Crony capitalists do well during wartime. There is a lot of money to be made in guns, bombs, and death. World War I, or as it was called, “The Great War” was the first time such destruction (and war commerce) was wrought on a global scale. I personally find it a fascinating time.
Consider that the Federal Reserve, the income tax, the plane, the tank, the machine gun, chemical warfare, The Soviet Union, and the First World War itself were all born within a few years of each other. It was a time of massive change and rising statism. Those few years in many respects defined the next 100.
These “friends and allies” supported (support?) ISIS because they are a Suni counter to Hezbollah, the Shiite army controlled by Iran.
So now we have to go in and spill American blood because the nutbar brush fire got out of hand? (And by extension help Iran and Hezbollah?) We’ve spilled enough blood for very questionable reasons in the Middle East.
By the way, if you want to read an absolutely fantastic article on the radical Islamic group Clark says our “friends” enabled I suggest What ISIS Really Wants in The Atlantic.
If there is any example of the disconnect between the oligarchs and the American people it is that some people with money to burn are willing to burn it supporting Lindsey Graham for president.
Lindsey Graham. Yes, that guy.
The oligarch to which we are referring is Sheldon Adelson. This is the same Sheldon Adelson who recently said that he didn’t like journalism and that Israel need not remain a democracy. Nice that he’s supporting “democracy” in the United States though.
Sweden cuts interest rates to below zero. The rest of Scandinavia looks about. Deflation looms. Ukraine fights. Greece revolts. France and Belgium are coming to terms with terrorist attacks. Obama asks for permission to widen the war in the Middle East. Russian billionaires spill into Switzerland forcing a de-peg from the euro. Russia herself writhes economic in crisis. China continues to slow. International shipping slows too.
Ghosts? We don’t believe in ghosts. But history and lessons learned or not learned is another issue.
Oh Senator Graham. When he’s not shilling for his new sponsor and head of Las Vegas Sands Sheldon Adelson he is doing his dance for the Military Industrial Complex.
Yeah, let’s send 10,000 ground troops back into the Middle East. Great idea. The crony birds continue to fly.
What’s up South Carolina? You guys had a chance to take this guy out last go’round.
It basically sounds like the contractor put the shooting range together with mud, cardboard, and spit.
Cheap gas feels good. It made for a more pleasant Christmas. But it should be remembered that many of the very best, highest paying jobs created since the onset of the great economic slowdown (in 2013 oilfield workers in North Dakota made on average over $112,000/year – many without a college degree) in the USA have been in the energy sector, and primarily in hydraulic fracking. Say what you want about the practice but it has been a (the?) key source of economic growth (such as it has been) for the United States over the last 4 years. Additionally, and this is not well known, fracking has (and the cheap natural gas which has come with the practice) pushed down USA carbon emissions markedly. As of October 2013 carbon emissions were at 1992 levels and dropping. Think about that. If one is concerned about global warming, and we know some of our readers are, that should be cause for celebration.
And before people start freaking I out, I have absolutely no horse in the fracking race. In fact there is a pipeline scheduled to go in just south of me transporting fracking product from West Virginia to the coast which I am not terribly keen on.
Saying this however the fracking revolution has been a huge benefit to the US economically and at least as important from a geopolitical perspective. We are now a net exporter of oil. We are the biggest producer in the world! 5 years ago people would have laughed at the idea that our reliance on foreign oil could be reduced so quickly, if at all.
By Ron Paul
If Americans were honest with themselves they would acknowledge that the Republic is no more. We now live in a police state. If we do not recognize and resist this development, freedom and prosperity for all Americans will continue to deteriorate. All liberties in America today are under siege.
It didn’t happen overnight. It took many years of neglect for our liberties to be given away so casually for a promise of security from the politicians. The tragic part is that the more security was promised — physical and economic — the less liberty was protected.
With cradle-to-grave welfare protecting all citizens from any mistakes and a perpetual global war on terrorism, which a majority of Americans were convinced was absolutely necessary for our survival, our security and prosperity has been sacrificed.
It was all based on lies and ignorance. Many came to believe that their best interests were served by giving up a little freedom now and then to gain a better life.
It actually sounds like the officers of the Iraqi army are running this scam, the rank and file are just part of the deal.
The attached video is an ad for a British grocery chain called Sainsbury’s. Saying that it is a lovely little film. A moment when humans remembered their humanity in the face of a brutal war. A war created by men these boys would never know.