Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Must read from Bill Van Auken

Bill Van Auken (WSWS) has a great piece about 9/11.  I would love to quote the whole piece but I will go with this:

This is only the latest in a long series of revelations that have made it abundantly clear that the events of 9/11 could never have taken place without substantial logistical support from high places. Despite the repeated claims that the attacks “changed everything,” there has never been an independent and objective investigations into how they were carried out. And, despite being what is ostensibly the most catastrophic intelligence failure in American history, no one was ever held accountable with so much as a firing or a demotion.
What evidence has emerged makes it clear that the 9/11 hijackers were able to freely enter the country and attend flight schools despite the fact that a number of those involved had been subjects of surveillance by the CIA and FBI for as long as two years before the attack. Two of them actually lived in the home of an FBI informant.
Twenty-eight pages of heavily redacted documents released in 2016 after being concealed from the public for 13 years established that Saudi intelligence officers funneled substantial amounts of money to the hijackers in the run-up to the 9/11 attacks, while assisting them with finding housing as well as flight schools to attend.
While Saudi Arabia was the government most active in carrying out the September 11 attacks, the involvement of Saudi intelligence really means the involvement of a section of the American state apparatus. This is not a matter of conspiracy theories, but established fact. It is bound up with very real conspiracies involving the CIA, Afghanistan and Al Qaeda going back to the Islamist group’s founding as an arm of Washington’s dirty war against the Soviet-backed government of Afghanistan in the 1980s.
Far from the attacks having “changed everything,” they provided the pretext for acts of military aggression long in preparation. In the wake of the dissolution of the Soviet Union a decade earlier, the ruling class initiated a policy developed to use US military might to offset the decline of American capitalism on the world arena. Afghanistan and Iraq were targeted to secure military dominance over two major oil- and gas-producing regions on the planet, the Caspian Basin and the Middle East.
This thoroughly criminal enterprise, justified in the name of 9/11’s victims, has claimed the lives of over 1 million Iraqis and hundreds of thousands of Afghans and unleashed the greatest refugee crisis since the Second World War.

Read the whole thing.

And take a minute to ask how we honor anyone who died that day by declaring war on the entire world?

This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Tuesday:

Tuesday, September 12, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, talk of suing the US-led coalition swirls in Iraq, Kurdish independence remains a looming question mark, US Senator Rand Paul stages a protest, and much more.

US Senator Rand Paul wants to end the authorization used for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (Barack used it for seven wars).  Senator John McCain didn't even want it debated.  Paul staged a protest yesterday and Tweeted:

Tonight, the Senate is attempting to move forward with the Defense Bill. I am seeking an amendment to end the AUMF in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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I will object to all procedural motions and amendments unless and until my amendment is made in order and we vote on these wars

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An attempt was made to run the clock on the bill overnight. I objected and am now sitting on the floor of the Senate to stop that

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Tonight I sit silently to protest the thousands of American soldiers who have died over the past decade in these wars.

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We have been there for 16 years. It is time for them to end. It is time for Congress to vote on whether or not they should end.

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The Senate is now in a quorum call, unable to act because of my protest. This is why I sit on the floor, in silent protest.

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I will continue this protest and these objections for as long as needed to ensure Congress do its duty, and vote on ending these wars.

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I sit for our soldiers young and brave. Sent to fight in distant lands in our forgotten, forever war

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Hypocrites, they pretend concern over our constitutional duty to declare war and then block any vote on ending any of our 7 current wars

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I sit nearly alone, but that's fine. I'll fight by myself if need be. This is too important

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Where is the anti-war left demanding the wars end? Where is the constitional conservative right demanding Congress reclaim its war powers?

The Senate attempted to shorten debate & move forward without consideration & debate on my amendment to end our AUMF in Afghanistan and Iraq

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Senate leaders have agreed not to try to end debate early, and have agreed to four hours of debate under my control to debate these wars.

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I will continue to fight, and if necessary, object, to continue this debate , secure a vote and force Congress to do its duty.

In a column at RARE on Monday, Paul explained:
As Congress takes up the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), I will insist it vote on my amendment to sunset the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force.
Because these authorizations to use military force are inappropriately being used to justify American warfare in 7 different countries. Sunsetting both AUMFs will force a debate on whether we continue the Afghanistan war, the Libya war, the Yemen war, the Syria war, and other interventions.

Our military trains our soldiers to be focused and disciplined, yet the politicians who send them to fight have for years ignored those traits when developing our foreign policy.

In Iraq, the war continues.

The world's largest cemetery is Wadi Al-Salaam in Iraq. the millions of Iraqis killed that had nothing to do with !


No one asks.

We're supposed to tremble at the thought of the Islamic State and that's supposed to stop any questions that might come up.  Stop and silence.

ISIS is not the threat to the US that al Qaeda was but it's used in the same way al Qaeda was the decade prior.

The media sells fear and we're not supposed to notice that all these years of war did not make anyone safer or that it has probably made everyone less safe.

Fear, fear, be scared.


That is the message.

PRESS TV notes:

Iraq’s official High Commission for Human Rights has urged the Iraqi government to sue a US-led coalition operating in the Arab country over the death of civilians in the northern city of Mosul.

Wahda al-Jumaili, a member of the parliament-affiliated commission, said US-led airstrikes had destroyed “numerous buildings in western Mosul — residential and commercial,” and that “nearly 2,000 bodies” had been recovered from under the rubble.

2,650 dead bodies pulled from Iraq’s war-battered MosulIraqi civil-defense personnel pull hundreds of bodies out from under rubble of ‘liberated’ city - Anadolu Agency
Link to headline article

MIDDLE EAST MONITOR adds, "The Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights yesterday filed a lawsuit against the US-led international coalition for killing more than 2,000 civilians in the northern city of Mosul."

In other news, REUTERS reports, "The Iraqi parliament voted on Tuesday to oppose an independence referendum planned by Iraqi Kurdish leaders for later this month prompting a walkout by Kurdish lawmakers."

The Kurds are exercising their constitutional right.

And the way that works out?

Protests votes in Parliament.

Wow, that's some 'democracy' the US built/gave/imposed on Iraq.

KRG President Massoud Barzani Tweeted the following Sunday:

this democratic is in no way meant to create any hostilities towards any components of Iraq

The following community sites -- plus Jody Watley, PACIFICA EVENING NEWS, BLACK AGENDA REPORT and Tavis Smiley -- updated:


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