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quicklink: Why the West loses so many wars, and how we can learn to win [FM]

Link is here:

I think a title more in line with my way of thinking might’ve been: “Why the west engages in so many dumb wars, and ones that turn out to have false justification”.

Tremendously important stuff either way!

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▶ Mark Fiore: Obama Trades Transparency

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Originally posted on Rise Up Times:

By Mark Fiore  May 13, 2015

After a little smack-down by the Senate, the Most Transparent Administration Ever is still trying to push through the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the Most Transparent Way Possible.  If by “transparent” you mean members of Congress having to read the actual text of the trade deal in a secure basement room with no cell phones or notes allowed and subsequent mention of the trade deal’s specifics forbidden.

Methinks there is more than meets the eye in this boring ol’ trade deal.  What little we do know about the deal is that there are many aspects that stink to high heaven.  Higher priced drugs?  Check.  Corporate tribunals outside of any legal system?  Check. Bogus claims of transparency?  Yup.

What is being trumpeted as the most amazing trade bill since, um, forever, seems to be more like a trinket-filled goodie bag for various corporate…

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The DIA Gives an Official Response to Article Alleging the West Backed ‘Islamic State’


summary of response: “no comment”

Originally posted on Levant Report:

ON FRIDAY, MAY 22, I contacted the DIA Public Affairs office seeking official response to my May 19 article entitled, 2012 Defense Intelligence Agency document: West will facilitate rise of Islamic State “in order to isolate the Syrian regime”. DIA Public Affairs did not respond at that time.

YESTERDAY (5/26), THE DIA CONTACTED ME via email and requested that I submit my questions. Today, May 27, DIA Public Affairs spokesman James M. Kudla contacted me via telephone at 1:37pm (Eastern Standard Time) and agreed to give an official DIA comment to my questions concerning the declassified 2012 DIA intelligence report released through Freedom of Information Act request to Judicial Watch (14-L-0552/DIA/287-293).

THE BELOW IS A FULL TRANSCRIPT of the phone interview. Permission is given by Levant Report to freely copy and circulate.*

James Kudla [JK]: In response to the questions you submitted through email… As noted…

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Declassified Pentagon report: we considered ISIS a helpful resource vs Assad and let them grow [Medium/ZH]

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US policy knowingly contributed to rise of ISIS.

Sad and shameful

[Medium, via Zerohedge]

Incidentally the event that inspired me to start this blog was the Obama administration’s second attempt to overthrow the Syrian government, with complete and utter disregard for the side effects.

WTO overrules U.S. country of origin law

Originally posted on Phil Ebersole's Blog:

The World Trade Organization has overruled a U.S. law requiring that imported meat be labeled as to its country of origin.

The law gives an unfair advantage to domestic livestock breeders and meat processors, the WTO said.

Now the WTO is in the process of deciding what retaliatory tariffs can be imposed by Canada and Mexico if the United States does not repeal the law.

This is a sample of what can be expected if Congress approves the Trans Pacific Partnership or Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreements.

The mechanism is different in the TPP and TTIP, but the purpose is the same.  Under the investor-state dispute settlement processes in these agreements, a panel of arbitrators could fine a government whose laws supposedly treated a foreign investor unfairly.  The government would have the choice of paying the fine or repealing the law.

It might be good to have a trade…

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