Susan Rice has just completed her visit to Beijing to prepare for Obama’s November visit. She arrived as the envoy of the President of the Indispensable Nation and was greeted at the very highest level by Xi Jinping himself, president of one of the many Dispensable Nations.
Susan probably conceives this as an advance visit in more ways than one since Beijing is the final scheduled stop on the U.S. Empire’s march through Eurasia – after sacking Iraq, Libya, Syria, Iran and Russia. Or so the plan goes.
But Rice might surely was given considerable pause on her visit. Just as she arrived China Daily, the English version of which was surely dropped outside her door in the morning, carried a front-page story, headlined: "China ‘largest economy’ by 2024." And with it was carried the striking graphic:
Reader, take note of the phrase "Nominal GDP." This means GDP in real dollars. The alternative measure and the one more often used is given in terms of PPP (Purchasing Power Parity), which corrects the value of the dollar for purchasing power from country to country. By the PPP measure China is already the equal of the US or will be so within a year’s time according to the World Bank.
A Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted Sept. 4-7 among 1,001 adults nationwide revealed that 59% of Americans believe ISIS (or ISIL or the Islamic State) is a "very serious threat to US vital interests." Another 31% view ISIS as a "somewhat serious" threat.
So, 90% of Americans believe ISIS is a threat to US interests. And only 2% think ISIS is not a threat. I’ve never belonged to the "1 percent" but now I’m part of the "2 percent" who don’t think ISIS is a threat to the US.
I live down the street from the US Capitol. If ISIS struck in the belly of the beast, my family and I would likely be negatively impacted. But I’ve never lost a minute of sleep worrying about it, and I never will. Not because I’m "tough" but because I’m not a pawn of the government controlled media that misleads Americans into accepting Obama’s propaganda to "scare" us into more war.
There’s a better chance that Santa Claus comes down my chimney than there is for "Muslim terrorists" to invade the US.
When I tuned in to US president Barack Obama’s televised speech on his plans for war against the so-called “Islamic State,” I expected exactly what we got — a bland sundae of pseudo-patriotic drivel topped off with some whipped cream of big bucks for the military-industrial complex and the cherry of regime change in Syria. What I didn’t expect was a bon mot homage to a previous era:
“[W]e are not about to send American boys 9 or 10,000 miles away from home to do what Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves.” — US president Lyndon Johnson, October 21, 1964
“[W]e cannot do for Iraqis what they must do for themselves …” US president Barack Obama, September 10, 2014
A curious inversion: LBJ’s remark came near the end of the “advisor” era in Vietnam and prior to the massive, direct US military intervention there. Obama’s reprise comes after nearly a quarter century of massive, direct US military interventions in Iraq and proposes to make history run backward into an “advisor” scenario. Curious, but clearly not accidental.
We all remember how Vietnam ended. After two lost ground wars in Asia in the last 12 years, after recourse to the history book accounts of the post-WWII era, you might expect Obama to have learned a lesson by now. And you’d be right.
Just as Barack Obama was to announce what some are calling Iraq War III, Dick Cheney emerged on Capitol Hill to scold Republicans about isolationist heresies.
An interventionist philosophy prevails in both Washington parties, but not on The Weekly Podcast with Charles Goyette and Ron Paul. This week the conversation is about ISIS and Obama’s latest American initiative in the Mideast. Dr. Paul points to the role played by foreign forces, whether on the ground or by way of aerial bombardment, in radicalizing domestic populations which then ally themselves with groups like Al Qaeda and now ISIS.
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Jeremy Scahill talked with MSNBC’s Ari Melber on Thursday to discuss Obama’s plan to escalate the U.S. military campaign against ISIS and offered a damning assessment of the administration’s “strategy.”
Chris Hayes spoke with Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) and Stephen Lynch (D-MA) on the secret 28 pages of the 911 Commission Report. That section of the report implicates foreign government involvement in the 9/11 attacks. Read more on them at 28pages.org.