Richard Engel 2012 Kidnapping was a Staged Fabrication According to Richard Engel

by Scott Creighton

Back in December of 2012, The “All Obama All the Time” network, NBC, staged a little fake news story designed to ramp-up hatred for the legitimate government in Syria in order to help President Obama’s push for military action in the country that had done nothing to us or their neighbors.

The storyline was simple: a popular foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, and 5 others were “taken hostage” by a group loyal to Bashar al-Assad and held hostage during the end of the first year of Obama’s attempted regime change operation.

They claimed after their dramatic, made for Hollywood “big shootout” rescue that they had been tortured and made to endure mock executions regularly during their 5 day captivity.

It was a big story for NBC as the “hostages” pleaded with the cameras from their confinement for the US and all other countries to do whatever it took to free them.

Of course, it was all a lie.

Who says so? Richard Engel and NBC news.

NBC News on Wednesday revised its account of the 2012 kidnapping of its chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, saying it was likely that Mr. Engel and his reporting team had been abducted by a Sunni militant group, not forces affiliated with the government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. New York Times

According to Richard Engel’s new accounting of what really happened during those 5 days, he was recently “shocked” to discover that his captors were really an FSA militia (the “moderates”) who Richard was there to glorify in the early days of the regime change operation. He went there to document the heroic “freedom fighters” in an attempt to garner support for them with the US population and what ended up happening was… they staged a kidnapping in order to make the Assad regime look sinister… thus ginning up even more support for the FSA terrorists working for the Obama administration.

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West tries to use extremism for color revolutions in Russia — Federation Council speaker

from TASS News

The West uses political, ethnic and religious extremism as a geopolitical instrument, including for trying to organize “color revolutions” in Russia, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said on Wednesday.

“Extremism is used as a geopolitical instrument, for reshaping the spheres of influence, overthrowing regimes undesirable for some countries by the means of organizing ‘color revolutions’,” Matviyenko said. “The West makes attempts to organize them [‘color revolutions’] in Russia as well,” she added. These efforts are directed at “discrediting the authorities and destabilizing the situation in Russia, and using both extremist elements and opposition for that,” the speaker noted.

“The Russian government does not plan to embark on a course of ‘tightening screws’ and suppressing ‘dissent’,” Matviyenko stressed. “The authorities are ready for dialogue with the opposition, they will continue to develop partnership with the civil society. Such dialogue and such partnership are important,” she said. However, “it is useless to start discussions with those who works on orders from abroad, in the interests of a foreign country or foreign countries,” Matviyenko added.

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Petraeus, Zakheim and Barzani – Laying the Groundwork for a Bigger and More Corrupt Kurdistan at the Sulaimani Forum

by Scott Creighton

As of late we’ve been hearing a lot about the possibility of creating a new Kurdistan by expanding the “de facto” Iraqi Kurdistan into other people’s nations, namely Syria and Turkey (both being equally demonized in the press )

A recent call put out by the George Soros funded AVAAZ begs “progressive” readers to sign a petition asking President Peace Prize to please carpet bomb a northern corridor in Syria for “humanitarian” reasons.

The “alternative” Tea Party leader also got into the act recently, trying to drum up support for the same kind of action only he made the objective a bit clearer:

I would draw new lines for Kurdistan and I would promise them a country,” Rand Paul

Looks like he’s punching his ticket to a 2016 Vice Presidency, doesn’t it?

These things are not unrelated. Nor is it a coincidence that Gen Petraeus, Dov Zakheim and the totally corrupt President of Iraqi Kurdistan, Masoud Barzani, got together last week to map out a strategy for the creation of a Greater Kurdistan while simultaneously laying the groundwork for yet another new LNG pipeline.

In our recent tradition of really, really, really bad ideas, this one ranks up there with the classics.

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Rand Paul Calls for Nation Building – Wants to Give Brutal Kurds Their Own Country

by Scott Creighton

The one thing the libertarians claim sets their policy apart from neoliberalism is “no nation building”. Everything else, privatization, small government, end public education, decimate the social safety net, open borders to hot-money speculators, “free markets”, deregulation of big business on behalf of big business… everything is exactly the same. Just “no nation building”

Well, that’s out the  window.

I would draw new lines for Kurdistan and I would promise them a country,” Rand Paul

Yes, Little Entitled Randie has come forward during a Breitbart News interview and laid out the same plan I speculated on back in Nov. of 2014 and that is the Obama administration is using the brutal Iraqi Kurds against the legitimate uprising in Iraq and in order to get them to do it, they have promised them a new country: Kurdistan.

Here’s how Little Entitled Randie put it;

“I think [the Kurds] would fight like hell if we promised them a country. It’s a little easier to say than it is to actually make it happen, because in order to actually draw a new country, you’d have to have the complicity of Turkey and probably Iraq a little bit as well,” the senator added. “There really is no Syria to be complicit with, but there is just a little piece of Syria — Kobani, and in there is predominantly Kurdish. I think if you did that and could get peace between the Kurds and the Turks, and then the Turks would actually fight if the Kurds would give up any claim to Turkish territory.” Rand Paul

Notice how Randie dismisses the elected Syrian government saying “there is no Syria to be complicit with”

It should be noted that this plan of “anti-establishment outsider” Rand Paul is not only Obama’s plan, but it was also championed back in January of this year by the Vice President of European Parliament.

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The Fake “21 Coptic Christians Beheading” Video – Part 1: Timing

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: (H/T Chads) Even Fox News admits it’s a fake.

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All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke

When 21 laborers in America die because the Obama administration has cut funding to OSHA to the point where they only have one guy to check on 50,000 job sites (yes, it’s an exaggeration, slightly), neoliberal talking heads like Bill O’Reilly get hard-ons and they call it “freedom”. Or when 21 laborers anywhere die because they can’t afford things like medicine even though they are working 50 hours a week (not an exaggeration), neoliberals like Bill start salivating at the thought of all that glorious “growth”

That’s because, as we all know by now, “Freedom” to the members of the neoliberal Washington Consensus (neocons, New Dems, (big “L”) Libertarians) means “freedom from New Deal social and economic justice reforms… and “Growth” simply means “the growth of the billionaire class’ profit margins”

So imagine my shock and awe when I heard Bill O’Reilly calling for a new “Holy War”, a new Crusades if you will, over the poorly produced video of the deaths of 21 Coptic Christian laborers in Libya at the hands of the fictitious “ISIS™”

“The Holy War is here and, unfortunately, it seems the president of the United States will be the last one to acknowledge it…I’m gonna also make a call …for every cleric in the country next Sunday, Saturday, Friday in the mosques, with the imams, to address this with their congregation and to say enough, that we people of good faith have to tell our leader to get in gear. I’d like to see every cleric in this country do that. …Let’s make that happen. And I want every pastor, every priest, every rabbi and every imam to email me personally and tell me you’re gonna do that and I’ll read as many on the air as I can.” Bill O’Reilly

Simultaneously, fake progressive sites like the Huffington Post are producing equally sophomoric propaganda pieces in support of Obama’s endless war of aggression in lock-step with those of the O’Reilly faction. Thus the true nature of the Washington Consensus becomes easier to see.

Let’s break this down just a tiny bit if we could on a few of the most basic elements of this event starting with:

Part 1: Timing

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How Do Barney Fife and Fidel Castro Factor Into the Biggest News Story of the Year?

by Scott Creighton

I wish to see if I can connect a few dots here, so bear with me.

Putting aside “ISIS™” for a moment and the “Big Story” about some talking head on MSNBC lying to folks (yeah, there’s some news for you) what are the biggest geopolitical trends in the news today? Is it the fact that Syriza, the new “Radical Left™” brand of 3rd Way centrist ideology (think “CHANGE™” circa 2008) seems to have forgotten what the term “odious debt” means?

In international law, odious debt, also known as illegitimate debt, is a legal theory that holds that the national debt incurred by a regime for purposes that do not serve the best interests of the nation, should not be enforceable. Such debts are, thus, considered by this doctrine to be personal debts of the regime that incurred them and not debts of the state. In some respects, the concept is analogous to the invalidity of contracts signed under coercion. Wiki

Is that the biggest story in the world today? Well, if you consider the fact that international debt has risen by 57 trillion dollars since the global economic terrorism of 2008, coupled with the fact that much if not ALL of that new additional debt may be declared odious were Greece to set the precedent, well, that could very well be the story of the year. The story of the decade or the millennium in fact.

But it isn’t, because they wont (“use us to implement the European programme” Varoufakis).

And the usually antagonistic ones, the Webster Tarpley’s of the “interwebs”, aren’t really calling for Syriza to live up to their campaign pledge and do that.

How about “ISIS™”? Now that the MTV music video director and their team made that “burning man” video, seems like all the world wants a piece of “ISIS™” butt.

We have senators and congressman lining up to get in front of anyone with a camera so they can pledge their undying devotion to autocratic, despotic regimes like those in Jordan, UAE, Bahrain and Qatar for the sole purpose of providing them weapons and training, all paid for with your tax dollars while they say they can’t afford to pay teachers here in the states.

No money for teachers or disabled folks but we got butt-loads of cash to heap on dictators from the Middle East to help bomb Syria into regime change. Funny how that works, ain’t it?

We have “progressive” TV personalities spending enormous amounts of their airtime proving what warmongering hawks they can be just like the neocons of yesteryear they pilloried for a decade.

We have the Obama administration, the President Peace Prize farce, presenting their own version, a hand-crafted document they expect to be passed without debate, authorizing war anywhere, anytime against anyone they say is supporting “ISIS™”. That new AUMF document, one usually crafted by congress, will be slapped on the desks of leading congressmen sometime today or tomorrow. It’s something this president has wanted since they created “ISIS™” now that the old one from 2001 is a bit sketchy considering the fact that it names al Qaeda as the enemy and we now call them “moderates” and are funding them in Syria.

And all of this is based on what? A ridiculous MTV-styled video custom made for the purpose of providing the pretext for what is happening right now and released on the very same day the King of Jordan was visiting Obama and congress looking for money to fight “ISIS™”. (I will write more about that video later this morning)

Are those the biggest stories in the world today?

No. Not in my opinion.

So what is? What is the one big story everyone knows about and no one is talking about and how does Barney Fife and Fidel Castro of all people fit into this? Have I gone crazy? Inquiring minds want to know.

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Syrian Gov’t, Opposition Agree on Four Key Points in Moscow Talks

from Sputnik International

Delegates from Syria’s government and opposition managed to reach consensus on four key points during talks in Moscow, the Deputy Secretary General of the Syrian National Youth Party told Sputnik Thursday.

The main points include the “activation and acceleration of delivery of humanitarian aid to all regions of Syria, without exception on the basis of a relevant UN resolution,” as well as “calls on the international community to alleviate and lift economic sanctions imposed against Syrian people,” Suheir Sarmini told Sputnik.

According to Sarmini, both sides reached consensus in condemning “acts of aggression by Israel towards Lebanon and Syria, calling on the international community to pressure Jerusalem with the aim of observance of the UN charter and implementation of international resolutions.”

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