Promises, Promises And Obamese Seduction by Gaither Stewart

Gaither Stewart
by Gaither Stewart
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16 February 2009

“To seduce also means to destroy”

I ran into a reference to The Fable of the Bees: or, Private Vices, Publick Benefits and found the suggestive old poem extensively reproduced and commented on line. The work consists of a poem, The Grumbling Hive, or Knaves Turn’d Honest, and an extensive prose commentary. The poem which first appeared in 1705 was intended as a commentary on England, as the Dutch Englishman, Bernard de Mandeville, saw it. Here is a stanza:

A Spacious Hive well stock’d with Bees,
That lived in Luxury and Ease;
And yet as fam’d for Laws and Arms,
As yielding large and early Swarms;
Was counted the great Nursery
Of Sciences and Industry.
No Bees had better Government,
More Fickleness, or less Content.
They were not Slaves to Tyranny,
Nor ruled by wild Democracy;
But Kings, that could not wrong, because
Their Power was circumscrib’d by Laws.

The ‘hive’ is corrupt but prosperous, yet it grumbles about lack of virtue. A higher power decides to give them what they ask for. It’s all quite familiar and contemporary. Eh?

(Rome) Since I have been over the whole route, from the political no-man’s land of the “majority”, across the cavernous divide to the independent and autonomous state of intense engagement, paying for my mistakes and reaping immeasurable rewards along the way, I can now permit myself some liberties of opinion. Still, I listen and listen and listen and wonder where I stand in the never-ending discussion on What is to be done? Like other emancipated people I wonder not only about my own ideas but also about those persons of Power dedicated to the methodical conditioning and fierce control of the malleable consciousness of the masses, Power dedicated to the seduction of humanity.

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Israel launches covert war against Iran

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Israel has launched a covert war against Iran as an alternative to direct military strikes against Tehran’s nuclear programme, US intelligence sources have revealed.

By Philip Sherwell in New York
Telegraph
Last Updated: 10:38PM GMT 16 Feb 2009

It is using hitmen, sabotage, front companies and double agents to disrupt the regime’s illicit weapons project, the experts say.

The most dramatic element of the “decapitation” programme is the planned assassination of top figures involved in Iran’s atomic operations.

Despite fears in Israel and the US that Iran is approaching the point of no return in its ability to build atom bomb, Israeli officials are aware of the change in mood in Washington since President Barack Obama took office.

They privately acknowledge the new US administration is unlikely to sanction an air attack on Iran’s nuclear installations and Mr Obama’s offer to extend a hand of peace to Tehran puts any direct military action beyond reach for now.

The aim is to slow down or interrupt Iran’s research programme, without the gamble of a direct confrontation that could lead to a wider war.

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via Israel launches covert war against Iran – Telegraph.

h/t: CLG

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Ehud Barak: “Nuclear weapons in Iran are a central threat” + Sirens go off in Israel for war on Iran

U.S. Now Sees Iran as Pursuing Nuclear Bomb + US Intel Confirms Iran Not Developing Nukes + Obama’s Press Conference

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Nuclear Submarines Collide With Multiple Warhead Missiles On Board

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February 16, 2009 CNN

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So, Admiral, what have you got to say about the nuclear submarine crash?

British and French vessels had enough material to carry out 1,248 Hiroshima bombings

By Cahal Milmo, Chief Reporter
The Independent

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Defence chiefs are facing an inquiry into the safety of the United Kingdom’s nuclear deterrent after British and French submarines, each laden with missiles powerful enough for 1,248 Hiroshima bombings, collided while submerged in the mid-Atlantic.

HMS Vanguard, the lead boat of Britain’s fleet of four V-class submarines armed with Trident nuclear missiles, limped back into its home port of Faslane in Scotland on Saturday showing significant damage. Witnesses said the hull was scarred with dents and scrapes.

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via So, Admiral, what have you got to say about the nuclear submarine crash? – Home News, UK – The Independent.

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Ehud Barak: “Nuclear weapons in Iran are a central threat” + Sirens go off in Israel for war on Iran

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compiled by Cem Ertür
Featured Writer
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16 February, 2009

1) “Nuclear weapons in Iran are a central threat”
2) Sirens go off in Israel for war on Iran
3) ElBaradei: Ignoring Israel undermines NPT

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“Without a doubt, nuclear weapons in Iran are a central threat to world order; it creates the possibility of a massive nuclear arming of the entire Middle East, and it can, if and when it ripens, be an existential threat to the State of Israel”

[Defense Minister Ehud Barak, IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) Senior Command Forum, 16 February 2009] [1]

“This year needs to be a year with maximal readiness for security challenges if required”

[Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) Senior Command Forum, 16 February 2009] [1]

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http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=85854&sectionid=351020202

excerpt from: Sirens go off in Israel for war on Iran

Press TV, 16 February 2009

An Israeli defense strategy report for 2009 has tasked the military with making preliminary preparations for launching a war against Iran.

An annual defense work plan presented to Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenazi for the year 2009 describes Iran as “the No.1 threat the IDF is now preparing for.”

Citing Iran as “a threat to Israel’s existence,” the report tasks the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) with reinforcing its strategic aerial capabilities, while zooming in on the development of “remote-piloted vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles”, as well as “infrastructural investments in intelligence and communications devices.”

The IDF has also been required to enhance the ground forces’ readiness by increasing the level of training for the army and reserve troops.

The work plan also reveals an approximate $370 million budget deficit for the Israeli army and adds that the funds required to address the change in military priorities will be provided via various government bureaus.

The report comes in support of long-standing talks running hot and cold about an Israeli military strike on Iran.

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“What compounds the problem is that the nuclear non-proliferation regime has lost its legitimacy in the eyes of Arab public opinion because of the perceived double-standards concerning Israel, the only state in the region outside the NPT and known to possess nuclear weapons.”

[Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei, International Herald Tribune, 16 February 2009] [2]

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Notes:

[1] “Nuclear weapons in Iran are a central threat”
IDF Official Website, 16 February 2009
http://dover.idf.il/IDF/English/News/today/09/02/1601.htm

[2] ElBaradei: Ignoring Israel undermines NPT
Press TV, 16 February 2009
http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=85865&sectionid=351020202

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U.S. Now Sees Iran as Pursuing Nuclear Bomb + US Intel Confirms Iran Not Developing Nukes + Obama’s Press Conference

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Destabilizing Pakistan, America Plays with Fire by Tom Burghardt

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by Tom Burghardt
Global Research, Feb. 16, 2009
Antifascist Calling…

With the Obama administration preparing a major military escalation across South Asia, the corrupt ruling elites perched in their palaces in Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi have demonstrated their contempt for the Pakistani people. Unable, and unwilling, to solve the deep-seated structural problems facing their nation–unemployment, lack of security, rampant crime and corruption, the lack of public education, the absence of health care, free expression and the right to be left alone to live in peace–like the Musharraf clique, the Zardari administration has cut a deal with the imperialist overlords who now threaten destruction on a planetary scale. Caught between the jihadi Frankenstein and the American Draculas waiting in the wings, it is the people of South Asia who will pay a steep price as the Pentagon and their corporatist masters seek a “solution” to what Washington insiders have dubbed the “Af-Pak” problem.

CIA Predators Strike from Pakistan

As the United States ramps-up regional military operations, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, dropped a bombshell when she revealed that CIA Predator drones are flown from an airbase in Pakistan, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Expressing surprise at Pakistan’s opposition to missile strikes launched in that country’s borderlands with Afghanistan, Feinstein said “As I understand it, these are flown out of a Pakistani base.”

If true, this latest revelation will only serve to destabilize the civilian government of Pakistan Peoples Party President Asif Ali Zardari.

As if the underscore Feinstein’s disclosure, The Guardian reported February 16 that “A US missile strike against suspected militants in a tribal area of Pakistan killed 30 people today, as Islamabad announced a peace deal with extremists in another region that includes the imposition of Islamic law.”

The latest strike allegedly targeted a home used by a “Taliban commander close to the Afghan border.” This was the fourth Predator missile attack on Pakistan since Obama became President.

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Bad News From America’s Top Spy By Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
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60 Minutes: World of Trouble

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CBS on Feb 15, 2009

Three years before the housing market crash, Paul Bishop says he warned his superiors at World Savings that many of the mortgages they were granting were misleading and predatory.

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Eastern Europe is about to Blow By Mike Whitney

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By Mike Whitney
February 17, 2009 “ICH

Eastern Europe is about to blow. If it does, it could take much of the EU with it. It’s an emergency situation but there are no easy solutions. The IMF doesn’t have the resources for a bailout of this size and the recession is spreading faster than relief efforts can be organized. Finance ministers and central bankers are running in circles trying to put out one fire after another. Its only a matter of time before they are overtaken by events. If one country is allowed to default, the dominoes could begin to tumble through the whole region. This could trigger dramatic changes in the political landscape. The rise of fascism is no longer out of the question.

The UK Telegraph’s economics editor Edmund Conway sums it up like this:

“A ‘second wave’ of countries will fall victim to the economic crisis and face being bailed out by the International Monetary Fund, its chief warned at the G7 summit in Rome….But with some countries’ economies effectively dwarfed by the size of their banking sector and its financial liabilities, there are fears they could fall victim to balance of payments and currency crises, much as Iceland did before receiving emergency assistance from the IMF last year.” (UK Telegraph)

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Silly Money: Bremner, Bird and Fortune (Satire)

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Where did all the Money Go

theDossier.info on Oct 27, 2012

Satirical look at the global financial system

48:00 – Nov 2, 2008

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Gaza civilians left with extensive burns

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AlJazeeraEnglish

As well as the 1300 Palestinians who were killed in the war, thousands more suffered serious injuries.

Many of them were left with extensive burns, with Israel accused of using highly inflammable white phosphorus in civilian areas.

Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel Hamid reports from the burns unit in Gaza’s Shifa hospital.

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Captain of the Universe by Rand Clifford

by Rand Clifford
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February 16, 2009

It was quite a show.

Wednesday it was, 2/11, 9 years into the new century.

Next day, Amit R. Paley wrote in the Washington Post, “The titans of Wall Street, already humbled by the financial meltdown, were hauled before Congress for the first time Wednesday to face the rage of the nation.”

Paley’s article, titled, Congress grills bailed-out bankers, reflects gravity of the situation with heavy lines such as, “Lined up in a row at a nationally-televised hearing, the chieftains of eight banks that received $165 billion in federal bailout funds were pounded with ferocious questions from lawmakers demanding to know whether the firms were misusing taxpayer dollars.” Just the concept of questions themselves somehow possessing ferocity suggests an almost surreal situation. And that it was…rather like a circus except there were little more than tigers and clowns.

The titans’ testimony was their most “full-throated” response yet to lawmaker and analyst criticism that banks are hoarding the bailout money instead of making new loans with it, as Congress intended. Jamie Dimon, CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase insisted his firm made $150 billion in new loans in the last quarter of 2008-with consumer loans “jumping” by 2.1% over the previous quarter.

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Before You Enlist! (2006; 2011) (must-see)

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Replaced video Sept. 26, 2016

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Straight talk from soldiers, veterans and their family members tells what is missing from the sales pitches presented by recruiters and the military’s marketing efforts.

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What if they gave a War? By Charles Sullivan (2006)

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By Charles Sullivan
09/18/06 “Information Clearing House

“What if they gave a war and no one came?” was a popular slogan during the Viet Nam war. It remains a timeless and powerful motto, and is as relevant as ever. It is still a mantra that evokes thought provoking responses and suggests some intriguing possibilities.

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The Free Gaza Movement

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The Free Gaza Movement is a human rights group that in August 2008 sent the first international boats to land in the port of Gaza in 41 years. We want to break the siege of Gaza. We want to raise international awareness about the prison-like closure of the Gaza Strip and pressure the international community to review its sanctions policy and end its support for continued Israeli occupation.

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