Boy the Gods must be crazy to allow such lunatics to control the helm of the ship of state. The Obama Administration has asked congress for $500 million to train “moderate Syrian rebels” in Saudi Arabia to fight ISIS. Are they nuts? If you want the truth about 9-11 and ISIS just follow the money to Saudi Arabia.
US lawmakers unveil measure to continue arming Syrian rebels
Republican lawmakers unveiled legislation Sept 15 to give authority to equip and train Syrian rebels through Dec. 11. The amendment is part of a stop-gap spending bill that Congress must pass to keep the government functioning after the Sept. 30 fiscal year ends. It does not include a previous request for $500 million…
President Barack Obama on June 26 asked Congress for $500 million to arm and train Syrian rebels that have passed security screenings as part of an ongoing covert U.S. intelligence initiative in Syria. The request is bundled into a $65.8 billion foreign operations proposal…
The CIA and U.S. special operatives have secretly trained Syrian rebels in the use of antiaircraft and antitank weapons since 2012, U.S. officials and rebel commanders told the Los Angeles Times. The CIA also played a "consultative" role with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and Turkey to send arms.
You know something, congress must live in an alternate universe. The CIA has been secretly training Syrian rebels since the beginning of the war, which the CIA more than likely instigated to start with. That war would have been over 2012 if hundreds of billions in arms were not sent to overthrow the Assad government in Syria. The overthrow of the Assad government has been number 2 on rightwing think tank’s trillion dollar wish list.
While congress is sending emergency funding for the Saudi’s to train moderate rebels in Syria, people in Detroit have no water. That’s Detroit, in the United States of America. The water has been shut off to more than 15,000 households for being past due. And while the WATER is shut off to people too poor to pay their water bill, 40 businesses that have a past due account of $9.5 million have uninterrupted water service. I guess congress finds no urgency for Detroit or America.
Maybe it’s just me, but I think paying Saudi Arabia to train “moderate rebels” seems like a really bad idea. Or, maybe it’s not just me, from ABC News:
Top Syrian Warns Congress 'Moderate' Rebels May Sell Weapons
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Sep 16, 2014, 12:04 PM ET
By ALEXANDER MARQUARDT
In letters addressed to the Democratic and Republican leaders in the House of Representatives, the Syrian Speaker of Parliament calls on the United States to refrain from arming and training so-called moderate Syrian rebels and from entering into a coalition with countries whose religious ideologies, the Speaker says, has fueled the growth of ISIS. Speaker Jihad al-Lahham also writes that one of the two American journalists beheaded by ISIS was sold to the militant group by the moderate forces…
What? Letters were sent to Democratic and Republican leaders in the U.S. government warning us that the “moderate Syrian rebels” sold one of the two American journalists to ISIS” to be beheaded?
Are you saying our Senators and Representatives, knowing that the moderate Syrian rebels sold the U.S. journalist to be beheaded, are still voting to fund more arms for these rebels? Really the Gods must be crazy.
In his letters to the U.S. Congress, Speaker Lahham argues that there is no such thing as moderate rebels and arming and training those selected groups "is a nonreversible action that will trigger a global negative chain reaction."
Lahham also singles out Saudi Arabia, one of the U.S.'s closest allies in the anti-ISIS coalition the administration is building. He says the "core engine generating jihadi terrorist[s]" stems from the puritanical interpretation of Islam practiced and enforced in Saudi Arabia. He points out that the beheadings that ISIS has become infamous for "is a government legal practice in Saudi Arabia."
Yep, beheading is a legal practice in Saudi Arabia. And now Saudi Arabia is going to train the “moderate rebels” from Syria. Sheesh, how stupid and corrupt is our government? Have they learned nothing from 9-11? Saudi Arabia has a lot to answer for, but I doubt this congress will do their job in upholding the U.S. constitution and protecting our country from all enemies, foreign and domestic. From CounterPunch:
SEPTEMBER 15, 2014
An Interview With Senator Bob Graham, Saudi Arabia, 9/11 and the Rise of ISIS
by PATRICK COCKBURN
The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) has been aided by the continuing failure of the US Government to investigate the role of Saudi Arabia in the 9/11 attacks and its support of jihadi movements such as al-Qaeda in the years since, says former Senator Bob Graham, the co-chairman of the official inquiry into 9/11.
Senator Bob Graham, who was on the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating the attacks of September 11th, has said Saudi Arabia was complicit in the attacks.
It occurs to me that the United States Congress is a greater threat to the people of Detroit than ISIS, as a matter of fact the United States Congress is a greater threat to the people of America than ISIS. I propose we send the $500 million to the American people to help America.
Members of congress have an incestuous relationship with the neocon Zionist think tanks whose very existence depends upon unending war, and even more on unending war profits. And, it’s no surprise that those same members of congress have become obscenely rich.
The ISIS crisis is just another bullshit threat cooked up by the CIA and their think tank brethren. From Before It’sNews:
David Haines and the Hundred Billion in “Humanitarian Aid” Lost in Afghanistan,
Sunday, September 14, 2014 7:05
by Scott Creighton
Thanks to the “ISIS Crisis” and several phony beheading videos, “humanitarian” and military contractors alike are frothing at the mouth in anticipation for the big paydays ahead. They are packing their bags, kissing their kids goodbye and heading over to Iraq to provide whatever “humanitarian” service pays them the most. Let’s call them “humanitarian mercenaries” shall we?
“Iraq this time around is not going to be as big as it was before,” said Roger Carstens, a former special operations officer who has served as a contracted military adviser in Somalia and Afghanistan. “That said, this new war will present an opportunity for the companies that have a resident train and advising capability to contribute to this new effort.”
President Obama has asked Congress to authorize $500 million to train a new Syrian opposition out of Saudi Arabia. That money would be part of a $5 billion fund Obama requested this spring from Congress to help train and equip U.S. allies to fight terrorists.
The biggest threat to the United States of America isn’t ISIS, it’s our government. These wars are all for profit, so who’s lining up to play, “grab those bucks?” From Fortune:
The war on ISIS already has a winner: The defense industry
by Tory Newmyer @FortuneMagazine SEPTEMBER 13, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Makers of munitions and unmanned aircraft top the list of private-sector beneficiaries.
It’s far too soon to tell how the American escalation in the sprawling, complex mess unfolding in Iraq and Syria will play out. But this much is clear: As our military machine hums into a higher gear, it will produce some winners in the defense industry.
Presenting his vision for expanding the confrontation with the terrorist group ISIS in a speech to the nation on Wednesday night, President Obama outlined a program of intensified airstrikes designed to keep American troops away from the danger on the ground.
So defense analysts are pointing to a pair of sure-bet paydays from the new campaign: for those making and maintaining the aircraft, manned and unmanned, that will swarm the skies over the region, and for those producing the missiles and munitions that will arm them…
“The drone builders are going to have a field day,” says Dov Zakheim, who served as Pentagon Comptroller during the George W. Bush administration. That could mean a tidy profit for privately held General Atomics, maker of the Predator drone, the granddaddy in the category and still widely in use, as well as the second-generation Reaper, designed to carry 3,000 pounds worth of bombs
We’re in the money, we’re in the money. From Eli Lake at The Daily Beast:
Contractors Ready to Cash In On ISIS War
Obama pledged that the war against ISIS won’t be fought with U.S. ground troops. He didn’t say anything about contractors, who see this as “the next big meal ticket.”
America’s rapidly-expanding war against ISIS won’t involve large numbers of U.S. troops on the ground, President Obama is promising. And it’s clear that airstrikes alone won’t beat back the extremist group. Which means that if the President wants to have any hope of meeting his far-reaching goal of destroying ISIS, he’s going to have to rely on private military contractors…
At the height of the Iraq war, these firms hired hundreds of thousands of people: guns-for-hire, IT geeks, logistics specialists, interrogators, and short order cooks to ladle out the slop at the military cafeteria.
Over time, some of those contractors became the symbol for everything that was wrong with the Iraq war: hugely expensive, ineffective, and indifferent to Iraqi life.
Contractors were at the middle of the war’s biggest scandals, from Abu Ghraib to Nissour Square. And it was the abductions and murder of Blackwater contractors that sparked one of Iraq's biggest battles.
None of the five current and former contractors who spoke with The Daily Beast expected a replay of last decade’s Iraq war. But they all said a major opportunity was coming—both for them, and for Obama, who could use the private armies as a way to conceal just how many people will be fighting in this new conflict.
Where are the media? Where are the press, where’s the fourth estate?
The Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to bare the secrets of government and inform the people.
From Fire Dog Lake:
Obama Vetted ISIS Speech In Off-The-Record Meeting With Establishment Media
By: DS Wright Tuesday September 16, 2014 5:02 am
According to Michael Calderone at the Huffington Post, President Barack Obama met with over a dozen “journalists” in an off-the-record meeting to get input on how he should sell his war against ISIS to the American people.
Not surprisingly, the speech President Obama gave after meeting with the group of “journalists” was inaccurate, hyperbolic, and manipulative. Apparently no one told Obama to just be straight with the American people and tell the truth, but then why would you need to be off-the-record to give that advice?...
The off-the-record meeting between journalists and policymakers will likely symbolize to many observers the incestuous and corrupt relationship between the government and the mainstream media where friends are made, favors are traded, and truth gets buried.
The group, which met in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in an off-the-record session, included New York Times columnists David Brooks, Tom Friedman and Frank Bruni and editorial writer Carol Giacomo; The Washington Post’s David Ignatius, Eugene Robinson and Ruth Marcus; The New Yorker’s Dexter Filkins and George Packer; The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg and Peter Beinart; The New Republic’s Julia Ioffe; Columbia Journalism School Dean Steve Coll; The Wall Street Journal’s Jerry Seib; and The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky, a source familiar with the meeting told The Huffington Post.
Yes, that is what we have, a pampered, cajoled press that will sell out their country for a seat at the cool kids table. Reminds me of when David Gregory asked Glenn Greenwald why he shouldn’t be tried for treason for printing the revelations of Edward Snowden. That is how far the press in the U.S. has fallen.
That, my friends is where we are today. CIA and rightwing think tanks control our government because they own the politicians, and the media that protects them.
So America if you want the truth about 9-11 and ISIS follow to money all the way to Saudi Arabia.
By Patricia Baeten