Posts Tagged ‘presidential election

02
Sep
15

Kissinger – Provocateur?


Kissinger's Shadow

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What unearthly plan gives any woman or man
The right to be untouchable, to have immunity,
To gain the heralded, enviable title of Statesman;
Yet be provocateur to unbridled devastation with impunity?

The ability of such monsters, hands awash in blood,
To gain centre stage in the course of human history;
Emotionally void, eclipsing the constitution of love;
Rivalling the true definition of imposed suffering and misery.

Yet this kind of Being flourishes with unrestrained momentum
As tool to the ambitious powers-that-be to achieve their devious goals;
Only through death will truth held by their inner sanctum
Speak of the brutishness and countless deaths unfold.

Human history is blemished by countless presence of this ilk
Gaining stature of importance and celebrated aggrandizement;
Rewarded for their cunning yet, ignoring the cost of blood spilled;
A testament to the ignorance of humankind and, its willing appeasement.

Reference: Kissinger’s Shadow – the long reach of America’s most controversial Statesman
By Gregg Grandin

Excerpts:

`America’s exceptional sense of itself depends on a similarly ambiguous relationship to the past. History is affirmed, since it is America’s unprecedented historical success that justifies the exceptionalism. Yet history is also denied, or at least what is denied is an understanding of the past as a series of causal relationships. That is, the blowback from any given action—arming anti-Soviet jihadists in Afghanistan, for example, or supplying Saddam Hussein with the sarin gas he used on Iran—is rinsed clean of its source and given a new origin story, blamed on generalized chaos that exists beyond our borders.’

This evasion has been on full display of late, as the politicians who drove us into Iraq in 2003 tell us that decisions made at the time that facilitated the rise of Islamic State militants shouldn’t hinder America from taking bold action in the future to destroy Islamic State militants. “If we spend our time debating what happened eleven or twelve years ago,” former vice president Dick Cheney today says, “we’re going to miss the threat that is growing and that we do face.18 The United States, Cheney insists, needs to do “what it takes, for as long as it takes.”

Kissinger perfected this type of dodge.[emphasis is mine] He was a master of advancing the proposition that the policies of the United States and the world’s violence and disorder are entirely unrelated, especially when it came to accounting for the consequences of his own actions. Cambodia? “It was Hanoi,” Kissinger writes, pointing to the North Vietnamese to justify his four-year bombing campaign of that neutral nation. Chile? That country, he says in defense of his coup-plotting against Salvador Allende, “was ‘destabilized’ not by our actions but by Chile’s constitutional President.” The Kurds? “A tragedy,” says the man who served them up to Saddam Hussein, hoping to turn Iraq away from the Soviets. East Timor? “I think we’ve heard enough about Timor.19″

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22
Jan
12

Is All Sanity Lost?



To anyone keen on global politics, the Republican Party presidential nominee primaries has to be at the top of the chart of things to watch and listen.

To date the campaign has been a roller-coaster ride with each of the original field of eight candidate hopefuls having their `kick at the can’ as favorite with the exception of media cast underdog: Ron Paul.

Exiting the most recent primary of South Carolina it would appear of the remaining four: Mitt Romney, Newt Gingerich, Rick Santorum and last but not least, Senator Ron Paul; Newt Gingrich seems the flavor dejour .

Gingrich’s South Carolina win comes as somewhat of a surprise though rumored leading up to the day of voting as likely to unseat rival Mitt Romney who won New Hampshire and seemingly tied with Santorum in Iowa.

As observer to the 2012 GOP nomination process, what is increasingly disturbing, listening to the rhetoric of the three candidates as each takes turn basking in the spotlight of Republican delegates amour, is the unabashed `call-to-arms’ when discussing the perceived Iranian nuclear program. Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate countering the `war-mongering’ position.

By virtue of Romney, Gingrich and Santorum sharing the spotlight if not momentarily, as front runner, what is most alarming and should be of concern to everyone around the globe, is the unanimous support suggested by Republican voters support of continued United States hegemonic and interventionist foreign policy and anti=Islamic propaganda. It is as though a significant segment of US citizens have amnesia when it comes to starting war in the Middle East and their cost to life and treasury.

As stated, Newt Gingrich won South Carolina taking 40 percent of the votes cast against Romney’s 28 percent; Santorum and Paul taking 17 and 13 percent, respectively.

With a commanding win by Gingrich,, with the real potential that he be elected 45th President of the United States, it would be intriguing to know more of his political track-record.

Not surprising, Internet search results are more commentary on his marital misgivings then his politics however, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) [http://rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/Gingrich_Newt] provides a detailed analysis of Gingrich’s path to present glory.

A review of Gingrich’s rise through the mine-laden chasm of politics, it can only be conclude that, despite a concern for Gingrich’s erratic nature and inconsistency in setting policy, the overwhelming concern for all people, should be his stated willingness to pursue military solution to threats and foes to the United States – unilaterally and without consent of its allies if necessary.

The current, greatest threat to world stability is the quagmire of the Middle East: the powder keg being Iran, the fuse Israel, the match, the Untied States. That said, a Gingrich quote taken from the ISP web-site: “waging war against us since 1979,” he has explicitly espoused an emphatic regime-change line, telling CNN in October 2011, “Our goal should be the replacement of the Iranian dictatorship.” should give pause to everyone when considering Newt Gingrich for President.

It is becoming increasingly obvious that the United States electoral populace is more then split on issues of policy both domestic and foreign, they are `scattered’. There are many important and relevant issues by which to divide the electorate, namely: declining economy, rising unemployment, financial crisis in the national debt and, foreign policy related to impending war with Iran to name the most significant. However, what is most telling about the state-of-mind of the voting public and reflected by the main-stream-media is the blatant and obvious disregard for the one candidate most consistent in his platform to address all of these issues is Senator Ron Paul.

To an outside observer it is increasingly difficult to understand how the erratic, vacillating, egregiously blatant lying and, documented ‘flip-flopping’ on policy and other matter by the three leading candidates versus Ron Paul’s consistent and grounded platform, does not permeate with a greater majority of voters then he now enjoys.

Though many find Ron Paul’s platform a radical shift in American doctrine both domestic and foreign, confidence should be garnered from at least knowing what he stands for and what he would do as President unlike his opponents whom have demonstrated conclusively their fallibility of consistency and willingness to acquiesce to pressures imposed by Lobbyst over the interests of the citizens of the United States and the balance of the World.

In conclusion, considering the performance of the Obama administration over the last three-plus years in Office and, the President’s obvious departure from the platform on which he was so stridently elected; should any of the three leading Republican contenders ultimately become the 45th President, seems almost irrelevant. The four years following the January 20th, 2013 inauguration and potentially beyond, will undoubtedly be filled with strife, tension, impending if not full-out conflict that will continue to erode any possibility for sane, peaceful well-being for all people, throughout the World.

18
Jan
12

Whose Spinning the Truth


I produced the following video to speak to the truth that is not being spoken in the course of the Republican Primaries –

18
Jan
12

Cycle of Ignorance


In approximately seven months from today, the citizens of the United States will vote to elect the 45th President of the United States.

Presently the Republican Party is in the process of defining whom amongst a field of what began as eight presidential hopefuls, to what is now five, of whom one will chosen at the GOP National Convention to start the week of August 27, 2012 to be held in Tampa Bay, Florida. The candidate chosen to challenge seated President Barack Obama at the November 5th, 2012 election.

As of this writing, the six Republican candidates are to face-off in the South Carolina primaries on January 21, 2012. At present straw-polls have Mitt Romney in the lead followed by Rick Santorum even though Newt Gingrich was expected to do well in South Carolina. Ron Paul appears to be hold forth place position just ahead of Rick Perry.

To speculate who will ultimately be the front-running favorite come the GOP Convention given the volatility of what is taking place in the State primaries held to date would be that: pure speculation. That said, as it appears now, Mitt Romney is definitely staying the course set very early in the primary process.

Having followed through televised debates and daily news sources both from the main stream media and alternate namely Internet, media, it is increasingly perplexing as to how it is the Mitt Romney in spite of well documented evidence that his stump-speech can change from one day to the next when challenged on issues of foreign policy, occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan and most importantly dealing with the economy. To go into specifics would demand a book not an essay therefore it behooves you the reader to check out the veracity of this claim. But most important about Romney’s vacillating platform is how in general, it does not waver significantly from that of President Obama.

Romney continues to promote hegemonic occupations represented by military interventionist strategies throughout the Middle East, he supports failed Keynesian economic driven monetary policies, increased Defense budget spending and, has a proven track record by his greed-driven ambitions as a private-sector businessman that would put dollars of profit ahead of jobs of middle-class Americans that now face increasing unemployment.

On the subject of taxation, though Romney resists demands to release his tax returns from prior years, he has committed to stating that due to a significant portion of his earnings are derived from investments, his effective tax rate is estimated to be approximately fifteen (15) percent. This would have Romney paying less taxes on a percentage basis then the average bus driver.
To add insult to this, Romney fully supports the Bush Tax cuts to the rich legislated by the
G.W. Bush administration.

To compare the platforms of the five remaining candidates as presented via the many debates held to date, to anyone with a modicum of common-sense, with the exception of one of the five, the one commonality that threads them together is that they all stand for the same basic principles of war, increased military spending, continued interventionist foreign policies and monetary backing of the too-big-to-fail banking institution funded by the Federal Reserve at the expense of the American people’s treasury that in turn, mirrors the platform on which the Obama administration has and would continue to operate post November, 2012.

The one exception of note is none other than Ron Paul.

Senator Ron Paul from the outset of the Republican Party primaries that started May 5,2011 has if nothing else been absolutely consistent in his message the central theme of which has been: restoration of the principles of the American Constitution.

Here again, it would take a book to highlight and delve into the specifics of the Ron Paul election platform but what can be said most stridently is that his doctrine of returning American troops not only from present theater of conflict but from the hundreds of military bases threw-out the world in concert with a revised less interventionist foreign policy; gradual elimination of federal income tax; great individual rights to self-determination; abolishing of the Federal Reserve and central banking system structured upon fiat currency; significant cuts to military budget and elimination of federal departments such as Education, Energy, Housing, Commerce and Urban Development in support of a Trillion-dollar cut in federal spending by the end of the first year in Office.

As stated, to compare Ron Paul’s proposed electoral platform to that of the other four candidates, it is blatantly obvious whose platform most reflects a true and heart-felt, common-sense concern for the common-people. Ron Paul as President-elect will have profound and potential positive implications not for just the American population but, for every citizen on Earth.

So what will it take to break the obvious and in your face apparent cycle of ignorance that holds the American electorate blind and hostage to the same old rhetoric and failed policies of Presidential administrations since Ronald Reagan?

The opportunity has never been greater; the implications for the world have never been more significant, then for the outcome of the November 2012 presidential election.

It truly is an imperative for not just voting American citizens to be aware of what Republican presidential nominees and President Obama stand for but, that every caring citizen of this World take an interest in what has the potential to be the most important election in the history of the World. A flaming match is but inches away from a global powder-keg that if not doused by a rational mind as presented by Ron Paul’s candidacy, there is no telling how extensive the damage will be when the fuse is finally lit. And there will be no one to blame but ourselves.

(Linking to this YouTube posted will provide an opportunity to realize some background history as to why the United States and the world is in a precarious and dangerous state. Viewers should ignore that the video favors Ron Paul but rather take it as a first step of the many, to becoming better aware to the facts and ideally to break the present and pervasive: Cycle of Ignorance)




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