Yoda: Fareed Zakaria on ISIS and Post 9/11 Lessons Learned — Are Kissinger and Zakaria Pushing Back Against the NeoCons?

Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Astonished, we are.

Lessons outlined in below video:

01 Don’t always take the bait.

02 Don’t overestimate the enemy

03 Remember politics (over there).

Phi Beta Iota: It is worth noting that none of the regional countries including Jordan is ready to provide ground troops. They are all — without exception — sucking the USA in to be the target.  On a positive note, for the first time in 50 years, there is a break in the ranks of the “insiders.” This is a very positive development. Any and all US activity — from mediocre intelligence support to repressive regimes to air strikes to boots on the ground — should be forbidden by the public — sadly, big money wants this war and is paying to make the public stupid in time for the 2014 elections. We are reminded of Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, John Lennon, the Dixie Chicks.  All right and all righteous in their time. All were also assassinated or marginalized for daring to confront the national security state that is formed and operated by traitors the FBI dares not go after. Can the Director of the FBI reconnect with his oath of office and his integrity and start making some inroads against traitors? We are not holding our breath.

 

See Also:

ISIS @ Phi Beta Iota

Kissinger on Not Getting Sucked In

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Sep 14

Berto Jongman: Greenwald on ISIS, Rothkopf on National Insecurity Plus Spinney, Polk, Cockburn, and Steele on How ISIS and Hamas Have Won and Everything We Plan to Do Will Deepen Our Losses

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Americans Now Fear ISIS Sleeper Cells Are Living in the U.S., Overwhelmingly Support Military Action

Glenn Greenwald

The Intercept, 8 September 2014

EXTRACTS

What kind of country goes around bombing people with no strategic purpose and with little motive other than to “flex muscles” and “show toughness”? This answer also seems clear: one that is deeply insecure about its ongoing ability to project strength (and one whose elites benefit in terms of power and profit from endless war).   …   Is it even possible to imagine more potent evidence of systemic media failure than that (or systemic success, depending on what you think the media’s goal is)? But in terms of crazed irrationality, how far away from that false belief is the current fear on the part of Americans that there are ISIS sleeper cells “living in the United States”?   …   For those who keep running around beating their chests talking about the imperative to “destroy ISIS”: will that take more or less time than it’s taken to “destroy the Taliban”?

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National Insecurity: Can Obama’s foreign policy be saved?

David Rothkopf

Foreign Policy, 9 September 2014

“You’re still a superpower,” a top diplomat from one of America’s most dependable Middle Eastern allies said to me in July of this year, “but you no longer know how to act like one.” He was reflecting on America’s position in the world almost halfway into President Barack Obama’s second term. Fresh in his mind was the extraordinary string of errors (schizophrenic Egypt policy, bipolar Syria policy), missteps (zero Libya post-intervention strategy, alienation of allies in the Middle East and elsewhere), scandals (spying on Americans, spying on friends), halfway measures (pinprick sanctions against Russia, lecture series to Central Americans on the border crisis), unfulfilled promises (Cairo speech, pivot to Asia), and outright policy failures (the double-down then get-out approach in Afghanistan, the shortsighted Iraq exit strategy).

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Sep 10

Berto Jongman: Investigative Journalism — A History and a Renaissance…

Categories: Ethics,Media
Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Tomgram: Anya Schiffrin, Who Knew We Were Living in the Golden Age of Investigative Journalism?

EXTRACT

The mass layoffs of older journalists around the world has had one benefit: there are plenty of experienced hands ready to train the next generation and provide institutional memory at innovative ventures. Some of these oldtimers, who aren’t busy teaching (or taking public relations jobs — but that’s a story for another time), are busy founding and running nonprofits dedicated to doing hard-driving, investigative reporting. These include: 100 Reporters, Global Journalism Investigative Network, Forum for African Investigative Reporters, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Investigative News Network, SCOOP, and the International  Consortium of Investigative Journalists. All of these organizations are benefitting from experienced editors and reporters downsized from traditional media outlets and committed to helping the next generation — and learning from them, too.

BOOKS Recommended:

Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Journalism from Around the World

The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the new Sunni Uprising

Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal

FICTION: Warburg in Rome

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Aug 28

Berto Jongman: Iraq, Syria, Libya, UK – Intelligence failures all

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Iraq, Syria, Libya, UK – Intelligence failures all

• Lack of intelligence as well as Intelligence
• Intelligence begins at home, but should be deployed away

Given the resources available to US – and British – intelligence agencies, it seems strange that the attraction, influence, finance, and military strength, of the extremist group which calls itself Islamic State (Isis) came as such a surprise.

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Aug 27

Owl: CDC Whistleblower Reveals Massive US Government – Corporate — Media Complicity in Concealing Vaccine Cause of Autism — 340% Increased Risk Documented Long Ago — Lawsuits Planned Legions of Parents Anguished

Who?  Who?

Who? Who?

Major CDC Cover-up on Connection of Vaccines and Autism is About to Blow Open Like Mount Vesuvius

This story about a very big cover-up on the link between vaccines and autism committed by the CDC has been making the rounds on alternative media for the last ten days. The implications to be seen in this story so far are like the loud rumblings of a volcano about to blow. But if this volcano of a cover-up does blow open very soon into the mainstream, as is most likely – since alternative media outlets have reported on massive lawsuits being planned – given the connection, in this case to African-American children, this promises to rain down on the public a greater-than-ever-before awareness of corporatist-government collusion and corruption occurring on a massive, never-seen-before scale. Until now, the identity of the CDC whistle-blower was kept a secret, but his name is now out (highlights are mine):

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Aug 26

Devin Balkind: Kickstarter for Citizen Journalists

Devin Balkind

Devin Balkind

21 days to go toward their goal.

Bellingcat, for and by citizen investigative journalists

Bellingcat is a website founded by Brown Moses.

Bellingcat will bring together both critically acclaimed and emerging citizen investigative journalists using open source information to investigate, collaborate, and report on worldwide issues that are being underreported and ignored.

Open source information, which is information freely available to anyone through the Internet—think YouTube, Google Maps, Reddit—has made it possible for ANYONE to gather information and source others, through social media networks. Think the Syrian Civil War. Think the Arab Spring.

Read more and consider a donation at Kickstarter.

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Jul 26

Owl: Ukraine Bodies Not Fresh – Israeli False Flag?

Who?  Who?

Who? Who?

Murderous Tails, Murdered Dogs

When I watched NBC’s “Nightly News” the first time they reported on the downing of the Malaysian passenger jet, they showed video footage at the Amsterdam Airport of the relatives of those who were on the plane that was shot down. What struck me was this: not a single one appeared to be crying or showing any emotion, they were all, without exception, quite subdued or quiet, as if someone in authority told them to shut up, and they were compliant. Even the NBC news reporter commented on how unemotional they were, even though they knew the plane their loved ones were on was shot down (or whatever, given what follows below). I wondered, did the people on this footage truly have any connection to who was on the plane, was the video footage somehow manipulated or staged? Is the tail wagging the dog?

Now, along comes a report in which a rebel commander, who was in the crash area, makes an insane-sounding, bizarre claim: that the bodies scattered around the site were not “fresh” and appeared to be dead for a few days.

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Jul 19

Robert Steele: NYT Finally Gets It Right – Ghani Transformed Plus Fareed Zakaria on Iran and Maliki Not Signing BSA in Iraq — as Abdulllah will not sign if fraudulently “elected” in Afghanistan

Robert David Steele

Robert David Steele

Better late than never.  Ghani won the election — now we need to see if the US Government will stand by our principles and help assure a legitimate count. See also the second headline, for an understanding of how Iran controlled the non-signing of the BSA in Iraq to create this situation. If Abdullah is fradulently election, I anticipate that he will NOT sign the BSA, this having been a condition for Iran’s funding of his campaign and Karzai-Daudzai fraud.

Technocrat to Afghan Populist, Ashraf Ghani Is Transformed

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NYT Asia Pacific, JUNE 11, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan — When dealing with Western officials, Ashraf Ghani presents himself as the rare technocrat who possesses both the cultural savvy and practical expertise needed to put Afghanistan back on track if he is elected president in the runoff vote on Saturday.

After all, as Mr. Ghani readily reminds people, he has written a book titled “Fixing Failed States.”

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Jun 15

EXTRA: Berto Jongman: BBC = Buggering British Children

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

The Pathetic Panorama Savile Whitewash

The Panorama documentary about Jimmy Savile has just aired.

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Jun 5

Owl: Alternative Media is Winning — on 9/11 and More…

Who?  Who?

Who? Who?

Alternative Media is Winning

Is the tide finally turning, is the public becoming better informed despite the 24 hour-a-day propaganda onslaught of mainstream media produced by the 1%? It seems so, as this article implies that for the scions of the Establishment and the 1% and their propaganda organs to turn their attention to alternative media and independent research, that is, media and information not under the control of the 1% and their designated dupes, could only mean their mainstream media and information outlets are losing the war against the public’s ability to find the truth about the global, regional and local machinations of the Elite, hence the new initiative underway, chronicled in this article, to attack and discredit alternative media under the loaded-term guise of “conspiracy theory.”

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Jun 4