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  • Top 5 Planks of 2016 GOP Platform? Torture, War, Bank Corruption, Paid-For Elections
    • I'm not a fortune teller, but 2015 already looks like a terrible year. Americans maybe to broke, also sick and tired of torture and war to vote in 2016.

  • The Trial of Richard Bruce Cheney
    • Very good humor. It would serve the world well if justice were carried out against America's war crimes, but I don't see this happening. More probably this story will disappear once the new congress convenes in January. In fact, this maybe away of controlling the story out of sight. A little truth mixed with some contraversary, add in a lot of confusion, and there Ya go a nice farewell cake to torture is ready for American consummation. Screw the UN. We ignore them quite regularly. If anyone pays a price it will not be above the rank of a lieutenant. Sorry, this is what reading the news for fifty years in my beloved country has brought me to become, a cynical voter who accepts the official narrative. Now, what about that Jonathan Gruber, or how about that liberal rapetard Lena Dunham? Is Bill Cosby a Democrate?

  • GOP Squirms at Release of CIA Torture Report, warns of "Violence" (So why did they Torture?)
    • Some might say, this investigation may bring us back to our observing the Constitution. If this becomes our new reality, then so be it. I have come to believe that our governments officials actually deep down inside hate the Constitution.

      The American public through fear has developed many supporters of torture. I find this to be truly sad. Rogers, and others who are predicting violence over this investigation raise a whole new fear. That is the chance of having a 'false flag' occur. I'm not accusing anyone, but there are a lot of shoes that could drop on this one. My hope is everything will evolve without incident, and American will act like the 'shinning city on the hill'.

  • Top 5 ways US treatment of African-Americans resembles Apartheid South Africa
    • People need to learn how to talk to each other. Positive interaction is needed in our American society badly. Diversity amongst our police, and local officials must become the norm. Reworking our neighborhoods by encouraging racial mixtures would to me, be a goal worth the effort. Instead of spending money on military equipment for the police to use, spend this money on improving our communities infrastructure. Scrap these one sided trade agreements, and provide people with life time career jobs, and watch our nation grow healthy. I say this, because I don't see this happening in our American cities.

  • A Day Late & a Dollar Short: Obama & China agree on Languid Climate Goals
    • It is utterly amazing how the status quo is dragging their feet on solving the earths climate change problem. T Boone Pickens a few years ago stated, that the world was past the mid point of extracting crude oil. If that is correct, then shouldn't someone be working on a plan for alternative resources?

  • Internet Liberty at Stake in Obama World Wide Web Policy
    • When you mention how it could take as long as 60 seconds for a download, I immediately thought of my friends and family who are addicted to Face Book. Seriously, such a long time for a download would ruin their evening Face Book time dramatically. Besides all that it would be nice if there were at least one place left where everyone was treated equally.

  • Why McCain & GOP are Slamming Obama for Writing Iran re: ISIL
    • Google, "Afghanistan US missing weapons', and there is everything a US taxpayer will need to know. The proliferation of weapons along with Afghan police not being paid for months, has created a perfect storm. Due to this pay shortage there has been reported a missing 450 million dollars worth of weapons. The unpaid Afghan police have resorted to corruption, and are now selling these weapons to the Taliban. So, McCain's wanting to always arm up these troubled areas, has it's down side. When your only tool is a hammer, then everything turns out to be a nail. Being a diplomat doesn't make as much money, as being a hawk advocating war. With a guy like McCain around God help us all...God help the world.

  • Ben Affleck on Bill Maher's Muslim Problem
    • Great piece here, Professor Cole. You nailed it in this very fine article. Good on you, Sir!

  • Top 5 Contradictions in Obama's Emerging ISIL Strategy
  • Solar could make your Electricity Bill Zero: But Pols, Utilities are Conspiring Against You
    • This is a great reason to take the corporate money influence out of our American political system.

  • Sean Hannity Pwned by Patricia Bynes when he tries to "Educate" Her
    • Don't forget Sean gave George Zimmerman a very sympathetic platform to make his case of why he shot Trayvon Martin.

      Sean also defends Israel's slaughter of Palestinians.

      Me advice; read your news, and don't take any thing on FOX to seriously. But , you already knew that!

  • 6 Robin Williams Movies That Teach Us Progressive Values
    • Mindy this is a great article. I won't say I tear up easy, but your writing did it for me. Thanks for the memories!

  • The Pretender-Caliph and Islamic History: The Truth about Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
    • I guess all leadership is suspect in the 21st century. We Americans see our politicians swear an oath to the Constitution, and then what? Secret trade agreements, the Patriot Act, detaining people without due process, and killing American citizens with drones. It's time we all get back to the 'egg'.

  • Iraq Crisis: It's the Oil, Stupid!
    • Thanks Professor for setting the record straight. War due to greed makes much more sense than fighting for Iraqi Freedom. The sad part is, that all us little people of the free world seem helpless as to reining our corporations, and our leaders in.

      I know the technology is there, whereas we could be driving cars that get 100 mpg...but, no we would rather fight for the oil profiteers instead.

  • Cons of Going to War against Iraq (Cole, Jan. 2003)
    • Brings back memories of when I first discovered you Professor Cole. I seem to recall seeing you on C-Span among other networks back then.

      If you hold Bush's Iraq mirror to mirror against Obama's Benghazi the partisan politics could not be clearer. Accountability is certainly missing in American government.

  • Dear GOP: Captured Benghazi Suspect Says He Was Inspired By Video
  • Why were Wall Street & Banking not Reformed after 2008? Congress!
    • America the beautiful has been transformed into Amerika the ugly. Our productive society went from manufacturing product to making financial things up. We the people shake our heads when looking at all our debt, while Wall St. lifts their glasses with a hardy hooray!

      First reform our election laws...no more money, or at least sanction as little as possible to fund our elections. Elections without TV commercials. Elections with only C Span debates. These are just a couple of ideas I have, and I am not the smartest kid in the class. I know there are many, many more of you fellow Americans who have great ideas on how to reform our system. I only hope someday soon we all may see the great needed change take place.

      Until then save your money. Stay out of debt as much as you can. Don't feed the beast any longer!

  • Don't Trust the Bombers on Iraq: "Shock and Awe" Never Works
    • When all the chicken hawk draft dodger politicians are in one room yelling at the generals to do something this is what you get. Besides just think how much each bomb cost...hmmm lots of cash there boy!

      I'm with you professor. What we are doing is just flat out wrong. The only problem is, we don't seem to know any better.

  • Dear Sen. McCain: No, the Taliban Prisoners didn't Carry out 9/11; but you Supported Muslim Radicals
  • Scientists Develop Coal-Killing Solar Cell Made From Tin
    • Imagine if the USA had spent money on energy development instead of these 21st century wars where we could be!

  • John Kerry admits Israeli Apartheid; and 5 Ways he is Understating It
    • In a 1934 letter to the League of Nations, Edmond de Rothschild stated that "the struggle to put an end to the Wandering Jew, could not have as its result, the creation of the Wandering Arab."

  • 8 Plutocrats out-earned 3.6 mn Working Poor & 7 Other Headlines You won't see in MSM
  • Is Rand Paul right that Cheney invaded Iraq for Halliburton Profits?
    • When it comes to the Paul's (father & son) I always need to stop and wonder what would happen if they were to become president. I mean George W Bush ran as a compassionate conservative ...yeah right! Barrack Obama, well where should one start with him? What I am referring to, is how all these political candidates change there stands once they enter into the Oval Office. So, my question regarding Rand Paul is how much of his rhetoric would survive if he were elected president.

      There was a time that I was impressed with Dick Cheney. I mean, there was no one who could get things done so well, as Cheney. Then Dick went to the Dark Side, and never did he look back. Maybe Cheney was always dark, but then he went darker.

      I think history will not look kindly on the Cheney's of our America. This whole era of Neocon will be judged poorly, as time goes by.

  • US National Security hijacked, flown into Bermuda Triangle of Mysteries
    • It appears that everything in our news has some kind of conspiracy associated to it. What is more disturbing is often the conspiracy makes more sense than the real story the media is reporting.

      Whether it is a one magic bullet, or buildings falling in free fall, nothing seems to be straight forward. Sometimes the confusion leads one to believe that even the conspiracy theory's are part of the conspiracy. Go figure.

      What is sad is how the United States could win hearts and mines with soft diplomacy. All this warmongering cannot add up to anything good. What good is winning if all we get in return is a police state?

  • Saudi King channels John McCain, demands Obama Take Hard Line on Iran, Syria, Muslim Brotherhood
  • ABC: Bush's Neocon Spokesman for Illegal US Occupation of Iraq Slams Russia for Crimea
    • I want my country back!

      Neocon's, AIPAC, and war, this all we ever hear coming out of DC. It is time to rid these people out of our government. These warmongers are hurting people all over the world. The victims of their Neocon terror will be tomorrow's terrorist who will plot against the US. This must end now!

  • When it is Feinstein being Spied on, Suddenly she Squawks
    • So what will Senator Feinstein do, if the CIA is guilty of torture? Will she prosecute Hayden, Cheney, or Bush? That will be the day.

      My mother always warned me, how one lie just leads to another lie. My Mother didn't know John Yoo, and his twisted way of thinking.

      So just spend all the time and money it takes to investigate something that should have never have happened in the first place. Don't worry about the American people who will take the cuts as they come. Just protect the elites who are so much more deserving!

  • McCain's Mind-Boggling Hypocrisy on Crimea at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Conference
    • Tyahnybok is an anti-Semite who says “organized Jewry” controls the Ukraine’s media and government, and is planning “genocide” against Christians. He has turned Svoboda into the fourth largest party in the country, and, this past December, U.S. Senator John McCain shared a platform and an embrace with Tyahnybok at a rally in Kiev. So McCain after embracing Tyahnybok in December today addresses AIPAC condemning Obama’s weakness…. is this double speak?

  • The GOP, Race and Ted Nugent: If you won't Denounce Nazi Insults, What does that Say about You?
    • A long time ago I was a musician and although I didn't hate Nugent's music I thought he was too much in one grove. It appears that Ted is a one grove person. There is nothing smart about this man. His biggest thing is gun ownership, and he dislikes President Obama. This is it. That's all he's got.

    • I agree with you, but in this case the author is using their free speech to critise Nugents racist or what ever you call it insane rant. Our freedoms are working rather well. Yes, we should not make it unlawful for people to make asses out of them selves...just write articles condemning them when they do!

  • Broken Democracy: Republicans poised to take Senate, Americans Reject their Platform
    • It is amazing how our government can do what it wants. The voter comes in second almost always. Whether gerrymandered or out moneyed the majority of people are overwhelmed into a complacency that the average person finds impossible to overcome.

      The sixties I believe was a huge turning point, and not for the better. This was an era of assassinations which took away any hope of the US having meaningful leadership. Seriously, how could a politician feel safe after seeing what happens to those who do attempt to make needed change?

      When 85 people can have half the world's wealth that is saying a lot about what the common folk are up against. Money is the driver in American politics. We must deal with this going forward, but how?

      I believe that younger voters will make the difference. They weren't around when JFK, MLK, RFK, and Malcolm X were killed, and this lack of experience might help them press on towards reform. The younger voter right now is getting the worst end of this new world order. Younger people are faced with the same problems their ancestors were faced with 100 years ago. Now like then these up and coming citizens will have to make the difference. One can only hope for the best.

  • China Installed More Solar Power in 2013 than the US has in its Whole History
    • Let me put on my KEYNESIANISM hat...imagine a stimulus in the US that would propel this country into the 21st century. China is doing what we should be doing. We should mandate a 3rd of this product be made in the US.

      The boom to the HomeDepot, Sears, etc. would be huge.

      I applaud China for the effort. America should be installing the next generation of infrastructure.

      Keep it Light!

  • Israel's KKK: Violent Squatters increasingly Attacking Palestinians
    • In a 1934 letter to the League of Nations, Edmond de Rothschild stated that "the struggle to put an end to the Wandering Jew, could not have as its result, the creation of the Wandering Arab."

      Why isn't story covered by the 'Main Stream Media'?

      Israeli leaders are going to take this land!

      Israeli leaders want war with Syria & Iran, why?

  • Israel Tries to Bully Europe over Criticism of Planned 1800 Squatter Units on Palestinian Land
    • In a 1934 letter to the League of Nations, Edmond de Rothschild stated that "the struggle to put an end to the Wandering Jew, could not have as its result, the creation of the Wandering Arab."

  • America Black Ops Wars in 134 Countries
    • " If it is power we must have, the route to that is economic, not the sprinkling of tough guys and weapons and explosives all over the globe. It’s hard to imagine that we have CHOSEN to do it ever since 1945."

      Hunter I agree I like calling this the "Reverse Project for the New American Century"

  • Five Reasons Benghazi Wasn't Hillary Clinton's Fault
    • Let's face it Benghazi was an October Surprise gone bad. Talk about False Flag. I'm sorry, I just don't trust David Petraeus, nor do I trust the republicans. For crying out loud we are talking about the US Presidential election, not to mention a 9/11 anniversary. This idea had to sound good on paper considering Mitt Romney was the republicans candidate. I mean that was the best the Repubs could do. They were stuck with Mitt...it was his turn!

      FOX should be ashamed of it self for being so unpatriotic. Isn't FOX a good American network? They saw Benghazi as a 2-fear, Hillary & Barrack!!!

  • American Public Pushes back against AIPAC Senators seeking Iran Conflict
    • "Preventative war is like committing suicide out of fear of death" Bismarck.

    • Well, finally the American public is starting to be heard. Lately, I have been saying that Netanyahu should be aware of his hawkish ways. His, along with AIPAC, actions are not playing well. Just read the reader comments on almost any website, and you will come away realizing just how much Americans don't want any more wars. Besides being tired of war, we're broke!

      Israel's concerns may have gained some respect from Americans when Ahmadinejad was in office, but now he's gone. Rouhani is a smiling moderate. He even is pro western, isn't this the leader we have been waiting for. Yet, there is Netanyahu shaking his head in woo saying, "worst deal of the century".

      The United States for my whole life (63) had had a rival Russia who was also armed with nukes. The US just didn't go over to Russia and start bombing their nuclear facilities. Russia likewise stayed at arms length, as well. Suggesting we go to war with Iran is plain madness. If the US didn't do war when it came to our own situation then why would we go to war over this situation Israel finds itself in? By the way, inspectors IAEA plus our own intelligence all tell us Iran isn't building a bomb. When was the last time we went to war over an assumption...oh yeah, Iraq!

  • Messianic Israeli Minister obsessed with Palestinian Land accuses Kerry of Messianic Obsession
    • It would appear that Americans are waking up to the fact that the current leaders in Israel are just flat out wrong. Today there are head lines from all the major American news papers quoting their discuss with AIPAC backed US congress people. I like to read the reader comment section, and it seems there is overwhelming support by the US public to back the Obama administration's position with Iran, on the p5+1 agreement.

      I have stated before how Israel may encounter a back lash in public opinion, and I think that is finally happening. People are sick and tired of war. Plus, we cannot afford these wars.

      It is time for Israel's liberals to come forward, and start ruling more from a point of fairness. This madness must end!

  • Giant Rhubarb Battery may save the World (Really!)
    • Wow! Imagine the potential of combining green with energy consumption. That could change everything. No more wars over oil would be nice. Yes, I am a dreamer, but then there was a time you would have been crazy to believe man would ever fly!

  • NSA Bulk Surveillance has had no Impact on Fighting Terrorism
    • What I have wondered about is how Snowden got over on such a massive security agency. Snowden went up and down the pay scale, as he jumped from job to job. To say the least he should have appeared to have been either overtly career opportunistic or just plain dissatisfied with his job. He should have popped up on somebody's radar...hello, Hong Kong, next stop Russia!

      Let's face it since 9/11 we have gone goofy spending money all over the place. I believe there are those who are more concerned with lining their pockets as opposed to catching anybody, or stopping anything.

      History has proven when governments become more concerned with purchasing weapons than providing work for their people we all suffer.

  • "Fox was Romney's War Room"; GOP being run by Fox News: Zucker & Gabriel Sherman Agree
    • I know I am, but what are you.

      I certainly am not going to apologize for FOX. I think FOX is everything that's wrong about news reporting in America, but CNN...really?

      CNN especially when it comes to the MIC is over run with those corporate types. CNN also has a very large amount of special interest popping up on their programs. Special, like AIPAC, and or PNAC people. Well, I guess even those people need some representation, but they CNN should be careful when pointing fingers.

      MSNBC is liberal on light? I wish Nader, or Paul Craig Roberts were on, but no or not often enough. Thom Hartman would be someone I would like to see on the air, but I'm not betting on it!

      Oh well!

  • New Congressional Sanctions on Iran Will Backfire . . . on Congress
    • Mr Jahanpour, it is good to hear from someone like you. What your pointing out about Americas allies going it a lone is most interesting. I only wish you had, or may get, a much louder voice. These US senators get a lot of news coverage. I wish us all the luck if your voice gets even half the attention these senators will get.

      More should hear about who Rouhani is. It's my understanding Rouhani is a moderate. I agree we would not wish to make him look weak at a time like this. I wish him luck.

  • Iran: Israeli PM Netanyahu's Allies in US Senate Seek Vote to Scuttle President Obama's Talks
    • Jay L I am with you on the republican thing.
      Menendez is a democrat Kirk Is the republican extremist.

      What's driving this 'tough sanctions' craze is special interest, so they say. I think it's politicians talking out loud. I'm not sure how much is theatre or not. From everything I am trying to keep a breast of, Iran seems to be on schedule. Even looking forward to the next p5+1 which will be held in Vienna.
      Vienna nice.

      But you are right about that conservative thing and the extremist!

    • Yes Roger that's just what I meant. Really with all the nukes Israel has what's the worry. I grew up in a America that had a nuclear rival Russia, and yet somehow we lived with it. Maybe Israel should just settle down. My saying to hurry up was reference to the p5+1 talks. I want a peaceful solution.

    • Rouhani is a moderate so this would seem to be a good thing, right? If we drive this thing to a point where Rouhani would look weak to his right wingers then would this not weaken us as well? From everything I have read about concerning the p5+1 deal Iran received about 3% of their money, so far. Tell me, how far do we need to drive this nail.

      I just hope that for all this theatre that there is some kind of happy outcome. Like, maybe forcing the Iranians to hurry up, or something!

  • Fallujah Tribes broker extremist withdrawal deal to forestall Gov't invasion
    • Thanks for your reply, but if partitions won't work then what might?

      I value your opinion Prof. Cole

    • I think it was VP Joe Biden who suggested sectioning off parts of Iraq. By the sounds of it would this be a good idea.

      Whatever don't send in the US military. This never seems to solve anything. Our using military only brings death and destruction. If we cannot restrain ourselves for the humanity of it, then do restrain to prevent the blow back. Take your pick!

  • Gatesgate: Why Obama was right to Distrust his Generals on Afghanistan
    • Bill, I won't argue that Joe Biden is perfect. My comment was more aimed at Biden when held up against his peers. Any of our leader class will fade fast when held up to the sunlight. Thanks, for your reply and let's keep me in line there...this is what discussion should be. Take care!

    • Every president has had problems of one kind or another when it came down to their cabinet picks. What I hope, is that President Obama has learned something from his initial start to this present moment in time.

      Robert Gates is certainly a piece of work. Over this last twenty four hours I have learned more about Gates than I wanted to. Most all of what I am reading isn't good. Where were our heads back in 2009? We were all reading "A Team of Rivals" and getting all cuddly over the diversity of it all, when we should have been listening to those who were saying, "NO".

      I recall Ralph Nader warning the new President Obama to distance himself from the Bush/Cheney policies. Still rather than admit that Ralph Nader is often right, many of you criticize him for running for president in 2000... Let it go! If President Obama would have listened to people such as Mr Nader at that time Gates wouldn't have the Obama story to tell in his new book.

      By the way, instead of the media always making a story out of Joe Biden's gaffes, maybe someone ought to pay attention to how right he has often been on National Security. I thought Vice President Biden even when he was a senator had many a good thought when it came to foreign affairs.

      Lastly, there isn't enough time or room here for me to go off on Petraeus and McCrystal, but I long for the day of another Marshall and/or Eisenhower!

    • I remember not long after tearing up with Oprah in Grant Park to smiling my ass off watching our new First Couple dance at the Inauguration until all of a sudden hearing about the new Cabinet picks, and saying, " Oh No!" "Who, WTF!"

      I was watching Doris Kern Goodwin on all the Sunday Talk Shows promoting her stupid book, " Team of Rivals" and comparing Obama's new cabinet picks to Lincoln all the while knowing how something was going so terribly wrong!

      Did they throw Barrack into a room, and make him watch the "Zapruder Film" over and over, and over again? Between one new cabinet pick from another I was wondering where all the 'Hope and change' was going. What happen to the Barrack Obama we waited for? In a strange way Gates made sense. Why?

      Now here we are, and there's Gates with his book. I actually like Joe Biden better knowing Gates has a bad opinion of our beloved VP. I hope this Gates book event makes President Obama become more the Obama we all wished for. Watching Secretary Kerry lately gives me hope. I am also rooting for Secretary Hagel.

      In any case I hope our new generation of Americans may right my generations wrongs. Be cool!

  • About that Country you Destroyed: A Letter to George W. Bush
    • I think blaming Mr Nader for Bush becoming president is over looking that Gore would have won Florida if not for the Supreme Court. Certainly you cannot blame Ralph Nader for what happened in Ohio 2004. So let it go.

      What Mr Nader is pointing to now, about Iraq, is something worth repeating. God only knows how busy the Bush people are at this very moment rewriting history to their own benefit. So, the more we write as Mr Nader did here the more the record will bear for the true history of what happen in our time.

  • Top Ten Things Bob Gates was Wrong about, Some Criminal
    • I got worried for President Obama (& our country) when Doris Kerns Goodwin popped up on Sunday talk shows promoting her book 'A Team of Rivals'.

      Between Summers, Geithner, all the Ex-Clintonites, Gates I thought then ...Oh Boy!

      The book I am looking forward to reading will be Obama's book when he leaves office. Then maybe we will start seeing who's behind the curtain.

      There is an invisible hand at work here...sorry I just believe that.

  • Israel Rejects Kerry Proposal to Relinquish Control of Palestine-Jordan Border, Endangering Talks
    • In a Nov. 10, 1945 meeting with American diplomats brought in from their posts in the Middle East to urge Truman not to heed Zionist urgings, Truman had bluntly explained his motivation:

      "I'm sorry, gentlemen, but I have to answer to hundreds of thousands who are anxious for the success of Zionism: I do not have hundreds of thousands of Arabs among my constituents."

      Immediately after the plan was adopted, however, extensive fighting broke out between Jews and Arabs, just as US diplomats had predicted. The Arab states categorically rejected the partition by outside parties of an overwhelmingly Arab land.

      link to informationclearinghouse.info

  • Benghazi Consular attack was Local, not al-Qaeda: NYT Correspondent Demolishes GOP Talking Points
    • Is it me? Why does the right never mention David Petraeus? Was, he not the CIA director? Was, the compound not a CIA safe house? Talk about picking and choosing, that's all this GOP/Fox story is. The sad part is, I'm afraid, is most Americans believe the GOP lie.

  • Thank You for Your Support
    • I feel better now. I don't mine supporting something I believe is doing good things. Best to you Mr Cole.

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