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Friday, December 23, 2016

America Finally Stops Being Israel's Bitch

Don't worry; it's just temporary.  When the new Sheriff takes over next month, America will bend over for Israel once again.

Today the U.N. Security Council issued one of its periodic condemnations of Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, for being in violation of International Law.  As always, the Security Council's vote was 14 to 0.  Only, this time: 

The United States did NOT veto the resolution. For a brief moment, the Israeli government is actually being held accountable for overrunning Palestinian territory with gazillions of settlers.

The Israeli government  — together with their chickenhawk allies in the U.S.  — is having a massive tantrum and panty-twist.  How's this for a drinking game:  Every time another rightwing spewbag says apologizing for America, knock back another shot of your favorite poison. 

However, U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said that in 1982, then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan declared that “Washington will not support the use of any additional land for the purpose of settlements.”

And Secretary of State John Kerry said the purpose of today's vote was “to preserve the possibility of the two-state solution.”

We'll see how long this brief period of sanity will last.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think any of us are holding our breath. But, it sure is a welcome change.

Of course Bebe is freaking out, saying he will not abide by the resolution. This is the same thing that happens when the US gets called out for human rights violations, war crimes, etc. It too says it will just ignore the world community.

BUT, when the US wants to justify invading Iraq, or where ever, we remember how quickly it manufactures consent in the UN, and then gets all pious about the world community.

December 23, 2016 at 11:06 PM  
Blogger Grung_e_Gene said...

Israel is the 2nd most important state in the American Nation (only Texas ranks higher)

December 24, 2016 at 5:26 AM  
Blogger Jim Marquis said...

I was really amazed by all the rancor over this. If you go beyond the historic Judeo-Christian connection, does Israel really do all that much for us over there?

December 24, 2016 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Anonymous: Yup, that's our M.O. -- withdraw from the International Criminal Court or any other global institution that rules against us, or steamroll our way to approval in the UN and then brag about how we're all in this together; a "Coalition of the Willing," etc.

Grung: LOL. South Africa used to be an integral part of the American Nation as well, until they went all Commie on us a few decades ago.

Jim: Officially, Israel is our bulwark against tyranny, an island of freedom in a sea of oppression, yada yada. Unofficially, who knows? I'm sure the U.S. Powers That Be are getting something in return for the bazillions of dollars we've spent on Israel's "defense."

December 24, 2016 at 1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many billions a year in weapons do we sell to Saudi Arabia, *AFTER* 911?

December 24, 2016 at 4:18 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Anonymous: ssssshhhhh We're not supposed to be asking questions like that :)

December 24, 2016 at 9:16 PM  
Blogger Jim Marquis said...

Yeah, talk about a perverse relationship!

December 26, 2016 at 12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know it must be a great thing when Hamas is cheering a UN resolution

December 26, 2016 at 3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One man's "freedom fighter" is another's "terrorist".

December 27, 2016 at 9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And vice versa

December 27, 2016 at 3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a nice figure for you to consider:

For the Fiscal Year 2017, the request for DOD and State OCO (Overseas Contingency Operations), including Afghanistan and Iraq/Syria is $66 Billion.

For one year.

Democracy from the barrel of a gun. Or a bomb.

December 27, 2016 at 9:08 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Anonymous 12/27 @ 9:08 P.M.: That sucks, but it's not a bit surprising. I'm sure we can all think of better uses for that $66 billion.

December 28, 2016 at 12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Tom, I DO find it a bit surprising and outrageous that the US is planning on spending billions of our tax dollars funding ISIS, Al-Nusra and Al-Qaeda!! Billions in one year!

What kind of crazy world has this become?

December 28, 2016 at 6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In a perfect world: Israel will discover more oil than the rest of the middle east. The West can flatten the rest of the Middle East.


January 1, 2017 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: If Israel keeps annexing more territory with new "settlements," at some point Israel might "own" some new oil fields.

January 1, 2017 at 10:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jul 4, 2014 - The U.S. will remain the world's biggest oil producer this year after overtaking Saudi Arabia and Russia as extraction of energy from shale rock.."

Of course, the Repubs keep the drumbeat about "energy independence.." all the while telling the public that we need to keep invading other countries.

But, is oil really the commodity to invest in?

Also from Bloomberg business: "Sep 13, 2016 - IEA's Parry: China, Europe, India Lead Oil Demand Decline."

Buggy whips, anyone?

January 2, 2017 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Anonymous: I think the fossil fuel industry has become so hypnotized with its own power and momentum, ever-increasing drilling has become an end in itself rather than a means to an end. They're like a hard-driving billionaire who's driven to keep on working 18 hours a day even though he already has more money and possessions than he could ever use. They just want to keep drilling and fracking because they can, or because they think they have to, or something.

Also, there's so much money to be made in building and maintaining all the infrastructure required -- pipelines, shipping, etc. -- that it's lucrative even if there's less demand for oil. And if they end up with more oil than they can get rid of, the taxpayers could bail them out since they're "too big to fail."

January 2, 2017 at 2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we have to remember the bigger picture of the US's ongoing demand for global dominance. Coupled with the desire for big money, we see the powers of the government used to support Big Pharma, Big Ag, and Big Oil.

As one interesting consequence of Big Pharmas' constant advertising that "We have the pill for what ever ails you", Americans, constituting only 4.6% of the world’s population, have been consuming 80% of the global opioid supply, and 99% of the global hydrocodone supply, as well as two thirds of the world’s illegal drugs.

Approximately 30,000 Americans died from an overdose last year, with at least half of
these deaths related to the improper use of legal, controlled substances.

Every day, on average, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time.
(Source: U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration)

More than 50 million Americans – about one in six – have admitted to abusing
prescription drugs. (Source: CBS Evening News)

But Hey! Everybody is making money, right?

January 2, 2017 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Damn, I had no idea Americans were consuming such a huge percentage of the world's opioid and Hydrocodone supply. But at second thought, it shouldn't be surprising. Big Pharm has been pushing and promoting these drugs nonstop, with the purpose of hooking as many users as possible while making as many $ trillions as possible. Mission Accomplished.

January 2, 2017 at 8:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And, doped up people don't get political. Can't risk not getting the drugs!

Again, like the successes of the corporations with their advertising, the "Consumer Culture" that has been created has got virtually everyone "hooked" on debt to live the Vida Loco. People who have to have "jobs, jobs, jobs" so that they can make the monthly car payments, monthly credit card bills, and monthly mortgage can't raise too much of a ruckus. Can't afford to complain or protest too much. Can't afford to lose that job. Will work for less, if circumstances dictate it.

You wonder why there is so little protest? Why things have gotten as crazy as they have?

January 3, 2017 at 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of Pharma, one reason why Americans pay the highest prices for drugs is because when most of the rest of the world pay lower prices because of their Collective Bargaining/Price Controls etc., the companies make the American consumers make up for their "losses"


January 3, 2017 at 1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Erik, that is just such a convenient "America is so benevolent" excuse for the reality that the corporations rule America. Is it ANY secret that the Bush administration set up the regulations so that fracking was exempt? You can't wash your car on the streets of Port Angeles because the soap will go down the storm drains, and poses a contamination threat, but Haliburton can pump billions of gallons of known toxics and carcinogens directly into the ground water, and that is no problem?

Big Pharma charges Americans the most, because it can. Because the rules are set up so that the corporations can maximize their profits. And, they ARE profitable!

" www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/.../economist-explains-2
Sep 12, 2016 - More than a decade later, the cost of drugs in America is still soaring—the most recent uproar was ... The simple answer is because they can."

January 4, 2017 at 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last couple of days have really demonstrated the extent to which the US mainstream media are just mouthpieces for the obviously propaganda efforts of the "establishment".

The bullshit spewed about "Russian involvement in influencing the US elections" is embarrassing. As mentioned before, anyone only needs to go look up "Redacted Tonight" on Youtube, or Thom Hartmann's "The Big Picture" to see/hear exactly, with your own eyes and ears, what Russia and Putin have been broadcasting to the US throughout the election cycle.

No need to trust the "un-named sources of the US intelligence agencies". See for yourself.
Just to say it, I'm no fan of Russia. But, I was taught not to accept anything ANYBODY says, without question. Here we see clearly an example (another example?) of US crazy manipulations of facts and reality, and how the media parrots what they are told, without question.

As we saw throughout the last election.

January 6, 2017 at 6:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is pretty amazing to watch the extent to which the Democratic Party machine goes to distract the public from the reality that they ran a really crappy candidate. It wasn't all about what they did to Bernie Sanders, or recognizing what Americans were saying during the campaign, Hilary lost because of some emails.

Rather than face how out of touch with America's average, work-a-day Democrats Hilary and the Party's Wall Street millionaires were, they try now to get Americans believe they lost because of "Russian interference".

Alternately, now, we're told the Trump campaign worked with Russia to win the election, and that Russia is blackmailing Trump with compromising sex videos.

What happened to winning an election based upon better ideas, and voter support of them?

January 14, 2017 at 10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems Trump IS Israel's bitch.

How far back in time can America go?

looks like we're going to find out.

January 25, 2017 at 8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blocking entire countries from allowing their citizens from entering the US, solely because they are dominantly "Muslim"? Isn't that just basic discrimination based upon religious beliefs?

My, how the outcry would rise to heavens if it were Christians or Jews being discriminated against!

January 28, 2017 at 9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And, we see America unravel. Descend into chaos and confusion.

January 31, 2017 at 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, Tom, have you given up on this blog, after all this time?

February 14, 2017 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

I don't know about "given up," but for all practical purposes, I guess I have; I doubt if I'll do any more posts here. I don't do a lot on Facebook, but that's where I usually go if I have something to rant about.

February 15, 2017 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger dmarks said...

The defense money prevents the terrorists from murdering millions. It's well spent.

January 4, 2018 at 6:13 PM  

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