What Are The Chances For Peace In 2016?

Each year, more than one trillion dollars goes up in smoke. More accurately, it is stolen from the middle and working classes and shipped off to the one percent. I am talking about the massive yearly bill to maintain the U.S. empire. Washington’s warmongers have sold the lie that the military budget has been gutted under President Obama, but even when the “Sequester” was in effect, military spending continued to increase. Only the pace of increase was reduced, not actual spending.

None of this trillion dollars taken from us is spent to keep us safe, despite what politicians say. In fact, this great rip-off actually makes us less safe and more vulnerable to a terrorist attack thanks to resentment overseas at our interventions and to the blowback it produces.

The money is spent to maintain existing conflicts and to create new areas of conflict overseas that in turn feeds the demands for more military spending. It is an endless cycle of theft and deceit.

Billions were spent not long ago overthrowing an elected government in Ukraine and provoking Russia. A new Cold War is a bonanza for the military industrial complex, the pro-war think tanks, and the politicians. NATO is on the move in eastern Europe, placing heavy weapons right on Russia’s border and then blaming the Russians when they complain about the rising militarism. NATO military exercises on Russia’s border have increased and become more confrontational.

In the Middle East, more billions have been spent attempting to overthrow the secular government of Syria over the past five years. The big winners in this grand scheme have been the Islamist extremists, who are funded directly and indirectly by the U.S. and its allies. NATO is planning to go back into Libya, an admission that its 2011 “liberation” of that country has been a disaster.

In Asia, the U.S. empire challenges and provokes China, sending military ships and aircraft into territory China claims in the South China Sea. How much will they continue to escalate before China gets fed up?

The more money sent to the Pentagon and other parts of the Washington war apparatus, the more danger we are in.

Meanwhile, almost all of the presidential candidates promise more military spending and more war if they are elected. Did no one tell them we are broke and making enemies fast with our interventions? Do they think Fed-created money will really continue to fuel the US empire indefinitely?

What are the prospects for a u-turn toward peace and prosperity in 2016? We must be realistic. Presently the numbers are not on our side. But the good news is we do not need a majority to succeed in our fight for peace and liberty. We need only a dedicated and uncompromising critical mass to make great headway.

What can we do to work for peace in 2016? First we must tune out the lying propaganda served up by the U.S. mainstream media. We must educate ourselves so that we can help educate others. We can be sure to tune in and support alternative sources of news and analysis like the Ron Paul Liberty Report, LewRockwell.com, Antiwar.com, and many others. We can tell others about the wealth of truth available to those who seek and question. We must not compromise and never accept the lesser of two evils.

If the people demand peace, the politicians will follow. Let’s demand peace in 2016!

Watch: Look Who American Muslim Group Leader Just Blamed For CA Attack

American foreign policy is to blame for the terrorism that struck San Bernardino, Calif., on Dec. 2, according to Hussam Ayloush, the Los Angeles director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

“Let’s not forget that some of our own foreign policy, as Americans, as the West, have fueled that extremism,” Ayloush said in an interview on CNN’s New Day Friday.

Specifically, Ayloush said the United States’ support of dictators creates terrorists. He didn’t say specifically which dictators or specific policies were at fault.

“When we support coup leaders in Egypt or other places, when we support dictatorship, oppressive regimes around the world that push people over on the edge, then they become extremists, then they become terrorists. We are partly responsible,” Ayloush continued.

The shooters who stormed the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, dressed in full tactical gear with more than 1,500 rounds of ammunition and three pipe bombs, weren’t trying to overthrow a Middle Eastern dictator or defy oppression. Syed Farook, 28, was American-born. His wife, Tashfeen Malik, 27, passed all vetting requirements and was in this country from Saudi Arabia on a permanent green card. Farook worked as an environmental specialist at the center the couple terrorized. He had even attended the Christmas party and left early, only to return and kill 14 people and injure 21 others.

One of the shooters reportedly declared their allegiance to ISIS during the attack, according to authorities. Law enforcement declared early in the investigation that Farook was “radicalized,” and now the FBI has confirmed the incident as terrorism.

Ayloush said worldwide terrorism shouldn’t be blamed solely on Muslims.

”Terrorism is a global problem, not a Muslim problem. And the solution has to be global. Everyone has a role in it.”

The U.S. Just Announced A Giant Move Against ISIS That Changes Everything

The hunter is about to become the hunted across the war-ravaged landscape of Iraq.

About 200 U.S. special operations troops will be sent to Iraq, with part of their mission being to kill or capture senior ISIS leaders, a U.S. official has told Fox News. The force will also seek better intelligence about the structure and partners of ISIS to help turn around the war against the Islamic terrorist group.

The troops are part of a “specialized expeditionary targeting force” announced by Defense Secretary Ash Carter Tuesday.

“You don’t know at night who’s going to be coming in the window. And that’s the sensation that we want all of (ISIS) leadership and followers to have,” Carter said.

“This is an important capability because it takes advantage of what we’re good at,” Carter added. “We’re good at intelligence, we’re good at mobility, we’re good at surprise. We have the long reach that no one else has. And it puts everybody on notice in Syria ”

Iraq was not enthusiastic about the American plan.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said Iraq wants more weapons for its troops, and claimed “there is no need for foreign ground combat troops” in Iraq. He warned that any operations against ISIS in Iraq “can only be deployed subject to the approval of the Iraqi Government and in coordination with the Iraqi forces and with full respect to Iraqi sovereignty.”

Carter said Iraq will be a partner in any attacks.

“The raids in Iraq will be done at the invitation of the Iraqi government and focused on defending its borders and building the Iraqi security force’s own capacity,” Carter said Tuesday before the House Armed Services Committee. “This force will also be in a position to conduct unilateral operations into Syria.”

A U.S. official told Fox News that the 200 troops heading for Iraq is a separate group from the 50 special operations forces being sent to Syria.

Also Tuesday, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, contradicted assurances from President Obama last month that ISIS had been contained.

“We have not contained (ISIS) currently,” Dunford told the House Armed Services Committee.

h/t: Fox News

War On Terror Is Creating More Terror

The interventionists will do anything to prevent Americans from seeing that their foreign policies are perpetuating terrorism and inspiring others to seek to harm us. The neocons know that when it is understood that blowback is real — that people seek to attack us not because we are good and free but because we bomb and occupy their countries — their stranglehold over foreign policy will begin to slip.

That is why each time there is an event like the killings in Paris earlier this month, they rush to the television stations to terrify Americans into agreeing to even more bombing, more occupation, more surveillance at home, and more curtailment of our civil liberties. They tell us we have to do it in order to fight terrorism, but their policies actually increase terrorism.

If that sounds harsh, consider the recently-released 2015 Global Terrorism Index report. The report shows that deaths from terrorism have increased dramatically over the last 15 years — a period coinciding with the “war on terrorism” that was supposed to end terrorism.

According to the latest report, terrorist activity increased by 80 percent in 2014 to its highest recorded level. In addition, the number of people who have died from terrorist activity has increased nine-fold since the year 2000.

The world’s two most deadly terrorist organizations, ISIS and Boko Haram, have achieved their prominence as a direct consequence of U.S. interventions.

Former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Michael Flynn was asked last week whether in light of the rise of ISIS he regrets the invasion of Iraq. He replied, “absolutely. …The historic lesson is that it was a strategic failure to go into Iraq.” He added, “instead of asking why they attacked us, we asked where they came from.”

Flynn is no non-interventionist. But he does make the connection between the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the creation of ISIS and other terrorist organizations, and he at least urges us to consider why they seek to attack us.

Likewise, the rise of Boko Haram in Africa is a direct result of a U.S. intervention. Before the US-led “regime change” in Libya, they just were a poorly-armed gang. Once Gaddafi was overthrown by the U.S. and its NATO allies, leaving the country in chaos, they helped themselves to all the advanced weaponry they could get their hands on.

Instead of just a few rifles, they found themselves armed with rocket-propelled grenades, machine guns with anti-aircraft visors, advanced explosives, and vehicle-mounted light anti-aircraft artillery. Then they started killing on a massive scale. Now, according to the Global Terrorism Index, Boko Haram has overtaken ISIS as the world’s most deadly terrorist organization.

The interventionists are desperate to draw attention from the fact that their policies contribute to terrorism. After the Paris attacks, neocons like former CIA director James Woolsey actually pinned the blame on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden! He claimed that because of Snowden’s revelations about NSA surveillance, the terrorists were using sophisticated encryption. He even called for Snowden to be hanged because of it. But it was untrue: the Paris attackers did not use encryption, and other groups had used encryption long before the Snowden revelations.

Terrorism is increasing worldwide because of U.S. and western interventionism. That does not mean that if we suddenly followed a policy of non-interventionism the world would become a peaceful utopia. But does anyone really believe that continuing to do what increases terrorism will lead to a decrease in terrorism?

Breaking: Top U.S. Military Officer Just Broke Ranks To Expose Obama In A Huge Way

The nation’s top ranking military officer contradicted his commander-in-chief, while testifying on Tuesday before the House Services Committee.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford stated, “We have not contained ISIL currently.”

His answer to a question by Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., runs contrary to what Pres. Obama said last month in an interview with ABC News the day before the Nov. 13 Paris attacks.

“I don’t think they’re gaining strength. What is true is that from the start our goal has been first to contain, and we have contained them,” Obama told George Stephanopoulos. “They have not gained ground in Iraq. And in Syria, they’ll come in, they’ll leave, but you don’t see this systematic march by ISIL across the terrain.”

The White House’s Ben Rhodes–deputy national security adviser for strategic communication–clarified that the president meant that ISIS had been contained from geographic expansion. “They had been on the march in both Iraq and Syria for some time but starting a year ago, we were able to halt that expansion,” Rhodes said according to Fox News.

Forbes asked Dundford if ISIS has been contained at any time since 2010. The general responded that the terrorist organization has been “tactically” contained in areas in which they have operated since 2010, but added, “Strategically they have spread since 2010.”

Sec. of Defense Ash Carter announced on Tuesday that the U.S. would be sending additional special operations forces into Iraq and Syria. “He said these special operators will be able to conduct raids, free hostages, gather intelligence and capture ISIS leaders. He did not offer troop numbers, but said it was being done in cooperation with the Iraqi government,” Fox News reported. 

Carter said the special forces were going in to capitalize on gains made on the ground by local forces in Syria, as well as work with the Kurdish forces in Iraq to put additional pressure on ISIS.