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EDIT of 23 Oct 2012: Iran has direct access to the sea to its south and controls the Strait of Hormuz. It has a direct water connection to Russia via Eastern Europe. We would not be too hard on Mitt Romney, he is no more or less ignorant than Barack Obama talking about aircraft carriers and submarines. The fact is that both of these individuals mean well, but they are puppets in a theater, the outcome of the election is already known (Romney by 1%, thank you Karl Rove and Greg Palast), and we will have another four years of two-party tyranny and military-industrial complex serving the 1% and betraying the public interest. The third party candidates debating tonight are part of the problem–doing the wrong things righter instead of the right thing. The right thing is We the People Reform Coalition. Tell others, please.
Phi Beta Iota: The lack of intelligence and the lack of integrity with respect to the Middle East has caused trillions in lost treasure, blood, and tears. Combined with the deliberate neglect of the rest of the under-developed world, it is an intellectual and moral indictment of Western “leaders” who it turns out are nothing more than political servants to the predatory financial class, betraying the public trust across the board.
See Also (Syria-Iran):
Chuck Spinney: Syria Case Study of Mass Mind Numbing
Chuck Spinney: USG Arrogant Ignorance on Syria
David Isenberg: The True Cost (Locally) of Military Strikes Against Iranian Nuclear Targets + Iran Nuclear Meta-RECAP
David Swanson: Obama OK on Israel Nuking Iran — AFTER the November 2012 Election
DefDog: IAEA Veteran’s Letter “No Iran Bomb” Being Ignored
Gold Master: SWIFT Against Iran – Huge Mistake, Now SWIFT At Risk
Josh Kilbourn: Armada of British naval power massing in the Gulf as Israel prepares an Iran strike
Marcus Aurelius: CIA on the Margins of Syria, Choking the Chicken
Marcus Aurelius: SOF, Syria, and Pandora’s Box
Mini-Me: From 9/11 to Arab Spring to Iran War — Who, Exactly? + Meta-RECAP
Mini-Me: Iran Is NOT a Nuclear Threat — Cover for Other Actions
NIGHTWATCH: Russia Expands, Syria Festers, Syrian Kurds Evolve, Turkey Freaks Out — USA Still Leads Amateur Theater While Israel Plays with Fire
NIGHTWATCH: Syria Update
Syria a Satellite of Iran? Nah….
Mini-Me: Libya-US Ambassador Dies; Syria-Covert Flops; 9/11-Ready to Pop?
See Also (Regional):
Berto Jongman: From the Daily Star, Perspective on the Arab Spring and USA
Chuck Spinney: America, the Muslims, and a Video That Went from Zero to Mach 2 – Origin of the Video Known, Who Took It Into Arabia and Africa Not Known
Chuck Spinney – Cogent Analysis pf Arab Spring Seven Key Challenges Not Available from CIA or Department of State – Plus Personal Appeal for Contributions to Keep CounterPunch Going
Chuck Spinney: Egyptian President Trumps Egyptian Military; Egypt, Turkey, and Iran Will Trump NATO Militarism
Chuck Spinney: Is Israel on Cusp of Grand Strategic Set-Back as Universities Mobilize (Precedent South Africa)?
Marcus Aurelius: CIA Scrambles to Rush Spies and Drones to Libya – Makes Budget Increase Play on the Side
Mini-Me: CIA Loses Official Cover Site in Benghazi — No Plan B + RECAP
Mini-Me: Dr. Steve Pieczenik on War in Middle East from 25 September 2012 – Jim Fetzer Reports Plus Interview & Links
Mini-Me: How the US Struck Back to Strangle the Arab Spring
Mini-Me: Iran? False Flag Car Bombings – A Mossad Specialty
NIGHTWATCH: Silence of the Diplomatic Gerbils, Failure of US Intelligence & USMC
Parag Khanna and Frank Jacobs: The New World – More Small Nations, New Economic Zones, High-Speed Rail, Singapore to Vladivostok to London — While the Americas Decline
Penguin: “Or Your Lying Eyes…” Truth and Fiction in the News Business – Conspiracy of Lies While US Networks Prepare & Rehearse for Israeli Attack on Iran
YouTube (13:50) Sam Bacile Muhammad Video – the Covert Action Film Inflaming Muslims