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Propaganda for WWIII

Saturday, October 1st, 2022

https://consortiumnews.com/2022/09/28/the-insanity-that-grips-washington/

The Insanity That Grips Washington
September 28, 2022

You know you’re living in a profoundly sick society when the world’s most influential newspaper runs propaganda for World War III while voices pushing for truth, transparency and peace are marginalized, silenced, shunned, and imprisoned, writes Caitlin Johnston.

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By Caitlin Johnstone
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The New York Times, which consistently supports every American war, has published an op-ed by a neoconservative think tanker titled “Biden’s Cautious Foreign Policy Imperils Us“.

This would be Joseph Biden, the president of the United States who has been consistently vowing to go to war with the People’s Republic of China if it attacks Taiwan, and whose administration has been pouring billions of dollars into a world-threatening proxy war in Ukraine which it knowingly provoked and from which it has no exit strategy.

With this administration’s acceleration toward global conflict on two different fronts, one could easily argue that Biden actually has the least cautious foreign policy of any president in history.

“In the aftermath of Vladimir Putin’s recent nuclear threat and call-up of reservists, it was reassuring for the leader of the free world to be unflinching,” writes the article’s author Kori Schake, who then adds, “Rhetoric aside, the administration has signaled in numerous other ways that Putin’s threats have constrained support for Ukraine.”

As though the possibility of nuclear war should not constrain U.S. proxy warfare in that country. As though the crazy thing is not the U.S. government’s insane nuclear brinkmanship with Russia, but its reluctance to go further.

“The gap between what the administration is claiming as their foreign policy objectives, and what it is actually willing to do, is a serious problem for American security, for Russia and beyond,” writes @KoriSchakehttps://t.co/SX32lJKNgM

— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) September 26, 2022

 

More Money for War

Schake criticizes the fact that while Biden has been saying a PRC attack on Taiwan would mean a direct U.S. hot war with China, the U.S. military would need far more funding and far greater expansion to be able to win such a war, so it should definitely do those things instead of simply not rushing into World War Three.

“But worse are the real gaps in capability that call into question whether the United States could indeed defend Taiwan,” Schake writes, adding:

“The ships, troop numbers, planes and missile defenses in the Pacific are a poor match for China’s capability. The director of national intelligence, Avril Haines, has assessed that the threat to Taiwan between now and 2030 is ‘acute,’ yet the defense budget is not geared to providing improved capabilities until the mid-2030s. More broadly, the Biden administration isn’t funding an American military that can adequately carry out our defense commitments, a dangerous posture for a great power. The Democratic-led Congress added $29 billion last year and $45 billion this year to the Department of Defense budget request, a measure of just how inadequate the Biden budget is.”

The Pentagon. (Joe Lauria)

As Schake discusses the urgent need to explode the U.S. military budget [already at $777.7 billion] in order to defend Taiwan, The New York Times neglects to inform us that Schake’s employer, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), has been caught accepting a small fortune from Taiwan’s de facto embassy while churning out materials urging the U.S. government to go to greater lengths to arm Taiwan.

In a 2013 article titled “The Secret Foreign Donor Behind the American Enterprise Institute,” The Nation’s Eli Clifton reports that, thanks to a filing error by AEI, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office was found to have been one of the think tank’s top donors in 2009. Had that filing error not been made, we never would have learned this important information about AEI’s glaring conflict of interest in its Taiwan commentary.

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AEI is one of the most prominent neoconservative think tanks in the United States, with extensive ties to Bush-era neocons like John Bolton, Paul Wolfowitz, and the Kristol and Kagan families, and has played a very active role in pushing for more war and militarism in U.S. foreign policy. Dick Cheney sits on its board of trustees, and Mike Pompeo celebrated his one year anniversary as C.I.A. director there.

Epitome of the Revolving Door

 

Kori Schake.
(Center for Strategic and International Studies/Flickr)

 

Schake herself is as intimately interwoven with the military-industrial complex as anyone can possibly be without actually being a literal Raytheon munition. 

Her resume is a perfect illustration of the life of a revolving door swamp monster, from a stint at the Pentagon, to the university circuit, to the National Security Council, to the U.S. Military Academy, to the State Department, to the McCain-Palin presidential campaign, to the Hoover Institution, to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, to her current gig as director of foreign and defense policy studies at AEI.

Her entire career is the story of a woman doing everything she can to promote war while being rewarded with wealth and prestige for doing so.

And now here she is being granted space in The New York Times, a news media outlet of unrivaled influence where enemies of U.S. militarism and imperialism are consistently denied a platform, to tell us all that the Biden administration is endangering us not with its insanely reckless hawkishness, but by being too “cautious”.

One of the craziest things happening in the world today is the way westerners are being trained to freak out all the time about Russian propaganda, which barely exists in the west, even as we are hammered every day with extreme aggression by the immensely influential propaganda of the U.S.-centralized empire.

You know you are living in a profoundly sick society when the world’s most influential newspaper runs propaganda for World War Three while voices pushing for truth, transparency and peace are marginalized, silenced, shunned, and imprisoned.

 

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Ukraine war at tipping point: Join today’s Hilo Peace Vigil 3:30-5Pm at the downtown Hilo Post Office

Friday, September 30th, 2022

Join today’s (Friday) Hilo Peace Vigil 3:30-5 PM at the downtown Hilo Post Office

The world is truly on the edge of Global nuclear war with recent events in Ukraine — Russia annexing 4 territories in Ukraine, the sabotage of the Russian gas pipeline to Germany, and Ukraine’s expedited appeal to join NATO.

 
 

66 nations call for end of Ukraine war

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/09/29/end-war-ukraine-say-66-nations-un-general-assembly?utm_source=daily_newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter_op <https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/09/29/end-war-ukraine-say-66-nations-un-general-assembly?utm_source=daily_newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter_op> <https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/09/29/end-war-ukraine-say-66-nations-un-general-assembly?utm_source=daily_newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter_op <https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/09/29/end-war-ukraine-say-66-nations-un-general-assembly?utm_source=daily_newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter_op>>

SHAM US annexation of Hawaii

Wednesday, September 28th, 2022

SHAM US annexation of Hawaii 

Mainstream US media and governmental officials are screaming “SHAM” about referendums and plans for Russia to annex those areas voting overwhelmingly to join Russia.  If there was any SHAM annexation it involves the independent neutral nation of Hawaii. The US supported a coup in 1893 to overthrow the legitimate independent government of Hawaii and then, despite the Ku’e petition in 1897 signed by a majority of Native Hawaiians, the US in 1898 orchestrated a sham annexation of Hawaii to the US by a resolution (not a required treaty).  The US keeps pointing at the speck in other countries eyes and ignores the logs in its own eyes.  Shame and SHAM on the US.

Why Ukraine Referendum Is A Big Deal

By M. K. Bhadrakumar, People’s Dispatch. The referendum on September 23-27 in the Donbass and southern Kherson and Zaporozhye regions of Ukraine on their accession to Russian Federation is, prima facie, an exercise of the right of self-determination by the native population who reject the Western-backed regime change in Kiev in 2014 and the ascendancy of extreme nationalist forces with neo-Nazi leanings in the power structure. But it has other dimensions, too. In all probability, the referendum will overwhelmingly opt for accession to Russian Federation.  -more-   — Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org

Sept. 30, 2022 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, September 27th, 2022

U.S. Warns Putin of

“CATASTROPHIC CONSEQUENCES”

     Vladimir Putin’s recent announcement of a new mobilization of reservists and that Russia is prepared to use ‘various means of destruction’ if Russia is threatened marks an alarming escalation in the war in Ukraine. Biden, through his National Security advisor, Jake Sullivan, said on Sept. 25, 2022 NBC’s Meet the Press, there would be “CATASTROPHIC CONSEQUENCES” if Russia uses nuclear weapons. The statements make clear that we are closer to a global nuclear Apocalypse than perhaps any time in human history. https://malu-aina.org/?p=8390

     Let’s be clear. The current Russian invasion of Ukraine was provoked by a 2014 US-backed coup in Ukraine, and NATO’s eastward expansion despite US promises NATO would not move toward Russia. The current war shows that the western strategy of pumping Billions of dollars of weapons into Ukraine and sanctioning Russia is not leading to peace but instead is dramatically escalating and prolonging the war and risking an end to human civilization. The U.S. should be encouraging peace talks and de-escalation, not escalation, of the war. Diplomacy, not more weapons and war, is the path to peace.

     Our Malu ‘Aina organization stands in solidarity with all people in Ukraine, Russia, and around the world who are standing up and calling for an end to this war. We appeal for more and more people in Hawaii, the U.S. and elsewhere, to add your voice for peace now. Speak up and act before it is too late!

     It is time for the world to unite to end all wars and the climate crisis. It is time to redirect military spending to provide for the human needs of all people around the world – food, housing, health care, etc. We need to build a more just global society and abolish nuclear weapons now. War and the path seeking global domination is a dead end for humanity.

     It is up to each one of us, and all of us collectively, to do everything we can to put an end to this war before it puts an end to all of humanity. Let us direct our energy and resources to build a better world for future generations, a world free of nuclear weapons and the madness of war. Let us show by example that peace is a victory for everyone. It is time to De-Militarize Hawaii & the World!

Blessed are the Peacemakers!

Stand Up for Peace Now! No More War!

1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject violence & war as solutions. 3. Defend civil liberties.
4. Oppose all discrimination: anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, anti-Black, anti-Asian, anti-Russian, etc.
5. Seek peace through peaceful means and work for justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

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September 30, 2022, Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1096Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

“CATASTROPHIC CONSEQUENCES”

Monday, September 26th, 2022

Eliminating Nuclear Weapons ‘Is Not Only Possible, It Is Necessary’: UN Chief

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/09/26/eliminating-nuclear-weapons-not-only-possible-it-necessary-un-chief?utm_source=daily_newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter

“At a moment of rising geopolitical division, mistrust, and outright aggression, we are in danger of forgetting the terrible lessons of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Cold War, and inciting a humanitarian Armageddon,” warns António Guterres.

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“On the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, we reject the claim that nuclear disarmament is some impossible utopian dream.”

“Let us commit to forging a new consensus around defusing the nuclear threat for good and achieving our shared goal of peace.”

That’s how United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday began his statement marking the ninth annual day dedicated to destroying the weapons of mass destruction.

“Eliminating these devices of death is not only possible, it is necessary,” Guterres stressed. “At a moment of rising geopolitical division, mistrust, and outright aggression, we are in danger of forgetting the terrible lessons of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Cold War, and inciting a humanitarian Armageddon.”

Guterres’ warning came amid heightened fears over a nuclear disaster or warfare related to Russia—which has the world’s largest nuclear stockpile—invading Ukraine, which is backed by NATO nations including the United States, the country with the second-most nuclear weapons.

U.S. President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said during a Sunday interview on NBC‘s “Meet the Press” that the administration has engaged in high-level talks about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threats, including in a speech last week.

“If Russia crosses this line there will be catastrophic consequences for Russia. The United States will respond decisively,” Sullivan said. “Now, in private channels we have spelled out in greater detail exactly what that would mean, but we want to be able to have the credibility of speaking directly to senior leadership in Russia and laying out for them what the consequences would be without getting into a rhetorical tit for tat publicly.”

Responding to Sullivan’s remarks in a series of tweets Monday, the Nobel Prize-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) emphasized that using such weapons would indeed be catastrophic “for the entire planet.”

“So no, this is not the time to figure out whether one side is ‘bluffing’ or not,” ICAN declared. “This isn’t a card game, the risk of nuclear war is increasing with every threat. Using nuclear weapons or threatening to use nuclear weapons is unacceptable and this must stop now.”

“It’s time for all countries to condemn all threats to use nuclear weapons, and it’s time to eliminate these weapons of mass destruction for good,” the group added. “The nuclear ban treaty is our clearest path to do so.”

Just last week, five more nations signed on to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)—which led to ICAN’s Nobel prize—and two more countries ratified the agreement.

Barbados, Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, and Sierra Leone brought the treaty’s total signatories to 91 while Congo and the Dominican Republic deposited their instruments of ratification with Guterres to bring the states parties to 68.

“With more and more countries joining the nuclear ban treaty, we are taking significant steps towards the abolition of these weapons,” ICAN executive director Beatrice Fihn said during a ceremony at U.N. headquarters last Thursday. “As the number of countries signing and ratifying the TPNW grows, the pressure on the nine nuclear-armed states and their supporters to join the treaty grows.”

“The strengthening of the treaty is particularly welcome at this time when the war in Ukraine has seen the risk of nuclear weapons use increase, and one of the world’s largest nuclear-armed states has made undisguised threats to use its arsenal with all the devastation that implies,” she added.

Along with commending the countries that “made the courageous choice to sign or ratify this landmark treaty,” Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, also put the developments in the context of Russia’s war on Ukraine during a speech at the event.

“At a time when, against the backdrop of the conflict in Ukraine, nuclear deterrence theories seem to be regaining vigor, it is critical to refocus the debate on the human cost of nuclear weapons,” he said. “This is the benchmark against which the moral, ethical, and legal acceptability of a weapon is to be judged, and deterrence theories are to be evaluated.”

In addition to Russia and the United States, the countries known to have nuclear weapons are China, France, India, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom.

While none of those nations have backed the TPNW, some support the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), for which there was a global summit in August.

During that event, the parties to the NPT “came close to consensus on a substantive outcome,” Guterres noted Monday. “While this unique moment failed to result in the outcome we so desperately need, we urge all states to use every avenue of dialogue, diplomacy, and negotiation to ease tensions and reduce risk.

“More broadly, we need a new vision for nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation,” he continued. “My proposed New Agenda for Peace calls for meaningful disarmament and developing a common understanding of the multiple threats before us so we can end the nuclear threat, once and for all.”

“Eliminating nuclear weapons would be the greatest gift we could bestow on future generations,” the U.N. chief concluded. “On this important day, let us commit to forging a new consensus around defusing the nuclear threat for good and achieving our shared goal of peace.”