“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."
This video, now almost a month old reviews the serial stupidity of The Neocon US wars: Iraq, Egypt, Libya and Syria. The 14 year trillion dollar war in Afghanistan is benefiting China and India. Netanyahu and his Republicans sycophants believe their personal careers will benefit from a war in Iran. There needs to be retribution against those that caused these wars. The most important step is to stop the next one from starting.ReplyDelete
Netanyahu has advocated strong sanctions against Iran to prevent war. No matter how many time you misstate his position, his position has been to advocate sanctions to prevent your sacred nation of Iran from going hot.Delete
If sanctions fail, real sanctions? Then war will happen, but to not apply real sanctions and to open the path for Iran to go hot? Will ensure war.
Iran seeks the destruction of Israel, America and the west.
Don't believe it?
You are in the minority.
The assumption is idiotic.Delete
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The assumption is idiotic.
That sanctions are preferable to war?
That Iran seeks the destruction of the USA and Israel?
That you are on the wrong side of the issue?
Afghanistan’s China CardReplyDelete
By contributors | Apr. 1, 2015 |
By Dilip Hiro | (Tomdispatch.com) –
Call it an irony, if you will, but as the Obama administration struggles to slow down or halt its scheduled withdrawal from Afghanistan, newly elected Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is performing a withdrawal operation of his own. He seems to be in the process of trying to sideline the country’s major patron of the last 13 years — and as happened in Iraq after the American invasion and occupation there, Chinese resource companies are again picking up the pieces.
In the nineteenth century, Afghanistan was the focus of “the Great Game” between the imperial powers of that era, Britain and Czarist Russia, and so it is again. Washington, the planet’s “sole superpower,” having spent an estimated $1 trillion and sacrificed the lives of 2,150 soldiers fighting the Taliban in the longest overseas war in its history, finds itself increasingly and embarrassingly consigned to observer status in the region, even while its soldiers and contractors still occupy Afghan bases, train Afghan forces, and organize night raids against the Taliban.
In the new foreign policy that Ghani recently outlined, the United States finds itself consigned to the third of the five circles of importance. The first circle contains neighboring countries, including China with its common border with Afghanistan, and the second is restricted to the countries of the Islamic world.
In the new politics of Afghanistan under Ghani, as the chances for peace talks between his government and the unbeaten Taliban brighten, the Obama administration finds itself gradually but unmistakably being reduced to the status of bystander. Meanwhile, credit for those potential peace talks goes to the Chinese leadership, which has received a Taliban delegation in Beijing twice in recent months, and to Ghani, who has dulled the hostility of the rabidly anti-Indian Taliban by reversing the pro-India, anti-Pakistan policies of his predecessor, Hamid Karzai.
More idiotic propaganda by Deuce.ReplyDelete
He just loves his silly GOP Likuds Force crap.
It's 4:00 AM in Lausanne, and they're still at it. I didn't like Kerry as Presidential material, but you have to give him his props on this one.ReplyDelete
According to the German foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the Iranian delegation was asked to present any changes in its position formally at a meeting of foreign ministers and diplomats from a six-nation group involved in the negotiations.ReplyDelete
“There will be new proposals tonight,” Steinmeier said late on Wednesday. “I can’t predict whether that will be sufficient to reach an agreement in the course of the night. Accuracy is more important than speed. I am of the opinion that a success is still possible.”
The talks are in their second day after a deadline for arriving at a framework agreement passed on Tuesday. Asked if he thought it possible the negotiations could collapse Steinmeier said: “Of course.”
The talks have been stuck over differences in demands on the amount of development work Iran would be permitted to carry out on new centrifuges, capable of enriching uranium much faster than the existing Iranian model.
A further obstacle has been a disagreement over how quickly UN sanctions should be lifted. While the Iranian delegation has so far insisted they are all cancelled at once, as soon as an agreement is signed, the country’s deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araqchi, suggested on Wednesday that Tehran might accept sanctions relief in stages.
“Sanctions have originated from various points and we are insisting that in the first step, all economic, banking and oil sanctions must be lifted and other sanctions that are related to other issues should also be determined in a timetable,” Araqchi said. “Unless we have a clear view of what will happen to those sanctions, we can’t go forward.”
You are really losing your touch.ReplyDelete
ISIS is the wholly owned creation of one Barack Hussein Obama, and none other.
He, and the Democrats, you Democrats, own ISIS.
If our nation had elected Romney, he would not have taken the troops out too soon, and we would have never heard of the letters I S I S.
I was talking to a lawyer today who was a Marine back in the day. Great guy very compassionate guy.
I asked him what he thought of 'the situation' and Obama's policies.
Incoherent, was his reply. They make no sense at all, was his reply.
I agreed, and we moved on to other matters.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told a representative of a group of prominent Jewish leaders on Sunday that she wanted to put the relationship between the United States and Israel back on “constructive footing,” the representative said.ReplyDelete
Mrs. Clinton’s comments, made in a phone call to Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, contrasted in tone from recent remarks by members of the Obama administration, who have publicly criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel amid tensions over a nuclear deal with Iran and comments Mr. Netanyahu made in the final days of his re-election campaign this month.
“Secretary Clinton thinks we need to all work together to return the special U.S.-Israel relationship to constructive footing, to get back to basic shared concerns and interests, including a two-state solution pursued through direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians,” Mr. Hoenlein said in a statement issued by his organization on Sunday evening. “We must ensure that Israel never becomes a partisan issue,” he quoted her as saying. Mrs. Clinton knows Mr. Hoenlein from her time in the Senate.
Is there any US politician capable of dropping the “special-relationship" crap? The special relationship is like a $20 transvestite hooker at a truck stop.ReplyDelete
I like the special relationship. I like a special relationship with England too. And Canada. I hope we establish one with India one day.Delete
I like special relationships with groups that share our country's values, things like democracy, women's rights, freedom of speech....on and on......and on....
"Is there any US politician capable of dropping the “special-relationship" crap?"
Obama has dropped the "special relationship" crap. Most of your party has too. You certainly have.
But most Americans have not.
A $20 transvestite hooker at a truck stop...........
Most people reading that would think.....what cheap propaganda.
I guess someone might say in return.......that some aging people weighed down with existential angst undergo what amounts to the political equivalent of a sex change operation in the hopes of finding some meaning somewhere.
Most people change views in the late twenties or early thirties.....when they first wake up to the complexities of the world.
Always mistrust those who radically change their views late in life.
Either they were total morons before, or something is seriously amiss.....
>>>Ironically, just as President Obama is reconsidering his options on how to impose a solution, support for a “two-state solution” to solve the Israel-Arab conflict is less popular in the United States than it has been in at least two decades, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.<<<ReplyDelete
April 2, 2015
How to end the Middle East conflict in four easy steps
By Ted Belman
At least the dateline is April 2nd.
Heh, looks like the Chief Gangster of the Democratic Party, Don Obama, has ordered an Underling, Enforcer AG Holder, to indict the gangster and sex criminal Senator Bob Menendez on 8 or so counts of corruption.ReplyDelete
How can this be ?
Well, it's simple. BM was not 'toeing the line' any longer, had gone 'rogue' on issues like the treaty with Iran and other mid east policies of the Chief Gangster.
This is a situation where one must kinda admire BM.
Most Democrats don't have his guts.
>>>The Obama administration has been willing to sacrifice the confidence of its Arab allies, not to mention the United States’ historically close alliance with Israel, in a vain effort to lure the Iranian regime into acting as a responsible party in the Middle East that can help stabilize this volatile region. Instead, Obama should listen to the expert on Iraq, General Petraeus, whose surge victory Obama undermined completely with his precipitous withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011:ReplyDelete
The current Iranian regime is not our ally in the Middle East. It is ultimately part of the problem, not the solution. The more the Iranians are seen to be dominating the region, the more it is going to inflame Sunni radicalism and fuel the rise of groups like the Islamic State…Iranian power in the Middle East is thus a double problem. It is foremost problematic because it is deeply hostile to us and our friends. But it is also dangerous because, the more it is felt, the more it sets off reactions that are also harmful to our interests — Sunni radicalism and, if we aren’t careful, the prospect of nuclear proliferation as well.
We can rejoice in the pushback of ISIS out of Tikrit. Perhaps it is a sign of more victories over ISIS to come. However, we should not delude ourselves into thinking that we have more in common with the Iranian regime in combatting ISIS in Iraq or Syria than the Iranian regime ultimately has in common with ISIS. They may be bitter enemies in the struggle over which set of fanatical jihadists should get to rule the global Islamic ummah or caliphate they both fantasize about. However, both fervently believe in the fundamental ideological goal of universal Islamic supremacy. And both are willing to sacrifice the lives of millions of people to reach that goal, no matter how long it takes them. The difference is that a nuclear-armed Iran would be much more capable of carrying out its jihadists’ apocalyptic vision than ISIS and in a much shorter period of time.<<<
Victory Against ISIS in Tikrit Will Embolden Iran
April 2, 2015 by Joseph Klein
I never screwed anybody under 13.ReplyDelete
So don't call me a weirdo.
And I'll be damned if Obbo is going to force me to kick my legs in the air as part of his Donk Iranian Al-Quds Force Conga Line.
I'm going to fight this indictment with all the money I've got, unless the Doc flips to the Feds, then I'll plea bargain.
This is a test of the true friendship between Doc and I.
And I'm lawyered up in any case.
Wow! Yesterday, 25.7% of the electricity in the world's 8th largest economy was produced by non-large hydro Renewables.ReplyDelete
LONG LIVE FRANCE !ReplyDelete
(for the first time in my life I am proud of my French heritage)
April 2, 2015
France walks out of Iran negotiations
By Thomas Lifson
The negotiations in Lausanne are becoming enough of a farce that France has announced it is leaving, and will return when the talks are “useful.” By the standards of diplomatic language, this is a full-throated proclamation that the talks are “useless.”
Of course, they always were useless, given the Obama administration’s fecklessness and unwillingness to tighten the screws on Iran. You almost have to feel sorry for John Kerry, stuck for a reported 15 hours a day at a conference table with the Iranians.
The Frogs know a farce when confronted with one.
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April 2, 2015
Clinton now trails Rand Paul in Pennsylvania and Jeb Bush in Florida. More..............
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Brothel Offers to Host Harry Reid’s Retirement Party as Thanks for ObamaCare
April 1, 2015 by Daniel Greenfield 5 Comments
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Washington D.C. is often compared to a whorehouse and Harry Reid has certainly done his part to prostitute his office to China and anyone paying the bills. It’s only appropriate that he accept this brothel’s offer to host his retirement party there. (Las Vegas Sun)
The brothel authored a letter to Reid, writing that its “legal prostitutes”, a term that could apply equally to its hookers as to Reid, wanted to thank him for ObamaCare.
Your work over the years has positively affected the lives of the legal prostitutes of Sheri’s Ranch. You were a strong force in pushing Obamacare… This law now provides Nevada’s legal prostitutes (each of them an independent contractor who must acquire their own health insurance) the right to health care… Thank you for making it illegal for insurance companies to deny Nevada’s legal hookers the right to health care.
To summarize, ObamaCare made it illegal for insurance companies to deny insurance to prostitutes just because they’re in a high risk category.
The cost of your health insurance now includes the employees “independent contractors” of this whorehouse which doesn’t have to cover the health care of its prostitutes. Because that’s something you’re paying for.
The brothel offers Reid and his “friends, family and co-workers” the use of the VIP sex bungalows, BDSM chamber and massage room.
I have to agree with the brothel. It would be a completely fitting way for Reid to end his disgraceful career.
But what would a brothel want with Harry Reid? Besides the obvious. Sheri’s Ranch has tried to protect its “legal prostitution” by campaigning to outlaw online prostitution. That’s the sort of crony prostitution, you need influential politicians for.
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About Daniel Greenfield
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.
A Retirement Party we all should attend !Delete
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>>>The brothel offers Reid and his “friends, family and co-workers” the use of the VIP sex bungalows, BDSM chamber and massage room.<<<Delete
Quirk was heading out to Sheri's Ranch when he left me without even phone change in that phone booth in Vegas.
I really got fucked over.
I will ask Quirk what a BDSM chamber is --Delete
Quirk, what's a BDSM chamber ?
France walked out according to American Thinker did they? Judging by my quick scan of the press that doesn't appear to be the case. Maybe if it is wrong you will actually begin to have some doubt about what you read at AM? Naw, I doubt it, you only believe something which confirms your bias.ReplyDelete
They just announced they reached a framework. France's rep was standing there on stage.
Still pretty unclear what they are actually agreeing to and it likely won't be clear until the final agreement.
One thing you can count on, the GOP, the neocons from both parties, and Bibi and his bros will do whatever they can to scuttle the deal in the next 3 months.
Actually I was beginning to wonder myself, as I don't see it on Drudge.ReplyDelete
What's a BDSM chamber, Ash ?
You know all this stuff.
Sounds fancy....something Quirk might like if it's cheap.Delete
Naw, were not into that stuff. Sounds like something neocons and hicks from Idaho might be into.