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Clinton’s lecturing tour continues

8 Aug

Hillary the Hawk has been really busy lately, from threatening the Iranians with an invasion to scolding the Chinese. Her embarassing lecture tour continues, this time in Africa. The Secretary of State is urging South Africa to press the corrupt Zimbabwe regime, run by the thug Robert Mugabe, for reform:

The United States, troubled by what it sees as an absence of reform in Zimbabwe, has no plans either to offer major aid or to lift sanctions against Mugabe and some of his supporters.

Before any of that can happen, Washington wants more evidence of political, social and economic reforms, a U.S. official told Reuters before Clinton began her seven-nation trip to Africa.

Mugabe, in power since independence from Britain in 1980, is blamed for plunging Zimbabwe into economic ruin. He argues that hyperinflation and a collapsed infrastructure* are caused by sanctions imposed by the United States and others.

It is embarassing to see Clinton circumventing around the globe, lecturing other countries like a schoolteacher. Yes, Zimbabwe is corrupt and Mugabe is a mass-murdering thug, but so are about 80% of the countries in the world, so it looks like Clinton’s got a long list of regimes to scold.

This foreign meddling is not only an example of American arrogance, but hyprocritical as well. Before the US publicly criticizes other nations for their faults, how about taking a good, hard look in the mirror?

The US has massive inflation, collapsing infrastructure, a military regime that occupies every continent, trillions in debt, and a government that robs half of Americans’ wealth every year.

After Clinton said the North Koreans were acting “like unruly children,” they must be laughing as well. It is a major relief to see our journalist home and safe, but they were actually tried, convicted, and sentenced. Can we say the same for the 600 detainees at Gitmo? Or the hundreds at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan? Or the millions rotting away in government cages for drug “crimes?”

I’d like to see the US for once, just once, mind its own business and stop chastising other countries for the exact same things that happen here.

Clinton threatens Iran…again

8 Aug

Even though the US is currently occupying Iraq, pummeling Afghanistan from the air, and using soulless drones to fire missiles indiscriminately into Pakistan, the Obama Administration and the hawks in his cabinet are looking for another war drum to beat. In an address to the Council on Foreign Relations yesterday, Secretary of War Hillary Clinton declared that the US will not hesitate to pre-emptively attack Iran:

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Wednesday gave Iran an ultimatum to accept the administration’s offer for engagement and join the international community or to ‘continue down a path of further isolation.’ She urged Arab states to take immediate steps to improve their ties with Israel in order to bolster Mideast peace hopes.

In a wide-ranging policy address to the Council on Foreign Relations, Clinton pledged that the U.S. will ‘not hesitate to defend our friends, our interests, and above all, our people vigorously and when necessary with the world’s strongest military.’

Near the beginning of Obama’s presidency, there were signs that his administration was taking a more diplomatic and dovish approach towards the Middle East.  He and Clinton even said that Israel needs to give up its settlements programs in its occupied territories, settlements that are not only immoral, but also illegal in nearly any resemblance of international law. Last month, however, Clinton stated that Iran risked a US attack, citing (of all things) the disastrous 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Obama did the right thing when he refused to publicly take sides in the Iranian election, but the bellicosity roaring from Obama’s White House can only lead to an unnecessary confrontation where Iranian cities would likely be left in ashes.

The Obama Administration’s about-face on Iran is typical of the War Party in Washington: bipartisan, bloodthirsty, and belligerent. Obama’s cabinet is following the same hawkish mistakes as his predecessor by continuing to demand that Iran dismantle its civilian nuclear energy generation program.

Despite what the Washington war planners constantly repeat, Iran is not an “existential threat” to the US or to Israel. Ever since Bush’s “Axis of Evil” speech seven years ago that listed Iran as a “rogue state,” the Persians have been demonized by the US media, the neocons, and the Israelis.

Iran hasn’t gone to war in the last 50 years except to defend itself from an Iraqi invasion in the 1980s in which the US sold chemical weapons to Saddam and his thugs. The US has consistently waged war for almost 60 years, has nearly 150,000 troops surrounding Iran, patrols the Persian Gulf with warships, and has thousands of WMDs. Israel has been slaughtering its neighbors for over 60 years, violates international law with fervor, and has hundreds of WMDs.

Secretary Clinton, who exactly are the “rogue states” here?

Ron Paul: the only sane man in Congress

27 Jun

Last Friday, the House of Hyenas Representatives passed HR 560, a resolution authored by Rep. Howard Berman (D–CA) and Rep. Mike Pence (R–IN) which condemns the Iranian government for its recent actions. The bill passed with a 405-1 vote, with the lone dissenting voice of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX). Here is the text of his excellent House floor speech:

I rise in reluctant opposition to H Res 560, which condemns the Iranian government for its recent actions during the unrest in that country. While I never condone violence, much less the violence that governments are only too willing to mete out to their own citizens, I am always very cautious about “condemning” the actions of governments overseas. As an elected member of the United States House of Representatives, I have always questioned our constitutional authority to sit in judgment of the actions of foreign governments of which we are not representatives. I have always hesitated when my colleagues rush to pronounce final judgment on events thousands of miles away about which we know very little. And we know very little beyond limited press reports about what is happening in Iran.

Of course I do not support attempts by foreign governments to suppress the democratic aspirations of their people, but when is the last time we condemned Saudi Arabia or Egypt or the many other countries where unlike in Iran there is no opportunity to exercise any substantial vote on political leadership? It seems our criticism is selective and applied when there are political points to be made. I have admired President Obama’s cautious approach to the situation in Iran and I would have preferred that we in the House had acted similarly.

I adhere to the foreign policy of our Founders, who advised that we not interfere in the internal affairs of countries overseas. I believe that is the best policy for the United States, for our national security and for our prosperity. I urge my colleagues to reject this and all similar meddling resolutions.

The courage of Ron Paul, who has been the lone no vote on many stupid and unconstitutional bills, is exemplary. We should not be meddling in the internal affairs of other nations. Coming from the U.S. government, a government that supports and subsidizes opressive regimes, supresses liberty here at home, and polices the world with the biggest empire the world has ever known, it falls on deaf ears.

Thank you, Dr. Paul, for this bit of rare sanity from the District of Corruption.

We should applaud, not threaten, the Iranians

27 Jun

he Pharaoh was on television today discussing the controversy of the Iranian election, telling us that the U.S. will not “meddle” and will walk a cautious line. This is a wise choice, but actions speak louder than words. Of course the U.S. is meddling, like it always does, and Obama’s cautious line is quickly becoming a tightrope.

There is an ongoing covert program being waged by the U.S. in Iran, reported by Seymour Hersch, which was started by the Bush Administration with $400 million dollars of funding. Justin Raimondo explains:

The U.S. is, in effect, conducting a secret war against Tehran, a covert campaign aimed at recruiting Iran’s ethnic and religious minorities – who make up the majority of the population in certain regions, such as in the southeast borderlands near Pakistan – into a movement to topple the government in Tehran, or, at least, to create so much instability that U.S. intervention to ‘keep order’ in the region is justified. Given recent events in Iran – a suicide bombing in the southeast province of Sistan-Baluchistan and at least two other incidents – the effort is apparently ongoing.

Has Obama shut this program down? Not in the least bit, which is why his excellent Cairo speech and olive branch to Iran is being seen with a skeptical eye by the Arab world, and the Persian leadership especially. Can you imagine what Washington’s response would be to an Iranian funded covert program inside our borders? Tehran would quickly be under a mushroom cloud, which is what the U.S. has been wanting for years now anyway.

The U.S. has been meddling in Iran for over 50 years, beginning in 1953 when a U.S.-backed coup ousted the democratically-elected Mohammed Mosaddeq and placed the Shah in power (and with it came the Shah’s brutal secret police and theocratic rule). The Iranians, contrary to the popular belief that all Muslims are evil, backwards, and ready to strap dynamite to their chests at any second, have been thirsting for democracy, but have been consistently stifled by the U.S.-supported theo-thugs.

If it weren’t for American saber rattling and constant threats towards Iran, it is very likely that the seeds of liberalism and democracy would be further sown in the Persian Gulf. It’s impossible to tell, of course, but it is obvious that Washington is rooting for the far-right Ahmadinejad (the Heritage Foundation’s Daniel Pipes is openly supporting him). Ahmadinejad can be counted on to make loony comments about Jews and the Holocaust and the U.S. media, who are just unpaid Pentagon mouthpieces and employees, can continue to portray the Iranians as some sort of “threat.”

Sadly, it would be the Iranian people who would bear the costs of a good, ol’ fashioned American bombing, not the Iranian leaders. Iran’s population is disproportionately young, liberal, and open to negotiations with the U.S., and their voice needs to be desperately heard. The U.S. media, in their growing irrelevance, can’t even keep up with the coverage that Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr provide. While our media covers the gripping drama of Obama’s puppy,, decentralized and private media is providing us with what is really going on in the streets of Tehran (beatings, intimidations, etc.).

The young Iranians are sick of living under the iron fist of their government, and they are attempting to gain their freedoms by protesting and organizing. This is the genesis of true political liberty, gaining it independently; not from some arrogant, you’ll-thank-us-later “liberation” by American bombs.

The Obama Administration’s aggressive stance towards Iran can lead to no good results, especially if Hillary the Hawk gets her way. Obama’s Secretary of State told ABC’s “This Week” that the Administration is considering a pre-emptive strike on Iran. Think Tehran’s streets are messy now? Wait until million-dollar U.S. cruise missiles start landing there.

The U.S. should reach its hand out diplomatically to Iran, end the crippling and starving sanctions, and stop trying to foment an excuse to unleash the war machine on Persian civilians.

Persia in the crosshairs: will the U.S. attack Iran?

27 Jun

Ever since the end of World War II and the defeat of Nazi Germany at the hands of the Allies, the U.S. government and its media allies have been consistently warning about “new Hitlers” that must be defeated and must not be “appeased.” In the 1990s it was Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic, then it was Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, and now the U.S. and Israel are warning about the supposed threat from Iran.

Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres has recently stated that Iran, and its president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is an imminent threat to Israel as well as to the U.S. The world has “no choice” but to compare the threat posed by Iran now to that of Nazi Germany before the Second World War, President Shimon Peres told President Obama in Washington on Tuesday:

“Iran is a threat not just to Israel, but to the whole world. As Jews, after being subjected to the Holocaust, we cannot close our eyes in light of the grave danger emerging from Iran,” Peres said.

“If Europe had dealt seriously with Hitler at that time, the terrible Holocaust and the loss of millions of people could have been avoided. We can’t help but make the comparison.”

The neoconservatives in the previous Bush Regime, and the nauseating right-wing talk show hosts and “pundits” have all been demanding Iranian blood be spilled for years now. Not to be outdone, the hawks in the Obama Regime have been eyeing the Persian “Nazis,” and of course, the U.S. must “do something” about this “little Hitler.”

Ever since Bush’s 2002 speech, where he labeled Iran (as well as Iraq and North Korea) part of the “Axis Of Evil,” Iran has been in the Imperial City’s crosshairs. President Obama, who campaigned with a less hawkish approach to Iran, has quickly switched positions, and with the help of his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is quietly beating the war drums. But is Iran a threat, let alone a threat comparable to the monsters of the Nazi regime?

Iran is not a threat to U.S. national security in the least bit, since it is a third world country, and compared to the U.S. arsenal, has a small army, a small navy, and barely an air force. It has nowhere near the technology to make a nuclear weapon (only nuclear power), has complied with every IAEA weapons inspection, and for years has wanted to engage the U.S. diplomatically. And oh ya…it’s 7,000 miles away from the east coast of America’s shores. Iran is only a threat to U.S. hegemonic dominance in the Middle East, and is acting completely rationally and defensively.

Let’s turn the tables and look at ourselves through our “enemy’s” eyes, something the U.S. consistently fails to do. The U.S. has nearly 200,000 troops surrounding Iran in her neighbors Iraq and Afghanistan, has supported coups to overthrow their democratically elected leaders, gave Iran’s arch nemesis Saddam Hussein chemical weapons to use against Iran in the 1980s, and is threatening Iran with sanctions and even bombing. Who exactly is the threat to whom?

Iran, its thug of a leader, and the religious nuts who hold most of the power may be backwards and crazy, but they are no threat to the U.S., a country with thousands of nuclear weapons and the gigantic Atlantic Ocean separating us. What this “Hitlerizing” of Iran really shows is that the U.S. government needs an enemy, any enemy, to justify spending more money on its military than every other country in the world combined. Tragically, our complacent and Statist media does nothing to combat this insanity, and in fact salivates and kneels before our Roman Imperial Legion military-industrial-complex.

On “Morning Joe” this morning,  “conservative” Joe Scarborough interviewed General Petreaus, and the General was discussing how he was reading a biography of General Ulysses S. Grant, mass-murder extraordinaire. Scarborough, who obviously has a man-crush on Petreaus, then listened like a little dreamy-eyed schoolboy about how the “surge is working” and how the U.S. must stay the course in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The liberals are no better either. Remember the General Betray-Us ad? Well now that Obama is in power and is expanding Bush’s Afghanistan occupation (as well adding another front in Western Pakistan), the Left is now cheering on Petreaus’ desert killing fields.

The U.S. is bogged down in three wars in the Middle East, and is looking at adding a fourth to its plate, since the “Hitler” in Iran must be stopped! Plus, since the economy is in shambles, Obama is bragging that his new military spending will create 20,000 new (government) jobs.

We are digging hole after hole in the sands of Mesopotamia, and eventually we’re going to run out of shovels.