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OWoN: With India scuppering the WTO by insisting it be listened to as to its concerns American hegemony is taking a big hit. This is on top of further hits by the development of the BRICS. More and more nations will change direction and the true reality of a multi-polar world will become a reality.

America can destroy the world, but it cannot fight all countries all the time. So the fate of reality will and does cast its shadow over America. Too many decades of high handed, arrogant foreign policy are paying back the seeds of dissent that were sown.

We need time to rethink and rebuild America from the greatness left, and to unleash the new industries performing globally. Slash the Military, close the CIA Cabal and forget fighting as the fighting days are history. Or face total collapse of all.




As a mouthpiece of exceptionalism, Barack Obama (R) is no less committed than George W. Bush

Press TV
By Jason Hirthler
31 July 2014

America faces the emergence of a multipolar world — and a check on its self-delusion.

Few nations better embody the sense of humorless infallibility than the United States and Israel. Righteous. Infallible. Heedless. It's no surprise these two practitioners of state terror (a concept they both deny) are held to be the world's greatest threats to peace. Indeed, thanks in part to those two military juggernauts, our new century has been little more than a chronicle of extremism... And all the strains seem to have converged after the atrocity of the twin towers.

Social geographer David Harvey has noted how, after September 11th, George Bush made numberless speeches about America's unexampled role in the world. He could have launched an Interpol-style police investigation into the atrocity. That would have meant bringing criminals to justice without resort to the heavy weaponry and their inevitable corollary, the slaughter of innocents. How banal. He could have recognized Al Qaeda wasn't a country, but a militant gang of ultras. How unimaginative. Instead Bush and his grotesque cabal of ideologues converted their victim status into a mandate to broaden the scope of American imperialism. Notice here how Bush interpreted 9/11 as an assault on our freedoms rather than what it was — a brutal riposte to our foreign policy.

Bush rhetoricalized it then as an “opportunity to further freedom's triumph over its age-old foes.” He intoned, with his absurd gravitas, that “the United States welcomes its responsibility to lead in this great mission.” Note the hubris. A mission to expand freedoms — self-declared. The “responsibility” to lead the mission — self-appointed. Napoleon crowning himself emperor. The world is left to observe and applaud and approve. After all, these were the “universal values of the human spirit,” or so said the emperor as he was issuing his holy writ.

Bush's pomposity naturally included the supernatural. Where else did he unearth the notion of infallibility but from the pulpit of fundamentalism? Like plenty of presidents before him, he invoked Yahweh. This clues us to the origin of American exceptionalism. Is it anything other than a secularized version of the chosen people narrative of Judaism? Draw a direct line from the Torah to the New Testament, transmuted through the seductive prose of the King James Bible, ingested like “daily bread” by millions of Americans for two centuries. There's the bloodline. The lineal path.

As a mouthpiece of exceptionalism, Obama is no less committed than Bush. He may even invoke our special status more frequently. He mentions the deity less. But he shares with his predecessor the belief that, “millions in the Middle East plead in silence for their liberty.” If that is your belief, and you are emboldened by a sense of your own eminence, then why not occupy Iraq, invade Afghanistan, obliterate Libya? Why not destabilize Syria and Ukraine? Why not drone bomb Yemen and Pakistan and Somalia? Why not permit a little housekeeping in Gaza?

Uprising in the districts

But the world is tired of this world-historical insolence. This needless contempt for cooperation. The portents of change are all there. Witness the 30-year fossil fuel deal cut between Russia and China, to be denominated perhaps in petro-rubles. Watch BNP Paribas call for de-dollarization. Note Europe's distaste for sanctions against its Slavic fuel provider. See the surprise electoral wins of anti-austerity parties such as Podemos in Spain and Syriza in Greece. Then look at the latest news: Unable or unwilling to pose a military challenge to the almighty American behemoth, the formidable economic block known as the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) have chosen a different tack: the launch of the BRICS bank, an end-run around the U.S.-dominated Bretton Woods institutions. The BRICS represent some 41 percent of the people on earth, but comprise 11 percent of IMF votes. No wonder Brazil's Dilma Rousseff chides them.

The BRICS will loan for third-world development and economic stabilization. They will lend in their own currencies—rubles, rupees, renminbi. They may invite the other luckless victims of Western imperialism to join the party. Mexico, Argentina, Indonesia. Hopefully the BRICS will attach fewer and less extractive conditionalities to their loans. Otherwise, the world will simply be exchange one jailer for another.

If left economists can be believed, this is a serious challenge to the cornerstone of American empire—its fiat currency. As owner of the global reserve currency, the U.S. can print money, flog bonds, and finance its holy wars. Yet in the wake of this obvious threat to the dollar hegemony, the West is comically blind to its own frailty. Indeed the IMF, according to a recent study, has been adding conditions to its loan facilities, despite the PR whitewashing about a lending rethink.

But this is no surprise. Like an aging thief in a B-movie telling his girl, “Just one more job. Then I'm out!” the IMF bankers are conducting a last-ditch smash-and-grab amid the collapsing scenery of global economics. Under cover of recession. Reminiscent of the ethnic cleansing carried out under cover of the NATO bombing of Kosovo in the late nineties. Seventy-eight straight days of purification. Now the bankers' cutpurse spree draws to a close. At least the solidarity of the BRICS suggests as much. Such a simple thing—solidarity. If only American workers would acquaint themselves with the concept.

This is good news. A multipolar world is better than the unipolar one we've been living in. Counterweights are a hedge against extremism. Without them — watch out. Look at America run amok even as the Soviet rubble still smoked. Look at Israel, militarily unopposed in the Middle East. No one dare attack it for fear of nuclear extermination. How does it behave in light of this unspoken sanction? With total impunity, from total extremism. Naturally.

Perhaps a BRICS wall will provide the same kind of cautionary check that the Berlin Wall used to and reign in the frothing imperialism of the world's self-proclaimed policeman. Perhaps it will slow the rabid extremism of the U.S. deputies in Tel Aviv. Force the West back to the table of rational discourse. We need that check. Not a new empire, but a counterpoint to ours. Like Wall Street finance, we've proven ourselves incapable of self-policing. Capitalism seems to encourage indiscipline. We must be somehow made to respect our boundaries. Our recent history is nearly a personification of Christopher Hitchens statement that, “There's always some mediocre jerk who knows what's best for you.” Just think. Free market neoliberalism in Mesopotamia. A reconstituted Baathist-free army in Baghdad. Puppet kleptocracy in Kabul. A police state in the Sinai. An unelected human-rights trampling cabal in Honduras. A rabidly anti-poor capital class in Caracas. Nazi sympathizers in Kiev. Where haven't we subtly offered our unsolicited advice and then provided the funds and guns to bring it to be? But times have changed. A specter is rising on the peripheries of empire. The call rings out: BRICS of the world, unite!

Jason Hirthler is a veteran of the communications industry. He lives and works in New York City and can be reached at jasonhirthler@gmail.com

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  1. Army To Force Out 550 Majors As Purge Continues

    August 1, 2014

    http://whitehousewhispers.com/army-to-force-out-550-majors-as-purge-continues/

    (Washington) About 550 Army majors, including some serving in Afghanistan, will soon be told they have to leave the service by next spring as part of a budget-driven downsizing of the service.

    Gen. John Campbell, the vice chief of the Army, acknowledged Friday that telling troops in a war zone that they’re out of a job is a difficult task. But he said some of the soldiers could join the National Guard or the Army Reserve.

    The decision to cut Army majors comes on the heels of a move to slash nearly 1,200 captains from the ranks. Army leaders were criticized at the time for giving 48 of them the bad news while they were deployed to Afghanistan.

    The Army declined to say how many majors will be notified while they are at the battlefront.

    “The ones that are deployed are certainly the hardest,” Campbell told reporters. “What we try to do there is, working through the chain of command, minimize the impact to that unit and then maximize the time to provide to that officer to come back and do the proper transition, to take care of himself or herself, and the family.”

    Campbell said it’s difficult to avoid cutting deployed soldiers because of the timing schedules.

    All the soldiers being forced to leave have probably already been given a heads-up that they were at risk of the job cut and will meet with a senior officer, according to the Army.

    Those who are cut have nine months to leave the Army. And the soldiers who are deployed, including those in Afghanistan, will generally have about a month to move out of that job and go home to begin to transition out of the service.

    The cuts have been difficult for many young officers, particularly captains, who tend not to have enough years in service to retire.

    To make the cuts, the Army looked at about 8,500 majors who joined the service between 1999 and 2003. Some may have about 15 years of service, depending on all factors that go into credit for years of service, and might be able to retire, but many won’t have enough time in the job, Campbell said

    Guard and reserve leaders are looking for officers, especially captains, so there could be opportunities for the soldiers to continue to serve, he said.

    After 13 years of war that forced a significant and rapid build-up of the Army to about 570,000, the military now has to reduce its combat forces to meet budget cuts.

    The Army has close to 514,000 soldiers now, but will have to be down to 510,000 by October, shrink to 490,000 by October 2015 and be down to 450,000 by 2019. In addition, if Congress doesn’t act to prevent automatic budget cuts from resuming, the Army may eventually have to get down to 420,000 — a size that that leaders say may not allow them to wage even one major, prolonged military campaign.

    The Army tried to avoid some cuts by slowing enlistments and using attrition and some voluntary separations. It also has been combing through files looking for soldiers with disciplinary or other problems in their annual evaluations to weed out lower-performing officers first, officials said.
    - See more at: http://whitehousewhispers.com/army-to-force-out-550-majors-as-purge-continues/#sthash.yIyiE80d.dpuf

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  2. Saturday, August 2, 2014
    Sarah Palin: Impeachment Threat Making Obama 'Nervous'
    http://nesaranews.blogspot.com/2014/08/sarah-palin-impeachment-threat-making.html

    On Saturday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said the impeachment threat is making a lawless President Barack Obama a bit "nervous."
    A week after Palin called for Obama to be impeached over his lawlessness on immigration on the pages of Breitbart News, two-thirds of Republicans believed that impeachment is justified while a majority of independents felt that Obama has overstepped his Constitutional authority. Speaking at the Western Conservative Summit in Colorado, Palin said "considering articles of impeachment is the check" against a lawless executive branch.
    Citing Obama's "dereliction of duty" in enforcing the country's immigration laws and securing the border, Palin said, "if that's not impeachable, then nothing is. And if he's not impeachable, no one is."
    "It takes guts to hold them accountable," she said. "It takes political will."
    Palin told Republicans to "don't be afraid to raise" the impeachment issue because Obama is making "himself a ruler and not a president." Palin said America had a revolution because "we don't do kings."
    She observed that "these days you hear a lot of politicians denouncing Barack Obama," saying he's a lawless and imperial president who ignores court orders, changes laws by executive fiat, and refuses to enforce laws that he just doesn’t like. Palin asked the politicians who are complaining, "what are ya gonna do about it?
    "Let's call their bluff," Palin said. "I'm calling their bluff because we need a little less talk and a lot more action."
    Declaring that Obama's lawlessness is "rocking us to our core," Palin said that "no serious person can deny that team Obama has not violated and abused the public trust and the Constitution." Palin listed Benghazi, Fast and Furious, NSA spying scandals, Obamacare lies, the IRS's targeting of conservatives, the administration's violation of religious rights, and the Department of Justice's wiretapping of reporters.
    "The list of abuses goes on and on," she said.
    Palin also mentioned that "high crimes and misdemeanors" does not refer to today's ordinary criminal charges. (Read complete article at link)

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/07/19/Sarah-Palin-Impeachment-Threat-Making-Obama-Nervous

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  3. The crack widens a little more.. "Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth" on C-Span
    http://www.c-span.org/video/?320748-5/washington-journal-architects-engineers-911-truth

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    1. AJNAANDY:
      The more we expose, the more the truth seep out. Now if you or I commit any crimes we are held accountable...are there two standards? And are these crooks immune from prosecution...I think NOT. Public opinion have a way of demanding answers. The truth will prevail.




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    2. FEDUP... it will be a wonderful day when the TBTF are made accountable!... how is it that a major bank, HSBC, was made to pay a fine for laundering DRUG money but no one goes to jail? One of my credit cards used to be HSBC... I was paying interest to a bank that was laundering drug money!!... I knew the second Madoff story broke that the entire system was a rigged scam... I knew there was no way the very top was not aware of Madoff.... so that meant it was corruption and greed thru out.... I can only hope/prey there are those bringing about change in a way that will not blow up the entire world.... system is so ingrained with corruption it has to be handled properly until something new is in place... then maybe we can see death row for the To Big To Jail Bastards!

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    3. JAMES
      I watch. I keep looking for the news that these folks have been detained. It's not just HSBC, I believe all of the banks are complicit in this treason...they rigged the Libor rate, and then these banks have life insurance policies on their own employees, and then the Derivatives (which I call the Casino) all with other people money...

      I do as you did, once I find out I move my business elsewhere... I don't want to pay taxes already because I know that US is supporting the massacre of innocent children and families in GAZA...our tax dollars are invested off shore, in black projects. And then we have to also consider Ukraine...more corruption and bullying.

      At one time I made up my mind to leave the country; but I decided to stay here and fight because many people I know paid the ultimate price and justice needs to be rendered.

      I gave up on anything that support the CABAL, somethings I must have and I just reduces my dependency on luxury items...I realize things (mass marketing) and greed are so ugly that I just concentrate on what I really need to support my quality of life...I am starting to investigate vertical farming at home to grow some of my own produce...

      I began switching my banking needs to credit unions because they don't have the same rules and regulations as banks, and the interest rate is higher than banks.

      I had a brand new Buick Lacrosse, I gave the car back because the car I purchased for my son in 1999 was still in tip top shape everything brand new...so my son got a job with a fortune 500 company and they gave him a company vehicle...I am riding his first car, no low jack system, no navigation system, no tracking system...At least in this car I will not get spied on ...in the Buick On Star would interrupt my music and just call me randomly...I had to ask whether they were listening to my conversations in the car?

      I am tired of the systems level of deception, and corruption...I refuse to support it.

      At one time I didn't know, but now I do and I am doing my part...

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