The Pro-War Twist of the ‘Resistance’

Exclusive: The anti-Trump “#Resistance” has become a movement to defend the Democratic establishment’s pro-war policies, to purge anti-war Democrats, and even to embrace Donald Trump’s attack on Syria, reports James W Carden.

By James W Carden

The Resistance, a self-aggrandizing term for what amounts to a relatively small but still powerful claque of embittered Clinton surrogates, has been keeping itself busy of late, fanning the flames of McCarthyite recriminations against anyone who dares question the rather flimsy public evidence that Russia influenced the results of the 2016 election, all the while cheering on President Trump’s expansion of the war in Syria.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressing the AIPAC conference in Washington D.C. on March 21, 2016. (Photo credit: AIPAC)

Like its approach to the question of Russia and the election, the Resistance will brook no dissent over whether or not President Trump did the “right thing” in unleashing 59 Tomahawk missiles on a country which we are not at war with and which has never attacked us.

As with their hysterical claims that Russia stole the election from Hillary Clinton, the Resistance is loathe to allow facts, logic or evidence to get in the way of its view that Donald Trump acted in the security interests of the United States by bombing the Syrian military which (with air support from the Russians) is currently in the process in routing ISIS and Al Qaeda.

Neoliberal Clinton partisan Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post wrote that in her view “Trump is, if not behaving normally, at least adopting normal positions.” Bombing Syria, in the absence of a legal mandate from the United Nations or with expressed authorization of Congress – both legal requirements if the U.S. Constitution and American treaty obligations are to be respected – is, to Marcus anyway, evidence of “Trump’s good judgment.”

Nor was Marcus alone. Clinton herself endorsed Trump’s decision to use force just hours before the attack, telling a crowd of well-heeled Resisters in New York that “I really believe that we should have and still should take out [Assad’s] air fields and prevent him from being able to use them to bomb innocent people and drop sarin gas on them.”

Former high-ranking Obama State Department officials Antony Blinken and Anne Marie Slaughter – he in the pages of the New York Times, she on Twitter – also praised Trump’s bombing of Syria as “the right thing” to do. The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza declared, “The moral case for President Trump’s strike on Syria is uncontroversial.”

Punishing Anti-War Democrats

In the days following the Tomahawk missile attack on Syria, it became obvious that antiwar voices need not apply to the Resistance, which clearly remains in thrall to the 25-year-old interventionist orthodoxy begun under President Bill Clinton and which continues to be treated as unassailable dogma within the Democratic Party to this day. Those few who had the temerity to dissent from the Resistance party line were to be given no quarter.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii.

One of the few prominent elected officials in Washington to voice skepticism of the Trump administration’s case for military action against Syria was Hawaii’s Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who condemned the attack in a statement which accused the administration of having “acted recklessly without care or consideration of the dire consequences of the United States attack on Syria without waiting for the collection of evidence from the scene of the chemical poisoning.”

The knives came out for Gabbard even before the proverbial ink on the statement was dry. To no one’s surprise, The Washington Post quickly ran a smear job by Elise Vieback titled “What is Tulsi Gabbard thinking on Syria?” In it, Viebeck declared that “Gabbard has dug herself into a hole in recent weeks with her bizarre but insistent views about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his country’s bloody six years of civil war.”

But what really seemed to offended Vieback – and by extension, her employers at the Post – was Gabbard’s effrontery in committing an act of lese majeste against that which all right-thinking people in Washington “know” or, as Vieback put it: “her striking departure from the consensus that Assad’s government launched the attack.”

Vieback chronicled the Resistance’s disgust with the Congresswoman’s penchant for independent, critical thinking. No less a Resistance figure than MSNBC’s Joy Reid tweeted that “People who have insisted Gabbard is the future of the Democratic Party may need to consider her outré views on issues like Assad.” Other Resistance leaders piled on, too: The Daily Kos; Center for American Progress president and close Clinton adviser Neeera Tanden; and former Vermont Governor and ex-Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean all voiced their opinion that Gabbard should face a primary challenge in 2018. Indeed, according to Dean, the heath insurance lobbyist, “Gabbard should not be in Congress.”

Of course, all the handwringing over Gabbard’s comments were simply another opportunity for the right-minded to double down on their criticism of Gabbard’s controversial meeting with Syria’s Bashar al-Assad in January. Then as now, the Washington Post was at the forefront of the character attacks, running a piece by Josh Rogin titled “How Tulsi Gabbard became Assad’s mouthpiece in Washington” on Jan. 29. Yet Rogin’s piece was so sloppy and error-ridden that the Post had to append a humiliating paragraph long correction to it after it was published.

Ignoring Syrian Reality

Nevertheless, the Resistance’s cry of “what about Assad?” is a case of Democratic luminaries polishing up their reputations for virtue and signaling their commitments to career advancement, nothing more. It leaves out the fact that the Syrian opposition also bears responsibility for the start of the violence in 2011.

A heart-rending propaganda image designed to justify a major U.S. military operation inside Syria against the Syrian military.

As Father Frans van der Lugt, a Dutch missionary to Syria who was murdered by rebel forces in 2014, put it: “From the start, the protest movements were not purely peaceful. From the start I saw armed demonstrators marching along in the protests, who began to shoot at the police first. Very often the violence of the security forces has been a reaction to the brutal violence of the armed rebels.”

The murdered Dutch priest also observed as early as 2011, that “The opposition of the street is much stronger than any other opposition. And this opposition is armed and frequently employs brutality and violence, only in order then to blame the government.”

The “what about Assad?” line also begs us to ignore what the likely consequences of his removal from power would actually mean: Who exactly do they think would fill the vacuum? The obsession with Assad also willfully ignores the immorality of U.S. policy, which involves repeatedly bombing Syria while funding and training violent extremists who seek to overthrow a sovereign government.

U.S. policy, wholeheartedly supported by the Resistance, tramples international law and makes a mockery of the tenets of Just War Theory. It results in violence, death and destruction abroad and sets the stage for retaliatory acts of violence upon our own people at home.

And so, in order to elide these considerations, the neoliberal left returns to the eternal, tiresome: “But what about Assad?” To which there is a pretty straightforward answer: Assad is fighting (quite successfully at present) the same enemies who attacked us on 9/11 in an attempt to stave off the wholesale takeover of Syria by Saudi-sponsored Salafists who would, as they promised in the early days of the uprising, drive “Christians to Beirut, Alawites to the grave.” Never mind what they would do to women, Shia and other apostates should they topple Assad and gain power.

Anti-interventionist and pro-peace Democrats object to this joint Saudi-Turkish project of turning Syria, which under Assad had been a secular, multi-confessional police state, into a theocratic Sunnistan, thereby carving out a state for our worst enemies.

Backing the Terrorists

The Resistance may need reminding that international politics, like domestic politics, is about choosing, and the choice that pro-war Democrats (the vast majority of whom are die-hard Clinton supporters who still have not been able to reconcile themselves to her defeat) have made is clear: they’ve thrown their support behind radical Islamist terror groups in Syria because they have bought into the tedious fiction about the existence of “moderate” Syrian rebels.

U.S.-backed Syrian “moderate” rebels smile as they prepare to behead a 12-year-old boy (left), whose severed head is held aloft triumphantly in a later part of the video. [Screenshot from the YouTube video]

But the Resistance would be better off leaving the fantasy of peace-loving moderate Syrian rebels to the hipsters at VICE and the neocons and neoliberal war hawks comfortably ensconced at Brookings, the Center for American Progress, CNN, The Daily Beast, The Atlantic magazine, and The Atlantic Council.

Another trend among the self-fashioned “Resisters” these days is towards an unthinking acceptance of U.S. government talking points, particularly with regard to Russian hacking and the Trump administration’s declassified four-page report on the Syrian chemical weapons attack.

Yet given the less than inspiring record of American interventions based on faulty, distorted or simply fabricated intelligence, as in the cases of Iraq (2003) and Libya (2011), the question isn’t why someone like Gabbard is out there questioning the Trump administration’s story, the question is: why aren’t more doing so? And wouldn’t questioning Trump’s unilateral, illegal decision to bomb Syria seem to be the right and proper role of something which bills itself as “The Resistance”?

But no. As a friend and colleague of mine recently put it, if they were honest, the Resistance’s motto really ought to be: “Long live the Cold War with Russia. Long live neoliberal Wahhabism and chaos in the Middle East.”

Yet the Resistance drones on, drowning out anti-war, anti-Wahhabi, pro-detente voices all in a bid to reinforce the neoliberal foreign policy orthodoxy within the Democratic Party in the vain hope of solidifying their positions of power and influence within it.

James W Carden is a contributing writer for The Nation and editor of The American Committee for East-West Accord’s eastwestaccord.com. He previously served as an advisor on Russia to the Special Representative for Global Inter-governmental Affairs at the US State Department.

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152 comments for “The Pro-War Twist of the ‘Resistance’

  1. Exiled off mainstreet
    April 24, 2017 at 10:57 am

    What the “resistance” constitutes is the fascist power structure, and it is what must be resisted.

    • Bob In Portland
      April 24, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      The war against Russia and its allies was planned long before the results of the elections. Trump wasn’t supposed to win. Think of Trump’s first 100 days was a period of negotiations with the Deep State. Trump may be obstinate but he’s not anti-war. Money to be made.

    • aorb
      April 24, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      Brilliant ,concise and informative article. If Hillary’s “Resistance” was concerned with facts on the ground instead of Deep State “assertions” it would cease to exist and we might have a chance for peace on this doomed planet.

  2. Brad Owen
    April 24, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Trump is the first president (admittedly fumbling&halting) of the NEW, trans- pacific, new Silk Road era. Obama/Clinton were the last representatives of the old, post-WWII, trans-Atlantic, NATO, (Wall Street/City of London) era. The D-party is self-destructing, as is the R-party. This is a good thing for humanity. Resistance is futile. What is needed is guidance for the Trump presidency (he has the right instinct, just needs reassurance, and to be told that his new-found, pro-war friends are on board the Titanic, and that he should abandon their ship-of-doom).

    • Jay
      April 24, 2017 at 11:52 am

      @Brad:

      And what was W president of?

      • Brad Owen
        April 24, 2017 at 12:22 pm

        The old era of geopolitics and permanent war. The Bush dynasty is over.

        • The real deal
          April 27, 2017 at 11:16 am

          The neocons are in complete control of Trump administration foreign policy!!!! Trump, like Obama and George W Bush are nothing more than tools being used by the deep state to continue their policy of Israeli Hegemony. The Trump administration is saturated with neocons!!! We have all once again been duped. If we want our country we are going to have to take it back. 300 million Americans vs a hand full of neocons, Wall Street billionaires , oligarchs and central bankers.

    • mike k
      April 24, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Trump has “the right instinct, just needs reassurance”? What kind of dream Trump are you talking about? So many good people are letting their hopes of a Trump miracle road of Damascus conversion to who they want him to be. Ain’t gonna happen. Disillusionment is a healthy alternative to such fantasies. Wake up, reality isn’t what we wish it was,

      • Brad Owen
        April 24, 2017 at 12:30 pm

        You are the one who is asleep at the wheel. Wake up to the new era that is staring you in the face. It is a sad fact that we have an incapable president in need of guidance for this new era,which HE gave voice to (friendly relations with Russia and China, restoring & re-industrializing the rust belt states, upgrading the infrastructure). Getting onboard with the New Silk Road will accomplish all of this. You wake TF up!

        • Brad Owen
          April 24, 2017 at 12:55 pm

          Effing A-holes like you are what is killing the world. You have the insight, but get stuck in the present moment. Take the next step and save the world, please.

          • Brad Owen
            April 24, 2017 at 1:32 pm

            Destroying Trump just leaves Pence in charge, who is a God-awful typical R-beast. Not fit to be called human being.

        • Linda Doucett
          April 24, 2017 at 7:01 pm

          what you have is a weak sister for a president… a tofu who absorbs the mindset of whoever is standing next to him at the moment. a president very afraid (deservedly so) of the deep state and their ability to ruin remove anyone they wish. a president who is most likely senile and cannot string an intelligent sentence together

        • Gregory Herr
          April 24, 2017 at 10:03 pm

          Sure Brad, there is great potential for a “new era” and I take it that you mean it is happening with or without the cooperation of the United States. Resistance is futile, as you say.
          Well I agree that we should cooperate with Russia and China and get on board with modernization and fair trade developments spurred by large-scale investment in “connectivity” and infrastructure. But that is clearly not happening from our side of the table, and in fact, I think it’s safe to say that unless and until the United States experiences a devastating economic collapse from which Silk Roaders manage to insulate themselves, there will be no enlightenment forthcoming from our shores. The geopolitical machinations of the American-Israeli cabal continue apace. So do the murderous dirty wars.

          Yes, Trump gave voice like a faint scent in the wind to non-interference and making nice. But it is pretty clear by now that his “instincts” are amorphously unreliable and not aided by any distinctive sign of insight or intelligence. It would be a miracle, considering who he surrounds himself with, for Trump to receive appropriate “guidance”.

          • Brad Owen
            April 25, 2017 at 4:39 am

            And still, Gregory, we have to persuade our president to remember his campaign promises. Failure is not an option, Gregory. Surely you can see this, Gregory. We must prevail.

        • hillary
          April 25, 2017 at 1:10 pm

          will posters please indicate exactly who “you” refers to in their comments …… please.

    • DannyWeil
      April 24, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      I think I have to go into the bathroom and clutch the porcelain bowl.

      • Brad Owen
        April 24, 2017 at 12:58 pm

        Do what you have to do, to get to the next step. Hold your nose if you have to. We gotta get to the next step as we are, NOT as we wish to be.

        • Brad Owen
          April 24, 2017 at 1:08 pm

          I was a Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein guy during the elections. I Send money to the Greens. I see potential in Trump’s foreign policy as he voiced it during the campaign. This MUST be encouraged at all costs. His domestic policies are typical R-party boilerplate, which is killing the R-party as we speak. I’m hoping that the real estate magnate-turned-president sees the obvious profit in joining with China’s New Silk Road win-win policies. THAT is what must be harped on with him.

          • Brad Owen
            April 24, 2017 at 1:20 pm

            This will ensure that Trump goes down as the greatest president ever, when he signs on to the New Silk Road. It will appeal to his narcissism. We have to play the hand we were dealt. QUIT wishing for a better outcome. This is IT! the moment of destiny.

          • April 25, 2017 at 4:40 am

            You remind me of the ObamaNation.
            They loved Obama, he had them eating out of his hands.
            “YES WE CAN!!” … use drones to kill more Pakistanis, Yemenis, Afghanis, and destroy countries like Libya, Syria, and Ukraine. Even after he did nothing to close GITMO, and keeping on all of W’s buddies at the Whited House and elsewhere continued swooning over Obama.
            They apologize for him still, “but, but, he inherited a mess,” they claim. “He was held back by congress,” they complain. Some figured out that he was a neocon/liberal shill all along, but many still talk about him as if a saint.
            Trumpists will continue to be betrayed by their man, but will forever claim, “he inherited a mess,” or that he was being manipulated by his advisors.
            The question now is, if we make it to November 2000, will Trump be the incumbent or Pence.
            Trump is beginning to look haggard.

          • Brad Owen
            April 25, 2017 at 7:12 am

            to common tator;
            I’m no fan of the D-party or R-party. I support the Green party with 10$ a month. I voted for Obama in 2012 BECAUSE he had the impeachable record, and could be politically “killed off”(but the Deep State loved him), unlike Romney whom we would have to suffer for 4 years to wait for him to build his impeachable record. I’m well aware of our political crisis and what needs to be done. I am doing it. I hope you are doing it too. Still, there is a chance Trump can be turned. We must try BECAUSE of what is at stake.

    • dag
      April 25, 2017 at 8:25 am

      With all due respect, it doesn’t really matter if it looks like the Democrats and Republicans are “self-destructing.” They have an absolute monopoly (or duopoly, more accurately) over the U.S. electoral system, which is designed to prevent competition, derail “third parties,” and suppress democracy. Whether the D’s and R’s self-destruct is totally irrelevant when the system itself guarantees their dominance and ensures that no upstart challengers survive one or two electoral cycles. The Libertarians and Greens are the most successful third parties in America, but they don’t even pass the 5% threshold to win some limited federal funding, and people who buck the system and vote for these alternatives have to endure all the hatred and animosity of those who blame them for “spoiling” the election.

      The system is totally undemocratic, so what might look like the “self-destruction” of the two dominant factions of the ruling class should really just be seen as their growing and increasingly obvious illegitimacy. It doesn’t mean they are going anywhere though.

  3. Jack Watkins
    April 24, 2017 at 11:22 am

    An interesting read, but one that badly misstates the impetus of the Resistance Movement as somehow merely being a “relatively small but still powerful claque of embittered Clinton surrogates” peopled by neo-liberals in support of more war. My personal experience is anything but such an assessment.

    From what I’ve seen by the renewed activism and sizable grassroots demonstrations, the Resistance is growing in numbers and becoming more defined by tactics employed to forge an alliance of various groups concerned about a whole host of Trump Administration policy aims and underlying threat it poses to freedom of speech and democratic institutions. It is NOT a small “claque” of embittered Clinton surrogates, nor is is “pro-war” in any meaningful sense, or as reflected by those fueling and attending Resistance rallies and marches.

    • mike k
      April 24, 2017 at 11:40 am

      Whatever the democratic party used to be (and it never really was what it pretended to be) it is now revealed as a fatal albatross around the neck of the American people and the world. To imagine it has any positive value for a sustainable and peaceful future is a dangerous delusion that many clueless folks are buying into. If you cannot see this is a war party, then you are stone blind in my book. The sooner this party dies in order for something better to be born, the better.

      • Bill Bodden
        April 24, 2017 at 1:01 pm

        Well said, mike

      • Libby
        April 24, 2017 at 1:09 pm

        Why don’t we LEAVE the Democratic Party (neoliberal) to its game? Trying to tackle the power structures within both parties is swimming upstream. These ‘power structures’ are essentially One Party (the Duopoly). Progressives need to start their own party if they want their own voice and to take their own stand.

        The same could be said for all those kept relatively invisible within the Republican Party: Libertarians, Alt-Right, old-style conservatives, etc; we need at LEAST four or five parties to begin to represent the American people. As it is (enter corporate media too), the voices that fall outside of the Neoliberalism and the War Machine are effectively silenced. We are trapped.

        • Bill Bodden
          April 24, 2017 at 5:41 pm

          As it is (enter corporate media too), the voices that fall outside of the Neoliberalism and the War Machine are effectively silenced.

          Not as long as we have platforms such as and similar to Consortium News. Otherwise, I agree with you. The future that appears to be dystopian is not set in stone.

        • April 24, 2017 at 6:32 pm

          Third party unity is the only electoral hope.

      • nancy
        April 24, 2017 at 5:42 pm

        So true. The Democratic Party has always served as false hope for the working masses, making us believe that THEY are the party of the people, throwing out a few crumbs here and there to keep us confused and unorganized. This has been the case since at least FDR. Some still believe they have our best interests at heart, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary. It’s hard for them to give up their dreams, but I tell them all they really have to lose is their chains.

    • susan_sunflower
      April 24, 2017 at 11:53 am

      are you speaking of the generic resistance or the democratic party’s trademarked Resistance?
      https://www.theresistanceparty.org/

      There are about a half-dozen well-funded Democratic party allied (afaict) resistance movements, of which Resistance is most often cited, although as you can see from their home page
      “”We’re a grassroots movement fighting against the hateful and authoritarian agenda of Donald Trump and the radical right.””
      They’ve not abandoned the Trump-centric POV

      There is duplication / redundancy and only some wannabe vanguards (no suprise) get any press … at all.

      I was startled this morning to hear of “The People’s Party” which proposes “drafting” Bernie Sanders (who has his own “Our Revolution” movement and is on the road with Perez stumping for grassroots Democrats. Apparently they are “progressive” and are “new”
      http://observer.com/2017/02/nick-brana-new-progressive-peoples-party-bernie-sanders/

      I got “The Resistance Calendar” from Michael Moore’s twitter feed a month or so ago
      https://www.resistancecalendar.org/

      As I discovered a few days ago, United for Peace and Justice is now “joined” by United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)
      http://www.unacconference2017.org/

      New grassroots organizations are popping up like spring flowers

      • susan_sunflower
        April 24, 2017 at 12:13 pm

        and I check my e-mail and there’s another new** one (no idea how I got on their dist list) ** new as of June 2016 apparently
        People’s Action: https://peoplesaction.org/
        Which has sufficient Sander’s affliation that they are exhorting me to join their Sanders Facebook livestream this afternoon.
        They are associated with the Our Future blog and George Goehl (who seems to have reasonably deep bonafides)

        (Seriously, ever since Michael Winship of Moyers came out with an extreme case of Russia phobia … I’m deeply skeptical. This proliferation of new organizations happened in Ferguson after the demonstrations wrt Michael Brown’s shooting gained national. attention … By December, their Coalitions (there were two) each had well over 20 local orgs with little overlap (they had had a large number of local NGOs serving the community prior to MB’s death, and — as you may have heard — despite all this “activism” they reelected the incumbant mayor.
        usa today.
        ST. Louis Times .

        • Bill Bodden
          April 24, 2017 at 5:46 pm

          Susan: Your first link was interesting, but like you I’m skeptical. As for how these people got your email address it appears to be another case of trading contact data.

          • susan_sunflower
            April 24, 2017 at 7:16 pm

            also later got an e-mail from the NAACP wanting me to join “The Resistance” by joining. I discovered (during the Dolezal and BLM stuff) that the NAACP is actually trying to continue to do serious grassroots organizing … but appears to be being outshone by more “exciting” adhoc “movements” …

            I keep waiting to find some coalition building/avowed solidarity particularly by any of these apparently Democratic Party aligned groups to advocate hard for immigrant rights, fight for $15 and/or prison/sentencing reform … but my interest is purely “spectator sport” at this point.

        • Bill Bodden
          April 24, 2017 at 9:17 pm

          Something to consider. It comes with a good recommendation: “The Democrats delivered one thing in the past 100 days: disappointment. The time has come to bid farewell to a moribund party that lacks imagination, courage and gusto” by Cornel West – https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/24/democrats-delivered-one-thing-100-days-disappointment

          • Gregory Herr
            April 24, 2017 at 10:17 pm

            Thanks for the link, Bill. Cornel West is an inspiration for the head, and the heart.

    • DoomGuy
      April 24, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      @Jack Watkins

      You are clearly right about the people on the ground, but Mr. Carden was talking about the Resistance in elite circles of the Democratic Party and their allies in the MSM. It is these people who are attacking Tulsi Gabbard and putting up candidates like Jon Ossoff with his “tough, smart foreign policy” platform, which to me sounds pro-war.

      The question in the long run is whether the efforts of good people like yourself and those you march with will be nullified by the Dems, who will put up Establishment candidates. Who will we vote for? It’s easy to imagine Dem elites whipping up fervor for mediocre if not dreadful candidates in 2018. “Yay, team!” Dems will fall in line of course, while antiwar Dems will be guilt-shamed into going along, and antiwar socialists like myself will be the target of scorn when we point out how rotten these candidates are. Of course, it might turn out better if Progressive efforts to “Bernie-ize” the Dems achieve even a 30% success rate. But the heavy hand of the Clintons is firmly around the throat of the party for the foreseeable future.

      • susan_sunflower
        April 24, 2017 at 8:46 pm

        one issue is that by “trademarking” Resistance, the establishment Democrats can take some credit for the activism by anyone about anything … given their “traditional” distain for actual mobilization and demonstrations, this strikes me as disingenuous.

        Because I do not trust them any further than I can throw them, I suspected that they were using “The Resistance” (how fucking presumptuous to claim that label, as-if) to divert young energy somewhat besides confronting the reimagining / reinvention of the Democratic Party … still do … It’s not a very energizing or inspiring web site, imho.

        There’s also the Keith Olbermann Resistance and the Donald J. Trump resistance (https://www.thedjtr. com/) and a vague assemblage per Rollingstone http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/meet-the-leaders-of-the-trump-resistance-w460844

        this website https://www.theresistanceparty.org/ has no names attached to it at all …. no “who we are” page and I’m now very curious about the intersection between “indivisible” and “the resistance” — indivisible sdoes have a “who we are page: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/about-us/ and website here https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resources/

        So many groups, none, as far as I’m finding, formally in coalition … diffusing??? intentionally??

  4. BannanaBoat
    April 24, 2017 at 11:26 am

    One must beware what pressure one applies to Trump, he is capable of many negative reactions. DemoNeoCons used Russia gate meme to push Trump into warmongering.

  5. Jessejean
    April 24, 2017 at 11:28 am

    I’ve been wondering why there are no anti-war marches. I mean we march for women, we march for science, (science?) soon maybe a march for cookies and leprechauns, but no organized enraged march against war. Now I see why: the organizers are Hilbots. As a 73y/o lesbian feminist I gotta say, Hilbots are theee dumbest, most dangerous damn yuppies I’ve ever argued with. Go Tulsi and Go Bernie and Go Merkley, Warren, and Keith. Don’t resist, revolt.

    • Bill Bodden
      April 24, 2017 at 11:46 am

      Go Tulsi and Go Bernie and Go Merkley, Warren, and Keith.

      Unfortunately, the Israel lobby has Merkley and Warren on short tethers and there is no reason to believe Bernie would be an “honest broker” when it comes to Israel-Palestine issues.

      • Michael K Rohde
        April 25, 2017 at 12:33 am

        Please do not perceive this as a challenge. It is not. The comment about Bernie not being an honest broker on the Middle East. He seemed to purposely avoid AIPAC and Israel in the campaign as much as possible and certainly did not curry favor with that gang. I found it curious that they didn’t attack him like the other candidates they labeled pro-Arab or anti-semitic. And his comment about Wall Street having a business model based on fraud seemed to attack their funding sources. I don’t know what the “Lobby” thinks of him but they seemed to have a hands off sort of attitude. I don’t see Bernie signing blank checks to Israel like everyone else has for 20 years now. Again, I’m not challenging you. If you have information relative to Bernie and the Lobby I’d love to see it. I thought he was the only politician out there not cow towing to AIPAC and I hoped he might curb their influence. I believe AIPAC’s goal is another war and regime change in the Middle East and he would have prevented that in his administration. Love to hear your thoughts.

    • mike k
      April 24, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      You and me both Jessejean, where the hell are the peace marchers??

      • BannanaBoat
        April 24, 2017 at 12:37 pm

        Marching may help, at crucial times it has not 13 million on one day attempting to prevent Iraq Holocaust.
        State media in reporting always reduces tallies by 90% i.e. 300,000 will be 10’s of thousands etc.. the risk in Marching is much greater now with all the draconian laws. Perhaps shealth cyber attacks are the best solution, and perhaps there are many more geeks on the frontlines than we realize.

    • DannyWeil
      April 24, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      There are no anti war marches for the past has been erased from many people’s mind, organizing has failed and marches do little.

      Many of the youth of today would rather play with hand held phones or play video games or do nothing than pay attention to world and national events. Not all, but many and this is due to 37 years of cutting real education and turning the education of people into a for profit making hedge fund, real estate scam — a business.

      We have now moved from the Age of Enlightenment into the Age of irrationality where up is down, and enemies are friends.

      Trump runs America like a family business and indeed it is; not just his immediate family but also a business for the family of capos, CEO’s and plutocrats he keeps on the dole.

      • Libby
        April 24, 2017 at 1:10 pm

        How perfectly stated.

        • akech
          April 24, 2017 at 3:40 pm

          You know a country does NOT CARE ABOUT its citizens when its multinational corporations are ENCOURAGED by its LEGISLATORS to import foreign-trained technology employees from India, China, Iran, Pakistan ,…,….., with a claim that they (the corporations) cannot find educated American citizens with the skills to fill these high-tech jobs!

          United States through its legislature, courts and executive branch have authorized its technology companies to import workers whose educations are financed by citizens or governments of other countries. These highly qualified workers who the USA education is incapable of producing are given H-1B and other visas!

          I have pondered over this issue for sometimes and asked myself the following questions:

          (a) how have these technology-exporting countries (India, China and others) managed to finance the education of their youths to be CUTS-ABOVE the rest while the most powerful country on planet earth have failed to do the same ?

          (b) Could there be a particular, sinister reason why the aspiring US students, particularly those brilliant youths from poor and middle class families, are being mercilessly demolished with massive debts from Wall Street banks?

          Remember, these are the same banks that are heavily invested in these technology companies are also heavily involved in the financing of elections of law makers (congressmen) and POTUS!

          Today (4/24/2017) on C-SPAN , there was a discussion about student debt forgiveness and who qualifies to get it!

          Here is that conversation:
          https://www.c-span.org/video/?427343-4/washington-journal-jillian-berman-discusses-student-loan-forgiveness-programs-public-servants

          In 2008, all student loan traders in Wall Street were bailed out after gambling with people live savings, mortgages, retirement, and then crashing the economy! ALL OF these banks qualified for the massive bail out funds rolled out through the White House and Congress, no question asked!

          Why is this OKAY?

          Hillary Clinton obtained about $1.2 billion during her failed candidacy from Wall Street. Barack Obama’s Cabinet members were hand-picked by CITI Group months before his 2008 election according to Wiki leaks docs!

      • Bill Bodden
        April 24, 2017 at 5:50 pm

        Trump runs America like a family business …

        “Running Government Like a Business is Bad for Citizens” by Michael Hudson – http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/04/10/running-government-like-a-business-is-bad-for-citizens/

      • Skip Scott
        April 25, 2017 at 7:45 am

        Danny, you’re dead right. I can’t believe the incredible power of the MSM propaganda over the masses, especially so many of the young people. They are too distracted with BS to pay attention to the real world. If we are to have any hope at all, we have to figure a way out of our “sound-proof free-speech zone” (as Lin Cleveland called it), and get a message of peaceful co-existence out to the world. I think Tulsi Gabbard is our only hope within the halls of congress. The rest have been co-opted.

        I have recommended this book a couple times already, but I know of no other that defines the problem our cultural distraction nearly as well:

        “Amusing Ourselves to Death” by Neil Postman (of NYU)

  6. evelync
    April 24, 2017 at 11:34 am

    I didn’t attend the women’s march BECAUSE I feared that it might be masterminded/used/coopted/preyed upon by these forces that want us to believe that Mrs. Clinton was the most prepared, best qualified finest candidate to be president but she was done in by the Russians. Say what?

    No, she did herself in. Even President Obama recognized that she was an uninspired and uninspiring candidate. At the last WHCD he joked that her campaign slogan should be “Trudge uphill with Hillary”

    People had lost faith in the system and Hillary Clinton ran as the embodiment of that system – people were/are hurting from the damage from the near financial collapse following the lopsided deregulations that turned Wall Street into a gambling casino and the endless regime change wars that seem to make more enemies and therefore this country less safe.

    Tulsi Gabbard impressed me with her honesty and courage when she resigned as Vice Chair of the DNC to support Bernie because she agreed with his policy positions. She’s been to war and sees for herself how counterproductive and costly (the dead, the wounded, millions dislocated, our soldiers demoralized by failed policies)

    Washington is filled with sycophants and delusional airheads for the MIC collecting
    paychecks for promoting wars for profit.

    I disagree that Mrs Clinton is smart. On an academic level she is capable of absorbing the intricacies of a complex bill – I’ll give her that.
    But there is no moral component to her awareness – the unintended consequences of a particular choice are off her radar.
    She either can’t see the forest for the trees or prefers not to

    • Brad Owen
      April 24, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      Thank you for recognizing the truth.

    • Jessejean
      April 25, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      Evelync–great analysis. It’s nice to see another woman speaking out against Hillary. I’ve lost friends over that cowbird. ( see biology of cowbirds). But lately I met a young woman in my neighborhood who calls Hillary “Missy”. I just hooted! ” just because Missy wanted to be president…” she said.

  7. Bob Van Noy
    April 24, 2017 at 11:43 am

    It is precisely this lese majeste that I love about Tulsi Gabbert. Clearly she saw some injustice at DNC and I suspect that that injustice is related to what Seth Rich was trying to reveal, and what all of this Russia Did It is also trying to cover up. Investigate thoroughly DNC, and many questions will be resolved…

    • Bob Van Noy
      April 24, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      “Who exactly do they think would fill the vacuum?” Chaos will fill the vacuum, and we will experience another “failed state”. The IMF will make itself available, Syria will become the New Greece and the Deep State will move on to Iran… Two reads will tell all: “Disaster Capitalism” by Naomi Klein and “Welcome To The Poisoned Chalice” by James Galbraith.

      • Adrian Engler
        April 24, 2017 at 12:24 pm

        The situation in Greece is still relatively harmless compared to Syria – but, of course, abolishing democracy by making countries dependent on lenders’ organizations goes far beyond Greece. For example, Ukraine is also on that path – the IMF has given more money to Ukraine than would be the case according to normal criteria, but this also means that Ukraine is dependent on the IMF and other international organizations.

        As far as Syria is concerned, one possible scenario would be chaos and endless fights between different factions for a long time. But it is seems more likely that Daesh/ISIS, Al Qaeda (Jabhat Fateh Al Sham) and their allies would be strong enough to take over if the Syrian government was toppled in a similar way with massive bombardments in the way the Libyan government was destroyed (of course, in the case of Syria, this would be much more difficult and could lead to an international war). Either they would arrange themselves – they may not be that strongly opposed to each other as it is often claimed – or one of them (possibly Daesh) would take over completely. Consequences like massacres of religious minorities and a totalitarian rule of Wahhabi extremists have been announced in advance.

        • Bob Van Noy
          April 24, 2017 at 12:40 pm

          I totally agree Adrian Engler, thanks for adding to the thoughts.

  8. Bill Bodden
    April 24, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Nuremberg trials interpreter Siegfried Ramler: ‘The things we saw were shocking’“ by Philippe Sands – https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/22/nuremberg-trials-siegfried-ramler-nazis-interpreter-war-crimes

    How it is possible that these things happened in a country that produced musicians, a Goethe, a Schiller, how was it possible that a culture like this could sink into the abyss into which they had fallen under the Nazis?” Sig still asks himself that question. The answer? “I attempt a response, that when you live in a society with no checks on behaviour, no acceptance of any rule of law, no respect for rules of procedure, then those things can happen in any country.” He pauses, looks up, around the room. “It’s not only a German problem, it’s a human problem.”

    Hello, America. Did you get that?

    • BannanaBoat
      April 24, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      I understand there were German laws that supported almost all the crimes. Perhaps Law without Morality is the pitfall, for example predatory capitalism.

    • mike k
      April 24, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      Bill, I would like to add that ours is NOT a “human nature” problem. It is a human culture problem, and it can be fixed if we change our culture. To call it a human nature problem is a cop-out (something you are not doing, but I just felt I needed to say that to anyone who might try to explain our mess as the fault of “our nature” – whatever the hell that is….).

      • Bill Bodden
        April 24, 2017 at 1:14 pm

        “human nature” problem. It is a human culture problem

        Nature / culture: To define those terms could get us off into another (and possibly long-winded) debate. For the time being I’ll settle for a “people” problem.

    • Joe Tedesky
      April 24, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      You know Bill your comment regretfully is appropriate. A long the way whether reading about the rise of Hitler, or watching a documentary about Germany’s support of him, I have often wondered of what kind of mindset the German people had in order for Hitler to become so popular, and now I know.

      Renowned expert Theodore A. Postol, professor emeritus of science, technology, and national security policy at MIT, has updated his analysis of the chemical attack that occurred in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria.

      http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2017/04/67182.html

      I’m not sure how all Americans are supposed to be organized, nor do I know how to educate the vast majority of our countrymen and women to what the truth is, and this unfortunate dilemma is all due to a corporate Zionist owned media who are determined to keep every American man, woman, and child in the dark. Damn the Balfour Declaration for all the pain it has unleashed upon this earth. God’s chosen people are not representative of any Heavenly God, but rather they are the worst of what Satan has to offer to a world who now believes in their Zionist lies.

      • hillary
        April 25, 2017 at 1:41 pm

        Joe T,

        ” God’s chosen people are not representative of any Heavenly God, but rather they are the worst of what Satan has to offer to a world who now believes in their Zionist lies.”

        What sort of gibberish is this ?

        Rational humans do not believe in God or Satan & what is required is more rational people..

    • evelync
      April 24, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      Bill Bodden, Re: how could it happen?

      I sure don’t know, but I think maybe the chaos created by the First World War on Germany made it ripe for a Hitler (and his histrionics) to have been accepted as a savior…..

      “when you live in a society with no checks on behaviour, no acceptance of any rule of law, no respect for rules of procedure, then those things can happen in any country”

      The Neocons and Neoliberal policies were all about dismantling the checks and balances in order to steal, IMO.

      • Bob Van Noy
        April 24, 2017 at 1:36 pm

        As I understand it, The Dulles Brothers representing Wall Street, basically wrote the parameters of The Treaty of Versailles. Could that have been the first act of neoliberalism?

      • Bill Bodden
        April 24, 2017 at 1:56 pm

        the chaos created by the First World War on Germany made it ripe for a Hitler

        The post war treaty negotiations at Versailles, especially the harsh demands of the French, were a big factor. With the Dulles brothers involved, that didn’t help.

  9. Bill Bodden
    April 24, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    As this excellent article indicates there is next to no difference between the oligarchs in the Democratic Party and their counterparts in the Republican. Without replacing one or the other with civilized and enlightened leaders it is just a matter of time before the American empire crosses its Rubicon.

    • BannanaBoat
      April 24, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      It was the Demos who crushed Occupy with poilice brutality, pararell faux movement, and propaganda. Witness the conferance call between Homeland and five major mayors allowing encampments to continue , and Van whatsit spring time in germany Demo distraction movement.

      • DannyWeil
        April 24, 2017 at 12:44 pm

        They crushed Occupy while they continued their own occupation of Wall St.

    • mike k
      April 24, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      We crossed that river a long time ago. Now it’s just a matter of how long it takes reality to finish us off, and try to mop up the mess we have made.

      • Bill Bodden
        April 24, 2017 at 3:27 pm

        We crossed that river (Rubicon) a long time ago

        You could be right, mike. If so, I would suggest the Reagan era as when it happened with the essays by Walter Karp collected in “Indispensable Enemies – the politics of misrule in America”; “Liberty Under Siege”; and, ”
        Buried Alive – essays on our endangered republic” – http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Walter_Karp/Walter_Karp_page.html – as supporting evidence. It will probably take the distance of some time to determine when the United States made that fateful step. As Chou En-Lai said when asked what he thought of the French Revolution, “It is too early to tell.”

        • Skip Scott
          April 25, 2017 at 7:57 am

          I think you’re right as to the timing. Reagan did away with the Fairness Doctrine, and that was the beginning of the end for any hope of countering the MSM propaganda on their own turf. That was also the beginning of the end for the Vietnam era of the anti-war movement. It was no coincidence that the movie
          “Top Gun” came out around then, and reinvigorated the “macho male” mindset in America’s young people. It’s been all downhill from there.

  10. susan_sunflower
    April 24, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    guardian: (04/18/2017) Opening of UN files on Holocaust will ‘rewrite chapters of history’
    Archive used in prosecution of Nazis reveals detailed evidence of death camps and genocide previously unseen by public
    .

    The files establish that some of the first demands for justice came from countries that had been invaded, such as Poland and China, rather than Britain, the US and Russia, which eventually coordinated the post-war Nuremberg trials.

    The archive, along with the UNWCC, was closed in the late 1940s as West Germany was transformed into a pivotal ally at the start of the cold war and use of the records was effectively suppressed. Around the same time, many convicted Nazis were granted early release after the anti-communist US senator Joseph McCarthy lobbied to end war crimes trials.

    • mike k
      April 24, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      The White master race needs to repeatedly whitewash itself to cover up it’s black lies and deeds.

      • BannanaBoat
        April 24, 2017 at 12:51 pm

        I have often wondered why Black is the designated color of evil. Even Buddhism designates Black as the negative. Does it arise from the fear of night? What must it be like to have skin colored as that which is associated with the negative. Perhaps we need to begin altering the color Paradigm. Replace it with Positive and Negative?

        • April 24, 2017 at 4:21 pm

          Sun glow burnished copper tinged mocha java chocolate is a color reality that black doesn’t express.

  11. F. G. Sanford
    April 24, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    I keep wondering whether these infantile people will ever get their comeuppance in the form of a “puppy that pooped on the rug” moment. Will they ever get their noses rubbed in it, and have to go around haunted by their own stink? The phony “petrodollar” economy threatens to weaken as new sources outside the OPEC sphere erode its ubiquity. Deindustrialization and financialization have killed jobs, so a “poverty draft” insures plenty of cannon fodder. If the petrogarchies can’t remain competitive, the competition must be destroyed. A pipeline through Syria is the surest way to remove Europe from the Russian teat. Eurasian integration is another threat. Hence the rush to find a pretext for war with North Korea. Ukraine has been on the back burner. But those Pravy Sektor Nazis must be getting restless…because Uncle Sam turned out to be a welcher. I’m guessing that, based on CULTURE, not RACE – please, if you don’t understand the difference, I can’t help you, so save your criticism – France will vote for Le Pen. It’s a choice between being “multicultural” and being “French”. Maybe I’m wrong, but I’m betting on “French”. Iran and Russia have by now concluded that “Mad Dog” intends to occupy Eastern Syria. Iran knows they’ll be next. That “powerful armada” is still headed for North Korea, after an apparent Rocky, Bullwinkle and Captain Peter “Wrongway” Peachfuzz course correction. That, my friends, could go nuclear, even if Kim “Wo Fat” Jong Il doesn’t have any nukes. He has thousands of 170mm artillery batteries revetted into the mountains facing Seoul. South Korea’s nuclear reactors are rumored to be within range. And, after the revenge bombing carried out by USA at the end of the Korean War, every city and village was bombed flat. South Korea took to digging tunnels. It’s the worlds biggest bomb shelter. Much of its vital infrastructure is buried deep underground. Primitive…but effective. A one-hour artillery barrage could wipe out millions of South Koreans and render the southern peninsula uninhabitable. I’m pretty sure the Kushner in Chief will figure out some face-saving way to avoid this potential five-front war. If not, maybe some neocon loons will finally get the naughty puppy treatment. Though I’m pretty sure they’re banking on Trump taking the “rap”, and the New York Times will explain how the “deplorables” were to blame all along. Or, they could just roll up a copy and beat each other senseless. THAT would be some effective propaganda. Be on the lookout for spin, because the fat kid ain’t gonna back down.

    • F. G. Sanford
      April 24, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      That should say, “North Korea took to digging tunnels”. Pardon me!

      • Gregory Herr
        April 24, 2017 at 10:47 pm

        “Or, they could just roll up a copy and beat each other senseless. THAT would be some effective propaganda.”

        Thanks for the belly laugh.

    • mike k
      April 24, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      It isn’t the fat kid so much as his crazy gang and that unleashed mad dog of theirs I worry about.

      I believe a complete military takeover of our country is a very real possibility, and it is absolutely in progress right now. This weak president is not only allowing this to happen, but foolishly endorsing and supporting it. Read this chilling report by Mike Whitney:

      http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/04/24/is-mad-dog-planning-to-invade-east-syria/

      We are headed towards finding out what it is like to live under a military dictatorship here in America,

    • Bob Van Noy
      April 24, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      Thank you for the comment F. G. Sanford, the combination of Robert Parry’s ConsortiumNews and your commentary, gives us more of Total Picture here than any other site. And, thanks to James Carden…

    • Skip Scott
      April 25, 2017 at 8:01 am

      This is a helluva time to have a narcissist with a single digit IQ as commander in chief. Not that Killary would have been any better. Somehow I think hiding under our school desks isn’t going to make much of a difference.

  12. April 24, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    The Democratic Party is owned outright by AIPAC. Along with the vast majority of the Republican Party wwhich has also been bought and paid for by AIPAC and Israeli interests,is currently carrying out israeli policy of keeping the Middle East destabilized to further Jewish aquisition of a huge chunk of the Middle East for greater Israel

    It seems to me to be ” The Cause That Shall Not Be Named.”

    • Brad Owen
      April 24, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      AIPAC is a front for the (now covert, and carrying the torch for other Euro-Dynasties) British Empire, who have had the Zion Mission on their agenda since the Cecil Rhodes RoundTable 19th century. Please get updated about who our REAL enemies are @ EIR. com.

  13. Herman
    April 24, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    I think Deans comment that Congressman Gabbard is unfit to serve in Congress and should be challenged in the 2018 primary illustrators as well as anything how our political system now works. First vetting to see that orthodoxy is adhered to , then vetting through money who will serve among the two Parties, and then assuring that those who are elected perform like robots with a script. Not fun to watch.

    • Bill Bodden
      April 24, 2017 at 5:56 pm

      It didn’t take long for Howard Dean to sell out and become another bought-and-paid-for politician.

      • Miranda Keefe
        April 24, 2017 at 10:19 pm

        He always was that. His whole campaign in ’04 was intended to undermine the real progressive and anti-war candidate who was for single payer, while Dead was still for wars and his universal health care ideas were actually propping up the corporations.

  14. Bob In Portland
    April 24, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    I ask readers to read this essay, which explains what happened over the last year. The Deep State presumed that Clinton would win, and the anti-Russian publicity was going to be the casus belli for the war against Russia and its allies. It’s all about propaganda.

    https://caucus99percent.com/content/okeydoke-americans-were-supposed-get

  15. John V. Walsh
    April 24, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Bravo. A superb article by James Carden.
    I would only add that the rot goes far beyond the precincts of the Democratic Establishment. It is found in the Dem base.
    It is astonishing to me that there have been marches for everything under the sun – except no antiwar marches, although antiwarriors are allotted a “corner” at the upcoming rally against Climate Catastrophe. But even among these “antiwarriors,” there is reluctance, or more often total failure, to take on the two key issues of the moment that may lead to more war. One is the demonization of Assad and the praise of the “moderate” rebels who are hard to find and the other is the demonization of Putin and the crazed narratives of Russia-gate. There are few places where those issues are taken up in full-throated fashion. One is Consortium News and another is EastWestAccord.com.
    Both deserve our support.

  16. DannyWeil
    April 24, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Purging the corporate democratic party of any progressive anti-war resistance is surely the agenda as the article substantiates.

    Hillary Clinton is the heir apparent to the corporate demo party, not Obama not that it would make much difference. The fact she wants to double down on her sordid policies from Lybia to Yemen is following her mentor,not William Clinton but the PNAC.

    You are right, careers are made and broken on decisions to go to war. One only has to go back to McCarthyism to see the wreckage of human lives.

    That the new McCarthyism of late is still going on with the help of the rancid corporate WP and the lying NYT is not hard to believe.

    It is all part and parcel of the drive to WWIII which now seems inevitable.

    • mike k
      April 24, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      WWIII is already on. This is just the prologue, like in an opera. Enjoy the show if you can, this may be the last one to play.

  17. mike k
    April 24, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Beware a military takeover of the US government at this time. See my comment and link above.

  18. Ol' Hippy
    April 24, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    The resistance movement has to put capitalism itself in it’s sights as either party has only one class of masters. Both ‘factions’ work for the same bosses, the real puppet-masters controlling global finance and the power structures,(the MIC) to keep it in place. This intertwined web of deceit, corruption, thieving, band of international criminals, are the ones that need to brought down. Trouble is the immense amount of power they wield, enough to snuff out civilization many times over. I’m not sure the peaceful can succeed any more and the threat of global disaster is a multi-front assault on humanity. (Global poisoning. warming, nuclear annihilation). To think the current democratic party can solve anything in the long run is a fool’s errand.

    • mike k
      April 24, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      Some of us old hippys knew a few things then, and have learned more since. Too bad some of what we learned is so dark. But it is what it is, and shit just happens. We can still play the fool like in the tarot and work for a better world anyhow – it’s the only (real) game in town….

  19. April 24, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    The rabid vehemence of these Democrats who appeared once to be more “reasonable” than the plutocratic-serving Republicans is a bizarre phenomenon, however it has developed. Black Agenda Report states that Blacks had best stop hitchhiking with the Democratic Party, as they have gotten nowhere. I, once fooled, will never vote either duopoly party again, although I question the meaning of voting at all yet feel not voting is giving up. Bizarro!

    If political parties globally continue to imprison citizen subjects with domination of capitalism by “free markets”, which never existed and never will, and if citizen subjects continue to be such nonthinking consumer zombies, everybody will go down together when Spaceship Earth (Buckminster Fuller’s name) destructs. I’m with Ol’ Hippy, this can’t go on forever, regardless of human delusion.

    I was reading the other day that small ocean nonvertebrates are dissolving in acidification. What else is happening? Plenty. And to me, a being that is so selfish as to disregard other life forms on its home planet, actually deserves extinction. It would be a great relief for Earth.

    • mike k
      April 24, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      I feel much of what you do Jessica. Our feelings are appropriate and necessary at this time. I think my fellow humans who don’t have any feeling about these times must be robots incapable of passing a simple Turing test.

      • Brad Owen
        April 24, 2017 at 4:10 pm

        Oh eff you you effing GD A-hole. We must turn Trump to his campaign statements.

        • Bill Bodden
          April 24, 2017 at 6:06 pm

          Allow me to compliment you on your eloquent use of the English language, Brad. It adds so much class to the debate and will suggest to newcomers what a classy group we are. I’ll have to check my copy of Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” – http://www.orwell.ru/library/essays/politics/english/ – to see what that sage man had to say about the use of profanity even if disguised by a change in spelling. Orwell wasn’t very big on the use of foreign languages believing the English language was perfectly adequate for all expressions.

        • Skip Scott
          April 25, 2017 at 8:12 am

          Brad-
          You really need to chill. It’s OK for people’s opinions to vary. Our minds are not cookie cut. I think you are giving Trump too much credit for having any intelligence or moral fiber. He has never kept promises. Look at his business practices. 5 bankruptcies. How would you liked to have been dependent on getting paid by the Donald to pay the mortgage and feed your kids. Politicians have been breaking campaign promises for as long as I can remember, and I’m 61yrs old.

  20. mike k
    April 24, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    At least we get a partial libretto and front seat here at CN.

  21. mike k
    April 24, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    But the theater may be cleared during the final act….

  22. D5-5
    April 24, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    James Carden’s words much appreciated although imv chaos in the “Resistance” shows the old Democratic Party continuing in deep trouble, and complexity in that resistance is not yet clear. Moon of Alabama April 23 for example argues the Dem party is in serious trouble, with 15% of Hillary supporters now turned against her, whereas only 2% of Trump’s people have changed their minds.

    Moon of Alabama also reports that nearly 20% more Americans than in 2014–that is 67% currently–feel the Democratic Party is out of touch with people’s needs. Bernie’s touring with Perez is not going so well, not just in Perez’s lack of warmth toward Sanders’ idea but also because he is trying to re-make the party in his own supposedly progressive image versus restoring it otherwise toward Clinton.

    Given the Public’s resistance to more war, which is well-established, HRC is not probably helping perception of her viability, given one-upping Trump on taking out all of Syria’s airfields, and the increasing attention to the flimsiness of the case on the April 4 chemical incident, followed by the outrageous over-response of Tomahawk missiles and the MOAB, and now the North Korean tensions–these will not continue to play well.

    • D5-5
      April 24, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      This cartoon titled “The Democrats’ baggage”–for a chuckle maybe . . .

      http://sinkers.org/stage/?p=2107

      • Bill Bodden
        April 25, 2017 at 12:25 pm

        Choice D5-5. Thanks for sharing.

  23. April 24, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Thank you, Mike. All of Earth’s nations should be cooperating right now to develop the highest level ideas and implementation to sustain, not exploit resources. Instead, what do we have? These stupid people, and I mean stupid, unable to get out of attitudes from 60 years ago. And it is well nigh impossible to get anything through to their hard heads.

  24. Mark Thomason
    April 24, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    This is because the alleged resistance is just Team Hillary having a fit over losing. These are all the reasons she lost.

  25. Realist
    April 24, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    The Democratic Party has a death wish. Just a few years ago, everyone was remarking about how the rump Republican Party seemed to be headed towards self destruction and total extinction within the near future. Always ready to grasp defeat from the jaws of victory, the Dems could not resist making all the wrong choices ever since Obama’s first landslide victory. They frittered away their enormous majorities in both houses of congress and lost control of most state houses and state assemblies over the course of eight short years. They did this essentially by embracing all of Dubya’s policies, especially those war-mongering ones, the refutation of which was the key to their initial electoral successes in 2006. It’s like they received marching orders from some higher authority to sabotage and discredit their own standing in the political firmament. Moreover, everybody seems to be in on the gag, including the supposedly “liberal” media, with their prominent glib mouthpieces like Rachel Maddow clearly undergoing full brain transplants guaranteed to alienate anyone with any intelligence, common sense, and a hope for world peace. From rational progressive policies they’ve embraced a “blame and confront Russia at every turn” solution for everything, which whoever pulls their strings is also now using to pull Donald Trump’s strings. So, it really doesn’t matter a whit whether the Dems or the GOPers are in control of matters. We are doomed under either scenario. To borrow Steve Buscemi’s line from Armageddon: “Embrace the horror.”

  26. ranney
    April 24, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    I would happily vote for Tulsi G. for any office – secretary of state, vice president and even president. She’s great and I hope all the negative press hasn’t blunted her style.

    As for Syria, if anyone is interested in a plain spoken explanation of what happened with chemical gas 10 days ago, I recommend going to Ray McGovern’s blog, where you will find a 15 minute video in which in the first 5 minutes McGovern explains exactly what happened. At the end he states that what our government is feeding the pliant MSM “is a fraud”. McGovern uses that word “fraud” to describe our government’s lies.
    If you care to watch past the 5 minute marker, you will also get an earful on the Russia-interfered-with -our -election meme and what he thinks of that (not much).

    It’s too bad no MSM (TV or news paper) will allow McGovern on air or in their papers any more. But I guess that’s just more proof that the MSM is not actually interested in truth or even opinions that differ from the current new-speak propaganda which smells more and more like Orwell’s terrifying “1984” world every day..

    • Gregory Herr
      April 24, 2017 at 11:12 pm

      Tulsi should take “the negative press” as a badge of honor.

  27. April 24, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    A friend of mine said this situation would be a comedy, if it weren’t real. I dimly remember a comedy, “The Russians Are Coming” from a long while ago. The other day I saw an article even attributing the West Coast blackouts to the Russians. The All-Powerful Vlad! I hope the 67% not swallowing these Democratic shenanigans is correct. These folks don’t know how ridiculous they appear with their Putin Derangement Syndrome? Trump is completely in tow. James Mattis said, as reported on news today, that Russia “might be supplying arms to the Taliban”. They are proud of their Groupthink.

  28. Adrian Engler
    April 24, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    It is strange that this simple scheme that suddenly a foreign leader is vilified in such an extreme way that a military aggression by the United States is presented as the solution still seems to work for some people. Assad certainly has many faults, in the “war on terror”, the CIA collaborated with the Syrian government by handing over suspects with “renditions” – the Syrian government was good for doing some of the CIA’s dirty work. Now, suddenly, the Syrian government is treated as the greatest evil so that even Al Qaeda militias and ISIS/Daesh can be treated as allies. Of course, the media could very well concentrate on grave human rights violations in Saudi Arabia and repressive Gulf states and present them as the great villains, but that would not fit the geostrategic goals, so they just focus on one side of the war between extremist Wahhabi militias and the Syrian government and pretend the Syrian government bears the sole responsibility for the war.

    For many Democrats, military aggressions have become a core part of their ideology, and Hillary Clinton was probably one of the best representatives of that political movement. As a first lady, she publicly supported the military aggression against Yugoslavia that was promoted by letting the negotiations in Rambouillet fail with an extreme ultimatum (Yugoslavia would have had to accept an occupation of the whole country) and fake stories (Plan Horseshoe). As a senator, she was among the minority of Democrats who supported the military aggression against Iraq, and she publicly campaigned for that aggression. Her main “achievement” as a Foreign Secretary was the military aggression that plunged Libya into chaos – Sarkozy and Cameron also bear a significant part of the responsibility for that crime, but it was mainly Hillary Clinton who pushed the United States towards that war despite Obama’s initial reluctance. This was Hillary Clinton’s main deed during her four years as a foreign secretary – there are indications that she prepared pictures and videos about her leading role in that war, which she would have used in the presidential campaign if the result of that war had not been so disastrous. So, those who claimed that Hillary Clinton was “uniquely qualified” implicitly stated that such wars is what US policy should mainly look like. This was not just a marginal aspect of Hillary Clinton’s service as a Foreign Secretary, it was its core. Better foreign policy achievements during Obama’s presidency, such as the agreement with Iran, were after she had left the state department and it is doubtful whether it would have been possible with such an extreme hawk as the foreign secretary. Since someone with such an extreme record could become the nominee of the Democratic party, it is hard to avoid the conclusions that military aggression belongs to the core values of the Democratic party, and the same forces that forced through the nomination of Hillary Clinton are still in power in that party.

    It should be important to remember that starting a war of aggression was one of the main charges against leading Nazis in Nuremberg. This is not something that should be treated lightly, even if there is no such court of victors like in the case of the Nazis. The idea that bombing a country and toppling its “evil dictator” would lead to liberal democratic forces emerging out of nothing and taking over the country was rather absurd from the outset. Given the propaganda it may be understandable that some people were first seduced by the “humanitarian” pretexts for these military aggressions. But after it is known what has happened in Iraq and Libya, it is hard to see how anyone still believes these “humanitarian” pretexts. But the mainstream Democrats still make propaganda for the same disastrous policies and want to repeat them in Syria, even if that means bringing Daesh and Al Qaeda militias to power and risking an international war.

    The only thing that gives some hope is that the unpopularity of Trump has not lead to an increase in the popularity of the Democratic party that is still dominated by the same neoconservative and neoliberal forces that supported Hillary Clinton – polls even show that the Democratic party is even more unpopular than Donald Trump. Of course, this has to do with many other factors than foreign policy, but the catastrophic state of mainstream Democrats may offer some hope that someone with more sensible ideas like Tulsi Gabbard could take over in the future.

    • CitizenOne
      April 24, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      I agree with your assessment. Democrats are just as convinced of the need to incite war as any republican perhaps more.. I think Obama was smart enough to know which side of the bread was buttered as he went along with plans to provide weapons to Al Qaeda in Syria. Clinton was probably scarily actually in belief that the Ukrainian rebels were going to promote democracy.

      Either way, both democrats and republicans uniformly start wars of aggression with grandiose dreams of a bright future in the country they are inciting war in. The media does its job by completely ignoring the war, not showing any images of carnage unless it is to bring Donald Trump to heel and we are clueless as to what is actually happening.

      The talking heads endlessly drag the straw man through the mud and burn his effigy and we are supposed to thrill to the sight like throngs of Iranians or North Koreans chanting death to America.

      We are really chanting Death to North Korea, Death to Libya, Syria, Ukraine etc. Our government be it led by democrats or republicans has come to the conclusion that war is the only suitable tool for negotiations.

      The problem is we are like the guy who sucker punches somebody. We go in and deal with subversive elements even really really bad people since we believe that even horrible people who will do horrible things are better than the dude in charge we need to get rid of so democracy and freedom can bloom.

      There is no honor in that. No nation facing the terrorism of CIA backed insurgents will walk away with any other feeling other than Death to the USA. We may see it as the easy way and the expedient way to deal with foreign leaders who like to disagree on international affairs but it has the inevitable effect of alienating the USA from the rest of the World.

      Perhaps Trump is correct. Directly challenging an enemy with a missile strike launched from US warships is a way of putting our money where our mouth is. Now we have a president that when challenged to support covert wars will instead directly challenge the target regimes.

      In the case of North Korea it well may force us to realize what will come from directly challenging a nuclear armed opponent. That seems like a more sobering reality than pretending Pakistan is our friend while launching Hellfire missiles from drones on any country we feel like except of course our nuclear armed friend Pakistan.

      Mutual assured destruction was perhaps the only policy which kept the US and USSR from attacking each other.

      I think that Trumps policy of directly addressing foreign powers may in the end prove more of a deterrent to covert military action which was the hallmark of the Obama administration and which led to the disasters in Libya and Syria.which are becoming caliphate states.

      There is no doubt that the alleged attack by Assad using sarin gas was not Assad’s doing. It was either staged by ISIS or by the US or the Israelis who all had something to gain by drawing the US back into the fight they were walking away from. Now Trump has placed the US in the middle of it.

      Trump may yet get the Chinese to finally deal with North Korea by directly addressing the problem. If they see that the US is willing to openly act to end the regime they are more likely to intervene. It would be about time that they did so. North Korea is a horrible regime and left unchecked they will likely hold the entire World hostage. An agreement of joint support for disarmament of North Korea between China and the US would perhaps place enough pressure on them to bend to the will of China and the USA. Both countries have everything to lose with the loose cannonball.

      At his core, Donald Trump is not a militarist but he was forced into it by the Washington MIC and their desire to prolong and inflame international tensions to justify more spending. The game of brinkmanship he is playing is more an effort to make the MIC put up or shut up which is something they will have to think long and hard about. Either go to war in the sense of total war or find another way.

      The republicans will likely succumb to pacifist leanings knowing that if Trump actually creates WWIII, they will surely be the bearers of blame for it.

      People are trained never to pull a lethal weapon unless they are willing to use it to kill. I doubt that the World wants the US to pull out its nuclear arsenal threatening to use it knowing that it will kill a whole bunch of innocent people.

      Like the former cold war, the tensions may lead to more sanity from the major military powers and force them to realize that the madness of a nuclear confrontation between North Korea and the USA will be a global disaster for humanity just as they realized that nuclear war between the USA and the USSR would be a World ending event.

      China should now do its part to broker a deal with North Korea and the US to come to the table and negotiate a deal wherein North Korea abides by international laws and the US stands down from a position espousing preemptive strikes.

      Keep your eyes on China, the US media surely will not.

  29. D5-5
    April 24, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    In the continuing effort to assess Trump, I found it interesting today to read a story today from Politico magazine on Paul Wolfowitz. Note that this article by Susan Glasser “Why Paul Wolfowitz is optimistic about Trump” automatically assumes, with no qualifying “maybes,” that Russia fooled with the election and Assad did the chemical attack, and also appears supportive of Wolfowitz’s new view of Trump.

    Wolfowitz, well-known in neo-con circles for his hawkish views of Iraq and support of that war, including the need to have decent people in charge of oil resources, was against Trump back in the campaign, but now has found reason for optimism. He makes the interesting observation that Trump supporters take him seriously but not literally, and Trump opponents take him literally but not seriously. Wolfowitz is at this time encouraged in Trump’s turning toward more aggression in the middle east, although interestingly–it would seem he’s not up to date–he now thinks serious boots on the ground in the middle east is not a good idea.

    He also says Trump’s generals (Mattis, McMaster) take him seriously but not literally and points to how Trump has absorbed and allowed contradictions to what he says to stand without opposition, as another indication of those who support Trump not taking him literally, including Donald himself. This would fit with a view of the man’s inconsistency as not having firm roots in much of anything other than what plays well to an audience, depending on his purposes at the time.

    So the aggression uniting Hillary Dems and Wolfowitz Repubs is coming together nicely, including Wolfowitz’s apparent glee that for the first time in 8 years he now has some hope for sanity in dealing with the middle east, and is also seeking to email and advise the Trump as an encouraging voice, due to Trump’s turnabout from his mouth’s commentaries during the campaign.

    Wolfowitz also labels Trump an “opportunist,” meaning it would seem telling people what they want to hear then later on saying “I changed my mind,” with your credibility levels at that point enhanced with righteous emotions around tragic events.

    • Skip Scott
      April 25, 2017 at 8:31 am

      “This would fit with a view of the man’s inconsistency as not having firm roots in much of anything other than what plays well to an audience”

      That says it all right there. The man is a narcissist and a sociopath. We are in for a helluva ride for the next few years.

  30. mcanon
    April 24, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    “… if they were honest, the Resistance’s motto really ought to be: “Long live the Cold War with Russia. Long live neoliberal Wahhabism and chaos in the Middle East.”’

    Their motto would be a lot more than that including; long live the continued financialization of the economy, anti-unionism, further the reach of inequality, “humanitarian intervention” and “regime change”, neoliberal globalization and privatization, public acceptance of the science but an unwillingness to do anything of substance about climate change, and the list could go on. The Democratic “resistance” as organized by the Center for American Progress (CAP), a real oxymoron if there ever was one, is nothing but a movement to keep the corrupt system in place and corporate Dems elected to office.

  31. mike k
    April 24, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Being blessed by Wolfowitz is like being anointed by the High Priest of the Black Mass. Satan will be most pleased….

    • Joe Tedesky
      April 24, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      Is there a difference?

      • mike k
        April 24, 2017 at 10:13 pm

        Not much daylight between these dark dudes, eh?

        • Joe Tedesky
          April 25, 2017 at 1:14 am

          If Satan himself had issued the orders to invade 7 nations within 5 years, well it was Wolfowitz who authored the plan…..’ Rebuilding America’s Defenses’ is Wolfowitz’s masterpiece.

  32. Andrew Nichols
    April 24, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    I fear she will go the way of Dennis Kucinic another principled Dem (the Bernie sanders of the 2008 Dem primaries who was excluded from the TV debates by a deal between the networks and his opponents Clinton and Obama) to put his head above the parapet and then get ejected from Congress via a DNC fiddled primary.

    • mike k
      April 24, 2017 at 10:14 pm

      Good point. The dems always crucify their saints.

    • Joe Tedesky
      April 25, 2017 at 1:25 am

      Yeah I agree Andrew. For my whole life I have always advocated to work for change from within the system, now I just don’t see how. Although, we can’t ignore a Tulsi Gabbard when they seem to appear. I believe Warren is going to run for president in 2020, but for now I’m still not over her wildly endorsing Lady Hillary. I don’t know what it’s going to take to turn our country around, but in the present we may need to support who we think will deliver the goods, and then pray that once elected our chosen candidate will come through to be what we thought they would be.

      • Bill Bodden
        April 25, 2017 at 12:29 pm

        I believe Warren is going to run for president in 2020, but for now I’m still not over her wildly endorsing Lady Hillary.

        Warren is also a loyal trooper for the Israel lobby.

  33. Carl Schubert
    April 24, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    In one comment on ICH a reader called Trump and Pence the equivalent of “Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble”
    Definitely appropriate.

  34. yann
    April 24, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    THE IMMORALITY USA POLICY. en ces trois mots se résume leur politique extérieur, la vie humaine ne compte pas pour ces décideurs, seul l argent et le pouvoir comptent.
    j ai beaucoup de respect et d admiration pour Madame Tulsi Gabbard le peuple des États Unis devrait avoir une Femme de cette trempe comme Présidente.

    • mike k
      April 24, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      Merci pour votre bon sentments mon ami.

      • mike k
        April 24, 2017 at 10:18 pm

        Sentiments. (French 101 is fading) But that was a typo.

    • Bob Van Noy
      April 25, 2017 at 10:18 am

      Merci beaucoup yann. Beaucoup d’entre nous ici, d’accord…

      (With excuses to my admittedly poor French)

  35. RamboDave
    April 24, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Here is why the “resistance” must destroy Tulsi Gabbard.

    It all has to do with a 1998 Zionist document entitled The Project For A New American Century written by William Kristol and Robert Kagan. Seventeen of the signers of that document later got jobs in the Bush Administration. Also keep in mind that 90% of the signers were Jewish Zionists. The whole purpose of the document was to make the Middle East safe for Israel, so that Israel could keep the land they stole and dictate the settlement terms with Palestinians.

    That is why we got the Iraq war. ……. But there is more to it !

    Here is probably what happened in 2002 in a deal worked out by Dick Cheney:

    The Iraq war, and removal of Saddam, would have been impossible unless the Saudis agreed to it in advance. Therefore, in 2002 Saudi Arabia (Prince Bandar) was shown a list of seven countries where the neocons (Zionists) wanted to do regime change.This is the same list that General Wesley Clark later spoke about seeing. The Saudis agreed that, in exchange for the high probability that, after the war, Iraq would be taken over by the Shiites, there would be regime change in both Iran and Syria to compensate the Saudi’s.

    There was also probably a side agreement made by Dick Cheney in 2002 with the neocons, that President Bush, in exchange for the Iraq war, would be guaranteed re-election in 2004, by receiving favorable media treatment through neocon (Zionist) controlled media, such as the New York Times and Washington Post.

    That is where we are at today folks !
    The neocons must absolutely complete their part of a grand bargain made back in 2002 with Saudi Arabia. That is why they will not give up on their quest for regime change in Syria. They absolutely have to do this first in order to isolate Iran, and then do regime change in Iran, as promised to the Saudi’s.

    If they can’t complete their grand bargain, the Israeli / Saudi alliance will fall apart. Israel will appear powerless, when they are dependent upon the perception that they control Washington.

    Therefore, they must destroy Tulsi Gabbard.

    • Bob Van Noy
      April 25, 2017 at 10:24 am

      Excellent reply RamboDave… Your extension beyond PNAC sounds exactly right to me. Thanks

  36. tina
    April 24, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Now you got my knickers in a twist. I am for global peace, sustainability, a living wage, and most importantly, the earth. Apparently the author of this article spent /spends too much time in DC. I live along lake Michigan. I do not want it polluted, nor do I think anyone else wants that. The only pro war people are XE formerly known as Blackwater. Who ever you are James Cardon, In this case you are wrong. We here in Wisconsin, despite your boy scout Scott Walker, Most of the Resistance wants education, a living wage ,a clean environment. That company in Oshkosh ,the manufacture fire trucks and military trucks, . They are not us. They are republican companies who benefit from war. Robert Parry, your journalists are really reaching. Next thing you will print, Marine Le Pen , Freedom Fighter, Best Thing Since Donald Trump, and Brexit.. We of the resistance do not want war, we really want Trump out, be it self-implosion, impeachment, self exile… We do not want war. Can you get that?

    • Skip Scott
      April 25, 2017 at 8:42 am

      #Resistance is rife with Hillary supporters. You may not want war, but they do. If you are a member, you need to confront the Hillary supporters in the movement. The R2Pers are abundant, and they are as bad as the neocons on foreign affairs. As for LePen, she would be better than another toady for the US MIC. National sovereignty is the only hope we have in fighting the globalizers and their goal of returning us to a time of lords and serfs.

    • mike k
      April 25, 2017 at 9:42 am

      The DNC is selling diehard dems a brand of cool aid that promises peace through making war on Russia.

  37. Michael K Rohde
    April 25, 2017 at 12:03 am

    This is the neo-con control of the Democratic Party selling the AIPAC war message. It is based on false evidence and lies as often as not and it is part of mainstream Democratic Party billionaire donor policies. It is what was exposed in the emails about the party structure and their defrauding the Democratic voters nationwide during the primaries and it is all the same people or their fellow travelers. It is funded by bankers from Manhattan and computer geeks in San Francisco and associated with the Democratic Leadership Conference? Not sure about the name but it is the same crowd. It is about disenfranchising the poor voters who don’t turn out for the Democrats because they don’t buy the message anymore. It is why the Democrats were defeated so soundly across the country by a confessed masher on tape who shouldn’t have been able to beat anyone. This is donor politics and it is as fake as “trickle down” economics. It is why Trump is president.

    • Liam
      April 25, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      The name your looking for is Democracy Alliance donor club. They met with Soros, MoveOn, David Brock, Clinton and all the top tier corporate pro war, pro Israel Democrats at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in DC right after Trumps election.
      Soros bands with donors to resist Trump, ‘take back power’
      http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/democrats-soros-trump-231313

      They also went down to Sea Island,Ga to meet with AEI and others during Trumps campaign when he was gaining ascendancy.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/aei-world-forum-donald-trump_us_56ddbd38e4b0ffe6f8ea125d

      At Secretive Meeting, Tech CEOs And Top Republicans Commiserate, Plot To Stop Trump

      The two parties are both owned by and serve the global elite, They do not serve the American people.

  38. April 25, 2017 at 12:55 am

    At least Paul Krugman and others came out against Trump’s knee jerk response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons. Military action makes money for the military industrial complex ruled mainly by greed-driven men who have no comprehension of The Golden Rule so perfectly role modeled by Jesus Christ.

  39. Seeyer
    April 25, 2017 at 1:19 am

    Using last century’s methods to solve 21st Century issues is ineffective. Decentralized actions by individuals has the potential to bring about desired change. Forget Washington. One’s dollar vote is more powerful than one’s political vote. Stop borrowing and stop spending. That is all that is expected of you and all that is needed to reverse course. Be silent and stop spending while you still can.

    • Skip Scott
      April 25, 2017 at 8:47 am

      Definitely stop borrowing. But I think you can use your “dollar vote” to buy from local/family run businesses and still have a major impact. And of course bartering with other good people is best. The less we feed the beast, the sooner it will starve.

  40. Winston Smith
    April 25, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Congratulations to the worthy congressperson Tulsi Gabbard.

    But there is just one problem.

    This was a reversion to a Covert Operation to overthrow the Syrian government using paramilitaries, in this case Jihadists.

    US. government policy is they somehow can be put back in the box afterwards.

    The Resistance has always supported the above.

    There is also the story it was Hillary who persuaded Obama to go ahead with the Neo-Cons Regime-Change scheme two months into his presidency.

  41. Mel
    April 25, 2017 at 8:51 am

    The Democratic swineherd do not recognise the pearl amongst them in their screeching push to the trough. Gabbard is a pearl. Lets pray that she doesn’t get trodden into the mire.

  42. susan_sunflower
    April 25, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Actually, the Democrats’ polarized stance is “war footing” on the homefront, as if they were spoiling for the next civil war, as if the map weren’t shockingly red even in those highly populous blue states that gave Clinton her raw vote majority … the stupidity of perpetuating this red/blue manichean black/white false-equivalence is overwhelming.
    From The guardian

    Guardian: There’s no such thing as a blue or red state. Let’s talk about real life instead.

    Actually “The Resistance”, not ironically, champions the status quo … the “establishment” as we used to call it, a concept that I fear I fear would not resonate with the younger generations as a “bad thing” (yet)

  43. Michael Kenny
    April 25, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Reading Mr Carden, you would think that nice Mr Putin was skipping along on his happy-go-lucky when the nasty old US fell upon him for no reason anyone can figure out! Putin started the fight by attacking Ukraine, seizing part of its territory, fomenting a fake rebellion in part of its territory and threatening to make war on Ukraine if it seeks to re-assert its sovereignty, attempting to foment a fake rebellion in two other Ukrainian provinces, seeking to dictate to Ukraine the form of its internal administrative structures and claiming the right to re-write Ukraine’s constitution. None of that can be justified without either denying that Ukraine is a sovereign state or that Ukrainians are not human beings and therefore have no human rights. If the US behaved like that, just imagine the howls of protest there would be but when Putin does it, it’s suddenly ok and it’s suddenly wrong for the US to help Ukraine to ward off the Russian attack. By wading into the Syrian Civil War in support of Assad, Putin has extended the fight to that country and has, in effect, made the Syrians irrelevant to their own civil war! Putin got himself into this mess. It’s up to him to get himself out of it.
    By the way, the BBC is reporting that the same Russian groups that allegedly interfered in the US election are now trying to interfere in the French presidential election. That will inevitably lend credence to the claims being made in the US.

    • Skip Scott
      April 25, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      God you are a sick puppy. I don’t know what you’re doing here at CN, but nobody’s buying your BS.

    • Moriarty
      April 28, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      and you believe the BBC?

      yes, the evil Putin has engineered the US election and managed to ‘invade’ Crimea: do your history and reading. The least Russia could have done was to preserve Crimea from the Ukrainian fascists whose ‘coup’ was a charade orchestrated by the ‘benevolent’ West

  44. April 25, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    On 04/07/2017, The PCCC (Progressive Change Campaign Committee/BoldProgressives.org) sent out an email headlined “We have to talk about Syrian refugees. Now.” – which included direct references to “Bashar Assad’s heinous actions” and “the families who were gassed and killed by Assad.” It was unforgettably revealing and revoltingly outrageous – in direct relation to your article’s criticisms, overall (including those surrounding Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii). As a result, I wish to share my responses to the PCCC (which were sent via Feedback@BoldProgressives.org):

    Response sent with respect/concern for the refugees being understood, but a total focus on the noted propaganda as critically necessary: Headline: “We have to talk about Syrian refugees. Now.”

    Re: One PCCC quote:

    Your first sentence (emphasis added): “As the world considers the ramifications of Trump’s unilateral missile strikes in response to Bashar Assad’s heinous actions, we cannot forget that the families who were gassed and killed by Assad are the very same families Trump wants to ban from taking refuge in the United States.”

    Again: “Bashar Assad’s heinous actions” and “the families who were gassed and killed by Assad.”

    Remember (2016 – 2017) the ongoing McCarthyism (Psyop) Campaign?

    Remember (2016) (leaked, not hacked) proof that (essentially) the entire DNC colluded in total corruption and scandal both within and without (including the MSM, the Fourth Estate, and the overwhelming predominance of the Establishment) against Sen. Sanders? And then, immediately thereafter, remember the blanketing Narrative (as deflection and cover) that it was all the Russian’s fault (out of thin air, and completely void of any Proof or verifiable Evidence)? Remember how the headlines and all stories related never returned to the nationwide Sen. Sanders Scandal?

    Remember the 2014 accusations against Russia for bombing a plane (Malaysia Airlines Flight 17) in Ukraine during the Ukrainian Coup (without any Proof of verifiable Evidence)?

    Remember Victoria Nuland’s revealed communications proving that it was a planned and supported coup (Regime Change) in Ukraine?

    Remember the deal the Syrians made with Russia and the U.S. to destroy their chemical weapons – averting what the Neocon and Neoliberal Hawks wanted?

    Remember the 2013 Sarin Gas Attack and vested interests blaming Syrian forces, immediately, (without any Proof or verifiable Evidence) and the Urgent call for direct War against Syria and those allied with Assad?

    Most importantly, remember (for the History Books, Forever) 2002 – 2003 and WMD Lies upon Lies upon Lies spread upon the entire world – without any proof or evidence (that was not prefabricated or fraudulent)?

    At each point, virtually every outlet jumped right on the collective bandwagon, as Cheerleaders (being “unwitting agents,” or, witting soldiers in blatant disregard for all morality, truth, and even the most basic sense of duty) – while all other voices were quashed (“traitors”/”with us or against us”)?

    And now, the PCCC (emphasis on “Progressive”) joins in, without any proof or verifiable evidence, full force, with every guilty and despicable actor or purveyor of never-ending, manipulative, premeditated, soulless Narratives with one quote/statement of “Absolute” and “Unquestioning” support: “As the world considers the ramifications of Trump’s unilateral missile strikes in response to Bashar Assad’s heinous actions. . . .”

    What “heinous actions”? Has an investigation been completed? Has any assertion of responsibility been verified, independently and unilaterally? Who benefits and what is gained by the utter lack thereof pertaining to the latter and former?

    We trusted you. We donated to you. We supported you – as actual fighters who would always be “Bold” – to put forth, speak, and stand up to Truth over Power. And now, your present actions destroy this Faith, this growing Movement, and the very essence of whatever there is left to Believe In. It is absolutely unforgivable. Moreover, it will lead, exponentially, to the ongoing dismantling of our entire system and everything that was left while fulfilling the opposition’s goals – as you serve their purposes (wittingly, or, as in this case, blatantly), while quashing our last remnants of Hope.

    Once again, there is no proof or evidence that Syria gassed its citizens. Yet, the PCCC must now “Bold[ly]” support the heart of the following quote:

    The aide said that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” … “That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

    And finally, it must also be noted (in these maniacally threatening times), that one does not have to be a supporter of Assad or Putin (etc.) to stress these objective and straightforward Facts/Truths. It just takes courage from common people, while knowing that our lives may actually be ruined by simply doing so. Expecting that same courage from those who are mostly protected in the Press (and groups like yours) is something we may rarely ever see again, if at all – since even the Progressive and Independent voices are falling by each wayside, step-by-step.

    With a sickened heart, and no longer a supporter,
    (04/08/2017)

    P.S.
    1) Remember 2003? Bolivian UN Ambassador Blasts US for Another Illegal Attack
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/07/remember-2003-bolivian-un-ambassador-blasts-us-another-illegal-attack

    2) Remember?: Bush Jokes About Weapons of Mass Destruction
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5YgJx8VGRA

    (04/11/2017)

    P.S.S.
    MIT Expert Claims Latest Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria was Staged
    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mit-expert-claims-latest-chemical-weapons-attack-syria-was-staged-1617267

    A leading weapons academic has claimed that the Khan Sheikhoun nerve agent attack in Syria was staged, raising questions about who was responsible.

    “All of these highly amateurish mistakes indicate that this White House report, like the earlier Obama White House Report [from Ghouta in 2013], was not properly vetted by the intelligence community as claimed.”

    “I have worked with the intelligence community in the past, and I have grave concerns about the politicisation of intelligence. . . .”

    (04/24/2017)

    • Skip Scott
      April 25, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      Good on You! Maybe you’ll wake up a few folks.

      • April 25, 2017 at 8:59 pm

        Thank you very much for your positive response, Skip.

  45. Liam
    April 25, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    One word explains all this global madness “Zionists”.

  46. Fred Taylor
    April 25, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    I appreciate the warning in this article. It is sad to see opposition to Trump co-opted by a party line more grounded in ideology than open debate . I would like to learn more about Congresswoman Talsi Gabbard. We know where permanent war leads. Time to speak out. Good for Consortium News.

  47. Bill Goldman
    April 26, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Carden is right on the money. Assad was a more benign ruler than Erdogan, the Saudi Sheiks, the leader of Pakistan and a host of others on the US payroll. The rebels, inclusive of the so-called moderates (a semantic fiction) initiated rebellion and war in 1911 as a sideline to the Arab Spring. Immediately, the US, Saudis, Qatar, Turkey and the EU aided and abetted them in various degrees whereby Assad called on Russia, Hezbollah, and Iran to help in. They did and the others whined and hollered, then resorted to a propaganda war of lies assorted with false flag incidents and other fakery in order to label Assad the fall guy. The true culprits led by the US now try to appear as the good guy notwithstanding that they have left bloody prints all over Syria.

  48. Bill Goldman
    April 27, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    The Democrats always had pro war spokesmen (Scoop Jackson, Sam Nunn) who organized the Party into war hawks. That I why we went into Korea, Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.. based on speculation, conjecture, and lies. It was why we went on an imperial binge against Native Americans and Latin Americans, the Caribbeans, Philippines, etc. As Smedley Butler said “We Marines were hit men for the corporations” and “war is a racket”. Patriotism? Bah, humbug.

  49. susan_sunflower
    April 27, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Madeleine Albright “”What’s the point of having this superb military that you’re always talking about if we can’t use it?””
    To Colin Powell, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in the 1990s, on Bosnia, recounted in Madam Secretary (2003), p. 182

    Other people dying at their command seems to be some essential proof of their manliness and courage in ordering others into war.

  50. Moriarty
    April 28, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Why is it so hard to find a politician in favour of peace, in favour of preserving what’s left of en environment despoiled by humankind, in favour of eliminating nuclear weapons?

    Is this really too much to ask?

  51. Alan MacDonald
    May 1, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Don’t eff around with the Empire’s puppet, Trump.

    Eff the media/propaganda-sector of this effin EMPIRE.

    Today, the only effective Resistance to Empire is to fire a; loud, public, sustained, but peaceful “Shout (not shot) heard round the world” to call-out, ‘expose’, and non-violently confront this current Empire with an essential Second American “Political Revolution against EMPIRE” — against this first in the world; ‘effectively-disguised’, ‘truly-global’, and ‘crony-capitalist-fueled’ EMPIRE, which has already ‘captured’, controls, and nearly fully “Occupies” our former country as its nominal global HQ, and merely ‘poses’ as America. As our forefathers and founders knew, there is nothing illegal, and in fact it is essential, to declare independence from and openly confront an Empire which is oppressing people as ‘subjects’ in all their political, economic and social spheres of their ownlives and land. And as Thomas Paine thought and Patrick Henry really meant to shout-out, “Give me Liberty (from Empire) or give me death.”

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