How Hillary Clinton Ignores Peace

Special Report: Despite neocon-instigated chaos and bloodshed across the Mideast (and now into Europe), Hillary Clinton continues to advocate more “regime change” wars with almost no fear from a marginalized anti-war movement, writes Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry

In Campaign 2016, the American people have shown little stomach for more foreign wars. The Republican candidates who advocated neoconservative warmongering crashed and burned, losing to Donald Trump who sold himself to GOP voters as the anti-neocon, daring even to trash George W. Bush’s Iraq War to an aghast field of Republican rivals.

Sen. Bernie Sanders went even further, daring to mildly criticize Israel’s repression of Palestinians, yet still ran a surprisingly strong race against the hawkish former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. And, if Libertarian and Green anti-imperial candidates are counted in general election polls along with Trump, the trio makes up a majority of voters (54 percent in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll).

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Only Hillary Clinton (who comes in at 39 percent) is carrying the neocon banner proudly in the general election, advocating a U.S. “regime change” invasion of Syria – dressed up as “no-fly zones” and “safe zones” – while she also cheers on more hostilities toward nuclear-armed Russia.

In Russia, the neocons dream about their ultimate “regime change,” dragging Vladimir Putin from the Kremlin and seeing him butchered much as happened to Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, their grisly deaths representing two of the “highlights” of neocon domination of U.S. foreign policy in recent decades.

But very few of Clinton’s backers seem to support her because they want more neocon-style imperialism abroad. They usually express their desire to see a woman president (“it’s her turn”) or praise her pragmatic approach to domestic issues (“she can get things done”).

While some followers like the fact that she has traveled the world and has dealt with many leaders as First Lady, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State, that doesn’t mean these Democrats like that she voted for the Iraq War, pushed President Obama into the Libyan disaster, and wants to escalate the costly and dangerous new Cold War with Russia.

Indeed, if there were an effective peace movement in the United States – along the lines of the 1960s civil rights movement – many Clinton supporters might join the peace leaders in demanding face-to-face meetings with her and threaten to withhold their backing if she doesn’t repudiate her neoconservative war policies.

That no such peace movement exists reflects the failure of anti-war advocates to penetrate the world of practical politics the way that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. did in working with President Lyndon Johnson to end racial segregation. But that’s not really the fault of peace advocates since they have been shut out of the mainstream media to a far greater degree than the civil rights movement was in the 1960s.

Like the South’s Segregationist Media

To extend the comparison, it’s as if today’s New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and MSNBC were behaving like the dominant white Southern newspapers of the 1960s, turning their collective backs toward those who favored racial integration.

Martin Luther King Jr. meeting with President Lyndon Johnson at the White House in 1966.

Martin Luther King Jr. meeting with President Lyndon Johnson at the White House in 1966.

Just like the white Southern press tried to pretend the civil rights movement wasn’t happening, today’s U.S. mainstream media ignores voices opposed to America’s imperial wars, no matter how credentialed those citizens are. Consider, for instance, how the major media won’t publish anything from the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, a group that reflects the views of such international figures as Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg, FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

Ironically, as much as U.S. officialdom and its mainstream media castigate RT and other Russian news outlets as “propaganda” fronts, RT and the like are playing the role that the Northern press did during the civil rights era by carrying important stories about U.S. peace protests while the NYT, WPost, CNN and MSNBC behave like the South’s segregationist media did in the 1960s, dismissing or ignoring the dissent. [See, for instance, Consortiumnews.com’s “When Silencing Dissent Isn’t News.”]

If it weren’t for today’s biased and imbalanced U.S. media, there would be daily, front-page, primetime, network news attention to the dangers of perpetual war and a critical examination of Hillary Clinton’s role in wasting trillions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives.

There would surely be a serious and thorough debate about the wisdom of Clinton’s continued hunger for an expanded war in Syria. Yet, today’s mainstream “debates” are limited to slight deviations between Official Washington’s dominant neocons and their understudies, the “liberal interventionists,” who only differ regarding which excuses to use in justifying an invasion of Syria.

Both the neocons and the liberal hawks favor airstrikes to kill young Syrian soldiers who have been at the forefront of a nasty war to stop Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front and the Islamic State from seizing and holding Syrian territory. Yet, both the neocons and the liberal hawks favor a bigger U.S. military intervention against the Syrian army but dress up the rationale for the invasion differently, either as neocon “democracy promotion” or liberal-hawk “humanitarian war.”

A Revealing Email

Publicly, Hillary Clinton has toyed with both the democracy and humanitarian arguments but one of her official emails – released by the State Department – explains that the underlying reason for the Syrian “regime change” war was the Israeli government’s desire to remove Syria as the link in the supply chain between Iran and Israel’s foe, Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Though undated and unsigned, the Clinton email reflected the thinking of the then-Secretary of State and her inner circle as of late April 2012 (when it appears to have been sent), about one year into the Syrian civil war. (The position paper appears to have been drafted by Clinton’s former adviser James Rubin but then was passed along by Clinton to other recipients with the author’s name deleted.)

The email explains the need for “regime change” in Damascus as important to Israel, which wanted to blunt Iranian regional influence and protect Israel’s “nuclear monopoly,” which is acknowledged quite frankly although Israel’s status as a rogue nuclear state is still considered a state secret by the U.S. government.

“The best way to help Israel deal with Iran’s growing nuclear capability is to help the people of Syria overthrow the regime of Bashar Assad,” the email states, brushing aside President Obama’s (eventually successful) negotiations to restrict Iran’s nuclear program.

“Negotiations to limit Iran’s nuclear program will not solve Israel’s security dilemma,” the Clinton email says. “Nor will they stop Iran from improving the crucial part of any nuclear weapons program — the capability to enrich uranium. At best, the talks between the world’s major powers and Iran that began in Istanbul this April and will continue in Baghdad in May will enable Israel to postpone by a few months a decision whether to launch an attack on Iran that could provoke a major Mideast war.”

The email explains: “Iran’s nuclear program and Syria’s civil war may seem unconnected, but they are. For Israeli leaders, the real threat from a nuclear-armed Iran is not the prospect of an insane Iranian leader launching an unprovoked Iranian nuclear attack on Israel that would lead to the annihilation of both countries. What Israeli military leaders really worry about — but cannot talk about — is losing their nuclear monopoly. …

“The result would be a precarious nuclear balance in which Israel could not respond to provocations with conventional military strikes on Syria and Lebanon, as it can today. If Iran were to reach the threshold of a nuclear weapons state, Tehran would find it much easier to call on its allies in Syria and Hezbollah to strike Israel, knowing that its nuclear weapons would serve as a deterrent to Israel responding against Iran itself.”

Israel’s Strategic Goal

In other words, all the “humanitarian” talk about “safe zones” and other excuses for Syrian “regime change” was only the camouflage for a desire to protect Israel’s “nuclear monopoly” and the freedom to mount what Israel has called “trimming the grass” operations, periodically mowing down Arabs in Lebanon, Gaza and elsewhere.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the United Nations in 2012, drawing his own “red line” on how far he will let Iran go in refining nuclear fuel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the United Nations in 2012, drawing his own “red line” on how far he will let Iran go in refining nuclear fuel.

Removing the Assad regime in Damascus – with its heavy Alawite (a branch of Shia Islam) influence – was therefore an Israeli strategic goal to weaken the power of Shia-ruled Iran and to cut the supply lines to Lebanon’s Hezbollah, another Shia movement.

That is why Washington’s Sunni-led regional allies – Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar – have aided Sunni jihadists, including from Al Qaeda and the Islamic State which regard Shiites as “apostates” to be slaughtered. The Sunni jihadists are considered the most effective and fanatical enemies of Shia Islam, thus serving a purpose in seeking to destroy Iranian regional influence, in part, by ousting Syria’s Alawite-led government.

“Back to Syria,” the email continues. “It is the strategic relationship between Iran and the regime of Bashar Assad in Syria that makes it possible for Iran to undermine Israel’s security — not through a direct attack, which in the thirty years of hostility between Iran and Israel has never occurred, but through its proxies in Lebanon, like Hezbollah, that are sustained, armed and trained by Iran via Syria.

“The end of the Assad regime would end this dangerous alliance. Israel’s leadership understands well why defeating Assad is now in its interests. Speaking on CNN’s Amanpour show last week, Defense Minister Ehud Barak argued that ‘the toppling down of Assad will be a major blow to the radical axis, major blow to Iran. … It’s the only kind of outpost of the Iranian influence in the Arab world … and it will weaken dramatically both Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza.’

“Bringing down Assad would not only be a massive boon to Israel’s security, it would also ease Israel’s understandable fear of losing its nuclear monopoly. Then, Israel and the United States might be able to develop a common view of when the Iranian program is so dangerous that military action could be warranted.

“Right now, it is the combination of Iran’s strategic alliance with Syria and the steady progress in Iran’s nuclear enrichment program that has led Israeli leaders to contemplate a surprise attack — if necessary over the objections of Washington.

“With Assad gone, and Iran no longer able to threaten Israel through its, proxies, it is possible that the United States and Israel can agree on red lines for when Iran’s program has crossed an unacceptable threshold. In short, the White House can ease the tension that has developed with Israel over Iran by doing the right thing in Syria.”

Grisly Warnings

So, based on the logic expressed in the email, Clinton’s goal of “regime change” in Syria was driven in large part by Israel’s perception of its strategic interests, and she was ready to do to Assad and possibly his family what was done to Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi and Iraq’s Saddam Hussein – and to members of their families – to kill or imprison them.

Ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi shortly before he was murdered on Oct. 20, 2011.

Ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi shortly before he was murdered on Oct. 20, 2011.

Recall that on Oct. 20, 2011, when Gaddafi was captured, sodomized with a knife and then murdered, Secretary Clinton gleefully declared, “We came, we saw, he died,” and clapped her hands. The email about Syria was written six months later.

In regards to Assad submitting to U.S. and Israeli “regime change” desires, the spring 2012 email said, “With his life and his family at risk, only the threat or use of force will change the Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s mind.”

At the time, Clinton was still basking in the presumed glory of the Libyan “regime change.”

“Libya was an easier case,” the email explained. “But other than the laudable purpose of saving Libyan civilians from likely attacks by Qaddafi’s regime, the Libyan operation had no long-lasting consequences for the region. Syria is harder.” Note that Clinton’s propagandistic wartime claims about Gaddafi’s “genocide” had faded, in the email, to “likely attacks” (although during Campaign 2016, she has again elevated Gaddafi to “genocidal.”)

The email continues: “But success in Syria would be a transformative event for the Middle East. Not only would another ruthless dictator succumb to mass opposition on the streets, but the region would be changed for the better as Iran would no longer have a foothold in the Middle East from which to threaten Israel and undermine stability in the region.”

The email also recognized that the U.S. role in Syria would have to be even more significant than it was in Libya: “Unlike in Libya, a successful intervention in Syria would require substantial diplomatic and military leadership from the United States. Washington should start by expressing its willingness to work with regional allies like Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar to organize, train and arm Syrian rebel forces. …

“Then, using territory in Turkey and possibly Jordan, U.S. diplomats and Pentagon officials can start strengthening the opposition. It will take time. But the rebellion is going to go on for a long time, with or without U.S. involvement.”

Helping the Terrorists

By 2012, those Turkish-Saudi-Qatari-backed rebels already included Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front and “Al Qaeda in Iraq,” which would soon spin off into the Islamic State.

Journalist James Foley shortly before he was executed by an Islamic State operative, known as Jihadi John and identified as Mohammed Emwazi, the target of a drone attack that the Pentagon announced on Thursday.

Journalist James Foley shortly before he was executed by an Islamic State operative, known as Jihadi John and identified as Mohammed Emwazi, the target of a drone attack that the Pentagon announced on Thursday.

The email continues: “The second step is to develop international support for a coalition air operation. Russia will never support such a mission, so there is no point operating through the UN Security Council. Some argue that U.S. involvement risks a wider war with Russia. But the Kosovo example shows otherwise.

“In that case, Russia had genuine ethnic and political ties to the Serbs, which don’t exist between Russia and Syria, and even then Russia did little more than complain. Russian officials have already acknowledged they won’t stand in the way if intervention comes.

“Arming the Syrian rebels and using western air power to ground Syrian helicopters and airplanes is a low-cost high payoff approach. As long as Washington’s political leaders stay firm that no U.S. ground troops will be deployed, as they did in both Kosovo and Libya, the costs to the United States will be limited.

“Victory may not come quickly or easily, but it will come. And the payoff will be substantial. Iran would be strategically isolated, unable to exert its influence in the Middle East. …

“For Israel, the rationale for a bolt from the blue attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities would be eased. And a new Syrian regime might well be open to early action on the frozen peace talks with Israel. Hezbollah in Lebanon would be cut off from its Iranian sponsor since Syria would no longer be a transit point for Iranian training, assistance and missiles. …

“With the veil of fear lifted from the Syrian people, they seem determine to fight for their freedom. America can and should help them — and by doing so help Israel and help reduce the risk of a wider war.”

Although some mainstream commentary on the email has insisted that Clinton’s war plans for Syria were not implemented, they actually were, to a significant degree. Although President Obama was a reluctant warrior regarding Syria, he did adopt Clinton’s plan for training and arming rebel forces in Turkey and Jordan to fight in Syria.

The supposedly “moderate” rebels never materialized as a significant fighting force, but the assistance from the United States and its Mideast allies, including Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, fueled a bloody civil war driven by Sunni jihadists, led by the Islamic State, Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front and Nusra’s close ally, Ahrar al-Sham.

Armed with sophisticated weapons such as U.S.-manufactured TOW anti-tank missiles, the Islamist forces achieved dramatic gains in early 2015, including the Islamic State’s capture and partial destruction of the ancient ruins of Palmyra. Only Russia’s decision to support the Syrian military with air power turned the tide of the war in fall 2015, including the liberation of Palmyra this spring.

Beheading the Apostates

If Clinton’s larger scheme of orchestrating Syrian “regime change” were to succeed, the likely outcome would be horrific, with the powerful Islamist groups as the almost certain winners, benefiting from Clinton’s proposed aerial devastation of the Syrian military, which would be conducted under the “humanitarian” cover of creating “safe zones” and “no-fly zones.”

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton honor the four victims of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, at the Transfer of Remains Ceremony held at Andrews Air Force Base, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, on Sept. 14, 2012. [State Department photo)

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton honor the four victims of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, at the Transfer of Remains Ceremony held at Andrews Air Force Base, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, on Sept. 14, 2012. [State Department photo)

With Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front or the Islamic State marching into Damascus, the situation for Syria would be cataclysmic, even worse than now. Millions of Syrians – Alawites, Shiites, Christians, secularists and other “infidels” – would have to flee the beheading swords of the terror groups and would pour into Europe in greater numbers. That might well force a full-scale U.S. and European invasion of Syria with the bloody outcome probably similar to the disastrous Iraq War.

But Clinton and her neocon/liberal-hawk advisers never seem to anticipate events not turning out as they dream them up.

Since the April 2012 email, the situation in Libya deteriorated, too. On Sept. 11, 2012, Islamic terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi, killing Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. personnel. Later, the U.S. and other Western embassies in Tripoli were abandoned as Libya descended into a failed state with the Islamic State seizing territory and carrying out its characteristic brutality, such as the beheadings of Coptic Christians.

Despite these bloody setbacks, Clinton’s views apparently have changed little. During the 2016 presidential campaign, she has announced her intention to follow Israel’s strategic lead in the region, vowing to take the relationship to “the next level.” She still views the chaos in Libya through rose-colored glasses and can’t wait to broaden the U.S. invasion of Syria into “no-fly zones” and “safe zones,” again ignoring the risks of a violent clash with Russian forces.

If there were any doubts that Clinton is a committed neocon (or “liberal interventionist” since there is very little real difference between the two), she dashed them once she seized firm control of the Democratic presidential nominating race this spring.

With her dominance in unelected “superdelegates” giving her an insurmountable lead over Sanders, Clinton expressed her obeisance to Israel in a speech before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and in her last debate against Sanders. She was pivoting to what the mainstream media calls “the center,” signaling to neocon Republicans that she should be their choice for president. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “Yes, Hillary Clinton Is a Neocon.”]

In a normal world, Clinton’s reiteration of her plans for invading Syria should have sparked a firestorm of controversy and debate – since her ideas are completely illegal under international and U.S. law as well as operationally dangerous – but her statements passed largely unnoticed since Official Washington’s foreign-policy establishment and mainstream media are so firmly in the neocon camp.

Despite 15 years of “perpetual war,” no effective anti-war movement has emerged in the West and – to the degree that prominent citizens do object – their serious arguments of dissent are rarely allowed inside the major media. As the world staggers toward what could be a nuclear abyss, the silence is deafening.

[For more on this topic, see Consortiumnews.com’s “Israeli-Saudi Alliance Slips into View”; “What Neocons Want from Ukraine Crisis”; “Would a Clinton Win Mean More Wars?’”; and “Trading Places: Neocons and Cockroaches.”]

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his latest book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from Amazon and barnesandnoble.com).

79 comments for “How Hillary Clinton Ignores Peace

  1. Anonymous
    July 6, 2016 at 10:16

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  2. Jorgen
    July 5, 2016 at 03:46

    The more pictures I see of Mrs Clinton, the more convinced I am, that she was/is the stunt double/understudy/dead ringer for Christopher Walken playing the crazed “headless horseman” in the Tim Burton retelling of “The Legend ofSleepy Hollow”. I can almost see the blood dripping from her mouth! She even displays the maniacal voices and laughter at her presidential hustings. Remember “we came, we saw, he died”?
    God help us all…

  3. July 4, 2016 at 15:52

    To the failings of the antiwar left cited in Robert’s latest article can be added the weak or failed responses to the 2004 paramilitary coup in Haiti and the 2013 military coup in Egypt. The reasons for the failings in the Middle East and now in eastern Europe are complex. I will add the following to what Robert lists in his article:
    * The issues involved in Libya and Syria were complex, including the fact that civil disatisfaction with the two governments was real and legitimate. The complexities were a big reason why the momentum of the massive opposition to the war in Iraq in 2003 did not carry forward strongly.
    * The anti Vietnam war movement did not confront today’s vast, richly funded NGO networks supporting coups and otherwise running ‘humanitarian intervention’ interference.
    * The left’s understanding of the Soviet Union’s longstanding contribution to world peace (armed standoff with an aggressive West and support to national liberation movements such as in Cuba and Vietnam) was poorly understood and appreciated. (Of course, authoritarian rule in the Soviet Union undermined its international image.)
    * Ignorance about today’s Russia, including the claim by many on the left that Russia is some kind of equivalent “imperialist” country to the U.S., is a major factor crippling antiwar, anti-regime change action with respect to eastern Europe and to Syria.

    All this said, let us be aware of those antiwar groups and initiatives which DO exist and perform vital work, including the antiwar protest being organized in New York City on July 9 in conjunction with the July 8, 9 NATO summit meeting in Warsaw.

    • Bob Van Noy
      July 5, 2016 at 07:27

      Roger, thanks for the reply; I agree with the points on your list and I’ll be visiting your site at:

      https://newcoldwar.org

  4. Henry Norr
    July 3, 2016 at 14:53

    Once again, your analysis stands out as the sharpest and most insightful among all the trillions of words of commentary on Ms. Clinton’s politics. One question, though: is that e-mailed memo from her or to her? That’s not clear from the column, so I followed the link to the State Dept. site where it’s posted, but I can’t tell there either.

  5. Zachary Smith
    July 3, 2016 at 13:47

    If it weren’t for today’s biased and imbalanced U.S. media…..

    Quibble time: in my opinion “biased and unbalanced” ought to be replaced or supplemented with the term “Corporate”. A large corporation I know nothing about completely controls the daily print media of virtually every Indiana newspaper accessible to me.

    Gannett Co.
    USA TODAY
    Indianapolis Star
    Lafayette Journal & Courier
    Muncie Star-Press
    Richmond Paliadium-Item
    Evansville Courier & Press

    No doubt some other large Corporations own the rest of them.

    Some nameless Executives at Gannett shape the opinions of too many millions of people.

    At a large hotel I might see the Wall Street Journal or New York Times, but both are neocon vessels. Small wonder US citizens have such insane notions about the world.

  6. Tristan
    July 3, 2016 at 13:21

    Thanks again for a great news article Mr. Parry. My god do the real internal machinations of the power elite such as Hillary Clinton reveal the Machiavellian world view accepted as normal among that exclusive group. All for power, nothing more, just power. Oh it makes me want to cry, humanity lost. This person, Clinton is the least evil(?) choice voters are presented with. I’m sick.

  7. Kiza
    July 3, 2016 at 07:23

    Call it conspiracy theory, coincidence or just bad luck, but any time someone is in a position to bring down Hillary Clinton by testifying they wind up dead. In fact, there’s a long history of Clinton-related body counts, with scores of people dying under mysterious circumstances.

    Perhaps the most notable is Vince Foster. Foster was a partner at Clinton’s law firm and knew the inner workings of the Clinton Machine. Police ruled that death a suicide, though it is often noted that Foster may have been suicided.

    Now, another official has found himself on the wrong end of the Clintons. That John Ashe was a former President of the United Nations General Assembly highlights the fact that no one is safe once in their sights.

    And as you might have guessed, there are major inconsistencies with Ashe’s death. It was not only conveniently timed because Ashe died just a few days before being set to testify against Clinton in a corruption case, but official reports indicated he died of a heart attack.

    The problem, however, is that police on the scene reported Ashe died when his throat was crushed during a work-out accident. The New York Post’s Page Six reported that after Ashe was found dead Wednesday, the U.N. claimed that he had died from a heart attack. Local police officers in Dobbs Ferry, New York, later disputed that claim, saying instead that he died from a workout accident that crushed his throat.

    Adding to the mysterious nature of Ashe’s death was the fact that he had been slated to be in court Monday with his Chinese businessman co-defendant Ng Lap Seng, from whom he reportedly received over $1 billion in donations during his term as president of the U.N. General Assembly.

    And then there was this: During the presidency of Bill Clinton, Seng illegally funneled several hundred thousand dollars to the Democrat National Committee.

  8. Joe Tedesky
    July 2, 2016 at 23:41

    The question I have is, if Hillary should attempt to mount a huge war somewhere, anywhere, will she have the support to do it? It isn’t as though she will have any real political capital. After all is said and done, this 2016 election year already has many people disappointed. Those many are saying how they either won’t vote at all, or will they vote for either doing a write in for Bernie, or a third party candidate like Jill Stein, or Gary Johnson may get there vote, but never Trump or Hillary. So, should we expect a low voter turnout this November? Will a small amount of the population be enough to give Hillary the support she will need to mount a major war campaign? I kind of doubt it. In fact, with Hillary at the helm, any war footing she will wage maybe met with strong anti war protesters pounding the streets, like we had back in the sixties.

    Also, will Hillary be able to go up against the two thirds of the world who have now linked arms together, namely the Shanghai Cooperation Organization? Among the many countries who have signed up to belong to this organization, is China with the largest economy, and Russia with it’s strong military might, but also Pakistan and India who both possess nuclear weapons. There is every reason to also believe that the City of London is now getting cozy with this new world order of anti-new world order friends. There is more to this Brexit vote than a few racist wanting their independence. In all likelihood we are seeing the U.S. as it falls from it’s perch as the worlds only superpower, to becoming one of three. This new power alignment will be divided up between the U.S., Russia, and China. So much for the PNAC crowd, and their plan to conquer the world while the U.S. has the most powerful military on earth. I will hope that America adapts to becoming a cooperative student who is willing to learn how to play nice with their equally powerful new playmates…but then there is Hillary! Isn’t it odd how everything sounds plausible until you come to that name, Hillary?

    http://www.voltairenet.org/article192705.html

    Go to huffington post and see the article about Donald Trump sending out a tweet early Saturday morning, where he has Hillary’s picture with a bunch of hundred dollar bills floating in the background and a huge emblem in the shape of the Star of David added to his stupid tweet for emphasis, and then ask yourself, is this guy trying to throw the election? Seriously, what is wrong with him and his campaign? Is this the new way to run for office, by doing outrageously stupid stuff? If he wins the White House, well then great, okay, I mean good on him, but really…what is going on here? For all the good policies he said he would implement, will these great suggestions just end up going down the black hole of good ideas, just because the Donald mentioned doing them? Is this a new way to lose an election, and say good bye to doing any thing reasonable, such as putting an end to NATO, or reconfiguring all these terrible trade deals like NAFTA, or does he have something HUGE yet to offer. My advice would be for Donald to quit with the silly tweets, and think an extra eight seconds before he opens his mouth….seriously Donald, if you are for real, then get wise. I know I’m no political campaign wizard, and this is 2016, but has our American political standards and measures changed that much, that Trump will win the Presidency regardless of how insane he seems to appear? If so then without a doubt, America has finally become one big reality show. I should have bought stock in BRAVO a longtime ago when it was cheap…oh well.

    • Ian Perkins
      July 3, 2016 at 02:16

      Does she need the support of anyone other than a few generals to launch a war? Of course there may be some backlash, but that’s what the FEMA camps and surveillance are for. And of course she may get rid of Assad but engulf the world in nuclear war, but that’s only fulfilling biblical prophecy.

    • Joe Tedesky
      July 3, 2016 at 08:40

      Okay Ian, I will put you down with one for the ‘she can’ column. Yes, I could see Madam Killary surrounded by a few rabid star seekers in a Strangelove command center somewhere, rolling out the last of the Yinon Plan with Bibi by her side. She also would be vacuuming up the rebel rousers, and declaring Marshall Law due to some terrible false flag that occurred in some major city. Biblical could be instead of an antichrist we would have a…. Would she be an antimary? Like I said, when all seems plausible then you say the name Hillary, and everything rational turns to chaos. I find it amazing how this woman can by just saying her name, allow our minds to conjure up all sorts of vile and nasty images in our heads that aren’t good. What does this say, about some of our expectations that we have for her future presidency? Remember when it was thought that George W. would just be a stupid harmless president? Can you recall, how when we all got excited believing Obama would bring hope & change into our lives? Let’s hope, someday we’ll all smile and laugh at how we thought that Hillary would destroy the world, and she didn’t? I’d love to be wrong about her, wouldn’t you?

    • Tristan
      July 3, 2016 at 13:43

      I’d love to be wrong. Your examples of being wrong regarding GW Bush and Obama are indicators of misplaced preconceptions placed on individuals who were/are sworn to an agenda of preserving and expanding the imperial corporate hegemony via the imperial US’s foreign policy, war disguised as trade/economic power, and financial domination.

      I’ve been wrong before but history has proven that I had been idealistic and dreaming of something a lowly street urchin ought not even aspire for. The indications of being quite wrong about H. Clinton’s intentions or unintended calamities are few. Yet, I’ll hope against hope that I am indeed wrong and this could be so if the realistic undertakings of other more rational leaders of other nations continue to work to deflect the imperial US’s militaristic and financial jabs and thrusts.

    • Joe Tedesky
      July 3, 2016 at 17:38

      Tristan, if I were to use a gamblers logic, then after having two presidents going from good to bad, would strength the odds that this time one could go from bad to good. Although, Hillary could further break the odds if she were to not change at all. Now, you and I could hope that this magical thinking that I’ve come up with would work out marvelously well, but then some would call us naive. Yeah, after reading Diania Johnstones ‘Queen of Chaos’, and add to that many other articles and books (like Kathleen Wille’s hair raising story about the Clintons) I would not get my hopes up to high, that Hillary will shock us, and turn out to be a peacenik or anything like that. If only she would settle down, and mellow out, while enjoying her grandchildren would be a terrific thing to occur, for sure. I just hope before she calls upon them to give her the football, that Hillary takes a good look at those grandchildren of hers, and reconsiders whatever it is she should reconsider. Isn’t it sad that we even have to have this discussion?

    • Bob Van Noy
      July 3, 2016 at 08:52

      Joe, a couple of thoughts about your concerns: 1) Our military’s most fundamental weakness is motivation. I’m not saying that it IS weak, that would be absurd. What I am saying is that for sixty years the blind spot in our War Department is that the troops lack a fundamental and Good Purpose to sustain an attackon an enemy because they are not Real Enemies. Of course there is always self preservation, but that won’t defeat a United Enemy. That simple fact is the missing element in neocon assumptions. Almost to a one, they are not experienced military people, and as such, they simply don’t understand what they’re talking about. That is why when Hillary “talks tough,” she seems so foolish. Yes, dangerous, (Hillary) but weirdly inappropriate. Then there is this. 2) These geopolitical chess games must be thwarted at the highest level, because they are theoretical and ultimately impossible. The early discussions about a United Nations recognized this; yet it is another concept lost in neoconservative thought.

    • Joe Tedesky
      July 3, 2016 at 09:56

      Bob thanks for the well thought out comment, I will put you in the ‘she can’ category. It sounds as though you believe that due to the numbskullness of it, and coupled with their elite phoniness, that you are saying that Hillary will get the support she needs to start WWIII, from the clowns who surround her. I would further that with the right kind of terrifying false flags, and a fawning patriotic lying media, that she may even gain the support of a misinformed citizenry…right? Yeah, say the name Hillary, and all sorts of nightmares seem to grow legs.

    • Bob Van Noy
      July 3, 2016 at 10:33

      That’s what I’m saying Joe… Her people are already in place; they’ll get it on, world wide with GWOT. But, in Eastern Europe, they’ll learn what the French and Germany know, and that is, with out nuclear, they can’t defeat Russia.

    • Joe Tedesky
      July 3, 2016 at 20:46

      Bob if my memory serves me right, you are from California. Please, if you can spare 40 minutes watch this video on the provided link. Everyone, just not Californians need to see this, but anyone who cares about democracy being served, or in this case not being served, should watch this 40 minute documentary.

      http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2016/07/uncounted-true-story-california-primary.html

    • Bob Van Noy
      July 4, 2016 at 11:21

      Joe, thanks for the link. I did watch it all as you suggested and I totally agree that this election was stolen in California and other states. This hasn’t played all the way out yet; many options are still possible for Bernie, so we’ll have to see… My young Nephew, a major Bernie supporter on Facebook, told me yesterday that the millennials couldn’t “afford” to loose the opportunity of a lifetime, by loosing Bernie now, interesting…

    • Kiza
      July 4, 2016 at 08:45

      Sorry JT, but your question is a bit misguided. You appear to imply that Hillary would be waging wars on her own behalf, but nothing could be further from the truth. Most of the US wars are Ziocon wars (past, present and future). Ziocons dominate the US political establishment, for example the 51 Foreign Service memo signers (the mass job application for the President Hillary’s administration) are in their service. President Hillary would just be doing her master’s bidding, and you can be absolutely sure that the US people were never her masters and never will be. A war on Syria, a war on Russia, a war on China, and many other are all Ziocon projects.

      In general, US people believe too much in the free-will of POTUS. Strictly speaking, Obama was not a Ziocon puppet, but he still danced to their tune 99.9% of his presidency (the deal with Iran excepted).

    • Joe Tedesky
      July 4, 2016 at 10:28

      KIza, I heard Hillary’s AIPAC speech, where she gushed and made a fool out of herself as she laid herself down on the alter of the Zionist, and it was like America who?? I sometimes forget to include Bibi into my anti-Hillary rants. Thanks for reminding me. I did include Bibi standing by her side in my response to Ian here, if that makes a difference to your perception. Also, I like reading your comments when you post them. Have a good one KIza regards JT

    • Kiza
      July 4, 2016 at 13:01

      Thanks JT. I humbly take credit for two cynical Hillary metaphors, as my original contribution to the debate:
      1) Puting away HRC for her non-secure email server and burning of her meetings schedules as State Sec (a public record) would be like jailing Al Capone for tax evasion. The Clintons will be remembered as one of the leading crime families in the US history, like inverted Bonnie & Clyde, taking from the poor and giving to the banks (Bubba Billy repelled the Glass-Stegal Act).
      2) HRC is unelectable; a good POTUS candidate must have a few skeletons in the closet to be malleable, but HRC has whole cemeteries in hers; she is a liability but TPTB suffer from hubris and are desperate to finish the case of Syria to start exploiting the Golan oil (too much Halliburton money spent on exploration).

      TPTB may turn to Trump for the same, if HRC gets put away.

  9. John
    July 2, 2016 at 21:33

    Hanging chads part II coming soon to an election near you

  10. F. G. Sanford
    July 2, 2016 at 21:03

    I started to doze reading Parry’s fine prose, but that’s not to reflect on his piece.
    Reading the news is a wearying task, and it sometimes may cause psychic harm-
    Those missives they write at that VIP site might even cause P.T.S.D.
    I mentioned this once to McGovern, and I think he got sort of indignant.
    He didn’t surmise that a snooze might comprise what a dream may invoke to release(!)

    As I faded away and that Freudian sway took control of my mind’s television,
    A retrograde conartist blip made a pitch, adapted to current events.
    The wide crazy eyes couldn’t hope to disguise that the smile showed thirty-two teeth,
    Derangement possessed by the thrall of a rampage, arousal eclipsing delight,
    The pitch was psychotic, beyond mere neurotic, a frenzy without indecision!

    We’re now in July, on the streets, you could fry, and the Polar ice might melt away-
    Do you know what that means, have you any idea, it’s that wonderful time of the year-
    Saudis and Turks laying in fireworks, Qatar is camped out at our door-
    Crazy Hillary’s prices are really insane, you can’t beat her for rockets and bombs,
    Her Christmas sale prices for killing devices are crazy so don’t you delay!

    Commercials announce her low prices will trounce all the other arm sales competition,
    Harridan glee and obsessive compulsion, the season is frantic, it’s time to rejoice-
    “I feel your pain” is Bill Clinton’s refrain, mixed with “Summertime” played on his sax,
    “You’ll feel it soon,” as she tugs on his leash, “We also sell mischevous gadgets.”
    “Every arms sale is priced well below scale, just as long as I get my commission!”

    Recall “Crazy Eddie” who boasted, “I’m ready, my prices are really insane?”
    They finally got him on seventeen counts of felonious fraud and deception.
    Israeli banks, Panamanian pranks and accounts kept in Switzerland trapped him.
    Regarding sweet dreams about Christmas in August – they seem way too good to be true,
    If Loretta Lynch had met up with the Grinch and invited him onto her plane,
    He might have convinced her to launch an indictment…come to think of it…Bill might have too!

  11. SFOMARCO
    July 2, 2016 at 18:34
  12. Phil Johnson
    July 2, 2016 at 15:46

    The Democratic Party establishment, embedded in the imperial US power structure, has apparently successfully prevented Bernie Sanders from getting a fair shot at the presidency, in spite of his overwhelming grass roots support. Leaving us with this futile debate over whether Trump or Hillary is the most toxic and disastrous candidate.

    What options remain? Bernie running as an independent? (Flashback to Nader, who many people blame for W’s first “victory” when it was Gore’s terrible campaign on top of Republican campaign fraud that caused his loss.) Vote Green Party with Jill Stein? Or vote Green Party with Jill Stein stepping aside for Bernie as the candidate?

    • Bill Bodden
      July 2, 2016 at 16:10

      in spite of his overwhelming grass roots support

      That’s why the Democratic (?) Party oligarchs ganged up on him.

      What options remain?

      Vote “none of the above” either by voting for Jill Stein or some write-in. The Libertarians are the opposite of the Sandernistas so there is no point in voting for them.

  13. Abe
    July 2, 2016 at 15:32

    Political analyst Caleb Maupin noted Hillary Clinton’s role in supporting international terrorism, including her de-listing of the Mujahadeen E-Khalq (MEK) or People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran terrorist organization:

    “In September of 2012, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton officially removed MEK from the list of designated terrorist organizations. Because of this designation by Rodham Clinton, it is now legal for anyone in the United States to provide material support to the MEK terrorists. MEK has continued its shady relationship with Rudy Giuliani, Tom Ridge, and a number of other politicians.

    “Clinton justified her decision to legalize a group of mass murderers by saying that MEK had ‘denounced violence’ Around the very time she said this, MEK leaders assassinated peaceful scientists in Iran in collaboration with Israel. MEK still calls for the violent overthrow of the Iranian government, and has even made statements supporting ISIS. MEK is known to have a number of agents, currently in Iran, who have attempted to assassinate government officials and done many other things to destabilize the country.”

    Hillary Rodham Clinton, Friend of International Terrorism
    By Caleb Maupin
    http://journal-neo.org/2015/08/21/hillary-rodham-clinton-friend-of-international-terrorism/

    In 2011, several former senior U.S. officials, including Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, three former chairmen of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, two former directors of the CIA, former commander of NATO Wesley Clark, two former U.S. Ambassadors to the United Nations, the former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, a former White House Chief of Staff, a former commander of the United States Marine Corps, former U.S. National Security Advisor Frances Townsend, and U.S. President Barack Obama’s retired National Security Adviser General James L. Jones called for the MEK to be removed from its official State Department foreign terrorist listing on the grounds that they constituted a viable opposition to the Iranian government.

    In April 2012, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh reported that the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command had trained MEK operatives at a secret site in Nevada from 2005 to 2009. According to Hersh, MEK members were trained in intercepting communications, cryptography, weaponry and small unit tactics at the Nevada site up until President Barack Obama took office in 2009. Hersh also reported additional names of former U.S. officials paid to speak in support of MEK, including former CIA directors James Woolsey and Porter Goss; New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani; former Vermont Governor Howard Dean; former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Louis Freeh and former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton.

    On September 28, 2012 The U.S. State Department formally removed MEK from its official list of terrorist organizations, beating an October 1 deadline in a MEK lawsuit.

    The National Iranian American Council denounced the decision, stating it “opens the door to Congressional funding of the M.E.K. to conduct terrorist attacks in Iran” and “makes war with Iran far more likely.” Iran state television condemned the delisting of the group, saying that the U.S. considers MEK to be “good terrorists because the U.S. is using them against Iran.”

  14. Bill Bodden
    July 2, 2016 at 15:31

    As the world staggers toward what could be a nuclear abyss, the silence is deafening.

    If we give it some thought, we can gain some understanding of how the thoughtful German minority felt when Hitler ascended to Chancellor of what became the Third Reich.

  15. delia ruhe
    July 2, 2016 at 15:00

    Trump isn’t the only candidate who wants to Make America Great Again. Hillary fantasizes it as the world’s desire for America to lead, and the neocons call it Full Spectrum Dominance. I think it was Gore Vidal who called it “perpetual war for perpetual peace.” Washington doesn’t know it’s alive unless it’s destroying something — thus the value of the drone-murder program, which can continue to destroy, even when, by some accident, America’s armies and its mercenaries are taking a break.

  16. Ian Perkins
    July 2, 2016 at 14:02

    For anyone outside the USA, the issue is not which gangster steers the ship of state, but how to stop the ship.
    US foreign policy has been pretty consistent over at least the last fifty years in its basic assumption that the US can, should and will dominate the world, or destroy it trying.
    Until one of the candidates declares themselves a traitor, or at least credibly denounces US imperial history, I for one will trust none of them. And the question of which one is the least bad bores the rest of the world

    • Sam F
      July 2, 2016 at 14:26

      It bores us all. The only question now is how to organize a non-political takeover by the people to depose the right-wing revolution that has destroyed US democracy since WWII. It will require infiltration of the police and national guard, to deny the right wing defenses against insurrection. There is no other way now. It is time to organize counter-revolution to restore democracy.

    • F. G. Sanford
      July 2, 2016 at 21:15

      Sounds like an FBI entrapment scheme…

    • Sam F
      July 3, 2016 at 18:48

      Yes, it does, and that’s the problem: there is no way to advocate realistically for restoration of democracy after the right-wing revolution, without fear of entrapment as a left-wing risk. So we may have to wait for secretive counter-revolutionary cells to restore democracy. Or acknowledge that nothing will be done until the oligarchy has done enough damage to make the majority willing to risk their lives to restore democracy. That will likely require two generations of worsening economy punctuated by deepening recessions.

    • Bill CashThere
      July 2, 2016 at 14:41

      I believe Jill Stein is the best candidate out there but I have no idea how to make her a viable candidate for this race.

    • July 3, 2016 at 12:42

      I just told you: http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/30/what-is-bernie-up-to/ Get Bernie at top of the ticket. It’s still a long shot but worth trying.

    • Joe Tedesky
      July 3, 2016 at 13:39

      Ms Rowley, I thought having Bernie as the presidential one of the two inside the Green Party at first was a good idea too. Then after thinking it over a little further, I come to the conclusion that having Jill In the presidential spot, and Bernie in the VP spot made even more sense yet. Jill who seems to me to be very presidential in nature would be a wonderful….I mean fantastic rival against the other woman candidate for president. Bernie with his experience at all things legislative would make even more sense, plus having Bernie in the vp slot would give comfort to those worried about his age. Where’s Pat Paulson when we need him?

  17. Jus' Sayin'
    July 2, 2016 at 13:31

    There are dark times on the near horizon for most of the world including the USA. This continual foreign policy/coercion will eventually lead to a showdown with nuclear armed states, Russia on the near radar. Instead of trying to broker peace, reign in military spending, addressing the growing global warming menace; we get even MORE military expenditures, more belligerent actions over the entire planet and a mini-coup with the state department. When will the disaster called the USA finally collapse? WTF has happened in the last 30+ years? Are we all to succumb to the psychopathic paranoid delusions of the idiots running Washington? These are all questions we need to ask before going to the poles and voting for the lesser evil of the two worse candidates in the history of all the bad ones of the past. Please consider carefully before throwing in the proverbial towel this fall.

    • Bill CashThere
      July 2, 2016 at 14:39

      The Koch brothers happened. Read Jane Mayer’s book Dark Money. They’ve built a huge right wing network that is proving to be the most effective organization in the country. FDR believed in government and made it work for the people. The Koch’s only want government to work for them. Starting with Reagan they’ve been convincing people that government is a problem, not a friend and the people no longer trust the government. The most successful program in the country is social security and they are trying to destroy it. To them anything for the people is evil. There is nothing to counter them so they’ve been highly successful for a long time.

  18. Bill Bodden
    July 2, 2016 at 12:57

    “The best way to help Israel deal with Iran’s growing nuclear capability is to help the people of Syria overthrow the regime of Bashar Assad,”

    Another example of the Israeli tail wagging the American dog.

    • Brad Owen
      July 4, 2016 at 09:43

      Israeli tail-wagging-American-dog? I think the Israelis are just the “forward spotters” in a Forward Observation Post for the “artillery” of the Tory Empire and PanEuropa (today’s version of the Western Roman and Eastern Roman Empires) dutifully working for these Empires to prevent the revival of the dreaded Muslim Empire spanning from India to the African Atlantic and throughout the M.E., into Asia Minor (Turkey) on into the Balkan Peninsula, the Italian Peninsula, the Iberian Peninsula, into France,etc…better to have incompetent medieval psychopaths trying to jump-start a dead Empire, than competent statesmen like Gaddafi, Nasser, Assad,and other such secular modernizers. The leaders of the Tory Empire are now performing a Brexit maneuver to eventually sabotage the “Golden Hordes” gold hoarders in Asia, via Hong Kong. They are masters of financial manipulation of other peoples’ money…that’s WHY the Tory Empire is the Tory Empire; the American Province is just part of it…providing manpower for the Western Legions (PanEuropa’s hoping to lasso Russia for Its’ Eastern Legions). This is probably what’s discussed at Davos, Mt. Pelerin, Tavistock, Bilderberg, etc…and obsessive focus on the Tail lets the Dog escape unnoticed, probably as planned.

  19. Kiza
    July 2, 2016 at 12:56

    A vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote for eight years of war. Vote for Trump or abstain!

    • Bill Cash
      July 2, 2016 at 13:18

      And Bernie said Trump is a pathological liar. I believe that to be true. I don’t know how anyone could deal with him.

  20. Bill Bodden
    July 2, 2016 at 12:51

    While some followers like the fact that she has traveled the world …

    Contrary to the old saw about travel broadening the mind, travel often reinforces inherent prejudices and bigotry.

    • Joe B
      July 2, 2016 at 14:20

      Agreed: she has not traveled the world in fact, but only the world of diplomatic receptions and corrupt influences. Much better to leave that world unexplored to the extent possible.

  21. Bill Cash
    July 2, 2016 at 12:31

    I agree with the comments about Hillary but flying under the radar and not even questioned is the 100 million dollar backing of trump by Adelson. I’m sure Trump had to sell the mid-east to Adelson for that money. I’d like to see that discussed.

    Also, Trump did support the Iraq war until he didn’t.

    • Kiza
      July 2, 2016 at 13:00

      Why do not you just type: “I am with her” instead of putting a bumper sticker on? After all you have been the most consistent supporter here.

    • Bill Cash
      July 2, 2016 at 13:15

      It’s not that simple. Yes, I’ll vote for her over trump. I am a Bernie supporter. This discussion has been very one sided and highly in favor of Trump. I don’t believe his policies are any better. A complicating factor is climate change. It had a lot to do with the start of the Syrian civil war and will be a cause for many wars in the future. Trump doesn’t believe in it and wants to pull out of the Paris accords. Hillary does believe in it and wants to do something about it.

      I’m not sure what Trump’s latest position on Iran is. At first he was going to rip up the agreement his first day. Then he said he’s going to change it, whatever that means.

      I’m with Bernie. I will do anything to defeat Trump.

    • Kiza
      July 2, 2016 at 13:37

      Bill Cash, you are on a quest to sell HRC to Bernie supporters, it has been obvious. It is a hard sell, but it pays to chip at Anyone But Hillary Camp and bring them back into the fold. You have been a Hillary supporter, now pretending to be a Bernie supporter.

      I repeat: a vote for Hillary is a vote for eight more years of war, that is more US dead bodies coming home and an even bigger budget deficit (unless the whole thing comes tumbling down before eight years are up). In the mean time, the national infrastructure will continue its current decay.

    • Bill Cash
      July 2, 2016 at 14:29

      Not sure why I gave all that money to Bernie if I really supported Hillary. You sound like a Trump supporter, just making up whatever you want. Trump said that Bernie hated Hillary. Bernie said, not true.

      I’m against almost all of Hillary’s foreign policies. Domestically, she’s a lot better but not nearly as good as Bernie. If the emails would do her in, I’ll be pushing for Bernie again. You ignore the fact that Bernie prefers her over Trump.

    • Kiza
      July 2, 2016 at 19:40

      Again, another misdirection by Bill Cash. As a Democratc Party candidate Bernie had to support Hillary. He tried to avoid endorsing her but could not. I know very well why I said you have been the most consistent supporter of Hillary here and that you are now hurding Bernie supporters into Hillary’s camp, a DNC task.

    • July 3, 2016 at 11:19

      Here’s the best option, if you will do anything. It’s a long shot but if Bernie heard from all his supporters like you, there’s a tiny chance he might be persuaded. After all he is smart and he does care. Please try! http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/30/what-is-bernie-up-to/

    • Kiza
      July 4, 2016 at 08:27

      Hello Coleen, I am not left-liberal like the majority of the Consortium audience but I did come across the good article you quote. I still have a dream that someone within FBI will dig deep and find gonads to leak the FBI’s indictment of Hillary, which otherwise will never see the light of the day (the Clintons are a US epitome of political bribes and murder, a real-life inspiration for the US version of the British book and mini-series House of Cards). Then we would see Bernie against Trump.

      To herd all good people and Bernie supporters into Hillary’s crime corral is unimaginable. Stay home with family, the good people, instead of voting for the Hildabeast. Do not put another eight years of war on your conscience!

  22. exiled off mainstreet
    July 2, 2016 at 12:23

    Another brilliant article. The cockroach historians (based on the prior article indicating they would be the survivors of nuclear armageddon) will marvel at a US president going to nuclear war on behalf of el qaeda at the behest of foreign interests, i. e, the Israeli tail wagging the yankee dog to eliminate Hezbollah. It would be comical if it wasn’t so tragic; the portrayal of the press in this is also accurate. The politically correct rants against Trump, who does present a target, are also part of this. To my mind, survival trumps political correctness, particularly if it is steered by foreign interests. Of course, they also attack Corbyn as antisemitic if he brings up similar issues.

    • Bill Bodden
      July 2, 2016 at 13:19

      The cockroach historians (based on the prior article indicating they would be the survivors of nuclear armageddon) will marvel at a US president going to nuclear war…

      Future historians may very well be exasperated to understand how the American people could elect such a person as Hillary Clinton to be president. One reason with the most miniscule trace of sense is that she is not Donald Trump. Another more valid reason is that there are legions of ill-informed people out there who believe her campaign’s propaganda. “Fighting for us.” Anyone not in the ruling plutocracy, its subservient oligarchies or the Israel Lobby has to be delusional to believe that one.

  23. Geoffrey de Galles
    July 2, 2016 at 12:04

    I reckon HRC at least deserves credit for acknowledging, albeit in a private email, what Israel has never had the chutzpah to do — viz., acknowledging that it possesses a “nuclear” capacity and, indeed, has a “monopoly” in that respect in the Middle East. But then why hasn’t such recognition of Israel’s nuclear capacity ever been acknowledged (so far as I know, at any rate) by the State Department or the White House in the US’s official dealings with, e.g., the UN?

    • Joe B
      July 2, 2016 at 14:15

      Because they refuse to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty, and because Israel is too small to have developed nuclear weapons – they were stolen from the US. The media don’t want that to be investigated.

    • Joe Tedesky
      July 2, 2016 at 16:42

      Joe B, if you feel up to it go to the link I provided below. Grant Smith has done a ton of research on the Israeli lobby, plus other Israeli things which apply. On his site he provides many links to many things. The one which talks about Israel stealing material to make an atom bomb is called Operation NUMEC. People in Apollo Pa are still suffering from high doses of radioactive material, which they were exposed to.

      http://irmep.org/ten_things.asp

    • Sam F
      July 3, 2016 at 07:48

      The IRmep site has links to useful materials and articles. I knew of the theft of nuclear weapons material, and apparently the design came from the US: the Israeli spy Pollard stole literally all US nuclear secrets and designs for Israel which then sold them to the USSR, and was honored by Israel, which continued getting US military aid.

      But I suspect that they stole complete weapons or major components. There are mysterious disappearances of sets of nuclear weapons, although claimed to have gone to a repository.

  24. Jonathan Marshall
    July 2, 2016 at 11:07

    I agree with much of this article and condemn Clinton’s destructively interventionist policies. However, the unsigned Clinton email has been attributed to her adviser James Rubin (see, for example, http://mondoweiss.net/2016/05/clinton-pushed-israel/). As such it does not necessarily reflect her thinking in all respects, as Rubin himself acknowledged in another email: https://wikileaks.org/clinton-emails/emailid/18061.

    • David G
      July 3, 2016 at 19:43

      Thanks for this comment. Reading the email excerpts above, I thought they were more in the voice of a drone (i.e. flunky) than the queen bee herself. Makes more sense now, though I’m afraid you’re grasping at straws if you think Clinton’s own views will prove to be materially better.

  25. Brad Benson
    July 2, 2016 at 10:48

    This excellent analysis clearly demonstrates the couched and calculating language of the well-practiced War Criminal as she lays out her plans for aggressive war–in writing. Hillary supporters love to criticize Trump for his stump nonsense about killing the families of terrorists, but her statement that, “With his life and his family at risk, only the threat or use of force will change the Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s mind,” is at least as bad. In fact, the more likely reality is that Trump is just babbling incoherent nonsense on the stump, while Hillary coldly commits it to writing. These are WAR CRIMES!

  26. Ian Perkins
    July 2, 2016 at 10:45

    “But Clinton and her neocon/liberal-hawk advisers never seem to anticipate events not turning out as they dream them up.”
    I’m finding it increasingly hard to believe that she, and the rest of the US ‘establishment’, don’t know what they’re doing. Dangerous they may be, but some, including Clinton, are far from stupid.
    Iraq and Libya have both become jihadi strongholds following regime change. Syria is chock-a-block with jihadis. It doesn’t take a genius to put two and two together.
    As to exactly why she would prefer a failed state run by medievalist psychopaths, that’s a little less blindingly obvious, though her email offers some ideas.

    • Bill Bodden
      July 2, 2016 at 13:08

      I’m finding it increasingly hard to believe that she, and the rest of the US ‘establishment’, don’t know what they’re doing.

      It is part of the human condition. When people are divorced from certain realities they are unable to comprehend them. When they are obsessed with their own concepts of reality, they are incapable of seeing their errors.

      Glenn Greenwald has an excellent related article: Brexit Is Only the Latest Proof of the Insularity and Failure of Western Establishment Institutions – https://theintercept.com/2016/06/25/brexit-is-only-the-latest-proof-of-the-insularity-and-failure-of-western-establishment-institutions/

      Shakespeare was only half-right when he had Hamlet say, “Frailty, thy name is woman.” In Hillary’s case that was precise if an understatement. “Frailty, thy name is humankind” would have been more accurate.

    • Joe Tedesky
      July 2, 2016 at 16:31

      Ian, I think ‘chaos’ is the name which best describes Hillary’s war plan. I sometimes wonder to if the Israeli/Hillary plan is to eventually stretch a chain link fence around the Shia Crescent, and then turn it into one big killing field. Hillary and friends have no soul, because it’s all about their power, and of course how much is in their purse.

  27. W. R. Knight
    July 2, 2016 at 10:36

    “But very few of Clinton’s backers seem to support her because they want more neocon-style imperialism abroad. They usually express their desire to see a woman president (“it’s her turn”) or praise her pragmatic approach to domestic issues (“she can get things done”).”

    I’m really curious to know what Hillary ever got done aside from creating chaos around the world.

    • Joe B
      July 2, 2016 at 14:11

      She was a great realist to force people to buy double-priced health insurance instead of nationalizing the fraudulent insurance companies. It takes realism to sell out to the oligarchy and Israel, to start endless wars for her bribery sources. And it takes realism to deceive liberals that the most right-wing candidate is somehow liberal.

    • Bart
      July 2, 2016 at 16:45

      Tickets were punched.

    • July 3, 2016 at 02:14

      It is sort of too bad Marine Le Pen isn’t President of France – when she, Angela Merkel and Hillary Clinton locked horns, it would be like MacBeth’s three witches beating up on each other – or if they cooperated, stirring the pot!

      Interesting to watch from the sidelines.

    • Fred
      July 4, 2016 at 23:56

      Hillary has not accomplished anything but murder. Her education is insignificant, a JD, which is a run of the mill degree. She knows nothing.
      Not much integrity for that kind of a job is required, as we all know.
      (If you know of a politician with a JD degree, who is honest, let me know!)

      She wants it to be her turn, because she most likely envies Angela Merkel’s success as chancellor, who has a Ph.D. in physical Chemistry, no less, and who was proclaimed the most important woman in the world. Now Hillary wants to be that woman.(IMO)
      H is a vile, vicious creature, who is not representing women as equals to men, but as women who, when ridiculed by men, are supposed to acquiesce and quietly accept being subjugated.
      Her own lack of integrity has made her an evil power hungry madam, lusting for more power and the money that comes with it. Nothing else is important to her.
      She wants to acquire more money and power, without acquiring any wisdom, which she is intellectually incapable of.
      She is a disgrace to the human race, and fits into a select circle of worthless individuals, who have nothing to offer but the money they stole.(“earned”, of course…)
      I would like to see her surviving just one day in a country that she destroyed, with no access to water, no food, no transportation, no shelter, being injured, no medical aid available, surrounded by wounded children and watching the dying men and women of gunshot wounds.
      Unfortunately she seems incapable of realizing anything beyond having her hair styled and her gargoyle makeup refreshed.
      What a horrid representative she makes, for humanity, and “American Democracy”.

  28. July 2, 2016 at 09:41

    Hillary Clinton would have been a great stand in for the snake in the Garden of Eden. So long as the United States has a pro-Israel anti-Palestinian foreign policy, and the Muslims continue to be divided into warring factions between Sunni and Shia, (which they have been for hundreds of years) the Middle East will be a continual caldron. This will I believe lead eventually to a conflagration which will be devastating to the entire world. Surely there must be in Israel some enlightened Jews who desire a better leadership than the Likud Party and its fanatical leadership?

    • Gregory Kruse
      July 2, 2016 at 10:18

      Referring to the “continual cauldron”, she could be a stand-in for the wicked Witch of the West.

    • July 3, 2016 at 02:11

      More from the marginalized anti-war movement:

      Cold War Climate to intensify under Clinton, and to ameliorate under Trump.

      http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2016/07/02/trump-better-choice-by-far-alan-sabrosky/

      Trump better choice by far – Alan Sabrosky

    • davidg
      July 2, 2016 at 20:30

      Lots of Jewish writers to read: Ilan Pappe, Max Blumenthal, Uri Averny, Avi Shclaim (sp?), Noam Chomsky, Miko Peled.Gilad Atzmon and many others. Attila the hen can’t get passed the mumbles of Bibi (Melinkowsky) Netanyahu whose father worked for the fascist Jabotinski and his Iron Wall. Cui bono! There are many enlightened Jews but the MSM doesn’t seem to notice…note ‘seem to.” The cry seems to be a need for a ‘woman’ in the White House….maybe true, but Hillary as mother goddess? Orwell again.

    • jdd
      July 3, 2016 at 12:05

      The carnage in the Middle East is not a natural phenomenon, but one fostered by the Empire through its allies in Riyadh and Istanbul. If the 28 pages of the 911 Join Commission ever come to light, the Saudi-British-US game will be up, and in a hurry. While Mr. Perry did not go into the ongoin very nasty provocations of both Russia and China by NATO and Obama, or even the weekly drone kill-list, the level of depravity and evil by this administration and its touch-bearer HRC are off the charts.

  29. Bob Van Noy
    July 2, 2016 at 08:36

    I applaud your consistency and patriotism in the face of indifference Robert Parry. You’re everywhere these days on the radio, promoting specials and writing at length. As you should be. Why? because, I think, you recognize as your readers do, that these are the kind of times, in history, where a difference is made by those who recognize the past and understand the present. We, your readers, understand too that something is fundamentally wrong with our Democracy and we’re trying desperately to understand what it is. We cannot do so without a rational discussion and some agreement as to how we got to this point and how we might escape from powerful but misguided intransigence. Thanks for your integrity and effort…

    • Bob Van Noy
      July 2, 2016 at 08:58

      As for Hillary’s warmongering: One needn’t read further than the simple two word phrase, (regime change). This is The philosophical rationale that she and all of the neocons have used going back to Barry Goldwater, that completely defines her approach to diplomacy and underscores her Goldwater Girl buy-in; to a fundamentally flawed understanding of what America is and what it is not…

    • Ser Korz
      July 5, 2016 at 02:12

      No military draft, no need for Anti-War Movement . Hillary’s warmongering is not only guilty here.

    • July 5, 2016 at 14:18

      Today’s minority is a heresy that is tomorrow’s wisdom – Stephen Cohen

      Globalists and Neocons Prove Incapable of Understanding Reality.

      American politicians have a great credibility problem. I remember clearly the disappointments from the Obama campaign, and I am not too hopeful that we shall see anything much different post 2016 Elections in America and following BREXIT either,… a great many fine sounding speeches, beautiful rhetoric and great plans for change and a better future for “America” and “Americans” will continue.

      The enemy within is deeply embedded and strong. I fear there is a stranglehold on the members of the US Congress, or they have actually developed an acquired taste and preference for the kosher diet which has been sustaining so many of them for so long. It is like cocaine… fun while it lasts, but, even if it is demonstrably destructive in the end… strongly addictive and damned difficult to kick the habit!

      America is certainly in need of a radical change in leadership. Trump is willing and courageous enough to fully disclose publicly just who are behind the problems facing America’s failed policies … and has the convictions and strength to remove the Presidential handcuffs and carry out his promises… we hope.

      The days are dark the nights darker, and the path long and through a confusing and ever-darkening forest… but it is the only one and, even if the birds have eaten the crumbs, you must persevere and pray that you shall someday find or be shown the way, and will eventually get out of the forest, and back home to the Father and the Stepmother… who actually loves you all.

      Impossible or unlikely? In all of the Fairy Tales they eventually do, and they usually live happily ever after.

      It is your only sustaining hope.

      You have a better one?

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