David Stockman: “NATO Is Obsolete; We Should Get Rid Of It” | Zero Hedge

January 24, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

MSNBC’s Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski seemed taken aback when economics and politics writer David Stockman told her in a Monday interview:

“NATO is obsolete; we should get rid of it.”

Brzezinski followed up, asking, “are you saying that we should pull out of NATO?”

“Sure,” replied Stockman, a former United States House of Representatives member.

He then provided a rundown of some of his reasoning:

Source: David Stockman: “NATO Is Obsolete; We Should Get Rid Of It” | Zero Hedge

The New Gray Lady – Comfort Woman for the War Party – Antiwar.com Original – David Stockman

January 16, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The Donald has been on a red hot twitter rampage, and he’s completely justified. Actually, we didn’t think the Russian Collusion Hoax could get any stupider until we saw the New York Times‘ Friday evening bushwhack.

The trio of authors, apparently self-tortured victims of the Trump Derangement Syndrome, actually had the gall to print a story in the once and former Gray Lady of journalistic rectitude which was nothing more than an ugly smear on the sitting President of the United States – one that would have done Joe McCarthy proud:

Source: The New Gray Lady – Comfort Woman for the War Party – Antiwar.com Original

Good Riddance to General Mattis and the Rest of Washington’s Mad Dogs of War – Antiwar.com Original – David Stockman

December 26, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

From the wailing and gnashing of teeth among the mainstream media and officialdom over General Mattis’ (welcome) departure, you would think that the Rapture had come and Washington’s ruling class was being unjustly left behind to eternal perdition. And if not that, then the Mattis Affair is alleged to be at least its secular equivalent – an unwarranted and unforgivable affront to the good and the brave of the Imperial City.

Then again, exactly what was so existentially harmful to America’s security about Trump’s decision to get out of Syria – the apparent reason for Mattis’ ballyhooed resignation?

The fact is, you can’t find a trace of threat to America on the map. Syria is now a tiny, broken country of ruin and rubble with a vastly diminished religiously and ethnically fractured population of 18 million; GDP of barely $60 billion; per capita income of only $3,000; a trickle of oil production (25k barrel/day); and a depleted and battle-ravaged military that cannot possibly operate outside of its own borders and barely controls the lands inside them.

Source: Good Riddance to General Mattis and the Rest of Washington’s Mad Dogs of War – Antiwar.com Original

Hey, Mr. Trump! Tear Down That Deep State Wall – Of Secrecy – Antiwar.com Original – David Stockman

December 4, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

When the Donald promised to “drain the swamp” during the 2016 election campaign – it did sound vaguely like an attack on Big Government, and at least a directional desire to shrink the state and let free market capitalism breathe.

After 22 months in office, however, the truth is patently obvious: The only Swamp that Donald Trump wants to drain is one filled with his political enemies and policy adversaries at any given moment in time. Even then, you have to consult his tweetstorm ledger to know exactly who the swamp creatures de jure actually are.

Still, the Donald’s daily Twitter assaults on the Deep State are a wondrous thing. They surely do undermine public confidence in rogue institutions like the FBI, CIA and NSA, which profoundly threaten America’s constitutional liberties and fiscal solvency.

Source: Hey, Mr. Trump! Tear Down That Deep State Wall – Of Secrecy – Antiwar.com Original

Why the Empire Never Sleeps: War Finance Made Easy, Part 3 – Antiwar.com Original

May 19, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Woodrow Wilson’s Folly gave rise to more than the 1,000 year flood of Nazi and Soviet totalitarianism and their state orchestrated campaigns of mass murder.

It also opened the door to massive, cheap war finance. And that baleful innovation has sustained the Empire long after Hitler and Stalin met their maker and the case for the Indispensable Nation had become ragged and threadbare.

In the context of American democracy – special interest dominated as it is – the greatest deterrents to imperial adventurism and war are the draft and taxes. Both bring home to the middle class voting public the cost of war in blood and treasure (theirs), and force politicians to justify the same in terms of tangible and compelling benefits to homeland security.

Source: Why the Empire Never Sleeps: War Finance Made Easy, Part 3 – Antiwar.com Original

Why the Empire Never Sleeps: The Indispensable Nation Folly, Part 2 – Antiwar.com Original

May 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The rise of the murderous Nazi and Stalinist totalitarian regimes during the 1930s and the resulting conflagration of World War II is held to be, correctly, the defining event of the 20th century. But that truism only begs the real question.

To wit, were these nightmarish scourges always latent just below the surface of global civilization – waiting to erupt whenever good people and nations fell asleep at the switch, as per the standard critique of the British pacifism and US isolationism that flourished during the late 1930s?

Source: Why the Empire Never Sleeps: The Indispensable Nation Folly, Part 2 – Antiwar.com Original

Why the Empire Never Sleeps: The Indispensable Nation Folly, Part 1 – Antiwar.com Original

May 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Like the case of Rome before it, the Empire is bankrupting America. The true fiscal cost is upwards of $1.0 trillion per year (counting $200 billion for veterans and debt service for wars), but there is no way to pay for it.

That’s because the 78-million strong Baby Boom is in the driver’s seat of American politics. It plainly will not permit the $3 trillion per year retirement and health care entitlements-driven Welfare State to be curtailed.

The Trumpite/GOP has already sealed that deal by refusing to reform Social Security and Medicare and by proving to be utterly incapable of laying a glove politically on Obamacare/Medicaid. At the same time, boomers keep voting for the GOP’s anti-tax allergy, thereby refusing to tax themselves to close Washington’s yawning deficits.

Source: Why the Empire Never Sleeps: The Indispensable Nation Folly, Part 1 – Antiwar.com Original

The Deep State Closes In On the Donald – Antiwar.com Original

April 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Perhaps we have missed something: Like the possibility that the canyons of Wall Street are actually located on another planet several light years from earth!

Otherwise, how can you explain the equipoise of a stock market sitting at the tippy-top of a nine-year bubble expansion and confronted with the potential outbreak of World War Three?

Folks, like some alien abductors, the Deep State has taken the Donald hostage, and with ball-and-chain finality. Whatever pre-election predilection he had to challenge the Warfare State has apparently been completely liquidated.

Source: The Deep State Closes In On the Donald – Antiwar.com Original

Unhinged: The War Party’s Desperate Assault – LewRockwell

January 5, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The major—perhaps only—redeeming virtue of Donald’s ersatz campaign platform was his clear intent to seek a rapprochement with Russia, revamp America’s commitments to NATO and other cold war relics and to discard “Regime Change” as the core tenant of foreign policy in favor of an “America First” approach to domestic security and safety.

Source: Unhinged: The War Party’s Desperate Assault – LewRockwell

The RussiaGate Witch-Hunt – The Deep State’s ‘Insurance Policy’ – Antiwar.com Original

December 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

There was a sinister plot to meddle in the 2016 election, after all. But it was not orchestrated from the Kremlin; it was an entirely homegrown affair conducted from the inner sanctums – the White House, DOJ, the Hoover Building and Langley – of the Imperial City.

Source: The RussiaGate Witch-Hunt – The Deep State’s ‘Insurance Policy’ – Antiwar.com Original


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