Passive aggressive tactics, such as Impeach, Russiagate and “Hate trump” have no benefit.
We have to focus on what comes next.
Passive aggressive tactics, such as Impeach, Russiagate and “Hate trump” have no benefit.
We have to focus on what comes next.
The following was reported on Yahoo News on 20/22/19-
“This withdrawal will take weeks, not days. Until that time our forces will remain in the towns that are located near the oil fields.”
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper in Kabul on Monday told reporters he’s considering keeping some U.S. troops in northeast Syria to protect oilfields from falling into the hands of Islamic State.
Trump: “I don’t want to leave troops there. It’s very dangerous… I don’t think it’s necessary other than that we secure the oil. It’s in a little different section, but we secure the oil.”
Esper, speaking in front of a Patriot missile battery where he was meeting U.S. troops, said Saudi Arabia had agreed to help underwrite the deployment to the kingdom. He did not provide details on what specifically Saudi Arabia had agreed to pay for.
This is not the first time that the Saudis have offered to pay the US for military servitude. We heard this before under Obama, through John Kerry. At that time the media reported on it as a positive. Remember that?
Of course, the thing which should be most obvious is that Trump and the US Secretary of Defense (sic) both literally admitted that US forces are in Syria not for the sake of the Kurds or any human beings at all. Our forces are there for oil. This is also not a new development. Since US forces entered Syria (and virtually any other Middle Eastern nation), our forces have done far more to defend oil fields than human beings. The administration doesn’t matter.
Of course, admitting this openly is why the media really hates Trump. He reveals the game. He also said very clearly that our government intends to keep Syria’s oil and hand it over to US oil companies. The fact that our government is doing this is no change from the Obama administration, it is only a change in that Trump openly admits to it.
If you were not aware of what was happening before Trump, that’s YOUR fault for not paying attention.
Whether taking money from Saudis for US military service or defending oil fields for the sake of oil corporation profits, the role of the US military should be obvious to any observer at this point. The US military are nothing more than paid mercenaries for hire.
As of 02 Jan 2018, the mission statement for the Department of Defense changed. Where the mission previously stated the mission was to deter war, the new mission statement reads, “The mission of the Department of Defense is to provide a lethal Joint Force to defend the security of our country and sustain American influence abroad.” However, there is no longer any mission statement at all listed on the official DoD website. This wording was the last publicly available version. With no mission statement now publicly available, we have no idea what the mission statement of our military is.
“Sustain American influence abroad.” These are disturbing words. It literally implies no limit to what powers our military can use or respond to and no limit to the excuses our government will claim to wield our military force against any nation that disagrees.
Of course, these words came just before the Nuclear Posture Review was changed to openly state that the US is willing to use nuclear weapons in response to conventional warfare. That’s not a change in practice, just a change in public admission. The truth is the US has never had a “no first strike” policy and we are the only nation to have ever used a nuclear weapon. That one instance was in response to conventional warfare.
Several pundits have stated that Trump is the most honest president we have ever had and I agree. Yes, he lies numerous times a day but he displays the agenda for all to see. Of course, he does this mindlessly, where previous administrations hid our machinations very purposefully. The only difference is whether YOU want the truth or the illusion.
The US has absolutely become a rogue state. Our military presence and actions in the Middle East have nothing to do with the security of the US. Our government supplies or sells weapons to aggressive actors, governmental or NGO. Our military states a mission to sustain American influence, which clearly means maintaining corporate economic dominance because we do not face any military threats from any other nation. We impose murderous sanctions on other nations and, when they violate those sanctions for nothing less than their own mere survival, we use that as an excuse for military aggression including mass murder. Then include the threat of using the most devastating form of weapon ever conceived.
No other nation in the history of mankind has ever waged war on as much of the planet, murdered as many people in cold blood as the US has.
If you read back through history, empire after empire has followed the same trajectory as we are near the end of right this moment. They pillaged, waged war against other nations, seizing resources as though it were a right, enslaving populations, decimating competing economies. That process continued until maintaining the empire became too costly. Lives lost was no problem. The process ended when there were no more resources to seize, no more riches to claim. The peoples of the empire would suffer as taxes increased, resources grew thin and the elitists , unhappy with not having more to grab greedily, took from the non-elite classes. The people were content to close their eyes to corruption as long as they profited. Once they no longer profited from the corruption, it became an issue to address. When profits collapsed, what has brought down nearly every empire in history was not external force, it was internal civil unrest. The citizens of Empire rising up and tearing down the ruling class.
We have the advantage. We have knowledge of history and can learn from it. We have communications which can allow us to form coalitions in short time frames. IF we turn off the propaganda machines. If you refuse, you’re useless. Just another puppet of one Royal House warring against another. We can, at this time, wage a peaceful revolution. Rebuild a nation based on peace, diplomacy, equality and prosperity.
Honestly, I don’t expect it to happen yet. Not until the economy collapses. As Caity Johnstone has pointed out, the largest part of social evolution must be an internal personal evolution. Greed must be silenced, which will only come from too few resources to fuel that greed. The American people have grown arrogant, soft, bloated, obese, privileged, apathetic, selfish, petty and superficial. As a people, we must be reminded of the things that matter as human beings. Call it Fate, Karma, The Hand of God or whatever you wish. I expect that the time of our economic collapse is very, very near.
Now the question becomes: What happens to mercenaries when there is nobody to pay them? Mercenaries know only two currencies- Money and blood.
Many Americans are raging against the withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria, claiming that the US government is abandoning the Kurds to the Turkish invasion.
The biggest problem with this is that these Americans have not paid any attention to any part of this conflict except what corporate media has fed them. They are completely unaware of the sequence which led to this point.
So, this is a simplified review of events leading up to this point and where it is most likely to lead in the future.
2014- The YPK, PKK (Kurdish militant groups) and Al Qaeda are listed as extremist terrorist groups by the US government.
2015- All three groups engage in attacks against the Syrian government. This leads to the US State Department downgrading the terminology regarding all three groups from “terrorist organizations” to “moderate rebels”. The US military and CIA begin covertly funding and arming all three groups. This includes Al Qaeda, the leading alleged organization responsible for the attacks on the World trade Center and the Pentagon on 9/11/01.
Each group maintains the same tactics and ideology which they adhered to before this change occurs with no changes other than to become more violent than ever.
These attacks lead to a massive refugee crisis out of Syria, overwhelming neighboring countries and Europe, with thousands dying in the attempt to reach a safe haven.
In response to the terrorist attacks, the Syrian government requests assistance from Russia to repel the attacks. Russia agrees, having a long history of alliance with Syria. Note that Russia has had a naval base in Syria for over 40 years.
Iran offers assistance to repel the terrorist attacks, an offer which is accepted by the Syrian government.
2016- The Syrian government asks the Kurds to participate in peace talks which include the Kurds, Syria, Russia and Iran. The US government discourages the Kurds from participating and refuses to participate as more than passive observer status.
Multiple meetings between Syria, Russia, Turkey and Iran will take place through 2016 through 2018.
Wikileaks releases Hillary Clinton’s emails documenting US funding and support for terrorist organizations. The media conducts a full court blackout on the documents. The revelation forces the Obama administration to end official arms supplies and funding to NGO (non-governmental organizations) militias.
2017/2018/2019- The Syrian Arab Army (official military of Syria), the Russian military and Hezbollah, backed by Iran, show tremendous success in defeating terrorist organizations in Syria, retaking most of the Syrian territories under control of the Syrian government.
2018- Assad wins democratic election as president of Syria.
The Turkish government still considers the Kurdish militia groups to be terrorist organizations. The Turkish military begins incursions into northern Syria to defeat Kurdish militant groups in addition to Al Qaeda and ISIS.
2019- Trump announces withdrawal of US forces from Syria. US forces have been present in Syrian territory illegally since 2015, according to the UN Security Council and UN Peace Council. US forces were never granted permission to be in Syria by the only entities with the authority to grant legality to their presence- The UN Security Council, the Syrian government or the Russian government.
The media portrays the withdrawal as an abandonment of the Kurds, still considered terrorists by Turkey and Syria. No mention of the illegal status of US forces is reported by corporate media. No mention of the previous designation as terrorist organizations is mentioned. No mention that Syria and Turkey consider them terrorist organizations at this time.
Turkey increases the intensity of the attacks on the Syrian Kurds.
The Kurdish militia requests assistance from the Syrian government and strike a deal with the Assad administration to participate in peace talks. The Syrian military mobilizes to assist the Kurds and drive the Turkish military out of Syria.
This brings us up to the present. So, what can we expect to happen in the future?
Most likely it can be expected that the Turkish government will withdraw from Syria, either before engaging the Syrian military or shortly after beginning to do so. Mention has been made of establishing a no fly zone over northern Syria. However, this would lead to a direct confrontation with Russian air forces, while Russia has not agreed to the no fly zone. Even if the US attempts to force the issue, expect Turkey to retreat from the suggestion, not wanting military confrontation with Russia.
Expect to hear more attempts at peace talks between the Kurds, Syria, Turkey, Russia and Iran. Without US intercession, these peace talks are highly likely to succeed, building a coalition between all countries involved. These peace talks will go unreported by corporate media.
In response, expect the US to intensify sanctions against Turkey, the member of the coalition with the current fewest sanctions imposed upon them.
All or part of the coalition will drive the remainder of terrorist forces from central and northern Syria.
Then expect the coalition governments to offer similar assistance to the Iraqi government, which will be accepted. Then the enlarged and strengthened coalition will set their sights on Yemen, driving out Saudi forces permanently.
By the end of all of this, expect all of the coalition countries to turn to attempts at peace efforts with Saudi Arabia and Israel, by willing invitation or by brute force. The US will likely be unwelcome to participate in these peace efforts.
This was posted to Medium on 10/9/19.
The Oil Crisis of the 70’s. The Iranian Oil Embargo of the 80’s. The S&L Crisis of the 80’s. The Dot Com Bubble. The Housing Bubble.
Are you seeing a trend here?
Every 7–10 years the US experiences a recession. Each time it has been a habit to name the recession by the alleged cause of the recession. Though the name is typically only applied retroactively. “Experts” during the Housing Crisis never said that the country was in a housing bubble until after the bubble burst. Same is true with the dot com bubble.
This time is different in several ways.
Longer period preceding a recession. At this point the last recession was 11 years ago and independent economists all agree that we are overdue for a recession. The longer we wait before it comes, the worse it will be when it gets here.
This bubble has no actual source which can be applied as a label. Where previous recessions had labels, this one truly cannot have an accurate label. The truth is that previous recessions may have had labels named after the trigger events but each recession was far more complex than any single trigger. Prior to the Oil Crisis of the 70’s, the auto manufacturing business had been in decline in the US, caused by a slowing economy leading to fewer vehicle sales. Prior to the Dot Com crash, employment in the non-tech sector was sluggish, partly (but not exclusively) caused by the Clinton welfare reform. The coming recession may ultimately be labeled as caused by the China Trade War Bubble or something similar, yet that will in no way be accurate because this recession would be coming even if no trade war were occurring now.
We never actually recovered from the last recession. With the 2008–2009 recession, we saw a dramatic decrease in wages across the country. Wages have never recovered since that time. People learning to adapt to lower incomes is not economic recovery. Jobs offer fewer benefits than prior to the recession, more jobs are part-time than ever. The combination has led many to working temporary (“gig”) positions or multiple part-time jobs. This results in workers paying more to replace benefits like health and life insurance than if they were subsidized by a full time employer. Even if subsidized, deductibles have increased along with premiums while wages have stagnated or declined. Once again, this is not recovery.
The stock market is not a reflection of the economy. I’ve pointed this out many times. The stock market is frequently a negative image of the health of the economy. When wages go up, stocks decline. Your wages are viewed by investors as a cost, a debt, a liability. Thus, an improved wage report will often be followed by mass layoffs to reduce costs. While in previous recessions the stock market did rise, it was typically accompanied by some events in the general economy which could be pointed to as causing that rise. Increased oil prices, home prices rising, expansive investment in internet startups. This time, none of that exists. The only justification for stock prices increasing at this time is stock buybacks by corporations, which is stock manipulation. By definition this is insider trading due to the fact that corporate executives profit from stock repurchases. Stock market rises do not improve the general economy at all. When most of the population is living paycheck to paycheck, stocks have no relation to the real world.
Personal and corporate debt and default are at record levels. One way Americans have been surviving since the last recession has been through incurring more debt than ever. This has been in the face of weak wages, often with the hopes of improving their condition through taking on student loans. It has not worked. Student loan defaults are at the highest rate in US history. We see mass layoffs of people with college/university degrees happening. The average vehicle payment exceeds $500 per month. Bankruptcy rates are rising, both personal and corporate. Corporate debt is at the highest rate in history, while consumer spending is down. Consumer confidence is down. Corporate confidence is down, as indicated by CEO polls and capital expenditures. Capital expenditures have been buoyed up to now by expenditures on contracts which have run their course.
The Fed is bailing out the banks, not the economy. Following the 2008 crash, the federal government bailed out the big banks. However, even that was a response after the crash had recurred. This time around, the Federal Reserve is pumping literally trillions of dollars into the banking and financial services industries to save them before the crash occurs.. Maybe. I’ll get to that. After the 2008 crash, Obama did do one of the few truly valid steps to stimulate the economy he performed during his administration. He increased funding for food stamps, which helped the economy slightly. We may see some similar steps after this crash occurs but only afterward and it is highly questionable it will happen at all with a GOP Senate in place.
Other countries cannot help. The economic contraction being seen in the US is not just here, it is global. Global manufacturing is down. Freight shipping is down. These lead to lower gas and oil requirements, bringing down oil production. It also drags down vehicle manufacturing and sales, fewer freight/shipping jobs, etc. More countries are investing in renewable energy, also impacting oil demand negatively. Numerous countries now have more debt than GDP earnings. Major banks are laying off tens of thousands of workers in all countries. Sociopolitical pressures are forcing more central banks to invest domestically in their home nations, rather than in US assets. US foreign policies are causing independent foreign investors to decrease funding for new US projects. Other countries are selling off US Treasuries, unsure if the US can or even will honor the debts.
Highly questionable rationale. I have been saying for quite some time that as the economy deteriorates, corporate profits based on sales will decline yet stocks will remain high. That is, until all liquidity has been squeezed out of each corporation and stocks are incapable of climbing higher. That is the point we are at right now. The highest valued stocks are for companies that produce nothing for trade. Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google lead, with financial services firms following. Now that liquidity is gone, what will follow will be the rich selling off stocks in massive amounts. That is happening now but will accelerate rapidly. They invest in stocks for the purpose of gaining a profit. Now that no more profit is possible, it’s time to sell.
Once they sell in large enough amounts, they will literally CAUSE the next crash, yet walk away with huge profits. (Smaller investors will lose everything, being last to know the sell off is even happening. The media will only report on it after the fact.) They will deposit those profits in offshore accounts, board their private jets and fly to their private islands or tax havens while the US economy collapses in their wake, causing double and triple digit inflation. The Federal Reserve is helping this process because they have no connection or commitment to anything but money. They will not be held to account because we have no laws holding them to account, no system to hold them to account. Remember the Federal Reserve is NOT a government entity, it is a private capitalist entity and functions in and of itself for profit.
This has all been planned for a very long time and most of it is highly intentional.
None of this means we are without hope. However, it will take some of the most radical steps ever taken by American society to rectify it. I’ll cover the options some other time.
There is a bipartisan bill seeking to impose sanctions on Turkey in response to Trump’s withdrawal of US troops from Syria. In response to the US withdrawal, Turkey has planned a massive invasion of norther Syria, occupied by the Kurds.
So the question becomes, will sanctions help the situation? The answer is- It’s not that simple.
This move is really nothing but theater. Consider the fact that the US is still selling arms to Turkey. Remember (or did you even hear about) the arms deals to sell F35’s and Patriot missiles systems to Turkey? Nothing about the sanctions does anything to stop those deals.
What may actually help would be an arms embargo. Then again, an arms embargo would help Yemen, as well. You are not going to hear mention of the mere suggestion of an arms embargo because that would anger the weapons contractors who “donate” massive sums to political campaigns and spend fortunes lobbying. When arms manufacturers stand to lose money, you will not hear anything of that idea.
Have you noticed that the media never even mentions Yemen? Or the fact that our presence in Syria is still illegal under international law? They have not mentioned the Kurds at all unless there is the suggestion of ending one of our wars.
Turkey has had an ongoing attack against the Kurds for quite some time now. While US troops have been present in northern Syria. Has our presence helped the Kurds? Have we defended them? No, unless you consider that Turkish forces coordinated with US forces to avoid striking areas where US troops were present. Likewise, US troops moved so as to allow Turkish attacks to occur.
Peace talks could help. Notice that CONgress in no way suggests moderating and engaging in peace talks between all sides? Part of that is because if you involve all parties involved, that would include the Kurds, Turkey, Syria, Russia, Iran and the US. Yes, it would mean our government would have to sit down and speak rationally with Syria, Russia and Iran, all at the same time. Can you imagine a world where that would happen without the US being threatened with extinction?
Unequal armament. For years, the US has been supplying the Kurds with weapons while also selling weapons to Turkey. The difference is that we have supplied the Kurds with small to medium arms in relatively small amounts. To the Turks we have been selling massive amounts of smaller arms, moderate amounts of intermediate size weapons and systems while selling or trying to sell our largest weapons systems to the Turks. So, we have intentionally given an advantage to the Turks from day one.
US proxies, US puppets. The Kurds have been US proxies, allegedly to fight ISIS and Al Qaeda but in reality their purpose was opposition to Assad. Yet the Kurds have been clear all along that they want to carve an independent country out of northern Syria, norther Iraq and southern Turkey. In Iraq, they have an area which is largely self-governed yet still part of Iraq. Assad has suggested a similar arrangement in Syria, which the Kurds have refused, while Turkey and the US oppose the very idea.
Keep Israel out of this. Israel has stated they would offer shelter and assistance to any Kurds displaced by this conflict. If you want to see how Israel treats oppressed populations, look at Palestine. Israel has no respect for sovereignty, as they are illegally occupying Palestine and the Golan Heights in Syria. Israel has openly admitted to aiding and assisting Al Qaeda terrorists. What they are attempting to do is assist anyone who opposes Syria and Iran. Look at a map. Israel is at the southern edge of Syria, while the Kurds and Turkey are at the northern edge of Syria. To offer any direct assistance to the Kurds, Israel would have to illegally traverse part of Syria. Also take into consideration that, like all their neighboring countries, Israel does not get along well with Turkey. Neighboring countries in general hate Israel so much that even if they are adversarial against one another, they will unify against Israel. Have you ever had a neighbor like that?
I really don’t care how much you want to use this as yet again another reason to hate Trump. Withdrawing from Syria is the right thing to do. We never had any business there in the first place. We consistently make situations worse, not better.
However, withdrawing is not enough. The actions I mentioned which would actually help are things which you will not hear political parties, elected officials or corporate media make any suggestion of. If anyone does suggest these things, they will be silenced, censored, oppressed and attacked viciously.
Peace or supporting the Kurds has nothing to do with any of the opposition to withdrawal. The point is to keep our forever wars going and use this against Trump. As long as YOU keep focusing on just one name, you will NEVER understand what is actually happening. You will not even TRY. Throughout this affair, have you stopped to question and consider any of the actual SOLUTIONS I have suggested? Or have you just been reacting emotionally?
If YOU want change then YOU must change. If YOU want peace, then YOU must demand peace. That’s not what you’re doing. Is it?
With Trump stating he wants to withdraw US forces from Syria, he is doing something surprising. Ending the ILLEGAL occupation of a foreign country by US forces.
Of course, the “resistance” is completely freaked out. What? END one of our forever wars? Unthinkable.
First, the illegal part. From the very first US tire track or footprint by US troops on Syrian soil, from the very first flyover by US jets, our presence in Syria has been in violation of international law. Our presence in Syria has NEVER been approved by the UN Security Council, the Syrian government (democratically elected) or the Russian government (legally present in Syria by invitation of the legal Syrian government to fight ISIS and Al Qaeda). These are the ONLY entities with the authority to grant legal permission for US military presence in Syria.
Why are we there? Have you noticed how many The claim being made by the “resistance” is that our purpose in Syria is to support the Kurds. Really? That comes as news to me. I could have sworn our presence in Syria was to fight against ISIS and Al Qaeda. Or is it to support the Syrian people against Assad? Or is it to protect Israel against Syria and Iran?
You’ll notice the rationale for our presence there keeps on changing. Yet none of those rationales make sense when examined.
Arming all sides. Turkey has had a long history of animosity toward the Kurds. It was only a few months ago that our government was arming the Kurds to assist in the fight against ISIS and also fight against Turkey. Thus our presence was needed for that reason. Meanwhile, our government was also arming Turkey and trying desperately to sell F35 fighter jets and Patriot missile systems to Turkey. Meanwhile, Wikileaks has shown conclusively that our government was funding ISIS and Al Qaeda. Without that evidence, as terrorists have withdrawn from geographic areas in Syria, the caches they have left behind have been documented to be over 70% American made weapons.
Israel helping terrorists. Israel admitted publicly to providing shelter and medical care to Al Qaeda terrorists.
What parts of Syria are we occupying? Notice that the areas that US forces have been occupying all have high concentrations of oil production facilities.
Both Turkey and Syria consider Kurdish extremists to be terrorists. It becomes deeply questioning when both countries that the Kurdish militia opposes consider them to be terrorists.
Safe zone? Turkey is claiming they wish to establish a “safe zone” to move immigrants from Syria back into Syria. Here is the problem with that. The people they are seeking to displace are not all from Syria. They are combatants from various countries who have fought for terrorist organizations. This is a clear attempt to implant known terrorists who fled Syria after being defeated right back into Syria.
Who has made attempts at peace? The Kurds have stated a desire to establish their own country and separate from Syria. That is, as long as they can claim oil rights in the northern Syrian territory. Assad has refused this idea yet has made numerous efforts to hold peace talks with the Kurds, while Russia offered to host the talks in neutral territory. The Kurds have refused. The Kurds were invited to take part in multiple peace talks which have taken place and involved Syria, Turkey, Iran and Russia. Each time the Kurds have refused. So has the US.
What happens now? If US forces withdraw from Syria, as they should, then certain events will take place which can be predicted. The Kurds will not have the resources to withstand the assault by Turkey. They will then have one choice. They will be forced to turn to Assad for assistance. This would then lead to direct talks between Assad (Syria) and Erogan (Turkey) in peace efforts. This time, the Kurds will have no other choice than to actively engage in peace talks with both countries. At this point, it will take huge efforts by the Kurds to prove that they are committed to any peace process. Which may well involve their complete voluntary disarmament.
Who is the warmonger? When all of this is taken into consideration, anyone opposing the withdrawal of US troops from Syria must consider themselves to be the true warmonger. Any continued occupation by US forces does nothing to help any party involved except the US Military Industrial Complex. Who do you really think is behind the opposition every single time our withdrawal is even suggested?
“But Trump” Yeah, go ahead and keep screaming at the top of your lungs how much you support peace, how Trump is a warmonger and monster. Then again, if you really support US military presence, sign up. Tell your children and grandchildren to sign up. Get a uniform on, put your life and their lives on the line. Admit you do not GAF how much these wars cost because YOU want them to continue and YOU want MORE wars. No matter WHAT it costs in money or lives. Even when that involvement is illegal.
Progressive my ass.
In June, Ellen Weintraub, chair of the Federal Election Commission wrote, “ Let me make something 100% clear to the American public and anyone running for public office: It is illegal for any person to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a U.S. election, this is not a novel concept.”
I find it amusing (sic) that the media is now jumping all over these words. I have two words to offer in response-
Remember the Steele Dossier? That was the report compiled by former British MI6 officer Christopher Steele in 2016 and included numerous accusations against Trump. One of those accusations was the infamous “pee tape”. The video never materialized and absolutely none of the accusations included in the report were ever verified.
All of the information in the Steele Dossier allegedly came from Russian government sources. However, doubts have arisen which make it far more likely that the sources were from Ukraine, who is an adversary to Russia. This makes far more sense, as Steele himself is rabidly anti-Russia.
The contents of the Steele Dossier were conveniently “leaked” to the media, though numerous copies had been passed around DC for months prior to the publication.
The Steele Dossier was initially funded by the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website. The investigative firm was Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm who employed Christopher Steele for the purpose. In the Beacon stage of funding, the dossier included only information available from public sources.
The Beacon then stopped funding the dossier after Trump was named the GOP nominee. At that time, Fusion GPS approached the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign with the offer to continue opposition research on Trump. The offer was accepted and Fusion GPS was funded by the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s law firm, Perkins Coie until November 2016, paying Fusion GPS a reported $1.6 million.
Aspects of the dossier were handed over by John McCain to the FBI, seemingly in bits and pieces. The FBI has admitted to paying Fusion GPS and Steele at least $100,000 directly.
Keep in mind that the Steele Dossier was conducted covertly. There is much debate about how much the FBI used the dossier in their investigation of Trump/Russia “collusion”, which culminated in the Mueller Report. Which, if you have noticed, has disappeared from the radar. The FBI has admitted to using the dossier to obtain multiple FISA warrants, in spite of the fact that none of the allegations had been confirmed at the time. As of this time, the FBI and Adam Schiff have made public claims that “most of the allegations” have been confirmed, yet not one single specific example has been offered.
The Mueller report made vague reference to the dossier, yet never offered any verification of any of it, save the dates and times of certain meetings, which were basically public record and not denied by participants as having occurred.
Now, compare this to Trump’s phone call and public statements. There have been no overt or implied threats issued regarding monetary aid to Ukraine. Any reading of the transcript which says such a threat was issued is inserting words which were not spoken.
Compare this to the fact that the DNC and Hillary campaign were clearly documented to have paid for opposition research, allegedly aided by agents of a foreign government. Then that information being used by a US government agency, then the allegations being released to the public.
There is no defense of Biden openly bragging about blackmailing the Ukrainian president using $1 billion of US taxpayer money so that an investigation would be canceled involving corruption by the company his son worked for.
In no way is this a defense of Trump’s behavior or claiming his behavior was legal. It is one thing if a separate sovereign country conducts an investigation which confirms corruption by US officials/candidates or their family members. It is another thing entirely to request other countries to conduct such investigations. If this is not illegal it should be.
This involves corruption on all sides. Trump, Biden, Obama and Hillary. Each and every one of them should be indicted and help to account, to include criminal charges.
However, it is the height of cognitive dissonance to insist Trump’s behavior should be considered criminal while ignoring the Steele Dossier and Biden’s blackmail of a foreign elected president. If you oppose corruption, you must oppose ALL corruption. Not just when it involves “the other guys”.
This past week, the Democrats filed for impeachment proceedings and have been riled up about protecting a whistle blower who reported Trump’s call to the Ukrainian president.
One interesting thing about this is that this whistle blower did not actually witness the call, from all appearances. Instead, he heard about the call from someone who heard about the call from someone who heard the call.
That’s fine. I support protection of whistle blowers in all cases. Though I already made a video examining the transcript of that call and it’s another nothingburger. Frantic ranting of deranged neoliberals literally protecting the corruption of one of their own elite. Not to mention another attempted distraction to keep from having to discuss policies or answer for their attacks on Progressive voters.
The most hypocritical thing of which I am sure you are aware is the continued incarceration of Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden and Julian Assange. The same democrats were completely silent when John Kiriakou was convicted in 2012 under the Obama administration.
Let’s compare what was revealed by each of these with the current, unnamed whistle blower.
Chelsea Manning forwarded information to the media regarding US military murder of journalists and civilians in Iraq. While these events were reported by many media outlets, what is most known about was her connection with Julian Assange, who published documents provided by Manning which revealed the murder of civilians by US military forces in Afghanistan, most notably the video which you can still view on YouTube titled “Collateral Murder”. In that video, US forces fired on 10 civilians, including two Reuters journalists and children in a van. She also forwarded documents regarding the torture of detainees held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
John Kiriakou was a CIA analyst and counter-terrorism officer who leaked documents revealing the torture of detainees by waterboarding. It was later revealed that the case of waterboarding he revealed was not the singular instance Kiriakou knew about. That person was waterboarded a total of 83 times.
Julian Assange is a journalist and chief editor of Wikileaks. Contrary to the image portrayed in the US media, Wikileaks publishes leaked documents from countries around the world, including tens of thousands of Russian documents. Wikileaks does not hack anyone at all but receives documents from leakers who obtain the documents and provide them. Wikileaks protects their sources yet provides the evidence to the public, which have been journalistic standards for decades. Most notable have been the Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay documents provided by Chelsea Manning, above. Then the leaked DNC emails during the 2016 election cycle which revealed intentional election rigging by the DNC.
Something which should absolutely be noted about the DNC leaks. Veteran intelligence professionals have analyzed the data rate of the transfer which illustrated clearly that the emails were not hacked but leaked by a person with internal access to the emails. Julian Assange and Wikileaks have never revealed the source of the emails.
The most important thing to note is that the DNC is not a government agency. It is a private political organization. No information residing on their servers can be considered classified or in any way relating to national security. The DNC receives federal funding, provided courtesy of your tax dollars. The DNC charter contains provisions for conducting primaries fair to all candidates. Even so, they used the defense in court when sued for fraud that they had no obligation to provide a fair primary. The actual words in court were that they could choose their nominee “in a smoke filled back room”.
Kiriakou spent years in federal prison. Manning spent years in federal prison in isolation where she became suicidal multiple times due to the emotional stress. Julian Assange has spent years in virtual incarceration in the Ecuadorian embassy, knowing the US would have him deported to the US to stand in unfair, closed door trial in which the public would not be allowed to hear the proceedings. Earlier this year he was arrested by the UK authorities and is currently in Belmarsh prison, in failing health, awaiting deportation to the US. Manning is again incarcerated related to the same charges she already served time for, which is double jeopardy.
Edward Snowden was an NSA contractor who revealed the fact that our own government spies on us. All of our electronic communications are monitored and recorded at all times. For revealing that truth, he was forced into exile in Russia. This occurred in 2013, under Obama. He remains in exile in Russia to this day. Recently, the US government seized the profits from his memoir, the number one selling book in the country.
So, we have whistle blowers who have revealed mass surveillance of innocent civilians, torture, murder and illegal rigging of elections. The Democrats have not only not protected these whistle blowers but played very active roles in the charging and conviction of each whistle blower named. They remain actively opposed to the release of Manning or Assange. They remain opposed to the exoneration of Snowden.
To make this clear, the charges against Assange do not stem from the release of the DNC emails. He is being indicted for the release of information regarding the Afghanistan Papers and the video, “Collateral Murder”.
Now, compare to the current whistle blower. The DNC wants this whistle blower protected. His revelation? That Trump inquired about a dropped corruption case in Ukraine which involved the company Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, worked for. Joe Biden is seen on a widely disseminated video where he literally brags about successfully blackmailing the previous Ukrainian president to fire the prosecutor in that corruption case. Using $1 billion of your money as a bribe. Nothing about this is classified. Nothing involves torture. Nothing involves murder of civilians.
Which whistle blowers do you think deserve the most protection from prosecution?
One can also consider those who leaked the Steele Dossier to be whistle blowers. To name names, the one who leaked that to the media was John McCain. He was protected. The Steele Dossier was unquestionably a fabrication, most likely by Ukrainian officials. Trump appeared too friendly during his campaign to Russia, so Ukraine did not want Trump in office. The Dossier was used to obtain illegal FISA warrants on multiple occasions, on multiple people. Yet nobody involved was ever charged, even while the DNC and the FBI paid for the Steele Dossier, not one allegation of which was ever confirmed.
The media is in a feeding frenzy. The Democrats want to keep the scope of the impeachment proceedings narrowed not only to the transcript of the Ukraine call but to focus entirely on one paragraph of the transcript. In addition, they expect that no defense can be mounted, no witnesses, no countering documentation and no video evidence offered.
I know many people want to see Trump impeached. There are many charges for which he truly should have been considered for impeachment. The separation of families, violating the Constitution for his treatment of immigrants, war crimes (along with many others, including Hillary and Obama) are among those charges. Using the Ukraine transcript/call sets an alarmingly dangerous precedent. Once that precedent is set, it will be nearly impossible to erase. It opens the door for the Republicans to use similar charges of impeachment against future Democrat (or other) presidents. That is all aside from the fact that we wind up with Pence as president.
Some people believe this will never come to a vote but be dropped by the Democrats before it does. I personally expect the Democrats to drag the issue out, stalling all the way through 2020. No matter how we look at it, this is all theater.
The most dangerous precedent of all being set is the protection of a whistle blower based on protection of documented corruption by a DNC party elite, while whistle blowers who revealed literal war crimes and electoral crimes by our own government are punished. There is nothing about this which is democracy. There is nothing about this which is freedom. There is nothing about this which is justice.
I would say America no longer exists but that would be disingenuous. America very much exists. This is who we have always been.
The media and political parties have no intention of informing you or engaging with you. They are doing nothing but distracting us, indoctrinating and dividing us.
It’s all about emotional response.
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