self evaluation of the imposed needs .
    Mind learns to praise hollow words and illegal amoral immoral activities . Because we don’t appreciate the converse and don’t reward the opposite. Gradually society eliminates those thinkers Very soon we have one sort of thinking everywhere . Very soon adult bullying is copied by kids from TV and from watching the praise heaped on psychopaths.
    This also means IQ gets distorted . Capacity to analyze gets impaired .
    ,American mind is manufactured mind by outside . BUt the process never stops. It doesn’t get that chance to take internal control at any stage . In childhood and adolescence, when the time is right to inculcate this habit and enforce this angle or build this trait ,it is not done at all. Other nations try and other cultures do. Here is the difference between self assured content mind and nervous expectant mind always on a shopping outing . Most of our problems in society come from this situation,

    • Replies: @TomSchmidt
  32. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @JackOH

    Hmm.

    I enjoyed reading someone with a Washington resume’ tearing into the current crew, too. And it was a relief to see addressed the accusation about the Iranian official being not only killed for, but set up by feigned US interest in, peace. Those with a public voice — especially “journalists” — who won’t even mention this are either inept or corrupt.

    But note the condescension towards the people of the Middle East and their “regimes” noted above, starting with comment #1. Read the column carefully, and you’ll see that the criticism from Mr. Stockman is tactical, not principled. That’s because he puts himself above all of those people over there, including the group shown relative sympathy, who “are no less civilized and no more prone to sectarian violence than anybody else in this woebegone region.” Ask yourself the writer’s purpose of those last four words, and in his use of “sectarian.” Would a more concise “are no less civilized and no more prone to violence than anybody else” be a little too truthful?

    I wonder whether this columnist is being brought in to buttress and/or replace the discredited one who he describes as “the always sagacious Pat Buchanan.” (Those who haven’t should read Mr. Paleoconservative’s latest “If Baghdad Wants Us Out, Let’s Go!” and the overwhelmingly negative comments it has drawn.) Heretical to their extents, but both remain devout Exceptionalians.

    • Replies: @JackOH
  33. unit472 says:

    After more than a decades worth of failed economic prognostications ( that cost anyone who listened to him dearly) Stockman is now going to give us foreign policy advice? Remember this guys only official role was as an OMB appointee in the first term of Ronald Reagan.

    • Replies: @bluedog
  34. @Ronnie

    Interestingly the plane just happened to be Ukrainian. Could this be the casus belli the West needs to go ham on Iran? More strikes on Iran justified by this plane crash and perhaps even sanctions on Russa as no doubt they will try an pin it on them as well?

  35. Realist says:
    @Sasha

    Stockman is notorious for defending cultures and countries (Russia, China, Iran, Islam) by belittling them. Paraphrasing: It is wrong for the US to confront Russia, because they have a third rate economy. or it is wrong for the US to confront China because China can’t project power across the world.. He always takes the elitist position the US should not attack lessers like Russia, China, etc’. It seems he is trying to cover his ass against the dreaded charge that he is taking ‘the enemy’s side’.

    • Replies: @CyrusTheGreat
  36. @Justsaying

    Blast from the past:

    “What you want to do is just beam in Melrose Place and 90250 into Tehran because that is subversive stuff. The young kids watch this, they want to have nice clothes, nice things . . and these internal forces of dissension beamed into Iran which is, paradoxically, the most open society, a lot more open than Iraq . . . therefore you have more ability to foment this dynamic against Iran.The question now is, Choose: beam Melrose Place —it will take a long time (ha ha).
    On the other hand if you take out Saddam I guarantee you it will have ENORMOUS positive reverberations that people sitting right next door, young people, in Iran, and many others will say, The time of such despots is gone, it’s a new age.”


    “A nuclear armed Saddam will place the entire world at risk”

    https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4501196/user-clip-netanyahu-iran-regime-change

    PS C Span broadcast a PSA of Peggy Orenstein who will discuss her book about value of easy access to porn and discussion of masturbation.

    • Replies: @Z-man
  37. anon[876] • Disclaimer says:

    How could a plane crash and several mega sky scapers not implode in seconds? Luchy Siverstein had another proctologist appointment?

    • LOL: Tsar Nicholas
  38. DanFromCT says:
    @Haxo Angmark

    What a trap DJT fell into! The president has proved himself more of a neocon patsy, as he was as much set up as the Iranian general, whose name will be forgotten by week’s end in America. The neocons feeding the President a straight diet of cooked intel and their “never Trump” flunkies in the Senate have killed two birds with one stone inasmuch as the President’s boasting he’d take out Iran’s main cultural landmarks will be cast as a threat of genocide, which the Dems will now use to tar DJT as an intemperate megalomaniac in the minds of independents, probably ending his chances of winning reelection later this year.

  39. Sean says:

    The truth is, America has no dog in the Shiite versus Sunni hunt, which has been going on for 1300 years in the region. […] Needless to say, their Shiite kinsman in Iran were more than ready to give aid and comfort to the Iraqi Shiite in their struggle against what by then was perceived as Iran’s own mortal enemy

    The Sunni regime in Riyadh ceaselessly complain about the treatment of the Arab minority in Iran even though these are Shia Arabs, The Shia in Iraq are likewise Arabs. Iran is almost as big as Egypt or Turkey. Being a country of 80 million Shia Persians Iran could not possibly be conquered by the US without a massive effort, even if the deep state and joint chiefs wanted to, which they do not. The only time Iran runs into trouble is when it tries to act abroad as a power independent of both the US and Russia.

    After the Iranian revolution the US was regarded as an all powerful enemy that would stage a coup, and so the Embassy staff, thought to be spies, were taken hostage. America was totally paralyzed and humiliated. Its raid to rescue the hostages was pathetic and exposed a total lack of special forces capability. the Islamic republic repudiated the Shah’s role as America’s cop on the beat, but it wanted to remain the most dominant power in the region nonetheless. Already worried by the arms given to Iran under the Shah who also supplied the Kurds fighting in Iraq, the 1974-75 Shatt al-Arab clashes between the Shah and Saddam’s forces that led to led to 1000 KIAs, Saddam was faced with a radical Shia Iran appealing to his own oppressed Shia majority. After a series of border clashes with the aggressive Revolutionary Guards, Saddam predictably decided on an all out attack on Iran. The US backed Saddam and there was massive support for Iraq from the Soviet Union in the final phase of the war.

    The Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran made use of suicide squads of schoolboys to clear minefields and in human wave attacks and by the end the front lines were well within Iraqi territory and Saddam had to settle for merely surviving. Iran had linked up with Assad’s minority Alawite regime ruling a Sunni majority, and his Shia allies in Lebanon. Israeli defence minister and former general Ariel Sharon moved Israeli forces into West beirut then allowed Phalange gunmen let into palestinian refugee camps (PLO fighters had already left the city) where they slaughtered thousands of non combatants.

    Under the influence of Iranian clerics’ interpretations from the war with Saddam justifying suicide if the enemy was killed in the act, Assad’s cat’s paw Lebanese Shia suicide bombed the US marines out of Beirut. Then Palestinians learnt how suicide bombing was a powerful weapon and in the aftermath of the failure of Camp David 2000 embarked a vicious series of suicide massacres that destroyed Ehud barak and brought Sharon to power. Iran has gained influence in the region but ti is difficult to see what the Palestinians have got ot out of the patronage of Iran, which is first and mainly concerned with itself.

    Due entirely to side effects of actions the US took against Saddam’s Iraq taken to protect the current regime in Saudi Arabia Iran has went from strength to strength and they seem to think that run of luck will continue. Unfortunately for Iran, they are now a very real threat to Saudi Arabia, and the US knows it cannot put an army in Saudi Arabia to guard it with outraging Islamic nationalist opinion in that country

    Instead of poking its nose into Arab affairs why does Iran, which managed to impoverish its own middle class in the last three decades and recently had to cut fuel subsidies, not concentrate on its own business? It seems to be calculating that Trump cannot afford to the bad publicity of starting a war too close to an election, and so they can make hay while the sun shines. Or perhaps they are pressing their luck like any good gambler on a roll. The assassination of Soleimani was intended to be taken a sign that Dame Fortune in the shape of America has grown tired of their insouciance. I think Iran should cut their losses although such is not human nature. The dictates of realism according to Mearsheimer mandate endless offence to gain even the slightest advantage, but he also says a good state must know its limitations.

    • Agree: TKK
  40. @Justsaying

    America’s problems don’t have anything to do with soda pop or fast food. Nor is “consumerism” a serious problem that the world needs to worry about. I like having new smartphones, fast internet, and the convenience of getting things quickly.

    • Agree: Mark Hunter
  41. Miro23 says:

    A very good summary by David Stockman of the bad place that the US finds itself in.

    With an old and confused Presidential tweeter surrounded by Zionist gangsters.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  42. Trump is insane as is the ZUS government and its dual citizens who are calling the shots. Trump is the reincarnation of the Roman emperor Caligula.

    All of this was brought on by the joint attack by Israel and traitors in the ZUS government on the WTC on 911, blamed on the muslims to give the ZUS the excuse to destroy the middle east for zionist Israel and their greater Israel agenda.

  43. Anon[398] • Disclaimer says:

    Isn’t Stockman the guy pumping a large investment newsletter scam? Is Unz getting a % of the scam to promote him? And how about these dumbo boomers who support him. Lmao

    • Replies: @DanFromCT
  44. Like most generals of whatever army (including the US army), he was a cold-blooded, professional killer.

    Modern US Army generals are more likely to be lying, azz kissing politiicans than cold blooded killers.

  45. Z-man says:
    @Carlton Meyer

    Nice to see the great David Stockman appear at Unz. Watch him teach Fox Business News blabbers economics and political realities. Then he stuns them by saying the Pentagon’s budget must be cut:

    Yes, I was slightly surprised and gratified by his views.
    ‘Maria’ Bartiromo is/was married to a Joo. ‘Nuff said.
    That other one, the shrill Daegen McDowell, is also married to a Jew but is even more Zionist than your average ‘Likudnik’. She was a regular on ‘Imus in the Morning’ but then had a falling out with Imus and was never back. I hope he haunts her until her demise. (Purple grinning Satan here)

  46. Z-man says:
    @SolontoCroesus

    Netanyahoo should be taken out with extreme prejudice.

    • Replies: @Just passing through
  47. @freedom-cat

    – Hitting your head over and over on a brick wall, while thinking you’ll start feeling better.-

    More aptly: Hitting yourself on the head with a hammer because it feels so good when you stop.

  48. @Mr. Allen

    This is absurd. Don’t lump all generals in together as the same. You might as well say Nazi generals and Russian generals and British generals and American generals and Japanese generals are all the same – all equally culpable of equal war crimes in WWII.

    American censorship ensures that Americans only hear of the greatness of American Generals. American Generals killed far more civilians with weaponry than opposing Generals in World War II, in Korea, and in Vietnam. Few know about mass slaughters they were responsible for, like:

  49. @Z-man

    Taking him out would be boring, if we are talking about hypotheticals, then better to start isolating Israel and sanctioning them. It will be funny watching them kvetch

    • Replies: @Z-man
  50. @barr

    “A blank page”

    Hmmm, not keeping up with the times in mind Research, are we? Start here:

    • Replies: @barr
  51. Hail says: • Website
    @freedom-cat

    I’m sorry to say I voted for this moron

    I remember 2016. I remember many saying they were voting (or had voted) for Trump to get out of the endless/pointless Forever Wars, and as often as not they would mention Iran (the need to not go to war with).

    During the slow death of Nationalist-MAGA in 2017 and 2018, many holdouts continued to say “At least we didn’t elected Hillary, or we’d for sure be at war with Iran!”

    _______

    Steve Sailer’s six-word summary of US guiding policy from ca. the 1990s to 2010s (and 2020s, so far), “Invade the World, Invite the World (to resettle in the US),” was the core of DJT’s campaign (opposition to them, of course); his core supporter base was motivated by both, some more one than the other, others strongly by both together.

    I’d propose the core Trump base in 2016 was:

    – 20%: primarily against “Invade the World” (soft, or neutral, or otherwise on “Invite”)
    – 40%: primary against “Invite the World” (soft, neutral, or even supportive of “Invade”)
    – 40%: against both Invade and Invite, seeing them as a package deal

    I count myself in the third category.

    (The proprietor of the Unz Review himself has written that he was for Trump primarily because of foreign policy, putting him in the first category.)

    This Jan. 2020 assassination affair, we are told over the death of an Iraqi ‘contractor’ named Nawres Hamid who had recently handed that debased-currency known as a US passport, shows in dramatic form how much Trump has failed at both Invade and Invite. (Nawres Hamid as personification of Invade-Invite; he and three family members were sponsored to resettle in Sacramento some time in the 2010s.)

  52. @freedom-cat

    “he was flapping his jaws about ending the warring in M.E. I had my doubts from the beginning but I was willing to give him a chance.”

    To be fair, he was explicit about getting tough with Iran. That’s basically the only foreign pledge he has kept. All the dialing down of hostilities was a lie.

    He has at least killed fewer people in drone strikes than Obama and Bush.

    • Replies: @freedom-cat
  53. @Sean

    Sean, your propaganda is old and tired and boring.

    You’re still shopping at F W Woolworth.

    After the Iranian revolution the US was regarded as an all powerful enemy that would stage a coup, and so the Embassy staff, thought to be spies, were taken hostage.

    One major precipitant was the information revealed about how US embassy had been spying on Iran, when Iranian weavers re-assembled massed of documents that embassy staff had shredded.

    the rest of your screed = hasbara boilerplate. skewing information

    Larry Johnson posted this more balanced overview of The Whole Offense:

    https://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2020/01/there-will-be-blood-by-larry-c-johnson.html

    Key sentence in the middle of the essay:

    Since the terrorist attacks of 9-11, the United States has done a lot of killing of terrorists, real and imagined. Yet, the threat of terrorism has not been erased.

    I submit that “the threat of terrorism has not been erased” because the wrong terrorists were being killed.
    The real terrorists hive in TelAviv and Washington, DC.

    • Replies: @Sean
  54. @Mr. Allen

    BS. The Nazi generals were trying to save the western world and civilization from the jews; the other generals, whether they knew it or not, were working for the jews to destroy both. The jews won and have largely obtained their desired end. Just look at Europe today…

    • Agree: Curmudgeon
  55. @Vaterland

    Do it. Complete Nordstream2. Withdraw from NATO. It was 1907 that Britain turned Russia from focusing on Asia to Europe and kicked off the new 30-years war. German organization and Russian spirit and resources would be a fearsome combination.

    Putin speaks German, doesn’t he?

    • Replies: @Vaterland
  56. barr says:
    @TomSchmidt

    Is it less than 1oo pages ,?then I am try.

    • Replies: @TomSchmidt
  57. If you live in a GOLDen cage, eventually you may develop Stockman syndrome.

    This Trump Iran policy seems like pure genius to me. He may be able to obliterate Israel, Hezbollah and Iran, by goading them with one check-mark on the Obama…er um…Trump Disposition Matrix.

    When I was a young teen I used to like that song, “Storm the Embassy”, by the Stray Cats, before they had any fame in the states. Decades later the Offspring scored a hit called “The Kid’s Aren’t Alright”, written in a similar key and chord progression. Groovy

  58. Derp says:

    This is the all-encompassing delusion, the stickiest residual brainwashing of old big shots. The Biggest Big Lie. And you old timers play along with it. Every time.

    Stupidity. Stupid my ass.

    Wartorn countries are ideal arms-trade entrepots. All the unauditable trillions of stuff that falls off DoD trucks, it’s flooding into Syria and Iraq. CIA sells it. And most of it sits in safe caches until the next war. Then CIA sells it again. This is CIA’s second biggest profit center, after drugs. And you know this is CIA’s war, Right? Right? This is dumb jarheads dumped in there to hold the bag for TIMBER SYCAMORE. Trump has less workplace discretion than a McDonald’s fry cook. He’s CIA’s puppet ruler. Puppets are not stupid, they’re inert.

    If you’re CIA and you’ve got impunity in municipal law, this is not stupid, this is smart. This is brilliant. Steal arms from the troops, start a war, sell em to wogs, steal em from the wogs, sell to other wogs. Repeat. This is the policy and vital interest of the CIA criminal enterprise that runs your country.

    You know it. Say what you actually think ffs. What are they gonna do, send you to Vietnam?

  59. The Orange Fugazi’s autonomy is limited to golf and tweets about closely monitoring situations.

    It’s a lowdown dirty shame.

  60. DanFromCT says:
    @Anon

    If I’m not mistaken, Stockman has been forecasting a market collapse since 2010 or so. I just checked and in 2013 he recommended selling stocks with end-of-the-world fear mongering. At some point he and the libertarians’ advice will coincide with a major adjustment or collapse and the scam perpetuates itself. I’m no expert in market timing myself, but my conclusion is that these guys are basically shills for gold and silver trading interests, using political scare tactics to drive sales, and in the process shamelessly costing naive investors to miss the market time and again since it’s low in late 2008.

  61. @Carlton Meyer

    God, if there is one, please save us from such shrill, hysterical female defenders of the military-industrial-complex as Maria Bartiromo and Degan McDowell. I wonder how screechy-voiced Maria could say with a straight face that we were, prior to Trump, “starving the military.” Such women, and let’s include the women of The View, make good advertisements for why the 19th Amendment should never have been passed.

    David Stockman, though I oppose his libertarianism, is worthy of much credit for going into the den with such venomous vipers.

    • Replies: @Liberty Mike
  62. Mike P says:
    @Hans Vogel

    Yes indeed, all generals are fundamentally the same. War crimes are not the exclusive realm of any one nationality or political or religious category.

    Still, America leads the world when it comes to killing civilians, POWs, and other war crimes.

    I am with Mr. Allen – we shouldn’t lump them all together. American generals, and the prostitute “statesmen” that give their orders, deserve a special place in hell – with a guest room, of course, for the likes of Winston Churchill and Bomber Harris.

    • Agree: Herald, L.K
    • Replies: @Hans Vogel
  63. @Hail

    The earliest sign we were betrayed was when post-election, pre-Inauguration Trump said he wouldn’t go after Cankles. Most people didn’t even notice, or still believed he was playing 32-dimensional underwater quantum chess.

  64. @Vaterland

    Germany still under American (see Jewish) occupation huh? I still here Americans tell me that those European countries are begging for American defence. This is an American trait of arrogance, they think Europeans actually want Americans occupying us and that they are doing us a favour.

    I bet they would hit our countries with sanctions and other punishment if we threatened to kick them out just like is the case with Trump demanding billions from Iraq to pay for an air force base that Yankeed built to launch terror raids against Iraqis.

    I bet most Germans do not even know about the terrorist occupation of Deutschland by America where they staved and raped with impunity. Americans are truly sickening and nobody would care if they got nuked save for a few Anglos

    • Replies: @Vaterland
  65. Alistair says:

    Regardless of our opinion about General Qassem Soleimani, Trump targeted killing him was for his own personal grudge against Soleimani — that was independent of the official US policy toward Iran.

    Over the last couple of years, in the heat of twitter exchanges between Trump and President Rouhani, Trump was using his usual colorful language – street mob style – he was insulting Rouhani on twitter while president Rouhani kept his cool – restraining himself to engage at the street level exchange with Trump — meanwhile, Gen. Soleimani seized on the occasion and replied to Trump’s insults; he taunted Trump, called him “Bartender, Casino manager, Mobster” etc. and threatened to go after his properties worldwide — you can check Online history of Soleimani’s tweets about Donald Trump. Here is a sample that New York Post had published;

    https://nypost.com/2020/01/04/iranian-general-qassem-soleimani-once-taunted-trump-in-fiery-speech/

    As we all know Donald Trump does not appreciate threats, and if he gets the chance he punch back harder, and that’s what has really happened; Donald Trump’s personal grudge against Soleimani had led to his assassination; just the way Street Mobs eliminate their opponents; surely, that seems trivial, but these days, the world is governed by fake leaders who won’t hesitate to use the power of their office to boost their own ego — even at their own nation’s expense.

    Regardless of our opinion; General Soleimani was a brave soldier, a principled man who has dedicated his life to his nation, and that deserves respect — just as Ernesto “Che” Guevara and Neilson Manddala did.

    • Agree: renfro
    • Replies: @Rich
    , @Curmudgeon
  66. @Miro23

    To perhaps soon be replaced by an even older, and definitely more confused successor come next January. The only saving grace would be if Biden doesn’t know how to tweet. But he’s every much the Zionist as is Trump, and has said so in the past. With a non-working brain, which is where Trump’s lost brain is heading, Biden will believe whatever bullshit his neoliberal advisors feed him. Who is there to save us?

  67. JackOH says:
    @anonymous

    a#245, thanks for your reply.

    You bet, I’m happy to see a Washington name on these pages, because I’ve been convinced for years a lot of the stuff we talk about here is pretty much mainstream or mainstreamable thought that’s been shoved aside by high-motivation rent-seekers of all sorts.

    ” . . . [N]ote the condescension towards the people of the Middle East . . .”. Yes, I did. I don’t know squat about foreign policy, but people who sense they’re being looked down on or feel they’re being used will sometimes want to get back at those who’ve patronized them when the opportunity arises. I wish our leaders would take that platitude to heart.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  68. Foolish elitists like Stockman advocate for the failed policies of the past.

    From 1979 to 2020, 41 years most of our politically astute appeased Iran. In the early 80’s Reagan sunk half of Iran’s navy and they quieted down fora few years.

    Since 1988 foolish political elites who thought they new better began appeasing again.

    Seems only Reagan learned from History how appeasement helped Hitler.

    Bush 1, Clinton, Bush 2 and Obama all used appeasement. Iran grew stronger and more influential.

    Obama foolishly tried to buy peace by releasing $150 billion of frozen Iranian assets, Iran spent it on Missle, Nuclear technologies and funded terrorism.

    President Trump is reverting back to the lessons of Historyand trying to clean up Obama’s mess.

    I pray we reelect him in 2020 and give him 4 more years to save America from the deluded academics.

  69. Hail says: • Website
    @America1st

    From 1979 to 2020, 41 years most of our politically astute appeased Iran. In the early 80’s Reagan sunk half of Iran’s navy and they quieted down fora few years.

    Since 1988 foolish political elites who thought they new better began appeasing again.

    Why not just save time and write Iran Delenda Est, maybe in all-caps, a few times?

  70. Vaterland says:
    @TomSchmidt

    Yes he does. He was married to a German teacher and was stationed in Dresden. He touched on many of the issues of trust and fear in this speech to the Bundestag. Years before Merkel took office. Different times. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NZQZQLV7tE

  71. Derp says:

    The other mandatory ritual incantation of US public Juche is to vilify the official enemy. Even pseudo-gonzo mavericks like Taibbi find they must do this. Stockman’s new tweak of the government-issue boilerplate is admirable for its subtlety, by comparison with Taibbi’s abject obeisance to the war line.

    “Not that the benighted, mullah-controlled Iranian regime is comprised of anything which resembles white hats. One of the great misfortunes of the last four decades is that the long-suffering people of Iran have not been able to throw-off the cultural and religious shackles imposed by this theocratic regime or escape the economic backwardness and incompetence of what is essentially rule by authoritarian clerics.”

    As a founding member of the G-77 Iran brought together 80 per cent of the world’s population. When the US took to manifest aggression after the WTC fell down, who did the G-77 choose to lead it? Iran. Iran brokered the Tehran Consensus, which unites more countries and people than NATO and doesn’t blow shit up. The Non-Aligned Movement made Iran their nuclear/chemical disarmament envoy for peaceful coexistence. Half the world’s people and two-thirds of its countries have made Iran a leader of the world. Why? Because they defend the UN Charter. They actually know what’s in Article 2(4) and Article 39 and Article 41. Do you?

    In objective human rights terms, Iran sucks about as much as the US in terms of three of the highest-level human rights indicators, outperforms the US in terms of openness to external human rights scrutiny, and falls short of US in terms of reporting compliance (although the US got graded very leniently on its delinquent CAT reporting while it ran its worldwide torture gulag.) So you don’t have to do new vocal stylings on BAD BAD DOUBLEPLUSBAD ENEMY BAD. You can actually consult the facts. Imagine that.

    https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Indicators/Pages/HRIndicatorsIndex.aspx

  72. Vaterland says:
    @Just passing through

    I have very ambivalent feelings towards the USA, in the past and present. Complex topic. Simple analogy: George C. Marshall looks like the twin-brother of my grandfather who served in the Wehrmacht. Sons of Europe, at war with Europe; now increasingly no longer European and a threat to Europe as their empire degrades. I see no reason to hate the American people as a whole, there’s millions of good hearted, compassionate and reasonable people living in America today. Just look at Tulsi Gabbard’s events. But they, too, are held hostage of this evil Empire. Separate peoples and governments; Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn too lived under the Soviet regime.

    I do hate Mike Pompeo though. And I’m not ashamed of it.

  73. A123 says:
    @America1st

    President Trump is reverting back to the lessons of Historyand trying to clean up Obama’s mess.

    You are correct. Trump inherited problems from the prior Obama and Bush administrations. Fortunately, Trump is winning.

    Khameni’s “retaliation” caused no damage. The high visibility launch covered live by FARS was a PR stunt to placate his domestic audience. (1)

    “Optically Quite Dramatic” But Officials Confirm No US Casualties From Iranian Missile Strike

    … [Iran launched] missiles and purposely miss their intended targets.

    Iran has superior missile technology that can hit whatever they want – this could be in an attempt to save face as a public relations event for its citizens while attempting to de-escalate the situation and avoid war.

    PEACE 😇
    _______

    (1) https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/no-us-casualties-iranian-missile-strike

    • Agree: TKK
  74. aandrews says:

    If War is to Begin, You’re Going to Want to Not Commit Sedition

    Andrew Anglin
    Daily Stormer
    January 8, 2020


    At time of writing, it is unclear if we’re headed to open war with Iran, though it is seeming more and more likely by the hour.

    So, I feel the need to remind everyone that they need to be careful not to commit sedition.

    In wartime, sedition can be a very serious crime.

    Largely, we have not had people in the United States going to jail for anti-war protests since the World Wars, but a war with Iran will be the biggest war the US has been involved in since World War Two, and there is going to be a lot of opposition to it, so it is probable that there will be actions done to chill speech by making examples of people who protest the war too hard.

    […]

    • Replies: @Republic
  75. Stockman is a curious gloom and doomer. He reliably rants about the permanent war economy and the biggest defense budget in the world but that’s as far as he goes. Like Paul Craig Roberts, his propaganda delivering contemporary, he offers a childish oversimplification of how things work.

    When things fall apart the cops and the troops will shoot the citizens and protect the rich. Meanwhile, before things fall completely apart, propaganda specialists like Stockman shoot the unsuspecting citizens with propaganda to protect the rich.

    The rich learned long ago to divide the lower classes into the obedient subservient voters who love them and the rest of the poor who don’t matter because their brothers and sisters protect the rich. What better time to divide, conquer and stage more international tensions than right now?

    • Replies: @Patricus
    , @ben sampson
  76. Paul says:
    @Carlton Meyer

    Bloated “defense” spending is socialism-for-the-rich and military Keynesianism. ISIS does not even have a rowboat.

  77. @A123

    Another fine example of American exceptionalism.
    There is zero evidence that the American contractor killed, was killed by Kata’ib Hezbollah. It fits the classic Israeli false flag.
    The US “retaliates” by killing Iraqis who are the Kata’ib Hezbollah.
    It is inconceivable to you that Iraqis may be upset that the country who invaded Iraq in 2003, completely destroyed the infrastructure, built a massive fortified Embassy, and sold off its assets to Jewish interests, primarily, just might be upset that that same country has just massacred the Iraqis who saved the country from ISIS. It had to be Iran behind it, because all Iraqis are grateful for the 2003 US invasion and all of the benefits of occupation that flowed from that. The million Iraqis that died are irrelevant.

    Even Stockman doesn’t get the Baathists. They don’t care about your religious beliefs. They care that your religious beliefs become politicized. Sure Saddam and Assad were minorities, but one was a Sunni, the other a Shi’ite, but both Ba’athists. Both kept the lid on extremists irrespective of religious beliefs. Stockman’s reference to Bush 41 incitement and the subsequent backlash is held up as some sort of proof of bad Sunnis. If the Pope successfully goaded German Roman Catholics to take up arms against Protestants, do you think that it just may be, that a Protestant backlash might be severe in places where Protestants were the majority? Nope, it’s got to be Hitler’s fault, or maybe even Iran’s.

    • Replies: @Hail
  78. Sean says:
    @SolontoCroesus

    The assassination of was Soleimani was a deliberately stupid and counterproductive act by America because that is the way to send a message that you are a force to be reckoned with and mean what you say. Costly signalling is honest signalling. In this case the US is signalling they are beyond the rhetoric of the last thirty years and willing to get kinetic.

    Iran and their theology of suicide martyrs is the greatest thing that ever happened to the Israeli right, influenced by Shia suicide bombing driving the US marines out of Lebanon the Palestinian massacres of Israeli civilians non combatants got a wall built pening them up, took Sharon to the premiership, and made Israelis turn their back on Ehud Barak. No Israeli leader would now dream of offering what Barak did while he was PM.

    Iran is to big to be occupied and that is a fact. What can they be so worried about except ceasing to play independent great power in the Arab mainly Sunni Middle East. Well they are not that powerful. I think the leadership of Iran is taking the free ride they have been getting getting for granted. They did not overthrow Saddam, America did and Iran gained got a windfall.

    Saddam was overthrown because the threat he represented to Saudi Arabia had to be neutralised so the US army could be withdrawn from Saudi Arabia, where its infidel presence was causing outrage and resentment. John Bolton got sacked, and a few days later, Iran gets the bright idea to not just threaten Saudi Arabia, but launch–or at least not forbid their Houthie protégés to launch–blatant drone attacks on vital Saudi oil facilities (Sept 2019) thus forcing Trump to send more and more troops there. Iran was sending a message: we can and we will.

    My reading of the American government is that their killing of Soleimani was a sign that for them Iran has entered the danger zone where something more that rhetoric and sanctions will be used. Iran can still turn back and be forgiven, but if they choose to go on and take the consequences of ignoring the costly (and therefore sincere) signal that the US has sent, so be it.

  79. This was as stupid as it gets so far. Confidently expect even stupider actions of the Empire in its impotent rage, now that it is losing its grip. Ever since Iraq invasion, the Empire was undermining itself more efficiently than its worst enemies could have hoped for.

  80. @barr

    Longer. But try the audiobook while you’re doing time-wasting activities like driving. It’s how I finally read War and Peace.

  81. TKK says:

    Hmmm…. the best way to prevent more American soldiers being killed is to keep alive the man who has been killing so many of them for 20 years?

  82. @America1st

    When is appeasement the right policy?

  83. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    Since it’s apparent that Israel is making our MENA foreign policy and that the foaming at the mouth Zionists want to start a hot shooting war with Iran, using their American mercs, which US city should be sacrificed to Moloch, the G-d of Israel, to start this war?

    New York is the safest bet, since there are tens of thousands loyal Jew sayanim living there who would gladly give all to start a war against Iran. Using the time-tested technique of staging a false flag.

    • Replies: @Buck Ransom
  84. Hail says: • Website
    @Curmudgeon

    There is zero evidence that the American contractor killed, was killed by Kata’ib Hezbollah.

    And that so-called American was actually a 33-year-old Iraqi named Nawres Hamid.

    Hamid was only recently (2017) handed a (cheap) US-citizenship for services rendered to the empire, along with a free pass to settle his family in the US (Sacramento).

    War-nut, dump-refugees-on-Middle-America-advocate, and empire-pusher John McCain is, I am sure, saluting the flag of Empire in his grave, a tear in his eye at the perfect alignment of every aspect of this saga of Nawres Hamid.

  85. Tom Walsh says:
    @Mr. Allen

    What about the RAF generals and 8th airforce generals who killed millions of German women and children in WW2? Were they more civilized than Soleimani?

    • Replies: @Mr. Allen
  86. Paul says:

    A war between the United States and Iran is wanted by the Israel First people.

  87. Rich says:
    @Alistair

    One thing you got right is that the dead Iranian general belongs with murderers and terrorists like Mandela and Che. He was as much a piece of garbage as them.

    • Replies: @SolontoCroesus
    , @Alistair
  88. @America1st

    Was the Iraq war in 2003 a success or a failure, by the way? Just so we have a reference point on success or failure with you.

  89. Agent76 says:

    June 6, 2018 Why the US shouldn’t build more foreign bases

    The United States maintains almost 800 military bases in over 70 countries, which far exceeds our modern day security requirements.

    https://www.defensenews.com/opinion/commentary/2018/06/06/why-the-us-shouldnt-build-more-foreign-bases/

    Jun 18, 2019 4 Times the US Threatened to Stage an Attack and Blame it on Iran

    The US has threatened to stage an attack and blame it on Iran over and over in the last few years. Don’t let a war based on false pretenses happen again.

    Mar 27, 2019 The MIC and Wall Street Rule The World: Period!

    • Agree: Desert Fox
  90. SteveK9 says:

    To dismiss Suleimani as yet another thug, then praise the Shiite militia for driving ISIS from Iraq without acknowledging that it was Soleimani that organized and led that battle (from the front) is a little unfair.

    • Replies: @Desert Fox
  91. JUSA says:
    @A123

    Says the warmonger. The US needs to get the hell out of the Mideast, period. We are fighting (((someone else’s))) war.

    @Mark James

    Kushner strikes me as more of a neocon and he’s obviously down with what they want in Tel Aviv. Which I think is an attack on Iran Nuclear capabilities before the end of the summer.

    Ya think? The Kushner family from father to son have publicly declared themselves Israel’s most loyal sons. They couldn’t have found a better man to be president, a stupid puppet goy as part of the family so they can continue to pull the puppet strings in the background. It’s the way (((these people))) operate, for thousands of years. Never the front man, always directing things from the shadow.

    • Agree: Robert Dolan
    • Replies: @Plato's Dream
  92. @Mike P

    This stance is very understandable but I believe common sense should tell us otherwise. There can be little doubt that since its colonial war in the Philippines, the US has led the pack in terms of numbers of people killed in what used to be called the Third World.

    However, I am quite certain the way many people look at the US today (based on all those millions of poor devils killed in the colonies), wishing their leaders a special place in hell, is no different from how one could look at the English a little over a century ago (Sepoy Mutiny, Sudan, Opium War, etc.). Or, for that matter, how the inhabitants of the Italian states might look at the French during the late 1400s and early 1500s. And what about the German Order in the Baltic, the Byzantines, the Romans etc. etc.?

    In other words the US can point to a venerable but sad number of precedents to their own criminal operations abroad. It is impossible to define the worst offender among all those included in the long list of evildoers.

    Anyone who enters another country, carrying arms and without the permission of the local inhabitants, deserves to be killed. It is that simple. Unfortunately, because since times immemorial most who do that somehow escape their just fate, one sees the same thing happening again and again.

    • Agree: Mike P
  93. TKK says:

    As usual, this has been turned into an Israel and Jew demonizing circle jerk, save a few sane commenters.

    Let’s examine the imbecility of this site:

    A Jewish, gay, open borders advocate multimillionaire selects “chosen ones”, the gold star commenters who are posting wily nilly to dominate the discourse –

    who all happen to be Muslim, Latino, foreign born or rabidly Anti- American?

    As commenters rage about the take over of the world by Jews, who flood America with—–

    Muslims, Latinos, and foreign borns, and shove the Alphabet Mafia down our throats.

    You couldn’t sell this as a straight to DVD screenplay. It’s that absurd.

    • LOL: Ron Unz
    • Replies: @Vaterland
    , @Iris
  94. @Sean

    Instead of poking its nose into Arab affairs why does Iran, which managed to impoverish its own middle class in the last three decades and recently had to cut fuel subsidies, not concentrate on its own business?

    Have you been living under a rock?
    The US froze (stole) billions in Iranian assets post revolution. The complaints about Obama “paying” Iran for the JCPOA, were nothing but a partial return of Iranian assets. So, the Iranians were short billions for 30 years, which could have been used to rebuild. It’s kind of like building a house and finding out a big chunk of the cash in your bank account has been frozen, illegally, by the bank. It’s there, but you have no access to, or benefit of, it.
    Of course all of the sanctions have nothing to do with Iran’s problems. In particular, any country that bought oil from Iran would also be sanctioned, causing a massive drop in revenue, plays no part in the economic difficulties. Additionally, Iran exercising its rights under an international treaty – the NPT, which the US repudiates in Iran’s case, thereby removing another large source of revenue, is not a factor either. At least, not to you.

    • Replies: @Sean
  95. @Realist

    You have done the greatest description of Stockman.

    • Thanks: Realist
  96. @TKK

    The best way to prevent more American soldiers being killed is to keep alive the man who has been killing so many of them for 20 years? [irony]

    That’s exactly what is being done — men most responsible for American soldiers being killed are being kept alive:

    David Petraeus — still alive
    Robert Kagan —-still alive
    Benjamin Netanyahu — still alive
    George Bush —– still alive

    A year or so ago Mike Morrell commented that “US needs to send maps and crayons to Iran, to demonstrate to them where their borders are: ‘Iran HERE, Iran, NOT there.’ ”

    I couldn’t get over the irony: USA circles Iran, 7000 miles from continental USA, and somehow Iran is trespassing outside its borders?

    Morrell:

    “Have the Iranians and the Russians pay a little price. . . . They were supplying weapons that killed Americans . . . kill them covertly . . . I want to scare Assad . . . I want to bomb his offices in the middle of the night, I want to destroy his presidential aircraft . . . I want to destroy his helicopter. . . . I am not advocating assassinating him – I’m not advocating that: I’m advocating going after what he thinks is his power base . . .”

    One question: BY WHAT RIGHT?

    • Replies: @Liberty Mike
    , @Agent76
  97. @SteveK9

    AL CIADA aka ISIS is a creation of the CIA and the Mossad and MI6 and NATO aka the ZUS and Israel and Britain.

    This war in the mideast was brought on by the JOINT Israeli and ZUS attack on the WTC on 911, which was blamed on the muslims to give the ZUS the excuse to destroy the mideast for Israel.

    • Agree: Agent76
  98. @Alistair

    just as Ernesto “Che” Guevara and Neilson Manddala did.

    Would that be the same “Che” Guevara that thought Negroes were inferior, and Nelson Mandela who was convicted of attempting to blow up a power station that would have killed dozens of innocent people?

    Soleimani rarely targeted civilians. For those who would point to the suicide bombings in Israel, I would remind you that all Israelis over the age of 18 will be, or have been, in the armed forces, and are subject to call up even after discharge.

    • Replies: @Alistair
  99. Bitindawg says:

    It’s all about Israel. Netanyahu has been plotting scheming and demanding that we, that the U.S. bomb Iran back to the stone ages for nigh onto twenty years. He has even issued coded and veiled threats to nuke Iran himself.

    Trump is a Zionist collaborator and he is Netanyahu’s shabbos goy. He has willingly co-operated in turning over the U.S. military to be Israel’s running dog.

    America is a Christian majority country, and Bret Stephens is absolutely correct. The Jews are an intellectually superior people. Us mere Goyim, are by comparison, utterly stupid.

    America does not genuinely and honestly support Israel. America has been hornswoggled by the superior intelligence and guile of the Jewish people to support the Jew state.

    When the Jews decided to set up their own country at the turn of the twentieth century, they knew that they would need the support of Christendom. To that end they initiated a psy-op, a psychological operation tasked with rewriting Christian theology.

    Up until the turn of the twentieth century Christian theology had held that the coming of Jesus Christ had negated all of God’s covenants with the Jews. This was known as, replacement theology. That, in essence, Christians had become God’s chosen people.

    As a consequence, down through the ages, Christians and Jews had been at odds. Christ killer was a common epithet and there were many pogroms.

    Jews would have been aware that there was an obscure Christian theology that held, that God had not revoked his covenants with the Jews. That God’s covenants with the Jews remained intact and were still in force.

    This obscure theology was being preached by a ne’er do well preacher named Cyrus Scofield. What the Jews did, and surely this was, what is known as, “Jew genius”, they financed Cyrus on two trips to Europe.

    What the Jews did, was to take this obscure dispensationalist christian theology and write it into the King James version of the bible as study notes. When Scofield returned from Europe, he had the manuscript of the Scofield study bible. It is presumed that Rabbi’s and yeshiva students produced it.

    It was published, produced and distributed by the very Jewish Oxford University Press, which still holds the patent on it, and periodically updates it to keep up with changing times in the Middle East.

    There is an ample historical trail that validates this thesis.

    There is also an historical trail that reveals that today’s Jews, Ashkenazim Jews, are not descendants of the biblical era Jews, that they are Jewish converts from the land of Khazar.

    More, that the circumstances of their conversion to Judaism was a process that selected for intelligence and drive and that is why today’s Jews are an intellectually superior, driven and successful, albeit, artificial people.

    Artificial, as they are not a people that occurred naturally, over time and in a land of their own.

    • Agree: Desert Fox
  100. @follyofwar

    What specific libertarianism of Stockman do you oppose?

  101. @JackOH

    ” . . . [N]ote the condescension towards the people of the Middle East . . .”. Yes, I did. I don’t know squat about foreign policy, but people who sense they’re being looked down on or feel they’re being used will sometimes want to get back at those who’ve patronized them when the opportunity arises. I wish our leaders would take that platitude to heart.

    This is a product of American exceptionalism, and it is not confined to the Middle East. The overwhelming majority of Americans refuse to accept that others may be just fine with their own form of government, economic system, and culture.

    • Replies: @JackOH
  102. Agent76 says:

    Jan 7, 2020 Qassem Soleimani, short biography from South Front

    Short biography of the Iranian General, murdered by the Trump regime on 3 January 2020.

  103. @SolontoCroesus

    Note that it has been the white man, not the jew, not the nigger, and not the tranny, who has been the principle architect of such death and destruction.

  104. Agent76 says:
    @SolontoCroesus

    You are all over it Croesus!

    Aug 8, 2016 “I want to scare Assad” Mike Morell on Charlie Rose

    Mike Morell, former deputy director of the CIA, discusses the need to put pressure on Syria and Russia. The full conversation airs on PBS on August 8th, 2016.

    • Thanks: SolontoCroesus
    • Replies: @Herald
  105. @Rich

    In the super-liberal town where I live, garbage gets separated: plastics here, paper there, banana peels there.

    If Solemeini is “as much a piece of garbage as Mandela, Che,” then what category of garbage were Churchill and Stallin?
    FDR — same piece of garbage as Churchill – Stalin, or more like Solemeini?

    How about Arthur “Bomber” Harris — same garbage, or different?

    When Solemeini is coordinating military engagements with US military leaders, is he “as much a piece of garbage as Mandela, Che” or is he more like Kagan and Lady Lindsey?

    • Replies: @Rich
  106. @9/11 Inside job

    You are right, stupidity has nothing to do with it, its well thought out and dictated by Israel. The ‘tail actually wags the dog.’ Americans (most) will never get it as they are trapped in a bubble while the rest of the world has realized it. In Europe the common folks have while the politicians still have to pretend.
    When the hour of awakening arrives, I will have no sympathy for the common Jews as they remain silent today. And Jeffery Epstein didn’t kill himself.

  107. It all started with elimination of Mosadeh so US is guilty!

    • Replies: @Dannyboy
  108. Rurik says:
    @Sasha

    What “cultural and religious shackles” might these be? Please be more specific, or I might think you mean that they don’t have instant access to Hollywood blockbusters or something. The horror!

    The Shah was notorious for encouraging young women to emulate the West and wear miniskirts and such.

    At first glance, it seemed like a positive change for the better. (who approves of burkas, for instance). But as we all know by now, the ((cultural elites)) of the West, are feverishly using liberalism to transform the societies they dominate into moral and spiritual sewers.

    [insert here photo of Madonna or Miley or some other gutter skank as role model for little girls)

    In a well-known case, the ‘brutal’ rapist of a ten year old Austrian boy, at a public swimming pool, had his conviction set aside by the high court, because not enough sympathy was shown to the rapist’s cultural proclivities. This is a society that is spiritually dead. Contrast that with Iran’s equally well-known treatment of men who rape boys, by hanging them by their necks from cranes, for all to witness.

    Iran, clearly has a lot to teach the dying ((murdered)) West.

    If headscarves are the price of female dignity and honor, then I suppose it really isn’t all that big of a deal, especially when you consider the alternative in the West.

    [I’m not posting a photo of Kardashian or some other skank, because you all know what I mean]

    • Agree: Sasha
    • Replies: @Liberty Mike
  109. @Sean

    bbs.chinadaily.com.cn :”Beirut marine [barracks]bombing was Mossad false flag operation ”
    ‘I reported that Marines had been sent there to become the focus of a major incident . The Mossad is to arrange for a number of our Marines to be killed in an accident to be blamed on the Arabs! This will be used to inflame American public opinion to help lead us into war …’ Dr. Beter, a Pentagon analyst .

    • Agree: Desert Fox
  110. Talha says:

    Not possibly as stupid as declaring openly that you want to deliberately commit war crimes on public record.

    Of course, when you have guys cheer leading you that couldn’t find Iran on a map if their life depended on it, you might not notice:

    For everyone who wants a refresher on how this is defined as a war crime, the Red Cross has a great section on the evolution of these particular protocols in history. I would highly recommend the section titled:
    “Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property”

    Which starts:
    “Article 1 of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property defines cultural property, for the purposes of the Convention, irrespective of origin or ownership, as:
    (a) movable or immovable property of great importance to the cultural heritage of every people, such as monuments of architecture, art or history, whether religious or secular; archaeological sites; groups of buildings which, as a whole, are of historical or artistic interest; works of art; manuscripts, books and other objects of artistic, historical or archaeological interest; as well as scientific collections and important collections of books or archives or of reproductions of the property defined above…”
    https://ihl-databases.icrc.org/customary-ihl/eng/docs/v2_rul_rule38

    Note that both Iran and we (the US) are signatories:
    http://www.unesco.org/eri/la/convention.asp?KO=13637&language=E&order=alpha

    Note also that the US did not sign until 2009. The reasons given are outlined here – main one being*:
    “The objections raised by DoD at the time were based on the perceived inability to meet the Convention’s obligations in the event of nuclear warfare. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, DoD removed its objection to ratification.”
    http://usicomos.org/hague-convention-and-usicomos/

    Peace.

    *Note: This is actually a great starting point for those of us who want to prevent preemptive use of nuclear weapons by our government. The DoD is fully aware that nuclear strikes against population centers will be in violation of the very treaties that they have signed onto in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union.

    • Agree: freedom-cat
  111. Mr. Allen says:
    @Tom Walsh

    What about the RAF generals and 8th airforce generals who killed millions of German women and children in WW2? Were they more civilized than Soleimani?

    I guess I opened a can of worms I didn’t mean to … I am an American and understand that Americans are not as innocent or as magnanimous as our history books may make it.

    But I had also assumed most people would agree that in general, American generals (and Russian generals) would be seen as on the “right side of history” and hence morally infinitely better as compared to Japanese or Nazi generals.

    To the extent that is true, we shouldn’t be lumping them morally together as the author here is trying to lump American and Iranian generals together.

    In my world view, Americans are aggressors in the Middle East today, Iranians are not. So lumping them together is to refuse to see right and wrong….

    Back to WWII: most people in the world today are probably happy they are not under Japanese or German rule. So I assume my statements about Nazis and ally generals were correct.

    As for whether most people in the world today would be happy from American / Western imperial rule, I would say yes to that. BUT does that REALLY make WWII just another evil war where evil won and where Nazi generals and American and RAF and Russian generals are the same as Japanese and Nazi generals???

  112. @Sean

    bbs.chinadaily.com.cn:” Beirut Marine[barracks]bombing was a Mossad false flag operation”
    ” I reported that Marines had been sent there to become the focus of a major incident . The Mossad is to arrange for a number of our Marines to be killed in an incident to be blamed on Arabs! This will be used to inflame American public opinion to help us lead into war…” Dr. Beter , a Pentagon analyst

  113. Looks like the Empire decided not to escalate further the war it started with Iran. Optimists would say that Trump at least shows some wisdom after utter stupidity of engaging in terrorism. Pessimists would say that the Empire is simply afraid. I am on the fence.

    • Replies: @freedom-cat
  114. streetwisereports.com : “Israel made the [false flag] attack on the Saudi Oil fields ” Special Opinion Piece by Bob Moriarty

  115. MLK says:
    @A123

    Thanks for doing your part to introduce some sanity here.

    Rather obviously, Iran needs to get it together. I get that it’s unhappy that Trump was elected, and wasn’t removed from office as the Democrats promised them, so they could get back to the Obama giveaway.

    But, hands down, Iran wins the competition for the worst handling of relations with the United States since Trump took the oath.

    Now, the ayatollah’s train wreck has resulted in the death of his beloved Soleimani.

    • Thanks: A123
    • Replies: @MLK
    , @TomSchmidt
  116. JUSA says:

    The US is now denying a visa for the Iranian Foreign Minister to speak at the UN. This while the Trump admin complained about speech censorship of conservatives on social media, talk about hypocrisy.

    IMO this is yet another reason to move the UN HQ out of the US, to a neutral country like Switzerland. I wanted them out to begin with as the UN is a toothless globalist organization for useless pampered diplomats. The UN bldg is a hideous Soviet style monolith, a relic of the 70’s style brutalist architecture and a blight to NYC’s skyline. No one will miss it if it’s demolished.

    It’s time to move the UN to the globalist loving, Davos hosting Switzerland or some third world hellhole. Goodbye and good riddance!

    • Replies: @A123
  117. @TomSchmidt

    He has at least killed fewer people in drone strikes than Obama and Bush.

    So far, yes. I have been very harsh towards Bush & Obomber from the get-go. Bush; everyone knows what his administration did (well, everyone who is paying attention that is). But, Obomber has gotten a free pass from the Leftist mainstream media. Not to mention the Bankster bailout.

    But I still won’t vote for Trump again. I live in a state that always votes Dem anyways. I’m not all that partisan, though. If a good centrist democrat came along I might vote for him. I like Ron Paul but he’s getting too old now.

    It does seem like the Assassination is winding down. Both sides appear to be backing off. Good thing, but all it does is kick the can down the street.

  118. @AnonFromTN

    Well, I think they’re just kicking the can down the street. More could come later on this. People need time to plan. But will more civilians be targeted in USA and Europe by extremists who live in those nations (refugees & immigrants)? My guess is, yes!

    People in the lower trenches always react differently than people on the top. People on the bottom don’t have as much to lose, so people should still be vigilant.

    • Replies: @Buck Ransom
  119. Vaterland says:
    @TKK

    Any self-respecting man with a sense of culture and taste is “anti-American” today. And you don’t even need Jews for that! Dimwit Drumpf, new evil mustache man Bolton and the swine herding hogs Mike Pompeo are perfectly sufficient!

  120. Rich says:
    @SolontoCroesus

    Well, you’ve got a fancy star next to your name so I’d hate to argue with you, so I will agree that Churchill was a warmonger and glory seeker who never should have given a war guarentee to Poland and instead should have stood against the real threat which was international communism.

    I am not a fan of FDR and never liked Stalin, I oppose all totalitarians. I’d also say that the Germans would not have been wrong if they’d hit Harris with a drone or any other enemy general for that matter. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

  121. MLK says:
    @MLK

    Take a look at this picture:

    The message to The Resistance, including Iran, the Democrats, and seditious elements with the US national security apparatus, that the US sovereign is united behind the POTUS couldn’t be clearer.

    • Replies: @Tsar Nicholas
  122. @A123

    So, Iranian de-escalation was based on a sneak attack against the U.S. Embassy?

    No evidence that Iran was behind it, and in any event, nobody was hurt. You are saying trespass requires the death penalty. No wonder so many millions are behind bars in the land of the free.

    If it was a real event, it was more likely Iraqis enraged at the killing of thirty two of their militias.

  123. @Hail

    I might be a cross between the 1st and 3rd. If the 1st happens it could automatically result in fewer people getting access to Western nations, but we still have to contend with the entire Globalism issue; the “Internationalists”, aka Bolsheviks.

  124. @Sean

    Instead of poking its nose into Arab affairs why does Iran . . . not concentrate on its own business?

    Maybe it would, if the US concentrated on its own, instead of sending troops halfway around the world to die for Israel and slapping sanctions on everyone with whom it has a disagreement (a policy that will, as President Putin recently pointed out, soon bring down the dollar).

    • Replies: @Sean
  125. Z-man says:
    @Just passing through

    Yes BDS now!! But also take out Bibi, with extreme violence. (Grinning Purple Satan)
    My top ten list as of today:
    Lard face Pompeo
    Bibi
    Bolton
    The Israeli Air Force’s top flight commander, whoever he is.
    Linda Graham
    One of the top three Dumbo’krats in Congress (I pick ‘up-Chuck’ Schumer)
    That other Zionist politician…Lieberman (Avigdor)
    OK, the one in Connecticut also (Joe). lol*
    Adelson’s wife.
    Another Zionist billionare.

    *That’s two Liebermans, I should get an extra choice. (Big grin)

    Krystol, the ‘Dean’ of Neo-khans. I would torture him for 24 hrs. first. “Jesus forgive me!”

  126. @MLK

    The message to The Resistance, including Iran, the Democrats, and seditious elements with the US national security apparatus, that the US sovereign is united behind the POTUS couldn’t be clearer.

    Yeah, yeah, unity was behind the Pentagon sending that (signed) letter to the Iraqi government, stating that they will respect the nation’s sovereignty, and leave.

    • Replies: @MLK
  127. A123 says:
    @JUSA

    It’s time to move the UN to the globalist loving, Davos hosting Switzerland or some third world hellhole. Goodbye and good riddance!

    One cannot cure a sickness of the soul by moving the body from place to place.

    The U.N. is “helpless, hapless, & hopeless”. Moving the deteriorating corpse does not help anyone. The whole organization needs to be abolished so the world can take a stab at creating something effective.

    PEACE 😇

  128. @MLK

    “I get that it’s unhappy that Trump was elected…”

    Hmmm. Can you think of anything Trump DID that might make them unhappy, aside from just getting elected?

    • Replies: @MLK
  129. Alistair says:
    @Rich

    “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter”
    You’re entitled to your opinion; though you appear to have such erratic idea about the icons of the human history — your low opinion of Nelson Mandela is quite shocking; you realize that Mandela won the Noble Peace Prize for standing up to the apartheid — at any rate, you’re entitled to your opinion.

    • Replies: @Rich
  130. Oops. Mullas missiles were duds. all the noise and fanfare was for domestic consumption .

  131. Alistair says:
    @Curmudgeon

    “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter”

    • Disagree: Rich
  132. Like most generals of whatever army (including the US army), he was a cold-blooded, professional killer.

    Can you really say that, Mr. Stockman? You’re the one who gave that interview to The Atlantic and got taken to the woodshed by President Reagan. You can’t be trusted as a team member.

    As an individual, your opinions deserve respect, certainly, but there is a time and a place for that, but obviously you don’t know when or where those are.

    How many military officers have you known? I have known several American ones — plus some Eastern European ones — who are not “cold-blooded, professional killers,” and I find it ludicrous of you to to lump them all into the cold-blooded camp.

    I respect you, but please don’t do this.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  133. Sean says:
    @Curmudgeon

    Iran’s Islamic republic was never going to be overthrown by a few CIA agents under diplomatic cover, so they brought the sanction on themselves doing domestic political theatre. Yes, they suffered from sanctions and seizure of assets, but it’s also true they started with a relatively prosperous and substantial middle class educated population. (Iranian girls ‘given eight lashings each because their parents could not pay school fees’ Families could not pay the £8 classes cost, students say). Iran’s terrain is an obstacle to an integrated economy, but also a formidable barrier to an invasion. The US Navy would be all at sea also (That time a Marine general led a fictional Iran against the US military – and won). What would happen if the US was to decide the take Iran down a peg is a mailstom of targeted high explosives on Iranian infrastructure.

    Thirty years on, Iran is still running on political theatre for domestic consumption. Soleimani was the supreme example. Bolton, greatest enemy of Iran, was fired by Trump and within a week the two key Saudi oil facilities are hit and significantly damaged. What on Earth was Soleimani anticipating could be achieved by that operation other than Trump thinking the advisor he had just sacked had been proved right about Iran?

    American troops were occupying both Afghanistan and Iraq at one point and Iran could feel they were being encircled; yes, but the US toppled Saddam, which was a huge windfall for Iran and has boosted their influence over Iraq to immense proportions of late. Israel is aghast at the Iranian gains. Given what Iran has had handed to them on a plate, it’s left with a big net advantage, while America is trying to find a way to get them back in their box. Iran’s astounding run of luck cannot continue and this is the time to, if not cut and run, disengage. Bolton and Ledeen are praying that Iran presses on.

  134. @JUSA

    “They couldn’t have found a better man to be president, a stupid puppet goy as part of the family ”

    I think the technical term is shabbes-goy,

  135. Mark Hunter says: • Website
    @Hail

    In 2016 many of us saw the election as:
    Fairly Good Trump  vs.  Extremely Evil Hillary.
    In 2020 Trump should be seen as the usual disheartening  “lesser of two evils.”

    If for no other reason, to keep your savings account, support Trump against the Democrat in 2020.

  136. Agent76 says:

    Oct 8, 2016 Afghanistan: 15 Years of Invasion and Occupation

    15 years after NATO’s invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, the 9/11 and Al Qaeda lies that were used to justify the war have disappeared. Now the truth about oil and gas, mineral wealth, opium and naked imperial ambition are all that remain.

    • Replies: @Desert Fox
  137. MLK says:
    @TomSchmidt

    Of course! You couldn’t figure that out from my comment? With a handful of exceptions, every country on earth preferred business as usual/give any the store Hillary to the America First Trump.

    Iran would be negotiating with Trump as to how much of what they gained because of disastrous American leadership for 2003-2016, they were going to lose. That’s the way the ball bounces.

    • Replies: @TomSchmidt
  138. MLK says:
    @Tsar Nicholas

    That picture is worth a 1,000 draft, unsigned letters that were never sent.

  139. Iris says:
    @TKK

    Hello Hasbara troll;
    I feel compassion for the OCD symptoms you display day in day out. Do you belong to the category of sufferers obsessed with mental rituals? That would explain why you continue pursuing everybody on this site with you unrequited obsessive attention.

    I know supremacists like yourself are too deluded to appreciate reality, but I will be nice and tell you a little secret: in normal human relationships, the absence of response from those you address is the sign of a deep contempt. In French we say: “Silence is the biggest contempt” (Le silence est le plus grand des mepris).
    Have a good day.

    • Replies: @TKK
  140. Now the Iranians are in real trouble. They have to get ready for invasion by Ukraine.
    (737 shut down)

  141. Dannyboy says:

    I don’t have any problem with Iranians, as a matter of fact, I admire much of what I’ve read about Persian civilization. I didn’t have any problem with Saddam Hussein. I don’t have any truck with Palestinians, either.

    Same with Mexicans for the most part. I admire much of Spanish/Hispanic culture.

    Same with Asians. Great history, great people etc…

    Jews and niggers are a different story. They are troublesome.

    Americans are some of the best human beings on the planet. Take it to the bank.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  142. @Mr. Allen

    Back to WWII: most people in the world today are probably happy they are not under Japanese or German rule. So I assume my statements about Nazis and ally generals were correct.

    That is expressed occasionally by callers to C Span: “Good thing US conquered Nazis or we’d all be speaking German today.”

    If one had the technology to voice-match, pretty safe bet the same people call in complaining, “You shouldn’t have to dial 1 for English, dial 2 for Spanish . . .”

    Another 30% of those callers worship Hebrew scripture, couldn’t find Germany on a map, and don’t realize that Americans of German origin = the largest cohort of US population. “Yankee ingenuity” relied on German industry & brains, either migrated or stolen.

    In other words, too many Americans regurgitate the latest meme the Thiel factory blasted.

    Strauss and Apocalypse, by Peter Thiel, (in Studies in Violence, Mimesis, & Culture)

    Thiel is one of Trump’s closest advisors.
    Still think those tweets are the random output of Trump’s brain?

  143. @MLK

    America First Trump

    I’d love to see Trump act in America’s interests first. Greatest good for the greatest number, though, not just the DC crowd. For 1/5th of the annual defense budget, we could have high-speed rail between Boston and Washington; so says Amtrak. You know, just like third-world countries like China and Spain.

    I get no benefit from the MIC. Do you? If so, good for you. As Chris Rock once said, “I’m still waiting on my OJ check… nuttin’!” Let me know when my Soleimani check is in the mail.

    • Replies: @MLK
  144. @Buzz Mohawk

    You mean that they’re professional killers but are mammals? A fair correction.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  145. Udeda says:

    This post didn’t age well, lol.

  146. @A123

    Prima facie Mahdi is telling the truth. If he was of the American establishment or a Jew, prima facie he’d be lying. But he’s neither. Believe him.

  147. Where have all the solDIErs gone?

  148. I agree with the headline, but as you start reading, you find stuff like “so-called Islamic Republic” a phrase which is vaguely pejorative but tells us nothing nothing factual or analytical. So why use it?

    And then this: “To be sure, we don’t give a flying f*ck about the dead man himself. Like most generals of whatever army (including the US army), he was a cold-blooded, professional killer”

    Apart from the Trumpian use of a rude phrase, that displays genuine ignorance. And American arrogance.

    This general was a hero to millions and greatly admired by experts.

    He is said to have been the most capable commander of his era. Brilliant and always personally inspiring to troops he visited.

    He wasn’t an armchair general either, but a man who went bravely into the field.

    He is to a large extent responsible for halting ISIS, among other big achievements.

    Killers or not, as long as you have wars – and US makes sure we have plenty – you must have generals.

    Hard to take Stockman at all seriously when opens with such sophomoric stuff.

    I’ve just done a tight summary and analysis of these events.

    You may find it interesting.

    It is posted here:

    https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2020/01/06/john-chuckman-comment-americas-disturbing-modern-history-with-iran-and-now-we-can-add-state-terror-a-few-words-on-general-qasem-soleimani-iraq-is-ordering-the-american-military-out-a-big-st/

    There are also several other pieces on aspects of the crisis on the site.

  149. @Rurik

    Rurik, Happy New Year to you.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  150. @Sasha

    Maybe another way to say this is that Iran is not saturated in Jewish values?

    • Agree: Sasha
    • Replies: @Sasha
    , @denk
  151. TGD says:
    @Justsaying

    Iran’s foreign minister Zarif has been denied entry into the United States to attend a UN meeting. Speaking of idiocy in denying Iranians their side of the story. That has been the imperial modus operandi in appropriating narratives with the complicity of our poor excuse for journalism, the servile MSM.

    That’s why the UN should be kicked back to Geneva where it belongs. Switzerland is a neutral country and much closer to the center of gravity of the world’s population. Look at all of the energy wasted flying UN staff and diplomats in and out of New York City and all of the extra cops needed to protect them not to mention all of the spying that goes on, the traffic violations of cars with diplomatic plates that go unpunished and the valuable UN real estate that is not taxed.

  152. I read these Vdare like things and I think, “Oh this is so good. But will he name THE ELEPHANT?” And, of course, he doesn’t Zionist strategy and tactics become “stupidity”. What the hell. Stockman made a good living on Usury Street and Trump may be stupid. But he also may be crypto. David Duke has more or less said that all this neo Cuked analysis(my term) is fine up to a point But if you do not name “The Jews”, policy will never change. I used to think Duke’s kind of thinking was nuts. But then I had a very good Frankfurt School education

  153. Republic says:
    @aandrews

    Remember the Palmer raids of 1920,on January 3,1920,
    4000 Americans were arrested.

  154. Dannyboy says:
    @Ilyana_Rozumova

    Operation Ajax.

    Democracy in action, darlin.

    • Replies: @Ilyana_Rozumova
  155. Sasha says:
    @Achilles Wannabe

    For sure. Not for lack of trying by the Zionists though, I’m guessing. They’d be remiss in their duty if they didn’t try to flood Iran with pornography and especially drugs. Apparently there are quite a few heroin addicts in Iran, and I’d be shocked if Mossad wasn’t the primary supplier, probably gratis. The best way to undermine the society would be to turn them into addicts, of porn, dope, whatever. As we have seen in the USA. Apparently it was the Jewish mob that was instrumental in flooding the US with dope, and the Sicilians only followed suit to not get totally shut out of the action. Before that, it was a no-go zone.

    • LOL: Momus
    • Replies: @Achilles Wannabe
  156. @RadicalCenter

    Oh, that’s really F’ing funny, man. I bet if I put you in a cage with those “mammals” and watched for a few weeks, I would find out you are more of a savage and coward than they are. You have no right, reason, or knowledge to even try to describe them — nor does pipsqueak Stockman.

    The saying, “there are no athiests in foxholes,” is a classic, but it can be expanded to include the fact that there are no pencil-necked intellectual back-stabbers there either, not for long.

    Life is nature, and nature is real. “Mammals” live with this every day. YOU live inside an urban bubble, most likely, fed by your local grocery store and the truck drivers who carry your food to you, plus the contractors and laborers who build and maintain your life. You, like Stockman, are most likely a paper pusher who knows nothing of honor or life.

  157. @ Chuck,

    Am not going to dig through all comments. Found out who the man was killed in Iraq that triggered the Orange Cockatoo to assassinate Soleimani: Sacramento resident Nawres Waleed Hamid.

    Read article: U.S. contractor killed in Iraq, which led to strike on Iranian general, buried in Sacramento – Link to The Sacramento Bee

    Cheers,

    Daniel

    • Thanks: renfro
    • Replies: @anon
  158. MLK says:
    @TomSchmidt

    Sure. But we should be careful of that old joke about the three economists trapped in a deep hole. One says to the other two, “Okay, assume we have a ladder.”

    Trump is resetting the game. Not just on trade but also military alliances.

    Basically, he’s like a landlord who knows he’s got his tenants by the shorthairs when it comes time to renegotiate their leases.

    MAGA! is working beautifully at ending Wall Street’s/multinational exfiltration of American industry, jobs, and wealth. It’s only going to get better when he wins re-election (in a landslide).

    • Replies: @TomSchmidt
  159. JackOH says:
    @Curmudgeon

    Well said, Curmudgeon.

    I sometimes wonder whether American exceptionalism is just an adventitious fiction for handing out rifles and tossing bombs about. Then, afterward, there seems to be that smugness that we’ve once again eluded the bar of history and the victor’s jackboot on our necks. Maybe I’m just getting too old to listen to the bee-ess.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  160. Anon[398] • Disclaimer says:

    The stock market is up today, gold is down. How many Boomer 401ks got hosed by Stockman yet again lol.

  161. Sean says:
    @Tsar Nicholas

    Palestinian [chief] negotiator: Iran should stop poking its nose in Arab affairs.

    The best thing that can happen to the Palestinians and the worst thing that can happen to Israel is that Iran gets its wings clipped and thrown back into its own large territory, then America can bring Israel to heel and into negotiations. When Saddam was thrown out of Kuwaiti back into his country Bush the Elder was able to force Israel to Madrid and the begining of serious negotiations.

    Israel is scared of Iran like Brer Rabbit was of the briar patch.

  162. Rurik says:
    @Liberty Mike

    Thanks Mike!

    Happy New Year to you too!

    And to all the Unzers out there!

    Sorry for O/T

    Here..

    May 2020 be the year of sanity and probity in the Holy Land and beyond!

    May the citizens of Iraq and Iran (and Syria and Donbas and all the other nations and people being harmed and menaced by the zio-fiend- that has my country under its $atanic thrall) find peace and security and a way -somehow- to forgive the ignorant America sheople for their bovine gullibility. (we live in an iron dome of 24/7 zio-lies over here, let me tell ya)

    May 2020 see the ZUS leave those beleaguered lands, and pay massive reparations to rebuild them. (Starting with ‘Lucky Larry’s billions).

    May 2020 see a repudiation of the zio-fiend, and succor for the Palestinians and Syrians and all the people harmed daily by that ((scourge)).

    I pray that Trump’s blundering and abased fealty to zion, will have pushed Europe and Russia and Asia and the Sunnis and Kurds and everyone else to finally say, ‘Enough!’

    Yankee go home!

    This would be the best thing that could happen to the people of Iran and Iraq and Syria and all the rest, and would also be a Godsend to the people of America, who’ve long tried in vain to rein in the murderous, supremacist zio-scum, infesting our federal gov. and media and institutions.

    May 2020 be the year we End the Fed!, and free the people of the planet from this persistent pestilence.

    I believe that all of the people of good will and good faith in the world are united in this plea to heaven- or God or the Gods or providence, or what have you…

    ‘End this mindless evil that engulfs so much of the world, we pray, or Lord.’

    Let Iran live in peace, without sanctions, no matter how “worth it” some ((ghoulish hags)) consider them to be.

    ‘I pray that the people of Iran and Iraq and Palestine and Syria and Donbas and Yemen and so many others, will know peace and a return to sanity, somehow. Please God, give them peace.’

    That’s my New Year’s prayer, Mike.

    I hope I’m not being presumptuous in imagining that all people of good will, join me in beseeching the heavens that our new decade will be one of peace. And that the drooling goon will put up his weapons of death, and go home to his families and farms and use his energies to free the ZUS of A from that Z, that profanes it.

    Cheers my friend.

    • Replies: @Liberty Mike
  163. @Dannyboy

    US went to Middle East to remove dictators and install democracies.
    Now concerning Democracy in Iraq, US military got Democratically ejected.
    I am very curios now if US will respect the Democratic will of Democratically elected Democratic Iraqi Parliament.
    Naturally official notice to US has to be given by Democratic prime minister, who can be bribed or threatened, so we will see what will happen

    • Replies: @Dannyboy
  164. Herald says:
    @Agent76

    Iran and Syria could of course, put terminally stupid Mike Morell on their own ‘to be terminated’ lists. Perhaps he’s on one of them already, but being on both would be even better.

  165. @Hans Vogel

    “Yes indeed, all generals are fundamentally the same. War crimes are not the exclusive realm of any one nationality or political or religious category.”

    Only a jew-supremacist would say something so laughably absurd

    • Replies: @Hans Vogel
  166. Patricus says:
    @Nobody Really Knows

    As long as Stockman and Roberts have been writing the end has been imminent. Financial collapse, world war III and other catastrophes are a comin next week, next month or next year. Any who differ with these statements are morons, cretins, or idiots. Explanations never appear, just labels. It is amazing that they find an audience. I confess I just read another Stockman piece when I should know by now to Ignore his work. Makes me a moron/cretin/idiot once again.

  167. anon[178] • Disclaimer says:
    @Daniel Rich

    all totally believable ‘cuz government never lies.

    ah

    he’s already been buried.

    of course

    @ Rurik:

    ” the people of America, who’ve long tried in vain to rein in the murderous, supremacist zio-scum, infesting our federal gov. and media and institutions.”

    Dang!
    I completely missed those “long tried in vain” efforts.

    Where were they?
    What were they — hunger strikes? tax strikes? sit-ins? Marches across the bridge? Hanging Pompeo is effigy? shutting down Congress?

    NADA

    we beg Iran to allow their country to be destroyed so that maybe a stray shot will hit Pisrael.

    that’s it.

    American exceptionalism: every one except USA should stand up for justice

    • Agree: Colin Wright
    • Replies: @Rurik
  168. @Sasha

    Yeah , thanks to our (((media)))I grew up thinking of Chicago as an Italian Mafia city in the 20’s and 30’s I thought this until Ron Unz did an article showing how Jewish crime was in Chicago. So it goes for virtually everything That is why I am a recovering Semophile. Since I am a boomer, I will be recovering for the rest of my life.

    • LOL: Sasha
  169. @Sean

    Die Zionist shit.

    • Agree: Dannyboy
    • Replies: @Johnny Rico
    , @TKK
  170. @Dannyboy

    ‘… Americans are some of the best human beings on the planet. Take it to the bank.’

    Sure. Too bad our country sucks. Maybe we should do something about that.

    • Replies: @Dannyboy
  171. renfro says:
    @Sasha

    Agree.

    This…..”’long-suffering people of Iran have not been able to throw-off the cultural and religious shackles imposed by this theocratic regime or escape the economic backwardness and incompetence ..”…… is such crap its hard to believe the neos and zios expect anyone to fall for it.

  172. @TKK

    ‘Hmmm…. the best way to prevent more American soldiers being killed is to keep alive the man who has been killing so many of them for 20 years?’

    I don’t think you’ve ever said anything worth responding to.

    • Replies: @TKK
  173. bjondo says:

    A good day.
    Iran did a Trump.

    Warned about incoming.
    No damage or very little.

    Two faces saved.

    It could be a very good year.

    Trump still wins in Nov.

    Jew will be big loser.

    5ds

  174. Adûnâi says:

    To be sure, we don’t give a flying f*ck about the dead man himself. Like most generals of whatever army (including the US army), he was a cold-blooded, professional killer.

    This right here is why I only read Chechar and Savitri Devi. My mind cannot bear the cuckoldry and the LGBT-worship.

  175. Rurik says:
    @anon

    we beg Iran to allow their country to be destroyed so that maybe a stray shot will hit Pisrael.

    that’s it.

    So, that’s what you got from my humble prayer for the new decade?

    I was wishing for Iran to be destroyed, so that Israel will see a stray bullet?

    hmm..

    As for the effort to rein in the war pigs, there has been plenty. For instance, as I’ve mentioned before, every election the American people vote for the anti-war candidate for president.

    And even a cowardly, ‘anonymous’ asshat, knows that the ((media)) in America, and our politicians and universities are controlled by Jewish supremacists, that relentlessly push war. Duh

    Just consider Obama’s attempt to bomb Syria, and how Americans (like me) rallied to our congresscriters, and demanded ‘No!’ to more bombs.

    At least that time, it wasn’t in vain.

    As for the tone of your post, well, Ron Unz has gently chided that he prefers we in the comment section refrain from vulgarities and vitriol.

    Rurik ~ the temperate.

  176. Thekid says:

    Interesting to read Stockman calling out the neocons as despicable warmongers (rightfully so) but he had no problem being part of the Reagan Administration while they were murdering thousands in Central America with their dirty contra war. I don’t recall any neocons in that government. What it comes down to is America has always been a murderous empire since its founding regardless of whatever political party is in charge.

    • Agree: Parfois1
    • Replies: @bjondo
  177. @9/11 Inside job

    renegadetribune.com : “Lie America into war and get paid for it ” By Chris Menahan :
    “Bloomberg News is reporting that NSC official Richard Goldberg who was central to the Trump’s administration’s hawkish Iran policies was receiving a salary from a Sheldon Adelson funded pro -Israel think tank throughout his time at the Whitehouse …Pro-Israel activist Nickki Haley …has also got on the Trump train and is pushing for regime change in Iran …She was just recently rewarded for her [pro-war?] efforts with a position on Boeing’s board of directors.”

    defenseone.com : ” Boeing’s 737 woes aren’t hurting its pursuit of military contracts-exec says “

  178. @freedom-cat

    Now that the US has demonstrated that it is willing to do a drone-strike on foreign leaders who refuse to bend the knee to the Empire, aren’t there a lot of foreign leaders wondering “Am I the next target on their list?” Do they really want the Neocons to think they can get away with this with no repercussions? Knowing the Neocons, without reprisals this would be their new go-to move.

    Isn’t it likely that Iran’s government thinks it MUST respond to the US strike with lethal force against an upper-level US public figure? It wouldn’t even have to be a military man or a politician. It could be a billionaire donor to the Uniparty. Think how that would dampen the enthusiasm of the billionaires left standing.

    • Agree: freedom-cat, Parfois1
  179. denk says:
    @Achilles Wannabe

    And yet….
    Every time uncle scam cried ‘genocide on Muslims’, Iran and the entire Muslim world automatically fell in under Nato command , fighting and dying for the great satan.

    IN Bosnia against the Serbs.

    IN Myanmar against the BHudists,
    https://apnews.com/e9d2546253f44b529e139a41e1ed439f

    In Xinjiang ‘to save their Uighur bro’ from the Hans….

    Works like a charm.

  180. Rich says:
    @Alistair

    Mandela was a terrorist. Plain and simple. I wouldn’t care if they gave him a sainthood, doesn’t change the facts of his life. That communists and communist sympathizers were able to force their propaganda down the throats of the Western media doesn’t mean he wasn’t as evil as Che or any other commie thug. But you’re certainly entitled to your opinion, too. Are you also a fan of Trotsky?

    • Replies: @Biff
  181. Anonymous[287] • Disclaimer says:
    @Haxo Angmark

    Vox populi on the grape vine are saying that Trump did NOT ordered the Qasem hit…they say that Bbibi Natanyahu gave the order to kill Suleimani to bolster his own election…Now ZIO Israel is in full control of the Deepstate MILITARY.USA..we are doom. USA a military proxy for Israel..

  182. bjondo says:
    @Thekid

    I don’t recall any neocons in that government.

    Neocons I can remember in Reagan’s admins:

    Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Richard Perle, Paul(Saul) Wolfowitz,

    Elliot Abrams, L. Paul Bremer, Alex Haig(?), Eagleburger,

    Michael Ledeen, Stephen Bryen, Richard Armitage,

    Oliver North and Bud McFarlane (both served/serve Israel before America).

    5ds

    • Replies: @bjondo
    , @Thekid
    , @Sean
  183. TKK says:
    @Iris

    Then why do you feel the need to respond? You messed up your sad little performance by responding with google French translation. Show contempt!

    I don’t comment everyday- not even close. You call me OCD and you are monitoring me? You silly
    ( I’ll bet) obese c*nt.

    Let silence bloom between us- like a rotten Iris.

    Pro Tip:

    but I will be nice and tell you a little secret: in normal human relationships,

    Jousting on the Internet is not a human relationship. It’s used to waste time while waiting- at the airport, the jail, the dentist.

    I understand it substitutes as one for you, as any woman posting on this site who takes it to heart so deeply has no husband or children- and probably resembles a Mama June/ Elephant Man hybrid.

    That you would compare this word sewage time suck to a human relationship is catastrophically pitiful.

    • Replies: @Iris
  184. Anon[384] • Disclaimer says:

    Watch George Webb on YT. You will get a good dose of reporter facts and info on the crime network running behind the USA and foreign governments!

  185. TKK says:
    @Colin Wright

    That’s because I don’t demonize Israel and pander to the base here by simply blaming Jews for every bad thing that ever happened- since recorded history.

    But- I am devastated. Dang it!!!

    I deeply crave a Web based unemployed boring Cliff Claven’s approval- who I am certain people run from in droves in real life to escape your stupefying boring monologues.

    You realize I could change my screen name, call anyone who doesn’t immediately blame the Joos- a “hasbara troll”- and you rubes would agree. There’s no meaningful thought behind it.

    It’s full retard group think. You are a redundant know it all. Earning your pathetic snark is a badge of honor. You cannot intimidate me. I fight for a living. Against actual men.

  186. bluedog says:
    @A123

    Well the troll has post his propaganda again and the other trolls run to agree,he’s like a little fly irritating but harmless,sign’s his post with peace yet knows that his master will permit no peace.!!!!

  187. bluedog says:
    @gotmituns

    Hmm who’s us you moron,do you have a mouse in your pocket, and who’s Israels loving friends, they are getting fewer and fewer all over the world,before its over like in Nam as the body bags started coming home, it will be the 60’s all over again is that what you met by US.!!!!

  188. @Colin Wright

    Colin, are you mixing alcohol and blogging? You could stand to slow down and take it down a notch. Try acting your age for starters.

    • Agree: TKK
    • Replies: @Sean
  189. bluedog says:
    @unit472

    And yes but remember he was smart enough to resign and get out,not like the neocons who have infested it ever since.!!!

  190. Biff says:
    @Rich

    That communists and communist sympathizers were able to force their propaganda down the throats of the Western media

    Examples?

    • Replies: @bluedog
  191. “The Assad government in Syria, the largest political party in Lebanon (Hezbollah), the dominant population of northern Yemen (Houthis) and a significant portion of the Iraqi armed forces represented by the Shiite militias (the PMF or Popular Mobilization Forces) are no less civilized and no more prone to sectarian violence than anybody else in this woebegone region”

    VERY VERY INACCURATE…..NIGHT& DAY INACCURATE

    The former do not behead Christians as a matter of faith. Hezbollah is in alliance with ME’s BIGGEST Christian party. Asad is the standing between Ikhwan ul Muslimin and the Christians.

    The former does not blow markets or burn schools, they build them. Iran has the BIGGEST charity organization in ME. Hezbollah in Lebanon. Hezbollah’s healthcare is far better & effective than the one provided by the state.

    – do a bit research before you write next time. That way folks would wanna read more of your work.

  192. A real hero. True, Iraq, Syria, West Bank, and Afghanistan are occupied. But the US itself is under occupation of the Zionist globo-homo Glob. Not only must the US end the occupation of other nations but it must end the occupation in the US itself. Every gentile group should seek liberation from the Glob.

    • Agree: bluedog
    • Replies: @Hans Vogel
    , @Rurik
  193. Polemos says:
    @Biff

    The God of this world is on their side. That is part of the deal in living on this Prison Planet. You are not meant for this world, so give it to those who believe in that god and seek an even higher power, the One who you are.

  194. In an act of contrition, Trump repealed all sanctions and travel restrictions against Quasem Soleimani.

  195. I am not sure who is worse, those who are attempting to make a case for war or those who attempt to make Iran look like “knight in shining armor.”

    It would have been well had you simply stopped at they have been at war with other for 1300 years.

    We know what happened now regarding chemical weapons used by both sides in which civilians were caught in the middle.

    The issues here are simple, Iran intends to be a player which entails spreading her view of Islam. When Iran sent in fighters during the 2003 invasion warranted attacking Iran then. She was a legitimate target by her choices. As for today, the rationale and support for war with Iran is slim.

    Regardless of Israel’s claims and agenda . . .

    Thus far the arguments for regime change have not been successful – and not the current admin suggests that they will attend to the question any more effectively whether the motive is ideological, financial or both.

    But for all of the pandering about Iran’s benign intentions — she sure has her feet in a lot of
    “hot spots.”

  196. @Harold Smith

    That is an interesting proposition you are making there. I presume you have meant this as an insult, but in that case, unfortunately it leaves me totally indifferent. However, if there is anything I am not, it is a “jew-supremacist.” Therefore, it is your own proposition that is erroneous.

    Now, and I am being absolutely honest, please explain why you would disagree with my perfectly and demonstrably correct statement?

    Is it perhaps because you might be a “US-supremacist?”

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  197. Stockman sure has a thing for neocons: “demented neocon advisers and speechwriters… neocon knucklehead… neocon policy mafia… neocons…dripping red… neocon propaganda… neocon jackals… neocon vipers.”

    He names some names but what really makes for this common denominator? The answer, the Rosetta Stone I believe, can be found in this all important passage:

    “The aggression in the Persian Gulf region during the last three decades has originated in the Washington DC nest of neocon vipers and among Bibi Netanyahu’s proxies, collaborators and assigns who rule the roost in the Imperial City and among both political parties. And the motivating force has all along been the malicious quest for regime change—first in Iraq and then in Syria and Iran.”

    In other words:
    – Neocon vipers = [at root] Bibi et al. and they rule over Washington DC (i.e. the Imperial City) and
    – Bibi et al. [at root] = Israel First. They and their hatchet men are the driving source of American aggression [read wars] in the Middle East, including the wars on Iraq, Syria, and now – at long last – Iran. That is what I think he is saying. If true, that is very disappointing to have such an “ally”.

    p.s. Regarding all the car bombs and roadside bombs that have plagued Iraq and elsewhere, Stockman does not mention this specifically, but I wonder to what extent these have been supplied if not set off by Israel/Mossad operatives? I read somewhere they specialize in this.

  198. Iris says:
    @TKK

    Hello Hasbara troll;

    I love your reply. I deeply rejoice to see, yet again, that only vulgar, stupid, gross, disgust-inducing country bumpkins can ever side with Israel. It really gives me hope for the future, a future where “Israel will disappear from the pages of Time”.

    I don’t know about your looks, but your mind is on display for all to admire, and it is as beautiful as Harvey Weinstein’s dazzling face. Have a nice day.

  199. @Priss Factor

    A real hero indeed, and a brilliant speaker, with the power of conviction. Thanks for sharing this video.

    By the way, what this veteran says, explains why the educational system in the US and elsewhere in the American Empire is being dismantled. The less people know about the world they live in, the easier they can be manipulated. If all those kids joining the armed forces to “get an education” (rather a degree because they can no longer get an education) would know a bit more about US politics and US history, they would not join. If they would refrain from eating at McDonald’s, would stop drinking Coca Cola, and instead prepare healthy meals at home, they would be healthier and not need health insurance (the entire health care system is a mafia anyway), etc. etc. As for jobs, they should return to the land and grow their own and raise kids.

    Swords into plowshares. Remember Cincinnatus

  200. ‘In an act of contrition, Trump repealed all sanctions and travel restrictions against Quasem Soleimani.’

    I’m trying to keep a straight face. I shouldn’t laugh…

    • Replies: @Rurik
  201. Daniel.I says:
    @Mr. Allen

    I had also assumed most people would agree that in general, American generals […] would be seen as on the “right side of history”

    most people in the world today are probably happy they are not under Japanese or German rule. So I assume my statements about Nazis and ally generals were correct.

    Christ on a stick, could you be any more of an Ugly American caricature ?

  202. Sean says:
    @Johnny Rico

    GHW Bush acted older than his age, he was the youngest naval aviator in the service and at a time in WW2 when that was an extremely dangerous thing to be

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/how-lonely-little-george-h-w-bush-changed-the-us-israel-relationship/

    Bush famously complained that “there are 1,000 lobbyists up on the Hill today lobbying Congress for loan guarantees for Israel and I’m one lonely little guy down here asking Congress to delay its consideration of loan guarantees for 120 days.”

    https://www.globalpolicy.org/component/content/article/169-history/36409.html

    Our prompt withdrawal helped cement our position with our Arab allies, who now trusted us far more than they ever had. We had come to their assistance in their time of need, asked nothing for ourselves, and left again when the job was done. Despite some criticism of our conduct of the war, the Israelis too had their faith in us solidified. We had shown our ability–and willingness–to intervene in the Middle East in a decisive way when our interests were challenged. … had a quick and substantial payoff in the form of a Middle East peace conference in Madrid.

    On loan guarantees and the settlements issue, Bush faced down the Lobby, thereby forcing Israel to Madrid only having to give revocation of UN Resolution 3379 (Zionism is racism). The end result was the Camp David 2000 Summit and Barak making an offer for a final settlement that the Palestinian negotiators would be overjoyed with if they could get Israel to make it today.

    Iran’s influence on the Palestinians then manifested itself in a wave of post-Camp David suicide bombings that not only continued but actually reached a crescendo during the Taba Summit when further compromises were being made by Israel under Barak. The Israeli right were rendered powerless by the proportionate and restrained use of US military power against Iraq, but then empowered by the Iran-Iraq Shai sacrifice tactics used not on a battlefield but against non combatant civilians in Israeli cities. So the net result of Iran poking its nose in Arab affairs is that Palestinians got Sharon and his imitators, who are intent on grinding them into dust.

    I think history shows that a strong leader, that is a leader with a military victory under his belt, can take the initiative and get things done politically. I am certainly not saying Trump should be aggressive to Iran, But if Iran continues to undermine and threaten Saudi Arabia and use cat’s paw asymmetric tactics while staying safe in deniability (they think) Trump could escalate a bit, shatter their military capability outside Iran (Soleimani was a rock star in Iran for his actions abroad), throw and its influence back to their own land, and threaten their home infrastructure unless they agreed to halt all hostilities including the pseudo-deniable ones.

    Trump would have to escalate a bit because Iran is zig-zagging one moment committing acts of war as domestic political theatre, the next being cautious and calling for negotiations. And that strategy is working to destabilise Saudi Arabia and coalesce an Iran–Iran entity. The elimination of Iraq as Iran’s deadly enemy was a windfall to Iran as a side effect of the US toppling Saddam (even the Shah had got into a little war with Saddam). Hence, Iran has came out well from US intervention, but not satisfied with being gifted Iraq, the Iranians now want to take down Saudi Arabia too.

    Iranian strategists are doubtless well aware of the almost universal distrust of Trump among the US diplomatic establishment, business elite, deep state and political class, and that is why Iran can count on America under Trump remaining passive while Iran gets away with much more against the allies of the US under Trump without suffering severe retaliation than could be possible under another President. For Iran Trump is ideal. The Israeli right loves a strong Iran and Palestinians looking to them. Trump being re-elected is beneficial to the hardline Iranians and Israelis both because he gives Israel everything it wants and leaves Iranian power growing–as an excuse for a hard line against Palestinians. Iran can benefit by posing as a defender of Palestinians.

    If Trump fails to be re-elected them expect a war with Iran, because the US deep state establishment divested of Trump derangement syndrome will have the hard clarity to do what has to be done and the new president will be left no choice.

    • Agree: Momus, Johnny Rico
  203. Rurik says:
    @Priss Factor

    a ‘hero’?!

    He’s an American!

    He’s the one that caused it all!

    How dare a white, American male lecture anyone on anything!

    /sarc

    Yes, God bless that guy!

    As for the Iranian general being just as guilty as his enemies, this is horseshit.

    He was defending his lands from an ((aggressor)), which makes him honorable, unlike his enemies.

    Syria’s generals (for instance) are fighting a defensive war against myriad imperial aggressors, illegally and criminally trying to rip Syria apart so they can steal the pieces.

    There’s a world of difference between the ‘honor’ of a general who’s engaged in criminal aggression, (all ZUS generals for a generation at least), vs. Iran’s and Syria’s and Yemen’s and all the other nations attacked by criminal aggressors and defending their lands and people. The honor of their generals is very much intact.

    [RIP General Soleimani]

    • Agree: Desert Fox, Parfois1
  204. Rurik says:
    @Colin Wright

    I’m trying to keep a straight face. I shouldn’t laugh…

    No, you shouldn’t

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  205. @Nobody Really Knows

    I would have followed this thread more were it not the by line of David Stockman. I am old enough to remember Stockman in the white house. nuff said!

    I remember PCR up in there too, but I never had the same impression about him..’total insincerity relative to Stockman’ PCR particualry right now strikes me as sincere, even if his views, like all such must be parsed carefully

    and PCR does things like tryng to enlarge and broaden popular perspective on the second world war. that is no small thing. seems to me PCR grew up as a human being along the way, and he is a reasonable factor in human society

  206. bluedog says:
    @Biff

    You have to forgive him, for he fails to understand the difference between communism and fascism,why just look at how they cheered Trump in Fla., next they will be having torch lit parades then perhaps he will understand that the glorious orange blob has led him down the path to destruction.!!!

  207. bjondo says:
    @bjondo

    Forgot Kissinger an advisor to Reagan.
    Probably not accurate to label a NeoCon,
    but he generally proposed, acted in Israel’s best interest.

    5ds

    • Replies: @bjondo
  208. @Rurik

    Amen.

    From your pen to God’s eyes.

    OT: What has become of Jacques? Have not seen a post from him in months?

    • Replies: @Rurik
  209. Thekid says:
    @bjondo

    Now that you mention it, I remember all those scumbags from the Reagan White House. All the more reason for Stockman to crawl back into his hole. They’re all warmongers while in office where they have influence, and holier-than-thou when out of office.

    • Disagree: thotmonger
  210. @MLK

    MAGA! is working beautifully at ending Wall Street’s/multinational exfiltration of American industry, jobs, and wealth.

    Breaking the hold of the predatory professional managerial class will take a while; they’re the ones capturing all the upside not going to the top of the pyramid. I’m arguing against my own interests a bit in that I’ve benefited from the asset inflation that Trump has created.

    That tax cut? It turns out that the cut in corporate taxes blew a hole in the US budget, so that the Feds borrowed the money that wasn’t collected. Meanwhile the professional managerial class took the saved money and used it to buy back stock, further increasing its wealth. MAGA will work when your focus isn’t on exfiltration of wealth (bad idea, granted) but government-supported transfers of wealth from the middle and working classes to the elite, with the professional managerial class getting their cut.

    In other words, when the “record low unemployment” leads to, you know, wage increases for people who earn their bread not by asset inflation or diversity-seminar-leading, but actual work. According to this chart from Trump’s labor department:
    https://www.bls.gov/news.release/wkyeng.t01.htm
    Male wages have gone from $385 when Trump started to $394 in the third quarter of 2019, a cumulative 2.3% increase. (Under Obama: $377 to $382 in six years; a 1.3% increase) The Dow, by contrast, is up over 40% over the same span of time.

    Basically, he’s like a landlord who knows he’s got his tenants by the shorthairs when it comes time to renegotiate their leases.
    Basically, the Boomer class has the power and has the Millennials by the shorthairs and thinks it can stick it to them forever. I don’t have a dog in that fight, but I recall a conservative writer who used to say that good socialism beats bad (i.e. crony) capitalism every time. Blowing an asset bubble has helped the Boomers and immiserated the Millennials; they’re now the largest bloc in society, and the socialism they’re going to vote for will wreak havoc on the economy but will at least undo some of the imbalance.

    he wins re-election (in a landslide).
    Have you kept track of the number of white deaths in Pennsylvania versus new non-white voters? I don’t think he wins there in a squeaker again unless he can convince larger numbers of black working class voters to vote for him. The polls don’t show it, although black men seem to like him about 25%, while black women hate him 95%. He could increase white working class turnout, but a 2.3% pay increase isn’t going to do it, not when Trump foolishly keeps bragging about stock market gains that mostly don’t accrue to his voters (recall that the median retirement savings balance in the USA is $5000).

    Have you placed a bet on Trump to win?

    • Replies: @Sean
  211. Rurik says:
    @Liberty Mike

    What has become of Jacques?

    Jacques was like a free-wheeling dolphin inadvertently caught up in a cyber tuna net.

    The unintended consequence of Ron Unz’s tinkering with his software to discourage trolls (tuna), and because Jacques’s commenting style, was several short (if generally excellent) comments to a thread, his comments ran afoul of some new restrictions Mr. Unz applied to his webzine. And Jacques left in a huff.

    Which is very unfortunate, because Jacques’ efforts here were a boon to the site, and very insightful and enlightening. A true anarchist at heart, he is missed.

    Ever since he left, I’ve just been hoping for his return, once he figured out he wasn’t being singled out, and it was just a software issue.

    Jacques and I didn’t always agree, and we even engaged in heated discord. But he was, nevertheless, an excellent and powerful participant to this site, and I continue to hope for his return.

    (Sorry for O/T)

    • Replies: @Skeptikal
  212. denk says:

    So now the [email protected]#$% block Iranian FM entry , to prevent him from raising the issue at the UN assembly.

    This follows two farcical performances when the same [email protected]#$%^&
    used the same venue to ‘trial’ the Chinese for so-called UIghur genocide in Xinjiang and to bludgeon their ex poster girl Aung San Sugi for so-called ‘Rohingya genocide’ in Myanmar …..
    The great satan abetted by the entire Muslim league no less !

    Terrorists holding sway over a kangaroo court.

    Run for your life !

  213. bjondo says:
    @bjondo

    Kissinger,
    another snake member of the Deep State,
    is the actual Deep Throat, not Felt.

    Wanted to get rid of Nixon.

  214. Sean says:
    @TomSchmidt

    Breaking the hold of the predatory professional managerial class will take a while; they’re the ones capturing all the upside not going to the top of the pyramid. I’m arguing against my own interests a bit in that I’ve benefited from the asset inflation that Trump has created.

    Trump was elected to take down a foreign country (China) and make it unprofitable for defeatist ‘post industrial’ nonsense spouting bien pensant bankers to collaborate with it. Destroying the upper middle class was no pledge of Trump’s.

    Have you placed a bet on Trump to win?

    A major British-Irish bookmaking firm actually paid out on bets for Trump to lose. They have learned and will make allowances over and above the apparent likelihood of his reelection. The odds will be much too short this time relative to the risk. A sucker’s bet even if you think he will win.

  215. Sean says:
    @bjondo

    Michael Ledeen was the terror network guy that said the USSR was behind literally all the terrorism in the world. Now he says the same thing about Iran. Days after Bolton got sacked by Trump, Soleimani launches drones from Iran and zaps the Saudi oil facilities. Was Soleimani bald beardie Ledeen in a wig?

  216. @Rurik

    ‘I’m trying to keep a straight face. I shouldn’t laugh…

    No, you shouldn’t’

    You have to admit; it would fit right in with all the other absurdly mendacious statements that have accompanied all this. Pompeo’s announcement that the killing would reduce tensions, the New York Times earnestly hoping Iran would refrain from ‘further provocations’ after ramming one of our missiles with her general, et al.

    • Agree: Rurik
    • Replies: @Rurik
  217. @Hans Vogel

    Of course you’re a jew supremacist. Only a jew supremacist would say something so laughably absurd.

  218. Rurik says:
    @Colin Wright

    it would fit right in with all the other absurdly mendacious statements that have accompanied all this.

    Iran downed Ukrainian jetliner, US, Canadian officials say

    https://apnews.com/2a2dc1478299d83e233c2cb4d4cd1891

    I suppose next they’ll say Soleimani was the actual master-mind of 9/11

    And was building gas chambers..

  219. Skeptikal says:
    @Rurik

    ” his comments ran afoul of some new restrictions Mr. Unz applied to his webzine.”

    If the referenced restrictions were the “three per hour” rule, I must say I am glad someone felt strongly enough about it to leave in a huff. Because it is a very annoying restriction.

    And the way the message is worded is also school-marmish, just to add insult to injury.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  220. @JackOH

    Thanks JackOH.
    Another “problem” as I see it, is that many cannot separate issues. That’s not confined to the US. for example, there are those who equate “anti-American” with being opposed to the average American citizen, or the US Republic itself, instead of the polices of the government of the day. I recall my days overseas in the early 70s meeting Soviets, Czechs, and East Germans. I understood they were considered “safe” to be let out, but all (except one East German _itch) were pretty much like everyone else, and easy to get along with. It’s always governments, and those that own them, that are the problem, not the people.

    • Agree: Dannyboy
    • Thanks: JackOH
  221. Rurik says:
    @Skeptikal

    is also school-marmish, just to add insult to injury.

    what ever happened to RobinG?

    Because it is a very annoying restriction.

    Yes, but I don’t think that was it, in itself, but the feeling that it was being applied selectively. (which I doubt)

    In any case, hopefully he’ll return..

  222. renfro says:

    Evil quartet scrambles to come with justifications for Soleimani hit after the fact and no one believes them.

    GOP Calls Briefing “Insulting and Demeaning
    Lee, Paul: We Were Given ‘Insulting,’ ‘Demeaning,’ ‘Worst Briefing’ on Iran

    https://www.theamericanconservative.com/state-of-the-union/lee-paul-we-were-given-insulting-demeaning-worst-briefing-on-iran/

    Republican Senators Mike Lee (Utah) and Rand Paul (Ky.) were livid after a closed-door briefing on Iran Wednesday provided by the Trump administration. The two senators emerged from the briefing saying they will now support a war powers resolution.
    After the nearly hour-long meeting with officials, Lee told reporters that the briefing was “insulting” and “the worst briefing I’ve seen, at least on a military issue.”
    The Trump administration sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, CIA Director Gina Haspel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley to brief House and Senate lawmakers on Wednesday, reports The Hill, after Iran launched missiles at Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops Tuesday night.
    “I find this insulting and demeaning … to the office that each of the 100 senators in this building happens to hold. I find it insulting and demeaning to the Constitution of the United States,” Lee said, according to The Hill. ​
    Lee added, “After today, every time they pull a stunt like this, I’m willing to consider and introduce any and every war powers act resolution.”

    House Democrat calls administration’s Iran briefing ‘sophomoric and utterly unconvincing’
    https://thehill.com/homenews/house/477390-house-democrat-calls-administrations-iran-briefing-sophomoric-and-utterly

    “I believe this administration is after the fact trying to piece together a rationale for its action that was impulsive, reckless and put this country’s security at risk,” he added.
    Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly, who just emerged from a briefing on Iran from top Trump administrations officials, called it “sophomoric and utterly unconvincing” adding that he remained “utterly unpersuaded” that the strike on Qasem Soleimani was justified.
    Connolly said the administration’s rationale for targeting Gen. Qassem Soleimani wouldn’t “pass a graduate school thesis test” and he was “utterly unpersuaded” that there was new or compelling evidence that showed an imminent threat.

  223. The ZUS is a rogue criminal state ran by zionists for the zionist criminal state of Israel.

  224. Hey Stockade Dave, haven’t heard from you for while, hope to hear less in the future.

    • Replies: @anon
  225. anon[117] • Disclaimer says:
    @tradecraft46

    Yeah! Dave is taking my time I have allocated for Fox and for Trump tweet.

  226. Dannyboy says:
    @Ilyana_Rozumova

    I find it hilarious that democracy is pretty much touted as a “cure all” for mankind’s ills by the very folks who are getting richer and more powerful by the day off the sleazy racket.

    Liberal Democracy combined with crony Capitalism ends up the same place as Communism. We’re well on our way there. It’s no accident that the Anglo/American alliance chose to ally with sicko fuck Bolsheviks rather than “Fascist” National Socialists.

    It’s a total crackup when they try to argue that democracies are peaceful non-threatening entities as well.

    • Replies: @Achilles Wannabe
  227. Dannyboy says:
    @eah

    The Trump presidency was never going to be allowed to do what Trump campaigned on, come Hell or high water. That much is certain. Better to have chaos and gridlock, than the unbridled Deep State/Left doing as they please.

    Speaking for myself, unless things change radically in the next six months and someone better comes along. I will vote for him again.

    Consider it a “hate vote”. 😉

    • Agree: Colin Wright
  228. Dannyboy says:
    @Colin Wright

    Well, I’m all ears.

    I do endeavor to be positive and hopeful, but my realistic/practical side generally puts a damper on that.

    Our current form of “government” is truly a sick fucking spectacle. The mass media is essentially it’s 24/7 unblinking propaganda arm.

    Working people and those trying to raise a family don’t have the time to go protest or possibly get arrested. Wealthy Leftist filth and their college brats have plenty of time and money on their hands, not to mention the “law” on their side for the most part.

    So what are we to do?

  229. @A123

    This evening I read reports (Moon of Alabama) that there were numerous US casualties, airlifted out of the base to Jordan, Tel Aviv and Bagdad after the missile attack and the Iranians claim that they destroyed the command centre of the base and disabled the aircraft before the attack. They could have targeted the barracks and killed 500, but decided to minimize casualties by concentrating on the command centre. No one is being allowed into the base at the moment.

    • Replies: @Iris
  230. Iris says:
    @foolisholdman

    This reporting was publicly made by the IRGC’s Aerospace Force Commander Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, so, true or false, should be reported by our “free” media.

    Instead, it is found on “conspiracy” sites only.

    https://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13981020000251

  231. Mr. stockman, I give your article a 95, or A+. For the most part you have it right; as here:

    So in taking out Soleimani, the usually befuddled and increasingly belligerent occupant of the Oval Office was not striking a blow against “terrorism”. He was just dramatically escalating Washington’s long-standing regime-change aggression in the region,

    And this one wrong:

    One of the great misfortunes of the last four decades is that the long-suffering people of Iran have not been able to throw-off the cultural and religious shackles imposed by this theocratic regime or escape the economic backwardness and incompetence of what is essentially rule by authoritarian clerics.

    Could it be that the Iranian people honestly and democratically voted for this, their own particular form of government? And, their long suffering is because of 40 years of ‘declaration of war’ type sanctions? Where would Iran be had she been left to progress or regress on her own?

    • Replies: @Parfois1
  232. @Dannyboy

    I wonder if we got the cold war because the Bolshevik Jews lost power in the Soviet Union?

    • Agree: Iris, Miro23
  233. @eah

    Trump has been everything the oligarchs expected and more. He’s going win in 2020 by an unheard of plurality. What else can explain the field of candidates we have been offered as an option?

  234. Parfois1 says:
    @the grand wazoo

    Could it be that the Iranian people honestly and democratically voted for this, their own particular form of government? And, their long suffering is because of 40 years of ‘declaration of war’ type sanctions? Where would Iran be had she been left to progress or regress on her own?

    Well spotted! It is not too surprising that even good-thinking people consistently display how deeply they have been indoctrinated and internalized the “correct” teachings of the underlying religion of capitalist neoliberalism and its “us-against-them” narrative. It starts in childhood with careless banal comments, gets consolidated by “education” and is constantly reinforced by the propaganda spewed by the opinion-makers of the MSM.

    Maybe it is very hard for most people to follow the course of moral integrity, especially when it clashes with the practicalities of life and cognitive equilibrium. Besides, it is very demanding on one’s intellect and moral compass to be constantly on duty to check for inconsistencies in everything we do.

    And that is why so many otherwise “good” people here let slip out their irrational anti-communism inanities en passant even when the discussion/topic is unrelated. Freudian slips surfacing from the unconscious.

    • Agree: Iris
  235. anastasia says:

    I do not know if I believe this story about Soleimani coming to Baghdad to respond to a offer by the Saudi’s for deescalation or mediation of peace with Saudi Arabia. The last time the Foreign Minister of Iran said anything about peace with Saudi Arabia was shortly before this assassination when he was interviewed by the American media. He said that peace with Saudi Arabia was not in any way foreseeable. He said that prospects were better with the UAE. Further, why would the Saudi’s extend such an invitation when tensions were escalating between Iran and the US?

    Further, why hasn’t Iran substantiated this story? There is no reason for them to hold back making the assassination look worse than it already looks.

    The story about the invitation was published by the Washington Post and the UK Daily Mail, but it is from the same source – some kind of private communication of Mahdi during a parliamentary hearing. There is no “public” statement from Mahdi, albeit it is possible he has been silenced on the subject.

    Further, why would Saudi Arabia, who blames Soleimani for the blowing up of their oil fields in June 2019 , want to suddenly mediate peace with the same man. Isn’t it more likely that if they truly believe he was behind that oil field attack, that it is more likely they would want him dead? The Houthi’s in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack on the oil field. Yet, the west and their allies, still believe that Solemani and Iran were behind it?

    Even if the story about the invitation is true, isn’t it possible that Saudi Arabia extended this invitation only for the purpose of acting as a lure to get Soleimani in Baghdad, and that the invitation was only made believable to Soleimani and Iran because their friend, the Prime Minister of Iraq, Mahdi, extended the invitation to them? After all, Mahdi was their candidate for taking power in Iraq in 2014. Saudi Arabia said they were not consulted about this assassination. Wouldn’t they have to say that so as to hide their role as lure in this assassination?

    And it appears that Trump was also told of the “invitation” by Mahdi and gave a response to Mahdi to indicate his approval of it, while thanking Mahdi for his efforts to quell the embassy attack. This was shortly before the assassination took place. This would make him a liar. Would he lie to Prime Minister Mahdi? Well, it looks like Mahdi was out of favor in the west. When Pence came to Iraq just the month before, he snubbed Mahdi.

    Something very fishy about this whole story.

  236. anastasia says:

    By the way, this is a great article. My compliments to the author

  237. Derer says:

    Do not blame Trump for everything…he was elected for sound business-like agenda, but. He was naive in promising to “draining the swamp”. His own party initially did not give him the needed support. Remember the backstabbers McCain or Romney, in fact the midterm 2018 was lost because of that.

    Washington is run by the corrupted professional parasites that do not serve the people but to their families enrichment (Obama is now millionaire, Biden is now millionaire, Clinton and so on) not from market place but from being a professional politician, a least respected profession even worse than used car salesmen. They are all puppets of powerful Jewish lobby and so is Trump.

    We have now means for direct voting by the public. Reduced number of elected politicians can debate the issue but public will decide – majority rules not special interest.

    • Replies: @Desert Fox
  238. In a heartfelt act of contrition, Trump has repealed all sanctions and travel restrictions against General Quasem Soleimani.

  239. @Derer

    Trump is a swamp creature.

  240. Alistair says:

    In twisted world of Abrahamic religions; American Evangelists see Jesus Christ reincarnated in the image of Donald J. Trump; who is essentially agnostic, a baby-boomer- playboy – womanizer — a spoiled brat from the early 1970’s.

    Trump, the “Lord” is accompanied by “St Michael”; Mike Pence; a puritan evangelist right from the 17th century – both are sponsored by Sheldon Adelson; an Ukrainian descent American Oligarch, Casino tycoon, a Zionist Jew who wants to restore the “Promised Land” to his Jewish tribe — Aldeson is worshipping Benjamin Netanyahu, and the GOP is worshipping political donations, regardless where the money is coming from; Adelson’s Casino and Saudis money are as good as anybody’s.
    Trump is surrender by a bunch of fanatic characters; from Ivanka and Jared Kushner; Mike Pence, to the White Supremacist -Zionist Jew Steven Miller, the Fox News personalities, and so forth…!!!

    Meanwhile, the GOP is running around – trying to justify every misstep the administration takes — under the Leadership of Senator Mitch McConnell since 1984, and Lindsey Graham, the American Political institutions are becoming sterile, totally ineffective — unable to contain the rogue administration, the GOP is running around aimlessly, looking for excuses for their beloved leader; President Donald J. Trump; “the Lord himself reincarnated” !!!

  241. Tony Hall says:

    David Stockman correctly observes

    The larger point here is that Imperial Washington and its mainstream media megaphones have so egregiously and relentlessly vilified Iran and falsified the middle east narrative that the Iranian side of the story has been completely lost—literally airbrushed right off the pages of contemporary history in Stalineseque fashion.

    Then the narrator goes on to demonstrate that he himself is guilty of demeaning the Iranian narrative by “egregiously” vilifying it with his dismissive remark

    we don’t give a flying f*ck about the dead man himself.

    How gross and insensitive, especially in the light of the recent article in Unz Review by Dr. Barrett. Dr. Barrett is well known among Unz readers. He is a devout Muslim American who is one of the most important voices in the United States in terms of giving well informed perspectives that shed a rare light on the understandings of the hundreds of millions of people in the world that are generally supportive of the Islamic revolution initiated in Iran in 1979. I was genuinely moved by Dr. Barrett’s efforts to articulate the monumental character of the transformations that await us as the Epstein gang, including the Netanyahu-Trump Axis, take aim at the holy warriors forming the core of the Axis of Resistance.

    https://www.unz.com/kbarrett/trumps-killing-of-soleimani-new-worst-mistake-in-us-history/

  242. LAZARUS says:

    Now that the precedents are set, the United States Government, it’s Military and it’s population, will not be surprised, and will understand, when others retaliate using the same reasons and doctines, to damage U.S. infrastructures and to assasinate U.S. leaders and military planners; perhaps also utilising the subterfuge which involves inviting accredited diplomats to some important gathering, and assasinating them as soon as they arrive. Yes, this is all included in “The Art Of The Deal”, when all honest and upstanding constraints, like, abiding by the law, the exercise of fairness and justice, morality and integrity, are supplanted by “the law of the jungle”. All of this reflects the parlous state to which Americans have descended.

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