November 2016 round-up of
long-reads worth the effort
Mike Benitez & Mike Peitrucha, War
on the Rocks, Oct21|16
Airpower, Part I:
Say No to the No-Fly Zone
Peitrucha have written s a fascinating
account of the history and short-comings of the USG's arrogant and deadly tactic of
assuming control over a sovereign country's airspace to force regime
change. At this point we can't know whether or not the end of Hilton's White House aspirations will
also be the end of the Beltway hawks screeching for a NFZ in Syria.
Perhaps the elections obviated the NFZ idiocy that this excellent article by Benitz and Peitrucha
explains -- and by "explains" I mean not just NFZs but, more to
the point, the idiocy of calling for a NFZ in Syria and why it's a bad
To my mind the rule about invading other people's
airspace is the same rule as the one about invading other people's
out unless you've been invited in. More specifically, with respect to
a NFZ in Syria, for Benitez and Peitrucha the bottom line is this:
The success of a no-fly zone relies on
the premise of conventional deterrence backed by the resolve to swiftly
and ferociously enforce it if challenged. Attempting this today against
a nation with any semblance of artillery, MANPADS (man-portable air
defense systems), and/or advanced SAMs tends to indicate that the no-fly
zone simply is neither operationally feasible nor politically
IOW, with all of Putin's S-300 and S-400
air defense systems now protecting Syrian skies, the USG would have
to be prepared to invest all of America's wealth and resources -- not to
mention 100,000 gallons of Americans' blood -- in
WWIII before trying to pull a NFZ in Syria.
And mind you, these are not a couple of
sofa-generals or hippie, pollyanna, peace-freaks writing this stuff. These two guys fly these freaking
jet fighters. They know what they can do, and they know what can bring
Stephen J. Sniegoski, The Unz Review,
"Against Our Better Judgment"
by Alison Weir
short, self-published 2014 book on how America was sucked down the zionist toilet
in the early 20th century is fast becoming a classic. As a long-time student of this sad and
frustrating tale I thought I was moderately conversant on the debacle, but
there's nothing like reading the works of people who know 100x more than
you do to remind you how much you don't know.
For one thing I was totally surprised at the information Weir discovered about
the machinations behind the Balfour Declaration, particularly the role of
the Jewish Supreme Court justices Louis Brandeis and Felix
Frankfurter played. Weir turned over some very heavy rocks in
order to get these dirty facts to crawl out.
Read her book, then Sniegoski's review, which is worthwhile in its
own right. The truth about what Americans should know is slowly making its way into the collective American
consciousness. After all, Weir's organization is called "If
Americans Knew" and she's doing everything she can to make
sure they do know.
I believe it is now beyond debate that the
mess in Palestine would never have come to pass if the iJews had not been
backed by successive US administrations. I've been hearing the
Middle-East" bullshit my entire life. But the one major deletion from both Weir's and
Sniegoski's accounts in my estimation is the role the Palestinians
played in their own demise, and by that I mean the WWII alliance between the
Hitler and the leader of the Palestinians, Amin al-Husseini.
As I wrote
in 2015, I don't think one can truly understand why Truman sided with the new
Government of Yisrael (GoY) in 1948 like he did without drilling down into
the story of al-Husseini's promotion of the Shoah and his participation in Nazi
atrocities. Basically, it was through al-Husseini being a Nazi that the Palestinians became
minions of the Axis powers. There was no way in hell that Truman was
going to stand up for them once the war was over.
The Palestinians' role in their own
horrible fate seems to me to be a very basic issue in
understanding how the USG could have gone so far astray in supporting GoY.
But with the Palestinians being the victims, these days nobody (but the
iJews) much wants to fault them for anything. I wish Weir
and Sniegoski would give us their take on this point, which, BTW, became
high profile after Bibi Nyetforbrains raised
it publicly at the 37th Zionist Congress in 2015.
Also, see my note below on David Chibo's
Unz Review article of Nov30, which attempts to connect these two excellent
articles with Weir's analysis.
Ryan Cooper, The Week, Nov15|16
The year the Democratic Party died
one of the plethora of Democrat "what the fuck just hit us?" articles
to surface after the Trump victory, Ryan Cooper takes the question right back to
2009 and asks "what the fuck has been hitting us since Obama took
office?" And then, in this 4-part series he works up through the
election and into the future. It's bleak.
Cooper's points are primarily economic and
Keynesian and all that. He explains how post-Recession Obama ignored
Krugman and led the party into a deficit-cutting, neoliberal quagmire that
has been wonderful for that top 1% and an ongoing disaster for the
working & middle class. It's about how the Democratic Party has become
elitist, neo-liberal, zionist while Democrats have not.
It's a story worth the telling, and Cooper
tells it well in 4-parts; each part is well worth the read. By
the time you finish part 4 ("How the Democratic Party can become a
labor party again') you'll be missing Will Rogers as much as I do.
The main complaint I have with Cooper's analysis
is that he fails to mention two vital words as he tries to explain what
has been driving this rolling cluster-fuck. Those two words are "Wasserman" and "Schultz,"
the person who more than
anyone symbolizes how far the Democratic Party has strayed, not just from
the Democratic Party of Will Rogers, but into the neo-liberal camp of
self-serving zionist, Israel-firsters.
But the real disaster for the Democrats that has been
missed by most of the blogosphere and media, including Cooper, is not at
the federal level. It is the incredible shift to Republican
control of state governments unlike anything that has been seen
since pre-Depression days. In fact, the Republicans are now just 3 states
away from having the votes they need to force a constitutional convention
-- not forced by Congress, but by the alternative mechanism, which is 2/3
of the states. If the Republicans do that, they will also control the
amendment agenda and the actual amendments themselves, which could be the
worst American disaster since the Civil War.
Abbie VanSickle, The Intercep, Nov19|16
"Terrorists", Deceit and Terror, Part 1
Since 2010 I
have read many reports with growing horror about how the FBI
entraps, prosecutes, and imprisons stupid, young Muslims by what is called
"pre-emptive prosecution." In 2010 it was a Somali-American named Mohamed Mohamud
who the FBI sucked into a fake plot to blow-up a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in
Portland, OR. Mohamud was found guilty of a single terrorism charge
for pushing a button he thought would detonate a bomb. He will
be sitting in a federal prison until 2040. In my estimation Mohamud was the victim,
not the Christmas tree and not the people in the park.
Essentially, the FBI's modus operandi in
preemptive prosecution is to find some goofed up Muslim kid spouting off
on a chat-board somewhere, and lord-knows that with the millions of
innocent Muslims the USG has butchered in the last 20 years there's more
than enough for a Muslim to justifiably complain about. Instead of getting
a kid like that counseling and help, the FBI totally fucks him up so they can make
themselves look like heroes who have prevented a terror
attack. This is what passes for "fighting terrorism" in the FBI.
After identifying their target, the FBI sends a paid Muslim informer
to befriend the kid, and then they start working him like a fish:
throwing all sorts of lies at him, getting him pumped up with more
and more hatred for the US, turning his immaturity into a Moltov cocktail.
Eventually, they give him access to real Moltov cocktails, or bombs, or
bomb-making materials, all of which are, of course, inert. When
they've got the kid past a psychological point of no return, they get him
to take some incriminating action he thinks is going to kill a bunch of Americans, and
at that point they bust him and put him away for the rest of his life. The
FBI has become America's Stasi, America's KGB, America's Shin Bet all
rolled into one sick organization.
VanSickle's 2-part Intercept piece
walks us through another such preemptive prosecution: the case of Hamid
Hayat a kid who was born in Pakistan before his family escaped the
Taliban and ended up in Lodi, CA. It was there the FBI set their
sights on Hayat and hired a lying piece of Islamic crap who was called a
liar by his own mother to take Hayat down. And he did. But it looks like the feds pretty well
screwed this one, and VanSickle focuses our attention on the evidentiary and
legal shortcomings in the case that ended with a 24-year prison sentence
VanSickle tells the frightening story
well. Maybe she and The Intercept will do as much or more than the
lawyers to get this injustice turned around. You'll have to read the story
and think about the details to understand why I say that.
America has become so badly damaged since
9/11. Like the asset forfeiture cases, anyone who
can read these preemptive prosecution stories and say they are proud to be
American has to be a freaking psychopath. Yes, I know -- there is a whole
deluded country full of them.
Lerner, The Intercept, Nov25|16
Strange Case of Tennie White
If Tennie White was blonde, and
white, and good looking, like Erin Brokovitch, there would be a Hollywood movie about her by
now. But she's not; she's a black lady with huge balls who is getting
screwed by the Environmental Protection Agency and rogue
prosecutors from the Department of Justice for blowing the whistle
on the EPA's incompetence and/or corporate cronyism. At the bottom of this
feculent debacle we find, as expected, the most dangerous and
unrepentant of America's serial polluters . . . you guessed it: Kerr-McGee
Lerner has produced an incredible piece of
reporting, impeccably written. As in all of these cases of corporate
malfeasance and criminality, the evidentiary trail is twisted by corporate
prick-lawyers pulling all sorts of stunts to cover the tracks of those who
pay them. And that's what makes the story; and it's what makes
Tennie White the David facing-off with a fetid, corrupt Goliath. Lerner
stays on the trail like a malnourished bloodhound, and in the end her
reader understands not just what White was up against but what we are all
In a lot of these maddening stories about
corporate pollution, the writer will look down a bunch of dark holes and
report that, yep, there are a lot of corporate reptiles down there. But
you seldom get to see the names of the reptiles, sometimes not even the
corporations' names. Lerner doesn't play that game. The reptiles
identified by name in this article include:
Kerr-McGee; Anadarko; Tronox; Freedom
Industries; BorgWarner; K-M Gen. Counsel Gregory F. Pilcher; K-M senior
VP Robert Wohleber; K-M chairman Luke Corbett; K-M spokesperson Debbie
Schramm; Lehman Brothers prick Chris Watson; EPA head Lisa Jackson; EPA
special agents Matthew Anderson & Ricky D. Knight; EPA lawyer Tom
I'll leave it for you to read Lerner's
piece and decide for yourself which ones are the reptiles.
David Chibo, The Unz Review,
Science's "theory of Everything"
I found David
Chibo's article on the various viewpoints of the American "deep
state" to be fascinating both in terms of the
content and the structure of the article, although he fails to explain up
front what he is doing and likely produces some initial confusion in his
What he is doing is examining papers or
books by five different commentators from 1956 to the present, pulling
them all together into a panoramic view of his subject-matter: deep-state
creep. Not the creeps running the deep-state, but the way deep-state
has permeated the USG over the last 50 years.
It's a complex subject and a complex paper,
but there is a lot of meat here. Here is the comment I left on the
Unz Review tying Chibo's article to Sniegoski's, noted above. The comment
expresses my opinon as to the primary short-coming of Chibo's
On Nov14 Stephen J. Sniegoski writing on this blog
reviewed Alison Weirís excellent book "Against Our Better
Judgement." The review and the book reviewed are both very much
worth the read.
The reason I raise it here is that Weir was the first
writer I know of to explain how the Israeli Jews (iJews, if you will)
began to infiltrate the top tiers of the USG a century ago. It was back
in Wilsonís day, 30 years before Israel was even established, with
disastrous and lasting results for Americans and Palestinians.
In 1916 the Brits were getting their butts kicked in
WWI and zionist Jew Lord Rothschild cut a quid pro quo deal with the
British government, specifically Foreign Minister Lord Balfour. The quid
was that the iJews would be given Palestine after the war. The quo was
that the iJews would bring the Americans into the war, something the
Brits had not been able to do.
The zionist part of the bargain was carried out
through 1) American Jews who then, as now, exercised inordinate control
over the American entertainment and media industries, and 2) Louis
Brandeis, an iJew who was a very close friend of Wilsonís and was
appointed to the Supreme Court by him.
The Balfour Declaration was, essentially, a public
promise reduced to writing by the British government to perform their
part of the covert agreement. The same year, 1917, America began making
enormous contributions to the war effort by supplying goods and
equipment. By the summer of 1918 the isolationist American government
and public had been turned 180 degrees and were knee-deep in the
trenches. The American toll eventually reached 110,000, and, of course,
through the British Mandate, iJews began descending on Palestine like
locusts Ė bloodthirsty, terrorist locusts.
The point is this: any analysis of who pulls the
levers of power in America is not complete if it ignores the role and
power of iJews at all levels of government and in all branches. Itís
like Herman and Chomsky not including, for obvious reasons, zionism in
the 5 filters articulated in their famous Propaganda Model. By ignoring
the obvious, the paper itself could be perceived as diversionary
propaganda. And by "the paper" I refer to both Herman/Chomskyís
paper and Chiboís ó both of which are well written and
"informative" but suspiciously incomplete. If, in 1916, the
iJews could pull enough levers to drag 110,000 Americans to their deaths
in WWI, then they are certainly a major player in whatever dark,
mysterious "Deep State" is in control a century later. We need
to talk about that.