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9/11 and the Great American Decline

by BAR executive editor
Glen Ford

"9/11 was wielded as a kind of weapon to take down the
planet."

"So, what do you think will happen now?" The question was
posed by the taller of two young Israelis, my sole companions in this section
of Liberty State Park on the Jersey City side of the Hudson River, the morning
of September 11, 2001.

"Everything has changed," I replied, unaware that the same
phrase was simultaneously forming on the lips of millions around the globe.

"Yes, everything has changed," said the Israeli,
looking not at all displeased. He turned to resume taking photos of the great
smoking space that had been the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, and of
the huge, low cloud that drifted across New York Bay to Brooklyn.

My fellow witnesses to the collapse of the second tower were
already positioned at the riverbank when I arrived at the scene on foot after
having rushed past police who blocked all vehicular entrance to the park. The
athletic, military age duo were clicking away with two very expensive-looking
cameras. They spoke excitedly to each other in Hebrew - a language I instantly
recognized from my two decades as a Manhattanite - but clumsily claimed to be
"Polish" when I asked where they were from. I pretended to believe they were
visitors from Poland.

"The athletic, military age duo were clicking away with
two very expensive-looking cameras."

Informed that I was a reporter, the taller, more gregarious
one laughed giddily and exclaimed, "Yes, we are reporters, too!" He opened an
attaché case to display two laminated New Jersey press cards that looked just
like mine - except they were the wrong color. He cheerfully admitted the press
cards were phony. "They are easy to make," he said, still laughing.

Their new-smelling car was parked nearby; it was the only
vehicle in the lot, since the young men had clearly arrived before the police
sealed the entrances to the park. When we were done gawking at the awful hole
in the skyline across the river, the visitors allowed me to hitch a short ride
home. As the day unfolded, news reports told of other, small groups of Israelis
positioned at vantage points on the Jersey side of the Hudson. Some behaved
shamelessly, loudly welcoming the new era in which "everything has changed."

My own theory is that my companions were probably senior
students in a graduating class of one or another Israeli intelligence agencies.
Co-ed groups of military-age Israelis pretending to be students of a
non-existent Tel Aviv "arts school" had earlier that year been caught
attempting to visit - "infiltrate" - sensitive U.S. security sites, as
authoritatively reported at the time by a number of corporate media outlets.

At the very least, Israel knew something was up, and
arranged for their graduate-spies to be witnesses to history.

In the intervening years I have always maintained that,
in one sense, it doesn't really matter what the Israelis or the U.S. government
knew or did not know. The essence of the event lies in how it was received,
framed and acted upon by the Bush regime: as a god-send - no matter how it was
actually sent or by whom.

"Israel knew something was up, and arranged for their
graduate-spies to be witnesses to history."

The Bush gang could no more conceal their excitement at the
possibilities now opened to them by mass murder at the Twin Towers, than could
my Israeli interlocutors at Liberty State Park. 9/11 was wielded as a kind of
weapon to take down the planet, justification for a final assault on
international order, itself.

In its convulsive "response" to 9/11 - the worldwide "War on
Terror" - the United States seized the opportunity to put in motion planetary
aggressions that already existed in the blueprints of the neo-con's Project for a
New American Century
(PNAC). In effect, Washington was claiming revenge as
the motive for crimes that it had long been planning to commit. Precise
causality for the specific events of 9/11 becomes near-irrelevant, submerged in
the much larger aggression that was conceived long before the towers fell.

The strategic offensive to establish permanent U.S. global
hegemony by force of arms, beginning with an invasion of Iraq, is truly the
event that was meant to "change everything." In the broad sweep of history,
9/11 may one day be viewed much like the assassination of the Archduke
Ferdinand
, in 1914: as an occurrence that merely served to ignite the
inevitable. The Bush regime desperately wanted a global war, and it got one.

And they became drunk, much like biblical descriptions of
men drunk on their own ambitions. With the seemingly easy seizure of Baghdad
and the apparent capitulation of the international community, the Bush regime
drank fully of their own propaganda. Triumphalist Capital and millennialist
Christians and Zionists, speaking in tongues of pure aggression, imagined they
had sealed the fates - ended the history - of all the "lesser peoples" of the
planet. Defense chief Donald Rumsfeld whirled in rabid dementia, convinced that
Iraqis were burning Baghdad in celebration of U.S. victory. "They're
free," he frothed. "And free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes
and do bad things."

"Washington was claiming revenge as the motive for
crimes that it had long been planning to commit."

The corporate media began to speak of America as the "New
Rome" - which was, tellingly, the same way Osama bin Laden started
referring
to the United States. But in Washington's version, there was no
fall at the end of empire - no end at all, only a final equilibrium with the
U.S. at the top.

Rome looms large in the imagination of white America
(which does exist, despite what Barack Obama says). Europeans have long noted
that the United States has far more Roman- and Greek-styled columns than do
Rome and Greece. These decadent, ostentatious knockoffs were the standard
facades of Deep South mansions, each of them soaked in slave blood. America,
conceived by its founders as an empire in-the-making, has always dreamed of
out-doing Rome. For a brief time, the U.S. Lords of Capital and tens of
millions of American racial chauvinists thought they were on the brink of a
pan-Earth empire - until the Iraqi resistance halted Washington's grand
offensive.

Stopped in their tracks, the would-be Romans now faced
the same contradictions that had propelled them to declare endless war in the
first place - but multiplied by bacchanalian military expenditures, steady
shift of productive forces from North and West to South and East, dramatic
erosion of the dollar's artificial supremacy, and a determination among nations
to disentangle themselves from the dangerous, unhealthy American Centurion.

Looming like Doom is the Mother of All Bubbles, $750 trillion
in derivatives and other monetary inventions that former German Chancellor
Helmut Schmidt and many of Europe's social democrats call "fictitious
capital
." When the bubble bursts, which it must, then it can truly be said,
"everything has changed."

BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.

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Was America Attacked by Muslims on 9/11?

911 Was An INSIDE JOB

911 was an inside job. Of this there is no doubt at this time. Read the works of David Ray Griffin, Ph.D., and watch the DVDs: "911 Mysteries" and "9/11 Blueprint: The Architecture of Destruction" before you doubt me. You WILL be convinced, if you weren't already. Also, read the scholarly articles of Ph.D Engineer Steven Jones. All of this evidence is definitive; opinion has nothing to do with this.

Brilliant Expose

Thanks Bro. Ford for another immeasurable column. Obama is a dangerous pick who has single-handedly transported the progressive community to the brink of extinction.

9/11 was an inside job

I think it's very important that black people and all people understand that 9/11 was an inside job. There are hundreds of pieces of evidence, each which own its own, completely flips the "offical lie" on its head.

I disagree with Brother Ford that it doesn't matter who caused 9/11. It matters immensely. There is a huge difference between taking advantage of people's emotions from a terrorist attack and actually perpetrating a terrorist attack. Black people need to become more involved in the 9/11 truth movement. If we can uncover the cover-up we can at least bring the country back to a pre-Bush state, which I know is no heaven but it's better than this hell.

sad day

I have read many of words reeking of anger and hate. How sad is it that anger blinds you to the truth. One could also provide experts and evidence that Santa exists, but most of us know the truth. You want to believe it and hold a deaf ear to many facts that are irrefutable. Open up your minds and think outside of the tiny world box you have created. It will make you healthier and happier.

9/11 WAS AN INSIDE JOB

9/11 WAS AN INSIDE JOB. Wake the F&$% up America. We are doomed to suffer unless an unfettered investigation takes place. Black, white, native, hispanic, asian, short, tall, rich, poor.......WAKE THE F%@# UP! PS....Connie is the most pronounced liar of this whole despicable treasonous bunch. She is a disgrace to all of the incredibly righteous black folks I know....and that is plenty!
GPW

Genocide/War Crimes/Crimes Against Humanity

The author speaks the truth.
It's time to decide whether some men/women are above the Law.
It's time to decide whether we are slaves, or free, and

whether some are better able to commit crimes, with impunity, or not.

The vote is hacked. Both parties work for the same man.

There has to be a time for all good people to stand up in aid of their country.

This has become that time.
History will judge harshly, all those who live in apathy.

Pentagon handy work

OBL said the US military need something to increase its budget after the cold war was over. 911 was the answer.
Blame it on the boxcutters guys and all of them succeeded as planned. the rollercoaster for wars is eaiser done than said Sachkavilli attacked mighty Russia. John McBush said we are all Georgians. how about another porper global war....

I can't believe any progressive still believes the government's version of that day. Until we as a country demand the truth about that day, nothing will work for us. That day was the beginning of the end for us and the neocons have used it to put in place everything they've ever wanted. The Democrats have fallen down on this issue like so many others.

The people running this government are psychopaths and we are at the mercy because we are too complacent and ignorant to figth back.

wide angle view

Mr. Ford, thanks for posting your personal experience. Dr. Griffin, I read your link, and with all due respect I think you're missing out on the true nature of what has happened.

Here's my basic premise of the events and their resolution. First, this is a crime and the essential elements of solving a crime are motivation, opportunity, money and people.

The perpetrators used this crime to enable their geopolitical goals, namely neutralizing the influence of Russia and China in the middle east. The primary beneficiary is of course the US. The process was done through intermediaries such that the actors didn't understand they were really doing our bidding, i.e. they were at least twice removed from their true masters. It matters not what the personal behaviors of the hijackers were. They did it, undeniably, and we know who they were. The real question is who could get them to do this?

The co-conspirators are Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Israel. Saudi Arabia provided the gateway (Jeddah), the muscle and most of the funding. There is tremendous documentation of Saudi banking, Saudi royals, and Saudi agents involved throughout this operation. Pakistan provided funding, logistical support, and perhaps a safe haven. Israel provided operational oversight and distraction of american intelligence and law enforcement resources, which Mr. Barr was witness to. These three countries all stood to gain from engaging the US presence in the middle east in preference to Russia or China. Pakistan owes us because we helped them develop the bomb, who knows what else they were promised. Saudi Arabia feared Saddam. Israel is our beach-head and promotes chaos and weakness in the arab world.

You'll note that Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have carefully been scripted as partners in the "war on terror," which insulates them and their citizens from US lawsuits, even though the documentation that they support terrorism is overwhelming. Bush has gone to great lengths to protect Saudi exposure throughout this event. Look at the censoring of the initial senate 911 report: the entire Saudi chapter is blacked out. It goes on and on. Read Winter Patriot's blog for the essential concepts and the details I cannot provide here. Read the cooperative research timeline.

This MO allows for the timeline that is observed, i.e., the plot development indeed took years and was ongoing while our current regime was out of power, but NOT out of touch. Regardless, the co-conspirators who nurtured the plot were in power, and mostly remain so.

Good day to you all.

Credible Critics of the Official Account of 9/11

Defenders of the official account of 9/11 would have you believe there are no credible critics of the official account. However, consider the following:

- Raymond McGovern, PhD, former Chairman of the CIA's National Intelligence Estimates (NIE) and 27-year CIA veteran. (According to the CIA, NIE's are "the most authoritative written judgments concerning national security issues") "I think at simplest terms, there's a cover-up. The 9/11 Report is a joke."

- William Christison, former Director of the CIA's Office of Regional and Political Analysis, overseeing 250 CIA analysts. 29-year CIA veteran. "I now think there is persuasive evidence that the events of September did not unfold as the Bush administration and the 9/11 Commission would have us believe. ... An airliner almost certainly did not hit The Pentagon. ... The North and South Towers of the World Trade Center almost certainly did not collapse and fall to earth because hijacked aircraft hit them."

- Melvin Goodman, PhD, former Division Chief of the CIA's Office of Soviet Affairs and Senior Analyst from 1966 - 1990. "The final [9/11 Commission] report is ultimately a coverup. I don't know how else to describe it."

- General Albert Stubblebine, former commanding general of U.S. Army Intelligence. "I look at the hole in the Pentagon and I look at the size of an airplane that was supposed to have hit the Pentagon. And I said, ‘The plane does not fit in that hole’. So what did hit the Pentagon? What hit it? Where is it? What's going on?"

For decades, we relied on these individuals to collect information essential to our national security and provide critical analysis during which time the U.S. faced much more real and much more serious threats than anything today. We cannot now ignore their stunning condemnation of the official account of 9/11.

Information about 1,000 other credible critics of the official account of 9/11 is available at http://PatriotsQuestion911.com/

stunned

Did you see Bush sneak into the towers and plant explosives? I think the people you are quoting have an agenda. I remember watching it happen on TV and I'm reasonibly sure Bush is incapable of pulling that off. Besides, it seems to me that all the planning was done during Bill's 8 yrs of partying in the oval office.

Is there anyone on this blog that has a rational thought? Or maybe no one wants to hear other opinions?

Cui bono - To Whose Benefit?

Ask yourself who benefitted from 911 and you will find out who did it. Who made the big bucks in the face of an economy where everybody else is losing cash? Who had another country take down one of their enemies? Who stood to benefit from the backlash against Muslims?

Engineers Question Official Account of 9/11

- Joel S. Hirschhorn, PhD – Professor of Metallurgical Engineering, University of Wisconsin 1965 - 1978. Senior Staff Member, Congressional Office of Technology Assessment 1978 - 1990. Testified more than 50 times before Congress on technology, science, and environmental issues. Former Director of Environment, Energy and Natural Resources, National Governors Association. Signer of the Architects and Engineers Petition to Reinvestigate 9/11. "When it comes to 9/11, we face the strong belief that only al-Qaeda caused 9/11. But analyses by many experts reveal the collapse of the three WTC buildings was not caused by the two airplanes exploding into the twin towers. Without getting into details that one can spend many hours examining on a number of websites, the general view is that the buildings were brought down by controlled demolition."

- John Edward Anderson, PhD – Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota. Signer of the Architects and Engineers Petition to Reinvestigate 9/11. "My own calculation showed that the buildings fell more quickly than possible considering momentum exchange in pancaking from floor to floor."

- Enver Masud, MS – Former Chief, Strategic and Emergency Planning Branch, U.S. Department of Energy. Signer of the Architects and Engineers Petition to Reinvestigate 9/11. "The 9/11 Commission Report is fatally flawed. The major conclusions of the 9/11 Commission Report - the official, conspiracy theory - are false."

- Hugo Bachmann, PhD – Professor Emeritus and former Chairman of the Department of Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. "In my opinion the building WTC 7 was, with great probability, professionally demolished."

Information about 1,000 other credible critics of the official account of 9/11 is available at http://PatriotsQuestion911.com/

Betrayal

Being in the construction field, the collapse of all three WTC buildings looked quite akin to demolitions to me. However, during the day of 9/11, reports of bombs and secondary explosions were reported on all the major networks, so I figured an investigation would be forthcoming, and the truth would out. Not so. The Bush administration fought tooth and nail against any such investigation, and the investigation finally cobbled together was "doomed to fail" in the words of Lee Hamilton.

Now, over 450 Architects and Engineers have signed a petition demanding a new investigation with subpoena powers. AE911truth.org is a great site for those new to the truth of that day.

I became aware of the awful truth in 2003, and it was the demise of building 7 which triggered my gestalt. I feel as if I have had my country stolen from me, or perhaps it was never mine to begin with. This is coming from a thirteenth generation American.

As of late, it has also caused me to reflect upon the monstrous lies and deception that have been foisted upon African Americans for generations. It doesn't feel good.

I told someone at work today that it was an inside job

Now I wish I had said "You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts."

It's true, once you look at the facts and allow yourself to understand how buildings are constructed, you begin to get that even a relatively small structure would not fall as did the towers did without explosives.

And right there you have a conspiracy, and a total invalidation of the official account. And all those who heard the bombs and denied it will be damned. WE can do that.

People who get the facts and abandon the government's lie of a story, never go back to believing the bush-tale.

Another observation: It's never the case that someone abandons the notion of an inside job for the official cover story. Never.

That's an indication of truth and the effect of knowledge. This is not quite like JFK. Too big to hide, and we will see this as a primitive attempt if we can stave off our own defeat long enough get to that level of understanding.

The future of the USA is revolution or secession, this may be the last nationwide election.

Interesting personal observations

Of course we have seen a lot about the "five dancing Israelis", but this personal encounter adds something to the narrative. We must take it on the word of the author, but it isn't hard to accept that there is one country in the middle east which welcomed the US's experience with alleged Arab terrorists to forge a new purpose. My own observation (which you may credit or not) was of a neighbor (I live in a suburb of Boston) after the Oklahoma City bombing, who was convinced (and somewhat ecstatic about it) that we had "finally" been hit by mideast terrorists. After that turned out to be domestic terrorism, as did the anthrax, each with their respective culprits (whether patsies or operatives who got caught or lone nuts), it was clear that for a time both events operated to change things in favor of more authoritarian controls (Patriot Acts). And yet "Homeland Security" was a little lax about NOLA, which is what I thought taking care of the "homeland" was about. After reading Griffin and others, I am more than ever convinced of the presence of explosives and am indeed one of those who does not go back the prior explanation.

By the way, I went to high school with one of the pilots on 9/11. I remember him as a straight arrow. A person they say was his daughter (someone involved in a pyramid scam and who kept pit bulls) recently died in a bizarre fire in which her "boyfriend" acted a bit oddly, allowing her to perish. Knowing the pilot as I did, I find this a funny daughter for him to have had. Just my two cents here. I also live in a town from which some of the 9/11 victims came, but I have yet to see a memorial service specifically for them, with all the bathos and the plaques. One of them, however, was an Enron exec. It's like the Kennedy assassination - there's a lot of detail out there which can take your eye off the ball.

As the author says, it's intriguing to follow the evidence of prior knowledge of the attack (whether Israelis on the scene or the shorting of stocks), but in the end, it is what is finally accomplished. Unitary presidency and authoritarian controls in a world in which the USA ("USA!USA!") is getting its lunch eaten by the growing power of other nations.

9/11, Zionism and the Ascent of American Facism

Is there any question that, AT A MINIMUM, 9/11 could have been avoided, putting aside the convincing evidence that it was an inside job? When none another than neocon central Fox News reports on the possible Israeli connection, you know it's time to stand up and take note:

From Justin Raimondo at antiwar.com:

On December 11, (2001) Fox News ran the first of a four-part series by Carl Cameron that offered yet more evidence to support my contention that the Israelis had some rather specific foreknowledge of the 9/11 atrocity. Citing sources in law enforcement, Cameron dropped a bombshell:

"A handful of active Israeli military were among those detained, according to investigators, who say some of the detainees also failed polygraph questions when asked about alleged surveillance activities against and in the United States. There is no indication that the Israelis were involved in the 9-11 attacks, but investigators suspect that they [sic] Israelis may have gathered intelligence about the attacks in advance, and not shared it. A highly placed investigator said there are – quote – 'tie-ins.' But when asked for details, he flatly refused to describe them, saying, – quote – 'evidence linking these Israelis to 9-11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It's classified information.'

The detained Israelis, reported Cameron, had been part of a vast spy operation that had very possibly been tracking the hijackers, and had both the means and the opportunity to discover the terrorist plot. Over four nights, he detailed extensive Israeli penetration of US defense and government facilities revealed in the documents of a secret task force within the government that has been collecting evidence on this case since the early 1990s.

As Cameron put it in an interview with CSPAN:

"The biggest story of our time, of Israel spying on all branches of the government, on all our intelligence agencies – in the CIA [Central Intelligence Agency], the DEA and the White House itself, is not picked up by the leading newspapers like the New York Times and the Washington Post."

Is there any doubt the the Zionists and Neocons planned and executed 9/11 much in the same way they planned and executed the Iraq War, the Georgia/Russia conflict, or dusting up a potential war with Iran?? The Project for a New American Century drafters longed for a "Pearl Harbor-like" event to launch catalyzing event to launch the militaristic/fascist agenda of world hegemony and perpetual war. And to paraphrase Barry Obama: They have "succeeded beyond their wildest dreams."

other sources:

Justin Raimondo, antiwar.com, 1-16-07- "The High Fivers." and 3-8-02, "9/11: The Truth Comes Out."

Christopher Ketcham, Information Clearinghouse: "What did Israel know in advance of the 9/11 Attacks?

Don't let cries of antisemitism bury the truth. Remember the Liberty.

It wasn't Bush

posted by Steve:
"Is there anyone on this blog that has a rational thought? Or maybe no one wants to hear other opinions?"

Steve, I'm entirely rational. I'm also well aware of the number of criminal activities that CIA and government leaders are involved in. Most Americans simply trust too much, but the stakes these people are playing for are tremendous, and they'll do most anything to achieve their goals.

Again, I warn people not focus on the buildings falling down. You're already off track if you do. A plane DID hit the Pentagon.

If you want to understand this event, go to http://www.cooperativeresearch.org/ and read the 9/11 timeline. This is an investment in your and America's future, its a 57-page read right now. Notice what is omitted from the official 9/11 reports. This event was planned by Saudi and Pakistani intelligence, both of which are allies and have been protected by this administration, numerous times. Now, try to rationally explain that to yourself without US complicity.

Look then at the response to the event. Resistance to investigation. No accountability. Phony root cause analysis. Immediate decision to invade Iraq, indeed the intent to do so was stated prior to 9/11. BTW, we knew very well that Iraq was not a WMD threat, and in fact had long manipulated UNSCOM inspections so that they would never reach a definitive end.

As to the timeline, realize that there is tremendous power in the hands of people not in elective office, people with direct connection to foreign leaders.

The purpose of this event was to position the US in the middle east versus Russia and China, and to marginalize the US electorate in the process. This is big-time geopolitical manuevering. Read and wake up.

The more sobering thought is...

While our contenders for the White House posture about who has the biggest balls, and spew meaningless bellicosity, AMERICAN IS WEAK/WEAKENED. You know it's a wrap when Neocon Mouthpiece/Iraq War Cheerleader Thomas Friedman admits that China has more capacity for ingenuity and inner vision than we do. In other observations, we are:

1. Weaker fiscally & financially. Unemployment claims and declining tax revenues are driving many states and cities to verge of bankruptcy, key industries are on the verge of collapse, US is a debtor nation dependent upon the Sovereign Wealth Funds of, in some instances, it's so-called "enemies" or rivals;

2. Weaker Militarily and geopolitically, see Russia/Georgia; Hezbollah/Isreal conflict, Iran is ascendant in Iraq; S. America is shifting alliances elsewhere. The military is "broke", billions required to refurbish worn equipment,and despite 730 bases over the world, and a private military contractor corp that parallels the size of the standing army (better paid too), both candidates want to expand it, to commit increasing, scare resources to the Complex;

3. We are a weaker (if we ever were a) democracy. Legislators are increasing inept, corrupt and partisan to the core, bought and sold, beholden to the lobbyists; ideology TRUMPS SCIENCE AND RATIONALITY, decision-making is riveted with the banal, inane, and sheer stupidity; icons and symbolism have become our tools of political discourse. We are DRAMA QUEEN NATION living in a virtual world.

4. We are weaker Morally, Ethically, and Spiritually, having bought into the "Grand Theft" of a non-threatening nation's resources--oil, a dependency wrought from our own greed and sloth, and lack of scientific achievement/ingenuity; we have condoned torture, secret prisons, private armies are sanctioned with no accountability, we are immune not only to their rape of other nations, but their rape of their fellow female employees; "Democracy is a whore"- Harold Pinter;

5. As a NATION, we are failing to close the achievement gap viz the ascending powers, we reject science, critical thinking, intellecutalism,reasoning in favor of slogans, bromides, pandering, ideological whoring and Creationism. We export "entertainment" while other nations export new technologies;

6. After 7 years,-- SEVEN YEARS!!, New Yorkers still can't even decide how to honor their victims, what does that say about the unity or foresight of this nation, and what our priorities are?

If Barack Obama would explain in clear, compelling, factual terms how Bushco and the Neocons have destroyed America, it's middle class, diminished it's defensive capacity, it's standing in the world, increased it's insecurity, he might just knock the glow off of Mr. War Hero." Instead he parrots the lies and DELUSIONS of the Imperialists/Military/National Security apparatus and gloats about the "surge being successful beyond our wildest dreams." He could rebut by detailing the hellish nightmare wrought on Iraqis, the millions dead and displaced, the hardened ethnic divisions, the brain drain exodus, the population pressures on neighboring states, the regional instability evidenced by the invasion, or explaining how the Iraqi's themselves rejected the so-called "Islamo-facism," the extremist amongst them as the true basis for the "surge" success versus the Propaganda Line from the MSM.

We are a nation without a plan or a conscience, morally and intellectually adrift. We have allowed our fears, our coarser instincts, our darker nature to dictate our choices and direction, our national "mission. We have become a virtual second-rate power with ever-declining living standards, and resources, ever-declining industrial outputs,-- a weak, cowardly nation that sees war and death as it's only high moral ground.

Hold on to your hats "Ladies and Gents,", we are in for a hellish spiraling downward despite the "Good Morning in America" bullshit. If I've depressed you sufficiently perhaps you will find solace and comfort in the fact that, "We are Georgians," and "The Surge has succeeded beyond our wildest dreams."

btw, nice piece, fugdubya..

The "War on Terror" fraud.

Decline

America started to decline after it gave fools the right to vote who are racist and selfish and can only rob, rape and play sports, BLACK MUSLIMS are the stupidest people on earth since ARABS or as said in the ghetto AYRABS were the main slave traders I laugh at fools like Farakhan and Malcolm X but then again they cannot be blamed since their intellignce is lcaking that's why we need AFFIRMATIVE ACTION for these folks.

Thanks Tech Issue

Hi, great post. Yes, we're at the end of a system, or is it just a scam. The question is, what will replace it, and I would speculate that the folks who brought you 9/11 (and all the wars in recent history) have another vision for what that will be than does the mass of humankind. Let's wake up.
On a tech note, this page doesn't display right in Firefox. Check it out. Peace

I thought your head had exploded by now Rob

But since you insist on your racist diatribes, let me play your game..

WHITE PEOPLE are on the decline Rob, that's why you interlope here at BAR, you have no one to listen to your feeble cries, your woes of desparation and lamentations so you try (really really hard) to get a rise out of BAR Posters. Your helplessness is downright funny. Since here in America and all over the world you are a dwindling majority soon to be minority, perhaps THAT'S WHY WE NEED AFFIRMATIVE ACTION Rob, you were simply "planning ahead." If you "white guys" were so smart and brilliant, you would've have f@*ked up the "New American Century" which lasted all of 6 or 7 years--some "century." Now amscray and go learn some Spanish or Chinese. Que pasa, zaijian, brother. HA

the awful thruth

"The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists." - J. Edgar Hoover

Rob, al Qaeda is looking for a few good men of your hue

If Black Muslims are the stupidest people on earth, where does that place White Muslims???

Read em and weep son,--HA

Source: Telegraph, 9-10-08

As Barack Obama and John McCain head to New York's Ground Zero seven years after 19 Middle-Eastern hijackers brought devastation to the US mainland, counter-terrorism experts believe that any future attack will be made by terrorists with an "American face".

They point to reports of white faces in terrorism training camps in Pakistan - the so-called "white men of Waziristan", a reference to the remote tribal area where both al-Qaeda and the Taliban have bases.

Experts believe that dozens of westerners have undergone such training as their leaders try to recruit non-Middle Eastern Asians, particularly ethnic Caucasians, who are less likely to attract the attention of security and law enforcement agencies.

Al-Qaeda's recent decision to put out videos in English and a similar change on extremist "jihadi" websites have also been cited of evidence of a new strategy to find recruits who are less likely to attract the attention of security and law enforcement agencies.

Such concerns were sharpened last week after the arrest of three Germans over an alleged plot to destroy a club used by US servicemen.

Two of the three were white, ethnic Germans and all had allegedly been trained in camps in Waziristan.

"There is no bigger worry for the US counter-terrorism community than young Caucasian men who have turned to al-Qaeda," Roger Cressey, a former National Security Council official in the Clinton and Bush administrations, told the US news network MSNBC.

9/11 Was Not and Inside Job

"America, conceived by its founders as an empire in-the-making, has always dreamed of out-doing Rome. For a brief time, the U.S. Lords of Capital and tens of millions of American racial chauvinists thought they were on the brink of a pan-Earth empire - until the Iraqi resistance halted Washington's grand offensive".

Glen Ford

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Glen - Every now and then you write an article that I claim is the best I've ever read from you or anyone, and I am making that clam again with this very enlightening and empowering read.

I do not believe that 9/11 was an inside job. I do believe that 9/11 was going to happen sooner or later (Chickens Coming Home to Roost) be it on 9/11 or any other date/year. And, I believe that US officials understood this long ago. Although the US knew an attack against the US was inevitable I believe they purposefully did very little to prevent it because an attack on the US by Muslims would justify a retaliatory strike (preemptive) and take over of oil-rich Muslim nations.

Signifyin'

white minority

where i live whites are ALREADY a minority yet we get denied contracts, schooling, jobs and even the right to vote due to the "voting righs act", yet I don't see YOUR leaders Sharpton, Jackson and McKineey fighting for me, True white people are NOT brilliant if they were they would never have imported laziness or occupied Africa and dealt with these people, I beleive WHITES OUT OF AFRICA, AND AFRICANS OUT OF EUROPE, this is why I despise Mccain and Bush they both are post -white internationalists, hence CONDOMleeza Rice and COLON Powell

Rob, looks like you are ass-out--AGAIN!

Rob, I always knew you were a White Supremacist,-- Timothy McVeigh style. You probably troll Progressive Jewish websites and spew some Protocol of the Elders of Zion Bullshit. If your head has not exploded already, chew on this one Brother Man. Accordinging to all known anthropological and scientic evidence the WHITE MAN COMES FROM THE BLACK MAN. Rob, in case you didn't know, the defining anthrolopological discovery of "Lucy"'s bones in the African continent does not refer to the last episode of "I love Lucy," and Lucille Ball, it refers to one of the original human species to habitat this dear planet. That is, Rob, unless you believe the Earth and the Universe was formed in 7 business days. LOL. First in time Rob, First in Time!

My guess is you probably do believe in the 7 day myth because your brand of Christianity merges with your brand of racism, I think it's called "Christian Identity" Rob." And yall some crazy guys, as they say on Saturday Night Live. Rob, do you worship McVeigh, just curious?

Hate to mess up the racial purity myth for you Rob, but people of different races, ethnicities, and religions have been F**%king for millenia and will continue to do so. I enjoy a little variety myself. Despite your passionate pleas for racial purity--Elohim and all that other B.S.--white girls occasionally just find us way more interesting and sexually appealing so you can "fuhgettaboutit" Bra Man. Just like the Great White father Thomas Jefferson liked a little melanin in his boudoir, don't hate on the White girls for liking the same.

I hate to keep playing your ignorant ass game, but I will run your racist-ass off this website before I continually bore myself to death with your anal ruminations. I just hope your racist ass doesn't get so upset that you resort to violence, but even then YOU LOOSE, because the Brothers in Prison will make you their bitch in a matter of days. You are such a big pussy Rob, so much that you rely on racial hue/skin color as your defining characteristic, not kindness, generosity love, spirituality, or intellect--Dumbass Hillbilly clinging to "guns and religion," HA HA.

Rob, apparently you missed this year's Olympics? Sorry, no Africans (or Caribbeans) out of Europe, yall just love and need us too much to get that "bling" "bling".

Rob, convert and go join the Taliban, "Allah Akbar",- ass.

And so we keep falling down and down....

In the words of Chris Floyd:

"There is, apparently, to be no end to our falling. No bottom to the pit of moral nullity through which we keep plunging, no act of evil which we will not accept, and countenance, and even cheer.

The Nazis launched unprovoked wars of aggression and despoiled whole nations. So do we now; who cares? The Gestapo and the KGB snatched people from the street and held them without charges in secret prisons, tortured them with brute force and with exquisitely calibrated techniques approved by the highest authorities. So do we now; who cares? The Soviets spied without qualm or restraint on their own people, no warrants needed, no evidence required, just a nod from some faceless official in the security organs. So do we now; who cares? The Nazis believed that the national leader is beyond the law, that any order he gives is rightful and just and cannot be punished, simply because he has given it. So do we now; who cares? The Soviets and the Nazis treated protests against the established order as security threats and acts of terror, and repressed them with mass arrests and police violence. So do we now; who cares?

All of these things, and many more besides, have been done and are being done by the government of the United States today, with either the full-throated approval or the meek acquiescence of the political opposition and the nation's institutions. The people too seem largely in agreement, or completely indifferent. We have just finished a primary campaign in which tens of millions of people voted for candidates who support the system described above in almost every particular -- quibbling about some of the details and tactics perhaps, but expressing absolutely no dissent from its basic premises.

The two major candidates left standing after this appalling process are as similar in policy and philosophy as it is possible to be and still maintain a semblance of "choice" in the election. Both support the continuance and expansion of the "War on Terror." Both pledge to use massive, lethal, violent force, at any time, anywhere in the world -- with no options, not even the nuclear one, taken "off the table" -- in the service of ever-nebulous and self-defined "national security" interests. Both support the warrantless surveillance of American citizens, and immunity for vast conglomerates that collaborate with the state in blatantly illegal activity. Both believe that even those who have not committed murder can be executed by the state. (And neither has said a single word about the shame of America's prison system: more than 2 million people behind bars, more than any other nation on earth, in both sheer numbers and proportionately, and rivalled historically in those numbers only by Stalin's gulag at the height of the purges.)

Both support a continuing American military presence in Iraq, under one euphemism or another. Both mouth pieties about opposing torture and upholding the rule of law, but neither of them applied their considerable powers as senators -- or their great personal popularity -- to make the slightest move to bring the perpetrators of the White House-approved torture regime to justice. (McCain has even voted explicitly to allow the CIA to torture captives.) Both have just finished conventions at which American citizens seeking to exercise their constitutional rights of free speech and free assembly were herded by armed police into wire pens (dubbed, with sinister irony, "free speech zones"), harassed, arrested, in cases beaten, invaded, and charged with thought crime and terrorism. Both support, and are supported by, the same corporate interests whose predations and corruptions have shredded the social and civic fabric of the nation and are now leading millions into penury.

Where are the hands, as in Rilke's poem, that can hold up all this falling? There are none. And so we keep falling, down and down and still farther down."

white girls

no self respecting white woman would ever cohabiate with a black man, whether her name is Ann Dunham or Nicole Brown Simpson (who got what she deserved and OJ is NOT guilty), the reason white women go with black men is because on TV they are portrayed in a positive hence false light, every police show has a smart (ass) black detective, no white woman that lived amongst REAL blacks not those you see on TV would go with a black man. As to my beliefs I do believe in the 7 day cycle and not we are all from Africa BS, maybe I will say that next time so I can get welfare, easy access to college, a job promotion, government contracts and bling and FUBU. By the way most blacks I've met believe in the 7 day creastion as well, since they believe in the white mans religions whether Christ or Islam. I am sure those white ho's you've been with now will be a burden on me since they have AIDS and kids that I will support and not you, since as Obama said blacks men need to act like men not boys, but if they get AIDS they deserve it as did that white woman in Ohio who was killed by her black (affirmative action hired) police officer boyfreind. Every black man in jail for murdering a white girl is proof of reality. I by the way oppose the Catholic church for even thinking of nominating Francis Arinze. As to violence my freind over 95% of black men are killed by brothers not white guys who are too busy working for a living to support welfare queens

Glen Ford, why do you allow white supermacists like Rob post her

Seriously, this doesn't make any sense. I don't come to this website to read this bullshit that Rob is spewing above. If I wanted to read this I'd go to Stormfront or American Renaissance. His last comment that was posted was quite despicable and taints the entire comments section where others offer healthy debate.

Why worry about Rob?

My guess is that Rob's vitriolic bigotry is very obvious to most, and so there's no need to delete it. It stands out from the rest of the discussion as ignorant prejudice and intentional provocation. One needs only to read a sentence or two from Rob and one can see where Rob's coming from -- and it's no place that most sane people wish to go.

Let's all wish Rob good luck with his sociopathy. Maybe some day he'll find a friend who will teach him about self-respect, the cornerstone to respecting others.

Rob is Exhibit A in America's Descent

First I agree with Preston that he should be blocked the vacuousness, sterility, and emptiness of his soul is only matched by that of his mind.

Rob is only instructive in that he represents a large swath of America, I don't believe he represents the majority of white's by any stretch of the imagination. But he is a mirror of the soul of many who have only their tangled and ridiculous notions of racial superiority left in the face of the onset of an ever multipolar, multicultural world. Rob is riven by fear, fear and trepidation are his calling cards, and as we see with the GOP and to a lesser extent the Democrats, fear is the calling card. Fear of Russia, fear of Venezuela, Fear of China, Fear of Shia and Muslims, FEAR OF ANYTHING DIFFERENT in general is what fuels their world view, their foreign policy, which because of the tremendous amount of wealth transferred to implement and flesh out the national security appartus required for empire--it's "fear policy",-- affects us all domestically, both financially and in terms of our basic freedoms.

For the millions of Robs of this world, the millions living right here in America, the fact that the world is different, is varied, is nuanced and complex, is full of challenges represents an EXISTENTIAL CHALLENGE TO THEM.
While we are consumed with building a beloved, equitable community Rob is consumed with death and extinction.

Rob is just a harsher variant of the millions who won't vote for an African American as president because "he's different," never mind the pros and cons of experience or other qualifications. (This is the central point in my premise as to why McCain will win) Rob is an insight into why so many "white feminists" love the dangerous Sarah Palin who barks about going to war with Russia even while bogged down in Iraq and arguably losing in Afghanistan, he's among the reasons whites, year in year out, vote AGAINST THEIR ECONOMIC SELF INTERESTS, and McCain's "bounce." Some whites will commit suicide before they relinquish White Privilege. Their worship at the alter of AMERICAN EXCEPIONALISM makes them hypocrites the world over, delusional, and hence WEAK. It's the mindset that allows Americans to relegate War Crimes in Iraq to policy perorations. Until America get's it and gets over itself, it will continue to decline. But since we know that won't happen any time soon, hold on, it's going to be a bumpy ride to the bottom.

Exhibit B: "It's a Girl Thang".. and FEAR

From The Times
September 13, 2008
Democrats desert Barack Obama and turn towards the Republicans

Jessica Goral had pretty much made up her mind two weeks ago: she was going to vote for Barack Obama. Then John McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running-mate.

“She empowers a lot of women,” said Mrs Goral, a mother of two in Macomb County — a national bellwether in the battleground state of Michigan and an area rich in white, working-class swing voters who will play an important role in deciding the election in November.

“I like that she’s a brand new mother, and that she has the courage to stand behind her pregnant daughter. She relates to working women. For all of us who have children at home but have to go to work every day — she has given us a sense that we can still do it and can be an excellent mum,” she said. “Sarah Palin is a role model. She’s made me more likely to vote Republican.”

If Mr Obama should be in any doubt how gravely the vice-presidential nomination of the Governor of Alaska has imperilled his White House ambitions, then a day spent in Macomb County will make this clear: white women who voted for John Kerry in 2004 are suddenly deserting the Democratic Party.

Katherine Herman, 45, is a lifelong Democrat who has never voted for a Republican. Until now. “I have a friend who’s a Democrat, and like me, it’s Sarah Palin that’s caused her to lean in favour of McCain. My friend is a hockey mom like her. Palin is tenacious. She’s sure of herself and would make good decisions for all Americans,” she said.

Stephanie Parker, 23, a single mother puffing on a Marlboro menthol cigarette in Main Street, Mount Clemens, voted for Mr Kerry and had been drawn to Mr Obama. “Palin’s made a big difference. I think she’ll do us great. What she stands for is fantastic,” she said. What does she stand for? “I couldn’t tell really. But I love her.”

Jennifer Zvara, 22, another single mother who voted for John Kerry, said: “I’m undecided but leaning more towards McCain because of Palin. It’s a women thing. She’s one of us. This race is about the running-mates — it’s not about Obama any more.”

Aides to Mr Obama have argued that the conservatism of Mrs Palin — her opposition to abortion even in cases of rape and incest — will alienate women. Yet the women who spoke to The Times said that while they were concerned about those views they were willing to overlook them.

In recent presidential races pollsters have striven to name the pre-eminent voter swing group that they believe will decide the election. White women were always considered pivotal in a close election.

Last month, before Mrs Palin was picked by Mr McCain, Mr Greenberg returned to Macomb County. He conducted six focus groups. “Obama has yet to close the deal with white, working-class voters who normally vote Democrat,” Mr Greenberg said. Macomb’s Reagan Democrats were “refusing to dismiss their worst fears — that he does not love America or even might harbour a secret agenda”. Mrs Palin is giving them all the more reason to reject Mr Obama.

WELCOME TO BIZARRO WORLD!. Where up is down and down is up, and "feminists" vote for the ignorant, reactionary woman from Alaska (What is the Bush Doctrine?) "who empowers a lot of women," and men soon over the "hot librarian look," and American continues to decline even as it grabs it's empty crotch and makes empty threats in mug defiance.

The European and Anglo-Saxon Plunder of Civilization is Higher t

The Anglo-Saxons and European "Explorers" (read that as money-grabbing, land-grabbing, racist killers and looters) have plundered the earth and its diverse peoples for 2 millennia.

Building palaces upon their annexed terrains using terror, torture, and manufactured, bogus piety as their instruments (and they continue to do so, even in this 21st century- perhaps more so because their ill-gotten dominion may finally be crumbling- hence the pathetic visions of Armageddon and the like)- many among them thus pampered into ideologies of "entitlement", continue to spew vacuous lines of racist hatred.

Alas- in espousing his racism, Rob above (ignorantly, as expected), implies "Christ" and the founder of Islam to be "white men." How amazing! Both Christ and Muhammad were Asiatics, and it is well known that a large number of major world religions were developed in Asia (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and others) while, as is often correctly pointed out, Europe wallowed in the dark ages).

The above is not to start a debate of the relative superiority of one continent over another- but simply to set the record straight, and to illustrate once more (to the endless chagrin of hateful ignoramuses such as Rob) that human civilization is rich in its vast diversity, which is the greatest miracle of life on earth.

Mr. Ford is an astute, insightful and erudite commentator, and attention to his perspective can only be highly educational.

It is well past time for the earth to be relieved of the Euro-Caucasian-American imperial tyranny and terror.

Down and out but for how long?

I fear the return of U.S. imperial tyranny, again to be aided and abetted by its allies.

France and Germany elected leaders eager to ingratiate selves with U.S. These countries, along with several others in the E.U., are siding with the U.S. in its goading of Russia and Iran.

E.U. relations with Chavez and Morales are tepid - it will not take much prodding and propaganda from the U.S. for them to line up against these democratically elected Latin leaders. European leaders have never pressured the U.S. to normalize relations with Cuba.

I do not trust Asian nations such as India and China to resist U.S. ill-advised/illegal demands with regards to foreign policy or the environment.

The middle east? The Saudis and Egypt will continue their two-faced ways - smiling in face of U.S. officials while aiding/abetting terrorism against us. If these two powerhouses really wanted to, they could force the U.S. out of Iraq and help establish a more peaceful region.

The anti-American sentiment has led to more nations standing up for their best interests rather than U.S. military might and corporate profits. However, I fear this common sense will not last. We already see European nations regressing into syncophantic tendencies with their finger wagging at Russia and Iran. Opposition groups, funded by U.S. intermediaries, are ratcheting up tensions in Latin America.

I fear the snake oil charms of President Fauxbama along with his band of foreign policy henchfolk will cast a spell on many of our allies causing them to aid and abet our imperialistic dirty deeds all over again.

Savvy white woman observes

Rob is very angry and fearful because his wealth is being stolen off him and given to others as welfare, but he is obviously PAINFULLY subrational and hasn't the first clue who his money has been handed to.

Rob, my Leetle Rutabaga, the THIEVES who are stealing you blind ARE THE ONES WITH ALL THE MONEY, aka THE BILLIONAIRES.

As for Glen Ford, I love him for his brawny brain - thanks, Mr. Ford, for all you do.

As for the real perps of 9/11:

The ability of overpowered wealth giants to conceal their identities and deeds - and make history be what they say it will be - IS ALWAYS going to exceed our ability to discover and expose their identities and deeds.

The answer humanity is waiting for to cure every unnecessary suffering we know, is this:

Murder the unjust and suicidal idea to allow unlimited personal fortunes.

Don't do this, and you can't solve anything. Don't do this, and the violence pollution caused by evermore extreme pay injustice escalates until...

history on steroids kaboom.

colonialism isn't over
http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2008/08/05/rwanda-france.html

these are the wages of empire, no?

Wonderful analysis Beverly, here's the counterargument

As military strategist William Lind has written, we live in the era of NON-STATE ACTORS, and ASSYMETRICAL WARFARE. In a nutshell, technology has outstripped the nation-state's monopoly on violence,--road side bombs, suicide bombers, hardened and shaped charges rule the roost. Hezbollah kept the mighty (heretofore invincible) Israeli army at bay with relatively primitive technology. Not primitive strategy mind you, (actually quite brilliant) but RELATIVELY PRIMITIVE TECHNOLOGY/weaponry. Hezbollah actually inflicted more MILITARY CASUALTIES on Israel than vice versa. And on the same date peace was brokered, sent a message to Israel by firing more than 200 primitive rockets into Israel. I stress "primitive" Beverly.

Likewise Iraqi insurgents (primarily Sunni) with an al Qaeda mix, held the mighty US army to a draw. Bear in mind, that the US spends MORE THAN ALL NATIONS IN THE WORLD COMBINED on military wares, spends billions on intelligence, spends more billions in "Black Projects" with unlimited budgets and no legal/moral constraints, and moreover, has PRIVATIZED military actions/activities on a scale that rivals the Roman Empire. There are presently more contractors in Iraq than military personnel. And you know Blackwater is doing much more than guarding journalists and embassy personnel.

Despite Obama's cowardly assertion that the surge has "succeeded beyond our wildest dreams," and McCains' delusional/religious embrace of the "surge's success or the MSM's propaganda compliity in touting the surge. The fact of this matter is twofold, but the realities f/u the propaganda:

1. First, there is no Islamo-facist movement or attempts to erect a "caliphate." Total Bullshit. The Sunnis in Anbar instituted the Awakening because of the EXCESSES AND EXTREMISM OF AL QUAEDA, hardly because they buy into the al Qaeda worldview. Period, point blank. They made a strategic decision to regroup, with the cash and arms supplied by the US. The US likewise, saw the Sunnis rejectionism of al Qaeda as an opportunity to institute both (a) counterweight to Shia/Iranian influence, and (b) classic "divide and conquer" a technique whose efficacy is proven over the centuries. So in a nutshell f*&ck McCain and his ass kissing of Peatreus who is just a rank opportunist aided and abetted by the Neocon media.

In short Beverly, due to the arrogance, hubris and overreaching of the Zionists and Neocons, both US and Israel are WEAKER. Moreover, these weaknesses are IRREPARABLE. Sadly, if Obama would just tell the truth he might not only win this thing but serve his country's higher purpose.

America's weakness is why Russia didn't hesitate putting it's foot in Georgia's ass, a well-deserved foot I might add. "We are Georgians" Bev, but why ain't we "Darfurians??". It matter's not what these bagpipes play, the realities on the ground speak volumes of the advent of MULTIPOLARITY.

For insightful information, I recommend asiatimes. online to understand the global chessgame. Russia checkmated both the US, Israel, and NATO by putting the sycophant Sakaashit in his place. NATO talked shit but they know where their energy (gas,oil) comes from, and at the end of the day why would they think or expect a broken US military to come to their defense anymore than they came to Georgia's defense??

We are in the era of RESOURCE WARS, primarily oil, but also water and land. Shits gonna get ugly as long as military solutions supercede humanitarianism, fairness, and equity AND TECHNOLOGICAL BREAKTHROUGHS-- primarily on the energy front.

I also recommend to reader's the intrepid Pepe Escobar's Globilistan: How the Globilized World is turning into Liquid War. Beverly, poor people aint gonna take this shit forever, that's Pepe's basic finding. The Globalists and Neocons and Zionists understand this perfectly, which is why they are (successfully I might add) introducing soft facism which can easily u-turn into hard facism. Watch for increasing usage of biometrics and other "marks of the beast" to track and control people.

You are correct in that there will be revanchist tendencies in the "Western world" just as we are witnessing revanchism here at home. It's why Rob and those who share his fears are going ape shit and doubling down. Unfortunately that this also means is a greater probability of nuclear conflict as desperation sits in.

If and when the US understands it can't fight it's way to solutions and bully the planet, we have hope; if not, expect the perpetual wars the Neocon/Zionist/corporate/Congressional/Military complex forecasts for us all.

Peace to all.

Nothing to explain...

Once you get beyond the facts:
1. At least seven of the accused 19 highjackers are still alive and obviously innocent of being suicide bombers;
2. American air defense was unable to protect its central headquarters (the Pentagon)with approximately a one hour notice;
3. Three steel frame buildings collapsed form fire (never happened before or since);
4. Da Moe-ron sat reading a book for ten minutes after the attack;
5. The Moe-ron has stated that there were explosives in the towers;
6. The same foreign (Israeli) security company was in charge of all the 911 airports (as well as the London tubes and Madrid);
7. Odigo, an Israeli company got an advanced warning;
8. The FBI has been unable to solve the anthrax issue;
9. I could go an on, but all that's needed to accept the regime's conspiracy period is blindness and/or a total absence of common sense.

Cosigning gedlo

and,..

10. IT'S ALWAYS THE LONE CONSPIRATOR executing something EXTREMELY COMPLICATED, a plot that requires tremendous intelligence, tremendous security clearances, and timing, and they always execute ALONE. And we NEVER FULLY UNDERSTAND HOW, despite spending BILLIONS AND BILLIONS on intelligence, on and of the (black) book intelligence, FOR DECADES!!!.
No forewarning, no post-analysis, just a lone nut.

Go figure..

US Decline: The Global Financial System on the verge of collapse

Nouriel Roubini is one of the few persons I trust to get an honest assessment of the US and Global financial system. I don't listen to those other chickenshit sycophants parading as economic journalists.

Check out his article today at:

http://angrybear.blogspot.com/2008/09/roubini-and-bail-in-this-weekend.html

A few choice paragraphs:

A collapse of Lehman instead will have as much of a systemic effect as the collapse of Bear for many reasons: Lehman is larger than Bear was; Lehman is a major player in a variety of key financial markets; all the other major Wall Street institutions are interconnected with Lehman in dozens of different types of counterparty activities; the PDCF support of the Fed is neither unlimited nor unconditional, i.e. investors cannot assume that Lehman or any other broker dealer can borrow unlimited amounts with no conditions from the discount window. Thus, a collapse of Lehman would trigger a panic and a potential run on all sort of other broker dealers and also on other distressed financial institutions like banks (WaMu) and insurance companies (AIG) and smaller member of the shadow financial system (distressed and highly leveraged hedge funds, etc.).

The step by step, ad hoc and non-holistic approach of Fed and Treasury to crisis management has been a failure so far as plugging and filling one hole at the time is useless when the entire system of levies is collapsing in the perfect financial storm of the century. A much more radical, holistic and systemic approach to crisis management is now necessary.

This is indeed the most severe financial crisis since the Great Depression and occurring at a time when the US is falling in a now severe consumer led recession. The vicious interaction between a systemic financial and banking crisis and a severe economic contraction will get much worse before there is any bottom to it. We are only in the third inning of a nine innings economic and financial crisis. And the only light at the end of the tunnel is the one of the incoming train wreck.

A nation divided

We, as American Citizens, had the chance to integrate into one American society based on individual liberty and freedom. It was primarily the blood of so called White people that was spilled to gain this personal and individual liberty we now share and complain about in America. There seems to be neither appreciation nor understanding of this fact on the part of Blacks today. Instead we have Black people accusing the nation of murderous conspiracies against the citizens and Black ministers calling on their Black God to “damn America”.

Soon, however, we will find that we should have looked outside America for the real threats and taken them far more seriously united and together as a nation. The world has taken note of the dissention in America. When Black people rejected the “melting pot” of American Society, where each person loses ethnicity and culture to become an individual fully vested in personal liberty and freedom, the fires of the melting pot were put out. Today diversity is better than unity. The love of America and American ideals is not held by it's citizens.

We could have united and bred our way into total integration, the so called Whites (mainstream America) were willing. Blacks however chose to form into an isolated racial community and reject what they perceive as the "White world" of America. Blacks chose such as Black Nationalism, Black Islam, and Black Liberation Theology instead.

We could not unite as a nation, so we are in the process of falling apart. Whites will grow more and more unwilling to fight for this disintegrating America. The spiritual evolution that brought so called White people to these shores will continue as the light of western culture fades for the rest of America. The polarization of American citizens into Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, etc will begin the Tribalization of America. For the first time so called White people will be forced to form into a single White Tribe in a social landscape populated by the Black Tribe, the Hispanic Tribe, the Asian Tribe, etc. As when my Shawnee ancestors fought on this land, so will the American Tribes struggle and fight.

And once again the conquerors will come to our shores and the Tribes will be diminished. Those who called for anguish will be satisfied.

Your arrogance is typical of the disconnect and myth of White/Am

"We as American Citizens,had the chance to integrate into one American society based upon individual liberty and freedom."

That dream/goal was breached first, when Whites deemed Blacks to be beasts of burden, second, when Whites deemed Blacks less than human beings under the US Constitution, and last when post Civil War, Whites exploiting Blacks for cheap labor/debt peonage while yet depriving them of the civil/human rights to petition and vote, and move and travel you so passionately speak of until the late 1960's(the institutionalizing of segregation). So I hate to tell you this but we began as a nation divided, and the "American Dilemna" Gunnar Myrdahl wrote about decades ago persists, not because as you claim Blacks refuse to integrate, hell we've integrated to the point of invisibility. But because you deem us less patriotic, "different", junior partners in the enterprise.

Your claim that Whites only died and bleed for the freedoms of the nation is a blatant lie. Blacks fought in the Revolutionary War and every war hence. Blacks fought for freedoms of Europeans in segregated military units because whites were "too good" to die with their fellow Americans. How dare you impugn the blood of thousands of Black military men and women who have fought and died for America, right or wrong, in spite of how they were treated at home and opportunities denied.

No my friend, there seems to be neither "appreciation nor understanding" on YOUR PART and those who worship at the alter of your American Exceptionalism. You really speak as if God Almightly deigned White people to rule this world, your hubris blinds you to see that other ethnicites should seek their self interests first too and not be bullied or held a slave to the worldview of Whites. Not to mention your dismissal of Black Grievances as "UNAMERICAN IN TOTO" without even attempting to understand or care that in fact they are uniquely AMERICAN! What do we want from our political process that's so different from what you want? The answer is nothing, but you see us "different" less worthy and patriotic than you and therefore less deserving of the wealth of this nation we created FOR FREE FOR CENTURIES.

My friend you see Blacks as a junior partner, not an equal partner, and yet chafe when we seek to become equal partners. Get over your American Exceptionalism Religion, and give Blacks, Hispanics, Eastern European Whites and Asians equal credit for building the infrastrucure/wealth of this country.

And the rest of the world has seem this hypocrisy and resulting dissension in action for decades, if not centuries. And now America has achieved even greater levels of hypocrisy with lies about democracy building disguised as militarism. Americans like you twist and defame and convolute "democracy", for your own self-serving goals. As for "Democracy" I leave you with the words of Arundhati Roy:

"Democracy, the modern world's holy cow, is in crisis ... every kind of outrage is being committed in the name of democracy. It has become little more than a hollow word, a pretty shell, emptied of all content or meaning," she said.

"Democracy is the Free World's whore, willing to dress up, dress down, willing to satisfy a whole range of tastes, available to be used and abused at will."

Free elections, a free press and an independent judiciary mean little when the free market means they are on sale to the highest bidder, she said."

Get over it, you are no different or better than anyone else who walks this planet. The "bloom" is off the "rose."

"A Nation Divided"

Boy you done lost yo friggn mind!

"Shawnee" You sound like one the sickos' I heared "Ernie Longwalker" speaking of; He said one of the most tragic things he experienced on the "Reservation" was observing a group of Native so-called Indians watching TeeVee & cheering for the Cowboy Calvary as they chased down & slaughtered the Red Indians...

You need prayer & a real education*

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This article is on point.
Sounds a little contrived in spots; but on point...

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But "Preston" is right; you block aggressive Intelligent dissidents to your perspective, yet permit rabid racist posters like "Rob" to roam your grounds.... What is your "AGENDA"???

Chris Floyd pokes the eye of American Exceptionalism

One of the chief reasons for the relative decrease in the slaughter engendered by the American invasion and occupation, of course, was the policy of buying off violent Sunni extremists and putting them on the American payroll. This tactic began well before the surge, and, in conjunction with the strategic withdrawal of the Mahdi Army, has proven effective in lowering the level of violence somewhat. The tactic is itself largely a matter of "ethnic cleansing," as America's new hired guns were given control over the dwindling Sunni enclaves. But from Andrew Jackson to David Petraeus, ethnic cleansing is the American way, so no one really cares about that. Kill 'em, pen 'em up, move 'em out on trails of tears, put 'em under the rule of local strongmen: that's just what you do with the lesser races, it's not even a matter of debate in polite society.

But there is one other thing you can always do with the lesser breeds: abandon 'em when they no longer serve your purpose. And that's what the Americans are doing now with al-Sahwa, the "Sons of Iraq," the warriors of the Sunni "Awakening": turning them over to the tender mercies of the Shiite-dominated security organs of the American-installed Iraqi government.

As of October 1, the Sunni militias who threw in their lot -- and their guns -- with the American occupiers that had previously fought will be cut loose from the U.S. payroll.

But that is not Washington's concern. The al-Sahwa movement has served its primary purpose, which was almost entirely aimed at American domestic politics, and not at the security of the conquered people of Iraq. The Bush Administration's main goal in the past two years has been to keep the war in Iraq going, buying time to create more and more deeply-rooted "facts on the ground" that will entrench a permanent American military presence -- and political domination -- in Iraq.

Thus the "Sons" have served their purpose on the American payroll. They helped Bush sustain his war crime at the highest level to the end of his term. Now, cut loose, harassed and angry, they will help create the conditions that will lock in a vast American military presence in Iraq for years and years to come.

Who "Lost Iraq": The Surge, Domestic Polics, and the Big Lie

By Dan Froomkin
froomkin@niemanwatchdog.org

Peter Galbraith’s new book, Unintended Consequences: How War in Iraq Strengthened America's Enemies has a chapter on the “surge”, in which he calls it the “Potemkin Surge.”

This may sound surprising – if not heretical -- to many people in Washington, Republicans and Democrats alike, who have bought into the gospel that the surge has worked.

But if the surge has worked, that must mean victory is just around the corner, right? That’s certainly the impression that the Bush White House is trying to give—without exactly coming out and saying so.

Certainly the surge has been accompanied by a dramatic and welcome reduction in violence. But Galbraith argues that it wasn’t the surge as much as other factors that led to the reduction in violence; that the main factor was the Sunni Awakening; and that the U.S.’s de facto creation of a Sunni army -- led in some cases by the same Baathists the U.S. invaded Iraq to overthrow – has in fact contributed to Iraq's breakup and set the stage for an intensified civil war between Sunnis and Shiites once the U.S gets out of the way. Whenever that is.

“It’s not a stability that can last,” Galbraith said in an interview last week. “People are coming to the conclusion that we’re winning merely because we’ve reduced the violence, as if that were an end unto itself.”

Reporters should be pushing back more aggressively when administration officials talk about how, thanks to the surge, we’re now winning in Iraq, he says.

“What do they mean by victory?” Galbraith asks. President Bush and Republican presidential nominee John McCain generally describe victory as leaving behind a peaceful, secular, democratic country that is an American ally. But where are the signs that Iraq is headed in that direction?

Rather than a country on its way to normalcy, Galbraith sees a country where rival factions are consolidating their power and readying for an epic battle once the coast is clear. Another reason often cited for the reduction in violence is that Moqtada al Sadr has ordered his Mahdi Army to observe a cease-fire. But rather than a sign of political reconciliation, Galbraith says, this is a sign of strategic thinking. Why fight the Americans when his real enemies are the Sunnis? Sadr “has every strategic reason to keep his powder dry,” Galbraith says.

Why is the Shiite-led government suddenly so eager for us to leave? It’s not because the violence is down. It’s because we got the violence down by turning people who were shooting at us into a Sunni army. “The Shiite government sees the Sunni military as a threat—which it is,” Galbraith says. “It isn’t that ‘things are going so well we can manage on our own,’ – it’s that ‘you are no longer serving our purposes’.”

Galbraith thinks journalists are under-reporting certain key aspects of the current Iraqi political situation. Among them:

* The character of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government, which Galbraith says is profoundly anti-Sunni and not likely to make accommodations, regardless of the occasional PR blitz to the contrary. Reporters should also talk to Sunnis and Kurds in the government and ask them how much influence they feel they have. Reporters in Washington should be asking their sources: Do you really see Maliki as someone who is committed to secular democracy?

* The character of the Sunni Awakening. A hundred thousand Sunni fighters – used to getting paid $300 a month by the United States – are in fact not going to be easily accommodated by the Shiite government. And who knows what they’ll do when the U.S. stops paying them?

Galbraith praises the quality of reporting from Iraq, “especially given the difficulties of operating in Iraq.” But in Washington, he said, journalists “too often take what people say at face value.”

If people continue to think the surge is a success, the result could well be Bush leaving office with a widespread public perception that we’re winning in Iraq.

But then what happens? What happens is that when things start to get ugly again, when there’s a civil war, or a partitioning, or an anti-American strongman comes to power – i.e. when we inevitably start to “lose” – Bush could avoid the blame.

“We need to settle the issue of ‘Who lost Iraq’ now,” Galbraith says. “Because the last thing we need in our politics is another corrosive debate like ‘Who lost Vietnam’ and ‘Who lost China’,” Galbraith says.

Well, then, who exactly did lose Iraq?

“George W. Bush.”

And Galbraith I remind you is no shining example of Progressivism, he is after all the architect ALONG WITH JOE BIDEN, of PARTITIONING IRAQ.



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