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Obama the war president -- War: Where 69¢ of Each Tax Dollar Goes

By Dave Lindorff


         The Nobel Peace Laureate President Barack Obama, the guy who once campaigned claiming one US war -- the one against Iraq -- was a “bad” one, and the other -- against Afghanistan -- was a “good” one, turns out to be a man who, once anointed commander-in-chief, can’t seem to find a war he doesn’t consider to be a “good” idea.

Libya News - Jan 30, 2015


Exclusive: Hillary Clinton undercut on Libya war by Pentagon and Congress, secret tapes reveal (VIDEO) - Washington Times

VIDEO: Iraq War Redux: Hillary Clinton Manufactured “Stupid Facts” that Led to the Invasion of Libya - Washington Times

AUDIO: Listen to the tapes: Intel undercuts Hillary Clinton’s primary argument for Libya military action - Washington Times

Admirals, generals: Pentagon tapes indict Hillary -

Admiral: U.S. could have ousted Gadhafi peacefully -


VIDEO: Questions raised about U.S. involvement in Libya after new revelations about the role of the state department and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton - YouTube


VIDEO: Clare Lopez, member of the Citizens' Commission on Benghazi: State Department policy facilitated the delivery of weapons to the al-Qaida-dominated rebel militias in Libya - YouTube


VIDEO: Sen Rand Paul calls out Hillary Clinton on Libya - YouTube


VIDEO: Clinton on Qaddafi: We came, we saw, he died - YouTube



Congressman: Hillary Clinton agrees to testify to House's Benghazi panel (VIDEO) -

VIDEO: Trey Gowdy: I cannot question Hillary on Benghazi if I don't have all the documents - YouTube

Gowdy Comes Out Swinging - FrontPage Magazine

Latest Benghazi documents may be a smoking gun, investigators claim -


Smoking Gun Benghazi Documents Show State Department Lied! - Eagle Rising


State Dept. ready to meet with special committee on Benghazi - AP



Libyan group loyal to ISIS claims Tripoli hotel attack - THE DAILY STAR

ISIS’s Rise in Libya - POLITICO Magazine

Attack in Tripoli: Islamic State heads west - The Economist

VIDEO: Islamic State Branches Out in North Africa - WSJ

Al-Qaeda ‘Islamic Police’ on Patrol in Libyan City of Benghazi Contested With ISIS - Newsweek


VIDEO: Father of American killed in Libya speaks out - CNN


U.N. says plans future Libya talks within country - Reuters


VIDEO: Will this general be Libya's new leader? - BBC News


Misrata feels economic pinch as Libyan infighting spreads - Reuters


Amnesty calls for UN sanctions, war crimes probe in Libya - Yahoo News


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US sides with a colonizer: Africa's Forgotten (And Festering) Freedom Struggle in Western Africa

By Linn Washington, Jr.

Algiers -- The Western Sahara is not just a section of the famous desert that dominates North Africa.

Libya News - Oct 22, 2014

Three Years After Gadhafi's Death, Libya Slides Into Civil War -

VIDEO: Libya On The Brink Of New Civil War - Fox News

Libya Tobruk-based parliament allies with renegade general Haftar, struggles to assert authority - Reuters

Libyan army advancing in Benghazi: spokesman - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Operation Dignity expects Benghazi battles to end in a week as further reinforcements arrive -

Benghazi Medical Centre struggles to keep up as 75 bodies arrive in five days -

VIDEO: Libya PM Thinni requesting foreign ‘logistical support’ to overcome conflict -

Near Benghazi, Libya's army liberates a ghost town - THE DAILY STAR

VIDEO: Near Benghazi Libya's army liberates a ghost town - Frequency

Libya's persecuted Tawergha people displaced for the 2nd time amid Benghazi clashes -

VIDEO ARCHIVE: Islamic militants resist general Haftar’s offensive in Benghazi - YouTube

VIDEO ARCHIVE: Ansar al Sharia Seize Libyan Special Forces Base In Benghazi - YouTube

Libya's Tobruk government calls on army to 'liberate' Tripoli - Middle East Eye

Libya Dawn are Muslim Brotherhood who receive orders from masters abroad: PM Thinni -

Three Years After Gaddafi’s Death Government and Militias Compete for a Share of Oil Revenues -

ARCHIVE: Tripoli’s new rulers take over Libya government, oil company websites - Reuters

ARCHIVE: Two rival Libyan governments claim to control oil policy - Reuters


UN: Islamic State already in Libya and expanding -

Islamic State, Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb enter Libya through neighbouring states: PM Thinni -

VIDEO: Libya’s Islamist militants parade with Islamic State flags in Derna - YouTube

Analysis: Islamic State expands in Libya - Al-Monitor

The Islamic State's First Colony in Derna, Libya - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Public lashings follow Derna “Sharia Court” verdicts -

Islamic State to launch Sat-TV station in Libya: Herald -


EU calls for a political solution in Lybia, urges all parties to observe an unconditional ceasefire. - Libya Business News

EU Council Conclusions on Libya -

VIDEO: US Ambassador to Libya Deborah Jones speaks to CNN about the current situation in the country - CNN

In surprise Libya trip, U.N. chief calls for halt to fighting - Al Arabiya News

VIDEO: UN and EU speak out on escalating conflict in Libya - YouTube

UN Special envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon interview with Alarabiya’s Panorama program - United Nations Support Mission in Libya

Rival Libyan PM meets Turkish envoy in first known meeting with foreign visitor - Reuters

Gaddafi cousin hopes to participate in Libyan peace talks - Yahoo News

Libyan tribal leaders gather in Cairo for unity talks - Daily News Egypt

Egypt, Sudan to coordinate on Libya unrest - Yahoo News

Foreign minister: Egypt will not deal with Libya’s Islamists, "We will only deal with the House of Representatives” - dpa news


Libya-Goldman clash sheds light on formerly secretive fund -

How Goldman's Libya case could disrupt derivatives -

ARCHIVE: Libya’s Sovereign Fund and Goldman Sachs Clash in Court -

ARCHIVE: Libyans ‘taken for a ride’ by Goldman Sachs, court hears -

ARCHIVE: Goldman Sachs 'charmed Gadaffi-era sovereign wealth fund employees with girls and alcohol' in trip to Morocco - The Independent

ARCHIVE: SEC Official Backs Libya Fund’s Claim Against Goldman, According to Court Documents - WSJ

ARCHIVE: Goldman Ordered to Pay Some Costs in Libya Case -


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Who's On First?: The War of the Heads

By John Grant


Ain’t no time to wonder why.
Whoopee, we’re all gonna die.

                  - Country Joe MacDonald


Break the Vengeance Cycle: Why We Should Not Go To War Over James Foley

By John Grant

Back in June 2011, James Foley gave an hour-long interview to an auditorium of students from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he had graduated three years earlier with a Master’s degree in journalism. It was 15 days after he had been released from 45 rough days of captivity in Libya. He was a handsome young hero returning to his alma-mater.

A Meditation on Peacemaking: Americans Need to Break the Cycle of War

By John Grant

All we are saying is give peace a chance
             -John Lennon

Libya News - July 22, 2014

In a week Libya clashes between rival militias over Tripoli airport kill 47 - Fox News

Libya Airlines Cut Operations 70% After Damage to Planes - Bloomberg

Libya: Airport battles lead to at least US$200-mln losses -

VIDEO: Tripoli airport destroyed by clashing militias - YouTube

VIDEO: Tripoli Airport: Afriqiyah Airways A330 plane explosion - YouTube

Libyan militias' battle for Tripoli airport forces hundreds of families to flee - The Guardian

Libyan air controllers strike to protest against airport shelling - Reuters


Seven killed in clashes between army and Islamic militants in Libya's Benghazi - Reuters

VIDEO: Army helicopter bombs Ansar Al- Sharia positions in Abu Atni Benghazi - YouTube

Militia Behead Filipino Construction Worker Allegedly Because He Was Non-Muslim, Philippines raises alert level 4 in Libya -

U.N. mission pulls staff from Libya -

Update: Kidnappings, Ransoms and Stability In Libya - The Libyan Insider

Libya publishes parliamentary election results, Liberals Set to Oust Islamists in Libya Parliament - Naharnet


Rebels siphoning off Libya’s oil bring Tripoli to halt - The Times

Eni, Repsol Expatriates Evacuated from Libya - WSJ

Libya asks U.N. Security Council for help protecting oil, ports - Reuters

Libyan Turmoil Sends Oil Prices on a Roller Coaster - WSJ

Libya Has Resumed Oil Exports, But Will It Last? -

Recent Violence Will Hurt Libyan Economy, Oil Revenue, Experts Say -

Reserves crisis jeopardizes Libya's future - Al-Monitor

Libya will exhaust monetary reserves in 5 years - Al-Monitor


Egyptian border guards killed at a military checkpoint near Libya, gunmen unknown -

Algeria foils Ansar Sharia plan to assassinate Al-Sisi - Echorouk Online

Egyptians fear Islamist militants gathering on Libyan border - defenceWeb

Foreign ministry urges Egyptians in Libya to take measures of ‘extreme caution’ - Daily News Egypt

Algeria, Tunisia to carry out joint military operations against terrorism along the border - middleeastmonitor

Algeria's Sonatrach recalls workers from Libya - TVC NEWS

Tunisia arrests 63 terror suspects, tightens security around militant hideouts - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Libyan jihadists in Syria and Iraq returning home to fight Haftar: security sources - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Ex-Libyan rebel commander appeals ruling on British torture case - Reuters



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War Stories: Bad Wars and the Voice of Disillusion

By John Grant


      When lo! An angel called him out of heaven,

      Saying, Lay not thy hand upon the lad, . . .

Libya News - June 6, 2014

Libya's Supreme Court Declares PM's Election Illegal - VOA

VIDEO: Libyan Prime Minister may be forced to step down after election declared ‘illegitimate’ - euronews

Libyan outgoing premier visits Benghazi, "We came to Benghazi to support the city's residents, special forces and security forces" - Reuters

Libya's intel chief resigns, news portal says he was frustrated with parliament's insistence on appointing a new prime minister - AP

Libya’s Haftar after assassination bid: ‘I am well...There will be a strong response’ - Al Arabiya News

Haftar: some Libyan officials support al-Qaeda - Al Arabiya News

Interview with Haftar - Al-Monitor

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb urges Libyans to fight rogue general - GlobalPost

Red Cross Suspends Libya Operation After Murder - VOA

Four UN staffers 'roughed up' at Libya airport: boss - THE DAILY STAR

Freed Gitmo detainee becomes al-Qaida Libyan commander -

VIDEO: Promotional Video of Batalion Ansar Al Sharia From Benghazi  - YouTube

REPORT: Libya: Muslim Brotherhood’s tenuous hold - IISS


Libyan Turmoil Threatens Tunisian Security, Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs "extremely worried” - Tunisia Live

Interview with Tunisia foreign minister - Al-Monitor

Tunisia captures Al Qaida operatives near Libyan border - World Tribune

REPORT: Tunisian Jihadists Establishing New Networks with Libyan Islamists - The Jamestown Foundation

VIDEO: Tunisia alarmed over armed conflict in neighboring Libya - YouTube

Maghreb countries wary of returning Syria jihadists - Al-Shorfa

Algeria: Arab Spring Has Boosted Terror Groups - ABC News

Algeria deploys 5,000 troops to the Libyan border - Middle East Eye

Gang of smugglers kills six Egypt guards on Libya border, "This attack comes after border guards successfully arrested 68 traffickers and seized a large quantity of weapons" - Yahoo News

Jihadist Groups' Threat To U.S. Grows, RAND Report Says - WSJ

RAND Analyst Seth Jones: The Accelerating Spread of Terrorism - WSJ

Increase in Jihadist Threat Calls for New U.S. Strategy to Combat Terrorism - RAND

REPORT: A Persistent Threat: The Evolution of al Qa'ida and Other Salafi Jihadists - RAND

CHART: The number of Salafi-jihadist groups has grown 58% since 2010 - Twitter / RANDCorporation

CHART: AlQaeda-related attacks are on the rise. 99% of the attacks are against local, non-Western targets - Twitter / RANDCorporation

CHART: These Are The Countries Where Terrorists Pose The Greatest Threat To The US - RAND

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Libya News - May 30, 2014

Rogue Libyan General Resumes Airstrikes Near Benghazi Against Islamist Militants (VIDEO) - VOA

Libya standoff emerges as premier refuses to yield to successor - Reuters

Rival cabinets meet in Libya political chaos, polls to be held June 25 as planned - Yahoo News

Analysis: GNC,-Maetig-versus-Haftar - Al-Ahram Weekly

Current alignment of Libyan militias in response to Haftar - TRAC

Pro-Islamist militia attack Libya interior ministry unit as chaos deepens -

Head of the militants controlling oil ports: We will not recognise the government of Meitik - middleeastmonitor

Thousands across Libya march in support of a renegade general’s campaign against Islamist militias - The Washington Post

Libya's Haftar hails electoral win by Egypt's Sisi - Anadolu Agency

Statement (English): Declaration by the Conference of Tribes of Libya -

VIDEO (Arabic): Al-Azizia conference of Libyan tribes and cities releases 15 points road map for Future Libya -

Oil Outages Cost Libya $17.8 Billion, Rebels seeking more regional autonomy have kept the majority of oil exports shut in Eastern Libya -

Libya Disorder Dealing Harmful Blow to Oil and Gas Exploration -


Obama’s $5 Billion Counterterrorism Fund Already in Trouble in Congress - The Daily Beast

Terror’s Front: Obama says local groups pose “the most direct threat” to the United States and its interests, especially abroad  -

French, American and Algerian special forces sent to the south of Libya to attack terrorist networks - The Times

Africa: Laboratory and Battleground for Pentagon's 21st Century Warfare - RIA Novosti

Pentagon to use drones to speed response times in sensitive hot spots like Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya - Washington Times

Libya, Mali chaos alarms neighbours, Experts and military officers from eight African countries wrap up a five-day conference in Algiers focused on Sahel-Saharan security - Magharebia

AU to cooperate with Arab League to resolve Libyan crisis - 4-Traders

Egypt's FM dicusses Libyan and Syrian crises with Algerian PM - Ahram Online

Statement: Fahmy Calls the Foreign Ministers of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, UAE, Saudi Arabia and the Arab League to discuss the latest developments in Libya - Egypt Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Crisis alert level 3 raised in Libya urging Filipinos to leave -

10 Chadians killed in southern Libya - GlobalPost

Islamist Gunmen in West Tunisia Attack Interior Minister’s Home, Killing 4 Guards -

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Libya News - May 28, 2014

New Libya PM's home attacked as unrest over his rule grows - AFP

Renegade former Libyan general says PM must go, vote must wait - AFP

Libyan Journalist Outspoken Critic of Islamists Shot Dead In Benghazi - AP

Prominent journalist Abu Zeid killed in Libya - Committee to Protect Journalists

Libya: Investigate Killing of Benghazi Editor Abu Zeid - Human Rights Watch

VIDEO: Hndreds of journalists and activists demonstrated on Monday in Martyrs' Square in Tripoli protesting Abu Zeid's murder - YouTube

VIDEO (Arabic): Abu Zeid TV appearance on Sunday on which he discussed his recent meeting with Gen. Hifter and the threat of civil war - YouTube

Libya: Police officer guarding diplomats killed in Tripoli -

Libya: Ansar Asharia calls for institution of Sharia law in Libya -

Eastern Libya oil rebel rejects new government - Reuters

Libya Oil Disruption Worsens Amid Anti-Government Protest - Bloomberg

Libyan Oil May Suffer More Disruption, General Says - Bloomberg

VIDEO: Libyans express little optimism with new PM - Al Jazeera

VIDEO: Libya, where militias reign - France 24


State Dept. Issues Warning For Americans To Leave Libya Immediately - NPR

US deploys warship off Libya with about 1000 marines in case the US embassy has to be evacuated - Sky News

Libyan Islamists to U.S.: Don't interfere or face worse than Iraq - Reuters

U.S. Training Elite Antiterror Troops in Four African Nations -

Report: Libya Militia Stole US Weapons in Raid - AFP

Sisi says Egypt will not allow threats to security from Libya - Reuters

Once a U.S. asset, Gen. Hafter recruited Libya’s entire military command with Egypt’s backing - SHOAH

In lawless Libya, Egypt's Sisi becomes a star - Reuters

Algeria 'not ready' to coordinate with Libya's Haftar - Worldbulletin News

Tunisian officials divided over Libya crisis - Al-Monitor

Tunisia economy set to suffer blow from Libya violence - Al-Monitor

Maghreb ministers arrange 'urgent' talks on Libya - Magharebia

Failed security cooperation leads to border problems in Sahel - Al-Monitor

The terrorist threat to energy infrastructure in North Africa -


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Libya News - May 22, 2014

Libyan prime minister refuses to step down; confrontation with ex-general Haftar grows - The Washington Post

Libya's rogue general Haftar gains stream of new allies - Yahoo News

Military Intelligence and Police Join Libyan Rebel General - Matthew Aid

Two Former Libya PMs Jibril and Zeidan back ex-general’s call to dissolve parliament -

Oil Rebels Back Rogue Libyan General Khalifa Haftar -

Haftar: I want to cleanse Libya of Muslim Brotherhood, radicals - Ya Libnan

A Q&A with Khalifa Hafter, the mastermind behind Libya’s new revolt - The Washington Post

Libya to vote next month amid rising unrest - Yahoo News

Libya parliament moves to luxury hotel after militia attack - defenceWeb

Muslim Brotherhood Chief Urges Libya Dialogue -

Libyan Muslim Brotherhood: Haftar is trying to repeat the Egyptian scenario - middleeastmonitor

Libya Muslim Brotherhood Statement on General Haftar's Desperate Coup Attempt - Ikhwanweb

Libya jihadists vow to defend Benghazi bastion - Cairo Post

Gunmen kill Chinese engineer in Libya's Benghazi: source - Yahoo News

Reporters Without Borders voices deep concern about the fate of the country’s journalists - Reporters Without Borders

International War Crimes Court Wants Gadhafi Son for Trial, Rejects a final bid by Tripoli's lawyers to try him in the country - ABC News

Libya: Final ICC Ruling on Gaddafi - Human Rights Watch

Libya must immediately surrender Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi to the ICC - Amnesty International

VIDEO ARCHIVE (Arabic): Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Head of the National Transitional Council, Admits Ghadafi Did not Kill Protesters - YouTube


US Weighs Options in Libya - VOA

State Department: US committed to assist elections in Libya, working with all parties to encourage dialogue and to avoid further violence - KUNA

US ambassador Deborah Jones says Libyan general Haftar is going after 'terrorists' - Al-Monitor

VIDEO (Full Interview): Ambassador Deborah Jones talks about violence in Libya, and the political transition since the fall of Gaddafi -

VIDEO: Pentagon: "Prudent Measure" as Libya Unrest Grows - YouTube

After Benghazi, Specialized Crisis Response Teams Are Now the 'New Normal' -

Effort to train Libyan troops 'still in the planning phase’: U.S. Africa Command - Marine Corps Times

Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt agree to deny Jihadists entry into Libya - Euro Asia News

Tunisia arrests eight "terrorism" suspects from Libya - GlobalPost

Tunisia in the Libyan tempest - Al Akhbar English

Newspaper: Egypt establishing training camps for Libyan rebels - middleeastmonitor

Gunmen attack United Arab Emirates Embassy in Libyan capital - middleeastmonitor

Oil Companies Pull Some Staff From Libya on Security Concerns -

Libya: Enough reserves for 4 years: Central Bank - The North Africa Post


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Libya News - May 20, 2014

Rival militias prepare for showdown in Tripoli after takeover of parliament - The Washington Post

Libya crisis deepens as renegade former general gains control of airbase - The Guardian

Libyan special forces commander says his forces join renegade general - Reuters

Al Qaeda-inspired group vows to fight general who attacked Libya's parliament - Fox News

Outgoing Libyan gov't demands parliament halt work, nullify election of PM -

Khalifa Hiftar: career soldier leading Libyan rebellion - The Guardian

Coup leader? CIA asset? Mystery surrounds Libya’s rogue General Hiftar - France 24

VIDEO: Gunmen storm Libya parliament - YouTube

VIDEO: Renegade Libyan General Says Parliament Suspended - YouTube

VIDEO (Arabic): Full Statement of Ex Libyan General on TV: "Parliament Suspended" - YouTube

VIDEO: Libya army orders Islamist-led militias to capital - Yahoo News


Senior U.S. Diplomat Sent to Libya Amid Political Turmoil - ABC News

Libya evacuation decision 'minute by minute,' U.S. official says -

VIDEO: US Marines Evacuation in Libya - CNN

US crisis response Marines moved last week from Spain to southern Italy in response to new security concerns in northern Africa - Stripes

Report: US and Abu Dhabi aiding Gen. Haftar’s bid to stabilize Libyan rule by ousting Islamists - DEBKAfile

Security concerns delay NATO assistance to Libya - Stripes

Algeria's Sonatrach recalls workers from Libya, land border closed: sources - Reuters

Algeria closed Libya embassy over 'real and imminent threat’last Friday - Al Arabiya News

Report: Algeria considered military intervention in Libya to deter jihadist groups - middleeastmonitor

Tunisia to send 5,000 extra troops to Libyan border because of Libya crisis - Lybia Herald

Saudi Arabia closes embassy in Libya due to security concerns - Reuters

Turkey shuts Benghazi consulate due to security threat - hurriyetdailynews

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Washington Fights Fire With Fire in Libya

How Not to End Violence in a War-Torn Land 
By Nick Turse,

Is the U.S. secretly training Libyan militiamen in the Canary Islands? And if not, are they planning to?

That’s what I asked a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). “I am surprised by your mentioning the Canary Islands,” he responded by email.  “I have not heard this before, and wonder where you heard this.”

As it happens, mention of this shadowy mission on the Spanish archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa was revealed in an official briefing prepared for AFRICOM chief General David Rodriguez in the fall of 2013.  In the months since, the plan may have been permanently shelved in favor of a training mission carried out entirely in Bulgaria.  The document nonetheless highlights the U.S. military’s penchant for simple solutions to complex problems -- with a well-documented potential for blowback in Africa and beyond.  It also raises serious questions about the recurring methods employed by the U.S. to stop the violence its actions helped spark in the first place.   

Ever since the U.S. helped oust dictator Muammar Gaddafi, with air and missile strikes against regime targets and major logistical and surveillance support to coalition partners, Libya has been sliding into increasing chaos.  Militias, some of them jihadist, have sprung up across the country, carving out fiefdoms while carrying out increasing numbers of assassinations and other types of attacks.  The solution seized upon by the U.S. and its allies in response to the devolving situation there: introduce yet another armed group into a country already rife with them.   

Follow the Money: Three Energy Export Congressional Hearings, Climate Undiscussed

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

In light of ongoing geopolitical tensions in Russia, Ukraine and hotly contested Crimea, three (yes, three!) U.S. Congressional Committees held hearings this week on the U.S. using its newfangled oil and gas bounty as a blunt tool to fend off Russian dominance of the global gas market.

U.S. Sen Mary Landrieu at the U.S. Sen. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; Photo Credit:  U.S. Sen. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Though 14 combined witnesses testified in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Energy and Power and U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, not a single environmental voice received an invitation. Climate change and environmental concerns were only voiced by two witnesses. 

Using the ongoing regional tumult as a rationale to discuss exports of U.S. oil and gas obtained mainly via hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"), the lack of discussion on climate change doesn't mean the issue isn't important to national security types.

Indeed, the Pentagon's recently published Quadrennial Defense Review coins climate change a "threat force multiplier" that could lead to resource scarcity and resource wars. Though directly related to rampant resource extraction and global oil and gas marketing, with fracking's accompanying climate change and ecological impacts, "threat force multiplication" impacts of climate change went undiscussed. 

With another LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminal approved by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in Coos Bay, Ore., to non-Free Trade Agreement countries on March 24 (the seventh so far, with two dozen still pending), the heat is on to export U.S. fracked oil and gas to the global market.   

So, why wasn't the LNG climate trump card discussed in a loud and clear way? Well, just consider the source: ten of the witnesses had ties in one way or another to the oil and gas industry.

A ‘60-Minutes’ Scandal: Lara Logan, Hotness and Benghazi Gone Wild

By John Grant

Lara Logan is a formidable TV reporter who has covered wars and other stories at significant risk. She’s supremely confident and has a powerful journalistic institution supporting her. But as a would-be ethical journalist, she seems to rely too much on her sexual allure and to be too tight with elite elements of the US military establishment.

Humanitarian Wars and Their NGO Foot-Soldiers

By Daniel McAdams

October 05, 2013 "Information Clearing House -   In February, 2011, Soliman Bouchuiguir told a lie. It was a big one. As the head of the Libyan League for Human Rights, Bouchuiguir initiated a petition that was eventually signed by 70 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) demanding that the US, EU, and UN “mobilize the United Nations and the international community and take immediate action to halt the mass atrocities now being perpetrated by the Libyan government against its own people.”

The petition invoked the “Responsibility to Protect” doctrine, a 2005 UN policy shift away from respect for national sovereignty toward green-lighting “humanitarian intervention,” including with military force, anywhere human rights are suspected of being violated.

Bouchuiguir’s petition was designed to tick all the necessary boxes of the R2P criteria. It reported that Libyan leader Gaddafi was deliberately killing peaceful protestors and innocent bystanders. He was using snipers to fire on Libyans at random, using helicopter gunships and fighter jets to attack, and even firing artillery shells into the crowd. The petition was where we first saw the oft-repeated line that the Gaddafi regime was employing foreign mercenaries against his own people.

Speaking in support of his petition before the UN Human Rights Council a few days later, Bouchuiguir claimed that Gaddafi had already killed 6,000 of his own people and was determined to kill many more. Based on his testimony and the petition signed by the 70 NGOs, Libya was suspended from membership in the UN Human Rights Council. On the strength of that suspension the issue was moved along rapidly to the UN Security Council, where teeth would soon be put into the campaign for military intervention.

What is behind this human rights NGO? The Libyan League for Human Rights is a member of the International Federation for Human Rights, which as an organization took up and added the weight of its large membership to Bouchuiguir’s petition. It should not be much of a shock to learn that the International Federation for Human Rights relies heavily on governmental sources for funding. Governmental funding of NGOs has been an increasingly effective tool for mobilizing popular support for governmental policies. A land or resource grab is hardly as compelling to the masses as a claimed human rights crisis when a foreign intervention is planned.

Given this, it should be no surprise that the US government, through its own well-funded “democracy-promotion” NGO, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), is a major supporter of the International Federation for Human Rights. In fact, NED’s long-serving president, Carl Gershman, was one of the first signatories to Bouchuiguir’s Libya regime-change petition.

In the powerful film, Lies Behind the Humanitarian War in Libya,” filmmaker Julien Teil asks Bouchuiguir whether it was difficult to gather 70 NGOs behind his petition. He replies, “to tell the truth it’s not very difficult at all, cause all NGOs are acquainted.” That is key: the NGOs are all under the umbrella of US and other government-funded organizations like the International Federation for Human Rights. The seeming diversity of 70 signatures is in fact a Potemkin Village, masking the true uniformity of opinion and sponsors.

Why is the story of Bouchuiguir’s petition turning into a UN Human Rights Council action turning into a UN Security Council action turning into a NATO war on Libya so important? His claims were all lies. They were all made up, as he himself admits in the Teil documentary.

Asked months later by Teil how his claims of the number of deaths, rapes, wounded, and missing could be documented, Bouchuiguir replied, “there is no way.” He added that he got the numbers he used from the Libyan rebels themselves, a fact which was never pointed out when the numbers were first cited. The UN Security Council took up his claims, passing the fateful UNSC Resolution 1973 authorizing force against Libya, without investigating them. Pressed one last time in the film for evidence of his claims, Bouchuiguir answered finally, “there is no evidence!”

For his efforts, Bouchuiguir was made Libyan ambassador to Switzerland once the NATO invasion was over and the rebel government was put in place. The international community gathered its NGOs together and moved on to the next target: Syria. Close to 99 percent of the mainstream media articles on Syria rely on a single source, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It is a one-man operation in London run by Rami Abdulrahman, whose day job is running a small clothing shop. Once again, one man and an NGO have been able to ignite international opinion in favor of “humanitarian” intervention. It would do us well to more closely examine the role of the NGOs in promoting international conflict, particularly the governments behind them.

After decades US still has huge poison gas stash: Washington Demands Syria Destroy Chemical Weapons Lickety-Split

By Dave Lindorff

The US is demanding, in negotiations at the UN, that all Syrian chemical weapons, stocks and production facilities be eliminated by June 30 of next year. This has an element of hypocrisy, because the US itself has been incredibly slow about eliminating its own stocks of chemical weapons.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has referred to Syria as having one of the largest chemical stockpiles in the world. But the US and Russia both still have stocks of chemicals many times as large. Syria’s neighbor Israel, which refuses to admit it has the weapons and has yet to ratify the treaty banning them, is suspected of also having a large arsenal.

We don’t gas children, we shred them: Obama’s Grotesque Hypocrisy over Cluster Munitions

By Dave Lindorff

Syrian civilians and children should count themselves lucky that mass opposition in the US, the UK and much of the rest of the world to the idea of a US bombing blitz aimed at punishing the Syrian government for allegedly using Sarin gas in an attack on a Damascus neighborhood forced the US to back off and accept a Russian deal to get rid of Syria’s chemical weapons.

The Bellicose Obama Regime: Once Again, the Answer Is Bombing

By John Grant

Here we go again.

Polls suggest the American people are fed up after two full-bore wars and the killing of an ambassador in Benghazi following our escapade in Libya. Yet, the Obama administration seems poised to launch another war in Syria.

“We can’t do a third war in 12 years!"

Libyan Door to Syrian Door to Iran

"Our intelligence community does assess with varying degrees of confidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria, specifically the chemical agent sarin."

I do assess with varying degrees of horror (some of the varying degrees rather high even) that a lot of people are going to die.  And how dare they die from chemical weapons when they should be dying from hellfire missiles and cluster bombs and napalm and depleted uranium and white phosphorous.  We have a responsibility to protect these people from dying of the wrong type of weapon and in too small numbers.

I'm in Dallas protesting the rehabilitation of our last criminal president because of the precedents he set for our current criminal president.  So, precedents are on my mind.  One precedent for an illegal humanitarian NATO war on Syria is, of course, the illegal humanitarian war on Libya two years ago.  And the pair of precedents (Libya and Syria) will put the target of the neocon/neoliberal cooperative war project squarely on Iran.

Syria will suffer, of course.  There will be no more an example of a humanitarian war that actually benefitted humanity after Syria than before.  The precedent will not be one of having accomplished something, but of having gotten away with something.

For some truly illuminating background on what was done to Libya, and some relevant discussion of what awaits Syria (if we don't prevent it), I recommend Francis Boyle's new book, Destroying Libya and World Order. 

Boyle served as a lawyer for the government of Libya repeatedly, over a period of decades, more than once successfully preventing a military assault by the United States and the United Kingdom.  Boyle details the aggression toward Libya of the Reagan administration: the lies and false accusations, the sanctions, the provocations, the assassination attempts, the infiltration, the blatant disregard for international law.

Boyle's history brings us up to and through the 2011 assault, and traces its precedents to a very similar war over a decade earlier in Bosnia.  Boyle finds the unconstitutional and illegal assault on Libya a clear impeachable offense for President Obama.  And why would we think otherwise?  Only because we let Clinton and Bush get away with everything they got away with.  It would seem unfair now to impeach Obama for a crime his predecessors committed as well.

But past, as well as current, presidents can be impeached, censured, prosecuted, and/or publicly shamed.  Five of them came to Dallas today; there shouldn't be any trouble finding them.  And the criminal attack on Libya can be treated as the crime it was.  The excuse of protection was used to quite openly pursue the overthrow of a nation's government, bombing large numbers of civilians in the process, while arming brutal thugs and creating predictable blowback in neighboring nations as well.

In contrast, in Bahrain, nonviolent pro-democracy activists are left to their own devices as a U.S.-backed dictatorship jails, tortures, and murders them.

In Syria, the United States has worked against peace and for violence.  That violence is not a justification for further and heightened violence.  And every member of an intelligence "community" that announces that Syria might possibly have used a chemical weapon should be doing community service for the people of Fallujah and Basra and Baghdad, not prodding the world's only stupor power into another genocide.


Reaping the Whirlwind: A Violent Act Again in a Violent Nation


By Dave Lindorff

I ran the Boston Marathon back in 1968, and, my feet covered with blisters inside my Keds sneakers, dragged across the finish line to meet my waiting uncle at a time of about 3 hours and 40 minutes. It was close enough to the time that the current bombing happened in this year’s race -- about four hours from the starting gun -- that had I been running it this year, I might still been near enough to the finish line to have heard the blasts.

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By John Grant

“The elite always has a Plan B, while people have no escape.”
            - Ahmad Saadawi

True, He’s the First Black President But Obama’s the Worst President Ever


By Ron Ridenour

Yes, I mean it: the worst ever!

We’ve had James Monroe and his doctrine of supremacy over Latin America. We’ve had Theodore Roosevelt and his invasion of Cuba; Nixon, Reagan, Bush-Bush and their mass murder, and all the war crimes and genocide committed by most presidents. Yes, but we never had a black man sit on the white throne of imperialism committing war crimes.

Individual Honor versus Unpleasant History The Battle Still Rages Over What Vietnam Means


By John Grant

"The experience we have of our lives from within, the story we tell ourselves about ourselves in order to account for what we are doing, is thus a lie -- the truth lies rather outside, in what we do."

                -- Slavoj Zizek

Links? We Don’t Do No Stinkin’ Links: Cognitive Dissonance at the New York Times


By Dave Lindorff

For a masterpiece in cognitive dissonance, just look to the foreign editors and the  managing editor of the New York Times, who ran two stories in Saturday’s paper without referencing each other at all.

Hey, Hey, Barack! What Do You Say? How Many Kids Have You Killed Today?


By Dave Lindorff

I personally found the president’s inaugural speech not just insipid, but disgusting. It reached its gut-churning nadir near the end where he said:

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