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11.16 How pesticide bans can prevent tens of thousands of suicides a year [how many thousands more die early from eating pesticide-laced food?]
11.15 The long read: The plastic backlash: what's behind our sudden rage – and will it make a difference? [the world wants to throw-up...]
11.15 Claws out: crab fishermen sue 30 oil firms over climate change [workers are waking-up...]
11.12 This Land is Your Land: The Zinke effect: how the US interior department became a tool of industry [behaving ignorantly again...]
11.11 Trump responds to worst fires in California’s history by threatening to withhold federal aid [behaving ignorantly again...]
11.11 Interior department sued for ‘secretive process’ in at-risk species assessment [behaving ignorantly again...]
11.11 Keystone XL pipeline: judge rules government 'jumped the gun' and orders halt [behaving ignorantly again...]
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US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
11.17 As Energy for Medicare for All Explodes, Steny Hoyer's Plan Includes Waiting for Trump to Help Make Obamacare Better [Another who is unfit to be Democrat leader]
11.17 'A Staggeringly Bad Idea': Outrage as Pelosi Pushes Tax Rule That Would 'Kneecap the Progressive Agenda' [Unfit to be Democrat leader]
11.16 As 'Green New Deal' Demand Grows, Democrats Have Choice: Confront and Defeat Fossil Fuel Industry or Take Credit for 'Doomed' Planet [Two choices: Save life-on-Earth or help Republicans let it die?]
11.15 Democrats Won Big. Can They Go Bold, Too? [it's about suppressing the influence and leadership by Republican-like Democrats who counsel 'íncremental' (no) change, such as Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Shumer and Joe Biden]
11.15 Pentagon Officials Forced to Make Fewer Public Appearances to Avoid Provoking Trump [...by revealing Trump's huuuge ignorance]
11.15 REPUBLICANS USED A BILL ABOUT WOLVES TO AVOID A VOTE ON YEMEN WAR [if there are 'defense industry' profits to be made—including congress-critter insider-trading—and political 'donations' to be had, we mustn't stop killing innocent civilians!]
11.14 The Guardian view on Yemen’s misery: the west is complicit [WAR CRIMES]
Economics, Crony Capitalism
11.16 Amazon’s HQ2 Will Get a Tax Break Designed to Help the Poor [a Republican program that directly helps participating wealthy companies—but only helps workers if and when 'trickle-down' occurs.]
11.16 Trump doesn’t want to punish Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi. His new sanctions prove it. [George W. Bush made a similar immoral decision for the same oily reasons after 9-11, protecting Saudi defense contracts while facilitating the slaughter of poorer Arab "terrorists" in the region.]
11.15 The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us [fossil fuel burning, un-recyclable plastic production/use and methane gas release must cease ASAP.]
International & Futurism
11.17 Thousands gather to block London bridges in climate rebellion [We're losing WWIII because the enemy is invisible while we're like frogs slowly cooking. We aren't informed enough to be alarmed, but must get organized and motivated to fight back. We need a War Plan to ruthlessly pursue the fight of our lives!]
11.17 Policies of China, Russia and Canada threaten 5C climate change, study finds [Climate catastrophe is increasingly likely without worldwide organization, funding and commitment to winning THE WAR AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING.]
11.15 Cuba to pull doctors out of Brazil after President-elect Bolsonaro comments [terms must be negotiated for fairness to Cuba's health professionals without disruption of healthcare for Brazil's poor]
11.14 'Appalling' Khashoggi audio shocked Saudi intelligence – Erdogan [Exposing a psychopath?]
Neocontinuity: Obama Following War Plan for Iran
Wednesday, 4 March 2009
Our militarists and imperialists play a long game, they press on relentlessly and remorselessly to advance their agenda: war, profit, power and dominance.Moon of Alabama brings the disturbing -- if unsurprising -- news that the Obama Administration appears to be closely following a "neocon strategy against Iran" devised by many of the same good folks who brought us the war in Iraq.
Several recent policy moves -- and strategic media leaks -- by the Obama White House line up in lock-step with plans laid out by the aptly named "Bipartisan Policy Institute" to bring on a war with Iran. MoA rightly likens the BPI to our old friends at The Project for a New American Century, who openly yearned -- back in September 2000 -- for a "new Pearl Harbor" that would "catalyze" the American people into supporting their militarist agenda (which included imposing a U.S. military presence in Iraq -- whether Saddam Hussein was still in power there or not).
Indeed, BPI and PNAC share several of the same members -- including the Administration's brand-new, top dog on Iran, Dennis Ross. Once again, we see the beloved, stabilizing "continuity" which has won Obama so much praise from the Beltway mandarins. After all, if you retain the head honchos of Bush's aggressive war machine and make them your own, why not keep his wonky warmongers on tap as well?
MoA lays out the connections between BPI and BHO policy in great detail, so you should read the whole thing. But he sums it up succinctly:
And do remember this: it took PNAC and its many fellow travellers several years to achieve their goal of raping and destroying Iraq. Our militarists and imperialists play a long game, and are not deterred by momentary setbacks or the changing political winds of any given passing moment. As we noted here last month, they press on relentlessly and remorselessly to advance their agenda: war, profit, power and dominance.
NOTE: But we should point out here, yet again, that all of these groups -- BPI, AEI, PNAC, etc. -- represent some of the various factions in the American power structure; factions which often align themselves with factions in other power structures -- Israeli, Saudi, Iraqi, Pakistani, etc. -- whenever these can be used to further the American factionists' goals. Our American elites have dragged the nation into many foolish wars down through the years; but they have always done so in pursuit of their own agendas. Our elites are not good, decent, simple souls led astray by wily foreigners; they are stone-cold operators who know what they want, and act accordingly. (For more on this theme, see Dogs of War: Hijacking National Policy and Asses Bearing Gold: Of Neocons and Nabobs.)
Chris Floyd has been a writer and editor for more than 25 years, working in the United States, Great Britain and Russia for various newspapers, magazines, the U.S. government and Oxford University. Floyd co-founded the blog Empire Burlesque, and is also chief editor of Atlantic Free Press. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This story was published on March 5, 2009.
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