Biden cements alliances with Australia and Great Britain to secure Pacific, ward off China.
Following patriotic example of Defense Secretary James R. Schlesinger during the last weeks of Watergate in 1974, JCS Chair Gen. Mark Milley saw his task as preventing a deteriorated Trump from launching an illegal nuclear attack or other aggression to stay in office via autogolpe; Following well-established procedures, Milley called China's top general with assurances that a US sneak attack was not coming-
Alt-right demagogues were anti-war after 9/11, but are now happy to condemn Milley and approve nuclear war to propitiate Trump!
Corporate media push Togetherness of US political forces after 9/11: But this illusion was only the prelude to tragedies in Afghanistan and Iraq ordered by Bush.
Viewing Iraq and Afghanistan wars as two sides of same coin, Bush's Baghdad proconsul Ambassador Paul "Jerry" Bremer emerges as a top architect of defeat: Bremer smashed the Baathist administration of Iraq, promoting chaos, and dissolved the Iraqi army, triggering civil war; Amid starvation, Bremer touted financial speculation as key to future.
In his memoirs, Bremer claims he was ordered to do these things by Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith, infamous as top neocon-
Recalling Dante Alighieri, 700 years after his death: "Onorate l'altissimo poeta"
Commemorating the Man of the Second Millennium - Next Tuesday marks the 700th anniversary of the death of Italian poet and statesman Dante Alighieri, who died of malaria in Ravenna on September 14, 1321 after a peace mission to Venice; Celebrations are being held worldwide;
As Poet, Dante invented modern languages and created Italian as the first one; Powerful oligarchs tried to force him back into Latin only;
Serving as a governor of Florence, he armed the population and resisted the French-controlled Pope Boniface VIII, but was exiled for life;
In 1310, he helped Emperor Henry VII restore the rule of the Visconti family in Milan, which evolved over a few decades into the first modern state;
In his final years, Dante was a refugee with the Scala of Verona and the Polenta of Ravenna as Italy was dominated by Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, whom Dante attacked as a new Polyphemus the Cyclops;
Was Dante's death the result of foul play by the long-hostile Venetian oligarchy?
Chinese Communist bosses set climate blackmail trap for US envoy Kerry. PRC Foreign Minister Wang threatens no cooperation unless US appeases Beijing's aggression. Chinese carbon emissions remain double those of US.
September 2021 as season of key elections, including:
September 14 California recall
September 17-19 Russian Duma
September 20 for Canadian parliament
September 26 for German Bundestag
US enjoys blessings of first Labor Day holiday of Golden Peace after twenty years of futile warfare,
President ends two decades of Afghan conflict based on false pretenses; Warmongers rail against the incipient Pax Bideniana.
Time for scofflaw Supreme Court justices to stand in the dock of public opinion, leading to court reform; majority are not conservatives, but reactionary extremists;
September 18 Hill demonstrations loom in support of insurrection defendants; but will violent groups metastasize into local acts of mayhem?
Newsom garners 58% in California recall polls; but beware the precedent of the Prussian coup of July 1932, the direct prelude to dictatorship!
Despite solemn pledges of stare decisis: Justice Marshall's doctrine of judicial review from Marbury v. Madison (1803); 5 erring justices are not conservatives, but unprincipled extremists; After 50 years of settled law, unconstitutional Texas measure reduces time after conception from c. 22 weeks to 6 weeks; Enforcement privatized via venal third party vigilantes and bounty hunters, total strangers seeking $10,000 reward from anyone involved; Florida, South Dakota and others announce they will copy law. Lincoln warned of dictatorship by Taney Court after infamous Dred Scott decision.
It is time that questions are asked of Merrick Garland. We need a new Attorney General with a fighting spirit more suited to the times.
Why did the nationalistic Afghanis want to declare independence? Getting out of Afghanistan was just as appropriate as it was to get out of Vietnam.
From the German SS > Russian Active Measures > US Psychological Warfare Operations; Are the American People unofficially the subject of the worst case of psychological warfare in recent history?
Biden needs to change the narrative to domestic economic success. A majority of Americans still favor getting out of Afghanistan. Voters more likely to get over a foreign policy blunder than a domestic economic one. What is in the 3.5 trillion budget plan?
US-NATO airlift rescues over 125,000
US voters chose exit in 2006 by ending GOP Congress, but Biden is first president courageous enough to honor elections, not neocon Blob.
Time to ransom stranded US stragglers and auxiliaries using Afghan assets according to proven West German Cold War approach!
Recrudescence of international terrorism can only occur with backing of Moscow and Beijing controllers-
Blob dominates Sunday shows across spectrum with warmonger raving: neocons failed, but "we" did not!
Opinion-mongers descend into cynical nihilism as Afghan nightmare ends
The same depraved corporate media that brought you Trump are now vying to tear down Biden over his work to end neocon-Bush-Trump Afghan tragedy; US and NATO evacuate about 120,000-
Rep. Val Demings in tie with GOP's Rubio for senate.
On August 28, honoring Aurelius Augustinus of Bône, Algeria (aka St. Augustine of Hippo Regius), the brown-skinned African who founded western civilization based on Plato at the end of the Roman Empire-
Understanding the enemy: ISIS-K
At least 13 U.S. military personnel died in two suicide bombings at Kabul airport. In order to hunt down and strike ISIS-K the US will have to learn to suck it up and work with the Taliban.
Is a long-awaited global mass strike emerging from the most unexpected of places? In America, signs of discontent, opposition and turmoil are visible as employees walk off the job, unions defend labor against employers, and the potential for dangerous economic disruption lies with our economy's most essential workers in sectors like shipping, transportation, energy and food production. PART 2
Is a long-awaited global mass strike emerging from the most unexpected of places? In America, signs of discontent, opposition and turmoil are visible as employees walk off the job, unions defend labor against employers, and the potential for dangerous economic disruption lies with our economy's most essential workers in sectors like shipping, transportation, energy and food production. PART 1
With hysterical press like this, UK would have surrendered after Dunkirk, and the US after Pearl Harbor;
Reality principles to bear in mind: Afghan war was not based on rigorous analyses, but rather on 2001 snap judgments from the neocon war party; the Afghan military situation was irrevocably and irreversibly lost when Trump signed his capitulation to the Taliban at the end of February 2020; translators and other Afghan auxiliaries were betrayed by xenophobic Trump operative Stephen Miller, who wrecked the special visa process; did Putin urge Trump to get the US out of Afghanistan?
What a rout looks like, Spanish Civil War version: Hollywood's Last Train from Madrid (1937)
Defying 2019 order by federal judge Chutkan, Trump-Miller operatives gutted State Department visa processing apparatus, stranding Afghan translators and auxiliaries in Kabul, former Pence official reveals; this is key factor in humanitarian emergency now, but Blob media continue to vilify Biden for delivering on promise to country sick of war.
Lame duck Bush Sr. trapped Clinton with Somalia intervention of November 1992, leading to Black Hawk Down defeat.
The Blob attacks!
The Blob, the foreign policy establishment of Washington DC, is a herd of one-trick ponies devoted to foreign aggression, occupation, and endless war through think tanks, talk shows, pundits, and publishing.
Tragic Afghanistan: a pre-modern tribal society lacking a national bourgeoisie.
Will the Taliban export their brand of revolution to the Uighurs, an oppressed Moslem ethic group in China's province of East Turkestan (Xinkiang)?; the relevance of the Battle of Talas, 750 AD.
A trap set by one president for another: Bush 41's incursion into Somalia of November 1992, designed to hobble Clinton.
Why Afghanistan in the first place: a flurry of snap judgments by Bush officials on 9/11 that set the stage for decades of futility.
Beyond the Burqa: The Taliban, Women and NGOs.
Those who fail to mention Pashtun nationalism when discussing the Taliban show that they do not understand anything about Afghanistan and its turbulent history since the coup that ousted King Mohammed Zahir Shah in 1973 and ended the Afghan Pashtun-led monarchy.
It should come as no surprise that the porous Afghan-Pakistani border lands are the birthplace and home of the Taliban. Had it not been for Mortimer Durand, a rather lackluster British diplomat, who served as Foreign Secretary of India, political secretary in Kabul, minister in Tehran, and ambassador in Madrid and Washington, DC, the world would not be facing the situation that exists today in Afghanistan or northwestern Pakistan.
The events currently taking place in Afghanistan are a direct result of meddling British bureaucrats who were trying to preserve the last vestiges of British political superiority. The haughtiness of Mortimer Durand and Lord Mountbatten remains alive within the far-right ranks of Boris Johnson's merry band of Tories.
If the world wants to stabilize Afghanistan, it can start by supporting the creation of a united Pashtunistan and abrogating the Durand Line treaty.
Trump's Doha pullout pledge to Taliban triggered surrender deals by tribal and province chiefs, setting stage for disintegration of Afghan army;
7,000 US troops are enough for Afghan redout to hold airport enclave, airlift Americans and friends to Guam over coming weeks.
Biden should fire failed Doha negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad, the Bush-Trump retread who disoriented US government, & hold NSC's Sullivan and CIA's Burns accountable.
Breaking: Biden speech follows JFK after Bay of Pigs by saying I am President, the buck stops here; President should also study JFK's ouster of CIA boss Allen Dulles & his clique for lying & incompetence.
Biden sending 5,000 troops to Afghanistan, with a reserve brigade in Gulf.
Catastrophic Afghan rout would be crushing US humiliation, liable to encourage many aggressors across planet; blunders on Afghan front will be paid for along Korean DMZ, the east coast of Taiwan, and the Black and Baltic Seas; Taliban must not enter Kabul!
5,000 US forces should secure fortified Afghan National Redout around Kabul & main airport, offering a safe zone for pro-US Afghans to gather for airlift to US; Shiites of central highlands are also resisting;
Amb. Khalilzad's theory that Taliban fear pariah status is absurd appeasement, with China, Russia, Iran and others eager to see US ousted by barbaric terror regime;
Biden is badly served by Afghanistan advisors, with Khalilzad, Sullivan, Blinken, and some Central Command generals facing accountability;
Facing the fall of France to Nazis in June 1940, Churchill and de Gaulle eyed a French National Redout in Brittany, but this was sabotaged by appeasers who wanted surrender!
Congress now in summer recess, starting month-long town hall meeting season in states and districts.
Senate Democrats pass $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation resolution to be approved by House in September; Topic A will be voting rights legislation to stop GOP tyrants; great realism can defeat Republicans;
AG Garland's excess of caution saps public confidence in rule of law; abuses under Trump, Sessions, and Barr must be ruthlessly exposed, and serious accountability imposed; no kid glove treatment for January 6 ringleaders
and perpetrators; more revelations about Trump's last-minute efforts to purloin election add urgency!
Pro-Trump South Dakota packet capture festival degenerates into utter fiasco-
US wins Tokyo Olympics, defeating medal surge by China.
Breaking: Senate moves infrastructure and job bill forward with 18 GOP votes and final passage expected Tuesday.
Democrats launch $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation resolution, but fail to deal with illegal debt limit; Yellen urges Congress to "suspend or increase" ceiling ASAP; McConnell threatens national default.
News hosts visit Orban dictatorship in Hungary: with $2 billion Chinese university planned, this is key European beachhead for Putin and Xi; Hungary still covets territory granted to Romania, Czechs, Slovakia, and Serbia at Trianon in 1920; Hungary witnessed first communist regime in central Europe, first fascist regime, and worst hyperinflation ever-Not a model for US future!
Biden program delivers 943,000 jobs in January, cutting jobless rate to 5.4%; Student loans stay frozen until January.
After 18 Republican Senators vote to advance trillion-dollar infrastructure bill, Hagerty of Tennessee emerges as leader of GOP delaying op!
After series of primary defeats for ultra-left Democrats, time for realistic message discipline and an end to fratricide.
In final hours of Olympics, US is closing humiliating gold medal gap with China.
Will Cuomo follow example of Al Franken or Gov. Northam?
With Chinese threat and fascism at the gates, Democrats might prefer party unity against Trump GOP to fratricide; Party needs classic concept of Germany's medieval Burgfrieden, which outlawed private warfare inside the castle when it was besieged from outside!
Senate vote on $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill expected over weekend;
Sociological research reveals half a century of declining real wages, lower standards of living, and reduced social engagement for American working families, leading to the demoralization and disorientation seen in backing for Trump; Passage of $3.5 trillion reconciliation is urgent!
RIP Richard Trumka, among the finest leaders of the postwar AFL-CIO
To head off eviction crisis, states must speed disbursing of $50 billion in aid for tenants and landlords sponsored by Biden.
Senate starts debate on bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure and jobs bill, but is McConnell clique planning more sabotage and delay?
Beijing aggressors stoke nuclear arms race, aiming to increase ICBM arsenal tenfold; some missiles already in Launch on Warning posture;
Russia and China seeking to seize control over International Telecommunications Union-
Recalling Nazi and fascist domination of the League of Nations under Secretary General Avenol, 1933-1940
Poverty declines in US by 20%!
Failure of trickle-down economics exposed; GDP now back above the pre-pandemic level: Two big wins for Biden;
Putin Papers leaked from Kremlin confirm official January 2016 decision by Russian NSC to install "unstable" and "impulsive" Trump in White House to weaken US;
With dictatorial powers flagging, Trump cannot prevent debate on bipartisan infrastructure bill from starting in Senate with 17 GOP votes; Trump's protegee loses Texas House primary; DoJ nixes executive privilege for Don, and his tax returns are headed to Congress;
House Oversight committee gets notes from ex-AG Rosen about Trump's illegal demand to reverse result of election; 6 DOJ witnesses set to testify;
Breaking: House Dems can't pass eviction freeze needed by Saturday midnight to protect 11 million tenants; Biden should use emergency powers!
Rep. Raskin sets "Fascist traitors" watchword for House select committee on January 6, branding pro-Trump putschist mob in historical context.
Moving and revealing testimony by four police veterans of Trump's lawless day; Officers ask Chairman Thompson to probe people and process that produced the armed insurrection; Capitol Police and DC Metro cops went "to hell and back" at hands of "terrorists", but are now defamed by Republicans; Officer Fanone condemns "indifference" of GOP thugs to predicament of cops as "disgraceful";
Justice Department okays testimony by Trump regime figures, making executive privilege stonewall harder;
Trump working overtime to sabotage Biden's bi-partisan infrastructure bill-
Lessons from 1987 Iran-Contra hearings for Democrats today
MAGA: Mainly the lonely?
As House select committee begins probe of January 6 putsch attempt, psychology of isolation and alienation plays central role among residual Trump backers; the decline of civil society in rural America, where things come apart;
Tennessee campaign to remove bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest, Confederate cavalry commander and war criminal who massacred USCT black soldiers at Fort Pillow before facing total defeat at Selma, Alabama in April 1865;
Free will in Dante;
Breaking: Trump's billionaire crony Barrack arraigned in Brooklyn Eastern district; will he sing about the Inaugural Committee and its finances?
Will GOP senators keep promise to vote for long-delayed jobs and infrastructure bill next week, or will they revert to their usual sabotage? Republicans shamelessly resist making tax evaders help pay for nation’s obsolete roads and bridges.
Serious questions about Garland, Wray, Kavanaugh, and when Trump’s reign of lawlessness will end; Lincoln opposed dictatorship of Supreme Court oligarchs and considered arresting pro-Confederate Chief Justice Roger Taney.
Breaking: Yellen demands that Republicans help to avoid another catastrophic debt ceiling crisis after McConnell pledges to drive US into default; Under Fourteenth Amendment, debt limit is illegal!
Americans welcome $300 checks enabled by Advanced Child Tax Credit.
Summer of direct action: Rev. William Barber of Moral Mondays fame to join Beto O'Rourke in Selma-style voting rights march from Georgetown, Texas to Austin, July 28-30.
Department of Justice is not immune to oversight, despite Garland's claims; dubious appointee tapped to head criminal division.
Sens. Whitehouse & Coons demand explanations from Wray about 4,500 Kavanaugh reports received on FBI tip line.
Insane - and funny - fundraising emails from Republican reprobate candidates that would make the notorious Nigerian "419 scammers" green with envy. Join us as we get to know the 2022 field.
Val Demings is catching up and currently outraising Marco Rubio for U.S Senate. Boo hoo, Marco.
Schumer trying to move infrastructure bill this Wednesday
Cassidy holds out hope measure can be passed, but beware traditional GOP treachery.
In apparent anonymous interview, Milley alleges that Trump got "very close to war" with Iran after election, with goal of using conflict to establish dictatorship; Milley reports June 1 in Lafayette Square was his Damascus Road moment; top officials restrained Trump using methods similar to last days of Nixon; Legal scholars discuss ways to reform filibuster and save voting rights; After four decades of ban, Republicans ready poll-watching goons.
Breaking: US and allies accuse Chinese government and gangs of recent Microsoft hack.
Time is right for peaceful mass demonstrations to assert the alienable right to vote against GOP state legislatures!
Upcoming August recess is opportunity to confront Congressional Republicans during town hall meetings on model of summer 2017 protests that saved Obamacare; Making voting rights bills exempt from filibuster like judges, top officials, and the budget may be way to restore pre-clearance removed in Shelby County case;
60 million children in line for Child Tax Credit payments, with checks going out to 35 million families;
Hypothesis of pandemic origins in Wuhan lab leak gains momentum at halfway mark of Biden's 90-day investigation as Chinese Communists refuse to cooperate; Tedros of WHO demands to see Wuhan records;
Breaking: Infamous reactionary judge in Texas tries to strike down DACA program; Feds say two disgruntled Big Lie militiamen charged in alleged plot to blow up California Democratic Headquarters in Sacramento!
The best day since the New Deal for America's working people!
Today, tens of millions of families get the first round of IRS checks and direct deposits thanks to Biden's expanded child tax credit, now fully refundable and paid out monthly; This measure is expected to cut child poverty by almost half -- a monumental achievement;
Senate Dems agree on $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package to invest in human capital and social safety net; Republicans threaten bi-partisan infrastructure bill;
US Senate approves de facto ban on US imports from China's East Turkestan province (aka Xinjiang), where Moslem Uyghurs are subject to slave labor in concentration camps!
We review concepts from Carroll Quigley's Tragedy and Hope (1966), a seminal work on the life cycles of civilizations. America now seems mired in an "age of conflict" marked by class struggles, irrationality, and culture wars. Can there be a new "age of expansion" or will we enter into a "universal empire"? Only the American system of political economy holds the keys to rebuilding an economy and cultural solidarity. Will the Biden administration seize their historical opportunity to build our way out of crisis?
Why is the State that produces 70% of America's produce dry and on fire?
For years, California has suffered a series of devastating wildfires and droughts, with increasing concern for the state's depleted water reserves. Is this a consequence of the changing climate or are there other forces at work? We discuss the state's water infrastructure and the curious fact of reservoirs being deliberately emptied in drought conditions. Who holds the real power in California's water wars - elite environmentalists? Big Ag? Or Wall Street profiteers seeking to monopolize farmland and water resources?
Rep. Boebert declares GOP's open war against all federal "benefits" and "welfare". Appearing at Dallas CPAC, Boebert delivers a chilling pledge to dismantle the US social safety net. Republicans eagerly embrace this third rail of American politics.
Boebert's business reportedly got $233k from feds last year, but she now wants to shred Social Security pensions, jobless payments, stimulus checks, food stamps, and more; Key test will be insolvency of Medicare expected in 2024, requiring new taxes on Wall Street -- so don't let GOP austerity ghouls take Congress.
Biden Executive Order on anti-trust is a landmark break with neoliberal globaloney; Read what's in it!
Breaking: Texas Democrats head for Washington to outflank voter suppression bills in Austin; Move is reminiscent of Aventine secession of 1924 in Rome, a walkout protesting Mussolini's fascist dictatorship.
Biden acts to end scourge of neo-liberal economics!
Detailing 72 regulatory measures to fight monopoly and exploitation, Biden declares that US has been following Robert Bork's wrong path of monopoly, price fixing, and unfair competition for the last forty years; President orders federal agencies to enforce anti-trust law in areas including airlines, internet and tech, importing drugs from Canada, and making hearing aids available in pharmacies; Executive Order directs Federal agencies to lower prescription drug costs and restore net neutrality; Finance oligarchs will fight to keep their system of immiseration
Beijing regime eyes control of Afghanistan after NATO departure!
Goals include depriving oppressed Uighurs of East Turkestan of backup, while gaining springboard for Chinese moves into Central Asia, posing threat to India and Russia; Royal road of Chinese imperialism could be Wakhan corridor, the narrow 220-mile long valley that gives Afghanistan a 57-mile long border with Chinese Turkestan; Biden suggests Afghanistan may be partitioned;
But recall the battle of Talas (750 AD), when the Abassid Caliphate of Baghdad and its Tibetan allies defeated invaders from the expansionist Tang dynasty of China
Eric Adams's win proves "defund the police" has no place in the Democrat Party.
White House aims at bringing bipartisan infrastructure bill to Senate floor starting July 19.
One week to launch of refundable Child Tax Credit in form of $300 monthly checks.
Biden campaigns for family benefit bill in Chicago suburbs.
Breaking: Trump mouthpiece Giuliani has law license suspended in District of Columbia.