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Special Report | Iraq Redux: Week Ending April 18, 2015

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  • The US has been here before.
  • 10 New Items including:
    • Don't Claim to Support the Troops If You Agree With Obama Sending 3,100 Soldiers to Iraq
    • He Bore All This Upon His Body: Rest In Peace Tomas Young
    • How Many Muslim Countries Has the US Bombed or Occupied Since 1980?
    • Iraq: Here come the boots, ignoring the consequences
    • Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed
    • Ignorance of History, and Its Price
    • The Engineered Destruction and Political Fragmentation of Iraq
    • State Department Ignores How US Forces Have Inspired ‘Emergence’ of Al Qaeda Affiliates
    • The Democratic Push To Bomb Iraq Again
    • Re-invade Iraq? June 23, 2014
  • America's 30-year Cold War with Iran: Manufacturing A Good Adversary

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Don't Claim to Support the Troops If You Agree With Obama Sending 3,100 Soldiers to Iraq, H. A. Goodman, Huffington Post

  • If fighting terror means perpetual war, then we've already lost and our soldiers will ultimately be the ones who pay the greatest price. President Obama, and 40% of the American people, are making a terrible mistake by focusing more upon beheading videos than the psychological, emotional, and physical toll that Iraq has inflicted upon our soldiers. The U.S. military will do anything it's asked to do to defend America, therefore we have a responsibility to ensure that we don't ask the impossible.
  • Iraq: Here come the boots, ignoring the consequences
  • How Many Muslim Countries Has the US Bombed or Occupied Since 1980?

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He Bore All This Upon His Body: Rest In Peace Tomas Young, Abby Zimet, Common Dreams

  • Chris Hedges wrote memorably about the physical and psychic horrors Young endured "for a war that should never have been fought..for the lies of politicians....for war profiteers....for the careers of generals....for a cheerleader press....for a complacent public that made war possible. He bore all this upon his body. He was crucified.” 
  • The film, Body of War, tells his story. May he, at last, find peace.
  • Our childish insistence on calling soldiers heroes deadens real democracy.

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How Many Muslim Countries Has the US Bombed or Occupied Since 1980?, Glenn Greenwald, the Intercept

  • The sheer casualness with which Obama yesterday called for a new AUMF is reflective of how central, how commonplace, violence and militarism are in the U.S.’s imperial management of the world.
  • Happy Halloween from the Most Violent Ruling Class in Human History 

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Iraq: Here come the boots, ignoring the consequences, Mike Prysner and James Circello, ANSWER Coalition <>

Just like that, those year-long Iraq deployments are back

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Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed, Patrick Cockburn,  TomDispatch

  • Washington is escaping the blame for the rise of ISIS by putting it all on the Iraqi government when, in fact, the U.S. actually created a situation where ISIS can survive and even flourish.
  • How to Ensure a Thriving Caliphate
  • The Rise of ISIS
  • The Engineered Destruction and Political Fragmentation of Iraq

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Mike Keefe

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Ignorance of History, and Its Price, Gary Hart, Huffington Post

"All that is history" is the casual way of dismissing uncomfortable truths -- that is, until those truths come back to haunt us. It is a pity George W. Bush had not studied more history. But the lessons of history are best learned before, not after, becoming president.

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The Engineered Destruction and Political Fragmentation of Iraq, Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research

  • Towards the Creation of a US-sponsored Islamist Caliphate
  • The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham: An instrument of the Western Military Alliance
  • The Human Price of Neocon Havoc

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State Department Ignores How US Forces Have Inspired ‘Emergence’ of Al Qaeda Affiliates, Kevin Gosztola, The Dissenter, FireDogLake

There was no Al Qaeda in Iraq prior to the US invasion in 2003. Now, under Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Al Qaeda is resurgent, benefiting from the autocratic rule of the country’s prime minister.

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The Democratic Push To Bomb Iraq Again, David Swanson, Warisacrime.org

  • The Center for American Progress (C.A.P.) is funded by Lockheed Martin and other huge war profiteers. C.A.P. has just put out a report recommending that air strikes be considered.
  • Re-invade Iraq? June 23, 2014
  • For more Evergreene Digest coverage of the Re-invasion of Iraq ...

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Re-invade Iraq? June 23, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The US has been here before.
  • Part 1: Obama Sets the US on a Slippery Slope to War in Iraq
  • Part 2: How to Fix the Iraq Crisis
  • Sign our petition. Tell President Obama and Congress: No New U.S. War in Iraq!

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America's 30-year Cold War with Iran: Manufacturing A Good Adversary, Gareth Porter, Washington Spectator

  • The U.S. will ensure Iran will remain an adversary even if a nuclear agreement is reached. The false nuclear weapons narrative is the latest episode in the long-running drama of U.S. enmity toward Iran, which began three decades ago when Iran took U.S. diplomats hostage after the U.S. gave asylum to the Shah. Despite many other opportunities for cooperation, this cold war will continue solely because the U.S. has a vested interest in demonizing Iran.
  • The Big Dick School of American Patriotism

U.S. military intervenes in Latin America, Marines going to Honduras

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  • These recent developments will hardly smooth the way for President Obama at the upcoming Summit of the Americas. He's already fending off criticism of the U.S. sanctions against Venezuela that he announced on Mar. 9.
  • Obama declares Venezuela ‘extraordinary threat’ to U.S. national security

W. T. Whitney, Jr., People's World

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copter520x300.jpgIn this photo U.S. Marine helicopter and troops involved in operations in Guatemala in 2012.  |  AP/U.S. Marine Corps.

April 6 2015 | Honduran military authorities announced March 27 that some 250 U.S. Marines arriving soon will be based at the U. S. airbase at Soto Cano.  Equipped with a high-speed "JHSV Spearhead" catamarans at least four "CH-53E Super Stallion" helicopters," and possibly "MV-22 Osprey tilt rotors and KC-130 Hercules tankers,"  they are part of the "Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-South."

The official version of their mission is to carry out "training for forces in the region, humanitarian assistance missions, and anti-drug operations." 

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W. T. Whitney, Jr. grew up on a dairy farm in Vermont and now lives in rural Maine. He practiced and taught pediatrics for 35 years and long ago joined the Cuba solidarity movement, working with Let Cuba Live of Maine, Pastors for Peace, and the Venceremos Brigade. He writes on Latin America and health issues for the People's World.

Full story … 

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Obama declares Venezuela ‘extraordinary threat’ to U.S. national security, Gloria La Riva, Liberation News

Venezuela fights back against U.S.-supported counterrevolution

America's 30-year Cold War with Iran: Manufacturing A Good Adversary

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  • The U.S. will ensure Iran will remain an adversary even if a nuclear agreement is reached. The false nuclear weapons narrative is the latest episode in the long-running drama of U.S. enmity toward Iran, which began three decades ago when Iran took U.S. diplomats hostage after the U.S. gave asylum to the Shah. Despite many other opportunities for cooperation, this cold war will continue solely because the U.S. has a vested interest in demonizing Iran.
  • The Big Dick School of American Patriotism

Gareth Porter, Washington Spectator

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Porter-481x450.jpgApril 1, 2015 | When the United States began marathon negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program in the framework of the P5+1 nations, many observers anticipated that the U.S. would begin softening its stance toward Iran as its primary enemy in world politics.

But that has not happened.

The Obama administration insists Iran will remain an adversary even if an agreement is reached on the nuclear issue, citing Iran’s alleged role in supporting terrorism and as a “troublemaker” in the region. The U.S. negotiating stance in the nuclear talks, while unacceptable to Israel and its supporters in the U.S., is moreover based on the premise that sanctions must remain in place for many years, even after Iran reduces its enrichment capacity to an agreed level—a position that appears to make agreement politically impossible.

Gareth Porter is an independent investigative journalist and historian, and the author, most recently, of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare.

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The Big Dick School of American Patriotism, Nan Levinson, TomDispatch

  • America's new military mystique and what we make of it
  • The Washington Post Will Kill Us All
  • War Is Not a Game: The New Antiwar Soldiers and the Movement They Built

Jim Crow in the Holy Land

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  • Our own progress against racism in the United States remains too recent, too fragile, and too incomplete to go on abetting apartheid in Israel.
  • Naked Racism
  • Netanyahu's Middle East

Phyllis BennisForeign Policy in Focus

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March 20, 2015 | The last days of the campaign sounded an awful lot like the Jim Crow South, when African Americans had officially won the right to vote but still faced massive discrimination.

On election morning, a powerful white official running for re-election urged his followers to get out and vote, warning that minority voters were turning out in large numbers — and those trouble-making civil rights agitators, he complained, were busing them to the polls.

But this wasn’t Mississippi or Alabama circa 1965. It was Israel in 2015.

Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at IPS. She is also a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. She has been a writer, analyst, and activist on Middle East and UN issues for many years.

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Netanyahu's Middle East, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s strident and continual harping on the alleged dangers of Iran to Israel’s security.
  • Part 1: To Netanyahu, Peace Is an Existential Threat
  • Part 2: 4 Things more Dangerous to Israel than Iran’s civilian Nuclear Enrichment

Special Project | US Wars and Covert Actions Around the World: Week Ending March 28, 2015

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(Ismael Mohamad / United Press International)

  • For decades beginning during the Cold War, US policy in the Islamic world has been aimed at suppressing secular reformist and leftist movements. Beginning with the CIA-engineered coup against a secular democratic reform government in Iran in 1953 (it was about oil), Washington has propped up dictators, coaching these regimes in the black arts of torture and mayhem against secular liberals and the left. 
  • 10 New Items including:
    • Obama declares Venezuela ‘extraordinary threat’ to U.S. national security
    • Bellum Americanum: US imperialism’s delusions of world conquest
    • Militarization of America - We've Become a Failed State
    • The Globalization of War: America’s “Long War” against Humanity ~ Michel Chossudovsky
    • Robert Parry: ‘Group-Thinking’ the World into a New War
    • Paul Craig Roberts: Russia In The Cross Hairs
    • US imposes new sanctions on North Korea
    • Don't Claim to Support the Troops If You Agree With Obama Sending 3,100 Soldiers to Iraq
    • How Many Muslim Countries Has the US Bombed or Occupied Since 1980?
    • Noam Chomsky | Pope Francis, Oscar Romero and the horror of Reagan foreign policy

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Obama declares Venezuela ‘extraordinary threat’ to U.S. national security, Gloria La Riva, Liberation News

Venezuela fights back against U.S.-supported counterrevolution

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Bellum Americanum: US imperialism’s delusions of world conquest, Joseph Kishore, World Socialist Website

  • The debacles produced by Washington’s reckless resort to military violence have only propelled the ruling class to broaden the scope of its military operations, expand the list of potential enemies, and prepare quite consciously and deliberately for world war.
  • Militarization of America - We've Become a Failed State

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Militarization of America - We've Become a Failed State, Bruce Gagnon, Organizing Notes  / Rise Up Times 

  • Leaders in both war parties are now looking at ways to get around the Pentagon spending limits in order to satisfy the insatiable appetite of the military industrial complex and their agents in Congress who want to bring home the weapons production bacon - the only real job creation program in the nation anymore.
  • John J. Dilulio, Jr. | The Rise and Fall of the US Government

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Globalization-of-war-front-cover-michel-chossudovsky-400x600.jpgThe Globalization of War: America’s “Long War” against Humanity ~ Michel Chossudovsky, Described in Global Research

"In his latest masterpiece, Professor Michel Chossudovsky shows how the various conflicts we are witnessing today in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and Palestine are in fact inter-linked and inter-locked through a single-minded agenda in pursuit of global hegemony helmed by the United States and buttressed by its allies in the West and in other regions of the world."  --Dr Chandra Muzaffar, President of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST)

Robert Parry: ‘Group-Thinking’ the World into a New War

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Robert Parry: ‘Group-Thinking’ the World into a New War, Robert Parry,  ConsortiumNews.org  / Rise Up Times

  • The armchair warriors of Official Washington are eager for a new war, this time with Russia over Ukraine, and they are operating from the same sort of mindless “group think” and hostility to dissent that proved so disastrous in Iraq.
  • Paul Craig Roberts: Russia In The Cross Hairs

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Paul Craig Roberts: Russia In The Cross Hairs, Paul Craig Roberts, Institute for Political Economy 

Washington’s attack on Russia has moved beyond the boundary of the absurd into the realm of insanity.

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US imposes new sanctions on North Korea, Peter Symonds, World Socialist Website

By targetting Pyongyang, the Obama administration is also heightening the pressure on North Korea’s ally, China. Sanctions against North Korea are … aimed at undermining Beijing’s influence that is de-stabilising the entire region.

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n-BAGHDAD-AMERICAN-SOLDIERS-large570.jpgDon't Claim to Support the Troops If You Agree With Obama Sending 3,100 Soldiers to Iraq, H. A. Goodman, Huffington Post

If fighting terror means perpetual war, then we've already lost and our soldiers will ultimately be the ones who pay the greatest price. President Obama, and 40% of the American people, are making a terrible mistake by focusing more upon beheading videos than the psychological, emotional, and physical toll that Iraq has inflicted upon our soldiers. The U.S. military will do anything it's asked to do to defend America, therefore we have a responsibility to ensure that we don't ask the impossible.

Iraq: Here come the boots, ignoring the consequences

How Many Muslim Countries Has the US Bombed or Occupied Since 1980?

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How Many Muslim Countries Has the US Bombed or Occupied Since 1980?, Glenn Greenwald, the Intercept

  • The sheer casualness with which Obama yesterday called for a new AUMF is reflective of how central, how commonplace, violence and militarism are in the U.S.’s imperial management of the world.
  • Happy Halloween from the Most Violent Ruling Class in Human History 

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Noam Chomsky | Pope Francis, Oscar Romero and the horror of Reagan foreign policy, Emanual Stoakes, Salon 

  • Chomsky decries awful silence over the murder of bishop Oscar Romero, as Pope Francis speeds journey to sainthood
  • Washington’s legacy of destruction in Latin America, sadly, is still news to many north of the Rio Grande.
  • Overthrowing Other People’s Governments

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