“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."

Monday, October 03, 2016

Is Obama Insane or Does He Lack the Balls to Put the Interests of American Citizens Over The Permanent War Party?

Obama Warned To Defuse Tensions With Russia

FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

We write to alert you, as we did President George W. Bush, six weeks before the attack on Iraq, that the consequences of limiting your circle of advisers to a small, relatively inexperienced coterie with a dubious record for wisdom can prove disastrous.Our concern this time regards Syria.

We are hoping that your President’s Daily Brief tomorrow will give appropriate attention to Saturday’s warning by Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova: “If the US launches a direct aggression against Damascus and the Syrian Army, it would cause a terrible, tectonic shift not only in the country, but in the entire region.”

Speaking on Russian TV, she warned of those whose “logic is ‘why do we need diplomacy’ … when there is power … and methods of resolving a problem by power. We already know this logic; there is nothing new about it. It usually ends with one thing – full-scale war.”

We are also hoping that this is not the first you have hear of this – no doubt officially approved – statement. If on Sundays you rely on the “mainstream” press, you may well have missed it. In the Washington Post, an abridged report of Zakharova’s remarks (nothing about “full-scare war”) was buried in the last paragraph of an 11-paragraph article titled “Hospital in Aleppo is hit again by bombs.” The New York Times totally ignored the Foreign Ministry spokesperson’s statements.

In our view, it would be a huge mistake to allow your national security advisers to follow the example of the Post and Times in minimizing the importance of Zakharova’s remarks.

Events over the past several weeks have led Russian officials to distrust Secretary of State John Kerry. Indeed, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who parses his words carefully, has publicly expressed that distrust. Some Russian officials suspect that Kerry has been playing a double game; others believe that, however much he may strive for progress through diplomacy, he cannot deliver on his commitments because the Pentagon undercuts him every time. We believe that this lack of trust is a challenge that must be overcome and that, at this point, only you can accomplish this.

It should not be attributed to paranoia on the Russians’ part that they suspect the Sept. 17 U.S. and Australian air attacks on Syrian army troops that killed 62 and wounded 100 was no “mistake,” but rather a deliberate attempt to scuttle the partial cease-fire Kerry and Lavrov had agreed on – with your approval and that of President Putin – that took effect just five days earlier.

In public remarks bordering on the insubordinate, senior Pentagon officials showed unusually open skepticism regarding key aspects of the Kerry-Lavrov deal. We can assume that what Lavrov has told his boss in private is close to his uncharacteristically blunt words on Russian NTV on Sept. 26:

“My good friend John Kerry … is under fierce criticism from the US military machine. Despite the fact that, as always, [they] made assurances that the US Commander in Chief, President Barack Obama, supported him in his contacts with Russia (he confirmed that during his meeting with President Vladimir Putin), apparently the military does not really listen to the Commander in Chief.”
Lavrov’s words are not mere rhetoric. He also criticized JCS Chairman Joseph Dunford for telling Congress that he opposed sharing intelligence with Russia, “after the agreements concluded on direct orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama stipulated that they would share intelligence. … It is difficult to work with such partners. …”

Policy differences between the White House and the Pentagon are rarely as openly expressed as they are now over policy on Syria. We suggest you get hold of a new book to be released this week titled The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War by master historian H. W. Brands. It includes testimony, earlier redacted, that sheds light on why President Truman dismissed WWII hero Gen. Douglas MacArthur from command of U.N. forces in Korea in April 1951. One early reviewer notes that Brands’s narrative makes us wonder about challenges of military versus civilian leadership we still face today.” You may find this new book more relevant at this point in time than the Team of Rivals.

The door to further negotiations remains ajar. In recent days, officials of the Russian foreign and defense ministries, as well as President Putin’s spokesman, have carefully avoided shutting that door, and we find it a good sign that Secretary Kerry has been on the phone with Foreign Minister Lavrov. And the Russians have also emphasized Moscow’s continued willingness to honor previous agreements on Syria.

In the Kremlin’s view, Russia has far more skin in the game than the U.S. does. Thousands of Russian dissident terrorists have found their way to Syria, where they obtain weapons, funding, and practical experience in waging violent insurgency. There is understandable worry on Moscow’s part over the threat they will pose when they come back home. In addition, President Putin can be assumed to be under the same kind of pressure you face from the military to order it to try to clean out the mess in Syria “once and for all,” regardless how dim the prospect for a military solution are for either side in Syria.

We are aware that many in Congress and the “mainstream” media are now calling on you to up the ante and respond – overtly or covertly or both – with more violence in Syria. Shades of the “Washington Playbook,” about which you spoke derisively in interviews with the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg earlier this year. We take some encouragement in your acknowledgment to Goldberg that the “playbook” can be “a trap that can lead to bad decisions” – not to mention doing “stupid stuff.”

Goldberg wrote that you felt the Pentagon had “jammed” you on the troop surge for Afghanistan seven years ago and that the same thing almost happened three years ago on Syria, when President Putin persuaded Syria to surrender its chemical weapons for destruction. It seems that the kind of approach that worked then should be tried now, as well – particularly if you are starting to feel jammed once again.

Incidentally, it would be helpful toward that end if you had one of your staffers tell the “mainstream” media to tone down it puerile, nasty – and for the most part unjustified and certainly unhelpful – personal vilification of President Putin.
Renewing direct dialogue with President Putin might well offer the best chance to ensure an end, finally, to unwanted “jamming.” We believe John Kerry is correct in emphasizing how frightfully complicated the disarray in Syria is amid the various vying interests and factions. At the same time, he has already done much of the necessary spadework and has found Lavrov for the most part, a helpful partner.

Still, in view of lingering Russian – and not only Russian – skepticism regarding the strength of your support for your secretary of state, we believe that discussions at the highest level would be the best way to prevent hotheads on either side from risking the kind of armed confrontation with Russian forces that nobody should want.

Therefore, we strongly recommend that you invite President Putin to meet with you in a mutually convenient place, in order to try to sort things out and prevent still worse for the people of Syria.

In the wake of the carnage of World War II, Winston Churchill made an observation that is equally applicable to our 21st Century: “To jaw, jaw, jaw, is better than to war, war, war.”

* In a Memorandum to President Bush criticizing Colin Powell’s address to the UN earlier on February 5, 2003, VIPS ended with these words: “After watching Secretary Powell today, we are convinced that you would be well served if you widened the discussion … beyond the circle of those advisers clearly bent on a war for which we see no compelling reason and from which we believe the unintended consequences are likely to be catastrophic.”
For the Steering Group, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
  • William Binney, former Technical Director, World Geopolitical & Military Analysis, NSA; co-founder, SIGINT Automation Research Center (ret.)
  • Fred Costello, Former Russian Linguist, USAF
  • Mike Gravel, former Adjutant, top secret control officer, Communications Intelligence Service; special agent of the Counter Intelligence Corps and former United States Senator
  • Matthew Hoh, former Capt., USMC, Iraq & Foreign Service Officer, Afghanistan (associate VIPS)
  • John Kiriakou, former CIA counterterrorism officer and former senior investigator, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  • Linda Lewis, WMD preparedness policy analyst, USDA (ret.) (associate VIPS)
  • Edward Loomis, NSA, Cryptologic Computer Scientist (ret.)
  • Ray McGovern, former US Army infantry/intelligence officer & CIA analyst (ret.)
  • Elizabeth Murray, Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Middle East, CIA (ret.)
  • Todd Pierce, MAJ, US Army Judge Advocate (ret.)
  • Coleen Rowley, Division Counsel & Special Agent, FBI (ret.)
  • Kirk Wiebe, former Senior Analyst, SIGINT Automation Research Center, NSA, (ret.)
  • Robert Wing, Foreign Service Officer (ret.)
  • Ann Wright, U.S. Army Reserve Colonel (ret) and former U.S. Diplomat
Reprinted from Consortium News with permission.


  1. An airstrike last month hit a United Nations humanitarian aid convoy, killing 20 people. The United States has accused Russia of hitting the convoy, but both Russia and Syria deny it.

    Separately, The Associated Press reported that a close aide to al Qaeda’s top leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, had been killed in an airstrike while leading forces in Syria.
    The Fatah al-Sham Front, formerly known as the Nusra Front, said via Twitter that Ahmed Salama Mabrouk, a veteran Egyptian jihadi known as Abu Farag al-Masri, was killed in a U.S.-led coalition airstrike in the northern Idlib province, according to the AP.

  2. He's stupid, has no balls, and doesn't give a shit about the Interests of American Citizens.
    Whole day wasted at doctors and x-ray guy.

    I shall return.


  3. Remember way back early into the New Millennium the optimistic buzz was that we were gonna let the Military decide how to get things done, and not have political interference, and certainly not micromanagement from the boneheads in DC?

    Yeah, right.


    Julian Assange comin' up soon !

  5. Concerning writing off ones used underwear.....

    "Was it boxers, or tighty whiteys that Bill Clinton wrote off on this tax returns ?"


  6. Zsa Zsa Gabor would approve -

    Forced Resettlement Smackdown: 98 Percent Say No To Brussels’ Migrant Quotas

    ByCheryl Chumley on October 3, 2016

    EU: European Union How the Left Destroys the Nation Islamization of the public square Latest News Muslim Immigration

    Talk about a smackdown – fully 98 percent of Hungarians outright rejected the European Union’s mandate to take in a certain number of migrants – to abide the globalists’ dream of forced immigration and open borders.

    BBC reports:

    “Hungarian PM Viktor Orban has declared victory in a referendum on mandatory EU migrant quotas …
    “Nearly 98 percent of those who took part supported the government’ call to reject the EU plan.”
    At the same time, BBC said the results are in question, due to voting participation.

    The news outlet reported:

    “[O]nly 43 percent of the electorate voted, short of the 50 percent required to be valid.
    “A government spokesman said the out outcome was binding ‘politically and legally,’ but the opposition said the government did not have the support it needed.”

    Regardless, Orban sent a strong message to the European Union that went something like this: We’re changing Hungary’s constitution to make this decision binding, whether you agree or not.

    - See more at:

    1. Zsa Zsa, near as I can determine, is still alive, but missing most of her right leg, which was removed to prevent the spread of an infection.

      She also seems to be still married to Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt.

      Zsa Zsa was born in 1917.

    2. Quirk tried to date her sister Eva when he played the part of the cow herd/barn hand on 'Green Acres', but it didn't 'work out'.

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    4. Provide, Provide

      The witch that came (the withered hag)
      To wash the steps with pail and rag
      Was once the beauty Abishag,

      The picture pride of Hollywood.
      Too many fall from great and good
      For you to doubt the likelihood.

      Die early and avoid the fate.
      Or if predestined to die late,
      Make up your mind to die in state.

      Make the whole stock exchange your own!
      If need be occupy a throne,
      Where nobody can call you crone.

      Some have relied on what they knew,
      Others on being simply true.
      What worked for them might work for you.

      No memory of having starred
      Atones for later disregard
      Or keeps the end from being hard.

      Better to go down dignified
      With boughten friendship at your side
      Than none at all. Provide, provide!

      Robert Frost


  7. India: Six Muslims arrested for plotting Islamic State jihad massacres during Diwali

    October 3, 2016 1:43 pm By Robert Spencer

    Every day, all over the globe, plotting murder and mayhem to appease their bloodthirsty god.

    “India Arrests ISIS Cell Suspected of Plotting Attacks During Diwali,” by Jack Moore, Newsweek, October 3, 2016 (thanks to Lookmann):

    Indian authorities have dismantled what they called Monday a “terror module” inspired by the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) that was planning attacks on notable individuals and public places during the Hindu festival of Diwali.

    The country’s national counter-extremism agency arrested six men who had gathered at a hilltop shrine in the southern state of Kerala, who it said were preparing explosives and bringing together other materials in order to execute attacks on the occasion known as the Festival of Lights at the end of October.

    “During the searches, incriminating material, including electronic devices have been seized from their possession and search of their premises,” India’s National Investigation Agency said in a statement, Reuters reported....


    Diwali (or Deepavali, the "festival of lights") is an ancient Indian festival celebrated in autumn (northern hemisphere) or spring (southern hemisphere) every year.[3][4] It is an official holiday in Fiji, Guyana, India,[5] Pakistan,[6] Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness or good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.[7][8][9] Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed.[10] The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November.

    Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and offices.[11] On Diwali night, Hindus dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family puja (prayers) typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of fertility and prosperity. After puja, fireworks follow,[12] then a family feast including mithai (sweets), and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends. Deepavali also marks a major shopping period in nations where it is celebrated.[13]


  8. Julian Assange live stream in 6 minutes.....

  9. Pennsylvania was once merely important in presidential elections. Now, it's Hillary Clinton's firewall

    After more than 20 years as reliably blue in presidential contests, Pennsylvania by dint of other states’ moves is suddenly the Hillary Clinton linchpin, the place that could deny Donald Trump the presidency.


    My concerns are Florida and Pennsylvania.

    ...and Philadelphia's voting machines have NO PAPER BACKUPS!

  10. I've been dutifully awaiting Julian and I do think he will be on soon now....

  11. He's on ! But the audio is shitty.

    I think he may have offered to turn himself in....

    1. No documents, jelly sandwich offered....I think ?

    2. Train wreck, shit sandwich, farce, Julian must think Hillary's gonna win....?

    3. Toll the death knell for WikiLeaks....

    4. Don't ask for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for Julian....