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The U.S. is adamant that its assassination of Qassem Soleimani and refusal to leave Iraq is about protecting Americans, but a little known Iraqi parliamentary session reveals how China increasingly strong ties to Baghdad may be shaping America’s new Mideast strategy.

Since the U.S. killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis earlier this month, the official narrative has held that their deaths were necessary to prevent a vague, yet allegedly imminent, threat of violence towards Americans, though President Trump has since claimed whether or not Soleimani or his Iraqi allies posed an imminent threat “doesn’t really matter.”

While the situation between Iran, Iraq and the U.S. appears to have de-escalated substantially, at least for now, it is worth revisiting the lead-up to the recent U.S.-Iraq/Iran tensions up to the Trump-mandated killing of Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in order to understand one of the most overlooked yet relevant drivers behind Trump’s current policy with respect to Iraq: preventing China from expanding its foothold in the Middle East. Indeed, it has been alleged that even the timing of Soleimani’s assassination was directly related to his diplomatic role in Iraq and his push to help Iraq secure its oil independence, beginning with the implementation of a new massive oil deal with China.

While recent rhetoric in the media has dwelled on the extent of Iran’s influence in Iraq, China’s recent dealings with Iraq — particularly in its oil sector — are to blame for much of what has transpired in Iraq in recent months, at least according to Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, who is currently serving in a caretaker role.

Much of the U.S. pressure exerted on Iraq’s government with respect to China has reportedly taken place covertly and behind closed doors, keeping the Trump administration’s concerns over China’s growing ties to Iraq largely out of public view, perhaps over concerns that a public scuffle could exacerbate the U.S.-China “trade war” and endanger efforts to resolve it. Yet, whatever the reasons may be, evidence strongly suggests that the U.S. is equally concerned about China’s presence in Iraq as it is with Iran’s. This is because China has the means and the ability to dramatically undermine not only the U.S.’ control over Iraq’s oil sector but the entire petrodollar system on which the U.S.’ status as both a financial and military superpower directly depends.

Behind the curtain, a different narrative for Iraq-US Tensions

Iraq’s caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi gave a series of remarks on January 5, during a parliamentary session that received surprisingly little media attention. During the session, which also saw Iraq’s Parliament approve the removal of all foreign (including American) troops from the country, Abdul-Mahdi made a series of claims about the lead-up to the recent situation that placed Iraq at the heart of spiking U.S.-Iran tensions.

During that session, only part of Abdul-Mahdi’s statements were broadcast on television, after the Iraqi Speaker of the House — Mohammed Al-Halbousi, who has a close relationship with Washington — requested the video feed be cut. Al-Halbousi oddly attended the parliamentary session even though it was boycotted by his allied Sunni and Kurdish representatives.

Secretary of State Pompeo, left, walks alongside Al-Halbousi in Baghdad, Iraq on Jan. 9, 2019. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds | Reuters
Secretary of State Pompeo, left, walks alongside Al-Halbousi in Baghdad, Iraq on Jan. 9, 2019. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds | Reuters

After the feed was cut, MPs who were present wrote down Abdul-Mahdi’s remarks, which were then given to the Arabic news outlet Ida’at. Per that transcript, Abdul-Mahdi stated that:

The Americans are the ones who destroyed the country and wreaked havoc on it. They have refused to finish building the electrical system and infrastructure projects. They have bargained for the reconstruction of Iraq in exchange for Iraq giving up 50% of oil imports. So, I refused and decided to go to China and concluded an important and strategic agreement with it. Today, Trump is trying to cancel this important agreement.”

Abdul-Mahdi continued his remarks, noting that pressure from the Trump administration over his negotiations and subsequent dealings with China grew substantially over time, even resulting in death threats to himself and his defense minister:

After my return from China, Trump called me and asked me to cancel the agreement, so I also refused, and he threatened [that there would be] massive demonstrations to topple me. Indeed, the demonstrations started and then Trump called, threatening to escalate in the event of non-cooperation and responding to his wishes, whereby a third party [presumed to be mercenaries or U.S. soldiers] would target both the demonstrators and security forces and kill them from atop the highest buildings and the US embassy in an attempt to pressure me and submit to his wishes and cancel the China agreement.”

“I did not respond and submitted my resignation and the Americans still insist to this day on canceling the China agreement. When the defense minister said that those killing the demonstrators was a third party, Trump called me immediately and physically threatened myself and the defense minister in the event that there was more talk about this third party.”

Very few English language outlets reported on Abdul-Mahdi’s comments. Tom Luongo, a Florida-based Independent Analyst and publisher of The Gold Goats ‘n Guns Newsletter, told MintPress that the likely reasons for the “surprising” media silence over Abdul-Mahdi’s claims were because “It never really made it out into official channels…” due to the cutting of the video feed during Iraq’s Parliamentary session and due to the fact that “it’s very inconvenient and the media — since Trump is doing what they want him to do, be belligerent with Iran, protected Israel’s interests there.”

“They aren’t going to contradict him on that if he’s playing ball,” Luongo added, before continuing that the media would nonetheless “hold onto it for future reference….If this comes out for real, they’ll use it against him later if he tries to leave Iraq.” “Everything in Washington is used as leverage,” he added.

Given the lack of media coverage and the cutting of the video feed of Abdul-Mahdi’s full remarks, it is worth pointing out that the narrative he laid out in his censored speech not only fits with the timeline of recent events he discusses but also the tactics known to have been employed behind closed doors by the Trump administration, particularly after Mike Pompeo left the CIA to become Secretary of State.

For instance, Abdul-Mahdi’s delegation to China ended on September 24, with the protests against his government that Trump reportedly threatened to start on October 1. Reports of a “third side” firing on Iraqi protesters were picked up by major media outlets at the time, such as in this BBC report which stated:

Reports say the security forces opened fire, but another account says unknown gunmen were responsible….a source in Karbala told the BBC that one of the dead was a guard at a nearby Shia shrine who happened to be passing by. The source also said the origin of the gunfire was unknown and it had targeted both the protesters and security forces. (emphasis added)”

U.S.-backed protests in other countries, such as in Ukraine in 2014, also saw evidence of a “third side” shooting both protesters and security forces alike.

After six weeks of intense protests, Abdul-Mahdi submitted his resignation on November 29, just a few days after Iraq’s Foreign Minister praised the new deals, including the “oil for reconstruction” deal, that had been signed with China. Abdul-Mahdi has since stayed on as Prime Minister in a caretaker role until Parliament decides on his replacement.

Abdul-Mahdi’s claims of the covert pressure by the Trump administration are buttressed by the use of similar tactics against Ecuador, where, in July 2018, a U.S. delegation at the United Nations threatened the nation with punitive trade measures and the withdrawal of military aid if Ecuador moved forward with the introduction of a UN resolution to “protect, promote and support breastfeeding.”

The New York Times reported at the time that the U.S. delegation was seeking to promote the interests of infant formula manufacturers. If the U.S. delegation is willing to use such pressure on nations for promoting breastfeeding over infant formula, it goes without saying that such behind-closed-doors pressure would be significantly more intense if a much more lucrative resource, e.g. oil, were involved.

Regarding Abdul-Mahdi’s claims, Luongo told MintPress that it is also worth considering that it could have been anyone in the Trump administration making threats to Abdul-Mahdi, not necessarily Trump himself. “What I won’t say directly is that I don’t know it was Trump at the other end of the phone calls. Mahdi, it is to his best advantage politically to blame everything on Trump. It could have been Mike Pompeo or Gina Haspel talking to Abdul-Mahdi… It could have been anyone, it most likely would be someone with plausible deniability….This [Mahdi’s claims] sounds credible… I firmly believe Trump is capable of making these threats but I don’t think Trump would make those threats directly like that, but it would absolutely be consistent with U.S. policy.”

Luongo also argued that the current tensions between U.S. and Iraqi leadership preceded the oil deal between Iraq and China by several weeks, “All of this starts with Prime Minister Mahdi starting the process of opening up the Iraq-Syria border crossing and that was announced in August. Then, the Israeli air attacks happened in September to try and stop that from happening, attacks on PMU forces on the border crossing along with the ammo dump attacks near Baghdad… This drew the Iraqis’ ire… Mahdi then tried to close the air space over Iraq, but how much of that he can enforce is a big question.”

As to why it would be to Mahdi’s advantage to blame Trump, Luongo stated that Mahdi “can make edicts all day long, but, in reality, how much can he actually restrain the U.S. or the Israelis from doing anything? Except for shame, diplomatic shame… To me, it [Mahdi’s claims] seems perfectly credible because, during all of this, Trump is probably or someone else is shaking him [Mahdi] down for the reconstruction of the oil fields [in Iraq]…Trump has explicitly stated “we want the oil.”’

As Luongo noted, Trump’s interest in the U.S. obtaining a significant share of Iraqi oil revenue is hardly a secret. Just last March, Trump asked Abdul-Mahdi “How about the oil?” at the end of a meeting at the White House, prompting Abdul-Mahdi to ask “What do you mean?” To which Trump responded “Well, we did a lot, we did a lot over there, we spent trillions over there, and a lot of people have been talking about the oil,” which was widely interpreted as Trump asking for part of Iraq’s oil revenue in exchange for the steep costs of the U.S.’ continuing its now unwelcome military presence in Iraq.

With Abdul-Mahdi having rejected Trump’s “oil for reconstruction” proposal in favor of China’s, it seems likely that the Trump administration would default to so-called “gangster diplomacy” tactics to pressure Iraq’s government into accepting Trump’s deal, especially given the fact that China’s deal was a much better offer. While Trump demanded half of Iraq’s oil revenue in exchange for completing reconstruction projects (according to Abdul-Mahdi), the deal that was signed between Iraq and China would see around 20 percen t of Iraq’s oil revenue go to China in exchange for reconstruction. Aside from the potential loss in Iraq’s oil revenue, there are many reasons for the Trump administration to feel threatened by China’s recent dealings in Iraq.

The Iraq-China oil deal – a prelude to something more?

When Abdul-Mahdi’s delegation traveled to Beijing last September, the “oil for reconstruction” deal was only one of eight total agreements that were established. These agreements cover a range of areas, including financial, commercial, security, reconstruction, communication, culture, education and foreign affairs in addition to oil. Yet, the oil deal is by far the most significant.

Per the agreement, Chinese firms will work on various reconstruction projects in exchange for roughly 20 percent of Iraq’s oil exports, approximately 100,00 barrels per day, for a period of 20 years. According to Al-Monitor, Abdul-Mahdi had the following to say about the deal: “We agreed [with Beijing] to set up a joint investment fund, which the oil money will finance,” adding that the agreement prohibits China from monopolizing projects inside Iraq, forcing Bejing to work in cooperation with international firms.

The agreement is similar to one negotiated between Iraq and China in 2015 when Abdul-Mahdi was serving as Iraq’s oil minister. That year, Iraq joined China’s Belt and Road Initiative in a deal that also involved exchanging oil for investment, development and construction projects and saw China awarded several projects as a result. In a notable similarity to recent events, that deal was put on hold due to “political and security tensions” caused by unrest and the surge of ISIS in Iraq, that is until Abdul-Mahdi saw Iraq rejoin the initiative again late last year through the agreements his government signed with China last September.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, center left, meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, center right, in Beijing, Sept. 23, 2019. Lintao Zhang | AP
Chinese President Xi Jinping, center left, meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, center right, in Beijing, Sept. 23, 2019. Lintao Zhang | AP

Notably, after recent tensions between the U.S. and Iraq over the assassination of Soleimani and the U.S.’ subsequent refusal to remove its troops from Iraq despite parliament’s demands, Iraq quietly announced that it would dramatically increase its oil exports to China to triple the amount established in the deal signed in September. Given Abdul-Mahdi’s recent claims about the true forces behind Iraq’s recent protests and Trump’s threats against him being directly related to his dealings with China, the move appears to be a not-so-veiled signal from Abdul-Mahdi to Washington that he plans to deepen Iraq’s partnership with China, at least for as long as he remains in his caretaker role.

Iraq’s decision to dramatically increase its oil exports to China came just one day after the U.S. government threatened to cut off Iraq’s access to its central bank account, currently held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, an account that currently holds $35 billion in Iraqi oil revenue. The account was set up after the U.S. invaded and began occupying Iraq in 2003 and Iraq currently removes between $1-2 billion per month to cover essential government expenses. Losing access to its oil revenue stored in that account would lead to the “collapse” of Iraq’s government, according to Iraqi government officials who spoke to AFP.

Though Trump publicly promised to rebuke Iraq for the expulsion of U.S. troops via sanctions, the threat to cut off Iraq’s access to its account at the NY Federal Reserve Bank was delivered privately and directly to the Prime Minister, adding further credibility to Abdul-Mahdi’s claims that Trump’s most aggressive attempts at pressuring Iraq’s government are made in private and directed towards the country’s Prime Minister.

Though Trump’s push this time was about preventing the expulsion of U.S. troops from Iraq, his reasons for doing so may also be related to concerns about China’s growing foothold in the region. Indeed, while Trump has now lost his desired share of Iraqi oil revenue (50 percent) to China’s counteroffer of 20 percent, the removal of U.S. troops from Iraq may see American troops replaced with their Chinese counterparts as well, according to Tom Luongo.

“All of this is about the U.S. maintaining the fiction that it needs to stay in Iraq…So, China moving in there is the moment where they get their toe hold for the Belt and Road [Initiative],” Luongo argued. “That helps to strengthen the economic relationship between Iraq, Iran and China and obviating the need for the Americans to stay there. At some point, China will have assets on the ground that they are going to want to defend militarily in the event of any major crisis. This brings us to the next thing we know, that Mahdi and the Chinese ambassador discussed that very thing in the wake of the Soleimani killing.”

Indeed, according to news reports, Zhang Yao — China’s ambassador to Iraq — “conveyed Beijing’s readiness to provide military assistance” should Iraq’s government request it soon after Soleimani’s assassination. Yao made the offer a day after Iraq’s parliament voted to expel American troops from the country. Though it is currently unknown how Abdul-Mahdi responded to the offer, the timing likely caused no shortage of concern among the Trump administration about its rapidly waning influence in Iraq. “You can see what’s coming here,” Luongo told MintPress of the recent Chinese offer to Iraq, “China, Russia and Iran are trying to cleave Iraq away from the United States and the U.S. is feeling very threatened by this.”

Russia is also playing a role in the current scenario as Iraq initiated talks with Moscow regarding the possible purchase of one of its air defense systems last September, the same month that Iraq signed eight deals, including the oil deal with China. Then, in the wake of Soleimani’s death, Russia again offered the air defense systems to Iraq to allow them to better defend their air space. In the past, the U.S. has threatened allied countries with sanctions and other measures if they purchase Russian air defense systems as opposed to those manufactured by U.S. companies.

The U.S.’ efforts to curb China’s growing influence and presence in Iraq amid these new strategic partnerships and agreements are limited, however, as the U.S. is increasingly relying on China as part of its Iran policy, specifically in its goal of reducing Iranian oil export to zero. China remains Iran’s main crude oil and condensate importer, even after it reduced its imports of Iranian oil significantly following U.S. pressure last year. Yet, the U.S. is now attempting to pressure China to stop buying Iranian oil completely or face sanctions while also attempting to privately sabotage the China-Iraq oil deal. It is highly unlikely China will concede to the U.S. on both, if any, of those fronts, meaning the U.S. may be forced to choose which policy front (Iran “containment” vs. Iraq’s oil dealings with China) it values more in the coming weeks and months.

Furthermore, the recent signing of the “phase one” trade deal with China revealed another potential facet of the U.S.’ increasingly complicated relationship with Iraq’s oil sector given that the trade deal involves selling U.S. oil and gas to China at very low cost, suggesting that the Trump administration may also see the Iraq-China oil deal result in Iraq emerging as a potential competitor for the U.S. in selling cheap oil to China, the world’s top oil importer.

The Petrodollar and the Phantom of the Petroyuan

In his televised statements last week following Iran’s military response to the U.S. assassination of General Soleimani, Trump insisted that the U.S.’ Middle East policy is no longer being directed by America’s vast oil requirements. He stated specifically that:

Over the last three years, under my leadership, our economy is stronger than ever before and America has achieved energy independence. These historic accomplishments changed our strategic priorities. These are accomplishments that nobody thought were possible. And options in the Middle East became available. We are now the number-one producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world. We are independent, and we do not need Middle East oil. (emphasis added)”

Yet, given the centrality of the recent Iraq-China oil deal in guiding some of the Trump administration’s recent Middle East policy moves, this appears not to be the case. The distinction may lie in the fact that, while the U.S. may now be less dependent on oil imports from the Middle East, it still very much needs to continue to dominate how oil is traded and sold on international markets in order to maintain its status as both a global military and financial superpower.

Indeed, even if the U.S. is importing less Middle Eastern oil, the petrodollar system — first forged in the 1970s — requires that the U.S. maintains enough control over the global oil trade so that the world’s largest oil exporters, Iraq among them, continue to sell their oil in dollars. Were Iraq to sell oil in another currency, or trade oil for services, as it plans to do with China per the recently inked deal, a significant portion of Iraqi oil would cease to generate a demand for dollars, violating the key tenet of the petrodollar system.

Chinese representatives speak to defense personnel during a weapons expo organized by the Iraqi defense ministry in Baghdad, March, 2017. Karim Kadim | AP
Chinese representatives speak to defense personnel during a weapons expo organized by the Iraqi defense ministry in Baghdad, March, 2017. Karim Kadim | AP

As Kei Pritsker and Cale Holmes noted in an article last year for MintPress:

The takeaway from the petrodollar phenomenon is that as long as countries need oil, they will need the dollar. As long as countries demand dollars, the U.S. can continue to go into massive amounts of debt to fund its network of global military bases, Wall Street bailouts, nuclear missiles, and tax cuts for the rich.”

Thus, the use of the petrodollar has created a system whereby U.S. control of oil sales of the largest oil exporters is necessary, not just to buttress the dollar, but also to support its global military presence. Therefore, it is unsurprising that the issue of the U.S. troop presence in Iraq and the issue of Iraq’s push for oil independence against U.S. wishes have become intertwined. Notably, one of the architects of the petrodollar system and the man who infamously described U.S. soldiers as “dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy”, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, has been advising Trump and informing his China policy since 2016.

This take was also expressed by economist Michael Hudson, who recently noted that U.S. access to oil, dollarization and U.S. military strategy are intricately interwoven and that Trump’s recent Iraq policy is intended “to escalate America’s presence in Iraq to keep control of the region’s oil reserves,” and, as Hudson says, “to back Saudi Arabia’s Wahabi troops (ISIS, Al Qaeda in Iraq, Al Nusra and other divisions of what are actually America’s foreign legion) to support U.S. control of Near Eastern oil as a buttress of the U.S. dollar.”

Hudson further asserts that it was Qassem Soleimani’s efforts to promote Iraq’s oil independence at the expense of U.S. imperial ambitions that served one of the key motives behind his assassination.

America opposed General Suleimani above all because he was fighting against ISIS and other U.S.-backed terrorists in their attempt to break up Syria and replace Assad’s regime with a set of U.S.-compliant local leaders – the old British “divide and conquer” ploy. On occasion, Suleimani had cooperated with U.S. troops in fighting ISIS groups that got “out of line” meaning the U.S. party line. But every indication is that he was in Iraq to work with that government seeking to regain control of the oil fields that President Trump has bragged so loudly about grabbing. (emphasis added)”

Hudson adds that “…U.S. neocons feared Suleimani’s plan to help Iraq assert control of its oil and withstand the terrorist attacks supported by U.S. and Saudi’s on Iraq. That is what made his assassination an immediate drive.”

While other factors — such as pressure from U.S. allies such as Israel — also played a factor in the decision to kill Soleimani, the decision to assassinate him on Iraqi soil just hours before he was set to meet with Abdul-Mahdi in a diplomatic role suggests that the underlying tensions caused by Iraq’s push for oil independence and its oil deal with China did play a factor in the timing of his assassination. It also served as a threat to Abdul-Mahdi, who has claimed that the U.S. threatened to kill both him and his defense minister just weeks prior over tensions directly related to the push for independence of Iraq’s oil sector from the U.S.

It appears that the ever-present role of the petrodollar in guiding U.S. policy in the Middle East remains unchanged. The petrodollar has long been a driving factor behind the U.S.’ policy towards Iraq specifically, as one of the key triggers for the 2003 invasion of Iraq was Saddam Hussein’s decision to sell Iraqi oil in Euros opposed to dollars beginning in the year 2000. Just weeks before the invasion began, Hussein boasted that Iraq’s Euro-based oil revenue account was earning a higher interest rate than it would have been if it had continued to sell its oil in dollars, an apparent signal to other oil exporters that the petrodollar system was only really benefiting the United States at their own expense.

Beyond current efforts to stave off Iraq’s oil independence and keep its oil trade aligned with the U.S., the fact that the U.S. is now seeking to limit China’s ever-growing role in Iraq’s oil sector is also directly related to China’s publicly known efforts to create its own direct competitor to the petrodollar, the petroyuan.

Since 2017, China has made its plans for the petroyuan — a direct competitor to the petrodollar — no secret, particularly after China eclipsed the U.S. as the world’s largest importer of oil. As CNBC noted at the time:

The new strategy is to enlist the energy markets’ help: Beijing may introduce a new way to price oil in coming months — but unlike the contracts based on the U.S. dollar that currently dominate global markets, this benchmark would use China’s own currency. If there’s widespread adoption, as the Chinese hope, then that will mark a step toward challenging the greenback’s status as the world’s most powerful currency….The plan is to price oil in yuan using a gold-backed futures contract in Shanghai, but the road will be long and arduous.”

If the U.S. continues on its current path and pushes Iraq further into the arms of China and other U.S. rival states, it goes without saying that Iraq — now a part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative — may soon favor a petroyuan system over a petrodollar system, particularly as the current U.S. administration threatens to hold Iraq’s central bank account hostage for pursuing policies Washington finds unfavorable.

It could also explain why President Trump is so concerned about China’s growing foothold in Iraq, since it risks causing not only the end of the U.S. military hegemony in the country but could also lead to major trouble for the petrodollar system and the U.S.’ position as a global financial power. Trump’s policy aimed at stopping China and Iraq’s growing ties is clearly having the opposite effect, showing that this administration’s “gangster diplomacy” only serves to make the alternatives offered by countries like China and Russia all the more attractive.

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  1. anonymous[331] • Disclaimer says:

    One can see how all these recent wars and military actions have a financial motive at their core. Yet the mass of gullible Americans actually believe the reasons given, to “spread democracy” and other wonderful things. Only a small number can see things for what they really are. It’s very frustrating to deal with the stupidity of the average person on a daily basis.
    This is not Trump’s policy, it is American policy and the variation is in how he implements it. Any other person would have fallen in line with it as well. US policy has it’s own inner momentum that can’t change course. The US depends upon continuation of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. Were that to be lost the US likely would descend into chaos without end. When the USSR came apart it was eventually able to downsize into the Russian state. We don’t have that here; there is no core ethnicity with it’s own territory left anymore, it’s just a jumble. For the US it’s a matter of survival.

    • Agree: lloyd
  2. Ano4 says:

    Chinese are slowly (but surely) following in the American footsteps.

    Consumerism galore.

    Debt-driven economy.

    Empire-building.

    Military-domination seeking elites.

    Remember: three generations ago US was seen by a large number of people as more benign than the European Colonial Empires the American elites sought to replace.

    That was the time when the US – Saudi and the US – Israeli alliances were forged.

    Three generations later, US is the Hegemonic Empire that China seeks to replace.

    Where are we going from here?

    An even bigger, crueler and more corrupt Empire in process of imposing itself?

    Or a Multipolar World of geopolitical checks and balances?

    Or World Economy and Planet Biosphere destruction during a violent conflict between the China-centric OBOR and the US-centric Atlanticist World Order?

    Interesting times ahead…

    • Agree: PetrOldSack
    • Replies: @Wally
    , @the grand wazoo
  3. Yes, but we also have this…

    It is reported this morning (CNN) that Trump bragged about the killing to a crowd at a big fundraising dinner.

    Just sick, official state murder for campaign donations.

    That’s what America is reduced to.

    • Replies: @Ko
    , @JamesinNM
  4. @anonymous

    The US depends upon continuation of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. Were that to be lost the US likely would descend into chaos without end. When the USSR came apart it was eventually able to downsize into the Russian state. We don’t have that here; there is no core ethnicity with it’s own territory left anymore, it’s just a jumble. For the US it’s a matter of survival.

    Possession of a core ethnicity doesn’t invariably guarantee stability or even constitute a nation and I don’t believe this is why Russia survives as a nation today. Russia itself is a country with a great many nationalities, and there are almost as many Asian as European faces in the country. Furthermore, the Ukraine was part of the USSR, has what you term a core ethnicity, and yet has descended into chaos without end since the collapse of the USSR. Clearly, a nation consists of something other than ethnic identity, language or even religion.

    The 19th century French historian Ernest Renan in a famous lecture at the time “What is a Nation” stated: “A nation is a soul, a spiritual principle…A nation is therefore a large-scale solidarity, constituted by the feeling of the sacrifices that one has made in the past and of those that one is prepared to make in the future. It presupposes a past; it is summarized, however, in the present by a tangible fact, namely, consent, the clearly expressed desire to continue a common life….

    “Man is a slave neither of his race nor his language, nor of his religion, nor of the course of rivers nor of the direction taken by mountain chains. A large aggregate of men, healthy in mind and warm of heart, creates the kind of moral conscience which we call a nation.”

    A nation is an organic entity not dependent on a common language, religion or bounded by geography. Whether or not a nation or nations survive the collapse of the American Empire will depend on the willingness of the people to live together with a shared collective memory of the past. Renan makes the point that national traumas are more unifying than national triumphs. The chaos that will surely follow the Empire’s collapse will become part of the shared trauma, out of which a new nation or nations will arise, if the people so will.

    https://web.archive.org/web/20110827065548/http://www.cooper.edu/humanities/core/hss3/e_renan.html

  5. Daniel.I says:
    @Weston Waroda

    I see you have successfully internalized The Cuck’s Credo.

    • Replies: @Weston Waroda
  6. “I see you have successfully internalized The Cuck’s Credo.”

    I won;t speak to the explication of what nationhood is as described. But clearly skin color is not a cohesive enough glue. The white colonists comprised of varying ethnic cultures went to war against whites in great britain. And by all indications of history the whites in Europe spent more than 1800 years killing each other in country and out —

    So any claim that whiteness is a cohesive glue or embodies a cohesive glue cementing nationality is thoroughly rejected by history. That anyone contends it against the evidence is peculiar.

  7. I voted for Trump because I thought that B*tch Clinton would take us into a war.

    Now, I’ll vote for which ever demon the Demoncrats run against Trump as he seems certain to do the same.

    Question: Why did I ever think my vote counted? It don’t.

  8. @Weston Waroda

    The 19th century French historian Ernest Renan in a famous lecture at the time “What is a Nation” stated: “A nation is a soul, a spiritual principle…

    Why was the lecture famous? Was it because Renan decided to redefine nation?
    https://www.etymonline.com/word/nation

  9. @Daniel.I

    Oh, are you ever missing the point. What Renan wrote elsewhere, “that which makes a nation is the willingness of its members to live together,” (ce qui fait une nation c’est la volunté de ses membres de vivre ensemble) cuts both ways. It not only expains why Russia successfully transitioned the fall of the USSR, while the Ukraine has not yet: the Russians chose to live together. It also explains why nationalists like you continue to choose by your own volition to identify as American despite your pissing and moaning. You and the Russians and the Ukrainians are making your own volitional choices about the nation you choose to be a member of. Those choices multiplied by the millions of inhabitants demonstrate how this is an organic process. Furthermore, Renan wrote well before the current idea of globalism had developed any traction, and he is writing from observation of history as a historian. He had no globalist agenda to promote. I have read quite a lot of what the hard right nationalists have had to say in their comments on the Unz Review, and frankly, the arguments are unconvincing. I would suggest reading the Renan lecture I posted the link to, it clears up the mess and shows a third way between you and the globalists, the way of how things really come down. It shows reality.

    • Agree: bluedog
    • Replies: @Daniel.I
  10. @EliteCommInc.

    So any claim that whiteness is a cohesive glue or embodies a cohesive glue cementing nationality is thoroughly rejected by history. That anyone contends it against the evidence is peculiar.

    No matter what the core identity of a society, there will be at least episodic internal violence. But that doesn’t mean that people don’t need identity.

    What identity, in your view, should the people focusing on whiteness as symbolic of their sense of belonging, be adopting?

    It’s obvious that being “an American” is becoming less and less psychologically satisfying. So what is the answer?

  11. Great article.

    It also provides the basis for insight into the riots and ensuing counter-violence by the PMUs. No doubt the riots were fomented against the government with an appeal to economic and social grievance of which there are many valid ones. But the goal of the organizers was to induce the PMUs to respond and then use the whole thing to try to drive a wedge between the Shia masses and Iran.

    • Agree: Crazy Horse
    • Replies: @Hossein
  12. joe2.5 says:
    @Longfisher

    Question: now that the penny finally dropped about your vote counting, why on earth would you again “vote for which ever demon the Demoncrats run against Trump as he seems certain to do the same”? Continue digging deeper to get out of the hole, like the nuthouse inmate?

  13. Daniel.I says:
    @Weston Waroda

    I am Eastern European living in my homeland.
    So I can see right through your ZOG-manufactured bullshit.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  14. Daniel.I says:
    @EliteCommInc.

    You have no idea how satisfying it is to watch the Anglo – after having forced liberalism down the throat of everyone else – finding himself on the receiving end of it.

    Keep celebrating your own dissolution, cuck.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  15. There were brutal sanctions against Iraq in the 90s. After that the country was devastated by the invasion of 2003. Hostility against Iran has been continuous. It’s no suprise that things are not going well in the region and that American politics failed. But this was to be expected.

    Good relations with Iran were possible. Even recently Iran thought that the nuclear agreement could lead to better relations with the West. Iran should be our best ally in the region because the middle classes there feel close to the West and are very friendly with Westerners who visit the country. We could have had better results if we had tryed a more reasonable politics. But it seems that there were other forces that wanted conflict with Iran and the destruction of Iraq independently of the interests of the US which would have gained from a more reasonable position. We can say the same about Russia.

    After wars and sanctions the only way to hold everything together is through military means. There was as doctrine which promoted unbridled militarism and the use of force (wasn’t there a saying that “Americans are from Mars, Europeans from Venus”?). Everybody who didn’t submit to our rules and interests was viewed as an enemy, military force was seen as the solution to everything.

    This is not functioning well. Americans have been decieved by this militaristic doctrine, this is not going to work. Russia has challenged this, a part of Europe isn’t very happy, in South America you can only run the system ressorting to radical politicians like Bolsonaro who destroy the environment and create more poverty, in other places this politics created instability and enemies. I think it should be the time for the American elites to discuss seriously the ways that the country has been following simply because there are better ways to have better results.

  16. jsigur says:
    @EliteCommInc.

    Jews are experts at promoting group infighting and blaming the pawns which we then believe since it is promoted as fact in “their” news

  17. Polemos says:
    @Weston Waroda

    A nation is an organic entity not dependent on a common language, religion or bounded by geography.

    Then what is the material substrate for the organism and how does that material reproduce the entity across time? If a Who is making the choice to live a “common life”, then What is that “one” made from, or how does It remain One long enough to carry forward the choice into a Past?

    You’re educated, so you should know what I’m asking and know how to help 🙂

    • Replies: @Weston Waroda
  18. Sean says:

    ‘Pivot to Asia’ was a thing in foreign policy circles before Trump was elected. Trump’s complaining about China was an important part of his electoral appeal. So at the very point at which America is going to lose interest in the Middle East and Iran, cut the Long War short, and walk away, Iraq starts bringing in the Chinese! That is great thinking.

    Trump’s policy aimed at stopping China and Iraq’s growing ties is clearly having the opposite effect, showing that this administration’s “gangster diplomacy” only serves to make the alternatives offered by countries like China and Russia all the more attractive.

    China is already buying Iran’s oil, and given Iraq is becoming a Iranian ally it is hardly surprising. But if the Muslims want to get the US out of the Middle East, then involving China there is a very strange way to do it.

    https://www.unz.com/pcockburn/iraqs-worst-fears-have-come-true-a-proxy-war-is-on-its-doorstep/

    In fact, events developed very differently from what both I and the paramilitary commanders expected. A few days after I had spoken to them, there was a small demonstration in central Baghdad demanding jobs, public services and an end to corruption. The security forces and the pro-Iranian paramilitaries opened fire, killing and wounding many peaceful demonstrators. Though Qais al-Khazali later claimed that he and other Hashd leaders were trying to thwart a US-Israeli conspiracy, he had said nothing to me about it. It seemed likely that General Soleimani, wrongly suspected that the paltry demonstrations were a real threat and had ordered the pro-Iranian paramilitaries to open fire and put a plan for suppressing the demonstrations into operation …. General Soleimani died in the wake of his greatest failure and misjudgement

    • Replies: @foolisholdman
  19. @Polemos

    The nation in Renan’s thinking transcends consideration of the one and the many through a kind of political metaphysic: the nation is spiritual, the nation is a mystery. The national myth of shared trauma creates a past while organic human volition results in a spiritual recognition of both the individual and others as participants in this mystery, this nation, this Gestalt. Charles de Gaulle touched this in his benediction “vive la France eternelle,” as did Ronald Reagan with the metaphor from the Gospels, “a city on a hill.”

  20. @Daniel.I

    I get the general use by Americans to use “liberal” for what the rest of the Anglophone countries would probably call “left wing” (although I think Americans also say “neo liberalism” mraning something quite different). But I struggle to understand what you mean by “liberalism”. Derived from which lot of Anglos? Thrust down throats by which lot of Anglos? I would like to learn more from you about the ideology or philosophy or political movement you are referring to.

    As a prompt to leap out of a narrowly based view I note that the main conservative right of centre party which often forms Australian governments is the Liberal Party.

    • Replies: @anon
  21. @anonymous

    Yes, for the American Empire to exist (and expand) it needs the Petro-dollar, because only if it is widely used in the world can its collapse be prevented. But why is the dollar so shaky? Because it is no real money, based on real value, but created out of thin air as debt and it can only function in an ever expanding pyramid scheme.
    The origin of this fraud is the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank in 1913. And yes that was mainly a Jewish creation. Nobody, not even Ron Paul, dares to mention that.

    • Replies: @Tom Ratliff
  22. Gizmo880 says:
    @Longfisher

    Whatever you might think of Trump, it is an absolute fact that he has less blood on his hands than each of the past three Presidents. Voting for whatever vile Democrat is foisted upon us won’t change foreign policy one damn bit, but you will see the complete cultural destruction of this country when the religions of Diversity, Open Borders, LGBTQ Worship & Global Warming are shoved down our throats at unprecedented levels.

    Trump may be a controlled ‘Clown’, but there is nothing more vile in the world of politics today than the modern Democratic Party.

    To be fair, the tsunami of Left Wing cultural destruction upon this country is probably unstoppable, but if you want to absolutely guarantee it then go ahead and vote for whatever POS Democrat emerges from that pack of traitors.

    • Replies: @sarz
  23. Wally says:
    @Ano4

    said:
    “Chinese are slowly (but surely) following in the American footsteps.”

    And yet here the US is criticized while China gets a free pass.

    A curious double standard.

    • Replies: @Amon
  24. Vojkan says:
    @Weston Waroda

    “A nation is an organic entity not dependent on a common language, religion or bounded by geography.”

    Is it to say that the German, the English, the Swede, the Polish, the Norwegians, the Danes, the Czech, the Slovak, the Italian, the Greek, the Hungarian, the Romanian, the Bulgarian, the Portuguese, the Irish, the various nations that emerged from the former Yugoslavia or the USSR are not organic entities but only the Belgian are? Is it to say that African states with borders drawn across ethnicities by colonial powers are nations? Today’s France is proof of the contrary to your statement and Renan’s theory. You are the one disconnected from reality as your idea of what constitutes a nation is a pure abstract disproven by empirical evidence.

  25. Miro23 says:

    Iraq’s decision to dramatically increase its oil exports to China came just one day after the U.S. government threatened to cut off Iraq’s access to its central bank account, currently held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, an account that currently holds $35 billion in Iraqi oil revenue. The account was set up after the U.S. invaded and began occupying Iraq in 2003 and Iraq currently removes between $1-2 billion per month to cover essential government expenses. Losing access to its oil revenue stored in that account would lead to the “collapse” of Iraq’s government, according to Iraqi government officials who spoke to AFP.

    A very revealing article.

    It doesn’t make sense for any country to hold reserves in the US. The Zio-Glob CIA gangsters are ready to defraud or smash up any country that challenges their petrodollar system. Witness Iraq, Libya, Venezuela, Iran and their hostility to Russia and China.

    • Replies: @Mike P
  26. Ghali says:

    As always, excellent analysis by Whitney Webb. The Jews are hidden everywhere.

  27. Alfred says:
    @Longfisher

    Please tell us which war Trump started?

    Forget the blather and look at the things he is not doing.

    He probably did not order the killing of Soleimani. His “underlings” did it. He had to claim that it was his own order or he would be admitting that he was no longer president.

    Please try to be objective.

  28. anon[329] • Disclaimer says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    The Liberal Party of Australia is just as far left as it’s possible to be.

    Just this week, their leaders have been promising to reduce CO2 Emissions even further, because of

    the Bushfires.

    Right of Centre?

    Turn it up. In Australia, it’s better known as the Poofters Party.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
    , @Kapyong
    , @Kim
  29. Miro23 says:
    @Weston Waroda

    Renan makes the point that national traumas are more unifying than national triumphs.

    It’s interesting that the places that the Empire has been unable to control are often ex-Communist (Russia, China, Eastern Europe) which experienced national trauma, but were also outside of the Zio-Glob Empire in its critical post 1945 growth period (the map of US overseas bases).

    Also, Imperial institutions like NATO are looking irrelevant. European leaders may well wonder why they’re necessary. In 1945, the US was the world’s leading industrial economy/ international creditor with a legitimate reserve currency – now not so much – with the US clinging onto power using violence, threats and sanctions and generally alienating everyone.

  30. Antares says:

    Thinking like Donald Trump, the release of those $35 billion means that Iraq will buy the S400 from HIS money. He would be ‘crazy’ if he did so.

  31. gotmituns says:

    don’t vote in the upcoming federal sham election. our republic died in the 1960s.

    • Agree: bluedog
    • Replies: @Greg Bacon
    , @chris
  32. @Weston Waroda

    Renan makes the point that national traumas are more unifying than national triumphs. The chaos that will surely follow the Empire’s collapse will become part of the shared trauma, out of which a new nation or nations will arise, if the people so will.

    Belied by the experiences of Germany and Italy, which have no sense of their own nationhood.

    Supported by the examples of Vietnam and Japan.

    What is the difference?

    Jews.


    PostScript: Miro23 @30 already made the point.

    • Agree: Z-man
  33. Ben_C says:

    China? I don’t think Trump’s decision to assassinate Solimani had anything to do with China or any sort of economic trade deal with another state at the time. China might have been relevant after the fact, but not before as far as I can tell.

    We are now told that the US has ‘officially’ withdrawn troops from Syria when I don’t recall ever being informed US ‘boots’ were ‘on the ground’ in Syria in the first place. I must have missed the memo.

    I’m still not entirely sure how a false flag chemical weapons attack (meanining it was completely fake to begin with, or carried out by the same exact people who recorded the footage and posted it on Youtube and LiveLink) in Syria on mercenary terrorists somehow constituted some sort of “eminent threat” to the US at the time…this required “eminent threat” everyone, including Trump, seems to be talking about at the moment.

    Can anyone explain?

    • Replies: @Z-man
  34. @anon

    Anyone who, unlike most (perfectly sane) Americans, wants to know a lot about Australia should be advised to ignore Troll aka anon[329].

    No definition of left could put the Liberal Party there and, anyway, the Labor Party and the Greens show that it is possible to be far futher left.

    Liberal leaders have not been promising to reduce CO2 emissions further because of the bushfires or at all – in case amyone thinks that a left wing criterion.

    In many decades of close attention I have never heard the Liberal Party referred to as the Poofters Party though it is possible that expression has been used of the Greens. Both Liberal and Labor state governmrnts have legislated to decriminalise homosexuality and to eliminate most discrimination FWIW.

  35. Sarto says:
    @anonymous

    Local black market communities, little city states of like minded people are the answer.

    • Replies: @Rev. Spooner
  36. @EliteCommInc.

    I would tend to agree, yet I find a simple irony while attending the annual re-enactment of Washington and his troops crossing the Delaware at what is now called Washington Crossing Park. This Christmas day celebration of patriotism has always sent chills up and down my spine, impressed as I am by the courage the real action took and how it ended up saving the American Revolution. The crowds there have always seemed muted by a silent reverence while watching this event.

    It wasn’t until the second time I attended, and every time since, that I noted only white people in attendance.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @Bill Jones
  37. @Daniel.I

    Why are you so foolish as to contribute nothing but insults? If I were to be charitable I would say that you are allowing the limitations imposed by your poor command of English to make it appear that you ate an ignorant boor.

    • Replies: @Daniel.I
  38. Herald says:

    You are hopelessly swimming against the tide. US foreign policy in the Mid East is totally outside of the party political knockabout charade that goes on in Washington and I suspect you know that only too well.

    As for the clown Trump, he is simply the current standard bearer for big money/big oil and Israel. He hasn’t yet stopped any one of the US wars and just like his predecessors, he is covered in the blood of innocents.

    • Agree: Johnny Walker Read
  39. @Longfisher

    I hate to use aphorisms but :
    the democratic and republican parties are “two wings of the same bird of prey”
    “it’s a selction not an election ”

    unfortunately they sum up our present predicament .

  40. anon[700] • Disclaimer says:
    @Alexis De Toqueville

    I noted only white people in attendance.

    Look again at the photo in Ms. Webb’s article:

    Chinese President Xi Jinping, center left, meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, center right, in Beijing, Sept. 23, 2019. Lintao Zhang | AP

    there’s yer problem right there: no diversity.

  41. Daniel.I says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    Let’s take this statement (for example)

    Russia itself is a country with a great many nationalities, and there are almost as many Asian as European faces in the country.

    The reality is that Russia is 85% Russian.
    So we’re dealing with an obvious falsehood.

    Why would someone say such a thing ?
    I offer two interpretations.

    1. We see the worldview of a brainwashed Westerner – someone who has swallowed ZOG propaganda hook line and sinker.
    Trying to reason with such a person would be like explaining water to a fish.
    The very premise upon which his entire chain of reasoning is based is faulty – namely, egalitarianism.

    It would take a great shock to get such a person to question the doctrine of human equality.
    So (in my view) politeness would be lost on such a person.

    OR

    2. He is aware of the lie – and he says it anyway.
    Such a person is part of the problem.

    Once again, politeness would be useless.

    So please explain to me – how do you deal with someone who puts forward such a distortion of reality ?

    • Replies: @anon
    , @Vojkan
    , @anonymous
  42. Iraqi officials say around $35 billion of the country’s oil revenues are held at the US Federal Reserve, which means Washington’s threat to restrict access could be a major problem
    https://www.afp.com/en/news/15/iraq-warns-collapse-if-trump-blocks-oil-cash-doc-1nn3l14

  43. @Franklin Ryckaert

    It gets worse.

    The idea appears to have been actively suppressed by the banking industry for the past hundred years, but it has been known for a long time — and has been recently demonstrated (Ref. 1) — that commercial banks also create money out of thin air. That commercial banks are neutral financial intermediaries whose loan activities are limited by the levels of customer deposits is a useful oversimplification that masks their central role in the success or failure of local economies.

    1. Werner, Richard A. (2014) Can banks individually create money out of nothing? — The theories and the empirical evidence. International Review of Financial Analysis, 25, 94–105, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.irfa.2014.07.015.

  44. What a chilling statement attributed to Henry Kissinger that American soldiers are ” dumb , stupid animals to be used as pawns in the conduct of [ American ] policy.” Martin Luther King recognized that our soldiers were “pawns ” and in his “searing” anti-war speech on April4, 1968
    he advised ministers and boys facing the draft to register for conscientious objector status . This speech is said to have help seal his death warrant and exactly a year later he was assassinated . See :
    “When MLK turned on Vietnam , even ‘liberal’ allies turned on him ” cnn.com
    “The verdict was harsh .By one count 168 newspapers condemned his speech . King became ‘persona non grata’ in the Johnson Whitehouse.”
    The MIC/deep state does not take kindly to anti-war/peacemakers .

  45. This entire mess is the result of the Bush era NeoCons(Trotskyites)and their deaf, dumb and blind sheep followers Christian Zionist. They pull of the greatest psyop of all times with 9/11 and every brain dead American swallows it hook, line, and sinker.
    American citizens will get what they deserve for being led by the nose and never standing up to these tyrants.

    • Agree: Based Inquisitor
    • Replies: @anonymous
    , @J. Gutierrez
  46. The ZUS and Israel did the attack on the WTC and blamed the muslims and used this as an excuse to destroy the middle east for Israel and their greater Israel agenda, therefore the only way the ZUS will leave the middle east is if they are driven out, for Israel and the zionist dual citizens rule the ZUS and they are hell bent on getting armaggedon.

  47. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    Hidden? Revealed?

    You don’t need to twist yourself into a pretzel to figure out why Trump whacked–the Mafia term–Soleimani.
    Jared the Snake’s Tel Aviv masters told him they wanted Zion Don to pull the trigger and their will was done.

    I voted for a President Trump and instead, got President Shecky, beholden to Jew and Israeli interests who has bent over backwards to please the Israeli terrorists, but who will now go back to his old shtick; pretending to be MAGA or KAG until he gets re-elected, then it will be gloves off and most likely, another War for Israel and Wall Street in 2021.

    Having an Israeli-Firster in the WH isn’t unusual, but when you have a vain simpleton who doesn’t understand foreign policy or is so damned lazy, he lets a slumlord take care of it is a prescription for a major disaster.

    • Agree: renfro
    • Replies: @Z-man
  48. Amon says:
    @Wally

    Said the pot to the kettle.

  49. Israel is a very successful example of a strongly ethnocentric state that has its endless internal squabbles between the various groups within that identity, but yet remain fairly united against potential threats from outsiders (i.e., the”others”). This most definitely applies to the critical matter of immigration.

    Wisely, they do not easily accept immigrants, except those who are proven to be of their own ilk, and they are currently exploring, via internal public dialog, whether their already relatively stringent standards are not restrictive enough. (See here: https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/6-out-of-7-immigrants-to-Israel-not-Jewish-611842)

    They know they will be internally weakened, displaced, and ultimately, replaced if they do otherwise. They ‘see the writing on the wall’.

    Jews are not stupid people. It would seem equally wise for the US, Canada, and the European states to emulate their example, preserving their shared heritages and commonalities, which provide strength and unity in the face of adversities and against foreign enemies, both abroad and domestically.

    What is sauce for the (jewish) goose is sauce for the (goyim) ganders…….

  50. Hossein says:
    @Oscar Peterson

    Bunch of nonosense. Both the Imperial forces and Iranians need to be thrown out of iraq for they both are seeking to control and pillage Iraq.
    The massive demonstrations against Persian neo colonial plans and imperialist forces by the Iraqis ,Shia, Sunni and others is proof of that. The shouting of Iran out ,America out reverberates daily in Tahrir square.

    Thugs of Hashd are mercenaries of Persian neo colonialism . Their participation in the slaughter of Iraqis alongside the imperial forces , with the blessing and help of Iran , in destroying the Stalingrad of Iraq, Falljah, is a perfect example of why Iraqis want to disband those criminal death squads.
    The Iraqis do not want neither the racist Arab hating perisians nor western imperilaists.
    They both have been a disater for Iraq and both are responsible for destroying the country.

    Soon or later both those forces will be booted out .

    • Troll: L.K
  51. @Alfred

    You are quite right. There is a constant confusion among people who should know better that Trump did this and Trump did what, when indeed, he cannot do very much at all, much less order a strike on a foreign leader. The Deep State and Tel Aviv tell him what he has done. All he can do is make noises and scare people, and he has no one to help since they have surrounded him with their own agents, having arrested and driven out his original team. He is a puppet. All they do not control is his mouth.

  52. anonymous[700] • Disclaimer says:
    @Johnny Walker Read

    . . .greatest psyop of all times with 9/11 and every brain dead American swallows it hook, line, and sinker.
    American citizens will get what they deserve for being led by the nose and never standing up to these tyrants.

    Brain dead Americans may be, but you have to give them credit for insisting that their children are well educated: Mom & Dad insist that Janie and Junior read Anne Frank cover-to-cover, and thoroughly internalize the darkness of Elie Wiesel’s Night.
    those poor Jews.

    @50, Mostapha Mond: “Israel . . . has its endless internal squabbles between the various groups within that identity, but yet remain fairly united against potential threats from outsiders”

    Not a good model, in fact, it is the model US has adopted since Ehud Barack declared it from BBC studio on 9/11/02001: keep the people in fear of their lives so that the only thing that unites them is hatred of a designated Other.
    THAT hatred is ginned up by ADL in US, and internal organs in Israel, like Yad Vashem.

  53. Kapyong says:
    @anon

    “The Liberal Party of Australia is just as far left as it’s possible to be.”

    WTF? The ruling ‘Liberal’ Party in Australia are hard conservatives, on the right; with our ‘Labor’ and Greens on the left.

    “Just this week, their leaders have been promising to reduce CO2 Emissions even further, because of the Bushfires.”

    Our Liberals are uncaring coal-loving climate-change deniers who insist the fires are a natural cycle, and/or caused by arsonists – or just a problem for ‘inner city crazies’. Even in the face of science and popular outrage they deny a connection to C02, while also insisting their policies are already reducing C02, and will reduce more in future.
    In fact their policies are making it worse, and the future C02 reduction is just an accounting trick.

    “In Australia, it’s better known as the Poofters Party.”

    First time I’ve heard that term in 50 years.

    Ignore this poster.

  54. @Sarto

    Local black market communities, little city states of like minded people are the answer.

    Why say “Local black market communities?” Why not ‘Local communities?’

  55. Wally says:
    @EliteCommInc.

    Yet Jews think that their Jew “whiteness” is necessary for their cohesiveness.

    Israel Forcibly Injected African Immigrants with Birth Control: https://www.forbes.com/sites/eliseknutsen/2013/01/28/israel-foribly-injected-african-immigrant-women-with-birth-control/#18d46c4967b8

    Israel’s campaign to deport tens of thousands of African migrants: https://www.vox.com/world/2018/3/6/17059744/israel-deport-african-migrants-asylum

    Israel will pay new civilian immigration inspectors $9,000 bonuses to deport African migrants: https://qz.com/africa/1190856/israel-to-pay-civilians-to-arrest-african-migrants-and-refugees/

  56. Greg Bacon says: • Website
    @gotmituns

    don’t vote in the upcoming federal sham election. our republic died in the 1960s.

    Actually, it started gasping for breath when the traitorous President Wilson signed into law the act creating the illegal Federal Reserve.

    Why illegal? ‘Cause we can’t change the Constitution with a law, it can only be changed thru a constitutional convention, which the bandits behind this back-stabbing garbage knew wouldn’t pass, so they bribed, intimidated and blackmailed the miniscule number of Congressional members still in the Capitol on December 23, 1913. The same year, Congress passed an income tax, first one in 40 years, since they knew that WE the People would have to start paying sleazy banksters in the FED a tax to borrow our own money.
    By an amazing coincidence, the Great War–WWII–started 8 months later.

  57. @Hossein

    Hello Ibn Bagdadi, how you doin?

  58. @Wizard of Oz

    I question your assertion that the Labor Party is further left that the Liberal Party. Wasn’t Paul Keating when Labour Party head Australia’s Pinochet, who started the privatization of all government assets?

    • Replies: @Kapyong
  59. melpol says:

    Puppet administrations are becoming difficult for the US to maintain in Iraq jordan, and Lebanon. This is due to Chinese yuan given as bribes to ME politicians. Yuan bribes leads to the unplugging of US hegemony and influence in the ME. The US will not remove ME troops or disband its proxy mercenary armies. Once US armies and influence leaves the ME the petrodollar will collapse and the US will no longer remain a superpower.

  60. @Alfred

    You are amazing! You are giving your president a free pass by saying he was powerless and call him the “Commander -in-chief?
    There are stories circulating about him having sex with minors and raping women. I know, I know, almost all politicians are compromised and being blackmailed, not just in USA but around the world.
    The secret services have gone rouge and we live in a ‘gansta world’. Anyway, Trump is no angel or even a normal human being.

    • Replies: @Thomasina
  61. @Wizard of Oz

    And Wiz, I’ve only seen Australians referring to Sodomites as poofters. This in case some others didn’t understand the word.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  62. @Wizard of Oz

    Me again. CO2 from bushfires is different from CO2 from fossil fuels. None of the massive additions of C to the biosphere, just recycling.

    • Replies: @Alfred
  63. Mike P says:
    @Miro23

    It doesn’t make sense for any country to hold reserves in the US.

    True, but I doubt the Iraqis were given a choice in this regard.

  64. Art says:

    Did Trump kill Soleimani over the words “you can do nothing” – voiced by Iran?

    Trump: Iranian General Was ‘Saying Bad Things’ About US
    Says Soleimani’s comments led to decision to kill him
    Jason Ditz Posted on January 19, 2020Categories NewsTags Iran, Trump

    President Trump has struggled with legal justifications for the US assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, failing to back up claims of an “imminent” threat, claiming that didn’t matter because of bad things he’d done. On Friday, Trump suggested to donors that Soleimani was killed not because of what he did, but because of what he said.

    Trump made the comments at a Mar-a-Lago fundraiser, saying that he heard Soleimani’s comments, and asked “how much of this shit do we have to listen to?” Trump made no mention of any threats in his decision to kill Soleimani.

    https://news.antiwar.com/2020/01/19/trump-iranian-general-was-saying-bad-things/

    Is the killing of Soleimani all about Trump and his ego and his impeachment?

    Hmm!

    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
  65. “What identity, in your view, should the people focusing on whiteness as symbolic of their sense of belonging, be adopting?

    I think for those in the US it’s clearly embodied in the expressed sentiments of the Declaration of independence and the US Constitution. Clearly whites are central in that formulation. No doubt and without question. But contending that in the same one can be that only of they are white is countered by millions of whites of other societies who don’t abide and in no small degree disagree with how we have managed those documents principles in practice. No one need disparage being of white skin. The flaw in the press lies in the argument that such sentiments only reside among whites.

    It’s obvious that being “an American” is becoming less and less psychologically satisfying. So what is the answer?”

    sidenote: I am not sure who is less satisfied, save those for whom the country may have artificially short changed their benefits. Now we are s individuals our own worst enemies. But that doesn’t dismiss that artificial actors and circumstance don’t make that harder.

    I think if anything is to the general making it harder — is the realization that those who represent the country have their own agendas and act accordingly despite expressed wants by the people they represent. A sense that people we elect to represent — don’t.

    I think the current president in whom so much was entrusted for change is a reflection of that.
    ———————————–

    And I am of the view that the shift from immigrants coming here and conforming to being US is citizens to those coming here and demanding outright or indirectly that the country conforms to them is disheartening as the leadership caters to the same. And by leadership, I don’t mean only, the political leadership.

  66. “Keep celebrating your own dissolution, cuck.”

    I am not sure how to respond to comments that don’t reflect how I have lived or an ethos that i promote. In light of that your comments make no sense, at least not to me.

    • Replies: @Daniel.I
  67. “Jews are experts at promoting group infighting and blaming the pawns which we then believe since it is promoted as fact in “their” news”

    Divide and conquer is hardly a uniquely jewish practice. Nor one in which jews are the sole experts of the practice, if expertise is a realized manifestation of the same.

    In the US the British and then the US effectively manipulated the native peoples to war against each other by playing on actual disagreements.

    Cases in point: Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Iran . . . Venezuela . . . the europeans have dragged native peoples into their wars by the millions in a divide and conquer strategy — even with each other.

  68. zard says:

    The US has turned into such a fake bullshit nation that nothing the people say who run the place can be trusted. It is totally a Masonic land where money is God and the decent people are exploited and oppressed. Free speech and democracy are only kosher if the issue is something like Pooper-Scooper Enforcement Officer with no real money or power involved, unless of course there is an impressive uniform which goes with the position.

    The brainwashed masses are presently transfixed to their TV’s watching the theatre of the fake-impeachment pageant unfold, dutifully believing it is all real. All the performers strut about keeping to their carefully-scripted lines. Like the establishment-hatched fake Russia-bashing campaign, it is all theater. With the impeachment drama intended the polarize the entire nation, the people are once-again being caresully herded into their red and blue stalls in ensure nothing really populist, and not controlled by the establishment cabal running things, gets off of the ground. the entire performance will be so carefully choreographed, on a pro and anti Trump basis that it will also ensure that whomever the ruling cabal anoints will be chosen for the top puppet job.

    Like in the US midterm elections in 2018, issues involving US foreign policy were mum. In the coming presidential election, Americans will see no real difference in the leading contenders’ position regarding foreign affairs, which most Americans in any case now believe should be left to the military and the agencies who know best how to protect and advance their interests. Once again, any real discussion or debate on foreign policy during the coming election campaign will be taboo, and with the careful censorship of the alternate media, and with no real protest from the American people, who in fact become willing accomplices to any further unjust wars and atrocities their so-called “free” nation commits.

    Americans are brought up on Hollywood imagery, life-styles and fantasy. The corporate media and entertainment industry is so pervasive that most of the people cannot discern the difference between fantasy and reality, and as result of their constantly-fed addiction, they now demand more and more theatre and even wars to satisfy their cravings. A false-flag attack, 9/11, on their own people coming from their diabolical “owners”, results in being no more than a thrilling performance to make life seem more real. If there was any reality to the people they would long ago have arrested the thousands of insider perps involved, (especially deep-state ones in and out of the US), and long ago they would hung everyone of them.

    • Agree: L.K, Based Inquisitor
    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
  69. “It wasn’t until the second time I attended, and every time since, that I noted only white people in attendance.”

    Blacks loyal to the revolution are not included in the stories we tell. The country spent most its history saying that blacks are not part of that story. That the country is in fact a “white” country. We know one name of one black who is part of the story – Cruspus Attucks and he died before the revolution.

    The below are not part of the common understanding.

    https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-02-19/from-the-archives-for-blacks-a-revolutionary-war-in-many-ways

    https://www.thoughtco.com/african-americans-in-the-revolutionary-war-4151706

    Now I want to be careful here, because we don’t know the names of thousands who fought, but for blacks that story was discouraged deliberately. Not to mention that at the opportunity, most blacks fought alongside the British, in exchange for liberty.

    The historical organizations that guarded the Revolutionary History out and out barred the descendants of blacks revolutionaries from being members.

    I am sure there were blacks in attendance, you probably just didn’t notice them.

  70. Tony Hall says:

    While other factors — such as pressure from U.S. allies such as Israel — also played a factor in the decision to kill Soleimani, the decision to assassinate him on Iraqi soil just hours before he was set to meet with Abdul-Mahdi in a diplomatic role suggests that the underlying tensions caused by Iraq’s push for oil independence and its oil deal with China did play a factor in the timing of his assassination.

    Whitney Webb’s article adds depth and detail to understanding the role of China in the background of the violent dance between USA, Iran and Iraq. The author emphasized Michael Hudson’s argument that its all about the petrodollar. While it is very valuable to have this broad contextual piece shedding new light on the larger situation, I’m uneasy about applying this big picture analysis to explaining the more circumscribed matter of the drone strike in Baghdad on January 2.

    While Trump was quick to take a bow and claim credit as he fed some red meat to his misguided Christian Zionist fanatics, I think its important to keep underlining the fact that the directing apparatus for the operation of the Jan. 2 operation was most likely centred more in Tel Aviv than Washington DC. If anything, the war crime that eliminated General Suleimani and Commander Abu Mahdi el-Muhandis and their entourage probably strengthened China’s hand in Iraq and Iran rather than undermining it.

    The lack of any significant effort on Whitney Webb’s part to include in the essay some real reckoning with the current state of China-Israel relations is a weakness creating an analytic distortion. A passing reference from Whitney Webb to “such as pressure from U.S. allies such as Israel” is suggestive of the author’s blind spot.

    This essay basically serves Netanyahu’s agenda when he asked observers of the Suleiman assassination to forget about Israel; to fail to notice that the drone strike of Jan. 2 just happened to bring much closer the US-led war on Iran that the Israel government and the Israel Lobby throughout the NATO countries has been pushing for many many years with unbroken consistency. Was Israel in some indirect way behind the attack on Flight 752 through possible cyber backdoor hacking of the jet plane, and/or the communication system of the shooter and/or the Russian-made missile system too? Was such a possible scenario a way of promoting yet another layer of neocon condemnation on Iran generally and on the IRGC particularly?

    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
  71. Ko says:
    @John Chuckman

    Consider the source. If all you have is “reported this morning (CNN)” it’s dead in the water bs.

  72. Ko says:

    American interests are to protect oil companies, and fight the inevtible douche (british definition) American’s will feel once the dollar is deflated. In a lesser way, wars and interventions are indeed to protect americans – from a massive, sudden, econimic depression of the likes the world has never seen. China and the rest of the world no American empire is going to retract. I only hope we have a sensible leader who can parlay Ameria’s role in the world to become a partner in the BRI – ion some way.

    The Asia Pivot was never destined to be anything but bluster. Asia is lost, the Asian nations will satellite around China. Southeast Asia is even more lost, Cambodia mioght as well fly the Chinese flag, Thailand will pretend, as it always has, to never have been colonized. Well, Thailand was/is a dog of a nation that’s laid down on its back for every nation advancing on it’s border.

    Myanmar just signed on to the BRI and has given China its derired dams. It’s already full of Chinese. The only thing holding China back in Myanmar is the amount of money it has to give spoon to the military, generals, cronies,etc. China already owns almost all of Manadaly and thousands of square milies surrounding Mandalay. It has gas and oil fields in a warm water where those pesky Bengali Jihadis once tried to dominate.
    https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/myanmar-china-sign-dozens-deals-bri-projects-cooperation-xis-visit.html

    Indial too has bought into Myanmar.
    https://www.irrawaddy.com/opinion/guest-column/india-many-reasons-engage-myanmar.html

    So, it’s no wonder Iraq is the last stop of the retreat from the Middle East. The Chinese are moving forward with only the Saudis standing in the way. And who the hell really likes the House of Saud? They’re doomed soon, and good riddence. The Iraqis want American out, and one day American will leave.

  73. Kapyong says:
    @Nonny Mouse

    “I question your assertion that the Labor Party is further left that the Liberal Party. Wasn’t Paul Keating when Labour Party head Australia’s Pinochet, who started the privatization of all government assets?”

    It is indeed the standard view here :
    The Liberal Party and their National Party allies are the conservatives of the right. Typically said to champion business, and would be compared to the UK Tories or US Republicans. Currently they are world-leading climate-change deniers and coal exporters, bolstered by a recent surprising election win.

    While our Labor party (with the US spelling) and their Green friends are on the left, and said to champion the people. Compared to UK Labour or US Democrats. Traditionally popular, currently in dis-array.

    Labor PM Paul Keating is sometimes seen as an anomaly – that he more naturally belonged to the conservative Liberals. His penchant for Ermenegildo Zegna suits and French antique clocks hardly marked him as traditional Labor man.

    (BTW – Unlike the US, here down under the term ‘liberal‘ is essentially a positive term, and has connotations of being tolerant, open-minded, friendly. Our Labor Party might be complimented for liberal policies e.g. But our Liberal Party is neither liberal in the US sense, nor the Australian sense – being mainstream, conservative, hard-nosed.)

    Kapyong

  74. Hossein says:

    The current “Iraqi” government is made up of traitors and mercenaries working for the Persian Mullas and are hated and despised by majority of Iraqis who are witnessing the pillage and plunder by illiterate thugs and their masters in foreign capitals.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/01/iraq-baghdad-police-tear-gas-live-fire-protests-rage-200120094313266.html

    It is high time that likes of Sistani, Sadr and other foreign mullas be thrown out and sent back to their original country ,Iran, for they have done nothing but create and spread sectarianism and stab the Iraqis in the back .

    The criminal mullas and the death squad of Hashd are responsible for the death of 100,s of freedom fighters .
    Victory to the freedom fighters in Iraq .

  75. anon[362] • Disclaimer says:
    @Daniel.I

    So please explain to me – how do you deal with someone who puts forward such a distortion of reality ?

    Make him an offer he can’t refuse?

    Say, $2.40/ comment?

  76. Thomasina says:
    @Rev. Spooner

    I would highly doubt Trump has had sex with minors or raped women. It doesn’t fit his MO. Crass, big-mouthed, a braggart? Yes, but not a rapist or a child abuser. Trump likes big, glamorous women who he can impress with his money, who make HIM look good, the type who come to him, not little girls who are frightened. He’s into enticing women with his status.

    The type who would want a frightened little girl (someone like a Bill Clinton) is a much more devious character. They’re into power. They crave fear. “Look how powerful I am, they’re frightened of me.” Now this is a sick individual.

    And no way Trump is a rapist. He doesn’t have to be; it would be beneath him, in his mind.

  77. The oil makes the world go round… the Whites found oil and what to do with it and just because jockeys are sitting astride vast pools of oil and chinaman has lately discovered what to do with doesn’t mean they are both going to get control of it. Dream on!

  78. It should be remembered that both “New Silk Road” as well as the “Belt and Road” initiatives were strategically authored by Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr. with notable impetus coming his wife, Helga Zepp-LaRouche, and thus should be understood as not an attack upon America, but rather a means of reviving the America, through a major powers world wide adaptation and thus revival of the “American System of Economics”.

    Thus any competent discussion of geopolitics that does not include in its analysis of current issues the LaRouchian understanding of the strategic invitation of the New Silk Road and Belt and Road initiatives as a means of securing world peace and prosperity precisely because these initiatives are based upon implementing those principles of the Treaty of Westphalia, “of the advantage of the other”, are actually serving the forces that seek discord in the world.

    Thus this is an opportunity that Trump should welcome, as the New Silk Road needs America as much as America needs the New Silk Road as a vehicle for physical economy investment that is not of the god of entropy and war but of universal human development.

    • Replies: @Sean
    , @Mefobills
  79. Daniel.I says:
    @EliteCommInc.

    Embracing a universalist ideology (“anyone can be Swedish”) results in getting cucked.
    (((They))) know this very well, which is why they’re always pushing it upon Whitey.

    So – are you a cuck or are you one of (((them))) ?

  80. lloyd says: • Website
    @Thomasina

    From what I can work out, Trump had sex with a thirteen year old child prostitute in the New York Epstein circle. He hasn’t practised child sex since. Maybe that was his Damascus moment. Child prostitutes have always been a fixture of rich men’s social scenes, I recall the 1970s movie Pretty Baby. But of course in today’s social climate, that makes him permanently damned more so than actually killing someone in a gang land killing. Women run the cultural mores in America. Child sex drives them mad as women. As Gore Vidal wrote, Janet Remo preferred the children incinerated at Waco rather than defiled.

  81. They have bargained for the reconstruction of Iraq in exchange for Iraq giving up 50% of oil imports.

    Another great article by Whitney. Abdul-Mahdi confirms what Trump himself has admitted to with regards to neighboring Syria.
    “We’ve secured the oil and, therefore, a small number of US troops will remain in the area.”

  82. Sean says:
    @Abdul Alhazred

    The Treaty of Westphalia was formalising means to the the objective of countries around the German nation to keep it divided by a balance of power. Iraq is not any kind of centre of power by resources or population. China’s presence in Iraq will make it impossible for the US to leave.

  83. chris says:
    @gotmituns

    Oh, I definitely agree that the republic is dead, but before the 1960s we had the Korean war and before that the wars on false pretexts to include the ‘Civil War,’ WWI, WWII, etc.

    However, on your point about voting, I always ask myself, what I would say to a victim of our policy if they asked me what I had done to stop the senseless slaughter of their countrymen. I think that the very least we can do is to vote for the anti-war candidate; even if they lie, we will have registered our support for that principle. It’s not enough, of course, but it’s the least we can do.

    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
  84. Thomasina says:

    From what you can work out? What have you worked out, Lloyd? Do you have evidence, or is this just something else that never happened, like Russiagate?

    Children are precious and they should be protected. I think both women AND men would agree with that.

    The elite might be holding something over Trump’s head; it’s possible. But it could just as easily be threats on his life, his family members’ lives (remember Kennedy and MLK), dirt they have on his son-in-law, which would hurt his daughter. It appears both Democrats and Republicans (save a very few) are trying to keep him down in order to maintain the status quo.

    They’re hitting him with everything they’ve got.

    • Agree: TKK, Bill Jones
  85. Z-man says:
    @Greg Bacon

    I feel your pain but since most Jews hate Trump even now means that he still scares them with his Nationalist ‘America First’ policies. And who are you going to vote for? Uncle Bernie the socialist? Pocahontas? Michelle Obama? SHillary on her ‘second coming’? Even Tulsi Gabard, who I like, is not ready to be POTUS. So we’re stuck with Orange Julius. But again don’t forget, the elite Jews, most of them anyway, hate him.

    • LOL: bluedog
  86. Mefobills says:
    @Abdul Alhazred

    It should be remembered that both “New Silk Road” as well as the “Belt and Road” initiatives were strategically authored by Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr. with notable impetus coming his wife, Helga Zepp-LaRouche, and thus should be understood as not an attack upon America, but rather a means of reviving the America, through a major powers world wide adaptation and thus revival of the “American System of Economics”.

    The Belt and Road pre-dates Lyndon, who also advocated for American System of Economy – but often didn’t call it that. Helga is a good advocate for the system, but not the original designer.

    Let’s give credit where credit is due. There were rail maps linking up North America to South America, and discussions of using U.S. state credit (Treasury Money) to build out South America.

    Sorry I don’t have a link of the rail maps on hand, but I’ve seen them. From about 1868-1912, the U.S. ran the American System of Economy, which is basically what China is using now. Lyndon routinely enjoins Hamilton as his hero. Hamilton’s views were actually part of the founding colonial experience, which includes what Franklin learned running the Philadelphia Colony, and what Cotton Mather learned running Mass. Bay Colony.

    It was the original colonists who had to re-learn economics, and the understanding of money. Why? Because they had to, and out of this “break” from English false economy (really Jewish), they came to new understandings about the science of money and economy.

    Here is a link that give some sense of that period:
    http://american_almanac.tripod.com/prometh1.htm

    China’s leaders observed Taiwan (Sun Yat Sen learned through Henry Carey’s son, while in Hawaii.) And China also observed Japan’s Manchurian Railroad engineers who in turn had learned through List, who learned the system while in America .. via Clay and Peshine Smith.)

    So props to LaRouche folks, but they are only intellectual heirs, not progenitors.

    The (((BAD GUYS))) have been around since the beginning of America. There has always been conflict between two world views.

    On one side is win-win state capital into the commons, and on the other side is the usurers and private control of money.

    American’s have amnesia… I’m not attacking you, but just illustrating a point about how far gone we are, as our American history has been re-written, and now our people are being demographically replaced.

    The forces for this re-writing of the American mind, and population replacement are the self same bad-guys who promote a false world-view and false economy.

  87. chris says:

    “After my return from China, Trump called me and asked me to cancel the agreement, so I also refused, and he threatened [that there would be] massive demonstrations to topple me. Indeed, the demonstrations started and then Trump called, threatening to escalate in the event of non-cooperation and responding to his wishes, whereby a third party [presumed to be mercenaries or U.S. soldiers] would target both the demonstrators and security forces and kill them from atop the highest buildings and the US embassy in an attempt to pressure me and submit to his wishes and cancel the China agreement.”

    This is a real blockbuster of an article! Once again, the mask has come off and underneath the already less than complementary facade, the full mob operation is again plainly visible. The same mobsters who were lying us into wars, starting wars and revolutions under the Bushes, Obama, are continuing their operations unabated.

    • Agree: bluedog
  88. Mefobills says:
    @Mefobills

    But doesn’t always call it that. Sorry, I don’t mean to imply that Lyndon is a bad guy… I think his heart is in the right place.

  89. Z-man says:
    @Ben_C

    China? I don’t think Trump’s decision to assassinate Solimani had anything to do with China or any sort of economic trade deal with another state at the time. China might have been relevant after the fact, but not before as far as I can tell.

    Agreed

    We are now told that the US has ‘officially’ withdrawn troops from Syria when I don’t recall ever being informed US ‘boots’ were ‘on the ground’ in Syria in the first place. I must have missed the memo.

    We still have troops there. Trump wants to get them out but the Deep State and most everyone else in DC and the media fights him on that.

    Can anyone explain?

    What about the ‘contractor’ that was killed? What’s his name? Where’s he from? Who does he work for? Sounds like a Sixties song, lol.

    • Replies: @9/11 Inside job
  90. “Embracing a universalist ideology (“anyone can be Swedish”) results in getting cucked.
    (((They))) know this very well, which is why they’re always pushing it upon Whitey.

    So – are you a cuck or are you one of (((them))) ?”

    I am unclear what the requirements are to be a Swedish citizen. But your comment again makes no sense.

    Based on the following websites:

    https://www.immigrationworld.com/sweden/5-ways-to-get-swedish-citizenship/

    https://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Becoming-a-Swedish-citizen/Citizenship-for-adults.html

    https://hejsweden.com/en/swedish-citizenship-test/

    Apparently nor everyone can be Swedish.

    Note: Nothing universalist about citizenship, hence why nations have qualifications with different expectations to qualify.

    • Replies: @Mefobills
  91. Pft says:

    So after the assassination China signs a trade bill with the US giving up lots and getting nothing in return unless you include no new tariffs (maintaining existing punitive tariffs)

    When are people going to see this is all fake wrestling. China is an Anglo-American creation, starting with the Sun Yat Sen, allowing the Communists to take over by withholding aid to CKS while Stalin was providing the Communists with arms left over from US lendlease during WWII, to recognizing China at Taiwans expense and giving it a seat on the UN Security Council , to providing MFN despite human rights abuses such as against Falun Gong and Tiananmen Square, and unlike other allegedly Communist countries never using sanctions against them.

    Meanwhile the US allows China to be their main supplier of rare earth metals needed by the military, chemicals and drugs used by Big Pharma, tech hardware needed by Big Tech/Big Data and much of our clothing and footwear. In return China obliges and recycles excess dollars to USTS, grants Trump trademarks, hired neocon Eric Prince and company to run security for their OBOR project

    China is the elites pilot project for the coming new NWO. A model government where the party elite are the major owners of private capital as opposed to communism which is state ownership of capital, and the present form of neoliberal capitalism where owners of private capital control the state but must do so in the shadows (unlike Chinas party elite). China is unbound by a bill of rights and pave the way to perfecting authoritarian control using tech surveillance, big data and social credit. China is the model Technocrats dream of, and was Made in USA.

    The fake wrestling allows both the US and China to blame the other party for any economic problems and keep the population suffering from gross inequality from directing their wrath against the government.

    Would not surprise me at all if the US is in on Chinas deal with Iraq or at least signed off on it. Interesting in how the PM resigns after making the deal and doesn’t have a drone with his name on it.

  92. the man who infamously described U.S. soldiers as “dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy”, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger

    I don’t much like Kissinger, but this is a misattribution, according to Wikiquote at https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Henry_Kissinger

    1. Kissinger has denied saying it.

    2. The only evidence that Kissinger ever said this was a claim in the book, The Final Days, by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, in chapter 14 (p.194 in the 1995 paperback edition). Woodward & Bernstein claimed that one of Kissinger’s political foes, Alexander Haig, had told someone unnamed, that he (Haig) had heard Kissinger say it. That’s triple hearsay, made even weaker by the fact that one of the parties is anonymous. Kissinger has denied ever saying it, and it was never substantiated by Haig, nor by anyone of known identity who claimed to have heard it. As Kirkus Reviews noted about the whole book, “none of it is substantiated in any assessable way.”

    3. In fact, the quote is not even very plausible, on its face. Kissinger served with distinction in the U.S. Army during WWII, and was awarded the Bronze Star. He has always been very respectful of other servicemen and their sacrifices. For him to have said such a thing would have been wildly out of character. In fact, the awkward phrasing doesn’t even sound like Kissinger, whose English prose is consistently measured and careful, despite his heavy accent, even when he speaks extemporaneously.

    The problem with errors of this kind is that the reader is bound to wonder whether anything else in the story is hearsay, mistaken, or pure invention.

    Please tell us just the facts. We’ll be grateful, and your reports will be syndicated more widely.

    • Replies: @9/11 Inside job
  93. Remember this BBC Panorama video,
    The War Party

    It seemed like BBC gained access to the sociopath ward at St. Elizabeth hospital.
    Richard Perle
    Michael Ledeen
    William Kristol
    Joshua Muravchik
    Meyrav Wurmser
    David Wurmser

    As BBC explained, these psychos were the core of the neocons who involved USA in the war in Iraq.

    Hatlo hat-tip to MoonofAlabama commenter PeterAU1 (is that PeterAus?)
    https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/01/iran-counters-eu-threat-of-snapback-sanctions.html#more
    who linked to an Alistair Crooke report:
    https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2020/01/20/many-matryoska-dolls-america-way-imagining-iran/

    they — or at least Wurmser — have busted out of their strait jackets and are back at it.
    Wurmser, a colleague of John Bolton, has sent him memos making

    “The case for disruption . . . argue[ing] that Iran is in the midst of a legitimacy crisis. Its leadership, he writes, is divided between camps that seek an apocalyptic return of the Hidden Imam, and those that favour the preservation of the Islamic Republic. All the while, many Iranians have grown disgusted with the regime’s incompetence and corruption.”

    Thus, Wurmser’s insight continued,

    “were unexpected, rule-changing actions taken against Iran, it would confuse the regime. It would need to scramble,” he writes. Such a U.S. attack would “rattle the delicate internal balance of forces and the control over them upon which the regime depends for stability and survival.” Such a moment of confusion, Wurmser writes, will create momentary paralysis — and the perception among the Iranian public that its leaders are weak.

    Permit this interruption: Iran’s strength, and the threat of contagion of Iranian confidence, have been sand in Wurmser’s oyster brain for at least a dozen years: at the Annapolis Summit in 2007, Wurmser made two major claims: First, he argued that Iran was less concerned about USA surrounding itself with allies to confront it than with USA posing a unilateral threat to Iran.
    Second, and more importantly, Wurmser perceives Iran as exuding confidence and taunting its Muslim neighbors with their failure to emulate Iran’s successful opposition to Israel — Iran forced Israel out of Gaza.
    Specifically, Wurmser said:

    Iranian strategy, it is an exceedingly refined and unified in vision. It is not threatening the countries around them. . . .It exposes the impotence in dealing with fundamental questions concerning the Muslim world.
    . . . [Iran says,]
    ‘We were the ones that forced Israel out of Lebanon; we were the men of action who forced the peace process and force them to begin surrendering land. What did you, Sunni leaders, give us?’ That is the argument they make. That the risk – the results in the 1990s were a result of their actions. Disengagement happened because Hamas kicked out Israel.
    I am not saying this is the reality of it but this is what they are saying. That they kicked the Israelis out of Gaza. The Israelis cannot answer to this. ‘We Iranians hold real assets they get real results.’ This is a deeply subversive message to send across the Sunni-Shiite divide and divide the Muslim world. It is a battle over the banner of Islam. It is not an Iranian struggle against someone else. In that struggle, Saudi Arabia and others are threatened not by Iran’s military, but by these subversive arguments. https://www.c-span.org/video/?202444-1/annapolis-middle-east-summit

    That’s the 2007 grain of sand that grew into Wurmser’s 2019 pearl of wisdom: David Wurmser, employee of John Bolton, servant to Netanyahu, cannot stand that Iran is self-confident enough to force Israel to make moves it does not want to make, and to emasculate Muslims in the neighborhood in the process.

    He sees the only option to fragment Iran by driving a wedge inside Iran:

    “Wurmser’s memos show that the Trump administration has been debating the blow against Soleimani since the current crisis began, some seven months ago … After Iran downed a U.S. drone [in June], Wurmser advised Bolton that the U.S. response should be overt and designed to send a message that the U.S. holds the Iranian regime, not the Iranian people, responsible. “This could even involve something as a targeted strike on someone like Soleimani or his top deputies,” Wurmser wrote in a June 22 memo.”

    Wurmser or somebody was able to persuade Trump to drive that wedge.
    But Iran so far resisted the thrust.

    • Thanks: Iris
    • Replies: @Sean
  94. FB says: • Website

    Shades of the Ukrainians turning down the EU ‘offer’ to go with Russia’s much better deal instead…

    The EuroMaidan ‘protests’ followed…including the unknown snipers of course…pure gangland…

  95. Mefobills says:
    @EliteCommInc.

    I am unclear what the requirements are to be a Swedish citizen. But your comment again makes no sense.

    Elite, you are engaging in Talmudic hair splitting.

    Yes, the laws on Swedish books allow Negroes, North Africans, or gasp….SEMITES, to become Swedish citizens.

    Do you maybe think the (((internationalists)) were involved in Swedish law change? People that cannot notice patterns are either ignorant, or dupes, or are agents of deception. That you persist implies you are a genuinely confused about things, or are an (((agent of deception))).

    Swedes, or being Swedish is a unique Europoid racial type. Swedes evolved in their lands over millenia, and in realtive isolation, and hence evolved unique racial and mental traits.

    To suggest that a Negro or some other highly divergent person can take a citizen test and then magically become Swedish is pure neo-liberal gibberish, out of alignment with reality. It is you pushing a false narrative, or agreeing with what is obvious BS.

    To destroy the unique Swedish racial heritage is a crime against nature, and anybody that promotes immigration of divergent peoples into Sweden, in my opinion, should be punished.

    There is no magic soil, and people don’t automatically become Swedish because some nitwit has redefined reality.

    The U.S. has always been an immigrant nation, without tens of thousands of years of evolution and continuous presence of whites. Swedes and Caucasians evolved on the European continent over millenia, and it is theirs. It is their land.

    A white person cannot become a Chinese by taking a citizen-ship test. A white person cannot become Japanese by stepping on Japanese soil. No Chinese would call a white person as Chinese, because it is a racial classification.

    Talmudic law twisting and reality subversion is quite annoying. Take your Noahide legal nitpicking and take a hike.

    • Replies: @Mefobills
  96. Mefobills says:
    @Mefobills

    Here is another Elite comment, indicating ignorance:

    There is no genetic disposition to criminal activity to blacks than there are to whites. So its absolutely correct that barring blacks from entering into the main created an class of people relegated to the worst conditions that also contribute or create environments for criminal conduct.

    https://www.unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=EliteCommInc.

    While there is some overlap in the races, as in a Venn diagram, there are observable differences in racial behaviors.

    Social Scientists know this to be true. It is not socio-economic, nor is it class. There is enough meta data available to race researchers.

    Unz is a HBD site (human bio-diversity ) and has plenty of links for you to disabuse yourself of your confusion.

    The Genetic disposition for blacks is higher overall testosterone, high “now” time preference, and gene clusters that are shown for violence. All races evolved in their environmental niche.

    https://www.tremr.com/Duck-Rabbit/african-americans-possess-violence-gene-researchers-find

  97. Sean says:
    @SolontoCroesus

    As BBC explained, these psychos were the core of the neocons who involved USA in the war in Iraq.

    Nonsense, it was Saddam and the threat he posed to Saudi Arabia who forces the US to station forces in Saudi Arabia, and then when that became unsustainable due to domestic Saudi unrest, to invade Iraq and instantly withdraw the army from Saudi Arabia.

    David Wurmser, employee of John Bolton, servant to Netanyahu, cannot stand that Iran is self-confident enough to force Israel to make moves it does not want to make, and to emasculate Muslims in the neighborhood in the process.

    It was less than a week after Bolton was sacked by Trump that Iran attacked the Saudi oil terminals with drones and reduced the World’s oil supply by 5%. There is nothing mysterious about the influence of people kike Bolton when Iran behaves like that. Anyway the publicly proclaimed policy of the US toward the Gulf was draw up under Carter by his chief advisor Brzezinski.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carter_Doctrine

    The Carter Doctrine was a policy proclaimed by President of the United States Jimmy Carter in his State of the Union Address on January 23, 1980, which stated that the United States would use military force, if necessary, to defend its national interests in the Persian Gulf. It was a response to the Soviet Union’s intervention in Afghanistan in 1979, and it was intended to deter the Soviet Union, the United States’ Cold War adversary, from seeking hegemony in the Persian Gulf region.

    Let our position be absolutely clear: An attempt by any outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf region will be regarded as an assault on the vital interests of the United States of America, and such an assault will be repelled by any means necessary, including military force

    https://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/georgehwbushkuwaitinvasion.htm
    In an August 1990 address to the nation on the invasion of Kuwait and announcing the US troops being rushed to Saudi Arabia, President George H.W. Bush said America imported half the oil it consumes, and that made Saudi Arabia independence from any regional hegemon a vital interest of the US. Now it is China that imports half of its oil through the Strait of Hormuz.

    • Replies: @Mefobills
    , @AnonStarter
  98. @James N. Kennett

    Kissinger may not have said it , but there’s no denying that our soldiers have been used as pawns in U.S. foreign policy .

  99. @Z-man

    Trump doesn’t want to get the troops out until he secures the oil .

    • Replies: @TKK
  100. Kim says:
    @anon

    As in the USA, both major Australian political parties are globalist and oligarchical fronts. Here are some of the massively important policies that they have, by mutual agreement, implemented and maintained together since the 1970s.

    1. “Asian integration” – making Australia an industrial and political appendage of China
    2. Mass immigration from non-white countries (the White Australia policy ended in 1965 – strangely just as Hart Celler passsed- what a cohencidence!)
    3. No tarriffs
    4. “no fault” divorce and anti-male “Family Law” courts
    5. feminism as quasi-official state-supported ideology
    6. financial system open to easy international money flows
    7. few limits on foreign ownership of Australian property
    8. economy controlled by just four large banks in cahoots with real estate developers – to be fair, the banks controlled Australia for a very long time, but have become even more concentrated in their powers in these last 50 years
    9. massive, feather-bedded and unionized public sector
    10. indoctrination as education
    11. promoting and enforcing the Globohomo, Sainthood of the Analists, ideology
    12. introduction of compulsory tax-funded “medical insurance” which does very little to promote health but rather is designed principally to underwrite the otherwise unsustainable Big Ag, Big Food, Big Med, Big Pharma health-hostage system (where what we eat and drink makes us sick and then the other Bigs keep us sick and paying right into the grave.)
    13. Allegiance to Israel and the Holocaust story (David Irving denied a visa, public statements of their allegiance by PMs such as Rhodes scholar/Fabian globalist Hawke, etc)
    14. “Anti-racism” – but endorsing antiwhitism
    15. Civilian disarmament (the Martin Bryant false flag)
    16. Climate change bs (this is not total and there is some at least cosmetic division on this issue)
    17. Commitment to de-industrialization by destroying coal power generation plants and “replacing” them with wind and solar power generation
    18. “hatespeech” laws introduced and used to suppress dissent

    I may have missed a few.

  101. I also “don’t much like Kissinger ” for his “Crimes against humanity : Why is Henry Kissinger walking around free ?” globalresearch.ca , By Andy Piascik

  102. @Thomasina

    I’ve seen several pictures of Trump, from decades ago, with his daughter, Ivanka. I’ve also seen him in the last few years interact with her, in public, and discuss with the host and audience how beautiful she was and if he wasn’t her father………

    I’ve also seen a significant number of pictures of Trump and Melania from the early 90’s, in party mode, with other party goers-Epstein, Maxwell, Clinton, Dersh et al. What really surprised me is how much surgery Mel-ania has had in the intervening decades.

    I saw a bunch of people, elites, clearly using coke in full out party mode.

    I have had my suspicions about Trump for years.
    I don’t have any at this point. He’s confirmed all of them. The man is absolute filth. There used to be a saying ‘the cream rises to the top’ but I disagree, I think that in the West ‘the scum ends up floating on the surface”.

  103. sally says:
    @Weston Waroda

    Nationalism is a function of propaganda, controlled access to knowledge, information and education, and is dependent on excused use of armed force, propaganda, and authority to make the laws. Basically nationalism is a modern version of the ancient feudal system; the few are allowed their wealth, as long as the few support the abuse of the many and the few support the state as long as the few have a monopoly on the benefits of the economy. Rule of law, propaganda, use of force, and concentration of wealth are the tools used by the political leaders of nation states to subdue the governed.

  104. Kim says:

    I’ve seen several pictures of Trump, from decades ago, with his daughter, Ivanka. I’ve also seen him in the last few years interact with her, in public, and discuss with the host and audience how beautiful she was and if he wasn’t her father………

    You might like to google “Ivanka Trump plastic surgery”.

    Or try https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/761241/Ivanka-Trump-plastic-surgery

    Dan Marsh, consultant plastic surgeon, said: ““Ivanka has clearly had a rhinoplasty”

    I’d say, looking at the pics, that is more than just rhinoplasty for that middle eastern honker. She has also had her upper teeth fixed and perhaps also some chin work, an implant. And then there’s the boob job and the severe blonding of her hair. No nordic angel she.

    Before she got the work done, she looked like something out of Revenge of the Nerds.

  105. renfro says:

    Its official . Trump cant read….anything more complicated than a McDonalds menu…… thats why he never reads any intel or policy papers submitted to him.
    Trump said reading the Constitution was like trying to read a foreign language.

    Constitutional Powers of the President
    Article. II.
    Section. 1.
    The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years….
    Section. 2.
    The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

    He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

    But Trump could barely read it.He was in a filmed program in which various former prezs and others were to select and read aloud portions of the Constitution….he chose article 11 dealing with presidential power naturally…..but the IMBECILE could barely get thru reading it.

    ””With LED lights on stilts in front of him, Trump took his seat. But the president stumbled, trying to get out the words in the arcane, stilted form the founding fathers had written. Trump grew irritated. “It’s very hard to do because of the language here,” Trump told the crew. “It’s very hard to get through that whole thing without a stumble.” He added, “It’s like a different language, right?” The cameraman tried to calm Trump, telling him it was no big deal, to take a moment and start over. Trump tried again, but again remarked, “It’s like a foreign language.”

    The section, like many parts of the Constitution, was slightly awkward—an anachronistic arrangement of words that don’t naturally trip off the tongue. Members of the crew exchanged looks, trying not to be obvious. Some believed Trump would eventually get it, but others were more concerned. The president, already bristling about his missteps, was getting angry. He chided the crew, accusing them of distracting him. “You know, your paper was making a lot of noise. It’s tough enough,” Trump said.

    • Replies: @sally
  106. TKK says:
    @9/11 Inside job

    Power runs the world. Fossil fuels are finite. Solar and wind are expensive and require huge start up costs. Do you enjoy air conditioning, food refrigeration and lights after dark?

    Wars have always been and will always be. Ever read Herodotus? Any history?

    Humanity’s run is blood soaked and brutal. The Nirvana you clowns believe will descend when Israel is “gone” ( never happen) will never materialize.

    If Trump doesn’t secure oil, do you believe Putin will gift it to us, with a Harry and David Pear Tower? Maybe throw in some Moose Munch?

    Most of you are so frighteningly obtuse – in your hysterical hair ripping over the death of Iranian terrorists- you do not understand that….

    you could not voice a fraction of your illiterate, ignorant comments in Tehran without having your door kicked in and be dragged off to Evin Prison.

    You have ran off the nuanced, intelligent commenters ( e.g. Bardon- the PHYSICIST) and all that is left is the troglodytes who sing a song with one note- Da Joos.

    • Replies: @Z-man
    , @9/11 Inside job
  107. ” . . . the laws on Swedish books allow Negroes, North Africans, or gasp….SEMITES, to become Swedish citizens.”

    I am not going to get into the politics of the EU, no one forced the Swedes to adopt an immigration policy that accepted others not originally natives. That simply is not for me to decide. I have no idea how many if any blacks are part of the native landscape of Sweden.

    I do know that the Swedes are an independent lot, who don’t much being told what to and how they are to behave by outsiders. If they want to bar blacks , greens, purples and what nots — that is their choice. In lieu of the press I simply went to the websites that established what was required to be Swedish. Period. If the people of Sweden can establish what it means to become a Swedish citizen, — Laughing. I am not inclined to go about telling them they are wrong.

    I did notice is that it is tougher to be come Swiss than it is a US citizen and frankly I side with the Swiss. And that means I am not splitting hairs. I simply don’t know what it takes. You will have to take your dust up with them.

    My position as usual was pretty simply. The fact that there are Swedes, French, Danes, Poles, Germans, Yugoslavians and the host of others makes it clear there is no ethnic bond. Because when one looks at predominantly white countries — their bonds have been made via intermarriage, wars, immigration, business dealings — common interests — not whiteness as their numerous wars with each other over everything from livestock to intra-family squabbles. Including civil wars.

    If you’d like to go to Sweden and explain to them why Gustav Badin, Richard Abramsson, John Hood, Mariam Osman Sherifay and others could not possibly be Swedish — have at it.
    ————————–

    ” Swedes and Caucasians evolved on the European continent over millenia, and it is theirs. It is their land.”

    Then it is safe to say, they decide what constitutes being Swedish, as someone who values the sovereignty of nation states — I acknowledge their right to so and respect the same. Apparently in their view whiteness alone simply isn’t enough as is clear by the fact that even whites not native to Sweden are required to meet x number of requirements.

    So much for splitting hairs, it appears that the Swedes are splitting far more than hair or skin color to make the their case of who and who is not Swedish.

    Given the record of Swedish fighters, I would prefer to stay out of the middle of arguments between you and they — have fun.

  108. Vojkan says:
    @Daniel.I

    They just can’t get over the fact that Russia is the biggest natural white nation on Earth and that the German come second. They have managed to shame the German into submission but nothing they try seems to work with the Russian, every time they think they’ve finally succeeded in shattering the Russians’ sense of self, those strange folks just rise up again, so they’re frustrated.

  109. “Swedes, or being Swedish is a unique Europoid racial type. Swedes evolved in their lands over millenia, and in realtive isolation, and hence evolved unique racial and mental traits.’

    Isolationist . . . laughing. Not if you live on this plant . . . oy veh.

    not a pretty webpage on my software — however:

    https://academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/List_of_Swedish_wars

    laughing: tell ABBA just how isolationist they are. Great group as long as they r singing about pedro or whoever that hispanic guy in one of their popular tunes. Looked it up it’s “Fernando”
    Geez, they age well.

    Swedes and slavery — ohhh before they carted about blacks the swedes were fond of carting aroung whites all across the European landscape. I have no doubt that with all of this trading and carting there was plenty of mixers that went beyond a swig or two from wineskins.

    https://brokgauz.academic.ru/dic.nsf/enwiki/437672

    ———————————

    “To destroy the unique Swedish racial heritage is a crime against nature, and anybody that promotes immigration of divergent peoples into Sweden, in my opinion, should be punished.
    There is no magic soil, and people don’t automatically become Swedish because some nitwit has redefined reality.”

    I am not even clear how long one must have a family tree in Sweden to qualify as a native Swede. I saw one reference that noted 12 generations. Again, I want to be careful of any imposition on how the Swedes codify that. Now when it comes to dogs I think that translates into 20 year per, but let I be accused of calling Swedes dogs, let’s go with 22 years. And the Swedes can certainly correct me if i am wrong. As I say this matter is not really one I am taking to tell the Swedes who and who is not Swedish. So, if we are talking about native Swedes, i guess the estimate would be a lineage going back some 250 subtracting ten years for the overlap, that generous, I think. But you’ll have to work that out with them.

    As I understand it the Swedes are not isolationists, they just prefer to avoid squabbles not directly related to their issues — neutrality is what is called. But their history even modern history is not isolationist.

    _______________________

    https://www.tremr.com/Duck-Rabbit/african-americans-possess-violence-gene-researchers-find”

    I am going to enlist my standard here.

    Note the genetic coding that indicates a genetic disposition for violence in blacks. none of the alleles correlation dance. You say genetic cause, I say show me.

  110. Z-man says:
    @TKK

    I don’t think Nirvana will descend when Israel..and Palestine become one state. But it will be a lot better situation than it is today.
    Trump (America) doesn’t need ME oil anymore (fracking). In any event gasoline demand is going to be reduced due to new energy sources and higher efficiencies for the existing petroleum powered engines.
    I have been an infrequent poster here until recently. I ran no one off this site, you douche. I welcome debate but it just so happens that most with opposing views are obvious trolls and/or Zionist operatives.

  111. This is a hard hard pill because it shames all Americans addicted to the supremacy of the petro-dollar. And I wish east and west, black and white, Christian and other and everyone else to boot would sober up, get real and get ecology. You can think whatever the frack you wont, but that is the Meta Q, folks.

    Nevertheless, here being Unz Review, I will wedge in the reminder: Israel has been and remains one of the top three reasons for USA aggressive meddling in the Middle East. Per Oded Yinon in 1982,

    “Iraq, rich in oil on the one hand and internally torn on the other, is guaranteed as a candidate for Israel’s targets. Its dissolution is even more important for us than Syria. Iraq is stronger than Syria. In the short run, it is Iraqi power which constitutes the greatest threat to Israel. An Iraqi-Iranian war will tear Iraq apart, and cause its downfall at home even before it is able to organize a struggle on a wide front against us. Every kind of inter-Arab confrontation will assist us in the short run and will shorten the way to the more important aim of breaking up Iraq into denominations as in Syria and in Lebanon.”

    Oden Yinon, A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties. Kivunim 2/14/1982
    (CAREFUL SCHOLARS double check elsewhere: I just typed this out of Felton’s Host and Parasite.)

    And so, at least for me, it is not difficult to accept that the main reason the neocons ran so hard and sure with such pathetically faulty reasoning and criminally falsified documents alleging Iraq’s WMD was… Israel First. And that was some real bad medicine.

  112. Alfred says:
    @Nonny Mouse

    None of the massive additions of C to the biosphere

    The reality is that the oceans are where 98% of free CO2 is stored – not the atmosphere. When the global temperature rises, the oceans release some CO2 – with a delay.

    CO2, GLOBAL WARMING, CLIMATE AND ENERGY

    39,000 GtC (gigatonnes of carbon) currently reside in the oceans while only 750 GtC are in the atmosphere

    Ocean storage of carbon dioxide

    It is a shame they stopped teaching physics that contradicts their belief system.

  113. sarz says:
    @Gizmo880

    Whatever you might think of Trump, it is an absolute fact that he has less blood on his hands than each of the past three Presidents.

    That might be so. But it’s because it’s much riskier. Trump from the beginning has been set to obliterate Iran for Israel, despite the many Pentagon war games showing it’s not possible without nukes. So Trump spent a fortune on “usable” nukes for the purpose. He has been checked by Putin, who explicitly stated that any nuke however small used on an ally will be responded to immediately as a nuclear attack on Russia. And Putin has taken pains to officially state, through Patrushev to Bolton and Netanyahu, that Iran is an ally.

  114. Daniel.I says:
    @EliteCommInc.

    We’re on to your shtick, yid.

  115. @EliteCommInc.

    correction: laughing: tell ABBA just how isolationist they are. Great group as long as they are not singing about pedro or whoever that hispanic guy is in one of their popular tunes. Looked it up it’s “Fernando”

    —————————–

    Central to this author of this article’s point is — respect for the sovereignty of other nation states. The fact that we attacked Iraq without provocation actually created worse scenarios to our agenda.

    1. paved the way for Iranian influence

    2. created internal animosity that butts against our very presence, muchless any influence we might have

    3. bars a positive relationship to buffer against China or any other competitor . . . capitalism may come to the region, we are now in panic that it might exclude the US

    4. exposes the US further as our behavior suggests kind of panic — which is causing the use of force , and outright negative colonialist behavior. The very likes of Europe is in some manner attempting to redress — because there remains several canyons of wealth down south they would appreciate having access to.

    I am not sure how how accurate the China prevent analysis is. But if accurate, we in the US should be deeply concerned that our real situation is so dire as to require the use of force just to survive. It’s worth considering.

    Would to be careful making fictional movie references. But the final scene in Three Days of the Condor serve the premise for the entire film in my view.

    {Higgins (Robertson): It’s simple economics. Today it’s oil, right? In ten or fifteen years, food. Plutonium. Maybe even sooner. Now, what do you think the people are gonna want us to do then?

    Joe Turner (Redford): Ask them?

    Higgins: Not now – then! Ask ’em when they’re running out. Ask ’em when there’s no heat in their homes and they’re cold. Ask ’em when their engines stop. Ask ’em when people who have never known hunger start going hungry. You wanna know something? They won’t want us to ask ’em. They’ll just want us to get it for ’em!}

    https://www.quora.com/Why-is-the-CIA-considered-by-many-people-to-be-corrupt

  116. @Art

    It definitely could be all about Trump and his ego. It could also be that there are so many “national security” hookworms infesting the Executive Branch that it could have been anyone who ordered the strike and Trump took credit for it to pretend that he is in control.

    The Trump ego seems to drive everything he does and says. What appealed to people during the campaign has been revealed as mental illness rather than any kind of strong principle.

  117. @TKK

    I certainly agree with you that “Humanity’s run is blood soaked and brutal .” I have read some history and I learned that six million jews died in the “holocaust’ but I have since learned that I was misinformed and according to a New York Rabbi “Not even 1 million Jews [were] killed in the Holocaust “ timesofisrael.com . “At least 5 million of the six million were total Goyim ” Ultra Orthodox Rabbi declares . I have also learned that Putin and Trump have a connection through Chabad-Lubavitch : “The happy-go-lucky Jewish group that connects Trump and Putin .”politico.com, By Ben Schreckinger .

  118. @Tony Hall

    “The lack of any significant effort on Whitney Webb’s part to include in the essay some real reckoning with the current state of China-Israel relations is a weakness creating an analytic distortion.”

    Not to me. How much depth can be included in one article? Maybe a 200,000 word book could include everything you think is important. Go and write such a book and submit it for publication instead of griping that Webb doesn’t hit all of your pet points in one article.

    • Agree: Iris
  119. @chris

    “I think that the very least we can do is to vote for the anti-war candidate; even if they lie, we will have registered our support for that principle. It’s not enough, of course, but it’s the least we can do.”

    Voting allows you to “register your support” in your own mind and nowhere else. It’s as significant an act as peeing in a swimming pool while you’re swimming.

    • Replies: @chris
  120. “We’re on to your . . . ”

    Hey you made the press. Here’s the definition of hair splitting.

    [MORE]

    “split hairs
    in British English
    to make a fine but needless distinction”

    Now i have addressed both questions the national and the native to the national. I don’t think you know what hair splitting means. In both cases the distinctions are neither my own creation nor are they needless and why Sweden, my guess goes to such legnths to set the rules for national identity.

    —————

    Now if you are someone who contends that biology is is to nationalism by definition of said trait — you are welcome to establish an example that a child of Swedish parents growing up in say Italy will without the aide is parent or anyone else -= will grow to adult behaving Swedish in thought and behavior.

    That is the biological national ethnic argument. Make the case. Genetics is biology to behavior essentially and that regardless of environment. And in the case of nativist contentions to ethnicity and national identity, regardless of where one is born, by genetic coding a Swede will be a Swede whereever they are born by virtue of biology, identified by skin color.

    Now it would be possible depending one the lines of how long and how intermixed X persons are in any locxation to determine what that lineage is by location. And clearly, any number of Swedes have met people with such lines returning to Sweden making that claim.

    “My parents are Swedes, but I grew up in Italy.” Parents passed away when they were very young, etc.

    But in very short order, find themselves out of place in Sweden because they are wholly “unSwede” in their thinking, mannerisms, understanding and crime enough — that person neither knows ABAA or upon hearing them expresses a dislike for them in general — Curses —
    Swedes might be very cordial in company and low among themselves express disgust, declaring that in fact, that person is certainly not one of us. Regardless of who his parents are.

    You are welcome to tell any Swede that they are in fact splitting hairs.

    ——————————-

    I won’t say anything about see your ability to determine ethnic or religious belief based on anyone’s views or expression.

    Sigh another commenter in need of cleaning their chrystal ball.

    • Replies: @Daniel.I
  121. @zard

    “Like the establishment-hatched fake Russia-bashing campaign, it is all theater.”

    Porgy Tirebiter; “Holy Mudhead, mackeral!”

    Mudhead; “It’s MoreScience High. It’s been all stacked up and labelled!”

    Yup, labelled so it can be readily reassembled when Communist Martyr High School’s term has run out. The establishment tears down and builds up one and the other in yin/yang fashion. Republican MoreScience alternates with Democratic Communist Martyr High School in a bewildering shuffle such that Porgy and Mudhead can’t even recall how many years they’ve been attending high school.

    Hey, “Shoes for industry, compadre.”

  122. Daniel.I says:
    @EliteCommInc.

    Not gonna play your silly language games, yid
    Find yourself a dumber goy

  123. vot tak says:

    Excellent report from Webb. The loss of “american” influence in the Mideast seriously impedes israeli hegemony and puts the brakes on the zionazi “greater” israel expansion.

  124. The more we have gotten involved with and controlled by Israel, the more criminal minded our government has become. Now we can only seem to bully the weaker with threats of violence and extortion. We have become infected and diseased, and I can see no easy cure for it.

    • Agree: Desert Fox
  125. anonymous[273] • Disclaimer says:
    @Daniel.I

    how do you deal with someone who puts forward such a distortion of reality ?

    Kind of frustrating. Perhaps these characters try to muddy the waters by drowning out the more rational comments with a huge number of idiotic ones. This Waroda commenter is trying to pass off malignant nonsense as though he’s some type of academic when in fact it’s all just a Trojan Horse for ethnic and national destruction. Motives range between stupidity and bad intentions.

  126. “Not gonna play your silly language games, yid
    Find yourself a dumber . . .”

    Laughing. Make up your mind . . .

    [MORE]

    Semantics, comprehending the meaning of language is crucial to any discussion. Oy!

    Whether I am a US citizen, Jew, Catholic, Pagan, Anglican . . . or French has no bearing on this discussion.

    Either you have the evidence and or rationale to support your position or you don’t. I have responded just as you proferred. there.s no dodge, no manipulation, in short a discussion in which ethnicity is not the same as nationality and neither is determined soley by skin color or biology, if at all.

  127. Mefobills says:
    @Sean

    Nonsense, it was Saddam and the threat he posed to Saudi Arabia who forces the US to station forces in Saudi Arabia, and then when that became unsustainable due to domestic Saudi unrest, to invade Iraq and instantly withdraw the army from Saudi Arabia.

    Nein to your nonsense.

    Saddam was pricing oil in Euro’s. This threatened the dollar as reserve/petrodollar-Tbill economy that configures the West. Petrodollars, dollars as reserve, are really Federal Reserve Notes, which in turn are a linkage of private central banks (corporations).

    These central banks and the private banks within their systems, are linked up within their nations via their tied central banks and reserve loops.

    Witness that the West co-ordinates exchange rates, and does swaps with each other. Did the FED not bail out the rest of the world in 2008 at its swap window?

    The 1973 agreement with Saudi is the central locus, the central thing you should fix your eye on. The 73 agreement codified the Tbill petrodollar standard.

    Yes, our Jewish friends do want “Greater Israel” but it is also true that Zion is part of globo-homo worldwide private international banking. It is how they make their usury, and they are invested in Saudi.

    So, Saddam did two sins, he threatened the petrodollar with pricing of oil in Euros and he threatened Saudi directly because he had a land army of tanks.

    The U.S. as part of the 73 agreement, is the defacto guarantor of Saudi’s security. This was the price america paid to get Saudi’s to price oil in dollars, and to recycle all petrodollars into Western private banks. Excess petrodollars not spent by the Saudi’s are used to buy TBills, thus keeping TBill price high.

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  128. Mefobills says:
    @EliteCommInc.

    Elite,

    You are a low IQ yid plying your Talmudic game.

    No amount of legalize and hair splitting you can conjure, takes away from reality.

    Swedes very definitely have a racial phenotype, and phenotypes that are distinct, are typically evolved over millenia.

    I am talking pre-history, going back at least 10,000 years to the fourth ice ages, where tribes developed in relative isolation.

    One of the main reasons Swedes have such “high trust” is that they had to get along with each other, or not survive in the harsh conditions of that period.

    Tribal people’s, like the Semites, operate as an in-group, even to the point of not trusting their neighbor – especially their arab semite neighbor. It is a different evolutionary pathway.

    This is why Jewish Semite evolutionary method, and their sneaky subversion techniques operate so well on high trust and easily duped people’s like the Swedes. It is actually kind of disgusting to watch the parasite ply his trade.

    Of course you cannot understand our disgust at your behavior, because when you look in the mirror you only see a self image of yourself as god.

    All of your attempts at showing recent laws, or even Swedish Viking movement out of their historical tribal range, is many thousands of years later in history and is typical distraction.

    Recent immigrants and Jews who shill for immigration are pushing the narrative that Swedish tribal range does not belong to ethnic Swedes, or worse – that any sort of primitive peoples (including many Semites) can become Swedes through legal maneuverings, or some sort of gibberish about magic soil.

    The legal maneuverings and shilling hypnosis are funded by Usury. Even more disgusting behavior… steal from the people you want to subvert, making the victim pay for his dispossession.

  129. Kathy says:

    This article is really important. I have been reading about this issue for awhile, but this puts it all together. Than you for your excellent investigations and writing.

  130. Sean says:
    @Mefobills

    So, Saddam did two sins, he threatened the petrodollar with pricing of oil in Euros and he threatened Saudi directly because he had a land army of tanks.

    He threatened Saudi Arabia indirectly, because his being in power in Iraq meant a US army had to be kept in Saudi Arabia, which was causing serious unrest in the country. Ever heard of Osama bin Laden?

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  131. sally says:
    @renfro

    @ renfro I think you have described most of the puppets that have been appointed by the nobles. The constitution denies the masses access to the functions of government (it renders the masses to be spectators of operations conducted by the appointees of the nobles). The nation state sees the puppets as a great protective shield denying the masses. In the middle, sits the slave drivers, who use rule of law, military force, and methods which deceive in order to transform the energies inherent in the masses into products and tools the nobles can use to make their noble lives more comfortable.

    The nation state system is the problem. It will remain a problem for humanity, until humanity itself steps forward and directs its energy into creating a system of governance that enforces against all who the nobles appoint or who in turn are appointed by these appointees of the nobles and that holds accountable all violations against the person of humanity or that infringe a human right.

    A human system designed to govern the appointees of the nobles derives its right to govern the noble appointees from the human right to self determine not only who shall govern but also the manner by which that the noble appointees governance conduct their governance.

    The right of self determination allows mankind to hold accountable those appointees of the nobles, as well as the nobles, who infringe human rights or violate the person of humans. What remains, is for humanity to invoke its right to govern by establishing institutions that govern the actions of those who govern the masses.

  132. “You are a low IQ yid plying your Talmudic game.

    No amount of legalize and hair splitting you can conjure, takes away from reality.

    Swedes very definitely have a racial phenotype, and phenotypes that are distinct, are typically evolved over millenia.

    [MORE]

    I am talking pre-history, going back at least 10,000 years to the fourth ice ages, where tribes developed in relative isolation.”

    Laughing. uhh pre-history is not sole history. And that certainly predates any rational discussion about national identity. Unfortunately for you I harbor no illusions about common blood lies. But that simply is not what the discussion is about concerning the issue of national and ethnic realities. There are no contentions by me, that bloodlines don’t exist, that interbreeding among certain populations if limited produce X common biological traits. I have been very specific about the issue of ethnicity and nationality — you want me to unravel a system and unpack a systems that not even the Swedes are willing to apply to what it means to be Swedish — if they elect to make national standing limited to a lineage that can be traced only to several thousand years — that is their choice. Laugh. Your bantering with me about how they define their national existence — well — just bizarre.

    By evolution I take it you actually mean adaptation, The Swedes are not any more or any less human than Swahilis. Sure and both societies were shaped by their environment, including via their biology. Your problem is that Sweden apparently has npt limited national identity or even ethnic identity to biology. Which of course brings the issue home — white skin holds no unique national or ethnic bonds that are not semantically created and reinforced over time. But one takes little green skinned Suzy and raises her among the Swedes, she will in fact be all things Swedish, well based on the standards supplied by the Swedes, is my understanding. Those early exceptions — shatter your argument to national identity and ethics. Again if the Swedes wish to use your standard, and I am sure there are those that do — that is their choice. But as it stands now, they don’t choose your standard of links back 10,000 years. My guess is that the entire process would break down — because the Swedes are not indigenous to Sweden by creation, they arrived from somewhere else from some other lineage.

    Again, you are invited to make that proposal to them.
    ———————————-

    “One of the main reasons Swedes have such “high trust” is that they had to get along with each other, or not survive in the harsh conditions of that period.”

    You don’t say . . . and you think “high trust” is unique. But before tackling that problem, i could just as well contend that the Swedes are a low trust society and that explains why they cleaved to each other. I take you are abandoning the genetic ethnic gambit for something more mundane such as environment fostered x, k or d.

    But to the issue, it is then entirely possible for someone whose lineage is not 10,000 years in the region could enter in develop “high trust” or come from another society which itself was “high trust” and incorporate said trust into one that abides Swedish realities of practice and believing — after all as you note — it is not genetic. Laugh. I am going to hazard a guess here that even Swedes who agree with you on the 10,000 year lineage nationality, ethnic standard are wondering based on your own comments why you are making hay with me — when clearly biology serves as no unique trait to Swedish national or ethnic identity.
    ————–

    “This is why Jewish Semite evolutionary method, and their sneaky subversion techniques operate so well on high trust and easily duped people’s like the Swedes. It is actually kind of disgusting to watch the parasite ply his trade.”

    Oy and Veh!

    In my view, I have not only been above board, I have been generous, allowing you to set stage, scene and standard. I have not engaged in anything akin to distraction, no personal references, not overgeneralizations . . . just what is on the table. I would say after a glance at Swedish history, that not only are the Swedes astute, they also appear to have been more than aggressive in getting what they want by hook or by crook. I think you gravely mistake who the Swedes are based on some common motifs. Most noteably their disposition in providing aide in our modern era. But in my view, it would be a mistake to interpret their perceived generosity as “stupidty”. You don’t manage to avoid war in a global conflicts that started in your back yard and not have a very shrewd sense of what is what and how to manage — that’s just my view. Peace can be very profitable, and I suggest that the Swedes have managed to figure out that peace is a heck of lot safer and profitable (especially when one is a small country) than marauding about the globe pillaging and plundering young maidens from their fathers.

    ———————————

    “All of your attempts at showing recent laws, or even Swedish Viking movement out of their historical tribal range, is many thousands of years later in history and is typical distraction”

    Not at all, history that is limited to your time frame to make your case is fine. But even then as yourself admit — environment shaped ethos, not biology.

  133. chris says:
    @Twodees Partain

    yeah, but if we all pee in the pool, maybe we can get the chlorine changed!

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  134. JamesinNM says:

    Be aware, all evil will suffer the second death at the final judgement and be condemned to burn for eternity. God cannot be conned. America is in trouble because of their long term corruption, an unnecessary situation since America has always had the resources needed for a prosperous existence.

  135. JamesinNM says:
    @John Chuckman

    So, if another nation has superior leadership we simply murder people? I cannot vote anymore since all U.S. candidates support war crimes, murder, theft, perversion, etc.

  136. @Sean

    I wouldn’t put too much credence in P. Cockburn. His

    It seemed likely that General Soleimani, wrongly suspected that the paltry demonstrations were a real threat and had ordered the pro-Iranian paramilitaries to open fire and put a plan for suppressing the demonstrations into operation”

    is like the T. May’s “Highly likely” that Putin was behind the Skripals poisoning. BTW OT Has anyone heard anything about what has become of the Skripals?

  137. Anon[226] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mefobills

    “From about 1868-1912, the U.S. ran the American System of Economy, which is basically what China is using now.”

    The American system employed subsidies. In practice, large land, timber, mineral and other rights were given away, beyond simple subsidy. Transportation monopoly/cartel powers were created, privatized. That is, the implementation involved creation of rent extraction choke points in the economy for the benefit of oligarchs.

    Is China creating rent extraction billionaires? They are creating billionaires, but land, mineral timber etc rights are being retained by the government. AFAIK, the Chinese are aware of the danger of rent extraction to their economy. Their ideology indicates it. Basically, so far, the Chinese are not exactly using the American system, as it was implemented, but perhaps more as it was in theory, without the rent extraction possibilities. American economists were well aware of rent extraction dangers, but they didn’t have power. (see Simon Patten.)

    Rent extraction hobbles the economy, or ‘kills the host’ as Hudson puts it.

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  138. @Sean

    /kike Bolton/

    [laughing]

    Duly registered under “Classic Typos.”

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  139. Dany says:

    „ The source also said the origin of the gunfire was unknown and it had targeted both the protesters and security forces.“
    Exactly what happened 2014 in Kiew, or am I mistaken?

  140. Mefobills says:
    @Sean

    He threatened Saudi Arabia indirectly, because his being in power in Iraq meant a US army had to be kept in Saudi Arabia, which was causing serious unrest in the country. Ever heard of Osama bin Laden?

    All instruments of American power are on hand to protect Saudi. This element is part of the 73 Kissinger Saudi agreement.

    Even if troops aren’t physically in Saudi, they are on call for protection. .

    Osama bin Laden was a CIA stooge. Saudi petrodollars cycle through CIA to then purchase military goods from MIC.

    The military goods then vector to ISIS, ISIL or whatever flavor of mercenary Takfiri is available.

    ISIS, ISIL, Al-ciada, are all part of the same thing… recycled petrodollars buying a mercenary Sunni land army. The war material is created by the MIC, and the Air Force flys air cover. U.S. Navy makes sure the oil gets through strategic waterways via fifth fleet in Bahrain.

    Any analysis of how the world works, has to include money. The 73 Agreement is not comprehended by just about everybody, including most economists.

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  141. Che Guava says:

    I don’t understand why this very long-winded article is even here.

    No new info.. Anyone whn reads and thinks already knnws everything in it.

    Perhaps Mr. Unz may give a little more thought to which Mint Press articles to re-post?

    Some are interesting, this one is just dull and droning.

  142. Mefobills says:
    @Anon

    The American system employed subsidies. In practice, large land, timber, mineral and other rights were given away, beyond simple subsidy. Transportation monopoly/cartel powers were created, privatized. That is, the implementation involved creation of rent extraction choke points in the economy for the benefit of oligarchs.

    Yes…. very good.

    The rent extraction from rail right-aways created plutocracy. This nearly killed the country.

    Henry George noticed the mechanism you are describing.

    Read this for more details on what you are describing, from an insider:

    https://archive.org/details/triumphantpluto02pettgoog/page/n6

    If you read my comments you will find that I am against democracy, and therefore “Republics.” I prefer a King system, like the constitutional King system that Hungary ran for nearly 1000 years.

    There are many forces to balance, and even the invention of the American economic system was imperfect.

    I would imagine that China’s elite, smart as they are, will also make mistakes, and some psychopaths will slip into the body politic.

    Pettigrew explains in vivid detail how the political elite are compromised.

  143. Sean says:
    @Mefobills

    ISIS, ISIL, Al-ciada, are all part of the same thing… recycled petrodollars buying a mercenary Sunni land army. The war material is created by the MIC, and the Air Force flys air cover. U.S. Navy makes sure the oil gets through strategic waterways via fifth fleet in Bahrain.

    Michael Hudson knows an immense amount about economics and correctly recognises capitalism as the overwhelming force at work in the Wests wars as with the following call be him “We need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to Isis and other radical Sunni groups in the region.” Oh sorry, that was actually written by Sidney Blumenthal. See the kind of people you end up echoing when you forget that countries like Saudi Arabia’s primary objective in offensive actions is their own security?

    Hitler would have agreed with him. However Hitler was motivated by nationalism to try and create an alternative to the American utopia to lure back the the best Germans, that he saw as having already left for the US, which had a huge amount of the best arable land. Before WW2 the Germans living in the East were a potential basis for Germany completely colonising the fertile soil of Ukraine.

    SUNNI- SHIA schism is to a large extent the result of the fight between the Ottomans and the Persians for the fertile lands of Mesopotamia, the lands between the rivers Tigris and Euphrates.

    A Sunni majority country is quite difficult to rule for a family of non Sunni to retain dictatorial control over indefinitely, so I do not see the Syrian civil war as surprising. Assad Younger’s cutting of fuel subsidies is generally thought to have helped spark the revolt, which hardly suggests Syria is awash in oil. It isn’t obvious that the US deep state of even Israel would have been happy with Assad

    All instruments of American power are on hand to protect Saudi. This element is part of the 73 Kissinger Saudi agreement

    Having fifteen of the nineteen that got blamed for 9/11 be Saudis, some in contact with Saudi government officials, is something Saudi Arabia would never have permitted, and America would never have suggested.

    IN April, Saudi Arabia warned it would start selling as much as $750 billion in Treasuries and other assets if Congress passes a bill allowing the kingdom to be held liable in U.S. courts for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to the New York Times.

    I consider that conclusive evidence against the American government having had any knowledge of 9/11, that any other government such as Israel false flagged Saudi dissidents for 9/11 is doubly unlikely given that Saudi Arabia would in self defence have to start openly accusing Israel ect of doing it. Putting aside the question of who did 9/11 aside completely, if the purpose of it was to justify an invasion of Saddam’s Iraq, then what possible reason could there be for not blaming Iraqis for being the 9/11 hijackers?

    Anyway the greatest source of world power in in the Chinese population who are building their country up like the social insects. Given the way they are undermining American global primacy they are as termites. Termites build some incredibly huge structures. Right now the US and Iranians are engaged in a social media battle, on the Chinese internet

    COUNTERING China is a stated priority of the Trump administration, but chaos in the Middle East would likely distract Washington’s attention from East Asia. The current period would then resemble the aftermath of 9/11 or the global financial crisis in 2008 when China was able to capitalise on American incapacity.

    Trump is turning away from the Gulf’s oil and rent a cop Israel to focus on China. The Deep State is staffed by those on the old career track, and representing the received wisdom of Russia and Iran being the whole of the Middle East problem. The old career track had only those areas of specialisation; John Bolton has been sacked and Richard Goldberg has quit.

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  144. Sean says:
    @AnonStarter

    After my return from China, Trump called me and asked me to cancel the agreement, so I also refused, and he threatened [that there would be] massive demonstrations to topple me. Indeed, the demonstrations started and then Trump called, threatening to escalate in the event of non-cooperation and responding to his wishes, whereby a third party [presumed to be mercenaries or U.S. soldiers] would target both the demonstrators and security forces and kill them from atop the highest buildings and the US embassy in an attempt to pressure me and submit to his wishes and cancel the China agreement.”

    Not sure about whether ‘whereby’ is properly used there. Anyway, Trump is supposed to have called and told Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi exactly what would happen and also about the mass demonstrations and the false flag shooting of the demonstrators. It seems to me that all Abdul-Mahdi had to do was go public with the information and the US could not have done it.

    Patrick Cockburn said Qais al-Khazali mentioned nothing to him about this supposed US false flag plot he was trying to stop.

    https://www.euronews.com/2019/12/07/protesters-killed-in-iraq-hours-after-us-sanctions-iraqi-militia-leaders
    At least 23 anti-government protesters were shot dead by unknown forces on Friday, according to an estimate by Reuters, citing police and medical sources.The attack came mere hours after the United States sanctioned three Iranian-backed Iraqi paramilitary leaders, accusing them of being responsible for deadly attacks against anti-government protesters. One of them is the head of Asaib Ahl al-Haq, a powerful Iran-backed militia … Qais al-Khazali

    He took his orders from Soleimani.

    A leading militia commander in Iraq, Qais Al Khazali, warned Washington on Thursday of an “earth-shaking response” for not withdrawing its troops from Iraq and denied involvement in strikes

    Lies. No commander-in-chief is required to brief Congress before taking action to protect American military and diplomatic personnel from imminent harm. Qais al-Khazali should not start any long novels.

  145. @Mefobills

    Yes thanks for the reply, where yes, the idea concerning global interconnected train routes does precede the LaRouche’s, of which it should be remembered thought that the LaRouche organization does reference historical precedents…..Franklin, Hamilton, the Carey’s, List, Lincoln, McKinnley…etc
    etc,…

    Thus it is the nature of their revival of such strategic operations, that such operations authors live again, and are acknowledged, copiously in print and other media…

    It should be understood by all that the mere mention of the name LaRouche has been thoroughly poisoned, until people take a deeper look and understand why the total freakout as concerns LaRouche. is present, based on nothing, unless one is an agent of the British Empire!

  146. Anonymous[311] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sean

    Trump is turning away from the Gulf’s oil and rent a cop Israel to focus on China. The Deep State is staffed by those on the old career track, and representing the received wisdom of Russia and Iran being the whole of the Middle East problem. The old career track had only those areas of specialisation; John Bolton has been sacked and Richard Goldberg has quit.

    Why wouldn’t “focusing on China” also involve focusing on the Mideast and Russia?

    Oil is the lifeblood of industrial economies and military power. The Mideast, Russia, and the US are the largest oil producers in the world. Regime change in Iran the installed a pro-US regime would bring Mideast oil under US control. Regime change in Russia, or a pro-US, Atlanticist successor to Putin in Russia would also bring Russian energy under greater US influence and control.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_campaign_of_World_War_II

    Several prominent Germans, however, described the oil campaign as critical to the defeat of Nazi Germany. Adolf Galland, Inspector of Fighters of the Luftwaffe until relieved of command in January 1945, wrote in his book “the most important of the combined factors which brought about the collapse of Germany”,[34] and the Luftwaffe’s wartime leader, Hermann Göring, described it as “the utmost in deadliness”.[19]:287 Albert Speer, writing in his memoir, said that “It meant the end of German armaments production.”[4]:412–4 It has been stated to have been “effective immediately, and decisive within less than a year”.[35] Luftwaffe Field Marshal Erhard Milch, referring to the consequences of the oil campaign, claimed that “The British left us with deep and bleeding wounds, but the Americans stabbed us in the heart.”[36]

  147. @Ano4

    Yes, China’s economy is debt driven, however the Chinese state prints and owns the yaun, not an independent corporation. In 2019 the USA paid the FED $500 billion in interest. That’s 50% of the total budget. Huge difference. This is why China has been able to sustain its’ growth, and will continue to do so.

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  148. @Hossein

    “Bunch of nonosense. Both the Imperial forces and Iranians need to be thrown out of iraq for they both are seeking to control and pillage Iraq.”

    That would be fine if the Arabs of Iraq were united enough and competent enough to form and manage the Iraqi state, but they demonstrate their total INcompetence again and again.

    We already know that Trump, under the influence of his Jew svengalis is openly “pillaging” Syrian oil, and he has talked repeatedly about “taking” Iraqi oil too. What kind of “pillaging” are you expecting from the Iranians?

    I don’t disagree that Iraqi sovereignty should be fully restored with zero foreign presence. But your notion that all Iraqis are in agreement on what to do is what’s “nonsense”–not anything I’ve said. If they were, there would have been no onslaught by ISIS in 2014 and no pretext for the US to get back in at all nor need for the Shia militias to do the heavy fighting in place of the joke of an Iraqi army that the US took a decade to build.

    This isn’t really a “Persian” problem. It’s an Arab problem. Where were you when the ISIS head-choppers were raging towards Baghdad in 2014 and conducting mass executions of Shia prisoners? Obama basically handed sovereignty back to Iraqis in 2011, and within three years, Arab political incompetence provided the excuse for the US to insert itself back into the game. And now the Master-Blaster combination of Israel and the US is determined to use the situation in Iraq to destroy Iran which, unlike the Arab states, functions with relative effectiveness and successfully resists Judenreich hegemony.

    Without the Shia militias that Iran helped form and without US air and targeting support, ISIS would still be in control of Anbar and the north and a permanent threat to the Kurds, Baghdad and the Shia in the south. The Sunni mainstream of Iraq would have stood aside and watched the whole thing with satisfaction if not glee.

    Can you give us your view of why Arabs are so politically inept? I mean, it’s not just Iraq. Look at the situation across the Arab world. Why are Arabs such bunglers? And who overthrew the Iraqi government to begin with? It certainly wasn’t Iran!

    And by the way, “Hossein,” I see that you mention Israel and its central influence on the situation nowhere in your post. Why is that??

  149. US dollar or any denomination of this reserve currency has ceased long ago being America´s money. the real & effective owners of it are the Judeo-Zionist banksters. 90% of the printed money ends up in their baskets via private banks. almost 3/4 of the cash, liquid money, is Jewish. that´s why they are after a big conflagration which could preserve their printed fortunes. either the Dollar takes the colors of the Deutschmark of the 1920s or the Jew takes humanity to unthinkable abysm.

  150. @the grand wazoo

    “independent corporation”? the whole of humanity becomes more & more DEPENDENT of the Jewish banksters.

  151. The distinction may lie in the fact that, while the U.S. may now be less dependent on oil imports from the Middle East….

    US oil indepence is fleeting at best, more likely a myth. This is a production profile of US fracking fields. They all look like this:

    https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/images/2020.01.24/chart2.svg

    See them all here:

    https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=42595

  152. @Johnny Walker Read

    This entire mess is the result of the Bush era NeoCons(Trotskyites)and their deaf, dumb and blind sheep followers Christian Zionist. They pull of the greatest psyop of all times with 9/11 and every brain dead American swallows it hook, line, and sinker.

    American citizens will get what they deserve for being led by the nose and never standing up to these tyrants.

    I agree with you 100% but I think this shit started with Ruby Ridge then Waco and Oklahoma City. Dirty mother fuckers killed babies in OK, and those sorry ATF agents that got alerted and let that daycare get blown up, WTF kind of people can do that shit!

    Get the fuck out of there or be ready! I left 5 years ago! You should see the mess the previous 5 administrations left here in Mexico. They armed and protected the Cartels with the help of the CIA, DEA, Bush, Clinton and Obama and stole billions of dollars. One corrupt PEMEX CEO is in Russia, some in Canada, many in the US and England. We put their POS lawyer in jail and the US arrested the Director of the Federal Law Enforcement Department. He was the bag man for the Presidents getting millions from the Cartels.

    You guys are waiting on a civil war when the economy crashes and we keep waiting to see US troops streaming across the border bombing everything in site! The Russians are living better than all of us, I watched the World Cup videos. It{s crazy brother!

  153. @Longfisher

    me too except for the homosexual.. in which case I accelerate my departure plans

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