The Fundamental Flaws of Brexit Backers – Carnegie Europe – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

FULLY CONCUR: ‘..The EU is not about destroying sovereignty, it is about saving it by way of sharing it..’

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Candidates, Here’s Your Iraq/Syria/Libya Mess to Fix | Ghosts of Tom Joad – Peter Van Buren

WORTH-READ:’Candidates, one of you will be the fifth consecutive American president to make war inside Iraq. What will you face on day one of your administration?..

‘..The regional picture is dismal. In Syria, militias backed by the Central Intelligence Agency are fighting those backed by the Pentagon. British, Jordanian and American special forces are fighting various eenemies in Libya; that failed state is little more than a latent Iraq, likely to metastasize into its neighbors. There may be a worrisome note about Egypt, Saudi Arabia or Lebanon waiting for you under the Oval Office desk blotter.

But candidates, your focus must remain on Iraq; that is where what the Jordanian king now refers to as the Third World War began, and where Islamic State was birthed, and where the United States seems to be digging in for the long run..’


Bron: Candidates, Here’s Your Iraq/Syria/Libya Mess to Fix | Ghosts of Tom Joad – Peter Van Buren

A World War Has Begun. Break the Silence.

By John Pilger

April 17, 2016 “Information Clearing House”

‘..How many people are aware that a world war has begun? At present, it is a war of propaganda, of lies and distraction, but this can change instantaneously with the first mistaken order, the first missile.

In 2009, President Obama stood before an adoring crowd in the centre of Prague, in the heart of Europe. He pledged himself to make “the world free from nuclear weapons”. People cheered and some cried. A torrent of platitudes flowed from the media. Obama was subsequently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

It was all fake. He was lying.

The Obama administration has built more nuclear weapons, more nuclear warheads, more nuclear delivery systems, more nuclear factories. Nuclear warhead spending alone rose higher under Obama than under any American president. The cost over thirty years is more than $1 trillion..’

How an Iran War Was Averted – Consortiumnews

NOTED: ‘..Worse still for Bush, Cheney and their sycophants, the NIE of November 2007, endorsed by all 16 agencies of the Intelligence Community began: “We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program.”Former President George W. Bush prepares to celebrate the dedication of his presidential library, which opens to the public on May 1, 2013.That Estimate holds the distinction of being the only NIE of which I am aware that demonstrably played a key role in preventing an unnecessary war – the war on Iran that Cheney and Bush were planning for 2008. Bush pretty much admits this in his memoir Decision Points, which includes a highly instructive section that he must have written himself..’

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Bernie Sanders prods Israeli leaders in speech –

CONCUR: ‘..Sanders promised to be a friend to both Israel and the Palestinians — but didn’t shy away from criticizing the U.S. ally.”We are obligated to speak the truth as we see it. This is what real friendship demands, especially in difficult times,” Sanders said, according to a copy of his remarks provided by his campaign.

“If elected president, I will work tirelessly to advance the cause of peace as a partner and as a friend to Israel. But to be successful, we have to be a friend not only to Israel, but to the Palestinian people,” he said.

He criticized Israel’s expansion of settlements in the West Bank, saying it “undermines the peace process and, ultimately, Israeli security as well.”..’

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Yes, Hillary Clinton Is a Neocon – Consortiumnews

CONCUR: ‘..Though Clinton’s anti-Russian delusions are shared by many powerful people in Official Washington, they are no more accurate than the other claims about Iraq’s WMD, Gaddafi passing out Viagra to his troops, the humanitarian need to invade Syria, the craziness about Iran being the principal source of terrorism (when it is the Saudis, the Qataris, the Turks and other Sunni powers that have bred Al Qaeda and the Islamic State), and the notion that the Palestinians are the ones picking on the Israelis, not the other way around.

However, Clinton’s buying into the neocon propaganda about Russia may be the most dangerous – arguably existential – threat that a Clinton presidency would present to the world. Yes, she may launch U.S. military strikes against the Syrian government (which could open the gates of Damascus to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State); yes, she might push Iran into renouncing the nuclear agreement (and putting the Israeli/neocon goal to bomb-bomb-bomb-Iran back on the table); yes, she might make Obama’s progressive critics long for his more temperate presidency.

But Clinton’s potential escalation of the new Cold War with Russia could be both the most costly and conceivably the most suicidal feature of a Clinton-45 presidency. Unlike her times as Secretary of State, when Obama could block her militaristic schemes, there will be no one to stop her if she is elected President, surrounded by likeminded neocon advisers’

Bron: Yes, Hillary Clinton Is a Neocon – Consortiumnews

Europe, Stop Trying To Make ‘Intelligence Sharing’ Happen | Foreign Policy

It’s not hard to understand why the recent arrest of Mohamed Abrini, and the discovery that the March 22 Brussels bombings were originally intended for…

NOTED: ‘..There’s a reason why “boosting intelligence sharing” has become an almost knee-jerk response of
policymakers in the wake of an attack like Paris or Brussels. The idea of a “European CIA” has an ambitious,
transformative appeal. It is, however, unlikely to be realized anytime soon..’

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