Posted on 26th December 2013 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Progress Toward Peace in 2013, But Dark Clouds Remain

Ronpaul Tst
It is the time of year we feel a sense of joy and optimism. We are preparing for the holidays and looking to spend time with our families and friends. This year as we look back we see several developments that leave us feeling optimistic.

A US attack on Syria was averted to a large degree because the American people did not want another Middle Eastern war. Public pressure was so strong that President Obama was forced to back down from his threats to launch missiles at Syria over an alleged Syrian government chemical attack. We have just recently discovered that US claims at the time were based on highly manipulated “intelligence.” The president narrowly avoided another Iraq debacle, where the US went to war based on lies and fabrications. This time the American people were much more skeptical. That is good news!

A US attack on Syria would have brought us one step closer to the neocons’ ultimate goal of an attack on Iran. The administration’s decision to step back from the brink with Syria has consequently opened the door to an historic US diplomatic engagement with Iran.

Yes, the neocons have suffered a number of defeats this year for which we have great reason to be thankful and optimistic. However, it would be foolish to believe that a couple of defeats will end their obsession with American exceptionalism, war, and the US global empire. Though the neocons have had several set-backs, they will continue their efforts. And there are some dark clouds on the horizon that we should closely watch.

The Senate, for example, seems intent on ruining the Christmas spirit – a time when Christians celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace — with new threats against Iran, even as diplomacy has achieved what decades of sanctions could not.

While US Senate efforts to include new Iran sanctions language in the National Defense Authorization Act for 2014 (NDAA) were unsuccessful, those pushing for more sanctions on Iran even in the midst of a diplomatic thaw have not given up. Last week 26 Senators – drawn equally from each party — introduced the Nuclear Weapons Free Iran Act, which would impose severe new sanctions on Iran and on countries who do business with Iran.

Perhaps worse, the Act states that it is the sense of the Congress that if Israel attacks Iran, the US Congress should:

“[A]uthorize the use of military force, diplomatic, military, and economic support to the Government of Israel in its defense of its territory, people, and existence.”

Even though a “sense of Congress” has no force of law, these are the kinds of blank checks that lead to world wars. Though not binding, language like this is meant to establish US policy over time, so that if Israel does attack Iran, enough Senators will be on record supporting US involvement that they feel compelled to vote for war. This is the game they played for more than a decade with Iraq legislation.

The Senate bill is unlikely to ever become law, but even if it did, it would not succeed. Its demand that the rest of the world stop doing business with Iran just as Iran has shown such diplomatic flexibility would likely be ignored.

Congress – under the influence of the Israeli and Saudi lobbies — is seeking to derail the Obama Administration’s diplomatic efforts with Iran. We can be optimistic over the steps toward peace this past year, but we should remain vigilant. The war lobby will not give up so easily.

  1. Sensetti says:

    Obama sending drones, it’s ramping back up, Iraq is out of control.Troops next?

    US sending missiles, drones to Iraq to battle al-Qaida

    WASHINGTON: The United States is quietly rushing dozens of Hellfire missiles and low-tech surveillance drones to Iraq to help government forces combat an explosion of violence by a Qaida-backed insurgency that is gaining territory in both western Iraq and neighboring Syria.

    The move follows an appeal for help in battling the extremist group by the Iraqi prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, who met with President Obama in Washington last month.

    But some military experts question whether the patchwork response will be sufficient to reverse the sharp downturn in security that already led to the deaths of more than 8,000 Iraqis this year, 952 of them Iraqi security force members, according to the United Nations, the highest level of violence since 2008.

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    26th December 2013 at 6:38 pm

  2. Wyoming Mike says:

    Was having a bit of an argument with a neoconical, chickenshit, AlCaidagonnagetus, gubmintsavemefrommyself, pussified moron today over this. Basically, without fear, our gubmint is powerless. Unfortunately, scaredycats still outnumber those of us that prefer dangerous freedom over the perceived safety of slavery.

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    26th December 2013 at 6:46 pm

  3. AWD says:

    Wait, what? We’re fighting al-Qaida in Iraq and Afghanistan, but giving them weapons and money in Syria? Makes perfect sense. The political will to fight any more wars seems to be absent. Obamacare and the debt have robbed our ability to fight any more wars. We’re bankrupt, a dead country walking. And Obama and the war criminals don’t even take off Christmas from droning to death innocent people in far away lands. Since Americans don’t seem to be able to topple their own lying, corrupt government, maybe the military will take over, but probably not, since Obama has purged the military like Stalin did. That leaves nobody to end this fascist tyranny. But heh, there’s a “walking dead” and “breaking bad” marathon on T.V., not to mention “Duck Dynasty”, so who cares?

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    26th December 2013 at 7:21 pm

  4. Sensetti says:

    I say pull out of the Middle East and let the rag heads go at it.

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    26th December 2013 at 7:33 pm

  5. Zarathustra says:

    I am sick of the term “rag head.” It’s just another dehumanizing term that means nothing.

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    26th December 2013 at 11:41 pm

  6. Leobeer says:

    Marks & Spencer, UK retailer, apologizes over Muslim employee controversy

    Major U.K. retailer Marks and Spencer has apologized after a company policy that allowed Muslim employees to refuse to serve customers buying pork or alcohol triggered a furious backlash.

    The policy was first reported by the Daily Telegraph after an incident where a customer in central London buying a bottle of champagne was told to use another cash register due to the religion of the sales assistant.

    The whole report can be found here.

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    26th December 2013 at 6:12 am

  7. Anonymous says:

    Zarathustra says: I am sick of the term “rag head.” It’s just another dehumanizing term that means nothing.

    Au Contraire, the term “rag head” is a very astute descriptive of a cowardly race of people that strap bombs to young children and blow shit up.


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    26th December 2013 at 7:35 am

  8. sensetti says:

    ‘Twas I above

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    26th December 2013 at 7:36 am

  9. flash says:

    sensetti, wog works for me.

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    26th December 2013 at 7:56 am

  10. sensetti says:

    Flash man, I know not of the term wog,

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    26th December 2013 at 8:03 am

  11. sensetti says:

    Goggled it, that’s a very old term 1920′s. Flash I know your not that old, I will add that to my repertoire, thanks. One can never have enough dehumanizing terms that mean nothing.

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    26th December 2013 at 8:20 am

  12. flash says:

    sensetti, glad I could be of service.One can never have enough derogatory slur in one’s arsenal of vitriolic verbiage.
    Plan ahead, I always say.

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    26th December 2013 at 8:33 am

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