Lies, damn lies, and “Exceptionalism”

In an op-ed piece published in the New York Times, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin warns the people of the United States against further interventions:

It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it. Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan “you’re either with us or against us.”

The Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, nails it with that portion of his New York Times essay.

He goes on to mention the American caused horror that is today’s Libya. It is now “divided into tribes and clans” and in a state of confused conflict. That illegal war was the U.S. government “helping” the people of Libya? Of course not, that war was just another in a long line of the U.S. destroying all governments in the middle east that were not toadies to the U.S. and its partner in crime Israel. Like the other interventions, the Libyan war was built on lies, deceptions, blunders, and massive propaganda. Libya is today a failed state reduced to lawlessness and ruin.

We can hope that twelve years after 9/11 that the U.S. is ready to see that its interventionist policies are morally wrong, unlawful, counterproductive, and ruinously expensive. Not only do these ridiculous interventions destroy the poor men, women, and children that we are supposedly helping, but it is destroying the U.S. itself. As has been famously observed, both sides lose in every war.

We can cheer the fact that Putin’s gambit to have Syria turn over all chemical weapons to the U.N. seems to have stopped Obama and led to his defeat in Congress over getting their backing for war. We can also cheer Obama’s defeat over Syria  in the public opinion polls and welcome this very positive sign of the times, but we must still yank out the evil weed of “American Exceptionalism”.

Putin’s condemnation of “Exceptionalism”:

I would rather disagree with a case [President Obama] made on American exceptionalism, stating that United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.” It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.

It is amazing that it takes an ex-KGB man from the Soviet Union to remind us that all people are created equal and no one has the right to aggress against people who are not attacking you. Libya never attacked the U.S. and yet we utterly destroyed that poor nation. Now we see Syria in the same light. What have they done to the U.S.? They have done nothing at all to the U.S. other than be a country on Israel’s hit list and a stepping stone to their dream of destruction of the Persians in Iran.

The Iraq War, Oil, and Dollars

I was reading the comments on a Glenn Greenwald post, and the regulars were all arguing about the ‘real reason’ that the US Empire invaded Iraq to overthrow Saddam Hussein. Many were adamant that it was all about the oil. I offered my opinion on the matter and now am positing it here. I have edited it slightly for better readability in this venue and the picture, of course, is added.

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The Iraq War was not about oil, and it was about oil at the same time. It depends on what aspect of that horror you care to dwell on. The truth is that the rulers of the American Empire know very well that oil is fungible and that we don’t need to occupy the Middle East to insure we have enough oil. Hell, for practical reasons we get most of our oil from this hemisphere anyway.

But the US Empire is bankrupt and only our currency’s status as the world’s “reserve currency” keeps the credit lines open for us. The fact that Middle East oil is traded only in dollars helps to keep America’s Dollar in the position of the world’s reserve currency. Saddam and others had hoped to break the chains of our domination of the oil market via the dollar — and paid a dear price. Remember, Saddam was our boy: we put him into power. Sure he was a dictator, but that never offended the US leadership any; unless we needed propagandize our people for a coming war.

Oil played a big part since the people were told that we would take oil from Iraq to pay for the short, “cake-walk” of a war and we would maybe even make a little extra money on the deal for our troubles. I don’t think the leaders really believed that, but that was the story they had their minions in the press tell the people. But oil was also a big part due to the oil-for-dollars-only policy which was (and remains so) very, very important to the empire.

It boils down to POWER. Money is about power, but so are many other things. The USA wants to order the world around and have everyone kneel to our wishes. We are in the Middle East to protect our status as the country with the reserve currency, to keep Israel happy by destroying their neighbor countries that stand in the way of a “Greater Israel”, and to keep the military-industrial-intelligence complex happy with yet more war.

Remember what Mussolini taught us about the political-economic system of his that we adopted here in the 30s. Yes, we are a fascist state. Since “fascist” has so much baggage, perhaps it is better to say corporatist or crony-cap but we are fascist non the less.

The American invasion of the middle east was about power, and it is still all about power. Bank on that.

Netanyahu and Iran

This past week, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu declared his belief that ongoing nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 nations were futile and he again sounded the drums for war. He wants the US to destroy Iran like we have so many countries in the middle east. He has been warning of the eminent danger of Iran developing a bomb since at least 1996. Note this 1996 speech given by Netanyahu to a joint session of the US Congress which is notable for its hysterical warnings of the dire threat of allowing Iran to exist as a free nation. Israel is demanding that the US decimate the Iranian culture and people with our military.

Just today the news was WAR DRUMS: Obama ‘not bluffing’ over Iran military threat… The vice president signaled that Obama intends to murder a lot of innocent Persian women and children. Biden said that … “a military option remained on the table.” At the same time the news in France had: “Netanyahu: Closer to ‘red line’…” in spite of the fact that the warmongering Netanyahu has been trying to get Iran destroyed for years and years. It is easy to see why; with the Persians destroyed Netanyahu would lead the only major power left in the middle east. Monstrous how many have been killed to satisfy the Israelis.

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The last time the Persians of Iran engaged in anything that could remotely be considered aggressive war was in the early 17th century and that was when the concept of aggressive war was was not very well developed. Now some 70 years after the US government prosecuted Germans and Japanese for starting and engaging in an aggressive war in WWII we should all know better. Or at least that attacking other nations in an aggressive war of choice is immoral, plus being illegal under international law. In contrast to the Persians, the US and its puppet states have killed millions of innocent men, women, and children in the Middle East over the last few decades with no possible justification. The US and its minions have left tons of depleted uranium spent ammunition for destruction of the gene pool of the people. Uranium dust has covered the land due to the murderous American bloodlust. Many deformed babies will be the “humanitarian” legacy of the US and its puppet lackeys. This is just one act among many other “humanitarian” gestures. Note that without a single act of aggression by any of these middle east nations the US and the west have been destroying people, property, and culture there wholesale for decades. So which country is the more dangerous?

Iran has no nuclear weapons and there is no evidence that they are trying to make any such weapons while there is much evidence that they are not doing so. If Iran ever developed or purchased nuclear weapons, they still have no proven long-term delivery platform. And yet the criminal US and Israel have enough nukes to destroy all of the middle east in short order. The US is the only nation in the world to have used nuclear weapons on another country, and did so against an enemy that was already utterly defeated and trying to negotiate a surrender. Why does Israel have the “right” to hundreds of nuclear weapons and Iran is not even to be allowed the theoretical capability to develop one?

The UK and US overthrew the democratically elected government of Iran in 1953 and installed the Shah of Iran who was a brutal dictator. The US has used for decades the excuse that Israel is the only “democracy” in the middle east to give it billions of dollars in weapons and foreign aid. If you overthrow any attempt at democracy and support dictators around the region, you should not be baffled at there being no democracies flourishing around the region.

The US provided backing to Iraq after it invaded Iran without warning in an aggressive war of choice.  The monetary and military support of the US to Iraq allowed that aggressor nation to continue the disastrous war even longer than it would have been able to do otherwise. There are some experts who believe that the invasion of Iran by Iraq was encouraged beforehand by the US for its own nefarious reasons.

In an act of pure evil the USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian civilian airliner in 1988 while it was flying in Iranian airspace. All 290 aboard were killed and 66 of them were children. The murderers of these innocent civilians have never been held accountable for their actions.

So which nation, exactly, is the existential threat? Is it the Persians who have not attacked another country in modern times or is it the USA which is the most war-like nation to have ever existed on the face of this planet?

My god people, there is an oppressive theocracy in Iran that is there due to our past actions and it holds high moral ground over the US government. Smoke that one over for awhile.

War with Iran?

I see by the news that American politicians and the leader of Israel are dying to attack Iran. The US, it has been said, could sink their navy, destroy their air force and deliver a decisive blow to the hated Revolutionary Guard. I recall that we did not do so well in Vietnam even though they had no navy or air force. Ditto in Afghanistan. Iran, no doubt, will be called a “cake walk” since they have no real navy and little air support.

Just this once maybe we should think all this over before ignorantly jumping into yet another quagmire. The United States just cannot defeat Iran militarily unless we are willing to destroy the country with nuclear weapons and become the most hated nation in the history of the world; perhaps even unseating Adolf Hitler as the king of evil. We can not even beat Afghanistan where for over a decade our very expensive military hasn’t managed to defeat a bunch of peasant mountain men with AKs and RPGs: and Iran is a much larger foe than Afghanistan ever was.

Iran could block the Strait of Hormuz in retaliation for any attack. That would stop enough of the world’s oil flow to cripple much of the West’s economies. $500 a barrel for oil? Let us hope it is not even higher. How many supertankers sunk would it take to deter everyone from even trying it? Iran has plenty of anti-ship cruise missiles and they know what they are for. They can fire them from anywhere; they can transport them with small pick-up trucks. Our Air Force may claim that it can destroy all of Iran’s missiles but they have been consistently wrong since WWII. Note that cruise missiles have ranges in the hundreds of miles and in the Persian Gulf all our ships will be sitting ducks. A cruise missile can be mounted on a truck, a fast launch, or a small boat. One of the Chinese ballistic missile has a range of 1200 miles! Iran can inflict great damage to our navy with relatively cheap weapons.

Will Israel attack Iran? It has threatened repeatedly to do just that. The effects of an Israeli attack would be the same as an American attack and America will be right in the middle of it all. There is no scenario where America comes out a winner with an attack of Iran.