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  • Why Trump & his Cabinet's Jihad against "Political Islam" will Fail
    • Trump himself is displaying an autocratic bent with his challenge to change our 1st amendment rights. A position that would blend in with totalitarian fundamentalist zealots.

      Just last week Trump's spokesperson went ballistic when he supported a NYTs editor being jailed for perceived anti Trump coverage. This is in keeping with his constant berating of journalist, other than Hannity and O'Reilly.

      You will remember Trump pleased his rabid Wrestlemania supporters by vowing to jail his former opponent, Hillary,....Putin style. A frightening comment was made by a member of Trump's transition team when he said protesters marching against Trump's policies should be investigated by the FBI and potentially jailed for their activity.

      The list of intimidating statements is a daily occurrence in Trump World. I do not think this will end well.

  • Will Trump do a deal with Iran or try to Overthrow its Government?
    • I just read that Sheldon Adelson is a huge supporter of John Bolton and is pushing for Bolton to be in a position of power.

      So much for draining the swamp, a term that will take on new meaning if Sarah Palin is picked to head up the EPA.

  • Neofascist Trump Appointee Bannon: "Anger is a Good thing" "if you're Fighting to Take this Country Back"
  • Why the White Working Class Rebelled: Neoliberalism is Killing Them (Literally)
    • The engine that drives religious belief is not love as in "Love thy neighbor" but fear. Fear of God's wrath or eternal damnation.

      Trump was able to sell fear to a battle weary country along with a side dish of prejudice. Fear of Hillary importing "600,000 mostly dark skinned immigrants the first year." Fear of Hillary, with her past as a neocon hawk, further selling out the middle class. Fear that a woman cannot lead this country as efficiently as a man.

      Lastly, just as with Jeb and Bush fatigue there was definitely a reluctance to suffer through four more years of the inevitable Clinton scandals and the huckster like behavior of selling the Lincoln bedroom to the hightest bidder. The Bush era is dead and now we bury the Clintons.

      As an American who reluctantly voted for Hillary, I sincerely hope Trump will prove to be the best president to ever serve in that office. My head tells me to fear for the worst.

  • The Hatred that Trump's Lies will Leave Behind
    • Here is a quote from a Trump supporter here is South Carolina that shows how far apart were are on this pre-election week....“I’ll put it to you this way: If the Taliban had a football team, I’d pull for them before Hillary Clinton (if she) had a football team.”

      While I have cast my ballot for Hillary I can't fault Trump for tapping into a mother load of discontent. Our borders are not secure. Our politicians have given incentives to companies to seek out cheap labor in foreign countries while the Clintons and Trumps profit from this arrangement.

      Needless wars were started by the Bushes and supported by the Clintons. Wars that have wasted valuable lives and resources here at home and in the middle east. The national debt is out of control hanging over our collective heads like a guillotine while Hillary and Bill give million dollar speeches to Wall St. tycoons and Trump shuns his responsibilities to pay taxes on his multi million dollar income.

      Trump was the wrong messenger but he proved there is a pent up demand for a leader who will end the madness of perpetual wars coupled with uncontrolled waste, fraud and abuse.

      The danger is that political elites and large corporations might find a more skilled politician who can sell the American public on the idea we need a strong Fascist leader to solve our problems.

  • Emails and Groping: Our Halloween Election keeps Scaring us to Death
    • Halloween movie...."Carlos Danger".....starring Tony Weiner and Huma Abedin.

      What a great name for a horror picture actress...Huma Abedin....right up there with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi.

  • Another Saudi War Crime in Yemen as 43 Prisoners dead in Airstrike
    • "In the past, the US military has warned the Saudis against hitting civilian infrastructure."

      Good one.

  • Starstruck & Party-Fanatic: The Moral Paradox of Trump Support
    • * Reducing taxes paid by billionaires.

      "Trickle down economics" is a con that goes like this...Give the rich more money and they will share it with you. (Belly laugh)

      Simply put...with the browning of America, Trump is the Great White Hope to the "Lock her up" mob.

      Exporting 11 million immigrants, forget that it would take twenty years, billions of dollars, overburden our courts and an immigration police force the size of an army, that kind of rhetoric is mother's milk to his Wrestlemania following.

  • Why Trump is (really) wrong to bet against US Military-backed Mosul Campaign
    • The carnage in Iraq reminds me of the WW II battle for Berlin and atrocities committed throughout the Pacific Islands.

      Here is a posting from AntiWar.com reporting on the latest brutality and hell on earth conditions Iraqis are facing. link to original.antiwar.com

  • Trump Campaign: The Donald's 5-Point Plan to Defeat Islam
    • Watching Trump read his prepared text at the Al Smith dinner he reminded me of a fifth grade student reading "What I did this summer" essay before the class. He had the comic timing of Charlie Manson doing stand up.

      This is a man who is not capable of solving complex problems without the threat of violence or other extreme measures.

      18 more days and he can go back to promoting Wrestlemania to the same fans who attend his rallies.

  • The Mosul Campaign and the 3rd Presidential Debate
    • I am suspicious of a no fly zone. What does a US fighter pilot do if he encounters a Russian fighter in the zone? Can the zone be used by rebels to operate with impunity?

      With the disastrous results we see taking place in Libya, some would call Hillary's War, I don't trust her or her neocon advisers to improve the life of the average Syrian. She admitted this in her emails saying...." A no fly zone will kill a lot of Syrians."

  • 7 Things to Know about Mosul
    • Here is a well done report from CNN showing Syria's Aleppo before and after the bombings. As a lover of architecture this kind of savagery and destruction of irreplaceable ancient structures both saddens and angers me. link to youtube.com

  • The Vanity of the Billionaires: Circuses and no Bread
    • Mike Judge produced an interesting movie named Idiocracy, a movie that predicts a time in the future when US is ruled by a former wrestling champion (Trump promoted Wrestlemania.) Watching the Trump rallies I think of this movie often.

      As for the fall of Rome, I think Trump, being the star who can abuse any woman he wants, is more the like the emperor Caligula.

  • US Goes to War with Houthis in Yemen (Openly)
    • Listening to the NBC report last night I think they mentioned Iran four times in the one minute report. It sounded like AIPAC wrote the script for the reporter.

  • Die-Hard Trump Supporters want to *be* Trump
  • Whose Fault is Trump? Top 7 Culprits
    • It.s weird you bring up Donahue. Yesterday I was thinking of how he was pushed out of the door by Chris Matthews and other newly converted Iraq war zealots.

      As for Trump, he conquered the field of GOP sad cast of characters by using the kind of bombast he learned during his days of promoting WrestleMania. Here is a well put together clip from YouTube that illustrates this point of view. Notice the crowd at the WWE event is similar to those you see at Trump rallies. This is not to say they are bad people or even ignorant (My attorney is a Trump man) just a group of angry white males....link to youtube.com

  • Syria: Russia warns of Mideast Apocalypse if US attacks al-Assad's military
    • "She maintained that if the regime were overthrown, it would create a vacuum within which “quickly filled” by “terrorists of all stripes.”

      Can you really argue with that point of view?

  • How the JASTA override on Saudi could Bite Americans in the Ass
    • 9-11, as horrific as it was, dwarfs in comparison to the PNAC policy enacted by Bush/ Cheney to remove Saddam. We now know there was no threat from Saddam's rag tag military and that he had no ongoing nuclear program yet Bush pushed congress to authorize his use of our military to settle old scores.

      Using a similar law one might conclude Iraqi families could sue the US for turning their country into a Mad Max hell for no viable reason other than....Bush knew he could.

      Not to overuse the word "Dwarf" but imagine several million Iraqis suing the US for damages.

  • Why the Boeing & Airbus Sales to Iran are a Big Effing Deal
    • I live in Lindsey Graham country, South Carolina, where Boeing happens to have a large manufacturing plant. Lindsey is caught between supporting what is right for his constituents and pleasing AIPAC. What's a guy to do?

  • Obama: End terrorism like that in New York by Destroying ISIL in Mosul, Iraq
    • It wold be interesting to hear what approach the man who knows more than generals, Mr. Trump, would take as president but at the moment our ratings obsessed news organizations seem to be fixated on the all important birther question.

  • Clinton: No US ground troops in Iraq, Syria; Trump: Steal Iraqi Oil
    • Anderson Cooper has a great segment in which one general says...."Taking oil is good idea if you lived in the 16th century." Another comment...." Iraq is now our ally are 16 million Iraqis going to stand by and watch us take their oil. Trump is a businessman, maybe he has it figured out. I personally cannot wrap my mind around it."

      link to rawstory.com

  • With Defeat Looming, ISIL haunts Syria with 6 Bombings, Killing 53
    • Ask who is funding Daesh and you get a crazy quilt answer...Like from this Russian friendly site....which is probably needs an update....

      "In Daesh’s role as opposing Syria (just one of its many roles) the terrorist outfit is believed to have received funding from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, as part of their opposition to the Assad regime.

      But it also generates its own income, having taken control of local businesses, taxing others, and selling oil. Among its customers, incredibly, is Syria. Since Daesh controls much of the oil-production infrastructure in the country, Syria has little choice but to purchase oil from the very group that seeks to overthrow its government.

      Reports also indicate that Israel is a main buyer of Daesh oil. The sale is not direct; oil is smuggled by Kurdish and Turkish smugglers, and then Turkish and Israeli negotiators determine the price. As a result of these oil sales, Daesh has annual revenues estimated at $500 million, according to data compiled by the U.S. Treasury.

      In November of this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed that Daesh is being financed by at least 40 countries — including G20 members. With such widespread financing, it will be difficult to defeat Deash."

      If this explanation is true you can ask why has this war lasted so long and you get the same answer....Follow the money.

  • US-Allied Kurds advance in Hasaka City, NE Syria
    • And as president , H Clinton vows to don her Mighty Mouse cape and burst into...."Syria!!! Here I come to save the day!"

  • Does this Change Everything? Russia's first strikes on Syria from Iran Airbases
    • The US has been cautious about going toe to toe with other super powers. The preference has been to do battle with warlord controlled militias and rag tag armies (Iraq) that have limited if any navy, air force or standing army. Even then the results have been disastrous. Obama knows Russia and Iran are a different animal. The question is will Hillary or Trump know?

  • Trump and Extreme Vetting of Muslims
    • The GOP has gone insane. All Trump has to do is feed his supporters headlines without details....Build a Wall....I'm Going to Bring Jobs Back....Bomb ISIL So Hard....Press is Corrupt...Hillary is Crooked...We're Going to Have Such a Great Economy.....No Middle East Immigrants...I'll Replace Obamacare with Something So Much Better....I'll Rebuild the Military....and finally....I'm Going to Make America Great Again!!!

      Feel free to wipe face with palm.

  • Monsters to Destroy: Top 7 Reasons the US could not have forestalled Syrian Civil War
    • I find the different factions waging war in Syria much like the presidential election here at home....There is no one to cheer for.

  • No, Obama did not found ISIL, Mr. Trump: That was the GOP
    • In 2003 Ashleigh Banfield gave a speech at Kansas State University in which she complained of networks love of videos showing rockets being fired and the explosions but didn't take the time to cover the carnage we inflicted on the population of Iraq....For this she was fired and spent the next few years at Court TV...Here is part of that speech that in retrospect sounds prophetic, in light of the weekly terrorist attacks the world endures........

      "War is ugly and it's dangerous, and in this world the way we are discussed on the Arab street, it feeds and fuels their hatred and their desire to kill themselves to take out Americans. It's a dangerous thing to propagate."

  • Iowa could go 100% Green with Wind in only 14 years, w/ Few Birds Killed, Mr. Trump
    • As a residential builder I attended a conference in Atlanta. At the conference I learned of new technology.... solar panels that would heat water. The heated water would, via pipes, heat rocks stored in a concrete tank in the basement or in the ground Then fans would blow the heat into the home. That was almost 40 years ago during the oil embargo. After the crisis passed and oil returned to normal and below normal levels alternative energy was put on the back burner.

      Although that engineering still exist it posed many problems. Today Musk is leading the way in solar and battery powered production that might.....just might....lead to individual homes being almost completely off the grid. Eliminate costly heating and cooling bills paid to utility companies would mean billions of dollars per month could be funneled back into the economy creating more purchasing power for the average family or funneled into their 401ks.

  • ISIL Captures Thousands trying to flee it in Iraq, Executes a Dozen
    • All of this terror and hell going on as an oblivious W. churns out more ridiculously bad oil paintings. This is the end game of Bush telling Blair...."I want to kick some ass!"

  • Dear Trumpists: Khizr Khan is not 'Muslim Brotherhood' and it wouldn't matter if he Were
  • 6 Signs the Big Global Switch to Solar has already Begun
    • Although back up to $42 a barrel....oil briefly dipped below $40 and there speculations it will go lower.

      With all of the wars having been fought through out history over oil.... solar, wind and power generated by ocean currents could be a catalyst for peace. Sorry Dick Cheney!

  • Russian & Iranian Press deplore Hillary Clinton Hawkishness; Israelis complain she's Dove
    • All Iran has to do is call Trump a genius and a fabulous businessman and they will be his life long friend.

  • Top Five Ways to tell if a Terrorist is still al-Qaeda despite name Change
    • If Obama had followed McCain/ Lindsey Graham's advice, the tag team equivalent of Richard Pearl and Joe Lieberman, and ordered generals to deploy ground troops into Syria we would have found our soldiers fighting side by side with the organization blamed for 9-11. The needless loss of life and treasury would have been staggering.

      With Assad deposed Syria could expect the kind of war and mayhem now being experienced by Iraq for a generation or more. Speaking of which, Huff Post is reporting a million Iraqis might have to flee their homes in the next few weeks.

      Thanks Bush/ Cheney....Mission Accomplished!

  • The most Left Wing Supreme Court in a Generation? Sec. Clinton's most important Progressive Prospect
    • Support for Hillary is, to use an old expression, a mile wide and an inch thick. With all of her, in my opinion, justified negatives the big question is....Will she inspire blacks, Bernie's Babies and Latinos to stand in line to vote for her? I think the fear of what Trump is proposing might push the minorities and Bernie's supporters to vote, not so much FOR Hillary, as AGAINST Trump.

      As Bette Davis said..."Fasten your seatblets, it's going to be a bumpy ride."

  • Top 6 Graphs that Refute Donald Trump's Lies about the United States
    • Summation of the GOP convention and all of the adoring delegates fawning over Trump....He is their Great White Hope.

  • Top 4 Republican Plagiarisms of the Democrats
    • Trump says Obama should have known domestic terrorist were about to commit random acts of terrorism while he doesn't even know his wife's speech is a carbon copy of Ms. Obama's speech. Now we're told the plagiarized speech was Hillary's fault.

      Just the tip of the iceberg if Mr. T becomes our Commander in Chief.

  • Rep. Steve King, White People and 'Civilization'
    • Woody Guthrie's song takes on a different meaning when sung by Rep. King to the GOP convention....

      This land is your land This land is my land
      From California to the New York island;
      From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
      This land was made for you and Me. ( AND NO ONE ELSE!!)

  • Newt Should Check out Mike Pence's Christian Sharia
    • The Republican platform calls for the bible to be taught in schools... If you need another example of religion being forced on our children.

      I suspect Pence will make a campaign stop at Ken Ham's Ark.

  • Nice, France, Attack: A Gandhian Response to Serial Killers
    • Prof Cole writes....' Work to strengthen democracy and inclusiveness and basic human rights."

      Didn't we hear Bush and his henchmen use that ideology as a rallying cry prior to the invasion of Iraq? Fact is...this country is not very good at convincing allies, Egypt, Iraq, Israel and or Saudi Arabia...to be inclusive much less Iran, Libya or Syria.

      One reason for our lack of success in this region is that, unfortunately, our motives and policies are never purely altruistic.

      Maybe McDonough's thinking is not that far off the mark.

  • The Real Problem with the Iraq War: It was Illegal
    • You know there is no valid reason for going to war when you have to come up with a bogus scare tactic to rally the American people for a needless war. Bush just couldn't say..."Saddam tried to kill my daddy" and garner a lot of support for war...outside of Texas.

      The Bush administration formed what was known as the Iraq War Group, a group consisting of Wolfowitz, Madeline Carville and others, in order to concoct an excuse the public and press would buy into in order to gain support for the invasion.

      The scare tactic they agreed on..... Saddam was developing nuclear weapons. To drive this point home Condi Rice ramped up the rhetoric when she made her infamous speech about this country "Waking up to a mushroom cloud" if he was not removed..all part of the con job.

      After no WMDs were found Wolfowitz later admitted..."Maybe we pushed the WMD thing a bit too far." This after mothers and fathers were weeping over their sacrificed sons as they buried them in national cemeteries.

  • H. Clinton and Ed Snowden: Some Animals are more Equal than others
    • To paraphrase the line used during the banking crisis...Hillary...Is too big to jail.

  • Putin's Winning Hand in Syria, as Turkey Apologizes and Obama Deals
    • At Military.com they are reporting the US has trained less than 100 combatants and the ones they have trained at a base in Turkey have returned to Syria, dropped out of the army and gave their weapons to the opposition. We can only speculate how much this fiasco cost the US taxpayer. Joining forces with Putin is a good move...link to military.com

  • ISIL Terrorism Strikes at Turkish Economy; & Someone tell Trump the Victims are Muslim
    • Uygur is wasting his time criticizing Trump. Trump knows a few things about his militaristic right wing Christian GOP supporters. He plays on their basic instincts to separate oneself from perceived danger, whetter it be a rattlesnake, fire, or as in this case, radical Muslims.

      The Palin/ Trump knee jerk reaction to Boston, Paris and now Turkish bombings....No Muslim immigrants....No terrorist attacks. No Mexican immigrants...No illegal drug traffic....More jobs for Americans.

      It's all so simple, a cakewalk if you will, not unlike the game plan to remove a dictator in Iraq and establish a democracy. or bomb Tehran in order to save the world from a nuclear threat.

      Trump and his supporters still buy into John Wayne's tough guy American cowboy approach to diplomacy...."My guns do my talking."

  • Fallujah Falls: The Slow Death of ISIL and the Future of Iraq
    • It's doesn't sound like a perfect situation between the Sunnis and Shia but it is encouraging Iraqis troops can fight their own battles without US soldiers shedding blood.

      Here in the US Hillary has said no ground troops while Trump is saying the generals are telling him 20,000 to 30,000 US troops to fight ISIL. This is a flip flop from his earlier foreign policy of "Let them kill each other."

  • The Greater Middle East Reacts to British Exit from EU
    • As a South Carolinian, known for our relentless fascination with the civil war, I would be interested in hearing a person or persons with knowledge of US history compare the similarities, or not, of the south's decision to leave the US union and the Brexit vote to leave the European Union. It appears that race, religion and economics played into both decisions.

  • After Trump bashed Brown Immigrants all Year, it's the British White Guy who tries to Kill Him
    • Had trump been shot the victims from the Orlando club shooting could have issued a statement saying....If only Trump had been armed this could have been avoided
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  • Omar Mateen and Rightwing Homophobia: Hate Crime or Domestic Terrorism?
    • Presidential candidate D.J. Trump has said in the past his reaction to such "Terrorist acts" would be to kill the shooter's family. It will be interesting to see if today he still support sthat approach to suppressing massacres.

  • Israel-First McCarthyism: Cuomo's vow to spy on, punish BDS Activists in long Tradition
    • I would bet their file on Prof. Cole takes up an entire file cabinet.

      Couple this anti free speech law with Sen. Boxer and husband attempting to make it illegal and worthy of being dismissed as a student or faculty on a California campus just for speaking or writing anti Israel remarks.

      Speaking of denying free speech it took an odd form this past week. I happen to detest Mr. Trump but it was disturbing to watch Latinos chasing Trump supporters through the streets of San Jose. These thugs and their sucker punches brought back memories of blacks being beaten by rednecks in the streets of Selma and Jews being kicked and beaten by Nazis in pre war Germany.

      This will be an election to remember and I fear not in a good way.

  • Sufi Boxer Muhammad Ali's last fight was against Extremism & Politicians' Islamophobia
    • I think of a similar patriot by the name of Ed Snowden as I remember Ali risking his livelihood and freedom to make their voices heard against Big Brother and the war machine. Both of these men remind me of the line, which I paraphrase, from Julius Caesar....The coward dies many times the Valiant dies but once."

  • ISIL counter-attack in Fallujah: can Iraqi Forces maintain momentum?
    • I just read at Anti-war.com that over 4000 Iraqis were killed and 2000 plus wounded in May alone. That's a 9-11 occurring every month in Iraq thanks to Bush, Cheney and Blair....all of whom are enjoying the good life in retirement.

  • Dear Mr. Holder: Why Ed Snowden can't get a Fair Trial in your National Security State
    • Holder reminds me of the Big Bad Wolf from the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood who would like to get Snowden to return to the US (Grandma's house) so he might be eaten by the (Big Bad Wolf) justice department. Snowden is no fool. He knows Fox and CNN would go into full "Snowden is a traitor mode" with no dissension allowed.

  • Obama in Hiroshima, Memorial Day and the Iran Deal
    • Last week I listened to Laura Ingraham, right wing radio host and rabid Trump groupie, sneer at Obama for going to Japan and apologizing for, her words, "Vaporizing people." First off...he did not apologize to anyone but rather gave a speech the Pope could have delivered.

      Secondly, the nonchalance with which Laura spoke of "Vaporizing" men, women and children speaks to the evilness of the American neocon empire and their total disregard for what they euphemistically call "Collateral damage."

      Obama has certainly not been a perfect president but standing up to Netanyahu and his bought and paid for Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran politicians here in the US will always in my mind be worthy of a Bronze Star for heroics.

  • US Spec Ops Troops on Front Line in Syria with Leftist Kurdish Insignia: AFP
  • US Centcom Commander in Syria to Coordinate Kurds, Arabs against ISIL
    • I think I've got. The US is training The Syrian Democratic Force comprised of Kurdish and leftist Peoples Protection Units along with 5000 to 6000 Arab fighter allied with the Kurds but the US has provided them with no heavy weaponry.

      The US is also accused of supporting hard line Salafi groups like the Army of Islam and the Freemen of Syria; it even said US support extended to the al-Qaeda affiliate, the Nusra Front and that Saudi Arabia and Turkey were also behind the Salafis.

      Then we have the Mahdi Army or Peace Brigades of Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr who are fighting as a militia in Iraq on the side of the government of Bashar al-Assad against the Salafis.

      Let us not forget....there is a danger that with Russian backing the al-Assad regime could roll up a lot of the rebel forces and so reestablish its stability.

      Russia is also friendly with the Syrian Kurds, so some of Washington’s new haste to deploy the SDF against Daesh may derive they might go to Russia for backing.

      Thank You Dr. Cole... piece of cake.

  • Can Iran sue the US for Coup & supporting Saddam in Iran-Iraq War?
    • Could Iraq not argue the US invaded and destroyed their country based on jingoistic rhetoric and fabricated evidence supplied by what the Bush administration knew were dubious sources, such as Curveball and easily disproved accusations concerning metal tubes and bogus yellow cake documentation. The invasion has led to continued chaos causing loss of life as well as hundreds of thousands Iraqi civilians wounded or displaced. The total tab could reach several trillion dollars when you figure in pain and suffering added to actual damages to homes, businesses and infrastructure.

      While we are fantasizing, we can discuss Bush and Blair being charged with crimes against humanity.

  • Top 3 Signs Bill Clinton didn't kill himself to "give" the Palestinians a State
    • The Clintons pick up the sent of money like a bloodhound. Protecting a penniless population would not be good or profitable for the Clinton Foundation.

  • Top 4 Reasons Iran will stand by Syrian gov't despite High Casualties
    • Actually the goal of the neocons such as the Project For a New American Century, was to destabilze the middle east. Originally, as presented on this video, Israel was to be the military force to take down dictators throwing their rivals into wars carried out by rial factions, then they realized the US would do the fighting for them. It seems to be working beautifully as Israel quietly plunders the and steals the remaining land in Gaza and the West Bank. Take fifteen minutes to watch the video. link to youtube.com

  • Trump's Foreign Policy is just GOP Boilerplate, only more Confused
    • He may be a bombastic snake oil salesman when he is in his off the cuff bloviator mode but when it comes to giving a serious scripted speech his delivery is akin to a first year divinity student. I'm sure the leaders of ISIS are quaking in their sandals right about now.

  • Winning in Losing: How Sanders pushed Clinton to the Left
    • President Hillary will be Dick Cheney in a pant suit. She is certainly a career politician who would reject the populist approach for one designed to cater to powerful lobbies. When Hillary is president I'm sure the price of sleeping in the Lincoln bedroom will rise significantly from the days when Bill was in the oval office.

  • ISIL Endgame: Obama to send 250 more US Troops into Syria
    • How can the American public rally behind our forces being deployed into a war zone that includes the YPG, SDF, Kurds, Sunni Arabs, Christian, Assyrian, Armenians and the Syrian army? In that this country recently spent hundreds of millions of dollars to build a fighting force in that region, which produced 5 fighting soldiers, I would not want to see our young men sacrificed in a war that has no end game.

  • The Bernie Sanders Miracle: American Crowd in Brooklyn Cheers Palestinian Dignity
    • Hillary's indebtedness to Saban is evidenced by her adoption of his views on the Israeli- Palestinian issue. This is exactly what Sanders has been talking about throughout the campaign. If Hillary gets millions from Wall Street and is paid a quarter of a million dollars to give a speech by billionaires....who do you think will have her ear if she makes it to the oval office? I have no doubt she would throw us under the bus to please the AIPAC constituency.

      Somewhat in defense of Hillary. She is not alone in bowing to big money. It's prevalent in local mayor races all the way to the the race for the presidency. Bernie might be the exception to the rule.

  • Is Hillary Clinton responsible for rise of ISIL, as Bernie's Campaign Manager Alleged?
    • Just having appeased the AIPAC hawks with a speech worthy of a Dick Cheney seal of approval my thoughts are turning to which neocon (s) will be appointed to be Sec. of State...Defense Secretary and who would be picked as her running mate ( Corey Booker?)in the Hillary Clinton administration? Thank God Richard Holbrooke is not available for any of the above.

  • Hillary Clinton goes full Neocon at AIPAC, Demonizes Iran, Palestinians
  • Putin: Russia can ramp back up in Syria "within hours"
    • I know humanitarian aid is not nearly as titillating as watching explosives knock down buildings or rockets fired from jets but wouldn't it be noble if the negotiators would first address the more mundane work of providing food and water for the starving and displaced refugees in Syria.

      It would be a step in the right direction if Russia, Turkey and the US would exert as much effort and spend as much money providing support for peaceful purposes as they did in tearing the country apart.

      On second thought....who am I kidding...that's not going to happen.

  • If it's Trump versus Clinton, what does it Mean for Iran and ISIL Policy?
    • Over at David Stockman's Contra Corner he writes....

      "Containing and defeating ISIS is the job of the Shiite Crescent. Hasn’t Washington created enough failed states—-Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia etc.—–already?"

      Jeffery Goldberg in his Atlantic article admonishes Obama for setting a "Red Line" in Syria and then ignoring his line in the sand. Goldberg does make the rare admission that the gassing of Syrians was probably not the work of Assad, removing a neocon talking point for involving our troops in a free for all in Syria.

      As in the case of Bush the Idiot foreign policy of either Hillary or Trump may depend on who they pick as their advisers and cabinet members.

  • GOP debate Civil? Candidates urged torture, child-murder, backing bloody Dictatorships
    • Prof. Cole....Thank you for watching so we don't have to.

      I just read this morning what a devout Catholic Rubio proclaims to be. Last week Cruz's father told of how the Cruz family stayed on their knees for hours asking God for a sign as to whether Ted should run for the GOP nomination. Surprise!!...God told him to run.

      Now these holy men are tripping over each other as they deny "The least of these" Palestinians basic human rights while Ted vows to make the sand glow in the middle east from carpet bombing. It seems paradoxical to profess to be servants of God while rejecting biblical text such as...Blessed are the peacemakers.

      Regretfully, Hillary possesses the same bloody vampire fangs as the GOP candidates. I think we are going to miss Mr. Obama.

  • Netanyahu GOP Policy in Tatters, he snubs White House Invitation
  • Top 5 Crazy things Ben Carson said about Middle East and Islam

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