Posts Tagged ‘US foreign policy’

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“We don’t have a basis, our lawyers tell us, unless we have a UN Security Council Resolution,  which the Russians can veto or the Chinese, or unless we are under attack, by the folks there, or unless we are invited in.

Russia is invited in by the legitimate regime–well it’s illegitimate in our mind–but by the regime. And so they were invited in and we’re not invited in. We’re flying in airspace there where they can turn on the air defense and we have a very different scene. The only reason they’re letting us fly is because we’re going after ISIL. If we were going after Assad, those air defenses, we’d have to take out all the air defenses, and we don’t have a legal justification, frankly for doing that, unless we stretch it way beyond the law, on a humanitarian basis. Which some people argue we should, by the way. But so far American legal theory has not gone into the so-called “right to protect.”

 

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So admits a top US general to Congress.

 

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FROM THE FIRST GULF WAR TO ISLAMIC STATE: HOW AMERICA WAS SEDUCED BY THE “EASY WAR”

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The “neo-con” clique in Washington has always been tied to the state of Israel and acting in concert with Israeli strategy for the region.

So if you wonder why the Democrats are also on board this insane plan, here is your answer.

US Caught Faking It in Syria

Oded Yinon, who had formerly worked at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, published an article in which he outlined the strategic approach his country needed to take in the coming years.

What follows are some excerpts from Israel Shahak’s English translation of that text:

“Lebanon’s total dissolution into five provinces serves as a precedent for the entire Arab world including Egypt, Syria, Iraq and the Arabian Peninsula and is already following that track. The dissolution of Syria and Iraq later on into ethnically or religiously unique areas such as in Lebanon, is Israel’s primary target on the Eastern front in the long run, while the dissolution of the military power of those states serves as the primary short term target. Syria will fall apart, in accordance with its ethnic and religious structure, into several states such as in present day Lebanon….

Iraq’s … dissolution is even more important for us than that of Syria…

Yinon’s vision reappeared in the now infamous“Clean Break” document from 1996, authored by a consortium of US and Israeli “strategic thinkers” that included Richard Perle, Douglas Feith and David and Meyrav Wurmser, which was meant to serve as a foreign policy blueprint for the first administration  of Benjamin Netanyahu.”

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Patron Saint of Death Squads and Plutocracy, Ronnie Reagan, supported Guatemala and its genocidal rampage that killed 200,000 indigenous men, women and children.  Now the Guatemalan dictator is on trial in his home country for what he did.  It was this obscenity in Central America that first alerted me to the horrors and despicable immorality of US foreign policy.

PBS reports, fairly well, on the ongoing trial.  It can happen in the third world, but American overlords will likely never stand trial for their crimes.

See also: 

What I’ve Learned About US Foreign Policy (2 hrs.)

 

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Ignorance kills.

 

“The Island President” and the Maldives Coup: Ground Zero for Climate Change & Human Rights

by Jennifer Epps 

Watching The Island President, an environmentalist documentary that is also an inspiring biography of a unique national leader — the Maldives’ first democratically-elected president, Mohamed Nasheed — it is painful to be reminded that the Copenhagen climate change conference at the film’s climax was not only inconclusive, but happened more than 2 years ago. Since then, the UN Climate Conferences in Cancun and Durban have inched us closer to international co-operation on global warming, yet still have not produced a binding agreement to make cuts to carbon emissions. But The Island President, winner of the 2011 People’s Choice Award for Best Documentary at the Toronto Film Festival, makes a vital contribution to the struggle for hearts and minds on the most serious dilemma of our time.

Director Jon Shenk (co-director of the award-winning doc The Lost Boys of Sudan) shot 200 hours of film of President Nasheed’s first year in office as Nasheed campaigned to secure a future for the Maldives, a virtually sea-level nation of atolls in the Indian Ocean which will be completely wiped out by global warming. It obviously took some time to construct a narrative out of the intimate and engaging  footage. But Shenk and his editor have succeeded in assembling a fascinating portrait of a pioneering administration and a historic mission to rescue the lowest country on earth — and although The Island President  depicts events from 2009, the film couldn’t be more
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The documentary is urgently needed because, first of all, the story of how the remarkable figure at the center of this film came to power in the Maldives is an inspiring tale of a courageous people’s non-violent resistance against oppression. As an activist, Nasheed and a massive pro-democracy movement used Mahatma Gandhi’s tactics to topple the brutal dictatorship of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, resulting in 2008 in the country’s first multi-party elections, a peaceful revolution that the American environmental leader Bill McKibben calls a “precursor of the Arab Spring”. Secondly, the next U.N. climate change conference starts in  about two weeks in Bonn, Germany, and the deadline to achieve concrete progress is now.  Though climate change is not expected to hit with full-force for decades, we are almost upon the “Tipping Point’ — a point of carbon saturation that will, if nothing is done before then, create its own self-generating momentum and override cuts in CO2 emissions going forward. The climate “tipping point’ is now estimated to be the year 2017.

Thirdly, we’re in an election year in the U.S., and the well-funded climate change deniers have gained ground — thank you very much, corporate media. (Part of this is due to how the Republican primary season has dominated coverage. For example, an 8-month Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting study of the four TV network Sunday morning talk shows, released April 12th, found that Republicans accounted for 62% of partisan roundtable guests and 70% of partisan one-on-one interviews.)

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