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Young as they are, Clinton Snowflakes have the most to lose from a nuclear holocaust. Basically, everything. The life that they’ve been planning. Everything! Like sheep to the slaughter, millions will vote for the Obama-Clinton War Party.

Even Bernie Sanders is in the November 2018 mix, seeking a third Senate term on the same good ol’ War Party ticket.

Like Clinton, Sanders is a seasoned interventionist. Writer Jeffrey St. Clair makes the point that both Clinton and Sanders are in the business of advancing “hawkish policies under the ragged banner of ‘humanitarianism.’”

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St. Clair adds, “Sanders supported Bill Clinton’s war on Serbia, voted for the 2001 Authorization Unilateral Military Force Against Terrorists (AUMF), which pretty much allowed Bush to wage war wherever he wanted, backed Obama’s Libyan debacle and he supported an expanded US role in the Syrian Civil War.” There’s
more.

The perception of Sanders as a hunched, peacenik professor is effective in garnering support from liberals with a limp. That is, he strikes a chord in those with low grades in history and geography yet who are high on voting from the heart – one sculpted by CNN and MSNBC. As incomprehensible as it might be to a conscientious Snowflake, the policies of Sanders, like those of Obama and Clinton, make him a murderer. Indeed, murder, he wrote. His vote helped tighten
the noose that snapped the neck of Saddam Hussein, separating his body from his soul.

Dear Snowflakes, Sanders is also on record for voting twice in favor of resolutions for regime change in Iraq. The War Party justification for the dastardly execution of Iraq’s national leader, following the cruise missile invasion and rape of the country, remains unrepentant – it was a humanitarian act, implemented for the good of Iraqi citizens and for all humankind.

Might hindsight offer a different perspective? More than one million died, including up to 500,000 Iraqi children. Fifteen years after our fearless leader, G.W. Bush proclaimed, “Mission Accomplished,” Iraq remains in tatters.

Some 4,000 Americans died in vain unless dying for Halliburton counts for something. Tell this to grieving parents! All the while, Iraq has teetered
on the brink of civil war. High living standards and the prosperous middle class under Saddam are history. Oil, architectural treasures, and bank accounts have been looted. A number of major cities are beyond repair. Gifted and educated

Iraqis have fled. The chaos, sown by Hillary and the War Party, gave rise to ISIS and all of its attendant evil.

Such are some of the fruits of the War Party’s humanitarianism. Can you empathize with the gratitude that Iraqis feel for Bernie, Hillary, Obama, as well as
Bush, a “Republican?” Is it unfair to blame only the War Party? After all, Bush, Cheney and their neocons –Republicans – pushed the button on naked, US
aggression.

In the year 2016, masks came off thanks to the Trump miracle. The electorate became a witness to who is really who.

Bush, Jr., along with his father and brother Jeb, can be viewed as sore losers. Fair play on their part was left wanting. Mostly, they showed their true colors. By not supporting the Republican Party’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump, they became de facto sympathizers of the War Party.

Benedict Arnold’s betrayal was more noble, considering that his actions were largely motivated by love. He, after all, sought to win the affection of Peggy Shippen, who was from a loyalist family.

One can only imagine how grateful Iraqis are to Bush, Jr. considering the nightmare that he wrought on their nation. It appears that it will remain prudent for Americans on globe-trotting adventures to side-step Iraq, for the foreseeable future.

Recall Obama’s rhetoric about Putin isolating Russia? In fact, it’s Clinton, Bush, and Obama, who have increasingly isolated America from prospective business in large swaths of the Earth’s surface.

Aging hippies might display a peace symbol on a tie dye T-shirt for fun, yet the generation that was a witness to the horrors of the Viet Nam War has not forgotten
that it was the left-leaning War Party that was responsible for, “Apocalypse Now.” May it never be forgotten that President Johnson lied to the baby boomer
generation, justifying America’s entry into the war on the basis of the premeditated, false flag, Tonkin Gulf incident.

As reported in the Washington Times, “A jumbo-sized Gallup poll now reveals that baby boomers — who once espoused free love, flower power and took to the
streets to protest most anything — now constitute a conservative stronghold.” The “jumbo-sized Gallup poll” is actually 14 Gallup polls conducted throughout 2014,
among 16,479 U.S. adults. The statistics are a nightmare for the War Party, considering that baby-boomers account for the largest voting bloc. You don’t turn down a lunch invitation with the King of Norway. Or do you?

That is, you do if you lack upbringing or if you’re Obama. In the spirit of Woody Allen’s film, you take the money and run, hightailing it out of Oslo before petitions
circulating with the speed of light attain the one million signatures needed for a candidate to have to return the Noble Peace Prize. In fact, prize money cannot be taken back by the committee but did Obama know this?

Despite Obama lacking culture, tradition, and good manners, when pitted against predecessor Bill Clinton preying on interns or of “W” greeting the British Queen
with his hands in his pockets, Obama’s swagger of success accepting undeserved prize money isn’t too far out of bounds.

How he managed to keep a straight face during his laureate acceptance speech is anyone’s guess. It might be recalled that he received the lucrative prize some 12
weeks after being elected, despite no feet-on-the-ground work and no Praise Ye the Lord peace accomplishments. Looking back, Obama apparently duped the prize committee with eloquent speeches festered as they were with unfulfilled hopes, promises and, as time would demonstrate, hypocrisy. The LA Times put it, bluntly:
“U.S. military forces have been at war for all eight years of Obama’s tenure, the first two-term president with that distinction.”

Obama loved rehashing Bill Clinton’s line about being on “the right side of history.” Obama also never hesitated threatening world leaders and nations like
Russia with being on “the wrong side of history.” Is it not curious that, outside of the US, the Obama-Clinton legacy is etched on the wrong side of history, with Obama known as the “Destroyer of Nations?”

It includes Kenya, where Obama’s half-brother Malik lives. He openly expressed his disgust with the Obama-Clinton tag team, as well as with the Democratic Party. He accused them of hypocrisy and for taking the African Continent backward not forward by murdering Qaddafi, a leader who Malik respected and knew well.

Despite US propaganda to the contrary, Qaddafi, was leading by way of example. Without belaboring the positives, they included: free electricity, medicine, and education. Free land was dispensed to farmers and everyone as eligible for interest-free loans. Newlyweds received $50,000 for a mortgage down-payment. Citizens even earned a percentage of oil sales.

Libya had no debt and about 150 billion USD in reserves. (Today, Brussels cannot explain the disappearance of billions!). Considering that Clinton spearheaded the brutal murder of Gaddafi, it was out of the question for Malik to vote for her. In fact, he voted for Trump and he made it a point for the press to know about it.

If Malik helped pin the tail on the Democratic donkey describing his brother as a hypocrite, Obama’s peace laureate, acceptance speech also magnifies vanity, if not
arrogance. Picking up on Obama’s prepared text:

“Throughout history, the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it’s also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of
causes. And that is why I will accept this award as a call to action.” Did Obama have in mind “action” like destroying Libya, the promise of Africa?
Did it include action like butchering Muammar Qaddafi? To the discredit of Obama and a much-bemused Hillary, they overturned the most stable and the most prosperous nation in Africa, transforming it into a lawless, jihadist, spawning ground.

Is it possible to forget Clinton’s satanic laugh and her fascination – if not arousal – over the bloodied, Libyan leader being impaled on a splintered, shovel handle?
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange believes there is, “Something wrong with Hillary Clinton. It is not just her constant lying. It is not just that she throws off menacing glares and seethes thwarted entitlement.

“Something much darker rides along with it.” Assange gets to the center of her personality calling it, “A cold creepiness rarely seen.”
Might a “multiple personality disorder,” diagnosis be too euphemistic? Any diagnosis has to include her calls to action to murder children. Not only those in
the womb.

Didn’t she brag about being the one who convinced Billy to bomb Serbia? To this day – and for no few years to come – children are born in Belgrade with depleted
uranium deformities and cancers. Ever since her Ouija board, rule-the-world séances in the White House, Clinton has been arm-in-arm with another infanticide advocate, Madeleine Albright of, “We think it was worth it,” notoriety regarding the killing one-half million Iraqi children. If the New Testament might offer any
advice to monsters who hurt children, it might be best for these two, so-called women, to tie millstones around their necks and to drown themselves in the depths
of the sea. Or, might such punishment be insufficient?

Hello? Folks? Hillary has not disappeared. To the demise of the Democratic Party, she’s running in 2020, despite routinely flip-flopping when asked. The Devil, after
all, promised her the World.

God forbid that she should be in a position of real authority to threaten Putin. Recall her calling for a “no-fly zone” in Syria? For what? To save her jihadists
from annihilation by those bent on really destroying the dragons of Arabia? 2 Esdras 15:29. Biden (remember him?) threatened Putin with war but, fortunately for humanity, Biden is rarely taken seriously by “partners” with more-than-serious weapons.

Biden’s down-to-earth fear was that Putin might release information damaging to Hillary. Such information, apparently, could have really swayed the
election. I’m curious, aren’t you? What information could be so damaging that Biden would go out of his way to meet with Putin and threaten him? What does Putin know about her that the world doesn’t already know?

Wasn’t another one of Obama’s “calls to action” the pilfering of Gaddafi’s impressive, weapon stockpiles, including some 20,000 Stinger, heat-seeking
missiles? More precisely, with Hillary’s oversight weren’t they smuggled through NATO partner Turkey to the head-chopping, heart-eating “moderate opposition” in
Iraq and Syria?

Thanks to WikiLeaks, the world knows that most of the 30,000 “missing” emails reveal Clinton’s terrorist-sponsoring complicity. On her “conscience” is much
more than the gruesome murder of Ambassador Stevens. Hundreds of thousands of innocent souls have perished as a result of her adventurism in the greater, Levant.
Many more have become refugees.

Then again, Arab and Syrian lives don’t matter. At least not in Obama’s “American Exceptionalism” script – a rather repulsive form of elitism, which is a
euphemism for not-so-thinly-veiled racism laced with double standards. Racism can be defined a number of ways but in every definition the perception of
one entity being superior to another is the common denominator. The perception can be racial, cultural, religious, institutional, or national superiority. Obama’s racism aka “American Exceptionalism” is closer to supremacism – a Hitleresque variant of racism because of inevitable consequences for its victims.

In other words, Obama’s supremacism is an ideology of superiority and domination. In his view, America is superior to other nations, which justifies its
entitlement to dominate, to control, and to subjugate nations like Iraq, Libya, and Syria with impunity. Look at the horrific crimes being committed in Yemen. Is
anyone in Washington planning any retaliatory strikes on Saudi Arabia? After the Saudi consulate murder in Istanbul, we learned the answer. The value of US
democracy tops out at $110 billion.

A supposedly superior or exceptional America is entitled to bomb, blackmail, kill, torture, (“extraordinary rendition”) and commit heinous, international war crimes
without legal consequences. Let not the International Tribunal in The Hague dare bring it up! It just got threatened by Bolton with sanctions for just considering to look into US war crimes!

Let us not forget that it was the humanist, Clinton duo, which first violated international law and basic ethics by authorizing extraordinary rendition or US torture by proxy. Correct, it wasn’t Bush’s invention. He is just another swamp creature – who also masqueraded as president – one who jumped on the occasion to execute the Clintons’ sadistic workings. Was it to satisfy his own psychiatric whims? We may never fully know. “Mission accomplished!” was proclaimed over
the moans of human bones trafficked through the extraordinary rendition gulag and left to fossilize in dark, far corners of US dungeons without a post-mortem right to
a family burial.

The United Nations considers any nation that abducts the citizens of another nation a crime against humanity. The European Court of Human Rights has actually taken action against American collaborators of torture and human rights abuse. Not against America; just against its collaborators.

The Polish government, for one, was condemned for participating in extraordinary CIA rendition. Poland had to pay restitution to those who were abducted and taken
to a CIA-run black site on Polish soil and tortured. Obama’s election promises included shutting down these “black sites” but, to the present day, they’re blacker-
than-ever and ever-so-functional. Stalin’s beast, Beria, is rolling over in his grave with envy over the Clinton’s program. In all, some 54 nations collaborated in human abuse and torture, included the core nations of Europe – those that are heard, most often, espousing and advertising vaunted, “West European values,” namely, France, Germany, Britain, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, and Ireland. Picture the following enactment of those who seek to rule the world – the US
government in action.

The Commander-in-Chief of the more humane, torture program is sitting brandishing improper education – feet routinely high up on the desk – as his
Secretary of State approaches in black leather stroking a whip handle, “Hey, there, big boy, ready to power-play?”

Obama cringes from word abuse yet manages to express his delight with a moan. “Arab Spring! What d’ya think? Nice, promotional ring!” she chuckles. “Imagine
the fresh crop of rendition recruits it’ll bring! Hotel guests waterboarded by brother Bush have gone somewhat stale. All of the drugged suppositories, you know. Should’ve been laced with Viagra instead of sedatives,” bemuses Hillary, pursing her lips, wickedly.

“Money allocated; money spent. Never waste a dime. And funding has to be justified, you know. One hundred and forty-three tons of Libyan gold is there for
the take.” Obama looks on, squirming with sequestered pleasure recalling how his SOS eliminated Gaddafi with the help of President Sarkozy.

It really might be time for a clause to be added to the Nobel Peace Prize charter, an exit clause so that a laureate is stripped of the prize? If crimes against humanity,
international kidnapping and torture, aren’t enough what about a world in flames or even a nuclear winter? Malfeasance might have been the rudder of Clinton’s
foreign policy but as the captain of the ship, Obama is ultimately responsible. At the end of the day, it was the peace prize committee that got discredited, while
Obama snugly pocketed the cash, laughing all the way back to Washington. For their final, joint encore, the Harold and Maude, White House duo overthrew
the democratically elected, Ukrainian government with 5B USD according to another gem in the rough: neocon Victoria Nuland.

Transport C-130s, filled with pallets of hundred dollar bills, would land just outside of Kiev while the city bled and burned. Molotov cocktails lit up Berkut
police like Christmas trees. Whipped with chains and shot by snipers they demonstrated otherworldly restraint that no good, US cop would have
demonstrated for more than a few, trigger-happy seconds.

With a straight face mask, Obama referred to the scenes from Hell as “Peaceful protests.” Apparently, America’s interference and blatant meddling comprised yet
another “call to action” that he promised in Oslo. Obama’s in-your-face intrusion into Ukraine succeeded in antagonizing cousin neighbors, Ukraine and Russia – in
spite of thousands of years of joint history. And the Russian border is some 280 miles distant from Kiev, a fact that has raised a few security eyebrows in the
Kremlin.

What justification exists for the CIA to hang the American flag at the entrance to the SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) – a Gestapo-like entity, which – you might
have guessed it – “legally” engages in torture and routinely implements murder as a tool of State foreign policy. The address, 33 Vladimirskaya Street, fourth floor is
where CIA employees arrived daily in two oversized jeeps. From here, US genocide by proxy was implemented in the Donbass region, a “call to action” that
has resulted in 12,000-plus deaths of mostly children, their parents, the infirm, and the elderly.

The bloody successes of the American-Ukrainian Gestapo eventually entitled it to a comfier address near a church in Kiev’s city center. Every six months, the heads
of each security section travels to the States for professional grooming. Instruction centers on how to combat Russia, the inferred enemy. No method is too harsh; no
tactic is out-of-bounds. Judging from provocations, like the shoot-down of Malaysian airlines flight MH 17 out of Schiphol, the sacrifice of 298 lives is worth it if the slightest chance exists to ramp up propaganda, true or not, so as to denigrate Russia’s image.

Obama-Clinton neocons, cheered on by warlord McCain, invested no small chump change into destroying family ties between Russia and Ukraine. The money was
never intended to assist Ukrainians. It was all about geopolitics. Sir Halford Mackinder lay down the guidelines for Great Britain to control the
European Continent, some 112 years ago. In fact, it was a blueprint for World domination by the British yet Mackinder never dreamed that the US would get so
involved and would occupy Ukraine, one day.

The world witnessed how it was done, including the cynical, Maidan mockery, with Nuland handing out wheat buns to Maidan rabble-rousers. Is it not quite the
twist, considering that Ukraine was the breadbasket of Europe under the Tsars? NATO was supposed to occupy the port of Sevastopol, hence the outrage when
Russian inhabitants of the Crimean Peninsula – the vast majority – declared independence and, later, voted to join the Russian Federation. It was real
democracy at work but since it didn’t serve US interests, the right to self-determination of 3 million people was negated by Obama, who, promptly, imposed
sanctions. Think about Obama’s genius for how to make friends and influence people. Would you respect anyone who blackmailed you out of spite?

Correct, 5B USD was spent by the War Party to reset the Doomsday Clock at 2 minutes to midnight. So much for the Nobel Peace Laureate and his minions.
The first to extend a hand in friendship was Gorbachev. Yeltsin followed, and, finally, Putin did, as well. The average American citizen said, “Why not?” The
military industrial complex and the Establishment, corporate elite or the Deep State said, “No way!”

Today, the nations of the world are saying: “We don’t want it!” in plain, Jimmy Buffett talk. “We don’t want that much US organization in our lives!”
Murder and destruction – aptly summed up as the international war crimes of the past three, US presidents – is mere window dressing for the Snowflake
Establishment. It’s conveniently overlooked by Washington’s sycophant press whose success in steamrolling bias and propaganda over the American public
rather than presenting real news continues to make Goebbels blush neon red. America’s political, moral compass might have always deviated from true north considering all of the sex, lies, and videotape but beginning with the Clinton-Lewinsky, magnetite years it began doing 360s up through the reign of Obama-
Hillary. What moral right does Washington have to be instructing any nation on how to conduct its internal affairs?

The nonsensical madness of War Party doings – sometimes mistaken for US foreign policy – is not making anyone safer nor is it making the World a more
humane place.

Both Clinton and Trump are in business. However, Hillary, like her new-found Bush friends, are in demolition. Trump is in construction.
Can America be resurrected? What needs to be done. Is democracy the answer or an impediment? And what happened to the free America that we once knew?

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ALL of humanity loses in a world nuclear holocaust…flakes and non flakes. What a mindless statement.

G George
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I think the point was that youth has the most to lose as they have their whole life ahead of them. I don´t want to die either, but I´m 76 years old so I don´t have as much time on this earth to lose as a thirty year old.

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I couldn’t agree more! Citizens will never benefit from this nukes arms race. Did you read about puk theft in US?

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And, both the Democrats and Republicans are War Parties on behalf When will the people of the USA wake up!f of Deep States which run the USA!

Tjoe
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What a terrible dissertation, hard to read and stay on track, except blaming Democrats for everything. I think Bush knew about 9.11 coming down and he let them do it and that Hillary was involved with planning and execution, via patsy’s, demolitions and remote control planes. Bush is Republican.

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So Ireland participated in US torture? This is new to me, who has been living in Ireland for 75 years. Will the author of this please supply evidence to support his claim?

john vieira
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In just three more days your final question WILL be answered. Just hope that there are MORE conservative minded voting Americans than there are progressive liberal “left of centre” voters….

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There are two war parties, or, rather, one war party with two wings. Both Dems and Republicans are war criminals — with the possible exception of one or two individuals (like Rand Paul).

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Totally lame. Anyone who tells you that there is a hairs’ breadth of difference on foreign policy or economic policy between Democrats and Republicans is not to be trusted, because they are lying. Don’t listen to what the candidates say; look at what these plutocrats do once they gain power.

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EXPLOSIVE: Michael Cohen sentencing memo exposes serial liar with nothing to offer Mueller (Video)

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a quick look at the Michael Cohen sentencing memo which paints the picture of a man who was not as close to Trump as he made it out to be…a serial liar and cheat who leveraged his thin connections to the Trump organization for money and fame.

It was Cohen himself who proudly labelled himself as Trump’s “fixer”. The sentencing memo hints at the fact that even Mueller finds no value to Cohen in relation to the ongoing Trump-Russia witch hunt investigation.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller and federal prosecutors in New York have each submitted sentencing memos for President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen, after Cohen pleaded guilty in two different cases related to his work for Trump and the Trump Organization.

The big picture: The Southern District of New York recommended Cohen serve a range of 51 to 63 months for four crimes — “willful tax evasion, making false statements to a financial institution, illegal campaign contributions, and making false statements to Congress.” Mueller, meanwhile, did not take a position on the length of Cohen’s statement, but said he has made substantial efforts to assist the investigation.

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Michael J. Stern, a federal prosecutor with the Justice Department for 25 years in Detroit and Los Angeles noted via USA Today

In support of their request that he serve no time in prison, Cohen’s attorneys offered a series of testimonials from friends who described the private Michael Cohen as a “truly caring” man with a “huge heart” who is not only “an upstanding, honorable, salt of the earth man” but also a “selfless caretaker.”

The choirboy portrayed by Cohen’s lawyers stands in sharp opposition to Cohen’s public persona as Trump’s legal bulldog, who once threatened a reporter with: “What I’m going to do to you is going to be f—ing disgusting. Do you understand me?”

Prosecutors focused their sentencing memo on Cohen as Mr. Hyde. Not only did they detail Cohen’s illegal activities, which include millions of dollars of fraud, they also recognized the public damage that stemmed from his political crimes — describing Cohen as “a man who knowingly sought to undermine core institutions of our democracy.”

Rebuffing efforts by Cohen’s attorneys to recast him as a good guy who made a few small mistakes, prosecutors cited texts, statements of witnesses, recordings, documents and other evidence that proved Cohen got ahead by employing a “pattern of deception that permeated his professional life.” The prosecutors attributed Cohen’s crimes to “personal greed,” an effort to “increase his power and influence,” and a desire to maintain his “opulent lifestyle.”

Perhaps the most damning reveal in the U.S. Attorney’s sentencing memo is that Cohen refused to fully cooperate. That’s despite his public relations campaign to convince us that he is a new man who will cooperate with any law enforcement authority, at any time, at any place.

As a former federal prosecutor who handled hundreds of plea deals like Cohen’s, I can say it is extremely rare for any credit to be recommended when a defendant decides not to sign a full cooperation deal. The only reason for a refusal would be to hide information. The prosecutors said as much in their sentencing memo: Cohen refused “to be debriefed on other uncharged criminal conduct, if any, in his past,” and “further declined” to discuss “other areas of investigative interest.”

 

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Trudeau would had to have known about the impending plot to snatch Huawei CFO Wanzhou and moreover that he personally signed off on it.

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You do have to wonder about the political savvy of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government. The furious fallout from China over the arrest of a senior telecoms executive is going to do severe damage to Canadian national interests.

Trudeau’s fawning over American demands is already rebounding very badly for Canada’s economy and its international image.

The Canadian arrest – on behalf of Washington – of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese telecom giant Huawei, seems a blatant case of the Americans acting politically and vindictively. If the Americans are seen to be acting like bandits, then the Canadians are their flunkies.

Wanzhou was detained on December 1 by Canadian federal police as she was boarding a commercial airliner in Vancouver. She was reportedly handcuffed and led away in a humiliating manner which has shocked the Chinese government, media and public.

The business executive has since been released on a $7.4 million bail bond, pending further legal proceedings. She is effectively being kept under house arrest in Canada with electronic ankle tagging.

To add insult to injury, it is not even clear what Wanzhou is being prosecuted for. The US authorities have claimed that she is guilty of breaching American sanctions against Iran by conducting telecoms business with Tehran. It is presumed that the Canadians arrested Wanzhou at the request of the Americans. But so far a US extradition warrant has not been filed. That could take months. In the meantime, the Chinese businesswoman will be living under curfew, her freedom denied.

Canadian legal expert Christopher Black says there is no juridical case for Wanzhou’s detention. The issue of US sanctions on Iran is irrelevant and has no grounds in international law. It is simply the Americans applying their questionable national laws on a third party. Black contends that Canada has therefore no obligation whatsoever to impose those US laws regarding Iran in its territory, especially given that Ottawa and Beijing have their own separate bilateral diplomatic relations.

In any case, what the real issue is about is the Americans using legal mechanisms to intimidate and beat up commercial rivals. For months now, Washington has made it clear that it is targeting Chinese telecoms rivals as commercial competitors in a strategic sector. US claims about China using telecoms for “spying” and “infiltrating” American national security are bogus propaganda ruses to undermine these commercial rivals through foul means.

It also seems clear from US President Donald Trump’s unsubtle comments this week to Reuters, saying he would “personally intervene” in the Meng case “if it helped trade talks with China”, that the Huawei executive is being dangled like a bargaining chip. It was a tacit admission by Trump that the Americans really don’t have a legal case against her.

Canada’s foreign minister Chrystia Freeland bounced into damage limitation mode following Trump’s thuggish comments. She said that the case should not be “politicized” and that the legal proceedings should not be tampered with. How ironic is that?

The whole affair has been politicized from the very beginning. Meng’s arrest, or as Christopher Black calls it “hostage-taking”, is driven by Washington’s agenda of harassment against China for commercial reasons, under a legal pretext purportedly about Iranian sanctions.

When Trump revealed the cynical expediency of him “helping to free Wanzhou”, then the Canadians realized they were also being exposed for the flunkies that they are for American banditry. That’s why Freeland was obliged to quickly adopt the fastidious pretense of legal probity.

Canadian premier Justin Trudeau has claimed that he wasn’t aware of the American request for Wanzhou’s detention. Trudeau is being pseudo. For such a high-profile infringement against a senior Chinese business leader, Ottawa must have been fully briefed by the Americans. Christopher Black, the legal expert, believes that Trudeau would had to have known about the impending plot to snatch Wanzhou and moreover that he personally signed off on it.

What Trudeau and his government intended to get out of performing this sordid role for American thuggery is far from clear. Maybe after being verbally mauled by Trump as “weak and dishonest” at the G7 summit earlier this year, in June, Trudeau decided it was best to roll over and be a good little puppy for the Americans in their dirty deed against China.

But already it has since emerged that Canada is going to pay a very heavy price indeed for such dubious service to Washington. Beijing has warned that it will take retaliation against both Washington and Ottawa. And it is Ottawa that is more vulnerable to severe repercussions.

This week saw two Canadian citizens, one a former diplomat, detained in China on spying charges.

Canadian business analysts are also warning that Beijing can inflict harsh economic penalties on Ottawa. An incensed Chinese public have begun boycotting Canadian exports and sensitive Canadian investments in China are now at risk from being blocked by Beijing. A proposed free trade deal that was being negotiated between Ottawa and Beijing now looks dead in the water.

And if Trudeau’s government caves in to the excruciating economic pressure brought to bear by Beijing and then abides by China’s demand to immediately release Meng Wanzhou, Ottawa will look like a pathetic, gutless lackey to Washington. Canada’s reputation of being a liberal, independent state will be shredded. Even then the Chinese are unlikely to forget Trudeau’s treachery.

With comic irony, there’s a cringemaking personal dimension to this unseemly saga.

During the 197os when Trudeau’s mother Margaret was a thirty-something socialite heading for divorce from his father, then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, she was often in the gossip media for indiscretions at nightclubs. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards claims in his autobiography that Margaret Trudeau was a groupie for the band, having flings with Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood. Her racy escapades and louche lifestyle brought shame to many Canadians.

Poor Margaret Trudeau later wound up divorced, disgraced, financially broke and scraping a living from scribbling tell-all books.

Justin, her eldest son, is finding out that being a groupie for Washington’s banditry is also bringing disrepute for him and his country.

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Raqqa is beginning to look more and more like Baghdad circa 2005.

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“We don’t want the Americans. It’s occupation” — a Syrian resident in US-controlled Raqqa told Stars and Stripes military newspaper. This as the Washington Post noted this week that “U.S. troops will now stay in Syria indefinitely, controlling a third of the country and facing peril on many fronts.”

Like the “forever war” in Afghanistan, will we be having the same discussion over the indefinite occupation of Syria stretching two decades from now? A new unusually frank assessment in Stars and Stripes bluntly lays out the basic facts concerning the White House decision to “stay the course” until the war’s close:

That decision puts U.S. troops in overall control, perhaps indefinitely, of an area comprising nearly a third of Syria, a vast expanse of mostly desert terrain roughly the size of Louisiana.

The Pentagon does not say how many troops are there. Officially, they number 503, but earlier this year an official let slip that the true number may be closer to 4,000

A prior New Yorker piece described the US-occupied area east of the Euphrates as “an area about the size of Croatia.” With no Congressional vote, no public debate, and not even so much as an official presidential address to the nation, the United States is settling in for another endless occupation of sovereign foreign soil while relying on the now very familiar post-911 AUMF fig leaf of “legality”.

Like the American public and even some Pentagon officials of late have been pointing out for years regarding Afghanistan, do US forces on the ground even know what the mission is? The mission may be undefined and remain ambiguously to “counter Iran”, yet the dangers and potential for major loss in blood and treasure loom larger than ever.

According to Stars and Stripes the dangerous cross-section of powder keg conflicts and geopolitical players means “a new war” is on the horizon:

The new mission raises new questions, about the role they will play and whether their presence will risk becoming a magnet for regional conflict and insurgency.

The area is surrounded by powers hostile both to the U.S. presence and the aspirations of the Kurds, who are governing the majority-Arab area in pursuit of a leftist ideology formulated by an imprisoned Turkish Kurdish leader. Signs that the Islamic State is starting to regroup and rumblings of discontent within the Arab community point to the threat of an insurgency.

Without the presence of U.S. troops, these dangers would almost certainly ignite a new war right away, said Ilham Ahmed, a senior official with the Self-Administration of North and East Syria, as the self-styled government of the area is called.

“They have to stay. If they leave and there isn’t a solution for Syria, it will be catastrophic,” she said.

But staying also heralds risk, and already the challenges are starting to mount.
So a US-backed local politician says the US can’t leave or there will be war, while American defense officials simultaneously recognize they are occupying the very center of an impending insurgency from hell — all of which fits the textbook definition of quagmire perfectly.

The New Yorker: “The United States has built a dozen or more bases from Manbij to Al-Hasakah, including four airfields, and American-backed forces now control all of Syria east of the Euphrates, an area about the size of Croatia.”

But in September the White House announced a realignment of its official priorities in Syria, namely to act “as a bulwark against Iran’s expanding influence.” This means the continued potential and likelihood of war with Syria, Iran, and Russia in the region is ever present, per Stripes:

Syrian government troops and Iranian proxy fighters are to the south and west. They have threatened to take the area back by force, in pursuit of President Bashar Assad’s pledge to bring all of Syria under government control.

Already signs of an Iraq-style insurgency targeting US forces in eastern Syria are beginning to emerge.

In Raqqa, the largest Syrian city at the heart of US occupation and reconstruction efforts, the Stripes report finds the following:

The anger on the streets is palpable. Some residents are openly hostile to foreign visitors, which is rare in other towns and cities freed from Islamic State control in Syria and Iraq. Even those who support the presence of the U.S. military and the SDF say they are resentful that the United States and its partners in the anti-ISIS coalition that bombed the city aren’t helping to rebuild.

And many appear not to support their new rulers.

We don’t want the Americans. It’s occupation,” said one man, a tailor, who didn’t want to give his name because he feared the consequences of speaking his mind. “I don’t know why they had to use such a huge number of weapons and destroy the city. Yes, ISIS was here, but we paid the price. They have a responsibility.”

Recent reports out of the Pentagon suggests defense officials simply want to throw more money into US efforts in Syria, which are further focused on training and supplying the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (or Kurdish/YPG-dominated SDF), which threatens confrontation with Turkey as its forces continue making preparations for a planned attack on Kurdish enclaves in Syria this week.

Meanwhile, Raqqa is beginning to look more and more like Baghdad circa 2005:

Everyone says the streets are not safe now. Recent months have seen an uptick in assassinations and kidnappings, mostly targeting members of the security forces or people who work with the local council. But some critics of the authorities have been gunned down, too, and at night there are abductions and robberies.

As America settles in for yet another endless and “indefinite” occupation of a Middle East country, perhaps all that remains is for the president to land on an aircraft carrier with “Mission Accomplished” banners flying overhead?

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