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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: FAITHFUL ATTACHMENT TO A BLOODY TYRANT PRINCE IS PERHAPS THE CLEAREST MEASURE OF WASHINGTON’S CORRUPTION AND ROT   Leave a comment

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EXPANSION OF A COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY PATRICK COCKBURN IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

“The Saudi Crown Prince plans to make us forget about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi before the US election

“A further difficulty the crown prince will face in trying to reboot his nation’s image is that the Khashoggi affair has energised a wave of criticism from former friends, including Republican senator Marco Rubio”

 

What better symbolizes the utter corruption of Washington than its continued close ties with that grotesquely brutal murderer, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia?

Yes, Trump is especially guilty, but he is only a rude chief representative for the entire Washington establishment.

Rather than drain “the swamp,” he ended up giving jobs to many of its inhabitants. On major matters, he and they are pretty much indistinguishable.

Except for his frequent incoherence, he represents nothing really different compared to all the rest of “the best government money can buy.”

Of course, there is the Israeli connection. Netanyahu and the Crown Prince have a mutual admiration society. They are covert allies in many projects, all of them involving blood and death. Kind of “blood brothers,” you might say.

Sadly, Trump and much of Washington dance to Netanyahu’s tune for the Middle East. We have the ongoing spectacle of a great power dictated to by what is effectively one of its own colonies, albeit a rather special one in the immense attention and subsidy it receives.

The virulent hatred and unwarranted attacks we see against Iran, efforts to strangle a major economy of more than eighty million people and hurling ugly threats of war – Trump recently, like Hillary Clinton a few years ago, having actually threatened Iran with the word “obliteration” – are the direct products of that sick and inappropriate relationship.

Netanyahu, with his putrid “moral army” lined up regularly behind a fence to shoot unarmed Palestinian demonstrators, including women and children, is absolutely no different in character than the murderer Saudi Crown Prince. The screams of Netanyahu’s victims are indistinguishable from the screams the Crown Prince’s victims.

Hypocrisy is just thick in the air when Washington here or there accuses some government whom it doesn’t like of brutality or terror. We hear the words regularly, but the people voicing the charges themselves have blood up to their armpits.

Washington both tolerates and exploits genuine terror for its goals and desires, day-in and day-out.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: OF COURSE AMERICA SHOULD LEAVE AFGHANISTAN – IT SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN THERE – BUT I CRITICIZE AN ODD AMERICAN WAY OF DISCUSSING THE FACT – 9/11 WAS NEVER INVESTIGATED BUT AN INVASION TO AVENGE IT STILL OCCURRED – THE TALIBAN – THE CORRUPTION OF POWER AND THE MILITARY THAT DOMINATE AMERICA LIKE DRUGS – SAUDIS KEEP COSY WITH AMERICA’S POWERFUL – THE INSANE AND MEANINGLESS WAR ON TERROR – ISRAEL’S BIZARRE POSITION IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND WHY IT GENERATES ENDLESS VIOLENCE   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY MICHAEL SCHEUER IN CHECKPOINT ASIA

 

“Now, Mr. President, With Respect, Cut the Crap and Get Out of Afghanistan”

“Mr. President you are surrounded by advisors who are morons, liars, money-grubbers, mineral-chasers, war-lovers, and democracy crusaders, as well as generals who cannot tell the difference between winning and losing”

 

There are some truths here, including, of course, the main point about the urgent need to just get out of Afghanistan.

But they are often poorly stated and, importantly, as I will explain, mixed and blurred with a lot of other matters. The author’s language, too, loses credibility and can distort meaning, although a remarkable number of Americans seem to believe otherwise, that such language reinforces truth.

Overall, the language is indicative of much of what the author has to say – again, getting beyond the one essential point about the need to leave Afghanistan – so much of it really being not much more than bellowing from a disillusioned imperial acolyte.

Exclamation points from the gut. But I have never been a reader or a writer who admires the use of exclamation points.

I do think attitudes in the use of language reflect what an essentially violent country America is, both abroad and at home. And that’s why others often cannot understand it, and why it cannot understand them.

After all, this author, by his own admission, spent many years of his life working towards a pointless goal in Afghanistan. It took him an awfully long time to realize anything about what he was doing (in an undoubtedly well-paying job). Such is the strength of preconceptions and religious mumbo-jumbo prejudices like “God Bless America” Patriotism.

It’s actually quite hard to understand America’s establishment on the subject of Afghanistan.

After all, America, especially in its rural areas, is packed with gun-toting, get-out-of-my-face types who hate most government and authority.

Well, that’s what the Taliban represent in their poor, hardscrabble country.

That’s all they’ve ever represented.

They are not concerned about the bureaucrats living in Kabul unless the bureaucrats interfere with them, as they have been doing incessantly under American prompting.

And they certainly aren’t concerned about the world at large, about geo-political matters, except to the extent, again, that any of it impinges on their society and way of life. Certainly, an invasion and occupation of 18 years would tend to do that.

If anyone should be able to understand the Taliban, Americans should.

But they don’t or they refuse to do so.

The entire war was a waste over misunderstanding and America’s emotional need for vengeance after 9/11. Americans never even bothered to understand 9/11, to investigate it, to get at its causes, and to identify its authors accurately. They just demanded vengeance and the satisfaction of seeing lots of things get blown up.

No one understands 9/11 to this day, but the chaotic war in Afghanistan heads towards twenty years of destruction and waste.

The war never had a legitimate cause. And the truth is that all of America’s reactions, viewed from a distance, represent a kind of massive chaotic black comedy or primitive ritualistic cleansing ceremony.

The Taliban never were terrorists in the sense that we understand the word. Yes, they are rude, backward, mountain-men types who don’t hesitate to use violence against enemies, but that is not what we mean when we use the word “terrorist.”

The Taliban had given bin Laden, a devout Muslim and a genuine hero in the fight against Soviet occupation, a refuge away from the Saudi Arabia establishment that hated him, an establishment totally in bed with America.

George Bush’s oil operations were assisted by Saudi Princes. Bush was actually never astute enough to start or run a serious business on his own, and the Saudis were always looking for ways to flatter and influence Americans from big-name families. Just as they gave rare gifts and donated to the Clintons.

That’s all. So, you start and maintain an 18-year war over that?

Just insanity, believing your own propaganda about the Taliban.

Truly, America has been the most inept imperial power since WWII, fighting many meaningless wars and achieving very little, except profits for the defense industry and relatively well-paid jobs for many young Americans who might otherwise have swept floors or been unemployed.

The final irony of it all is America’s adopting for its Israeli-inspired Neocon wars, wars designed only to attempt remaking much of the Middle East to the liking of America and Israel, the very methods of terror.

In Syria, in Libya, and elsewhere, young CIA recruits are supported in behaving like mythical jihadi types when all they really are is old-fashioned mercenaries without uniforms. They never battle against what genuine jihadis would battle against, which would be Israel and the corrupt Saudi Princes and American influence.

No, they fight, with terrorist methods, governments which have done a fairly decent job for the bulk of their people, governments such as those of Gaddafi or Assad, but who remain independent-minded and do not toe the American imperial policy line.

That position, not toeing the line, is simply not allowed. Better to kill a couple of million people, create tens of millions of refugees, and destroy whole societies, which is literally what America has done in the Middle East in cooperation with Israel. Always while bellowing about terrorists and tyrants.

Oh, there has been some genuine “international terror,” a relatively small amount, especially in Europe. It represents little more than efforts to get some revenge for what has been inflicted upon the Middle East in the bloody, bloody Neocon Wars. It would never have occurred otherwise. People don’t just kill and put their own lives at risk for no reason at all, as George Bush’s lamentably stupid words about terrorists being jealous assumed.

I find the author’s last words about American generals and cabals by them and their incompetence especially alarming. It has the tone of American militia types who eat freeze-dried rations and live at the bottoms of old missile silos in the American West. A bit deranged.

The problem isn’t generals, incompetent of not, the problem is the very existence of a gigantic military with no purpose other than enforcing empire. Belief that it represents anything else at all, such as legitimate defense and patriotic duty is the beginning of all problems and disillusion.

Remember always, the realities and effects of power, and of nearly absolute power in particular. And how else can you possibly describe the Pentagon and CIA and NSA and the Washington establishment?

We have close to absolute corruption on a massive scale.

 

FOOTNOTE CONCERNING ISRAEL AND ITS MANY WARS, INCLUDING THE NEOCON WARS – MATTERS QUITE APART FROM THE TALIBAN AND AFGHANISTAN ALTHOUGH IT ALL GETS JUMBLED TOGETHER IN PROPAGANDA ABOUT TERROR AND THE SUPPOSED NATURE OF ISLAM

 

Modern Israel represents something a little like a huge American corporate subdivision – a bit like Disney’s original project called Celebration, Florida – only one built with Biblical and Sunday School themes to justify putting it on another people’s land.

It has taken almost continuous war and violence to support the development, and there are few signs of that violence abating.

Its residents are mostly of European descent and have attitudes much different than those native to the region, an almost predictable source of unending strife.

In many respects, its face towards the rest of the Middle East, with its hundreds of millions of people, much resembles that of the fortress redoubts built by European Crusaders during the Middle Ages.

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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE CONCEPT OF “PEAK OIL” – WHY THOMAS MALTHUS WAS SO COMPLETELY WRONG IN THE LATE 18TH CENTURY – BOTH ABOUT THE LIMITS TO RESOURCES LIKE FOOD AND ABOUT POPULATION GROWTH – HOW OUR FOOD WILL BE PRODUCED BEFORE VERY LONG – HOW HUMAN POPULATIONS STOP GROWING AND EVEN SHRINK – A WORD ON INTELLIGENT SCEPTICISM   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY F WILLIAM ENGDAHL IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

‘Peak Oil’ Turns out to Be Complete Nonsense – Affordable Global Reserves Seem Virtually Limitless

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Response to a comment:

Yes, there is not yet evidence enough about the formation of oil, whether it is a geological process or biological, as perhaps most commonly assumed. If it proves to be a continuous geological process, operating out of the earth’s interior as this article’s author assumes, reservoirs may indeed be virtually unlimited over time.

As for your comments on Malthus, he unknowingly left out something that has proved to be extremely important, growth of productivity.

It is that fact that makes his reckoning so bleak.

And so completely wrong, as we’ve proved with immense growth of productivity in all industries and especially farming.

And I think we have big leaps ahead still.

The day is coming we won’t even need most of our farm fields.

We’ll grow most of what we eat in hi-tech, hi-rise facilities. They will be right in or near cities, so fleets of transport trucks will no longer be needed. Chemical sprays perhaps also will not be needed.

The facilities will be controlled by complex computer programs and will need little attention.

And there will be harvests multiple times a year.

After that, who knows, maybe totally synthetic stuff, requiring no horticulture at all?

Like oil basins, future productivity of food production is not “cut-and-dried,” as Malthus unwittingly assumed.

Much the same productivity argument applies to petroleum too, actually. We ‘ve been able to make completely synthetic gasoline for many decades. Nationalist South Africa had a few synthetic fuel plants, based on a technology from WWII Germany.

It is much more expensive fuel, but, as with all technologies, costs come down over time. And higher product costs stimulate more efficient user technologies, as more efficient cars.

But before even getting to synthetic fuel, the world still has huge resources of “unconventional” oil – very heavy sources of crude that are more difficult and costly to extract and refine. The Alberta tar sands and the Orinoco Belt in Venezuela and still other places have vast deposits.

Again, such oil is more expensive because it must be “upgraded” and extraction deals with far greater volumes of material to be handled than classic light crude, but costs do come down over time.

Malthus, in his concept of a growing mismatch between population and its needed resources, also assumed continuous growth of population. Again, he was quite wrong, as the experience of all advanced countries now has proved.

The socio-economic fact of Demographic Transition brings population growth to a halt in all advanced nations. Births do respond to increased affluence and the likelihood of the survival of almost all children born – that is, to falling death rates.

Infant mortality (deaths of children before reaching five-years old) provided a big portion of historical death rates.

In Malthus’ day, infant mortality claimed a good half of children born. People kept having children as a response. After all, there were no pensions or care facilities for aging parents. Your children, especially for rural people, were the embodiment of both.

Today, some countries without adequate in-migration, actually face declining population, a very serious problem, as is the case for Japan.

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Response to a comment saying, “A word to the wise: never take anything Engdahl says at face value. I made that mistake once and quoted him in a book. The man is a dangerous loon, a Larouchite and a fantasist”

Never take anything that anyone says at “face value.” That is, anything about which you have little personal knowledge.

Intelligent scepticism is the best guiding philosophy. David Hume was right.

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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE DISTINCTLY UNPROMISING FIELD OF REMAINING DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES DEBATE – THREADBARE DEMOCRACY AT WORK – THE MILITARY ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM – AMERICA POCKMARKED BY URBAN AND RURAL HELLHOLES WHICH ARE IGNORED – BIDEN AND OBAMA SMILED THEIR WAY THROUGH MASS KILLING   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CBC NEWS ABOUT THE AMERICAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY DEBATES

 

“Biden clashes with Warren, Sanders on health care in 3rd Democratic debate

“Candidates pare back some of the bickering that marked 2 earlier debates”

 

Pretty sad field.

The Party killed off the best candidate it had in years, Tulsi Gabbard.

None of these people really challenge the American war machine. Not one. Bernie comes closest, but he has mainly supported it and doesn’t seriously challenge it.

Elizabeth Warren has not only always voted for the hideous budgets, she openly says things like we’ve got to fight our way out of the situations in which we’ve become mired, whatever that stupidity means.

They are all establishment figures of little real promise. Not one of them is stirring or genuinely interesting.

Talk about this or that social program, which is what many of these candidates do, is a waste of breath when you’re spending a trillion dollars a year on the military, security, and spying.

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Response to a comment saying, “The richest country in the world cannot afford healthcare, only more weapons to ‘help’ those who disagree with them”

Well, yes, and just look at the urban and rural hellholes that pockmark the United States.

Genuine Third-World stuff, without even decent drinking water or schools.

That is the reality of America.

Plutocracy and empire and squalor and constant turmoil to serve and expand empire.

The people? Who are you kidding? They simply do not count, except in insincere political speeches.

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Response to a comment saying, “Biden and Obama bombed 6 countries while in office”

Yes, and very importantly, they started the industrial-scale extrajudicial killing program which uses drones and Hellfire missiles to incinerate people legally guilty of nothing. Thousands of them.

And Joe Biden advocated hard to Obama for starting it.

Wonderful people. Doing the same work as Argentina’s old military junta did when it “disappeared” thousands of people it didn’t like.

Only Obama and Biden both smile all the time.

And a lot of people believe their smiles are benign.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: AMERICAN COUNTERINTELLIGENCE SAYS ISRAEL HAS BEEN EAVESDROPPING ON THE WHITE HOUSE – ISRAEL DENIES IT BUT ISRAEL’S RECORD FOR TELLING THE TRUTH IS DEPLORABLE AND IT HAS A HISTORY OF RELENTLESS SPYING ON AMERICA   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN HIDEOUT NOW

 

“US counterintelligence officials reportedly say Israel probably planted surveillance devices near the White House; Israeli government issues strong denial”

 

Israel is well-known by American security agencies for the most aggressive spying that they face.

In the past I’ve read some almost laughable stories about their activities.

Such as one about an Israeli spy crawling through ductwork in a Washington office building to arrive at a point over someone’s desk where he could photograph documents.

So, I think it’s extremely likely Israel planted surveillance devices near the White House, as charged.

Denials from that country literally mean nothing.

Netanyahu is a pathological liar. We know that on the highest authority, from an open-mic incident between Presidents Sarkozy and Obama some years back. They agreed you could trust nothing the man said.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: AN ARTICLE REFERS TO THE GUARDIAN AS BRITAIN’S “LEADING LIBERAL NEWSPAPER” – BUT THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A LIBERAL CORPORATE NEWSPAPER – AND THE GUARDIAN IS ONE OF THE WORST WE HAVE – A TORY WHO ATTENDS EVERY PARTY CROSSDRESSED AS SOMETHING ELSE   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY MATT KENNARD AND MARK CURTIS IN CONSORTIUM NEWS

 

‘UK Security Services Neutralized Country’s Leading Liberal Newspaper

‘The Guardian has been successfully deterred from producing its former adversarial reporting on the “security state”’

 

While The Guardian has occasionally acted on a liberal impulse for its own special reasons, that headline about “leading liberal paper” just could not possibly be more inaccurate.

The Guardian’s main sympathies are not far removed from those of the Tory Party. That isn’t an exaggeration.

If you read it closely for a while, as I used to do, that becomes abundantly clear.

It likes to play games around the edges with material that might be identified as quite liberal, but it serves almost as window-dressing, feel-good stuff making social statements, but nothing around core matters in politics and world affairs.

The paper’s heart is not liberal at all.

It supported, for example, the ugly McCarthyite attacks on the Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn more enthusiastically perhaps than anyone else.

It holds biased views on Israel’s ugly behavior, and it has been friendly to direct political intrusions into British politics from Israel – a country where liberals are genuinely despised.

It is friendly to America’s destructive foreign policies, as the Neocon Wars. It has always embraced the rape of Syria and America’s dishonest excuses there.

It promoted the fake stories about Syria’s use of chemical weapons.

It supported American and British bombing and missile attacks against Syria.

It enthusiastically embraced the new Saudi Crown Prince, giving him glowing reports about being progressive, a bad joke to say the least.

Indeed, not very long ago, The Guardian ran an ugly smear campaign against Julian Assange himself.

The paper is intensely Russo-phobic, prejudice of any kind hardly being a liberal characteristic.

How easily the The Guardian’s own myths about itself make it into an independent paper like Consortium News. It’s actually quite surprising.

I have many, many examples of The Guardian’s immense bias and work for establishment disinformation, but here is my favorite, one where I analyzed it in some detail. Readers may enjoy it:

 

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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: CANADA’S OCTOBER ELECTION – A MISSED OPPORTUNITY FOR CANADA’S THIRD MAJOR POLITICAL PARTY WITH ESTABLISHMENT GUYS RUNNING FOR THE LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES – A FEW MORE VERY CRITICAL WORDS FOR TRUDEAU – QUITE A REMARKABLE LIST OF QUALITY LEADERS IN NDP’s PAST   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY ROBYN URBACK IN CBC NEWS

 

“The NDP [New Democratic Party] should’ve been the ‘change’ option this election. Instead, it’s grasping for relevance.

“Jagmeet Singh [the NDP’s new leader] has been blessed with two Ottawa establishment opponents and ample room to reoccupy the left”

 

A highly accurate piece of analysis.

Singh is, I’m sure, an honorable and decent man, but he simply is not a leader.

I don’t know what happened to the NDP when selecting him, but it has made such mistakes a few times.

The NDP has given us some remarkable leaders and statesmen in the past. Jack Layton. Thomas Mulcair. David Lewis. Bob Rae. Ed Broadbent. Tommy Douglas.

The quality of the names on that list is extraordinary, especially given that the NDP is a minority party.

The author’s mention of money is important, but a charismatic leader will attract money.

It is much to be regretted because Trudeau has for many lost credibility as a leader and as a statesman. For me, he is neither. Rather a kind of political department-store mannequin who gets wheeled out wearing expensive shirts, usually with the sleeves rolled up, and a big smile.

I find him genuinely off-putting anymore after all the insincerity about transparency, about keeping promises, and about his pretty much faithful service to Washington’s ugliest international policies. His millennialist mush language reminds me too much of Gwyneth Paltrow selling her Goop products to suckers.

Scheer does not make a strong impression one way or the other. I say, at least, thank God he’s not Harper.

The parties have really let the people down, but that is all too common in “Western democracies.” Just look at the ghastly choice Americans were offered in 2016. Figures from two tableaux of Madame Tussaud’s Chamber of Horrors.