Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Should We Vote For Obama?

Question for the debate. should we vote for obama. or should we not even vote at all. WHY OR WHY NOT?

Truth be told, my heart goes out to him, that he got caught in that cycle of psychopathic madness and became the pawn in their chess game, instead of saying "NO", I will not spread American Imperialism around the world, I will not drop drones, I will not indefinitely detain, I will not kill (Disposition) people without a trial or even a reason why, I will not bail out the banks, and I will help my people. You all want to put me in between Malcom & Martin, well Ima show you I ain't no pacified scared Negro, I am a truth Warrior and I am here to bring real change!! Alas, such is not the case, and he continues the policies of his predecessors and he is unabashed by it. He is just a brown side of the same coin. Too bad folks want to vote for him just cause he's Black. When in fact he acts like the Overseer, who gets a few points from his Master, and with those points he continues the Oppression of his Masters. Sad to say, but it is the truth, it can be ignored, but he really has brough no change, just more of the same, just laced with swagger, charisma, intelligence and skullduggery.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Reggie Bryant's Tombstone Project, Why?

Reggie Bryant's Tombstone Project Details » Donate Online

 Bryant was a founder of both the National Association of Black Journalists and the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. He was a veteran broadcaster and media consultant as well as a writer, filmmaker and artist.

NABJ/PABJ founder Reggie Bryant is buried at Eden Cemetery in an unmarked grave.
Bryant’s broadcast practice expanded into a groundbreaking television interview program, "Black Perspectives on the News," a news program on WHYY in Philadelphia that featured prominent newsmakers from 1973-78. The program was seen on 170 stations across the country.
During his long career, Bryant interviewed five U.S. presidents, 52 Pulitzer Prize winning authors and had been commended by hundreds of organizations for his community service.

NABJ will forever be indebted to Reggie’s commitment as one of the 44 founders of the leading organization for journalists of color.  Our honoring an "NABJ Founder" is but a fitting display of our long-term commitment to upholding the founding principles of our association, and honoring the contributions of the pioneering journalists who created our esteemed organization.
To read NABJ's statement at the time of his passing,visit here.

To donate to the Reggie Bryant Tombstone Project visit here.

So here is my question. Why??? I never get why folks have to spend so much money on a tombstone. How does that help the dead person?? Reggie can't use it and he don't need it!. How about a scholarship program for youth and teach them the Philosophy of Reggi Bryant. How bout use that money and open a school in his honor where his words and wisdom can carry on. I know for sure Reggie don't need no tombstone. I woulda wrote this comment below the article but there was no where to comment. Nana Baakan

Saturday, October 27, 2012

"51% of White Americans now express Explicit Anti-Black Attitudes?

Evelyn Lugo shared these thoughts:

"Hard to believe with such great role models in the White House that this could be the case! It confirmed my feelings on Inauguration day, that having a black man in the White House, which was still unthinkable, would bring it out in folks who didn't even consider themselves to be racists... In all, 51 percent of white Americans now express explicit anti-black attitudes.

When did it really change other than on the surface? To me, seeing African Americans, represented along side European Americans in Science, Math, History and the Arts would make a difference and prove that things have changed. We are talking about 400 years not only has racists concepts been placed in the minds of Whites, it has been placed in the minds of Blacks, And racism is world wide. One Black President in one racist country is not gonna change the essential nature of everyone, over night. If a man cheats on his wife continuously and finally gets caught after several years, if he says, I am sorry, does that change the behavior of the "Cheater." If we go a bit deeper, we must also understand the type of African Americans we have in the White House. So it would seem that "change of location" is merely that, a change in location. What is needed is change in the integral manner, meaning and policies in the White House. It don't matter the brand or color of the one who is in there.


Multiple Types of Racism In America

Source: Raymond Choiniere

Racism In America Continues.......

Welcome reader,
Before addressing the issue, let me lay out some key terms- inequality, racial profiling, white racism, Asian racism, racism today, racists, racial inequality racism in America today, American racism, individual racism, and prejudices. Each term will be addressed in this hub and you will learn the direct cause for each. You might not consider some of them to be factual or even be deceptive in nature, but each are truly happening within the borders of the United States of America and require your attention.
As you notice, I said- "requires your attention". That simply means that I want to dismiss any misconceptions anyone has heard about with regards to racism being gone from American society. It is more than obvious, to any conscious person who pays attention to others, like people watchers, which I am personally, that the concept of racism is continuing in America.

Racists, Racism Today and Racial Inequality...

Okay, let's start with "Racists"- this is a person who dislikes for whatever reason, someone of a different race. It doesn't matter what race, just one that is not the same as them.
Are there racists in America? You better believe it and be very aware of it, because if left unchecked in it's present state, then you'll see what I am of the understanding, will come to pass- A Racial Civil War!
Yes, folks. I've already seen this "racial" Civil War coming and is the primary reason for this hub. To raise awareness of citizens. It is important for you to believe it, because of a simple action that took place, the day Barrack Obama became The President of the United States of America.
Yes, it was a history day, but it also shattered other records, less known to the average person. The record I speak of is in the recruitment cycle of the "White Power" groups in America on the day Obama won the election. The following day, the largest "White Power" group in America signed up over 2000 new members.

Racial Inequality Continues In America

Racial inequality...Does it actually exist? Of course it does, because racism still exists. If you thought for one second that racial inequality was non-existent, then you were only fooling yourself. There are plenty of people who despise people of another race, and prejudice against them for many reasons.
Racism today and Racism in America, are tough subjects to talk about, because too many people get hot under the collar, the second you bring up it up in conversation. They rather not talk about it and when they do talk about racism, then you have no reason to wonder why they do not like to talk about racism.
People still believe America is a Nation of Equality...? The problem is that many do not understand equality, in and of, itself, and prejudices begin to fly, before thought can be used. If you are seriously interested in learning about "Equality", then when done reading, read another one of my hubs- "How Does Equality Survive In Capitalism?". It is a very enlightening hub and then you'll more than likely understand the true meaning of "Equality" in America.

White Racism and Asian Racism.....

Now, as I bring forth the titled terms- "White" Racism and "Asian" Racism, I would like you to not cringe at the thought, but would like you to be aware of the fact that both White Racism and Asian Racism are also very much alive in America.
White racism is brought on by everyone of another race, who dislikes those who are white. Now, even those who are not white are mistakenly hated, because they look or appear white, but are not really white. This shows how ignorant people are about racism and also shows how emotions cloud rational thought.
Asian racism is a new sort of racism in America. It does not have the history of "black" and "white" racism, but is destructive nonetheless. A lot of "white" and "black" people, do not care for Asians coming to America, because it creates less opportunity for them. This is the bottom line for Asian racism. It's not so much about "color", but for other reasons.

White Racism - American Racism - Individual Racism

Just in case you're not enjoying my article so far, I would like to let you know, I am not surprised. I am a "white" male, about 42 years of age and managed to live my entire life, taking racism as a pinch of salt. Individual racism is actually a myth. It doesn't exist. You are either a racist or not. There cannot be an individuality to racism. American racism is a breeding process that continues to go on within families and generations. Why? Stupidity actually.
I have had people of another color, sneer at me, because I happen to be better at something than they were and was recognized for it. I've had some make claims against me, trying to insinuate that I was a racists or that I perpetuated racism in America.
I, personally, have no racial judgment, because I do not look at people based on their racial make up, which means, I do not use racial profiling of any sort. I do however, make judgments based on actions. If your actions deceive even you, and you cannot tell what you actions are saying to other people, then I think the time has come for a little self-evaluating.

Racial profiling, and prejudices.....

Yes, I will be the first to admit that racial profiling, and prejudices continue to haunt citizens in America. It is done by many people, who are unwilling or refuse to properly understand life. They are obviously missing some kind of knowledge and wisdom about living life, for which, continues to escape their feeble mind.
And prejudices, also continue to exist and I can vouch for it, as a witness, because I have and still to this day, continue to see it in the actions of many people, even though they do not know I know about them. The thing that gets me the most is that people truly believe that they can hide their racist prejudices, but every time they open their mouth or take action, they give themselves away.
Some people are ignorant enough to believe that just because someone complains about another person, it is racially motivated and this I know from first hand experience. My mother works very hard at her job, and I know that because, as a kid/child, I use to go to work with her and watch how she did her job. Please do realize, my mother has been at the same job for over 30+ years and she would not have kept her job, if she was a slacker, per se.

White Racism and Racists, and Prejudices..

My mother has to deal with racists in her workplace, and prejudices. She has an administrator who is "white", the top dog of the Nursing Home where she is employed. She has an immediate supervisor, who is "black" and another boss type, who is the immediate supervisor, to her immediate supervisor, who is also "black".
To be clear, my mother isn't a racist, in the sense of the word, because she doesn't give a damn what people look like, she just simply rather work with people who are actually going to do work and not just sit on their ass, and do nothing. That comes from her own work ethic.
She does hate people who are lazy or slack off at work, because it makes her job even more difficult. She happens to work with two other "black" people, for one, were not trained properly, so that doesn't help. Secondly, both of them are lazy and refuse to do the job, as my mother knows how. They constantly complain about her, and spew hateful remarks at her, while she works. Each one constantly demeans her work to the two supervisors above them, so as to get her written up and fired. This sort of action can only come from white racism and racists.

Only racial hatred makes people liars...

People who are racist, continue to be liars. They perpetuate demeaning remarks and try to exploit racial hatred, so they can make themselves appear to be a better person. It only takes a half educated person to listen to their words and notice that their actions are that of a racist.
So, on a serious note- How to change? Or, Bring about change in America? Well, first off, citizens need to be more aware of racism and racist remarks, as for what they are truly. Those who do nothing, only help continue racism in America.
So, I ask for your help, whenever you get a chance, because you are seeing it in action, do something about it. Do not sit by and let it happen. Take a more active role in protecting others, because it's the right thing to do. Do not do it for one race and not another, because that too is a sign of racism. When a person of a particular race is acting out, in a racist way, bring it to their attention. Make sure they are aware of their action.
If they tell you "damn straight, I'm racist", regardless of why, then inform them that they are not helping the situation nor apparently they do not understand life.
Thank you for your time

Raymond Choiniere II - Cagsil Services Founder
Source: http://cagsil.hubpages.com/hub/Continuing-Issue-Racism-In-The-United-States-of-America

Vote The Greater Good, Not The Lesser Evil

legalienate: Vote The Greater Good, Not The Lesser Evil

Friday, October 26, 2012

Vote The Greater Good, Not The Lesser Evil

“…ever more elections , and ever less democracy…”    Michael K. Smith 
We are nearing the end of the billion dollar assault on consciousness that protects corporate power from the threat of democracy. It’s called the presidential race, or – in hysterical-get-out-the-vote fashion – the most important election since The Creation, or 911, or the last election. If we don’t support the corporate Republican, radical Muslims, socialists , gay illegal immigrants and godless abortion  fiends will destroy us all. On the other hand, if we do not re-elect the  corporate Democrat, Christian fanatics will murder women, children, gays, blacks, Latinos, and all other minorities except evangelical whites, while invading other nations not already under American attack. 
Of course, both corporate flunkies  will bipartisanly continue passionately sucking up to Israel and threatening mass murder of Iranians.
All but totally obliterated in the advertising blitz are alternative candidates offering programs that are pro-democracy by being anti-corporate. The electoral system makes it incredibly difficult for so-called minority parties and candidates to ever reach the national ballot, let alone national consciousness. But voters able to break through the plastic curtain and find people like Jill Stein and Rocky Anderson will be delighted to hear and see reflections of themselves and real hope of a better future for America. 
In fact, a 5% vote for Jill Stein and the Green party would assure millions of dollars in public funds to help create a real alternative electoral voice for the future. That’s why she was locked out of national debates and even locked up by the police  to assure her silence. If that had happened in Iran, shrieks of horror would reverberate across the land. Here, it got less attention than soccer scores from Tibet. 
No matter which corporado wins a minority vote , things will get worse for some and better for others because that is the nature of the system. It is bringing even greater profits to less and less people while inflicting greater loss on more and more people. That’s the way it has always worked and will continue to work until we change it, hopefully before it destroys us all in a final cataclysmic achievement of full, negative equality.
Everything that happens in this economy is to create profit for a minority private sector first and benefit a majority public second, if at all. Birth, death and all the stuff in between are unnaturally treated as commodities , purchased, rented and leased as units of marketable goods. Nature works in a non-profit fashion but capital has had our earth mother locked in a polluted senior facility for generations. She seems to be growing angrier at her treatment and might lash out in a fury we can’t anticipate if we don’t soon change our behavior towards her  family - humanity - and end worshipping a patriarchal dictatorship posing as democracy and destroying our world with its profit and loss perversion.
A form of paternalistic capitalism has  had enough crumbs slipping off the table of wealth to afford many among what were once working people to become middle class and buy lots of consumer goods. With identity individualism we’ve also established the right for some members of alleged minorities to act as complicit in all of this as any other group. This irrational equality sees to it that certain privileged women can profit and be as successful, obnoxious and murderous as men, that  certain privileged “people of color” can profit and enjoy the benefits of abuse of less privileged people of color, or no color , and married homosexual couples can profit and join with married heterosexual couples to invest in the same corporate markets that all other people - with enough money – are free to invest in and make even more money. Until the next bubble bursts and the market crashes and all become members of  the “loss” majority.
Some have missed out on getting privileged members of their groups to rise in the  profit system food chain and feed on other losers rather than being fed to them. For example, not one Arab-American Lesbian HIV-positive Rosicrucian can be found on any corporate board, or managing a professional sport, or fire bombing a suspected drug house in america or a terrorist house in a foreign country. But as long as corporate propaganda works, we may soon have a token member of that group “affirmed” to assure that another reduced segment of humans is appeased and doesn’t notice the collective destruction of our race by this forced division into lesser minorities. 
Bringing a few of us onto the profit side of our consumer ghetto while leaving most confined to the loss neighborhood has worked so far, from the extremes of gated-to-keep-people-out communities to gated-to-keep-people-in prisons. All remain divided minorities with relatively little to absolutely no power so that the rich minority with almost  all the power can keep it, and thereby maintain the process that shows signs of a global breakdown menacing all humanity.
A system close to collapse back in the 1930s was saved by introducing a measure of social democracy called the New Deal. This got profiteer’s at the top to give up a little bit of their wealth to trickle down on the great mass of working people so that they might enjoy a better material condition and not rebel against capital. It worked for a generation which saw workers transformed into a middle class in a culture that introduced consumption and wanton waste for the masses in order to create incredible wealth for the few. That began to change in the 1970s when capital reverted to its traditional need to accumulate more by giving people less. Its royal divinity still masquerades as  democracy for people who might as well watch tv as bother to vote, since they have far more choice on their multi-channel remotes than on their bi-partisan ballots.
Hopefully, more citizens will tire of being fooled by a voting process which reduces us to acting like a nation of  voting fools. This election can be a turning point but only if we reject the lesser evil choice and vote for what we want, need and deserve: A future of real hope based on a political voice that will ultimately represent far more of the 99% along with those in the lower 1% who reject their masters and join with their fellow citizens. 
Vote for Jill Stein and The Green Party and give yourself, and everyone else, a chance for that future.

Friday, October 26, 2012


Whose PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION Endorsement carries More Weight; 

Lady Gaga? Madonna? Kid Rock? Colin Powell? 

Lindsey Lohan? Condoleezza Rice? 

Jay Z? Ted Nugent? Clint Eastwood? Katy Perry?

It is a signal of a sad state of affairs, when folks get endorsed by folks like the above mentioned Micky Mouse club. Does it not speak to the sheer folly of it all? In what way do any of these endorsements make one feel good, secure or positive about following their lead. Look at the records of these people (and I mean the industry as well). Who is backing them, who is making them famous and why? 

Gone are the days when sincere people got out the vote for other sincere folks who were willing to dig in and make some real changes that helped all the people. Now, we have a celebrity cocktail. Pick your poison. 

Which rascal would you follow? Which rascal would you trust, and which rascal DOES NOT SPEAK WITH FORKED TONGUE OR THE BACKING OF OTHER RASCALS. Come on people, it is all a hoax and we are all being played. Who is that man behind the curtain? Who are the puppeteers pulling the strings, who are the cocktail makers stirring up the Sheeple Koolaid, and who are the Mind benders, spinning story after story with so much fanfare it's better than Hollywood? 

Now, endorse that!!!!!

It's all good and all in love. Ha, I have been struggling with this Human Identification all my life, in fact, I may be humanoid but I ain't from here, so it's hard for me to claim any of this crazy stuff that goes on. But I am here for a reason and I am still trying to figure that out. In the meantime, I got enough stuff to work through, so folks who do weirdness, I need to stay far away from it, and claim it not as indigenous to my soul. I know I am complicit cause on some levels I benefit, but it is still maddening and don't seem to be getting any better.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Plan for hunting terrorists signals U.S. intends to keep adding names to kill lists

Video: Over the past few years, the Obama administration has institutionalized the use of armed drones and developed a counterterrorism infrastructure capable of sustaining a seemingly permanent war. 

Editor’s note: This project, based on interviews with dozens of current and former national security officials, intelligence analysts and others, examines evolving U.S. counter-terrorism policies and the practice of targeted killing. This is the first of three stories.
Over the past two years, the Obama administration has been secretly developing a new blueprint for pursuing terrorists, a next-generation targeting list called the “disposition matrix.”

The matrix contains the names of terrorism suspects arrayed against an accounting of the resources being marshaled to track them down, including sealed indictments and clandestine operations. U.S. officials said the database is designed to go beyond existing kill lists, mapping plans for the “disposition” of suspects beyond the reach of American drones.
Although the matrix is a work in progress, the effort to create it reflects a reality setting in among the nation’s counterterrorism ranks: The United States’ conventional wars are winding down, but the government expects to continue adding names to kill or capture lists for years.

Among senior Obama administration officials, there is a broad consensus that such operations are likely to be extended at least another decade. Given the way al-Qaeda continues to metastasize, some officials said no clear end is in sight.

“We can’t possibly kill everyone who wants to harm us,” a senior administration official said. “It’s a necessary part of what we do. . . . We’re not going to wind up in 10 years in a world of everybody holding hands and saying, ‘We love America.’ ”

That timeline suggests that the United States has reached only the midpoint of what was once known as the global war on terrorism. Targeting lists that were regarded as finite emergency measures after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, are now fixtures of the national security apparatus. The rosters expand and contract with the pace of drone strikes but never go to zero.

Meanwhile, a significant milestone looms: The number of militants and civilians killed in the drone campaign over the past 10 years will soon exceed 3,000 by certain estimates, surpassing the number of people al-Qaeda killed in the Sept. 11 attacks.

The Obama administration has touted its successes against the terrorist network, including the death of Osama bin Laden, as signature achievements that argue for President Obama’s reelection. The administration has taken tentative steps toward greater transparency, formally acknowledging for the first time the United States’ use of armed drones.

Less visible is the extent to which Obama has institutionalized the highly classified practice of targeted killing, transforming ad-hoc elements into a counter terrorism infrastructure capable of sustaining a seemingly permanent war. Spokesmen for the White House, the National Counterterrorism Center, the CIA and other agencies declined to comment on the matrix or other counterterrorism programs.

Privately, officials acknowledge that the development of the matrix is part of a series of moves, in Washington and overseas, to embed counterterrorism tools into U.S. policy for the long haul.

White House counter terrorism adviser John O. Brennan is seeking to codify the administration’s approach to generating capture/kill lists, part of a broader effort to guide future administrations through the counter-terrorism processes that Obama has embraced.

CIA Director David H. Petraeus is pushing for an expansion of the agency’s fleet of armed drones, U.S. officials said. The proposal, which would need White House approval, reflects the agency’s transformation into a paramilitary force, and makes clear that it does not intend to dismantle its drone program and return to its pre-Sept. 11 focus on gathering intelligence.

The U.S. Joint Special Operations Command, which carried out the raid that killed bin Laden, has moved commando teams into suspected terrorist hotbeds in Africa. A rugged U.S. outpost in Djibouti has been transformed into a launching pad for counterterrorism operations across the Horn of Africa and the Middle East.

JSOC also has established a secret targeting center across the Potomac River from Washington, current and former U.S. officials said. The elite command’s targeting cells have traditionally been located near the front lines of its missions, including in Iraq and Afghanistan. But JSOC created a “national capital region” task force that is a 15-minute commute from the White House so it could be more directly involved in deliberations about al-Qaeda lists.

The developments were described by current and former officials from the White House and the Pentagon, as well as intelligence and counterterrorism agencies. Most spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.

These counterterrorism components have been affixed to a legal foundation for targeted killing that the Obama administration has discussed more openly over the past year. In a series of speeches, administration officials have cited legal bases, including the congressional authorization to use military force granted after the Sept. 11 attacks, as well as the nation’s right to defend itself.

Critics contend that those justifications have become more tenuous as the drone campaign has expanded far beyond the core group of al-Qaeda operatives behind the strikes on New York and Washington. Critics note that the administration still doesn’t confirm the CIA’s involvement or the identities of those who are killed. Certain strikes are now under legal challenge, including the killings last year in Yemen of U.S.-born al-Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki and his 16-year-old son.

Counterterrorism experts said the reliance on targeted killing is self-perpetuating, yielding undeniable short-term results that may obscure long-term costs.

“The problem with the drone is it’s like your lawn mower,” said Bruce Riedel, a former CIA analyst and Obama counterterrorism adviser. “You’ve got to mow the lawn all the time. The minute you stop mowing, the grass is going to grow back.”

An evolving database
The United States now operates multiple drone programs, including acknowledged U.S. military patrols over conflict zones in Afghanistan and Libya, and classified CIA surveillance flights over Iran.

Strikes against al-Qaeda, however, are carried out under secret lethal programs involving the CIA and JSOC. The matrix was developed by the NCTC, under former director Michael Leiter, to augment those organizations’ separate but overlapping kill lists, officials said.

See whole story here: Full Washington Post Article

“Welcome to the Age of Hell: Entrenching Murder as the American Way”


“Welcome to the Age of Hell:
Entrenching Murder as the American Way”
by Chris Floyd http://tiny.cc/ef9qmw

The Washington Post has just laid out, in horrifying, soul-slaughtering detail, the Obama Administration’s ongoing effort to expand, entrench and “codify” the practice of murder and terrorism by the United States government. The avowed, deliberate intent of these sinister machinations is t
o embed the use of death squads and drone terror attacks into the policy apparatus of future administrations, so that the killing of human beings outside all pretense of legal process will go on, year after year after year, even when the Nobel Peace Laureate has left office.

They have even come up with a new euphemism for state murder: “disposition.” The new “counter terrorism matrix” is “designed to go beyond existing kill lists, mapping plans for the ‘disposition’ of suspects beyond the reach of American drones,” the Post reports.

In other words, it involves expanding and varying the menu of arbitrary murder, mixing the blunderbuss of drone blasts and night raids with more selective “bullet-in-the-brain,” “bomb-in-the-car-engine,” “polonium-in-the-pea-soup,” and “doping-and-defenestration” approaches.

Arbitrary murder by unaccountable elites and their spies, paid for by money taken from ordinary citizens who have no say in and no knowledge of what is being done in their names (and who will be the victims of the inevitable blowback from the state terror and murder campaign): this is now being “codified,” officially, formally, as the American way.

To be fair – and by all means, let us be fair with these butchers- the term ‘disposition’ is also stretched to cover a multitude of sins: kidnapping, rendition, indefinite detention, turning captives over to proxy torturers. But it is worth remembering that all of these dispositions- including the murders, wholesale and retail- involve “alleged” terrorists, terrorist “suspects,” people who have found themselves, for whatever reason (or no reason at all) on one of the innumerable “lists” gathered by whatever method (or no method at all) by the many fatly-funded agencies now involved in “counter-terrorism.”

But that’s not all, not by a long shot. These codified murders are also being inflicted on people who are not on any list whatsoever: their names, affiliations, beliefs, intentions- indeed, their dispositions – are completely unknown to those who kill them. They are the faceless targets of “signature strikes,” which allow American death squads to kill people based on “patterns of activity” which may- or may not- signal some possible malign intent- or none- toward someone- or no one – somewhere- or nowhere. This rigorous process rests entirely on in the magical mind-reading abilities of drone jockeys ogling a computer screen. If the armchair warrior doesn’t like the cut of someone’s jib, then he squeezes his joystick and turns the stranger into “bug splatter,” to use the term favored by our bold defenders of civilization.

Like last year’s NY Times piece that first detailed the murder racket being run directly out of the White House, the new Washington Post story is replete with quotes from “senior Administration officials” who have obviously been authorized to speak. Once again, this is a story that Obama and his team WANT to tell. They want you to know about the murder program and their strenuous exertions to make it permanent; they are proud of this, they think it makes them look good. They want it to be part of their legacy, something they can pass on to future generations: arbitrary, lawless, systematic murder.

Perhaps this fact should be borne in mind by all those anguished progressives out there who keep telling themselves that Obama will “be different, that he will “turn to the left,” if we can only get him a second term. No; the legacy of arbitrary, lawless, systematic murder is the legacy he wants. It is the legacy he has been building, with remarkable energy and meticulous attention to detail, day after day, week after week, for the past four years. This is what he cares about. And it is this- not jobs, not peace, not the environment, not equal rights for women and ethnic and sexual minorities, not the poor, not the middle class, not education, not infrastructure, not science, not diplomacy- that he will apply himself to in a second term. (Along with his only other political passion: forging a “grand bargain” with Big Money to gut the remaining shreds of the New Deal.)

There is little point in going through the Post story and offering detailed comment. The sickening nature of this perpetual-motion death-machine- and the husk-like inhumanity of those who operate it and the sycophants who applaud it- are all too plain. Just read the whole thing, and see for yourself. See how these butchers- our bipartisan elites, our whole respectable, self-righteous establishment- have trapped us all in an Age of Hell.

- http://www.chris-floyd.com/

UPDATE: Arthur Silber has much more on the moral implications- and the heartbreaking historical resonances- of the state murder program. Get over there now, read it- and weep for where we are, and where we’re going.

“A Failed Formula For Worldwide War”

“A Failed Formula For Worldwide War”
How the Empire Changed Its Face, But Not Its Nature
By Nick Turse http://tiny.cc/3m9qmw

“They looked like a gang of geriatric giants. Clad in smart casual attire – dress shirts, sweaters, and jeans – and incongruous blue hospital booties, they strode around “the world,” stopping to stroke their chins and ponder this or that potential crisis. Among them was Ge
neral Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in a button-down shirt and jeans, without a medal or a ribbon in sight, his arms crossed, his gaze fixed. He had one foot planted firmly in Russia, the other partly in Kazakhstan, and yet the general hadn’t left the friendly confines of Virginia.

Several times this year, Dempsey, the other joint chiefs, and regional war-fighting commanders have assembled at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico to conduct a futuristic war-game-meets-academic-seminar about the needs of the military in 2017. There, a giant map of the world, larger than a basketball court, was laid out so the Pentagon’s top brass could shuffle around the planet – provided they wore those scuff-preventing shoe covers – as they thought about “potential U.S. national military vulnerabilities in future conflicts” (so one participant told the New York Times). The sight of those generals with the world underfoot was a fitting image for Washington’s military ambitions, its penchant for foreign interventions, and its contempt for (non-U.S.) borders and national sovereignty.

A World So Much Larger Than a Basketball Court: In recent weeks, some of the possible fruits of Dempsey’s “strategic seminars,” military missions far from the confines of Quantico, have repeatedly popped up in the news. Sometimes buried in a story, sometimes as the headline, the reports attest to the Pentagon’s penchant for globetrotting.

In September, for example, Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen, Jr., revealed that, just months after the U.S. military withdrew from Iraq, a unit of Special Operations Forces had already been redeployed there in an advisory role and that negotiations were underway to arrange for larger numbers of troops to train Iraqi forces in the future. That same month, the Obama administration won congressional approval to divert funds earmarked for counterterrorism aid for Pakistan to a new proxy project in Libya. According to the New York Times, U.S. Special Operations Forces will likely be deployed to create and train a 500-man Libyan commando unit to battle Islamic militant groups which have become increasingly powerful as a result of the 2011 U.S.-aided revolution there.

Earlier this month, the New York Times reported that the U.S. military had secretly sent a new task force to Jordan to assist local troops in responding to the civil war in neighboring Syria. Only days later, that paper revealed that recent U.S. efforts to train and assist surrogate forces for Honduras’s drug war were already crumbling amid a spiral of questions about the deaths of innocents, violations of international law, and suspected human rights abuses by Honduran allies. Shortly after that, the Times reported the bleak, if hardly surprising, news that the proxy army the U.S. has spent more than a decade building in Afghanistan is, according to officials, “so plagued with desertions and low re-enlistment rates that it has to replace a third of its entire force every year.” Rumors now regularly bubble up about a possible U.S.-funded proxy war on the horizon in Northern Mali where al-Qaeda-linked Islamists have taken over vast stretches of territory – yet another direct result of last year’s intervention in Libya.

And these were just the offshore efforts that made it into the news. Many other U.S. military actions abroad remain largely below the radar. Several weeks ago, for instance, U.S. personnel were quietly deployed to Burundi to carry out training efforts in that small, landlocked, desperately poor East African nation. Another contingent of U.S. Army and Air Force trainers headed to the similarly landlocked and poor West African nation of Burkina Faso to instruct indigenous forces.

At Camp Arifjan, an American base in Kuwait, U.S. and local troops donned gas masks and protective suits to conduct joint chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear training. In Guatemala, 200 Marines from Detachment Martillo completed a months-long deployment to assist indigenous naval forces and law enforcement agencies in drug interdiction efforts.

Across the globe, in the forbidding tropical forests of the Philippines, Marines joined elite Filipino troops to train for combat operations in jungle environments and to help enhance their skills as snipers. Marines from both nations also leapt from airplanes, 10,000 feet above the island archipelago, in an effort to further the “interoperability” of their forces. Meanwhile, in the Southeast Asian nation of Timor-Leste, Marines trained embassy guards and military police in crippling “compliance techniques” like pain holds and pressure point manipulation, as well as soldiers in jungle warfare as part of Exercise Crocodilo 2012.

The idea behind Dempsey’s “strategic seminars” was to plan for the future, to figure out how to properly respond to developments in far-flung corners of the globe. And in the real world, U.S. forces are regularly putting preemptive pins in that giant map – from Africa to Asia, Latin America to the Middle East. On the surface, global engagement, training missions, and joint operations appear rational enough. And Dempsey’s big picture planning seems like a sensible way to think through solutions to future national security threats.

But when you consider how the Pentagon really operates, such war-gaming undoubtedly has an absurdist quality to it. After all, global threats turn out to come in every size imaginable, from fringe Islamic movements in Africa to Mexican drug gangs. How exactly they truly threaten U.S. “national security” is often unclear – beyond some White House adviser’s or general’s say-so. And whatever alternatives come up in such Quantico seminars, the “sensible” response invariably turns out to be sending in the Marines, or the SEALs, or the drones, or some local proxies. In truth, there is no need to spend a day shuffling around a giant map in blue booties to figure it all out.

In one way or another, the U.S. military is now involved with most of the nations on Earth. Its soldiers, commandos, trainers, base builders, drone jockeys, spies, and arms dealers, as well as associated hired guns and corporate contractors, can now be found just about everywhere on the planet. The sun never sets on American troops conducting operations, training allies, arming surrogates, schooling its own personnel, purchasing new weapons and equipment, developing fresh doctrine, implementing novel tactics, and refining their martial arts. The U.S. has submarines trolling the briny deep and aircraft carrier task forces traversing the oceans and seas, robotic drones flying constant missions and manned aircraft patrolling the skies, while above them, spy satellites circle, peering down on friend and foe alike.

Since 2001, the U.S. military has thrown everything in its arsenal, short of nuclear weapons, including untold billions of dollars in weaponry, technology, bribes, you name it, at a remarkably weak set of enemies – relatively small groups of poorly-armed fighters in impoverished nations like Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, and Yemen – while decisively defeating none of them. With its deep pockets and long reach, its technology and training acumen, as well as the devastatingly destructive power at its command, the U.S. military should have the planet on lockdown. It should, by all rights, dominate the world just as the neoconservative dreamers of the early Bush years assumed it would.

Yet after more than a decade of war, it has failed to eliminate a rag-tag Afghan insurgency with limited popular support. It trained an indigenous Afghan force that was long known for its poor performance – before it became better known for killing its American trainers. It has spent years and untold tens of millions of tax dollars chasing down assorted firebrand clerics, various terrorist “lieutenants,” and a host of no-name militants belonging to al-Qaeda, mostly in the backlands of the planet. Instead of wiping out that organization and its wannabes, however, it seems mainly to have facilitated its franchising around the world.

At the same time, it has managed to paint weak regional forces like Somalia’s al-Shabaab as transnational threats, then focus its resources on eradicating them, only to fail at the task. It has thrown millions of dollars in personnel, equipment, aid, and recently even troops into the task of eradicating low-level drug runners (as well as the major drug cartels), without putting a dent in the northward flow of narcotics to America’s cities and suburbs.

It spends billions on intelligence only to routinely find itself in the dark. It destroyed the regime of an Iraqi dictator and occupied his country, only to be fought to a standstill by ill-armed, ill-organized insurgencies there, then out-maneuvered by the allies it had helped put in power, and unceremoniously bounced from the country (even if it is now beginning to claw its way back in). It spends untold millions of dollars to train and equip elite Navy SEALs to take on poor, untrained, lightly-armed adversaries, like gun-toting Somali pirates.

How Not to Change in a Changing World: And that isn’t the half of it. The U.S. military devours money and yet delivers little in the way of victories. Its personnel may be among the most talented and well-trained on the planet, its weapons and technology the most sophisticated and advanced around. And when it comes to defense budgets, it far outspends the next nine largest nations combined (most of which are allies in any case), let alone its enemies like the Taliban, al-Shabaab, or al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, but in the real world of warfare this turns out to add up to remarkably little.
In a government filled with agencies routinely derided for profligacy, inefficiency, and producing poor outcomes, its record may be unmatched in terms of waste and abject failure, though that seems to faze almost no one in Washington. For more than a decade, the U.S. military has bounced from one failed doctrine to the next. There was Donald Rumsfeld’s “military lite,” followed by what could have been called military heavy (though it never got a name), which was superseded by General David Petraeus’s “counterinsurgency operations” (also known by its acronym COIN). This, in turn, has been succeeded by the Obama administration’s bid for future military triumph: a “light footprint” combination of special ops, drones, spies, civilian soldiers, cyberwarfare, and proxy fighters. Yet whatever the method employed, one thing has been constant: successes have been fleeting, setbacks many, frustrations the name of the game, and victory MIA.

Convinced nonetheless that finding just the right formula for applying force globally is the key to success, the U.S. military is presently banking on that new six-point plan. Tomorrow, it may turn to a different war-lite mix. Somewhere down the road, it will undoubtedly again experiment with something heavier. And if history is any guide, counterinsurgency, a concept that failed the U.S. in Vietnam and was resuscitated only to fail again in Afghanistan, will one day be back in vogue.

In all of this, it should be obvious, a learning curve is lacking. Any solution to America’s war-fighting problems will undoubtedly require the sort of fundamental reevaluation of warfare and military might that no one in Washington is open to at the moment. It’s going to take more than a few days spent shuffling around a big map in plastic shoe covers.

American politicians never tire of extolling the virtues of the U.S. military, which is now commonly hailed as “the finest fighting force in the history of the world.” This claim appears grotesquely at odds with reality. Aside from triumphs over such non-powers as the tiny Caribbean island of Grenada and the small Central American nation of Panama, the U.S. military’s record since World War II has been a litany of disappointments: stalemate in Korea, outright defeat in Vietnam, failures in Laos and Cambodia, debacles in Lebanon and Somalia, two wars against Iraq (both ending without victory), more than a decade of wheel-spinning in Afghanistan, and so on.

Something akin to the law of diminishing returns may be at work. The more time, effort, and treasure the U.S. invests in its military and its military adventures, the weaker the payback. In this context, the impressive destructive power of that military may not matter a bit, if it is tasked with doing things that military might, as it has been traditionally conceived, can perhaps no longer do.

Success may not be possible, whatever the circumstances, in the twenty-first-century world, and victory not even an option. Instead of trying yet again to find exactly the right formula or even reinventing warfare, perhaps the U.S. military needs to reinvent itself and its raison d’ĂȘtre if it’s ever to break out of its long cycle of failure.

But don’t count on it. Instead, expect the politicians to continue to heap on the praise, Congress to continue insuring funding at levels that stagger the imagination, presidents to continue applying blunt force to complex geopolitical problems (even if in slightly different ways), arms dealers to continue churning out wonder weapons that prove less than wondrous, and the Pentagon continuing to fail to win. Coming off the latest series of failures, the U.S. military has leapt headlong into yet another transitional period – call it the changing face of empire – but don’t expect a change in weapons, tactics, strategy, or even doctrine to yield a change in results. As the adage goes: the more things change, the more they stay the same.”