VIDEO: Saudi History; US Meddling & War Lies; Syria & The Refugee Crisis

I put together a collection of videos for the patient viewer. It provides some background information on the current situation in the middle east, with focus on Syria in particular.

The first clip explains how Saudi Arabia was created with the help of notoriously radical Wahhabist groups who still control much of the moral and social fabric of the country, and how the US got involved due to oil riches.

Then we listen to former CIA operative John Stockwell who delves into the history of US covert operations, he explains among other things how the US has had a history of migrating dangerous US funded radicals into the US after failed operations.

Then we take a look back at how deliberate and calculated media lies drummed up support for US meddling in the Kuwaiti/Iraqi border conflict.

Then we look at a more recent example of such media lies, with the objective of building sufficient support for US aggression against Iraq in 2003.

Then we look at yet more recent examples of embarrassing and exposed media lies and spin designed to gain support for the same regime change policy that plunged Iraq into chaos, made it a safe haven for terrorists, and resulted in the deaths of roughly 1.4 million Iraqi civilians, but this time the lucky beneficiary of democratization a la ‘Murica was of course Syria.

This is followed by a 2012 Congressional Speech speech by Ron Paul, calling out the lies & deception designed to drum up support for regime change in Syria.

Then we look at independent Canadian journalist Eva Bartlett speaking about her experiences in Syria. She exposes how the western mainstream media is lying to the public about the war in Syria, the Syrian army, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, and Russia.

Then we look at a Newsbud roundtable discussion called “The Generators, Agent Provocateurs & Opportunists of the Refugee Crisis”.

Finally, we get independent journalist Kurt Nimmo’s excellent & concise summary of the current situation in Syria and how we got here.

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The Obama Administration’s Drone Strikes aka MASS CHILD MURDER

War is a racket, always and everywhere, and its ugly symptoms have to be pointed out as often as possible.

What I find most instructive about the videos above is not only the cruel maiming and murder of innocent children, but more importantly way in which Barack Obama in particular jokes and boasts himself over the drone strikes that he has ordered.

When the pendulum of these debt and tax financed imperialistic overreaches swings back (which it will), history will not remember today’s venerated megalomaniacal mass murderers kindly.

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US Sends Billions in War Equipment to Kabul – Neither Country Can Afford It

Another example of the staggering degree to which western governments are literally dumping armaments into countries that simply can’t afford them:

In an attempt to hide the Afghan government’s military dependency on the United States, the US is sending $2.7 billion of military equipment to the beleaguered, corrupt Afghan government. But neither government can afford it.

Preceding the NATO pull out in 2014, the shipments will include 22,000 US vehicles, 20 Russian helicopters, 120mm artillery guns, and transport aircraft from Italy. It will not include tanks, fighter jets, or Black Hawk helicopters, despite Afghan requests.

Estimates of NATO expenditures on Afghanistan’s security infrastructure are expected to be $11 billion by 2014, and $10 billion for military hardware. It takes approximately $6 billion a year – more than three times the Kabul government’s annual income – to sustain these assets. And the US is unprepared to cover that cost.

The US is finding itself pressured in its attempt to cut costs due to budgetary deficits, while also beefing up Afghan security forces to at least feign some measure of ready independence. A recent congressional report uncovering tens of billions of dollars of waste in Afghanistan warned the losses could continue to accrue if the Afghan is unable or unwilling to sustain US-funded projects after withdrawal.

I’ve said it before. War is a racket, always and everywhere.

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Socialism for the Rich a.k.a. Neoliberalism

Here is an accurate analysis as to why libertarians shouldn’t count on most conservatives out there when it comes to defending what they view as free markets:

Because that’s what “privatization” means, to the typical “free market” wonk at Heritage or AEI: Instead of taxing the public to organize a public service through government bureaucrats who operate as a legal monopoly, you tax the public and hire a private company to perform the service. A private company which — thanks to no-bid contracts and all sorts of legal protections — usually operates as a monopoly and has the same outrageous cost-maximizing incentives as a “defense” contractor or public utility. And the tax burden may well actually be greater, because rather than just paying a bunch of white collar civil servants with GS classifications, you’ve got to pay white collar corporate drones — plus the cowboy CEO’s salary and the shareholder dividends. Taxpayer-funded either way, but with “free market reform” you get two layers of parasites instead of just the one. Woo-hoo!

See, it’s only “socialism” if you give the money to poor folks. If you give the money to corporations, that’s “pro-business.” And “pro-business,” of course, means “free market.”

I would be fully content with lefties using the term neoliberalism if they ever clarified that what they are talking about is a system with heavy government intervention, yet with the bulk of the money being distributed to businesses instead of bureaucrats.

This is really something that liberals and conservatives out there (who think they are oh so different from each other) need to grasp at some point if they care to make any sense:

Us voluntaryists and consistent libertarians are not proposing that extorted money be handed to the rich instead of the poor. We are proposing that aggression, and with that extortion, be universally proscribed; that there be no extorted money to play with in the first place!

You’re not a “free market guy” if you continue to tax people and, instead of paying government bureaucrats directly, you hire private businesses out of the voluntary market to do the job.

Just look at the unspeakable killing sprees, such as the murders of 1.4+ million Iraqis along with who knows how many injured for life or languishing in refugee camps, that had to occur in order to transfer wealth from US taxpayers to well-to-do war contractors.

I would argue that there seems to be a lot of evidence out there that hiring a private business for public money leads to far fewer checks and balances and less oversight and to far more chaos and wealth destruction, than if you use the money to pay government bureaucrats directly.

To be sure, the difference is one in degree not in kind. A shit sandwich is still a shit sandwich.

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