Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Kerry/Lavrov Show's Record of Futility

The Kerry/Lavrov Show’s Record of Futility

by Stephen Lendman

Both ministers met numerous times since Kerry took over at State from Hillary on February 1, 2013.

Last March, Lavrov said both men met 18 times in the past year alone, more discussions held since then, including Friday in Geneva, focusing largely on Syria.

Like all previous meetings, nothing advanced things closer to conflict resolution. It’s perhaps more distant since Turkey invaded northern Syria, backed by US warplanes, its special forces and hundreds of terrorist fighters, intending indefinite occupation of territory seized, perhaps annexation to follow with barely a public whimper from Moscow.

Commenting after Friday’s meeting, Kerry saying talks were “productive and constructive” indicated nothing was achieved toward resolving Obama’s war - in its sixth year with no prospect for peace.

Claiming the need “to get the job done, to provide for a real ceasefire, and to meet the needs of the Syrian people” ignores US naked aggression against a sovereign independent state threatening no one.

Saying warring parties “stand on the brink (of) going back to a state of all-out war” fails to acknowledge America’s responsibility for launching and continuing it brutally, deploring peaceful conflict resolution.

Agreed on cessation of hostilities last February failed to end them. Days of futile peace talks reflected tragedy and travesty, achieving nothing. 

Millions of Syrians fear death, mutilating injuries, or other ill effects from war, related violence, untreated diseases or starvation. The fate of entire nation hangs in the balance - victims of US barbarism.

Endless US/Russian diplomatic talks reflect exercises in futility. Syria burns while both sides fiddle.

Kerry lied saying Friday “we achieved clarity on the path forward. We have completed the vast majority of (what he calls) technical discussions…primarily focused on making this cessation real and improving the level of humanitarian assistance, and thereby getting the parties to the table so we can have a serious negotiation about how to end this war.”

Fact: Ending it is simple - requiring America and its rogue allies cease military and other support for all terrorists elements waging war on sovereign Syrian independence - acknowledging no moderate rebels exist. Resolution is unattainable any other way.

Fact: Endless war continues because Washington rejects peace and stability. Conflict serves its interests, the cost in human lives and misery of no consequence.

Kerry’s comments Friday followed by Lavrov saying discussions were a step in the right direction bely dire reality on the ground. Raging conflict continues with nothing achieved toward advancing things toward resolution.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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Failure in Geneva to Resolve Obama's War on Syria

Failure in Geneva to Resolve Obama’s War on Syria

by Stephen Lendman

When diplomats says talks were constructive they mean failure to achieve what’s most important.

Countless hours of US/Russia face-to-face and telephonic talks on Syria’s conflict preceded Friday’s Kerry/Lavrov session in Geneva - yet irreconcilable differences remain between both sides.

Endless war rages because Washington wants it continued - dangerously escalated by Turkey’s lawless invasion of northern Syria, aided by US warplanes and operatives on the ground.

Obama wants Syria transformed into another US colony, its sovereign independence destroyed, its leadership replaced with servile puppets, its resources looted, its people exploited. Friday Geneva talks changed nothing.

No progress was achieved toward resolving conflict and restoring peace to a war-torn country - raped by US imperial viciousness.

When Lavrov says he and Kerry “reduce(d) mutual levels of misunderstanding (and) the level of mutual mistrust between” Washington and Moscow, it begs the question of how many previous times similar comments were made without achieving anything toward conflict resolution. 

US imperial aims are hard-wired, immune to diplomatic efforts to change things. Bipartisan neocon hawks exert enormous influence  - believing dominion over planet earth, its resources and populations is America’s divine right, achievable through brute force.

The proof is in the pudding, as the saying goes. Endless US direct or proxy wars continue raging in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Donbass, Ukraine, Yemen, Somalia and partnered with Israel’s slow-motion genocide against Palestine.

US special forces operate covertly and overtly worldwide, creating instability and chaos. America’s empire of bases are launching pads for wars. 

Has WW III begun with no one noticing? Are Russia, China and Iran the next targets? Will America attack these countries preemptively with nuclear weapons - separately or together?

Syria, if lost, appears prelude to likely greater war on humanity, risking potential catastrophic consequences. Lavrov’s best efforts in Geneva and earlier changed nothing.

Diplomacy doesn’t work with Washington. The only language it understands is force. Conflict in Syria will be resolved on the battlefield - not in luxury hotels in Geneva or anywhere else.

Whatever America agrees on diplomatically it breaches to serve its interests. So why does Russia persist in pursuing what can’t be achieved with a duplicitous negotiating partner time and again - Friday the latest exercise in futility?

Sergey Lavrov is a world-class diplomat. Yet his consummate skills and good intentions are no match against the real evil empire - pretending diplomatic sincerity while plotting its next dark move.

All heavily armed anti-government forces in Syria are US-backed terrorists - cold-blooded killers imported from scores of countries. Yet Lavrov persists in distinguishing between good and bad elements - calling the former ones “healthy opposition forces.”

Why when he knows none exist. Pretending otherwise serves US interests for endless war. It makes regime change more possible. It betrays the interests of millions of long-suffering Syrians.

His reference to “our American partners” sounds more like surrender than advancing the cause of peace. Defeating the scourge of US imperialism should be Russia’s top priority. 

Currying favor with Washington weakens its position, leaving its sovereign independence up for grabs.

No one with any sense wants war between the world’s dominant nuclear powers. Yet the more Russia yields to US demands, the greater the chance for the unthinkable - the more likely pure evil will triumph.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

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NYT Reinvents Obama's War on Syria

NYT Reinvents Obama’s War on Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Disgracefully calling Obama’s naked aggression against a nonbelligerent nation civil war denigrates millions of long-suffering Syrians - victims of US imperial viciousness.

Headlining Syria’s Paradox: Why the War Only Ever Seems to Get Worse,” The Times reinvented one of history’s greatest crimes - besides numerous others on America’s despicable rap sheet. More on its article below.

Tim Anderson’s important book, titled “The Dirty War on Syria: Washington, Regime Change and Resistance” is the definitive account of the conflict - must reading to understand it. 

Separately, he explained Obama’s dirty war in basic terms as follows:

“Washington and its allies try another ‘regime change’ in Syria. A fake ‘revolution’ uses Islamic gangs, during an ‘Arab Spring.’ The Western media constantly lie about this covert, dirty war.”

“A political reform movement is driven off the streets by Islamic violence. (The misnamed pro-Western) ‘Free Syrian Army’ slaughters minorities and government workers.”

“Saudi and Qatari backed Islamists carry out a series of massacres, falsely blaming them on the Syrian Army and President Assad.”

“Most of Syria’s opposition backs the state and army against terrorism. Washington calls a puppet exile group ‘the Syrian opposition.’ “

“Washington (using Saudis, Qatar, Turkey and Israel) backs all the armed Islamist groups, pretending some are ‘moderate rebels.’ “

“A resistance coalition rallies to Syria. Iran, Hezbollah, Iraq and Russia join the Syrian Army in destroying western backed terrorist groups.”

Anderson’s book explains all of the above and more in detail, why it’s essential reading to understand what’s going on - polar opposite media propaganda, notably from The New York Times, Washington’s leading imperial press agent.

I’ve written scores of articles on the conflict since Obama launched it in March 2011, believing things would go like against Libya - its country raped, its leadership deposed in months.

US naked aggression against sovereign Syrian independence rages in its sixth year with no prospect for resolving things in sight.

Diplomats talk endlessly, accomplishing nothing to end war while scores, maybe hundreds more Syrians die daily, numerous others injured, millions displaced, an entire population traumatized - victims of US state terror.

A separate article today explained failure in Geneva - Sergey Lavrov and John Kerry spending hours on Friday achieving nothing toward resolving years of US naked aggression.

It’ll either be won on the battlefield or not at all. Negotiating with rogue state America wastes time, an exercise in futility every time tried.

New York Times coverage of the Syrian conflict includes some of worst rubbish in memory - shameless disinformation and Big Lies, vital truths suppressed.

Instead of explaining why war continues endlessly, its intensity increasing, The Times substituted a reinvented version of what’s ongoing, suppressing hard truths.

Saying “(i)t frustrates any attempt at resolution” fails to discuss how war began, who’s responsible, and how ending it depends on America and its rogue allies ceasing support for terrorists.

Without foreign supplied arms, munitions, funding, training, direction and other material support, terrorist groups in Syria and elsewhere wouldn’t exist.

America created them for use as imperial foot soldiers - its proxy army doing its killing and dying for it, a seemingly endless supply of Islamist extremists willing to wage war for whatever benefits they hope to achieve - for many an early grave.

The Times: “The fact that the underlying battle is multiparty rather than two-sided…works against resolution.”

Fact: War in Syria pits US imperialism against the nation’s sovereign independence. No moderate rebels exist. All anti-government forces are US created and supported terrorists.

Fact: Washington wants Assad ousted, Syria transformed into another US vassal state, isolating Iran, next in line for regime change.

Times reports explain none of the above, instead maintain the fiction of various anti-government elements vying for control. They’re pawns on America’s chessboard, used to achieve imperial aims.

The Times: “Pro-government forces have conducted by far the most attacks against civilians” - falsely accusing Syria’s military, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah, a disgraceful perversion of truth.

US-supported terrorists along with US-led so-called “coalition” terror-bombing bear full responsibility for massacring hundreds of thousands of Syrians, mostly defenseless civilians.

Syria’s only hope for restoring peace and stability is continued commitment from Russia, Iran, Hezbollah and maybe China to defeat the scourge of US imperialism. 

Otherwise endless war is likely, perhaps millions of Syrians perishing before it ends - besides other conflict theaters and new ones ahead killing millions more.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Turkey Announces Indefinite Occupation of Northern Syria

Turkey Announces Indefinite Occupation of Northern Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Indefinite means permanent unless redefined. After invading northern Syria on Wednesday, backed by US warplanes and hundreds of terrorist fighters, along with CIA and special forces operatives on the ground, Ankara expanded its aggression with more troops and heavy weapons - perhaps still more to come.

On Friday, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim lied, saying “(w)e are protecting our country’s territorial integrity and Syria’s unity.”

“Our army will continue the operation until terrorists are completely driven out of this region.” Turkish troops “are providing logistics support to the Free Syrian Army forces” - terrorists responsible for massacring Syrian civilians and other atrocities.

Creating what Ankara calls a “safe zone” for refugees is code language attempted annexation of Syrian territory - a flagrantly illegal act, supported and encouraged by Washington, Russia so far doing nothing to intervene responsibly.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric called the combined Turkish/US action “an incursion,” instead of blasting it as naked aggression in flagrant violation of UN Charter principles.

He merely added what happened wasn’t coordinated with the UN. “(W)e are not involved in the coordination of military activities by one party or another,” he said.

The UN is notoriously pro-Western, including backing its US-led wars of aggression, raging in Syria and other theaters.

On Friday, Tass reported a scheduled meeting between Russia’s Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar was postponed - without further elaboration.

Moscow is clearly concerned about the latest developments - so far without taking countermeasures.

Inaction is acquiescence, Washington to take full advantage, likely using its joint aggression with Turkey to expand conflict further - like always, blaming victims for its high crimes.

Things in Syria look heading toward greater war than already - US and Russian diplomats fiddling while an entire country burns.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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More on Hillary's Pay-to-Play Scandal

More on Hillary’s Pay-to-Play Scandal

by Stephen Lendman

As secretary of state from January 2009 - February 2013, Hillary focused mainly on waging war and selling influence, she and husband Bill becoming super-rich by corrupt pay-to-play practices.

On August 24, AP News provided more information on how she operates, saying “(m)ore than half the people outside the government who met with (her) while she was secretary of state gave money - either personally or through companies or groups - to the Clinton Foundation.”

AP called her stewardship at State showed “possible ethics challenges if elected president,” saying:

“At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press.” 

“Combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million.”

It shows the price of direct contact with Hillary depends on large donations to the Clinton Foundation - classic pay-to-play corruption, criminality much more serious than ethical lapses.

Seven months after a federal judge ordered the State Department to release names of individuals Hillary met with daily throughout her tenure as agency head, only around half of the information was made public.  Likely what’s most important remains concealed.

Department lawyers indicated full release won’t be completed until yearend, perhaps further delayed until post-inauguration in January or not at all if Hillary becomes president and prevents it. 

Information from AP’s findings also shows “Clinton met with representatives of at least 16 foreign governments that donated as much as $170 to the Clinton (Foundation)” besides numerous private individual contributions.

Trump is right, days earlier calling her “totally unfit to hold public office,” adding “(i)t is impossible to figure out where the Clinton Foundation ends and the State Department begins. It is now abundantly clear that the Clintons set up a business to profit from public office.”

According to information AP obtained, “(s)ome of Clinton’s most influential visitors donated millions to the Clinton Foundation and to her and her husband’s political coffers.”

AP sought access to her calendar and schedule three years ago. Department obstruction blocked it. The news agency had to sue in federal court for what should be public information, available on demand - especially when legal or ethical issues are involved.

Instead, perhaps some of Hillary’s darkest dealings remain secret - evidence of how she’ll operate if elevated to the White House in January.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Friday, August 26, 2016

Dubious UN Report Claiming Syrian Use of Chemical Weapons

Dubious UN Report Claiming Syrian Use of Chemical Weapons

by Stephen Lendman

A new UN Secretary-General report on use of chemical weapons in Syria appears more like pro-Western propaganda than legitimate analysis.

Throughout years of conflict, Syria repeatedly was accused of crimes it didn’t commit - evidence later showing US-backed terrorists were responsible. 

No evidence links its government or military to use of chemical weapons. It destroyed its entire stockpile, verified by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

US-supported terrorists used chemical weapons time and again against defenseless Syrian civilians, including Saudi Arabia-supplied toxic agents in containers marked “made in KSA.”

On August 24, Syrian UN envoy Bashar al-Jaafari told Sputnik News of French involvement in chemical weapons attacks in his country in 2013, explaining the following:

The case with chemical weapons was initially fabricated to exert pressure on the Syrian government. After the first chemical gas attack on Khan al-Asal in Aleppo, I went to the Secretary-General to request assistance (to determine) if there actually was a chemical attack and who was behind it.”

He waffled, falsely claiming consultation with Security Council members was required - meaning America and its co-conspirators.

Hours later, he promised help while claiming he wouldn’t assist in determining responsibility - the key reason for examining incidents in question to hold responsible parties accountable. 

Al-Jaafari was bluntly honest, saying “(f)rom that moment, it became clear that (Western) UN Security Council members are interested in keeping the party behind the attacks unnamed due to certain political circumstances.”

“According to the French sources and according to the book ‘Road to Damascus,’ the famous French journalists Georges Malbruno and Christian Shesno have documented evidence to prove the involvement of the former French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, in the Eastern Gouta (chemical weapons attack) near Damascus.”

Al-Jafaari said hundreds of Syrian government letters to Security Council members and the Western created UN Commission of Inquiry with documented evidence of terrorists using chemical weapons were ignored or called unreliable.

“This was (because) the party (or parties) behind these chemical attacks” are supported by Washington, NATO and their rogue Middle East partners in high crimes.

Heavily US-led Western pressured UN bodies are one-sidedly anti-Syria, turning a blind eye on aggression by America and its rogue partners, their support for ISIS and other terrorist groups.

The Secretary-General’s report on chemical weapons use in Syria lacks credibility. Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin urged not drawing “hasty conclusions” - perhaps diplomatic language debunking accusations of Syrian involvement.

What strategic advantage could its government gain by using them against defenseless civilians? US-backed terrorists benefit plenty by blaming Damascus for their own high crimes.

The UN report accused Syria of using chlorine gas after its CW stockpile was destroyed. Chlorine was retained because of its civilian use. In gaseous form, it’s a favorite US-supported terrorist weapon.

The full UN report will be released next week. It’ll be discussed at the body’s September session. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov blasted US finger-pointing, saying Washington should “look in the mirror and do what (it) promised…back in January” - separating terrorists called “moderate rebels” from Security Council designated ones.

With Hillary likely to succeed Obama next year by fair or foul means, orchestrator of US aggression on Syria, Washington appears going all-out to fabricate a case for full-blown US intervention - no matter the greater cost in human lives and suffering than already.

Falsely accusing its government of CW attacks, partnering with Turkey to invade and occupy northern Syria, plus whatever else may be planned looks like prelude for greater war.

The fate of an entire nation, its people, the region and perhaps humanity hang in the balance.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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Diplomats Talk While Syrians Die

Diplomats Talk While Syrians Die

by Stephen Lendman

Earlier peace talks aimed at conflict resolution were stillborn - a waste of time accomplishing nothing. 

Endless Sergey Lavrov/John Kerry meetings on Syria achieved nothing substantive toward resolving intractable positions on both sides.

Both men are in Geneva for another round of talks on Friday. Pro-Western UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura is involved. 

Reportedly he’ll meet separately with each minister to discuss UN conflict resolution proposals. Why this way instead together with them both is one of many examples of irreconcilable US/Russian positions on the conflict.

Ahead of Friday’s meeting, US and Russian military officials met - reportedly to discuss dire Aleppo conditions and need for agreement on pauses in fighting to provide desperately needed humanitarian aid.

Will Lavrov’s latest meeting with Kerry achieve a breakthrough? Will both sides agree on what’s been unattainable before? Will chances for peace be enhanced by Friday discussions?

Syria is Obama’s war, naked aggression against a nonbelligerent state, orchestrated by Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.

Endless earlier diplomatic talks were futile, achieving nothing toward resolving conflict and restoring peace.

Will this time be different? How when Russia’s best efforts before failed, with America and Turkey partnered in Wednesday’s invasion and occupation of northern Syrian territory on the phony pretext of combating ISIS - escalating, not curbing conflict?

Chances for anything positive from Friday’s meeting are virtually nil - regardless of what both sides say at its conclusion.

Washington launched naked aggression on Syria for regime change, to transform its sovereign independence into another US vassal state, for another imperial trophy, to serve Israeli interests, to isolate Iran ahead of targeting its government the same way - continuing longstanding US permanent war policy.

Scores, maybe hundreds of Syrians die daily while endless futile diplomacy continues. The price of US imperial arrogance is paid for in Syrian blood - mostly defenseless civilian men, women, children, the elderly and infirm.

Assad’s political and media advisor Bouthiana Shaaban believes a “a third world war (began) without naming it.” US-led Western countries “promote their own way of life, their own ideology…at the expense” of countless millions of others, she said.

American exceptionalism is humanity’s scourge. Shaaban appears right. False flags launch wars. Perhaps the 9/11 mother of them all began WW III with no one noticing.

War raged in Europe from September 1939 (in Asia much earlier) to December 7, 1941 before it was called WW II.

Is global war underway now, heading for something much more serious than already - the possibility, perhaps likelihood, of nuclear confrontation if Hillary succeeds Obama?

Her anti-Russia, anti-China, anti-Iran, anti-peace extremism risks the unthinkable. Current US aggression in multiple theaters may be prelude to greater war threatening humanity’s survival.

America’s permanent war agenda threatens everyone. Friday Lavrov/Kerry talks won’t lessen the greatest risk humanity faces - possible extermination because of US imperial ambitions.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Hillary's Latest Trump Bashing Speech a Vicious Ad Hominem Attack

Hillary’s Latest Trump Bashing Speech a Vicious Ad Hominem Attack

by Stephen Lendman

All politicians lie. Rare exceptions prove the rule. Campaign lies are some of the worst - promising one thing, intending another if elected, betraying constituents every time.

Other than liar-in-chief Obama, perhaps no one else in memory is a more deplorable example than Hillary, a lying machine throughout her public disservice years since the 1990s. 

Her Thursday Trump bashing speech was the latest example - too painful to listen to or watch. I read the transcript instead, unsettling enough.

Addressing a handpicked Reno, NV audience, she lied claiming direct contact with ordinary people “(e)verywhere I go,” she said.

She’s entirely isolated from them, unconcerned about their interests, disdainful of their needs and welfare - clear from her agenda as me-first lady, US senator and secretary of state, serving monied interests exclusively at their expense throughout her political career, how she’ll operate as president if anointed in November, perhaps by election-rigging.

Make no mistake. Trump is no paragon of virtue. Hillary’s harangue against him was more campaign bluster than honestly assessing him.

True his comments show he’s racist. So is Hillary. Policies on her watch showed it. Accusing Trump of “paranoia” is over-the-top. So is saying “(h)e’s taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over one of America’s two political parties.”

Fact: America is a one-party state with two right wings - in lockstep on issues mattering most, notably on war and peace, corporate empowerment and police state crackdowns on nonbelievers.

Fact: A “radical fringe” runs America - undemocratic Democrats and Republicans, waging war on humanity at home and abroad, heading the nation toward full-blown tyranny, perhaps certain under a Hillary administration if anointed to succeed Obama.

Trump’s “disregard for the values that make our country great is profoundly dangerous,” she blustered.

Fact: So-called “values” she won’t explain include global state terror on an unprecedented level, the greatest wealth disparity in US history, the nation’s inner cities more war zones than communities, Depression-level unemployment and underemployment, along with poverty in America a growth industry, among other issues.

Trump correctly addressed the deplorable state of Black and Latino America. According to Hillary, he “misses so much” - citing “success(ful) black leaders in every field” - mindless of the vast majority of the nation’s most disadvantaged enduring dire conditions because of state-sponsored policies ignoring their needs, punishing them with neoliberal harshness instead of stimulative New Deal-type policies.

Citing no corroborating evidence, other than Trump’s rhetoric, at times disturbing, Hillary blasted what she called “(a) man with a long history of racial discrimination, who traffics in dark conspiracy theories…should never run our government or command our military.”

“If he doesn’t respect all Americans, he can’t serve all Americans.”

Fact: US duopoly governance serves wealth, power and privilege exclusively. No matter who serves as chief executive or in key congressional and judicial positions, dirty business as usual continues, getting dirtier with each new administration.

Fact: The worst of all possible November outcomes is Hillary becoming America’s 45th president - assuring greater war on humanity than already, possible, even likely, nuclear war, the ultimate threat to life on earth.

Many Trump comments are over-the-top, justifying criticism. Other times he surprises with anti-establishment-sounding remarks, addressing important issues responsibly like wanting better relations with Russia and blasting TPP as a jobs destroyer - views polar opposite outrageous duopoly ones, what Hillary supports.

The rest of her address continued an ad hominem attack devoid of substance. All her speeches are similar - comprised of a litany of lies, empty rhetoric, promises made to be broken, and avoiding discussion of her abominable public disservice record.

She and Trump are deplorable options for the nation’s highest office. She has a longstanding criminal record, reflecting pure evil, what should automatically disqualify her for any public office.

Trump can only be judged on his business dealings as they apply to how he might govern. He’s more interested in profiting from planet earth than destroying it.

Hillary’s rage for war on humanity may kill us all. I’m no Trump supporter. Given a choice between both candidates (because independents like Jill Green haven’t a chance), he’s by far the preferred choice.

I agree with Paul Craig Roberts, saying he’s “the person we want in the Oval Office…The imbecilic Americans who vote for Hillary are voting for (permanent) war and their own immiseration.”

It’s unclear how Trump would govern because he never before held public office. One thing is clear. Hillary represents the worst possible option. 

At least with Trump there’s hope for avoiding nuclear confrontation - what’s perhaps likely with war goddess Clinton in power.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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Feature NYT Story Endorses Hillary's Anti-Trump Big Lies

Feature NYT Story Endorses Hillary’s Anti-Trump Big Lies

by Stephen Lendman

I criticize deplorable Times reporting and opinions so often, I imagine I’m one of its leading critics - a deplorable publication featuring misinformation and Big Lies on issues mattering most, press agent for Hillary, ignoring her high crimes, bashing Trump relentlessly.

Its latest broadside featured her claiming a “radical fringe” took over the GOP under Trump. In a same-day article, I explained a “radical fringe” runs America under both wings of duopoly governance - supporting privilege exclusively at the expense of progressive politics, serving everyone equitably and fairly.

The Times: Hillary “delivered a blistering denunciation Thursday of Donald J. Trump’s personal and political history with race, arguing in her most forceful terms yet that a nationalist conservative fringe had engulfed the Republican Party.”

Fact: Hillary delivered a vicious ad hominem attack devoid of substance.

Fact: Trump has no “political history.” He never held public office.

Fact: A “nationalist conservative fringe” runs Washington under both parties, mostly indistinguishable from each other - pro-war, pro-business, anti-progressive, anti-labor, anti-what ordinary people care about most.

Fact: America’s deplorable state is excluded from Times reporting. Instead it endorses a war goddess racketeer, a woman belonging in prison, outrageously calling her “one of the most broadly and deeply qualified presidential candidates in modern history.”

The Times: Hillary’s “effort on Thursday was remarkable for its exhaustive accounting of Mr. Trump’s controversial racial history…”

Fact: Hillary’s speech was a litany of Big Lies. Trump’s racist comments on the stump deserve criticism - no reason to say he has a “controversial racial history,” claiming it is political bluster.

The Times quoted Hillary saying “(t)he de facto merger between Breitbart and the Trump campaign represents a landmark achievement for the alt-right.”

Fact: Whatever definition applies to alt-right politics, right-wing extremism runs America. Neocons infest Washington, dominating Democrat and Republican policymaking. 

The Times promotes the illusion of fundamental differences today between both wings of duopoly governance when not a dime’s worth of difference separates them.

It quoted Hillary, saying “the party of Lincoln has become the party of Trump.”

Maybe so, but the party of Jefferson, FDR and JFK became the party of Hillary - humanity’s worst nightmare.

The Times supports a ruthlessly dangerous woman perhaps intending nuclear war if anointed president - what better reason to oppose her.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Israel Absolves Itself from 2014 Naked Aggression on Gaza

Israel Absolves Itself from 2014 Naked Aggression on Gaza

by Stephen Lendman

Israel remains unaccountable for decades of racist ruthlessness - massacring, persecuting and otherwise collectively punishing Palestinians for not being Jewish.

Operation Protective Edge was its third war on Gaza in five-and-a-half years - premeditated naked aggression against a largely defenseless population, 1.8 million people trapped under lawless siege, no safe havens for protection.

Israel’s war had nothing to do with Hamas rockets. Claiming it was a ruse, media scoundrels reporting it like gospel.

Attacking the Strip targeted Palestine’s legitimate government, democratically elected in January 2006, the PA installed as a puppet regime serving Israeli interests.

War was about preventing Palestinian self-determination. It was to maintain occupation harshness. 

It was to keep stealing Palestinian land. It was to expand settlements exponentially. It was to control all valued parts of Judea and Samaria.

It was to keep Palestinians confined on isolated bantustans on worthless scrubland. It was to steal their resources. 

It was to assure diaspora Palestinians don’t return. It was to maintain Gaza’s blockade while pretending otherwise when hostilities ended.

It was to have Jerusalem as Israel’s exclusive capital. It was to undermine Fatah/Hamas unity.
It was to let Israel commit high crimes against peace with impunity - any time against invented enemies, unrestrained by inviolable international laws.

It was to show Palestinians they’re defenseless against overwhelming Israeli might. It was to enlist popular homeland support for what demands universal condemnation.

Wars on Gaza, anywhere in Palestine or regionally can be launched at Israel’s discretion - with full US support and encouragement, most other nations turning a blind eye, supporting naked aggression, mindless of the cost in Palestinian lives and suffering.

Whenever Israel investigates its high crimes of war and against humanity, whitewash follows. On Thursday, it summarily closed 13 investigations into Operation Protective Edge criminality committed by its soldiers in summer 2014.

Over 2,100 Palestinians died, mostly civilians, including over 500 children and 300 women, over 11,000 injured, many maimed for life.

Virtually every child was traumatized by war, requiring professional help in most cases unavailable. Only three Israeli soldiers were held accountable for crimes involving looting - not mass murder and destruction, affecting residential areas most.

Dozens of entire families were wiped out, scores more lost three or more members. Promised relief following war’s end never materialized.

A UN warning about Gaza becoming uninhabitable by 2020 goes unheeded. It’s virtually this way now. 

Israeli-imposed dire conditions created a humanitarian catastrophe. Little is being done to help long-suffering people, illegally blockaded by Israel for over nine years.

Naked aggression could be launched against them any time at Israel’s discretion. Slow-motion genocide stalks Palestine - its epicenter in Gaza.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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