Friday, June 23, 2017

Ricky Twisdale — BOMBSHELL: Trump told Saudis to stop funding terror

The real purpose of my being there, was to make sure these countries do not fund terror any longer.….
Earlier in his address, Trump had strongly reiterated his campaign rhetoric decrying the havoc caused by decades of US military intervention:
Our country has spent $6 trillion in the middle east – wasted. And the lives, the lives…thousands and thousands and thousands of lives. We started 16 years ago, and it’s in far worse shape than it was 16 years ago. So we spent all of this money, all of these lives…and let me tell you, I came in and took over a very, very difficult hand. But we’re going to get it fixed – that’s what you put me here for.
Needless to say, Trump’s rhetoric is at odds with Pentagon policy, which seems to have changed little since the turnover in administrations. There is clearly a discrepency between the US president’s views and the deep state’s demands....
The Duran
BOMBSHELL: Trump told Saudis to stop funding terror
Ricky Twisdale

Darius Shahtahmasebi — Everything You’re Not Being Told About the US War Against ISIS in Syria

The battlefield as the endgame approaches.

Everything You’re Not Being Told About the US War Against ISIS in Syria
Darius Shahtahmasebi

Pepe Escobar — Fear and Loathing on the Afghan Silk Road

It is a categorical imperative for Beijing to expand BRI [Belt and Road Initiative] across the Levant, linking China to the Mediterranean overland just like the Ancient Silk Road did. And yet that clashes frontally with the crucial fact admitted on record by Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn himself: that the Obama administration made a “willful decision” to let Islamic State fester, with the objective of arriving at a “Sunnistan” across “Syraq” as a means to accelerate regime change in Damascus. Translation: let ISIS break up the BRI in the Levant.
Fear and Loathing on the Afghan Silk Road
Pepe Escobar

TASS — Deutsche Welle sees Russian international broadcasters as threat to European ideas

Of course, no awareness that international broadcast of "European" ideas might be viewed the negative way in traditional societies.  Germany doesn't seem to be modified its superiority complex anymore than the US or the UK, or France, all of whom believe that German, American, British and French ideas  are respectively superior. American's even have names for it — "American exceptionalism" and "the indispensable nation." 

Edward Harrison — Baumol’s cost disease, aging societies and inflation expectations

I have been banging on about lowflation, repeatedly suggesting it is here to stay. The Fed, on the other hand begs to differ and is pre-emptively normalizing rates, as a result. No matter how you look at this, there’s a rub though: We all consume different products, so we each experience a different individual inflation rate.

Even as the statistics say inflation is dropping for you and me, it’s not dropping for everybody….

Jacob Pramuk — Obama reportedly approved 'cyberweapons' against Russian infrastructure before leaving office

Is anyone else's crap detector going off?

Obama reportedly approved 'cyberweapons' against Russian infrastructure before leaving office

So let me get this straight. President Obama and 17 intelligence agencies knew that Russia was mucking with the election and did nothing about it beforehand and waited until after HRC had lost ignominiously to do anything about it. Right.

Alice Sales — Only 2% of US Politicians Actually Want to Stop Arming Terrorists — Here’s Why


Only 2% of US Politicians Actually Want to Stop Arming Terrorists — Here’s Why
Alice Sales

The Saker — The Latest Escalation in Syria – What Is Really Going On?

By now most of you have heard the latest bad news of out Syria: on June 18th a US F/A-18E Super Hornet (1999) used a AIM-120 AMRAAM (1991) to shoot down a Syrian Air Force Su-22 (1970). Two days later, June 20th, a US F-15E Strike Eagle shot down an Iranian IRGC Shahed 129 drone. The excuse used each time was that there was a threat to US and US supported forces. The reality is, of course, that the US are simply trying to stop the advance of the Syrian army. This was thus a typical American “show of force”. Except that, of course, shooting a 47 year old Soviet era Su-22 fighter-bomber is hardly an impressive feat. Neither is shooting a unmanned drone. There is a pattern here, however, and that pattern is that all US actions so far have been solely for show: the basically failed bombing of the Syria military airbase, the bombing of the Syrian army column, the shooting down of the Syrian fighter-bomber and of the Iranian drone – all these actions have no real military value. They do, however, have a provocative value as each time all the eyes turn to Russia to see if the Russians will respond or not.
Russia did respond this time again, but in a very ambiguous and misunderstood manner. The Russians announced, amongst other measure that from now on “any airborne objects, including aircraft and unmanned vehicles of the [US-led] international coalition, located to the west of the Euphrates River, will be tracked by Russian ground and air defense forces as air targets” which I reported as “Russian MoD declares it will shoot down any aircraft flying west of the Euphrates river”. While I gave the exact Russian quote, I did not explain why I paraphrased the Russian words the way I did. Now is a good time to explain this....
The first step towards understanding how the Russians function is to stop expecting that they would act just like Americans would.

Brett Heino — The Great Leveler: Capitalism and Competition in the Court of Law

There are few components of a capitalist society that penetrate as deeply and pro-foundly into the lives of the people as law. Whole swathes of social life, ranging from the labour–capital relationship, the make-up of the family, the regulation of crime and the relationship of citizens to one another and the state (to name a few) are structured and governed by the legal form. Capitalism is, in short, legalized to a degree that is historically unprecedented. Given this reality, it is both surprising and disappointing that sophisticated Marxist analyses of law are uncommon. Many attempts fall apart in the always-difficult exercise of articulating theoretical rigour with empirical sensitivity. Against this backdrop, Brett Christophers’ The Great Leveler: Capitalism and Competition in the Court of Law stands out as a fine example of both the method and the fruits of a successful effort at such an articulation....
As world capitalism continues to change and evolve, we must understand the roles played in this process by the full gamut of economic, political and cultural institutions, including the law. The Great Leveler stands as a beacon for those of us who have been arguing for law to be taken to the heart of political-economic study.
Neoliberalism, which promotes privatization and deregulation, is very much engaged with law and law-making as a political theory based chiefly on economic liberalism and political conservatism. Economic liberalism holes that property relations should be free of government intrusion, and political conservatism holds that ownership of property is evidence of the ability to govern, which President Trump just affirmed in his appointing billionaires to cabinet level positions. Also strong features of this are lobbying and the revolving door.

Progress in Political Economy
Brett Heino

Moon of Alabama — The Saudi-Qatar Spat - An Offer To Be Refused

(Qatar is surely "supporting terrorism". So is the U.S. - the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services just rejected an asylum request because the person in question has relations with the Free Syrian Army which it considers to be an "undesignated terrorist organization". The CIA built and supports the FSA. But the biggest terrorist sponsors of all are and have been the Saudis.)

Moon of Alabama
The Saudi-Qatar Spat - An Offer To Be Refused

Gareth Porter — How America Armed Terrorists in Syria

Another tale of infamy involving the usual suspects.

What Porter does not mention is that this was largely covered up domestically by US media propaganda demonizing Assad personally.

The American Conservative
How America Armed Terrorists in Syria
Gareth Porter
Reposted at Consortium News

Jada Thacker — Deep History of America’s Deep State

The idea of an elitist Deep State – erasing a “mistake” by the people – pervades current efforts to remove buffoonish President Trump, but the concept has deep historical roots dating from the Founding, writes Jada Thacker.
Does the sudden presence of an American Deep State – loosely defined as an unelected elite that manipulates the elected government to serve its own interests – pose a novel, even existential, threat to democracy?
Not exactly. The threat seems real enough, but it’s nothing new. Consider these facts: 230 years ago, an unelected group of elite Americans held a secretive meeting with an undisclosed agenda. Their purpose was not merely to manipulate lawful government in their own interests, but to abolish it altogether. In its place, they would install a radically undemocratic government – a “more perfect” government, they said – better suited to their investment portfolios.
History does not identify these conspirators as the Deep State. It calls them the Founders. The Founders did not consider themselves conspirators, but “republicans” – not in reference to any political party, but rather to their economic station in society. But their devotion to “republicanism” was transparently self-serving. A current college text, The American Journey: A History of the United States, explains though does not explicate “republican ideology”:
“Their main bulwark against tyranny was civil liberty, or maintaining the right of the people to participate in government. The people who did so, however, had to demonstrate virtue. To eighteenth century republicans, virtuous citizens were those who were focused not on their private interests but rather on what was good for the public as a whole.
“They were necessarily property holders, since only those individuals could exercise an independence of judgment impossible for those dependent upon employers, landlords, masters, or (in the case of women and children) husbands and fathers.” [Emphasis supplied]
Republicanism was a handy idea if you happened to be a master or a landlord, who were the only persons this ideology considered “virtuous” enough to vote or hold political office. Thus, “republicanism” – virtually indistinguishable from today’s “neoliberalism” – created the original Deep State in the image of the economic system it was designed to perpetuate....
The Founding Fathers were bourgeois (property-owning) liberals that held fast to the fundamental conservative principle that some are better than others and deserve to govern. The basis of classical liberalism is private ownership of property, which combined with conservatism results in a property requirement to hold office. The chief domestic adversary is "the rabble," now called "the little people."
How this was accomplished is not a comforting tale. But it cannot be related nor understood without an appreciation of the historical context in which it occurred....
The history behind the myth of American democracy.

Consortium News
Deep History of America’s Deep State
Jada Thacker, history teacher at Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, TX

Barkley Rosser — Saudi Succession Shuffle


Angry Bear
Saudi Succession Shuffle
J. Barkley Rosser | Professor of Economics and Business Administration James Madison University

Michael Roberts — Europe’s crisis: the Cluj debate with Mark Blyth

Michael Roberts reports on the debate between Mark Blyth representing the Post Keynesian view and himself representing the Marxist view of the main cause of the Global Financial Crisis that led to the imposition of austerity.

I think this is probably an undecidable argument since such issues have a constellation of causes and identifying all of them and prioritizing them is hampered by lack of agreed upon criteria. So they are probably both correct in claiming that they have identified a significant causal factor among others.

Michael Roberts Blog
Europe’s crisis: the Cluj debate with Mark Blyth
Michael Roberts

Report: U.S. Killing More Civilians Than T-e-r-r-o-r-i-s-t-s

I found this riveting but it's a shame it isn't longer as I would like to have seen the whole thing. Jimmy Dore reports on US terrorism and the amount of innocent people who died which is never reported in our media.   

Sputnik International — Gulf States to Qatar: Limit Iran Ties, Shut Turkish Base, Close Al Jazeera

Will Turkey sit on the sidelines? Turkey has the largest military in the region.

Sputnik International
Gulf States to Qatar: Limit Iran Ties, Shut Turkish Base, Close Al Jazeera

Zero Hedge — Whites Are The Slowest Growing US Group; Will Lose Majority Around 2040

Demographic shift in full swing.

Zero Hedge
Whites Are The Slowest Growing US Group; Will Lose Majority Around 2040
Tyler Durden

Marko Marjanović — The First Shots of America's New War for Eastern Syria Have Already Been Fired

When US shot down the Syrian Su-22 jet Sunday this may have been intended as a warning to Syria that US intends to take eastern Syria for itself -- and that a Syrian push into eastern Syria will be violently opposed....
As the ISIS threat diminishes quickly, will Russia and Iran stand by and let the US continue to push forward its invasion of east Syria in order to partition the country and establish a military foothold? Tense times.

Russia Insider Marko Marjanović

John T. Harvey — No Poor Need Apply: Four Reasons Why President Trump Is Wrong

Wednesday, President Trump uttered the following now widely-publicized statement regarding the top economic positions in his administration:
And I love all people, rich or poor, but in those particular positions, I just don’t want a poor person. Does that makes sense? Does that make sense?
While this has provided wonderful material for critics and satirists, are they really being fair? On the surface of it, there’s a certain logic to his statement. Shouldn’t those who have been the most successful in the economy also be the ones to offer advice?
Unfortunately, no. Here are four reasons why putting rich folks in charge is in no way a guarantee of superior economic performance:
Forbes — Pragmatic Economics
No Poor Need Apply: Four Reasons Why President Trump Is Wrong
John T. Harvey | Professor of Economics, Texas Christian University

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Adam Johnson — Syria the Latest Case of US ‘Stumbling’ Into War

Adam Johnson calls bullshit.

Syria the Latest Case of US ‘Stumbling’ Into War
Adam Johnson

Todd E. Pierce — The Criminal ‘Laws’ of Counterinsurgency

A new book traces how the CIA and U.S. counterinsurgency warfare operatives adopted lessons from the Nazis’ fight against the partisans and evolved into a dangerous law onto themselves, writes retired JAG Major Todd E. Pierce.

Douglas Valentine has once again added to the store of knowledge necessary for American citizens to understand how the U.S. government actually works today, in his most recent book entitled The CIA As Organized Crime. (Valentine previously wrote The Phoenix Program, which should be read with the current book.)
The U.S. “deep state” – of which the CIA is an integral part – is an open secret now and the Phoenix Program (assassinations, death squads, torture, mass detentions, exploitation of information) has been its means of controlling populations. Consequently, knowing the deep state’s methods is the only hope of building a democratic opposition to the deep state and to restore as much as possible the Constitutional system we had in previous centuries, as imperfect as it was.
Princeton University political theorist Sheldon Wolin described the U.S. political system in place by 2003 as “inverted totalitarianism.”...
This is post is about the history of the CIA and focuses on Vietnam, but the same can be said for other areas, such as Latin American.

Now that the US has the Patriot Act that suspends constitutional liberties, a Department of Homeland Security, and integrated intelligence services all that this needed for a national security police state is in place, including total surveillance.

But "it can't happen here."

Consortium News
The Criminal ‘Laws’ of Counterinsurgency
Todd E. Pierce

William I. Robinson — Global Capitalism: Reflections on a Brave New World

We are in the throes of a transition to a qualitatively new stage of world capitalism. Its essence is the emergence of truly transnational capital, a transnational capitalist class (TCC) made up of the owners and managers of transnational corporations, and transnational state apparatuses through which the TCC attempts to exercise global political authority. This corporate-driven globalization has brought a vast new round of global enclosures as hundreds of millions of people have been uprooted and converted into surplus humanity. The extreme global inequality that has resulted erodes social cohesion and fuels unrest. In response, the more enlightened members of the transnational elite clamor for a powerful transnational state to resolve the ecological, social, economic, and political crises of global capitalism, but instead a global war economy and a global police state may be in the offing. If we are to avoid a civilizational collapse and reach a Great Transition, we will need an accurate reading of the new global capitalism to guide our social practice....
Tags: #global capitalism, #transnational capitalist class, #transnational corporate totalitarianism, #corporate statism, #fascism

Someone tell the people.

BTW, this is a really good article. If no time now, save it for the weekend.

It underscores what I have been saying for some time. Just looking at national economies in a globalized world is insufficient. Economics now must be pursued from the perspective of closed globalized economy rather than a collection of open national economies.

This is the way that the transnational capitalist class, "Davos man," is already viewing it. These are people commanding integrated supply chains and global markets, to whom borders are inconveniences.
Global capitalism does not consist of the aggregation of “national” economies, but their integration into a greater transnational whole.…
Economic globalization entails the fragmentation and decentralization of complex production chains and the worldwide dispersal and functional integration of the different segments in these chains. Yet this fragmentation and decentralization is countered by a reverse movement: the centralization and concentration of worldwide economic management, control, and decision-making power in a handful of ever more powerful transnational corporations (TNCs).
It's pretty clear from the article that socialism of some type is needed to counter the trend. This actually accords with the principle of dialectical logic that a form is not subsumed by the dominant emerging form in the succeeding moment until the initial form has exhausted its potential and succumbs to rising internal contradictions.

Radical Political Economy
Global Capitalism: Reflections on a Brave New World
William I. Robinson | Professor of Sociology, Global Studies and Latin American Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara

Spiegel Online — Spying Scandal: German Intelligence Also Snooped on White House

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is famous for the terse remark she made after learning her mobile phone had been tapped by the NSA. "Spying among friends, that isn't done." As it turns out, Germany was spying on America too, even targeting the White House....
"Everybody does it."

Fox News Cuts off Girl Telling the Truth About Russia

I watching Oliver Stone's, The Putin Interviews Part 2, when they spoke about the war in Georgia. I then remembered this clip where Fox News had an young Ameirca girl on who was visiting her Aunt in South Odessa when the war broke out there. Fox News thought they had a good bit of anti Russian propaganda coming up but when they were totally taken by surprise so they cut the interview short. This is good example of how Western propaganda works. Notice the emphasis on how a 'young 12 yerar old girl' was being bombed by the bad Russians. But it wasn't the Russians who were doing the bombing said the girl and her aunt, then advert time conveniently came up.

Moon of Alabama — U.S. Torture, A Saudi Coup And ISIS Crimes - "By, With And Through Allies"

The U.S. military and/or the CIA outsourced parts of their ongoing torture campaign in Yemen to the United Arab Emirates, reports AP. Some "interrogations" are done in the presence of U.S. personal and on U.S. ships:
The thuggery and war crimes continue. Much more in the post.

Geopolitika — U.S. provokes instability in Balkans

Donald Trump issued message to Congress of the United States on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Western Balkans.
There is noted:
The threat constituted by the actions of persons engaged in, or assisting, sponsoring, or supporting (i) extremist violence in the Republic of Macedonia and elsewhere in the Western Balkans region, or (ii) acts obstructing implementation of the Dayton Accords in Bosnia or United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 of June 10, 1999, in Kosovo, has not been resolved. In addition, Executive Order 13219 was amended by Executive Order 13304 of May 28, 2003, to take additional steps with respect to acts obstructing implementation of the Ohrid Framework Agreement of 2001 relating to Macedonia.
The acts of extremist violence and obstructionist activity outlined in these Executive Orders are hostile to United States interests and continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. For this reason, I have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency with respect to the Western Balkans.
Besides that American media anounced 400-mile road march that will take them deep into the Balkans to Macedonia as part of Exercise "Saber Guardian".
In fact it means occupation of this country.
NATO is actually a thinly disguised US occupation of Europe at the invitation of the comprador elite that profit from it and made acceptable to the people through manufactured consent by means of propaganda.


Taking in the big picture, the US acting against the strategic and economic alliance of Russia and China, the only adversary capable of challenging the US both militarily and economically in the foreseeable future. The US must retain the European states as vassals to avoid a Russo-Chinese economic bloc that includes Europe, effectively replacing the US on the world stage and driving the US back to the Western hemisphere. This is a do or die mission. Very dangerous for peace.


U.S. provokes instability in Balkans

See also

Good strategic analysis. But Wight leaves out China, which is the elephant in the room.

Sputnik International
US Foreign Policy - 'Rome Has Spoken; the Matter Is Finished'
John Wight, author of the Edinburgh Trilogy

Leader of Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD) Martin Schulz has criticized the latest US sanctions against Russia and called on Angela Merkel to oppose them.
"We have seen that the US is pursuing a course in energy policy that is dangerous and is directed against Germany," Schulz told the Federal Association of German Industry (BDI)."Our energy supply also depends on constructive cooperation with Russia," he said, and called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the issue with President Trump at next month's G20 summit in Hamburg.
"We have the right to defend the industrial interests of the Federal Republic of Germany and Europe," Schulz said....
Sputnik International
German SPD Condemns 'Dangerous' US Nord Stream 2 Sanctions 'Directed at Germany'

Chris Dillow — Free Markets Need Equality

I would change the title by replacing "equality" with "symmetry."
There’s one thing that’s crucial – equality [symmetry] of power. For free markets to have public acceptance, the worst-off must have bargaining power. Without this, “free” markets merely become a device for exploitation.
The basis of economic liberalism is free markets and free trade.

Classical and neoclassical economics provided the foundation of economic liberalism historically. Classical and neoclassical economics assume perfect competition. Perfect competition is vitiated by asymmetries, especially asymmetry of power and information. Perfect markets also presume symmetrical opportunity of participants.

Concentration of capital vitiates these assumptions of economic liberalism about free markets and free trade. Capitalism is about favoring capital as an economic factor on the assumption that growth is chiefly a function of capital formation. This disadvantages labor (workers) and land (the environment).

Owing to the economies of scale, free market capitalism leads to concentration of capital in fewer and fewer hands, which leads in turn to monopoly and monopsony in economics and oligarchy and plutonomy in politics. This vitiates both economic liberalism and political liberalism.

Free market capitalism based on economic liberalism is antithetical to the foundations of liberalism.

This is one of the chief paradoxes of liberalism.

There is no way to generate a truly liberal system, which involves integration, when one factor is favored over others.

As Aquinas said at the outset of De ente et essentia, paraphrasing Aristotle, "A small mistake at the beginning becomes a large by the end."
The inference here is, for me, obvious. If you are serious about wanting free markets you must put in place the conditions which are necessary for them – namely, greater bargaining power for tenants, customers and workers. This requires not just strong anti-monopoly policies but also policies such as a high citizens income, full employment and mass housebuilding.
In short, free markets require egalitarian policies. Free marketeers who don’t support these are not the friends of freedom at all, but are merely shills for exploiters.
Stumbling and Mumbling
Free Markets Need EqualityChris Dillow | Investors Chronicle

Bill Mitchell — Latest Greek bailout – a recipe designed to fail

I have been looking at the latest Greek bailout deal between the Greek government and the European Commission/IMF), which was concluded last week (June 16, 2017) and released a further 8.5 billion euros in new loans to the Greek government which means it can make bond payments due in July. Despite all the statements from the European Commission and the IMF to the contrary, the terms of the deal with the Greek government confirms that these institutions have abandoned any pretence to being interested in serious economic policy. For the European Commission, the desired irrevocable status of the euro, as a political statement, is all it seems interested in when it comes to Greece. They just don’t want to admit that Greece cannot reasonably function in this monetary union. Just like the previous bailout agreements, this deal will fail. It actually only stalls the reality for yet another day and the only goal it serves is to keep Greece using a currency it cannot afford to use – afford in both monetary and real terms....
Bill Mitchell – billy blog
Latest Greek bailout – a recipe designed to fail
Bill Mitchell | Professor in Economics and Director of the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE), at University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia

The H.R.608 – Stop Arming Terrorists Act: Rep. Gabbard

Below is an interesting comment left by a reader on Guardian CiF. Rep. Gabbard tried to pass a bill to stop supporting armed jihadist militia groups, but hardly anyone in congress signed the bill. Ron Paul reintroduced the bill but with no luck.  Now why isn't this mainstream news? Just imagine if it was Russia that was sponsoring terrorists in the ME what the MSM would be saying? Sadly, people in the West can't see the bias or the propaganda.

Russia and China are going to send them Virginia farm boys back in body bags when the hot war starts and even at that point, the Guardian/NYT/Washington Post won't tell their own readers the full context.

Consider this.

Given the insidious history of the American empire and its creation and fostering of terrorist regimes across the globe, it should come as no surprise that the overwhelming majority of politicians would refuse to sign on to a law that requires them to ‘Stop Arming Terrorists.’
And, that is exactly what’s happened.

**H.R.608 – Stop Arming Terrorists Act was introduced by Rep. Gabbard, Tulsi [D-HI] on January 23 of this year. **

The bill doesn’t have any crazy strings attached and its original cosponsors are a mix of Republicans and Democrats — highlighting that it transcends party lines.

“For years, our government has been providing both direct and indirect support to these armed militant groups, who are working directly with or under the command of terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS, all in their effort and fight to overthrow the Syrian government,” Gabbard said in an interview earlier this year.

The text of the bill is simple.

It merely states that it prohibits the use of federal agency funds to provide covered assistance to: (1) Al Qaeda, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or any individual or group that is affiliated with, associated with, cooperating with, or adherents to such groups; or (2) the government of any country that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) determines has, within the most recent 12 months, provided covered assistance to such a group or individual.

The only thing this bill does is prohibit the US government from giving money and weapons to people who want to murder Americans and who do murder innocent men, women, and children across the globe.

It is quite possibly the simplest and most rational bill ever proposed by Congress.
Given its rational and humanitarian nature, one would think that representatives would be lining up to show their support.

However, one would be wrong.

***After nearly 5 months since its introduction, only 13 of the 535 members of Congress have signed on as co-sponsors.***

What this lack of support for the bill shows is that the federal government is addicted to funding terror and has no intention of ever stopping it.
To add insult to treason and murder, Senator Rand Paul [R-KY] introduced this same legislation in the Senate.

He currently has zero cosponsors.

Further, why Israel, Saudi Arabia, Britain and Australia(!!) think they are untouchable at this particular moment in geopolitical history is utterly bizarre. I guess when the tail wags the dog too often it loses sight of its own precarious existence which is largely dependent on the fate of the master.

Unfortunately Russia, China and Iran have put the master on notice that at this point, they are all in.
May you live in interesting times.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

France24 — Macron Rolls Back on ‘Assad Must Go’ Position

Needless to say, this is welcome news and a positive development in a sea of otherwise negative news and the gathering of war clouds.
President Emmanuel Macron said in remarks published on Wednesday that he saw no legitimate successor to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and that France no longer considered his departure a pre-condition to resolving the six-year conflict.
Macron Rolls Back on ‘Assad Must Go’ Position
Macron said he will not allow US “neo-conservatism” to seep into France, and that the focus of French policy will be aimed at achieving “stability” in Syria, rather than getting dragged into a Libya-style conflict.
“What was the outcome of these interventions? Failed states in which terrorist groups flourished. I do not want that in Syria,” the French leader emphasized.
France’s Macron sees no ‘legitimate successor’ to Assad, declares terrorism a common enemy in Syria