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CIA Torture: Nothing's Going to Happen

The U.S. Senate’s shocking report on CIA torture during the George W. Bush administration’s War on Terror has provoked a storm of outrage, and calls for at least some form of punishment of those responsible. It’s unlikely those calls will ever be heeded.

The fact is that the CIA under America’s leaders—Republican and Democrat--has been implicated in torture around the globe for at least the past half century. 

Obama, ISIS and Al Qaeda: Deadly Dynamics

The major reason that President Obama gave last night for escalating the U.S. battle against ISIS is to protect America from terrorist attack. “This is a core principle of my presidency: If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”

The irony is that, instead of protecting America, Obama’s new actions may actually trigger the very attacks against the U.S.  and Americans (and America’s western allies) that his policies are supposed to prevent.

 

Gaza: Separating the Fish from the Sea

From: Israel Defense Forces Special Operations Group

To: P.M. (eyes only)

Date: July 31, 2014

Gaza: The final—or at least temporary--solution.

Following your request of July 25, we believe we have an answer for Israel’s problem with Hamas.  We liquidate all Hamas leaders and members. We do it by separating Hamas from the Palestinians, or, as Mao would have said, we remove the sea from the fish.

OK, wise guy. What would YOU do about Hamas?

 

 “If  I was an Arab leader I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal, we took their land. It is true that God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has been Anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They see but one thing: we come and we have stolen their country. Why should they accept that?” 

I concluded my last blog about the resignation of General Eric Shinseki as head of the Department of Veterans Affairs with this rather dramatic statement:

“But now, the sorry circle is complete: the officer who cautioned about the true costs of attacking Iraq and was eviscerated as a result, has been felled by the consequences of the very invasion he warned against.

“That, you could definitely say, is a known known.”

Maybe not. I’ve now been told that my conclusion, though pithy, may have been wrong—an example of the myth making generated by both sides of the Iraq debate.

Shinseki's tragedy: Known knowns

There is a certain ironic symmetry in the resignation of General Eric Shinseki as Secretary of Veterans Affairs—the final act of a personal tragedy, perhaps not Shakespearean but pathetic nonetheless. 

Saudi Arabia backing Israel's Mossad? A Saudi view

I’ve been blogging about the surreal and bourgeoning relationship in the Middle East between the Saudis and the Israelis. One aspect of that alliance may include the Saudis helping to finance Israel’s clandestine attacks on Iranian nuclear facilities, including the Mossad’s assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists 

Saudis Backing Israel's Mossad. Confirmed?

In October 12, 2012, I speculated there was a strong likelihood that Saudi Arabia was bankrolling Israel’s Mossad. Those funds paid for, among other things, the assassinations of several of Iran's top nuclear experts over the past couple of years. That cooperation was, I wrote the latest bizarre development in a clandestine alliance between the Zionist State of Israel and Saudi Arabia, guardian of Islam’s most holy site. Now, there is new confirmation from Israel of that report. 

Lando's Blog
CIA Torture: Nothing's Going to Happen

The U.S. Senate’s shocking report on CIA torture during the George W. Bush administration’s War on Terror has provoked a storm of outrage, and calls for at least some form of punishment of those responsible. It’s unlikely those calls will ever be heeded.

The fact is that the CIA under America’s leaders—Republican and Democrat--has been implicated in torture around the globe for at least the past half century. 

Obama, ISIS and Al Qaeda: Deadly Dynamics

The major reason that President Obama gave last night for escalating the U.S. battle against ISIS is to protect America from terrorist attack. “This is a core principle of my presidency: If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”

The irony is that, instead of protecting America, Obama’s new actions may actually trigger the very attacks against the U.S.  and Americans (and America’s western allies) that his policies are supposed to prevent.

 

Gaza: Separating the Fish from the Sea

From: Israel Defense Forces Special Operations Group

To: P.M. (eyes only)

Date: July 31, 2014

Gaza: The final—or at least temporary--solution.

Following your request of July 25, we believe we have an answer for Israel’s problem with Hamas.  We liquidate all Hamas leaders and members. We do it by separating Hamas from the Palestinians, or, as Mao would have said, we remove the sea from the fish.

OK, wise guy. What would YOU do about Hamas?

 

 “If  I was an Arab leader I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal, we took their land. It is true that God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has been Anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They see but one thing: we come and we have stolen their country. Why should they accept that?” 

I concluded my last blog about the resignation of General Eric Shinseki as head of the Department of Veterans Affairs with this rather dramatic statement:

“But now, the sorry circle is complete: the officer who cautioned about the true costs of attacking Iraq and was eviscerated as a result, has been felled by the consequences of the very invasion he warned against.

“That, you could definitely say, is a known known.”

Maybe not. I’ve now been told that my conclusion, though pithy, may have been wrong—an example of the myth making generated by both sides of the Iraq debate.

Shinseki's tragedy: Known knowns

There is a certain ironic symmetry in the resignation of General Eric Shinseki as Secretary of Veterans Affairs—the final act of a personal tragedy, perhaps not Shakespearean but pathetic nonetheless. 

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