Blowback: The Washington War Party’s Folly Comes Home to Roost

“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Some of the folks in the Military Industrial Complex would be wise to revisit the lessons in this book. Of course much of the Art of War is about being frugal with resources. The contractors aren’t too keen on that.

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An excellent 5 minute video explaining* the players in the Syrian war (Plus what’s really going on there.)

Image: Mint Press News

War is fundamentally crony. There is death and destruction and despair for most, but for some people, companies, and governments there is money to be made too. Sometimes very big money indeed. The conflict in Syria is an example. It’s not really about religion and terrorism. (Though these are hugely important factors.)

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DARPA ‘already implanting chips in brains of wounded US soldiers returning from Middle East’

This is a double edged sword, as nearly every technology is. This could open up new doors for the treatment of PTSD, depression, and other mental illness. Illnesses which cripple millions around the world. If more effective than current treatments such chips could indeed prove a real blessing. There is far too much suffering in the world. Alleviating suffering is among the noblest of goals.

On the other hand there is a dark side to this technology being developed in the skunk labs.

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Unrelenting immigration is easy for those rich enough (often through crony capitalism) to mitigate the impact

Peggy Noonan writes in the Wall Street Journal of a fundamental disconnect between what she refers to as “elites” (I despise this term, many, if not most people in power I have met are not what I would call “elite.”) and their indifference to the pressures which come from massive immigration. She makes an important point. A giant increase in immigration flows isn’t going to really impact the circle Angela Merkle runs in, except that perhaps the people in this circle will be able to pay their gardeners even less.

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Flashpoint: White House Confirms Russian Presence In Syria, Warns It Is “Destabilizing”

So the Russians appear to be in Syria fighting alongside the Syrian government troops. We’re droning stuff in the region. The Iranians were carrying out strikes against ISIS in the region recently. The Turks are warring. The Israelis are freaking out over the Iran deal. The Saudis are involved.

This in a very small piece of real estate. A piece of real estate which just happens to be right where some would like to plant a giant natural gas pipeline which could supply Europe.

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Free People Have Pride

It’s true. Free people stand up for themselves. Free people respect others but question why it is that they must fall in line.

This general disposition annoys politicians and perhaps more importantly it annoys the people who do not see any value in standing up for themselves, in thinking independently. Why can’t you just get along? Why do you have to question everything? What makes you so special that you get to challenge the system which is obviously (sic) in place for the greater good? 

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Vox writer calls American Revolution ‘a monumental mistake’

Look, there are a whole lot of people who want to be ruled. They crave it. They want to be managed. They need to be told what to do. And by God they want others to live under the same yoke.

What kind of pathetic person makes the case for colonial domination, and then tries to couch such an argument in “progressive” terms? A particularly gutless fellow I’d say.

Someone who would prefer to be a subject,

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Could we be at war with China before the next presidential election? Some informed individuals say maybe

What’s the old adage? Never engage in a land war in Asia? Well we tossed that one out a while ago and now it looks like we might be heading for one on the high seas. No kidding. China is building island bases in the South China Sea, right over massive deposits of oil and smack dab in the middle of Asian trade routes, and we are not happy about it. In fact we’ve ordered China to essentially stop immediately.  

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Big government neoconservative Bill Kristol: Rand is a ‘liberal Democrat’


So a generally libertarianish guy who believes in free markets, lowering taxes, and actually reducing the size of the government is a “liberal Democrat”? Well, gee, this country is better off than we may have thought. Our colleges must be filled with professors calling for deregulation and the protection of property rights because we know that our university system is “liberal.” Ted Kennedy was actually for liberty and freedom not an ever expanding state,

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To what degree is the the “Defense” industry driving foreign policy? And why Obama is the military contractor’s best friend

As I’ve written many times before, I grew up around the military industrial complex. I am a Navy brat and am still a Navy Football fan. (Pretty much the only team I care about these days.) I know the squeal of an F-14 as it banks in at sunset to land with its wings open. I can practically recite Top Gun to you. At one point I thought I might want to be a navy SEAL. My mother used to take us to the beach and we’d watch the giant hovercrafts ramp over the dunes.

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Politico: Obama took office vowing to end America’s wars. Now we’re in at least 5.

I love that Politico says that we are in “at least 5” wars. You know, because maybe 1 or 2 aren’t really wars technically, or the American public doesn’t really know about them, whatever. At least 5.

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Rand Paul: Lindsey Graham, John McCain are ‘lapdogs’ for President Obama’s foreign policy (VIDEO)

And let’s be real honest. They aren’t just lapdogs for Obama. They are lapdogs for Sheldon Adelson (Graham’s new sponsor) the billionaire head of Las Vegas Sands who hates Rand Paul and Paul’s father and anyone else who thinks that aid to Israel isn’t sacrosanct.

By the way, here’s a cute little picture of John McCain and Lindsey Graham, the 2 guys who say that Rand Paul is naive on matters of foreign policy,

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