By Alex Lantier - 19 April 2013
...[T]op US defense officials announced that they are deploying 200 troops of the 1st Armored Division to Jordan. They will establish headquarters near the Syrian-Jordanian border and plan for a rapid build-up, involving 20,000 or more US troops, awaiting orders from the White House to invade Syria...As US officials admitted, invading Syria would likely involve the United States in a regional war throughout the Middle East.
By Niall Green - 16 April 2013
Last week the Al Nusra Front, the military backbone of the US-sponsored Syrian opposition, openly swore its loyalty to Al Qaeda...“The sons of Al Nusra Front pledge allegiance to Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri”...The statement also indicated that the Syrian terrorist group would merge with Al Qaeda in Iraq, from which Al Nusra has received personnel and training.
Washington needs enemies. When none exist, they're invented. North Korea's straight from central casting. Pyongyang threatens no one. Media scoundrels say otherwise. So does Obama.
By John Pilger - 17 April 2000
After two and a half years in power, the Khmer Rouge was overthrown by the Vietnamese on Christmas Day, 1978. In the months and years that followed, the US and China and their allies, notably the Thatcher government, backed Pol Pot in exile in Thailand. He was the enemy of their enemy: Vietnam, whose liberation of Cambodia could never be recognized because it had come from the wrong side of the cold war. For the Americans, now backing Beijing against Moscow, there was also a score to be settled for their humiliation on the rooftops of Saigon.
By Chris Hedges - April 1, 2013
The power elite, especially the liberal elite, has always been willing to sacrifice integrity and truth for power, personal advancement, foundation grants, awards, tenured professorships, columns, book contracts, television appearances, generous lecture fees and social status. They know what they need to say. They know which ideology they have to serve. They know what lies must be told...They have been at this game a long time. And they will, should their careers require it, happily sell us out again.
By STANSFIELD SMITH - April 10, 2013
An accurate reading of the events leading up to the present situation shows that North Korea is responding to US military escalation, and in particular to US refusal to negotiate. This includes a peace treaty to end the Korean War, any steps towards reunifying Korea, the end to the US occupation of South Korea and ending the annual month-long US-South Korean war maneuvers. Even today, it includes US refusal to talk in order to lower the tensions.
Never forget. Never again. Hollow words. Other holocausts go unmentioned.
It doesn't surprise. When America goes to war or plans one, Times editors march in lockstep. They support imperial lawlessness.
By Peter Symonds - 9 April 2013
Amid sharply rising tensions, Washington is not simply responding to North Korean threats, but is engaged in reckless provocations of its own that risk the outbreak of war...The Obama administration’s confrontational stance toward North Korea is part of a far broader strategic shift — the “pivot to Asia” — that is aimed at containing China militarily and undermining its economic and political influence throughout the region.
Peace process deception is policy. It's always been a charade. It is now. Israel wants it that way. So does Washington.
Wars define America. They reflect longstanding policy. They're permanent. They've been waged every year in the nation's history. They target enemies at home and abroad. When none exist, they're invented.
Iran's nuclear program is red herring cover for regime change. If it didn't exist, another pretext would be found. They're easy to invent.
By Bill Van Auken - WSWS
...[A]nger erupted following the deaths of a prominent Palestinian prisoner and two young protesters in the occupied West Bank...Thousands joined funeral processions Thursday for Maysara Abuhamdia...and for two teenage cousins, Amer Nassar, 17, and Naki Belbisi, 18, who were shot down Wednesday night by Israeli troops...The clashes on the West Bank follow Israeli air strikes against Gaza on Tuesday...
By Bill Van Auken - WSWS
The US and Jordanian militaries have stepped up a secret program to train thousands of armed fighters to send into Syria with the apparent aim of carving out a buffer zone in the south of the country...Washington has ordered the training of some 3,000 officers for the so-called Syrian rebels to be completed sooner than originally planned. The aim is to finish the training program by the end of this month to exploit advances made by anti-government militias along Syria’s 230-mile border with Jordan.
He's ill, isolated and fading. His life hangs in the balance. Washington likely wants him dead. He blames America, Israel and Britain. They bear responsibility for destroying Iraq.