In recent months, especially following the Paris attacks, US officials have been publicizing their efforts to fight ISIS. As cable news highlights ISIS atrocities, and a variety of new anti-terrorism measures are put forward, another war is being waged from the highest levels of government. Though it is being kept quiet, US officials are escalating their campaign against the forces who have been fighting ISIS and scoring real victories.
What do Barack Obama and Donald Trump have in common? Among other things, they have — or pretend to have — no clue why some Muslims hate us. Trump says (I almost typed believes, but I'm not sure anyone, including Trump, knows what he believes) Muslims should be barred from the United States until "until the country's representatives can figure out what's going on."
Note that Trump includes himself among those who haven't figured it out, or else he surely would have told us. He eit... (more)
The San Bernardino County Public Health Department held their annual holiday gathering at the Inland Regional Center on Wednesday. The party ended with 14 people shot dead and 21 injured in the latest terrorist attack -- this time on American soil.
California health inspector Syed Rizwan Farook and his Saudi Arabian wife Tashfeen Malik were inv... (more)
On the heels of the Chinese stock market plunging 5.5%, continued turmoil in the Middle East and the price of gold hitting 5 year lows, former U.S. Treasury official, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts told Eric King of King World News that Putin and the Russians are now dominating in Syria and the Middle East as the West destroys itself.
The holidays celebrate material plenty. But that can be a tough sell these days.
We mostly take our plenty for granted. We don't even know its absence. This is especially true regarding food. Global hunger has fallen to historic lows — down 27% just since 2000. Fully 17 countries have improved by 50%. Famine has been effectively ended in normal times, and the few cases that ... (more)
In the wake of last month’s shooting at Umpqua University in Oregon, national debate has once again been sparked over the role of firearm controls. Gun-control laws must be passed, we are told, that target these events and reduce or eliminate their frequency. However, much like most debates in the political realm, convenience and sound bites take the center stage over understanding root causes of violence it... (more)
President Obama announced, "We do not succumb to fear."
What did he mean with his use of the pronoun "we"?
He's got to be talking about the military and the CIA -- i.e., the national-security establishment -- which undoubtedly will not be afraid to drop more bombs in the Middle East and kill more people in that part of the world.
He certainly can't be talking about the American people. They are among the most frightened people in the world! They succu... (more)
“Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.”—Daniel Webster
Thanksgiving is not what it once was.
Then again, America is not what she once was.
Americans have become so enthralled by the “bread and circuses”... (more)
Donald Trump's presidential campaign makes perfect sense once it is understood to be the political equivalent of what is called a "heel turn" in professional wrestling.
In 2007, before becoming a "reality TV" star in his own right, Trump was cast by World Wrestling Entertainment for a major role in an extended storyline that culminated in Wrestlemania 23. The climax of that pay-per-view event was a proxy battle between wrestl... (more)
Now that the final movie in the series is out, we know. "Hunger Games" is not just a popular movie series for young adults, a fantasy tale about about a young girl's heroism. It is far more sophisticated than that. It is a political allegory, the best known of our time, about power and the complications of its displacement.
In this way, it covers the same intellectual terrain as Aristotle's Politics, Machiavelli's The Prince, and de Jouvenel's On Power, but in a way that is more ... (more)
The problem with America's "anti-ISIS coalition" is not a matter of poor planning or a lack of resources. It is not a matter of lacking leadership or military might. The problem with America's "anti-ISIS coalition" is that it never existed in the first place. There is no US-led war on ISIS, and what's worse, it appears that the US, through all of its allies, from across the Persian Gulf to Eastern Europe and even within Washington itself, are involved in feeding ISIS, not fighting it.
Over the past few days, we've been highlighting the fever pitch with which the surveillance state apologists and their friends have been trampling over themselves to blame Ed Snowden, blame encryption and demand (and probably get) new legislation to try to mandate backdoors to encryption.
These were the words written on a sign, held up by a citizen in a mass rally in Paris, the day following the ghastly slaughter of innocents. The rally itself took place in defiance of the nighttime curfew that had been instituted by the French government (the first since 1944). This curfew came with other methods of control such as a border closure (again, first time since WWII), tanks on the streets, and a de facto end to free movement and assembly. <... (more)
Do men need to check their privilege? Gender activists tell us that men carry around with them an invisible knapsack of advantage. Well, is this true and is it the whole story? AEI Scholar Christina Hoff Sommers checks the facts.
In the wake of the unfortunate and diabolical terrorist attacks perpetrated in Paris, the international surveillance and intelligence communities have responded with a predictable refrain: give us more power and give us more money.
Terrorism is great for business if you’re in the business of growing the government leviathan. The bodies in Paris are not yet buried, while the vultures with dollar signs (and pounds and Euros, etc) in their eyes have already swooped down for a feast.
Terrorism, what is it good for?
1) The military-industrial-Congressional complex: Thanks to Glenn Greenwald for bringing to light the enormous profits that are already rolling in for the merchants... (more)
The terrorist attacks carried out in the heart of the French capital, either coincidentally or intentionally, have served as the perfect point of leverage for the West on the very eve of the so-called "Vienna talks" regarding Syria.
With its serendipitously strengthened hand and with France taking a more prominent role, the West is attempting to reassert not only its narrative, but its agenda regarding the ongoing conflict in Syria, an agenda that has – as of late – been derailed ... (more)
“ISIS is certainly not a state” said Obama in a recent statement. This is the official line Western governments use to describe ISIS. The label terrorist is often used to describe dangerous and aggressive organizations. However, these characteristics are not used to describe organizations that don’t threaten the strategic interests of states that dominate the international community.