Tehran at night, home to more than 8 million people.
A Neocon Admits the Plan to Bomb Iran
Exclusive: The neocon Washington Post, which wants to kill the talks aimed at constraining Irans nuclear program, allowed a contrary opinion of sorts onto its pages a neocon who also wants to collapse the talks but is honest enough to say that the follow-up will be a U.S. war on Iran, reports Robert Parry.
By Robert Parry
ConsortiumNews, March 16, 2015
Not exactly known for truthfulness, U.S. neocons have been trying to reassure the American people that sinking a negotiated deal with Iran to limit its nuclear program would be a painless proposition, but at least one prominent neocon, Joshua Muravchik, acknowledges that the alternative will be war and he likes the idea.
On Sunday, the neocon Washington Post allowed Muravchik to use its opinion section to advocate for an aggressive war against Iran essentially a perpetual U.S. bombing campaign against the country despite the fact that aggressive war is a violation of international law, condemned by the post-World War II Nuremberg Tribunal as the supreme international crime.
Given that the Post is very restrictive in the op-ed pieces that it prints, it is revealing that advocacy for an unprovoked bombing campaign against Iran is considered within the realm of acceptable opinion. But the truth is that the only difference between Muravchiks view and the Posts own editorial stance is that Muravchik lays out the almost certain consequences of sabotaging a diplomatic solution.
In his article headlined War is the only way to stop Iran in print editions and War with Iran is probably our best option online, Muravchik lets the bloody-thirsty neocon cat out of the bag as he agrees with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus hysterical view of Iran but recognizes that killing international negotiations on limiting Irans nuclear program would leave open only one realistic option:
What if force is the only way to block Iran from gaining nuclear weapons? That, in fact, is probably the reality. Sanctions may have induced Iran to enter negotiations, but they have not persuaded it to abandon its quest for nuclear weapons. Nor would the stiffer sanctions that Netanyahu advocates bring a different result.
Does this mean that our only option is war? Yes, although an air campaign targeting Irans nuclear infrastructure would entail less need for boots on the ground than the war Obama is waging against the Islamic State, which poses far smaller a threat than Iran does. Wouldnt destroying much of Irans nuclear infrastructure merely delay its progress? Perhaps, but we can strike as often as necessary.
Typical of the neocons, Muravchik foresees no problem with his endless bombing war against Iran, including the possibility that Iran, which Western intelligence agencies agree is not working on a bomb, might reverse its course if it faced repeated bombing assaults from the United States.
This neocon-advocated violation of international law also might further undermine hopes of curbing violence in the Middle East and establishing some form of meaningful order there and elsewhere. This neocon view that America can do whatever it wants to whomever it wants might actually push the rest of the world into a coalition against U.S. bullying that could provoke an existential escalation of violence with nuclear weapons coming into play.
Never Seeing Reality
Of course, neocons never foresee problems as they draw up these war plans at their think tanks and discuss them on their op-ed pages. Muravchik, by the way, is a fellow at the neocon-dominated School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins and the Washington Posts editorial page is run by neocons Fred Hiatt and Jackson Diehl.
But, as U.S. officialdom and the American people should have learned from the Iraq War, neocon schemes often dont play out quite as well in the real world not that the neocons seem to care about the hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis or the nearly 4,500 U.S. soldiers who died fighting in the neocons Iraq debacle.
For the neocons, their true guiding star is to enlist the U.S. military as the enforcers of Netanyahus strategic vision. If Netanyahu says that Iran not al-Qaeda and the Islamic State is the more serious threat then the neocons line up behind that agenda, which also happens to dovetail with the interests of Israels new ally, Saudi Arabia.
So, Americans hear lots of scary stories about Iran gobbling up its neighbors as Netanyahu described in his lecture to a joint session of the U.S. Congress this month even though Iran has not invaded any country for centuries and, indeed, was the target of a Saudi-backed invasion by Iraq in 1980.
Not only did Netanyahus wildly exaggerate the danger from Iran but he ignored the fact that Irans involvement in Iraq and Syria has come at the invitation of those governments to help fight the terrorists of al-Qaedas Nusra Front and the Islamic State. [See Consortiumnews.coms Congress Cheers Netanyahus Hatred of Iran.]
In other words, Iran is on the same side of those conflicts against Sunni terrorists as the United States is. But what were seeing now from Israel and the neocons is a determined effort to shift U.S. focus away from combating Sunni terrorists some backed by Saudi Arabia and toward essentially taking their side against Iran, Iraq and Syria.
Thats why the neocons are downplaying the atrocities of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State or for that matter the chopping off of heads by Israels Saudi friends while hyping every complaint they can about Iran. [See Consortiumnews.coms The Secret Saudi Ties to Terrorism.]
Muravchik favors this reversal of priorities and doesnt seem to care that a U.S. bombing campaign against Iran would have a destructive impact on Irans ability to blunt the advances of the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda. The neocons also have been hot for bombing Syrias military, which along with Iran represents the greatest bulwark against the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda.
The neocons and Netanyahu seem quite complacent about the prospect of the Islamic State or Al-Qaedas Nusra Front hoisting their black flags over Damascus or even Baghdad. Yet, such a move would almost surely force the U.S. president whether Barack Obama or his successor to return to a ground war in the Middle East at enormous cost to the American people.
The obvious alternative to this truly frightening scenario is to complete the international negotiations requiring Iran to accept intrusive inspections to ensure that its nuclear program remains peaceful and then work with Iran on areas of mutual interests, such as rolling back the advances of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq and Al-Qaedas Nusra Front in Syria.
This more rational approach holds out the prospect of achieving some stability in Iraq and if accompanied by realistic negotiations between Syrias President Bashar al-Assad and his political opponents reducing the bloodletting in Syria if not ending it.
That pragmatic solution could well be the best result both for the people of the region and for U.S. national interests. But none of that would please Netanyahu and the neocons.
Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his latest book, Americas Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from Amazon and barnesandnoble.com). You also can order Robert Parrys trilogy on the Bush Family and its connections to various right-wing operatives for only $34. The trilogy includes Americas Stolen Narrative.
SOURCE w/Links: https://consortiumnews.com/2015/03/16/a-neocon-admits-the-plan-to-bomb-iran/
Note to Hosts: Robert Parry allows DUers to use his articles in total.
Not to DUers: These neocon swells are floating the idea in the "mainstream press" that mass murder is normal.
By Bill Van Auken
world socialist web site, 14 March 2015
The protracted 2016 presidential campaign cycle has already begun, and with it the close attention of the media to the statements made by prospective candidates in hopes of discovering even the slightest gaffe that can be turned into a political news item.
All the more odd then that the remarks made at a New Hampshire town hall meeting by one Republican presidential hopeful, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, have been virtually blacked out by all of the major print and broadcast outlets.
Asked by a member of the audience what he would do about automatic cuts to the Pentagon budget that would go into effect because of sequestration, Graham responded that the problem had left him sick to his stomach.
[font color="green"]He continued: And here is the first thing I would do if I were President of the United States: I wouldnt let Congress leave town until we fix this. I would literally use the military to keep them in if I had to. Were not leaving town until we restore these defense cuts. Were not leaving town until we restore the intel cuts.[/font color]
The statement is extraordinary. A candidate for the presidency of the United States vows that, once elected, he would use the military to impose hisand itswill upon a recalcitrant Congress. Presumably, troops would hold members of the House and Senate at gunpoint until they produced the results demanded.
Good thing some media don't worship the almighty dollar.
President Kennedy followed up the New Deal of FDR with policies that advanced the interests of peace and prosperity of all Americans. JFK advanced the ideals of the Constitution: That ALL humans are created equal and enjoy equal rights under the Law. He got us started to the moon -- an endeavor that created wealth for a nation and reaps benefits to the present day. Best of all, JFK kept the peace when all advised for nuclear war.
Allen Dulles and JCS chairman Lemnitzer told JFK the best time to attack USSR was 'Fall 1963.'
Did the U.S. Military Plan a Nuclear First Strike for 1963?
Recently declassified information shows that the military presented President Kennedy with a plan for a surprise nuclear attack on the Soviet Union in the early 1960s.
James K. Galbraith and Heather A. Purcell
The American Prospect | September 21, 1994
During the early 1960s the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) introduced the world to the possibility of instant total war. Thirty years later, no nation has yet fired any nuclear missile at a real target. Orthodox history holds that a succession of defensive nuclear doctrines and strategies -- from "massive retaliation" to "mutual assured destruction" -- worked, almost seamlessly, to deter Soviet aggression against the United States and to prevent the use of nuclear weapons.
The possibility of U.S. aggression in nuclear conflict is seldom considered. And why should it be? Virtually nothing in the public record suggests that high U.S. authorities ever contemplated a first strike against the Soviet Union, except in response to a Soviet invasion of Western Europe, or that they doubted the deterrent power of Soviet nuclear forces. The main documented exception was the Air Force Chief of Staff in the early 1960s, Curtis LeMay, a seemingly idiosyncratic case.
But beginning in 1957 the U.S. military did prepare plans for a preemptive nuclear strike against the U.S.S.R., based on our growing lead in land-based missiles. And top military and intelligence leaders presented an assessment of those plans to President John F. Kennedy in July of 1961. At that time, some high Air Force and CIA leaders apparently believed that a window of outright ballistic missile superiority, perhaps sufficient for a successful first strike, would be open in late 1963.
The document reproduced opposite is published here for the first time. It describes a meeting of the National Security Council on July 20, 1961. At that meeting, the document shows, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the director of the CIA, and others presented plans for a surprise attack. They answered some questions from Kennedy about timing and effects, and promised further information. The meeting recessed under a presidential injunction of secrecy that has not been broken until now.
What a coincidence LBJ would appoint Dulles to the Warren Commission, which never heard about the CIA-Mafia plots to kill Castro before the Bay of Pigs. It's no wonder they had no idea about the memorandum of Col. Howard Burris.
What's not to sideshow?
News Coverage of Fukushima Disaster Found Lacking
American University sociologists new research finds few reports identified health risks to public
By Rebecca Basu
American University, March 10, 2015
Four years after the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the disaster no longer dominates U.S. news headlines, though the disabled plant continues to pour three tons of radioactive water into the ocean each day. Homes, schools and businesses in the Japanese prefecture are uninhabitable, and will likely be so forever. Yet the U.S. media has dropped the story while public risks remain.
A new analysis by American University sociology professor Celine Marie Pascale finds that U.S. news media coverage of the disaster largely minimized health risks to the general population. Pascale analyzed more than 2,000 news articles from four major U.S. outlets following the disaster's occurrence March 11, 2011 through the second anniversary on March 11, 2013. [font color="green"]Only 6 percent of the coverage129 articlesfocused on health risks to the public in Japan or elsewhere. Human risks were framed, instead, in terms of workers in the disabled nuclear plant.[/font color]
"It's shocking to see how few articles discussed risk to the general population, and when they did, they typically characterized risk as low," said Pascale, who studies the social construction of risk and meanings of risk in the 21st century. "We see articles in prestigious news outlets claiming that radioactivity from cosmic rays and rocks is more dangerous than the radiation emanating from the collapsing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant."
Pascale studied news articles, editorials, and letters from two newspapers, The Washington Postand The New York Times, and two nationally prominent online news sites, Politico and The Huffington Post. These four media outlets are not only among the most prominent in the United States, they are also among the most cited by television news and talk shows, by other newspapers and blogs and are often taken up in social media, Pascale said. In this sense, she added, understanding how risk is constructed in media gives insight into how national concerns and conversations get framed.
Pascale's analysis identified three primary ways in which the news outlets minimized the risk posed by radioactive contamination to the general population. Articles made comparisons to mundane, low-level forms of radiation;defined the risks as unknowable, given the lack of long-term studies; and largely excluded concerns expressed by experts and residents who challenged the dominant narrative.
[font color="green"]The research shows that corporations and government agencies had disproportionate access to framing the event in the media, Pascale says. Even years after the disaster, government and corporate spokespersons constituted the majority of voices published. News accounts about local impactfor example, parents organizing to protect their children from radiation in school luncheswere also scarce. [/font color]
Globalization of risk
Pascale says her findings show the need for the public to be critical consumers of news; expert knowledge can be used to create misinformation and uncertaintyespecially in the information vacuums that arise during disasters.
"The mainstream mediain print and onlinedid little to report on health risks to the general population or to challenge the narratives of public officials and their experts," Pascale said. "Discourses of the risks surrounding disasters are political struggles to control the presence and meaning of events and their consequences. How knowledge about disasters is reported can have more to do with relations of power than it does with the material consequences to people's lives."
While it is clear that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown was a consequence of an earthquake and tsunami, like all disasters, it was also the result of political, economic and social choices that created or exacerbated broad-scale risks. In the 21st century, there's an increasing "globalization of risk," Pascale argues. Major disasters have potentially large-scale and long-term consequences for people, environments, and economies.
[font color="green"]"People's understanding of disasters will continue to be constructed by media. How media members frame the presence of risk and the nature of disaster matters," she said.[/font color]
SOURCE with Links: http://www.american.edu/media/news/20150310-Fukushima.cfm
Almost should just bold and make green the entire article, seeing how Rupert Murdoch and the rest of CIABCNNBCBSFixedNoiseNutworks won't do their jobs.
by Catalina Camia
OnPolitics.USAToda.com, February 23, 2015
Jeb Bush shared his wedding photo on Twitter and Facebook as he wished his beautiful wife, Columba, a happy 41st anniversary on Monday.
The back story about the likely presidential candidates wedding picture is a keeper. Bush writes that its the only image from the event since his younger brother, Marvin, accidentally rerolled from a Frank Zappa concert.
Marvin Bush, the youngest son of George H.W. and Barbara Bush, recalled his short-lived career as a wedding photographer in sister Doros book, My Father, My President. TIME magazine, among others, cites the book passage from Marvin, who says:
Every single photo of the Bush and Garnica families had either a photo of Frank Zappa and/or members of his band, the Mothers of Invention, superimposed onto their own images. I remember thinking to myself that a Frank Sinatra photo may have been acceptable, but not Frank Zappa!
Marvin decided the cowards way out was his only recourse and he kept his mouth shut about what happened. Barbara Bush, the family matriarch, actually snapped the photo with Columbas Kodak camera. (Children of the digital age need to look up Instamatic for an explainer.)
The kicker? Marvin Bush entered one of his Jeb/Columba/Zappa images in an art contest and won third prize for the rendering he called Zappas Bride.
Anyone got a copy of "Zappa's Bride"?
Her husband let Bush 41 off the hook.
Clinton's presidency was largely a time of austerity for the 99-percent.
She and President Barack Obama let Bush 43 off the hook.
Obama's presidency has largely been a time of austerity for the 99-percent.
You know who it hasn't been a time of austerity for?
I stand in my opposition to wars without end for profits without cease.
War Is Sell - Washington Elite Benefits from War
October 31, 2001
War has always been a profitable money machine for shrewd investors with foresight, but the extremely close connections of the Carlyle Group, a Washington-based private equity investment firm and major war profiteer, to the Bush and Bin Laden families raise unavoidable questions of waging war for profit.
Established in 1987 the Carlyle Group was founded by David Rubenstein, a former staff member in the Jimmy Carter White House, and his two partners, Dan D'Aniello and Bill Conway. Today there are 18 partners in the firm and one outside investor. The Washington Post has described Carlyle as a "merchant banking firm" set up "to serve corporations and wealthy families." From the beginning the founders of Carlyle have recruited former politicians as consultants: former President George H. W. Bush is among them, along with a host of other Bush family cronies.
The Bush connection to the Carlyle Group is nothing short of a scandal, according to Larry Klayman, a notable government watchdog best known for pursuing the scandals of former President Bill Clinton. Now that the United States is bombing Afghanistan and allocating huge sums of money for defense, including $40 billion for the "war on terrorism" and more than $200 billion for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), the conflict of interest is "direct," Klayman says. "President Bush should not ask but demand that his father pull out of the Carlyle Group." Carlyle owns many of the companies that will share in the $200 billion JSF deal.
"Carlyle is as deeply wired into the current administration (Bush II) as they can possibly be," Charles Lewis, executive director of the Center for Public Integrity, said. "George Bush is getting money from private interests that have business before the government, while his son is president. And, in a really peculiar way, George W. Bush could, some day, benefit financially from his own administration's decisions, through his father's investments. The average American doesn't know that. To me, that's a jaw-dropper."
Do you ever wonder about that, stevenleser?
Snooper2 wanted to know if Id asked DUers for money and wondered how much support I had gotten from my fan base.
Despite the discouragement, I shared on DU some of what I learned there:
Octafish to attend JFK assassination conference. Do you think JFK still matters?
JFK Conference: Amazing Day of Information and Connecting with Good People
After JFK Conference, when I got home, I felt like RFK.
JFK Conference: Bill Kelly introduced new evidence - adding Air Force One tape recordings
JFK Conference: Rex Bradford detailed the historic importance of the Church Committee
JFK Conference: Lisa Pease Discussed the Real Harm of Corrupt Soft Power
JFK Conference: James DiEugenio made clear how Foreign Policy changed after November 22, 1963
JFK Conference: Mark Lane Addressed the Secret Governments Role in the Assassination
JFK Conference: David Talbot named Allen Dulles as 'the Chairman of the Board of the Assassination'
JFK Conference: Dan Hardway Detailed how CIA Obstructed HSCA Investigation
Noah's Ark - Nov. 22, 1963 (at Oakland Community College in Michigan)
JFK Remembered: Dan Rather and James Swanson talk at The Henry Ford (like Heinz History Center, a Smithsonian Affiliated Institution.)
Seven Days in May -- tonight on TCM
Machine Gun Mouth
So, while I don't recall you for much else, you did goad me into action. Thanx!
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