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Numerous so-called “front groups” operate in the United States. A front group is very simply an organization that pretends to have a certain program while at the same time using that identity as cover to promote a hidden agenda that is something quite different, often opposed to what is being said publicly. The Global Climate Coalition is, for example, an organization funded by fossil fuel providers that works to deny climate change and other related issues. The Groundwater Protection Council does not protect water resources at all and instead receives its money from the fracking industry, which resists any regulation of water pollution it causes. The Partnership for a New American Economy has nothing to do with protecting the U.S. economy and instead seeks to replace American workers with H1B immigrant laborers. Even the benign sounding National Sleep Foundation, is in reality a Big Pharma creation intended to convince Americans that they need to regularly use sleep inducing drugs.

Front groups in a political context can be particularly dangerous as they deceive the voter into supporting candidates or promoting policies that have a hidden agenda. The Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies, is, for example, uninterested in preserving democracies unless that democracy is Israel, which many observers would prefer to describe as an apartheid state. It is funded by Zionists billionaires and its leadership meets regularly with Israeli officials. The American Enterprise Institute is likewise a neocon mouthpiece for economic imperialism and regime change disguising itself as a free market advocate and the Brookings Institution is its liberal interventionist counterpart.

Front groups are sometimes largely fictional, on occasion creations of an intelligence agency to give the impression that there exists in a country a formidable opposition to policies pursued by the governing regime. Recent developments in Venezuela and Bolivia rather suggest the CIA creation of front groups in both countries while the Ukrainian regime change that took place in 2014 also benefited greatly from a U.S. created and supported opposition to the legitimate Viktor Yanukovych government.

Both the Russian Revolution that produced a communist state and the rise of fascism in Europe also relied on front groups to send out socially and politically acceptable messages while at the same time secretly working to install totalitarian regimes with extreme policies. American front groups are not yet so ambitious, but there are a number of them that do seek a sea change in U.S. economic policies and foreign relations, to include Americans for Prosperity funded by Charles Koch and George Soros’s Open Society Foundations.

Soros and Koch come together in funding the recently launched Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, with the stated intention of “mov[ing] U.S. foreign policy away from endless war and toward vigorous diplomacy in the pursuit of international peace.” The Institute is named after the sixth U.S. President John Quincy Adams, who famously made a speech while Secretary of State in which he cautioned that while the United States of America would always be sympathetic to the attempts of other countries to fight against dominance by the imperial European powers, “she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy.” Quincy has a projected annual budget of $5-6 million, enough to employ twenty or more staffers.

In reality, though Quincy claims to be dedicated to “realism and restraint” and “the pursuit of international peace” in foreign and national security policy, it actually acts more like a vehicle for status quo interventionism as practiced by the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations. The organization particularly targets moderates and conservatives who have become disgruntled with America’s wars, though it promotes itself as bringing together both the left and the right to adopt a rational and less aggressive foreign policy.

The Quincy Institute claims correctly that many of the other organizations dealing with national security and international affairs inside the Beltway are either humanitarian agenda-driven or neoconservative dominated, often meaning that they in practice support serial interventionism, sometimes including broad tolerance or even encouragement of war as a first option when dealing with adversaries. These are policies that are currently playing out unsuccessfully vis-à-vis Venezuela, Iran, Syria and North Korea.

The Quincies promise to be different in an attempt to change the Washington foreign policy consensus, which some have referred to as the Blob, and they have indeed collected a very respectable group of genuine “realist” experts and thoughtful pundits, including Professor Andrew Bacevich, National Iranian American Council founder Trita Parsi and investigative journalist Jim Lobe. But, of course, he who pays the piper calls the tune and the influence of globalists Koch and Soros is clearly evident in terms of what is and what is not acceptable.

Both George Soros and Charles Koch are globalist oligarchs, who have made hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars by expanding their own supra-national roles in a world where moneyed elites can act without any accountability. Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Institute has described it as a “World of Davos with fangs.” Soros in particular is notorious for his sometimes disastrous support of so-called humanitarian “regime change” intervention to expand “democracy movements” as part his vision of a liberal world order. In an op-ed in the Financial Times on March 4th, he urged that “Europe must stand with Turkey over Putin’s war crimes in Syria,” an astonishing misreading of the situation in the region as Turkey is the aggressor while Russia is fighting to eliminate the last major terrorist enclave in Idlib. Soros is almost certainly the driving force behind one of the four major projects planned by the Quincy Institute, headed by investigative journalist Eli Clifton, which is called “Democratizing Foreign Policy.”

And the Quincy President Andrew Bacevich has clearly indicated that there will be red lines, that the institute won’t focus on “highlighting pro-Israel organizations or donors.” In other words, it will not criticize Israel or its Lobby as a driving element in America’s interventionist foreign policy. He elaborated “Our purpose is to promote restraint as a central principle of U.S. foreign policy—fewer wars and more effective diplomatic engagement.” In recent articles on the Middle East and the upcoming national election, Bacevich has been as good as his word, citing an enemies list that includes Russia, China, Iran and Saudi Arabia while deliberately avoiding any mention of Israel, the country that more than any other interferes in U.S. politics.

Quincy launched back in December but its first major event took place on February 26th, when it co-hosted with Foreign Policy Magazine a series of individual presentations and panel discussions described as “A New Vision for America in the World.” The featured speaker was none other than David Petraeus, the former general who, the architect of the ill-fated surge, never saw any real combat but oversaw the killing of thousands of Iraqis in Fallujah. He was also for a short time a CIA Director who was in part responsible for the American hand in undermining Syria and completing the destruction of Libya. He had to resign from CIA after sharing classified information with his mistress so she could write a book praising him. He now works for Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P., a New York investment firm as chairman of the firm’s KKR Global Institute, even though he has no experience in either investment or banking.

Petraeus was surely paid a large honorarium to appear at the Quincy event but no one is admitting how much. He spoke for 20 minutes supporting America’s leadership role in the world in advancing the “liberal world order” and left without taking any questions from the audience.

Subsequent speakers came from the German Marshall Fund, the New America Foundation, the neocon Hudson Institute, the Brookings Institution and the Center for New American Security. All those organizations are either liberal/humanitarian or regime change interventionist inclined. One might observe that as neocon and democracy promotion organizations all across the political spectrum never provide a platform for critics, why is a group allegedly advocating “realism and restraint” including the interventionist speakers as participants? Can it be because the actual Quincy agenda is really more status quo than it pretends to be to keep the Benjamins flowing?

Independent award-winning journalist Gareth Porter attended the entire meeting and observed “the conference, moreover, had a tenor and pace reminiscent of many dozens of Washington think tank events on national security policy attended by this writer for years before giving them up a few years ago. That’s because it consisted of brief and almost always polite exchanges between advocates of new policies and representatives of centrist think tanks that are deeply enmeshed in those policies and the institutional interests underlying them.” He suggested that if Quincy really wanted to succeed it would need to go “…beyond ‘realism and restraint’ and talk[] about the need for fundamental change in the system of national security institutions themselves. Of course, taking that lesson on board might not be in line with the thinking of major funders.”

So, Quincy Institute emerges as just another front group, well-funded and staffed by oligarchs with their own agendas to pretend to be saying something new while really delivering a quite different message, one more appreciated by the status quo. It is ever so in Washington where money talks and establishment interests almost always prevail both among Democrats and Republicans. For a brief moment it seemed that electing Donald Trump might break that pattern, but the reality is that the interests of the money masters who rule the United States as well as much of the rest of the world are much more powerful than any number of Quincy Institutes or American presidents.

Philip M. Giraldi, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a 501(c)3 tax deductible educational foundation (Federal ID Number #52-1739023) that seeks a more interests-based U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Website is councilforthenationalinterest.org, address is P.O. Box 2157, Purcellville VA 20134 and its email is [email protected].

 
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  1. This is how bloody revolutions happen. You can only ignore the will of the people for so long……

    • Agree: Svevlad, Realist, Antonius
    • Replies: @BL
    , @nickels
    , @Antonius
    , @anon
    , @Moi
  2. Malbrough says:

    In an op-ed in the Financial Times on March 4th, he [Soros] urged that “Europe must stand with Turkey over Putin’s war crimes in Syria,” an astonishing misreading of the situation in the region as Turkey is the aggressor while Russia is fighting to eliminate the last major terrorist enclave in Idlibt.

    Defender 2020” is a “maneuvre of shame”
    by Willy Wimmer
    former State Secretary at the German Ministry of Defence

    “The German Chancellor, Dr Angela Merkel, is breaking a taboo by allowing German soldiers to participate in the biggest NATO manoeuvre since the end of the Cold War against Russia.

    It is therefore no wonder that the German Federal Government in May 2019 did not commemorate the “Versailles” of one hundred years ago, nor did the German President do so in a commemoration ceremony for which he can be held accountable. Versailles does not only mean “the demon of revenge”, but also a deliberate inability to strive for peace.

    This way of thinking is expressed once again in the NATO major manoeuvre, deliberately planned for the 9 May, the day the war ended in 1945. As if the fact had needed further proof that the “NATO West” cannot make peace, it can only make war, be that war cold or hot.

    The American conference in Bratislava in the Slovak Republic in April 2000 made the American goal for Europe clear: An Iron Curtain between the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea, Russia can stay anywhichwhere, and be divided or broken up into smaller states. The NATO manoeuvre called “Defender 2020” is a “manoeuvre of shame” that only serves the warmongers. ”

    https://www.zeit-fragen.ch/en/archives/2020/no-4-2-march-2020/defender-2020-is-a-maneuvre-of-shame.html

  3. Money rules.
    Robs the family jewels.

  4. And Google is there to help with Deep State propaganda.

    https://bigleaguepolitics.com/court-rules-that-google-can-legally-manipulate-searches-to-influence-political-results/

    The ONLY reason why Google got so big in the first place was because it promised all of us neutrality. IF Google has stated at the very outset its political biases and ideological agenda, most of us would never have used it in the first place. We would have sought out an alternative search engine that could have rivaled Google. But Google sucked us ALL in with the false promise of neutrality and fairness. Everyone, on both left and right, chose to use Google because we all saw it as a fair and balanced platform. But once the a**holes at Google gained monopoly status, they decided to rig the game in favor of Zionists, globo-homo, and other rot. Google hustled us. It was one of the biggest hustle of all time.

    Google should not be allowed to be ideologically biased because it got so big precisely on the promise of neutrality. Google reneged on this social contract, and the company needs to face justice from all of us.

    We must not allow Google to treat us like Zionists treat Palestinians in West Bank.

  5. A123 says:

    Numerous so-called “front groups” operate in the United States.

    Due to the protected war criminal body known as the United Nations, the U.S. is contaminated by a significant number of anti-American, Non-Governmental Organizations [NGO]. The U.S. should not be blamed for the presence UN/NWO “front groups”. The majority of U.S. citizens want to get rid of them.

    One of the primary funders of NGO’s is George IslamoSoros. He backs Open Borders organizations that sponsor Muslim invasion of Christian nations. These IslamoGlobalist, NGO “front groups” supporting Jihadi invasion need to be stopped before they destroy the U.S. and other Christian nations. It may already be too late to save Swedish and German Christians from falling to violent Muslim oppression funded by George IslamoSoros.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
    , @buzzwar
  6. anonymous[400] • Disclaimer says:

    in practice support serial interventionism, sometimes including broad tolerance or even encouragement of war as a first option when dealing with adversaries. These are policies that are currently playing out unsuccessfully

    That’s really putting it politely. The US has caused the death of millions of people since it became particularly bold after ’45, millions more being turned into miserable refugees as their countries are assaulted. US propaganda keeps pointing to fascism/communism as past bad guys who are poster boys for aggression even though they’ve been long gone by now. Today it’s the US that is the world aggressor. It’s just a matter of which faction is the most extreme and who they want to bomb next, that’s all. These front groups are an American specialty, lying and bamboozling being refined to an art form. This egoist Soros keeps egging things on with the usual let’s ‘you and him fight’ routine, a particularly dangerous prospect when it comes to the Russians. What does he have to lose, anyway? These war lovers are psychopaths posing as supposed experts who’ll lead us all into a nuclear nightmare.

    • Agree: Antiwar7
    • Replies: @John Regan
  7. tiredofit says:

    I have voted in every election for the last50 years. Sadly I am not the only one that has finally realized voting is a sham a fraud fiction as the old Sunday Funnies.I am tired of watching my country slide down into the cesspool of no return so I have voted for the last time and was duped by the Trump bunch as were many other Americans.After all its said and done follow the money trail and then after sele…I mean election watch where the money goes.

    • Replies: @gotmituns
  8. Right you are Phil. Sad about Andy.

    • Replies: @Moi
  9. Crazy Horse says: • Website

    Many look at John Quincy Adams as a non-interventionalist but the fact is that he supported and defended Andrew Jackson’s illegal incursion into Florida setting off the First Seminole War.

    That said anything backed by George Soros has the taint of interventionism connected to it. In other words as Phil has pointed out its just another front. Another stink tank that stinks to high heaven. More manure in the Augean Stable known as Washington DC.

    • Replies: @Ian Smith
  10. roonaldo says:

    I figured, what the hell, I wanna join the Granddaddy Front Group of Them All, that feeds money and members to those bottom-feeding front groups–the U.S. Department of Defense…here we are…military.com, Eligibility Requirements, What It Takes to Serve…

    “De Oppresso Liber–to free from oppression. A willingness to risk your life in the pursuit of liberty for others…It is why the U.S. military exists! There is evil in this world and often the only thing that stands between an oppressed society and a free society is a brave soldier standing guard ready to do what must be done to protect those that cannot protect themselves. Be the Sheepdog….veterans are truly the One Percenters…”

    One Percenter–that I like–but Sheepdog! I want to be a super AI-machine soldier like Schwarzenegger or get a freebie, on-demand sex change and be transformed into Raquel Welch from “One Million Years B.C.” I’m sure a recruiter will clear it all up for me…I was worried I might end up being a door-kicker in Afghanistan…

    • LOL: Mike P, Crazy Horse
    • Replies: @Kratoklastes
  11. Numerous so-called “front groups” operate in the United States. A front group is very simply an organization that pretends to have a certain program while at the same time using that identity as cover to promote a hidden agenda that is something quite different, often opposed to what is being said publicly.

    The real agendas of these organizations are NOT hidden. Any one of reasonable intelligence, education and inquiring mind will quickly grasp what the real agendas of these organisations are.
    Of course, in present day America, there may be a lot less persons of that type, given a dumbed down education system and MSM propaganda.

    Both the Russian Revolution that produced a communist state and the rise of fascism in Europe also relied on front groups to send out socially and politically acceptable messages while at the same time secretly working to install totalitarian regimes with extreme policies.

    Actually, this was not the case. Neither Lenin or Mussolini used front organisations to acquire power.

    Otherwise, a good article.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  12. gotmituns says:
    @tiredofit

    Well said sir. Trump stabbed us all in the back. I’m done as well.

  13. As soon as I heard that the Koch Bros. and Soros were teaming up to found a new think-tank, my very first thought was: run! Run as far and as fast as you can!

    So saddened to learn that Bacevich and Parsi–whom I once respected–are lending their names to this sham, but I guess every man has his price.

  14. 2nd paragraph: “funded by Zionist/s/ billionaires”
    11th Paragraph: “Quincy /mber/ ”
    11 th para: “the former general who, /the/ as architect of the ill-fated surge,”
    11th para: “undermining Syria and /it/ in completing”


    Good overview and caution that the next new silver bullet is loaded with wet powder, Phil. I would not have been so generous toward Bacevich. Harper’s published his article whose title enticed but whose content failed to probe the rot in the guts of US foreign policy:

    The Old Normal
    Why we can’t beat our addiction to war
    by Andrew Bacevich March 2020
    https://harpers.org/archive/2020/03/the-old-normal-united-states-addiction-to-war-andrew-bacevich/?utm_source=Quincy+Institute&utm_campaign=9ce4b1efcd-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_02_28_06_18&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5f148d0656-9ce4b1efcd-284704209&mc_cid=9ce4b1efcd&mc_eid=fe8c660cf3

    A sidenote lauding the Why We Fight series as “a masterpiece of propaganda” that used George C Marshall’s words “in every segment” was especially cringeworthy.

    One of Quincy’s first hires, Stephen Wertheim, Deputy Director of Research and Policy, with focus on “ending endless war” is new wine in old skin.

    The group’s panel of experts looks like the same-old same-olds reached retirement age and set up a Social Security coffee klatch.
    https://quincyinst.org/experts/

  15. Anon[402] • Disclaimer says:
    @Athena

    Ugh

    Disciplined Wehrmacht reduced to a high school marching band. Even the sound is souless American plain vanilla.
    Sad.

  16. @A123

    A123,

    At least in you we have one Jew who wouldn’t have opened the gates of Constantinople, Rhodos, etc. to the Islamic invasion. Good to know.

    • LOL: Mefobills
  17. @SolontoCroesus

    CORRECTION: My dismissive criticism of Andrew Bacevich’s essay in Harper’s was totally wrong.

    Recommended reading
    Particularly keen insight into Wilson’s shift from “expanding” into the territories of “little brown people” to white people.

    The Old Normal
    Why we can’t beat our addiction to war, by Andrew Bacevich March 2020

    • Replies: @Iris
  18. Another thought- provoking article from Philip Giraldi . I unsubcribed from the Quincy Institute a few weeks ago after realizing it was just another front for the globalists Koch and Soros . Their invitation to Petraeus to speak was just icing on the cake “David Petraeus , Soldier . Leaker ,TRAITOR or just whipped ?” 21stcenturywire.com :
    “…David Petraeus appears to have been chosen by the Bilderberg Group and the Roundtable as a Globalist envoy of sorts.” Some people have accused Petraeus of being a traitor, having apparently leaked state secrets to his mistress Paula Broadwell who ,it is said , was spying for Israel. Protected by friends in high places ,Petraeus got away with a slap on the wrist and is now working for the MIC. We are so screwed , it appears that it will be Trump v Biden in November unless Biden’s “stutter” undoes him , whoever comes out on top in the election the plutocrats , Israel, the Neocons, the Zionists , the MIC , Wall Street , the bankers and “Big pharma” will be the winners and the United States will remain a plutocracy ruled by psychopaths.

  19. Well, well, Quincy, comforting to see West Pointers Bacevich and Petreas now leading Uncle Sam toward “restrain” in his perennial search of the planet for better monsters to destroy. Don’t we already have a similar martial lineup in Trump’s cabinet? At least the distinguished grads of the Long Gray Line have figured out which political path will lead most quickly to the Benjamins. Too bad that path is never non-intervention, like minding our own business.

    What we actually need, but will never get, is a Smedley Butler Institute.

  20. @SolontoCroesus

    Thanks Solon – i exceeded my usual two typos per article! Corrections made!

  21. SteveM says:
    @Priss Factor

    We must not allow Google to treat us like Zionists treat Palestinians in West Bank.

    Easy enough. Don’t use Google:

    https://duckduckgo.com/

    And don’t use the Google Chrome browser.

    And if you absolutely do need to use Google, use a private browser session and don’t sign into Google. Can’t hurt to use a VPN either:

    https://www.pcmag.com/news/what-is-a-vpn-and-why-you-need-one

    Show them nothing and they can take nothing.

  22. Same sinister junk. New deceptive packaging. The Swamp never sleeps.

    Think tanks in America–most of which have emerged since the collapse of Soviet Russia–are, more often than not, in the business of advancing far-flung, globalist crusades; frequently flying under misleading banners such as ‘humanitarianism’ and ‘democracy’.

    These same think tanks are in the business of supplying moral cover to aggressive, lethal policies. Recall the distorted, pro-interventionist claptrap (‘nation-building’, ‘regime-change’) that emerged from these sleazy institutions when Zio-Washington was given the nod to whack anti-Zionist regimes in Libya, Syria an Iraq.

    Think tank jargon has typically been formulated to sanitize US political interference (subversion) as well as ‘preemptive’ (first strike) operations undertaken by US forces against anti-Zionist individuals, institutions, and nations. The global campaign to eradicate ‘anti-Semitism’ by criminalizing speech is just one Orwellian example what’s still underway.

    On the world stage, Zio-Washington has become a preemptive and lethal bully. This ‘new normal’ is generally ignored or glossed over by elite opinion-makers and intellectuals. It is a form of cultural corruption. It has many faces.

    Today, numerous billionaire activists typically give money to both political Parties, independent pacs, lobbys, committees, federations, super PACS, and finally to the money-hungry candidates themselves. Why?

    These prominent ‘donors’ are all buying influence. Their ‘giving’ has evolved into a global slush fund.

    A short list of some well-known political operators might include Mike Bloomberg, Paul Singer, Haim Sabin, Bernard Marcus, Mort Zuckerman, Jeff Zucker, Larry Ellison, Sheldon Adelson, and Stephen Spielberg, to name just a few. It’s all one, big, happy, incestuous family. The list of money-raising pro-Israel pacs and lobbies are equally impressive. In total, it’s staggering armada of like-minded souls and institutions.

    It wasn’t always this way. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace was established (over a century ago) for the purpose of actually preventing international war. That era has passed. We now have deeply-embedded agencies, bureaucracies and NGOs dedicated to imposing ‘change’ in far-flung regions that satisfy no national need or the interests of a typical US taxpayer.

    This unwelcome transformation has not arrived by accident. It has required intense planning, cunning, stealth, funding, propaganda and war. At present, the big winners are the ‘friends of Israel’. Their near-total victory over Middle America explains why no ‘mainstream’ think tank is permitted to examine (thoroughly and critically) the oversized role in American life enjoyed by sacrosanct Israel.

    An omission of this magnitude speaks volumes about Zionism’s dominating influence over American culture.

    Lastly- One small point of contention in an otherwise excellent article by Dr. Girald. In his list of deliberately misnamed lobbying organizations, he notes that

    “The Global Climate Coalition [GCC] is, for example, an organization funded by fossil fuel providers that works to deny climate change and other related issues.”

    It would be more balanced and accurate to describe the GCC as an organization that works to challenge the unproven (but widely accepted) claim that modest, intermittent, unpredictable, and chaotic variations in the Earth’s myriad climates are (1) due primarily to anthropogenic influences, particularly human-generated CO2 emissions, and (2) that humankind is facing an existential ‘climate crisis’ as a result of impending, anthropogenic ‘climate change’.

    Many informed scientists firmly believe that a vast and not-fully-understood array of natural forces still shape and largely dominate Earth’s various ecosystems as well as our planet’s ever-changing multitude of climates and weather-patterns.

    • Agree: gsjackson, Kali
    • Replies: @Marshall Lentini
  23. melpol says:

    Those standing in the way of the US profit making machine will be silenced. Retired generals have become lobbyists for the MIC, they have helped the US become the #1 arms exporter. Drug manufacturers have an army of voices who help fill the counters of pharmacies. Those with influence keep the economy going. Letting a few crumbs fall from the table is in the US interest.

  24. As a regular reader of Daniel Larison’s excellent blog at The American Conservative I was impressed to read of this news of the founding of the Quincy Institute by billionaires Koch and Soros. Sure, there was reason for skepticism given this backing, but maybe those two had come around to different priorities in consideration of their legacies at the twilight of their lives! Alas, after McAdams’ critique and now this piece by Giraldi it seems the gig with Quincy is more-or-less (excepting Stephen Wertheim’s admirable contribution to the debate) to stake an alternative, nebulous “realism and restraint” position in setting a narrow range of debate about how to most effectively administer and promote US-lead “liberal world order”. I’d be interested to see Larison address these criticisms of Quincy.

    https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/afghanistan/2020-02-10/price-primacy

  25. @anonymous

    The pattern of modern, fake American wars started either with the Spanish-American War or World War I, and blossomed triumphantly in World War II, the most immense media hoax of all time. The wirepullers have never quite reached that level of perfection since, but the press and publicity campaigns for every imperialist war since have all been patterned on the one selling the “Good War” to the heart-rendingly trusting public.

    Every single time, we are told that horrible dictator [Insert Here] of the tiny, powerless country on the other side of the globe [Insert Here] is Literally Hitler, and needs to be stopped before he launches the second Holocaust and conquers America and all the world with his Tiger tanks, Scud missiles or Vietcong guerrillas. And every single time, it’s lies all the way down. But since all the media tell the same lies, they manage to fool most of the people most of the time.

    We say, every single time, that this will be the last one, we’ve figured them out, we’re smarter than this. For some individuals (including many who write here), this will even be true. But the majority of the people have shorter memories, and will still be suckered when, in a few years, the New York Times, Washington Post, Fox, CNN and friends start ranting about the new Hitler. After all, we must make the world safe for democracy. And so, on and on goes the dance.

    Democracy… what is that today but a word, if ever it were anything more? Perhaps there was democracy in Washington’s or Jackson’s day. Perhaps. But most assuredly not in my lifetime. Democracy is impossible in any age of unregulated corporate media, where the billionaire owners may instruct their editors to tell any lies they like without fear of consequences.

  26. Ian Smith says:
    @Crazy Horse

    To paraphrase a meme, always do the opposite of what Soros says.

  27. Realist says:

    The vast majority of front groups represent interests of the Deep State.

  28. BL says:
    @White refugee in America

    I’ll play the Devil’s Advocate. I don’t at all disagree on the characterization of the Quincy Institute. But it strikes me as almost a parody. Here’s an idea, take two discredited foreign policy brands and combine them! Better yet, bet the new partnership’s reputation by trying to rehabilitate the poster boy for careerist incompetence (David Petraeus)!

    It strikes me as akin to this:

    https://www.motortrend.com/news/quick-name-all-the-gmtoyota-vehicles-created-as-a-result-of-nummi-5671/

    Here’s the good news, oligarchs die like the rest of us — regardless of how many $billions in ill-gotten gains they have. Soros is 91 years old, and transferred $18B into his foundation last year, if memory serves. Believe me, he ain’t in charge of the troubling-making operation anymore. Indeed, a good working assumption as each days passes is that he’s dead already.

    • Replies: @Mike P
    , @geokat62
  29. Anonymous[186] • Disclaimer says:
    @Priss Factor

    Don’t worry. When the Republicans—if they can be taken at their word—are finally able to control both houses of Congress and the WH we can expect a break up of leftist mainstream and social media monopolies and defunding of the perpetual Dem propaganda machine on PBS. Just like they’ll deliver on defunding Planned Parenthood and limiting immigration. Right?

    In fact, they’ve controlled it all under Reagan, both Bushes, and now DJT and as Eric Striker wrote here a few days ago, unless we destroy the Republican Party and Conservatism Inc, they will destroy us because that’s what the Jewish billionaires who own them are paying them to do. How disgusting it’s been to watch DJT reverse on his campaign promises and now ask how high when Adelson says jump. The Republican Party and Conservatism Inc have conserved literally nothing in all the years since WW II. Their track record equals capitulation to the leftist juggernaut in every major social battle fought in this country. Or, am I wrong about this? I’d like to know if I am.

    In my case I’ve hung in there with DJT and the Republican two-step, but I don’t like being taken, and not just taken for granted, but taken for a fool as well. In just the relevant case of Google, which is now able to determine the outcome of elections, Republican inaction and silence does equal their assent. And it’s not just the Republican Party and Conservatism Inc that must be destroyed at this point, but thanks to these miserable bastards democracy itself has been allowed to degenerate to the point it guarantees our annihilation in our own land.

    • Replies: @lavoisier
  30. Google should not be allowed to be ideologically biased because it got so big precisely on the promise of neutrality.

    Citizens United has WON, humans have LOST and MUST accept the results at least till RESISTANCE grows to critical mass..
    Remain loyal to ruling classes like your forefathers did till 1776.

  31. Iris says:
    @SolontoCroesus

    Dr Bacevich always had impeccable scholarship and courageous analysis.

    I’ve been reading him for the last ten years: he was an exceptional and isolated voice aside of the choir of Zionist cheerleaders, overt or otherwise, coming from the US. It is a great shame he has now joined them.

    • Agree: Orville H. Larson
  32. Giraldi has a problem with the USA. Mostly his audience but the USA is a country where think tanks advance political agendas. Tom’s Dispatch, for example, is an important propaganda outlet for war mongering and fear under the guise of world peace. Persistent vocal critics who never actually threaten the bottom line. Alternatively, if voting mattered, the ruling class would make it illegal.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @anonymous
  33. @mark green

    Great comment until you started obfuscating about anthropogenic climate change. But that’s typical fare in this corner of the internet, logic being that the earth is subject to natural forces, therefore continued growth is fine.

    • Replies: @Kim
  34. @SteveM

    It’s too late for me , they have all my comments nicely stored with the Unz Review ! But don’t they all have back-doors ?

  35. The armchair general may not have any skill in high finance but he knows which behinds to kiss.

    As to Soros, it shouldn’t come as surprise to anyone that he would favor Turkey, after all, one of his archetype, Sabetay Sevi, a false messiah and the original Dönmeh, also preferred it.

    • Replies: @Orville H. Larson
  36. The deep state and especially the NSA and the CIA are involved and own front companies in almost every line of business in the ZUS and are ran by zionists and actually run the government.

    For proof of this involvement read these books, The Secret Team by Col. L. Fletcher Prouty, The Committee of 300 by John Coleman, Under an Ionized Sky by Elana Freeland, and Blood in the Water by Joan Mellen, all can be had on amazon.com.

  37. Anonymous[186] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mary Ann Slusher

    Actually, Mary Ann, the ruling class didn’t have to make voting illegal. They made voting illegal one better by making it the chief means of legitimizing the grave evils they pay politicians to do in our name. Speaking of how utterly meaningless democracy is in America, I believe it was Richard Perle who boasted that Jews control all but maybe 5 seats in both houses of Congress by their ability to kill reelection of anyone who opposes them. Does he have the standing to make such a claim? Maybe so.

    How about ‘leftist’ Dianne Feinstein, for example. Did you know that she “works” for the Resnicks and other billionaires? They supposedly “earned” their billions through Teleflora they apparently financed by winning the lottery and then went on to buy up so much California farmland, mysteriously gaining control of water piped to their farms from the northern parts of the state such that land is collapsing beneath the voids, and such that their farms use more water than all of LA and San Francisco combined? Much, much more in fact. If you’re into real horror stories, read the article about these parasites in Mother Jones that basically details their crime operation and then excuses it by “philanthropic” activity. That’s one share of the gov in DC, anyways, which come in two flavors, left and right side of the aisle, and all shares turn out to be owned by such good friends, too.

  38. nickels says:
    @White refugee in America

    The majority of Revolutions have nothing to do with the people’s will. They are, almost to a T, top down.
    The art of mongering a mob of long developed and quite easy for those with the money.

    • Replies: @Kim
  39. Kim says:
    @Marshall Lentini

    The alternative to growth is degrowth. Degrowth means mass death. You like that idea? Then you first.

    • Replies: @Iris
    , @Franklin Ryckaert
  40. Kim says:
    @nickels

    Absolutely basic political truth. There are no bottom-up revolutions.

  41. It is interesting that Philip Giraldi calls American think tanks “fronts.”

    That was a term much used during the Cold War for various organizations around the world regarded by the FBI or CIA as covertly sponsored by the Soviet Union.

    It works well for American think tanks, which I’ve traditionally referred to as “propaganda mills.”

    Of course, that is really the job of any of them, getting out propaganda and disinformation under the guise of disinterested analysis by experts.

    The experts are often given high-blown academic-sounding titles, like Senior Fellow, and an effort is made to keep the tone and appearance of an academic campus.

    But the papers, books, films, and speeches of any of them are anything but disinterested. They always have a bias, with each of the many such organizations specializing in a subject or range of subjects of concern to its chief wealthy sponsor or sponsors.

    I don’t understand the gullibility of Americans on the matter of think tanks. Many seem to believe that extremely wealthy people are supporting genuinely neutral analysis just for the public good. Commercial news sources – as television and radio stations and others – frequently cite think-tank output as though it offered facts. Of course, the various news media are getting free “filler” for their programs while effectively serving as megaphones for the institutions. Their citations tend to reinforce the authority of think tanks too.

    Seems a naïve belief, but this is America we are talking about, the land of P. T. Barnum, Madison Avenue, and Wall Street. Why would anyone believe that extremely wealthy individuals and organizations would fork over millions of dollars a year just to advance human knowledge? Why, even when wealthy people do pay for a genuine academic facility or library, they want it named after themselves.

    And a really ugly truth in America is that many “real” universities now are much engaged in the same business, either through an institute of some kind or more generally with the many rules and restrictions put on publication of controversial matters. The practices exist because they are profitable and to avoid offending some donor or donors.

    America, where people are, for their entire lifetimes, submerged in a kind of electromagnetic cloud of advertising and propaganda of all descriptions. From selling Twinkies and military recruitment to hamburgers and candidates for office. Americans who still believed well after the terrible invasion of Iraq that they just hadn’t yet found where Saddam hid all those “weapons of mass destruction,” or, twenty years after the holocaust of Vietnam, that the communists were still hiding American prisoners somewhere for some unknown dark purpose.

    So just like the old CIA disinformation man who once spoke of sitting down to his “mighty Wurlitzer,” its keys representing the various cooperating commercial publications, to get “something out there,” think tanks represent another approach to doing the same thing.

    The “fake news” controversy in recent years and “fact checking” operations suggest how thickly clouded over things have become, for they themselves are new kinds of flim-flam intended to misguide or confuse. Everyone one of almost any consequence in America is engaged in selling you something. And only the individual with some effort can sort his or her way through.

  42. Look at the Fake*ewsMedia AlphaMaleCucksGranniesWhoGiveBirthToCoalburningSkanks ad for Asda here in Cuckstain. See of you can spot the 6 million lies.

    I won’t. Prolly illegal!!!!!!

  43. “Old Ideas In New Bottles” is simply a political sleight of hand that benefits the ruling Tribe, just more wholly controlled phony opposition with a new face and label, but the same old stinking, obnoxious zio-shit in the bottle.

    In short, it is an obvious ‘trick’, which is simply defined as, “a cunning or skillful act or scheme intended to deceive or outwit someone.”

    Or to modify a catchy US advert originally from the 60s/70s:

    “Silly Goyim! Tricks are for Yids!”

  44. Any organization that touts itself as “bringing the left and right together” is a fraud. And anyone who believes such a thing to be possible is a damned fool.

  45. Iris says:
    @Kim

    Degrowth means mass death.

    No, it doesn’t. De-growth will mean that states will stop paying usury interests to the Banksters for infinity, and that socio-economic life will have to be under more equalitarian principles. In other terms, establishing real democracies.

    https://degrowth.org/2013/03/07/serge-latouche-1/

    • Agree: Kali
  46. Mike P says:

    I have long suspected that the “intelligence community” is, by and large, anything but. Nevertheless, I am surprised that an ex-member like Giraldi manages to believe in silly scare stories such as “climate change.”

  47. geokat62 says:
    @BL

    Here’s the good news, oligarchs die like the rest of us…

    Here’s the bad news, most oligarchs pass on their fortunes and family businesses to their heirs – e.g., George Soros’s son, Alexander Soros, is Deputy Chair of the Open Society Foundations.

    • Replies: @BL
  48. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mary Ann Slusher

    Note that both Mr. Bacevich and Mr. Engelhardt used to have their work published here, but pulled out last April (two days apart).

    I was probably the most prolific negative commenter under the Engelhardt articles. He not only was a faux peacenik and mouthpiece for Big Gov on climaphobia, etc., but would pimp and even distort the work of other “TomDispatch regulars.”

    Mr. Buchanan is the most obvious loyal Beltway columnist still around. I predicted on 12/31/2019 that he’ll leave this year.

  49. As the world lurches towards the apocalyptic abyss we all need to reflect on how we got here. It is power, or the “money masters”, that’s driving us towards world war three.
    https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

  50. BL says:
    @geokat62

    Old man Soros retired before the financial crisis, only to quickly seize back the reins before his idiot son took the family fortune to zero.

    Rather obviously, the $18B Soros transferred into his foundation will go to globalist trouble-making for many years to come. But I see no evidence his son will be driving the bus.

    • Replies: @geokat62
  51. RonnyG says:

    Is not this guy a former CIA official?? I mean the author of thois article! Just saying.

  52. Antonius says:
    @White refugee in America

    Who are these elites protected by; the same demographic they are ruthlessly exploiting. The very Idea of protecting them seems treasonous to me, surely this is their Achilles heel. Regarding a certain minority religious demographic, the mantra of Arnaud Amaury should apply: a little extreme perhaps, but consider the fate of your children, either cannon fodder or porn chattel.

  53. geokat62 says:
    @BL

    But I see no evidence his son will be driving the bus.

    Excerpt from, Alex Soros comes out of the shadows. Son of George Soros is busy putting politicians in his pocket:

    In the midst of the DC leaks revelations, showing how much global influence coupled with global damage, billionaire George Soros and his NGOs have inflicted on the planet, it is a disheartening to know that Soros’s son is now emerging from the shadows, poised to carry on his father’s global destabilisation legacy.

    Like his father, Alex Soros is a progressive liberal who believes it is his duty to destroy nation states, do away with traditional family values, and expunge Christianity from the face of the earth…

    https://theduran.com/alex-soros-comes-out-of-the-shadows-son-of-george-soros-is-putting-politicians-in-his-pocket/

  54. Sean says:

    All principled policies are a facade behind which lurks the cloven hoof of realism and a balance of power calculus. If the United States of America has seemed to be an exception to this then it was only because it lacked a formidable opponent after the collapse of the USSR.

    https://www.rbth.com/arts/2013/09/12/when_the_russian_navy_sailed_into_new_york_29761.html The United States alone stood by Russia in 1854 and 1855 during the Crimean War. The American government furnished Russian forces with arms and sent a whole shipload of gunpowder to the defenders of the Siberian coast. Frank Golder, no Russophile, would later write of the Crimean War, “By the time it was over the United States was the only nation in the world that was neither ashamed nor afraid to acknowledge boldly her friendship with Russia.”
    One of the greatest spectacles of the 1863 New York social season was the Russian Ball held in honor of the officers of the Russian fleet, on November 5. Source: Brooklyn Museum

    The Russians had a a fleet in SF as well as in NY during the American Civil War. Indeed the US Civil War had more than a little to do with the issue of abolition becoming one of foreign policy in America; statesmen released their country was becoming dangerously isolated. Having fought an unofficial war with France and and a declared one with Britain the slavery issue was being used against America in international public opinion. Britain passed the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, the French colonies re-abolished slavery in 1848. The American flag was often used as cover by slavers because the British had an agreement with America for enforcing anti slaver traffic conventions on the seas and did not search US ships (until Lincoln gave the right).

    No one gets into a fight they think they cannot win, unless they see an opportunity while the stronger power is busy (France invaded Mexico in 1861). Everyone is in favour of intervention for liberal (or any) values when that is an excuse to interfere in countries, cow them and if they refuse to be cowed invade them them. As the Ottoman empire collapsed , Britain suddenly became interested in the human rights of Jews in the new Balkan countries full of Slavs looking to Russia. It was a good excuse to interfere. When JQ Adams wrote the US was weak, now it is strong, but its main preoccupation post WW2 has been the Cold War and the Middle East (Shah was supposed to be a bulwark against the influence of the Soviet Union. Israel against Soviet backed Egypt) was a means to that end, as was a friendly relationship and trading privileges for China (so China could be an ally against the USSR) . The US is turning away from the ME and toward China which means becoming friendly with Russia; Jewish Americans will have less influence on US policy in future.

    https://nationalinterest.org/feature/great-delusion-liberal-dreams-and-international-realities-32737 But occasionally a liberal democracy encounters such a favorable balance of power that it is able to embrace liberal hegemony. That situation is most likely to arise in a unipolar world, where the single great power does not have to worry about being attacked by another great power since there is none. Then the liberal sole pole will almost always abandon realism and adopt a liberal foreign policy. Liberal states have a crusader mentality hard­-wired into them that is hard to restrain.

  55. The scalpel says: • Website

    Andrew Bacevich made his reputation writing articles in opposition to the Iraq war. Yet, in his own words,when his son decided to join the army and fight in Iraq, he did absolutely nothing to discourage him. Later, when his son was killed in Iraq also in Andrews own words, he said he did not regret at all the decision not to discourage his son from going. Subsequently, he went on to teach West Point cadets and did not discourage them from going either. In short, he is an asshole.

    Andrew Bacevich is one of the most effective deep state propagandists. He presents himself as someone who opposes interventionism and that attracts other people of like mind. But his opposition is not true opposition it is just criticism with the methods and tactics. Thus he converts those who might oppose interventionism into actual supporters of interventionism.

    • Thanks: John Regan
    • Replies: @Digital Samizdat
  56. @Verymuchalive

    My problem, with the second quote in your post, is the

    install totalitarian regimes with extreme policies.

    .

    “Totalitarian” and “extreme” are fluid words. Were the Fascists really ‘totalitarian” or “extreme”? Perhaps by today’s understanding of the word, but compared to Lincoln’s “regime”, perhaps not.
    Is ridding your country of the curse of the international bankers extreme? Is holding plebiscites totalitarian? How extreme was the Treaty of Versailles in respect of blaming WWI on the country that had done the most to attempt to prevent it?
    How totalitarian is the US, when it only 66 in the House and 1 in the Senate, voted against the Patriot Act? How totalitarian is the UK in holding Julian Assange in a maximum security prison after his bail jumping sentence was finished?

    • Agree: Iris, Nonny Mouse
  57. lavoisier says: • Website
    @Anonymous

    Be careful with your criticism of the great Donald Trump and the honorable Republicans serving the interests of the average American citizen with selfless goodwill and sacrifice.

    If you are not careful, you can expect a predictable response from Wally, with a picture of Clinton, warning all of us how lucky we are to have Trump as president of this great nation.

    After all, even if Trump is a sellout to Zion and a treasonous scoundrel, he looks good next to Clinton!

    • LOL: ChuckOrloski
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  58. anon[228] • Disclaimer says:
    @White refugee in America

    we would have known more and much earlier and we as large of percentage of the population would have known of these if the media were not under the thumb of Soros and Koch like brothers.

  59. @SteveM

    Shouldn’t Google be forced to use a disclaimer that its search engines are rigged in favor of Zionists, homos, Negroes, and Proggies? So many people are still under the impression that Google is a neutral player.

    Also, it’s about time someone came up with a search engine that offers various options:

    1. Neutral search based on popularity.

    2. Conservative-leaning search.

    3. Liberal-learning search.

    4. Establishment News search.

    5. Alternative News search.

    6. Blog search.

    7. Arts and Culture search.

    8. Science search.

    Such a search engine would be a big hit with lots of people.

    Indeed, it could be the next big thing in the internet sphere.

    • Replies: @A123
  60. Please go to the site projectcamelot.com and watch the interview of Deborah Tavares and Max Igan by Kerry Cassidy, it is very important and is 2 hrs 37 min long and worth every minute!

  61. A123 says:
    @Priss Factor

    Shouldn’t Google be forced…

    You are of course correct that anti-Semitic Google search is very biased and evil.

    However, “force them” as a policy presents difficulties. Who is going to force them? And, to what end?

    In Europe the courts have deployed force against the true statement, “Muhammad raped Aisha when she was nine.” (1)

    … a woman referred to as E.S. was convicted in Austria for, in effect, not phrasing her identical curiosity in the form of a question. On Thursday, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) upheld her 2011 conviction for “disparagement of religious precepts,” a crime in Austria. The facts of what E.S. did are not in dispute. She held “seminars” in which she presented her view that Muhammad was indeed a child molester. Dominant Islamic traditions hold that Muhammad’s third wife, Aisha, was 6 at the time of their marriage and 9 at its consummation. Muhammad was in his early 50s.

    Even if the courts support Muslim paedophilia, Google needs to remain free enough to return accurate search results about baby raper Muhammad.

    It is a difficult dilemma.

    PEACE 😇
    _______

    (1) https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/its-not-free-speech-criticize-muhammad-echr-ruled/574174/

    • Replies: @Nonny Mouse
  62. anon[228] • Disclaimer says:

    GOOGLE

    https://qz.com/1145669/googles-true-origin-partly-lies-in-cia-and-nsa-research-grants-for-mass-surveillance/ Google’s true origin partly lies in CIA and NSA research grants for mass surveillance–Jeff Nesbit

    Former director of legislative and public affairs, National Science Foundation

    [MORE]

    The story of the deliberate creation of the modern mass-surveillance state includes elements of Google’s surprising, and largely unknown, origin. It is a somewhat different creation story than the one the public has heard, and explains what Google cofounders Sergey Brin and Larry Page set out to build, and why.

    In 1995, one of the first and most promising MDDS grants went to a computer-science research team at Stanford University with a decade-long history of working with NSF and DARPA grants.

    The research by Brin and Page under these grants became the heart of Google: people using search functions to find precisely what they wanted inside a very large data set. The intelligence community, however, saw a slightly different benefit in their research: Could the network be organized so efficiently that individual users could be uniquely identified and tracked?

    It was the beginning of what in just a few years’ time would become Google. The two intelligence-community managers charged with leading the program met regularly with Brin as his research progressed, and he was an author on several other research papers that resulted from this MDDS grant before he and Page left to form Google.
    The grants allowed Brin and Page to do their work and contributed to their breakthroughs in web-page ranking and tracking user queries. Brin didn’t work for the intelligence community—or for anyone else. Google had not yet been incorporated. He was just a Stanford researcher taking advantage of the grant provided by the NSA and CIA through the unclassified MDDS program
    Instead, every Google creation story only mentions just one federal grant: the NSF/DARPA “digital libraries” grant, which was designed to allow Stanford researchers to search the entire World Wide Web stored on the university’s servers at the time. “The development of the Google algorithms was carried on a variety of computers, mainly provided by the NSF-DARPA-NASA-funded Digital Library project at Stanford,” Stanford’s Infolab says of its origin, for example. NSF likewise only references the digital libraries grant, not the MDDS grant as well, in its own history of Google’s origin. In the famous research paper, “The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine,” which describes the creation of Google, Brin and Page thanked the NSF and DARPA for its digital library grant to Stanford. But the grant from the intelligence community’s MDDS program—specifically designed for the breakthrough that Google was built upon—has faded into obscurity.

  63. @Priss Factor

    When in doubt use Yandex instead of Google. Try for example “David Duke”. In Google you find his website only in the middle of the third page, in Yandex it is at the top of the first page. Yandex is Russian and as far as I know not controlled by “the Chosen”.

    • Replies: @Just Passing Through
  64. @Franklin Ryckaert

    To be fair, in the Google search engine, David Duke’s Twitter does come up at the very top.

    Ok DuckDuckGo, DD’s Wikipedia page is at the top followed by his official website. DuckDuckGo was founded by Gabriel Wienberg who may or may not be Jewish as the suffix -berg doesn’t always imply Jewish background. I have found DDG to he pretty good on most accounts. For example it shows The Daily Stormer on the first result while Google shows it way down, after many articles from the likes of HuffPo or BBC denouncing the website.

  65. @Kim

    The alternative to growth is stability. Earn only so much as you really need. Limitless growth is for those of limitless greed, which is a spiritual pathology.

    • Replies: @SeekerofthePresence
  66. Z-man says:

    David Petraeus is an interesting character. A man of not great physical stature/presence, he did call out the Jew (Iz’rael) back in the day when we were bleeding money and young men in Eye-raq and Bananastand. He was met with immediate criticism by the ‘Globalist Elite’ of DC and the Media. So what does any self respecting (loathing) bureaucrat do when trying to save his future earnings potential? Kowtow to the CABAL of course.
    They don’t make generals like they used to or maybe they do.

  67. Anonymous[186] • Disclaimer says:
    @lavoisier

    You’re right, and let’s not forget that other champion of those average Americans whose worldview is scripted by Fox News, Sean Hannity. He gets paid $40 million a year or about $160,000 a show—no strings attached—because he’s a regular guy like the rest of us. He’s such an America-first patriot that he’s said on air he wishes Netanyahu could simultaneously serve as president of the United States. That other patriot, Glenn Beck, used to write Hebrew expressions on his white board when he was on Fox TV and ominously imply that his viewers had damn well better get them memorized if they knew what was good for themselves. As Fox News’ and its Republican Party sideshow’s motto goes, “We react to CNN’s lead so you get gaslighted.”

    • Replies: @Desert Fox
  68. @Anonymous

    Agree, Hannity is a world class zionist ass kisser and a world class warmonger, as long as he does not have to fight, and he is all for any war fought for greater Israel, a world class fraud.

    • Replies: @Z-man
  69. buzzwar says:
    @Athena

    Renaud an ex pro-palestinian, now after tasting the elixir of zionism, has become pro-israel.

  70. Excellent and very informative! Thank you Phil Giraldi.
    I was a fan of Jim Lobe and his blog for many years. Different zio-groups were upset with him because he was publishing articles with respect to the authors and their opinions. Eventually he gave up and gave Quincy the total control of his weblog, not sure if Jim sold it to them? After checking on Quincy a couple of time it was very obvious that that Quincy Statecraft was totally BS and I left them!

    Back to your main topic: The Oligarch Elites are nothing more than or different than the mob bosses like John Gotti and many others in NYC! All these oligarchs have a front shop, think tank, in where their hit men are planning their hits on foreign countries as opposed to the mobs’ planning against individuals. The entire world is being controlled by a bunch mob bosses and it’s much more obvious in the US and it’s oligarchs! As the pressure on the average people on streets builds up it will eventually reach its boiling point and a major revolution will take place on this planet! That’s when the sharks will thank the people for feeding them with the oligarchs for free and without the sgharks making any effort for finding food!

  71. Z-man says:
    @Desert Fox

    As the great ‘Sertorious’ once said on The Phora, ‘If Hannity knew how stupid he was he’d shoot himself’. (Grin)

    • Replies: @Desert Fox
  72. @Franklin Ryckaert

    “Greed…is good”…

    “And greed…will save that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA.”

    • LOL: Digital Samizdat
  73. Archie says:

    … democracy is Israel, which many observers would prefer to describe as an apartheid state. It is funded by Zionists billionaires and its leadership meets regularly with Israeli officials.

    That’s NOT democracy, On the contrary, a ”former anonymous brigade member said the most criminal elements of Israeli society are recruited into its ranks.

    They include “psychopaths, the poor, orphans, Israelis who live in small towns, immigrants, illiterates, people with mental problems, drug and alcohol abusers, and people with criminal records.”

    IDF Knee-Capping Besieged Gazans. Hundreds of Palestinians Killed
    By Stephen Lendman
    Global Research, March 10, 2020

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/idf-knee-capping-besieged-gazans-hundreds-of-palestinians-killed/5705989

    • Agree: Orville H. Larson
  74. @The scalpel

    Reminds me a bit of Juan Cole. Remember him?

    • Agree: The scalpel
  75. Natalia says:

    Recent developments in Venezuela and Bolivia rather suggest the CIA creation of front groups in both countries while the Ukrainian regime change that took place in 2014 also benefited greatly from a U.S. created and supported opposition

    ”Yesterday, the first of three foreigners were granted instant citizenship and became heads of three ministries. That is correct, Soros owned people, were given instant citizenship, without giving up their US, Latvian and Georgian citizenships and pronounced top ministers in the government. Each with his or her own rich portfolio of corruption, of course.

    [MORE]

    The first is Natalie Jaresko, a US citizen, head of the Kiev based Horizon Capital Investments, will now run the Ministry of Finance. What is not mentioned is that she is also a former State Department official who will have control over the funds that the IMF, itself a puppet organization, will give Ukraine. She will also control the terms of those deals. In other words, she is the agent direct of the whole sale of Ukrainian property that is about to take place. I am sure her rewards will be staggering.

    The second is Aivaras Abromavicius, a Lithuanian citizen, a former top executive at East Capital. He addressed the Rada stating: “I’m from Europe. We will work together European style.” A so, staggering socialism, corruption with a good Public Relations machine to hide a “gentler” tyranny. He will head the Economics Ministry. Again, the money and assets are further confirmed into the hands of Western foreigners.

    Lastly is the US educated Alexander Kvitashvili, who under Saakashvilli, with US monies “reformed” the Georgian medical system. He opened dozens of clinics and hospitals and only later did it come out that in many cases he was moving the same equipment from one opening to another, while funds for the rest of the equipment was disappearing. The present Georgian government has an open criminal case against him and others in his ministry. He is now head of the Public Health Ministry in Ukraine, ready to repeat his “successes”. Oh, did I mention he studied under a Soros grant?

    “The tender commission, based on illegal support from Pruidze affected the state by offering the preparation for a three-fold inflated price. This step damaged the State Budget by GEL 700 000 as a whole. Moreover, the commission neglected the GPC Company’s participation in the tender which was offering the medicine at a cheaper price,” General Prosecutor’s Office had stated. Pruidze, who denies the charges, served as Deputy Healthcare Minister from 2004 and was dismissed a few weeks before Alexander Kvitashvili’s resignation from the post of Healthcare Minister on August 31 this year.

    The question to the dupes and dummies of the National Guard SS divisions and Svaboda and Right Sector parties is: is this what you fought for and are being herded off to die for in the Donbass? We are all quite aware that the IQ of the average Nazi is about 80 and that of the average Ukrainian Nazi even lower…but even through your slopped forebrows and ossified minds, a light of reality, that you have been sold out absolutely, must surely be making its mark.That you are now expected to die and be gone from the US territory of Ukraine, does not bother you? That as a territory on the level of Peurto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands and other third world possessions, you do not even have the basic rights of the American sheeple, does not bother you? No wander the Poles, Austrians and Turks owned you for 500 years and only the Russians actually freed you.

    On a side note, Porridge also granted instant citizenship to all those volunteers fighting in Ukraine against the Novorossians. Read that as legitimizing the Western mercenaries he has so denied employing. But why should the world even notice this.

    My only remaining question is this: when will Merkel start anointing America’s chosen to run the vassals “soon to be meat for the slaughter” colony of Germany? After all, in the up coming EU war on Russia, it is you Germans who will be the cannon fodder once again, a third attempt to exterminate the Germans.”

    Ukraine: From Vassal to Colony In One Easy Step

    https://mat-rodina.blogspot.com/2014/12/ukraine-from-vassal-to-colony-in-one.html

  76. “Andrew Bacevich made his reputation writing articles in opposition to the Iraq war. Yet, in his own words,when his son decided to join the army and fight in Iraq, he did absolutely nothing to discourage him.”

    I encourage you to watch the film

    “The Last Full Measure”

    • Replies: @Mike P
  77. @Z-man

    In March 2003, I was listening to Hannity interview Col. David Hackworth on the radio, and they were discussing the coming attack on Iraq and Hackworth told Hannity it would be a serious mistake and that the US had no business attacking Iraq, and Hannity went off on telling Hackworth that it was a war that needed to be fought, etc., and Hannity never had Hackworth on his show again.

    I have Hackworths book Brave Men, sadly he has passed away, a true American hero!

    • Agree: Z-man
    • Replies: @gsjackson
    , @anarchyst
  78. In reality, though Quincy claims to be dedicated to “realism and restraint” and “the pursuit of international peace” in foreign and national security policy, it actually acts more like a vehicle for status quo interventionism as practiced by the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations.

    This is a bold claim that is left largely unsubstantiated by empirical evidence or logical inference in the rest of the essay. Giraldi provides no cogent reason to suppose that the Quincy Institute’s forthright opposition to war and militarism is anything besides the sober, useful and responsible contribution to the public discourse that it appears to be. Furthermore, the obvious and pertinent (counter-)evidence—i.e. a comparison of the Quincy Institute’s stances on foreign policy with those of, say, the incumbent Trump administration— is wholly absent.

    Let me repeat and emphasize that for the benefit of those with poor reading comprehension: the Quincy Institute claims to be opposed to war. It does not claim to be against such things as CIA regime change coups (i.e. endogenous mass popular protests), oligarchy (i.e. capitalism), US puppet governments (i.e. democracies) or globalism (a vacuous buzzword like “fascism” or “neoliberalism” used to pejoratively lump together everyone a writer disagrees with).

    This is fine, because, although Giraldi and many commenters here intensely dislike those things, there’s absolutely no reason why one can’t be opposed to war while being indifferent to or supportive of them. Consequently, whatever the Quincy Institute’s donors and staff believe about the aforementioned subjects, it has no significant logical bearing on their beliefs about war, peace and diplomacy.

    A closer look at some of the “””evidence””” subsequently adduced by Giraldi to prove his contention will demonstrate its falsity:

    But, of course, he who pays the piper calls the tune and the influence of globalists Koch and Soros is clearly evident in terms of what is and what is not acceptable.

    Both George Soros and Charles Koch are globalist oligarchs, who have made hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars by expanding their own supra-national roles in a world where moneyed elites can act without any accountability.

    Okay, sure. (For the sake of argument.) So what? Why does it follow that either man is insincere in having anti-war beliefs? Indeed, uncritically accepting Giraldi’s arguments here might give Soros and Koch more credibility, as constant warfare—with its concomitant decline in international trade, destruction of property, tax increases and inflation— is bad for business and financial interests as a whole.

    Furthermore, it’s clearly relevant that Soros was an early and emphatic critic of the Bush administration’s “War on Terror” and its neoconservative supporters in the early 2000s.

  79. Soros in particular is notorious for his sometimes disastrous support of so-called humanitarian “regime change” intervention to expand “democracy movements” as part his vision of a liberal world order.

    What’s missing is citation of any cases where Soros supported regime change through warfare or American invasion, or where the Quincy Institute has supported such. Such cases might exist, of course, but, since Giraldi is the one claiming that the QI’s anti-war position is duplicitous given its backing by Soros, it’s incumbent on him to substantiate it. The only evidence proffered is the following:

    In an op-ed in the Financial Times on March 4th, he urged that “Europe must stand with Turkey over Putin’s war crimes in Syria,” an astonishing misreading of the situation in the region as Turkey is the aggressor while Russia is fighting to eliminate the last major terrorist enclave in Idlib.

    What does “stand with Turkey” mean here? Does it mean providing military support for an armed conflict, or, say, (as it more commonly means in political rhetoric) giving speeches saying nice things about it and bad things about its enemies? There’s obviously a huge difference between the two, but Giraldi doesn’t elaborate.

    Incidentally, it’s interesting how Giraldi, like many of his ideological fellow travelers, is basically the mirror opposite of the neoconservatives, Zionists, etc. he claims to despise. Neocons support American and Israeli wars and war crimes because America and Israel fight “terrorists” while denouncing Syria/Russian etc. wars and war crimes. Giraldi denounces America and Israel’s wars and war crimes, while supporting the wars and war crimes of the Damascus government and Russia, because they claim to fight “terrorism.”

    My own common sense view is that wars and war crimes are generally bad and that governments’ excuses for them are fake and dumb, regardless of which government is doing them. (Terrorism, in Syria just as in Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Ireland, Afghanistan and everywhere else it’s been used, is a consequence rather than a cause of repression and alien occupation/government.)

    • Replies: @geokat62
    , @Kratoklastes
  80. And the Quincy President Andrew Bacevich has clearly indicated that there will be red lines, that the institute won’t focus on “highlighting pro-Israel organizations or donors.” In other words, it will not criticize Israel or its Lobby as a driving element in America’s interventionist foreign policy.

    That reminds me, there was a pretty good book on the Israel lobby and its influence on US foreign policy. Who wrote it, again? Oh yeah, those guys, Mearsheimer and Walt… I wonder what they’re up to these days…huh, it looks like they’re both (non-resident) fellows at the Quincy Institute.

    Also, here’s what Israel’s Foreign Ministry has to say about George Soros:

    George Soros…continuously undermines Israel’s democratically elected governments by funding organizations that defame the Jewish state and seek to deny it the right to defend itself.

    To drop the sarcasm, it is indeed unfortunate that the Quincy Institute is not more aggressively and openly criticizing the Israel lobby. However, peace and diplomacy can be promoted efficaciously without doing so, so I don’t see that it’s that important. As in all forms of public policy, analysis of consequences is more important than analysis of motives, an insight that goes back at least to Bentham. Demonstrate clearly that the consequences of war are negative, as the Quincy Institute does, and there’s no need to speculate one way or the other about the motives of its proponents. For instance, the Obama administration infuriated Netanyahu and the Israel lobby by negotiating and signing the JCPOA, but it was never necessary to frame the agreement as an explicit attack on the latter parties.

    Indeed, avoiding discussion of the Israel lobby might even be a good and necessary tactical decision, at least for the moment, given what a complete and total failure e.g. Pat Buchanan’s ~30 year emphasis on it has been in regard to actually changing public policy. Being anti-war is much, much more important than being anti-Israel lobby, even though both are wise.

    We then get a discussion of one of the Quincy Institute’s first events:

    Quincy launched back in December but its first major event took place on February 26th, when it co-hosted with Foreign Policy Magazine a series of individual presentations and panel discussions described as “A New Vision for America in the World….” Subsequent speakers came from the German Marshall Fund, the New America Foundation, the neocon Hudson Institute, the Brookings Institution and the Center for New American Security. All those organizations are either liberal/humanitarian or regime change interventionist inclined. One might observe that as neocon and democracy promotion organizations all across the political spectrum never provide a platform for critics, why is a group allegedly advocating “realism and restraint” including the interventionist speakers as participants? Can it be because the actual Quincy agenda is really more status quo than it pretends to be to keep the Benjamins flowing?

    This is a truly bizarre analysis that seems to not just misunderstand but indeed invert the situation. The Quincy Institute is bad, because…it seems to be successful at getting existing power players to respect and listen to what it has to say? Isn’t this obviously highly preferable to a non-interventionist think tank that is ignored by and has no influence on the powerful? (Of course, to many commenters here, as with ideological extremists of many stripes, letting your enemies win as long as you can personally have absolute ideological purity is preferable to winning yourself by making some pragmatic compromises.)

    As I alluded to initially, the most important and obvious evidence for considering Giraldi’s bold contention is comparing the stated positions of the Quincy Institute and the incumbent administration. A cursory visit to the home page of the think tank demonstrates that, on every issue from sanctions on Iran to the US occupation of Afghanistan, it is more, and usually much more, dovish than President Trump and Secretary Pompeo. And it’s not (at least solely) partisan—a current featured essay is a strong critique of Democratic front-runner Biden’s Foreign Affairs article on his foreign policy views (including the Obama administration’s record).

    In conclusion, there is no reason to suppose that the Quincy Institute is anything besides what it plainly shows itself through its actions and statements to be—namely, an emphatic and articulate opponent of US wars and general international belligerency. Furthermore, unlike various fringe and ineffectual anti-war groups that have been around for awhile without actually changing anything, it seems at least possible that the Quincy Institute might substantively influence major political figures’ decision-making.

    • Agree: Kratoklastes
    • Replies: @anonymous
  81. gsjackson says:
    @Desert Fox

    That same month I found myself stuck in a car wash waiting room and unable to ignore Fox News. Some little boy — I believe his name is Neil Cavuto — was actually wagging his finger at the television audience and telling them that if they didn’t support the Iraq invasion maybe they should be questioning their patriotism and whether or not they really loved their country. It was nauseating.

    • Replies: @Desert Fox
  82. anon[161] • Disclaimer says:

    In the dreadful, dismal swanp, the Democranks have no shame. (Well, neither do the Republicreeps.) The bigger the lie, the harder they stick it to us.

    Forget the Gaffes, What About Biden’s Lies?

  83. @A123

    It’s a difficult dilemma under an oppressive regime, only, please note.

  84. geokat62 says:
    @Stolen Valor Detective

    What’s missing is citation of any cases where Soros supported regime change through warfare or American invasion…

    Excerpts from, The Puppetmasters Behind the Military Action in Libyan:

    The doctrine of the R2P is also often drawn upon by the International Crisis Group, a group whose major donor is none other than Leftist billionaire George Soros, who serves on the board and executive committee…

    Soros’s Open Society Institute has funded a number of opposition groups across the Middle East including those involved in the current Libyan crisis…

    Leftist billionaire George Soros was so heavily influenced by Power’s book [The Problem from Hell] that his Open Society Institute became one of the two foundations that is funding the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect…

    https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/foreign-policy/item/1396-the-puppetmasters-behind-the-military-action-in-libya

  85. @roonaldo

    Be the Sheepdog

    Sounds about right…

    The sheepdog works for the herd owner, not the flock.

    The sheepdog’s role is to make sure the sheep stay inside the fences, until the owner wants take the fleece or send the sheep to the abbatoir.

    Chris Kyle was a fucking retard for trying to use the ‘sheepdog’ analogy; doubly so for pretending sheepdogs are somehow morally superior to wolves.

    Sheepdogs are House Niggers.

    With a wolf, you know where you stand: the wolf doesn’t do the herd owner’s bidding while pretending he’s protecting the sheep.

  86. @Stolen Valor Detective

    My own common sense view is that wars and war crimes are generally bad and that governments’ excuses for them are fake and dumb, regardless of which government is doing them. (Terrorism, in Syria just as in Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Ireland, Afghanistan and everywhere else it’s been used, is a consequence rather than a cause of repression and alien occupation/government.)

    Hear hear.

  87. anarchyst says:
    @Desert Fox

    Listening to Sean Hannity’s show, the subject of the deliberate israeli attack (act of war) on the USS Liberty (GTR-5) on 8 June 1967 was brought up by a caller.

    I damn near fell out of my chair when Hannity insisted that “israel is our friend and never would have done such a thing”, dismissing the caller’s entire premise.

    Sean Hannity’s favorite song for israel is “Onward Christian Soldiers”.

    P. S. I purposely do not capitalize “israel” as it is an illegitimate “jewish crime haven”and suggest that others do likewise…

    • Agree: Z-man
    • Replies: @Desert Fox
  88. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @Stolen Valor Detective

    All I know about this new organization is what I’ve read in the article and the comments. But if Quincy has only been at it for a few months and Mr. Bacevich is already writing “articles on the Middle East and the upcoming national election … citing an enemies list that includes Russia, China, Iran and Saudi Arabia [?],” an assertion in the article that you don’t dispute, then I think Mr. Giraldi’s already being proved right. Because as long as people uncritically accept that “we” have enemies who Uncle Sam must oppose, Beltway policy disputes of destroying people with missiles versus destroying people with sanctions are no threat to the Establishment.

    You sound really smart, maybe you’ve thought this through. Do you believe that the question should not be whether Washington should be trying to impose its will on places like Iraq, Libya, Iran, etc., but only how?

  89. The problem with an entity like the Quincy Institute is that it appears to be something that it is not i.e.
    it claims to be opposed to war, but scarily their purpose appears to be to prevent “…fewer wars”! In 1984 Congress established the “United States Institute of Peace” with a multi-million dollar
    budget and a nice building on Constitution Avenue in Washington ,who would have thunk it !It’s all smoke and mirrors. We truly live in an Orwellian World.

    • Agree: Z-man
  90. Bacevich has always been the brightest little Pioneer in Juche class. You just wind him up and he spouts canned civic religion, can’t address objections. His NPC script is pompous but desperate for approval. I never understood what he was doing here. I guess the empty suit viewpoint deserves a hearing too.

  91. Moi says:
    @White refugee in America

    We do not have the balls for a revolution.

    • Replies: @9/11 Inside job
  92. Moi says:
    @Fran Macadam

    Andy did that most American of things–took the safe route instead of being forthright.

  93. Mike P says:
    @EliteCommInc.

    I encourage you to watch the film

    “The Last Full Measure”

    No, you don’t. If you wanted to, you would tell us in a few short words what it is about. Surely a man of your towering intellect could manage this in about 30 seconds.

  94. @gsjackson

    Cavuto is a zionist warmongering cheerleader just like Hannity, about a year ago I cancelled our Spectrum tv, and I don’t miss it one bit, get more real news on the internet altnews sites, and a good one is trunews.com.

  95. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    And the Quincy President Andrew Bacevich has clearly indicated that there will be red lines, that the institute won’t focus on “highlighting pro-Israel organizations or donors.”

    Andy knows that one must stay away from that Zionist landmine, if one wants an endless flow of shekels to their think tank.

    Looks like General Betrayus is ramping up his run at the WH. Hope he doesn’t lose tens of thousands of weapons like he did in Afghanistan and again in Iraq.

    Guy must have a faulty memory, huh?

  96. @anarchyst

    Agree, not only that but Israel and the zionist traitors in the ZUS government did the attack on the WTC on 911 and got away with killing 3000 Americans and every thinking American knows that they did it, to see how they did it go to drjudywood.com and wheredidthetowersgo.com.

    I have these books on the USS Liberty, Blood in the Water by Joan Mellen and Remember the Liberty by Phillip Nelson, both books have contributions by Liberty survivors, and this attack was a joint attack by both Israel and the ZUS and I hope LBJ is frying in hell for his part in this attack!

  97. @Moi

    There will be no revolution as most Americans still believe that 19 Muslims hijacked planes and flew them into the Twin Towers ,and most of them have not heard and will never hear of how building #7 was demolished by pre-planted explosives just like the North and South Towers. While 6 corporations own 90% or more of the massmedia and control the narrative nothing will change , and the phony war on terror and the endless wars will continue.

    • Agree: Moi
  98. Bacevich is taking most of the heat for the perfidy that is the Quincy Institute, and rightly so. Why is he doing it? Hard to imagine he needs the paycheck; just trying to stay relevant? Well, he’s not, he’s a generation and more out of sync. OK Boomer giving boomers a bad name.

    imo the real traitor is Charles Koch. It was a huge mistake for Koch to partner with Soros, the equivalent of allowing “Judeo” to hyphenate itself to “Christian.”

    I actually had some faith in Koch and the Koch foundation: sure, they’re billionaires, but I like to think they were “our” billionaires,” who represented American interests in a rough-and-tumble global marketplace.

    Several years ago, at the invitation of another occasional commenter on Unz, I attended a conference the Koch foundation sponsored, on Realism in Foreign policy. Dale Sprusansky of WRMEA reported on the conference
    https://www.wrmea.org/016-january-february/waging-peace-conservative-thinkers-denounce-war-hawks-endorse-restraint.html To be sure there were speakers from the Other side — Kori Schake and a few other ringers, iirc; but the Koch Foundation representative, William Ruger, gave a balanced presentation, as did Dr. Philip Giraldi and also William Lind.

    Sprusansky made this report on Ruger’s comments:

    William Ruger, vice president of research and policy at the Charles Koch Institute, outlined the many flaws he sees in neoconservatism, which is the belief that American primacy is necessary to ensure global peace. Primacy is a poor policy, Ruger argued, because it is expensive, counterproductive, unnecessary, idealistic, ill-fitting for a liberal republic and unsustainable.

    Ruger pointed out that recent history shows that primacy undermines that which it claims to provide: safety and security to Americans. Wars of choice hamper counterterrorism efforts, create chaos and force the U.S. to entangle itself in dubious and costly alliances, he argued.

    Primacists also fail to acknowledge how secure the American homeland actually is, Ruger added. “The United States is exceptionally safe today from traditional state actors,” he stated, citing the country’s geographic position, robust intelligence capabilities and economic and military might. “The siege mentality the primacists have is quite dangerous,” he warned.

    The U.S. would keep its unrivaled military advantage even if military spending were right-sized, Ruger said. As an example, he noted that the U.S. has 10 aircraft carriers, while the rest of the world has 10 combined, and no other country has more than 2.

    Primacy is also unsustainable, Ruger argued. The unipolar system that has existed since the collapse of the Soviet Union is unnatural, he believes, and will eventually come to an end. Massive and wasteful military expenditures hasten America’s decline, he argued, by undermining the country’s financial security, which is the foundation of American military might.

    Above all, Ruger said, the “fatal flaw” of primacy is the belief that the U.S. knows how to tear down and rebuild other nations in its own image. “That is hubristic and untrue,” he commented.

    Dr. Giraldi’s contribution concerned America’s “deep state,” which he compared with the Turkish “deep state” model–

    “Deep state” is a group of individuals who work covertly within a country’s political system to enact their will by subverting democratic forces. The term traditionally has been used in reference to Turkey’s alleged “shadow government. . . .[while] the American deep state largely operates openly and legally, even though it is rarely subjected to the rule of law.

    the American deep state as a “loose confederation [of bankers, interest groups, lobbyists and defense contractors] that support common objectives. . . . that has “flourished in post-9/11 America . . . because it positions itself as a protector of the nation in times of crisis.”

    Koch would have done better to drop Soros and add Giraldi.

    • Replies: @Nonny Mouse
  99. Maybe off-top, maybe not.
    Ten Katyusha rockets hit the US base Taji near Bagdad in Iraq:
    https://thedefensepost.com/2020/03/11/iraq-taji-air-base-katyusha-rockets/
    Reportedly, two US soldiers and one UK soldier were killed, several wounded. Iraqis know how to show their gratitude to those who “brought democracy” on their heads.

  100. Robjil says:

    Israel got its Purim wish for 2020.

    Purim this year was March 9-11. 9th Queen Esther fast day, March 10th Purim, March 11th walled city Purim.

    Coronavirus was the wish.

    Iran was the second wish.

    https://www.rt.com/usa/482986-iraq-bombing-us-retaliation-taji/

    The US and its coalition partners are bombing “Iranian” targets in Iraq, in retaliation for the earlier deaths of two US service members and a British nurse in a rocket attack on Camp Taji near Baghdad.

    Multiple outlets reported the strikes citing US officials speaking on condition of anonymity on Thursday afternoon. No information about the strikes or targets was offered. Earlier in the day, the Pentagon blamed the “Iran-backed” Iraqi Shia militias for Wednesday’s rocket strike, which killed three and wounded 14 more people.

    Social media reports spoke of airstrikes against Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in four Iraqi provinces – Karbala, Babil, Baghdad and Salah-al-Din.

  101. @SolontoCroesus

    You surprise me. Koch is a Jewish name, I thought.

    • Replies: @SolontoCroesus
    , @Mike P
  102. @Nonny Mouse

    Koch is a Northern/Western European name; German & other Ashkenazi Jews may have taken the name. *1

    wikipedia, on Charles Koch:

    Koch was born and lives in Wichita, Kansas, one of four sons of Clementine Mary (née Robinson) and Fred Chase Koch.[13][14] Koch’s grandfather, Harry Koch, was a Dutch immigrant *2 who settled in West Texas, founded the Quanah Tribune-Chief newspaper, and was a founding shareholder of Quanah, Acme and Pacific Railway.[15] Among his maternal great-great-grandparents were William Ingraham Kip, an Episcopal bishop,*3 William Burnet Kinney, a politician, and Elizabeth Clementine Stedman, a writer.

    *1 In Arthur Ruppin and the Production of Hebrew Culture in Palestine, Etan Bloom offers a penetrating exploration of Ruppin’s eugenics-based belief that Ashkenazi Jews were not Semitic, tho they did display some “semitic traits — avarice, deceptiveness, etc.”
    Thus, “Goldberg,” “Stein,” “Rothschild” are not “Jewish” names but European names adopted by Jewish migrants to Europe; Cohen, Baruch, Abram etc. are, in my assessment, more definite markers of Jewish ethnicity.

    *2 Koch’s Dutch grandfather might well have been a Jew. see *1

    *3 I’ve read enough of Jake’s comments to come to the realization that “Episcopal” is very heavily Judaized. Moreover, The USA empire project is the heir to, or successor to, the Anglo empire project, so it’s reasonable to expect that, to the extent Koch was influenced by Episcopalianism, he would have an empire outlook.
    My impression of Koch Foundation is (still) heavily influenced by the Foreign Policy Realism conference that I attended several years ago
    https://www.wrmea.org/016-january-february/waging-peace-conservative-thinkers-denounce-war-hawks-endorse-restraint.html
    I’ll try to find the video —

    One more point: the Kochs were the primary target of Jane Mayer’s Dark Money https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/24/books/review/dark-money-by-jane-mayer.html

    Dark Money argues that the Koch brothers and a small number of allied plutocrats have essentially hijacked American democracy.

    and in his campaign against (Saban and Adelson-funded Hillary Clinton), Bernie Sanders called out the Kochs as the bad-guy billionaires but refrained from mentioning Bernie Marcus, Haim Saban, Seth Klarman, though Sheldon Adelson and Paul Singer were included in the narrative: Singer participated in Koch-sponsored billionaires retreats in the southwest.
    I think Dark Money was a hit-piece and a diversionary tactic to take heat off the tribe.
    This may be faulty reasoning, but I concluded that if Koch is the target of the book, he’s not part of the class being protected by the book.

    I maintain the happy-think that Kochs are billionaire Americans, not Jewish, not pure-as-driven-snow but more in line with what I’m inclined toward; in a business world that does what billionaires do in a fiercely competitive global economy.

    Norman Augustine of Lochheed Martin is a whole different category of awful.

  103. Mike P says:
    @Nonny Mouse

    ‘Koch’ is simply the German version of ‘Cook’.

  104. @Really No Shit

    I’ve got nothing but contempt for Petraeus, that amoral military hack.

    Was Petraeus ever personally under fire?

    • Replies: @Mike P
  105. Mike P says:
    @Orville H. Larson

    Was Petraeus ever personally under fire?

    Of course he was – after all, he is married.

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