Bernie Sanders And “The Resistance” Slink Away On Syria

The Young Turks has the article Bernie Sanders And “The Resistance” Slink Away On Syria.

In the immediate aftermath of a military action is when principled opposition to “regime change” would really count. And the plain fact is, Sanders does not oppose regime change in this instance, and he does not oppose on principle the US being a central actor in facilitating the ouster of Assad. That’s why FiveThirtyEight characterized him as “ambiguous” and noncommittal — because his comments since Thursday give credence to the logic underlying Trump’s attack.

In a private email thread that I have exchanged with the Draft Bernie For A People’s Party, I expressed my disappointment with Bernie as the reason that I would not be working for that effort anymore. They recognized my disappointment, and agreed that they were disappointed, too. They explained that we only need Bernie to help form the new party, but we don’t need him to run for any office. I knew that already, but I don’t want to be associated with an effort that appears to endorse Bernie Sanders anymore.

I had a feeling that the right word to apply to Bernie Sanders’ stance was pusillanimous. It seems like I was right.


Ex- U.S. Intelligence Officials: Trump Should Rethink Syria Escalation

Consortium News has the article Trump Should Rethink Syria Escalation.

Two dozen ex-U.S. intelligence officials urge President Trump to rethink his claims blaming the Syrian government for the chemical deaths in Idlib and to pull back from his dangerous escalation of tensions with Russia.

Went it comes to picking a side to believe, we naturally believe the Americans who want war over the Americans who want peace. Obviously the people who want peace have some nefarious ulterior motive. The people who want war to build a pipeline through Syria have nothing to gain.

Did I need to put sarcasm flags around the above? It wasn’t obvious enough for some people?


Putin calls for U.N. investigation of gas attack as G-7 nations reject new sanctions against Russia

The Los Angeles Times has the story Putin calls for U.N. investigation of gas attack as G-7 nations reject new sanctions against Russia.

Instead of sanctions, the meeting’s final communique called for an investigation by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to determine who was responsible for the “war crime.” The U.S. and Britain say there is little doubt Assad’s forces are culpable.

Perhaps this is a sign that the wall of intimidation that the USA has built is starting to show cracks. It isn’t crumbling yet. We will have to see if the instinct to resort to reason can overcome the money of the oil interests. I wish there were little doubt that reason would win.


Interview with British Journalist Tom Duggan

YouTube has the video Interview with British Journalist Tom Duggan.

Interview with British Journalist Tom Duggan in Damascus Kasaa at the French Hospital tells us about the chemical attacks accusations:


You can find links to this video all over the internet. Here is one from The International ReporterSYRIA: Terrorist Attacks on Civilians in Damascus, Alleged Chemical Attacks in Idlib – Tom Duggan Reporting Live.

I was trying to find other instances of Tom Duggan’s reporting other than the above interview. One that I found was Project 1070 Under fire ASP report Aleppo Tom Duggan with Sinan Saeed. This has been enough to convince me that Tom Duggan might actually be who he claims to be. In this web of lies that reporting on Syria has become, it is hard to know if anybody can be trusted to tell you even a portion of the truth.


Trump’s Idea of Running Government Like a Business is Bad for Citizens

Naked Capitalism has the article, Trump’s Idea of Running Government Like a Business is Bad for Citizens, based on The Real News Network’s interview with Michael Hudson.

The idea of running it like a business is to screw labor. To pay labor as little as possible, and to get as much money for themselves — the businessmen — as possible. So, when Kushner says, “Let’s run government like a business,” what he really means is, let’s run government for business.

In general, a business’s purpose is to make a profit. Selling something is one way to do it. Speculating in commodities or other company’s stock is another. Whatever the business, the main purpose is to make money. In the old economy selling something was the where most profit in the economy came from. In today’s financialized economy, the most profit is made via financial transactions.

In the days of making things and selling things, it was not a zero sum game. A manufacturer would take raw materials and turn them into something more valuable to sell.

In today’s financialized economy it is a zero sum game. What ever one business gains, it comes from someone else’s loss. There is very little of value being created.


Wolf Richter: Great Debt Unwind: Consumer Bankruptcies Jump, First since 2010; Commercial Bankruptcies Spike

Naked Capitalism has the article Wolf Richter: Great Debt Unwind: Consumer Bankruptcies Jump, First since 2010; Commercial Bankruptcies Spike.

The irony is thick: In all major sentiment surveys, economic confidence has soared since November: consumers, owners of small businesses, and corporate executives are riding high on their own ebullience. But the economic reality is tough for businesses and consumers struggling under the hangover from eight years of ultra-low interest rates.

There is an election irony here too. It is hard to figure out though. On the one hand, voters voted based on their current feelings without knowing what was coming in the near future. On the other hand, the ebullience since November might be caused by the election results, nevertheless, the people don’t know what is coming.

To the question that was asked in one of the comments “Who gets hurt badly by zero interest rates? Retirees, that’s who.” I responded as follows:

I am not so sure retirees get hurt. By the way, I am one. I remember my father reveling in the 13% interest rates he was earning on CDs in the 1970s. I kept telling him that the income was looking great, but inflation was eating up his principle.

Now that I am earning around 3% or so in dividends, the income may be low, but my principle isn’t being eaten up by inflation. I haven’t done a calculation to answer the question exactly, but I think I am doing OK.


UN Sources Say Syrian Rebels — Not Assad — Used Sarin Gas

The Atlantic published the article UN Sources Say Syrian Rebels — Not Assad — Used Sarin Gas on May 5, 2013.

Plus how in the world would the rebels even get sarin gas? It doesn’t grow on trees, and though the government does have a bunch on hand, they’ve been guarding it heavily.

Perhaps my previous post Seymour Hersh Says Hillary Approved Sending Libya’s Sarin to Syrian Rebels provides the answer to this question. What did Hillary expect the Syrian rebels would do with the Sarin?


Gabbard Speaks on Syria

Hawaii News Now has a video interview on Facebook Gabbard Speaks on Syria

This is one heck of a wise woman. We need to be the media that broadcasts her message, because you know the corporate media won’t do the job. While the corporate media dollars are spent as the echo chamber for the war promoters, we have to be the chorus of voices that oppose them. Our only hope is that our numbers can outweigh their dollars.

You can also see this video outside the constraints of Facebook. The Hawaii News Now website has the same video posted as U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard speaks out against missile strike on Syria


Tulsi Gabbard ‘skeptical’ Assad is behind Syria chemical attack

The Washington Examiner has an article Tulsi Gabbard ‘skeptical’ Assad is behind Syria chemical attack that shows a CNN interview.

During an interview with CNN, the lawmaker from Hawaii criticized President Trump’s “reckless” missile strike against the airbase where defense officials believe the chemical attack originated. She asked: “Why should we just blindly follow this escalation of counter productive regime and sending American taxpayers’ dollars on these failed-regime-change wars that we have seen too often in Iraq and Libya and now continuing in Syria?”

She doesn’t even go so far as acknowledging the possibility that the gas attacks never happened. I have posted some critiques that claim that the Syrian Rebels may have manufactured this whole incident with fake photos and using people that they had kidnapped just two weeks before the “incident”.


Tulsi Gabbard opposes US air strikes on Syria as ‘reckless’, ‘short-sighted’

The Hindustan Times has the article Tulsi Gabbard opposes US air strikes on Syria as ‘reckless’, ‘short-sighted’.

“If President Assad is indeed guilty of this horrible chemical attack on innocent civilians, I will be the first to call for his prosecution and execution by the International Criminal Court.” she said.

“However, because of our attack on Syria, this investigation may now not even be possible. And without such evidence, a successful prosecution will be much harder,” Gabbard, who is also a co-chair of the Congressional India Caucus said.

Tulsi Gabbard may be the lone voice of sanity in our Congress. Even Bernie Sanders has succumbed to the blind hysteria.