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  • Palestine overwhelmed by Illegal American Immigrants
    • This process was highlighted a couple of weeks ago when one of the squatters threw a fire bomb into a Palestinian home and burned a child to death.

  • President of Israel declares Israeli Squatting in Palestinian West Bank a "Right", key to Zionism
    • Just to put ourselves in the shoes of the Palestinians....The American Indian tribes just informed all non Indians this is their land and those who choose not to leave will be huddled into ghettos where limited amounts of food, water, medicine and electricity will be rationed. When asked if he wasn't trying to starve the non Indian population...the Chief chuckled and repeated a line he heard from the Likuds..."We're not trying to starve them we just put them on a diet."

  • How many thousands US troops would GOP Hopefuls send to Iraq and Syria?
    • Former Sec of Defense Bob Gates said of politicians like Lindsey Graham..."Some people have an unrealistic almost comic book super hero mindset as to what our military can actually accomplish."

      Just as no one in the press will ask the warmongers....What happens to the price of oil the day you start bombing Iran? nor do they ask....Who would replace Assad once he's out?

      Certainly with all the factions in Syria there is no one that will be accepted by all. So nothing would change except we would lose more soldiers and squander another 100 billion or more.

  • Memo to Jeb Bush: It was W's Surge that created ISIL, not Hillary
    • Thanks for the link. Fascinating interview. Lt. Gen Flynn is the epitome of a neocon painting Iran as the next Third Reich.

      Flynn back peddles better than Muhammad Ali in his prime.

  • Top Iran General Endorses Nuclear Deal with US, UNSC
    • Funny you never hear the merchants of fear bring up that a politically unstable country like Pakistan is a nuclear power and could provide the suitcase bombs they claim would originate from Iran should Iran become a nuclear power.

  • Top Cringe Worthy Foreign Policy Moments in GOP Debate
    • Over at the happy hour debate Lindsey Graham said he would not only tear up the agreement he would send US troops back into Iraq. If you liked Iraq the first and second time you'll love it the third time around. We're heading towards 20 trillion dollars in debt and this warmonger wants to extend our already $6 trillion war.

  • Obama: Opponents of Iran Deal are Warmongers
    • I'm listening to Morning Joe as I browse the internet. The talking heads are saying the president has to put aside this kind of rhetoric.....accusing those opposed to a deal with Iran as warmongers.

      Personally, Obama hit the nail on the head. A good debate question for the candidates tonight would be....What happens to oil prices five minutes after bombs start falling on Tehran? If oil prices double or triple how will that affect the economy and the average American? Of course Fox News would never be in favor of peacemaking.

  • Trump Swiftboats McCain the Way W. Swiftboated John Kerry
    • Yesterday Scott Walker said he would tear up the Iranian agreement and be ready to commence bombing Iran....ON THE FIRST DAY HE WAS PRESIDENT....Forget Trump....now that's insanity.

  • Iran Deal: Why doesn't US Media interview Real Allies on American Policy?
    • Your point was brought home yesterday when Lester Holt of NBC embarrassed himself during an interview he conducted with Netanyahu. Holt's demeanor was subservient and meek and he even seemed to speak in a reverential tone when lobbing softball questions towards the Israeli warmonger.

      I was thinking what if Holt had surprised Netanyahu and actually asked something Walter Cronkite might have brought up..." Mr. Netanyahu, you have 300 nuclear warheads ready to be deployed towards Iran...and in the past you have threatened Iran by saying you might send your bombers in to destroy their laboratories. Shouldn't Iran fear you and your nuclear arsenal rather than pretending Iran is a threat to Israel?"

  • No, Mr. Netanyahu, Iran isn't trying to Take over the world & it isn't ISIL
    • His memoir should make the NYT's best seller list....Khamenei "How We Took Over the World On a $10 Billion a Year Military Budget."

  • South Carolina removes the Physical Flag: Can it remove the Spiritual Illness of Racial Discrimination?
    • I live about an hour from the Mother Emmanuel AME church in South Carolina. I can assure you the discussion of race relations in this state are much more complicated than assuming blacks are held back because of the relatively small number of bigoted whites who embrace the confederate flag.

      When I read, " South Carolina needs to address its real racial disparities if this vote is to be more than a gesture born of the heat of the moment. " I get the sense that you have some misguided notion that SC is some white only group of patriarchal bureaucrats who are in control of state and federal politics.

      Actually, large numbers of blacks, male and female, are serving as elected leaders in the state house and senate, as mayors, local councilmen and women, on school boards, one US senator, and several who serve with distinction in the US house of representatives.

      My point is that improving the longevity of blacks or addressing cancer rates among black women, to name a few, has little to do with "racial disparities" but the more complex issues of diet, genetics suspected of increasing the risk of prostate cancer among black males and the pursuit of educational opportunities.

  • Obama: No more US troops to fight Daesh/ ISIL, but more Training
    • The record of our successes in the middle east stands at zero unless you view our ventures through the eyes of the Netanyahu and John McCain who see Arabs slaughtering Arabs and general chaos amongst Arab nations as success. Best we stay at arms length.

  • Donald Trump, Dumpee: Forgetting to use the GOP racial dog-whistle is an Expensive Mistake
    • Every four years the GOP has at least one candidate whose role is to toss red meat to the Tea Party. Eight years ago....half governor Sarah Palin. Four years ago Santorum and "Death Panel" Bachmann.... this year the crown is passed to Donald Trump.

  • No, GOP, biblical Marriage was not between one man and one woman
    • This is one of my favorite subjects, the true facts about the bible that modern day puritans like Mike Huckabee and others simply chose to ignore.

      I have to rank this as one of the most misogynist laws in Leviticus... God condones a husband dragging his bride to her fathers front steps and murdering her "If the groom suspects she is not a virgin on their wedding night." It is acceptable for him to MURDER HER!! How many times do you think that law was abused?

      Jesus is quoted as saying..."I came to fulfill the law not do away with it" which is in direct contradiction to what the cherry pickers would have you believe. If Christian puritans do believe the old testament is no longer valid then they should stop quoting old testament law about homosexuality.

  • If Southerners want a Symbol, Why not the Moultrie Liberty Flag?
    • The "We" I made reference to was the progressives who live amongst those who are racially intolerant.

    • I'm a South Carolinian who lives about 45 minutes from Charleston. I remember very early on in my education reading about Ft. Moultrie and Sgt. Jasper's heroic effort

      However, what really got the attention of white male segregated middle school students centered around the stories of Jeb, Stonewall and Robert E Lee. These generals and their soldiers were our super heroes who defended the homeland against northern aggression. To our young minds it was all about bravery and heroics, slavery was something associated with plantation owners.

      My fourth grade teacher, a woman who never married and an adamant states rights supporter, taught us the real reason the south seceded was because we were being financially maligned by the north and it's manufacturing based economy. She taught the issue of slavery, an issue she admitted was inhumane, was one Lincoln raised only to rally his unenthusiastic federal troops.

      I say this only to make the point to non southerners that a segment of the south's white population actually can view the portrait of Robert E Lee or Longstreet and feel a sense of history without any racism involved. Call it a sense of denial.

      Now that the battle flags and statues are rightfully being removed from public property blacks throughout the south can claim a major victory over a brutal practice that to this day has left scars on this nation. Unfortunately we owe this awakening to a coward and disgrace to his southern roots. We are better than that.

  • Top 5 Reasons Confederate Flag should stop Flying at SC Statehouse
    • As of Monday afternoon the news has broken that Gov. Haley will start the process of removing the flag from the state house grounds. It took a massacre and a shift in public opinion to make Lindsey Graham come out in favor of removing the flag.

  • Can the GOP live down Donald Trump's Middle East "Policy"?
    • A candidate for the presidency who kicks off his campaign by bragging, "I'm rich! $8.9 billion dollars! I have the best properties in the world. I've done a great job!" lacks any sense of humility or identification with the 99%. I can't fathom Teddy, FDR or JFK reading their financial statement during a campaign appearance which, by comparison, goes to show how little class this supercilious ego maniac has.

  • Cole: Iraq's Ramadi falls to ISIL as Shiite Gov't refuses to Arm Sunni Tribes
    • Jeb Bush...."Yeah knowing what we know now I would have ordered the invasion of Iraq."

      Well other than the war being slightly over budget, (one and a half trillion dollars as opposed to the two hundred million projected cost), not being greeted as "Liberators", not being a democracy for the Sunni population, the US trained Iraq army being a disaster and Iraq being in a constant state of war for twelve years... I can see, if you are a Bush, you could look at the current crisis of Iraq against ISIL and judge it to be a successful Bush enterprise.

  • Palestinians welcome Pope's Recognition of their State
    • The predictable response from Israel ...."The Pope should stay out of politics." Apartheid, starving citizens, denying medicine and electricity all the while stealing property from the rightful owners is not classified as politics. Good for the Pope!

  • Did Jeb Bush just commit a War Crime in Justifying the Iraq War?
    • The name GW Bush, even to his brother, is flypaper ( a word that shows how old I am) that Jeb would do well to steer clear of. It's a bit like Hillary bringing up the name of Monica Lewinsky.

      Jon Stewart nails Jeb here for his comment....

      link to crooksandliars.com

  • Bush blames Obama for lack of Wars ('Follow-Through' on 'Threats')
  • Pakistan as Hong Kong West: China's New Silk Road & US Failure
    • Their $46 billion dollar investment is one half of the amount of money squandered by this country in Afghanistan.....IN ONE YEAR!!! And what do we have to show for 13 years of our investments in that war torn, drug infested goat farm? A lot of warlords now have Swiss bank accounts.

  • Iran: Putin Explains to Israel's Netanyahu: Air Defense System is, like, Defensive
    • Here is a an article from Antiwar.com in which the author quotes Wolfowitz gloating that the US can invade or attack anyone we want and a weakened Russia will not retaliate. It makes you sick to see how the neocons glory in the fact that thousands of Muslims are dying each day in clashes between different religious and political sects and that an inflamed middle east suits them just fine. They are some heartless b##tards. link to original.antiwar.com

  • President Hillary Clinton's Middle East Policy: Interventions, Wars, More of Same
    • I admit it would be interesting to see Pres. Hillary Clinton dealing with a Republican house and senate. However, I have to believe the thought of having Bubba the philanderer back in the White House will cost Hillary some support.

    • She definitely panders to the neocons and their insane middle east interventionist policies, however, who can you vote for in the Republican mix of goons tripping over each other to kiss Adelson's ring? Rand Paul is the only one who seems mildly against extending the military reach into every hot spot on the globe. I would hold my nose and vote for him in the SC primary.

  • Iran: What did Khamenei really say about the Lausanne Agreement, and Why?
    • On this Saturday morning in South Carolina money is being pumped into local commercials asking the viewers to contact Rand Paul and tell him he should not appease Iran in his campaign because..."One nuclear bomb in the hands of Iran is one too many!"

      Forget the hardline Iranians getting an agreement approved by our bought and paid for congress, democrats included, is going to be almost impossible.

      Viewing the Sunday morning political talk shows you are reminded of the run up to invasion of Iraq when only the warmongers were allowed to give their opinions

  • Netanyahu slips, Reveals reason for Opposition to Iran Deal
    • Professor if you keep making points like this....how do you ever expect to be invited on Meet the Press?

      Seriously, I watched Face the Nation and saw the same faces defacing the Iranian deal we saw promoting the invasion of Iraq. We do not have a free press or news programs that will stand up to the israeli lobby and that means perpetual war.

  • Netanyahu on Iran Deal: threatens ‘survival of Israel’, ‘horrific war’
    • I'm not a person who resorts to cursing but to Netanyahu I would like to say....STFU!!! I listened to Hannity yesterday to gauge his reaction to the deal. As you can imagine it was hysterical, in a bad way.

      This past week, I read that former representative Bachmann compared Obama to the German pilot who crashed the airliner. Ted Nugent blamed Obama for the rampant suicides occurring among our servicemen because they were ashamed of our president. Sarah Palin continues to spread lies about death panels associated with Obamacare and now they have fresh red meat for the masses...Obama is selling out our country to appease his Muslim/ Persian friends while setting the stage for our BFF in the middle east, Israel, to be nuked.

      The Sunday morning talk shows will be interesting.

  • Israel's Netanyahu jumps Shark with “Iran-Lausanne-Yemen” axis barb
    • I saw a clip of Mitch McConnell, who is in Israel, holding a joint news conference with Netanyahu. The news clip looked as if McConnell was an actor reading his lines for a role in front of the director. It was embarrassing to see a U.S. senator conspiring with a foreign leader against the best interest of his own country. After the dog and pony show for the press I hope McConnell got a pat on the head from Bibi.

  • All the Wars and Coups of President Ted Cruz
    • This article explains a comment Cruz made about Obama..."This administration likes to use detente which is a French word for surrender."

      Let us all pray together...Dear Lord, not another Texan in the White House.

  • Tom Friedman & funding ISIL: Israel/Iran Derangement Syndrome
    • I read about this yesterday and could not believe what I was reading. Once again the neocons who gave us the Iraq war and who are pushing for the US to bomb Iran....for not building a nuclear weapon....would once again put Israel's interest above that of the US.

      If anyone would like to take a minute you can let Obama know you support his not bowing to Netanyahu and the FOX NEWS loonies who would have us create more chaos in the middle east.link to whitehouse.gov

  • Top 5 ways Netanyahu sabotaged US and Israel Interests
    • Watching Sen Tom Cotton get his a$$ handed to him by Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation was a bright spot in my day. That's what he gets for blindly following the advice of neocons.

      Sen Cotton quoting Netanyahu's moronic bargaining stratergy "The alternative to a bad deal is a better deal" shows what a Manchurian Candidate Tom Cotton is. Of course Bloody Bill Kristol did raise a million bucks for Cotton's campaign.link to mondoweiss.net

  • Iran's Khamenei: GOP Letter Disgusting, shows Decline of American System
    • Look who is behind Tom Cotton and has been in charge of grooming his political career. Yep, Bloody Bill Kristol. Surprised? Not really but it does reveal how AIPAC and it's backers keep a constant vigil on indoctrinating incoming congressmen and senators.

      link to crooksandliars.com

  • Just How dangerous is Sen. Tom Cotton, Iran Letter Crackpot? You'd be Surprised
  • Bombing Iran: What would Happen if the Hawks got their Way?
    • The political demonetization of Iran continues. Netanyahu is allowed to present a case for more sanctions without allowing Iran to defend their position, resembling a kangaroo court or vigilante justice.

      Republican senators are sending a letter to the Iranian leadership telling them any agreement reached with Obama will be abandoned after Obama leaves office. The senator from Wisconsin is already calling for war with Iran as fellow warmonger Lindsey Graham continues to praise his president, Netanyahu.

      All are ominous signs of another needless neocon inspired war pushed on a war weary public. If history does repeat itself we can look for Condi Rice to resurrect her mushroom cloud warning.

  • Syria: As al-Qaeda defeats 'moderate' US allies, will US ally with al-Qaeda?
    • Just so I understand what's going on...the fighting is between the Free Syrian army. ISIL, al-Qaeda, al-Hazm, Taliban, the Support Front, Syrian rebels?...OK..got it. Who in their right mind thinks we should drop our young soldiers into that chaos?

  • Iran Reformers - Talks will Succeed: Netanyahu 'not Influential,' like Iran Hardliners
    • Par for the course it was up to Jon Stewart to show a several year old video of Netanyahu appearing before a hearing in which told the senators...."Removing Saddam will have a positive impact on the entire middle east." You won't see that clip on Face the Nation.

  • 5 Surprising Ways Iran is better than Israel
    • Well written. A huge disparity between the way we treat Israel and Iran is that Boehner would never ask an Iranian leader to address the US congress. There is little question that Netanyahu and his supporters only pretend to be our allys.

      Hopefully there will be organized and unorganized demonstrations in the streets of D.C. against the speech. If so, I think Obama will be smiling from the oval office.

  • Why Netanyahu's Congress Speech will Fail: Iran Can't be Stopped, only Monitored
    • Then Iran could seal of the strait and oil prices would quadruple.

      One thing you wrote I would take issue with..."Replacing the lost aircraft would take Israel many years and probably bankrupt the country."

      I would suggest to you that the burden of replacing Israeli aircraft would fall on the US taxpayers.

    • It's going to be hard for Bibi to whip up a frenzy against Iran....for not building a nuclear weapon. He is the Israeli Chicken Little who has little regard for American or Muslim lives.

  • Mother Jones Catches Bill O'Reilly Lying About Falkland Island War Coverage
    • Remember during the run up to the invasion of Iraq Bill O'Reilly took the brave stand of declaring war, actually a boycott, on French wine? He boasted he would personally bring the French wine industry to it's knees! Reason being France would not sign on join the "Coalition of the willing" which was a group of nations Bush/ Cheney were pressuring to join in the idiotic invasion of a sovereign nation... Iraq.

      That's about as close as O'Reilly, the sexual harasser, has ever gotten to war....a war on the French wine industry. Dare I suggest for his heroic actions he should have received a .....Purple Heart? Hilarious.

  • Jeb Bush on Foreign Policy: Peddling old Iraq Myths Again
    • After the invasion of Iraq and all hell broke loose a befuddled GW Bush was schooled on Kurds, Shiite and Sunni Iraqis. His reply was..."I thought they were all Muslims!"

      No more Bush family members in the White House.

  • Iraq: ISIL advances to within 9 miles of 300 US troops at al-Ain Base
    • "raises questions yet again about the competency of the Iraqi army."

      You mean the Iraq army that is on paper only in order to receive paychecks, which are then shared with the chain of command?

      It bears repeating that the US is ill equipped to wage war in the middle east. If neighboring countries in the region won't join in the ground fight then we should take that as a sign it is a fools mission.

  • Iran's Khamenei throws support to a Practical Nuclear Deal with West
    • It's going to be hard to sell this kind of rational to the American people when you have a war hungry media who would rather create false hysteria by showing Netanyahu with his little Road Runner bomb cartoon than promote a peaceful solution.

  • Williams Affair: Reagan and Bush Lied about Military Records but Get a Pass
    • Williams lies about being in harms way pale when compared to the lies he reported to the American public prior to the invasion of Iraq. He, Couric and Diane Sawyer all dutifully reported the Bush/ Cheney neocon lies about yellow cake, metal tubes, Saddam's association with 9-11 the list goes on, without allowing opposing views to counter the bogus intelligence. Much like the environment that exist today concerning Iran.

      He is a $10,000,000 a year news reader who resides on the upper east side and who lives in the shadow of Robert Dryfuss, Seymour Hersh, Glenn Greenwald and other journalist who do the heavy lifting when it comes to reporting.

  • War Is the New Normal: Seven Deadly Reasons Why America's Wars Persist
    • Interest and very telling that Lindsey never mentions we are $18 trillion dollars in debt and facing a credit crunch in the near future. He is lucky to be senator from my state, South Carolina, a state that has backed all of the neocon wars without question.

  • 5 Top Reasons Romney ought to have Withdrawn
    • Thank you Mr. Romney for not running, you really make a boring candidate. I'm looking forward to the Republican wind up toys bumping and banging into each other for the next year and a half as they see who can be the most militaristic.

  • Egypt Cancels Revolution Fete to Mourn Saudi King who derailed Revolution
    • Could the $12 billion dollars Saudi Arabia has given Egypt over the past two years have anything to do with it?

  • Paris Rally: Charlie Hebdo Team regret not Parading Caricatures of Hypocritical World Leaders
    • The Limbaughs and Hannitys, better known as comedians posing as journalist/ commentators over at Fox, are now slamming Obama for not showing solidarity with France. Fox is a exhibiting a completely different attitude towards France as opposed to the pre-Iraq war days when France was not eager to jump on the Let's invade Iraq bandwagon. During that period, O'Reilly was leading a boycott of French Wine (Claiming he was going to bring the French wine industry to it's knees) while Limbaugh and company labeled the French as "Surrender Monkeys."

  • Palestinians ready next Move as UNSC rejects end of Occupation
    • I understand the frustration Palestinians feel towards Israel for stealing their land, chopping down orchards, limiting travel in and out of Gaza and enforcing an embargo on medicine and food, however Palestinians have to play it smart and quit helping the Israelis play the victim card. Ineffective rockets being aimed at Israel only gives Netanyahu the cover he needs to continue his assault.

      I think we can all understand attempts to fight back are human nature, God only knows what measures Americans would take if faced with similar circumstances, but rockets and bombs are only hampering those attempting to support a Palestinian state. Palestinians have to take the Ghandi approach and shame Israel before the world for it's cruel and inhumane policies against a passive population.

  • The Year Iraq Ceased to Exist: Will it ever Again?
    • There is rejoicing in neocon parlors. The once monolithic Iraq is, thanks to the Bush/ Cheney doctrine of per-emptive wars, reduced to a fractured infighting union incapable of mounting a unified front. Yes the transformation cost the lives of millions of Iraqis and counting, Bush, Albright, Netanyahu and Bill Kirstol consider it worth while.

  • Bush Admin. Spent Billions on an Iraqi Army with 50,000 "ghost" Soldiers
    • From the Romans we learned controlling an empire several thousand miles from your home base is impossible. Factor in a population and religious factions who think you're Satan and bingo....you suffer the same fate as Caesar being stabbed in the back by those who claimed to be your allies.

  • How a Republican Congress could Entangle the US further in the Middle East
    • God help us! Here comes the "We don't have money for health care" pseudo patriots while doling out billions of dollars a month to purchase weapons for the Syrian rebels that end up in the hands of ISIS.

      All we need now is Lindsey Graham as president and I think we can call it a day.

  • Shock & Awe In Syria: It never Works
    • So as the Afghanistan war winds down, Iraq having only token US military personnel and Iran being seen as a dubious but needed ally, the war party, hating a war vacuum, has fed the press outrageous propaganda designed to instill fear into our 9-11 psyche that ISIS is our newest terrorist threat and another war is born. Good for Obama to at least make other nations in the region do some of the heavy lifting.

    • It's rather difficult to keep track of who is our ally and who is our enemy. I think I read the Syrian rebels, whom we support, were passing along US supplied weapons to ISIL...the target of our bombing. I have also seen past photos with McCain and others meeting with ISIL leaders proclaiming they were the equivalent of our founding fathers.

      I keep going back to this famous quote which is the only explanation that seems appropriate....War is a racket.

  • "Obama to outline campaign against ISIS" (Juan Cole at Chris Hayes, "All In")
    • Excellent interview. Prof. Cole should be on every Sunday morning talk show to counter Bill Kristol and the "we can fix everything with a massive bombing campaign" cabal whose policies have squandered the lives of American soldiers and treasury.

      This won't happen because the professor is not pro war and secondly he doesn't speak in bombastic rhetoric....such as....ISIS is going to give us another 9-11. The neocons are experienced in speaking in those kind of sound bites required to support another fiasco.

  • Top 10 Mistakes of former Iraq PM Nouri al-Maliki (That Ruined his Country)
    • #11.. The US has no business interfering in long held religious and tribal politics in Iraq. Obviously they are not interested in becoming the America of the middle east. Let them deal with their problems in their own fashion.

      Here is a brave journalist from Ireland doing what no American reporters would do....question GW Bush on the insanity of his policies. At just over two minutes Bush claims Iraq will be better off.
      link to youtube.com

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