The ISIS Crisis Goes Full Retard: Presenting “THE CHILDREN!™”

by Scott Creighton

“The U.S. somehow finds it difficult to appeal to the poor with its doctrine that the rich should plunder the poor.” Noam Chomsky

so they have to appeal to… something else…

“THE CHILDREN!™” is the new black.

Children, children, children. Won’t somebody think of the “THE CHILDREN!™”? Well, somebody that is, aside from the influence-peddling, agenda-setting marketing masters who spend their careers trying to craft heart-tugging narratives that will bolster whatever neoliberal/fascist agenda Washington needs at the time. Burson-Marsteller comes to mind but there are many others in this post 9/11 world.

ridiculous

The process of “crisis crafting” is as old as the hills and just as dirty.

Back in ’89, Bush the CIA, needed help justifying an invasion in Panama and the press was more than willing to weep crocodile tears on live feeds in the hopes of winning a Pulitzer and maybe a spot at the Big Table at the same time.

Chomsky recently wrote about that:

“Instead, a series of fraudulent pretexts for the invasion (Panama, 1989) were concocted that collapse instantly on examination. The media chimed in enthusiastically, lauding the magnificent achievement of defeating Panama, unconcerned that the pretexts were ludicrous, that the act itself was a radical violation of international law, and that it was bitterly condemned elsewhere, most harshly in Latin America.  Also ignored was the U.S. veto of a unanimous Security Council resolution condemning crimes by U.S. troops during the invasion, with Britain alone abstaining. ” Noam Chomsky

Yes, the pretexts are often ludicrous in the career of the average Yellow Journalist. It’s a sort of occupational hazard if you will.

You might think that writing ridiculous propaganda that makes no sense what-so-ever would actually harm a reporter’s career but it’s quite the opposite these days. The Ministry of Truth rewards the loyalists. Always has.

Combating sagging polling results for ObamaGod and his surge in Iraq, while also trying to keep the current ISIS Crisis™ up to date and in fashion, the narrative builders have hacked together a brand new hearts and minds op and apparently today is the product roll-out date.

Yes folks, like a new crappy I-phone coming out every two weeks, it’s time for ISIS and “THE CHILDREN!™”

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You can’t be allowed to “hold a viewpoint that terrorizes… people”

by Scott Creighton

Oct. 18th 2011 Killary meets with leaders of terrorist destabilization campaign in Libya

Last night, Hillary Clinton and her PR specialists held an infomercial in the guise of a town hall style Q&A session on CNN in which she answered scripted questions from “average citizens” about the issues of the day. The interview came not 24 hours after news of the capture of the “Benghazi suspect” hit the headlines and only about a week after her book, Hard Choices, hit the shelves.

During last night’s infomercial, when asked by a school teacher (of course) about stricter gun control laws, here is what Hillary said (video):

“I’m well aware that this is a hot political subject. And again, I will speak out no matter what role I find myself in But I believe that we need a more thoughtful conversation. We cannot let a minority of people – and it’s, that’s what it is, it is a minority of people – hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people,”

“We’re going to have to do a better job protecting the vast majority of our citizens, including our children, from that very, very, very small group that is unfortunately prone to violence and now with automatic weapons can wreak so much more violence than they ever could have before,” Hillary Clinton

Disturbing on so many levels, it’s hard to figure out where to begin with Killary’s statement.

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On Behalf of the IMF, Obama to Pony Up $184 million to Fascist “Democracy” in Ukraine

by Scott Creighton

Forget orange. Fascism is the new black.

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Not that long ago, the elected government of the Ukraine refused to impose IMF austerity measures on their own people on behalf of the global cartel of international banksters. They decided instead to seek out a different kind of loan agreement from Russia and they moved away from integration with the EU as per the wishes of their people. This kind of disobedience was not to be allowed.

  • Among the reasons Mr. Yanukovych turned away from signing political and trade accords with Europe in November was his unwillingness to carry out austerity measures and other reforms that the International Monetary Fund had demanded in exchange for a large assistance packageNew York Times
  • A $15 billion bailout package secured by Mr. Yanukovych from Russia in December has been suspended, and Ukraine is now hurtling toward default. New York Times
  • Arseniy P. Yatsenyuk, the leader in Parliament of the Fatherland Party and a leading contender to serve as acting prime minister, pleaded with colleagues to swiftly reach an agreement on the designation of an interim government, which is needed to formally request emergency economic assistance from the International Monetary Fund. New York Times
  • The International Monetary Fund has made clear that it will demand austerity measures and other long-stalled economic changes in exchange for any assistance package. New York Times

The fascist government that is in power now in Ukraine got there because the CIA and Blackwater and other outside institutions used a variety of out of power politicians and neo-Nazi groups to create violence and instability in the country in pursuit of their blessed regime change. Here’s a little background before we get into today’s news:

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Susan Rice Admits Obama Admin Providing “lethal” Aid to “Vetted” Terrorists in Syria

by Scott Creighton

“The United States has been the single largest contributor of humanitarian assistance, providing over 1.7 billion dollars. That’s why the United States has ramped up its support for the moderate vetted opposition, providing lethal and nonlethal support where we can to support both the civilian opposition and the military opposition.” Susan Rice CNN

Less than a week after an election in Syria showed the vast majority of Syrians wanted Bashar Assad to remain their president, Obama’s US National Security Advisor Susan Rice took time out to go on CNN and let the world know that yes, we have been providing military lethal aid to the destabilization forces we unleashed in Syria.

US officials have refused to say whether Rice was announcing a new US policy. They have also declined to comment on the details of the support to the militants. This comes as earlier reports said the US is ready to begin training missions for the insurgents. Press TV

For anyone paying attention, this latest admission is hardly news. But for them to come right out and admit they are arming and training these terrorists is.

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Privatize the VA – The 164 Billion Dollar Prize and the Neoliberal Scum Chasing it

by Scott Creighton

(the VA system) “as a whole outperforms the rest of the health care system by just about every metric. Surveys also show that veterans give VA hospitals and clinics a higher customer satisfaction than patients give private-sector hospitals.” Washington Post, May 21, 2014

As soon as I started hearing all the noise they’ve been generating about the “death panels” and waiting lists at the Veterans Administration (VA) I said to myself… yeah, it’s time to start the process of privatizing the VA.

“We have an opportunity now to transform the way the VA does business.” Rep. Jeff Miller

Big Insurance got a serious payday with ObamaCare and an unconstitutional mandate to force citizens to buy a company’s nearly worthless product, so of course it stands to reason that they are going to go after the VA next.

“The President’s 2015 Budget includes $163.9 billion for VA in 2015. ” VA.gov

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More private insurers to hop on Obamacare gravy train

by Kate Randall, from the WSWS

A number of private insurance companies that have not yet sold policies on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges plan to do so in the coming year. The reason is simple: the health care overhaul popularly known as Obamacare offers a virtually risk-free opportunity for insurers to increase their profits.

Insurance giants such as UnitedHealth Group and Cigna, as well as smaller companies, plan to enter the Obamacare market in 2015 and beyond. “Insurers continue to see this as a good business opportunity,” Larry Levitt of the Kaiser Family Foundation told the New York Times. “They see it as an attractive market, with enrollment expected to ramp up in the second year.”

The ACA was designed from the start as a pro-corporate piece of legislation, boosting the bottom line of the insurance industry. The law’s core component, the so-called individual mandate, requires those without insurance from a government program such as Medicare or Medicaid to purchase coverage from a private insurer in the Obamacare “marketplace” or pay a penalty.

New changes to the legislation by the Obama administration virtually guarantee the insurance companies that any dent in their profits will be offset by a complex system of government funds. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has assured the private insurers that ACA mechanisms already in place will be made fully available to them, if need be at taxpayer expense.

The tweaks were buried in ACA regulations issued late last month and reported May 21 by the Los Angeles Times. Adjustments to key provisions of the legislation, largely unreported in the press, will potentially make billions of additional taxpayer dollars available to the insurance companies if they lose money on the exchanges.

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ObamaGod Insulted by Unscripted Question Regarding His Training of FSA Terrorists – When will these troglodytes learn their place!

by Scott Creighton

Turn on your heartlight
Let it shine wherever you go
Let it make a happy glow
For all the world to see

Neil Diamond

Caught off-guard when a reporter tried to ask him a serious question about our military involvement in the Syrian destabilization campaign via providing training to the foreign terrorists we’ve shipped over there, President Barack Obama’s indignant dismissal of Real Clear Politics reporter Alexis Simendinger’s faux pas is one of those rare glimpses into the mind-set of the ruling politico class in America.

Her question was valid and timely. At a White House publicity function, Alexis simply asked the president about the recent reports of U.S. forces training the Syrian terrorists. A Frontline report recently disclosed FSA terrorists admitting they were transported and trained by U.S. forces in Qatar then shipped back to Syria to kill civilians. But with the teleprompters turned off and no readily available script at hand on which he could rely, the Spokesman in Chief let his truer nature shine through.

“I’m sorry,” Obama said curtly. “We’re doing a science fair. Come on.”

The president then proceeded to walk away and exit the room. Huffington Post

It wasn’t so much what he said but how he said it.

From watching the video, the unspoken context of his message was very clear to Alexis and everyone else:

“hey! Why bother me with matters of international security and clandestine foreign destabilization campaigns for big business? Can’t you see I have babies to kiss?! Troglodyte.”

(see ObamaGod’s happy glow video after break)

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U.S. Government Assessment of the Syrian Government’s Use of Chemical Weapons on August 21, 2013

Commentary from Scott Creighton

Briefly: Below is the full transcript of the report promised us by the Obama administration outlining their “evidence” that Bashar al-Assad is responsible for the use of chemical weapons on his own population on Aug. 21 2013. Three things stood out to me when I read it:

  1. There is no solid evidence mentioned to substantiate any of the claims made in the report or by various administration officials. None at all. What they call “human intelligence” is simply “an activist said”. Anyone remember “Curveball’s” human intelligence prior to our illegal invasion of Iraq?
  2. The 100 or so videos we now understand to have been made by a single U.S. backed NGO make up the sum total of the Obama administration’s “evidence”. I wrote about that this morning before this report came out.
  3. At the heart of their conclusion rests the statement… “We assess the Syrian opposition does not have the capability to fabricate all of the videos”… ? Does that mean they “access” the regime change NGOs they are paying in Syria have the capability to “fabricate” some of them? How many? Which ones?

Another thing to notice is the fact that the Obama administration themselves admit the videos were all shot in the same 12 locations and they claim they were made “generally around the time and locations of the bombings”

“At least 12 locations are portrayed in the publicly available videos, and a sampling of those videos confirmed that some were shot at the general times and locations described in the footage.”

“Generally”? What exactly does that mean?

Is “the day before” and “around the block” considered “generally” in the same time frame and location of the chemical weapons attacks?

That’s pretty loose language for a legal document crafted to gin-up support for the use of weapons of mass destruction. You would think they might want to be a little more concrete than “generally”

The point is, a 12 location shoot is nothing to the average film crew.

Most modern commercials require more than that.

It’s quite ridiculous to suggest these videos couldn’t have been fabricated for that reason alone.

They would require no lighting, no stagecraft, no sets or fake blood. Costumes are whatever the “activists” chose to wear and the cameras are either consumer grade low-end off-the-shelf variety or cell phones.

And there is really no script either, just set the scene and improvise with a general idea of where the “money shot victim” is placed (little girl wearing a “hello Kitty” shirt to tug at the heart strings of Middle Class American moms) and a rough idea of how the “scene” is to play out. There’s really not that much too it.

In short, that argument makes no sense at all and when you consider the fact that there is no other “evidence”, a lot hinges on the administration’s interpretation of these videos. Which makes this argument the key pivotal point to all of this. And it’s wrong.

Even if you grant them all the rest without debate, obviously these videos could have been produced by the same group and according to the writer from Foreign Policy, they were.

Below is the Full report (pdf here): linked from Zero Hedge

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Walking Back the War-Mongering – UPDATES on Syrian Destabilization Campaign

by Scott Creighton

Just a quick note.

A few hours after Barack Obama went on national television saying the secret evidence he has from Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel proves Bashar al-Assad is responsible for the alleged chemical weapons strike in Syria, “intelligence officials”  rushed to the press to say “hold everything! the evidence is bunk”

“So while Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that links between the attack and the Assad government are “undeniable,” U.S. intelligence officials are not so certain that the suspected chemical attack was carried out on Assad’s orders, or even completely sure it was carried out by government forces, the officials said.” AP

Uh oh. I guess the plan to frighten the U.N. investigation team out of the country failed miserably. Time to back out as gracefully as possible and clean up the smelly brown mess our leaders left on the carpet like a trail behind a slug.

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Child Killer Barack Obama Doubles Down on Baseless Accusations

by Scott Creighton

President Barack “Terror Tuesdays” Obama went before the nation and the world yesterday on PBS to proclaim unequivocally that Bashar al-Assad’s government was responsible for the alleged use of chemical weapons on civilians in East Ghouta on Aug. 21 of this year. He claimed there must be some kind of consequences meted out to the Assad regime for such a flagrant disregard for “international norms” like indiscriminately  killing children.

He refused to specify exactly what evidence has brought him to this conclusion.

We have concluded that the Syrian government in fact carried these out,” Obama said during an interview with “NewsHour” on PBS. “And if that’s so, then there need to be international consequences.”

Obama did not present any direct evidence to back up his assertion that the Syrian government bears responsibility for the attack” AP

When making his baseless accusations about Assad deliberately murdering children, our illustrious president, who has himself targeted children with Hellfire missiles fired from drones flying far overhead (16 year old American citizen on Oct. 14 2011) and killed dozens more as “collateral damage” resulting from other drone strikes (long list from B.I.J. of children murdered by Obama’s Terror Tuesdays drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen) and cruise missile attacks (Obama killed 21 children in Yemen in Dec. of 2009) using cluster bomb munitions (indiscriminate killers disavowed by most civilized countries but used regularly by the Obama administration),  sat in the plush confines of the White House for this “interview” with an American flag staged directly over his right shoulder and another one pinned to his left lapel like a Walmart employee’s name-tag.

The hypocrisy is beyond anything the most jaded and cynical writers of our time could possibly imagine. An admitted child murderer, whose fingerprints are all over murder weapons across the Middle East and Africa, tossing groundless accusations at the leader of another sovereign state… just so he can be justified in launching more cruise missiles attacks which will ultimately kill more children.

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Barack Obama is a treacherous, duplicitous, lying piece of shit

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE:

“I know that some people in the world would like to say that this is some kind of conspiracy brought about by the opposition in Syria. I think the chances of that are vanishingly small and so we do believe that this is a chemical attack by the Assad regime.”  William Hague, British Foreign Secretary

UPDATE Russia slams ‘unacceptable’ calls to use force in Syria

Claims many of the videos put up by regime change groups purporting to show victims of the chemical weapons attacks were actually posted before the attacks.

UPDATE: Article talking about how the videos were actually posted before the attacks took place.

Another article reporting a massacre by the terrorist destabilization forces in Syria the day before the chemical weapons attack supposedly took place.

More reasons to believe the attack in Syria was either completely staged by the opposition because the UN team is there to investigate the previous use of chemical weapons by US terrorists or they committed the attack themselves.

UPDATE at end of article: Black Bush

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On CNN, Obama pimps the staged chemical weapons attack in Syria as justification for regime change via “coalition”, while COMPLETELY IGNORING THE HORRIFICALLY REAL, ONGOING MASSACRES AND POLITICAL ARRESTS IN EGYPT.

He’s smoother than the last treacherous, duplicitous, lying piece of shit we had in office, but Barack Obama is certainly no less dangerous and no more honorable than his half-wit predecessor George W. Bush.

President Peace Prize went on CNN this morning to express his “grave concerns” about the alleged chemical weapons attack in a suburb of Damascus and to indicate the U.S. needs to build a “coalition” to intervene because of this latest attack.

You have got to be a special kind of stupid to believe that Assad or the Syrian government would launch a chemical weapons attack on their own people the moment a UN inspection team lands in their country giving the regime change crowd all the ammo they need to claim Assad crossed “the red line”

There aren’t words for that kind of stupid, but there are helmets you can buy.

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In Spite of Threats of Violence from the Junta, The Resistance in Egypt Grows

by Scott Creighton

 

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“We reiterate our insistence on our demands, which is the return of full the legitimate president with his full powers, the constitution that the people approved, the Shura council; and an end to the coup d’etat,”

“We remind our sons and brothers from the great Egyptian army and the men of the ministry of interior not to attack their peaceful brothers or besiege them or shed their blood.”

National Alliance to Support Legitimacy

zSince yesterday, the press has been ominously warning about a pending military crackdown on protesters in Egypt who simply want their elected government and popularly approved constitution back. They want their country back in spite of all that’s happened since Western powers staged a military coup on behalf of multinational corporations and international banking i.e. the IMF.

The warnings went out yesterday and the people of Egypt started showing up by the thousands. Apparently killing protesters in Egypt isn’t such a good idea after all. You would have thought the neo-liberal forces would have figured that out two and a half years ago when they lost their last puppet dictator.

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President Peace Prize Murders 7 More in Pakistan With Unmanned Aerial Death Squad – Obamaites Yawn

by Scott Creighton

Sing along neocons neoprogressives, to the tune of the heartwarming Lee Greenwood classic:

I’m proud to be an Obamaite,

cus at least I know I’m not on fire like small children in Pakistan who couldn’t possibly be a “terrorist” in a country we have no business in…

Come on Obamaites! Hold hands with the Cheney Trolls of yesteryear and sing loud and proud. You EARNED it baby!

victimUsed to be that the bank’s official hitmen, the CIA, had to go into foreign countries and convince their leadership to put together death squads that we trained and equipped in order to make their little corner of the world safe for our “national interests” (United Fruit, Standard Oil, the Morgans the Rockefellers, etc. etc.)

But these days President Peace Prize simply kicks back with a cup-o-joe on Terror Tuesdays and picks which “evil leftists” they are going to smite in the coming week. And even though he gave a lovely little speech a week ago about winding down the Global War OF Terror we have been waging, the fact is, just today they launched yet another illegal Death Squad From Above operation in Pakistan, the first since they elected a president whom our banking bosses did not approve of.

So where are the “progressives” on this one? Zip. Nada. Out to lunch.

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Obama Administration Backtracks on Drone Policy – Claims They Can’t Kill Citizens on U.S. Soil

by Scott Creighton

It seems Rand Paul’s little filibuster may have had some effect after all. After a day of serious abuse being leveled  at the Obama administration and other dems for failing to support the Paul filibuster, today U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder sent Rand Paul a short letter which stated:

“It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question: ‘Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil? The answer to that question is no.” Eric Holder

Today was filled with all kinds of questions coming out about Rand Paul’s filibuster and the Eric Holder letter which started it all in which he said he thought the president could “under certain circumstances” like another 9/11, use the military drones to take out a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil without any due process of law. Today’s letter is a bit of a turnaround for Mr. Holder. Not much, but a bit.

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Sequestration: The Obama Created Miracle of America Planned Genocidal Austerity Begins

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: (H/T Jan) Obama apparently has to officially enact the cuts by the end of the day meaning he has to literally sign the documentation to start the Miracle of America process.

“For one thing, Obama must sign an order formally starting the “sequester” or spending reductions, which according to a new estimate from the Congressional Budget Office, would amount to $42 billion in the current fiscal year.” NBC News

President Obama will officially enact the cuts by the end of the day Friday – but there will be cuts.” Fox “News”

It’s curious that people like Glenn Greenwald have already been making excuses for Obama by claiming he has “no choice” in enacting this process because “it’s the law”. In fact, as you will see below, it’s “the law” that Obama and his team created. But aside from that, it’s also “the law” that he doesn’t kill U.S. citizens without due process, but he does. It’s also “the law” that he doesn’t wage wars without congressional approval, but he does. It’s also “the law” that he doesn’t wage an all out campaign against whistle-blowers, but he does. And it’s the law that he provides congress with the documentation that he claims gives him authority to rain hell-fire missiles down on anyone anywhere in the world… but he doesn’t.

Fact is, President Obama, just like Bush before him, ignores “the law” when it suits him and people like Glenn Greenwald know that all too well. Don’t expect him to ignore it this time. He will sign it or his robo-signing machine will while he starts his three-day weekend on the links somewhere.

UPDATE: For more background on this process please read:

UPDATE: It is also important to note that aside from Obama’s culpability in the creation of the sequestration budget via the suggestion of his National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling, it was his White House Budget Director Jack Lew (now Sec. of Treasury) and his White House Legislative Affairs Director Rob Nabors who met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in July of 2011 to push for the inclusion of the sequestration plan not as a budget tool, but rather a looming deadline to force a deal.

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This is the Miracle of America as it was the Miracle of Chile and the Asian Miracle and the Russian Miracle before it. This is neoliberalism or the IMF structural adjustments program:

IMF structural adjustments (how many have we already seen set in motion in America?):

As the deadline hits and the poor and working classes are about to be slammed with the second round of the American Austerity Plan a.k.a.The Miracle of America (especially here in my home state of Florida), our Vichy politicians are busy pointing their fingers and pretending its somebody else’s fault while they sit in their mahogany lined studies in their overstuffed leather chairs sipping 16-year-old scotch and snickering back and forth to one another… far away from the peering eyes of any TV cameras.

The president is doing what he does best; going on a PR tour to sell the idea that he wanted a kinder/gentler austerity. He went to a shipyard yesterday, he was so concerned about the pending cuts that took effect today. The shipyard is in my former home state, Virginia. People are going to be out of some work because of this “sequester” plan. The fact that he COULD have stayed in DC during that time working on a deal is lost on the apologist dems but not the hypocritical conservatives. What they seem to forget is there was 2 years they had to cut a deal to avoid these brutal cuts to the poorest and weakest in our society, but they never did jack shit to work out an alternative plan. And there was good reason for that. There was never any intention to work out a plan.

In stark contrast to “mostly false” statements by Obama (“The sequester isn’t something I proposed, it’s something congress proposed“) the “sequestration order” comes from the Budget Control Act of 2011, specifically from a proposal put forth by Obama’s National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling and then forced on the senate leadership by White House Budget Director Jack Lew (now Sec. of Treasury) and White House Legislative Affairs Director Rob Nabors… but let’s not forget it is just one small part of an neoliberal genocidal austerity process that they have been pushing for years looking to get the United States on par with the other countries we wrecked in the crash of the derivatives markets that we created. This is economic and social reform not unlike the Miracle of Chile the Chicago Boys technocrats dumped on the people of that nation after staging a coup in ’73.

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