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Top Ten Ways You Can Tell if Russia Has Invaded Ukraine
Last Thursday the Ukrainian government, echoed by NATO spokesmen, declared that the Russian military is now operating within Ukraine's borders. Well, maybe it is and maybe it isn't; what do you know? They said the same thing before, most recently on August 13, and then on August 17, each time with either no evidence or fake evidence. But let's give them the benefit of the doubt.

1 September 2014read on...

US Slouches Toward Syria, Again...
The Americans have a habit of first naming their imminent war before the troops march out and it will be interesting to see how this one is going to be christened. There seems some ambiguity about the war ahead in Iraq and Syria – what it is really going to be as it gathers momentum. That probably explains the shyness in naming it.

1 September 2014read on...

Obama Has No Middle East Strategy? Good!
Last week President Obama admitted that his administration has not worked out a strategy on how to deal with the emergence of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as a dominant force in the Middle East. However, as ISIS continues its march through Syria and Iraq, many in the US administration believe it is, in the words of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a threat “beyond anything we have ever seen.”

31 August 2014read on...

Is This The Libertarian Moment?
Earlier this month the New York Times wondered aloud if the “libertarian moment” had arrived. A good question, to be sure.

30 August 2014read on...

The Mother of All Blowback
President Barack Obama is being lambasted by US Republicans for admitting that “we don’t have a strategy yet” for dealing with the rise of the militant group, ISIS, or Islamic State, as it’s now known.

30 August 2014read on...

Washington Piles Lie Upon Lie
The latest Washington lie, this one coming from NATO, is that Russia has invaded Ukraine with 1,000 troops and self-propelled artillery.

29 August 2014read on...

Red Alert: NATO Mission Creep Advancing to Russian Border
Buried beneath news of the Ice Bucket Challenge, and the latest video release by the Islamic State was an interview by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen that should be of immediate concern to everyone.

28 August 2014read on...

Bombs Away Over Syria! Washington Has Gone Stark Raving Mad
America’s spanker-in-chief is at it again—threatening to bomb Syria owing to the uncivilized actions of its inhabitants. And when it comes to Syria, Washington avers that there are punishable malefactors virtually everywhere within its borders.

27 August 2014read on...

The Murder of James Foley
In response to the Islamic State’s execution of American journalist James Foley, President Obama referred to Foley’s killers as a “cancer.” That, of course, implies that anti-American terrorism is like a disease, one that strikes at nations willy nilly, without rhyme or reason.

27 August 2014read on...

Neocon Watch

Neocons Delighted With Egypt Chaos


Neocons held no love for Egypt’s deposed President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood, which some felt threatened the US “influence” over Egyptian affairs that is rented with the annual $1.5 billion foreign assistance check. That a democracy was to be undermined by tanks was no big deal to them – it’s all about influence.

Charles Krauthammer said: “We have no particular stake in Egypt’s economy. Our stake is in its politics. Yes, we would like to see a strong economy. But in a country ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood?”

Jennifer Rubin echoed: “...a colossal failure of Muslim Brotherhood rule in the most populous and arguably most important Arab country would not, to be blunt, be a bad thing for U.S. interests, democracy and stability.”

Whether Egypt calls itself a democracy or not, the U.S. carries a big stick. Robert Kagan describes it: “Americans provide $1.5 billion a year in assistance to Egypt, $1.3 billion of which goes to the Egyptian military. It has leverage over the decisions of the IMF and influence with other international donors on whom Egypt’s economy ultimately depends. The U.S. ambassador to Egypt wields so much potential influence that Egyptians obsess daily over whom she is meeting with and concoct wild conspiracies based on trivial events.”

To neocons, leverage is everything. U.S. influence over the Egyptian military is key. As Sen. Lindsey Graham has said: “The day we cut off aid is the day we don’t have leverage.”

So we must keep robbing the taxpayers!

Though the Egyptian military has long been on the U.S. taxpayer dole, what could the U.S. do to tip the scales against the neocon-hated Morsi?
Robert Kagan, in his boasting above, missed a very important area of leverage: Food.

As RPI Academic Board Member Eric Margolis points out: “Cairo imports huge quantities of wheat and subsidizes retail prices for bread. The US sustained the Sadat and Mubarak regimes with boatloads of wheat discounted 50%.” He points out that although US aid stayed the same, this subsidy “tapered off when Morsi took power. Food prices in Egypt rose 10%.

Was this done intentionally to help stir the stomachs of the Egyptian people? Was it done to tip the scales against Morsi? Who knows.

In any case, U.S.-funded Egyptian tanks rolled in at the command of a US trained General, an elected leader was removed from power, and thus ensued the coup that could not be called a coup by the U.S. so that “leverage” could continue. Chalk up another one for the neocons. For now…
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