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Posted May 30, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: LESSONS FROM AMERICA’S IMPERIAL HORRORS – THE REAL REASONS FOR THE HELL OF VIETNAM – WHY THERE REALLY WERE NO LEGITIMATE AMERICAN POWs THERE – THE LESSONS AMERICANS SHOULD HAVE LEARNED BUT DID NOT – LBJ’s REPULSIVE CHARACTER – WHY KENNEDY DIED – THE POWER ESTABLISHMENT’S EFFORTS AT CHANGE SO IT COULD GO RIGHT ON INFLICTING THE SAME HORRORS IN OTHER PLACES WITH NO OPPOSITION AT HOME – THE MIDDLE EAST’S NEOCON WARS HAVE BEEN ALMOST AS TERRIBLE AND WITHOUT LEGITIMATE PURPOSE BUT AMERICANS WENT RIGHT ON WITH FOOTBALL AND SOCIAL NETWORKING WHILE THEY RAGED, AND SOME OF THOSE WARS RAGE ON STILL   Leave a comment

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EXPANSION OF A COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY WILLIAM J ASTORE IN CONSORTIUM NEWS

Americans Are All Prisoners of War

There were really no American POWs in Vietnam.

No legal state of war was ever declared.

South Vietnam was not even a legitimate country but an artificial enclave, hived off the empire of the departing French, run exclusively by dictators, and intended to serve as an American pied-a-terre in Southeast Asia.

Even its own captive people did not support it. That’s who the Viet Cong were, residents of South Vietnam fighting the dictators of South Vietnam. America’s war was a shabby effort from beginning to end.

John Kennedy’s refusal to support the charade any further likely contributed to his assassination, although his attitudes towards Cuba and Russia were the major contributing factors.

That is the nature of the “freedom” and “democracy” LBJ’s war was all about. When asked once by a reporter in the White House why America was in Vietnam, Johnson, an extremely crude man, unzipped his pants and pulled out his ample penis. “That’s why,” he said.

The men captured by North Vietnam could justifiably be classed as war criminals, but the North chose not to do so and to keep them as bargaining chips. They knew, for example, that John McCain’s father was one of America’s most senior Admirals.

Good old John McCain, when he was shot down, was bombing a civilian facility in Hanoi. Some war hero.

I think America made a great deal of the “POWs” because the war was so shameful, so degrading, and so unsuccessful, they desperately wanted something to feel good about.

Project Phoenix cutting the throats of forty thousand village leaders in the nights. Marines burning down villagers’ homes. Napalm. Early cluster bombs. Agent Orange. Countless land mines. B-52 carpet-bombing. Massacres of civilians. Throwing prisoners who refused to talk out of helicopters. Countless rapes. Three million killed in Vietnam and another million in Cambodia.

If Americans had learned the true, terrible lessons that Vietnam offered, the history of the last half century might have been very different, but they did not.

America’s establishment was able to carry right on with its brutal imperial ways with just a few adjustments, like getting rid of the draft and creating a well-paid mercenary army. And the chances of adverse stories getting out in future were smothered by “embedding” the press with the military.

A further new element would be added in the 21st century wars by using in many cases recruited mercenaries, both corporate American ones and rabble recruited and armed from many places who passed as jihadi types but somehow always attacked what America wanted attacked and not what true jihadis would go after.

The horrors of America’s bloody march through the Middle East in the Neocon Wars of the last two decades were nearly as great as those of Vietnam, but almost no opposition at home arose. Americans were happy to go on with football and social networking while several million died, millions more were wounded, and tens of millions were reduced to desperate refugees.

Remnants of the Neocon Wars rage on still. American troops remain in parts of Syria and Iraq where they are not wanted. America’s ugly, complex proxy war in Syria continues to scar a beautiful land and prevent its healing. America and its partner, the monstrous Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, continue slaughtering civilians in Yemen. Libya, once an admirably-run and peaceful country, remains a smoldering ruin, overrun with armed gangs. America’s vicious, relentless efforts against Iran resemble a special kind of brutal, undeclared war. And America just flaunts international law by taking property from Syria and giving away the property of others in Palestine.

Posted January 15, 2021 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: EVENTS AT THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL BUILDING WERE CHAOS, AND IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND MEANINGFUL PATTERNS IN CHAOS – BUT THE AFTERMATH LEAVES US WITH TWO CERTAINTIES – THE UNITED STATES IS A DEEPLY AND DANGEROUSLY DIVIDED NATION AND AMERICAN POLITICS HAVE BECOME POISONOUS – THERE ARE NO EASY FIXES – THERE IS NO SERIOUS LEADERSHIP IN THE COUNTRY AND THE PRIVILEGED ARE READY TO GIVE UP NOTHING – A STARK COMPARISON OF AMERICA AND CHINA IN THEIR GLOBAL EFFORTS   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY JOE LAURIA IN CONSORTIUM NEWS

Trump Impeached Amid Efforts to Silence Him

Trump has been impeached again and this time the Republican-controlled Senate may convict to keep him from running in 2024, as Democrat-aligned big tech moves to shut him up

I’m not sure any of the details and legalities of the Capitol gate-crashing event can ever be satisfactorily sorted. It was chaos, and it is hard to find patterns in chaos.

But in the aftermath, two things are certain.

America is a badly divided nation, one divided along some very dangerous lines.

And American politics, always under the withering influence of big money, are now also grown poisonous.

I see no easy fixes.

Joe Biden is not an inspired leader, and his political party is just about as dedicated to the status quo as the Republicans are.

At the same time, the country continues to waste a fortune on its military and security service ventures around the world.

While China builds, everywhere, America threatens and sanctions and blockades and assassinates and destroys in many places. Which approach do you think builds a healthy, long-term future?

America’s attitudes are virtually all bristling with various hostilities, and it can’t even summon the strength of cooperation and helpfulness in fighting a pandemic.

Posted January 14, 2021 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE SHAMEFUL BUSINESS OF BLAMING CHINA FOR THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC CONTINUES – NEVER BEFORE HAVE WE BLAMED A PEOPLE FOR THE EMERGENCE OF A DISEASE, SOMETHING WHICH HAPPENS PERIODICALLY AS PART OF EVOLUTION – PREJUDICE OR SPITE ABOUT CHINA’S SUCCESS IS BEHIND THIS – CONSIDER THE ORIGINAL SOURCE, THE MOST DISCREDITED AND FOUL-MOUTHED LEADER ON EARTH, DONALD TRUMP   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN GLOBAL TIMES

TCM [Traditional Chinese Medicine] as a cause of COVID-19? Viruses don’t talk politics: experts

Local British media reports interpreted Boris Johnson’s comments as criticism of China’s use of traditional medicine and an implication that the practice of harvesting pangolin scales is connected to the coronavirus, even though Johnson never mentioned China or Chinese traditional medicine (TCM) in his speech.

All viral diseases arise somewhere. They do so spontaneously with changed environmental conditions from time to time.

No one, as I recall, ever blamed any country for the rise of AIDS/HIV.

No one blamed any country for Hepatitis.

Nor was anyone blamed for Polio.

But for some mysterious reason, the rise of COVID is attributed to China, its first major victim.

And this blame is despite researchers now having found the disease existed in parts of Europe and other places in November, 2019, previous to the outbreak in Wuhan.

Does this blaming reflect prejudice? Does it reflect the spite and envy of those engaged in a new hybrid economic warfare against China?

Remember the source: the most discredited, foul-mouthed leader on the planet, Donald Trump, although his obscene theme has been more moderately echoed by a couple of other leaders seeking his favor.

That is not how we fight a disease or do anything else worthwhile.

Posted January 14, 2021 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: WHY IT IS SILLY TO SPEAK OF A NEW CIVILIAN CIA DIRECTOR CHANGING THE AGENCY FOR THE BETTER – IT IS MUCH LIKE TALKING ABOUT CHANGING DRACULA’S LIFESTYLE – SINCE THE BEGINNING IN 1947, MERE INTELLIGENCE GATHERING HAS ONLY BEEN PART OF CIA’S PURPOSE– DIRTY OPERATIONS AND KILLING HAVE BEEN A BIG PART OF ITS MISSION, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HOUSE, SO TO SPEAK – A FEW HIGHLIGHTS OF CIA’S GLORIOUS RECORD – A GOOD AND JUST SOCIETY WOULD NOT HAVE A CIA   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY RAY McGOVERN IN CONSORTIUM NEWS

Can Burns Change the CIA?

The hope is that diplomat William Burns, tapped for CIA director by Joe Biden, will be able to change the culture at Langley and not be subsumed by it.

Change the CIA?

Sorry, but that does seem a bit silly.

Like speaking of changing Dracula’s lifestyle.

The CIA does what it was designed and long-practiced to do.

Pure intelligence, from the beginning, was only a part of its mission. One side of the house, so to speak.

Dark operations and killing are the practices of more than 70 years.

At least sixty coups, including against a number of democratic states the US doesn’t happen to like. Countless dirty tricks, like Operation Phoenix in Vietnam with about forty thousand village leaders’ throats cut in the night. Many assassinations, including, almost certainly, an American President, John Kennedy. Hideous practices abroad do come home to roost as they become accepted as normal.

Today it even runs an industrial-scale extrajudicial killing operation. Thousands of legally innocent people, incinerated just by having their names put on a list. A great many bystanders, too. Absolutely no different than the practices of the old Argentine military junta in “disappearing” people by the thousands.

The disgusting practice in Argentina, during the late 1970s and early 1980s, of kidnaping citizens off the streets, drugging them, and tossing them, bound-up, from planes over the ocean, with relatives left to wonder and grieve over what happened to them, was well known to the CIA and approved of..

A good and just and free society just would not have a CIA. Its very existence is an indictment.

Posted January 13, 2021 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: AN AUTHOR WRITES OF THE FOLLY OF LOYALTY IN TRUMP’S AMERICA – FIRST, IT ISN’T JUST LOYALTY CALLED INTO QUESTION BUT ALL ETHICAL AND MORAL VALUES – AND, SECOND, IT ISN’T “TRUMP’S AMERICA,” IT’S JUST AMERICA – TRUMP IS A SYMPTOM OF THE SAME DECAY: GOVERNMENT BY, FOR, AND OF MONEY – FOREIGN POLICY BY MONEY – CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS SERVING MONEY – IT IS, IN A WORD, CORRUPTION   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY DAVID R HOFFMAN IN PRAVDA

The folly of loyalty in Trump’s America

The folly of loyalty in Trump’s America?

Rather, the folly of all traditional ethical and moral values.

Honesty and integrity of every description have been dissolved away in the acid reality of contemporary America.

And it has little to do with Trump. He is a product of the same forces at work.

The country is run by money, and it is about money. By, for, and of money.  Its government is the product of big money. So is its foreign policy. So even are many aspects of its universities and many other institutions.

America is a plutocracy with window-dressing running an empire to enrich itself.

I see no room for values like keeping your word or not stealing or not lying. Even killing is an everyday business for America’s police, military, and security agencies.

I am a strong believer in the validity of Lord Acton’s Dictum, and America is best described as having arrived at the second part of its statement a long time ago.

Posted January 13, 2021 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: TALES OF THE DEATH OF OSAMA BIN LADEN – A REMARKABLE ARTICLE REVIEWS AT LENGTH THE CONTRADICTIONS AND ABSURDITIES OF THE OFFICIAL VERSION (S) – GLOBAL EMPIRE IS ONLY POSSIBLE WITH A STREAM OF LIES TO COVER WHAT ACTUALLY IS TAKING PLACE – THAT IS JUST PART OF WHY THE APPARATUS OF EMPIRE SO ROTS AND DECAYS THE ETHICS OF A COUNTRY LIKE AMERICA – MOST AMERICANS IMMERSED IN THE RELIGIOUS BELIEFS OF EXCEPTIONALISM AND QUESTION LITTLE THEY ARE TOLD – EMPIRE IS SIMPLY INCONSISTENT WITH THE RULE OF LAW AND CONCERN FOR HUMAN AND DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS – KENNEDY ASSASSINATION AND EVENTS OF 9/11 – HOW THE ‘TRUMP RIGHT’ ACTUALLY SUPPORTS WHAT IT THINKS IT OPPOSES, THE DARK STATE   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY LARRY ROMANOFF IN PRAVDA 

“The Death of Osama bin Laden”

https://english.pravda.ru/opinion/145497-bin_laden_death/

This is a brilliant and remarkably comprehensive piece, well-written and gripping.

The author has succeeded in putting the death of Osama just where it belongs, along with such other official tales as the assassination of John Kennedy and the events of 9/11, the last two being astoundingly important events which the general public does not question despite dozens of important details supplied and contradictions identified by some capable and scrupulous independent investigators.

In such matters, contradictions no longer even seem to matter for a great many Americans. They have been so immersed in the official state religion of America’s being exceptional and dedicated to worthy purposes.

Of course, it is not possible to have a global empire, as America does, without generating a huge number of lies to cover up what is really taking place. That fact is just one of a number of important ones explaining the moral and ethical rot of a country like the United States in its post-WWll activity, activity which pretty much boils down to telling hundreds of millions of other people how to run their affairs.

Empire and democracy and concern for the rule of law and human rights are inherently incompatible, yet surprisingly few Americans appreciate the fact. It is a great irony of contemporary American society that even many people on the Trump Right, including Trump himself, believe they are fighting the dark forces of the state when they are actually enthusiastic supporters of the whole massive military-security complex and its work of empire to benefit the plutocrats who genuinely run America.

“We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.”    

Attributed to former CIA Director William Casey

Posted January 10, 2021 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: EVENTS AT THE CAPITOL BUILDING WERE UGLY – BUT THEY CANNOT BE CHARACTERIZED AS TERROR OR INSURRECTION BY REASONABLE PEOPLE – RESPONSIBILITY FOR THOSE EVENTS LIES IN TWO PLACES – POLICE PROTECTION AND PLANNING WERE APPALLING – TRUMP AND HIS CLOSE ASSOCIATES WERE CRIMINALLY RECKLESS BY INCITING A MOB –TRUMP’S BEHAVIOR HAS BEEN JUST AS RECKLESS WITH CHINA OR IRAN OR ISRAEL – HE HAS SHAMED THE UNITED STATES MANY TIMES – BUT ONLY NOW DO WE SEE A SERIOUS REACTION AND THE REACTION IS INAPPROPRIATE AND ITSELF DANGEROUS – BIDEN PROMISES NEW DOMESTIC ANTI-TERROR LEGISLATION NOW AS A FIRST PRIORITY – IT IS THE LAST THING ANYONE NEEDS   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CONSORTIUM NEWS

“Joe Biden has announced plans to roll out new domestic terrorism laws in the wake of the Capitol Hill riot.”

“He said he plans to make a priority of passing a law against domestic terrorism, and he has been urged to create a White House post overseeing the fight.”

Just what the world needs, more anti-terrorism legislation. Thanks, Joe Biden, for making that your first priority.

But, no matter what, we may be sure that in America free speech remains securely in control.

After all, didn’t the Supreme Court tell us that money is free speech?

I just wonder how long it will be before the extrajudicial killing-by-drone industry gets extended into the domestic market?

It would be perfect for all those groups living in hard-to-reach places or police no-go areas.

In the past, the CIA’s work with other methods of control, such as assassination of leaders, gradually was adapted to domestic needs, starting around 1960.

Posted January 9, 2021 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: RECENT BITS AND PIECES – AMERICAN NEOCONS AND WAR – VICTORIA NULAND AND SERGEY LAVROV – THE “SOLAR WINDS” HACK ORIGINATED IN THE US – THE DANGER SIGNAL OF AMERICAN OFFICIALS SPEAKING OF HUMAN RIGHTS – AMERICA’S RECORD IN HUMAN RIGHTS – THE STUPIDITY OF CANADIAN FORCES IN LATVIA DOING WHAT AMERICA WANTS – “TIME FOR EXTREME COURAGE” – AN ABSURD MAN GETS AN ABSURD SEND-OFF – WHAT TRUMP ACHIEVED FOR NORTH KOREA’S KIM JONG-UN – JIMMY CARTER AND ISRAEL’s NUKES – CHINA’S HIGHLY ORIGINAL USE OF LARGE UAVs – AN EXCELLENT SELECTION OF QUOTES AND PICTURES ON AMERICA’S USE OF “HUMAN RIGHTS” – A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF THE UTTER CONFUSION OF AMERICA’S EXTREME RIGHT – RECKLESS USE OF THE WORD “TRAITOR” TODAY – THE OBSCENE BULLY – THE UNFAIR TREATMENT OF IRAN OVER ITS ACCIDENTAL DOWNING OF AN AIRLINER WHEN UNDER EXTREME THREAT FROM THE US – THE KILLING OF A WOMAN IN WASHINGTON’S CAPITOL BUILDING – PARDONS – HOW TWISTED AMERICAN POLITICS HAVE BECOME   Leave a comment

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COMMENTS – RECENT BITS AND PIECES FROM VARIOUS PUBLICATIONS

The Neocons, an extreme and influential American political faction, have been a deadlier disease even than COVID.

They are responsible for millions of deaths and injuries through the Middle East and tens of millions of refugees.  Plus, several well-running societies being turned into chaos.

They are strongly anti-Russian, too, because they view Russia as an obstacle to America’s having its way in the world, their fundamental belief being America should use its great military strength to get its way.

Victoria Nuland, to receive a Biden appointment, is an especially nasty representative of the political faction.

Even the classy and gracious Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s Foreign Minister, once was photographed avoiding shaking her hand.

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Virtually the day before this announcement by American security services, again suggesting Russia as a source, independent experts announced that the big “Solar Winds” hack very much did originate in the United States.

Of course, that independent announcement received little corporate press in the US or Europe.

I would suggest this security-agency announcement, with all its heavy press coverage, was motivated by the independent finding.

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If you study American history in some detail – as I have over years – you will find remarkably little concern for human rights inside the country and even less outside the country.

When you read or hear the phrase “human rights” coming from official American sources, it should be a red flag that something else is going on.

That country was founded in slavery, gained its territory by the mass slaughter of Aboriginals, endured countless killings and abuses even after slaves were technically free, a place where lynching was a way of life into the 1930s, had scores of race riots and a number of massacres of Blacks, has police today who kill an average of  three citizens every day, has prisons where hundreds disappear every year, has the world’s largest prison population, has some of the world’s most brutal prisons,  displayed sizable sympathies for Hitler before WWII with Hitler even keeping a photo of Henry Ford over his desk, had a longstanding set of prejudices against “yellow people,” passed laws against Chinese immigration, sent Japanese-Americans to prison camps during WWII while stealing their property, and has created wars and destruction almost non-stop since WWIl.

Words written on a piece of parchment which is kept as a museum display have meant remarkably little.

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What on earth are Canadian Forces wasting time and resources in Latvia?

But, of course, I forgot, we’re faithfully following American foreign policy.

If Russia really meant to be aggressive in the Baltics, these forces and the Baltic countries would be over run in days. But Russia has no such intention.

Please, modern Russia has attacked no one. It threatens no one. It offers to cooperate with anyone.

The United States, by contrast, has a dozen countries under various forms of threat, and it has been at war, almost continuously, since WWIl.

It has ripped up a number of important and hard-won nuclear treaties recently despite Russia’s pleas not to do so.

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‘This is a time for extreme courage,’ says – “incites” might be a better word – the man who never once has displayed any.

He leaves office in a suitably ridiculous fashion and having achieved virtually nothing but insulting and hurting a lot of people.

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What a memorable and fitting exit for the worst President in history.

An absurd man receives an absurd send-off.

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Kim Jong-un may well be right.

Trump’s blundering efforts in North Korea, which produced zero results, gave the leadership more exposure in the world press than it has ever had.

Kim, I think, has made a mildly favorable impression on many.

He is always willing to talk. He has a sense of humor. He is dedicated to the purposes of his country.

Meanwhile, the country’s weapons programs have made steady progress.

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Yes, indeed.

Jimmy Carter – former President and nuclear engineer, a true expert on the topic – told us some years ago that Israel had about 90 nuclear warheads plus fissile material for about 60 more.

We also saw in the Sunday Times actual photos of the Israeli bomb-making labs and work places smuggled out by Israeli nuclear technician, Mordechai Vanunu. He was later captured and sent to prison.

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This absurd clown, this obscene bully, Trump, leaves office, after days of inflammatory language, with his “Proud Boys” storming the United States Capitol Building, with shooting inside, with five people dead, with both Houses of Congress first locked-down and then evacuated by emergency means. You just could not imagine a more fitting end to a truly shabby political career.

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China’s use of large UAVs for weather modification is simply ingenious. The vehicles can linger in the skies over a region for very long periods.

And how much more creative than the way the United States uses its fleet of comparable UAVs – for its day-in, day-out systematic extrajudicial killings with Hellfire missiles, killing thousands of people in a number of countries without trial or even legal charges and often killing bystanders.

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This man offers a perfect example of just how confused America’s Right Wing is.

He fights and opposes what he regards as government interference in his own election, but then he completely buys into the lies of that same government concerning Venezuela.

It doesn’t even occur to him that the government of Venezuela – including the current President’s late predecessor – was elected seven times in clean elections with international observers.

It is the very government he opposes that says otherwise, including the absurd man he supports as President in the US.

https://www.rt.com/news/511776-maga-viking-venezuela-freedom/

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“Traitor” is a very strong word, and one with a specific meaning. Lately, a number of those on America’s Extreme Right have taken to recklessly abusing it, conflating personal loyalty to Trump with loyalty to their country.

A person guilty of treason is known as a traitor. The US Constitution gives a very specific definition of what treason is in its “treason clause”.

If you read it, I think you will find breaking with a political associate is not part of the definition.

It is this kind of harsh, thoughtless language which drives the violence of American politics.

Anyone who genuinely cared about his nation would not use it. It is destructive of society.

Trump uses such language, but Trump, always and everywhere, cares only about himself, as he has demonstrated countless times.

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Iran has been treated very unfairly in this.

The destruction of Iran Air Flight 655 by Americans over Iranian territory in 1988 and killing 290 people, saw no punishment for any of the ship’s crew.

Indeed, the captain of the American warship responsible was awarded a medal.

No apology was ever given. Eventually, long afterward, some compensation was awarded quietly.

No one who understands the circumstances of the recent case, the accidental downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 in Iran, can regard Iran as a truly bad actor.

Iran was under immense pressure from the US after the US murdered General Soleimani, a national hero for his fight against terror. It murdered a number of others in Iraq too over a short period.

People make mistakes when terrorized, as the US terrorized Iran with threats from fighters, bombers, cruise missiles, and an armada of ships.

Iran has apologized and has now offered compensation. Remember, this is not a rich country, and the US has had it under severe illegal sanctions for years. It cannot even buy medicines thanks to Trump.

The government of the United States surely has the major responsibility for the crash.

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China’s “Global Times” online today offers an article with an excellent selection of contrasting quotes and photos to make a powerful point about the attitudes of American leaders.

But, truly, how can you not exude hypocrisy when you run a brutal global empire while claiming to be a democracy concerned with human rights?

Contemporary America is, in fact, a plutocracy with democratic window-dressing running an empire to enrich itself.

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202101/1212080.shtml

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I have not watched the video. I never watch such videos.

Of course, it was wrong to kill the woman. Those responsible should be charged.

But, sadly, that is what so many American police do regularly, shoot people. They kill an average of three citizens each day with many more injured.

Indicative of just how intense this whole post-election mania has been, it is reliably reported that the woman’s last TWEET was, “Nothing will stop us.”

That is the kind of 1930s street-fighting politics Trump has encouraged, and he takes no responsibility at all for what he has done. He resembles a man who walked through a tinder-dry forest, tossing matches as he went, afterwards recognizing no connection with the ensuing wildfires.

He is reliably reported to have asked his staff to research his granting himself a pardon before he leaves office – a terrible precedent because he faces all kinds of legal action – civil, criminal, and taxes – once he leaves office. I view the power of granting pardons as just one of many flaws in the American Constitution. It has encouraged almost nothing but a long record of corruption and shame by both parties. The Justice Department has said in the past this is not possible because you cannot be both judge and defendant, but who knows what scheme Trump might come up with?

By the way, if you glance at some Extreme Right news sources online, you’ll see the idea promoted that they were provocateurs from the Left who assaulted the Capitol Building. A good measure of just how twisted American politics have become.

Posted January 8, 2021 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE FOOLISHNESS OF AUSTRALIA’S PRESENT MORRISON GOVERNMENT IN DISRUPTING RELATIONS WITH CHINA JUST FOR THE SAKE OF A PAT ON THE HEAD FROM TRUMP – CHINA’S NEAR-TERM PROSPECTS ARE THE STRONGEST OF ANY MAJOR ECONOMY BY FAR – ONLY BACKWARD THINKING AVOIDS ENGAGING WITH CHINA – CHINA BUILDS, EVERYWHERE, WHILE AMERICA IS BENT ON DESTRUCTION – IRRATIONAL IMPULSES CANNOT GIVE US RATIONAL RESULTS   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN GLOBAL TIMES

Canberra’s possible axing of Victoria State agreement with Jiangsu [China’s BRI or New Silk Road] an ‘alarming signal’

It would be a very short-sighted thing for Morrison’s Australian government to do.

At a time of global economic problems, we need every bit of investment and growth possible.

And Australia has already hurt itself economically by damaging its valuable export market in China with foolish words.

There can be no doubt that China, having been so spectacularly successful in defeating the pandemic, will be the world’s engine of growth next year.

A new study by London’s Centre for Economics and Business Research also says China is on target to take over America’s place as the world’s largest economy in 2028. Actually, by some measures, it has already achieved that position.

Only backward thinking avoids engaging with China.

The hard truth is that America works with some of its allies, like Australia, to subvert China because it fears it cannot compete in many things, yet it still wants to lead. Irrational impulses cannot give us rational results in world affairs.

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Response to an unthinking comment from Australia:

I’ve always thought it was good advice to know the words to the song before standing up to sing. You seem to disagree with that principle.

Your words display the kind of reflexive ignorance we see so often from divisive and unthinking folks like Trump and Pompeo.

And there is no excuse for it. Look me up. I am widely known, having many Websites and published articles. A brief bio is on all my sites.

What I am known for is being strongly anti-war and having a passionate desire for honesty, the rule of reason, and concern for human decency. I am a fierce and independent critic, retired from an economics career.

I am also known for my love of history and culture and beautiful images (I have a number of image sites). I freely confess to a deep affection for China, and I dislike seeing the country treated unfairly as it has been by devotees to Trumpism.

How does it get any lower than treating the world’s first victim of COVID as its cause? In hopes of grabbing some economic or political advantage? And not just a victim, but a heroic fighter against the disease.

In COVID, as in so many matters, China builds while America is focused on destruction.

We have so many genuinely bad actors in the world, and China is not one of them.

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President Xi’s Belt and Initiative (aka, the New Silk Road) is the greatest economic initiative of our lifetimes.

Its impact will be monumental and extremely positive, and how important that it comes at a time of great stress in the world.

It will reshape the world’s economic geography and improve the lives of hundreds of millions in many lands.

It builds healthy relationships and partnerships across the globe.

Meanwhile America continues threatening and attacking people and telling people in many lands how they should run their affairs, even though it is obvious America cannot even run its own.

Were the Nobel Peace Prizes not heavily under the influence of American geopolitics – as they clearly are, with none of the most obvious and worthy candidates ever winning – Xi would be a tremendously worthy winner for this project.

Posted December 30, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE POLITICAL CONTRADICTIONS WE ARE TAUGHT TO BELIEVE – A FEW THOUGHTS ON CHURCHILL, TRUMAN, AND JOHNSON AS WAR CRIMINALS   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY PATRICE GREANVILLE IN RUSSIA INSIDER 

‘Let’s Be Honest – Stalin Was Less of a Criminal Than Churchill, Truman, and LBJ’

I don’t know about the author’s “less of a criminal,” but there is no doubt that Churchill, Truman, and LBJ were war criminals, criminals on a rather gigantic scale.

The point is simply factual, not controversial, as you may see by reading some solid histories and biographies.

Truman’s carpet-bombing of North Korea was estimated by the Pentagon to have wiped out one-fifth of the country’s population. The US also experimented with biological weapons against North Korea and nearby China.

Truman of course used two atomic bombs on Japan, and a series of a dozen was planned. That happened after Japan had clearly signaled that it was ready to surrender. Truman’s government wanted unconditional, abject surrender, and for that he destroyed two cities of no military importance.

LBJ started the Vietnam War on a colossal scale, and the carpet-bombing there would eventually extinguish about three million lives. Another million were killed in Cambodia. Vietnam had been a small-scale conflict ever since the French left their former colony.

LBJ’s crimes included the heavy use of napalm and early forms of cluster bombs. American troops on the ground fought a very dirty war with torture, rape, and mass night time assassinations of village leaders.

And what was the glorious purpose? To keep an artificially-created rump state, South Vietnam, run by dictators, going as an American pied-a-terre in Southeast Asia.

Churchill was an arch-imperialist who never hesitated using machine guns and fighter planes on peasants who were out of line.

Churchill, and not Hitler, was actually the one who started the bombing of cities, rather than just military targets like airfields, in early WWIl. Eventually, these raids grew to horrific levels, as with the fire-bombing of Dresden, equivalent in every way to an atomic attack. The target was also one of the greatest historical and artistic treasures of Europe.

If you read Churchill’s war memoirs, you get a definite feeling of a certain admiration he had for Stalin.

Posted December 29, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: ISRAEL’S UNSCRUPULOUS METHODS OF DEFLECTING LEGITIMATE CRITICISM – CRITICISM OF A HEAVILY-ARMED POWER ABUSING MILLIONS IS NOT THE SAME THING AS THE PREJUDICE OF ANTI-SEMITISM – THE DEFINITIVE EXAMPLE OF CRITICIZING A BRUTAL SOVIET UNION BUT NOT HATING RUSSIANS   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY JONATHAN COOK IN CONSORIUM NEWS

Charges of Anti-Semitism & the Silencing of Dissent in Europe

The emptiness of the argument about criticism of Israel being a form of anti-Semitism becomes blindingly clear with a comparison from history.

The Soviet Union was a state a great many people criticized and even hated, people of many political beliefs. And that was despite the USSR’s having some worthy declared goals and ideals in its constitution.

Yet, the claim was never made that such criticism of the USSR was hatred of the Russian people.

I certainly criticized the Soviet Union, yet I have always felt affection for Russian culture – its literature, its music, its food, its architecture, its vibrant history, its science, and, although I speak no Russian, even the sound of its language.

Just so, Israel.

Like the old USSR, Israel is a state bristling with heavy arms and secret police and intelligence services, even nuclear weapons. Its behavior for over seventy years towards millions of Palestinians closely parallels that of the Soviet Union towards dissidents and critics and some minorities – the people Stalin called “wreckers.” It is oppressive, arbitrary, and often extremely violent.

If you cannot criticize a state for injustice and violence without being accused of hate and prejudice, absolutely all our Western ideals – from the Enlightenment to the great struggles for freedom and fair treatment – are removed from our political culture.

I regard that as a sick prospect, one that in the long term actually supports all the hateful and murderous interests of the earth.

A society defended in this fashion is not worthy of defense.

Posted December 29, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE DEMONSTRABLY FALSE NOTION OF ISRAEL AS A FOUNDATION FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN MONDOWEISS

“Israel is ‘anchor and foundation for democracy in the region’”

Of course, quite the opposite is true.

Israel is friendly with the worst tyrants and 13th century princes in the region.

It likes them because they keep their people in line brutally just as Israel does the Palestinians.

Israel has never favored – except in phony political speeches – democracy for its neighbors.

Hamas was genuinely democratic. Israel attacked it, kidnaped members of its government, threatened the life of its leader, and got it stupidly listed as a terrorist organization by its servants in Washington.

After thirty years of oppressive government in Egypt, government Israel was on good terms with, a brief experiment with democracy was ended with a coup which put a Field Marshal in charge. The prisons are stuffed.

The coup was undoubtedly assisted by CIA at Israeli insistence. Israel absolutely hated the democratic government.

Of course, Israel’s own government hardly counts as a democracy. Pretty much only one kind of people is welcome, and it has about 5 million other kinds of people under its harsh rule who have no rights, not even secure rights to their own homes and farms, and certainly no votes. And the Prime Minister of Israel rules with an almost-perpetual minority.

Posted December 29, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: WHY IRAN, A COUNTRY WHICH HAS NEVER STARTED A WAR, IS SO HATED BY THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL, COUNTRIES ALMOST CONTINUOUSLY AT WAR – IT HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN PRESS T V

‘Iran’s strategic patience, most decisive response to scientist’s assassination for now’

I think everyone knows that Iran does not have a nuclear-weapons program, just as they knew perfectly well that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction.

But we live in a world of constant deception in many things because it covers the real intentions and dark acts of predatory countries like the United States and Israel. And of course, the world’s major English language news sources are American and faithfully serve its power establishment’s interests.

The fears generated by the accusation about nuclear weapons are useful for the United States and Israel to manipulate.

Israel hates Iran just for being a large state in the neighborhood it regards as its own, a neighborhood it wants to dominate. It does have visions of itself as a miniature replica of the United States concerning all things Middle Eastern. The reality of Iran intrudes on that fantasy.

The US hates Iran because it hates any country that does not listen to instructions from Washington. It prefers bloody tyrannies who listen to its voice over peaceful states that do not, as we can see from its close embrace of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and some others.

After all, under the late Shah, installed by the US and Britain in a 1953 coup, the US did call the shots in Iran, and Iran played a role in America’s notions of what the Middle East should be.

There can be no doubt that the US misses that relationship, and it simply hates those who destroyed it.

Tyrants and bullies do not like independent thinking. And local people’s opinion does not matter. Iran was a working democracy before an American-British coup in 1953 installed the Shah and his brutal SAVAK secret police who had the practice of pulling out the finger nails of captives.

Empires are built on the basic concept of a small number of privileged people in one country telling tens of millions of others how to live their lives.

Empires are not humane or democratic or law-abiding in spirit. And the fact that the US runs a rather bloody empire negates all of its claims about democracy and human rights. You cannot be both an international tyrant and a democratic, law-abiding state.

And just so, Israel, which truly represents a kind of specially privileged American colony in the region, one with absolutely no regard for the interests of the hundreds of millions around it. Indeed, it cultivates relations with the tyrants who oppress them.

Posted December 29, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKAN COMMENT: ON THE NATURE OF WAR MONUMENTS – EVEN IF TOU ARE AS ANTI-WAR AS I AM, YOU CAN BE MOVED BY SOME OF THEM – RUSSIA’S “THE MOTHERLAND CALLS” CAN BRING TEARS – IT MOVINGLY RECALLS THE MOST TERRIBLE EVENT IN HUMAN HISTORY – BRITAIN’S BRAND NEW ARMED SERVICES MEMORIAL IS STERILE AND OPPRESSIVE – THE CREATORS REVEAL THE EMPTINESS OF THEIR PURPOSE   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY JOHN PILGER IN CONSORTIUM NEWS

The Most Lethal Virus is Not Covid-19. It is War

Even though I am very anti-war, I can admire a great war monument.

There are a number of them in the world, but the one that almost gives me chills is the gigantic “The Motherland Calls” in Volgograd (renamed from Stalingrad).

Its gigantic size is justified in that it represents the bloodiest battle ever fought in the most destructive event in all of human history, Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union.

The USSR lost roughly a hundred times the entire American losses on all fronts in WWII. Maybe, that’s why America is so cavalier about war – it never really experienced it.

The intensity of feeling of “The Motherland Calls” is enough to bring tears.

I actually find the British Armed Services Memorial exceedingly sterile. It possesses a kind of oppressive ugliness.

There is definitely a surreal quality to the sculpture groups, unpleasantly so. Nothing inspiring about any of it.

Well done in terms of technical quality, but with a sickening sense of dreary nightmare figures set in a rigid stone framework that very much reminds me of Italian and German totalitarian architecture.

Its creators have unwittingly revealed its emptiness of purpose and soul.

Posted December 29, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: OBAMA AND THE DEATH OF HOPE – AMERICAN POLITICAL HOPE ACTUALLY DIED IN THE !960S, BUT OBAMA, EARLY-ON, RAISED A NEW FLICKER – BUT NOT FOR LONG – WHAT THE PENTAGON THOUGHT OF OBAMA AND HOW THEY USED HIM   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY JAMES BOVARD IN CONSORTIUM NEWS

Barack Obama & the Death of Idealism

The former president’s deception and warmongering killed the “hope and change” he promised on the campaign trail

“Death of hope” is a good descriptive phrase applied to Obama, even though it is somewhat inaccurate.

I think ideals in and about America died long ago, in the mid- to late-1960s.

Obama’s running did ignite a flicker of hope that a miracle was somehow underway, but it really lasted a brief time, a few months, before it resembled a cigarette butt in an ashtray.

He proved to be a death’s head with the gifts of an alluring smile and a rich voice

It is only recently that we have learned the Pentagon secretly came to view Obama as an asset for their mighty work of destruction in the Middle East, a smiling Peace Prize-winner front-man who never flinched at bombing an killing for all of his eight years.

He is almost the very definition of a psychopath, superficial charm combined with the ability to manipulate while harboring murderous impulses and possessing no conscience.

Looking back at his campaign, his ability to assume the warm rhythms of traditional Black preachers with, “Yes, we can!“ while in fact offering, and then doing, nothing for his own people reconfirms the diagnosis.

He serves almost as a poster child for America’s brutal empire. A bright man of modest means with a career as an untenured lecturer was able to retire from the White House worth many tens of millions of dollars. That is what America’s empire is all about.

Posted December 29, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: A HARD ASSESSMENT OF THE LATE JOURNALIST ROBERT FISK FROM AN EXPERT IN MIDDLE EAST AFFAIRS – IT HAS TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY GIVEN THE EVIDENCE SUPPLIED – HOW VERY LITTLE WE KNOW ABOUT THIS REGION OWING TO AMERICAN IMPERIAL INTERESTS AND WARS WHICH ALWAYS MAKE A VICTIM OF TRUTH – BUT THEN AGAIN HOW LITTLE AMERICANS KNOW OF WHAT DRIVES THEIR OWN SOCIETY   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY AS’AD ABUKHALIL IN CONSORTIUM NEWS

Robert Fisk & the Decline of Western Reporting on the Middle East

“Just because Fisk was brave against Israel and opposed Western intervention in the Middle East, it should not stop us from pointing out his incompetence, especially on things Lebanese”

A remarkably hard assessment of Robert Fisk, but one that I think must be taken seriously because of the many cohesive bits of internal evidence the author offers.

I liked Fisk years ago, but had pretty much stopped reading him because I thought in recent years he was really off his game. A column often offered little that was new or interesting, a sure sign that a reporter is no longer doing the hard work of being investigative.

Perhaps many of us were just impressed by a man living in the region for a long period also reporting on it. I very much did assume he spoke Arabic. We were also grateful to see a Western name in print critical of some of Israel’s many terrible abuses, something avoided by every major Western news source.

I remember the American actor, John Malkovich, seriously saying once that he’d like to kill Fisk (for his reporting on Israel), the kind of ugly incident which spurs one coming to the defense of Fisk.

The region is for most of us a kind of information black hole, owing to the dark interests of the United States, Israel, and the effects so many wars, truth being often called the first victim of war.

But I’m not sure that is much different than is the case for many other places, including very much the United States, where great power is at stake. How little is reported about the forces really driving American society.

Most Americans genuinely believe they have a democracy, rather than what they do have, a plutocracy with window dressing. The great Trump-Biden passion play will leave many Americans grateful democracy survived; a delusional notion that will serve to keep the colossal, corrupt wreck decently covered for a few more years.

Most Americans undoubtedly also believe that the Pentagon bravely defends America, instead of understanding its brutality in enforcing and expanding a global empire to serve the country’s plutocrats.

No, most Americans do not even understand their own society, let alone the societies of the Middle East, where their armies have inflicted immense pain and destruction. If ever there was a case fitting that wonderful line, “ignorant armies clash by night,” it is the Middle East.

The opposite will of course be true for Trump’s crowd about believing American democracy has been saved, but those kinds of deep and fundamental divisions in a society cannot be hidden even by America’s corporate press and vast government apparatus

Posted December 29, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE GREAT “CYBER-ATTACK” ELICITED IMMEDIATE AND UNWARRANTED STATEMENTS AGAINST RUSSIA BY SENIOR AMERICAN POLITICIANS – IT NOW APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN THE SAME KIND OF EMPTY POSTURING AS THE INFAMOUS “POISONING” CASES AGAINST RUSSIA – ARRIVING AT A PLACE WHERE EVERYTHING AMERICANS BELIEVE ABOUT WORLD AFFAIRS IS FALSE   Leave a comment

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COMMENT – EARLY THOUGHTS ON THE “CYBER-ATTACK”

Actually, it is incorrect to call this exploit an “attack.” It clearly is a large-scale effort to collect information, not to damage anything.

Collecting information about others is what America’s NSA, CIA, FBI, and other massive agencies do around the clock. Ditto, Britain’s GCHQ and MI6.

The word “attack” only puts an unduly harsh name to the matter. I think it fair to say it is in keeping with America’s now-always aggressive tone towards Russia, China, and others.

And still, we have no information at all about who is responsible, with Trump suggesting China and Pompeo suggesting Russia, while neither of them has any information to support what he is saying.

Israel is just as likely as any other candidate to be responsible for this. The US intelligence community recognizes Israel in private as extremely aggressive at collecting information.

Its name of course does not come up in our sanitized press, and if it proves true that it is responsible, we’ll never see it reported.

Meanwhile, just as in the cases of Skripal or Navalny, great fun can be had with Russia.

LATER COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN ABC NEWS

Top Intelligence Democrat accuses Russia of cyber hack that resulted in ‘big haul’

Sen. Mark Warner added that the breach “may be ongoing”

Calling someone guilty, not just before a trial, but even before an investigation?

The fact is there is a list of potential candidates for this operation, including one of America’s own intelligence services and at least one of its allies.

Do we ever hear anything sensible or informed from Washington anymore?

Not really, and there is a good reason for that.

Prejudice dominates the nation’s politics, along with money.

There are no honest expressions of opinion or efforts to understand, outside a very few cases.

But the irresponsibility of hyping hatred against Russia is a very foolish and dangerous game. Russia is, literally, the only nation on earth that can obliterate, entirely, the United States, China’s active nuclear forces, at least for now, being just a fraction of Russia’s. Of course, that fact itself is just one of the reasons Russia is hated with such passion by Washington’s elites who would like to control every corner of the planet.

I think we see here a good measure of the threadbare nature of contemporary American politics.

NOTE ON FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS AND SIMILARITIES TO RECENT-PAST ANTI-RUSSIAN EVENTS

The United States Treasury has just announced all classified systems appear to have been safe from the “attack.” Only unclassified systems were affected. To my mind, this raises questions about the authenticity of the entire “hacking” event.

Even more suspicious is the fact that American sources now say it was done by the same Russian group that hacked the Democratic National Committee in 2016, a group with the handle, “Cozy Bear.” Well, the only problem with that is that the Democratic National Committee was not hacked. As I’ve discussed before, the embarrassing WikiLeaks material was downloaded from inside the Democratic Party, as several top technical experts outside government have explained. A key suspect in doing that was the late, murdered Seth Rich. And can you imagine a Russian intelligence group using a handle like “Cozy Bear”? It’s preposterous.

The new “cyber-attack” was first headlined as being extremely serious and generated all kinds of immediate calls for reprisal against Russia from prominent American politicians. Their calls came despite no one’s yet knowing anything about the event, including who was responsible, what was the purpose, or the extent of the damage, if any.

The pattern much resembles recent-past British and German “poisoning” cases against Russia, cases where the victim survived what was impossible to survive with bizarre events following, as the disappearance from the earth of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the hands of British security services a couple of years ago.

The immediate flap raised by American politicians over “Russia’s cyber-attack,” politicians who had no evidence before they spoke, mimics the pattern of British Prime Minister Theresa May concerning the “poisoning” of Sergei Skripal  a couple of years ago and the pattern of Chancellor Angela Merkel concerning the “poisoning” of Alexei Navalny more recently. Both leaders made extremely serious charges against Russia in the absence of genuine evidence.

CNN is now headlining the idea that Navalny, was in fact poisoned by contaminated underpants. Previously, he was declared poisoned by a water bottle conveniently brought to Germany by one of his alert supporters who discovered it in a search of his room in Siberia.

Of course, we have never received any convincing proof that he was poisoned at all. Russian doctors had attended him first, certainly saving his life from what was suspected to be diabetic shock, and they even took blood samples showing no poison. I remind readers, too, that military nerve agents like Novichok, supposedly used in both cases, are among the deadliest substances known. They kill within a few moments of skin contact. See these summaries and analyses to appreciate fully the absurdities of the story:

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2020/09/18/john-chuckman-comment-more-on-the-mysterious-navalny-case-we-have-been-provided-no-evidence-russias-criminal-investigators-have-also-not-been-provided-evidence/

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Have we indeed reached the stage in the workings of American empire anticipated by CIA Director William Casey many years ago when he reportedly said, “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false”

At least in matters concerning Russia, that would seem to be very much where we’ve arrived.

Posted December 22, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE INDESCRIBABLE BRUTALITY OF THE PENTAGON’S IMPERIAL WARS – SOMETHING MOST AMERICANS DO NOT UNDERSTAND OR WANT TO UNDERSTAND   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CONSORTIUM NEWS

“A Convergence of Calamities”

Modern warfare, as practiced by the United States, is almost defined by the killing of civilians.

What else can you expect when your favorite method of fighting is aerial bombardment, either with planes or missiles?

American saturation bombing of North Korea killed about one-fifth of the country’s entire population, and that is a Pentagon estimate.

In Vietnam, about another 3 million were added to the toll.

And that wasn’t a million soldiers who died in the invasion of Iraq.

I’m not sure that most Americans even understand, or want to understand, how indescribably brutal the Pentagon’s imperial wars have been.

Posted November 18, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE BATACLAN TERROR ATTACK IN PARIS FIVE YEARS AGO – A WRITER CONCERNED ABOUT “ISLAMIST” TERROR MISSES THE POINT – WHY DO SUCH EVENTS HAPPEN? – THEY ARE THE VENGEANCE OF THE POWERLESS AGAINST ORGANIZED STATE TERROR TEN-THOUSAND TIMES MORE GRISLY – FRANCE’S YEARS OF BLOODY SUPPORT FOR AMERICA’S MIDDLE-EAST CRUSADE, STATE TERROR ON A COLOSSAL SCALE – ANYONE CONCERNED ABOUT PEACE AND THE SANCTITY OF LIFE SHOULD FOCUS ON THE REAL CAUSE OF TERROR   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY DAMIAN WILSON IN RUSSIA TODAY

‘Five years after Bataclan slaughter in Paris, France has done little to combat Islamist terrorism. More atrocities are inevitable’

And what about the slaughters, ten-thousand times greater, in Libya, in Iraq, in Yemen, in Syria, and in other places of the Middle East?

The bloody killing at Bataclanke was a direct response to France’s years of state terror in the Middle East, a response from the relatively weak and powerless seeking revenge for the destruction of friends and families and homelands.

France has ruthlessly supported America’s bloody crusade across the Middle East.

Libya, once the best-run country on the continent of Africa, remains a chaos. France was a leader in achieving that, Gadhafi had supplied his people with free education, healthcare, clean water, and peace. His country was heavily bombed, and he was brutally murdered.

America and Britain killed a million people in Iraq, and, almost twenty years later, a once-advanced country still doesn’t even have its full power grid operating.

America and its allies – France, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Turkey – have helped kill about 6oo,ooo people in Syria, destroying much of a beautiful and historic land. They’ve bombed and supported mercenaries pretending to be jihadis in a terrible hybrid war.

If anyone cares about peace and the sanctity of life, they will not focus on an ugly incident of revenge. They will focus on its far more important and terrible cause.

Posted November 16, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE TWO GREAT MIRACLES OF MY LIFETIME – THE ADVENT OF PERSONAL COMPUTERS AND THE INTERNET AND THE RISE OF CHINA   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA TODAY

China builds more 5G stations than rest of world combined, while those lagging behind back off from its technology

Beijing boasts that it’s installed around 700,000 5G base stations across the country

There have been two great miracles in my lifetime.

One is the advent of personal computers and the Internet. The combination has revolutionized many activities around the world.

The other great miracle is the rise of China.

The pace and extent of change in China over the last forty years or so have been jaw-dropping. The world has never before seen anything quite like it.

And China has only begun revolutionizing the world.

Posted November 16, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: A SOCIETY WITHOUT VALUES – TRUMP AS A FITTING SYMBOL OF CONTEMPORARY AMERICA – WHILE HE UNDERTOOK THE POWER ESTABLISHMENT’S TASKS, HE WAS EMBARRASSING AND INCOMPETENT – HIS ABSURD EFFORT TO REDUCE AMERICAN TROOPS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND WHY IT WAS ABSURD – ISRAEL AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF AMERICA’S EMPIRE – NATIONAL DECLINE FROM THE GREATNESS OF FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT TO THE SHABBINESS OF MIKE POMPEO – THE GREAT PROBLEMS IN AMERICAN SOCIETY WILL NOT BE SOLVED – NOT A LOT TO EXPECT FROM BIDEN BUT AT LEAST CIVILITY WILL RETURN – SOME INTERESTING DETAILS OF AMERICA IN THE 1950S – TRUMP’S POLITICAL FOLLOWERS RESEMBLE A CULT – CONCERNING NEOCON AND CLINTON INFLUENCE UNDER BIDEN – NEOCONS COMPARED TO TRUMP’S ARMED MILITIA TYPES – AMERICA’S DANGEROUS INTRUSION INTO THE SOUTH CHINA SEA – WHAT AMERICA TRULY STANDS FOR IN THE WORLD TODAY   Leave a comment

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COMMENT – A SOCIETY WITHOUT VALUES

I’m sure many would agree if I said Trump was a perfect leader for a society without values.

Trump – as a kind of moral psychopath, a man absolutely without values, vulgar and rude and demanding – was in many ways a fitting symbol for contemporary America. He truly does represent the country, a large part of its people and a great part of its activities and values, far more accurately than any affectionate Uncle Sam figure or inspiring Statue of Liberty

But Trump is also very much a man with no taste or judgment. While most of what he was doing abroad was what America’s power establishment wanted done, he worked at it in an awkward and embarrassing fashion.

And he was spectacularly unsuccessful. Those two qualities, being embarrassing and unsuccessful, are unnerving for a ruling establishment which regards itself as exceptional, even “indispensable.” And that is why there were efforts to undermine him from the start. Not because of his policy goals, which are shared by the Republican and Democratic wings of America’s national political establishment.

The only serious exception to that statement seems to me to be his professed intention to pull American troops out of the Middle East. But I’m not sure how sincere or dedicated Trump ever was about that idea. After all, he was perhaps the most obsequious President ever to the interests of Israel, including its many interests outside the rule of law. Only Lyndon Johnson might give him competition for the title.

Why are American forces in the Middle East? Why did America spend years and trillions of dollars blowing up sound societies, killing and maiming millions, in its long series of Neocon Wars under Bush and Obama?

For Israel’s benefit. It was a gigantic “slum clearance” project around Israel’s neighborhood, bulldozing societies who were independent-minded about their interests. Only kings and tyrants friendly to American interests – interests which always include its imperial colony in the Middle East – were to be left standing. They are the kind of rulers with whom Israel’s establishment has always been comfortable. They keep their people in line with brutality, just as Israel does the Palestinians.

We still see poor people picking through the rubble in Libya, Iraq, Yemen, and Syria many years later.

Could Trump possibly have been so ignorant as to not understand that? How did he even think he could significantly reduce American occupation there? Except for token adjustments, he failed. His defenders say that the Dark State, certainly including the Pentagon, misled him about what they were doing while sabotaging his commands.

That may be, but if it was the case, how could Trump ever come to believe in the first place that he would be able to make significant changes? I just see the whole business, from start to finish, as further evidence of incompetence. It is no different in nature than his pointless blundering in North Korea.

Israel is such an integral part of the American empire that the Pentagon and CIA treat it almost as though they were dealing with Americans. Israel can fairly be viewed as a special auxiliary member of America’s unelected Dark State – that is, the Pentagon, the CIA, and the State Department. Given Trump’s intimate connections with Israel and many of its key supporters in America, how could he ever believe he could change America’s military posture in the Middle East? He is so attuned to those interests that he almost started a major new war by assassinating Iran’s national hero, General Soleimani, just to please them.

Trump’s own political base, which seems never to have deserted him, just ignores any assessment of him as embarrassing or unsuccessful. That is why, despite the worst record on the planet in fighting the coronavirus, Trump is able to wave his arms around up on a platform like a tent-preacher and tell followers that his achievements saved countless lives. In the political and journalistic chaos of today’s America, you can find support for almost anything you care to believe. And there very much are cult-like aspects to his following. A good number of them are desperate, credulous people, and they will not relinquish their faith.

There is a Father Karamazov quality about Trump. If you don’t like something ugly and embarrassing that he has done, wait a bit, and he will do something even more outrageous and embarrassing just to show you. Dostoevsky’s character is a very true-to-life type, fortunately not a common one.

The crowd of Trump supporters just loves the routine, his giving the finger to all those who regard themselves as somehow better or apart – scientists, statesmen, academics, experts in anything, and foreigners. Trump’s the man to bring their highfalutin ways back down to earth.

That division of attitudes in American society has always been there. There has always been a widespread bias against intellectuals and any behavior that might be regarded as “breeding.” It’s just that when things were going comfortably for everyone at home, as in the 1950s, there was less occasion for it to surface.

But things haven’t been going comfortably for a great many Americans for a long time. Good jobs are not plentiful, lifetime employment with a firm is almost unheard of now, the country’s many service jobs pay poorly and have little prospect for advancement, job losses through an avalanche of mergers and take-overs are common, debts incurred for some post-secondary education are astronomical, and some of that education, from the country’s many predatory educational businesses, has proved of little value in the job market.

In the 1950s, while many dreamed of becoming the first in their family “to go to college,” there was not a lot of economic pressure for most to do so. It was perfectly possible then to get a new job one day and, if you didn’t like it for some reason, to find another almost the next day. And it sometimes happened that a person of natural talent and ambition rose from the mail room to the executive suite.

It really was like that. And if you got a job with a prestigious, national firm, and you were at all ambitious, there would be lots of room in the future for promotions or interesting new responsibilities. Even unskilled workers, often including people who dropped out of high school, if they landed the right industrial job, were set for life, and with many handsome benefits.

Steel workers, for example, after twenty years employment, were entitled to thirteen weeks of paid holidays. I know because, as a student, I was one of many who had a really good summer job replacing men who were on holiday. That kind of benefit reflected the strength of labor unions then, but even more, it reflected the strength of America’s position in world trade that its companies could sustain such practices.

College education was desirable but not essential. People graduated high school with good basic understanding because standards were high and often with some well-developed skills from shop and serious practical courses. Natural talent and ambition could go a long way.

But things haven’t been that way for a long time, and for many reasons, they likely never will be again. The world is just a far more competitive and complex place, and it is a far more crowded place. Young Americans today often attend paid post-secondary education to obtain skills and credibility that were once free in good public schools, and they amass large debts doing it.

Universities and colleges have all got into the somewhat ruthless business of education as consumption rather than intellectual investment, offering courses and degrees in subjects which are more like entertainment than training towards a career, and again those taking the courses amass huge debts.

Trump’s fraud on his credulous followers was his making them believe he could change things to at least be a little bit the way they once were, but that is an impossibility. Trump may not understand himself. Much of his approach resembled his personal recommendations for treating the coronavirus in their level of scientific understanding.

After all, this is a man whose entire career was built around puffing-up himself and his projects, lying ceaselessly, bullying people, suing people, avoiding taxes, accumulating great debt, and making some dark alliances – all with just an immense amount of energy applied to them, He is a man, even in his seventies, endowed with tireless energy. A human dynamo of bent behavior.

He thought that he could have success in international affairs, about which he knew virtually nothing, by applying the same practices.

But you cannot, not when you are dealing with other powerful people, people of high intelligence, vast political experience, and with a command over great resources. He lost his office early, before he could prove to his followers that he could not do what he claimed he could. His so-called strong economy only reflected huge tax cuts for the wealthy and lots money-printing, neither of which can be sustained.

His followers are left still believing in him and thinking he was “stabbed in the back.” And he is busy, like some burrowing animal throwing back pawfuls of earth, throwing out suggestions and accusations every which way. He has lots of resources with which to work. So, the country is divided even more than it was when he started. It is a pretty ugly legacy.

Can Biden do much more? I don’t think so. Despite the improved civility and tone, something I very much value, Biden faces the same set of massive difficulties. The expectations of ordinary Americans, expectations which cannot possibly be met, and the unrealistic demands of American elites vis-à-vis the rest of the world.

And Biden is not a man of special talents, a slightly above-average lifetime American politician. He is what Newt Gingrich used to contemptuously call “a lifer” when he pushed for term limits in political offices.

America’s elites are people who want to lead and rule others when in many things today they cannot compete. They are people who depend on military power to hold their place in the world, as we saw in a long series of horrible wars from Vietnam to the rampage through the Middle East plus dozens of coups and constant interference in the internal affairs of other states.

And they are people whose own society is a mess they have no intention of correcting, despite making some nice sound-bites in that direction. Their position reflects the underlying plutocratic structure of American society, and they are not going to do anything to damage the very foundation of their careers.

Besides, a sincere effort to correct America’s many desperate social problems would require a great deal of close attention and huge amounts of financing. Meanwhile, there’s the empire that needs looking after, and that’s where America’s elites are attracted, with its lavish benefits and opportunities.

Clearing up the country’s terrible economic inequality, America’s greatest division and one which intensifies so many others, has little more support among the Democratic part of the establishment than it does among the Republican part.

And there’s no use pretending, Biden, in his own way, different than Trump’s, has been a very corrupt man, profiting from many opportunities over the years to enrich himself and his family, much like the Clintons, who have become legendary in their capacity for such work. It is interesting to note that not only was Kamala Harris taken under the wings of important Hillary Clinton supporters a few years ago, but Hillary herself is now being touted in the press as Biden’s likely choice for Ambassador to the UN.

Money indeed makes the world go around in American politics.

Biden has also always been a good soldier in supporting ugly projects, as with the whole Russophobia scheme, something much resented in Russia, a country with which America should work harmoniously in avoiding wars and combatting terror and making the world a better place but absolutely does not. It refuses to do so, just as it refuses genuine cooperation with China. In the minds of America’s elites, America must prevail, a dangerous and unproductive concept.

I read that Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov, a rather wry man, explained in an interview that Moscow has a low opinion of the Democratic candidate after Russia was accused by his party of influencing the US election in 2016, something they certainly did not do. Indeed, Biden’s entire fifty-year political career offers little on which to pin many hopes. Ryabkov said further, “We treat this as a change in weather outside the window.”

It is quite disheartening to see many prominent old Neocons – advocates for the use of American military power to get what the country wants – joining the ranks of Biden’s likely appointees to important posts. They are among the most malicious and destructive people the country has, kind of an upper-class version of Trump’s heavily-armed, belly-over-the-belt boys who intimidate politicians on statehouse steps. Only the Neocons intimidate and destroy whole countries, and their weapon of choice is the Pentagon.

I’ve just read that one of Biden’s candidates for Secretary of Defense, Michele Flournoy (Yes, a woman. Is that supposed to make the unacceptable more acceptable? Equal-opportunity killing?), suggested recently a much stronger American presence in the South China Sea, a force with the ability to “sink all Chinese vessels within 72 hours.” What a promising idea for peace and cooperation. It represents the same kind of thinking as one of Trump’s militia plug uglies carrying a submachine gun and talking about what he’d do to all the street protesters.  

The South China Sea is about 8,000 miles by air from America’s West Coast. Its waters are vital to China’s world trade, and China does nothing to interfere with other nations’ peaceful use of them. A thoughtful person might wonder why any American warships should be there, much less a fleet capable of sinking every Chinese ship in 72 hours.

Such is the thinking of those at the top in America, even without Trump.

America’s belligerence in the world is not going away, just because Trump does. The belligerence will take a different tone and appearance, but it will be belligerence. Because what America really represents in the world today is a gang of rich and privileged people scraping and clawing for influence and position. That is its central reality, and no mere change of President can change it.

Slogans and speeches change nothing when the underlying forces at work are entirely different to the themes. They are reduced to public-relations statements and propaganda. No one echoed the words of high-blown principles more than, say, Lyndon Johnson or the Clintons while in fact not honoring any of them. Human rights and peace and democratic values reduced to hairspray and pancake make-up before an interview.

Recall the War in Vietnam. It was about preserving an artificially-created rump state, South Vietnam, hived off a former French colony and ruled by a series of dictators. It was to serve as an American pied-a-terre in Southeast Asia after France’s colonial withdrawal. Yet the words “freedom’ and “democracy” were frequently heard from American politicians and the press. Meaningless claptrap.

The ugly realities of America’s own society cannot possibly be corrected without fundamental change in that society. It is just dishonest to say otherwise. But you couldn’t find a more grotesquely revealing reason why change is literally impossible than a glance at the membership of the American Senate and the Supreme Court. Many of the faces and gestures and words resemble those of the old Soviet Politburo, the last place on earth from which to expect any change in its day.

In a period of just about eighty years, the United States has gone from the great Franklin Roosevelt’s inspired statement of the Four Freedoms to Mike Pompeo’s bragging about “lying, cheating, and stealing” as American principles abroad. Imagine, the President discussing the murder of someone, a national hero in Iran, while rolling along in a golf cart with his partner, the oleaginous Senator Lindsey Graham.

That is contemporary American government. And if you can see an ounce of principle in any of it, let me know because I certainly cannot.

NOTE

While I tend to focus on foreign affairs, Trump’s proposed wall on the Mexican border powerfully speaks to his competence. It was a bad idea for many reasons, but he insisted on making it a marquee campaign promise, likely because it silently communicated to voters notions best not articulated, as around xenophobia and dislike of migrants.

And Mexico was going to pay for it. Why should Mexico pay for a wall the US wanted? That demand again communicated resentments without openly stating them. Well, of course, Mexico didn’t pay for it, and the wall itself never was built. Trump erected twelve miles of it. Twelve pointless miles of wall in the middle of nowhere, making a section of desert resemble a maximum-security prison.

Posted November 15, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: TRUMP’S IRRESPONSIBLE ELECTION CLAIMS MADE INSTANTANEOUSLY FROM HIS OFFICE WITH ABSOLUTELY NO PROOF – THEY MUCH RESEMBLE HIS OTHER QUACK CLAIMS, AS ABOUT WHAT SUBSTANCES PEOPLE MIGHT INJECT TO FIGHT THE CORONAVIRUS – THE LARGER AND MORE SWEEPING YOUR CLAIM, THE GREATER IS THE BURDEN OF PROOF, BUT WE HAVE NO PROOF, ONLY GOSSIP AND ANECDOTES – TRUMP’S PSYCHOLOGIST NIECE PREDICTED HE WOULD START TEARING THINGS UP IN HIS RAGE OVER THE ELECTION, AND SHE APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN RIGHT WITH HIS FIRING THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE AND MAKING THREATS ABOUT FIRING OTHERS – TRUMP IS DETERMINED TO LEAVE OFFICE IN A LEGAL SHAMBLE – RUDY GIULIANI IN THE ROLE OF DOCTOR FRANKENSTEIN’S TWISTED ASSISTANT, IGOR, LOOKING FOR BODIES TO PLEASE THE MASTER   Leave a comment

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EXPANSION OF A COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN FORT RUSS

Trump Denies Biden’s Fraudulent ‘Victory’, Promises Legal Action

You cannot call an election fraudulent unless you have abundant and convincing proof.

As in all important matters, the larger and more sweeping your claim, the greater the requirement for you to provide convincing proof.

It is irresponsible for a President to speak the way Trump has about fraud, but then that’s what Trump has been for four full years, irresponsible.

Anecdotes and gossip just will not do. There have always, always been little corners of cheating and fraud and just plain error in the elections of a country with 330 million people and a crazy-quilt pattern of many jurisdictions.

Anecdotes prove nothing to anyone who thinks, but of course this President has a proven record of not thinking about almost everything he does.

He thinks only about himself, and he appears determined to leave office in a legal shamble.

Interestingly, his niece, a clinical psychologist who knows his personality well, recently said that he will start tearing up things in his anger over the election result.

Well, today he fired his Secretary of Defense and he threatened firing other officials, including the heads of CIA and the FBI. So, it does appear he has started tearing things up.

He is having election lawsuits filed as quickly as staff can type, and he has made a plea to supporters for funds to fight a fierce set of legal battles.

Rudy Giuliani, a man who once many decades ago seemed an admirable criminal prosecutor, is out echoing Trump’s ill-supported claims, claims made immediately with no evidence, much resembling some his shabby claims and recommendations during the pandemic, while rooting around for any gossip and scraps of anything he can find that seem to support Trump.

Giuliani, in his old age, seems to relish playing the role of Doctor Frankenstein’s twisted little assistant, Igor, who used to search for bodies to please the Master.

LATER NOTE

As part of Giuliani’s hunt for bodies, he started a telephone hotline for whistleblowers to report suspicious election activities they had seen. Of course, a hotline number must be advertised. Apparently, the line was quickly jammed with prank calls.

The absurdity of advertising for election complaints just does not register with Trump’s mob. And it is only one of a whole range of efforts underway to interfere with the normal transition following an election. Even transition funding by the GSA (General Services Administration) is being held up by its Trump-appointed head.

I hadn’t known the fact, but I just read that Trump has a longstanding reputation for malicious lawsuits in his business dealings. It is one of the methods he used to intimidate those with whom he was doing business.

Trump goes out in the same absurd and hateful way that he served. A vicious clown.

Posted November 10, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: WHY BIDEN’S VICTORY IS A GOOD THING FOR MANY SMALL REASONS – MODERN PRESIDENTS DO NOT MAKE MAJOR POLICY AT HOME OR ABROAD – THE AMERICAN ESTABLISHMENT’S VERY DARK MOOD AND ITS BASIC SET OF HOSTILITIES AND DRIVES WILL NOT CHANGE IN FOREIGN POLICY – IN DOMESTIC POLICY BIDEN IS ALREADY COMMITTED TO BIG DONORS TO MAKE LITTLE CHANGE – PUBLIC CIVILITY WILL IMPROVE AND THAT IS A GOOD THING – SUPREME COURT A LOST CAUSE – “PACKING THE COURT,” WHICH IS CONSTITUTIONAL, IS POSSIBLE BUT IS FRAUGHT WITH POLITICAL RISKS – CONTROL OF THE ALL-IMPORTANT SENATE, WHICH MUST APPROVE ALL APPOINTMENTS AND TREATIES, IS STILL UNDECIDED   Leave a comment

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EXPANSION OF A COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CBC NEWS

Joe Biden wins U.S. presidential election as President Donald Trump contests some results

It is a good thing for a number of small reasons. I say “small” because essential foreign policy won’t change. It has been a very long time since Presidents were able to set major policy. The unelected “Dark State” (State Department plus Pentagon and CIA) does that.

The same is true of essential domestic policy. It is determined by the long-term Congressional leaders, who are all beholden, as is Biden, to truly wealthy people and corporations.

However, some wiggle room is left for Presidents so they don’t appear hog-tied. That can make a difference in some things, as when Obama was able to implement the Iran nuclear agreement.

The American establishment’s basic set of hostilities and drives will not change. Anyone who doesn’t do the things America wants done becomes a kind of enemy. They’ve even developed an entire vocabulary of ways to call people different degrees of being an enemy, such as the word “adversary” frequently heard now. And the new Pentagon motto, “full-spectrum dominance,” isn’t exactly full of the promise of peace.

The American establishment is in a very dark mood, one that is not encouraging for peace under any President. China has earned extra dislike because the US cannot compete economically with it. It is silly to think that you must lead when you cannot even compete, but that is the attitude of American elites, so long used to having things their way. They want the gold medals without running the races.

The main thing America really stands out for anymore is the extraordinary quantity of weapons it makes and uses and sells to others. That is one of its enduring grievances against Russia, that that country literally has the capacity from its Soviet legacy to obliterate America. A country like that cannot just be ignored while you stomp around the globe ordering people.

One thing is for sure, public civility will return with Trump gone. No more incessant name-calling and insults No more ignoring and insulting experts. No more public insults of different religions and ethnicities and countries. I think many of the political insiders in Washington had grown very weary of that destructive, ugly little-boy performance.

And we won’t have to look at that always-grimacing face. And some of the worst-tempered appointments ever – as Mike Pompeo or Richard Grenell – will be replaced. Truly brutal and graceless men, like Trump himself.

Too late for the Supreme Court though, unless Biden tries the daring deed of “packing the court” with extra appointments, the Constitution giving no rule as to the number of justices, a strategy that is fraught with political risks as the great Franklin Roosevelt discovered when he tried it.

Control of the all-important Senate – it must approve all appointments and treaties – is still not decided.

Posted November 9, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: BIDEN’S EARLY RHETORIC IS NOT PROMISING – AMERICA AS A “BEACON” TO THE WORLD? – ASK VENEZUELA OR CUBA OR IRAN OR CHINA OR SYRIA ABOUT WHAT KIND OF BEACON AMERICA IS – LEADING BY EXAMPLE? THAT WOULD BE GREAT BUT AMERICA HAS NEVER TRIED IT – MAKE AMERICA RESPECTED AROUND THE WORLD? – THAT DOES SOUND LIKE A MAFIA GODFATHER TALKING – THE TWO MEANINGS OF “RESPECT”   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA TODAY

“Biden calls America ‘a beacon’ for the globe, vows to lead by ‘power of example’”

Well, I think it would be difficult to find a great many people who see America as a beacon.

They once, way back in the 1950s, did tend to do that, but it has been a very long time since people felt that way about America.

Now, try asking people in Venezuela. Or people in Cuba. Or people in Iran. Or Nicaragua. Or Chile. Or Libya. Or Syria. Yemen. Iraq. China. Russia.

As far as the “power of example” goes, that would mark a complete and welcome change for America. I don’t recall a single instance in the past. The Pentagon and the CIA haven’t been known to live by that principle.

America has always told people what to do, and with clenched fists and teeth.

Generally, it tells them how to run their affairs even though, as everyone can see, America cannot run its own.

Biden also promised to “Make America respected around the world again”

“Respect” is very much one of those words with a double meaning.

We have the common-courtesy version of “respect” and we have the mob-boss version.

I wonder which does Biden truly mean? After all, you don’t have to make people use courtesy. You simply earn it by your behavior.

”Making” someone respect you, sounds more like the mob-boss version of the word.

Posted November 9, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: TRUMP DIDN’T CREATE THE DIVISIONS IN AMERICA – THEY ARE DEEP AND THEY WILL PERSIST UNLESS FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES ARE MADE WHICH BIDEN IS NOT FREE TO MAKE – TRUMP IS MORE A SYMPTOM OF THOSE DIVISIONS THAN A CAUSE, ALTHOUGH HE DID EVERYTHING HE COULD TO CONTRIBUTE TO THEM   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE ALEXANDER PANETTA IN CBC NEWS

Donald Trump gets no political obituary. He, and his legacy, aren’t done

“He polarized his country, changed it and has no plans to fade away”

America was already horribly divided before Trump.

Trump is more a symptom of that division than a cause, although he did everything he could to help it along, including massive tax cuts for the rich.

Biden will not be able to change that reality. He already told a group of very large donors, concerned about some progressive noises from the Democratic Party, that they needn’t worry, the status quo would be pretty much retained with a little wiggle room.

America spends a trillion dollars a year on its military and security to run its empire abroad while being the only advanced country with no national health system.

The scariest aspect about Trump is the fact that just about half of the country still voted for him after all his failures. There are a lot of desperate people out there in America, and they are not going away.

Posted November 9, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized