North Korea parades its American prisoner in chilling \’confession\’ video …
The Daily Mail Online ^ | November 30, 2013 | MARIE-LOUISE OLSON
Posted on Saturday, November 30, 2013 8:31:18 AM by Uncle Chip
By Judi McLeod
Friday, November 8, 2013
Aloha Hawaiians! If you see what you think are soldiers from the Communist Peoples Republic of China Army wandering about in your neck of the woods Tuesday through Thursday next week, your imagination is not playing tricks on you.
“Simulating humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to a fictional third country”.
You can’t make this stuff up when GridEx 2 is doing it for you.
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
Fukushima – A Global Threat That Requires a Global Response
(abridged/edited by henrymakow.com)
The story of Fukushima should be on the front pages of every newspaper. Instead, it is rarely mentioned. The problems at Fukushima are unprecedented in human experience and involve a high risk of radiation events larger than any that the global community has ever experienced. It is going to take the best engineering minds in the world to solve these problems and to diminish their global impact.
A shocking new report released today by the Federal Security Service (FSB) states that as many as 5 million Americans have been “disappeared” by the Obama regime during the past 4 ½ years and are presumed to be dead in the worst incident of mass genocide since the Cultural Revolution that took place in the People’s Republic of China from 1966 to 1976 and claimed upwards of 20 million lives.
According to this report, a “gravely concerning statistical anomaly” in American death and missing persons records between the years of 2009-2013 was recently brought to the FSB’s attention by noted historian Boris Borisov who in 2008 revealed in his “American Holodomor” research paper that a similar genocide of these peoples took place during the Great Depression where upwards of 7 million of them were, likewise, killed.
Source: Courtesy of Taylor Hargis: http://on.fb.me/GX3YEm
There are still stories that can touch our hearts and renew our sense of American pride.
The story of Joshua Hargis is one that has to be shared. A young Ranger with the 3rd Battalion, Josh was deployed to Afghanistan\’s Panjwai district on a High Value Target (HVT) mission, where so much went wrong.
Obama Retreats To Secret Bunker As “Big Event” Draws Near | EUTimes.net… “…Obama was preparing to invoke the powers given to him under 50 USC Chapter 13 to hold that various American States are now in a “state of insurrection” thus allowing him to…”
A truly grim “urgent action bulletin” issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) earlier today states that the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) has received word from “highly placed” sources within the Pentagon that President Barack Obama this past week cancelled his trip to Asia and has retreated with many of his top aides to the mysterious and newly built White House bunker in preparation for what many in the world’s intelligence agencies are calling the “Big Event.”
Important to note are that these GRU sources were notified by their Pentagon counterparts last week that Obama was preparing to invoke the powers given to him under 50 USC Chapter 13 to hold that various American States are now in a “state of insurrection” thus allowing him to invoke the National Emergencies Act under 50 USC § 1621 and invoke the highly controversial “continuity of government” plan for the United States allowing him, in essence, to rule with dictatorial powers.
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…..Not only is the grant of ownership rights over ideas ridiculous, it is also, in point of fact, impossible. When intellectual property laws undertake to grant such ownership, then, the result as a practical matter is that those laws do ultimately apply themselves to scarce material objects — just not in any defensible manner. Intellectual property privileges simply confer upon their beneficiaries the prerogative to coercively prohibit others from using or arranging their rightful personal property in otherwise peaceful and permissible ways. Patents decree that an individual cannot employ known laws of physical nature together with her own property in ways particularly set forth in special government documents; they therefore necessarily endow their holders with partial ownership rights over others’ property.
11/23/2010 03:01 AM
Not long after I left Afghanistan in September 2010, a young Lieutenant and a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point wrote to me concerned that the Army has yet to grasp all of the elements of leadership needed for the challenges of the 21st century. She wrote:
“I think that there are serious problems with the culture of Army leadership: close-mindedness, careerism, an aversion to innovation or creativity born of the fallacy that everything can fit into a step-by-step procedure, and a task-oriented mindset that creates an atmosphere of anti-intellectualism…and not only those who can think, but those who possess the moral courage to stand up for the hard truths that their bosses are unwilling to accept. I think this is going to be especially important as we transition away from Iraq and Afghanistan and attempt to prepare for unknown future conflicts.”
On Henry Ford’s 150th Birthday, a Look Inside His Failed Utopia
Gizmodo ^ | 7/30/13
Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 3:57:46 PM by Impala64ssa
The murky legacy of Henry Ford—who would’ve been 150 today—centers around a few familiar ideas like the assembly line and the $5 workday. Less familiar is Ford’s biggest failure: Fordlandia, a city in the rainforest that was abandoned as quickly as it was built. Ford was a farm boy who went on to establish 20th century consumerism as we know it, but he had plenty of missteps, too, ranging from his virulent anti-semitism to his attempts to engineer whole communities around his ideas about labor practices—including the one he built on the edge of the Brazilian rainforest.
The Blaze ^ | 17 May 2013 | Eddie Scarry
Posted on 05/21/2013 2:35:01 PM PDT by seanmerc
Only problem is that Thomas (pictured right) was once a female columnist for Hearst Newspapers, not a man.
(Excerpt) Read more at theblaze.com …
Posted on Sunday, March 31, 2013 11:00:51 AM by Amerisraelhere
And President Truman has been proven wrong.
But with regard to his handling of the illegal Chinese military involvement and attack against U.S. and allied troops in Korea, Truman was flat out wrong.
The following is from the fourth chapter entiltled “Korea” in the book written by General Douglas MacArthur- “Revitalizing A Nation”:
North Korea warns U.S. forces of “destruction” ahead of war drills
Reuters ^ | 2-23-2013 | Sung-won Shim
Posted on Saturday, February 23, 2013 11:45:27 AM by HogsBreath
North Korea on Sunday warned the top U.S. military commander stationed in South Korea that his forces would “meet a miserable destruction” if they go ahead with scheduled military drills with South Korean troops, North Korean state media said.
The Inquisitr ^ | February 5, 2013
Posted on Tuesday, February 05, 2013 9:37:43 AM by Fennie
North Korea still intends to conduct the country’s third nuclear test later this month, despite intense pressure from the United States and the international community. Seemingly unconcerned about threats of new sanctions, Kim Jong-un and his Generals stunned most sane human beings by releasing a YouTube Video that shows New York City engulfed in flames after a missile attack.
Washington’s major deployment of BMD across Asia is a major reason likely for the sudden decision to delay the 18th Party Congress until after the US elections to see whether China faced a Presidient Romney or President Obama.
What has materialized in terms of US military deciusions in the few months since Obama first proclaimed his Asia Pivot and Obama Doctrine makes clear why China is increasingly nervous about Obama ‘pivots.’
Unbeknownst to young Malala, she was picked up, groomed and her sincere intentions exploited by the world’s most notorious intelligence agency.
by Zaki Khalid
As I write this column, local media here in Pakistan is broadcasting prayer and vigil gatherings from across the country over the brutal terrorist attack which severely injured young Malala Yusufzai and her classfellows inside their school bus. And why shouldn’t these be done? Seeing my fellow countrymen’s sense of unified care and humanity has reminded me not all people here have hearts that have gone rigid (Thank God for that!)
Who is Malala Yusufzai? Like many other motivated whiz kids from Pakistan determined to prove their talents and exercise them further for society’s collective prosperity, young Malala from the once besieged mountain city of Swat is a 15-year old student who studies in the ninth class, just a level blow the Class 10 (Matriculation) duration, qualifying after which she will officially be a high school graduate (pre-collegiate studies).
Obama’s War: US Soldiers Are Told They Are Fighting For The Afghan People, Not For The US (“What Obama is really doing in Afghanistan is treasonous.”)
In the letter, four significant factors about military operations in Afghanistan were revealed…………..
I NEVER KNEW THIS ABOUT JAPANThey are indeed a very evolved race.Have you ever read in the newspaper that a political leader ora prime minister from an Islamic nation has visited Japan ?
Have you ever come across news that a Crown Prince or King ofSaudi Arabia has visited Japan ?Japan, a Country keeping Islam at bay.Japan has put strict restrictions on Islam and all Muslims.The reasons are:a Japan is the only nation that does not give citizenshipto Muslims.b In Japan permanent residency is not given to Muslims.c
KABUL—The Taliban‘s weekend assault on a major coalition base was one of the most determined and effective ever seen in Afghanistan, according to details released Sunday, destroying six U.S. combat jets and damaging two others.
Posted on Sunday, September 16, 2012 6:39:53 AM by nuconvert
Coalition military authorities in Afghanistan say the insurgents who attacked a British airfield in southwestern Afghanistan on Friday, killing two U.S. Marines, wore U.S. Army uniforms and destroyed six Harrier fighter jets.
(“..If there is indeed a civil war because of an Obama victory, as Texas Judge Tom Head warned, it will essentially be… “) Fascist Wing of Single USSA Party Not Even Bothering to Pretend Anymore | The Dollar Vigilante
President Obama vs Mr. Obama – CNN iReport (“Why is it not an issue to disrespect our current President?/….. the incredible amount of disrespect reporters, pundits, and politicians have towards our current President when it comes to the way they address him as just Obama.”)
News-Omaha.com ^ | July 07, 2012 | Matthew Hansen
Posted on Saturday, July 07, 2012 5:05:29 PM by huldah1776
“The family of Lance Cpl. Hunter Hogan blamed military strategy — and the nation’s commander in chief — for continued deaths in Afghanistan on Friday, the day they laid the 21-year-old Marine to rest in York.
Steve Hogan, Hunter’s father, buried his son in York Friday afternoon and then released a statement that blasted the military’s rules of engagement in Afghanistan. Those rules have handcuffed Marines like his son as they try to wage war, he said, adding to the danger they face in some of the most dangerous areas of Afghanistan.”
2 June 2012 Last updated at 03:54 GMT
Leon Panetta: US to deploy 60% of navy fleet to Pacific
The US is planning to move the majority of its warships to the Asia-Pacific region by 2020, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has revealed.
It is the heartbreaking image of the undocumented victims of war. Here, Ashley Edens collapses on the coffin of her 22-year-old husband, Army Spc. Jason K. Edens, as his body arrives in Nashville, Tennessee from service in Afghanistan. More than 100 friends, relatives and Patriot Guards gathered at Smyrna Airport to welcome the fallen soldier home on Thursday after his death on…………………….
Out of the mouths of babes, from the Washington Post covering the president in South Korea:
Obama arrived on the base 3:19 p.m. local time (1 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) and received a rousing welcome from 1,500 troops in camouflage uniforms, many holding cameras or pointing cell phones to snap pictures.
By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor
What do I mean by that? I recruit and train writers, do private lectures on history, give some intel access where “allowed” and write when I have time. I have a job, defense, mining, construction and financing, Africa and Asia, and it allows me a shadow of a life.
VT, the publication Veterans Today is an enigma. An intelligence agency took a look at us the other day and their head called me. He had my file, which made him wonder why I wasn’t in prison somewhere, and noted that we weren’t entirely public. We aren’t.
We belong to our writers and readers, much more than half of them never write a word, and are never seen. They can’t let their names be seen. They are supposed to run the world. We all know better, nobody is running any of this. I exist as something between “fall guy” and “patsy.”
Where most people look forward to winding down when they retire, nothing was further from the mind of this sun-scorched 76-year-old who gives a new meaning to the term golden oldie.
A new report circulating in the Kremlin today prepared by the Foreign Ministry on the planned re-opening of talks with Japan over the disputed Kuril Islands during the next fortnight states that Russian diplomats were “stunned” after being told by their Japanese counterparts that upwards of 40 million of their peoples were in “extreme danger” of life threatening radiation poisoning and could very well likely be faced with forced evacuations away from their countries eastern most located cities… including the world’s largest one, Tokyo.
Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 2:41:28 AM by My Favorite Headache
It’s an Obama world. The gay flag flew over a U.S. military base in Afghanistan this week.
TO ANSWER A QUESTION
In my opinion, there are no “sacred cows” when it comes to the office of the President of the United States of America. At this point, there is a “flying squad” of returned POWs from the Vietnam War protecting the image of Senator John S. McCain. One can but wonder why Senator McCain would require such a team. He is not under attack or even serious scrutiny by the “liberal media.” TV commentators who usually attack anyone who shows a less than pristine bent for the most part are mum on the Arizona Senator.
My concerns are simple. I believe that any and all of the intelligence held by U.S. Government agencies on Senator McCain’s time as a POW must be made available to the media and public. There is too much danger of a President being held hostage by things in the files of Intelligence agencies and, even more dangerous, held in the files of foreign governments in Asia and Europe.
My intentions have nothing to do with any feelings I may harbor toward John McCain personally. I have none. My intentions in all of this have to do with him professionally. They have to do with his treatment of Bui Tin, who I consider nothing more than a “sent agent.” They have to do with his simplistic attitude toward the issue of MIAs and his utterly vile behavior toward those who disagree with him, including family members. Lastly, I feel for any of the “Keating Five” to have the audacity to make “Campaign Reform” the cornerstone of his platform is the height of hypocrisy. He took the money right along with the others. To claim he did not know is not the type of answer one who aspires to be President should give in my opinion. He was responsible, but he did everything in his power to shift the blame. He sounded too much like Clinton for me. He disappointed me in that.
Washington Post ^ | 01/08/2012 | Felicia Sonmez
Posted on Monday, January 09, 2012 1:56:14 AM by Lattero
At a campaign event that drew more than 300 people here late Sunday afternoon, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) defended his Israel policy in response to a question from an undecided voter, an answer that included, in part, the suggestion that Israel “should be the Hong Kong of the Middle East.”
“I would want to maintain very close relations with Israel,” Paul said. “I’d want to be a good friend of Israel. And I also want to respect them in many ways that I do not think the United States should undermine their sovereignty in any way.”
He went on to defend his position that the United States should not provide foreign aid to Israel and should not “tell them what to do.”
“If they want to have a peace treaty with their neighbors and they think they can work it out, they shouldn’t have to ask us for permission,” Paul said. “They shouldn’t have to ask us permission to defend their borders. That should be their business. But also, I do not believe that I should take money from anybody here and send money to Israel.”
He then rounded out his answer with the Hong Kong comparison. “We should be friends,” he said. “We should trade with them. I would encourage them to become the Hong Kong of the Middle East, or something like that. You know, have a really affluent society.”
Before the economic crisis of 2008 there were few who considered the possibility of The End of The World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI). We were aware of the threats posed by natural disasters – Tsunamis in Asia, earthquakes along the western Americas, and hurricanes in the Gulf.
But the notion that the very system in which we live is susceptible to a man-made shock so powerful that it could wipe out the very infrastructure that keeps us alive was an outlier so far removed from our daily reality that it was reserved for Hollywood scripts and obscure conspiracy web sites.
But the possibility of a system collapse so severe that it could cripple our and monetary systems, food distribution networks, and emergency response services is now becoming a real concern for people all over the world.
The warning by economists that Britain is just ‘nine meals from anarchy’ is brutally borne out. Unlike last summer, the rioters on the streets aren’t looking for trainers and flat-screen TVs — just food.
SOCK — Save Our Constitution Konvention. “Because we can’t let them make monkeys out of us any longer!”
This Online Government Corruption Video Conference is taking shape.
PLEASE set aside two hours on Sunday, January 15, 2012 from 5- 7 pm Eastern Time. We are holding an online video conference of movers and shakers who want to work together to make some things happen in the battle against judicial corruption and government corruption.
THIS IS IMPORTANT. PLEASE participate, and please encourage as many people as you know to watch it online….
Prison Planet.com » Rise Of The Beast System: 11 Ways That Amerika Is Becoming More Like North Korea
Should we just get it over with and change the spelling of America to “Amerika”? Every single day, the United States of America is becoming more like North Korea. In North Korea, the citizens are told that everything that they do needs to be monitored, tracked, recorded and very tightly controlled so that everyone can be kept safe. No dissent is allowed at all. If government officials in North Korea even suspect that you are thinking the wrong thing, your entire extended family can be shipped off to a prison camp. And you know what? North Korea is a pretty safe place. There is not much terrorism in North Korea. But why in the world would anyone ever want to live like that? America is supposed to be a bastion of liberty and freedom, but now we are falling for the same totalitarian lies that so many other societies have fallen for throughout human history. We are witnessing the rise of the beast system – a system of control more pervasive than anything that the world has ever seen. We are constantly being told that the emerging “Big Brother” control grid is being put into place for “our safety”, but someday we are going to wake up in a dystopian nightmare where government tyrants have absolutely unlimited control over our lives.
Those that approve of the “Big Brother” police state control grids being constructed all over the world should really study North Korea. That country is what the end result looks like.
North Korea is a totalitarian police state hellhole. No rational human being would ever want to live there. You can see an absolutely amazing National Geographic documentary on what life is like inside North Korea on YouTube right here. If you have never seen that documentary before, it is definitely worth the time that it takes to watch it. If we stay on our current path, our country is going to become just like North Korea.
Prison Planet.com » Obama Raises the Military Stakes: Confrontation on the Borders with China and Russia
Obama’s ‘crackpot realism’, his shift from wars in the Muslim world to military confrontation in Asia , has no intrinsic worth and poses extraordinary extrinsic costs. The military methods and economic goals are totally incompatible and beyond the capacity of the US , as it is currently constituted. Washington ’s policies will not ‘weaken’ Russia or China , even less intimidate them. Instead it will encourage both to adopt more adversarial positions, making it less likely that they lend a hand to Obama’s sequential wars on behalf of Israel . Already Russia has sent warships to its Syrian port, refused to support an arms embargo against Syria and Iran and (in retrospect) criticized the NATO war against Libya . China and Russia have far too many strategic ties with the world economy to suffer any great losses from a series of US military outposts and “exclusive” alliances. Russia can aim just as many deadly nuclear missiles at the West as the US can mount from its bases in Eastern Europe .
In other words, Obama’s military escalation will not change the nuclear balance of power, but will bring Russia and China into a closer and deeper alliance. Gone are the days of Kissinger-Nixon’s “divide and conquer” strategy pitting US-Chinese trade agreements against Russian arms. Washington has a totally exaggerated significance of the current maritime spats between China and its neighbors. What unites them in economic terms is far more important in the medium and long-run. China ’s Asian economic ties will erode any tenuous military links to the US .
Obama’s “crackpot realism”, views the world market through military lenses. Military arrogance toward Asia has led to a rupture with Pakistan , its most compliant client regime in South Asia . NATO deliberately slaughtered 24 Pakistani soldiers and thumbed their nose at the Pakistani generals, while China and Russia condemned the attack and gained influence.
Does This Design Of Two Towers Remind You Of Anything?
The Blaze ^ | 12/8/2011 | Liz Klimas
Posted on Friday, December 09, 2011 11:19:04 AM by Just4Him
These residential high-rise buildings to be completed in Seoul, South Korea, by 2015 are connected in the middle by a cloud, which the designer says “differentiates the building from other luxury developments.”
The towers designed by architects at MVRDV are 300 and 260 meters high with a “pixelated” cloud in the middle at the 27th floor. The cloud allows for more light and room for decks and greenspace.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
NATO admits it’s probably to blame for a deadly helicopter raid on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, that killed up to 28 Pakistani soldiers and injured over a dozen others. Islamabad responded by cutting off the flow of vital NATO supplies to Afghanistan. The incident may deal a serious blow to their already-strained relations over lethal incursions in Pakistani territory. John Rees, a political analyst from the British-based ‘Stop the War Coalition’, told RT that the U.S. and its allies are creating an explosive situation in the volatile region.
Yahoo news ^ | 11/16/11 | john hull
Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 9:10:15 PM by djwright
During a news conference for the 19th annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation leader’s summit on Sunday, the president gave birthers the answer they have been waiting for, that Obama was not born in America. The media seemingly focused on the “magic beans” statement Obama made during the speech but completely glossed over the part where the president said of his birth state of Hawaii, “Here in Asia.” If Hawaii is in Asia, then the president was not born in the U.S. You win, birthers.
Anchorage Daily News ^ | November 17th, 2011 | BILL WALKER
Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 2:25:10 PM by thackney
Governor Parnell recently acknowledged that due to shale gas developments Alaska must change course and export its gas to the premium Asian markets. Owners of Lower 48 and West Coast Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminals are likewise accepting market realities and converting their LNG receiving facilities into export terminals.
Consequently, Parnell now agrees that it is time for Alaska to build a gasline to tidewater to export LNG to Asia.
A new Federal Security Services (FSB) report circulating in the Kremlin today states that the Obama regime was stunned this past weekend after a brazen attack on the White House was carried out by members associated with at least two Mexican drug cartels that shattered at least one window in what is arguably the most protected building in the world.
Kansascity.com ^ | 11/16/11 | M SEDENSKY
Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 11:09:44 PM by Recovering_Democrat
Cain misspoke during a rally Wednesday in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Youtube ^ | Youtube
Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 11:49:27 AM by sunmars
Watch at 35:20 where the President describes “world leaders either in Europe or here in Asia”. Very interesting as he is at the Apec summit in Hawaii at the time…………
Obama seeks to hitch U.S. economy to Asian growth (Because of Obama we can’t grow ourselves)
reuters ^ | 11/12/2011 | By Laura MacInnis and Caren Bohan
Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 8:10:18 AM by tobyhill
With Europe mired in crisis, President Barack Obama is launching a charm offensive this week to hitch the U.S. economy to opportunities in Asia he hopes can help power the recovery he needs for re-election.
President Barack Obama, with the help of some Republicans who take their orders from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is trying to pass a bill that will kill U.S. jobs, send more jobs overseas and make more Americans dependent on government handouts. That’s the Frances Fox Piven strategy Obama learned at a Socialist Party conference in New York while he was attending Columbia University.
This dangerous bill is the 1,413-page Korean-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA), which is scheduled to come up soon in Congress. It’s hard to see how anyone who cares about America’s economic future could allow this job killer to become law, and any member of Congress who votes for it doesn’t deserve to be re-elected next year.
We are told KORUS will create more exports, but the principal exports will be American jobs. The Economic Policy Institute estimates that KORUS will cost us 159,000 jobs. The U.S. International Trade Commission also admits that KORUS will cause significant job losses. Those job losses will extend from low-end industries to electronic equipment manufacturing, where the victims will be Americans who were making an average wage of $30 an hour in 2008.
Some Members of Congress are trying to camouflage what they are doing by joining KORUS at the hip with a government job-training program. That’s an admission that KORUS will cost us jobs.
Obama claims that KORUS will create 70,000 low-paying in-sourced jobs (of Americans working for foreign employers). But even if that is true, which is doubtful, that’s less than half the well-paying jobs the U.S. will lose.
KORUS advocates a claim it will allow the U.S. to export 75,000 cars a year to South Korea. Compare that puny figure with the fact that Americans are buying over a million South Korean cars this year.
Among the many ways that South Korea puts up barriers against U.S. products is to subject any Korean brave enough to buy an American car to a discriminatory tax audit.
KORUS allows Korean products imported into the U.S. to have 65 percent non-South-Korean content. Nobody will know how much of that 65 percent will be made by slave labor in North Korea or China.
KORUS will give Korean corporations the right to challenge any U.S. law they think might limit their market access or profitability, including our prevailing wage laws. These trade agreements generally give foreigners the right to define free trade, which they do in ways that always disadvantage the U.S.
KORUS will make it impossible for us to prevent foreigners from taking over entire U.S. industries, which they can buy with the U.S. dollars they accumulate from our balance of trade deficit. KORUS will effectively nullify U.S. laws and regulations that restrict economic monopolies.
KORUS will enmesh us in a legal labyrinth called “investor-state arbitration.” That means subjecting our laws to review by foreign bureaucrats anytime we are accused of interfering with free trade.
The power “to regulate commerce with foreign nations” is one of the most important powers given to Congress by the U.S. Constitution. It is foolish and unconstitutional to turn any part of that power over to any tribunal of foreigners.
U.S. regulation of food imports is already under attack in the World Trade Organization, and KORUS will give Korea the right to limit our ability to regulate the quality of food imports. We will lose our ability to protect ourselves from contaminated and toxic foods.
Free trade has always been a one-way street, which is why the U.S. has built up an enormous trade deficit. The principal factor in creating this unfair trading system is that foreigners simply replace their tariffs with a Value Added Tax, and KORUS does nothing to remedy or reduce this gross unfairness.
KORUS allows South Korea to continue its 10 percent VAT. That means South Korea can subsidize its exports to the U.S. by 10 percent, called a VAT rebate, and impose a 10 percent tax on U.S. exports to South Korea, which obviously makes U.S. goods more expensive.
Any member of Congress who votes for this grossly anti-American agreement either doesn’t understand what is going on, or is serving the interests of the multinational corporations who want to move their plants to Asia where wages are less than $1 an hour.
Some people are calling KORUS the new NAFTA. Since NAFTA didn’t fulfill its promises and cost millions of American jobs, we can expect likewise from KORUS.
Fifty thousand Americans gave their lives in the 1950s to keep South Korea free, and we’ve maintained an expensive border patrol ever since to protect against Communist North Korea, so South Korea doesn’t have to provide its own defense. We shouldn’t give South Korea American jobs, too.
Ten Years in Afghanistan: German General Says NATO Mission Has ‘Failed’ – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International
A top German general who was instrumental in planning the Bundeswehr‘s mission in Afghanistan has said that the intervention has failed and the Taliban will regain power within months of withdrawal. Ten years after the invasion, he is far from alone with his critique
It’s likely that most Americans have never heard of the Ganjgal Valley in Afghanistan. What you are about to read is a true account of what happened there during an agonizing several hours on September 8, 2009. If I have done my job right, by the time you finish, you will be saddened and very angry. But most of all, if you really care about our troops beyond the obligatory lapel pins and bumper stickers, you will demand answers from the highest levels of our government. Because, but for the grace of God, this account could be about you or one of your family members being executed on the other side of the globe.
The families and loved ones of five of America’s best and bravest have experienced an irreplaceable loss due to their needless deaths, which is a gaping wound that continues to be shrouded in mystery despite what various official reports suggest. The voluminous and heavily redacted official investigation leaves more questions than it answers, thus denying true justice to our fallen heroes and their families. Truth and justice have been denied for too long, and now is the time to accept nothing less…………
“Even as I hope for some measure of peace and comfort to the bereaved families, I must also hope that we as a nation draw some measure of wisdom from this tragedy. Certain immediate lessons are clear, and we must act upon those lessons decisively. We need to step up security at our airports. We must reexamine the effectiveness of our intelligence networks. And we must be resolute in identifying the perpetrators of these heinous acts and dismantling their organizations of destruction.
“We must also engage, however, in the more difficult task of understanding the sources of such madness. The essence of this tragedy, it seems to me, derives from a fundamental absence of empathy on the part of the attackers: an inability to imagine, or connect with, the humanity and suffering of others. Such a failure of empathy, such numbness to the pain of a child or the desperation of a parent, is not innate; nor, history tells us, is it unique to a particular culture, religion, or ethnicity. It may find expression in a particular brand of violence, and may be channeled by particular demagogues or fanatics. Most often, though, it grows out of a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair.
“We will have to make sure, despite our rage, that any U.S. military action takes into account the lives of innocent civilians abroad. We will have to be unwavering in opposing bigotry or discrimination directed against neighbors and friends of Middle Eastern descent. Finally, we will have to devote far more attention to the monumental task of raising the hopes and prospects of embittered children across the globe-children not just in the Middle East, but also in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and within our own shores.”
(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.telegraph.co.uk …