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  • Trump 'promise' to move US embassy to Jerusalem stirs international furor
    • Eljay, an addition to my comment of 11:48. NAFTA destroyed American jobs, pure and simple. NAFTA also decimated Mexican farmers by opening the door to cheaper HIGHLY SUBSIDIZED American agribusiness, hence, the flood of poor Mexican farmers literally forced to immigrate to the US to earn a living. If Trump eliminates NAFTA (wishful thinking?), then perhaps Mexican agriculture can be revived and many of these former farmers return home, which would be a wonderful thing. A sustainable society needs more farmers and less agribusiness. Forget the fence, oppose these "trade" agreements and neoliberal globalization which is destroying our society and the planet.

    • ELJAY- "Opportunity remains for Trump to complete his promised wall…that is, fence. And to make Mexico pay for it."

      If he completes the fence, then he is completing Clinton's work, surely something the Democrats should acknowledge and applaud? After all, haven't the Dems charted the course for what is occurring now? As for making Mexico pay, what better way to undermine the odious NAFTA than to force the Mexican compradors to deal with the consequences of their actions? If not for NAFTA, there would be no torrent of dispossessed Mexican farmers. The problem is NAFTA and neoliberal globalization, not Trump who is but a symptom of the underlying disease. And, perhaps inadvertently, a catalyst for change.

  • Obama's failure, and achievement, in Palestine
    • SIBIRIAK- " the same way they sought out intel on Iraqi WMD's to create a pretext for that war."

      A very relevant and timely observation. Has not the CIA sought out the "Golden Showers" intel to discredit Trump? Covering themselves by saying they cannot verify the accuracy (maybe yes, maybe no) while heaping praise upon the author? In effect, legitimizing hearsay rumors from folks with an agenda and clear bias?

  • Before there was 'fake news' there was Judith Miller
    • SIBIRIAK- "On the lighter side--but arguably more serious:"

      Indeed. We appear to have a unique situation. There is a power struggle among the elites. As such, most of the messages must be viewed as a part of the information battlefield in which both sides compete to sell their narrative. Let me set the stage with a truncated quote of Herman Goering on how to sell a reluctant population on war.

      "Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger." (Herman Goering)

      The neocon led imperial war mongers are pushing the narrative that Putin's Russia is an existential threat. Further, that he is attempting to seize political control of the US. Under this scenario, any attempt to reign in NATO and improve relations with Russia is tantamount to treason. With the liberal media pushing this narrative, Trump is boxed in to continue aggressive militarism.

      Trump is attempting to change the narrative. First, he is emphasizing that he puts America first, no one more committed to American well being than him. Smart move. Next, he says that NATO needs to be reevaluated to reflect changes. Many NATO members not paying their fair share. Uncle Sam will not continue to be Europe's patsy. Under Trump's scenario, NATO, as currently organized and funded, is an unfair burden on the American worker. Those who wish to continue business as usual are enemies of the US working class. If Trump can sell his narrative, he may have room to maneuver.

      The consequences under the current narrative are fairly obvious. The consequences under Trump's narrative could prove interesting. NATO members picking up the tab for a US controlled mercenary army? Goodbye NATO. Perhaps. At the very least, bankrupt Ukraine can forget about membership. All of the new Eastern European members? Greece? Italy? This could get interesting.

      I don't know how all of this will play out. Conceivably, it could be a dream come true. Or not. The critically important point is that there is a battle of narratives going on which will have a huge impact on future events. A flat out propaganda war. The Deep State has more resources, but Trump is more wily than I would have thought. There are more examples but this comment is long enough. Peace. Hopefully.

    • KEITH OLBERMANN- "Judith Miller's inability to recognize the fact or breadth of her own body count is one of the great rationalizations of history"

      I think that Keith Olbermann and Judith Miller have more in common than either would care to admit. When it comes to irrational insanity nothing tops Olbermann's pre-Electoral College "coup" rant.

      I link to a good discussion of the bogus intel report and "fake news" propaganda blitz involving Chris Hedges, Abby Martin and Ben Norton.

  • Origins of a golden shower
    • TOKYOBK- "He is not helping things by going to war with much of the intelligence community, which by the way, makes it seem more credible that he feels the need to protect Putin at all costs.

      You have turned reality on its head. The CIA/Deep State is undertaking a color revolution type coup against Donald Trump in furtherance of their anti-Russian war agenda. But this is something which you support, so you fit the facts (or lack thereof) to support your biases. It is a sign of the times that many of those who label themselves "liberal" are now supporting a Deep State delegitimization to force Trump to continue the empire's anti-Putin/Russia agenda, or, failing that, an unconstitutional coup. The "intel" is a joke which, nonetheless, has the imprimatur of the intel community. As such, it may be grounds for impeachment. The CIA has declared war on Trump and Trump will either cave or strike back. We enter tumultuous times. A couple of quotes.

      "In unprecedented fashion, what we have in this instance are those same deep state actors, working in conjunction with the US liberal establishment, currently engaged in a coup designed to destroy the Trump presidency – if not before it begins then certainly soon after, with the prospect of impeachment proceedings against him already being mooted in Washington circles." (John Wight)

      "All of the above further confirms to me what I have been saying over the past weeks: if Trump ever makes it into the White House (I write ‘if’ because I think that the Neocons are perfectly capable of assassinating him), his first priority should be to ruthlessly crack down as hard as he legally can against those in the US “deep state” (which very much includes the media) who have now declared war on him. I am sorry to say that, but it will be either him or them – one of the parties here will be crushed." (The Saker)

  • In 'breathtaking' UN vote, Obama changed his policy on Israeli settlements, making them a war crime -- Finkelstein
    • MOOSER- "I don’t think they will have any problem with Trump."

      Then why is the CIA led Deep State engaging in such blatant and unprecedented delegitimization of President Elect Trump? The CIA is a champion of the 99%? Hot for single payer health care and the observance of international law by the empire? They are seriously concerned that this buffoon is a Manchurian candidate? Take off the clown suit Mooser, if not for Trump's stated desire to avoid regime change and get along with Russia, why is the CIA/Deep State so opposed to him? Seriously, cut the comedy and answer the question. Answer Sibiriak as well.

    • MOOSER- "This seems to be the upshot of the presser: “Trump Says ‘I Think It Was Russia’ That Hacked the Democrats”

      You link to the New York Times? You link to the official newspaper of the Deep State? The newspaper which establishes the official party line? Besides, I don't give a you-know-what what Trump says, particularly when the NYT spins his intentional ambiguities. Compared to Israel, how much influence on US policies and US elections do you think Russia has? The whole point which I and others are trying to get across is that the Deep State, led by the CIA, is engaging in an unprecedented campaign of delegitimization against Trump in order to pursue an established war agenda. Apparently, the imperial warmongers are worried that Trump isn't acceptable warrior material and needs to be coerced into action. Finally, I will take Julian Assange over James Clapper and the New York Times any day. Not even close.

    • ANNIE- "hey keith, have you seen the latest? alleged videos of prostitutes performing golden showers for Trump?"

      And yet some folks deny that this villification is unprecedented. What does it take? Sure, Trump is a jerk, but he hasn't killed anyone yet. He doesn't have a "kill list." Why can't some folks hold the Democrats accountable for their actions? Hells Bells, on inauguration day Trump may be confronted with hostilities with Russia initiated by the Democrats. George H.W. Bush promised that NATO wouldn't expand even "one inch" eastward if Russia stood aside as Germany re-united. Bill Clinton broke that promise and expanded NATO eastward even as he turned it into a US controlled out of area mercenary strike force. Now, what does Obama do? Authorizes NATO war games "Atlantic Resolve" to coincide with the inauguration! This failure to acknowledge Democrat warmongering does not speak well for all of the Democrat cadres. And that is exactly what they are: party loyalists. Getting back to "Atlantic Resolve," this is serious, not some joke. A quote and a link.

      "The NATO war preparation against Russia, ‘Operation Atlantic Resolve’, is in full swing. 2,000 US tanks will be sent in coming days from Germany to Eastern Europe, and 1,600 US tanks is deployed to storage facilities in the Netherlands. At the same time, NATO countries are sending thousands of soldiers in to Russian borders.

      According to US Army Europe, 4,000 troops and 2,000 tanks will arrive in three US transport ships to Germany next weekend. From Bremerhaven, US troops and huge amount of military material, will be transported to Poland and other countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

      USA is sending to Russian borders 3rd Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division. Overall, more than 2,500 pieces of cargo are shipped to Germany, where those will be unloaded in the period January 6-8. US military material and troops will continue to Poland by rail and military convoy’s. Massive US military deployment should be ready by January 20." (Michel Chossudovsky)

    • MOOSER- "Especially after Trump did everything a person needs to do to establish his legitimacy for the Presidency, too."

      According to the Constitution, winning the election in the Electoral College establishes legitimacy. You have a problem with that? Join the effort to amend the Constitution to eliminate the Electoral College. You obviously have deep affection for the Princess of Darkness. I know it is tough not being able to count on new wars and destabilizations like we have had for the last 8 years. Don't despair, perhaps Trump will wind up making war like a Democrat and you can once again rest easy.

      MOOSER- "Oh, you bet, “unprecedented”!

      You recall a previous instance where the CIA claimed that the President Elect was a Manchurian candidate? Where his election was a consequence of Russian meddling? Where questioning the CIA's assertion was tantamount to treason? This is a very serious situation, not some joke. Hating Trump is one thing, jumping on the CIA/Soros delegitimization bandwagon quite another.

    • JUST- "You appear to be hoping for the best with Trump, Sibiriak."

      As nearly as I can tell, Sibiriak, like me, is primarily hoping that Trump will be less of a warmonger than Hillary has demonstrably been and would almost assuredly continue to be as President. But it is not just one person, is it? This absolutely unprecedented campaign to delegitimize Trump strongly suggests that the Deep State remains committed to war and destabilization as a means to secure global hegemony during the critical next four years. Their small window of opportunity is rapidly closing and these warmongering risk takers seem determined to continue imperial aggression at all costs. I believe that we are at an extremely critical point in time, the survival of the species in question. At the least, the pressure on Trump to go along with Deep State warmongering is enormous. Trump as a white knight? P.T. Barnum to the rescue? Nobody believes that. A pre-election quote from distinguished economist Michael Hudson pretty much sums up my opinion:

      "I believe Hillary’s the greater evil, not Trump, because Trump is incompetent and doesn’t have the staff around him, or the political support that Hillary has."
      " And that’s what America needs. America needs an ineffective president. That’s much better than an effective president that’s going to go to war with Russia, that’s going to push for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, that’s going to protect Wall Street, and that’s going to oppose neoliberal austerity. I would much rather have an ineffective president than someone who’s going to do these bad things that I fear is going to come from Hillary and the Democratic Party. It’s a counter-revolution, not a revolution."
      (Michael Hudson)

    • ROHA- "If he lasts that long, without some Lone Crazed Gunman (TM) taking him out."

      I think that is a distinct possibility. So does Trump, which is why he will have his own additional security.

      ROHA- "And by then they might have been able to start a war with Russia. They are trying hard enough."

      Are they ever! The warmongers don't want to take "no" for an answer. Some folks may think you and I are joking. We aren't. I have never seen the like of this before. I have provided a link to Paul Craig Roberts discussing this very issue on the Keiser report.

    • SIBIRIAK- "Still, this FAKE FACT– that Putin hacked the DNC, Podesta et al , stole the U.S. election, and virtually installed his preferred candidate– will now be cemented into American mythology...."

      Perhaps. Remember, that all of these "intelligence" agencies are currently headed by Obama appointees who are part of what appears to be a form of color revolution coup attempt. After January 20th, Trump will be in a much stronger position. What, if anything, he will do remains to be seen.

    • MOOSER- "I can’t understand how anybody can be surprised by Trump ‘folding’."

      Not at all like Hillary who would escalate in Syria and confront Putin come Hell or high water. At least with Hillary, you know you are getting more war and can plan accordingly.

    • SIBIRIAK- "Trump folds:"

      Trump is a deal maker in a very difficult position. He needs to employ considerable ambiguity to preclude the solid beltway opposition from stomping him into the ground. As long as he isn't calling for a no-fly zone or retaliating against Putin, we may have dodged a bullet. Besides, expecting Donald Trump to stand on principle even if he could is unrealistic. Instead of the Princess of Darkness we got P.T. Barnum. Be grateful. Also, surely we are all aware that the global empire is mostly run by the Deep State, deviations from course relatively slight in any event.

    • MOOSER- "You are right, the uncertainty of Trump is way better than the nuclear war Hilary Clinton promised she would wage during her First One Hundred Seconds."

      You are in deep denial concerning the nature of the Democrats in general and Hillary Clinton in particular. De facto apologetics for the Princess of Darkness is de facto support for our brutal, militaristic empire. "Liberal" Democrats who never held the Democrats accountable for their horrible actions enabled the rightward drift of the Democratic Party which paved the way for the election of Trump. Even now the warmongering establishment is attempting to paint Putin and Russia as an existential threat. And you go along with this insanity? Shame on you! Seriously.

    • SIBIRIAK- "Strange bedfellows is one thing; this is political bestiality."

      Incredible, isn't it? Liberal "ideas" nothing but a thin veneer to hide imperial aggression and group loyalty. Pilpul reigns supreme! I received an e-mail this morning from Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility warning of the danger when Trump gets his hands on the nuclear codes! And, of course, nuclear weapons are serious danger. But Trump more dangerous than Hillary? What universe do these people live in? The trouble with these groups jumping on the anti-Trump bandwagon to raise funds is that they have aligned themselves with the worst group of warmongers I have ever seen, hence, bear more than a little responsibility for the way things are and how they will be resolved. At least on this one issue, Trump should be supported, not attacked.

      As for those folks who trust the intelligence agencies and the MSM over Julian Assange, they need to get their heads screwed on straight. Julian Assange's record is unblemished whereas the CIA continually engages in misinformation and covert operations. I hardly need to dwell on the current status of the MSM as agents of imperial propaganda. In this regard, I highly recommend "The CIA as Organized Crime" by Douglas Valentine.

    • NORMAN FINKELSTEIN- "If Schumer had been Senate majority leader and Hillary had been elected, they would have killed it. Of course they would have killed it. I have no doubt about it."

      I concur with Finkelstein on this. If Hillary had won, Obama would not have abstained. Stated another way, you can thank Donald Trump for Obama's last minute attempt to salvage something positive in his deplorable Middle East policy. Not that Trump desired this, of course, but that internal strife among the elites can occasionally have desirable consequences.

      As for "courage," credit where credit is due. Trump's tweet praising Putin's moderation following Obama's anti-Russian propaganda involving Russia "hacking" the election, along with Obama expelling 35 Russian diplomats has resulted in a whole chorus of Red-baiting "Liberals" accusing Trump of treason. Trump may be bad but his neocon neoliberal critics are even worse! A couple of quotes and links.

      "Obama has formally accused Moscow of interfering in the US elections on behalf of Donald Trump. These are serious allegations. Whereas the sanctions are directed against Russia, the ultimate intent is to undermine the legitimacy of president-elect Donald Trump and his foreign policy stance in relation to Moscow.
      The central objective of this project against Trump is to ensure the continuity of the Neocons’ foreign policy agenda geared towards global warfare and Worldwide economic conquest, which has dominated the US political landscape since September 2001."
      (Michel Chossudovsky)

      "When President Obama expelled Russian diplomats over the hysterical and unproven accusation of “hacking the election” on December 29, Russian President Vladimir Putin refused to be drawn into a petty squabble, saying he would delay any response until Donald Trump assumed office. Instead Putin’s response was to issue an invitation to American diplomats and their families in Moscow to join the official holiday celebrations in the Kremlin.

      Then came the shock from President Elect Trump, in the form of a tweet (what else) heard round the world that read: “Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!”

      And to be sure that everyone saw it, Trump “pinned” the tweet which means it is the first thing seen by viewers of his account. This was a first use of “pinning” for Trump. And to be doubly sure, he posted it on Instagram as well. This was no spontaneous midnight outburst but a very deliberate action taken on Friday noon, December 30.
      The implications of this move are breathtaking. Trump treated Putin as his ally. And he treated Obama and the bipartisan foreign policy elite as his adversaries. This makes perfect sense if Trump’s desire is to reign in the War Party and to strive for a New Détente."
      (John Walsh)

  • Why Obama waited 8 years to take on Netanyahu
    • MOOSER- "Okay, I get it, everything Trump and the Republicans want to do is Hilary and Obama’s fault."

      Obviously you don't get it. Hillary and Trump are part of the same system. The only significant difference is that Hillary is a proven warmonger who surrounded herself with neocons and was itching to confront Russia/Putin in an attempt to secure imperial hegemony prior to a restructuring of the imperial financial system. Trump will be a disaster, Hillary would have been a catastrophe. Being a de facto liberal (Democratic) imperialist is roughly comparable to being a liberal Zionist. Reality is what it is and no amount of clever or humorous phraseology will change that.

  • Kerry hasn't cleared his throat, and Trump and Hoyer are jumping down it
    • Something which hasn't been discussed but which seems important to me is the extent to which Trump has used the social media to get his message covered in an overtly hostile main stream media. His tweets become news. Is this a departure from past practices? What are the full implications of communicating policy through Twitter?

      As an aside, a book I found interesting is "Revolution in the Age of Social Media" by Linda Herrera. Professor Herrera is a social anthropologist at the University of Illinois specializing in the Middle East and North Africa. She traveled to Egypt during the Arab Spring to provide first hand knowledge of the use of social media to instigate the uprising. The "We Are All Khaled Said" Facebook page that issued the call for revolution was administered by Wael Ghonim, a Google marketing executive.

  • Adelson and Saban were kingmakers, now they're beggars
    • MOOSER- "Are you aware that on Jan 20th, Obama and his administration will be leaving Washington, and Trump becomes President and runs the Executive Branch?"

      I'm not so sure that will happen. With Obama stating that Putin interfered with the election, the stage has been set for a color revolution coup d' etat. No, I am not joking. These "Russian hacking the election" charges have gone much too far to be walked backwards. Then you will have your wish. Hillary and Victoria Nuland, Soros and the CIA. Think that is an improvement, do you?

    • KALITHEA- "What’s the matter with everyone since Trump was elected? I swear, people are spinning every move he makes into something haplessly hopeful and earth shattering."

      Say what? From my perspective, mostly I see delusional liberals spinning everything Trump does as a sign of the end times. Lordy, lordy, if only Saint Hillary hadn't been undone by the Satanic Putin!

  • Stephen Cohen calls out liberal media for demonizing Russia, slurring Tillerson and stigmatizing all dissent
    • SIBIRIAK- "If a president criticizes the CIA’s judgment, it could be TREASON."

      I guess that means that if President Trump were to try to fire the head of the CIA that would be considered PROOF of treason? Actually, I am somewhat surprised that the Electoral College voted the way it did. I thought it a distinct possibility that the CIA, et al, would have made 50 electors offers they couldn't refuse. Other options are still available.

    • SIBIRIAK- "And what are the ramifications of that assertion?"

      Obviously that Trump and the CIA backed Deep State are not going to resolve this by agreeing to disagree. We are seeing what likely is a coup in process. With Obama weighing in, the FBI caving and the talking heads crying treason, I have difficulty imagining Trump being inaugurated. Poor Julian Assange is likely toast at this point. The Phoenix has landed!

    • MOOSER- "Don’t worry, “Keith”! As an experienced politician, I’m sure Trump is aware of all these contingencies, and knows what to do, and how to handle it."

      By agreeing to make Victoria Nuland Secretary of State? Establish a No Fly zone over Syria? Force the Ukrainian neo-Nazis to attack Crimea? Launch a full blown propaganda assault on Putin? In other words, morph into Hillary Clinton? Not good enough. Trump simply lacks the ability to manage empire as ruthlessly and effectively as Hillary. He is a buffoon who would ineptly derail Deep State plans for the New World Order, which is why the entire power structure supported Hillary. Trump has no significant support among the power elite, and it will be interesting if he survives.

    • SIBIRIAK- "Hyperbolic rhetoric, demonization memes and outright falsehoods regurgitated."

      Indeed. And what is the headline in the Seattle Times I wake up to see? "OBAMA: PUTIN BEHIND HACKING". The President of the United States has gone on record as saying that Putin has interfered in the election! And what are the ramifications of that? It has gone much to far for any graceful exit. The knives are out and blood will flow. In an interview with John Pilger published November 5, Julian Assange categorically states that "Trump will not be permitted to win." (Julian Assange)

    • LPROYECT- "David Friedman who would view Philip Weiss as a traitor."

      And a lot of other American Jews as well. Good heavens, is there a method to Trump's madness? Combine this with his bromance with Netanyahu whom American Jewish liberals love to hate. Trump hasn't even taken office yet and already he has driven a wedge between Israel and Its American Jewish supporters. Interesting times, indeed!

    • LPROYECT- "...this would make him a natural ally of those who are trying to legitimize the Trump electoral victory against claims that Russian hacking made it possible."

      In order to plumb the depths of your imperial Marxist logic, let us pretend that the Russians did hack Podesta's emails rather than a leak. How does that help Trump? I notice that you focus on "hacking" but avoid mentioning emails. Standard propagandistic diversion. I assume you are referring to the Wikileaks email dump, are you not? Opposed to Wikileaks and Julian Assange, are you? Or are you referring to the FBI investigation of Hillary's mishandling her emails? I can see how this would hurt Clinton, but what does that have to do with a Russian hack? Getting back to the Wikileaks dump, the Democrats immediately tried to shift attention away from the emails themselves and onto a fanciful Russian hack. So what exactly helped Trump? Was it the alleged hack itself? Was it the Wikileaks release of the emails itself? Or was it the content of the emails? Do you have any reliable evidence that the Wikileaks release of all of these emails had more than a minimal effect on the election results? If so, what was in the content of those emails that caused this? Should Wikileaks have sat on this leak (per Julian Assange) until after the election? Forever? Apparently you have high confidence in both the competence and integrity of the CIA? Lproyect, unrepentant imperialist and CIA apologist! We truly live in interesting times!

    • SIBIRIAK- "So, Alperovitch and his CrowdStrike firm work for the Atlantic Council which is ideologically committed to a neoliberal, “demoracy promotion”, anti-Putin stance–and he is the source of the critical technical “evidence” ( weak as it is) implicating Putin in the DNC hacking."

      It says volumes about perception management that this can be narrowly focused on Putin and an alleged hack, and how this constitutes unacceptable "interference" in our "democracy", a veritable casus belli. Forget the alleged hack, HOW did this alter the results? Oh, the Wikileaks email dumps? Why would positive email communications negatively influence voters? In effect, what the Democrats are admitting is that it was the widespread knowledge of the CONTENTS of Hillary's emails which caused the problem. This is roughly equivalent to claiming that an anonymous video of police shooting an unarmed Black man is a perversion of our justice system. How can the police be exonerated if the video shows them doing it?

      This whole business has taken on surreal aspects. I am linking to a new video of a Texas elector saying he can't in good conscience vote for Trump. In the video he refers to Trump's "defense of Putin" versus the "facts" provided by the intelligence community. Incredible! Below that, I have linked to a press conference where Canadian journalist Eva Bartlett responds to a similar argument by a journalist in the audience. Both of these are interesting for what they reveal in this age of propaganda. Link to Texas elector video:
      Eva Bartlett ink:

    • TOIVOS- "Most of the people I know who identify as liberal democrats support completely Hillary’s claims that Putin was responsible for her loss." is calling for the Electoral College electors to vote for Hillary instead of Trump. If the CIA/Soros/Democrat nexus is successful in their soft coup attempt (what else to call it?), President Hillary would be expected to retaliate for this Putin lead assault on our democracy. By specifically blaming Russia and Putin for Hillary's loss, this element of the Deep State is laying the groundwork for war. Does not the membership understand that they are calling for confrontation and likely war? Perhaps it would be appropriate to once again quote Herman Goering on how the people can be made to support endless war.

      "Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country." (Herman Goering)

    • PHIL- "He said that Rex Tillerson of Exxon Mobil is also being slurred as a friend of Putin’s."

      Two comments. First, when did liberals suddenly approve of red baiting? When did the Democrats become the anti-Russian, consummate war party? How many Democratic supporters fancy themselves "liberal," yet go along with this right-wing militaristic warmongering? It would appear that "liberal" is just a label and group solidarity is the primary motivator. How did it come to this?

      Second, I am so sick of the constant liberal whining about what a disaster Trump's cabinet choices are. In our neoliberal empire, bad is relative. Let us do an honest comparison of the proposed Trump cabinet (no doubt bad) with Obama's cabinet choices. How does Rex Tillerson compare with warmonger Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State, for example? How does he compare with President wannabe Hillary's likely choice of Victoria Nuland for Secretary of State? I seriously doubt that Tillerson, bad as he may be, is anywhere near as bad as Hillary Clinton or Victory Nuland. In other words, the choice could be a lot worse. At least with Trump we may all live long enough to experience the disaster soon to come. Cold comfort, perhaps, but comfort nonetheless.

  • Barghouti warns Trump that moving embassy to Jerusalem would be shocking violation of int'l law
    • MUSTAFA BARGHOUTI- "If the US takes such a decision, it will not only be violating international law, but violating a unanimously respected international principle that no country can annex another’s territory by force."

      I guess I must be odd. Although I don't approve of moving the embassy to Jerusalem, I am much more concerned with human rights abuses, "mowing the lawn," etc. I place more value on the physical condition of the Palestinians than on illegal symbolic issues. It is all too easy to stand on principles when you are sitting in an arm chair.

      PHIL- "Al-Monitor’s Ben Caspit points out that the understanding between Trump and Netanyahu is viewed with horror by most of American Jewry and is doing what settlements, house demolitions, and massacres could not do, it is alienating the body of American Jewish leadership from Israel."

      Killing them with kindness! You have got to love it. A blundering Trump wrecking havoc on Israel and empire. How come the Dems haven't highlighted the "bromance" between Trump and Netanyahu? Have we entered a golden age for gallows humor or what?

  • Israel advocates worry Trump's pick for State has anti-Israel bias
    • SIBIRIAK- "He would face aggressive questioning from Republican foreign policy hawks, led by John McCain."

      Donald Trump is one of the few people around who might bring up Admiral McCain's role in the attack on the Liberty. There is no love lost between these two and McCain better watch his step. Trump has less to lose than McCain and there could be some real blood spilt. Jeez, I can hardly wait!

    • SIBIRIAK- "Tillerson will be forced to go on record embracing the bipartisan anti-Russian /anti-Putin dogma point by point during his confirmation hearings. If he shows the slightest hesitation, he will be voted down."

      Normally, I would agree with you. Now, I am not so sure. Trump is a wrecking ball. What if Netanyahu embraced Tillerson as the price of the US embassy in Jerusalem? There is a huge schism within the elites regarding the future of empire. Trump may be a jerk, but he is a devious jerk. Who else has the cajones (cajanes if you are a Hillary supporter) to take on the CIA? We truly live in interesting times.

    • Good Lord, has it come to this? A Secretary of State who doesn't want war with the Russians? Hopefully, the McCarthyite Democrats will put a stop to this! The Republicans become faux populists even as the Democrats become red-baiting warmongers. Only in America, folks! Doesn't Trump understand that peace is unAmerican? But seriously, folks, this power struggle amongst the elites for control of the empire during the next critical four years is no joke. And the CIA/Democrat/Soros nexus is extremely powerful and commited to war. Hold onto your socks, gang, the you-know-what is starting to hit the fan

  • Jewish brawl on CNN signals breakup of the pro-Israel monolith in the Trump era
    • YONAH FREDMAN- "It was meant as a message to a particular group of jewhaters."

      Does one have to be a Jew hater to oppose the policies of the Federal Reserve? The power and actions of Goldman Sachs (the archetypal Wall Street financial predator)? The currency speculations of George Soros, the actions of his Open Society Foundation? Soros is strongly associated with the Democratic Party and their anti-Trump protests. Is Trump anti-Semitic to show Democrats and not Republicans? Can you come up with three alternate Wall Street insiders who are well known and associated with the Democrats? Three iconic figures associated with Wall Street and the Democrats appear for a total of 5 to 6 seconds total in a 2 minute ad and you claim anti-Semitism? You are a typical Jewish Zionist with your never-ending search for anti-Semitism.

    • PHIL- “It’s become common on the left now to refer to Steve Bannon as an anti-Semite, with reference to the famous Trump ad that pictured George Soros, Janet Yellen and Lloyd Blankfein, among others, as part of Clinton’s global elite that is hurting ordinary Americans.”

      It is highly indicative of Zionist paranoia that an anti-Hillary attack ad of 2 minutes which featured three power brokers who happened to be Jewish for 2 seconds each could be even remotely anti-Semitic. Hell, most folks who saw the ad probably didn’t even recognize who these three were much less their ethnicity. Does being Jewish entitle someone to invisibility? It is anti-Semitic to show the Chairman of the Federal Reserve? To show a currency speculator, regime change activist and Democratic power broker? To show the chairman of the notorious Goldman Sachs (aka vampire squid)? The person with the most face time was Hillary, with Bill second. Does this make it an anti-Gentile ad? And just how “Jewish” are Janet Yellen, Lloyd Blankfein and George Soros? Are they deeply religious? Or is the criteria for their “Jewishness” the same as used by the Nazis and Zionists? In a sane society, the notion that this particular ad was anti-Semitic would be greeted with much deserved ridicule.

      As an aside, I couldn’t finish watching the video with Shmuley Boteach. This guy is so right wing and out of touch with reality that Steven Bannon’s reputation will only suffer by association with this Zionist zealot.

  • 'Love thy neighbor as thyself' -- Really?
    • SIBIRIAK- "[Cue Keith to quote Israel Shahak on classical Judaism ; - ) ]"

      Not today. I am much more concerned with this ongoing demonization of Russia and what that implies for the future. First of all, it appears part of the Democrat fat-cat effort to delegitimize the election of Trump utilizing color revolution tactics. The Democratic competitive advantage over the Republicans when competing for oligarch money is that the Democrats can deliver the elite agenda more effectively than the Republicans. Hog tying Trump has certain advantages for the Dems. Additionally, the Democrat/CIA/Soros nexus appears to be resolved to confront Russia with or without Hillary. These guys want to eliminate the competition prior to the impending financial collapse/restructuring. And they want to be in control of events during the transition period. So, instead of Israel Shahak, I quote and link John Stauber on the astroturf "progressive" Democrats.

      "The money for the progressive pundits and media comes from donations, but the really critical fuel is supplied by the Blue Oligarchs, their foundations, and the super rich and wealthy who want to promote the Democrat Party. Call them the Soros and Steyer Crowd. They see the need to whip the progressive forces into the sort of populist tide that Bernie surfed, before he washed out, took a dive actually." (John Stauber)

      "The self-labeled Progressive Movement that has arisen over the past decade is primarily one big propaganda campaign serving the political interests of the the Democratic Party’s richest one-percent who created it. The funders and owners of the Progressive Movement get richer and richer off Wall Street and the corporate system. But they happen to be Democrats, cultural and social liberals who can’t stomach Republican policies, and so after bruising electoral defeats a decade ago they decided to buy a movement, one just like the Republicans, a copy." (John Stauber)

  • New anti-Semitism legislation may stifle campus activism for Palestinian rights
    • ADDICTIONMYTH- "In fact, this is how the holocaust started...."

      This is an important point which needs to be emphasized. It is not merely a case of laws against speech being ineffective, but that they are usually counterproductive. What better way to make these folks feel like victims than to attack them? What better way to cause them to increase their commitment than to create a sense of defensive solidarity? This is why I have such a problem with these anti-Trump rallies. To make the point, I provide the last half of the Flemming Rose quote which followed your quote. Then a quote by John Stauber on how this tactic proved counterproductive so far. Recommend the entire Stauber article.

      "Leading Nazis such as Joseph Goebbels, Theodor Fritsch, and Julius Streicher were all prosecuted for anti-Semitic speech. Streicher served two prison sentences. Rather than deterring the Nazis and countering anti-Semitism, the many court cases served as effective public-relations machinery, affording Streicher the kind of attention he would never have found in a climate of a free and open debate. In the years from 1923 to 1933, Der Stürmer [Streicher’s newspaper] was either confiscated or editors taken to court on no fewer than thirty-six occasions. The more charges Streicher faced, the greater became the admiration of his supporters. The courts became an important platform for Streicher’s campaign against the Jews. In the words of a present-day civil-rights campaigner, pre-Hitler Germany had laws very much like the anti-hate laws of today, and they were enforced with some vigor. As history so painfully testifies, this type of legislation proved ineffectual on the one occasion when there was a real argument for it." (Flemming Rose)

      "The massive, continuing protests against President Trump, #NotMyPresident, are not a movement and will only benefit Trump. They are an emotional tactic devoid of strategy, and one that has made Trump stronger and stronger since it was first unleashed during the Republican primaries at the beginning of 2016." (John Stauber)

  • Deborah Lipstadt's double standard on white nationalism and Jewish nationalism
    • PHIL- "It has become an urgent American discussion because the Trump victory has pushed liberals and leftwingers into the same political space, of Trump resistance."

      Trump didn't create the conditions which underlied his victory. These conditions are the consequence primarily of neoliberal globalization, something which so-called liberal Democratic administrations have championed since Bill Clinton was elected. Protesting Trump the man while ignoring these policies is a typical liberal diversion from reality. You need to focus on policy, not personality. Besides, the Deep State still rules, albeit with some relatively minor realignment of priorities. I suspect that the Trump administration will de-emphasize war and try to get that latest disastrous tax cut for the rich and corporations passed into law. The final grand theft prior to a restructuring of the global financial system.

      I might add, that once you begin thinking of Trump and his supporters as the enemy while ignoring the corporations and financial system, you are contributing to the division of society along a sort of manufactured sectarian basis. You are playing into the Deep State's hands as you assist them in their efforts to divide and rule.

  • Tulsi Gabbard's screw-the-neocons meeting with Trump sparks anger, derision, encouragement
    • LPROYECT- ""

      Ah Louis, linking David Duke? Would it be safe to assume that he, like you, is an unrepentant Marxist? Unlike you, I am unfamiliar with the website, however, based upon your linked article by Patrick Slattery, it would seem that at least in this one area they are talking sense. Below I quote the first paragraph, then comment below that.

      "On Monday Donald Trump met with Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. She has been mentioned as a possible Secretary of State, or even Secretary of Defense (she is an Iraq War combat veteran and Major in the Hawaii National Guard). It’s not just that she would be preferable in these jobs to John Bolton, Rudi Giuliani, or Mitt Romney, but is probably the very best candidate from the ranks of the Washington establishment." (Dr. Patrick Slattery)

      Putting aside the question of how Gabbard compares to others in the "ranks of the Washington establishment," I agree that she would be preferable to Messrs. Bolton, Guiliani or Romney. Do you disagree? Would you like to see John Bolton as Secretary of State? Like you, he favors violent and illegal imperial regime change in Syria. Birds of a feather flock together, kiddo.

  • Sanders says fight among Democrats is to go 'beyond identity politics' and stand for all working people
    • CATALAN- "I just want to thank you guys for agitating against Hillary. I am confident that Trump will be a fabulous president for rich people (like me for instance)."

      You are very welcome! At least we will be alive to whine about our predicament even as we toast your good fortune. Prediction- Trump's highest priority will be to get congress to approve his huge tax cut for the wealthy and corporations which will be sold to his supporters as a means to revive the economy. In actuality, it will be the final theft before structural adjustment of the financial system. But at least I will be alive to whine about it.

  • Why 'give him a chance' is not an option
    • W. JONES- "The truth is, Trump bears some similarities to Adams in that he has been campaigning for an independent foreign policy...."

      Trump is a liar and a fraud, don't believe a word he says. His one saving grace is that he is not Hillary. The political economy is so radically different from Adams' time that comparisons are tenuous at best. Suffice to say, that if you are putting your hopes in Trump, you will likely be disappointed.

    • W. JONES- "Did you consider you might not be getting the full story, Alice?"

      I seriously doubt that Dr. Rothchild lacks sufficient information. Rather, I think she is on a mission. The plan seems to be to get us to forget about the Deep State and actual policies and instead to mindlessly engage in counterproductive protests against a demonized Trump. There is a continuity between administrations and many of the things Trump will do will be a continuation of things Clinton and Obama did. Yet we are to believe that things would have been radically different under a Democratic administration. One difference is that a Clinton administration would be perhaps the most militaristic in US history, hardly praise worthy. As for the predictable consequence of the demonization of Trump and his supporters and the ongoing demonstrations, I quote and link John Stauber who has studied this. In the article, there is a link to a previous article of his well worth reading.

      "The massive, continuing protests against President Trump, #NotMyPresident, are not a movement and will only benefit Trump. They are an emotional tactic devoid of strategy, and one that has made Trump stronger and stronger since it was first unleashed during the Republican primaries at the beginning of 2016. ‘Trump is a racist narcissist pig, unfit to exist, much less govern,’ or so the meme goes. But despite losing the popular vote he mat slammed Hillary and the Democrat Party. The GOP scaredy cats who were fleeing him en masse he actually rescued and rose them to control both houses of Congress.

      As of this writing the Trump protests have not abated, and now this smells of serious failure, the type of total and complete butt kicking that Republicans gave to the so-called Wisconsin Uprising. Almost six years after those massive protests against Governor Scott Walker over his disemboweling of the union movement in Wisconsin, after years of big protests with tens of thousands in the streets and a recall election attempt, the GOP is stronger than ever in the Badger State, with hegemonic control of the government in Uprising Central, Madison." (John Stauber)

    • W. JONES- "If Clinton was elected would liberals be giving her the same resI stance they are giving Trump?"

      It is an interesting thought experiment to wonder what Alice Rothchild's reaction would be if Trump selected Michele Flournoy for Secretary of Defense and Victoria Nuland for Secretary of State?

  • I'm not worried about anti-Semitism
    • TOKYOBK- "You are addressing me specifically, so I have to ask, just what use do you think antisemitism has to me? You seem to believe I need it as a part of my identity, which simply has no bearing on how I live my life and the people with whom I live it."

      I judge you based upon your comments which are overwhelmingly devoted to anti-Semitism. And yes, I think that a sense of JEWISH victimhood (as opposed to black victimhood) is an integral part of your identity and your price of admission into the tribe.

      TOKYOBK- "How electing Trump makes us safer in any way, including with the potential for nuclear conflict I just don’t know."

      Then you haven't been paying attention to Hillary's despicable record of war mongering, nor to the people she surrounds herself with such as Victoria Nuland and Michelle Flournoy who pushed for the destruction of Libya and Syria, along with the coup in the Ukraine and their seething hostility to Russia. Hillary is full bore neocon with all that implies. I thought she was going to win the election and bring things to a head within a year, perhaps less. I was actually frightened by the prospect. With Hillary, all options are always on the table ready for use. Even so, I didn't vote for Trump. How could I? We may have bought ourselves some time, but disaster looms in any event. Of course, with your relative privilege and narrow focus, much of this will pass you by unnoticed until the unforeseen disaster becomes apparent to all.

    • JONATHAN GREEBLATT- “So I pledge to you right here and now, because I care about the fight against anti-Semitism, that if one day in these United States, if one day Muslim-Americans will be forced to register their identities, then that is the day that this proud Jew will register as a Muslim.”

      JEFFREY ST. CLAIR- "Suddenly the Left is all aflame over word that Trump is considering a “Muslim registry.” Apparently, these brave defenders of civil liberties are unaware that a “Muslim registry” called the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System was imposed shortly after 9/11 with the endorsement of Hillary Clinton and many other Democrats and persisted well into Obama time, only being officially abandoned in 2011. (Who is to say when, or if, it unofficially ended?) Ajamu Baraka told me that he was stopped and interrogated about his residency and status no less than five times during that decade of dread. Let us also recall that Mrs. Clinton made a dramatic gesture of returning campaign contributions from American Muslims and Muslim groups during her senate campaign, more than a year before the events of 9/11." (Jeffrey St. Clair)

    • MAGHLAWATAN- "There are at least 40 Jewish billionaires. I would suggest some serious philanthropy while the going is good."

      The harsh reality is that "philanthropy" is privatized social engineering. All billionaires use philanthropy to shape the political economy to their liking. Sticking to Jews, George Soros could well be the most dangerous philanthropist in history. His symbiotic relationship with USAID and the State Department in fomenting color revolutions is well known. He is now involved in these demonization protests which primarily serve to polarize. A quote and a link.

      "The massive, continuing protests against President Trump, #NotMyPresident, are not a movement and will only benefit Trump. They are an emotional tactic devoid of strategy, and one that has made Trump stronger and stronger since it was first unleashed during the Republican primaries at the beginning of 2016. ‘Trump is a racist narcissist pig, unfit to exist, much less govern,’ or so the meme goes. But despite losing the popular vote he mat slammed Hillary and the Democrat Party. The GOP scaredy cats who were fleeing him en masse he actually rescued and rose them to control both houses of Congress.

      As of this writing the Trump protests have not abated, and now this smells of serious failure, the type of total and complete butt kicking that Republicans gave to the so-called Wisconsin Uprising. Almost six years after those massive protests against Governor Scott Walker over his disemboweling of the union movement in Wisconsin, after years of big protests with tens of thousands in the streets and a recall election attempt, the GOP is stronger than ever in the Badger State, with hegemonic control of the government in Uprising Central, Madison."

    • PHIL- "And though all fears are *real* especially when so many people are stating them, I see the Jewish fears as overblown and even self-involved, and an indication not of physical threats or discrimination but a potential shift in Jewish status inside the establishment."

      That is exactly correct. What we are seeing is the predictable Judeo-Zionist reaction to the slight diminution of visible Jewish power. First a quote, then additional comment.

      "Thus ADL head Nathan Perlmutter maintained that the "real anti-Semitism" in America consisted of policy initiatives "corrosive of Jewish interests," such as affirmative action...." (p37, "The Holocaust Industry," Norman Finkelstein)

      This all relates to a variation of what Yakov Hirsch refers to a "hasbara culture." If we substitute Judeo-Zionist for hasbara, the same manufactured cultural values guide the opinions of the Judeo-Zionist elite. As such, any perceived diminution in Jewish power is seen as evidence of anti-Semitism. So, if Jews who represent 2% of the population comprise 20% of the senior governmental positions of power, this is seen as good and natural, a triumph of meritocracy. However, if Jewish presence in government is reduced to 10% of senior governmental positions of power, this is seen as naked, irrational anti-Semitism potentially leading to God-knows-what. This is the totally irrational frame of reference inculcated in the Zionist faithful. This irrationality is an intrinsic part of the logic of the Zionist ideology which creates the strong internal group solidarity which makes Zionism such a potent force.

      I would add that since Sheldon Adelson, Haim Saban and George Soros, et al, haven't lost a nickel with Trump's election, the actual change in deep state power relations is less than obvious to me. Perhaps Hillary's defeat signals a leveling of Judeo-Zionist power accumulation rather a significant diminution of Jewish power.

  • We are in an era of conservative counter-revolution
    • ROHA- "Keith, I think you will enjoy this."

      The first graph tells us quite a lot doesn't it? 40 years of neoliberalism and financialization has brought us to our current sorry state. What may not be apparent to some is that the ongoing fattening of the already fat-cats isn't just about bigger yachts and homes. In capitalism, money is power. The massive upward shift of wealth represents an upward shift of power. People like Sheldon Adelson and George Soros are the new Lords of capitalism who rule by the divine right of capital. In this environment, guys like Soros OWN dozens of NGOs. Trump is hardly a man of the people and what effect his election will have is uncertain. But if we can even get away from these neocon wars that will be good. No doubt he will do a lot of bad things, but at least we may be alive to protest. As for his cabinet choices, what does anyone expect? And how many of these "liberals" would protest if Hillary had won and nominated Michele Flournoy for Secretary of Defense and Victoria Nuland for Secretary of State? The trouble with most of these imperial liberals is that they pay too much attention to what these professional liars say and much too little attention to what these people they support actually do.

    • ROHA- "...will have no effect on the overall power and economic structures."

      This is the point I have been trying to make in regards to the anti-Trump hysteria. The election of Donald Trump will have but limited effect on the distribution of global power. Hopefully, Trump will be less interventionist and less likely to risk a war with Russia. Beyond that, the imperial agenda will be pursued. Things will get worse, not better, but we may live to see it. Perhaps pulling back from aggressively pursuing global hegemony will hasten the collapse/restructuring of the global financial system. We are at the end of an era and entering a transition period. The future looks bleak.

      ROHA- "The conservative counter-revolution really got under way in the Thatcher- Reagan era...."

      I would not refer to the neoliberal class war begun under Reagan & Thatcher as a "conservative" counterrevolution. There is nothing conservative about the elites pushing for this, many of whom prefer the "Liberal" label. In effect, neoliberalism is an attempt to shift the economy from an industrial economy back to a rentier economy prior to a restructuring of the financial system. Our current financial system is a private, debt based financial system which requires the financial system to grow exponentially to avoid technical default. It doesn't have to be this way but that is the way it is. Until recently, the growth in the real economy was tied in to the growth in the financial system. This is no longer possible, hence, the financialization of the economy. Some sort of restructuring needs to take place soon, probably during Trump's first and only administration.

      ROHA- "The populism that supports Trump and led to Brexit is not, I think, a real left movement, but it is a rebellion against the power elite and the chattering classes."

      I agree. I would add that "Left" and "Right" have devolved into labels, the brands two groups of power-seekers attach to themselves. Their "ideologies" reduced to little more than rationalizations justifying the economic agendas of their oligarchic funders. Brexit is a little more complicated insofar as the European Union was a terrible creation which primarily joined a lot of different countries under the rule of the European Central Bank and ultimately the Wall Street led global financial system. Does anyone in the 99% really want to live in Greece?

    • PHIL- "I say an era because it seems to be true all around: Brexit threatens to undo the idealism of a unified and human-rights-loving Europe. Putinism undid the openings of Gorbachev. Whatever the freedom fighters promised for Syria—and I was for them as excitedly as the crowds in Tahrir Square—we see a Syria today where large chunks of the society are obviously conservative: they would rather have a dictator still ruling them than religious radicals. And Trump is sure to agree."

      You live in a "liberal" fantasy world. Your interpretation of reality is so at odds with actual empirical reality that it is pointless to argue with you. You continue to camouflage the ugly reality of empire with lofty rhetoric, the self-deception of the privileged. Your liberalism is the liberalism of empire. You remain part of the imperial doctrinal system and will likely never change. Unless, of course, your comment was meant as sarcasm and I failed to recognize it as such.

  • Trump is fostering breakup of US Jewish consensus in favor of Israel
    • SIBIRIAK- "The accusations against Bannon still seem to lack substance."

      Curiously, Bannon's critics seem to be ignoring his status as yet another Goldman Sachs alumn supporting Trump, the supposed enemy of Wall Street. Even an ally of George Soros is part of the team. So much for house cleaning.

      "In the final stages of his campaign, Trump announced that he was planning to make Steven Mnuchin his secretary of the treasury. Steven Mnuchin is a former Goldman Sachs banker and a close ally of one of the world’s most notorious speculators, George Soros. One of Trump’s election videos had featured Soros as a symbol of the ultra rich and their insatiable greed." (Ernst Wolff)

  • A most mournful gathering
    • ROHA- "Trump is going to ban Starbucks?"

      Why wasn't I informed?

      As for "the fate of all that compose our Seattle," organized American Jewry has always been handicapped by their intense philo-Gentilism. They are just too good and it is their undoing.

  • Epic battle looms over accused anti-Semite entering White House, and 'NYT' graywashes the moment
    • JAMES NORTH- "So one Joel B. Pollak is right and the entire Anti-Defamation League is wrong about Bannon’s anti-Semitism?"

      The Anti-Defamation League is primarily an organization dedicated to increasing Jewish power which refers to anyone that gets in their way as an anti-Semite. Perhaps you should have been at least as concerned about the number of Jewish Zionists in the Obama administration than with one Trump advisor that the ADL labels anti-Semitic. And what will this advisor do? Sit in some office and write memos? God forbid! Are you sensing a pogrom in your future? Do you feel that Zionist Jews have too little power in Washington? Why not just let AIPAC and the ADL submit a list of names for Trump to choose from? Would that make you feel better? Good grief.

  • Where do we go from here? Our thoughts & yours on the US election
    • JAMES NORTH- "Trump could reassure us by withdrawing Stephen Bannon as his top adviser."

      Why would Trump want to reassure you? Have you ever considered that Bannon as an "adviser" is a sop to the far right? What better way to co-op this guy and his movement?

      JAMES NORTH- " White House advisers, like James Baker, were at times the de facto president."

      First of all, James Baker was Reagan's Chief of Staff, not merely an "adviser." So, you really think than Trump is a laid back kind of guy who will eat jelly beans and let Stephen Bannon act as de facto President? Get real. And why are you not troubled that Hillary solicited advise from Henry Kissinger and Elliot Abrams? Better Stephen Bannon than John Negroponte says I.

    • ROHA- "I can’t decide whether it is amusing or depressing to watch so many people flapping around like a bunch of girls who’ve been told their old noses will grow back."

      Funny. I have decided for sanity's sake to go with gallows humor and laugh at this outlandish situation. The Seattle Times reports that a couple thousand students cut classes to protest Trump. Unbelievable! He promised to build a wall! Hey gang, we already have one which we call a fence. Bill Clinton started construction to deal with the ANTICIPATED influx of illegal aliens following passage of NAFTA. Trump has threatened to deport illegal aliens! Obama has already deported about 2.5 million, so why begin protests now? If you follow the link in my original comment you will see George Soros fingerprints over this orchestrated manipulation. Yes, yes, forget about the corporations, Wall Street and George Soros, focus on protesting Trump!

      "Since coming to office in 2009, Obama's government has deported more than 2.5 million people—up 23% from the George W. Bush years. More shockingly, Obama is now on pace to deport more people than the sum of all 19 presidents who governed the United States from 1892-2000, according to government data."

    • PHIL, ADAM, SCOTT- "Like many of you we are dealing with the shock, grief and anger that so many across the U.S. are experiencing following the election of Donald Trump."

      Jeez, guys, get a grip! Wall Street, the corporations, the Council on Foreign Relations, etc., still more-or-less run the political economy. You are both whitewashing what the Democrats have done and overemphasizing Trump's potential for harm. At least we won't have to worry about Michele Flournoy as Secretary of Defense or Victoria Nuland as Secretary of State. Not having a full blown neocon war administration should be seen as a positive aspect to all of this. Also, a Trump administration will likely contain fewer Zionists.

      AS for your comment that "Under a Trump administration it seems that the war at home will only intensify, and the Islamophobia that allows DC policy makers to dehumanize Palestinians in the occupied territories, will also be used to divide, ostracize and criminalize neighbors, friends, and activists.", the major source of organized divisiveness is coming from these orchestrated anti-Trump demonstrations which will likely prove both divisive and counterproductive. John Stauber notes:

      "The massive, continuing protests against President Trump, #NotMyPresident, are not a movement and will only benefit Trump. They are an emotional tactic devoid of strategy, and one that has made Trump stronger and stronger since it was first unleashed during the Republican primaries at the beginning of 2016."

      These types of activities are funded by fat-cat "progressives" like George Soros. And yes, there is a certain color revolution aspect to this. Divide and rule, gang. If nothing else, there is a certain entertainment value to seeing "the Left" pissing on the proletariat. It is primarily the liberals who have brought us to where we are now, Democrats like Obama and the Clintons who have betrayed the American workers again and again, not to mention the greatest spurt of warmongering in our nation's history.

      The way forward? Don't make any significant changes and please don't contribute to this orchestrated campaign to create divisiveness by over-emphasizing this aspect of the situation. The Deep State continues to call the shots. We may be seeing an internal power struggle. You need to be able to see the forest, not just the trees.

  • Challenging anti-Semitism and the Trump presidency
    • SIBIRIAK- (quote)- "Both Trump and Hitler, during their rise to power, vowed to deport foreigners and make their country “great again,” he noted."

      Wow, I didn't know they had so many things in common! And while Obama has deported over 2.5 million illegals, he at least had the decency to keep it quiet. Make America great again? Freaking Nazi!

    • PABELMONT- "and Trump seems the leader to encourage it or permit it"

      Surely you jest. Between his daughter's conversion, his son-in-law, his subservience to AIPAC, and his relationship with Bibi, anti-Semitism is not even remotely possible. Islamophobia, perhaps, but not anti-Semitism. We live in a society where the lack of significant philo-Semitism is considered as de facto anti-Semitism.

    • MAXAJL- "Right-wing populism is the child of the center-right drift of the Democrats."

      I would add that this drift of the Democrats was/is probably inevitable in view of the structural changes to the global political economy. Neoliberal globalization has no crumbs for liberal Democrats to parcel out to their supporters leaving liberalism but an empty shell of rhetoric. The global financial system is devouring the planet. The final elite objective seems to be a reversion to a neo-feudal rentier economy. How Trump's election will effect that is anyone's guess. In any event, the environment is in such bad shape and getting worse fast that even if we avoid nuclear war, the future looks bleak. Overall, a good article. Congrats.

  • Before Trump's revolution, there was Sanders'
    • W.JONES- "I understand what you mean. I have a hard time saying JFK was “worse” than Trump."

      I was responding to your response to Kay24 in regards to Trump's "groping" versus JFK, LBJ and WJC womanizing, nothing more.

    • W. JONES- "How much do you really know of the forays of some leading US politicians in the last 30 years, Kay?"

      Your point is well taken and illustrates the hypocrisy of the Left which makes excuses for Kennedy, Johnson and Clinton, all of which were as bad or worse than Trump.

    • KAY24- "To Phil’s point, a poll says he would have beaten Drumpf easily. I guess we will never know."

      Forget the poll. If Sanders had won the nomination, what support would he have gotten from the big Democratic donors and what effect would that have had? What effect do you think that a well funded Trump media blitz would have on those poll numbers? Some candidates only shine in opposition when there is little to lose. Bernie is a loyal part of the system.

    • YONAH FREDMAN- "Yes class and the hollowing out of the rust belt economies should be a part of any analysis, but ignoring the landslide among white voters compared to the votes by non-whites show a refusal to admit that the country’s problems are deeply rooted in a racial divide."

      Your ignorance is appalling. The country's problems are deeply rooted in the agenda of the 1%. A quote and link follows.

      "Even so, Hillary should have won the election. Why? Because Trump got 1.5 million fewer votes than Romney. There was no great white surge.

      The fatal problem is that Hillary got 5.4 million fewer votes than Obama, many of those black and Hispanic voters, and lost 6 states that Obama won twice: Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio. That’s pretty conclusive evidence that Hillary didn’t lose because of racism.

      I think Hillary lost because she was on the wrong side of the class war. From the beginning of their political careers, the Clintons have been on the side of the one-percent against the rest of us, regardless of gender or skin color. Her allegiance to Wall Street finally blew up in her face." (Jeffrey St Clair)

    • LYSIAS- "I didn’t vote for Trump, I voted for Jill Stein. But I can certainly understand working-class voters voting for Trump."

      Only the relatively successful, elitist, paternalistic "liberals" fail to understand the working class voting for Trump. The so-called "liberals" under Clinton and Obama were the far more successful betrayers of their constituency and implementers of worker destroying neoliberal globalization. And the biggest war mongers. This is less an embrace of Trump than a rejection of what imperial liberalism has become.

    • PHIL- "Back in the spring, Bernie Sanders said he was leading a political revolution...."

      He lied. He was a sheep dog rounding up the disenchanted Democrats for Hillary.

      PHIL- "The Trump revolution...."

      There was no revolution. Trump is a con man who flim flammed the victims of "liberal" globalization that he was their populist savior who would change the prevailing system. He isn't and he won't. And what most "liberals" and "progressives" fail to realize is that Clinton and Obama have been labeled as "liberals" and "progressives" even though neither has a progressive bone in their body. As a consequence, the horrors of neoliberal globalization are identified as the outcome of the policies of "liberals" and "progressives." And the defense of Obama and Clinton by so called "liberals" and "progressives" indicates that the Democrats and their followers have no principles to speak of, rather, they are more like a tribe showing solidarity with those wearing the same brand.

      There will be little difference of substance between Trump and Hillary in regards to the prevailing power relations. Bernie would not have been very different either. To refer to our electoral marketing extravaganzas as potentially "revolutionary" is a debasement of the language. When both candidates are representatives of some grouping of elites, the elites always win and the system prevails with only a minor accommodation to the slight realignment of power. The purpose of the political system is to administer the empire consistent with elite objectives. Little has changed or can change until concentrated money power is broken up. You overestimate the power of the political system and continue to engage in unjustified flights of fancy.

  • Day One in Trump's America
    • ANNIE- "thanks keith. how about the headline, then i can find it."

      The article headline reads "Rebels in Syria brace for Trump to cut off U.S. support." It was written by Anne Barnard of the New York times. One thing which many folks may not be aware of is the extent to which the New York Times provides much of the international news reporting for other newspapers throughout the nation.

    • ANNIE- "do you have a link to the seattle times article?"

      No. My wife and I actually subscribe to the print newspaper.

      SIBIRIAK- "(Watch for U.S. deep state and transnational “Western” political class countermoves…)"

      Diana Johnstone- "It is significant that the German Defense minister Ursula von der Leyen wasted no time in demanding that Trump choose between friendship with Putin on the one hand or NATO and “our shared values” on the other. This is a sign that not only the U.S. war party but also the European NATO machine will be putting pressure on Trump to pursue the very same warlike policies favored by Hillary Clinton."

    • SIBIRIAK- "Yes, it was sarcasm."

      Whew, that's a relief! Perhaps I should have realized that, however, I live in liberal Seattle and things have become surreal here, atheists holding prayer vigils, that sort of thing. I am at the point where I can almost believe anything. From today's Seattle Times we learn that after conferring with President elect Trump, Obama is not going to increase support for the terrorist Islamists like Hillary wanted. Is that a bad thing? A columnist laments that Trump's election is a major blow to neoliberal globalization. Is that not a good thing? Finally, in the local section, a protester carries a sign reading "The inauguration must not commence!" And these are the same people who will argue that Trump supporters are out of touch with reality! And, of course they are. But these "liberals" are as bad or worse. And Norman Finkelstein, who developed a school girl crush on Bernie Sanders, can't deal with the fact that Sanders was a sheep dog. He should be pissed at Bernie who made a fool of him. But no, he sees a ray of hope in Bernie's "revolution." It reminds me of a line from a Sheryl Crow tune: "Lie to me, I promise I'll believe." We live in a surreal world where people are not judged based upon their actions, but rather their actions are judged based upon the label we have attached to them. Good people due good things and bad people due bad things by definition. We live in interesting times.

      SIBIRIAK- "This would be HUGE! (Watch for U.S. deep state and transnational “Western” political class countermoves…)"

      I doubt that it will be huge. Trump is not going to knowingly dismantle empire, although he may inadvertently cause problems for the imperial elite who have the power to deal with him if he becomes too big a problem. Realistically, the best we can hope for is that Trump may provide a welcome speed bump on the road to disaster.


      My God, my god! Has a top Trump adviser called for a "No Fly Zone" over Syria?

    • ROHA- "Please tell me this is not true."

      Let's see now. Wall Street's hired gun and the most dangerous warmonger to ever run for President has been narrowly defeated and "liberals" are fearful and enraged at what the Proletariat has done? I think that perhaps we are getting an honest look at the new "liberalism" and what the Democratic faithful have become, or always were but kept it hidden. The Democrats have gone from the party of Roosevelt to the party of Wall Street while Trump ran as a Republican populist. We live in interesting times. Does anyone (present company excluded, of course) bother to evaluate actual policy as indicated by actual deeds? Or is it primarily group loyalty reinforced by propaganda? The actual real world power structure has barely changed, yet we are seeing an orchestrated divide being created between the Reds versus the Blues. Divide and rule. Has there ever been a better time for gallows humor?

  • 'Trump shows America's dominant ideology': A Palestinian take on the US election
    • SIBIRIAK- "How many vapid cliches can she try to shove down my throat?"

      Thanks to you, I have viewed both of these ads several times with a critical eye. I think a key element to this is that although both Obama and the Clintons' policies and actions are militaristic and right wing, they nonetheless have been labeled as leftists, hence, their disastrous policies and actions are associated with "the Left." Clinton's "vapid cliches" have a certain liberal flavor to them consistent with her phony image. What loosely passes for the American Left has been effectively tarred with the consequences of these imperial neoliberal actions which they seemed to support or at least didn't oppose. Regrettably, Jill Stein probably also suffered because, in spite of huge policy differences, she SOUNDS liberal. It is not too much of a stretch to imaging these cliches coming out of Jill's mouth. Regrettably, in politics, image is everything. Obama remains personally popular even though his policies are strongly disliked.

      Getting back to Trump. His ad was extremely effective in putting Hillary and her actions at the center of the corporate/financial class war against the 99%. He also did a good job of presenting himself as the champion of the working class, a ludicrous proposition which, nonetheless, offered these victims of the Washington consensus a false ray of hope. He implied a lot while promising nothing. To a significant degree, he is the right-wing version of Barack Obama, attacking the status quo in general terms while allowing his desperate followers to project their hope onto him. Trump effectively articulated and tapped into the discontent of those most effected by imperial policy. In contrast, Jill Stein comes across as a policy analyst rather than as a righteous, fired up agent of change. I voted for her but, in many ways, the Green Party is a disappointment to me.

    • SIBIRIAK- "It’s a populist message a real progressive could and should run on–but never will."

      It was a highly effective and inherently dishonest attack ad which highlights the symptoms while ignoring the deeper structural factors. It also implies that Trump will make fundamental changes to the system which he won't. He threw Hillary's dismal record back at her. Hillary's ad highlighted Hillary trying to sound like Obama. Big mistake. I would have thought that she would go the full demonization of Trump route. Trump put on a better show and effectively exploited the discontent with the downward spiral inherent in neoliberal globalization. Trump is a con man masquerading as a populist. Hopefully, he will be less of a war monger than Hillary, a rather easy task. As an aside, following a link from some other thread (?), some Jewish publication called Trump's ad anti-Semitic because he showed George Soros, Janet Yellen and Lloyd Blankfein. Shocking! Nobody here but us chickens.

    • MOOSER- "What is so funny is that the people who voted for Trump are the same people he always stiffs."

      What is not funny is that the people who voted for Hillary are the same people that she has stiffed and who she would have stiffed had she won. When you vote for the corporate candidate, you are voting for the corporate agenda, hence, will always get stiffed. And since the American people can always find excuses for voting for the corporate candidate instead of Third Party, the American people can be counted on to vote to stiff themselves. They will not revolt at the polls. Since Wall Street more or less runs things anyway, there will be less difference between what Trump does versus what Hillary would have done than most folks imagine. Perhaps some slight reduction in warmongering with Trump, but maybe not. Trump will be a disaster. Hillary would have been a disaster. But people will continue to deceive themselves regarding the nature of the political economy.

    • ROHA- "But in the meantime, you’ve got President Trump. Suck it up and stop moaning."

      That is exactly right. Hillary represented an extreme militarized version of the corporate agenda. Trump represents a slightly different version of the corporate agenda. The overwhelming majority of voters rebuffed the opportunity to vote for real Third Party change, instead voting for some version of the corporate agenda. How long has this been going on? We are where we are in no small measure because the voters have steadfastly voted for the corporate agenda which they claim to oppose but support with their vote. The majority of American voters deserve what they got. I don't but they do.

      Protesting Trump serves no useful purpose and feeds in to the empire's desire to divide and rule. Christian versus Muslim, Sunni versus Shia, Blue versus Red, etc. Kshama Sawant, Seattle's "socialist" city council person is supporting an anti-Trump rally. To what purpose? Much better to rally and support the Indians at Standing Rock who could use some help in their worthy efforts.

  • Ari Shavit’s humiliating fall from grace: AIPAC, Hillel cancel events in wake of groping story
    • JD65- "Again, you may think that’s a bad analogy (I know Keith thinks it is…)."

      Yes, I do think it is a bad analogy. But if bad analogies and strawmen is all you have, I guess you have to go with what you got. You should be aware, however, that there may be those who will be deeply offended by you making any comparison to the events on the Mavi Marmara with the incident involving Danielle Berrin and Ari Shavit.

      JD65- " That’s all fine to discuss, IN A DIFFERENT CONTEXT."

      I think it is highly appropriate to discuss this in this context. Please bear in mind the way the story was written. This is not a tale of a system where a good-looking women feels the need to use her sex appeal to get a late night interview with all that implies. No, she presents herself as a naive waif who continues to go along in spite of numerous red flags. When Shavit says that he wants to defer the interview to talk about her, how easy it would have been to remind him that she came for an interview, not to discuss her personal life. Case closed. She may have lost the interview, who knows for sure. And while she eventually did lose the interview, she did get her story, didn't she? It took two years and Donald Trump to provide the excuse to run it, but run it she did. Advanced her career. Kept the same image. If it ain't broke, don't fix it! No rape. No murder at sea. Berrin was much more aware of what was going on and much more in control of the situation than her story implies. And no, I am not excusing Shavit's conduct, rather I am trying to look at the big picture to try and put his conduct in context. And yes, Danielle Berrin is a willing part of that big picture. And your myopic focus on just one aspect of the situation does you no credit. Neither does your overreaction where my comments are compared to making excuses for Israeli terror on the high seas. Last I heard, Danielle Berrin was alive and well and profiting nicely from her experience, still part of the big picture which you choose to ignore.

  • 'Personally I was glad to see the outpouring of anti-Semitism,' says Jewish journalist targeted by haters
    • I don't want to go into a lot of detail, but something about this doesn't smell right. A good-looking, successful Ashkenazi journalist suffering anti-Semitism in Russia and now from Trump supporters. Interesting timing, no? And all of this time I thought that Russian Jews were relatively privileged.

      As an aside, I don't like or use Twitter. It is a medium which lends itself to mob psychology. It is the very antithesis of reasoned thought and discourse.

  • Clues to the end of the world shared during final 2016 presidential debate
    • WILSON DIZARD- "What the world has in Trump, Putin, and the Philippines’ brutal president Rodrigo Duterte, are representatives of a much older, much more simple way of ordering society, one where hierarchy is absolute and religion respected, instead of the self-indulgent atheistic anarchism of the far left running the show."

      Whatever it is that you are smoking, it is much too strong and you need to lighten up. Your conflation of Trump, Putin and Duterte is ludicrous. In spite of Hillary's attempt to tie Trump and Putin together, they have little in common except, perhaps, neither is in Hillary's league as a warmonger. Furthermore, even bringing up Duterte seems seems odd, along with your libelous description. The last half of your sentence is so bizarre, I suspect that you were hallucinating when you wrote it. "The self-indulgent atheistic anarchism of the far left running the show?" Good Grief.

  • Despite groping revelations, Israeli-American Trump supporter says all five of his daughters will vote Trump
    • ROHA- "But even if the stories are true, I can’t convince myself that groping women is as bad as blowing them to pieces, and Trump seems less likely to do that than Hilary."

      Indeed, the upcoming Hillary Clinton Presidency will pose an unprecedented existential threat to human survival. It will be a neocon dominated administration which will also include "liberal" "humanitarian" interventionists. Pity poor Syria. Also, I suspect that Israel may yet again invade Lebanon to destroy Hezbollah. I think that neocon Michael Ledeen speaks for Hillary when he says “If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely and we don’t try to piece together clever diplomacy, but just wage a total war… our children will sing great songs about us years from now.” (Michael Ledeen)

  • Trump and Clinton promise to repeat foreign policy mistakes of the past
    • WILSON DIZARD-"And the mistakes that lead to the United States into Vietnam are looming over Trump and Clinton’s plans for further war."

      That the Vietnam war was a major war crime against the Vietnamese people which was not in the interests of the American 99% should be obvious. That it was a "mistake" from the perspective of empire is doubtful. The US secured its major objective of destroying a potential threat to imperial domination in the form of a truly independent and viable Vietnam. A similar situation exists in the Middle East where the empire is waging a war by proxy and covert ops to destroy (not conquer) nations and peoples who may pose a potential threat to imperial hegemony and Israeli dominance. Morality aside, whether or not this is a "mistake" depends upon how successful the policy turns out for control of the Middle East.

  • Dershowitz will play Trump in Clinton's debate rehearsal, WNYC reports
    • PHIL- "...Alan Dershowitz will play Donald Trump ahead of the first debate, on September 26 at Hofstra University."

      Birds of a feather flock together! What ties Alan Dershowitz, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump together? Jeffrey Epstein! Will they all party hearty after the debate?

  • The omnipresent hawks-in-waiting of the Clinton administration
    • PHIL/JAMES- "Have you noticed the distressing pattern in the media these days?"

      Indeed I have. It would appear that the imperial elite have united behind Clinton as their champion of increased militarism. If we put the personalities of Clinton and Trump aside and simply look at who is advising them and who is likely to be a high level official in a Clinton administration, it becomes rather obvious that the virtually assured Clinton administration will be a neocon dominated war administration. We are at the end of an era and the elites are pursuing hegemony at all costs prior to the turbulent transition to the new order. They have chosen Hillary as the soon to be Warmonger-in-Chief. Danger? Everyone should be aware that Presidential authorization is for strategic nuclear weapons only. Tactical nukes (up to 100 kt) are approved for operational use and can be launched by a three star general. Cheers. Below is a quote and link guaranteed to bring you down.

      "A new Clinton presidency can be expected to further boost the U.S./NATO drive to strangle and isolate Russia, which means aggravated “crises” in Ukraine and worrisome encounters with a rival military power in a region saturated with (tactical, “usable”) nuclear weapons. Regime change in Syria? Hillary has indeed strongly pushed for that self-defeating act of war, combined with an illegal and provocative no-fly zone — having learned nothing from the extreme chaos and violence she did so much to unleash in Libya as Secretary of State. There are currently no visible signs she would exit the protracted and criminal war in Afghanistan, a rich source of blowback (alongside Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and Israel). Increased aerial bombardments against ISIS in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and elsewhere? More deployments of American troops on the ground? Such ventures, with potentially others on the horizon, amount to elaborate recipes for more blowback, followed by more anti-terror hysteria, followed by more interventions. Uncompromising economic, diplomatic, and military support of Israeli atrocities in Palestine? Aggressive pursuit of the seriously mistaken “Asian Pivot”, strategy, a revitalized effort to subvert Chinese economic and military power – one of Clinton’s own special crusades? No wonder the Paul Wolfowitzes and Robert Kagans are delighted to join the Hillary camp." (Carl Boggs)

  • Solidifying behind Clinton, foreign policy establishment gins up a cold war with Russia/Iran
    • TOIVOS- "I too was struck by Walt’s statements. His comments reported here are at odds with much of his writing in FP over the last decade."

      Curiously, he isn't the only one sounding strange. William Blum recently posted a strange sounding anti-ISIS screed on his Anti-Empire report which sounded a lot like the clash of civilizations meme downplaying imperial support for these terrorist assets. I am not sure what is going on, however, the anti-Trump, anti-Putin, let us intervene bandwagon has reached surreal proportions. There is a totalitarian uniformity to this which fills me with dark foreboding.

    • PHIL- "That’s a declaration of war....""

      I certainly hope that "liberal" Democrats re-evaluate their knee-jerk "Hillary is the lesser evil" mantra. She is not. Trump is a jerk, no argument, however, it should be obvious to anyone except the willfully blind that a Hillary Clinton administration (she is a shoo-in) is going to be a neocon dominated war administration. No, I am not suggesting a vote for the loathsome Donald Trump. I am voting for Jill Stein, you all do what you want. Something unusual, a quote from my blogspot followed by a link to the fuller discussion.

      " A Hillary Clinton administration will likely represent a neocon dominated war administration, the militarists throwing caution to the wind as they seek to remake the Middle East, weaken or destroy Russia and contain China thereby securing complete hegemony for the U.S. led global corporate/financial empire. The risk of a nuclear holocaust has never been higher. How this can be described as a lesser evil is beyond comprehension."

  • Who has ever succeeded in taming patriotism?
    • ILENE COHEN- "But we should never lose sight of the fact that militaristic patriotism is the default setting. And the tendency is always to revert to the default. That’s why I could love Michelle Obama’s speech at the convention. And Barack Obama’s speech."

      I take it that you are a Clinton supporter and this curious post ostensibly on "patriotism" is, in reality, a Trojan horse to vilify Trump as the worser evil? Trump is a buffoon, his comments repugnant. But, I ask you, whose policies have killed more Muslims, Clinton or Trump? Who is more militaristic, Clinton or Trump? Who was involved in the decision to expand NATO eastward to Russia's borders, Clinton or Trump? Who is by far the greatest warmonger to run for President? Hillary, that is who. It is the Democrats who have dangerously ramped up the Putin bashing in preparation for a confrontation with Russia. And blaming Putin for the consequences of the imperial destabalization of the Ukraine is both dangerous and dishonest. Who is in bed with the neocons such as Victoria Nuland of the notorious Kagan Clan of militarists? As for Obama, he is as dishonest as he is eloquent, his flaws too numerous to mention. A man who says he wants to eliminate nuclear weapons even as he supports a $1 trillion nuclear upgrade over the next 30 years.

      You seem to think that words speak louder than actions. Not me. I believe in holding people accountable for their actions. That is why I will never support Hillary the warmonger. No, I don't support Trump either. How could I? Jill Stein gets my vote. At least I won't be supporting empire and neoliberalism with my vote. A vote for Hillary is a vote for war and empire, says I.

  • Democratic Party consultant asked about Palestinian rights: 'Not my problem'
    • DONALD- "I hope Trump loses and will vote accordingly, but will continue to point out Clinton’s flaws."

      Has it come to this? Our best hope for the future that Hillary will read comments like this and die laughing?

  • Democrats big tent shrinking as Clinton ties up nomination
    • RAPHAEL- "I’m guessing that Trump will win easily."

      Funny, I am guessing that Hillary will win in a landslide. Now that neocons like the Kagans and right-wing social engineers like the Koch brothers have abandoned Trump for Hillary, the warmongering imperial elite have united behind Hillary and the empire is being psychologically prepared for war. With Victoria Nuland as Secretary of State (watch for it), and the rest of Hillary's uber warmongers in high positions, we will have a war administration which will risk nuclear war to control and weaken Russia. The demonization of Putin is without precedent, and is part of this campaign. Between the money, Madison Avenue and the mainstream media, the public will be made terrified of Trump, Hillary the only hope against consummate evil, Jill Stein supporters aiding and abetting Trump and his puppet master Putin, who is worse than Hitler, etc, etc. Ludicrous as all of this sounds, it is the way American elections are decided. No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people. And now that "progressives" like Chomsky have de facto supported Hillary (lesser evilism BS), the totalitarian nature of the system will crush all opposition to the preferred candidate of the global elite. I have long ago concluded that the American people will never revolt at the polls. Once upon a time, perhaps, but no longer.

  • Clintonites on message: Vote for Trump, and you get Putin
    • MOOSER- "And if I am reading it right, Zionist influence isn’t worth mentioning"

      Of course you are reading it right. The level of intellectual dishonesty is mind boggling, worse than I recall ever seeing it. How does one misrepresent the reality that Hillary is running to the right of The Donald? Things have sunk so low that the Democrats are actually red-baiting Trump with this Putin nonsense. Red-baiting, for cry sakes!

      Elections can be stressful times in my home. Our friends (mostly my wife's) are stereotypical middle class "liberal" Democrats. Nice people, reasonably intelligent normally, well educated with mostly masters degrees, they shriek at me that a vote for Jill Stein is really a vote for Trump! How do I respond without alienating these idiots? If you were a Republican would you shriek that a vote for Jill Stein was a vote for Hillary? No, of course not. My what a stupid thing to say. Perhaps I should point out that since they will always claim that the Democrat is the lesser of the two evils, then they will always vote for the Democrat, never holding that person accountable for their actions, lesser evilism nothing more than a psychological trick to salve their conscience for habitually voting for someone who will implement policies they oppose? Maybe that will work. Who needs friends anyway? Besides, once they realize that my ridicule is with the best of intentions, all will be forgiven.

    • PHIL- "This has to be seen to be believed. In the last week a whole crowd of neocons and liberal internationalists has made the assertion that Trump is acting in Russia’s interest."

      You are quite right, it has to be seen to be believed. The neocons and liberal Zionists in bed together. Such is the power of ethnic solidarity that it completely overwhelms rationality. We always knew that the imperial intelligentsia was a bunch of liars, but now it is obvious the extent of the control of information and shutting out of rational discourse.

      PHIL- "When is someone going to talk about Netanyahu’s influence?"

      A perfect example of this is the article at TPM by Josh Marshall where he tries to substantiate Putin's influence by claiming that Russian oligarch money is influencing Trump. He tries to tie Trump with "...Alexander Mashkevich, a billionaire once charged in a corruption case...." (Josh Marshall, TPM) He implies that Mashkevich is an oligarch favored by Putin. Case closed. God forbid that he should mention that Mashkevich has Israeli citizenship and travels around on an Israeli passport. Wrong message. Further, "On April 6, 2011, Mashkevitch announced his intention to found a Jewish version of Al-Jazeera that will "represent Israel on an international level, with real information." (Wikipedia) Based upon the facts, a better case can be made that Trump is, in fact, heavily influenced by Jewish Zionist money. The fact that Trump appears to be somewhat less of a warmonger than Hillary shouldn't be upsetting these "liberals" so much. And this gross and propagandistic misrepresentation of reality by esteemed members of the imperial doctrinal system is in itself both revealing and worrisome.

  • Outside RNC, Cornel West has inspiring words for the Palestinian people
    • GENESTO- "Anyway, I’m preparing for the worst, i.e. Trump becoming President – and having a First Lady that’s a college dropout, jewelry designer! :-{("

      Thank you for pointing out that Melania Trump would be a welcome respite from First Ladies who are Harvard Lawyers. Both Michelle and Hillary suffered from Ivy League elitism, as did their husbands. Too many Ivy league lawyers in Washington,says I. Don't worry about Melania, The Donald say that she has a good head on her shoulders and he should know.

    • KALITHEA- "Today the Trump campaign had a woman associated with Melania’s speech take the fall for the plagiarism that they still refuse to call by its name...."

      Is it possible to plagiarize cliches? If so, then a more valid criticism would be that Trump set her sights too low.

  • Why is AIPAC legitimating Donald Trump's bigotry?
    • JAMES NORTH- "Why is AIPAC legitimating Donald Trump's bigotry?"

      A better title might have been "Why is Donald Trump legitimating AIPAC?" Actions speak louder than words, kiddo. So far, Donald Trump's major crime has been that he is an egotistical capitalist fat-cat with a big mouth. Repugnant, no doubt. But Hillary? A proven war monger and mass murderer. In any event, Wall Street and the MIC effectively run the empire and disaster looms regardless of who wins. As for me, I am voting for Jill Stein. I simply refuse to go along with the BS.

  • Rubio's defeat means the downfall of neoconservatives
    • JSINTON- "Allowing that we will have to choose between Mrs. Clinton and The Donald, I will have to think very long and hard about my choice."

      Why do you have to choose between Clinton and Trump when there will be other candidates on the ballot?

      JSINTON- "I might not vote at all."

      God forbid that you vote Third Party! Better to play it safe and vote for the people who are screwing you! Anything else would be a "wasted vote." There is a certain comfort in keeping your gaze within the cattle chutes.

      JSINTON- "...we had some pretty good years out of President Clinton for the country...."

      Is it possible to be this poorly informed? Why do I even bother replying?

  • Protesting Trump on Shabbat
    • EMORY RIDDLE- "This demonization of Trump is out of control."

      No, it is what elections have come to be. An orchestrated psychological terror campaign to scare the voters into voting against your opponent. That way, the ignorant electorate can justify voting for imperial business as usual, while simultaneously feeling pride in having prevented some immense evil from coming about. It is a marketing campaign aimed at the citizenry which has huge fears and very little comprehension of the nature of the current political economy.

  • #Winning
    • MHUGHES976- "...7 years ago the United States were on the verge of electing the educated, civilised, progressive (even perhaps on Palestine) Obama...."

      That you can refer to Obama as civilized and progressive at this stage of the game does not reflect well on you. No President has gotten us into more military conflicts than Obama, nor engaged in more regime destabilizations, nor prosecuted more whistle blowers, nor engaged in the blatant terrorism represented by the "kill list." He is a neoliberal Wall Street flack who has implemented the neocon agenda and may yet cause a nuclear war. The difference between him and Trump is a matter of style, nothing more.

  • 'Absolute scum' -- Trump's frightening speech
    • PHIL- "I still think Trump is going away: that there is too much intelligence in American public opinion and Iowa and New Hampshire voters to license his racism and megalomania."

      First, Trump isn't going away. Second, if Americans were intelligent and responsible citizens, both the Republican and Democratic parties would have been voted out of existence long ago. Too intelligent? No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people, or any people for that matter. Both parties, along with the "dishonest" media, are stoking the "clash of civilizations" fears. Warmongering 101. This "endless" war on terror is a bi-partisan affair used to justify the final push for absolute global imperial hegemony, as well as the securitization of domestic society. Things are going to get a lot worse quite rapidly, 2016 is shaping up to be an absolute disaster. Hillary? For how long have "liberals" justified voting for neo-liberal Democratic warmongers because the Republicans would supposedly be worse? It is all political theater, for cry sakes.

  • Trump at the rightwing Jewish conference
    • MOOSER- "Trump. He’s an empty hairpiece. In a bad suit."

      Truer words were never spoken and, I suspect, you have articulated the unifying principal which ties all psycho-social phenomenon into one integrated whole! Congratulations, you randy rutt-whaler!

  • Over 1,000 Black activists, scholars and artists sign statement supporting freedom and equality for Palestinian people
    • DABAKR- "as I expected. ralph schoenman (not necessarily a Jewish name-btw) is about as respected a ‘scholar’ as Donald Trump."

      The issue is Begin's actions, not Schoenman's credentials, which you shamelessly and unfairly belittle. Has Schoenman accurately described Begin or not? I am a little surprised that you are coming to Begin's defense in view of the fact that future Israeli Prime Ministers Begin (Irgun) and Shamir (LEHI) were NOTORIOUS fascist sympathizers and vicious terrorists. How notorious? When Begin visited the US in 1948, prominent American Jews including Albert Einstein and Hannah Arendt sent a letter to the New York Times highlighting Begin's unsavory past. Below is a quote and a link to the article. I encourage folks to follow the link and otherwise investigate the sordid history of Menachem Begin and Yitzak Shamir and then decide who is telling the truth. DaBakr's version of events is shameless Zionist apologetics, nothing more.

      "Among the most disturbing political phenomena of our times is the emergence in the newly created state of Israel of the “Freedom Party” (Tnuat Haherut), a political party closely akin in its organization, methods, political philosophy and social appeal to the Nazi and Fascist parties. It was formed out of the membership and following of the former Irgun Zvai Leumi, a terrorist, right-wing, chauvinist organization in Palestine.

      The current visit of Menachem Begin, leader of this party, to the United States is obviously calculated to give the impression of American support for his party in the coming Israeli elections, and to cement political ties with conservative Zionist elements in the United States. Several Americans of national repute have lent their names to welcome his visit. It is inconceivable that those who oppose fascism throughout the world, if correctly informed as to Mr. Begin’s political record and perspectives, could add their names and support to the movement he represents." (Hannah Arendt, Albert Einstein, et al)

  • Great Britain’s 100 year war on the Arab world
    • Overall, an excellent article which points out the degree to which Western development was dependent first upon slavery, then upon resource (primarily oil) extraction. Britain de-industrialized India upon conquering it, giving Britain a competitive advantage and driving India into poverty. I disagree with the author concerning India after independence. India today is a Hindu fascist neoliberal state in which there is massive poverty and astronomical farmer suicides. Political independence was thwarted by continued economic dependence, compradors and satraps serving empire and themselves. Don’t be fooled by the macro economic statistics. Yes, the corporations are doing just fine, it is the people that are hurting. China, too, is overrated. The most dynamic sectors of the Chinese economy are the Western (primarily US) transnational corporations which manufacture things in Chinese sweat shops to ship elsewhere.

      Although I loved the historical perspective, I am puzzled by the lack of transition to current reality. For starters, the British empire yielded to the American empire, which in turn is transmogrifying into the corporate/financial empire. This emerging empire exerts control (financial backed by military) over a global economy that is dependent upon a dollar backed financial system enabling a Wall Street directed matrix of financial dependencies. While the locus of control currently remains in the US, the system itself encompasses much more than the older national empires. For a variety of reasons which I won’t go into, the system has embraced neoliberalism and is headed towards a form of neo-feudalism. The system is also headed for disaster as geostrategic advantage appears to trump human survival. We are at a critical juncture in history.

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