“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

In 2011, the Pentagon released its first formal cyber strategy, which called computer hacking from other nations an "act of war," according to the Wall Street Journal. In late June of this year, WSJ reported that Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, released information alleging the U.S. government was hacking Chinese targets "that include the nation's mobile-phone companies and one of the country's most prestigious universities." Now that EU offices have been hacked by the U.S. government as well, one must wonder if that was an "act of war" on the part of the United States.





  1. Watch these three short videos and pay particular attention to the
    2 minute mark on the third video to the end. Who in their right mind would believe anything coming out of Washington?

    The American people are the ones who ultimately get damaged with Pentagon and US government lies.

    By the Pentagon’s own statement the US and Israel are both guilty of committing “Acts of War.”

    Right on Edward Snowden, future recipient of the US Medal of Freedom.

  2. Remember, it was DC and the Pentagon that created the definition.

  3. The same people, along with Israel, that are doing everything to get the US into a new war with Iran.

    1. O bs but I am awaiting another email from my niece.

      Are you going to be in Hamburg?

      She is in a hospital there with some kind of flu.


    2. Sorry, no plans north on this trip.

    3. Iran is already in a state of war with the USA. And the USA has been in a state of war with Iran SINCE Jimmy Carter.

      Learn history

    4. .

      Childish prattle.

      By your standard, Israel has been at war with the U.S. since 1954 and the Lavon Affair, SINCE Eisenhower.

      Susannah don't you cry.

      Learn history. Oh, and try to



    5. It's not my standard.

      It's the USA that over threw a democracy in Iran.

      It's the Iranians that took over our embassy.

      It's the Iranians that bombed the Marine Barracks.

    6. .

      Once again, you miss the point.

      By your standards, we have been at war with the U.K. since the eighteenth century.

      If we accept your standards, the U.S. has been at war with Israel since at least 1954.

      It's silly.

      And while you deny it, it is your standard. I know few people who would insist on such a silly argument.


    7. My standard is simple.

      Do we have an embassy with full exchange of diplomats with Israel?

      is that the same with Iran?

      Iran has declared war on us. America has retaliated on a regular basis.

      Israel hosts American service personal on leave and trains them as well as America trains Israelis.

      We are at war with Iran. Israel is at war with Iran.

      Iran is at war with America and Israel and says as much with yearly national days of war celebration against America and Israel

    8. .

      Do we have an embassy with full exchange of diplomats with Israel?

      Irrelevant. We are talking war not diplomacy.

      Iran has declared war on us.

      So has Israel.

      Israel hosts American service personal on leave and trains them as well as America trains Israelis.

      The U.S. has similar arrangements with other nations. They have nothing to do with actually being at war. The U.S. intelligence community considers Israel the biggest risk to the U.S. when it comes to spying. This does not mean we are at war with Israel.

      However, beyond those points you have convinced me of part of your argument. The part that says we are at war with Iran, not the part that says we have been at war since Carter's presidency. Reagan was providing Iran with weapons in the 80's as you might remember. Alliances can change quickly when it suits us.

      We are at war with Iran. Israel is at war with Iran.

      True enough. When the UN refused to go along with the harsher sanctions proposed by the U.S. and we went alone, the U.S. committed an act of war against Iran. Using terrorism to kill another nations citizens is also an act of war.

      Iran is at war with America and Israel...

      True enough, but in the same way the U.S., Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, Turkey are all currently at war with Syria.


  4. Sounds to me like Rufus has 'declared war' on the entire world, and, the entire American People too, since he is super spook Rufus, and wants in your bedroom.


  5. (CNN) -- Edward Snowden has abandoned his effort to seek asylum in Russia after President Vladimir Putin warned that he would have to stop leaking information about U.S. surveillance programs if he wanted to stay, a Russian official said Tuesday.

    The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said it had submitted asylum requests to 19 more countries for Snowden, the ex-National Security Agency computer contractor who has admitted providing secret documents on surveillance programs to reporters.
    Snowden has been holed up at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport for more than a week.

    "Snowden did voice a request to remain in Russia," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday, according to the Russian news agency Ria Novosti. "Then, yesterday, hearing President Putin outline Russia's position regarding the conditions under which he could do this, he withdrew his request for permission to stay in Russia."

    Should the U.S. Continue to Threaten Iran With War?

    "President Barack Obama is not bluffing," Vice President Joseph Biden told AIPAC’s annual conference last March. "We are not looking for war. We are looking to and ready to negotiate peacefully, but all options, including military force, are on the table.” Biden was only repeating the military threat against Iran that Obama had made repeatedly over the prior two years, often in response to prodding from Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But with Iran having elected a new president, Hassan Rowhani, who ran on a promise to reduce Iran’s international isolation, should the Obama administration continue its bellicose posture toward Iran, or should it attempt to draw the new government into constructive negotiations by offering significant concessions?

    The usual suspects have come forward with arguments why the U.S. should continue to hang tough. Brookings Institution fellow Michael O’Hanlon, a prime backer of Iraq invasion in 2003, and former correspondent Marvin Kalb propose giving Rowhani a month or two after he takes office in August to move forward on negotiations. If he does not, they call for Congress when it returns in September to pass a resolution “authorizing the president to use force under certain conditions” against Iran. Dennis Ross, who works for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, takes a somewhat less warlike tack, but counsels “wariness” toward the new Iraqi president. Ross argues that since America’s approach toward Iran led to Rowhani’s victory, there is no reason to change it, and he warns that there is “not a lot” of time for diplomacy. I’ll leave it to better minds than my own to parse out this reasoning.



  7. {…}

    Not everyone in Washington seems to agree with these hardline proposals. Matthew Duss and Lawrence Korb respond directly to O’Hanlon and Kalb’s argument for reliving those hoary days of October 2002 when Congress passed a resolution authorizing George W. Bush to use force against Iraq. Duss and Korb offer a needed corrective to O’Hanlon and Kalb’s framing the issue as whether the U.S. should conduct “pre-emptive aerial attacks against Iran” as it earlier had conduct “pre-emption” against Iraq. Duss and Korb point out—and it’s worth putting in capital letters—that the invasion of Iraq was not a PRE-EMPTIVE but a PREVENTIVE war, as would be aerial attacks against Iran. Iraq was not threatening to go to war against the U.S., nor is Iran threatening to go war against the United States. And preventive wars have never been sanctioned under any international agreement. Anyone but the perpetrator calls them international acts of aggression.

    Duss and Korb also suggest that O’Hanlon and Kalb’s argument—that Iran would be most likely to respond favorably if the threat of “pre-emptive aerial attacks” were issued—is dubious at best. And they have a good deal of history behind this point.Iranian President Mohammed Khatami, who served from 1997 to 2005, and for whom Rowhani served as the nuclear negotiator, made repeated offers to the United States. Iran also cooperated with the United States in Afghanistan during the fall of 2001, but for its efforts, it got denounced as part of the “Axis of Evil” and threatened with regime change. American intransigence contributed to hardline Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s victory in 2005 and to the ouster of Rowhani as nuclear negotiator. In other words, the prior instances of the O’Hanlon-Kalb and Ross strategies have netted the United States nothing but grief.

    Vali Nasr, a former State Department advisor from 2009 to 2011 and now the dean of John Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies, calls for the United States to take the first step in bringing the new Iranian government to the negotiating table. Nasr writes,“For the past eight years, U.S. policy has relied on pressure—threats of war and international economic sanctions—rather than incentives to change Iran's calculus. Continuing with that approach will be counterproductive. It will not provide Rowhani with the cover for a fresh approach to nuclear talks, and it could undermine the reformists generally by showing they cannot do better than conservatives on the nuclear issue.”

    Nasr does not believe that Rowhani can pull off a deal by himself, and he reminds readers that Rowhani was undercut before by American intransigence and is unlikely to come to the table without the United States taking the first step, and he urges the Obama administration to take that step. “Rowhani's victory is not regime change in Iran—but it is a game-changer,” he writes. “The supreme leader and the Revolutionary Guards continue to control all the levers of power. However, the election result has altered the face of Iran, enough to put to question the continued viability of American policy.”

    I don’t know enough about Iran to pronounce on these subjects, but for the time being, I am casting my vote for Duss and Korb and Nasr. I am not in favor of new preventive wars that are promoted by people who don’t know the difference between a preventive war and a pre-emptive war.


  8. I don’t know enough about Iran to pronounce on these subjects, but for the time being, I am casting my vote for Duss and Korb and Nasr. I am not in favor of new preventive wars that are promoted by people who don’t know the difference between a preventive war and a pre-emptive war.

  9. Who is the terrorist?

    According to the State Department report, “The IRGC-QF is suspected of directing planned terrorist attacks in Georgia, India, Thailand, and Kenya in 2012.” Whether measured by intent or capability, this suggests the threat from Iranian terrorism is overblown. As I’ve written on The Diplomat previously, Iran’s intent in authorizing these attacks was to respond to suspected Israeli terrorist attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists without escalating the covert war further.

    For years now Iran’s top nuclear scientists have been assassinated in plots that are widely believed to have been planned by Israel’s intelligence agency, the Mossad, perhaps working with the anti-regime “former” Iranian terrorist group, the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MeK).

    Although earlier attacks used different tactics, the plotters came to favor placing “magnetic sticky bombs” under the scientists’ cars at traffic lights in Tehran while they were on their way to work. Those carrying out the assassinations demonstrated high tactical effectiveness, almost always killing their target (although one scientist who survived an attack, Fereydoun Abbasi Davani, was later named head of Iran’s nuclear agency) and at times sparing others in the cars.

    Notably, in both the Indian and Georgia plots, sticky bombs were placed on cars belonging to the Israeli embassy in both countries. It is likely that the planned attack in Thailand would have tried a similar action had the Iranian operatives not bungled the operation earlier.

    In any case, the tactics in these attacks made the intent behind them unmistakable: Iran was trying to exactly replicate the alleged Israeli assassinations in order to retaliate without escalating. Thus, Iran’s use of terrorism was in pursuit of limited aims.


  10. Israeli police crowd control

    A Palestinian teenager has been killed during clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank.

    Moataz Sharawna, 19, died after being shot and, according to Palestinians, subsequently hit by an army vehicle.

    It followed confrontations between stone-throwing youths and soldiers in the village of Dura, south of the city of Hebron.

    The Israel military said it was investigating the circumstances of Mr Sharawna's death.

    A military spokeswoman confirmed that a young Palestinian man was shot.

    "Palestinians hurled stones at security forces, which responded with crowd-control measures," the spokeswoman said.

    A Palestinian witness told the BBC that Mr Sharawna had been throwing stones and then climbed on top of an Israeli army jeep.

    He said that soldiers fired at him and he was then run over by another army vehicle.

    1. In America, peaceful students have been shot dead with live ammo...

      Remember Kent State?

      If hundreds of rock throwing "youths" tried that stuff in Chicago? The police would KILL dozens.

    2. That settles it then. The standard is set. Precedent in evil is our new moral foundation.

    3. This teenager was attacking a patrol car.

      He was 19.

      Hardly a child. In training to be a member of the Palestinian secret police.

      Scores of rock throwing folks are a threat to one's life. Use the standards of America. If several dozen "teenagers" started throwing scores of rocks at crowds in downtown chicago or NYC? They'd be mowed down by the cops.

    4. A Palestinian witness told the BBC that Mr Sharawna had been throwing stones and then climbed on top of an Israeli army jeep.

      Was he a peaceful jeep climber? Did he have a brick in his hands?

      We he just dancing? Or was he trying to harm/hurt the driver of the jeep?

      Sounds like he was fair game to shoot.

      Try that on a cop car during a riot in America.

    5. Well America has better standards...

      San Francisco Police Shoot Teenager Over $2 Bus Fare? (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

      Read more:

      Yep cops in America shoot 19 year old kids over bus fares...

    6. this one is great...

      Cop Shoots Unarmed Man 11 Times RIP Ernesto Duenez Jr

    7. Now watch that video.

      Compare that to scores of rock throwing rioting folks attacking an IDF patrol.

      Have you no shame?

  11. But please avoid Egypt, you may get hurt.

    The U.S. State Department and the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office have both urged citizens to cancel any travel plans to Egypt due to ongoing protests and an accompanying resurgence of violence in the country, according to CNN. The warning was issued on Friday.
    An American has already been killed in the clashes in Alexandria while photographing the battle between supporters and opponents of Mohamed Morsi, the Egyptian president.

    "Political unrest, which intensified prior to the constitutional referendum in December 2012 and the anniversary in 2013 of Egypt's 25th January Revolution, is likely to continue in the near future due to unrest focused on the first anniversary of the president's assumption of office," the U.S. travel warning states. "Demonstrations have, on occasion, degenerated into violent clashes between police and protestors, resulting in deaths, injuries and extensive property damage."

  12. Yep, the Israeli, Egyptians, Palestinians and the US are all morally equivalent.

    Even anoni, the quot, agrees, happy days have arrived, anoni quot has bought into the equivalency standard. No longer does he claim moral supperiority for Israel, he now admits they are in the gutter with the res of the world.


    And yes, the US is at war with China, Germany, England and France.
    By the US definitions of war.

    In fact, by the definitions used today, we are at war with all the world, all the time.


    1. The US subsidizes all of the factions in Palestine and the Egyptians, too.

      Has for decades.
      On a per capita basis the Israeli make out like bandits.
      The Egyptians like beggars.
      The Jordanians, well, they have the US military actively protecting their portion of Palestine.

      Sure is going well, for all concerned, excepting the US taxpayer.

    2. Actually no Mr Rodent.

      Israel is far more morally superior than the nations that surround it.

      BTW "supperiority"? Is that a word? Maybe you should take an English class. Since English is not your 1st language.

    3. Has for decades.
      On a per capita basis the Israeli make out like bandits.
      The Egyptians like beggars.

      Actually on a "per capita" basis when you look at the total GNP of the nations israel's aid is far smaller.

      But you can twist, distort and lie all you wish.

      Cut aid to zero and see who survives...

      Now go bad to your 350 acre hideout where you hide from law enforcement and shut the fuck up.

    4. .

      Actually on a "per capita" basis when you look at the total GNP of the nations israel's aid is far smaller.

      I stand confused.


    5. The total amount of aid given to Israel when compared to the gross national product is tiny as compared to the aid given to Egypt.

      Rat's assertion was that "On a per capita basis the Israeli make out like bandits. The Egyptians like beggars."

      Egypt's aid is FAR more important to Egypt for it's survival, the aid to israel, although IMPORTANT and appreciated? Hardly can be characterized as "making out like bandits" as the total amount given is less than 3% of Israel military budget alone...

    6. Glad you were not confused about Rat hiding in AZ from law enforcement. After all someone who goes to this blog and tells me, a "national security threat", that the FBI and Homeland security are watching me MUST be in violation of 1/2 dz laws at a minimum. Or for that matter bragging about his mole inside the AZ FBI that leaks intel to him....

    7. .

      Now, I get your point.

      It would have probably been clearer if you had started the sentence out with, Rather than on a "per capita" basis...


    8. But I was specific, calculating US aid on a per capita basis.
      The Israeli get ten times as much as the Egyptians, while needing less.

      As to the morality of the two states ...

      Abortion is illegal in Egypt.
      Abortion is state financed, in Israel. The Chief Rabbinate reports 20,000 Israeli are murdered by the state of Israel annually. Murdered according to the precepts of Judaic Law.

      The US helps to finance the murder of Israels, US funds, equaling 1.5% of Israeli GDP financed the murdered of 300 Israeli, that the state of Israel deemed undesirable and worthy of being subject to infanticide.

      anoni does not have a firm grasp of the English language, Q.
      Yesterday he wrote that the EU should boycott those on this blog that do not support the Israeli government. I don't think that was what anoni meant, but it is what he wrote.

    9. While the Congress will not finance abortion in the US, it does so in Israel.
      Is the aid to the state of Israel to be viewed as anti-Semitic?
      Or just anti-Judaic?

    10. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    11. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    12. Sniper murder, you are projecting, anoni.

      I don't participate in the abortion program. Never had to.

      I leave that for you and yours.

      I fixate on abortion because the state of Israel is murdering Jews, according to the precepts of Judaic Law, according to the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.

      I abhor anti-Judaic behavior from states, including the hypocrites that rule Israel.
      The are following the in the footsteps of King Herod, murdering their own people for their personal political gains.

      While the apologists for the state of Israel try to ignore the truth.
      The Chief Rabbinate of israel does not ignore the truth, has not for years, now.

      It is a common theme, with the Chief Rabbinate, the escalation of such anti-Judaic actions must gnaw at his heart. While anoni, an apologist for the Israeli murderers of both Jew and US sailors continually tries to change the subject.

      Not going to happen, the immorality that is the state of Israel will be exposed, continuously.

      More and mor, with each passing day the truth is gaining ground.


    13. Why not accuse the Chief Rabbinate of being anti-Judaic?

      I only echo his position.
      That's the facts, I'm sticking to 'em.

    14. Or is anoni accusing the Chief Rabbinate of being rapists?

      Is that why the Chief Rabbinate is so fixated upon the murder of Jews?
      I think not.

      I think anoni has lost his way, his political ideology has blinded him to his duty to upholding Judaic Law and to denouncing the murder of Jews by a political institution.

      His personal politics has blinded his ability to see the truth of the infanticide that the state of Israel is foisting upon the Jews of both Palestine and the United States.

      His moral compass is pointed South.

  13. There must be a sunny side here somewhere. i think>

    Marco Rubio’s push for immigration reform has yet to boost him much in the eyes of the nation’s Hispanic voters.

    A poll of likely Hispanic voters in the 2016 presidential race shows Rubio trailing potential Democratic nominees Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden 66-28 percent and 60-28 percent respectively. Clinton is also viewed favorably by a whopping 73 percent of Hispanic voters, while 17 percent hold a negative view; Rubio’s favorability rating is slimmer: 31-29.

  14. .

    The sunny side is people seem to realize Rubio is merely a talking head with a pretty face.

    The gloomy side is that Hill and Joe at this point seem to have a chance of winning.

    The sunny side is the election is over three years away and the shit will roll on both of them.


    1. Tough to beat a pair with an empty hand.

      Governor Perry is staging for a national comeback.
      Jeb Bush?

      A Congressman ...?
      Only Henry Clay (1824), James A. Garfield (1880), and John Anderson (1980) ran for President in the general election as sitting House Members. In Garfield’s case, the only successful instance of a sitting Representative becoming President

      History does not bode well for success

  15. .

    Chaos in Middle East Grows as the U.S. Focuses on Israel

    WASHINGTON — In Damascus, the Syrian government’s forces are digging in against rebels in a bloody civil war that is swiftly approaching the grim milestone of 100,000 dead. In Cairo, an angry tide of protesters again threatens an Egyptian president.

    Secretary of State John Kerry spent the weekend in Israel and the West Bank as protests rattled the Egyptian government and war raged in Syria.

    At the same time, in tranquil Tel Aviv, Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up a busy round of shuttle diplomacy, laboring to revive a three-decade-old attempt at peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians. He insisted on Sunday that he had made “real progress.”

    The new secretary of state’s exertions — reminiscent of predecessors like Henry A. Kissinger and James A. Baker III — have been met with the usual mix of hope and skepticism. But with so much of the Middle East still convulsing from the effects of the Arab Spring, Mr. Kerry’s efforts raise questions about the Obama administration’s priorities at a time of renewed regional unrest.

    The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, once a stark symbol and source of grievance in the Arab world, is now almost a sideshow in a Middle East consumed by sectarian strife, economic misery and, in Egypt, a democratically elected leader fighting for legitimacy with many of his people.

    “The moment for this kind of diplomacy has passed,” said Robert Blecher, deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa Program of the International Crisis Group. “He’s working with actors who have acted in this movie before, and the script is built around the same elements. But the theater is new; the region is a completely different place today.”

    The bad part, Kerry and those allowing him to run wild in the ME haven't got a clue.

    The good part, while he is running in circles with Israel and the PA, he is not causing any trouble in other parts of the ME.

    Thank god, for small favors.


    1. Mr Putin is saving US from ourselves, in Syria.
      For that he deserves high praise.

      Mr Putin is allowing Mr Snowden to remain in Moscow, keeping the heat on the NSA outrages.
      For that Mr Putin deserves high praise.

      Mr Putin and the Russians are doing what they can to prevent a slaughter of Christians in Syria.
      For that Mr Putin deserves high praise.

      Mr Putin and the Russians are doing what they can to prevent a slaughter of Alawite pagans in Syria.
      For that Mr Putin deserves high praise.

      Mr Obama and Mr Bush were both in Tanzania, taking in the sights.
      They were not holding hands.
      Mr Bush reserves that privilege for Saudi Princes.

  16. .

    Troubled times.

    Mr. Dylan's lyrics, prescient now as they were in the 60's and will be tomorrow.

    Come gather 'round people
    Wherever you roam
    And admit that the waters
    Around you have grown
    And accept it that soon
    You'll be drenched to the bone
    If your time to you
    Is worth savin'
    Then you better start swimmin'
    Or you'll sink like a stone
    For the times they are a-changin'.

    Come writers and critics
    Who prophesize with your pen
    And keep your eyes wide
    The chance won't come again
    And don't speak too soon
    For the wheel's still in spin
    And there's no tellin' who
    That it's namin'
    For the loser now
    Will be later to win
    For the times they are a-changin'.

    Come senators, congressmen
    Please heed the call
    Don't stand in the doorway
    Don't block up the hall
    For he that gets hurt
    Will be he who has stalled
    There's a battle outside
    And it is ragin'
    It'll soon shake your windows
    And rattle your walls
    For the times they are a-changin'.

    Come mothers and fathers
    Throughout the land
    And don't criticize
    What you can't understand
    Your sons and your daughters
    Are beyond your command
    Your old road is
    Rapidly agin'
    Please get out of the new one
    If you can't lend your hand
    For the times they are a-changin'.

    The line it is drawn
    The curse it is cast
    The slow one now
    Will later be fast
    As the present now
    Will later be past
    The order is
    Rapidly fadin'
    And the first one now
    Will later be last
    For the times they are a-changin'.


  17. SHE called

    Is OK


    I am


    Report to Deuce


  18. On this day in 1962, the first Wal-Mart store opened in Rogers, Arkansas.

  19. Top 5 most patriotic brands in America:

    1. Jeep
    2. Hershey's
    3. Coca-Cola
    4. Levi Strauss
    5. Walt Disney

  20. 06/29/2005, Dick Cheney, Vice President
    “I think they’re in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency."

    03/18/2006, Dick Cheney, Vice President,
    "Q: About a year ago, you said that the insurgency in Iraq was in its final throes. Do you still believe this? Cheney: Yes.”

    05/22/2006, George W. Bush, President
    “We have now reached a turning point in the struggle between freedom and terror."

    09/10/2006, Dick Cheney, Vice President
    "If we had to do it over again we would do exactly the same thing." Q: Exactly the same thing? Cheney: Yes, Sir.

    At least 40 people have been killed in a wave of bomb attacks across Iraq - most of them in the capital Baghdad.

    Busy Shia market areas in the capital were the main targets. In the most serious attack, nine people died when two car bombs went off in the northern Shaab district.

    Iraq is suffering its worst sectarian violence since 2008.

    The UN released figures on Monday indicating that over 2,500 Iraqis have died in violent attacks since April.

  21. Through the connivance of British Imperialism, American Imperialism, Jewish Aggression, and General Electric, I was able to talk with my niece on the other side of the Earth for nearly an hour today.

    She is thinking of coming back here to continue on the Ph.D. She doesn't much like Germans though, or Moslems.