Ron Paul delivers a great speech about the war/IMF bill Congress passed pretty easily. This happened during the Vietnam War. It didn’t matter who we voted into office. They all rushed into the exact same mess. It was pretty hopeless. Iran’s rulers are the same way. Like here, if an election fails to support the agenda, they use brute force.
Obama’s victory killed off the the antiwar movement. Hope springs eternal. But getting our empire to stop even minor wars is nearly impossible. When we won WWI, the US become very ‘isolationist’. But after WWII, we hopped straight into the Korean War and then, the Cold War which morphed into the Vietnam War which never shrank, it only grew and grew and grew. Only the total collapse of US international finance causing the end of the gold standard, did the hot Vietnam war end. But not the Cold War.
When Russia fell and China was our dear buddy, the US hopped right into Gulf War I and then, after the briefest of pauses, on to the Serbia war and finally, we discovered the War on Terror. This strangest of wars featured the US torturing prisoners, illegally invading countries that never attacked us, the suppression and starvation of the Palestinian people, and an endlessly widening war in Central Asia, second-hand uprisings on the borders of Russia, insurrections in China, Russia, Iran, and virtually all countries on our long list of lands we wish to control.
And all this is hideously expensive.
This is so depressing, Instead of standing up for principals, antiwar votes are switched. I noted during the war votes in Congress before the Serbian war, many GOP warmongers were suddenly transformed into peaceniks. Then, when Bush took over, they reverted to their normal warmongering status. This is now afflicting the Democrats. Same stupid story. Same venality. This is also rather unpatriotic.
All my life, I noticed that Congress seems bent on creating a massive and final bankruptcy. When we should have put our house in order, after the hyperinflation crisis, instead, we went on this massive tax cutting frenzy which caused the national debt to double with each Presidency. The only exception being when Congress was in total opposition to Clinton so we had one and a half years of budget surpluses.
One problem here for me: throughout my life, we have seen attempts at keeping ahead of viral epidemics. Some were more successful than others. This is a very mixed bag. But I assure anyone, if a government sits idle while a mega-epidemic kills many people, that government will fall. Even if the efforts don’t totally work or work at all, doing nothing is far more dangerous, politically.
It is outrageous on every possible level. There is no possible way for us to lend money to the IMF. IT is a fiction. The IMF can lend money out of thin air. But it needs someone to take the ‘hits’ if these loans don’t work. The chances of these loans not working is extremely high. When we have to insure these loans, we will be in very deep trouble.
Ron is 100% right. Bravo. Every word of this paragraph is perfect and we must stop the usage of our money on these projects. When these projects fail, the internationalists agitate to force us to use military force. This is why we are going bankrupt.
This lack of Constitutionality is key. Congress and only Congress can declare war. But they conceded this to the Presidency due to nuclear war fears. Why, we won’t have time to vote about WWIII—so we have some individual who might be mentally ill, a drunk or a Napoleon complex person who can unilaterally, without warning, launch this final conflict.
On the eve of WWI, Congress decided to evade its job of controlling the currency. Every step of the way, if given a choice between doing their job or throwing away Congressional powers, they threw it away. This is all so sad and pathetic. I wish people running Congress would give it all up and save us lots of money and illusions and simply dump the entire ‘democracy’ thing and go straight to dictatorship.
The US isn’t winning anything no matter how many ‘tribal leaders’ we kill. These events weaken us, not make us stronger. We are fighting civilians. Even if they are armed, they are still civilians. I hope Americans figure out the difference. We are a heavily armed nation. And if being armed means one is automatically open to being assassinated, well…welcome to the New World Order. Do we want assassin drones run by aliens lurking offshore or across the borders in Canada and Mexico, killing us at home or when we are at funerals and weddings? Of course not.
The US weakness is now so obvious, little itty bitty North Korea can strut and fret on the world stage and terrorize everyone. So, filled with fear, we react by spending more money on the military and making more threats, ourselves. Far from launching change, our foreign policiy is barely any different than any other times in the last 60 years. This is all rather sad. The Cuban blockade continues. No aid is moving into Gaza, either.
Hundreds of Israeli protesters temporarily blocked goods from reaching the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday, demanding the release of an Israeli soldier who was captured by militants three years ago.
The protesters, waving signs and carrying posters of 22-year-old Gilad Shalit, cut off the approach to three major crossings into the Gaza Strip while dozens of trucks, loaded with aid, waited outside.
Israel tightened its blockade of the impoverished enclave, home to 1.5 million Palestinians, after militants tunneled into Israel and captured Shalit in a deadly raid in June 2006.
Even small pressures on the Zionists are rewarded with severe overreactions. After Obama’s little speech in Egypt, this is the result: more cruelties. So far, I see no real changes at all. All systems that were running full speed in 20078 are running today. Time is ticking. We don’t have 60 years to figure out, the Cuban blockade is blockheaded. We don’t have 60 years to figure out how to handle North Korea. And we don’t have 60 years to figure out that ethnic cleansing is evil.
Another insane dictatorship that is now in alliance with North Korea. The US can’t fix this or anything else. We have to allow Asia to handle all this. We have no choice. Congress and the President imagine we have choices. This is an illusion. We can’t project power if we are financially powerless. The moves we are making are creating the condition of powerlessness.
Imagine setting a parking lot with SUVs on fire. Now, imagine this group doing it are doing it for ecological activism. Or imagine some animal rights people releasing a bunch of minks from cages. According to our own government, under Obama, these people are classified as TERRORISTS and can be put in prison for many years. If not, killed outright. The Iranian rulers are simply saying and doing one more step further down this road to tyranny.
Only the Iranian people can free themselves. They have to do this the same way other people must do this: by fighting back. Modern weapons like assassin robot missiles make resistance very difficult. In the old days, things were a bit more even. Imagine the US revolutionaries fighting the British rulers, if we had only guns and the rulers had assassin robots! We would have lost. Our only hope would be to bankrupt the government. Or get the military to side with the revolutionaries.
‘Terrorism’ is one of the few tools available to civilians who wish to fight their own governments. The US loves status quo systems but only if they are ones imposed by ourselves. All others must allow revolutions and uprisings. This bizarre double standard is most annoying. Anyone calling for a separation of the US into smaller states is considered a criminal except if they are GOP leaders in Texas or Alaska, of course. Heh.
Back to ‘destroying property’: the US government is extremely ferocious if anyone burns cop cars or even disrupts traffic. I can’t see why we would object to the Iranian rulers thinking the same way. Try holding up an antiwar sign at your local mall and see how fast you get arrested and maybe, even tasered.
Members of Congress are expressing growing impatience with the Obama Administration’s diplomatic efforts, and are looking to move unilaterally to impose harsh new sanctions against the governments of Iran and North Korea.
See? Congress won’t do its Constitutional duties. But it does have all the time in the world to do all sorts of goofy international war measures. Our nation is collapsing but this isn’t important. What is important is projecting power. Of course, if we want a truly liberal Iran, all we have to do is increase business with them. Instead, we see Congress following this idiotic business of cutting business to Iran which isolates them further and radicalizes the government even more. We know from history, this isolation of individual countries simply makes it much harder for the populace to force changes! So why do we do it so much?
Whatever the Kang Nam is carrying, its looks like Myanmar, whose budding rapport with North Korea was rudely interrupted in October 1983 when three North Korean commandos planted a bomb in a plot to assassinate the South Korean president, General Chun Doo-hwan, on a state visit to Rangoon, now Yangon. Chun escaped, but 18 South Korean officials and three local citizens were killed. Myanmar and North Korea were not on speaking terms for years.
If we want to be a leadership nation, we have lead nations, not try to impose our will on nations. We can’t afford it, anyway.
Russia’s parliament Wednesday blasted the Japanese lower house’s passage of a bill on Japan’s sovereignty over four Russian-administered islands off Hokkaido, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported. The June 11 passage of the bill by the Japanese House of Representatives dashed hope for bilateral negotiations for signing a peace treaty, the State Duma said in a statement it adopted during Wednesday’s plenary session, according to Interfax. Unless Japan’s parliament scraps the bill, bilateral negotiations for signing the treaty will be deadlocked, the statement said. The Russian lower house also hinted at adopting a bill to counter the Japanese bill.
If talks over a peace treaty are stalled as a result of the Japanese Diet’s latest move, Japan will be fully responsible for the consequence, the statement said. The Japanese bill would amend a decades-old law intended to accelerate campaigning for sovereignty over the disputed islands—Kunashiri, Etorofu, Shikotan and the Habomai islet group. The bill stipulates that Japan will ‘‘make utmost efforts to realize the early return of the islands, which are an integral part of our country.’’ Earlier this month, the Russian Foreign Ministry also issued critical comments on the bill, describing it as ‘‘inappropriate and unacceptable.’’ Tokyo has been calling for control of all four islands, known in Japan as the Northern Territories and in Russia as the Southern Kurils. The dispute has prevented Japan and Russia from signing a bilateral peace treaty since the end of World War II.
It should be pretty obvious that everyone is ignoring the US and running off on tangents of their own. The US is foolish if we back Japan in this matter, for example. We are not allies. We have to revert to picking and choosing our fights and our support systems. We have to constantly gage our own position with all others. Europe is not always ‘on our side’. Nor is Japan. Or South Korea. Or South America. Or anyone. All alliances should have limits. These limits will protect all parties and prevent the spread of wars. It will also make it easier for people to change governments.
Right now, we have a dynamic where all parties want to stay in power. For example, the Saudi Royals should be kicked to the curb. They abuse women far, far more than the Iranian mullahs. We protect them. Japan is in desperate need for the LDP to be thrown out, too. The status quo there is in full collapse yet the government rolls onwards. England is undergoing a massive collapse in public support for the government and it is richly deserved. Change is in the air.
Even if Iran or England, the US or North Korea suppresses any dissent, the pressure for change is relentless. History will not allow the status quo to struggle on much longer.