Saturday, October 22, 2016

Farcical Ceasefire in Aleppo

Farcical Ceasefire in Aleppo

by Stephen Lendman

Russian/Syrian good faith ceasefire efforts to provide humanitarian relief for thousands of eastern Aleppo residents held hostage as human shields by US-backed terrorists failed as expected.

Ceasefire plays into their hands, letting them regroup, rearm and mobilize for further attacks - with full US support and encouragement.

Russia and Syria know what’s going on and why. So why extend ceasefire another day, two or longer, letting terrorist forces grow stronger? The only way to liberate eastern Aleppo is by smashing them entirely, forcing their remaining elements to surrender or die.

On Friday, Russian General Sergey Rudskoi said extending the humanitarian pause followed requests by pro-Western organizations, including the UN, supporting America’s imperial project.

Russia agreed despite “so-called opposition groups and their curators” preventing anyone from leaving eastern Aleppo. Those trying risk death or serious injury.

A western Aleppo resident told RT International that so-called Free Syrian Army and al-Nusra terrorists “open fire and beat and torture everyone…try(ing) to leave (areas of) the city” they control. His trapped family held hostage can’t get out - nor others in the besieged part of the city.

Another Western Aleppo resident said thousands of eastern city hostages have no food, water, electricity or fuel. “They’ve got nothing,” she said.

Rudskoi said Russian “requests to the Americans to make a positive influence on the fighters of the so-called opposition to make them stop the firing, to let civilians leave, and leave themselves remain unanswered.”

Washington is deliberately and maliciously obstructing ceasefire and efforts to deliver desperately needed humanitarian aid to eastern Aleppo residents.

It’s no secret why. Sustaining hostilities serve its interests, going all-out to prevent Aleppo’s liberation - so far short of direct intervention likely coming under Hillary’s leadership next year, risking direct confrontation with Russia.

According to Rudskoi, eastern Aleppo terrorists mobilized around “1,200 (heavily armed) militants, among them 30 (suicide) bombers…read(ying) to…attack from the militant part of the city.”

The longer Russia extends its humanitarian pause, the stronger terrorists get, the longer it’ll take to defeat them.

US-backed eastern Aleppo fighters continue terrorizing thousands of residents - while their daily shelling kills civilians in liberated parts of the city.

In the last 24 hours alone, eight died, over 30 injured, some seriously. Putin said Russia is willing to suspend airstrikes as long as needed - “until the terrorists in (eastern Aleppo) intensify their activity.”

On Friday, he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, and Ukraine’s US-installed puppet leader Petro Poroshenko.

So-called Normandy Four talks accomplished nothing toward resolving conflicts in Syria or Ukraine. Sergei Lavrov and John Kerry discussed conflict in Aleppo by phone. A Russian Foreign Ministry statement followed, saying:

The heads of the foreign ministries…discussed the ways to normalize the situation in the eastern part of Aleppo, where Syria’s government forces and Russia’s Aerospace Forces have announced a humanitarian pause in their military operations and are ready to extend it if al-Nusra Front and illegal armed groups that have joined it do not violate the ceasefire regime.”

Diplomats talk endlessly, achieving nothing substantive, while Syrians die. How long will Russia continue the ceasefire charade?

It’s harming, not helping defenseless victims, delaying Aleppo’s liberation, key to hoped for eventual triumph in Syria over US imperial ruthlessness!

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Pressure Building for Direct US Intervention in Syria

Pressure Building for Direct US Intervention in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Obama is incrementally upping the stakes in Syria - building pressure, preparing for Hillary’s takeover in January, a near certainty as things now stand - things rigged for her as Trump justifiably claims.

Escalated conflict to oust Assad is virtually certain with her as commander-in-chief of America’s military. A dubious, likely fabricated, confidential UN report to Security Council members throws fuel on the raging (made in the USA) Syria fire.

A UN-led inquiry unjustifiably claimed Syrian forces used chemical weapons three times - citing “sufficient (unsubstantiated) information.” 

One attack on Qmenas near Idlib city “was caused by a Syrian Arab Armed Forces helicopter dropping a device from a high altitude, which hit the ground and released the toxic substance that affected the population,” the report claimed.

Investigators believe chlorine gas was used - its weaponized use banned under the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention. It’s readily available to US-supported terrorists, they didn’t explain - or say these elements used various toxic substances before numerous times.

Security Council members will discuss the report’s findings in closed session next week - Russia, and likely China, virtually certain to veto any unjustifiable US, UK and French anti-Syrian measures proposed.

Ahead of debating the issue next week, Russia questioned the inquiry’s findings, calling alleged evidence inconclusive. Numerous times before, Syria was falsely accused of CW attacks carried out by US-backed terrorists.

Under a 2013 Russia/US brokered deal, Syria agreed to destroy its entire CW stockpile. On January 4, 2016, the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said Damascus “complete(d) (the) destruction of all (its) chemical weapons…”

At the time, OPCW director-general Ahmet Uzumcu said “(t)his process closes an important chapter in the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapon(s) programme…”

No verifiable evidence suggests any remain. Plenty indicates US-supported terrorists have access to toxic weapons, using them at their discretion.

The Security Council resolution supporting Syria’s agreement to destroy its CW stockpile included a provision, saying if noncompliance occurred, measures under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter would be imposed - sanctions and/or use of military force, another resolution needed for implementation, Russia, and likely China, virtually certain to veto any draft proposed.

Falsely accusing Damascus and Russia of war crimes builds pressure for escalated war once Hillary assumes power - including likely direct US intervention against Syrian military targets.

Will direct confrontation with Russia follow? Are things headed for possible nuclear war? Bipartisan neocons infesting Washington under Hillary’s leadership make the unthinkable perhaps likely.

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NYT Falsely Claims Hillary's Emails Weren't Damaging

NYT Falsely Claims Hillary’s Emails Weren’t Damaging

by Stephen Lendman

Daily WikiLeaks dumps of Hillary’s emails reveal her disturbing polar opposite public and private views on major issues.

They show she’s a pathological liar, a pay-to-play influence peddler in return for large Clinton Foundation donations, earning millions of dollars in supportive Wall Street speeches, and disturbing information on how horrifically she’ll govern as president - entirely different her campaign posturing.

Disgracefully claiming Russia hacked Hillary’s emails “to influence the presidential election” despite no evidence suggesting it, Times editors discounted their importance, saying none…so far seem particularly harmful to Mrs. Clinton.”

Absurdly claiming “she has nothing to hide,” The Times claimed “(f)uller disclosure would clearly have helped her when it came to her lucrative speeches to Wall Street…”

Saying they largely discussed “incentivizing growth and spurring entrepreneurship” suppressed her one-sided support for Wall Street banks and other financial interests at the expense of Main Street.

She barely stopped short of threatening China with war, saying “we’re going to ring (the country) with missile defense (for offense). We’re going to put more of our fleet in the area. You either control them, or we’re going to have to defend against them.”

She expressed support for no-fly zone implementation in Syria, an act of war if imposed, risking military confrontation with Russia.

She lied about US post-9/11 policies “ke(eping) us safer.” She left no doubt about the major threat to world peace, stability and security she poses as US president.

On October 20, Judicial Watch (JW) released “email correspondence between (Hillary) and Gen. David Petraeus” when he headed CENTCOM, saying:

“If there is ever anything you need or want me to know, pls use this personal email address” -…

JW president Tom Fitton commented, saying “(i)t’s now clear why (Hillary) deleted or withheld so many (emails), and why (she) didn’t recall or declined to answer questions about her email security” under oath, in response to judicially approved JW questions.

“And her request to Petraeus while he was the Commander of the United States Central Command to communicate with her solely at her unsecure email address shows (her) willful negligence in handling national defense information.”

Times editors saying if she “had done her own giant information release (including texts of her highly paid speeches to Wall Street and other special interests) by now, everyone would have long since moved on ignores major scandal surrounding the Clintons they want suppressed.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

UN Human Rights Council Supports America's Imperial Project in Syria

UN Human Rights Council Supports America’s Imperial Project in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

The HRC includes a rogue’s gallery of states supporting naked aggression among its 47 members, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, and NATO nations Britain, Germany, France, 
Belgium, Latvia, Albania, and Slovenia - backing US-led aggression on Syrian sovereign independence.

On Friday, it passed a resolution on Aleppo, introduced by Britain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE (notorious human rights abusing states), calling for a war crimes investigation, irresponsibly blaming Russia and Syria for most civilian casualties.

It requested the pro-Western International Commission of Inquiry (ICI) to “conduct a comprehensive independent special inquiry into the events in Aleppo” - to hold parties responsible for crimes of war and against humanity accountable.

According to Alexei Borodavkin, Russia’s Geneva-based UN envoy, the resolution “was not an objective and unbiased discussion of the situation in Syria, in Aleppo in particular, but yet another attempt at an information propaganda warfare on Damascus and Moscow.”

A disgraceful statement largely blamed Russia and Syria for high crimes committed by America, its rogue partners and terrorist foot soldiers.

It called for “an immediate, prolonged and all-encompassing ceasefire” in Aleppo - a thinly veiled scheme to let terrorists regain the advantage, prevent the city’s liberation, and continue endless war for regime change.

Separately, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova blasted Washington for failing to work cooperatively with Russia on delivering humanitarian aid to 
Aleppo and helping to enforce ceasefire conditions.

“I would like to emphasize that the difficult situation there (is) the result of the US failure to comply with its obligations within the framework of the September 9 Russian-US agreements” reached in Geneva, she said.

Humanitarian crisis conditions in Syria, especially Aleppo, are exacerbated by illegally imposed US/EU sanctions, she added.

Reporting from Aleppo, Russian RIA Novosti correspondent Mikhail Alaeddin expressed frustration over militants in eastern Aleppo blocking residents from leaving.

He quoted a Russian colleague, saying “(s)o much for the ‘humanitarian pause’ and the terrorists’ response to it. Now I think no one will leave” eastern Aleppo. 

It’s Washington’s strategy, wanting the Syria pot kept boiling endlessly, heading for greater conflict than already when Hillary succeeds Obama. 

The end game remains the same - regime change and destruction of Syrian sovereign independence.

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Hillary Favors Privatizing Social Security

Hillary Favors Privatizing Social Security

by Stephen Lendman

She’s been deplorably pro-Wall Street throughout her public life - as president next year in a position to benefit major financial firms more than ever by incrementally privatizing Social Security.

According to journalists David Sirota and Avi Asher-Schapiro, financial services giant Blackstone Group “openly promote(s) a plan to give (Wall Street and other financial) firms control of hundreds of billions of dollars in retirement savings” - savers required to go along involuntarily.

Company president/major Hillary fundraiser Tony James is touted to become her Treasury secretary, according to some observers.

His scheme is a back-door way of privatizing Social Security, a scheme no previous administration dared try. Workers and employers would be required to put designated portion of their retirement savings into “pooled plans run by professional investment managers,” according to James.

A single mandatory system would replace individual retirement accounts, diverting a designated portion of Social Security revenues to private hands - financial predators benefitting at the expense of savers.

James claiming they’ll have “access to (the) highest quality managers (with) long-term investment horizons” is cover for a giant scam if enacted into law - another way to transfer personal savings to wealthy monied interests, further enriching them, most people none the wiser about how they’re being ripped off.

James favors retiree savings invested “like pension plans,” including “real estate, private equity, commodities and hedge funds” - generating big fees for financial firms, returns not justifying the costs, according to critics.

Leaked emails showed Hillary praised a presidential commission, recommending Social Security cuts, Sirota and Asher-Schapiro explained.

Earlier this year, James said “(i)f this (proposal) gets enacted, there are going to be thousands and thousands and thousands of asset managers that will benefit…” - major ones like Blackstone and Wall Street banks most of all.

Critic Curtis Loftis, South Carolina Treasurer, said “(t)his new plan depends on sweeping government mandates, the appropriation of trillions of dollars from the private sector that is then handed over to zillionaire investment managers who make no guarantees about rates of returns or discounted fees.”

“The only guaranteed benefit I see in this plan is one for wealthy money managers and their cronies. Wall Streeters reading this plan will understand…that having Hillary Clinton and the federal government use its power to aggregate the existing and future retirement funds of working Americans and entrust it to them is the Holy Grail of finance.”

Hillary supports the scheme, according to James. “I am hopeful she’ll grab this issue once elected (sic) and run with it,” he said.

Its end game is ending Social Security as it now works altogether, privatizing trillions of dollars of personal savings, an unprecedented windfall for predatory Wall Street banks and other financial giants if enacted into law.

Hillary’s likely ascension to power risks having the most outrageous of all financial scams become the law of the land - one of many reasons to oppose her.

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US-Supported Terrorists Blocking Humanitarian Aid to Eastern Aleppo

US-Supported Terrorists Blocking Humanitarian Aid to Eastern Aleppo

by Stephen Lendman

On Friday, Russia extended its humanitarian pause for another 24 hours - until 7:00PM local time Saturday evening unless maintained longer.

It must decide whether to continue suspending its eastern Aleppo anti-terrorist aerial campaign or resume it because ceasefire failed - like all earlier attempts, futile efforts because Washington wants endless war.

According to Russian General Sergey Rudskoy, terrorists used the temporary ceasefire to regroup and mobilize for attacking Aleppo from the southwest - with tanks, armored vehicles, artillery, and armor-piercing TOW missiles.

On Friday, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said maintaining the pause longer “depends on the way the process will continue. Until now militants’ exodus from the city has been sluggish.” 

Continuing a pause depends on “the process of ensuring security of the humanitarian convoy and on the approach the militants will choose, whether they continue aggressive offensives or not, whether they use this humanitarian pause for regrouping, rearmament and equipment modernization of the terrorist groups, set in the eastern parts of the city.”

On Friday, Sergey Lavrov said al-Nusra and other terrorist groups “cooperat(ing) with them are…sabotaging UN efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to eastern Aleppo…”

They continue shelling safe passage corridors, preventing civilians and other militants from leaving, risking death or serious injury if they try.

“We are very much concerned that, despite the goodwill gestures that Moscow and Damascus have undertaken,” al-Nusra fighters “refus(e) to leave the city,” Lavrov added.

Washington has done nothing “whatsoever (to) suppress this terrorist organization,” showing their fighters are being used to try toppling Assad.

Addressing the General Assembly, Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin blasted notorious imperial tool Ban Ki-moon for failing to mention the presence of anti-Syrian terrorists in remarks he delivered to the body - US-supported death squads responsible for brutal atrocities.

Separately, a disturbing Washington Post report indicated America’s “foreign policy elite are laying the groundwork for a more assertive…foreign policy” under Hillary’s leadership next year - something I explained earlier, warning of escalated conflict in Syria, risking direct confrontation with Russia.

A Brookings Institution report due out in December “call(s) for more aggressive American action to constrain Iran, rein in the chaos in the Middle East, and check Russia in Europe,” said WaPo.

Policies presented reflect Hillary’s views, including “stepped-up military action to (topple Assad and) deter…Russian forces in Syria.”

She favors no-fly and safe zones. Establishing them assures “(y)ou’re going to kill a lot of Syrians,” she acknowledged, according to WikiLeaks released information on her comments.

Last month, Joint Chiefs Chairman General “fighting Joe Dunford told Senate Armed Services members that “for us to control all of the airspace in Syria (by establishing a no-fly zone) would require us to go to war against Syria and Russia.”

WaPo quoted an unnamed senior Obama administration official, saying “(y)ou can’t pretend you can go to war against Assad and not go to war against the Russians.”

Hillary’s rage for war and anti-Russia militancy may assure it - an act of madness if launched.

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US Undermining Ceasefire in Aleppo

US Undermining Ceasefire in Aleppo

by Stephen Lendman

Make no mistake. Good faith Russian/Syrian efforts to halt fighting in Aleppo failed because Washington wants endless war, not resolution.

It wants Syria’s legitimate government led by democratically elected/overwhelmingly popular Bashar al-Assad toppled - replaced by a puppet regime it controls.

This is what imperialism is all about - the rape and destruction of nation states to control them, their resources and populations. America is the greatest threat to world peace - especially if war goddess Hillary succeeds Obama.

Begun earlier in the week, Russia and Syria extended their ceasefire through Friday - so civilians and militants could leave eastern Aleppo through safe passage humanitarian corridors established for them.

It’s not working. US-supported terrorists keep shelling western Aleppo residential areas - killing  and wounding defenseless men, women and children. They’re preventing people from leaving eastern parts of the city. Trying risks death or serious injury.

Media scoundrels ignored the severe pain and suffering of one mutilated child asking: “Will my foot grow back?” Reem, aged 13 lost her leg walking home from school - victimized by imperial ruthlessness.

Without proper pain-killing medications, she explained “(i)t feels like my leg being sawn apart…I have no words to describe the pain,” her mother added.

Another child, aged six, lies in a coma with shrapnel in his head - perhaps never to awaken and recover. Damage inflicted appears too severe to correct.

What did he, Reem, and countless other physically and emotionally scared Syrian children do to deserve endless daily horrors?

Syria is Obama’s war, urged and orchestrated by Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. Her likely ascension to power next year virtually assures greater war on humanity than already, including possible unthinkable nuclear war on Russia.

Disturbing events, including unrelenting anti-Russia propaganda, are propelling things toward what increasingly looks inevitable - a shocking reality few Americans understand, mindless and indifferent to what affects their lives, welfare and survival.

On Thursday, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said terrorists are preventing people from leaving eastern Aleppo.

By phone, Sergey Lavrov told John Kerry that “not only civilians but also participants of illegal armed units have been given the chance to leave the city without hindrance, but militants are disrupting the cessation of fire and hindering evacuation of the population.”

In less than so many words, he blamed Washington’s failure to comply with ceasefire terms agreed on in Geneva last month for continued raging conflict, including fighting in Aleppo, US-supported terrorists rejecting ceasefire.

On Thursday, Syria’s General Command said Turkish warplanes terror-bombed northern Aleppo, massacring over 150 civilians, injuring many others.

Calling the action “flagrant aggression,” Ankara was warned that “(a)ny attempt to once again breach Syrian airspace…will be dealt with, and (its warplanes) will be brought down by all means available.”

Separately, an EU statement, following a meeting of its foreign ministers in Brussels. said it’s “considering all options, including further restrictive measures targeting individuals and entities supporting” Assad if hostilities continue - especially blaming Russia for US high crimes, complicit European partners sharing guilt.

Russian and Syrian good faith efforts to achieve cessation of hostilities and conflict resolution fail because Washington, its rogue partners and terrorist foot soldiers reject them. 

Endless war continues. Syrian deaths and injuries mount. Media scoundrels ignore one of history’s great crimes - failing to explain US responsibility for naked aggression against a sovereign independent state threatening no one.

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NYT Propaganda on Russian/Syrian Aleppo Ceasefire

NYT Propaganda on Russian/Syrian Aleppo Ceasefire

by Stephen Lendman

Times reporting on Syria consists of US administration and Pentagon handouts - willful misinformation and Big Lies, vital hard truths suppressed, disgracefully mocking legitimate journalism, absent in Times reports on virtually all major issues, especially geopolitical ones.

Instead of praising Russian and Syrian good faith efforts to halt fighting in Aleppo, the self-styled “newspaper of record” turned truth on its head, headlining “Wary of Russian Guarantees, Residents Stay Put in War-Torn Aleppo,” saying:

“People trapped in east Aleppo said they did not trust that Russia, which has been helping the Syrian government bomb them for months, would now keep them safe in designated ‘humanitarian corridors.’ “

Fact: My same day article explained US-supported terrorists are preventing civilians and militants from leaving eastern Aleppo, risking death or serious injury if they try.

The Times: “Many (eastern Aleppo residents said) they wanted to hold on to their homes, or to continue to resist the government of President Bashar al-Assad.”

Fact: Former homes are heavily damaged or destroyed, unfit and unsafe to live in. Syrians overwhelmingly support Assad, wanting no one else leading them - blaming foreign supported terrorists for endless war.

The Times continues irresponsibly blaming Russia and Syria for US-led “coalition” terror-bombing - massacring civilians, targeting hospitals, schools, residential areas and vital infrastructure.

Russia and Syria offered terrorists infesting east Aleppo safe passage from the city - either amnesty if they cease fighting or relocation elsewhere in the country with their weapons.

Not according to The Times, falsely claiming “neither Moscow nor Damascus has shown any inclination (to let them) be bused out with their weapons…seeking instead to subdue all opposition.”

Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said terrorists remaining in eastern Aleppo will face “unpleasant consequences.” They have two options - “either leave the city (with a guarantee of safe passage) or we will have to defeat them” militarily.

The Times quoted a terrorist “political chief” (posing as a nonexistent moderate rebel), operating from Turkey with CIA support, saying “(n)o one left (eastern Aleppo), and no one is going to leave, neither civilians nor fighters,” calling the ceasefire “a joke.”

Neither the individual quoted or The Times explained Washington and terrorists it supports in Aleppo bear full responsibility for continued fighting and failure to honor the Russian/Syrian ceasefire.

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Venezuela Responds to Hillary's Ad Denigrating Hugo Chavez

Venezuela Responds to Hillary’s Ad Denigrating Hugo Chavez

by Stephen Lendman

The ad disgracefully portrays Chavez as dictatorial like Hitler and Mussolini, denigrating Trump, claiming he’s cut out of the same cloth - one of many examples showing how low Hillary’s campaign is willing to stoop.

Targeting Latino voters in Spanish, it features Trump saying she should be jailed, along with criticizing pro-Hillary biased reporting.

Fact: Hillary remains unaccountable for numerous high crimes, serious enough to land ordinary people in prison longterm. Trump said, if elected in November, he’ll appoint a special prosecutor to investigate her wrongdoing. 

He justifiably criticizes the most outrageous, one-sided political reporting in US history, relentlessly vilifying him while praising Hillary.

Her video irresponsibly portrays Chavez as authoritarian, ignoring his overwhelming popularity, his progressive Bolivarian Revolution, and Venezuela’s electoral system. Jimmy Carter called it the world’s best - shaming America’s farcical process, fantasy democracy, not the real thing.

On Wednesday, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez issued a statement, calling Hillary’s ad “an expression of racist arrogance and irrationality from a party that does not serve its constituents.”

“Chavez is a leader who transcended our time for his democratic nature, his fight for the poor and universal feeling for humanity.”

In 2012, following Chavez’s reelection for a third term, Hillary’s State Department congratulated Venezuelans - while privately supporting destabilization efforts.

A leaked email asked then-Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Arturo Valenzuela “to rein in Chavez,” wanting his agenda undermined, saying “(w)e need to carefully consider the consequences of publicly confronting him but ought to look for opportunities for others in the region to help.”

In response to budget increases for Voice of America and other worldwide US media propaganda operations, a leaked Hillary email said “(l)et the fun begin, and let’s keep going (with) our plans” - urging efforts to destabilize and topple government’s in Venezuela, Iran, Russia, China and other independent nations.

Hillary’s chief of staff while secretary of state, Cheryl Mills, urged Mari Carmen Aponte’s appointment as ambassador to El Salvador because she “consistently fought Cuba and Venezuela’s efforts to gain influence in Central America…”

After fascists won control of Venezuela’s National Assembly last December for the first time since Chavez’s 1998 electoral victory, Hillary said “(w)e’re winning.”

She’s hard core neocon, a Wall Street/war profiteer’s dream, a threat to world peace - militantly wanting US-controlled puppet regimes forcefully replacing all sovereign independent governments.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hillary's Catastrophic Agenda

Hillary’s Catastrophic Agenda

by Stephen Lendman

With November 8 fast approaching, Hillary looks almost certain to succeed Obama - most Americans mindless of what she represents.

During two earlier terms, she and husband Bill partnered in each other’s high crimes, their co-presidency about to get a third term.

This time, she’s the senior partner, an unapologetic militant hardliner, an unprecedented threat to world peace. Straightaway post-9/11, she urged waging war on terror - code language for ravaging humanity at home and abroad, abandoning rule of law principles entirely.

She endorsed every US war of aggression since husband Bill raped Yugoslavia. “What do we have NATO for if not to defend our way of life,” she once blustered.

She endorses nuclear weapons use, calling them peacekeeping deterrents. In 2008, she told AIPAC “I have a bedrock commitment to Israel’s security.”

As president, she said, she’d “totally obliterate (Iran if it) consider(ed) launching an attack on Israel.”

She urged, planned, orchestrated and implemented genocidal wars on Libya and Syria, raging endlessly, both nations victimized by imperial ruthlessness.

She’s militantly anti-China and anti-Russia, earlier comparing Vladimir Putin with Hitler, saying “he doesn’t have a soul.”

The Clinton Foundation is a money-laundering racket, masquerading as a charitable NGO - a family self-enrichment scheme, a pay-to-play scam, selling influence for large donations.

Bill and Hillary became super-rich by doing what would land ordinary people in prison. African Americans should reconsider their support. 

As first lady, she supported ending welfare for needly households. She called Black youths “super predators (with) no conscience, no empathy. She urged “concerted (FBI) effort(s) (to) bring them to heel.”

She backed mass deportations of undocumented Latinos, racist tough on crime laws, more police, more prisons, harsher sentences - targeting people of color “to keep them off the streets…”

She’s a Wall Street/war profiteers dream, indifferent to human suffering, a machine for the manufacture of full-blown tyranny, and an unprecedented threat to world peace.

Publicly she oozes people-friendly policies and cordiality. Privately she’s polar opposite. Her presidency assures the worst of Bush and Obama, risking nuclear war on Russia, China and Iran.

Humanity’s survival is up for grabs with her in power. She represents everything voters should reject - an unprecedented threat too great to tolerate.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Trump v. Hillary: Sin City Spectacle

Trump v. Hillary: Sin City Spectacle

by Stephen Lendman

According to Pew Research, the economy tops the list of most important issues for US voters - followed by terrorism, foreign policy (war and peace), healthcare, gun policy, immigration, Social Security, education, Supreme Court appointments, treatment of racial and ethnic minorities, trade, the environment, abortion, as well as treatment of gay, lesbian and transgender people.

Neither presidential aspirant presented a clear agenda to deal with these and other important issues. Both focused more on personal attacks than problem-solving.

Because of justifiable electoral-rigging concerns, Trump suggested possibly rejecting November’s outcome, saying “I will tell you at the time. I will keep you in suspense.”

Hillary claimed he’s “denigrating, he is talking down our democracy…” How can he when what none exists? 

Power brokers run America, a one-party state with two right wings - Hillary their chosen 45th president. Trump is justified in crying foul. Things appear rigged against him - including media scoundrels overwhelming vilifying him.

With no public record, it’s unclear how he’d govern if elected president. Hillary leaves no doubt where she stands. 

Her deplorable agenda since the neoliberal 90s should terrify everyone - pro-war, pro-Wall Street, anti-populist, anti-labor, anti-democracy, anti-rule of law principles, assuring a nation unfit and unsafe to live in under her stewardship.

Most concerning is her anti-Russia, anti-China, anti-Iran rage, wanting regime change forcefully imposed. The threat of her waging nuclear war is greater than any previous time since the atom was split. 

Humanity’s survival is up for grabs with her as commander-in-chief of America’s military. Trump would rather exploit planet earth for profit than destroy it.

Three Trump/Hillary face-offs did little to influence November’s outcome. If it’s rigged as Trump justifiably fears, it’s all over but the postmortems.

Media scoundrels reacted to Wednesday night’s spectacle as expected - praising Hillary, bashing Trump.

New York Times and Washington Post editors highlighted the same theme - calling Trump anti-democratic for suggesting he might reject November’s outcome.

The entire US electorate should repudiate a system giving voters no say on how they’re governed.

The Times: Wednesday’s “presidential debate (sic) was another exercise in narcissism, bombast and mendacity by Mr. Trump. One could only hope that this might be the last grand display of his gross unfitness to be president.”

Fact: Times editors ignored a near generation of Hillary’s criminality - her imperial lawlessness, racketeering, pathological lying and other offenses, proving her unfitness for any public office, mostly the immense danger she’ll represent as US president.

WaPo: Issues “fade to the status of trivia in the face of (Hillary’s) opponent who will not accept the basic rules of American democracy.”

Fact: How can there be rules to a system that doesn’t exist. America was never democratic from inception - for sure not governance of, by and for everyone equitably today no matter who succeeds Obama, fills congressional seats or sits on the Supreme Court.

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